Everybody has pests insects or bugs in their home at one time or another in their lives. Some are easier to get rid of than others. Calling in a professional pest control company, generally means you are most likely to find a long lasting solution, rather than simply spraying a little insecticide yourself.
Wasps nests can be handled easily if they are in the ground. It is simple enough to see where the wasps are entering into the soil. Then you just buy a puffer bottle of powder from the hardware shop, squirt it around the nest entrance and the wasps carry it in. What if the nest is up a tree, or under the roofing system of the house. Do you really wish to be up a ladder being stung by countless upset wasps?
Wasps are attracted to many types of food, they live on protein as well as sugars. Often people believe wasps eat just sweet food, such as fruit, sugary drinks, alcohol and sweets etc, although these foods are attractive to insect activity.
It is common to see them tucking into meat and pretty much anything they can get to. Therefore it is not just a case of removing the sweets from the picnic! The best thing to do if you are being overwhelmed in the garden is to watch them for a while and find where they are coming from, then call in a professional wasp exterminator such as Local Pest Control North Port who will safely and effectively remove the problem.
If you have bed bugs in your house, the only thing on your mind will be getting rid of them as quickly as possible. Bed bugs stay close to a food source, so are found where people tend to rest and sleep, hence the name bed bug. The frustration they can cause is not only due to the emotional stress of dealing with parasites, but also the irritation of their bites and the potential for secondary infection from constant scratching.
There has been a recent resurgence of bed bugs in homes biting people at night. It is widely thought that this is related to a global increase in international travel (bed bugs are known to travel in luggage or clothing). We understand how distressing bed bugs can be.
Ants are a pain in many houses. Finding the nest and pouring boiling water onto it might be really satisfying, but it will not eliminate more than a few thousands of the countless ants in the nest.
If you’re worried that you might be at risk from an ant infestation you can put in place some simple ant repellant and ant deterrent measures. The checklist below will help you keep your home or business free from ants, or make sure your infestation doesn’t grow.
Most ants only come into your home to look for food. They are attracted to anything that’s sweet and sticky, which is why you find ants in kitchen cupboards or areas where food is kept.
With that in mind it’s important to not leave temptation in their path. To get rid of ants you must remember to:
Above all, cover any food in storage areas - you don’t know where ants have been walking before they march across your food.
If after going through our checklist you still continue to suffer from ant infestation problems our bespoke ant extermination and control service is designed to combat your Ant infestation issues with the most appropriate and effective control methods.
So call today Local Pest Control North Port on 727-686-4172 to arrange an appointment.
Finding termites can be hard, yet locating where they lie is absolutely necessary to choose the right termite eliminator program. The traditional method is to tap on the wood with the back of a screw driver, or to poke holes into the walls or even pull them apart.
Annual termite inspections are essential for early detection of termite activity on any property. It will prevent the potential for large scale damage and expensive repairs. Our termite inspections also assess the conditions that make a property more susceptible to timber pests and ways to minimise the risk of attack. A great majority of homes in Florida are at risk from termite attack.
We recommend a competent pest inspection at least on an annual basis and in some cases more frequent depending on your risk of termites.
A comprehensive annual termite inspection by Local Pest Control North Port is the best protection against termites. It can detect termite activity and prevent long term damage to your property.
Most of our termite inspectors now have the use of up to the minute infrared termite detection system, which is fast, reliable and does not require any damage to your house.
Your local Pest control company is extremely discreet and can be contacted over the Internet, so your neighbours need not know that you have unwelcome visitors. After all, it's not the type of thing anybody likes to promote.
Killing bed bugs yourself can be a daunting task. They can hide under base boards, the back of dresser drawers, behind light switches... just about anywhere. The adult bed bug is about the size of an apple seed and flat, until they feed that is. While bed bugs are not a heath danger (do not carry or transmit diseases), they are enough to keep you awake at night just thinking about them. A single bed bug bite can easily be mistaken for a mosquito bite and written off as such giving them time to multiply. Once you find one you can be assured that there are hundreds if not thousands more.
In the long run, a full blown infestation might require a professional exterminator. After all, how many is to many? Before you decide to take action, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Bed bugs can live a year without feeding on a hosts blood (usually you). An adult female can lay 200 - 500 eggs in her lifetime. It generally takes an egg 50 days to mature. So whether you're a do-it-yourselfer or hire a pro, it will take several treatments and constant observation. With that said... If the problem has not gotten to far out of control there are several ways to win the fight against bedbugs. The first 3 listed here are required no matter what you do next
1* Wash everything in site in the hottest water you can find. Begbugs start dying off at around 114 degrees F. Then use a dryer on its hottest setting. Not out on the line to air dry. Temperature is key. In hot, dry climates (Phoenix for example) it is just as effective to out your bedding and cloths in a black garbage bag and set it out in the sun for an afternoon.
2* Vacuum. Vacuum every corner, crook and cranny. Vacuum the drapes, the box springs, the furniture, etc. Vacuum like your life depended on it. Bed bugs are not dirty critters. They don't care about crumbs or old food like cockroaches. But they need vacuumed up and then take the whole vacuum cleaner outside to change bags... Vacuum again.
3* Steam Clean. Now that you have their attention, combine #1 and #2. Put hot, HOT water in the steam cleaner and go over the room again.
4* Just as effective as heat is, cold works also. Problem is that it needs to stay below freezing for 2 weeks to work.
5* Biological warfare. Prior to WWII beg bugs were all but eliminated. Around that time the government outlawed DDTs. Sense then there numbers have been rising and forced tamer chemicals and traps. There are numerous chemicals on the market but nearly all of them are not intended to touch the skin. These are best meant for non-traffic areas, box springs, drapes, etc.
6* Mattress Bags. Depending on the level of bedbug infestation, your best bet may be to discard the mattress all together. For milder cases, the chemicals from #5 can be sprinkled on and injected into the mattress before you seal it in a waterproof mattress bag. They start at about $60 and go up depending on the size needed.
7* Diatomaceous Earth. This is the alternative to harsh chemicals. It is an all natural powder ground up from little tiny fossils of single-celled algae. They even put it in dog food as a preservative. On a microscopic level it has jagged edges that cut and kill the bedbugs as they crawl across it. Basically it is just dirt.
8* Traps and Tape. This is more for monitoring but flypaper, roach traps and the like will allow you to keep tabs on how effective your efforts have been so far. And then from any shipping supply store you can pickup double sided sticky tape to wrap around the sides of the mattress. Yet another way to trap and monitor bed bug traffic.
9* Thyme and tree leaf oil. These are a repellent more then anything else. It does not kill them. They get a whiff of it and head the other way. But remember that bed bugs can live a year without feeding so they are still reproducing.
10* Neem. Neem oil and neem extract. If you find that you have been attacked by bed bugs, this will sooth the itching and moisturize the skin. Matter of fact it is good for the skin whether you have bed bugs or not. Bonus is that it keeps the bedbugs off of you while sleeping.
There we have 7 ways to kill bed bugs and a few ways to monitor your progress in controlling bed bugs. The more you combine the above recommendations the better luck you will have before the need for an exterminator. Just a work of warning though... if you do break down and need to hire an exterminator, they will ask you to clean up anyway before they even show up. Get rid of clutter. ' ziplock ' bag all cloths, bedding, sheets, and so on. Vacuum and basically do everything mentioned above in 1 though 3.
In closing, know that before you begin, it will take weeks and months of constant cleaning, washing, monitoring, vacuuming over and over again to successfully kill the bed bugs throughout there whole life cycle. And hopefully you can catch it before it spreads through out the house. All it takes is a couple of stowaways in the laundry, luggage, sleeping bags or any fabric that you tote around.
Insects are our friends. Though there are some varieties that can cause problems for us, especially if we are gardeners; there are many varieties that are benign, and others that are beneficial because they control other insects that are pests. Trying to rid your yard, garden or landscape of insects completely is not in the best interest of the overall health of your yard.
When you apply insecticides indiscriminately, you kill all bugs that come in contact with them, not just the bad guys. If that happens, you either have to continue the regular use of these poisons (not a pleasant thought), or suffer an increase in the pest insect population since the natural pest fighters will be wiped out.
A better course of action than whole yard spraying is finding ways to use beneficials to help control your unwelcome bugs. That way you can limit the application of pesticides and allow friendly bugs to help you to eliminate pests.
If you must use pesticides, try using the environmentally friendly ones like insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), neem, and iron phosphate. These safer products can control pest problems without potentially poisoning your landscape environment in the process. Also, limit applications to those areas or specific plants that are affected. This way you can limit the environmental impact and the impact on your friendly insects as well
You must stay on top of any potential problems to successfully control them in your yard or garden. Inspect your plants regularly and closely for any problems they might have. Some of these bad bugs are hard to spot because they either stay hidden, only come out at night (like slugs and cutworms), or they are very small (spider mites and thrips). Some nighttime excursions may be called for if you notice that damage seems to occur overnight.
The reason for these inspections is to correctly identify the bug causing your problem so that you can use the correct method of dealing with it. For instance, if you've got cutworms, it makes no sense to sprinkle iron phosphate because that will only help you rid your garden of slugs. So proper identification of the problem pest is an important first step. Once you know what you're dealing with, you can respond appropriately.
Get to know which insects are the beneficial ones in your yard. Some rather fierce looking bugs are actually our good friends - like ladybug larvae. This torpedo shaped, black colored with orange highlights, bug just loves to eat aphids. But it's not familiar to a lot of people so they sometimes assume it's a pest. If you spot a bug you're not sure of, try to positively ID it before taking any action. It may have appeared on the scene because some prized-plant munching monster did, and it is already engaged in the process of efficiently clearing up your problem.
Don't over-react to seeing just a few pest bugs. A few bad ones are likely to do only minimal damage, so there's no need in these cases to haul out the full arsenal. Some bugs can be controlled by such measures and hand picking or by keeping yard debris and waste to a minimum. Slugs can be collected at night and dropped into soapy water as can some nighttime appearing plant-eating beetles.
Many of the bugs that we see in our yards and gardens are not harmful, but just interesting parts of the same fascinating whole that we are: nature. Killing off a whole yard full of insects is a cause celebre for only the most anally retentive homeowner. Coexisting with insects is a rewarding part of the gardening or landscape experience.
Pests are a common problem in homes and gardens. It is not unusual for us to have been disturbed by pesky mosquitoes and flies or to have witnessed colossal ants on the march. In worst case, even to have been attacked by swarming bees and wasps.
Common pests include termites, mice, roaches, flies, bed bugs, fleas, spiders, silverfish, ants and crickets. Pests eat our food, consume our homes, transmit or cause human diseases, devour our clothing, and are often excruciatingly irritating when they inhabit our skin, hair or digestive tract. Thus, pest control management is an area of tremendous importance.
Outdoor Pest Control
* Pull out any weak plants and dispose them away from garden, they attract pests.
* Build healthy, organic soil by mulching and top-dressing your soil with compost or natural fertilizer. It is the best way to develop strong, vigorous plants.
* Using seaweed mulch or spray enhances growth and gives plants the strength to withstand disease. Seaweed mulch also repels slugs.
* Minimize insect habitat by clearing garden area of debris and weeds which are breeding places for insects. Also keep foliage dry.
* Inter-plant and rotate crops. It ensures pests do not spread throughout a crop. Insect pests are often plant specific.
* Disinfect your tools if you've been working with infested plants, before moving on to other garden areas
Indoor Pest Control
* Sanitation: - Maintaining clean surroundings indoors removes potential areas where pests can feed, breed, and hide. Never leave out trash or place trash bags on the floor. Never leave dirty laundry on the floor for extended periods of time. Clean up any spills or messes as soon as they occur. Keep your pets clean and get them regularly checked by veterinarian.
* Exclusion: - Exclusion techniques include screening openings to prevent entry of flies, mosquitoes, and beetles; caulking cracks and crevices to remove existing or potential infestation of pantry pests and cockroaches; and sealing or repairing exterior openings to prevent entry of bats, mice, bees, and wasps.
* Temperature control: - It means artificially manipulating the temperature of substrates infested by pests. Pantry pests, clothes moths, and carpet beetles can be eliminated by subjecting infested foods, clothes, and carpets, respectively, to extremely hot or cold temperatures.
* Removal: - The last major step is removal of existing pests by using pesticides (chemical or herbal) or getting professional help. Ensure you hire a professional company that have the right skills and correct equipment to solve your pest problem effectively.
If you have a persistent pest problem, seeking advice from an expert is the right solution. The qualified technicians from a good pest control company will have years of experience and provide cost effective solutions to your pest problem.