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 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.
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 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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 +
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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If there’s anything more unpleasant than being confronted by flies, bugs and other unpleasant creepy-crawlies around the house, we’re not sure what it is. Because of this, we’ve put together this article so that you can take the necessary steps to keep those unwanted visitors (far) away!
If there is one room in the house that represents a real breeding ground for pests, it’s the kitchen. The sheer amount of stains, food and dirt that passes through this room during the day makes it an absolute party location for flies and other bugs. Fortunately, the most effective way to avoid those nasty bugs coming into the kitchen is quite a simple one. Simply ensure that any waste is disposed of immediately, and that the surfaces in the room are regularly wiped down using a strong bacterial cleaner. It’s worth remembering that because it’s such a key location in terms of pest removal, keeping your kitchen sparkling clean is almost half the battle.
Other substantial cause of bugs in or around the house are wet-spots and damp. Therefore, if you spot any areas of excess moisture, try to dry and clean them as soon as possible. Some common causes include dripping radiator pipes, water leaking down the sides of a bath or shower, as well as small gaps appearing in the roof. Regularly inspect your attic for moisture, too, as holes in the roofing are a common cause.
Another breeding ground for bugs, an overgrown garden is a sure-fire way to increase the risk of those unpleasant inhabitants getting into the house. Fortunately, there are a few ways to ensure your green space works with you rather than against! Firstly, make sure that you take the time to rake away dead or decaying leaves, as well as grass clippings: these all provide a perfect ecosystem for insects and other bugs to breed. Also, if you’re growing your own compost (which is not a bad idea in itself), keep it in a sealed storage item such as an upright plastic bin. This means that even if the bugs do find it, they’ll at least be trapped in the one area.
Over time, gaps will naturally appear in almost any home; it’s just a consequence of natural wear and tear. However, failing to seal these gaps up runs the risk of bugs and other insects using them as entranceways. A range of different rooms are susceptible to openings, including both the basement and the roof, areas where pipes access the house, laundry or air vents. You should also regularly check the weather stripping on doors and windows, as these are susceptible to cracking in the long term.
A much lesser known cause of bugs and insects is actually your pet. Yes, it’s true: your beloved four legged friend is on the side of the pests! Fortunately, it’s in quite an indirect way. Anyone who’s accidentally left a pet food bowl on the floor for a day or two will know that the meaty, fatty chunks in there are like catnip to ants and flies. Ensure that you always keep your faithful companions bowl clean, and change the food regularly. That way, the contents of the dish won’t lie there for anymore than a few hours at once!
As a general rule it’s important to make sure that you always maintain a high standard of cleanliness. Always throw out trash at the earliest possible opportunity, and make sure that you wipe down surfaces regularly.
Tony Bond is the founder of Essex Pest Control Ltd, a well-established pest control company with a great deal of experience in removing unwanted guests from both domestic and commercial properties.
The following infographic is an excellent resource for identifying a Brown Recluse; and what to do in the unlikely event of being bit by one of these dangerous spiders.
While the Brown Recluse spider is not commonly found in Southern Utah, there are other dangerous spiders that lurk. Some of these include the Black Widow Spider and the Desert Recluse. Even if the spider is not venomous or dangerous, like in cases involving Wolf spiders and common House spiders, you don’t want them in your St. George home, scurrying across your walls and floors.
If you are frequently seeing spiders inside your St. George home, or on your property, it’s time you solicit the help of a spider control professional. Get St. George spider control today!Bulwark Exterminating
Boxelder bugs may not bite, sting, or transmit diseases, but they certainly are a nuisance. Although they don’t cause much damage to homes or plants, their feces has the ability to stain light-covered surfaces, not to mention that smashing them can release a rather foul stench.
So what, exactly, are boxelder bugs? They are black-and-red bugs that attracted to the box elder tree, hence their name. They also are drawn to maple and ash trees. Boxelder bugs are considered a nuisance bug, as they swarm in droves and can find their way inside your home, although they mostly tend to stay outside during warmer weather. They tend to invade buildings during the autumn, in order to find a place to overwinter.
Adult boxelder bugs narrow, elongated, flat-backed insects that are about Â½ inch long and 1/3 inch wide. They are a dark, brownish-black color with three red strips going lengthwise from the area behind their head. Their heads are black with an reddish-orange proboscis, or beak. They have four segmented antennae that are long and thin, and are usually half as long as their body. Their wings are membranous on top, while being thick and leathery at the base. Boxeleder bugs have red veins in their wings, and their abdomens are red beneath the wings. Nymphs, or baby boxelder bugs, closely resemble adults, except they are rounder, smaller, wingless, and completely bright red.
During the autumn, boxelder bugs must seek shelter for overwintering during the cold, harsh months of winter. They are attracted to lights and often fly in through open windows and doors. When they are outdoors during the hot, dry summer months, they are usually found on the sides of trees or buildings. They reemerge during the warm months of spring, relocating from their hiding places into living spaces.
During warm spring and summer months, boxelder bugs feast and reproduce upon female box elder trees. They consume sap by sucking it from the leaves, tender twigs, and developing seeds. Occasionally they will also feast and reproduce on male box elder trees, which can cause minor deformities of fruit and leaves, as well as yellow leaf discoloration.
Since boxelder bugs mainly feast on box elder trees, the obvious solution for these nuisance insects is to remove the source of the problem. By taking out the trees they like to populate, you would be dramatically decreasing the boxelder bug population. Some towns have outlawed these types of trees, although adult bugs can fly up to 2 or more miles in search of another place to live.
Boxelder bugs are a nuisance, which is why you really don’t want them hanging around. They could ruin your curtains of furniture with their fecal matter, and they will literally stink up the place upon death. If you’ve noticed a large population of boxelder bugs in your area, you should consider contacting a pest control professional.
About the author: Chris is a blogger for a odessa pest control company. His wife has appointed him as official bug remover of the home, and regardless of what he is doing he drops it and takes care of the spider, beetle, or other creepy crawly.
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.