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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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The Bug Guy In Full OKC Pest Control Action

April Showers Brings… Many Bugs and The Need For OKC Pest Control!

Have you ever wondered why those pesky bugs are more active during warm spring and summer months? Ants, flies, wasps, spiders… all those creepy bugs have something in common; they need time to reproduce! The reason you’ll start to see more pests in warmer months is because they’ve had more time to lay enough eggs and potentially produce thousands of babies. This season is when The Bug Guy is in full OKC pest control action!

Not many would argue when we say that Oklahoma’s weather patterns have been just plain crazy this year. From the wet, damp rainy days all the way to the extremely and unusually warm spring days; we’ve had it all! It isn’t surprising that these fluctuating temperatures have created the perfect storm for incubating a staggering amount of reproduction for various insect species.

Did you know it only takes one burst of wet weather, for example, to create a breeding ground for flies? The astonishing part is that flies have the capability of laying up to 900 eggs! The offspring can then hang around for nearly a month afterwards. Annoying, right? If you’ve seen an increase in flies around your home in the last few weeks, it could be a result of rainy days all the way back in April.

On the other hand, many bugs start to make their way out of their resting places when temperatures become more stable and when weeds, flowers, and grass are alive to help the insects have places to hide and feast. This is why after the rainy month of April, comes the many bugs of May and the much needed use of OKC pest control.

As the busiest bug season is about to be in full swing, it might be wise to schedule your OKC pest control appointment as soon as you can. Our OKC pest control team will be serving the OKC metro area and we’d love to add your home to our list of stops to help keep your yard protected.

You can reach out to The Bug Guy at 405-973-5522 to get started with your OKC pest control services this spring and summer!

How Safe is Your Home from Pests this Winter?

Most people don’t think they need to get their homes sprayed for bugs in the winter due to the cold weather. Unfortunately, Oklahoma had a blackwidow-300x236very mild winter last year, and we haven’t seen a lasting freeze yet this winter.

We are getting a lot of calls for help with spiders and scorpions simply because it’s not getting cold enough and winter pest control is necessary. I strongly suggest for you to walk around your home and move any wood, rock, or brick piles away from your house. This will help prevent the further spread of spiders, scorpions, and other insects. Also, if you have a lot of landscaping, keep an eye out for sporadic webs which black widows are continuing to build since it’s not too cold for them yet.

Another thing I’ve been noticing a lot of is kissing beetles and box elder beetles around trees. Since the lack of a good freeze isn’t killing them, they are multiplying and they can move from trees to houses. If you look at your trees and see these bugs, the best thing to do is get an exterminator to spray them and prevent them from moving into your home.

Spiders and scorpions will also gather in garages, so it’s a really good idea to clean out your garage at least once or twice a year. It would be a good idea to clean out your garage the best you can, while you are putting your decorations away after Christmas. You can take a Shop-Vac and vacuum up any white egg sacs you find along with any spiders and insects you come across. Be sure to clean out your vacuum when you’re done and if you notice a lot of spiders, scorpions, or insects contact a professional!

Termites Myth: “Termites quit eating on homes during winter.” Most people believe they are safe from termites during winter, but it’s not true. During a termite inspection in 18 degree weather, I flipped over a piece of wood in a pile next to a house and termites were eating the wood right up next to the house.

If you think you may have a problem with spiders, scorpions, termites, or other insects, feel free to contact The Bug Guy at (405) 973-5522 and take advantage of our free inspections so that we may stop them quickly. If we don’t see any problems, you won’t be charged a penny!

Bee or Wasp? Which is It?

When we see a flying insect that resembles a wasp or bee, we usually don’t spend much time looking to see which it is. We run! But there are differences between the two that extend beyond appearances.

Spiders in Oklahoma

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There are many types of spiders in Oklahoma, although only the Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders are considered dangers to people. If you are like a lot of people we know, it doesn’t matter if a spider can or will bite you. Just knowing one is hiding under your bed or crawling across your floor is enough for to want to call The Bug Guy and have us spray their home, getting rid of the pests once and for all. 

Zika and West Nile Virus

Beware Mosquito

Zika Facts
First isolated in Uganda’s Zika forest in 1949, the Zika virus has recently gained a lot of exposure in the Americas due mostly to an increase of birth defects. The Zika virus is related to The West Nile Virus, yellow fever and dengue fever. There are two known strains of the Zika Virus. The strain found in the Americas is most closely related to the Asian strain. This current pandemic began in 2007. Between 1951 and 1981 the virus spread throughout countries in Africa and Asia, however until 2007 confirmed cases of the disease were rare. The first confirmed case in Brazil was in May 2015.

6 Termite Myths Debunked

Myth: You only need to worry about termites if you live in an older home.
Termite inspections should be done every year especially if you have not had your home treated in the last 5 years. Even brand new homes should be inspected within two years of construction. 

How To Keep A Termite Happy During Winter

Termites are fans of the little things. Provide your termites a little food, water and a cozy environment and they will multiply into a colony that takes over your home. There are things you can do to make your home less comfortable for these costly pests, though!

Fast Facts About Termites – Infographic

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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.