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How Hornet Control Via Pest Control OKC Helps Save Honey Bees!

Pest Control OKC: Get Rid Of Hornets And Save The Bees

Did you know that the most common honey bee we know in Oklahoma once originated from Europe? Most amazingly, European honey bees are now one of the most familiar insects and are becoming well-known for all the good that they can do in our lives. In addition to honey production, it is estimated that honey bees also provide nearly $20 billion annually from pollination of over 100 cultivated crops. Doesn’t that sound like a good enough reason alone to save these little bees? Our pest control OKC team sure thinks so!

Luckily, many of you are already aware and care about the conservation of the European honey bee population. For those of you who don’t know, there are a few ways to prevent the killing off of these important insects. The most common sense ways would include not trying to kill them or spray them with any sort of pesticide materials. In addition, getting rid of hornets in your yard, by using such methods as our pest control OKC team would utilize, could actually help save the bees, too!

You may be wondering how that makes sense. Let our pest control OKC expert explain.

The fact is that an individual hornet can actually kill up to 40 European honey bees in just ONE minute! Think about how much damage an entire group of hornets can accomplish. In case you need a visual, estimations suggest that a group of 30 hornets can take out an entire hive containing 30,000 bees in less than four hours.  The hornets are brutal when they attack the nearly defenseless honey bees as they swoop in and dismember their bodies. The hornets then fly back to their own nests with the bees’ thoraxes in tow to utilize as food for their larvae.

The only sure-fire way to ensure that your yard stays hornet-free is to have ongoing pest control completed. Our pest control OKC team would love to help you keep your yard safe and in turn allow European honey bees to continue living. If you need help with pest control services, please feel free to give The Bug Guy a call at 405-973-5522.

*Important Note: If you should have a bee problem, do not try to kill them yourself. There are plenty of reputable companies in Oklahoma that will offer save removal and relocation of the bees for you. For the love of bees, please do your research and give one of those companies a call if you notice bee activity on your property!

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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!

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OKC Pest Control Reviews A Story About Ticks And Lyme Disease

OKC Pest Control Sharing A True Tale About A Tick Bite

Normally, when you think about the presence of ticks in your yard it’s already well into the summer, but as you already know our temperatures in Oklahoma have been warmer than normal this spring. This is why our OKC Pest Control team thought it would be important to inform our readers about ticks making their way out sooner than they usually do.

A lot of people don’t ever think that a tick bite will really do anything to them, but the warning of Lyme disease couldn’t be more real. Last summer there was a story shared online by several sources about an Oklahoma woman named Alyssa Layman who is now battling Lyme disease due to a tick bite. One interview of the story was published by News Channel 4, but our OKC pest control team wanted to share it here as a reminder that caution is needed with warmer days ahead.

The Alyssa Layman Story:

Alyssa Layman’s life was changed one June summer day in 2012 when she decided to go fishing in Arkansas. She was bitten by a tick (most likely to be spread via the blacklegged tick, or deer tick)* and she didn’t think anything more about it at that time. By the month of September she was in enough pain that she had to go to the emergency room. She stated she “had mood swings, started running a fever, had extreme pain.”

The interview with News Channel 4 was published in June of 2016 and it was explained how Layman, 4 years after her bite, still has to rely on her family members to help her do almost everything. She receives help from her mother to wash her hair, do the dishes, and help her cook, because she simply cannot do these things on her own. Her sister takes her to her doctor appointments and Layman also receives help from a service dog.

Layman hoped that by sharing her story about her battle with Lyme disease due to a tick bite that others would take caution. She also stated that “if you get a rash of any kind around a bug bite, definitely go in, get tested.”

Our Comments:

At the end of the original article, there was a comment about how Lyme disease is usually not a problem in Oklahoma, but officials say it is becoming more prevalent. Other resources suspect that a lot of people traveling to other parts of the country may be bringing back infected ticks to Oklahoma.

We wouldn’t want anyone to take any chances! Our OKC pest control team would be happy to help eliminate ticks from your yard to keep you, your family members, and even your pets safe.

To get in touch with our OKC pest control company, give The Bug Guy a call at 405-973-5522.

*Resource: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/transmission/

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OKC Pest Control Team Looking Out For Brown Recluse Spiders

Warmer Weather Brings A Need For OKC Pest Control

The warmer it gets outside the more Oklahomans find the desire to get out and become more active. Our OKC pest control team knows that people aren’t the only beings to enjoy springtime. In fact, Brown Recluse spiders are no exception.

The warm, spring weather is a great time for them to emerge as they are capable of surviving with no food or water for up to 12 months and probably have spent the winter hiding. During the daytime, the Brown Recluse spider is known to hide in dark areas. They like to move around mostly at night searching for prey.

If one is seen during the daytime, our OKC pest control team would suspect that pesticide applications, hunger, overcrowding or a desire to find a mate has probably brought them out. Sometimes, the spiders can become trapped in certain places within a person’s home, as well.

Identifying features of the Brown Recluse spider include a brown-to-gray abdomen, lighter coloring on the legs, and an orange-to-yellow cephalothorax (the anterior part of the body). You may also hear others refer to this spider by names such as Violin Spider or Fiddleback Spider. These names refer to the description of the violin-shaped pattern on top of the spider, with the base of the “violin” sitting on the eyes, and the neck of the “violin” pointing back toward the abdomen.

Many victims of Brown Recluses spiders often roll onto the spider during normal sleep movements causing the spider to bite. A common Brown Recluse spider bite can completely destroy the surrounding tissue. The wound can then develop a crusty-like appearance and texture surrounded by patches of redness and irritation. The awful part about these bites is that although the crust falls off, the deep, crater-like shape may not heal for several months!

Our OKC pest control team encourages you to keep an eye out for Brown Recluse spiders, but to really protect yourself and your family members from accidental spider bites, it’s best to receive a treatment in and around your home.

Our OKC pest control team can help! To get in touch with our OKC pest control company, give The Bug Guy a call at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Warns Against Paper Wasps

OKC Pest Control Reports A Mistake Made With Paper Wasps

Most people are used to seeing wasps during summer months, but as you are well aware, Oklahoma has had some of the most unusual warm weather these past few months. This overly warm spring has caused insects of all sorts to start emerging sooner. Paper wasps are just one winged species our OKC pest control team urges you to be mindful about.

The colony usually begins in the spring when a mated female leaves her hibernation site to build her nest and the maximum colony size can get up to 75 by late summer. Paper wasps can vary from a brown, red, or black color with yellow marks. They are only about 3/4 to 1 inch long with slender bodies. Their name most likely comes from the fact that their nests look like paper of a single comb attached to trees, shrubs, and a variety of structures, such as building eaves.

A Common Mistake Made By Homeowners

A lot of homeowners get a little ambitious when they see a wasp’s nest and their actions can often make matters worse. Paper wasps are generally not aggressive towards humans, but that’s when the most common mistake is made. Anxious people often think that grabbing a broom to knock the nest down will work. Our OKC pest control team warns that this is a bad idea as doing so is sure to have an entire colony of angry wasps chasing you!

Even accidental contact with a nest of paper wasps can warrant a wasp sting. Our OKC pest control team suggests avoiding painful and potentially fatal anaphylactic reactions by allowing a professional to remove the wasps from your yard.

Our OKC pest control company, known as The Bug Guy would be happy to help you prevent wasps from forming nests around your home! If you need treatment, give us a call at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Eliminates Fleas For The Love Of Pets

OKC Pest Control: Disturbing Flea Facts

Polls have been taken many times in the past to reveal that more than half of pet owners consider their animal companions to be part of their family. Just like any other member of the family, it’s important to give your pets all the attention they need whether they’re sick or perfectly healthy. Just as parents would give their child vitamins to prevent a deficiency, so should responsible pet owners treat their yards for fleas to prevent their pets from becoming miserable. Our OKC pest control company would be honored to help!

You may wonder, “just how bad can fleas be?”

Our OKC pest control team will tell you it’s worse than you might think. Other than your pet constantly itching from flea bites, these critters can pose other risks, as well. Flea bites can cause your pets to have allergic reactions like swelling and welts on the skin, tapeworms growing in their intestinal tract, anemia from too much blood loss, and even Bartonella infection.

Our OKC pest control team finds the Bartonella infection (causing the disease known as Bartonellosis) to be most notable here as it can also be passed to humans. Symptoms of this disease in humans include fever, fatigue, headache, poor appetite, and an unusual streaked rash that resembles “stretch marks” from pregnancy.

Perhaps, just as disturbing as all of the diseases they carry is how long fleas can survive. Adult fleas cannot survive forever or lay eggs without a blood meal, but they may live from two months to one year without feeding! Furthermore, in just 30 days, 10 female fleas under ideal conditions can multiply to over a quarter million different life stages.

With that being said, preventative treatment is a lot better than a costly and time-consuming extermination process if your home becomes infested. To protect all of your family members, consider treating your yard to prevent fleas from taking over.

Our OKC pest control team eliminates fleas for the love of pets! You can call our OKC pest control company, The Bug Guy at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Team Warns Of Fire Ant Stings

OKC Pest Control: Making Your Yard Safe

Not many people would willingly allow themselves to be bitten or stung by an insect for the purpose of scientifically cataloging the pain into an index, but that is precisely what Justin Schmidt did in 1983. As our OKC pest control team has learned, a common person, like Schmidt catalogs the pain of a fire ant sting to be a level 1 on a scale that goes up to 4, with 4 being the worst pain. In the worst case scenarios; however, there have been plenty of stories of people who have had volatile reactions and some even die from fire ant stings.

Today, our OKC pest control team would like to share what we have found in regards to what is considered a normal reaction to a fire ant attack and what should be cause for concern.

What is considered to be a “normal” reaction to a fire ant attack?

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching

A fire ant sting often begins with a pinching or burning type of pain lasting anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Next, a person may feel itching or burning that may be mild or intense. The itching sensation tends to get stronger over the next few days producing a mark or wounds that are pus-filled blisters which are round and may look like pimples. Most stings heal on their own without treatment, but can be soothed with a cool compress on the infected area.

What are allergic reactions or more extreme reactions to fire ant attacks?

  • Vomiting
  • Severe Swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Wheezing Or Difficulty Breathing

Breathing difficulties, changes in consciousness, severe swelling, and similar symptoms within an hour of the sting require emergency medical treatment!

Keep in mind that children and pets can be at risk of being stung by fire ants in your yard.

If you have spotted fire ants (red bodies) in your yard or near your home, don’t hesitate to contact The Bug Guy. Our OKC pest control team would love to help remove the risk of fire ants from your property. Our OKC pest control team can be reached by calling 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control: Telling Of A Termite Horror Story

Termite Inspections By The Bug Guy’s OKC Pest Control Team

To anyone buying a home should be a moment of joy, but for one real estate investor the events that unfolded during his first “flip and fix” home is enough to make anyone cringe. Matt Faircloth wrote about his eventful real estate journey (click here to read his full story) and among the many mistakes he made, he outlines one of them being the discovery of termites. Our OKC pest control team tells the story for you, today.

Matt Faircloth’s Termite Horror Story:

The first few mistakes Faircloth wrote about involved him purchasing a really old home. After some unfortunate events, the tax lien holder sued Faircloth. This legal action took place directly after the closing of the home, for something called “Title Raiding.” He had to go to court and defend himself, tried and failed to quickly flip and sell the home to another investor, and then failed to get a mentor; thus, jumping into dealing with the home on his own.

That leads us to the part where the roof needed to be replaced. Our OKC pest control team will give you three guesses what they found.

If you guessed termite damage, you’re correct! Faircloth had a team replace the old roof that leaked, but afterwards the roofers informed Faircloth that the roof joists had termite damage and needed to be replaced, also.

The horror came over Faircloth as he realized that in order for termites to have made it that far, they would have had to eat their way from the bottom of the home up to the roof. The whole house had structural termite damage! Right away a structural engineer came along with an architect to tell Faircloth that the house was beyond repair and that it needed to be torn down.

The Significance Of Faircloth’s Story:

Had Faircloth hired a professional (much like our OKC pest control team) to complete a full inspection of the home, inside and out, the termite damage would have been caught quickly preventing him from spending a lot of money for nothing.

If you’re planning on investing in real estate at any time this spring, please consider contacting The Bug Guy. Our OKC pest control team provides full service termite inspections and termite treatments using Termidor, the industries best products to eliminate termites for good. To reach our OKC pest control team, please call us at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control: Termites Swarming Oklahoma

OKC Pest Control: The Risk Of Subterranean Termites

The official day of spring is right around the corner and for many that means something good as warmer weather and outdoor activities are in the forecast. Others dread the coming of spring, because that means pests like termites will be likely to be swarming Oklahoma. Our OKC pest control team would like to keep you informed of what to look out for as spring approaches and the risk of termites increases.

The main destructive termite species in Oklahoma is the Eastern subterranean termite, but there are a few others that can cause concern. In most cases, as per our OKC pest control team’s knowledge, termites in Oklahoma will begin to swarm on a warm day (around 70 degrees) after a rainfall. The specifics of the most common species of termites are as follows:

  • The eastern subterranean termite is known to swarm during the day from March to May.
  • The arid-land subterranean termite is known to swarm during the day in the spring and fall.
  • The dark southeastern subterranean termite is known to swarm in the daylight from March to June, and occasionally in the fall.

The risk of termites is considered significant in Oklahoma, but even more so after all the increases in earthquakes. Some sources state that due to the cracks in home foundations, caused by earthquake damage, that termites are finding an easier entryway. Our OKC pest control team wouldn’t want you to take any chances as getting rid of termites is vital to the ongoing structural integrity of your home.

If you notice anything odd such as a tube made of dirt extending out from cracks, near windows, or doors this could very well be a termite tube. If you see this don’t hesitate to call The Bug Guy, your trusted source for termite inspections and treatments!

We use Termidor, the industries best products to eliminate termites for good. We also offer a one year warranty on all qualifying homes. If you have suspicion of termites in your home or you just want preventive treatment, give us a call at 405-973-5522.

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OKC Pest Control Reports The Return Of Bed Bugs: Part 1

OKC Pest Control: Protecting You And Your Bedding

Our OKC pest control team is ready for the month of February and all it has to offer, are you? If you have bed bugs, chances are you’re probably not ready for anything except some relief!

The month for love and romance is no time at all to be getting bitten up by bed bugs! Sleeping soundly in a bug-free bed is something everyone deserves. The last thing you’d want your significant other or special sweetheart to notice is that your bed has been infested with bed bugs causing them to be dinner for the gross, little insects. Likewise, did you know that your guests could actually bring bed bugs with them? It’s true as they can be very good at hiding. Read on to learn more.

Are bed bugs even still around? 

You may think bed bugs are less common these days than they were in the past, but our OKC pest control team is here to tell you that we’ve seen them make a big return! Older generations will remember they were a common occurrence before World War II in the United States and the epidemic seemed to eliminated for quite some time, but records indicate bed bugs remained prevalent in other areas of the world and that increases in immigration, travel, and restrictions on stronger pesticides have played a role in the comeback of these disgusting blood suckers.

Can you see them and if so what do they look like?

Bed bugs are tiny and they are very good at hiding in beds, dark areas, in luggage, and on clothing. If you do happen to see them they can be identified as reddish brown in color and even more red after they’ve sucked the blood of humans or animals. They also often leave behind evidence that they’ve been in your bed. Here are a few tips from our OKC pest control team to help you know what to look out for:

  • Bug skins or shells
  • Egg cases
  • Fecal stains on mattress, sheets, blankets, or pillows
  • Blood stains on sheets or pajamas
  • Sometimes a musty odor

As you can imagine, the thought of being bitten up by bed bugs isn’t very appealing. If you think you have signs of bed bugs in your home, please don’t hesitate to give our OKC pest control company, The Bug Guy, a call @  405-973-5522. We’d love to help protect you and your bedding!

If you’d like to know more about bed bugs, stick around for part two of this series!