Renting or owning your own home is a fantastic feeling that most people chase after for years. But living in your own property can be full of surprise problems such as pests, especially if your house, flat or apartment is in a city rather than a smaller town or village.
There are many pests found in our cities but here are the worst offenders to watch out for.
Surprisingly, foxes really can be a pest in cities. Over the last fifty years foxes have adapted well to life in cities and are now found across many urban locations. Foxes love cities because there are plenty of food sources available and they find shelter in gardens and other open spaces. As an example of numbers, there is an estimated 10,000 foxes currently living in the city of London.
Inner-city foxes can cause a wide range of problems for residents, from raiding through your rubbish bags and spilling the contents all over your property to digging up your lawn and garden searching for worms. Foxes also leave scents to mark their territories using strong smelling urine and droppings which can also be a nuisance to city residents.
Foxes can carry diseases which can be transferred to domestic cats and dogs. The animals often also carry fleas and parasites such as worms.
Rodents such as mice and rats are rife in cities and urban environments, mainly due to these places offering the most food and protection. Rats and mice consistency gnaw at things to keep their teeth filed down and often cause damage by chewing furniture and fittings. Besides chewing their way through electrical cables (possibly causing electrical fires), rats also carry parasites and diseases, which can be harmful.
Cockroaches are another common pest in urban environments because they love to hide away in rubbish and waste is plentiful in cities. Besides their unsightly physical appearance, cockroaches are a nuisance to city residents because they also carry harmful diseases and can be found tucked away in the strangest of places including furniture, wall and ceiling voids.
Bedbugs are another troublesome pest found in cities. Incredibly small and flat as a sheet of paper, bedbugs are a nuisance because they can fit into the smallest gaps of pretty much anything, from furniture to fittings. This makes them incredibly difficult to spot let alone remove. Bedbugs are particularly rife in cities because they are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide, of which there is plenty in urban communities.
Last but not least we have fleas. Fleas are a troublesome pest because they carry diseases and they lay eggs whilst they are on animals, which are then transferred around the home. These eggs eventually hatch into larvae which feeds on two things that are found all over homes: dead skin and dust. These larvae will then turn into fleas which in turn repeats the cycle again.
If you live in a city and believe you may have a problem with one or more of the pests mentioned above, it is strongly advisable that you visit your local council website for more information about how you can remove them from your home. If needs be, hire a private pest control company with a proven track record for complete peace of mind.
Tony Bond is the director of North London Pest Control, a company which specializes in removing pests from properties in the city.
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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St. George, UT 84770
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St. George, UT 84790
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A couple months back, Bulwark Pest Control promoted a word search puzzle on Facebook, and it quickly became the most engaging social media piece the Exterminators have done to-date. Over 10,000 participants responded to the puzzle, by commenting the first pest they found.
In case you missed it, here is the pest test word search:
After checking out the puzzle for yourself, what was the first pest that you found? Are you scared of this pest? Wondering how your find compares to everyone else’s?
Check out the below infographic:
What do you think? Comment below and let us know what the first pest you found in the pest test word search.
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!
In the world of insects, sometimes looking intimidating is enough to deter a predator. The shape and colors of insects say a lot about it’s adaptability and presence in the wild. In nature, bright colors are often a warning to stay away because of venom or poison, but this is not always the case since sometimes these merely act as decoys. Size and shape also serve to protect from and deter predators, but don’t mean that the insect is fearsome and aggressive.
To us humans, insects inspire responses ranging from revulsion to apprehension to total fear. Much of this comes from a natural dislike of bugs that crawl and buzz and fly. Since there are about 1.5 billion insects for every one of us, getting somewhat comfortable with this class of invertebrate may be important. Here are some insects whose creepy reputation outweighs their actual ability to do you harm.
These probably make the top of most lists of insects nearly everyone either actively hates, is generally revolted by, or would categorically avoid if nearby. While cockroaches are ugly and creepy looking, they don’t bite. Their only harm is the spread of bacteria, but this can be avoided in clean areas. One reason for their reputation as fearsome insects is that they are often found in large numbers and thus have the ability to truly disgust as a group.
Something about large, fast moving, flying, multi-colored insects inspires a nervous fear that we can’t overcome. Dragonflies are large and creepy looking, but totally harmless to humans. In fact, dragonflies do a lot of good by eating mosquitoes and other small destructive insects that pester you a lot more and are actually much more harmful.
These are pretty well known to be harmless to humans, but many people are afraid of contact with the garden insects. The praying mantis is quite hideous and has a fearsome disposition for smaller insects, but the worst you will get is a slight pinch by picking one up. Many a kid has even made a pet out of the praying mantis, so despite the loathsome appearance, these insects are quite docile.
These are large, stout beetles that look more intimidating than they actually are. They often have bright, metallic colored bodies and are scavengers for dung and decaying plant matter. The size and color of these beetles make them seem harmful, but they are harmless and will usually do everything they can to avoid you.
These arthropod insects can be both harmless and very deadly. For this reason, most people avoid contact with spiders. The assumption is that any spider you come across could bite you and potentially be venomous. Realistically, most spiders don’t have lethal venom and will not bite. Exercising caution is always a good idea around spiders, but the general rule is that by leaving them alone, they will leave you alone. Most spider bites result from carelessness or unintentionally getting too near a web.
Ben Vaughn writes on pest extermination in Utah and understanding insects and home infestation.
Nothing strikes horror into the hearts of homeowners or holiday makers than the pitter-patter of tiny feet. I’m not talking about children, I’m talking about cockroaches! The creepy crawlies are well-known for surviving in harsh conditions, breeding fast and populating areas quickly, and they carry an allergen which has been linked to human asthma. So how can we get cockroaches out of our homes for good?
Cockroaches can survive for forty-five minutes underwater, and can survive on the most surprising food sources, including gum and glue from postage stamps and envelopes. For this reason it can be particularly difficult to eliminate a cockroach problem once they have moved in. Some of the most effective steps you can take are preventative measures, including keeping a house clean and tidy
There are around thirty different species of cockroach which are typically found in homes and commercial properties. Most live for around a year, and in this time a female cockroach can lay up to 400 eggs, which is a frightening thought for anyone who has spotted a cockroach in their home. It can be hard to know exactly how to tackle the problem, as some cockroaches hide their eggs, while others carry them on the surface of their body, and other internally until they hatch.
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make is leaving food waste unattended or not cleaning properly. Cockroaches are a big problem but they are relatively small animals that don’t need much to survive. If you want rid of them it’s essential to ensure that absolutely nothing is there for them. Store your food in secure plastic containers rather than paper bags or cardboard boxes, which are easier for them to penetrate.
This is also true for the garden. Often cockroaches will become attracted to a home if the garden has a significant amount of waste available to feast on. Of course you can’t stop cockroaches coming into your garden, but you can ensure they don’t get inside by checking the exterior of the property for cracks and holes. Any potential cockroach-sized gaps should be filled in.
In terms of off-the-shelf cockroach solutions, there are two ways to go – poison or spiked food. If you have observed cockroaches, and you think you know where they access the property or a particular room you can apply cockroach poison to the area. This will stick to the body of the cockroach and poison them slowly.
Spiked food relies on the cockroaches taking the bait. Gels and pastes are available on the market which are highly appetizing for cockroaches, as well as deadly. The advantage of using this method is that you don’t have to necessarily find the cockroaches; they will find the food.
DIY pest control methods can be effective, but when you realize a female cockroach can lay hundreds of eggs each year, you will realize that any infestation will get worse exponentially. Pest control companies have access to special tools and equipment to deal with cockroaches, as well as the expert knowledge to know the right method to use.
Alan Derry writes on numerous topics in the pest control sector for more information see http://www.dogtrainingadvicethatworks.com/diy-dog-flea-removal-tips/
Pest control is a problem that many people do not want to think about; however, due to circumstances in their homes, they absolutely must. Before calling a pest control specialist, there are some important facts and considerations to keep in mind.
You might think that pest control is limited to a few small creatures such as termites, rodents, bed bugs and ants. However, this field is quite diverse and also includes birds, flies, cockroaches, spiders, bees and other outdoor creatures according to the National Pest Management Association. Why does this matter? Well, when a problem lurks in or around the house, you need not assume that it falls under another category. Indeed, you can call pest control specialists to help you out.
Some people do not get too wound up about pests because they think they cannot cause any real harm. However, a beehive can simply be deadly to a person who is allergic, and termites can cause the whole house to collapse. According to Pest World, cockroaches have the ability to bring diseases in with them, and rodents can cause some serious problems as well. It’s also simply unsanitary to have these creatures walking through your home and kitchen.
Another incorrect assumption is that they generally do not bother each other since they are all animals. Mites can cause major problems in a pet’s ears, and fleas can cause them to scratch at their skin terribly. Fleas might also cause them to develop internal problems. Until the pest control professionals come to take care of the problem, keep your beloved pets away from the pests.
When you call up pest control services, it’s important to learn a bit about the methods that they employ. For example, some of them are able to use exterior tools to eliminate pests. Devices will be placed around the perimeter of the home, and no poisons, sprays or gases need to come into the house. If only those latter methods are used, it’s important to ensure that everyone, including the pets, has a safe place to go. You must also put children’s and pets’ toys in places where they will be safe.
Unfortunately, although pest control services do their best to eliminate these creatures, you need to focus on finding a method that works for your specific home. For example, having one round of termite treatment is not going to be enough in most situations. In fact, finding a company that offers constant monitoring, once a month or so, is the best idea. Not only does it ensure that these pests will be kept out of your home, if you ever try to sell the house, you will be able to tell the prospective owners that pest control has been a priority.
When you find pests in your home, don’t panic. Call up a trusted service professional, and start working on a plan to eliminate these creatures.
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Cockroaches can ruin an otherwise perfect Valentine’s Day, even if you have taken the time to buy her expensive jewelry and roses. Cockroaches are a romance killer. Show her how much you love her this Valentine’s Day by getting roach control.
Cockroaches are older then dirt. Fossils show that roaches have been around at least 300 million years, looking as ugly then as they do now. These hardy, homely insects have outlived dinosaurs, endured the Ice Age, survived world wars, and will probably be around long after the human race is gone.
Cockroaches eat just about everything, except poison. As omnivorous insects, roaches feed on whatever they fancy. Their favorite foods include a few of yours—sugary sweets, salty snacks, meats, cheeses, and other treats. They’ll also munch on book bindings, dead bugs, blood, doggie doo, and other disgusting things. Taste hairs on the cockroaches’ head let it sample food first. Anything that tastes like poison is automatically rejected.
Cockroaches love the night. Dark, cramped quarters are cockroaches’ favorite hideouts. At night fall, they slip through cracks in the walls and floor in search of something to eat. They can fit through openings as thin as a dime.
Cockroaches get turned on by warm weather. Summertime is the roaches’ favorite season. They thrive in the heat. Once temperatures dip below 50 degrees, these coldblooded bugs die or go into hibernation. As things warm up they go back to feeding and breeding.
Cockroaches become resistant to insecticides. Over the years, roaches have developed a resistance to insecticides that once were very effective. As a result, the poisons had less effect on each succeeding generation. Ineffective spraying can also contribute to resistance, allowing tougher roaches to survive and pass on more tolerant genes.
Just like we mentioned above, roaches are hearty bugs that have survived millions of years and hundreds of different pesticides. St. George, UT pest control professionals are up-to-date on the latest and most effective roach control methods. If you are experiencing roaches in or around your St. George property, contact a local pest control professional today!
56 North 500 East
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