• When Pest Control Should Not Be a DIY Project

    December 3, 2013 // No Comments »

    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

    bedbug

    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

    termites

    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

    Cicada_Swarm

    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.

     

    Posted in Pest Control

    The Worst Pest Hazards Faced By City Residents

    November 14, 2013 // No Comments »

    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.

    Foxes

    City Fox

    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

    brown rat

    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

    dead cockroach

    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

    bedbug

    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.

    Fleas

    flea

    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.

    Featured images:
    • License: Royalty Free or iStock source: www.sxc.hu

    Tony Bond is the director of North London Pest Control, a company which specializes in removing pests from properties in the city.

     

    Posted in Pest Control

    Top 3 Pests In St. George

    November 4, 2013 // No Comments »

    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:

    3. Roaches

    Cockroach

    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.

    2. Spiders

    Black Widow Spider

    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.

    1. Ants

    Fire ants

    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.

    St. George Pest 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!

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

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

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

    Posted in St. George Pest Control

    How To Reduce The Risk Of Pests In Your Home

    October 25, 2013 // No Comments »

    Rat Pest

    Summary

    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!

    Keep your kitchen clean

    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.

    Keep your home dry

    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.

    Ensure your garden is kept clean

    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.

    Ensure that you always repair gaps

    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.

    Ensure your pets have their own dining space

    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!

    In conclusion

    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.

    Featured images:
    • License: Royalty Free or iStock source: www.sxc.hu

    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.

    Posted in Pest Control

    Treating Brown Recluse Bites Infographic

    October 14, 2013 // No Comments »

    Brown Recluse Spider

    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.

    Treating Brown Recluse Bites Infographic 

    Bulwark Exterminating Brown Recluse Infographic

    St. George Spider Control

    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
    56 North 500 East
    St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 627-8840
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com   
    Truly Nolen Pest Control
    630 North 3050 East
    St. George, UT 84790
    (435) 688-1092
    trulynolen.com   
    Terminix
    3568 West 900 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    (801) 618-2410
    terminix.com 

    Posted in Spider Control, St. George Pest Control

    All About Boxelder Bugs

    October 1, 2013 // No Comments »

    boxelder bug swarm

    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.

    What Are Boxelder Bugs?

    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.

    What Do Boxelder Bugs Look Like?

    Adult boxelder bugs narrow, elongated, flat-backed insects that are about ½ 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.

    What Do Boxelder Bugs Do?

    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.

    What Do Boxelder Bugs Eat?

    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.

    How to Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs

    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.

    Posted in Bugs, Pest Control

    Pest Test Infographic

    September 13, 2013 // No Comments »

    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:

    Pest Test Word Search 

    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:

    Pest Test Infographic 

     

    Pest Test Infographic

    What do you think? Comment below and let us know what the first pest you found in the pest test word search.

    Posted in Bugs, Pest Control

    DIY: Natural Insect Repellents & Traps

    September 4, 2013 // No Comments »

    Ant Pests

    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.

    Natural Repellents

    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.

    Homemade Bait Traps

    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!

    Family Home Pest Control is proud to bring you a series of helpful articles that will help you find environmentally friendly ways to help reduce the bugs around your house.

    Posted in Pest Control

    Black Lighting Scorpions For Scorpion Control

    August 21, 2013 // No Comments »

    Are looking for more to do in St. George?

    Are your bored with the St. George nightlife?

    If so, why not try black lighting scorpions… It can make for a very entertaining nighttime adventure that can also keep your home and property scorpion free.

    Scorpion Control With Black Light Flashlights

    If you are a St. George area resident, you are all too familiar with the stinging Bark scorpion. You see these scorpions scurrying across your tile floors in the bathroom, climbing your walls in the kitchen, and even hiding in the bed sheets in your bedroom. If you are worried about these scorpions stinging you or your family, its time to take action! It’s time to buy a black light flashlight.

    Your first step is to go to your local hardware store, and pick up a LED black light flashlight. That same night, as the sun goes down, turn out all the lights in your home and around your property. Head outside with your newly acquired black light flashlight. Shine the black light in the areas you have been finding scorpions. Outside, look along the edges of your home, paying close attention to where the stucco or siding meets your home’s foundation.

    Upon doing this, you will know when you spot a scorpion. They glow a bright greenish-blue, and pop out among the St. George landscape. If you have wood piles or concrete walls on your property, examine these areas closely with your black light flashlight as well. These areas tend to be a hotbed for scorpion activity because the scorpions feed on the crickets and other insects that hide out there as well.

    If you wish to exterminate scorpions that you find while black light hunting, do so with caution. Scorpion stings can be very painful and can even lead to hospitalization. When exterminating scorpions, have a shovel handy or wear thick soled shoes to squash the pinching, stinging arachnids. If you plan on picking up the scorpions you find, do so with a paint stick or ruler wrapped with tape (sticky side out).

    Black-Light Scorpion

    St. George, Utah Scorpion Control

    Save yourself some trouble of having to go scorpion hunting, and hire a professional St. George scorpion control professional. Let a scorpion exterminator take your scorpion worries away.

    Bulwark Exterminating
    56 North 500 East
    St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 627-8840
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com   
    Truly Nolen Pest Control
    630 North 3050 East
    St. George, UT 84790
    (435) 688-1092
    trulynolen.com   
    Terminix
    3568 West 900 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    (801) 618-2410
    terminix.com 

     

    Posted in Scorpion Control

    Protect Yourself Against West Nile Virus

    August 15, 2013 // No Comments »

    Feeding Mosquito

    West Nile Virus has become a serious matter in the United States. Over 5,600 cases alone were reported by the CDC in 2012 – a scary number when taking in consideration that it can potentially lead to death. West Nile may be a rapid spreading epidemic that’s difficult to control, but you can take safety precautions to ensure you don’t contract it.

    Mosquito Proof Your House

    Mosquitos are the main transmitters of West Nile Virus, so you’ll want to make sure that your house is mosquito-proof. Mosquitos are attracted to cool areas, which is why they come flocking indoors. Be sure to implement the use of window screens and citronella candles to ward of these blood suckers. If all else fails, call an exterminator.

    Use Bug Repellent

    Bug Repellent

    Children and elderly people tend to suffer the most mosquito bites, so it’s vital that you take precautions before sending them outside. Spray-on bug repellent helps keep mosquitos at bay, so you and your family members of all ages can enjoy the outdoors during the summer.

    Wear Clothing That Covers Your Skin

    When possible, wear clothing that covers your arms and legs when going outside, especially if you plan to be near water. West Nile is, unfortunately, most prevalent in the hotter parts of the U.S. – from the southeast to Texas – so covering your skin will be uncomfortable. Although it’s tempting to lose the layers, it’s important to cover as much skin as possible when outdoors during the summer months in order to discourage mosquito bites.

    Make Your Yard Unattractive to Mosquitoes

    It is imperative that you make your yard as unattractive to mosquitos as possible, especially if you and your family spend a lot of time outside. The best way to do this is to remove all standing water from your yard – that means bird baths, full flower pots, koi ponds – and yes, even swimming pools. There is nothing more than blood that mosquitoes are attracted to besides bodies of standing water, which is where they lay their eggs.

    You can also repel mosquitoes from your yard by bringing in a few bird feeders or plants that birds are attracted to. Mosquitoes naturally stay far away from birds, since birds will just as soon east them as look at them.

    Use Bug Zappers

    Bug zappers are devices designed to attract and then kill insects, such as mosquitoes, so it’s a smart idea to have some hanging around the outside of your home. If you don’t wish to purchase a bug zapper, consider making one yourself as a DIY project.

    Although mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus, not all of them do. Mosquitoes can harbor a variety of diseases that wouldn’t be pleasant to catch. Not everyone who contracts West Nile Virus will experience symptoms. Out of everyone who catches West Nile, only 5 percent will actually get sick, although 5-10 percent of people infected will die from the disease. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been infected, seek medical treatment immediately.

    There is no vaccine for West Nile Virus, so it’s important to take precautionary measures in order to prevent mosquito bites. For more information regarding the mosquito population where you live, call your local pest control professionals.

    About the author: Chris is writer for an El Paso pest control company.

    Posted in Health, Mosquitoes, Pest Control

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