With the summer of 2013 now officially at an end, I thought I’d ask the exterminators at Bulwark Pest Control in St. George what pests they were receiving the most phone calls about this past summer.
These are the top three pests in St. George:
Cockroaches can cause so many different health problems, spreading bacteria, parasites and worms. In fact, germs that roaches pick up from consuming garbage and sewage are actually protected by a roaches’ body and can remain alive and active for weeks; allowing the dirty bugs to spread germs. It should come as no surprise, that roaches are called about quite frequently in St. George. In addition to being dirty disease spreading bugs, roaches are also very hardy and multiply like crazy. When you start to see a few of these inside your home or kitchen, it’s best to call a St. George roach exterminator before the problem grows.
Despite the fact that spiders are beneficial, gobbling up millions of Southern Utah pests by injecting a chemical that liquefies their victims; nobody wants to find one in their bedroom. Of all the different species of spiders found in St. George, the Black Widow spider is the most infamous. With her shiny black abdomen marked underneath by a bright red hour glass, the Black Widow spider is unmistakable. When a homeowner finds a few in his or her home, they know that they are dealing with this venomous spider. Frequent sightings of Black Widow spiders require professional St. George spider control.
A nation-wide survey was recently done by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) in which participants were asked what pests they are experiencing the most. The number one response was ants. Those findings were equally shared by the residents of St. George, UT; as ants were the number one called about pests.
Carpenter ants, Field ants, Pavement ants, and Fire ants are all found in St. George. With St. George’s dry weather and moderate winters, it allows these ants to multiply and spread very rapidly. Serious infestations of these ants require professional St. George ant control.
If you live in Southern Utah, and are frequently seeing roaches, spiders, or ants of any kind, it’s time to call a St. George exterminator!
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Bugs are not only annoying, but can also pose a threat to the health of our families. With that in mind, using harsh chemicals to repel or kill bugs can also be dangerous, especially around children or pets that don’t know any better. This is why it’s important for families to try natural methods before they resort to unsafe and/or expensive chemicals. While it’s also important to keep in mind that neglecting to address an infestation that needs professional attention can pose an even bigger threat to your family, there are things you can do to avoid this from happening to you in the first place. After making sure that you’re keeping your home and yard clean and tidy, there are plenty of things you can do to repel or kill bugs with items and natural ingredients you already have at home. Here are some of our top suggestions.
Using strong smelling essential oils is a pretty common method of repelling many different kinds of insects, including spiders, bees, ants, and more. And it smells good, too! You can use this method by filling a spray bottle almost completely with water, but with enough room to add about 5 drops of liquid dish soap, and 10-15 drops of the essential oil. Depending on your scent preference, the essential oil that you use is up to you. Typically, the stronger the smell is, the more it will work. Tea tree, peppermint, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and cedar wood scents are all great ideas for this recipe. Spray it on all entrances, as well as the perimeter of your house, and any other areas that they are attracted to. Planting these herbs outside your home will also help steer them away.
Other scents that have been known to deter insects: citronella, vinegar, garlic, pepper, cinnamon, and catnip. Keeping your surfaces clean and sanitized regularly will also help steer them away, as well as wash away the territorial scent that they may leave behind.
Get a cat! They are natural hunters and are pretty good at catching bugs. Most times they will just kill it, but they have been known to eat them, so make sure you’re not dealing with any poisonous spiders.
Many different insects are attracted to syrupy, sugary substances, such as ants, bees, wasps, and flies. The homemade bait trap is simple and can be altered to target the specific bugs you’re having an issue with. The basic idea is to create a trap with a container filled with a sugary liquid that will attract them. Cover the container with a lid, cut a hole just big enough for them to enter, and add oil to the inside walls to prevent them from crawling back out. Place the trap in an area where the insects are usually found. They’ll try to drink the liquid and will get stuck in there and die. You can use mason jars, 2-liter soda bottles with the tops cut off, buckets, or whatever you have on hand that is an appropriate size for your needs.
The liquid that you put in the trap can also be altered, depending on what type of bug you’re trying to trap. Sugary water will generally attract most insects, but some may be even more attracted to something else. For example, sweet juices, such as berry or mango, can be used to attract more cockroaches.
For mosquitoes: mix one cup of sugar and one cup of very warm water, then stir in one teaspoon of active dry yeast until bubbly and frothy, then stir in an additional cup of room-temperature water and pour into the desired container you’ll be using for your trap, but don’t put the lid on quite yet. Cover the top loosely with plastic wrap and place in a dark, warm, and humid place for about a week so the yeast will ferment. Then place the lid on with the hole and hang in the problematic area.
For fruit flies: add a big spoonful of jam to the bottom of the container first, and then fill with equal parts of fermented liquid such as wine or beer, and water. Finish off with a half-teaspoon of oil and seal the top with plastic wrap and a rubber band, and poke lots of tiny holes with a toothpick.
When all else fails, you may have to result to a pest control company. Be sure not to underestimate the problem, however, some insects can cause a lot of damage in a pretty short amount of time. Good luck!
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During the past few years US cities, including St. George, UT, have been dealing with a bedbug epidemic. Bedbugs have been found in Southern Utah apartment complexes, hotels, movie theaters, buses, nursing homes, schools, hospitals, and even Dixie State College. Property managers and tenants alike need to be able to identify bedbugs, know the best bedbug prevention measures, and know the Utah bedbug laws.
Adult bedbugs are reddish-brown in color, and are a flat, oval shape. After feeding on a blood meal, a bedbug will no longer be flat, but will appear engorged and swollen. They will also turn a darker red in color after eating a blood meal. Adult bedbugs are approximately ¼ inch in length. Bedbug larvae are much smaller.
In know it’s easier said than done, but the best way to prevent bedbugs is to take caution when traveling and sleeping in hotels. Before crawling into an unfamiliar bed, thoroughly check the mattress seams and bedding for bedbug activity. Check the furniture, outlets, and baseboards for activity as well, as bedbugs like to hide there too.
If you do happen to bring home some blood-sucking bedbugs, professional pest control measures should be taken.
Currently, there are 22 states in the United States that have bedbug laws. As of 4/2013, there is only one law in Utah’s books that specifically addresses bedbugs. It’s important to note, that proposed bedbug legislation is continuously being brought to the table, and that the laws can change. The law reads as follows:
Utah Administrative Code Rule R392-200. Design, Construction, Operation, Sanitation, and Safety of Schools
Effective measures intended to minimize the presence of bedbugs on the premises shall be utilized. The premises shall be maintained so that propagation, harborage, or feeding of is prevented.
The purpose of this blog post is to provide general information to the residents of Southern Utah. If you are a landlord, tenant, or bedbug victim, seek the professional advice of a licensed St. George attorney who specializes in bedbug cases.McMullin Legal Group, PLLC
If you have the unfortunate task of battling bedbugs, don’t go at it alone. Instead, get the help of a licensed pest control professional. The same goes for battles against cockroaches, ants, spiders, and scorpions. Get pest control!
If you’ve lived in Southern Utah for long, you’ve likely had an unfortunate encounter with the Red Imported Fire ant. After making its unwanted debut in the late 1930’s, the fire ant has spread to most of the southern states. They sting, they bite, and they destroy property.
Red Imported Fire ants have red bodies, and black abdomens. The worker ants range in size from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch in length. There bodies are covered with long, bristly hairs.
Red Imported Fire Ant nests are easily identifiable because of their large mounds that protrude above the ground. These mounds reach heights of almost three feet high, and can measure two feet in diameter. Fire ant nests can also reach depths of over eight feet. These mounds cause significant property and environmental damage; damaging tree and plant roots, and electrical equipment in which they are attracted.
Red Imported Fire ants do bite, but they are well known for their painful stings. If a homeowner reports being stung by an ant, it’s safe to assume it’s a Red Imported Fire ant. No other species of North American ant can sting; although others will bite. Fire ants are very aggressive pests. If disturbed, hundreds of stinging worker ants will spill out of the nest in order to defend it. Pest control professionals and homeowners alike should take extreme caution when dealing with these malevolent ants.
Eliminating those pesky fire ants from your property is no easy task. If you opt for over-the-counter pest control products that come in aerosol cans to solve the problem, you’ll be disappointed. They don’t work. The fire ants will scatter, only to return to their nest when traces of the pesticides subside. Instead, seek the services of an ant control professional.
If you have been unsuccessful in your attempts to control fire ants around your property, a pest control company who specializes in ant control is the way to go. These companies are up-to-date on all the effective methods used to control fire ants. They will provide a combination of baits, sprays, drenches, and granules; consistently. Their continual and effective strategy will eliminate the fire ants from your home.
Living in St. George, UT you have been well accustomed to those pesky biting ants; and you’re not the only one who finds them a nuisance.
A nationwide survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) discovered that this country’s #1 pest nuisance is of course, the ant. Colonies are usually located in the ground, but ants become a major nuisance when they enter homes looking for shelter and food.
Ants will also tunnel through your property, and nest in the walls of your home. Ant infestations can even compromise the integrity of your home if the infestation is serious enough… Warranting them as more than just a nuisance.
The nationwide survey was conducted by asking licensed pest control professionals what their most common customer complaint is. Every single person surveyed stated that they have encountered ants in the last year; and the majority feel that ant infestations are on the rise.
Here is a list of the most common ants in St. George, Utah:
The NMPA’s national survey also found that pest professionals are very successful in treating the majority of ant infestations. Ant control is a three-part process of inspection, identification and treatment.
If you live in Southern Utah, and are frequently seeing ants around your home or property, get professional ant control today!Bulwark Exterminating
Ants are one of the most thriving groups of insects. They are defined as social insects that live in colonies. Colonies are usually located in the ground, but many enter our homes looking for shelter and food. Ants eat almost every type of food, but those entering homes are looking specifically for sweets and anything with protein. They also can cause pain from stings or bites. They will spoil your food, and damage your property.
The United States hosts almost 1,000 different species of ants. Of these, only 25 species commonly infest homes. There are six different species of ants that commonly infest St. George homes. The most common ants found in St. George include:
Argentine Ants: Though the Argentine Ant is a small, non-stinging ant, it is very territorial and aggressive and will drive away or kill competing ant species. They make a chemical called iridomyr-mecin which they smear on their enemies to kill them or make them run away. Neighboring colonies of Argentine ants appear not to be aggressive toward each other, allowing for the rapid spread and domination of this species. More…
Black Ants: Little black ants can carry 20 times their bodies weight. During the night, workers move eggs and young larvae deeper underground to protect them from the cold. More…
Carpenter Ants: Carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood they remove during nest-building activities. Instead, they deposit it in piles just outside the entrances to the colony. The wood is used solely as a nesting site. More…
Fire Ants: Most red imported fire ant stings result in a raised welt that becomes a white pustule. If a person is allergic, however, he or she may experience a more grave reaction. Victims rarely receive a single sting; instead, a person typically receives many hundred stings simultaneously. Red imported fire ant colonies may contain numerous queens and have multiple satellite colonies. Up to 200 mounds per acre have been found. More…
Harvester Ants: Harvester ant colonies are typically widely separated; however, there can be heavy infestations in pasture and rangeland. These ants are known to destroy agricultural crops and can significantly reduce crop yields if left uncontrolled. They colonize in ornamental turf and landscape areas where their presence is undesirable. More…
Pharaoh Ants: Pharaoh ants mechanically transmit disease and contaminate sterile materials. Mature colonies can contain 300,000 or more members. More…
Ants attack and defend themselves by biting or stinging. When an ant stings, it will inject an acidic chemical which can cause pain, swelling, and/or irritation. Because of this, some ant species are widely considered a pest control problem. Unfortunately, because of the adaptive nature of most ant colonies, eliminating the entire group is nearly impossible. Therefore, it becomes a matter of controlling the local pest population, rather than exterminating the entire colony.
If you are a St. George, UT resident, and you are seeing Black, Fire, Carpenter, Pharaoh, Harvester, or Argentine Ants in your home, contact an ant control specialist today!
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St. George, UT 84770
Truly Nolen Pest Control
630 North 3050 East
St. George, UT 84790
3568 West 900 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Copyright ? 2009 ThomasB. Visit the original article at http://blogpestcontrol.com/2009/07/ant-video-pest-control-for-ants/. Have you ever asked yourself these questions: Why do ants walk in a line?
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What is a group of ants called? An Ant Colony.
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