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OKC Pest Control Reviews A Story About Ticks And Lyme Disease

OKC Pest Control Sharing A True Tale About A Tick Bite

Normally, when you think about the presence of ticks in your yard it’s already well into the summer, but as you already know our temperatures in Oklahoma have been warmer than normal this spring. This is why our OKC Pest Control team thought it would be important to inform our readers about ticks making their way out sooner than they usually do.

A lot of people don’t ever think that a tick bite will really do anything to them, but the warning of Lyme disease couldn’t be more real. Last summer there was a story shared online by several sources about an Oklahoma woman named Alyssa Layman who is now battling Lyme disease due to a tick bite. One interview of the story was published by News Channel 4, but our OKC pest control team wanted to share it here as a reminder that caution is needed with warmer days ahead.

The Alyssa Layman Story:

Alyssa Layman’s life was changed one June summer day in 2012 when she decided to go fishing in Arkansas. She was bitten by a tick (most likely to be spread via the blacklegged tick, or deer tick)* and she didn’t think anything more about it at that time. By the month of September she was in enough pain that she had to go to the emergency room. She stated she “had mood swings, started running a fever, had extreme pain.”

The interview with News Channel 4 was published in June of 2016 and it was explained how Layman, 4 years after her bite, still has to rely on her family members to help her do almost everything. She receives help from her mother to wash her hair, do the dishes, and help her cook, because she simply cannot do these things on her own. Her sister takes her to her doctor appointments and Layman also receives help from a service dog.

Layman hoped that by sharing her story about her battle with Lyme disease due to a tick bite that others would take caution. She also stated that “if you get a rash of any kind around a bug bite, definitely go in, get tested.”

Our Comments:

At the end of the original article, there was a comment about how Lyme disease is usually not a problem in Oklahoma, but officials say it is becoming more prevalent. Other resources suspect that a lot of people traveling to other parts of the country may be bringing back infected ticks to Oklahoma.

We wouldn’t want anyone to take any chances! Our OKC pest control team would be happy to help eliminate ticks from your yard to keep you, your family members, and even your pets safe.

To get in touch with our OKC pest control company, give The Bug Guy a call at 405-973-5522.

*Resource: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/transmission/

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OKC Pest Control Team Looking Out For Brown Recluse Spiders

Warmer Weather Brings A Need For OKC Pest Control

The warmer it gets outside the more Oklahomans find the desire to get out and become more active. Our OKC pest control team knows that people aren’t the only beings to enjoy springtime. In fact, Brown Recluse spiders are no exception.

The warm, spring weather is a great time for them to emerge as they are capable of surviving with no food or water for up to 12 months and probably have spent the winter hiding. During the daytime, the Brown Recluse spider is known to hide in dark areas. They like to move around mostly at night searching for prey.

If one is seen during the daytime, our OKC pest control team would suspect that pesticide applications, hunger, overcrowding or a desire to find a mate has probably brought them out. Sometimes, the spiders can become trapped in certain places within a person’s home, as well.

Identifying features of the Brown Recluse spider include a brown-to-gray abdomen, lighter coloring on the legs, and an orange-to-yellow cephalothorax (the anterior part of the body). You may also hear others refer to this spider by names such as Violin Spider or Fiddleback Spider. These names refer to the description of the violin-shaped pattern on top of the spider, with the base of the “violin” sitting on the eyes, and the neck of the “violin” pointing back toward the abdomen.

Many victims of Brown Recluses spiders often roll onto the spider during normal sleep movements causing the spider to bite. A common Brown Recluse spider bite can completely destroy the surrounding tissue. The wound can then develop a crusty-like appearance and texture surrounded by patches of redness and irritation. The awful part about these bites is that although the crust falls off, the deep, crater-like shape may not heal for several months!

Our OKC pest control team encourages you to keep an eye out for Brown Recluse spiders, but to really protect yourself and your family members from accidental spider bites, it’s best to receive a treatment in and around your home.

Our OKC pest control team can help! To get in touch with our OKC pest control company, give The Bug Guy a call at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Warns Against Paper Wasps

OKC Pest Control Reports A Mistake Made With Paper Wasps

Most people are used to seeing wasps during summer months, but as you are well aware, Oklahoma has had some of the most unusual warm weather these past few months. This overly warm spring has caused insects of all sorts to start emerging sooner. Paper wasps are just one winged species our OKC pest control team urges you to be mindful about.

The colony usually begins in the spring when a mated female leaves her hibernation site to build her nest and the maximum colony size can get up to 75 by late summer. Paper wasps can vary from a brown, red, or black color with yellow marks. They are only about 3/4 to 1 inch long with slender bodies. Their name most likely comes from the fact that their nests look like paper of a single comb attached to trees, shrubs, and a variety of structures, such as building eaves.

A Common Mistake Made By Homeowners

A lot of homeowners get a little ambitious when they see a wasp’s nest and their actions can often make matters worse. Paper wasps are generally not aggressive towards humans, but that’s when the most common mistake is made. Anxious people often think that grabbing a broom to knock the nest down will work. Our OKC pest control team warns that this is a bad idea as doing so is sure to have an entire colony of angry wasps chasing you!

Even accidental contact with a nest of paper wasps can warrant a wasp sting. Our OKC pest control team suggests avoiding painful and potentially fatal anaphylactic reactions by allowing a professional to remove the wasps from your yard.

Our OKC pest control company, known as The Bug Guy would be happy to help you prevent wasps from forming nests around your home! If you need treatment, give us a call at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Eliminates Fleas For The Love Of Pets

OKC Pest Control: Disturbing Flea Facts

Polls have been taken many times in the past to reveal that more than half of pet owners consider their animal companions to be part of their family. Just like any other member of the family, it’s important to give your pets all the attention they need whether they’re sick or perfectly healthy. Just as parents would give their child vitamins to prevent a deficiency, so should responsible pet owners treat their yards for fleas to prevent their pets from becoming miserable. Our OKC pest control company would be honored to help!

You may wonder, “just how bad can fleas be?”

Our OKC pest control team will tell you it’s worse than you might think. Other than your pet constantly itching from flea bites, these critters can pose other risks, as well. Flea bites can cause your pets to have allergic reactions like swelling and welts on the skin, tapeworms growing in their intestinal tract, anemia from too much blood loss, and even Bartonella infection.

Our OKC pest control team finds the Bartonella infection (causing the disease known as Bartonellosis) to be most notable here as it can also be passed to humans. Symptoms of this disease in humans include fever, fatigue, headache, poor appetite, and an unusual streaked rash that resembles “stretch marks” from pregnancy.

Perhaps, just as disturbing as all of the diseases they carry is how long fleas can survive. Adult fleas cannot survive forever or lay eggs without a blood meal, but they may live from two months to one year without feeding! Furthermore, in just 30 days, 10 female fleas under ideal conditions can multiply to over a quarter million different life stages.

With that being said, preventative treatment is a lot better than a costly and time-consuming extermination process if your home becomes infested. To protect all of your family members, consider treating your yard to prevent fleas from taking over.

Our OKC pest control team eliminates fleas for the love of pets! You can call our OKC pest control company, The Bug Guy at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Team Warns Of Fire Ant Stings

OKC Pest Control: Making Your Yard Safe

Not many people would willingly allow themselves to be bitten or stung by an insect for the purpose of scientifically cataloging the pain into an index, but that is precisely what Justin Schmidt did in 1983. As our OKC pest control team has learned, a common person, like Schmidt catalogs the pain of a fire ant sting to be a level 1 on a scale that goes up to 4, with 4 being the worst pain. In the worst case scenarios; however, there have been plenty of stories of people who have had volatile reactions and some even die from fire ant stings.

Today, our OKC pest control team would like to share what we have found in regards to what is considered a normal reaction to a fire ant attack and what should be cause for concern.

What is considered to be a “normal” reaction to a fire ant attack?

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching

A fire ant sting often begins with a pinching or burning type of pain lasting anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Next, a person may feel itching or burning that may be mild or intense. The itching sensation tends to get stronger over the next few days producing a mark or wounds that are pus-filled blisters which are round and may look like pimples. Most stings heal on their own without treatment, but can be soothed with a cool compress on the infected area.

What are allergic reactions or more extreme reactions to fire ant attacks?

  • Vomiting
  • Severe Swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Wheezing Or Difficulty Breathing

Breathing difficulties, changes in consciousness, severe swelling, and similar symptoms within an hour of the sting require emergency medical treatment!

Keep in mind that children and pets can be at risk of being stung by fire ants in your yard.

If you have spotted fire ants (red bodies) in your yard or near your home, don’t hesitate to contact The Bug Guy. Our OKC pest control team would love to help remove the risk of fire ants from your property. Our OKC pest control team can be reached by calling 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control: Telling Of A Termite Horror Story

Termite Inspections By The Bug Guy’s OKC Pest Control Team

To anyone buying a home should be a moment of joy, but for one real estate investor the events that unfolded during his first “flip and fix” home is enough to make anyone cringe. Matt Faircloth wrote about his eventful real estate journey (click here to read his full story) and among the many mistakes he made, he outlines one of them being the discovery of termites. Our OKC pest control team tells the story for you, today.

Matt Faircloth’s Termite Horror Story:

The first few mistakes Faircloth wrote about involved him purchasing a really old home. After some unfortunate events, the tax lien holder sued Faircloth. This legal action took place directly after the closing of the home, for something called “Title Raiding.” He had to go to court and defend himself, tried and failed to quickly flip and sell the home to another investor, and then failed to get a mentor; thus, jumping into dealing with the home on his own.

That leads us to the part where the roof needed to be replaced. Our OKC pest control team will give you three guesses what they found.

If you guessed termite damage, you’re correct! Faircloth had a team replace the old roof that leaked, but afterwards the roofers informed Faircloth that the roof joists had termite damage and needed to be replaced, also.

The horror came over Faircloth as he realized that in order for termites to have made it that far, they would have had to eat their way from the bottom of the home up to the roof. The whole house had structural termite damage! Right away a structural engineer came along with an architect to tell Faircloth that the house was beyond repair and that it needed to be torn down.

The Significance Of Faircloth’s Story:

Had Faircloth hired a professional (much like our OKC pest control team) to complete a full inspection of the home, inside and out, the termite damage would have been caught quickly preventing him from spending a lot of money for nothing.

If you’re planning on investing in real estate at any time this spring, please consider contacting The Bug Guy. Our OKC pest control team provides full service termite inspections and termite treatments using Termidor, the industries best products to eliminate termites for good. To reach our OKC pest control team, please call us at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control: Termites Swarming Oklahoma

OKC Pest Control: The Risk Of Subterranean Termites

The official day of spring is right around the corner and for many that means something good as warmer weather and outdoor activities are in the forecast. Others dread the coming of spring, because that means pests like termites will be likely to be swarming Oklahoma. Our OKC pest control team would like to keep you informed of what to look out for as spring approaches and the risk of termites increases.

The main destructive termite species in Oklahoma is the Eastern subterranean termite, but there are a few others that can cause concern. In most cases, as per our OKC pest control team’s knowledge, termites in Oklahoma will begin to swarm on a warm day (around 70 degrees) after a rainfall. The specifics of the most common species of termites are as follows:

  • The eastern subterranean termite is known to swarm during the day from March to May.
  • The arid-land subterranean termite is known to swarm during the day in the spring and fall.
  • The dark southeastern subterranean termite is known to swarm in the daylight from March to June, and occasionally in the fall.

The risk of termites is considered significant in Oklahoma, but even more so after all the increases in earthquakes. Some sources state that due to the cracks in home foundations, caused by earthquake damage, that termites are finding an easier entryway. Our OKC pest control team wouldn’t want you to take any chances as getting rid of termites is vital to the ongoing structural integrity of your home.

If you notice anything odd such as a tube made of dirt extending out from cracks, near windows, or doors this could very well be a termite tube. If you see this don’t hesitate to call The Bug Guy, your trusted source for termite inspections and treatments!

We use Termidor, the industries best products to eliminate termites for good. We also offer a one year warranty on all qualifying homes. If you have suspicion of termites in your home or you just want preventive treatment, give us a call at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Recounts A Story Of A Black Widow Bite

OKC Pest Control Sharing A Tale Of A Painful Experience

A story told in New York Times by Jackson Landers will most likely make you hope to never be bitten by a black widow spider. In his tale, he identifies what what it was like as the venom from a spider bite spread throughout his body. Our pest control OKC team found the details to be quite undesirable. You be the judge.

The Jackson Landers Story:

Jackson Landers’ day started off like any ordinary trip to a fishing hole near his house. When the bite happened, in his shoe, he thought it felt “like a bee sting” or a thorn wedged in his shoe. Of course, he quickly realized upon inspection that the evidence of “two tiny little pin pricks” meant he had in fact been bitten and not stung. Confirmation certainly came when he saw the squashed spider.

Unconcerned, Landers went on about his fishing adventure, catching three fish before feeling the symptoms grow worse. He specifically noted that there was a “warmth” in his abdomen followed by “pressure, which became a painful cramping.” As the venom continued to spread he started to feel waves of muscles spasms in his lower chest. Of course, he knew he had to go to the hospital.

After being checked into an emergency room, Landers reported that the spasms gripped his rib cage “like a vise” and that his “biceps cramped” as he shivered uncontrollably. He described that he could actually feel the venom making its way to his heart.

Thankfully, six hours after being bitten, Landers ended up receiving an experimental anti-venom called Analatro which, for him, ended the pain almost immediately. It was said that had he not received the treatment he would have experienced a slew of other issues including word-slurring, hallucinations, and uncontrollable sweating.

Our Comments:

Now, even though this story had a happy ending, does any of that sound like a situation you ever want to be part of?

If you want to be sure that your property, home, and clothing are safe from spiders, don’t hesitate to give our OKC pest control company a call. The Bug Guy can be reached at 405-973-5522! Our OKC pest control team would love to help you get rid of those icky spiders, before they can get to you!

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OKC Pest Control Helps You Identify Black Widow Webs

OKC Pest Control: Signs Of A Black Widow

While the reign of insects and spiders seems to be more common in the spring and summer months, you may be surprised to find black widows hiding in places that are undisturbed for long periods of time. The best way to identify a black widow spider’s presence is via the existence of their web. Our OKC pest control team will provide to you, today, some characteristics of a black widow’s web so that you can be on the look-out.

What do the spider webs look like? 

Our OKC pest control team will let you in on a secret! Unlike many beautifully arranged spider webs, the black widow’s web is usually an irregular, messy shape. The long threads appear uneven and tangled, but this is actually by design.

The spider instinctively makes the web so that the uppermost portion is supporting, the center is tangled, and the lower portion has vertical trap threads. The design makes it possible for the black widow to suspend a cocoon with hundreds of eggs in it on one side, while also being able to capture flies, grasshoppers, beetles, and other insects to feast on.

Where can their webs generally be found?

You can usually find black widow webs near the ground level. While they like to remain outdoors whenever possible they have, on occasion, ventured to areas of the home closest to the outside. Our OKC pest control team has found them to, generally, be hidden in a seemingly protected place such as garages, basements, under lawn furniture, between crevices, in wood piles, or other dark places.

If you see signs of these messy webs around, don’t hesitate to give The Bug Guy a call at 405-973-5522. Our OKC pest control team would love to help you eradicate any signs of black widow spiders before they actually do become a bigger problem for you!

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OKC Pest Control Reports The Return Of Bed Bugs: Part 2

OKC Pest Control: Protecting You And Your Bedding

In part one of this series, our OKC pest control team went into detail about how bed bugs have made their way back into the lives of many Americans. We also gave some tips on how to identify these blood sucking bugs in the event that you might have them, too! Today, our OKC pest control team will be answering a few prevalent questions people often have about bed bugs.

Do bed bugs leave evidence on the body?

Just as bed bugs leave behind evidence that they’ve been in your bed, they also leave distinct rash-like patches on the skin where they’ve bitten. These patches can be rather blotchy around the face, neck, back, hands, and arms.  If scratched, the bites can become infected and typically, there are no treatment options unless infection does set in. Bed bugs can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.

Can you get rid of bed bugs without professional treatment?

With a lot of diligence and patience you may be able to do some hard work on your own, but be warned it’s not going to be pretty. As bed bugs can hide in various places you would need to take the most thorough actions possible and remove every large piece of furniture, bag up stuffed animals and like items, and clean up really well. Unfortunately, even if you take every precaution to clean up the mess of bed bugs by yourself there is still a chance you won’t get them all.

The truth is, as you will come to realize through research of your own, getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy process. The reason it’s so difficult to get rid of them is that each adult female produces about one egg per day and each egg takes 10 days to hatch. Furthermore, it only takes another five to six weeks for the offspring to develop into an adult and be ready to procreate.

Our OKC pest control team is here to help! We want to make sure that your home is bug-free before the Valentine’s day gets here. So, if you want to sleep tight without bed bugs biting you, contact The Bug Guy @ 405-973-5522. We’d love to help protect you and your bedding!