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Pest Control OKC: What happens to pests in the winter

Pest Control OKC: What happens to pests in winter?

We all know the warmer months are the domain of pests. They seem to pop out of nowhere and invade our homes and BBQ. But why do we typically only have to deal with pests in the summer and spring? What happens to all the pests in Winter? Do they all die off or does something else happen? Pest Control OKC has some answers.

Ants: They may not be in your home during the winter, but that doesn’t mean ants aren’t nearby. Ants will engage in the Insect version of hibernation, called Overwintering. They will spend the fall gorging themselves as much as they can to put on fat. When the temperature drops and food becomes scarce, ant activity will decrease until eventually they seal their colony and hunker down for the coldest parts of the year. When the temperature rises they will reanimate and emerge, ready to invade the nearest Barbecue.

Termites: Different Termites do different things during the winter. Depending on the species and the climate, some termites use one method while others use another. Subterranean Termites will dig down deeper than they already are, below the freezing line of the soil to stay warm and wait out the colder months. Drywood termites on the other hand, will seek out dry wood to shelter in for the winter. After summer comes and the temperature reaches about 70 degrees the colony will send out swarmers to mate and find new locations to infest. If climate controlled conditions or climates that are warm year round, termites will never go inactive staying up year round. This makes homes particularly inviting to termites who can avoid the risk of freezing to death in the winter.

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Pest Control OKC: Keeping a summer home pest free

Pest Control OKC: How to protect a summer home from infestation

You work hard, you save up, and your finally able to afford a summer home somewhere nice. But then you get there to enjoy a vacation you find it overrun with pests! What can you do to make sure that isn’t a reality? Pest Control OKC has a few tips.

  • Clean all cabinets and counter tops thoroughly before you depart. Clean all appliances to remove food residue and crumbs. Dust off shelves and store food such as cereal, flour and dog food in releasable containers.
  • Sweep and vacuum floors in the kitchen, under furniture, and around dining areas.
  • Check any pipes around the house for leaks, cracks and gaps and seal them before you leave to keep water from attracting pests and forming mold.
  • Inspect boxes, grocery bags and other packaging thoroughly. Insects may hitch a ride into your summer home from potted plants and infest your home after you leave.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. A good way to tell if you need more ventilation is the presence of mold and mildew.
  • Seal cracks, crevices, and other gaps in doors and windows before you leave. Doors and windows should be kept closed at all times unless well screened.
  • Keep garbage areas clean. Garbage should be taken out regularly and removed completely before you leave for the season. Garbage provides 2 things. Clutter and food sources. Insects like to be able to hide, from you and other predators. So cluttered places like a full garbage bin are attractive. And of course, if they can find a supply of food while hiding in their cozy garbage patch even better. Don’t give them the chance!

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Pest Control OKC: What’s eating your lawn?

Pest Control OKC: How to tell what’s eating your lawn

Not all pests are created equal, some pests live underground while other in nests in the trees. Some invade your home while others just carve miles of tunnels into the lawn your worked so hard to make beautiful. Here are a few pests that you can keep an eye out for according to Pest Control OKC.

European Crane Flies: These nuisances resemble large mosquitoes and frequently appear in late summer and fall. They don’t bite or sting, but they will probably startle you if you mistake them for the world’s largest mosquito. They’re larvae state, called leatherjackets, resemble small, brown worms. Leatherjackets will feed on the roots of grass while they mature. This causes brown spots to appear in your lawn as the grass dies. Feeding will be heaviest during the summer as the larvae mature. You can check for infestation by cutting a 6 to 12-inch square foot of sod, digging down 4 inches, and peeling back the sod to look for leatherjackets. A healthy lawn will suffer damage from about 25 leatherjackets per square inch. Birds can be another handy indicator, look for birds scouring the ground for the tasty larvae.

Southern Chinch Bugs: Immature chinch bugs are reddish-orange with a white band across the back. Once they’re adults, they turn black in color. Adults also have shiny, white wings that fold neatly over their backs. Damage from these pests will start in sunny areas. Grass will brown and die. Once an area is dead you will see the browning spread across your lawn quickly, often within a day or so. Infestations might be spotty and may only affect portions of the lawn. Left untreated however, you can easily lose your entire lawn. Damage will typically occur in spring and fall. To look for these pests, take a coffee container and cut out both ends. Place it 3 inches into the ground and fill it with water. Chinch bugs will rise to the top of the water if present. Test near the edge of an affected area.

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Pest Control OKC: More Plants to help keep pests away

Pest Control OKC: Some more plants to keep pests out of your garden

Last week, pest control OKC talked about some plants you can add to your home or garden to help keep away pests while adding some color and nature to your home. But those are just a few of the examples of what you can add to your garden. There’s still quite a few more options to help keep your home pest free!

Mint: Mint is best grown in separate pots. It looks nice and smells great but it also grows aggressively. Planting mint in your garden could mean you end up with a really nice smelling weed ravaging your garden. Mint leaves mostly repel mosquitoes but can work on other insects. And, much like basil, mint is a great plant for the kitchen. Use it to flavor iced tea and added to many recipes. The mulch of a mint plant is also great for vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and turnips.

Rosemary: Rosemary is a much less invasive option to repel mosquitoes and a slew of other insects. It can be grown in pots but it does just fine in gardens or landscaped beds. The plant itself or it’s clippings both repel insects and it can even be boiled and turned into a repellent, making it one of the most flexible plants you can pick. And of course, Rosemary oil is great for cooking!

Alliums: Not one specific plant, but the family of plants known as Alliums are all effective natural insecticides. Repelling everything from slugs to aphids to cabbage worms. Putting an Allium near plants like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, and carrots can ward off many of they’re natural pests. Alliums also include small herbs like chives, leeks and shallots!

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Pest Control OKC: Plants to keep away pests

Pest Control OKC: What to plant to drive away pests

Gardens are a great investment in your home and your health. Gardening is a great way to get exercise and can leave your home looking beautiful. But all those beautiful plants can also attract not-so-beautiful pests…or can they? The Bug Guy, pest control OKC, has a few plants you can add to your home or garden to drive away pests!

Basil: Planting some basil in containers in your home near entrances to the outdoors can help keep away flies and mosquitoes. It also has the added benefit of letting you grow a herb that had many uses in cooking! Basil can be added to salads and used to enhance other vegetables like tomatoes.

Lavender: Lavenders smell great to humans but moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes hate the scent and will avoid it. Lavender had been used for centuries to add fragrance to homes. Keeping bouquets in your home will drive away the flies and putting one in your garden will help keep pests that might be attracted to other plants away.

Lemon Thyme: A more adaptable solution to repelling mosquitoes, Lemon thyme can be planted in rocky or shallow soil and still thrive. It just needs to be in a sunny location. There is some more maintenance to keep it repelling mosquitoes though. To release it’s chemicals you have to do what’s known as bruising the leaves. Simply cut off a few stems and rub them between your hands. Make sure you’re not allergic to this plant though, you can test your tolerance by rubbing a few crushed leaves on a small part of your forearm for several days and watching for adverse effects.

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Pest Control OKC: Keep pests out of the garden shed

Pest Control OKC: Keep your shed pest free

It’s starting to warm up, and that means it’s approaching time to bust out the garden tools and start taking care of the lawn. But there’s always that trepidation that comes with opening that garden shed for the first time in months. What’s going to come crawling out of there? Rats? Wasps? Ants? Is your lawnmower going to be covered in ants? Is your leafblower now home to a black widow? The Bug Guy, pest control OKC, has a few tips to keep the pests away this year.

Keeping your shed clean and organized is the most effective way to keep most pests away. Pests hate a well kept environment with few places to hide and fewer food scraps to eat. Regular vacuuming, sweeping, and cleaning will go a long way to keeping your shed pest free. The scent of mint, lavender, and tansy can also drive away bugs while also letting your shed smell great! Removing standing water to deter mosquitoes from nesting in your shed. Spiders are a problem that will handle itself once you clear away the other bugs. Spiders prey on other insects, so if your shed has no insects it won’t have any spiders! Stain or paint exposed wood to protect it. Never store compost, potting soil, or sawdust in your shed and always keep other garbage away from your shed. You can deter ants from invading your shed by drawing a chalk line around your shed. You can keep bees and wasps away by sealing and holes in your shed and keeping dead or old wood, including firewood, away from the shed. And always, always clean your tools before storing them back in the shed. You don’t want all your hard work to be for nothing because you didn’t want to wipe down your lawnmower do you?

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pest Control OKC: Bed Bug Bites and treatments

Pest Control OKC: Bed Bug Bites and how to deal with them

Bed bugs are an invasive, annoying pest. They ruin furniture and are notoriously hard to get rid of, often requiring the work of a professional pest control expert. But by far the creepiest part about bed bugs is the way they feed on humans, sucking our blood as we sleep in the night. Bed bug bites often appear in lines as red bumps. They can be itchy and annoying. Should you find a line of bumps along with blood on your pajamas and sheets, it may be you have a bad bug infestation. Here are some common treatments if these bites become irritated and itchy:

Of course, the best way to prevent bed bug bites is to get rid of bed bugs. After you relieve the itching from bed bug bites, be sure to call a pest control expert to get rid of the infection. What’s good about bed bugs is that they’re more annoying then deadly. The worst that will happen is you’ll get really itchy and have some annoying bumps on your skin. Antihistamines can reduce the swelling and itching from the bumps, as can a plain old ice pack. You can clean the bites with antiseptic cream or lotions. The bumps should go away on their own in a couple of weeks. The only thing to really worry about is the possibility of infection from the openings left by the bed bugs but really as long as you shower and maintain a level of cleanliness that shouldn’t be a big concern. You’ll also want to wash and dry your sheets and blankets. Bed bugs don’t clean up after themselves and will leave fecal matter all over your bed!

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Pest Control OKC: How to spot bed bugs

Pest Control OKC lays out how to spot bed bugs

Bed bugs can be quite the hard pest to find. Often, they can exist for quite a long time without you ever noticing. Once you discover an infestation, it’s important that you take steps to end the infestation quickly before it can spread to other parts of your home. The best way to do this is by calling a certified pest control specialist to handle the problem. Bed bugs are notoriously resilient and DIY methods often miss nests or aren’t strong enough to kill them. That being said, here are a few methods of finding these critters.

Look for physical evidence: Bed bugs are masters when it comes to hiding themselves. Where there less capable is hiding the evidence of their attacks. Look for these physical signs that a piece of furniture may house some unwanted guests:

  • Fecal Stains on mattress or bedding
  • Bloodstains on pajamas and sheets
  • Cast/shed skins and exoskeleton

Suspicious Bugs: Obviously, the most concrete evidence that you have a bed bug infestation is to actually find a bed bug scurrying around your place. This is easier said than done however. Bed bugs only come out at night and are very small. Also, do you know what a bed bug looks like? We all know about bed bugs, but how many of us actually know what they look like? Luckily, The EPA has pictures and explanations about each stage of a typical bed bug’s life. Showing how they grow and change.

Bites: Bites might seem like a clear indication of infestation, but they’re actually one of the worst indications of infestations. Why? Because lots of insects bite. It could’ve been a chigger or even a fungal rash. Some people don’t react to bed bug bites at all!

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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.

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