It is time to watch out for a pesky spiders

orb-weaverIt is so disturbing to walk through your yard and walk through a spider web. I really do not like it when I’m taking the trash out at night and step through a spider web. It always leaves me wondering where the spider ended up after I disturbed the web. I really do not like it when I feel it walking across my shoulder! These pesky orb spiders have a bite but are not toxic. However, I do not like getting bit at all. This is the time of year that they are flourishing! The little webs that are flying through the air have a baby orb-weaving spider attached. It never fails that my truck picks up lots of these webs and then I start finding the immature spiders infesting my truck.

Yes, I understand that their whole purpose in life is to eat other insects and grow larger. I feel that I have my ways of eliminating insects other than having to wait for the orb weavers to do their job. Plus again I do not enjoy accidentally walking through their webs. A female orb weaver can have up to 3000 eggs in one sack! So as much as I enjoyed watching Charlotte’s Web I do believe I will eliminate these pesky spiders around my home and can do this for you also.

Read up on Brown Recluse, Black Widow and Hobo Spiders.

Yard pests are very active right now!

istock_000017254799_largeThere are many yard pest that can infest your yard. Two of the main yard pests right now are armyworms and mole crickets.

Armyworms are pests that will come in droves and march side by side through a yard giving them the name Army worms. They look like a greenish caterpillar. They will eat grass and really prefer Bermuda grass. If you see brown patches in your yard it can be armyworm activity. They are very active at night and like to hide in tall grass, ground cover or under leaves.

Many times people mistake mole cricket activity for armyworm activity. Mole crickets push out dirt while building their tunnels. The dirt piles look similar to ant mounds. One way to tell the difference is that there is a larger hole somewhere around the middle. This hole is much larger than what an ant pile entrance is. Mole crickets can also feed on grasses and their roots.

We can treat for both insects ( mole crickets and armyworms). The treatment is basically the same. Please call or email us if you would like more information. We are a locally owned and understand the pest control issues of the Oklahoma City Metro.

Termites are Active Year-Round

hiresPeople often ask me when are termites active. They are active in Oklahoma City all year. Yes, it is a fact that spring is the most active time. The swarmers come out in spring and in rare times right before fall. The swarmers are only looking to start a new colony. The swarmers will come out of different areas in droves! The swarmers will try to find a mate and if they find the right soil conditions, start a new colony. The swarmers themselves do not do the damage to wood like the workers do. If a swarmer does not find a mate within a few days, they will drop their wings and then die within a few days.

Termite workers, however, work all year long eating providing nutrients to the rest of the colony. I have found live termite workers under a 2 x 4 that was laying up against the outside of a house in 28 degree weather. So it is a myth that termites go away in the winter months! The main termites that we deal with in Oklahoma are Eastern subterranean termites. They do colonize under the ground. In rare occasions will they colonize in gutters or on flat roofs that may have collected soil on top of a roof.

I highly recommend having your house inspected at least once a year especially if it has not been treated within 5 years. Even brand new houses need to be inspected after 1-2 years for termite activity. Give us a call and set up your free termite inspection. The only time we charge for a termite inspection is if the house has a crawl space, is outside the greater OKC area or if you need a report for a real estate transaction.