South Florida – While it’s normal to see bats, spiders and other creatures invade your front doorstep on Halloween in the form of trick-or-treaters or spooky décor, Adam’s Pest Control advises people to be on the lookout for real-life ghoulish pests this fall.
“Halloween is a fun celebration of all things creepy and crawly, but it also serves as a reminder that actual pest infestations can cause quite the fright,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist, for Adam’s Pest Control. “In the spirit of this spooky holiday, we are reminding homeowners to take preventative measures to keep pests from taking up residence indoors.”
Here’s a guide to some common critters that may spook homeowners this fall, along with tips to prevent them from turning the home into a haunted house.
Rats – One of the most reviled pests, rats can contaminate food, spread dangerous diseases and create fire hazards by chewing through electrical wires. Before homeowners bring boxes of pumpkins and faux cobwebs inside to decorate for Halloween, they should inspect them for signs of an infestation such as gnaw marks and rodent droppings.
Bats – Bats are frequent carriers of rabies, which can be fatal if left untreated. They often enter homes through attics, belfries and under fascia boards. Homeowners should screen attic vents, and install door sweeps this fall to keep bats out of the home.
Spiders – Some species of spiders, mainly the brown recluse and black widow, can administer a painful bite when disturbed. Homeowners can avoid coming in contact with spiders by wearing heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time and shaking out shoes before wearing them.
Bed bugs – Bed bugs are similar to vampires in that they feed off of human blood, typically at night. These elusive pests do not transmit disease, but they can leave red, itchy welts on the skin. Before dressing up in a costume that came from a rental or second-hand store, make sure to inspect it for bed bugs.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers some additional tips to prevent a pest infestation this Halloween season:
- Seal cracks and crevices around the home’s exterior using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention to where utility pipes enter the structure.
- Keep attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
- Keep kitchen counters clean, store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed.
- If you see signs of an infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional.
For more information on common household pests and how to protect your home, visit www.adamspest.biz.
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Did you know that Florida contains more than 150 species of dragonflies? They favor warm, wet environments. They begin as nymphs, living in water for months or even years before transforming into a dragonfly. Even as they live in water, they feed on mosquito larvae, tadpoles, and small fish. Once they grow into larger dragonflies, they continue to prey on unwanted pests such as mosquitos, flies, ants, and wasps.
You can distinguish males from females due to their color difference. Males tend to be more of a red color, while females tend to be yellow. You may have noticed that dragonflies have very large, distinct eyes. They prey relying mostly on their sight, which is also why you will see them more often during the day. You may find them near water, such as ponds, streams, and drains. Because of Florida’s warm climate, you will find dragonflies to be “in-season” year-round.
So, next time you see a dragonfly, think about the benefits it provides in pest control. Feel free to share your questions and comments below! Your input is valuable to us, this blog, and information seekers everywhere.
South Florida – Have you noticed a white powder film on the stems and leaves of your hibiscus? One of the most common insect pests for hibiscus plants is mealy bugs. Mealy bugs damage the plant by sucking sap from the roots and leaves. Then, they produce honeydew, which gives the leaves and stems the moldy, white film. Leaves can begin to turn yellow and droop, eventually drying up.
Insecticidal soap and horticultural oil sprays are good approaches to get rid of mealy bugs, but the product must be sprayed directly on the insects, and repeat applications are usually necessary. The most effective and long-lasting treatment for these bugs are systemic insecticides, which can either be sprayed or applied to the soil. You can find many options available for these sprays in garden centers, but be sure to follow proper label instructions. As always, Adam’s Pest Control is here to help. Give us a call (888-600-7843), or visit our website if you have issues getting rid of these pesky insects.
South Florida – Fire ants are one of the most bothersome pests in the Southeast Florida region. Not only are they difficult to get rid of, but their bites are very painful. The stings can leave burning, red bumps on the skin that can turn into itchy blisters. Children are especially susceptible to the stings, and can experience worse symptoms than adults.
If you’ve ever tried looking up solutions to getting rid of fire ants, you probably know the Internet is full of many different approaches. This can lead to confusion, and many homeowners aren’t sure which approach is the most effective. Fortunately, there is a solution, although not necessarily an easy one. Fire ant control can eliminate fire ants from taking over your lawn if you follow the proper procedure. Adam’s Pest Control uses a granular insecticide that is applied to the entire yard, rather than just a spot treatment. This ensures that all colonies are eliminated, and they will no longer be a problem for you and your family.
It is important not to disturb the mounds before applying any treatment, and to make sure children and pets do not go near the colonies in order to stay out of harm’s way. Any chemical treatment can affect the skin, so gloves and other protective gear must be worn when treating for fire ants.
Fire ants are one of the most stubborn pests throughout Southeast Florida, and permanently eliminating them is very difficult. You may need to call a lawn care and pest control professional to handle fire ant control. Adam’s Pest Control offers lawn plans guaranteed to get rid of fire ants, and more. Give us a call today 888-600-7843 or visit us online.
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Most homeowners have had to deal with cockroaches at one point or another. Common areas that they like to inhabit are the kitchens and bathrooms. There are many types of cockroaches, including the American cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, and the oriental cockroach, but the most common cockroach in the world is the German cockroach.
Cockroaches are generally flat, oval-shaped, with 6 legs and 2 antennae. They can range from ½ of an inch to 5/8 of an inch. They prefer warm, moist environments, preferably near a food and water source. German cockroaches are the most common cockroach found in the home. In addition to food crumbs, cockroaches tend to eat glue, soap, and toothpaste.
Cockroaches are more than just a nuisance because they can also spread disease. They are known to spread at least 33 different kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and at least 7 other human pathogens – Yikes! They can also trigger asthma symptoms in children.
Now, the most important part – how to get rid of cockroaches if you have an infestation:
- Good sanitation is key in preventing an infestation, as cockroaches are usually in search for food sources. Keep kitchen floors and counters clean and free of leftover food particles.
- Vacuum frequently and dispose of garbage on a regular basis.
- If you notice one cockroach in your home, it is very likely that there are many more. Cockroaches can breed up to 6 generations a year, so they can spread very quickly. It is best to contact a pest professional to identify the species of cockroaches in order to properly eliminate them.
Call Adam’s Pest Control if you are having issues with cockroaches so that we may provide you with a solution that works – 888-600-7843 or visit us at www.adamspest.biz/quote.
Most spiders tend to like to live outdoors, but there are occasions when you find spiders inside of your home. This spooky holiday season, don’t let these spiders be the ones to decorate the inside of your home for you. Here are some tips to keep the spiders out of your home:
- As with any other pest problem, it is important that you keep your house thoroughly sealed to prevent a crack or crevice for them to enter.
- Keep outdoor lights off, as these lights attract spiders. Also be aware that lights on from inside the home can attract spiders as well. Try covering windows at night with blinds or curtains.
- Remove vegetation and hanging tree branches from the perimeter of the home. Spiders tend to use these as bridges to access the home.
- Keep a clean home by vacuuming and cleaning up after spills. Food particles can attract other pests, like ants, which will then attract spiders.
As with any other pest problem, Adam’s Pest Control is here to help! Call us today at 888-600-7843 or visit us online.
Having a neat and organized pantry is more than just for looks. They also serve a very important purpose – to keep pests out! Pests that tend to forage in the pantry are moths, beetles, ants, and rodents. These pests can contaminate your food and spread disease such as Salmonella and Hantavirus. Rodents can also carry fleas and lice into your home.
As with any pest infestation, it is much easier to prevent than it is to get rid of after they have arrived. Here are a few tips to keep them out:
- Add a bay leaf to containers and packages of dry goods. The pests highly dislike the smell.
- Only purchase food that is sealed well, where packaging is not damaged.
- Store food in airtight containers.
Not only will this serve as a way to keep your pantry in line, but it will give you the satisfaction of knowing you are protecting your home from beetles and ants.
If you do happen to notice an infestation, give Adam’s Pest Control a call at 888-600-7843 or visit us at www.adamspest.biz.
Jupiter has been known for its active community and members. From outdoor neighborhood events to cookouts in the back yard, you will want to make sure your home and lawn are pest-free. These late summer months are particularly notorious for ant infestations, and once they arrive, it’s very difficult to get them to leave. Adam’s Pest Control has provided a step-by-step eBook that we think you may find beneficial— Jupiter Homeowner’s Guide to Get Rid of Ants:
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