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Pest Control OKC: Common Lawn Pests

Pest Control OKC: Identifying common lawn pests

March is here and the weather is starting to heat up. Pretty soon it’ll be time to get out and take care of the lawn again. But all the lawn care in the world won’t help if you’ve got some of these pests. Pest Control OKC is here to help you identify certain pests.

June Beetle: When trying to identify what’s eating up your lawn, your best bet is to look for clues. The beetles themselves won’t usually eat at the turf on your lawn, mostly sticking to gardens, but should you see some of these creepy crawlers in your garden it means they probably have laid eggs. If you start to see lawn damage, chances are the grubs of the June beetle have hatched.

 

Grubs: Lawn grubs are the larval form of the June, as well as a few other, beetles. They all eat up your lawn, but which beetle larva is eating up your lawn largely depends on where you live. In the Northwest, Midwest, and Southwest these grubs are a big problem. Patches of dying grass usually indicate that lawn grubs are present and eating grass roots. What’s worse, skunks and armadillos like to dig in lawns in search of these grubs.

 

 

 

 

 

Mole Crickets: These insects may be the most damaging. Mole Crickets like to burrow underneath your lawn, feeding on other insects and the roots of your turf. A mole cricket infestation will often cause irregularly-shaped brown spots on your lawn. These spots typically feel spongy to walk on. You may also notice finger width tunnel entrances. You can check for Mole Crickets with a drench test. Fill a bucket with soapy water and throw it over an area you suspect to be infested. The soap will begin suffocating the crickets and cause them to leave their burrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need pest control, call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

How to keep the bed bugs from biting with Pest Control OKC!

Bed bugs have made a resurgence in recent years and they can be one of the most troublesome pests to deal with. In a survey conducted by The National Pest Management Association, 76% of pest control professionals said that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to control for them. The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, is here with a few tips on what to do if you find these annoying critters in your bed.

Bug bombs are generally not recommended for use in Bed Bug control. Bed bugs are very good at hiding and can crawl into spaces where a bug bomb won’t be able to reach them. They’ve also shown a resilience to the chemicals used in bug bombs to kill them. A lastly, maybe most importantly, these bombs can cause the bed bugs to scatter and look for different hiding places making the problem significantly worse!

If your going to try and control the bed bugs by other means, such as pesticides, make sure that such chemicals are safe for indoor use. Many pesticides were not designed to be used indoors and can do way more damage than good when dealing with bed bugs. Many of these pesticides will make you sick, and to top it all off much like the bug bombs, incorrect pesticides can drive the bed bugs to hide! Now your sick and the bed bug problem is worse! The EPA has a list of all products approved for use on bed bugs.

If your going to go the professional route, make sure the person you hire is fully qualified and certified, like us! Resources like the Better Business Bureau, consumer protection agencies, and the state pest control regulatory office can all help you find a qualified, and quality, pest control professional in your area.

If you need Bed Bugs driven out of your home. Give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, a call today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Keeping Firewood pest at bay Pt. 2

Pest Control OKC has more tips to help pest out of your fireplace!

The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, is back with a few more tip to help keep your home free from pests that might live in your firewood over the winter.

Cover for the Summer: New firewood that’s been cut for the summer is a prime target for infestation. If you want to avoid having your firewood pre-infested in the summer, make sure you stack the wood in a sunny area and then cover it. This will help kill and drive out pest living in the wood and keep away pests that might try to take up residence. Always try to cut your firewood from late summer to late fall. Also, make sure your keeping in your state’s guidelines about cutting and transporting wood.

Never Stack Firewood indoors: In our last blog, we talk about why you should burn wood as soon as you bring it into the house. This is because of Overwintering, where pests hibernate over the winter in warm places. Keeping firewood indoors will warm up these pests and bring them out of hibernation and into your home! In addition, these wood piles will provide excellent security for any pests that get into your home through other means!

Use only local Firewood: Aside from being a great way to support local business, keeping local firewood means all the pests inside it are also local. Bringing in firewood from another area might introduce a non-native species to the area. With no natural predators you may see an explosive infestation that spreads to your home. To be safe, should you get non-local firewood burn it as quickly as possible to kill off potential pests.

If your in need of pest control call The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC: Keeping Firewood Pests at Bay

Keep the fire going without the pests with these Pest Control OKC Tips

The fireplace is a wonderful home addition to have during the cold winter months. Few things are more relaxing on a cold winter day then sitting down with a nice book or hot cocoa next to a healthy fire. Of course, a fireplace needs wood to burn and the unfortunate reality is that wood can carry some unwanted guests in it. The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, has some tips on how to keep these firewood pests at bay this winter.

Store Firewood away from buildings: Never stack your firewood next to a building. Wood burrowing pests can dig directly from your firewood into your home. Placing wood piles next to your home can give certain pests direct access to your home!

First in, First out: Use your oldest wood first, you can make it easier to access this older wood by periodically re-stacking your wood to make the older wood more accessible. Using the older wood reduces the chances that an infestation will build up and infect the whole wood pile and eventually your home!

Eliminate Surface Pests: Before you bring in any piece of wood, inspect it thoroughly. Look over the surface of the wood for any pests crawling around or coming up from inside. Knock the firewood together and shake them thoroughly to loose any pests hiding within.

Burn Firewood immediately when brought indoors:  The easiest way to make sure pests don’t get into your home is to give them as little opportunity as possible. Most pests will burrow into wood to Overwinter, or hibernate. When you leave firewood in your home these pests can awaken and move out before you burn them.

If you think your home might be infested, give The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, a call today at 405-973-5522!

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Pest Control OKC Team Discusses 3 Fall Bug Problems

Pest Control OKC: Bugs That Are Bugging This Fall

As you start to enjoy the change of the season, gearing up for Halloween festivities, and partaking in fall events, it is our pest control OKC team’s hope that your home remains pest-free. If you’re one of the unfortunate homeowners noticing that some bugs are still bugging you this fall, then we certainly want to help you out!

If you haven’t noticed anything yet, but you don’t know what to look for here’s a list our pest control OKC team is providing to you of 3 fall bug problems to keep an eye out for around your home.

1.) Stink Bugs: As fall rolls in these foul smelling bugs will group up on the side of the house where the sun shines most. This congregation can last for weeks at and then when the temperatures become even colder they’ll begin making their way into the home to hibernate. The smell of a stink bug that has let off its odor has been described as a pungent smelling coriander.

2.) Wasps: Since wasps work in the summer to build their nests, they can still be rather active when fall arrives. This is especially true if they were successful in building the largest nest that they possibly could have built during the warmer months. Their fall activity would be mostly due to their desire to feed as food sources start to become more scarce. Stings occur most when humans cross paths with a wasp by mistake.

3.) Ants: Many species of ants will seek out shelter in homes to avoid colder temperatures of the outdoors. They will also be entering homes to look for food and water. Carpenter ants tend to be problem as they will physically move their colonies into the walls of homes and cause structural damage.

It’s sad that a time of merriment can also be such a time of annoyance due to insect problems, but that’s why our professional OKC pest control team is available to help!

Should you need help with any bug problems in or around your house, please feel free to give our OKC pest control experts a call. The Bug Guy can be reached at 405-973-5522.

Pest Control OKC: Lesser Known Pests

Pest Control OKC is here to tell you about some lesser known Oklahoma Pests

Wasps, Roaches, Ants, Termites, and ‘Skeeters. If you live in Oklahoma you’re probably all too aware of these kinds of pests. Of course, that’s not all the kinds of pests you can see here in Oklahoma and Our pest control OKC team is here to introduce you to just a few of them:

Reduvius personatus:

Also known as the Masked Hunter, from the Assassin Bug Family, sticky hairs all over its body allow this sly hunter to camouflage itself with dust and other debris. A favorite prey of this hunter are bed bugs, so finding one of these little guys in your house is a good indication of a larger bedbug infestation. While not poisonous or really any threat at all to humans, they can inflict a painful bite so The Bug Guy, Pest Control OKC, recommends leaving them alone. Also, consider calling us to investigate and eradicate a potential bedbug infestation.

Jumping Spider:

Spiders are terrifying enough on their own, but some of them could put an olympic vaulter to shame! There are many kinds of jumping spiders and on the whole they’re harmless to humans, though most can bite. The Johnson Jumping Spider, which can be found here in Oklahoma, can leap up to 5 times its length! These kinds of arachnids are active hunters and don’t build webs, preferring to hunt and leap on prey. While harmless, it can be annoying and certainly startling to have these guys leaping around your house.

Oil Beetle:

Oil Beetles are a type of blister beetle. If you see one of these guys be very careful, they can excrete a painful irritant that can cause skin blisters. Thankfully, these guys tend to stick to grassy areas and gardens; however, that doesn’t mean one couldn’t end up in your home.

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 pests, common or uncommon. You may contact The Bug Guy at 405-973-5522.