With fall just around the corner, it's time to get ready to combat fall insects and other pests. You shouldn't be asking, "What bugs come out in fall?" but instead, ask yourself, "What bugs and rodents do I have to prepare for?" Rodents, German cockroaches, spiders, beetles, and ladybugs are all going to be looking for a warm place where they can find food and water to overwinter.
You have an infestation that you need to eliminate as soon as possible. Unfortunately, most home remedies and over-the-counter termite treatments do not work. This is because they do not get into the termite mounds and termite nests in the home. If you suspect termites, look for their mud tubes, especially in crawlspaces and basements. Termites build mounds and nests in the yard and use the mud tubes to get back and forth from their feeding grounds and your house to their nests.
You might notice that you get bitten by mosquitoes more often than your friend. There's a reason for that. Actually, there could be several reasons for that, including the amount of carbon dioxide you breathe out, certain compounds in your sweat and on your skin, certain types of skin bacteria, the colors you wear – mosquitoes are attracted to black, the temperature of your body and the amount of water vapor you emit. A small study also determined that mosquitoes were attracted by those who drink beer and by those who are pregnant.
Some ants bite. Some, like odorous ants, don't. But you still don't want them in your house. They'll not only stink it up, but they'll get into your food and be a nuisance. Ants like to live near moisture so that you might find nests near water heaters, furnaces, and leaky pipes. Outside, they'll build nests in mulch, under stones, and anywhere else they can hide. That's why it's a good idea to keep mulch and rocks away from the house.
Fire ants can make you feel like your entire body is on fire. Fire ants bite when they feel threatened, even if you don’t know a nest is there. Depending on where they bite you, it can be extremely painful to the point where you think you need medical attention. In some cases, you may need to see a doctor if you are allergic to their venom. Once you are bitten by a fire ant, it pops up as a pustule on your skin. It looks like a pimple, but you should not do this unless it is absolutely necessary.
Everyone looks forward to summer: barbecues, time out on the lake, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities. However, no one looks forward to the swarms of mosquitoes that cause itchy bites. Of the 150 species of this pest, over a third of them live in the Carolinas. Males won't bite you – unlike the females that need blood to help them lay their eggs, they only go after the nectar. When a female mosquito bites you, it injects saliva into the bite and that is what causes the itching. It also causes your blood to stop clotting so the mosquito can eat.
The worst thing that can happen is that you wake up in the morning itching like crazy. The first thing you think of is probably what your problem is, unless you know for sure you ran into a patch of chiggers outside – bedbugs. Your mother always said, “Good night, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” How could this happen?
Depending on the size of the infestation and whether you start DIY rodent control before the infestation gets too big, it could cost more to do it yourself. Rodent control plug in devices are expensive and do not always work. If you don’t take preventative measures, you will constantly fight a growing population.
The termites are coming! That isn't something any home or business owner wants to hear, but the reality is, termites are part of the insect world and have been for a long time. Each year, termite damage runs into the billions of dollars and much of that is not covered by insurance.
Once termites invade your home, whether above ground or subterranean, pest control services are necessary. First, a technician will do an inspection followed by a plan of action using an applicable treatment to eliminate the intruding insects. What kills termites include options such as bait stations and liquid treatments specifically formulated to eliminate termites.