Stink bugs. We don’t like to think about them and many people don’t even know what they are, but chances are if you haven’t had an infestation of them already, you will at some point. Stink bugs can come in and destroy your garden crops or get in your house and multiply. While they are not dangerous in terms of biting, they are a huge nuisance and nobody wants to deal with them. You will need to call your pest control company to help you if you find that stinkbugs have invaded your house or property.
Pest Control And Stink Bugs—Where On Earth Did They Come From?
Stink bugs come from Asian countries like China, Korea and Japan. They made their way to the United States by being stowaways on shipping containers that came to this country via shipping vessels. Cargo that could include everything from grain to natural materials could easily have stinkbugs hiding out in them, leaving us with a new pest control problem to deal with. Unfortunately, they have multiplied exponentially during the last few years, making their stinky appearances in more than 30 states since their first sighting in Pennsylvania back in 1996.
Stink bugs love to feed on plants and fruits by extracting the juice with their proboscis. Some species of stinkbugs even go after other insects, killing them by sucking their fluids out. Gross, I know! A little pest control 101: Stinkbugs got their name because like skunks, they too have a defense mechanism built in they causes them to emit a stinky odor when they are threatened. They will often expel a foul-smelling liquid if they are disturbed. This is why it is VERY important that you don’t kill them by stepping on them or crushing them! Doing so will cause other stinkbugs to be alerted to the smell and this could actually cause an even bigger infestation as they come in to feed on the dead bugs.
The best way to deal with stinkbugs is to vacuum them up as soon as you see them. Make sure you empty the vacuum cleaner bag when you are done and dispose of it away from your property, in order to prevent the bugs from actually crawling back out of the bag and onto your lawn again. If you have a canister vacuum cleaner, then empty the canister in a bucket of hot soapy water to be sure that any bugs collected will drown. The bucket can then be discarded in a wooded area.
The best pest control is often using good common sense approaches. Seal up any cracks or openings in your house. This is especially true in the kitchen, around doorways or windows. Stink bugs will look for warmer shelter, as the months grow cooler. Don’t let stink bugs get the best of you this fall! Call us today at AAA Pest Control to make sure you don’t end up on the stinky end of the bug!
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Although we don’t like thinking about pest control, each season brings new problems and different pests to deal with. Summer is almost over and now it’s time to think about fall pest control. There are lots of pesky little critters that will look for a warm shelter as the weather gets cooler. Queen bees, cluster flies, lady bugs, carpenter ants and spiders just to name a few. They all come out in the fall, so it’s important to keep your pest treatment up to date. If not, many of these pests can take up residence and even cause damage to your home’s structure. Many people will also see a big increase in rodent population as they are scurrying inside warm homes looking for shelter. The problem with rodents is they can multiply rather quickly, creating an even bigger problem. With a gestation period of only 19 days and 5-8 pups per litter, mice and rats can quickly multiply and spread out of control. Females can get pregnant with large litters up to ten times over her life span and the young females can begin to multiply themselves after only 6 weeks of age. You can imagine how this could cause the rodent population to easily spread out of control. Once they get in your house, they start chewing and gnawing on anything they can find. They scratch at insulation, chew through wires and cables, cause your food to become contaminated, and they stink. This is why it’s so important to take some preventative steps before the winter sets in so you can avoid the rodent problems.
Ants also will be looking for shelter as the temperatures get cooler. They build colonies in the walls and create nests in wood, creating a huge problem with structural damage if they’re not controlled. In the attic, you can also have problems with wasps or bees that will lie dormant over the winter months. If you don’t take measures to get rid of them, they will come back to life in the spring with the carpenter bees drilling holes all over your wood structures and the queen will start laying eggs, thus making the problem much harder to control. Some spiders, cluster flies and lady bugs can also cause problems during the fall and winter months, so it’s important that you take preventative measures to get the proper pesticides so you can avoid these pests, as well as eradicate any current issues.
So What Do You Do About Your Fall Pest Control?
There are things you can do to avoid issues with these pests mentioned here. Preventative treatment goes a long way as part of your pest control plan. Knowing which pests tend to invade in each season of the year will give you a head start.
- Get an inspection on your entire property. Your pest control company will usually do this for free.
- Do a thorough cleanup before the fall arrives. Cut trees back and prune bushes so that they aren’t making contact with the outside of your house.
- Seal any cracks you find. Remember, most pests of any kind get in through very small openings. Get the foundation of your home inspected also for any holes or cracks.
- If you have a fire place or wood burning furnace, make sure your firewood, which can attract bugs and other pests, is stored away from your home.
- Make sure your trash cans have tight lids. We can’t stress this enough!
Finally, contact us here at AAA Pest Control so we can help you get an effective pest control program in place. If you’re going green, we specialize in organic and green pest control!
AAA Pest Control
Myrtle Beach, SC
If you stop and think about fire ants, I doubt you get really warm and fuzzy inside. After all, they are annoying, they pack a stinging bite, and they seem to multiply at record speed. But they are also a wonder of nature, a miracle bioengineering feat. They can be super tiny or as big as a quarter of an inch—not too shabby for an insect that’s microscopic! Fire ants are also easily identifiable because of their bodies being slightly darker than their heads, which are usually brown.
Their eating methods might be rather simple, but they are pretty complicated when it comes their digestion. They have incredibly strong mandibles, considering their small size. They cut and then chew through the skin in order to get busy sucking up the nutrients that are in liquid form. They even have 2 stomachs—the first one is used to store their own food, and the other stomach is used to store the food until they bring it back to the rest of their colony for them to feed on. Isn’t that nice!
The bites from fire ants can be very painful and irritating, causing stinging and burning and even swelling in some people. This is how they got their name of fire ant. Most people will also experience a raised welt that will fill with fluid. As hard as it is, it’s really crucial for proper healing to try not to scratch the bite or pick at it, as this can easily cause infection or even scarring.
Fire ants are tiny creatures and often tough to spot on clothing. Don’t let their small size fool you however, as their bites can pack a punch comparable to much larger insects and animals. The bite of a fire ant can be felt within seconds. They may also continue to bite several times, even if their venom has run out.
Fire Ants And First-Aid For Bites
If you do get an ant bite, the first thing you should do is get away from the mound or area where they came from. Secondly, take off any clothing that may have had ants in or on them. You don’t want to run the risk of being bitten again. The next thing you should do is get some rubbing alcohol and clean the area. This will not only clean and disinfect it, but the alcohol will also take the sting out. If you don’t have alcohol, then you can just use soap and water. Finally, you might want to use an ice pack or cold compress for a few minutes to reduce inflammation. Cortisone cream will also help. If you are concerned about any reaction that seems extreme or causes you to have trouble breathing, contact your poison control center at once or call 911!
In order to kill fire ants, pour boiling water over the mound. You can also make a solution of lye and water and pour it in a circle around the mound. This traps the fire ants. Pour the remainder of the solution all over the mound. Always handle lye with extreme caution!
The goal is to kill the queen. It can be hard to do, but not impossible. There are some insecticides that are formulated specifically to get to the queen. Ask your local home center about these products.
If you are having trouble eradicating your fire ant mounds, give us a call at AAA Pest Control! We have tried and true methods and are ready and waiting to help you get rid of these pesky nuisances!
AAA Pest Control
Myrtle Beach, SC
More than likely, you have experienced an ant infestations at some point in your home. It doesn’t matter how clean your home is; they can still get in and cause big problems. While they play a big role in the environment, they aren’t welcome in our homes! Nobody wants to look at patches of black ants on their walls, so what do we do about any infestations? Read on…..
Because ants exist in colonies, it can make eradicating them a bit harder. You will hardly ever see ants walking around alone, as other ants in the colony will come right behind them. Every ant colony has a queen female who will lay eggs by the hundreds. Then there are worker ants and male ants that work around the clock daily to carry out their duties. Since the worker ants are females unable to lay eggs, their job is to go out and find food and bring it back to the colony. You’ve probably noticed before how ants march in a single file line. They leave behind a scent that all the other ants can smell, leading them to their food source. They love sugary things like candy or spilled drinks, so it’s important to clean areas like this often. They will also eat organic matter such as plants or wood.
Tips On Getting Rid Of Ant Infestations
There are a couple of types of ant infestations and you should understand them before you go after applying treatments. The first type is outside colonies. With these colonies, the ants still manage to get in your home, even though their colony is outdoors. In this case, there are two main methods for getting rid of the ants:
- Look for any cracks or openings where ants can get in, and then make sure they are completely sealed off. Ants can get in about any opening imaginable!
- Scrub away the pheromone area. This is the trail ants leave for other ants to smell and find the food source. If you spray the entire area with an ant killer or insecticide, it will destroy the scent, and thus the ants cannot be guided into the house.
Ant infestations can also be found in the form of inside colonies. These colonies live inside your house after the ants build their nest. This is more common in warmer, humid weather due to the ants looking for food. Once they’re in, it can be tough to control them, but don’t give up! It’s not impossible. A couple of good tips here include:
- Use insecticide. It’s effective and will most likely kill the majority of the ants. The problem with this method is that it isn’t a long-term fix. The insecticide often fails to kill off the entire colony. It might get rid of the outside worker ants, but what’s really needed is to make sure the actual nest is destroyed.
- Identify the nest to eradicate it. This is by far the best way to solve the problem. Ant bait can be used to aid in this method. There are lots of baits available for getting the ants trapped. You want to place the bait around the areas where food is stored. As ants get into your food source areas, they will capture the bait, and then take it back to the nest, eventually killing the entire colony.
Ants can be a terrible nuisance to deal with, but these tried and true methods can put a stop to them for good. For more information on controlling infestations of ants, give us a call at AAA Pest Control. We have the solutions you need to control every type of pest in and around your home!
AAA Pest Control
Myrtle Beach, SC
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No one likes to think about it, but the fact is that most of us have had to call in pest control for an infestation of cockroaches in our home at least once. If you live in an area of the country that has lots of hot summer months, then you know all too well what we’re talking about here. Cockroaches love to live in dark, wet environments, yet they can go up to three months with no food and up to one month with no water! This makes them very stubborn and hard to get rid of, but not impossible. Following are some tips and facts about these pesky nuisances and how to control them.
Cockroaches thrive in wet areas of your home like the kitchen sink, laundry room and even your bathroom. They also tend to come out in the dark or at night when you’re sleeping. That’s why you often see them scatter all over when you turn the kitchen light on in the middle of the night. They are also looking for food.
How To Get Prepared For Pest Control
1. Calling in a professional is the best way to handle a cockroach problem. They will most likely use a gel bait that the cockroach will eat and then take back to the colony, where all of them will soon die. These baits are placed in the damp areas of the home. The technician can also spray a white powder insecticide, but this can pose problems with kids who are exposed to it, so it’s not the best solution.
2. Vacuum Them Up! If you vacuum up any dead roaches before your technician arrives, it will help in bringing the numbers down and ridding the entire house of them.
3. Fix Any Leaks. If you have taps that drip water, get them repaired, as cockroaches love these wet areas. Also, dry the sinks so that there isn’t standing water. The less water that puddles around, the fewer cockroaches will be able to survive. They will eventually move on to find another water source. If you’re not sure whether or not cockroaches have taken up residence in your house, then go get your flashlight and look under the sinks. You are looking for particles that look like black sand. These are the droppings of cockroaches and a sure sign that they are hiding somewhere close!
Believe it or not, the bigger roaches are easier to control, even if they are grosser. Spraying insecticides can really control these pests, as they will walk through and eat the insecticide and then carry it back to the colony, thus killing all of them as well. You want to make sure areas like cabinets, drains, kick boards and any cracks or crevices get sprayed well. It should last at least a year before having to re-treat the area. Although dead bugs are no fun to look at, they are a sign that the treatment for pest control is working and you just need to vacuum up the dead ones. Try not to do any cleaning in the areas where the spray is, other than sweeping with a dry broom.
The myth that cockroaches will never be a problem in a clean house is just that—a myth. No matter how clean your house is, roaches may still be a problem until you’ve had a professional insect control company to come and treat for them. While it’s true that roaches do feed on crumbs and hang out around water sources, it’s not necessarily a dirty house that invites them. You can bring them home from the grocery store, even. You should strive to make sure no drinks are left out and no food is ever left sitting out. Don’t give the roaches a free invitation! Cockroaches are one of the most disgusting pests we deal with here in the south. Don’t let them get the best of you this summer! Call us today at AAA Pest control and we will help you eradicate those creepy critters once and for all!
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