- Vacuuming is the best way to eliminate the insects once they are inside.
- Before the winter months approach, seal gaps around windows and doors, including garage doors. The best time for this is during the summer after pests have left their overwintering site, and before they come back for the next season.
- Look for areas where pipes and electrical or cable lines enter the building. Gaps around these areas should be sealed.
- Look for openings around soffits, eaves, attic fans, windows and vents in the attic used for ventilation. Many times these areas are not screened, allowing overwintering pests inside.
- Be sure screens on windows are in good repair and have no openings.
- Inspect chimneys. Be sure the damper is closed when not in use, and know that if you’re dealing with a wood-burning fireplace, lighting a fire may discourage the insects from using the chimney as an entry point.
- Tell customers that using “bug bombs” to treat the inside of a house can backfire — they may end up with dead insects still inside the walls, which then attract secondary pests, such as carpet beetles.
It’s that time of year when certain pests seek a warm place to overwinter and this usually means YOUR HOME! We’ve assembled some tips to prevent these critters from moving in with you.
As the weather cools down in the fall, many pests look for suitable harborages in which to spend the winter. These annoying pests do not bite or cause harm to you but they are nuisances and are best prevented using the tips in our September 15 blog. (Watch for it!)
The following pests are likely to attempt to enter your home in the fall.
Asian Lady Beetle
Also called ladybirds or lady beetles, depending on the region, the main difference between these two insects is the size of the two bugs. Asian ladybeetles are larger in size. Ladybugs have a head that is all black with little white cheeks.
They were introduced into the United States in 1988 for the purpose of reducing native aphid populations. Since 1988, they have spread throughout North America, in most places displacing the native lady beetle populations to become the dominant beetle in the insect family.
The best way to get rid of ladybugs is to remove them physically using a vacuum cleaner
The brown marmorated stink bug is more likely to invade homes in the fall than others in the family. The bug survives the winter as an adult by entering houses and structures when autumn evenings become colder, often in the thousands. In one home, more than 26,000 stinkbugs were found overwintering. Adults can live from several months to a year. They will enter under siding, into soffits, around window and door frames, chimneys, or any space which has openings big enough to fit through. Once inside the house, they will go into a state of hibernation. They wait for winter to pass, but often the warmth inside the house causes them to become active, and they may fly clumsily around light fixtures.
The stink bug's ability to emit an odor through holes in its abdomen is a defense mechanism meant to prevent it from being eaten by birds and lizards. However, simply handling the bug, injuring it, or attempting to move it can trigger it to release the odor.
Boxelder bugs get their common name from the fact that they are often found on and around boxelder trees. This species is native to the western states, but can be found from eastern Canada throughout the eastern United States, and west to eastern Nevada, wherever boxelder trees are found. Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance pest as they enter structures, including homes, sheds and garages to overwinter.
Overwintering adult boxelder bugs emerge from hibernation in late March to early April when the boxelder buds open. During this time, the adults leave their overwintering sites to return to their host trees for the warmer months.
Cluster flies make their debut in the autumn when they fly to the sunny sides of homes in search of over-wintering sites and may be found flying about inside, often in great numbers, throughout the winter. These flies are not reproducing within the structure, but become active on warm days and crawl out of wall voids and attics in a confused attempt to go back outside.
Cluster flies will not damage your home. Occasionally, the flies may leave small dark-colored spots of excrement on windows and walls, but they are not known to carry any diseases of medical importance to humans. In addition to the ‘clustering’ on the sunny exterior of buildings in the fall, the flies will gather in large numbers at windows within the home on warm winter days. The flies are typically sluggish in flight and can be easily swatted or captured.
If you’re bugged by any of these, give us a call – 800-650-PEST.
We’ve assembled some ant prevention tips that are guaranteed to help prevent these pesky little critters from buggin’ you.
Call DA Exterminating at 800-650-PEST!
In our previous blog post, we detailed pests’ life requirements of food, water and shelter and how they are similar to our own requirements. Today, we’ll give you tips that are achievable by ANYONE to eliminate these requirements:
Believe it or not, human beings have something in common with lowly pests: our life requirements. Without food, water and shelter, a human can live only a very short time and we go to nearly any means to secure these three requirements to preserve our existence.
Pests are pretty much the same. They spend their entire lives just trying to stay alive by searching for food, water and shelter … which is how they become so annoying to us. That’s right, they are looking for the same things we are!! Let’s take a look at these three requirements where pests are concerned.
Food: Pests’ food preferences are many and range from organic material to our food to filth. And they require food for fuel just like humans do -- a diet of proteins, carbs and lipids in varying quantities. For example, most ants will eat just about anything. That can include other ants, dead insects, parts of dead animals, grains, fruits and vegetables.
Water: Pests can live only a limited time without water but they can fulfill their requirement for water if moist food is available. Many insects possess dedicated sensory systems that detect changes in water vapor in the air. This “sixth sense” for humidity has no direct parallels in larger land mammals such as us. But it serves the small critters well as they work to avoid desiccation and to find water.
Shelter: When the weather begins to cool, pests tend to move to warmer areas like YOUR HOUSE! This goes for insect pests as well as rodents. Insects are cold blooded, meaning that their body temperature changes with the external temperature so they are constantly seeking warm areas in which to live.
In our next blog, we’ll detail how to reduce these life requirements in your home to prevent insects!
In the meantime, if you are “bugged” by pests in your home, give us a call at 800-650-PEST today!
Few things are more disgusting than a fly trying to share your sandwich. We won’t go into the details about what a fly actually does on your sandwich, and what it carries to your food. But just trust us, it’s not pretty!!
House flies have long been known to carry and transmit diseases and frequent filthy areas like garbage cans, barns and other waste materials. Flies are restless creatures, moving back and forth between food and filth, which could lead to the spreading of diseases. Flies pick up pathogenic organisms from garbage, sewage and other sources of filth, and then transfer on their mouthparts, through their vomitus, feces and contaminated external body parts to human and animal food. Flies are most commonly linked to outbreaks of diarrhea and shigellosis, but also are implicated in transmission of food poisoning, typhoid fever, dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax, and parasitic worms.
Flies deposit their eggs in decaying matter such as grass clippings, garbage, human excrement. Horse manure is the preferred breeding medium. About l00-l50 eggs are deposited by each female on appropriate food. Eggs may hatch in 7 l/2 hours when temperatures are high (about 99o F), or it may take two days if the temperature is only 59oF. Eggs hatch into worm-like creatures called maggots. Maggots lack definite heads, eyes, antennae or legs. Their bodies are pointed at their front end and gradually widen at the rear.
If you’re bothered by flies, let us know and we’ll take care of them! Call DA Exterminating 800-650-PEST.
It is very unlikely, though not impossible, that a bed bug infestation will develop in an office, classroom or other non-residential environment. However, these sites can serve as transfer hubs for bed bugs to hitchhike a ride into your home. Management, staff, students and workers all have roles to play in reducing the spread of bed bugs.
Steps You Can Take
If a bed bug is found call DA Exterminating right away at 800-650-PEST!
The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites and generally irritating their human hosts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) all consider bed bugs a public health pest. However, unlike most public health pests, bed bugs are not known to transmit or spread disease.
They can, however, cause other public health issues, so it’s important to pay close attention to preventing and controlling bed bugs.
Experts believe the recent increase in bed bugs in the United States may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices.
The good news is that there are ways to control bed bugs. Getting good, solid information is the first step in both prevention and control. While there is no quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.
Bed bugs can be hard to find and identify, given their small size and their habit of staying hidden. It helps to know what they look like, since the various life stages have different forms.
And that’s why we’re here!! Give us a call at 800-650-PEST if you suspect bed bugs!
Ant prevention isn't too different from general insect prevention: the overall goal is to keep them on the OUTSIDE and prevent them from entering your home. If you take the following steps, ants should not be a major problem:
The most important thing a homeowner can do to prevent termites is be diligent and watch for the signs we posted in our March 1 blog post. But the next best thing is to schedule a termite inspection with DA Exterminating.
Here are some tips to keep termites out of your home.
One of a homeowner's worst nightmares is the one where his house is starting to lean and squeak due to a hidden infestation of . . . . you guess it . . . . TERMITES! In the spring we at DA Exterminating start receiving calls from anxious homeowners concerned about termites. Because of the moist environment in the New Orleans area, termites are abundant and widespread.
We’ve put together some information for you about the signs of termites in the spring. If you see any of these, don't hesitate to give us a call and we'll be out to inspect.
Large numbers of winged termites, known as "swarmers," emerge in the Spring inside homes. These are sometimes confused with flying ants. Click here to see a complete video that explains how they are different. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air Discovering winged termites indoors could indicate an infestation, warranting treatment.
Swarmers emerging indoors are incapable of eating wood, seldom survive, and are best removed with a vacuum. They do, however, indicate that an infestation is nearby. Oftentimes there will be no visible indication that the home is infested. Termites are cryptic creatures and infestations can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions.
Confirmation of a termite infestation requires the keen eye of an experienced termite inspector...like the ones at DA! Knowledge of building construction is needed to identify the critical areas where termites are likely to enter. Many of these potential points of entry are hidden and difficult to access. Termite control also utilizes specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and soil treatment rods.
Termites build mud tunnels up the foundation and use these to enter your structure. The tunnels can be the size of a pencil...or larger!
So. . . now you know! If you suspect termites, give us a call at 800-650-PEST!
If you haven’t read our blog from February 10 on the threats that cockroaches pose to your health (and happiness), read it now. We’re including here some ways to prevent cockroaches from becoming a problem in your home. Of course, if they do sneak in, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-650-PEST.
Follow these few tips to greatly reduce the chance of seeing cockroaches in your home.