Many customers seem to have their own names for different kinds of “household pests”, based on what they’ve heard over the years from family or friends. As a result, Pest Control Companies have to read between the lines, in order to properly identify the pest that they’re trying to describe over the phone.
The most common household pest questions are in reference too……
ORIENTAL COCKROACH “aka” WATER BUG
AMERICAN COCKROACH “aka” PALMETO BUGS …. (common name in the South)
PILL BUGS or SOWBUGS “aka” ROLLY POLLIES
HOUSEHOLD ANT “aka” PISS ANTS … (the owner’s favorite term)
POTATO BUG “aka“ JERUSALEM CRICKET
These are just a few of the household pests we have to identify on a daily basis. As always, a thorough inspection of the house and property is the best way to approach the problem.
**** IF YOU HAVE AN UNUSUAL NAME FOR THE COMMON HOUSEHOLD PEST….. LEAVE US A COMMENT AND WHAT YOU CALL CERTAIN PESTS.
Termite Damage in Home
Good example of water and termite in a home.
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INSECT BITES CAN BE ALARMING, IF NOT SOMETIMES A DEADLY OCCURANCE.
A bite or sting can injure skin or cause a physiologic response specific to the species. Reactions can range from no visible response to life-threatening transmissions of diseases.
Complications, such as Anaphylaxsis shock, can cause allergic reactions that may cause death. Anaphylaxis generally results in an itchy rash, throat swelling, and low blood pressure.
SOME COMMON INSECT BITE REACTIONS ARE:
Black Widow Spider – A dull numbing pan, muscle cramps, vertigo and chills.
Bee or Wasp Sting – Pain and itching, weak, dizzy, and throat swelling.
Fire Ant Bites or Stings – Red irritated skin with pustules.
Brown Recluse Spider – Blisters, blue ring around the bite area and joint pain.
Tick Bites – Expanding skin lesions and a bulls-eye rash.
Remedies can range from an ice pack or surgery. As with any medical problem, always get a medical professional’s diagnosis before treating. Identifying the insect is always helpful, but the best course of action is to see a physician.
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This video shows some difficult to get to areas of homes where termites will often enter. Shows what to look for when termites enter your house. Some of the termite mudding and shelter tubes are quite small so concentrate on all areas of your home. Read more
Swarming is the primary method of colony expansion for all termites. It’s the first sign people see, that lets them know when they have an infestation. Swarmers are usually present in mature colonies that are 3-5 years old, and the number of swarmers varies by species, and is uaually 1%-40% of the colony.
To prepare for the summer flight, the worker termites create an opening in the colony, which may be a break in the mud tube or a kick out hole, in the case of drywood termites. After the flight, the hole will be sealed. After the swarm starts, the termites usually are attracted too the light or a light source, thats why many people find termites on their window sills.
Swarmers are not good flyers, often depending on wind currents to disperse them. Some will lose one or more wings during flight, which you most likely will find on the floor. Most will not survive. It is estimated that 99% of a swarm is killed by predators, such as, other insects or birds.
The time of year swarmers occur, is based on environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity levels. Subterranean termites usually swarm in the spring and drywoods swarm in the fall, sometimes brought on by santa ana conditions in California. Termites have been swarming for millions of years and will continue to do so.
Before making an offer on your “dream home”, you may want to consider contacting a licensed pest control company, too inspect the property, before making an offer. Having an inspection, may not be the determining factor in making an offer, but it will give you valuable information at a reasonable cost.
An inspection report will note if there were any findings found by the inspector, that may be caused by termites or pests. Some of the conditions contained in reports are:
- Drywood or Subterranean termite infestation or damage
- Fungus or Dry-Rot
- Excessive moisture conditions or conditions that may cause water damage
- Conducive conditions such as, “earth to wood contact” or “cellulose debris”