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Pest Control St. George UT http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com Family Pest Control Services in Saint George Utah. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:49:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Saint George Ants http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/05/saint-george-ants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=saint-george-ants http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/05/saint-george-ants/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 20:49:52 +0000 http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/?p=704 anthonyb. Visit the original article at http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/05/saint-george-ants/.

Saint George has some of the most amazing landscapes Utah has to offer. With the red rock mountains around the valley, Saint George has some of the most beautiful golf courses. The weather in Saint George is also superior to any other location in Utah.

With the nice landscaping and amazing weather, there is one thing that is a downer, and that is the ants.

What ants survive in Saint George?


With 1000 different ant species, Saint George is home to five: the Argentine ant, Black ant, Carpenter ant, Fire ant, and the Pharaoh ant.

What does the Argentine ant look like and what does it like to eat?

Argentine Ants

Argentine ants are about 1/16 of an inch to ¼ of an inch long. The color of the Argentine ant will be a dark drown or black and they are very shiny. Argentine ants eat just about anything including eggs, meat, and oil. The Argentine ant will leave a pheromone trial everywhere they go. This will also help them not waste time when they are out looking for food.

What does the Argentine ant do?

The Argentine ant’s colony will be located near their food source; and in a wet environment. They will be found in gardens, and in your back yards. The Argentine ant’s colony can grow to epic sizes, covering a whole back yard or garden. Argentine ant bites will hurt, but luckily they will not create any health threats.

What does a Black ant look like and what does it like to eat?

black ant

The Black ant is one of the smallest ants Saint George will have. It will only grow to be about 1/16 of an inch; that is about the thickness of a dime. The body of the black ant is a dark shiny black color. The Black ant has a very powerful jaw and will chew their food. They will eat anything a human leaves out. When outside having a picnic, these ants try to invade.

What does the Black ant do?

Black ants will be out day and night. The colony will be found in small craters in the soil. Inside the colony they will house about 2000 workers. When the Black ant workers are out of the colony enjoying the weather, they will be looking for food to eat. They are very annoying. Call a professional to estimate how big of a problem you may have, and have them treat form them.

What does a Carpenter ant look like and eat?

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants will vary in size, but they usually will be about ¼ inch to ½ inch long. Carpenter ants will be a variety of colors, ranging from a tan to a black color. They also can be an orange or red color, and may also have a combination of black and red. Carpenter ants will eat other bugs and will eat plants juices.

What does the Carpenter ant do?

The Carpenter ant will be found in wood that has been buried, or in old rotten logs. Outside the home, they can be found around porch stands, telephone poles, and any other place where the wood meets the ground. Inside the wood, the Carpenter ant will make tunnels to travel throughout, and build their colony up. The colony of a Carpenter ant can hold up to about 2000 workers. The 2000 workers will destroy your wood property. The best way to save your home from the Carpenter ants will be to call an exterminator.

What does the Fire ant look like and what does it eat?

fire ant

The Fire ant is a red color and it will have tinny hairs coming off their body. They will vary in sizes; from 1.6mm to 5mm. The Fire ant eats anything that gets in their way; it will eat other insects, small mammals, earthworms, frogs, and even lizards. When the Fire ant bites, it also stings the prey at the same time as it places some venom inside it’s prey. The Fire ant’s venom will paralyzed the prey.

What does the Fire ant do?

The Fire ant may be small, but will create huge mounds; growing to be 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. In the ground mounds, the Fire ant will have hundreds of tunnels leading throughout the whole colony. Sometimes the colony mound can reach 8 feet deep. The colonies of the Fire ants can accommodate around 250,000 workers. The queen Fire ant can average about 1,600 eggs per day. These colonies can be found inside wall voids, rain gutters, bath traps, and under carpets, as well as in electrical equipment. The fire ant can pose a health threat so call a pest control company to come take care of them.

What does the Pharaoh ant look like and eat?

pharaoh ant

The Pharaoh ant can grow to be about 1/16 of an inch. Pharaoh ants are a reddish orange color and are very hard to see. The list of options of what the Pharaoh ant eats is extensive; including a variety of foods like honey, sugar, fruit juices, dead bugs, and anything really sweet. They will also be caught eating silk and rubber.

What does the Pharaoh ant colony look like?

The Pharaoh ant colony will be infested with hundreds of thousands tiny worker ants. The colony can be found inside walls of the home, in small cracks in the sidewalk, and in areas where the grass and concrete meet. The Pharaoh ant colony will have a mound that sticks up from the grass a couple inches and will be about 6 inches wide. The Pharaoh ant will infest your home and yard, and will become a huge problem. To prevent a problem, get a hold of a professional to come take a look at your home and treat it.

St. George Ant Control

Bulwark Exterminating
56 North 500 East
St. George, UT 84770
(435) 627-8840

Truly Nolen Pest Control
630 North 3050 East
St. George, UT 84790
(435) 688-1092

3568 West 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
(801) 618-2410



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Roach Bits- Roaches Steal Your Food http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/04/roach-bits-roaches-steal-your-food/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=roach-bits-roaches-steal-your-food http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/04/roach-bits-roaches-steal-your-food/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:57:47 +0000 http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/?p=694 anthonyb. Visit the original article at http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/04/roach-bits-roaches-steal-your-food/.

I’m going to tell you something that might disgust you.

If you have cockroaches in your home, you are sharing your food with them. They love the same types of food we do… The sweeter and starchier, the better.

These creeping bugs are crawling all over your food, spreading the microbes that are attached to their bodies. Gross!

These microbes can spread bacteria, disease, parasitic worms, and make you all sorts of sick.

There’s no question that you don’t want to be sharing your food with cockroaches. Prevent them from getting into your house in the first place. Have a professional roach control exterminator create a protective barrier around your home to keep the cockroaches away.

Call Bulwark Exterminating Today


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Pest Control

St. George, UT is very beautiful. It is home to Dixie State University, and it is also surrounded by great landscaping. The weather is also amazing year round. The weather will draw hundreds of visitors every year. It will also allow pests to live through out the whole year.

What pests live in St. George?

With the weather never really dropping down past a freezing point for months at a time, most pests will thrive in St. George. Some pests that are seen in St. George are: crickets, cockroaches, spiders, ants, earwigs, and scorpions.

animal insect bug

Where do pests live? 

Most of these pests will live on the outside but of the home but if not treated will start moving their way into the home. On the outside, most of the pests will live by the plants. The plants will offer the pest a good food source, and also a supple amount of water. When the pests start to overpopulate, they will then move toward the home. Around the whole home is small area where there are holes so the home can breathe. The pest will find these holes and make their way in to walls of the home. Inside the walls is where they can live and be protected year around; and if not treated will only get worse.

How can pests be controlled?

If pests are not controlled they will infest your whole home. To truly control them, a pest control company will have to treat your home. A pest control company will be able to treat the pests at the source and move the pests off your property.

What will a pest control company do? 

In order to control the pests, a company will need to do a three part treatment. The first part will need to be done on the inside of the home. Since most of the pests live inside the walls of the home, that area will need to be treated. To treat this area, an in wall treatment will be done. To do this the face plates will need to be taken off and a product will be placed in to the walls of the home. This product will exterminate any pests infested inside the walls. The 2nd and 3rd part of the treatment will take place on the outside. One will be done by treating the foundation of the home using a power sprayer. The power sprayer will have the ability to treat into the soil, and get under any rocks. The other will be to kill the pests at the source of the problem; and that is the plants. To treat this area, granules are used. The granules are activated by water. This will allow the product to seep down to the base of the plants and roots, where the pests live, and exterminate them. Doing this kind of treatment will ensure a pest free home.

How can I know if a company does this kind of treatment? 

The best way to see if a pest control company does this kind of treatment is to look at the reviews. Reviews can be found online at Yelp, Google, and Angie’s list.

Pest Control St. George

Bulwark Exterminating
56 North 500 East
St. George, UT 84770
(435) 627-8840

Truly Nolen Pest Control
630 North 3050 East
St. George, UT 84790
(435) 688-1092

3568 West 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
(801) 618-2410

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Thirsty carpet beetle

Thirsty carpet beetle (Photo credit: servitude)

I had just signed my name on the rental agreement on our new dream place. It was everything I’ve been looking for… Granite countertops, cherry-wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a huge walk in closet. Unfortunately, there was one thing that I didn’t want in my new place… Something that was hiding deep in the fibers of my carpet.

I started noticing one or two at a time. Tiny black beetles crawling on top of the carpet along the baseboards. One and two at a time started turning into dozens at a time. I knew right away that these beetles were something I needed to get taken care of right away, especially before I started bringing in all my furniture. Whatever they were, I didn’t want them in my couches and in my bed sheets.

I called a local pest control company and the quickly informed me that I was dealing with a serious carpet beetle infestation, and that that infestation could easily be treated with regular pest control services.

I signed up, and after a few days, never saw a carpet beetle again!

Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva (Photo credit: TomSpinker)

Carpet beetles come in three varieties: varied carpet beetles, furniture carpet beetles, and black carpet beetles. The carpet beetles that were infesting my home were the adult black carpet beetles (Attagenus unicolor).

Carpet beetles are pretty tiny, usually measuring 1/10 of an inch in length. Some species can reach lengths of 3/16ths of an inch. Like I mentioned before, these beetles are found inside homes, living under carpet, rugs, and furniture; wherever dirt, hair, and other dead insects have begun to accumulate. Some carpet beetles come in checkered patterns, with white, yellow, grey, or orange markings on their backs.

Carpet beetles lay their eggs in late spring and early summer. They look for closets, furniture, air ducts, and carpet (of course) in your home to lay their eggs. Once these beetles hatch, they eat and damage nearly anything in sight. They can travel very fast from each room in your home, and can become quite the pest control problem; causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage to clothing, carpet, and furniture.

Wondering if you have carpet beetles in your home? Look for the signs: damaged household items, molted larval skins in dark areas, and an abundance of adult Carpet beetles; near windows.

How To Control Carpet Beetles

Varied Carpet Beetles

Varied Carpet Beetles (Photo credit: cotinis)

If you want to prevent a carpet beetle infestation, there are a couple steps you can take. First, be clean! Vacuum regularly, especially along the baseboards of your home. Dry cleaning your clothing is also very beneficial at preventing and eliminating carpet beetles. Inside your closets, don’t be afraid to use moth balls. As carpet beetles like to lay their eggs in abandoned nests, remove any bird and insect nests around your home and property.

If you are still seeing carpet beetles after taking the aforementioned steps, it’s time for professional pest control!

Carpet Beetle Control

Carpet beetles can cause damage not only to carpet, but also to fabric, clothing, and other items located in the home; as these beetles roam from room to room in search of food. If you are seeing carpet beetles in your home, it’s time for professional pest control!

Bulwark Exterminating
56 North 500 East
St. George, UT 84770
(435) 627-8840

Truly Nolen Pest Control
630 North 3050 East
St. George, UT 84790
(435) 688-1092

3568 West 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
(801) 618-2410

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How To Conduct Your Own Termite Inspections Before Buying A Home? http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/02/how-to-conduct-your-own-termite-inspections-before-buying-a-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-conduct-your-own-termite-inspections-before-buying-a-home http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/02/how-to-conduct-your-own-termite-inspections-before-buying-a-home/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:33:41 +0000 http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/?p=598 anthonyb. Visit the original article at http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/02/how-to-conduct-your-own-termite-inspections-before-buying-a-home/.

termite inspection

Professional termite inspections are expensive and you still need to pay the professional regardless of if they spot an infestation. However, before you hire a professional to do a thorough inspection it would be more cost effective if you’d try your own hand at it prior to purchasing a home. The great thing about doing it yourself is that you can negotiate a price or even decide not to purchase a home based on your findings.

When conducting your own inspections there are a number of places you’ll want to investigate and you’ll need a few things to achieve this efficiently:

Coveralls: You need to have coveralls for any type of termite inspection, since there are many foundation walls, that are near the ground and so you’ll have a lot of dirt and mud to deal with. This is also true for crawlspaces.

A bright flashlight: You will also need a bright flashlight because you’ll be inspecting dark crawlspaces and basements. You’ll need good lighting to spot the signs of an infestation.

A pocket knife, a cutter or a screwdriver: You’ll need any one of these to pry at rotted wood that needs to be looked at more closely. It also helps to knock on wood to determine if it’s hollow.

What signs to look for?

You will want to start by looking out for swarmers. Every time a termite colony increases in size it cannot help but become more visible but so are the number of swarmers. These are flying termites that can be seen flying around windows and other light sources. These are a good indicator of a nest nearby. The main objective of these swarmers is to mainly mate and so they help to establish new nests in nearby vicinities. These flying termites as they are called are usually active in early Spring and near Autumn. If you see these flying insects near your home or a home you are inspecting do not panic it does not always indicate that the home has been infected, but rather that they are nearby. If they are in your home then only does it mean that you have an infestation. Many people will mistake carpenter ants for flying termites but they are both very different from each other. Pull up a picture of both on the internet and look at them closely prior to inspecting.

Mud Tunnels

These are constructed mostly by subterranean termites and it’s because their nests are made in the soil. Their mud highways are easily visible because they can run vertical up a wall. These mud tubes as they are called often connect the nest to a food source. These are a vivid indication that the home has a termite infestation but even if there aren’t any mud tubes it does not mean that the home is not infested.

If you see mud tubes break them using a screwdriver or cutter to look at closely. If the infestation is active there should be live termites in the tubes but if they are cracked and dry it means that the nest is not active. If you see lots of wings left behind or some on the ground it means that the adult reproducing termites may be entering into the next development phase anytime. They shed their wings which is why you’ll see large piles of them around light sources, most commonly windows.

Live termites


When you’re digging around you are bound to come across a number of live termites. There are mainly four types of subterranean termites i.e. primary reproductive, secondary reproductive, winged reproductive and soldiers. All of them are equally destructive but identifying them will help to ascertain what level of development the nest is in.

Identifying damaged wood

termite damage

Damaged wood will have the look of having being crushed at its structural joints. When tapped with a hammer you’ll hear a dull thud. Just pry at the surface using the screwdriver and the damage underneath the surface will become visible.

Locations made of wood like galleries that have been overrun by subterranean termites will often be lined by mud and wood filling with an irregular pattern. In most cases the wood cannot be saved and will have to be replaced.

Manu Alias is a termite extermination expert with over twenty years of infield experience. His experience also includes termite inspections, rodent control and insect infestations. Manu currently works for Forensic Pest Control, a leading pest control company based in Sydney. Forensic Pest Control in Facebook, Google +

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Three HVAC Maintenance Tips For Utah Residents http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/01/three-hvac-maintenance-tips-for-utah-residents/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=three-hvac-maintenance-tips-for-utah-residents http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/01/three-hvac-maintenance-tips-for-utah-residents/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:44:20 +0000 http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/?p=586 anthonyb. Visit the original article at http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/01/three-hvac-maintenance-tips-for-utah-residents/.

Barring another Polar Vortex, Utah’s winter is typical. Cold, brisk, marvelously sunny, it keeps the air crystal clean. But, June, July, and August will heat things up. The weather cycles in Weber, Morgan, and Davis Counties want reliable and efficient HVAC comfort systems. What’s a homeowner to do this time of the year?


What’s in an HVAC system?

Even a properly running HVAC system adds up to a large piece of the household electric bill. Keeping it running smoothly maintains the energy savings. It is rather simple: if the system is not running easily, the struggle costs money. So, it makes good sense to anticipate the problems and prevent others.

#1 – Some fixes are routine:

  1. Start outside to be sure the condenser is not covered by winter debris like leaves. It needs room to breathe and take in the air needed to cool and circulate, so clean windblown trash, clippings, and leaves from inside and outside the outdoor cabinet unit.
  2. Filters need changing regularly because dirty filters will reduce the air flow and the system’s efficiency. Fiber glass filters are easily replaced, and electrostatic filters can be washed clean.
  3. In late spring, let the air conditioning run for 15-20 minutes to see if and how it is working.
  4. As the spring progresses, the thermostat needs some adjustment to new desired temperatures and schedules.
  5. HVAC systems work well when clean, but cleaning with hose, water, and/or power spray invites damage and expense.
  6. Drafts and leaks felt indoors during the winter will still be there in the summer unless they are “winterized” with caulk, tape, or insulation.

#2 – Some require a pro:

  1. State of the art thermostats require professional installation and programming for maximum value.
  2. Obstructions pan drain openings should be cleared.
  3. Some system filters and duct work require expert inspection.
  4. Motors need periodic lubrication and coils cleaned.
  5. Air flow is best measured with expert tools and gauges.
  6. Fan motors and blades are often worn and damaged and need repair.
  7. Controls – relays, capacitors, contactors, wiring, and connections – all need inspection and repair.
  8. Only professionals are trained in refrigerants, heat exchangers, and coils.

A professional certified Utah heating and air conditioning company has a wealth of knowledge to assist users in fixing these issues.

#3 – Reduce the total system load

The system load refers to the amount of heating and cooling used. The load is key to determining the sufficiency of the system and the efficiency of its performance. Reducing the overall load saves in big and small ways.

  • Windows have ENERGY STAR ratings just like appliances, and they will help secure the house.
  • Insulation losses its effectiveness over time. It should be checked and supplemented every three years.
  • The seams in ductwork will crack and open over time. They should be checked and fixed at least annually.
  • Lighting systems and overhead fans alter static temperature. Both contribute to the stratification of the air, and that can work to the advantage or disadvantage of the overall HVAC performance.
  • Warm and cool air are affected by sunlight. This solar gain is most easily gained and controlled by the building’s orientation and the position of windows.
  • Admitting the outdoor environment in will influence the HVAC performance. On clear Utah days with moderate temperatures, the fresh air will perk up the house while the HVAC system is turned off.

Early spring is time for the maintenance visit and, perhaps, signing that Maintenance Agreement for the future.

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Gerald Jackson is a savvy home improvement diyer. It was a passion that was developed from a young age while working on home appliances alongside his father. When he’s not improving homes, Gerald enjoys playing basketball with his buddies and traveling.

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West Nile Virus Responsible For Bald Eagle Deaths http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/01/west-nile-virus-responsible-for-bald-eagle-deaths/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=west-nile-virus-responsible-for-bald-eagle-deaths http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/01/west-nile-virus-responsible-for-bald-eagle-deaths/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:14:20 +0000 http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/?p=576 anthonyb. Visit the original article at http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2014/01/west-nile-virus-responsible-for-bald-eagle-deaths/.

Dead Bald Eagle

Utah State officials, and nature lovers alike, have been left wondering what has been killing off our beloved bald eagles. Now scientists at the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) believe they have an answer.

Utah Bald Eagles Dying From West Nile

Since the beginning of December 2013, some 27 bald eagles have been found dead, and scientists fear this number will continue to rise. Additionally, five other sick bald eagles are being treated at a DWR rehabilitation facility.

In a public statement, the DWR believes they have found an answer as to why our adored national bird is dying… West Nile Virus (WNV)!

Utah DWR lab tests confirm that Utah bald eagles are dying from West Nile Virus, contracted by eating other small birds known as grebes. Birds becoming infected with West Nile is actually very common, but we all hate to see it hit so close to home.

The good news is that these aquatic birds (grebes) that the bald eagles are feeding on, which are carrying WNV, should be done with there winter migration. These bald eagle deaths should just about be over.

If you find a dead bald eagle, or any other dead bird for that matter, it’s best to leave it alone; even if you cannot contract WNV from handling dead birds.

Birds & West Nile Virus

Infected mosquitoes transmit the West Nile Virus to birds; and Mosquitoes become infected by biting infected birds. It’s a vicious cycle. Some predatory birds, like the bald eagle in this case, that are predators can become infected with WNV after eating sick or dead birds that were already infected.

West Nile Virus has been detected in over 300 different species of birds, with crows and jays being the most susceptible.

Protect Yourself From West Nile

West Nile Warning

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever catch West Nile from a bird, but it is very possible that you can catch it from infected mosquitoes. When outdoors protect yourself by wearing clothing that covers your entire body; and spray yourself down with a mosquito repellant containing DEET. Mosquito activity is at its peek during the dusk hours, so limit your outdoor exposure during these times.

Author Bio:  is a Utah native who was saddened to hear about the bald eagle’s deaths. When not enjoying the great outdoors, I’m blogging for Bulwark Exterminating in St. George, Utah.

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Deadly Hornet Attacks In China Have Entomologists On Edge http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2013/12/deadly-hornet-attacks-in-china-have-entomologists-on-edge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deadly-hornet-attacks-in-china-have-entomologists-on-edge http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2013/12/deadly-hornet-attacks-in-china-have-entomologists-on-edge/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:40:13 +0000 http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/?p=570 anthonyb. Visit the original article at http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2013/12/deadly-hornet-attacks-in-china-have-entomologists-on-edge/.


The Asian giant hornet has been grabbing headlines for months now. Since July of 2013 these creatures have injured over 1,000 people and killed 42 in China. With their huge size (these hornets are roughly as big as a human thumb), deadly venom, aggressiveness and tactics, these hornets seem like a serious threat. Is that the case though, or is it blown out of proportion in the name of headlines and public attention?

How Deadly Are They?

While a body count of 42 people is severe enough, truly understanding the capacity these hornets have to do harm to people is important for judging the situation. These hornets are more aggressive than other insects, often swarming people and attacking en masse to bring down someone much larger than themselves. In addition to their aggressiveness and tactics, they have more venom than smaller hornet varieties. This makes their stings much deadlier, especially with multiple hornets all attacking a single victim. For those who are allergic, swelling can choke off airways. Even those who aren’t allergic to the hornets may suffer from organ failure due to the sheer quantity of the venom that is pumped through their veins.

Are They a Threat?

The world is full of deadly creatures, but not all of them are a real threat to people. These hornets, however, seem to be a genuine problem for humans. They attack other insects, feeding them to their young and wiping out competition in the area. Additionally, these hornets can breed up to 2,000 offspring in a single season, which makes their numbers quite large. This sort of problem can become a huge issue for the people living near them, particularly given that these insects actively invade human areas and attack them. Whether it’s farms, schools, or other areas, these hornets are drawn to sweet smells, alcohol and sweat, but they’re drawn even more by people who try to run away from them.

What’s Being Done About Them?

The Chinese government has dispatched police and volunteers to help eliminate the threats of these hives. Over 700 hives have been removed by these brave men and women, and the equivalent of over a million U.S. dollars has been sent to the areas ravaged by the hornet stings. However, this work could be seen as just a band aid that isn’t addressing the real problem.

There are a huge number of reasons why these hornets’ populations have grown bigger and more aggressive. The climate in the area has grown steadily drier for instance, and these conditions have made it easier for these hornets to grow larger. The march of human progress has also moved people into areas that they didn’t used to be in, which has brought the hornets into conflict with people. Additionally there has been a noted decrease in the hornets’ natural enemies, such as birds and spiders, which has allowed them to grow more unchecked than in the past.

Protective Protocols

While these hornets are dangerous, and even deadly, that doesn’t mean that people can’t protect themselves. The hives, which are made of gray paper and are roughly the size of basketballs, should be avoided and dealt with only by professionals. People who are too close to these hives, or who react poorly to the presence of hornets, may trigger an attack response from the swarm. Swarms will chase off anything they see as a threat, following people for over 200 meters in many cases. Therefore, avoidance techniques are the best way to stay safe.

Asian giant hornets are certainly something that entomologists will be keeping their eye on. Hopefully, continued efforts to manage the populations will be more effective in the coming months and years.

Morgan is a blogger for Fox Pest Control, an extermination company located in Texas. When Morgan isn’t writing, she enjoys reading and traveling with her family.

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When Pest Control Should Not Be a DIY Project http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2013/12/when-pest-control-should-not-be-a-diy-project/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=when-pest-control-should-not-be-a-diy-project http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2013/12/when-pest-control-should-not-be-a-diy-project/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:08:08 +0000 http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/?p=560 anthonyb. Visit the original article at http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2013/12/when-pest-control-should-not-be-a-diy-project/.

DIY Pest Control

Looking around the house, there are probably a few projects that you could take on yourself and manage just fine without the help of a professional, saving you money and giving you the satisfaction of completing a task. However, there are some jobs that are just better left to the experts, and one of those is pest control. Of course, coming across one fly in your home isn’t usually cause for concern, but if you can relate to any of the scenarios mentioned below, it’s probably time to put your DIY skills to rest and get experienced help.

You Have a Bed Bug Situation


Already difficult to spot with the naked eye, bed bugs are known to be some of the most inconspicuous creatures out there, hiding in places where most people would never know to look. Add this knowledge to the fact that their reproduction cycle allows for infestations to get out of hand quickly, and hopefully, you can understand why eradicating the blood-sucking insects shouldn’t be taken lightly. Pest control professionals will know just where to look for concealed bed bugs and put an effective treatment plan in place, rescuing your wallet from having to replace mattresses, furniture and clothing.

You Suspect Termite Activity


The first signs of termite activity should lead to an immediate phone call to your pest control professional. Termites can cause considerable amounts of property damage when not treated properly. In fact, trying to apply termite treatment on your own can result in doing more harm than good. Disturbing a colony may provoke it to move to a new area of the house and continue on eating your home undetected. Catching termite activity early is key to preserving your home and keeping money in your bank account.

You Notice Evidence of Other Wood-Eating Pests

Carpenter Ants On Wood

The potential for home destruction doesn’t just stop with termites. Powderpost beetles, carpenter ants and carpenter bees are other wood-boring pests that can also be the cause of major damage and expensive repairs if left to their own devices. An expert eye is needed to spot evidence of any wood invasions, and specific treatments and equipment are required to ensure complete elimination.

You’re Dealing with Stinging Insects

wasp nest

Stinging insects attack whenever they feel threatened, posing a health hazard to someone who doesn’t have adequate clothing and equipment to deal with the situation. Nests of fire ants, bees and wasps should only be taken down by a trained professional who knows how to safely assess the conditions and contain the pests without bringing harm to anyone.

You See an Infestation of Any Kind


DIY pest control will generally be no match for severe infestations of any kind. Large amounts of pests indicate the need for a professional who can get rid of them before they continue to multiply. Persisting infestations may reveal that there are easy access points somewhere in your home that need to be sealed up or that something is drawing these pests in.

Before deciding that you can handle pest control on your own, take into serious consideration the type of pest, its threat to your home and health and if you’ve had recurring infestations. A pest control professional is usually your best chance at eliminating the problem for good in a safe manner.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is an avid blogger who lives in beautiful Northern California. She gets a kick out of writing on home related topics and sharing information with others. In her off time she loves to cook, read and travel.


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5 Safe And Effective Ways To Keep Mice Away From Your RV http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2013/11/5-safe-and-effective-ways-to-keep-mice-away-from-your-rv/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-safe-and-effective-ways-to-keep-mice-away-from-your-rv http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2013/11/5-safe-and-effective-ways-to-keep-mice-away-from-your-rv/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:58:08 +0000 http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/?p=556 anthonyb. Visit the original article at http://pestcontrolstgeorge.com/2013/11/5-safe-and-effective-ways-to-keep-mice-away-from-your-rv/.

One common problem with maintaining an RV is the unwanted entry of mice into it. Even if you have cleaned up the crumbs and food scraps from the last camping trip, mice and rodents still want to make their home in an RV. It could be the cozy warmth and dimness or the choice of wooden cabinets and electrical wirings to chew on. Whatever, mice are pests you’d rather do without, especially in a huge investment like an RV.

Getting rid of mice is not easy. But that shouldn’t be a deterrent. There are many techniques for keeping mice away from and nesting in your RV while it’s not in use and frustrated owners are willing to try anything until they find the most effective one. A combination of the methods mentioned below should do the trick. Some are weird and others are seemingly practical. Contributors of these ideas swear by their effectiveness but it’s up to you to find out for yourself.

1. Mothballs, dryer sheets and other mice repellent – it’s the odor these things give out that keep the mice away. Some repellents have scents that are tolerable and even nice for humans but offensive to mice.

2. Peppermint oil, cayenne pepper, lavender stalks and cloves - mice hate the smell of these herbs. Soak cotton balls in them and place in areas of the RV that mice like, such as in corners, under beds and in cabinets and drawers.

3. Antifreeze – this green liquid is used in cars. Leave small caps of it inside the RV. Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, a very toxic chemical that causes death. Make sure children and pets don’t have access to the RV if you use antifreeze.

4. When your RV is in storage, remove all mouse attractions like food and nesting material. If you’re storing it in a self-storage unit, you might want one that is nearby and easily accessible so you can check for mice from time to time. US Storage Centers says there are affordable units at sizes that are right for your RV.

5. Plug all openings in your RV. Check the sides and undersides for holes and gaps, furnace and air-conditioning vents and entries for plumbing and wiring. Check cabinets and closets for crevices and make sure their doors are securely closed.

There are many ideas for plugging openings where mice can enter.

  • Steel wool – mice don’t like the taste of steel and won’t chew through it. Steel wool, or wire sponge, is cheap and can be cut to fit different hole sizes. Buy the kind without soap.
  • Caulk – made especially for RVs and motorhomes, they fill gaps effectively.
  • Silicone or expanding foam – fill the gaps with silicone or expanding foam but try the foam on something else first if you don’t have much experience with it. It could expand more than you expected and cause damage to the RV.

6. Rat traps – these contraptions come in many types. Some promise bloody death for rats while others cage them in until you can check on the traps. Either way, it’s not a pleasant sight. But rat traps are very effective, especially when there’s cheese or peanut butter on or in it. The advantages of rat traps are immediate results, safer than poison baits and no odors of decomposing dead rats are left. Disposing of a brutally murdered rat or an alive and frisky one is its biggest turn off.

Marie Miller is a safety specialist. She includes the storage of RVs in her safety list since RVs are like second homes for families during summers.

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