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Cockroach Pest Control & Extermination: Arrow Exterminators

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 4th, 2019

Cockroach Infestations

There is nothing worse than turning on the lights and seeing a cockroach scurry across the room, back into its hiding place between your walls. Nobody wants these resilient pests sneaking around their house if someone sees a roach in their bedroom, dont be surprised if they decide to sleep on the couch later that night.

Roaches can survive on whatever food source is nearby, including hair, sewage or sweets and have been known to carry diseases such as Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Escherichia coli.

Cockroaches have been on our planet for over 300 million years (no wonder they are so adaptive). Although there are over 4,500 species of cockroaches around the world 55 of which are found in the United States you only have to worry about four species that like to move in: German, brown-banded, oriental and American cockroaches.

These vile pests love to hang around your home, so if you see them crawling around, the professionals at Arrow are here to help with cockroach extermination that will evict these unwelcome guests for good.

Types & Prevention Tips

American Cockroaches

These native pests love to inhabit sewers and basements in warm climates and typically feed off sewage and decaying snacks. They are a postal service for disease, spreading 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and numerous other contagious human pathogens. The germs they carry in their body can remain infective for weeks, and recent studies have shown that cockroaches also carry allergens that may cause asthma in young children. These allergens stick around from cockroach droppings, cast skins and carcasses.

Good sanitation and sealing cracks in the walls can help reduce cockroach populations, but a lot of the time, its not that simple. Arrow Exterminators focuses on total cockroach control to make sure they stay out for good.

Oriental Cockroaches

These bugs love to crawl around in filthy spots like sewer pipes and thrive in warm temperatures from 68 to 84 degrees. They tend to find a way into homes through crawl spaces and basements. Oriental cockroaches are extremely resilient and can survive for weeks without water and up to a month without food.

They have a shorter lifespan than American cockroaches (only around 110 to 160 days), but they reproduce in large numbers. The females can have over eight egg cases with 16 eggs per case in a lifetime. Professional roach control is a necessity if you spot one of these in or around your home, because they quickly multiply.

These sneaky pests carry food-borne pathogens and other diseases on their legs and bodies that they pick up while chowing down on decaying foods. These blackish-brown roaches leave noticeable droppings and an unpleasant odor, which they secrete to communicate with other roaches. If you spot one of these dark, stinky bugs, contact us for quick cockroach extermination.

German Cockroaches

If you have a roach problem in your home, the German species is probably the culprit, as theyre the most common species in the United States. They like to hide in dark corners during the day and scurry around at night for rotting foods and beverage residues.

If you spot one during the day, there is a good chance the population is much larger than you think. One of their favorite places to inhabit is dresser drawers, and if you see a group scatter in non-food areas, you probably have an infestation on your hands.

Cleaning up your home is the first step to avoiding these pests, but we recommend professional roach control from an Arrow Professional. Stay one step ahead of these elusive pests with monthly cockroach pest control.

Brown-Banded Cockroaches

Brown-banded cockroaches are a smaller species that love to inhabit warm environments, typically above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. These insects love to camp out in storage attics and other ceiling foundations.

Like most cockroach species, they like to search for food at night but may hunt during the day for a snack. These cockroaches eat just about anything, and some of their unusual favorites are wallpaper glue and book bindings.

The Arrow Solution

If you spot droppings or egg cases, contact Arrow Exterminators for help. We will take care of your problem with professional cockroach extermination. Well help eliminate any infestation and prevent any future issues. Get in touch with us today and let us kick these pests out of your home.

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Bed bug – Wikipedia

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on May 2nd, 2019

Parasitic insects and there health effects

Bed bugs are a type of insect that feed on human blood, usually at night.[7] Their bites can result in a number of health effects including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms.[5] Bed bug bites may lead to skin changes ranging from invisible to prominent blisters.[1] Symptoms may take between minutes to days to appear.[2] Itchiness is common, while some may feel tired or have a fever.[2] Typically, uncovered areas of the body are affected and three bites occur in a row.[2] Bed bugs bites are not known to transmit any infectious disease.[5][7]

Bed bug bites are caused primarily by two species of the insect Cimex: Cimex lectularius (the common bed bug) and Cimex hemipterus.[3] Their size ranges between 1 and 7mm.[7] They spread by crawling between nearby locations or by being carried within personal items.[2] Infestation is rarely due to a lack of hygiene but is more common in high-density areas.[8][2] Diagnosis involves both finding the bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms.[5] Bed bugs spend much of their time in dark, hidden locations like mattress seams or cracks in the wall.[2]

Treatment is symptomatic.[2] Eliminating bed bugs from the home is often difficult, partly because bed bugs can survive up to a year without feeding.[2] Repeated treatments of a home may be required.[2] These treatments may include heating the room to 50C (122F) for more than 90 minutes, frequent vacuuming, washing clothing at high temperatures, and the use of various pesticides.[2]

Bed bugs occur in all regions of the globe.[7] Rates of infestations are relatively common, following an increase since the 1990s.[3][4][6] The exact causes of this increase is unclear; with proposals including greater travel, more frequent exchange of second-hand furnishings, a greater focus on control of other pests, and increasing resistance to pesticides.[4] Bed bugs have been known human parasites for thousands of years.[2]

Individual responses to bites vary, ranging from no visible effect (in about 2070%),[5][3] to small macular spots, to prominent wheals and bullae formations along with intense itching that may last several days.[5] The bites often occur in a line. A central spot of bleeding may also occur due to the release of anticoagulants in the bug's saliva.[4]

Symptoms may not appear until some days after the bites have occurred.[5] Reactions often become more brisk after multiple bites due to possible sensitization to the salivary proteins of the bed bug.[3] The skin reaction usually occurs in the area of the bite which is most commonly the arms, shoulders and legs as they are more frequently exposed at night.[5] Numerous bites may lead to an erythematous rash or urticaria.[5]

Serious infestations and chronic attacks can cause anxiety, stress, and insomnia.[5] Development of refractory delusional parasitosis is possible, as a person develops an overwhelming obsession with bed bugs.[9]

A number of other symptoms may occur from either the bite of the bed bugs or from their exposure. Anaphylaxis from the injection of serum and other nonspecific proteins has been rarely documented.[5][10] Due to each bite taking a tiny amount of blood, chronic or severe infestation may lead to anemia.[5] Bacterial skin infection may occur due to skin break down from scratching.[5][11]Systemic poisoning may occur if the bites are numerous.[12] Exposure to bed bugs may trigger an asthma attack via the effects of airborne allergens although evidence of this association is limited.[5] There is no evidence that bed bugs transmit infectious diseases[5][7] even though they appear physically capable of carrying pathogens and this possibility has been investigated.[5][3] The bite itself may be painful thus resulting in poor sleep and worse work performance.[5]

Similar to humans, pets can also be bitten by bed bugs. The signs left by the bites are the same as in case of people and cause identical symptoms (skin irritation, scratching etc).[citation needed]

Bed bug infestations are primarily the result of two species of insects from genus Cimex: Cimex lectularius (the common bed bug) and Cimex hemipterus.[3] These insects feed exclusively on blood and may survive a year without eating.[3] Adult Cimex are light brown to reddish-brown, flat, oval, and have no hind wings. The front wings are vestigial and reduced to pad-like structures. Adults grow to 45mm (0.160.20in) long and 1.53mm (0.0590.118in) wide.

Bed bugs have five immature nymph life stages and a final sexually mature adult stage.[13] They shed their skins through ecdysis at each stage, discarding their outer exoskeleton.[14] Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color, and become browner as they moult and reach maturity. Bed bugs may be mistaken for other insects, such as booklice, small cockroaches, or carpet beetles; however, when warm and active, their movements are more ant-like, and like most other true bugs, they emit a characteristic disagreeable odor when crushed.

Bed bugs are obligatory bloodsuckers. They have mouth parts that saw through the skin, and inject saliva with anticoagulants and painkillers. Sensitivity of humans varies from extreme allergic reaction to no reaction at all (about 20%). The bite usually produces a swelling with no red spot, but when many bugs feed on a small area, reddish spots may appear after the swelling subsides.[15] Bedbugs prefer exposed skin, preferably the face, neck, and arms of a sleeping person.

Bed bugs are attracted to their hosts primarily by carbon dioxide, secondarily by warmth, and also by certain chemicals.[4][16][17][18] Cimex lectularius only feeds every five to seven days, which suggests that it does not spend the majority of its life searching for a host. When a bed bug is starved, it leaves its shelter and searches for a host. It returns to its shelter after successful feeding or if it encounters exposure to light.[19] Cimex lectularius aggregate under all life stages and mating conditions. Bed bugs may choose to aggregate because of predation, resistance to desiccation, and more opportunities to find a mate. Airborne pheromones are responsible for aggregations.[20]

Infestation is rarely caused by a lack of hygiene.[8] Transfer to new places is usually in the personal items of the human they feed upon.[3] Dwellings can become infested with bed bugs in a variety of ways, such as:

Though bed bugs will opportunistically feed on pets, they do not live or travel on the skin of their hosts, and pets are not believed to be a factor in their spread.[24]

A definitive diagnosis of health effects due to bed bugs requires a search for and finding of the insect in the sleeping environment as symptoms are not sufficiently specific.[5] Bed bugs classically form a line of bites colloquially referred to as "breakfast, lunch, and dinner" and rarely feed in the armpit or behind the knee which may help differentiate it from other biting insects.[4] If the number in a house is large a pungent sweet odor may be described.[4] There are specially trained dogs that can detect this smell.[2]

Bed bugs can exist singly, but tend to congregate once established. Although strictly parasitic, they spend only a tiny fraction of their lifecycles physically attached to hosts. Once a bed bug finishes feeding, it relocates to a place close to a known host, commonly in or near beds or couches in clusters of adults, juveniles, and eggswhich entomologists call harborage areas or simply harborages to which the insect returns after future feedings by following chemical trails. These places can vary greatly in format, including luggage, inside of vehicles, within furniture, among bedside cluttereven inside electrical sockets and nearby laptop computers. Bed bugs may also nest near animals that have nested within a dwelling, such as bats, birds,[22] or rodents. They are also capable of surviving on domestic cats and dogs, though humans are the preferred host of C. lectularius.[25]

Bed bugs can also be detected by their characteristic smell of rotting raspberries.[26] Bed bug detection dogs are trained to pinpoint infestations, with a possible accuracy rate between 11% and 83%.[6] Homemade detectors have been developed.[27][28]

Other possible conditions with which these conditions can be confused include scabies, gamasoidosis, allergic reactions, mosquito bites, spider bites, chicken pox and bacterial skin infections.[5]

To prevent bringing bed bugs to one's own home, travelers are advised to take precautions after visiting an infested site: generally, these include checking shoes on leaving the site, changing clothes in a garage before returning to their home, and putting the used clothes in a clothes dryer outside the house. When visiting a new lodging, it is advised to check the bed before taking suitcases into the sleeping area and putting the suitcase on a raised stand to make bedbugs less able to crawl in. "An extreme measure would be putting the suitcase in the tub." Clothes should be hung up or left in the suitcase, and never left on the floor.[29] The founder of a company dedicated to bedbug extermination said that 5% of hotel rooms he books into were infested. He advised people never to sit down on public transport; check office chairs, plane seats and hotel mattresses, and monitor and vacuum home beds once a month.[30]

Treatment requires keeping the person from being repeatedly bitten and possible symptomatic use of antihistamines and corticosteroids (either topically or systemically).[5] There however is no evidence that medications improve outcomes and symptoms usually resolve without treatment in 12 weeks.[3][4]

Avoiding repeated bites can be difficult, since it usually requires eradicating bed bugs from a home or workplace; eradication frequently requires a combination of pesticide and non-pesticide approaches.[3] Pesticides that have historically been found to be effective include pyrethroids, dichlorvos and malathion.[4] Resistance to pesticides has increased significantly over time and there are concerns of negative health effects from their usage.[3] Mechanical approaches such as vacuuming up the insects and heat-treating or wrapping mattresses have been recommended.[3]

Once established, bed bugs are extremely difficult to get rid of.[3] This frequently requires a combination of nonpesticide approaches and the use of insecticides.[3][4]

Mechanical approaches, such as vacuuming up the insects and heat-treating or wrapping mattresses, are effective.[3][6] An hour at a temperature of 45C (113F) or over, or two hours at less than 17C (1F) kills them.[6] This may include a domestic clothes drier for fabric or a commercial steamer. Bed bugs and their eggs will die on contact when exposed to surface temperatures above 180F (82C) and a steamer can reach well above 230F (110C).[31][15] A study found 100% mortality rates for bed bugs exposed to temperatures greater than 50C (122F) for more than 2 minutes. The study recommended maintaining temperatures of above 48C (118F) for more than 20 min to effectively kill all life stages of bed bugs, and because in practice treatment times of 6 to 8 hours are used to account for cracks and indoor clutter.[32] This method is expensive and has caused fires.[6][15] Starving them is not effective as they can survive without eating for 100 to 300 days, depending on temperature.[6] One expert recommends not trying to get rid of bed bugs exclusively on one's own.[29]

It was stated in 2012[update] that no truly effective insecticides were available.[6] Insecticides that have historically been found effective include pyrethroids, dichlorvos, and malathion.[4] Resistance to pesticides has increased significantly over time, and harm to health from their use is of concern.[3] The carbamate insecticide propoxur is highly toxic to bed bugs, but it has potential toxicity to children exposed to it, and the US Environmental Protection Agency has been reluctant to approve it for indoor use.[33] Boric acid, occasionally applied as a safe indoor insecticide, is not effective against bed bugs[34] because they do not groom.[35]

Bed bugs occur around the world.[36] Before the 1950s about 30% of houses in the United States had bedbugs.[2] Rates of infestations in developed countries, while decreasing from the 1930s to the 1980s, have increased dramatically since the 1980s.[3][4][36] Before the 1980s they were common in the developing world but rare in the developed world.[4] The increase in the developed world may have been caused by increased international travel, resistance to insecticides, and the use of new pest-control methods that do not affect bed bugs.[37]

The exact causes of this resurgence remain unclear; it is variously ascribed to greater foreign travel, increased immigration from the developing world to the developed world, more frequent exchange of second-hand furnishings among homes, a greater focus on control of other pests, resulting in neglect of bed bug countermeasures, and increasing resistance to pesticides.[4][38] Declines in household cockroach populations that have resulted from the use of insecticides effective against this major bed bug predator have aided the bed bugs' resurgence, as have bans on DDT and other potent pesticides.[39][medical citation needed]

The fall in bed bug populations after the 1930s in the developed world is believed to be partly due to the use of DDT to kill cockroaches.[40] The invention of the vacuum cleaner and simplification of furniture design may have also played a role.[40] Others believe it might simply be the cyclical nature of the organism.[41]

The common bed bug (C. lectularius) is the species best adapted to human environments. It is found in temperate climates throughout the world. Other species include Cimex hemipterus, found in tropical regions, which also infests poultry and bats, and Leptocimex boueti, found in the tropics of West Africa and South America, which infests bats and humans. Cimex pilosellus and Cimex pipistrella primarily infest bats, while Haematosiphon inodora, a species of North America, primarily infests poultry.[42]

Bed bug infestations have resurged since the 1980s[43] for reasons that are not clear, but contributing factors may be complacency, increased resistance, bans on pesticides, and increased international travel.[44] The U.S. National Pest Management Association reported a 71% increase in bed bug calls between 2000 and 2005.[45] The number of reported incidents in New York City alone rose from 500 in 2004 to 10,000 in 2009.[46] In 2013, Chicago was listed as the number 1 city in the United States with the worst bed bug infestation.[47] As a result, the Chicago City Council passed a bed bug control ordinance to limit their spread. Additionally, bed bugs are reaching places in which they never established before, such as southern South America.[48][49]

Cimex lectularius may have originated in the Middle East in caves inhabited by bats and humans.[50]

Bed bugs were mentioned in ancient Greece as early as 400 BC, and were later mentioned by Aristotle. Pliny's Natural History, first published circa AD 77 in Rome, claimed bed bugs had medicinal value in treating ailments such as snake bites and ear infections. (Belief in the medicinal use of bed bugs persisted until at least the 18th century, when Guettard recommended their use in the treatment of hysteria.[51])

Bed bugs were first mentioned in Germany in the 11th century, in France in the 13th century, and in England in 1583,[50] though they remained rare in England until 1670. Some in the 18th century believed bed bugs had been brought to London with supplies of wood to rebuild the city after the Great Fire of London (1666). Giovanni Antonio Scopoli noted their presence in Carniola (roughly equivalent to present-day Slovenia) in the 18th century.[52][53]

Traditional methods of repelling and/or killing bed bugs include the use of plants, fungi, and insects (or their extracts), such as black pepper;[54] black cohosh (Actaea racemosa); Pseudarthria hookeri; Laggera alata (Chinese yngmo co | );[15] Eucalyptus saligna oil;[55][56] henna (Lawsonia inermis or camphire);[57] "infused oil of Melolontha vulgaris" (presumably cockchafer); fly agaric (Amanita muscaria); tobacco; "heated oil of Terebinthina" (i.e. true turpentine); wild mint (Mentha arvensis); narrow-leaved pepperwort (Lepidium ruderale); Myrica spp. (e.g. bayberry); Robert geranium (Geranium robertianum); bugbane (Cimicifuga spp.); "herb and seeds of Cannabis"; "opulus" berries (possibly maple or European cranberrybush); masked hunter bugs (Reduvius personatus), "and many others".[58]

In the mid-19th century, smoke from peat fires was recommended as an indoor domestic fumigant against bed bugs.[59]

Dusts have been used to ward off insects from grain storage for centuries, including plant ash, lime, dolomite, certain types of soil, and diatomaceous earth or Kieselguhr.[60] Of these, diatomaceous earth in particular has seen a revival as a nontoxic (when in amorphous form) residual pesticide for bed bug abatement. While diatomaceous earth performed poorly, silica gel may be effective.[61][62]

Basket-work panels were put around beds and shaken out in the morning in the UK and in France in the 19th century. Scattering leaves of plants with microscopic hooked hairs around a bed at night, then sweeping them up in the morning and burning them, was a technique reportedly used in Southern Rhodesia and in the Balkans.[63]

Bean leaves have been used historically to trap bedbugs in houses in Eastern Europe. The trichomes on the bean leaves capture the insects by impaling the feet (tarsi) of the insects. The leaves are then destroyed.[64]

Prior to the mid-20th century, bed bugs were very common. According to a report by the UK Ministry of Health, in 1933, all the houses in many areas had some degree of bed bug infestation.[65] The increase in bed bug populations in the early 20th century has been attributed to the advent of electric heating, which allowed bed bugs to thrive year-round instead of only in warm weather.[66]

Bed bugs were a serious problem at US military bases during World War II.[67] Initially, the problem was solved by fumigation, using Zyklon Discoids that released hydrogen cyanide gas, a rather dangerous procedure.[67] Later, DDT was used to good effect.[67]

The decline of bed bug populations in the 20th century is often credited to potent pesticides that had not previously been widely available.[44] Other contributing factors that are less frequently mentioned in news reports are increased public awareness and slum clearance programs that combined pesticide use with steam disinfection, relocation of slum dwellers to new housing, and in some cases also follow-up inspections for several months after relocated tenants moved into their new housing.[66]

The rise in infestations has been hard to track because bed bugs are not an easily identifiable problem and is one that people prefer not to discuss. Most of the reports are collected from pest-control companies, local authorities, and hotel chains.[65] Therefore, the problem may be more severe than is currently believed.[68]

Bed bugs are an increasing cause for litigation.[69]Courts have, in some cases, exacted large punitive damage judgments on some hotels.[70][71][72]Many of New York City's Upper East Side home owners have been afflicted, but they tend to be silent publicly in order not to ruin their property values and be seen as suffering a blight typically associated with the lower classes.[73]

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Buffalo Bed Bug PCP | Professional Pest Control Buffalo …

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on April 30th, 2019

As your Buffalo bed bugs expert, we use an array of treatments to attack your infestation, adapting which techniques we utilize depending on your specific circumstances. We know the safety and wellbeing of your family is your main priority, and, therefore, we will talk through our various approaches with you to ensure you are comfortable with our treatment plan. In most instances, we will use various methods on a single property to eliminate 100% of your bed bugs. Of course, the bed bug pest Buffalo exterminator cost can vary depending on which treatment you need.

One of the most effective methods we use is bed bug heat treatment for Buffalo homes. High temperature steam is applied to the entire mattress and bed, specifically focusing on seams, creases, and small gaps where bed bugs hide. The bed bug heat treatment will destroy the bed bugs and their eggs on contact.

Our specialized steam machines produce a dry steam, which will leave less moisture in your air and on your furniture than standard steamers. Our thermal approach is especially popular because it gives immediate relief to the homes inhabitants. It means that your family or your tenants can go home to the property on the same day. It also requires no use of chemicals, making it incredibly eco-friendly and safe for the environment. Call our Buffalo bed bugs exterminator to find out more.

Another treatment method we use alongside other methods is high-power vacuuming. We vacuum all areas where bed bugs are typically prevalent. This will remove live bed bugs, their skins, eggs, and excrement from your furniture and upholstery. Our specialist vacuum filters ensure an efficiency of over 99% of particles in the exhaust air. Vacuuming will not remove all bed bugs, so it is used amongst others in ridding your home of bed bugs. The plus point of high-power vacuuming is that it is a quick and effective way to physically remove a large part of the infestation from your home. We can vacuum before and after other treatments for added efficiency.

Freezing bed bugs is another environmentally friendly way to eliminate an infestation in its entirety. This non-toxic treatment destroys the insects and their eggs after contact with a snow-like substance. It can be used alongside heat treatment, with heat being more suitable for some surfaces than the dry ice.

Encasements can be used for bedding, mattresses and box springs. This treatment traps any newborn bed bugs in casing, in which they cannot survive.

A bed bug dust application can be applied to various areas of your home, such as cracks in the floor, near baseboards, and other hard to reach areas where bed bugs may be residing. This special dust is made from diatomaceous earth, and is popular because it is eco-friendly. However, it is not a solution on its own to remove bed bugs and must be used in conjunction with vacuuming, heating, or freezing.

We will thoroughly treat all areas of your home, which will involve removing outlet covers and light switch covers, and lifting up the edges of carpets to find any well-hidden insects. Any bed bugs we find will be frozen or treated with heat or dust.

Pesticides can also be used, though they are generally less successful for our Buffalos bed bug pest exterminators than thermal or freezing methods, and take much longer to completely destroy your bed bug infestation. While bed bug heat treatment will give you immediate relief from bed bugs, pesticides will take around thirty days to take full effect. This is because pesticides will only kill the live bed bugs and not their eggs, meaning the eggs will continue to hatch and you must then wait for them to ingest the pesticide for it to destroy them. The bed bug pest Buffalo exterminator cost of pesticide is lower than other treatment methods, so it may be an attractive option for those with a lower budget.

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Do I Need an Exterminator To Get Rid of Ants? | COMBAT

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on April 26th, 2019

Anyone who has engaged in a long, protracted war with ants has contemplated picking up the phone, dialing the nearest exterminator, and begging for help. Those who have followed through soon discovered the ants were gone and in their place an exterminator bill from 100 to 300 dollars only guaranteeing 3- to 4-months of ant-free living. Talk about trading one problem for another!

The truth is, exterminators are rarely a necessity when it comes to ants. Instead, follow a simple process. Clean, kill, and seal. Or, if you want to be more macho search and destroy. The quickest way to stop ants once an invasion has begun is with ammonia like in window spray. Once youve cleaned up the ants, clean up your cupboards. That partially consumed pack of hot chocolate from last Christmas? Toss it. Those open containers of sugar, cereal, and pancake mix? Get them into the Tupperware. Piles of toaster crumbs, bacon splatters on the stove, half-eaten cookies under the TV stand? Come on!

The second step for ant-free livingdestroy. A little-known factoid will help you on this mission. Ants can drink water but cannot eat solid food. They have a very small passage between the thorax and abdomen which does not allow food to pass. They must carry solid food back to their nests and give it to the larvae which masticate the granules until it is liquefied. This disgusting pre-chewed glop is then fed back to the workers.

This is the concept behind bait traps such as Combats Ant Killing Bait Strips, Source Kill Ant Bait, and Source Kill Max Ant Killing Gel. Ants are attracted to the sweetened insecticide within the bait traps. They carry the granules back home where the larvae eat it and begin to die, all the while producing poisonous food for the rest of the nest. Within days, the ants are dead, while the exterminator is sitting waiting for his phone to ring. Now all you have to worry about is how you are going to spend that money you saved!

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Everything You Should Know About Flying Termites | Western …

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on April 26th, 2019

Termites usually start to swarm in the early days of spring when the weather is warm and after a rain shower. Termites use environmental cues as a signal to start swarming and also synchronized with other termite colonies of the same species to ensure the possibility of inbreeding is reduced.

The time of day termite swarms occur depends on the species of termites. The majority of subterranean termites swarm during the day while Formosan termites (a breed of subterranean termites) swarm during the night time.

Winged termites are highly attracted to sources of light such as street lamps and can often be found swarming around these sources.

Termites arent very good fliers and generally rely on the wind to help with air mileage. Because of this, termite swarms dont last long, and can be found close to the originating nests. However, if the wind is strong the future king and queen termites will often travel far before beginning the process of starting a new colony.

Termite wings and swarmers could be a sign of a much larger problem. To determine if you have ants or termites, its best to contact the professionals at Western Exterminator for assistance.

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Termites: Types, Facts & How to Identify Them – 15% Off …

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How Serious Are Termites?

A termite infestation and damage can be devastating to your home or property. Termites are often called the silent destroyer because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites consume cellulose-based plant materials. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can provide cellulose food for termite infestation.

Some indications you may have a termite infestation:

Termites invade homes by crossing from their colonies in yards to foundations. Cracks or gaps around pipes and wires give the pests access inside. Homeowners can also get termites from:

Above ground locations in the house that remain damp enough to support termites without them needing to return to the moist conditions found in the soil.

Since termites are a constant threat to your home, here are some things you can do during the year to help maintain the effectiveness of Orkins termite treatment plan. Small steps make a big difference in termite prevention and sustaining an effective termite treatment plan. Start by eliminating moisture conditions and termite food around your home. These simple steps make your home a less attractive target, helping deter termites.

Eliminate Moisture Problems

Remove Termite Food Sources

Read more termite prevention tips.

Where do they live?Commonly, termites live in wooden structures, decayed trees, fallen timber, and soil. Habitats vary among species as some termites require different amounts of moisture. The pests are found in greater numbers in tropical regions where living conditions for termites is optimal.

Subterranean termites are the most abundant variety and can be found throughout the United States. Both dampwood and drywood species are generally more localized in the Southern states.

Subterranean termite homes are usually formed in soil. Within these mounds, termites build elaborate tunnel systems and mud tunnels through which they access above-ground food sources.

Mud Tubes on Walls

Drywood termites live within the wood they consume and oftentimes infest walls and furniture.

When a colony has matured, winged, swarming termites can be seen around windows and doors. Winged termites are highly attracted to sources of light and are most active in springtime. After mating, these termites locate a new breeding site and create another colony, spreading infestations throughout multiple locationsin the case of drywood termites.

What Do They Eat?Termites are detritivores, or detritus feeders. They feed on dead plants and trees. Termites get nutrients from cellulose, an organic fiber found in wood and plant matter. Wood makes up the majority of the pests diet, although termites also eat other materials such as paper, plastic, and drywall. Most species prefer dead wood, but some termites feed on living trees.

Each type of termite has its own dietary preferences.

A termites mouth is capable of tearing pieces of woody material. This ability is what causes concern in human dwellings: while termite workersonly measure approximately 1 cm to a few millimetersin length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to property. House foundations, furniture, shelvesand evenbooks are all possible feeding sites for termites.

Read more about what termites eat.

Workers and soldiers live approximately one to two years. Queen termites may survive for over a decae under optimal climate conditions.

Workers are responsible for gathering and feeding the colony members, maintaining the nest, and caring for young. Soldiers protect the termite colony using their large mandibles to fend off predators. Reproductives are the only sexually mature members of the colony, aside from queens and kings. Read more about termite colonies.

Mating Flight

The life cycle of the termite begins with a mating flight, wherein swarming winged reproductive males and females leave established colonies and procreate. After fertilization, winged termites land and shed their wings, going on to form new colonies. These insects then become the king or queen termites of their newly established colonies. The queen and king termites are at the center of the termite life cycle and are responsible for reproduction.


After the fertilized queen lays her eggs, they hatch into pale white larvae.


Eggs hatch into larvae and molt (shed their exoskeletons) to develop into workers, soldiers, primary reproductives and secondary reproductives. A nymph is a young termite that is going through molts to become a reproductive.

The termite growth process begins with a process called molting. First, a termite develops a soft exoskeleton under its current, hard exoskeleton. Then, once the termite has reached maturity, its outermost skeleton splits open, and the new exoskeleton enlarges and hardens. This molting process continues throughout a termites life cycle based on the colonys needs.


Over the course of several molts, these larvae grow to assume a role in one of the three termite colony castes: workers, soldiers and reproductive termites, also known as alates.

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Wilmington DE: Pest Control & Exterminator Service Near You

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on April 23rd, 2019

Wilmington Pest Pressure

The largest populated city in Delaware, Wilmington is home to thriving businesses and ideal conditions for pests to populate the area. Wilmington is known for cool winters and hot, humid summers, which results in increased pest activity, as they become more active during the summer months and some retreat into homes for winter. Coming to life in the warm months, mosquitoes lay eggs in still or slow-moving water and quickly multiply if left unchecked. Warm weather also invites stinging pests like wasps and hornets in and around homes. Nests may be found near roof eaves and in close proximity to human walkways, presenting problems for individuals prone to allergic reactions.

Wilmington pests can do more than just annoy homeowners. Pests like termites that damage wooden structures can cause significant financial burden. Other costly infestations include bed bugs, which invade bedrooms to feed on unconscious hosts during night hours. Other pests that multiply quickly and operate during the night are mice and rats. Spreading diseases through biological waste, rodents are a problem Wilmington residents should address immediately. Contact Western Pest for rodent and pest control services near you.

About Western PestWestern Pest is a longstanding pest control company serving the Eastern United States. We offer residential and commercial pest control services near you, including termite protection, bed bug control, and rodent removal. Our comprehensive service offerings also include our Home Protection Plan, a year-round program designed to keep pests out for the duration. If a pest infestation occurs in your home or business, trust Western Pest to take care of the problem safely and effectively.

We recently met up with our Wilmington, Delaware Branch Manager who revealed that his office has received several calls from homes throughout his service area, especially in Wilmington, DE and Newark, DE regarding a not-so-common type of pest: the box elder bug.

Like stink bugs, box elder bugs often become a nuisance this time of year when they seek cracks and crevices that can provide them shelter during the colder months. They are generally not noticed during summer, but often can become an issue when they try to move into homes during fall as they search for overwintering sites.

Once these pests get inside your home, though, there is some consolation: box elders are harmless to you, your family, and your pets, and do not create damage, even if theyre a little intimidating to look at.

In the spring, box elder bugs nest and feed in trees including box elders (from which they get their name), maples, and ash.

When box elder bugs are not feeding in nearby trees, they are most commonly found in:

Once these pests get inside, it can be difficult to get them out without the help of a licensed pest professional. Please contact your local branch to remove them safely and professionally.

You may not realize it, but bat removal is a common necessity along the East Coast. These creatures of the night accidentally find their way indoors frequently and, if given the opportunity, they will come back year after year.

Westerns Regional Sales Manager, Paul Filardo, marked Wilmington, DE as a hotspot for bats. We do a lot of bat work there. Theyre often found in attics and many people dont realize it. By that point, there can be a large number of them, explains Filardo.

Its important to note the safety requirements when dealing with bat removal. You must remove them safely because theyre very beneficial for the environment, says Filardo.

Great service. Our technician is thorough and professional but friendly and answers our questions with expertise. We have been Western customers for over 30 years and are entirely pleased with their service.

-Marilyn, Wilmington, DE

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Bedbug Exterminator | Bed Bug Control | Bed Bug Infestation

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on April 20th, 2019

Bed Bug Q & AQ. Do bed bugs spread disease?A. Bed bugs should not be considered as a medical or public health hazard. Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.Q. What health risks do bed bugs pose?A. A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bed Bug Bites responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.Q. What are the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation?A. One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts while sleeping. However, these bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people, so it is important to look for other clues when determining if bed bugs have infested an area. These bedbug infestation signs include:- the bed bugs exoskeletons after molting,- bed bugs in the fold of mattresses and sheets- rustycolored blood spots due to their blood-filled fecal material that they excrete on the mattresses or nearby furniture- a sweet musty odor.

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How to Get Rid of Roaches without an Exterminator

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on April 19th, 2019

How to get rid of roaches without an exterminator Cockroaches are creatures that are often found in corners of homes, hotels or in other places that usually have food. Cockroaches can carry germs and bacteria easily and infect humans. Then we must know how to get rid of cockroaches safely without using an exterminator.

Cockroaches usually move through luggage such as suitcases, bags, and various home goods. Without us know, cockroaches lay eggs and more and more in every corner of the house, even whenever the food is not closed, then the cockroaches will soon come to him with bacteria and germs.

If you see cockroaches running around your house, indicating that they are not one. There are some other cockroaches there that are ready to spread bacterial germs. There are many ways to eradicate cockroaches, from how to use pesticides to natural ways. On this occasion we will learn how to get rid of roaches without an exterminator so it is safe for family members.

One effective method of expelling cockroaches is by using Diatomaceous earth and Boric acid. For more details, lets follow the following explanation.

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Cockroaches are thirst resistant and hungry. He can live without eating and drinking for up to a week so getting rid of it is rather difficult. In addition, these small animals are also able to breed quickly. If you want to enjoy your home free of cockroaches, follow how to eradicate the following cockroaches without using an exterminator.

It is the most effective ingredient to kill house insects such as ants, bed bugs, cockroaches and bedbugs. Diatomaceous earth is very quick to poison cockroaches even very quickly kill it.

The trick is very easy, sprinkle Diatomaceous earth on the ground, either inside or outside of the room. Next, add also on the sidelines of the room, near the cabinet and under the sink.

When sowing this flour you should use gloves and use a mask. The use of diatomaceous earth not only removes cockroaches but also removes other annoying insects.

The use of Diatomaceous earth should be in a dry place in order to penetrate the exoskeletons ofcockroaches maximally.

In addition to using diatomaceous earth, how to get rid of cockroaches without an exterminator is using baric acid and sugar.

The method of killing cockroaches by using boric acid is also similar to diatomaceous earth. This is to destroy the exoskeleton of cockroaches and other insects causing death.

Below is how to get rid of roaches using sugar bait and boric acid.

Note: Boric acid is toxic, so avoid it from your children and your pet.

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Eliminating their life sources such as food and water is the best way to get rid of cockroaches without an exterminator. Remember! cockroaches only survive without eating in a few weeks, and they only survive 1 week without water. So, cutting off their source of life is the best way to drive them away from your home.

Soap water also includes one way of how to get rid of roaches without an exterminator. They are afraid of soapy water so get out and look for another place for their dwelling. In addition to frightening cockroaches, soap water also good for eradicating other lice like bed bugs, termites, microorganism and bacteria.

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Cockroaches are creatures that love the wet coffee powder. Its a good opportunity for killing roaches. Here are some easy steps to get rid of roaches by using coffee grounds.

Check the jar every day, throw the cockroaches trapped there, repeat again until the cockroach is gone at the home.

In addition to using wet coffee powder, how to get rid of cockroaches without an exterminator is use neem oil. The use of this oil is believed to be one of the safest ways of repelling cockroaches. Neem oil is one of best roach killer that contains volatile components and efficiently prevents pests.

Using this natural way is cheaper than using pesticides. In addition, neem is also not toxic to humans and your pet.

Heres how to get rid of roaches without an exterminator by using neem oil.

In addition to using neem oil, you can also use neem powder around the house. It not only keeps away the cockroaches, but all insects will move away from the walls of the house.

Those are some ways for killing roaches naturally without an exterminator. The natural ingredients are roach killers that are safe for us, not endangering family members and pets.

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Squirrel Trapping – Get Rid Of Squirrels | Squirrel Removal

Recommended by Ronald Stiles, Published on April 19th, 2019

Squirrels can be one of the most destructive animals that get inside homes. They often gnaw on wood, cables and electrical wiring. The gnawing of wiring is perhaps the scariest damage they do. The stripping of the insulation from the wires increases the chances for a short and the risk of fire. In fact, squirrels are responsible for thousands of house fires each year.

When squirrels get into homes, their urine, droppings, shed fur, and parasites can cause serious health risks. Additionally, the odor that occurs when squirrels die in wall and ceiling voids, soffits, and other inaccessible areas can be unbearable. And their corpses become the perfect breeding place for flies and diseases.

Noises in the attic during the morning or evening could be an indication that there are squirrels in your attic. The best way to get rid of squirrels is what we refer to asfull exclusion work. This process involves extensively checking the entire home for entry points such as holes, cracks, vents and construction/builders gaps and then sealing those areas so that no animals can ever re-enter. In order to prevent animals from entering through these gaps, Georgia P.A.W.S uses the highest quality galvanized metal flashing to seal up each entry point area. This prevents rodents, squirrels, racoons or any other nuisance animal from chewing into the structure. But before we seal the very last hole in the structure, we set what we call an excluder trap over it. This trap will catch any remaining squirrels that are in the house but will not allow them to get back in. Once the last squirrel is out, Georgia PAWS returns to remove that trap and seal up the last hole.

Here are some pictures of how a squirrels chewed their way in to different houses:

Squirrel damage to gutter guards

Squirrel damage to gutter guards

Squirrel damage to insulation

Squirrel damage to insulation

Squirrel droppings in attic insulation

Squirrels caught in an excluder trap

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