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You Would Not Believe Where Pest Control Operators Have Found Insect Infestations

You Would Not Believe Where Pest Control Operators Have Found Insect Infestations

Many people will have to contact a pest control professional at least once during their lifetime. When your home is infested with termites, roaches or spiders, your best friend in the world is your pest control operator. Although some of you may have made polite small talk with the pest control professionals during past inspections, you likely have no idea what a day in the life of a pest control operator is actually like.

As you probably know, insect pests can infest the strangest of places where you would never expect insect infestations to take form. For example, on one occasion a pest control specialist with the University of Wisconsin in Madison was called to a parking lot over a purported ant infestation within a parking meter. When the pest control professional, Richard Ness, arrived at the parking lot, he found that the parking meter in question had already been shut off, and a few ants were spotted crawling nearby, but not enough to constitute an infestation. The call had turned out to be legitimate, as Ness quickly became bombarded with ants after opening the meter’s service door. In response, Ness used a spray to flush the ants out of the meter.

After taking a moment to closely observe a few of the ants, Ness became convinced that the ants were the notorious odorous house ants. These ants get their name from the coconut odor that they emit when they are threatened or crushed. Ness took a few specimens to be analyzed at the University, and it turned out that his judgement was correct. Later on, during the very same day, Ness was called to a different location where another strange insect infestation had been found. This time the insects were cockroaches, and they had been found in a dorm near the campus. This was a normal call for Ness, but for non-insect experts, this particular insect infestation seems like something out of horror films.

Students within the dorm had been complaining about cockroaches appearing out of nowhere. It turned out that cockroaches had been accessing the building through sewer pipes. According to Ness, cockroaches travel up drains and into homes and buildings when ground water evaporates. This evaporation makes the normally damp sewer pipes relatively dry, which does not agree with cockroaches. In an effort to locate a moist environment, cockroaches will follow the air current that flows up pipes until they arrive within a moist sink or bathtub. So think about that the next time you use the toilet.

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Pest Control Q & A

Phoenix Pest Control Q & A

What makes homes attractive to pests?

Pests are attracted to food, water and shelter. Exclusion techniques and removing food and water sources will help deter pests. Simple measures such as keeping food in sealed containers and cleaning up after each meal to avoid leaving crumbs can help. Fix leaky pipes and drains to ensure that if pests do get in, they won’t have ideal conditions in which they can thrive.

How do pests get into homes?

Pests enter structures through cracks and crevices around windows, doors, along foundations, ripped screens, uncapped chimneys, and also through holes where utilities enter a structure. Firewood, groceries, and other deliveries can carry pests in, too. Seal any openings with silicone caulk or steel wool, and to avoid hitchhiking pests, examine packages thoroughly before bringing them inside.

Where are pests most likely to settle in?

Pests have direct access to basements and attics through roofs and foundations, so they should be kept well ventilated, dry, and clutter-free. Also, because of the concentration of food and water, kitchens and bathrooms are other common areas.

What should I do if I have an infestation?

Despite even the best efforts, pests can still find their way inside. If you have a pest problem or need advice on how to better pest-proof your home, contact a qualified and licensed pest control professional, like Magic Pest Control.

For more information on common household pests, please visit www.magicpest.com

You Would Not Believe How Creepy Some Of The Insects In Your Backyard Can Be

You Would Not Believe How Creepy Some Of The Insects In Your Backyard Can Be

When it comes to finding terrifying, bizarre or even dangerous insects, you do not need to travel to Australia. In fact, your own backyard likely contains bugs that you would never imagine existing in your region of the world. For those of you who are creeped-out by insects, knowing which insects dwell within your own yard could keep you up at night. Insects like bed bugs, termites or stinging insects may be near your home now, but these are insects that every American is well aware of, and prepared for. Most of the insects in our yards may not be considered pests, but you would not want to keep them as pets either. Assassin bugs serve as a good example of one of the many more unsettling insect species that are commonly found near people’s homes.

Assassin bugs are intimidating looking insects that are made to terrorize smaller insect species. These bugs have tubular mouthparts extending from their heads, which they use while ambus

hing their prey. Assassin bugs are effective predators, as their oversized front legs allow them to form a tight grip on the bodies of their insect prey. After suddenly appearing out of nowhere, assassin bugs inject their prey with salivary excretions in order to prepare them for consumption. Although these insects sound frightening, they are harmless to humans. These bugs are actually quite beneficial to gardeners, as they kill numerous insect pests. These common yard insects can grow to be an inch and a half in length, and they should be welcomed into you yard for the pest control services that they provide.

Another insect that sounds intimidating is the cicada killer. This insect is technically a wasp species and it can grow to the rather large size of two inches in length. These wasps, as their name suggests, capture cicadas in order to plant their eggs within their bodies after killing them with venom. The larva will waste no time consuming the cicada corpse upon hatching. Although these wasps are common in residential areas, they are relatively slow to sting humans when compared to many other wasp species.

Have you ever found an exotic looking bug within your yard that you would have liked to have identified?