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Pest Control Tips to Prevent Summer Stings and Bites

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The longer days of summer not only provide us with more time to spend outside, but also give stinging and biting insects more opportunity to attack. The warmer weather tends to send pests out in droves, which can easily lead to mosquito or tick bites and bee or wasp stings. While these stings and bites just cause most people minor irritation and discomfort, there are numerous others that end up having a serious reaction or that contract West Nile virus or Lyme disease. Pest control should be a year-round consideration, but there are several additional steps to take in the summertime to help avoid the risk of being an insect’s meal ticket.

Start With Professional Help

Before you even begin to notice insects taking over your yard or bug bites showing up everywhere, it’s a good idea to call in a pest control professional. This is your best chance at keeping bothersome insects from getting settled on or around your property. Your technician will examine the indoors and outdoors for evidence of nests that need to be removed and determine if there are any conditions that would provide the perfect breeding ground or make your home especially attractive to pests. Once all areas have been assessed, a treatment can be applied to help act as a barrier for your property, significantly reducing or completely eliminating the number of insects you’ll experience.

Make Necessary Changes to Your Property

Your pest control professional will point out certain things that should be addressed, but it will be up to you to make the changes necessary to create a less appealing environment for stinging and biting bugs. Specifically, all standing and stagnant water should be removed to keep mosquitoes at bay, and things like decorative fountains, bird baths, above ground pools, etc. should be consistently replenished with fresh water. Ticks are known to lurk in tall grass, so maintaining your lawn is a must as well. Limit the presence of bees and wasps by making sure all outside trash cans are tightly sealed and screens are free of holes.

Watch What You Wear

What you wear can make a big difference in whether or not insects see you as a target. If you’re in a location that could potentially be harboring ticks, it’s best to wear closed-toe  shoes, long-sleeved tops and long pants. Lighter-colored clothing will help you spot a tick much quicker if one happens to attach itself to you, allowing you to get it off right away.

The same type of clothing should be worn whenever you find yourself outside at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most prevalent. If it’s too hot to keep all parts of your body covered up, wearing a bug repellent (and staying away from sweet-smelling cologne or perfume) can help considerably to prevent bites and stings.

Insect stings and bites are less likely to ruin your outdoor summer fun if you think ahead. Don’t delay in getting professional pest control help, and follow the rest of these pest control tips because taking preventative action is fundamental in keeping your property pest-free.

Termites 101: A Basic Primer on Termites and Termite Inspection

When anyone mentions the word “termite”, images of damaged homes usually come to mind. And rightly so as termites feed on wood, and wood is the number one material used to build homes in the U.S. But just what are termites, what do they do to wood, what can be done about them, and how does termite inspection help homeowners?

Meet Mr. and Ms. Termitoidae

Worker Termites on Rotten Wood

The scientific name for a termite is termitoidae. Not every termite is bad, as many feed on dead leaves and plants, soil, animal waste, and some forms of wood. But the destructive kind can cause havoc on crops, forests, trees, and significant damage to homes and buildings.

Termites are social animals that live in colonies numbering from a few hundred to a million or more. These insects live in different types of environments and form colonies underground, in large pieces of timber or wood, in mounds above ground, in trees, and in the wood of buildings.

Some species of termites are “polycalic” or form more than one nest. As a result of this behavior, termites are sometimes hard to get rid of because they form multiple nests throughout an area. One nest may be eliminated from a home, but the underground tunnels that termites form are connect to other nests and reinfect the original location.

Subterranean and dry-wood termite species are the ones responsible for damage to buildings and homes, and these pests must be detected to prevent serious long-term damage to property. They literally eat up the wood in a home and cause extensive damage by weakening and destroying the beams, walls, floors, and joists.

How Do I Detect A Termite Problem?

Termite Evidence

Termite Evidence

Termites are shy creatures and rarely make a public appearance in the open because they are usually tunneling underground or infesting the wood of buildings. Although a termite inspection by a pest control expert is the best way to find out if your home is infested, there are also some common tip-offs that may indicate there is a termite problem:

Mud tubes: These look like long quarter-inch diameter tubes running up and down outside walls, fences, floor joists, and other similar structures; they appear brown in color like mud. There are many stands of tubes, are hollow, and serve as a transportation system between underground termite nests and the upper levels where buildings are.

If a mud tube is broken, inspect the inside to see if small, cream-colored insects are there. If there are, these are worker termites.

Insect swarms: In some cases termites are mistaken for ants. During the warmer months of the year, termites swarm and can be identified by their cream-colored bodies, small wings, and narrow-long shapes.

Little holes and residue: The telltale signs that termites may be present in a building are little holes appearing in plaster or drywall. If termites are present, there will be small bits of soil that line the rim of the hole.

Wood that has been damaged by termites may appear sunken or dented and may be weak or soft when pushed upon. There may also be “sawdust” or dirt in and around wood.

Solving The Problem

Pest Control Tech Termite Damage

If you suspect that your home has a termite infestation, the best way to approach this potential problem is to call a professional pest exterminator for a termite inspection of the premises. He or she can tell you if your home or building is infested with termites.

The solution for termite elimination are varied and can incorporate insecticides, soil treatment, fumigation of the premises, or green methods using natural oils from fruits and plants, or by using methods to disrupt the insect’s digestion through the use of certain strains of microbes. For new home builders who want to greatly reduce the risk of a termite infestation before it even happens, there are several pre-construction treatment options available.

Check with your pest control professional to see what options are available to you.

Author Bio

Frank Ling writes for websites and companies and thinks it is fun to learn about so many different things, while on the job. His favorite food is anchovy pizza—something that not many others seem to appreciate; but he finds that there are always more slices left for him to eat.

 

5 Low-Maintenance Plants To Keep The Mosquitoes Away

Mosquito

Mosquitoes can be a real issue, especially during the hotter, more humid times of the year. There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy the weather or go about your day than being hassled by blood sucking mosquitoes.

There are a number of things that you can do to try and keep mosquitoes from eating you alive, such as using mosquito repellent, turning on your fans and lighting citronella candles. However, these are all short-term solutions. For a long-term solution, you should consider introducing a few naturally mosquito repelling plants.

The following are five plants that are not only mosquito repelling; they are also easy to grow and to maintain:

1. Citronella

Citronella

Many people will use citronella-scented candles to get rid of mosquitoes, so it’s only natural that the citronella plant will do the same – except it won’t burn out after a period of time like a candle will. The citronella plant provides a distinctive aroma that covers up nearby smells that tend to attract mosquitoes, which will make it more difficult for mosquitoes to find you. Citronella can be grown wherever frost does not occur. It’s a perennial grass that grows to between roughly five or six feet. If you do live in an area with frost, you can grow the Citronella in a pot or planter and simply move it indoors during the colder periods of the year.

2. Marigolds

Marigolds

The great thing about marigolds is that they will not only provide your home with a natural mosquito repellent, they will also make the area you plant them in look absolutely beautiful. These annual plants contain Pyrethrum, which releases an odor that mosquitoes hate. Pyrethrum also happens to be used often in many different types of insect repellents. Keep in mind that marigolds need plenty of sunlight and fertile soil in order properly thrive. You can also grow marigolds in pots or planters and place them around the home for additional protection from mosquitoes.

3. Catnip

Catnip

Catnip is a perennial herb that is related to mint, and is also quite easy to grow. According to recent studies, it was found that catnip is actually as much as ten times more effective than the chemical known as DEET, which is used in a large amount of commercial insect repellent. However, catnip only has an effect on mosquitoes within a close proximity. Many people will apply crushed leaves for better protection from mosquitoes. You should also keep in mind that catnip plants do affect cats, which means that if you own a cat you may want to consider using a different plant.

4. Ageratum

Ageratum

Like many of the previously mentioned plants, ageratum contains an element that mosquitoes find incredibly offensive and that is commonly used in insect repellents. This component is known as coumarin. Like marigolds, ageratums boast some especially gorgeous flowers. Its blooms are typically blue, but they come in several varieties that include white, pink and violet as well. Ageratum plants don’t need very much sunlight and can thrive with in full or partial sunlight. You won’t need very rich soil either, which is why they are often used in rock gardens, especially because they are a low-lying plant.

5. Horsemint

Horsemint

Horsemint has the same effect that citronella plants do; they produce a strong scent that tends to mask nearby scents that attract mosquitoes. Horsemint has several positives going for it, including that it grows fast, can grow in the shade, can resist droughts and does well in dryer conditions.

Use some of these plants near your deck, backyard, pool area, or other outdoor areas of your home in order to naturally repel mosquitoes.

Nicole loves her beautiful little home that she shares with her husband. She enjoys learning about anything to do with home improvement, from ways to keep the bugs away to the best decking suppliers in Perth, Australia.

5 Ways To Rid Your Home Of Fleas

Fleas can be a major headache that no one wants to deal with. Unfortunately for pet owners, fleas are also a common problem, and can infest your home fairly quickly. The good news is there are several effective DIY ways to rid your home of fleas, without having to resort to bug-bombing your house.

Flea

Use Botanical Dust and Borate Acid

Botanical dust is among the world’s oldest pesticides; borates are minerals commonly used in detergents, insecticides, and wood preservatives. Mixing botanical dust and borate is safe, although it is wise to wear a mask to avoid breathing any of this mixture in. You’ll want to dust the carpet, furniture, beds, and areas where your pet sleeps and allow to sit for approximately 24 hours (you should leave your home while you allow it to do its magic.) When you return, vacuum all the areas where you sprinkled the dust, as well as wash all sheets and furniture covers.

The botanical dust/borate acid mixture helps prevent a full-on infestation by targeting flea larvae. Botanical dust essentially cuts into the fleas body and dries out all the fluids, causing death by dehydration.

Set Out Small Dishes of Water and Dish Detergent

Water and dish detergent creates a toxic swimming pool for fleas, causing them to die as soon as they jump into the mixture. Placing this mixture into shallow dishes set in low areas throughout your house will encourage fleas to accidentally jump in and die. Placing the dishes near a nightlight will also encourage the fleas to flock to this toxic swimming pool, as they are attracted to the light and will fall into the soapy water when they leap for the warm glow emitted by the nightlight.

Scatter Cedar Chips in Flea-Ridden Areas

Fleas despise the scent of cedar and will go to great lengths to avoid it. Place handfuls of cedar chips in corners of the rooms throughout your house, as well as in your dog pen or sleeping area. (However, it’s important to know whether your dog has a cedar allergy or not, as many dogs are allergic to cedar.) Scattering the chips along windowsills and door thresholds will prevent more fleas from coming in. You can also wrap a handful of cedar chips in a cotton cloth and place under your pillow or bedding in order to keep your bed free of fleas. Cedar chips can be purchased in your local pet or home improvement stores.

Sprinkle Salt Over Your Carpet

Salt works similarly to botanical dust, in that it dries up moisture. When a flea comes into contact with a salt crystal, the salt cuts the flea so that it basically bleeds to death. Very fine-grade salt works best when using this method (in fact, the finer, the better.) Make sure to vacuum up the salt (and flea carcasses) after about a week. Repeat the process a couple more times to break the flea cycle in your home.

Vacuum Regularly

This may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised what a difference good vacuuming habits will make. Fleas rarely survive being vacuumed up, but in the off-chance that they do, it’s wise to discard the vacuum bag after vacuuming. Replacing the bag with a new one will help prevent re-infestation.

Fleas may be an unpleasant fact of life, but they can be effectively dealt with and conquered. When all else fails, call a pest control professional.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

You Think You May Have Bed Bugs. Now What?

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You may feel a little itchy, or notice some bug bites on yourself. So you might be worried that you have bed bugs. Here are some things that you need to know about your situation:

It may not be bed bugs

Yes, you heard that right. Zocdoc.com, a medical site, recently ran a question of somebody who asked “Been waking up with little red, itchy bumps on my skin around my ankles and on my stomach. I keep washing my sheets but the bumps are still there. Does that mean that I am allergic to my detergent or do I have bed bugs and they don’t wash out?”

The site advised that the person get the bumps checked out with their primary care physician, and thought that the bumps could be from bed bugs. But if you are in such a situation, you definitely want to also get a bed bug specialist in to check out the situation and see what’s what. It could very well be bed bugs, and the longer you wait, the more they can multiply.

Did you know that according to Bed Bug Central, the typical female bed bug can lay one to five eggs a day, and up to 500 eggs in her lifetime? And those bed bugs will lay eggs, too, potentially resulting in thousands of bed bugs?

Ignoring the possibility of bed bugs will not make them go away

Given how quickly a few bed bugs can turn into hundreds or even thousands of bed bugs, you need to call in one of the top bed bug experts as soon as you suspect that you have the pests. Really, you have nothing to lose by doing so. If the bed bug experts tell you that you have bed bugs, you can work on getting rid of them with the help of a bed bug removal expert. If you don’t have have them, you can breathe a sigh of relief and look to see what else it might be.

The way many bed bug pest control professionals work is that they bring in a bed bug dog to sniff around and see if your home or business has them. You see, dogs have a must better sense of smell than humans, and the dogs that are trained to sniff out bed bugs can have a very high accuracy rate. When you team a bed bug dog with a trained pest control professional that knows what he or she is doing, you will get an answer very quickly as to your question about bed bugs.

Now, if you do have bed bugs, there are a variety of treatment possibilities, and the bed bug experts can talk with you on the situation. Bed bug companies like Bed Bug Finders LLC use safe heat treatment, while other companies freeze out the bed bugs, and others use chemicals. What is important is that you feel comfortable with whatever treatment is used, and that it works for you. Good luck!

Lisa Swan writes for a variety of home and business websites, including Huffington Post. She lives in New York City.

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes In San Antonio

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Summers in San Antonio, TX are filled with swimming, sunshine, and fun, but sadly, mosquitoes always like to crash the party. The season of sun creates perfect conditions for skeeter snack time. We all know of just how much harm mosquitoes can have on us, but the Asian Tiger Mosquito definitely steps that up a level.

About The Skeeters

Asian Tiger Mosquito

This mosquito is small, and dark colored with clearly visible stripes, which is where it gets its name, the Asian Tiger mosquito. Its name can also be attributed to its more aggressive nature. Unlike most species of mosquito, this pest attacks throughout the entire day, not just at dawn and dusk. Dina Fonseca, associate professor of entomology at Rutgers University states, “Part of the reason it is called ‘tiger’ is also because it is very aggressive. You can try and swat it all you want, but once it’s on you, it doesn’t let go.”

This mosquito is also known to transmit many harmful diseases; more than 20. The most common here in the States are West Nile Virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, and two types of encephalitis. With summer in full motion, the presence of these mosquitoes is growing; especially close to people and their homes.

How They Got Here

These mosquitoes are not native to America, but where accidentally introduced from Japan through old tire shipments. Old tires can harbor perfect moist and wet environments for these pests to grow and reproduce.

Originally these mosquitoes are from the Southeast Asian tropics and wetlands, but have been able to spread throughout the world in the last few decades due to international trade and shipping. Now they can be found in 29 American states ranging from Texas to New Jersey, South America, Central America, southern Europe, and several pacific islands.

Prevention & Protection

Mosquito Swatter

Mosquitoes require standing water to breed. Getting rid of any puddles, or built up water near your property would diminish the amount of mosquitoes nearby.  Wearing clothing that covers exposed skin would make it difficult for mosquitoes to bite. While the common bug spray may not work too well against these mosquitoes, trying Deet, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus would be the best options against the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

San Antonio Pest Control

If you are in need of additional protection from mosquitoes this summer, get professional pest control in San Antonio.

Mosquito Control

Mosquito Nix
12500 Network Boulevard
San Antonio, TX78249
(210) 699-7700
mosquitonix.com

General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Critter Control
1075 Grassland Drive
Bulverde, TX 78163
(830) 438-6108
crittercontrol.com

 

Getting Rid Of Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire AntIf you’ve had more-than-preferable experiences with fire ants, you might know that their bites can really pack a punch. They are very aggressive foragers, have exceedingly high reproduction rates, and build unsightly mounds around the yard. Their painful poison and aggressive nature make their presence a danger especially to children playing in the yard. As a common sight and problem in homeowner’s lawns and yards, there are many urban legends and old wives tales surrounding the issue of dealing with and getting rid of fire ant mounds. Well, we’ve tested them all, and here are the sure-fire methods of controlling fire ant populations in your lawn:

Bucketing

Dig up the mound and dump it into large buckets. Once “bucketed,” you can proceed to drown the ants or move them somewhere else, where they won’t bother you or your property. Tips: before you dig up the mound, cover the sides of the bucket with baby powder or cornstarch to prevent the ants from crawling out of the bucket; dig up the mounds quickly; tuck your pants into your socks; if drowning the ants, add dish soap to the water to drown them faster.

Fire Ant SignBoiling Water

This is one of the most common ways of dealing with fire ant mounds. The water doesn’t actually need to be boiling, just scalding hot. It might take three or four applications to totally kill the mound. Tips: use about four gallons of hot water per application; be careful about your application, as hot water can kill surrounding grass and plants.

Granular Baits

This option may be preferable if your lawn has a large number of fire ant mounds. These baits contain small amounts of insecticide that release slowly enough to get to the queen without the workers discovering that it’s poison. Spread these throughout your yard with a spreader, and you should see results in, typically, around five weeks (depending on the bait you use). Tips: slower acting insecticides typically provide longer control; you only need two pounds per acre; use a handheld spreader and not a lawn fertilizer, which would apply way too much.

Individual Mound Treatments

Fire Ant Mounds

These insecticides are also available for treating single mounds. Unlike the baits, these contain fast acting insecticides (since they don’t rely on the workers to carry them home to the mound). For controlling fire ants specifically, the treatments are typically in dry form rather than liquid. Liquid treatments, however, are typically faster, though they require more work and are more expensive. Tips: don’t disturb the mounds before application, as the workers might evacuate the queen to a safer location; use a watering can when mixing and applying treatments; first apply the treatment around the outside of the mound to trap any escapees and then proceed to drench the mound in it.

Fire Ant Stings

If you get stung by fire ants, stay calm. Elevate the infected areas, clean the area with soap and water, and apply antihistamine or use a hydrocortisone cream. Don’t pop the blisters and be patient as the stings heal. Unless you have an allergic reaction, fire ant stings should not pose a threat to your health or life. If you find yourself having trouble breathing or feeling your throat tightening up, seek professional medical care immediately.

Mike Piwonka is the CEO of The Grass Outlet, a Texas sod provider. He and his family-run business are dedicated to making Texas green, one lawn at a time, and providing top quality grass in a time-efficient manner.

Three of the Longest Lived Insects on Earth

The Earth is home to some 900,000 known species of insect, and probably many more unknown. Most of these insects lead short lives of a few months or a couple of years. However, there are some insects who are much longer lived. These bugs can live almost as long as a human in varying forms, and some live longer than people.

Termites

Termites Interacting

These insects are a pest to homeowners dealing with an infestation, but in the wild they can build some truly magnificent termite mounds. Termite colonies are often hierarchal in nature with workers and soldiers maintaining the colony, while a Queen termite and King termite provide each new generation. Most workers and soldiers only live about two years in captivity. Studies have found that the Queen and King termites can last for decades, up to fifty years or more. Although, most of the colony ends up with a short live span, the royalty can live as long as many humans.

Cicadas

Cicada_Swarm

Another long lived insect are cicadas. These insects have an unusual life cycle during which they spend most of their lives underground before emerging for a brief few months to breed and die. There are over 2,500 classified species of cicada and probably more unknown species. Cicadas are known to live underground as ‘nymphs’ or juveniles for between 13 and 17 years before emerging to begin their adult life cycles. Cicadas are usually harmless with no mouth parts, but they do have a proboscis that they use to suck sap out of trees. These insects are known for the loud mating calls of the male that can cause annoyance to humans in the area.

Wood Boring Beetle

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A wood boring beetle is also a nuisance to homeowners who do not have properly treated wood. These insects spend a large part of their lives as larva, eating wood. This is better done in trees, but sometimes they do make it into a home and live in the wood framing and paneling. There are many species of wood boring beetle, most of which live as larva in the wood for a few months to a few years. However, some wood boring beetles have been found living in wood as larva for up to twelve years, or even thirty years.

These are just three long lived insects. You never know, there may be some insects, as yet unidentified, that live even longer. One creature, called the “Springtail”, is a hexapod that looks very insect like. Springtails can enter a state of suspended animation when dehydrated or under stress and return to life later on. They could ‘live’ indefinitely in this manner. However, this does not mean they are invincible and will die from injury, poison, or even getting eaten like any other creature.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a New Jersey pest control company.

San Antonio Carpenter Ants Destructive

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San Antonio Carpenter Ants Destructive

Those small, winged, insects that you’ve seen tunneling through wood on your San Antonio property may not be termite… It could be a Carpenter ant.

In San Antonio, the Carpenter ant most frequently comes in two varieties: The Black Carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus), and the regular or generic Carpenter ant (Camponotus vicinus). Both are equally destructive.

The Carpenter Ants of San Antonio

Of all the different species of ant, the largest grouping happens to be the Carpenter ant. While some ants like the Fire ant are known for their painful stings, the Carpenter ant is most well known for their destructive nesting behavior.

Carpenter ants make their nests by tunneling through wood, in which they do not eat; and it is because of this behavior many San Antonio homeowners confuse these ant pests for termites.

Both the Carpenter ant and the Black Carpenter ant measure ¼ to ½ inch in length. Carpenter ants have a black head, a black abdomen, but had a dark reddish colored thorax. The Black Carpenter ant has black legs, with dull black body. A circular ring of gold colored hairs that circle the Black Carpenter ant’s abdomen make it easy to distinguish from other ant pest.

Both the Carpenter ant and the Black Carpenter ant can also have wings.

Damage Caused By San Antonio Carpenter Ants

If your San Antonio home has wood that is easily accessible from outdoor areas; or if your property has wood piles, tree stumps, or unused or abandoned wood leftover from a construction project you may be susceptible for carpenter ants. Carpenter ants will nest in the wooden structures on your property, and even in your home. This can be very destructive. As their innate tunneling behavior kicks in, Carpenter ants chew through wood. Dead, rotten, decaying wood or logs seem to be the ant’s preferred nesting choice; but old, cracking furniture, trees, tree stumps, and home structures are also vulnerable.

Carpenter ant nesting behaviors devastate the reliability of anything made of wood, including your home or furniture. Like I mentioned, these vicious ants robustly gnaw through wood, building tunnels for their nests. If you see piles of sawdust near any wood on your property, it’s a solid indication that you are dealing with a pest problem… A problem that could be very serious. Carpenter ants should not be taken lightly. If you suspect an infestation, or are seeing sawdust piles, have your home inspected by a licensed ant control professional.

San Antonio Pest Control For Carpenter Ants

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com
 
Terminix
10022 N Ih 35
San Antonio, TX 78233
(210) 656-5050
terminix.com

How To Detect Cockroach Infestation

Periplaneta americana (American Cockroach)

Cockroaches, like rats, are nocturnal pests. This means that they’ll only come out at night to scavenge for food, the reason why it’s rare to see them in broad daylight. If you see one during the day, then it means only one thing. There’s a cockroach infestation in your home, and you need to do something to get rid of them.

Dangers of Cockroaches

You don’t want cockroaches in your home. They are known carriers of a variety of pathogenic organisms that cause diseases. If you have a weak or compromised immune system, then you have more than just a cockroach bite to worry about. You are also at risk for severe allergic reaction, asthma attack, gastrointestinal problems, skin allergies, salmonella infection, typhoid, poliomyelitis, dysentery, and other serious diseases. It is for these reasons why it’s important that you get rid of cockroaches in your home.

Signs of Cockroach Infestation

As mentioned earlier, cockroaches usually scavenge for food at night, so it’s rare to see one during the day. However, there are some signs that you can look for to confirm the presence of cockroaches.

Those little black pellets that you see in nooks and crannies, under large furniture, under the kitchen sink, and behind the stove or the refrigerator are not spilled coffee grounds nor are they black pepper. These are cockroach feces made by smaller roaches, while large cockroaches produce cylindrical-shaped feces. If you see little black pellets resembling black pepper or coffee grounds littering the floor, especially the kitchen and areas that are dark and damp, then you can expect a cockroach infestation.

Upon entering a room that you rarely use, like the attic or the basement, do you smell a strong, musty scent? If you answered yes, then there is a very high likelihood that your home has a cockroach infestation. Roaches emit pheromones – a very unpleasant, oily and musty scent – that attract other roaches for mating, and a very strong scent is a very good indicator of just how severe the cockroach infestation is.

The number of cockroach carcasses littering the property is also a good indicator of a roach infestation, so is the number of oothecae or cockroach eggs found in nooks and crannies. This means that the population of cockroaches is thriving in your home. They’re breeding and dying, and since cockroaches can lay up to 14 egg capsules per mating period, each capsule containing about 16 eggs, you’ll soon have hundreds of them infesting your home if you don’t do anything to get rid of them.

Getting Rid of Roaches

Cockroach prevention is easy. You only have to maintain a clean home and yard; seal up holes and cracks that cockroaches can crawl through; remove their water and food source; set traps, among others, and you’re home will be roach-free.

However, for severe cockroach infestation, you’ll need the help of experts. They can get rid of the whole cockroach population in your home and leave your home protected against these pests for months. Since most pest control companies use products to totally get rid of them, you need to ask the company if the products they’re using are green, organic, and environmentally-friendly.

Jennifer Daggett regularly writes for admiralpest.com.

 

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