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Keeping Bugs Out!

Keeping Bugs Out!

Summer is the best time of year. Sipping your tea, swimming in the pool, playing with the kids, and swatting the mosquitoes away. Well that last one is annoying and can ruin your summer quickly. Here are some tips on how to start keeping bugs out and not letting them ruin your summertime fun.

Wash the Dishes

Bugs love left over foods and dirty dishes and sugary drink cans. If you have an insect problem in the house, check the kitchen. Clean and put away all the dishes. Put away all food and keep the refrigerator clean and rinse your recyclables before you put them in the bin. Speaking of bins, clean those once every few months too.

Yard Work

Keeping Bugs out starts in the yard. Mowing the grass and pruning the trees doesn’t just make the yard look nice, it also helps keep bugs away. Old mulch or grass are great hiding spots for insects. If you have animals and they play outside, they will bring those bugs inside. Keeping the yard trimmed, the trees pruned, the leaves raked all helps with keeping bugs out.

Speaking of Pets

Clean up after your pets. Bugs love pet food and waste. Make sure to dispose of unused food or bugs will overtake your pet’s area. Keep food in a air tight container when not in use. Wash their beds, fur, and blankets on a regular basis.

Walk the Perimeter

Walk the perimeter of your house, if you see cracks in the foundation you should plug them. Protect outside vents from pests by butting up mesh guards. Check windows and door frames. Make sure they are sealed properly. Check for rips or tears in your screens and replace faulty ones. Check for stagnant water. Mosquitoes love water so make sure you empty anything that might hold water.

You’ve Got to Know When to Fold Them

Keeping bugs out isn’t always something you can do alone. Sometimes it takes a professional. Don’t loose sleep over an itchy night with bugs. With regular maintenance and visits to your home and can keep the bugs away from your house and yard. Give us a call for a free estimate on Pest Control.

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Cool Facts About Lightning Bugs (Fireflies)

Super Cool Facts About Lightning Bugs (Fireflies)

What do you think of when you see Lightning Bugs or Fireflies?

I think of the warm summer nights catching them in mason jars. They light up a field beautifully at the first signs of darkness, almost making you feel safe.

Facts About Lightning Bugs:

  • Fireflies do not bite, do not have pincers, do not carry disease and, in fact, are quite harmless.
  • There are more than 2,000 species of fireflies, a type of beetle. Despite their name, only some species produce adults that glow. In the western United States, fireflies cannot produce light.
  • The light emmited is the most efficient light in the world. Nearly 100% of the energy in the chemical reaction is emitted as light.
  • Each species has its own flash pattern. It might look like Morse code, one short flash, followed by a long flash, etc. but scientists can identify the species based on the flashing pattern. A type of firefly called a Blue Ghost stays lit, rather than flashing.  Click here for a picture of the Blue Ghost Trails
  • In some places fireflies synchronize their flashing. This is AMAZING!  Click Here to find locations to see these light shows.
  • Fireflies live on every continent except Antarctica. Fireflies live in moist areas, especially at the edges where water in a pond, lake, stream or river meets a forest or field.

Speaking of Habitats…..

Fireflies are on the decline. The following factors that may be contributing to firefly decline include light pollution and habitat destruction—if a field where fireflies lives is paved over, the fireflies don’t migrate to another field, they just disappear forever.

If you are catching Fireflies in a mason jar:

  • make sure that there are air holes punched in the top
  • some grass
  • a moist paper towel in the bottom

They can only live like this for a couple of days before they must be released.

Want to help save Fireflies from disappearing?

Since many of the fields locally are being repurposed, catch some of the fireflies in these fields and relocate them to another.  Not only will you have a great light show, but you will also be doing your part to help others enjoy the show.

These Facts About Lightning Bugs are meant for educational and fun purposes.

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Pest Control for Apartment Complexes

Tips On Pest Control for Apartment Complexes

It may seem like a boring topic: Pest Control for Apartment Complexes… but it is important for the apartment manager! Roaches, bedbugs, mice, rats, silverfish, ants, spiders, termites, and others pests are all pests that most people don’t think about soon enough. A critical part of keeping your property safe and damage free means paying attention to pest control.

What Can You Do to Encourage Pest Control in Apartment Buildings?

Controlling pests can be difficult in the property where the pests want to attack, especially if you are not residing there. Building a good relationships with your tenants is very important. Plus, working on these five areas of pest control for apartments can help to minimize pest control issues, or even avoid them altogether.
 

->Check for Moisture Issues

Pests need water to survive and will often be found near places where moisture issues have not been addressed.

Require tenants to report issues:

  • leaking faucets or pipes
  • pipes that might be sweating
  • or seals around windows and doors that may be allowing moisture to come in

Windows and doors can be checked from the outside during regular maintenance checks every few months. The same applies to sheds, garages, or common areas. Make sure that downspouts are directed away from the building and have proper drainage outlets.

->Keep Trash as Tidy as Possible

Rodents are particularly happy when they can find a garbage collection area in an apartment complex that has gone unattended.

Used as a food source as well as a place to find nesting material, a cluttered pile of dumpsters or garbage cans may as well be a written invitation for mice and rats. Avoid this problem by ensuring that routine maintenance checks are being conducted. Ensure that trash bags actually make it into the dumpsters. Dumpster areas are washed down. All trashcan lids are closed, and piles of debris are not found lying about. 

->Seal Entry Points for Pests

Be sure that all of your apartment units are as secure from pests as possible by sealing entry points with caulk, copper mesh, or sheet metal. This may include dryer vents, air conditioning or heating ducts, as well as general sealing of cracks in windows and doors.

Perform seasonal checks to make sure that window and door screens do not contain holes and repair or replace them as necessary. Encourage your tenants to report any damage they may find and correct it immediately.

->Write Cleanliness into Lease Agreements

Controlling pests in multi-unit living spaces requires that management, staff, and residents all work together. If it is not already written into your contract or lease agreements, consider adding a clause that includes cleanliness standards.

This includes standards regarding trash removal, housekeeping, and reporting of issues or problems that could lead to pest control occurrences.

->Listen to Your Tenants

Tenants who report pest control problems should receive quick response in order to keep a small issue from turning into a much larger infestation. For example, roaches are able to move from one apartment unit to the next simply through ceilings and shared walls. If a roach problem happens in one unit, then it is likely to be affecting other units and will need to be treated a minimum of three times in order to eliminate the pests during each phase of the life cycle.

The sooner an issue like this is treated, the better the outcome. Listening to a tenant’s complaints about pests is a smart idea as they are your best source of information.

Prevention is always the best form of pest control, but pests can still become a problem. Calling us is the best way to safely rid your condo or apartment property of pests as well as actively preventing them in the future. We hope you enjoyed our Pest Control for Apartment Complexes.

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Do you Suffer From Musophobia?

Do you Suffer From Musophobia?

Most everyone has a phobia. Much like my fear of the dentist, since I was a child I’ve experienced anxiety when thinking about a visit to the dentist. I break out into a sweat thinking about going and immediately start looking for any and every excuse of how I can get out of my upcoming appointment. Life experiences, heredity, and your brain chemistry and genetics can cause Phobias. A common phobia is that of mice, or Musophobia. Do you suffer from Musophobia? Let’s do some research and find out.

AHHHH It’s a Mouse!

When you see a mouse do you jump on the couch, grab the closest thing you can swing, and scream loudly? If so you are probably a Musophibic. Other symptoms could be getting antsy when you see a picture of a rat or mouse, or when someone says the word or a joke about mice. Your mouth might get dry and you might have the urge to freeze, scream, or run.

Trunk or Treat

Cartoons, pictures, and many other references usually depict elephants as having Musophobia. Some zoologists say this is a myth. There is an episode of Mythbusters that show Adult Elephants actively avoiding mice. Women are often depicted as having a fear of mice as well, they are shown jumping onto chairs or other furniture and screaming when a mouse comes into view. Although in my life I’ve seen just as many men terrified of mice and women or elephants.

What is the Cure?

This phobia can be treated several ways. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Response Prevention, Group Therapy, Medication or Mediation. Exposure is usually the most effective method.  With the help of a health professional and the use of gradual exposure the fear can be lifted. There is medication you can take as well. They do not cause a cure but do suppress the symptoms.  Make sure to ask your doctor what treatment is best for you.

When to Call a Professional?

If you find yourself with a mouse problem and you struggle with Musophobia I would contact a pest control company ASAP. If you do not have the fear you should research the pest before you attempt removal, it is best to contact your local Pest Control Company soon.

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Tennessee Ticks

Tennessee Ticks

Rocky Top will always be home sweet home to me,Good Ole Rocky Top, Rocky Top Tennessee. Lyme Disease, Zika, and West Nile are all carried by Tennessee Ticks. I’ve explored some facts about ticks and listed them for us below.

Types of Ticks

Tennessee has three primary types of ticks. The American Dog Tick, The Lone Star Tick and the Brown Dog Tick.

The American Dog Tick is brown with Silver and they 3-5% of them carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. They come out in the spring and summer.

The Lone Star Tick is smaller than the American Dog Tick and the female has a white spot on her back that gives the species it’s name. You may have heard of seed ticks. These small ticks are the larvae of the Lone Star Tick.

The Brown Dog Tick is actually more of a red color and looks a lot like the American Dog Tick. It is smaller and does not have any markings. The brown dog tick lives indoors and is found in areas that your pet frequents.

Building Fences

The best way to keep ticks out of your house and off your person is to have a fenced yard. Keeping stray animals out of your yard will keep ticks from migrating to your yard from their hosts. If you have pets make sure you treat them regularly for ticks. Check them daily and wash their sleeping quarters and toys often. Make sure you bathe your animals as well.

Tick Removal

I’ve read that ticks don’t like the smell of gasoline and that the smell can be used to remove a tick. I’ve read that rubbing alcohol can suffocate a tick and that petroleum jelly can be used to kill ticks. This is all untrue. The only way to remove a tick is with tweezers.

To remove the tick get the tweezers as close to your skin as possible. Once you have your tweezers around the base of the tick, as close to your skin as possible, you should pull in an upward motion. Once the tick is removed dispose of it immediately and wipe the infected area with alcohol.

Tennessee Ticks carry disease that can cost thousands of dollars to treat. The best treatment is prevention. Give us a call for a free estimate.

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Annoying Mosquitoes

Annoying Mosquitoes

Annoying mosquitoes are the worst. Their bite itches and brings disease. Sometimes they seem impossible to deter. They can bite several times before you notice them. It takes 3 minutes to feel the bite after it happens. Annoying Mosquitoes trapped in a tent at night will ruin your camping trip. Here are some facts and tricks to help save your summer from these pesky pests.

What Do Mosquitoes Like?

Do you eat a lot of bananas? Or Peanuts? Mosquitoes like the way these foods smell and they smell them through your sweat. They will fly downwind following their scent. Mosquitoes like blondes. They will avoid people dressed in yellows, oranges, and whites. They love dark colors and damp places. Mosquitoes love your breath because it contains carbon dioxide. CO2 is used to attract mosquitoes to their next meal.

They love water and damp places. In fact, they spend the first 10 days of their life under water and typically do not leave more than a few hundred feet from their birth place. Females can lay over 300 eggs at once and they can live for a few months, so reproduction happens fast.

Mosquito Fish?

In the Southern United States, where mosquitoes are prone to annoy people, is a fish deemed the Mosquito Fish. You can easily breed it to live in your outdoor pond. It’s technical name is Gambusia affinis. This name comes from the fish’s love of mosquito larvae that lives in the same habit. They can consume several hundred eggs in a single feeding.

Annoying Mosquitoes Zapper

Zappers do not attract or kill mosquitoes very often. In fact these device usually attract harmless insects that benefit the environment around you. Electronic repellers have proven ineffective for mosquito repellent in scientific testing.

The Shark vs the Mosquito

I’m terrified of sharks. They have those sharp teeth and can kill someone very quickly. Mosquitoes don’t even have teeth but they are more deadly than a shark. In fact annoying mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world.

Malaria, Zika, Denque are just a few of the diseases that can be spread from mosquitoes, just to name a few. It is estimated that they cause 1 million deaths yearly, by spreading disease.

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Bed Bugs! Don't Let Them Bite

Bed Bugs! Don’t Let Them Bite

Bed bugs are small, non-flying, oval insects, that survive by the blood of humans or insects. They do not live only in your bed. They can live anywhere in your home. Including cracks in your furniture or any cloth fabric. But they are often found in your bed or mattress, bed springs or bed frame. They usually bite while you sleep. Their bite is painless and looks like a rash. They are not poisonous and their bites do not spread disease to humans, but they do itch and the skin can become infected from scratching.

How to Find Bed Bugs

It’s best to find them early. An infestation can easily spread or become established. They are much easier to treat at the earlier stages. The first sign of may be red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders. They tend to leave straight rows of bites, unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there.

Look in crevices and cracks and on or near your bed to locate them. You should look for Fecal Stains, skins, and egg cases. If you only see the bed bugs themselves, you’ve got an active infestation. 

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

They are the size of an apple seed. Long, oval, and brown if they are hungry. Balloon-Like, reddish, and more elongated if they have just eaten. They have wings, but do not fly. They have a musty smell. Young bed bugs are smaller and more translucent with a whitish yellow color and if they are hungry almost invisible to the naked eye.

In general eggs are the size of a tiny pinhead, pearl white, and after 5 days marked with an eye spot.

How Long to Bed Bugs Live?

These bugs have exoskeletons. A nymph (hatch-ling) must shed their skin, or molt 5 to 7 times to become an adult. Molting (shedding of skin) can only take place after a hatch-ling has eaten. Since they eat every 3-5 days, egg to adult usually takes 37 days. The adult bed bug can live up to a year.

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A Wasp Stinger

A Wasp Stinger

A wasp stinger is very distinctive. Just like a bee the female wasp is the one that stings. Prehistoric Wasp would use their pointy end to lay eggs inside their victim. Then the larvae would hatch and have their first meal instantly ready. Wasp need a  sharp stinger to be successful in this practice, so through evolution they have become extremely sharp. Most victims are not willing to be stung and then eaten, so evolution saw to the creation of the venom.

Effects Of The Wasp Stinger

Venom in the stinger of a wasp will paralyze victims. This is to encourage larger threats to leave the wasp alone. The sharp pointed end allows the venom of the wasp to enter the blood stream directly. This causes a signal to be sent to the brain through our central nervous system saying, “This hurts!”.

Norepinephrine is a chemical in the venom that makes sure pain keeps coming. Since this is in the blood stream it will last for several minutes while your blood dilutes the poison.

Hyaluronidase and Mas Cell Degranulating Peptide cause swelling and redness, by melting through connective tissue between cells.

The Wasp Attack

Generally they do not attack. If they sense a disturbance or feel a threat, they will sting multiple times. Wasp are aggressive and will sting repeatedly.

Avoiding a Wasp

Wasp love sugar and nectar. Never leave sugary drinks unattended and check the inside of cans before you drink. Clean up your food and drink when you are finished. Since they love flowers, walk the perimeter of your garden before doing any gardening work. Keep your yard tidy and clean. Wear shoes with closed toes and do not wear strong scents.

An aggressive wasp is the worst kind. If you see one do not swat at it. Remain calm. Run in a straight line and cover your face. Wasps like to target the face and head. They will wait for you to emerge from water, and will continue to sting if you play dead. It is most important to remain still.

Removing The Nest

Removing the nest is very risky and dangerous. Wasp stings are extremely painful and deadly if you are allergic and without allergy relief. Provoking a nest can be dangerous to those around you. We strong recommend you do not remove the nest yourself.

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Fun Termite Facts!

Termite Facts

These pesky bugs cost American Homeowners billions of dollars every year on structural damage. Don’t be one of these homeowners. Call us for your free termite inspection.

Here are 10 fun facts about Termites.

Fact 1 – Great at Hide and Seek.

The first of our Termite facts are that they build funnels through the material your house is made from, rarely coming out from hiding. This is one of the reasons they can cause so much damage. They are not easy to find. They are busy destroying the wood your house is made of.  Feeding on paper, books, insulation, and wood they can be located almost anywhere, making them hard to locate.

Fact 2 – Termite Season.

This pest strikes year-round. Though the rain and temperatures in Spring encourage the bug to emerge and fly into the air, looking for a new feast.

Fact 3 – Zombies?

Another of our fun Termite Facts is that they eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They do not stop to rest.

Fact 4 – Deadbeat Dads.

The father’s step up to the plate for their young. Him and his queen share the duties of child rearing. Helping feed the young, predigested food.

Fact 5 – That’s A Lot of Eggs!

Queens can live 15-25 years. She will lay one egg every 15 seconds. That is 30,000 eggs per day. Fast reproduction can create extremely large mounds. One was discovered at 42 feet tall. How’s that for another Termite Fact!

Fact 6 – Termite’s Have Wings.

Hatch-lings leave the colony in large swarms. In this swarm they locate their mate. Kings and Queens then break their wings to settle down and raise a family.

Fact 7 – Well-groomed Termites.

Time underground makes parasites and harmful bacteria a large threat to termites. They spend a great deal of time grooming themselves and each other to eliminate this threat. Good hygiene is important for survival.

Fact 8 – Termites Are Social.

Staying together as a family for at least two decades these insects raise families as a group.

Fact 9 – Termite’s Weigh More Than Humans.

If you put all the termites in the world on a scale and compared their weight to all the humans in the world, the termites would weigh more.

Fact 10 – Subterranean Termites.

This is the most destructive kind. Eating a lot of wood, they cause expensive damage to houses. Often tunneling through support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, flooring, trees and shrubs. Tampa Bay Florida is home to most of these insects.

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Bees! Don't Panic

Bees!

There are 20,000 varied species of bees in the world.  Each species will three types of bees. A queen, the male drones, and the female workers. They will sting when threatened so don’t panic. Don’t swat, stay calm, leave the area.

Here are a few types of bees for you to learn about.

Honey Bees!

They live in hives. Female workers collect pollen and carry it back to the hive, male drones mate with queens, who lay the eggs for the hive. They nest do not have a specific size. They are found in trees, but will make it to an attic. Their nest can grow to become very large. They only sting once, but they will sting. Call a pest control company to remove them.

Bumble Bees!

These are beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants. They are very social and live in families. Their stinger will not stick to your skin, so they can sting more than once. Often found flying around desks and porches, often the nest is under ground. Sometimes they build nest in high spaces, like attics and roof beams.

They are very aggressive and will protect their nests. They buzz loudly and will chase for longs periods of time if they are irritated. The bumblebee sting is one of the more painful stings. The effects can last for several days.

They will sting when threatened. If you see a hive on your property, don’t panic! They should be removed by a pest control company.

Carpenter Bees!

These bees are blue-black and look almost like a bumblebee. Not posing a public threat they will drill into almost any wood. Preferring untreated wood, an attack on stained or painted wood is not unheard of. Their nests are not always easy to reach and are a hard annoyance to ride yourself of.

Killer Bees!

Africanized bees live in small colonies found in unique places. Tires, boxes, crates, and cars. No more dangerous than a honey bee, they attack in greater numbers. Increasing the odds of an allergic reaction. Run in a zigzag pattern if you are find yourself in a chase with one. Jumping in water won’t help. They will wait around for you to come up for air.

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