What’s the old saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. No truer words spoken when it comes to pest control. Significant infestations of ants, mice, stinging and crawling insect or termites can go unnoticed for quite some time. Natural indicators like swarming reproductives, fallen wings, stained ceilings, rodent droppings, wood debris and dead insects can be a beneficial warning of existing pest issues.
Elimination time will vary with target pest and treatment method employed. Many prescribed applications include the use of concentrated baits which could take several days or weeks for total eradication / colony destruction.
Ticks do not fly or jump, their natural habitat is the ground where they crawl up on vegetation in search of a host. Once a tick secures a host they may climb to the neck or head area from the lower/mid portion of the body.
Tick bites are virtually painless; in fact most hosts do not realize they have been bitten until symptoms appear.
While the household cat or dog is certainly the flea transport mode of choice, fleas can be introduced into your home by mice, rats or other small vermin (dead or alive, in or under your home) as well as other humans.
There is a certain amount of truth to this claim. By and large, stinging insects will not attack unless provoked, disturbed or handled. However; some species, under certain circumstances or during certain times of the year can be very aggressive.
Yellow Jackets, for example, can be aggressive when they feel their nest is threatened or in the fall when nest sizes are large and food supplies run short.
The Honey Bee is the only stinging insect to make the ultimate sacrifice, leaving behind a barbed stinger and parts of its abdomen after attacking its prey. Most other stinging insects native to our area have the ability to sting repeatedly.
Formulations, potency, efficacy and residual properties are typically limited in over the counter products.
Norway Rats average 12-16 ounces in weight, 7-8 inches in length with a 6-8 inch tail. The shock of seeing a rat in a human environment, with its quick movement and long tail, may create the illusion of a much larger animal. If you’ve seen an eighteen foot tall person, you may have seen a cat sized rat.