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Pest Control OKC: Discovering An Unlikely Yellow Jacket Nest

A “Yellow Jacket” Story Submitted To Our Pest Control OKC Team

Some yellow jackets build aerial nests, but many build their nests in the ground. These types of colonies can typically be found under porches, stairs, in sidewalk cracks, at the base of trees, or in out of the way places which would normally be undisturbed. Today, our pest control OKC team has a story that is brought to you by submission of a customer who helped us discover a yellow jacket nest in an unlikely location.

The JD Story:

It was a warm, spring day and Lois decided that letting her two children (JD and Matt) play outside in the backyard while she did some housework sounded like a great idea. The children ran outside to play on the old swing set.

After what only seemed like a few minutes of the children swinging, JD let out multiple bloodcurdling screams. Matt ran inside to get their mother as quickly as he could. When Lois and Matt had made it back outside they were horrified to see yellow jackets swarming and buzzing all around JD.

Luckily, JD wasn’t highly allergic to the multiple stings of the yellow jackets and was able to survive the terrifying experience, but has the story to tell for a lifetime.

Upon calling our pest control OKC team, it was discovered that the yellow jacket nest had been made just underneath one of the old, hollow swing set posts. When the children began to swing higher and higher, it caused the posts to rise from the ground and disturb the nest. The motion, no doubt, made for some angry insects.

Our OKC Pest Control Team’s Comments:

In most cases, aggressive behavior from a yellow jacket is not a problem for people unless an accident occurs. They may attack, as well, if you attempt to swat them away with fast movements. Yellow jackets are combative and protective of their nests if they feel threatened. This is problematic for any homeowner who happens to come upon a hidden nest, such as the children in the submitted story.

Our pest control OKC team has been hard at work this year! Don’t be a victim. Give our pest control OKC team a call to eliminate your chances of a run-in with yellow jackets. You may contact The Bug Guy at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC Reports Of Scorpions In Oklahoma

Pest Control OKC: The Facts About Scorpions

Oklahoma has become very well known over the last few years for its very hot summers. It’s this very dry type of climate that makes it easier for scorpions to survive in our state. Today, our pest control OKC team would like to share some facts about scorpions.

Interestingly enough, while they like dry climates, these arachnids (not insects) are very sensitive to the moisture loss from their body. This is why scorpions often hide during the day in locations that provide plenty of shade. Since they do require moisture they have been known to make their ways indoors, as well. Many pest control OKC customers report to seeing scorpions in bathtubs, sinks, or darkened areas where there may be a water source.

While there are approximately fifty different species of scorpions all over the United States, it has been estimated that Oklahoma has between three and five species living here. The only common scorpion reported to be across the entire state is called the Bark Scorpion. This is the most commonly seen scorpion by our pest control OKC team members!

How you can identify a Bark Scorpion:

  • An adult Bark Scorpion is between 1-3 inches long.
  • Coloring is tan, but ranges from all yellowish brown without any markings to striped with stripes running from head to tail.
  • Dark triangle mark on the front of the head above their eyes.

While these scorpions prefer to feed on crickets, roaches, beetles, and other small insects they have and will sting humans.

The venom from scorpions in Oklahoma is not usually considered fatal as in most circumstances the sting produces only a temporary, mild swelling. Our pest control OKC team has; however, found reports of some people experiencing numbness, tingling, vomiting, and/or convulsions. In more extreme cases, some people may be immobilized or experience difficulty in breathing. As with any allergy, people with sensitivities to venom may have worsened conditions, but survival is possible if they receive an injection of anti-venom in a timely manner to counteract the sting’s effects.

If you discover that you have a problem with scorpions entering your home, our pest control OKC team would be happy to help. The Bug Guy can be reached at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC Tackling Bugged Out Business Buildings

Pest Control OKC For The Office

Whether you’re serving customers from your business location or your employees are the only ones to step foot into the office, as a business owner you still want to maintain a clean working environment. From cleaning duties to restocking supplies, you do what you have to in order to keep things on track around the office. Our pest control OKC team hopes the regular tasks include making certain that your establishment is pest-free.

If you have bugs entering your office location, there just may be an underlying cause. Our pest control OKC team will share a few common reasons pests can be drawn to commercial properties. These reasons are:

  • Cracks in doors, windows, vents, plumbing, or holes in walls
  • Faulty drains, water fountains, leaky A/C
  • Inadequate food storage in break room(s)

Just a few bugs in your business building may not seem too detrimental, but in time what seemed like such a small problem could easily become a large infestation. Talk about debilitating your business! Aside from the nasty rumors about your business there may be health related motives to clear out the bugs.

Some people have allergies to pests which can range from mild to severe. In fact, those with serious allergy issues, in the event of a bite or sting, could suffer greatly. As a business owner, this is not a liability you want on your hands. It’s best to quickly deal with any pest problems your building may have. If you are able to locate the reasons for bugs entering your commercial office, get that problem fixed, too. If you already have a bugged out business building, our pest control OKC team would be happy to help!

You may reach our pest control OKC team by calling The Bug Guy at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC Discusses Facts About Gnats

Pest Control OKC: A Little Bit About These Little Insects

Do you notice any swarming gnats around after your 4th of July holiday celebration? Gnats may not seem like a big deal, because of their tiny stature, but they can quickly become quite the annoying problem. Today, our pest control OKC team is going to share a little bit about these small insects.

Here are some facts about gnats that our pest control OKC team wanted to share with you:

  • Even as fully grown adults, gnats remain tiny. They are usually no larger than 33mm.
  • There are also a few different species of gnats; some that bite and some that do not bite.
  • Their diets vary from plants, other insects, or blood.

Some species of gnats are are helpful in pollinating plants as they eat other pests which seek to destroy crops such as aphids and scales. Others, like the Hessian fly, feed on the plants themselves.

The fungus gnat is well known for laying eggs in house plants that have been watered too much. They are attracted to soil, and the fungus in the soil. Furthermore, they enjoy feasting on roots and root hairs of plants.

The black gnat (also known as black fly) will feed on blood. These gnats have been known to carry parasites and transmit diseases to livestock and humans.

Our pest control OKC team hopes that by now you can understand that these little flying insects are capable of some destructive behavior. Moreover, due to all gnats being so small it may be difficult to identify which species you’re seeing.

If you have a swarm of gnats that just seem to hang around, the first thing you should do to help keep the situation under control is attempt to locate their food source and correct the problem. Second, it may be a good idea to schedule a pest control inspection if you struggle to get rid of the insects on your own.

Our pest control OKC team would be happy to help with your pest control needs. If you need us, give The Bug Guy a call at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC Sharing Differences Between Millipedes And Centipedes

Pest Control OKC: Identifying Traits Of Arthropods

Although commonly mistaken as insects both millipedes and centipedes are classified as arthropods. These multi-legged critters are also often confused for one another when startled people see one of them crawling around. Today, our pest control OKC team is here to clear things up a bit and hopefully educate readers about the differences between millipedes and centipedes.

Our pest control OKC team will start by giving you some identifying traits about millipedes.

Millipedes vary in shape; most of them being more tubular, like a worm, and others having flatter bodies. Their legs are paired in each body segment, except for the first three. Studies show that millipedes are not actually poisonous, but many species have glands capable of producing irritating toxic fluids that may cause allergic reactions for some people. The spray of some millipedes contains hydrochloric acid which can chemically burn the skin and cause long-term skin discoloration.

Of course, millipedes would much rather stick to their diet of dead plant matter, fungi, and other insects than mess with humans. They also like to live in dark, moist places and they usually try to stay hidden. That’s why, if you find one or more of them, it’s best to just leave them alone.

Millipedes can be any of the following colors: Black, brown, red, ivory, and white.

Next, our pest control OKC team will share a little information about centipedes.

Centipedes have flattened segments with only one pair of legs per segment. Centipedes are known for using their venom to kill their prey. if they feel threatened they can bite humans. The poison produced by centipedes is usually not considered fatal, but it can cause a moderate reaction similar to a bee sting. For those who are allergic to insect venoms and other toxins, more severe reactions may occur. Centipedes are usually found outside, near trees, where they can find their next insect meal.

On occasion, the hunt for insects can bring centipedes looking inside outbuildings, basements, or cellars. as with millipedes, our pest control OKC team would not recommended picking up or touching a centipede!

Centipedes can be any of the following colors: Red, yellow, and orange.

Our pest control OKC team hopes that you are having a safe and happy summer. Should you need any pest control assistance, we’d love to help. You can reach The Bug Guy at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Team Answers Why Silverfish Are Harmful

OKC Pest Control Sheds Light On Silverfish Insects

Oklahoma, having a more humid climate than many other states, is known to attract many types of insects. One type of insect that loves warm places is called Silverfish. The most noticeable feature next to their silver to dark gray bodies is the three thread-like tails. The real question most Oklahomans ask our OKC pest control team is whether these insects are harmful.

The answer to that is a little misleading from some perspectives, because they do not actually bite or sting humans. They are also not known to harm any pets. Yet, our OKC pest control team will tell you that they are harmful. Let us explain a bit more about why Silverfish are harmful.

Silverfish like to hide in dark, warm hiding places like food pantries. Their diet consists of things like mold, yarn, silk, sugary substances, starchy foods, and damp wallpaper. They are also especially drawn to dry, starchy substances such as the glue the binds book pages together, boxes, papers, and even some clothing. Our OKC pest control members have even heard reports of people finding them in unopened food packages!

These are the several ways in which Silverfish can be harmful to homes, and more specifically, to items in the home. They are often considered a nuisance to many homeowners.

Have you seen any Silverfish around your home?

You may have noticed Silverfish skittering around in areas such as your kitchen or bathroom near the sink, tub, or toilet. If you see any surface eaten away in irregular patches this could be a sign that you have a Silverfish infestation.

Our OKC pest control team would warn that other predators like Centipedes, Earwigs, and some spiders are known to feed on Silverfish. Thus, if you have Silverfish you may have other things to worry about.

To protect your home and personal belongings from Silverfish, please feel free to contact our OKC pest control company. The Bug Guy can be reached at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC Eliminating Butterfly Eating Ants!

Pest Control OKC Protecting Beautiful Butterflies

Since the earliest days of spring beautiful butterflies have fluttered back to Oklahoma. Flower garden owners and lovers from all over the state can admire these lovely creatures as they interact with nature. Our pest control OKC team would love nothing more than to make sure the butterfly population lives on, but it can be a struggle without proper pest control treatments as many predators like ants feast on butterflies!

It’s just sad and disturbing (even to our pest control OKC team members) to think that something so pretty could have any enemies at all, but the truth is that there are quite a few predators of butterflies. Many ant species find butterflies to be quite tasty whether the butterfly is still in the egg, as a caterpillar, in chrysalis, or an adult. Quite often ants that are found eating a butterfly will consume the body of the butterfly and leave the wings intact.

In case you need convincing to utilize pest control OKC services to eliminate butterfly eating ants, here are just 3 good reasons why preserving butterflies is important:

  • Butterflies represent a healthy environment and ecosystem.
  • Butterflies help pollinate plants.
  • Butterflies have an interesting life cycle worth studying and have provided many educational benefits for people all over the world.

While spraying to eliminate ants that eat butterflies may seem like such a small step to take (and it may in turn keep butterflies out of your actual yard) it will still be one that helps the butterflies live just a little longer. One may argue that many butterflies will become food for larger animals, like birds, later on. This may be true, but our pest control OKC team believes it’s worth a shot to give butterflies a chance to live a full life before they complete their “circle of life”.

To make use of our pest control OKC services, you may give The Bug Guy a call at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Warning Of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

OKC Pest Control Shares A Story About A Stink Bug

Stink bugs get their name from the obvious pungent odor that they erect when they are threatened. It has been determined that this stinky smell helps stink bugs protect themselves from predators. Not only do they actually stink, but some may say they metaphorically stink, as well. At least, that would be the response from one blogger, by the name of Lydia Whitney, as she reported to having quite an unpleasant experience with a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Today, our OKC pest control team is sharing her short story with you!

Lydia Whitney wrote about her experience with a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug on her blog.

In this article she talked about how she sat at her computer working when she felt a “sharp pain” on her bare foot. Whitney looked down and discovered a stink bug biting her, but was highly confused as many experts have stated that stink bugs aren’t harmful to humans and do not bite. She went on to explain that normally a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug feeds by piercing a plant and sucking on the plant juices with its beak, which is made with straw-like mouthparts. The damage done to the plant is generally defined as mild to severe.

With this explanation and the evidence of pain felt by Whitney after the stink bug was found on her foot, it would be difficult to argue that they do not bite. In most cases, they probably wouldn’t prefer to bite people, but they are a nuisance to people with vegetable gardens, precious plants, and even inside homes.

Our OKC pest control team is inclined to share a few warnings with you as many homeowners have thought it was a good idea to attempt sweeping away or vacuuming up stink bugs. Our OKC pest control professionals would like you to know that the smell emitted from these bugs can last for hours. Yes, even inside the vacuum!

To prevent stink bugs from getting inside of your home consider checking to make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed. Additionally, consider having ongoing OKC pest control treatments for all insect control.

If you need help keeping your yard and home safe from pests, give our OKC pest control professionals a call. The Bug Guy can be reached at 405-973-5522.   

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OKC Pest Control: Hobo Spiders Are Crawling Out Of Obscurity

OKC Pest Control: Keeping An Eye Out For Hobo Spiders

At one time hobo spiders were actually more well known as the venom was once said to be life-threatening. Today, the perspective may be a different as further research dispelled the deadly medical threat of a hobo spider’s bite. That doesn’t mean; however, that they aren’t still around and that their bites won’t do some damage. Luckily, our OKC pest control team still has an effective treatment solution to keep you safe.

While the hobo spider is originally documented as being native to Europe, it’s no wonder that thanks to years of immigration and travel that several places in the United States have become home to this spider species.

Hobo spider bites are often mistaken for other types, especially due to the Brown Recluse Spider stealing the spotlight over the years. To help you identify hobo spiders here’s our OKC pest control team’s description of these little critters:

  • They are brown in color.
  • They have no distinct rings on their legs, but they are covered in short hairs.
  • Their abdomens usually have several chevron shaped markings.
  • Males have two large palps- commonly described as “fangs, venom sacs, or boxing gloves” (they are actually just male genitalia).
  • Females have palps without the “swollen” ends.
  • Females have a much larger abdomen.

The hobo spider has poor eye site and less sticky webs in comparison to other spiders. Simply stated: to live; they must attack. This most likely explains why hobo spiders are known to be so aggressive by nature and will bite humans. As to be expected, the female spiders are even more defensive if they are tending to their egg sacs. Most bites probably occur when the spider becomes trapped in clothing, bed sheets, or someone accidentally breaks their web.

Our OKC pest control team is just here to let you know that the hobo spider is no longer an unknown entity, especially with the onset of warmer weather. In fact, our OKC pest control team has found funnel shaped webs attached to objects in many yards, by foundations, between planters, and other ground-level objects.

This is one spider species that is crawling out of obscurity. To keep your yard pest-free, our OKC pest control team would be happy to help! You can reach The Bug Guy at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Reports Of Cockroaches Inside And Out

OKC Pest Control Provides Cockroach Prevention

There have been many reports from families of cockroaches appearing outside in their lawn and sidewalks. Then, there is the fear that they will migrate into the home. It’s almost as if the song lyrics “no wind, no rain…can stop me baby” were really written to describe the never-ending will of cockroaches. If it’s one thing our OKC pest control team understands it’s that an infestation of uninvited pests like cockroaches is not just problematic due to them being a bother, but they can also cause household damage and health problems.

The truth is that even clean homes can provide a comfortable habitat for cockroaches with the three main things they need to survive; food, water, and shelter. If you have cockroaches or you know anything about their nature, then you’ll soon come to realize they are one of the most persistent pests which are very difficult to get rid of. Of course, our OKC pest control expertise would share that having pest control treatments at least 3 times per year (spring, summer, and fall) would be the best method to keep these critters away.

In addition to eradicating your cockroach pest problem with ongoing OKC pest control treatments, we would also recommend taking some preventive measures between those sprays. Here are a few ways you can help keep your home cockroach-free:

  • Store food in sealed containers.
  • Don’t leave pet food and water out overnight.
  • Tightly cover garbage cans containing food scraps.
  • Take trash out regularly.
  • Don’t let water accumulate anywhere in the home.
  • Don’t leave clutter around.
  • Close off places where pests can enter and hide.
  • Check for pests in packages or boxes before carrying them into your home.

If you’re home has become targeted by any uninvited insects staking claim in your space, don’t let them continue crawling around! Give our OKC pest control team a call as we’d love to help!

Our OKC pest control expert, The Bug Guy, can be reached at 405-973-5522.