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Warning Signs of Bed Bug Infestation

How to Spot Bed Bugs Early

Bed bugs are every homeowner’s worst nightmare, and it is essential to know how to identify a bed bug infestation as soon as possible, before it gets out of control. If you need help with pest control in Oklahoma City, The Bug Guy is the call to make. We want to help you identify what kind of pests you are dealing with, so that we can help you find a solution. Here are a few signs that you may have bed bugs in your home.

  • Reddish or rust-colored mattress spots from smashed bedbugs
  • Dead bedbugs under the mattress or under the mattress cover
  • Small dark brown or black spots about the size of an asterisk (*) which are bed bug feces
  • Physical bites on you or your loved ones (reddish and resemble ant bites or a rash)

Identify Bed Bugs Early

It is better to treat a bedbug infestation early, rather than to wait for them to take hold. A severe bed bug infestation can create painful bites and unsanitary living conditions. The sooner bed bugs are discovered, the more quickly and efficiently we can help you get rid of them. With that said, we can help at any point in the process – even if the infestation is severe.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Bedbugs are so small, they can fit in many crevices, especially in a heavy infestation. A trained professional can help detect these pests. If you suspect you may have bedbugs, check the following hiding places:

  • Curtains
  • Wall joints and molding
  • In seams of drawers
  • Between couch cushions
  • Within electrical components
  • Inside any furniture
  • Under loose wallpaper edges
  • Inside electrical appliances

Contact The Bug Guy if you have further questions or concerns about bedbugs. Additionally, we offer pest control in OKC and spider control in OKC. We can get rid of what’s bugging you!

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/bedbugs-infestation#1

https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/how-find-bed-bugs

https://www.pestworld.org/all-things-bed-bugs/signs-of-bed-bugs/

 

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Pest Control OKC: Common Winter Pests

Pest Control OKC talks about common winter pests

Winter is here and the pests are looking to make a nice warm winter retreat within the walls of your home! Most insects will die off in the winter or go into hibernation, but some species will look for a warm, dry place (like your home) to wait out the colder months. Pest Control OKC lays out some of the most common winter pests to look for.

Moth Fly: Commonly known as a “drain fly” these small insects don’t cause any harm, but in large numbers they can become quite the nuisance. As their name suggests, you’ll commonly find them around drains.

Bed Bugs: There was a time when no one had to worry about bed bugs, but in recent years they have made a resurgence keeping many a people awake and annoyed.

Cluster Fly: Cluster Flys are big, slow flys that like to cluster around windows on warm days. There’s never just one of these flys, as their name suggests. If you think you found one, chances are there are many more hiding in your home.

Winged Carpenter Ants: Ants in your home are never a good sign, flying ants are even worse! Should you see a winged carpenter ant in your home during winter, there is a strong possibility that they came from a nest within your home. If you find these winged pests, call for pest control ASAP!

Firewood Pests: There are few things more enjoyable than a nice fire on a cold, snowy day. But be careful, the firewood needed to make those fires can house a large number of pests. Check your firewood carefully to make sure you don’t let any unwanted guests in the house!

If you think your home is infested with unwelcome pests contact The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522.

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Pest Control OKC: Common Fall pests

The leaves are turning, it’s getting colder, and the pests are moving in! Pest Control OKC is here to identify some common ones and what you can do when you see them.

 

 

1.) Cockroaches: Roaches need humans and their warm homes to survive the colder months. The best way to deal with a roach infestation is to prevent it by making sure your house is sealed and that there are no places for the roaches to hide. Once roaches are in, it can be almost impossible to get rid of them without a pest control professional. If you do spot roaches in your home give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, a call.

 

 

2.) Ants: When most insects become less active in colder months, Ants keep right on going thanks to the hives they build deep underground. But just because they’re deep underground doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry, these tiny engineers often position their nests in ways that allow them to build tunnels into your home. And don’t think an infestation will pass over with time, Ants colonies can live for years with a healthy queen and ready access to food.

 

 

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3.) Spiders: These creepy crawlers will attempt to invade your home for 2 reasons: The first reason is like the others on this list, some spiders will move in to try and avoid the cold and search for food. The other reason however can provide some future problems. The second reason spiders will move in is to lay egg sacs. These spiders will typically die after a short period, leaving their eggs to incubate in your warm home and hatch when the weather gets nicer. A nasty surprise for summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you find any of these uninvited fall guests, give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, a call at 405-973-5522 and take back your home for Fall!

 

German Cockroaches wreak havoc!

German cockroaches are a very serious threat to anyone that has respiratory problems. Their feces or dead bodies put our some nasty allergens that can cause allergic reactions and asthma. This is especially detrimental to young children or elderly. These roaches will reproduce in droves and their numbers can quickly expand.They have been known to transfer some diseases also. It is important to get started eliminating them at the first sign of infestation.

The insects can enter your home in many ways. Some examples: groceries, neighboring houses, piggybacking from baggage after traveling to name a few. They are also not limited to dirty conditions. I have found them in some of the cleanest homes. They can actually feed on proteins of some cleansers.

The Bug Guy will recommend 2-3 treatments (and sometimes more) depending on how severe the infestation. The Bug Guy will use a combination of spray, baits and possibly dust in order to gain control of the roaches. Feel free to give us a call for a free bid or if you have any questions.

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Armyworms In OKC Are On The Move!

No one likes to see Armyworms in OKC!

The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is a species in the order of Lepidoptera and is the larval life stage of a fall armyworm moth. The term “armyworm” can refer to several species, often describing the large-scale invasive behavior of the species’ larval stage. It is regarded as a pest and can damage and destroy a wide variety of crops, which causes large economic damage. Its scientific name derives from frugiperda, which is Latin for lost fruit, named because of the species’ ability to destroy crops. Because of its propensity for destruction, the fall armyworm’s habits and possibilities for crop protection have been studied in depth. It is also a notable case for studying sympatric speciation, as it appears to be diverging into two species currently. Another remarkable trait of the larva is that they practice cannibalism.

The fall armyworm is active at a different time of year than the true armyworm, another species in the order Lepidoptera and family Noctuidae, but of the genus Mythimna. Outbreaks of the true armyworm usually occur during the early part of the summer; the fall armyworm does most damage in the late summer in the southern part of the United States, and early fall in the northern regions.

Because of their food preferences, fall armyworm larvae can wreak havoc on a wide range of crops. The first historical account of the fall armyworm’s destruction was in 1797 in Georgia. Destruction can happen almost over night, because the first stages of a caterpillar’s life require very little food, and the later stages require about 50 times more. Because of this rapid change in food consumption, the presence of larva will not be noticed until they have destroyed almost everything in as little as a night. Some examples of targeted crops include cotton, tobacco, sweet corn, rice, peanuts, and even fruits such as apples, oranges, and many more. The list of possible food sources for the worms is extensive, so crop damage is wide-ranging. It is estimated that almost 40% of those species that armyworms target are economically important. Because the larva eat so much of the plant, they are very detrimental to crop survival and yield. In corn, larvae will even burrow into the corn ear to eat the kernels.

Typically armyworms will gravitate to larger food sources like crops, but they will go anywhere to find food. That means your backyard garden is at risk if you see these guys around. The larva can eat through an entire garden overnight since they lay about 1,500 eggs at a time! If you see these guys around be sure to give us a call!

Want to find other ways to protect your garden from unwanted pests? Read here!

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Why do bugs come inside when it gets cold?

Why do bugs come inside when it gets cold?

Why do bugs come inside when it gets cold?

Do you notice that every fall, (Fall is about a month away!) bugs collect on the side of your home? Worse, they even get inside. Do you find clusters of bugs near your windows and in your attic? Why do insects come inside your house in the fall, and what can you do to keep them out?

What to Do About Bugs in Your Home When It Gets Cold?

If you really can’t stand the sight of bugs in your home, or they appear in such large numbers that you have to take action, don’t squish them. Many of the insects that come indoors emit foul defensive odors when injured or threatened and some even ooze liquids that can stain your walls and furnishings. There’s no need to resort to chemical pesticides, either. Just grab your vacuum and use the hose attachment to suck up the offending pests. Be sure to remove the vacuum bag when you’re done, and take it outside to the trash (preferably inside a sealed plastic garbage bag).

Once Bugs Find Their Way Into Your Home, They Invite Their Friends to the Party!

When the sun sinks lower in the sky and winter approaches, these insects begin looking for a more permanent shelter from the cold. Some insects use aggregation pheromones to spread the word about a preferred overwintering site. Once a few bugs find good shelter, they give off a chemical signal inviting others to join them.

The sudden appearance of dozens, or even hundreds, of insects in your home may be alarming, but don’t overreact. The lady beetles, stink bugs, and other shelter-seeking insects won’t bite, won’t infest your pantry, and won’t do structural damage to your home. They’re just waiting out the winter like the rest of us.

Your House Isn’t Just Keeping You Warm

Different insects have different ways of surviving the winter. Many adult insects die off when frost arrives, but leave eggs behind to start next year’s population. Some migrate to warmer climates. Others, burrow in the leaf litter or hide under loose bark for protection from the cold. Unfortunately, your warm home may be irresistible to insects seeking shelter from the cold.

In the fall, you may see aggregations of insects on sunny sides of your home. As we lose the heat of summer, insects actively seek warmer places to spend their days. Boxelder bugs, Asian multicolored lady beetles, and brown marmorated stink bugs are well known for this sun-seeking behavior.

If your home has vinyl siding, insects may gather underneath the siding, where they are protected from the elements and warmed by your home’s heating. Any crack or crevice large enough for an insect to crawl through is an open invitation to come indoors. You may find them gathered around windows, as poorly caulked window frames allow easy entry into your home. Usually, home-invading insects stay inside your home’s walls during the winter. But on the occasional sunny winter day, they may make their presence known by gathering on your walls or windows.

If you want to make sure the bugs stay away as the weather cools down, give us a call!

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Flying Ant Day 2018 Came Early…

Flying Ant Day 2018 Came Early this year. What should we expect come fall/winter?

Since flying ant day came early this year the diligent ants have had more time to work and multiply. This could cause an increase in home infestations as the weather cools down this fall and winter. Here are some details of the event this year. It gives clues on what to expect:

Over 50 Billion Flying Ants Took To The Skies Over The Summer

The unusually warm Spring weather is being blamed for boosting insect numbers, with experts predicting “Flying Ant Day” – when they all appear apparently out of nowhere – will occur in June, rather than July.

If that happens, it could coincide with the Royal Entomological Society’s National Insect Week, appropriately enough.

Meanwhile pest controller Rentokil reported an increase of almost 150 per cent in call-outs to deal with ant infestations in March and April.

Quotes from other pest control experts through the spring and summer

“Ant-related call outs increased 148 percent from March to April.

“Experts believe the rise could be attributed to the unseasonably warm start to the Spring – after Brits experienced record-breaking warm weather in April.

“Last month’s period of clear skies and the hottest April day since 1949 may explain the surge in activity, as ants are typically more active in higher temperatures and colonies use sunlight to navigate.”

“Ant life-cycles depend on temperature, and the amount of food available to them.

“Provided the Queen is healthy, and enough food is being brought back to the nest, ant eggs have a greater chance of survival.”

Despite its name, Flying Ant Day usually lasts about two weeks.

“It’s rare to see ant infestations in cold or overcast weather, and while the ‘Beast from the East’ may have caused them to remain dormant in March, the sudden change in temperature has since brought them out in their droves.

“This trend could be set to continue throughout the rest of the summer.”

The website of the Amateur Entomologists’ Society explains: “Ant colonies produce winged sexuals and these individuals found new colonies. In order to start a new colony the new queens (or gynes) must mate.

“When environmental conditions are right, winged males and females leave all the ant colonies within an area. They then take to the air on a nuptial flight and mate.”

“Some people incorrectly believe that these winged ants are a different species from the ants in the colonies that they are more familiar with.

“This is not the case, the winged ants are the same species but are winged so that they can disperse and find a mate.”

If you are seeing an increase of ants this season, don’t panic! Give us a call.

Interested in learning more about Ant Day? Check out the Wiki page by clicking here!

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The Deadliest Insects and Bugs in Oklahoma

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Bees and Wasps
Bees and wasps are most active during the warmer months in Oklahoma City and can be a nuisance to any lover of the outdoors. Their stings can bring an end to an enjoyable summer event quickly! For most, a bee or wasp sting will cause pain, redness, and minor swelling. For some, a more serious allergic reaction may occur. If this happens seek immediate emergency care. To prevent most bee or wasp stings wear light-colored clothing while outdoors, don’t wear perfumes, do not use soda cans (they may crawl inside) keep lids on all of your garbage cans and of course, call a professional to have unwanted nests removed.

Mud Dauber
The mud dauber constructs their nests from mud and do not live in colonies. Their favorite food is spiders and they rarely sting humans. The mud dauber nests can sometimes be adopted by more dangerous wasps species though so if you see abandoned nests it is best to call The Bug Guy to remove it for you.

Yellow Jacket
The yellow jacket is a species of wasp that is very aggressive and territorial. They prefer undisturbed areas like attics, soffits, sheds and underground locations that protect them from the weather. Yellow Jackets are capable of stinging repeatedly and may induce a severe reaction in some people. To prevent yellow jackets from taking over your backyard, do not leave food out (including pet food), make sure the trash can in covered at all times and seal gaps on the exterior or your home.

Black Widow Spider
The black widow spider can be found throughout North America but is most common in the southern and western parts of the United States. It is identified by an hourglass red marking on the underside of its abdomen. Black Widow spiders like undisturbed locations away from human activity such as woodpiles, storage bins, patio furniture and cellars and most bites occur when their nests are disturbed. The black widow bite may feel like a pinprick, although some victims may not feel anything. There may be swelling and redness near the bite area, as well as a target-shaped lesion, and within an hour a dull muscle pain can spread to the rest of the body. If possible, collect the spider in a container for identification. Seek immediate medical attention.

Brown Recluse Spider
The brown recluse is a spider many Oklahomans are familiar with. The brown recluse is often called “fiddleback” because of its violin-shaped marking on its back, the brown recluse is most common in south central states of the United States, including Oklahoma. Most brown recluse spiders and their webs will be found near ground level, and they can be found both indoors and outdoors. They prefer dark and quiet areas like closets, behind and under furniture and in shoes. The brown recluse bite can be painless or you may feel a sharp sting. Severe symptoms and pain may take several hours to appear. If you see the spider bite you, attempt to collect the spider in a container. Children may have more serious reactions. Seek medical attention immediately.

Fire Ants
Fire ants attack by biting to get a grip on the skin and then stinging their victim. Their sting releases a painful venom which is where the “fire” in the name fire ants comes from. The severity of a sting varies from person to person. For some, this sting causes a painful or itchy bump, but for others, the sting of the fire ant can cause a dangerous allergic reaction. You can reduce your risk of fire ant stings by having The Bug Guy check for and get rid of ant nest near your home, avoiding ant nests (be especially careful when mowing the lawn), wearing shoes and socks while walking in the yard and wearing work gloves when you garden.

Hobo Spider
While there has been some debate on the danger of hobo spiders recently, the Center for Disease Control still lists the hobo spider as one of the venomous spiders that can be found in the United States and Oklahoma. The Hobo Spider can be very difficult to identify without the aid of microscopes, and is sometimes confused with the Brown Recluse. Preferring humid environments, they set up their funnel-shaped webs in homes and offices as well as outdoors – among storage items, baseboards, window sills or near stacks of firewood. The hobo spider bite may go unnoticed at first, but will soon develop into a slow-healing wound. Some symptoms are more severe and immediate. If possible, collect the spider in a container for identification. Seek immediate medical attention.

Mosquito
The mosquito causes more human suffering than any other animal. More than 1 Million people die every year and 300-500 million people are sickened as a result of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, Malaria, Yellow fever, West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis. In Oklahoma, there are many different kinds of mosquitoes and not all of those carry diseases or parasites that will make people sick. You can reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes by

  • draining or removing standing water from your property
  • wearing long sleeves and pants and spraying your clothes with insect repellent containing DEET
  • staying indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Scorpion
Between 3 to 5 species of scorpion are believed to live in Oklahoma, but only one species is common throughout the entire state.  Scorpions prefer undisturbed, outdoor areas like those under rocks, leaves, or loose bark around trees. When found indoors, the scorpion is often found in bathrooms or kitchens, or in a dark area where water is available. The scorpion sting usually occurs when stepped on, handled or bothered in some way. To prevent scorpions in your home regular treatments from The Bug Guy are recommended as well as removing objects like bricks and logs that may be around the home, keeping the grass mowed near the house and eliminating clutter in the attack, garage and crawl space.

Stinging Caterpillar
There are a few stinging caterpillars in Oklahoma to be wary of and it is important to note that not all caterpillars are stinging caterpillars. A caterpillar sting is the result of a contact and not a deliberate attack on the victim and will usually occur inadvertently while outdoors.  The type of reaction will vary from person to person based on allergies and skin type, but also by the type of caterpillar. Sting reactions can range from mild to painful and a rash or other symptoms may occur. If you think you may be having an allergic reaction seek medical attention immediately.

Ticks
Ticks are a little like mosquitoes, in that not all ticks carry diseases but those that do can cause some serious illnesses to their victims. Ticks lay in wait in grasses until an animal or human host walks by and then crawls onto the host to feed. Most diseases are transmitted to the host during the feeding process.  Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Heartland Virus are a few of the diseases that can be transmitted from a tick. The rare Bourbon virus has also been diagnosed in Oklahoma.  To reduce tick populations near your home, remove leaf litter, cut back tall grass and brush and discourage deer activity. If you are in an area known for ticks, use repellents containing 20-30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing and check all areas of your skin carefully when returning to the indoors. Some may be very small to see and you may need a partner to help you.

 

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.

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Is there a good spider?

Is there a spider that is good for my garden? Which ones are poisonous pests that I need to get rid of? We will look at some common spiders you will see around your home in Oklahoma.

Is there a good spider?

Chances are, you’ve run into a few spiders (and their webs) around your home. You will commonly find most spiders in cool darker places, such as attics, crawl spaces, closets, and under furniture. In this article, for simplicity, we will classify spiders as good and pests.

  • Good Spiders – The yellow garden spider  will build its web in your garden, as it attracts other bugs, and this spider will act as a natural pest control. These are non aggressive spiders, however if they do bite, it is comparable to a bee sting. Generally speaking, other garden spiders tend to set up shop in gardens for the same reason: to catch the bugs that can damage plants.
  • Pests – There are two spider species to be cautious of in the state of Oklahoma: The black widow, and the Brown Recluse. The Black Widow can be identified by its two red markings that form an “hour glass” shape. If you are bitten by a Black Widow, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. A Brown Recluse is a shy spider that hides out in areas with low activity. They are light or dark brown and recognized by their dark, fiddle-shaped marking that stretches from the back of their head to their rear. If bitten by a Brown Recluse, it is also important to seek immediate medical attention.

As always if you have any questions or concerns about spiders at your home, contact The Bug Guy, the best professional pest control service in OKC!