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Termite Swarming Season

Termites swarmingIt’s that time of year again—-termite time!  Yes, indeed, while summer days approach quickly, termites are waking up and getting ready to make new colonies.  In temperate areas, this is the time of year when subterranean termites release a special type of nest member, called a swarmer, into the air to find other swarmers to mate with.  Termite swarms can be quite a sight, as hundreds of flying termites are usually released at a time.  For many homeowners, seeing these swarmers is the first indication that there is a termite infestation present.

Just this week, media outlets in New Orleans covered the annual swarms that regularly pester the Big Easy. The French Quarter received federal funding for its termite problem before being cut in 2011. Problems with termites is not unique to Louisiana. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites are responsible for $5 billion in property damage each year in the U.S. Read More »

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Clothes Moth Infestations

Sweater with moth holesThe warm temperatures of spring may be your cue to store away your cold weather clothes items until next winter.  But what if, upon admiring that woolen pullover next fall, you spot holes chewed in the fabric, that make that garment look more like a piece of Swiss cheese?  Well, unfortunately, you may have a clothes moth infestation.

Clothes moths are responsible for attacking a variety of materials around a home.  Materials that are readily infested include sweaters, coats, upholstery, blankets and any other silk or woolen products. Furs, hair, leather and hides, animal trophies, feathers and dried meat products are also among the vulnerable items. Read More »

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5 Praying Mantis Facts

praying-mantisThe praying mantis – an undeniably impressive insect. Carnivorous and camouflaged, the praying mantis gets its name for the way their front legs are bent in a “praying” motion. Most mantis species are colored green or brown so they can blend in with leaves and foliage which enables them to patiently stalk insects like flies and grasshoppers.

The fearsome predators are capable of killing prey 3 times its size. Praying mantises feed on insects, mice, small turtles and even snakes. Striking twice as fast as a blink of an eye, praying mantises will slowly devour the unfortunate prey slowly with its ultra sharp mandibles. Read More »

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Differences Between Moles, Voles and Shrews

The Differences between Moles, Voles and ShrewsOftentimes our customers call us to report seeing a small, mouse-like creature scurrying around their landscape.  Typically, customers notice burrows in their mulch, or runways that part the grass or in the snow.  The culprits are little creatures commonly referred to as moles, but in reality, they may actually be a mole, vole or a shrew.  Why is it important to distinguish which one you are dealing with?  Well, like most of the pests that we deal with, proper identification is critical because each have different characteristics that will help dictate the best management strategy.

Moles, voles and shrews can easily be distinguished from one another by looking at some of the key physical characteristics of each.  A mole has a pointed snout, enlarged front feet, and eyes and ears so tiny that they are not visible.  A vole, also called a meadow mouse, has rounded ears and body and is reddish or brown and black in color with a gray underside.  And finally, a shrew has a pointed snout, but unlike the mole, a shrew’s front feet are not enlarged.  Also, a shrew’s eyes are tiny, but they are visible in most species. Read More »

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Spiders Considered Good Luck?

red knee tarantulaThere are over 40,000 species of spiders worldwide, with approximately 3700 of those species occurring in North America.  Of these 3700 species of spiders, only a very small amount will find their way into homes and human structures. And from these, an even smaller proportion will attract the attention of home and business owners enough to seek out pest control.

Logically speaking spiders should be considered the good guys of the arthropod world, because they are not destructive, do not spread disease, do not create allergens, and they eat insects!  However, despite these positive attributes, spiders are not highly regarded in the U.S. Though little more than a nuisance pest, spiders are generally considered unacceptable to share a living and work space with.  Oftentimes spiders evoke more psychological damage than anything else.  People’s dislike for spiders can range from being creeped-out, to an irrational psychological fear, called arachnophobia. Read More »

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