Pest Control- Friday Links Round-Up

Pest Control- Friday Links Round-Up

 

Pest Control Links Round-Up

Pest Control Website Design Analysis

Interested in growing your small pest control business? Talk to Shannon Johnson of Manic Marketing in St. Petersburg, FL. More…

Travel Protection from BedBugs

Here’s a guide written for those that want to travel smart and take precautions to avoid bed bugs while traveling. More…

Tiny Ticks are a Big Health Hazard

The humble tick is a very small insect. However, don’t let the diminutive size fool you. The tiny tick can pose a big threat to your health. More…

Boost Your Sales By Marketing Your Pest Control Business

Consider the following marketing tips on how to grow your pest control business, and each day will end up with new growth. More…

Crazy Ants Driving Out Austin Fire Ants

According to a recent report out of The University of Texas At Austin, the spread of the invasive Crazy Ant has lead to them driving out other species of ants; including the Red Imported Fire ants. More…

Pest Of The Week: The Tarantula Hawk Wasp

 

Tarantula Hawk WaspWith the second most powerful and painful sting known to man, the Tarantula Hawk Wasp is a pest you don’t want any part of… And neither does a tarantula!

The Tarantula Hawk Wasp gets its name because it hunts tarantulas to host their offspring. When a female Tarantula Hawk Wasp locates an unsuspecting tarantula, it will attack; stinging the tarantula. Almost immediately, the tarantula will become paralyzed from the wasp’s sting as it gets drug back to the wasp’s nest. The Tarantula Hawk Wasp will then deposit her eggs inside the paralyzed tarantula. Once the wasp’s offspring hatch, they will feed on the creamy insides of the still tarantula, essentially eating the poor spider from the inside out.

The massive Tarantula Hawk Wasp measures almost two inches long, and has a very dark blue body with rust-colored wings. The wasp has really long legs that are equipped with hooks used to wrestle with tarantulas.

5 For Friday: This Week’s Link Round-Up

5 For Friday: This Week’s Link Round-Up

 

Pest Control Links Round-Up
Pest Control Links Round-Up

One Bald Face You Don’t Want at Your BBQ

Bald Face Hornets are notorious for ruining summer barbeques, and such was the case at a neighborhood Memorial Day BBQ recently in Columbus, OH. Read all about it, and what can be done to prevent/remove these hornets and their paper nests. More..

Debunking Home Pest Control Myths

Here are three common pest control misconceptions, debunked by a pest control professional. More…

What Works & What Doesn’t When It Comes To Mosquito Pest Control

Mosquito season is in full swing, and all of us are clamoring for the best mosquito control methods and products as to not contract the deadly West Nile Virus. What works? What doesn’t? More…

When Ants Come Marching In

Ants first send out scouts, looking for discarded food, soda, etc around your home. Once found, the rest of the colony will invade. They are very persistent pests, and will keep coming to your home or yard as long as there is a reason too. More…

Bionic Rats?

Did you know rats have pretty remarkable senses which make them almost seem bionic?! Check out these remarkable rodent traits. More…

 

Pest Of the Week: Cryptotermes Drywood Termites

 

Drywood Termite Droppings
Drywood Termite Droppings

Drywood termites are often times referred to as furniture termites because they frequently gorge on wood or timber furniture. After doing so, it is common for homeowners to see small piles of termite droppings (fecal matter). The wood that these termites attack has to have less than 12 percent moisture content. In this perfect Drywood termite environment, huge numbers of termites chew across the wood grain, constructing elaborate tunnels, and chambers in which they live.

Colonies of Drywood Termites are fewer in numbers then other species of termites, with one colony reaching about 1000 strong. Since colonies are fewer in number, it is common to see multiple colonies in one large piece of dry timber.

Cryptotermes Drywood Termites are common throughout all of the Southern United States, but are most prevalent in dry desert areas of the Southwest. Drywood termite infestations need to be addressed with professional termite control, as they can be very damaging to a home or property.

America’s Newest Home Threat: The Kudzu Bug

Kudzu bugs are a relatively new sight in the south, arriving on the scene less than a year ago. As colder weather arrives, these pests are beginning to head indoors in search of warmth. It is important to remember, though, that the bugs should not be feared. They will not cause harm to either you or your property, although they do release a smell if they are stepped on, and their remains could leave a stain on your floor or countertops. If your home is showing signs of a kudzu bug infestation, the following information will help you manage your problem.

Complete a visual inspection of your property

You will not be able to entirely prevent kudzu bugs from congregating around your property. However, there are things that you can do to help. Spend an afternoon thoroughly examining the outer perimeter of your home. Look for cracks or crevices where the bugs could squeeze in; sealing up these holes should make a substantial difference in your infestation.

Consider the pros and cons of pesticide spray

Be aware that spraying pesticides is unlikely to be effective. Of course, spraying chemicals directly on the bugs will kill them, but the population is typically so large that simply spraying a few will not make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. You can spray around your door frames and windows if you would like, although it may be hard to target the right areas if you don’t have professional pest control knowledge.

If you do need to get rid of a few bugs quickly and you are interested in using a spray, look for something that has synthetic pyrethriod in the ingredient list; this will work the best to eradicate these pests. The names you are looking for include cyfluthrin, lamda-cyhalothrin, bifenthrin and permethrin. Those hoping to go green may be disappointed. Organic products generally don’t work that well with kudzu bugs, although if you are determined to give it a try, look for a product with pyrethrins in it.

While you may think it just a formality, it is always important to thoroughly go over the directions for any pesticide that you are using. A few precautions you may want to take include wearing protective eye gear and covering up or relocating any furniture, toys or other possessions in the path of the spray. Spraying is not a long term solution; it will kill the bugs that you are spraying, but it will not work to keep them away over time.

Use alternative indoor pest control methods

Spraying inside your home is basically ineffective, and you run the risk of pets or family members coming into contact with the poison. Therefore, the best tool to combat kudzu bugs is actually your vacuum cleaner. By sucking up the pests, you don’t have to worry about stepping on or crushing them to get rid of them. Be diligent about throwing out your bag, though; if you don’t switch it out on a regular basis, you will begin to notice a distinct odor.

A kudzu bug infestation can be very irritating. By using the tips included above, you may be able to get a handle on the problem without involving pest control specialists.

About the author: Mike owns and operates a Stamford Pest Control company, helping his clients deal with nasty and pesky home invaders like the kudzu bug.

 

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DIY Pest Control to Prevent Pest Control Problems This Fall

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As the chilly fall and winter weather arrives, families are getting cozy in their warm houses and homes. Not surprisingly, common pests as small as ants or spiders and as big as rats, have the exact same notion. A homeowner’s only hope against the relentless invasion of these pests, is to seal-off any structural, window and door cracks or holes, that could possibly allow pest invaders; to enter to the dwelling or structure.

The most likely points of entry for pests, are a building’s windows and doors. If you often leave your door or windows open, they should be fitted with a proper screen, that is free from any holes, cuts or tears; to avoid inviting a pest control problem into your home. When inspecting the interior and exterior of your dwelling or building, look for light shining through cracks and use your hand to feel for air

movement. If you discover problem areas, seal the cracks around window and door frames with caulking or foam, and apply weather-stripping and sweeps; to seal the moving parts of the door.

Aside from tiny pests like ants and spiders, small rodents like mice are a common pest problem, in the fall and winter months. These unwanted house guests can find their way through a hole, not much bigger than a dime. Once inside a structure and sheltered, they can quickly multiply into a serious pest, bug or insect control problem, for unsuspecting property and home owners. Therefore, as an added precaution and level of protection, it is recommended that glue traps be placed in the attic and other possible pest-prone areas. These sticky traps are able to grab both rodents and insect problems, so if pests do manage to invade parts of your home, you will know what you are up against; before a serious infestation develops.

Pest Pro Joe offers Do It Yourself pest control.

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