Pest Prevention Blog
While you may be celebrating an anniversary or the start of a new relationship Gladhill Services wants to share the ultimate love interest with you. Say what you want about humans, when you get right down to the sexiness and love we all crave the insect community has the ultimate lovers.
Each year, Florida plays host to the ultimate lovers not too long after Valentines Day. "Love bugs,” are a nuisance pest any Florida traveler should become familiar with.
Each spring, mega swarms of "love bugs" take flight filling the airspace along roadways. During this time, love bugs mate during a non-stop flight of sexiness. That is until their sexy time comes to an abrupt end as they both smash into windshields, headlights, grills and the side mirrors of vehicles. Swarms of these tiny creatures can cause drivers to pull over as their crushed bodies make it impossible to see out of windows, darken headlights and worse, cause radiators to overheat. Sounds like something out of a horror movie but, it's all too real. Just ask anyone living or traveled in Florida during Love Bug season.
Having lived in Florida for several years, I will never forget the crushing pop heard at least once every two to three seconds while driving. The mess left behind as they go out with a bang was the worst part. I would carry extra washer fluid in my truck during "Love bug" season but it really didn't help. Truth is every three days I had to pressure wash my windshield to clean off the juice left over from crushed bodies.
Winter is probably the best time to get a termite treatment! Why? Termite locations are more predictable as they overwinter together in fewer areas as they remain closer to their nest. In warmer months termites forage constantly spreading out in multiple directions and covering thousands of square feet. The closer termites are to their colony nest the quicker and more efficient products work in eliminating them from your home.
It's important to note that there is no such thing as a termite season. Termite swarmers are typically seen in our region during early and mid spring however, during winter months inspections are faster and easier along with targeted treatments by professionals. If unsure look for these signs:
With 2018 upon us, many are trying to determine a so-called New Year’s resolution to keep. Some of us choose lifestyle or dietary changes while others take a class or try something new to enhance their lives but, Gladhill Services wants you to consider something different this year. When thinking about home repairs and other household duties for this new year why not begin thinking about pest prevention first. Every task performed (or not) can make or break a pest problem inside and around your home.
IN THE PANTRY
There is nothing critters prefer more than crumbs on floors and shelving. No need to worry about ants and other pantry pests this year. Take proper preventative steps by putting a little time aside to clean up the pantry. Wipe the floor and shelves of your pantry this year and, make sure that all containers are properly sealed.
TEND YOUR FIREWOOD
A huge mistake us guys make is by stacking up the firewood right at or near to the house. Carpenter ants, spiders, earwigs, springtails, mites, borer insects, and termites flock to wood piles, where they are then carried right into the house. Start this year right by moving the woodpile away from the house and porch.
SEAl UP THE CRACKS
If you haven’t done this yet, make a resolution to do it now. As temperatures drop, rodents, in addition to insects, seek out warmth, and, from the tiniest of places. Seal up any and all cracks and crevices around the foundation while checking to ensure the doors and windows are tightly sealed.
PRONE TO PESTS?
After taking the top three preventive steps, remember to inspect your home for any signs of pest activity monthly. Gladhill Services recommends checking your attic, basement and exterior foundation walls each month. Even if you see just three critters crawling in the same month, contact us right away at 717-597-1040 Both insects and rodents reproduce quickly.
Before you grab that Christmas tree be sure it's not home to unwanted pests this holiday season.
Freshly cut Christmas trees not only liven the holiday spirit, they may be a direct way for insects, mites, and spiders to enter your home. When brought inside, some insects may remain on the inner trunk of the tree never being noticed but, others may come out to venture around your home once they feel warm temperatures inside. Most insects remain on the tree for winter hibernation while some may be attracted to light fixtures and windows. Following a few preventive steps can help ensure you won't introduce them into your home this holiday season.
Mechanical tree shakers
These are very useful in removing insects and nests from trees. If not done when purchasing your Christmas Tree, shake the tree vigorously before setting up inside for the holidays as this will serve the same purpose.
Bird nests, although considered decorative by some people, bird nests may contain mites and lice. Any nests should be removed by hand if not by mechanical or hand shaking.
Natural Aerosol sprays can be sprayed on the Christmas tree.
There are many useful and natural aerosol products you can easily find to spray directly into the tree. With having no residual and being natural, these products quickly repel any insect that may be hiding within your tree. Your tree will be safe to set up inside shortly after you spray them.
Vacuums work very well by removing insects that may collect on walls, floors or ceilings. Quickly remove nesting debris, eggs, cocoons and live insects this way.
A Christmas tree may be home to numerous structural, environmental and landscape pests like adelgids, wooly adelgids, aphids, bark beetles, mites, chiggers, ticks, fleas, praying mantids, scale insects, psocids, and spiders. The odds of finding all the listed pests on your Christmas tree this year is slim but, sometimes one or more may have made a home in it. So follow these holiday hacks to limit any pest problem this holiday season.
Mold thrives everywhere in the environment but, do you know what happens if it enters our body during cold and flu season?
Symptoms of Mold Sickness
As an irritant, symptoms from mold sickness are comparable to that of the common cold or even an allergy. Some of the symptoms experienced may be itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, itchy skin, and headache. If you notice these symptoms after entering a building repeatedly, the structure may have an issue with mold. Prolonged exposure to mold may cause symptoms to worsen. You may begin to experience constant headaches, weight loss, diarrhea, and vomiting. More serious effects caused from mold might be chronic fatigue, bronchitis and sinus infections along with short-term memory loss. If you experience any of these symptoms, see your physician immediately.
So, how do you know if you are being exposed to mold?
Mold is typically hidden deep inside walls or floors. Mold can be found in basements, HVAC ducts and behind cabinets. Mold results from moisture becoming trapped in these areas so it's best to get a professional inspection from Gladhill Services.
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Our team at Gladhill Services is thankful for helping all our customers. We are also thankful for the help we get from nature along the way. You should be thankful too because some of these common pests that help us may be helping you.
Spiders are one of the most beneficial pests in our homes. They spin webs where other insects can easily get caught up. Mosquitos, moths, beetles, stink bugs other spiders, gnats and other common household pests are eaten by spiders so it may be beneficial to leave a few hanging around in the basement or attic to help control insect populations. So, this year be sure to thank them for doing what comes natural.
Steeped in disgust and misunderstanding, skunks - minus their pungent odor - offer a natural approach to controlling the numbers of many small rodents and insects around your home. Skunks eat a variety of insects including grubs, grasshoppers and crickets along with mice and other critters that can damage your lawn and garden.
Silent in flight and mostly active during the night, owls prey upon snakes, rats, mice, rabbits, small birds as well as larger insects. Owls are extremely beneficial to have around the home so leave them be and feel honored to have them watching over your land. Firmly rooted in mythology, folklore and legend, owls are rare in some areas so if you see one feel blessed and be very thankful.
Like skunks, raccoons eat a large variety of insects and worms. While they can totally do a destructive number on trash cans, gardens and more, raccoons help to control rats, mice, squirrels and even snakes. So be thankful they are near (if they are.)
Like owls, birds help control massive populations of insects. The diet of your average bird is made up of worms, seeds and insects. A word of caution though: some birds like sparrows and starlings can leave droppings and carry mites that may be harmful to your health but more often than not birds are to be thanked for doing what comes natural to them.
As we made it through Halloween and into the time of giving thanks, bats must be understood as very beneficial mammals as their diet is made up of mostly insects. In one night bats can eat up to 1000 mosquitos so remain calm and give thanks for any near your home. On an important note, the population of bats, according to experts, that may be infected with rabies is less than 6%.
All in all, there is much to be thankful for in your home this year we hope. In the least, be thankful for nature and all her little helpers. For more information about pests and your health click here.
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We hear the dreadful stories of haunted happenings as the witching hour approaches. I have heard talk of mystery and murder in hundreds of homes throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. There is little doubt in my mind that many homes haven't held their share of mystery and fright over time. But, what if there was a logical explanation for those things considered haunted?
I spent countless hours watching Ghost Hunters, The Dead Files and other paranormal reality shows in hope of finding some evidence or proof that would better explain something I experienced in my old house. Today, I wish I did have an honest explanation for what I lived with for five years but I do not. I only have science to help separate fact from the supernatural fiction encompassing my mind. In other words, everything I saw on the shows was open to interpretation. I was skeptical about the recordings, readings and interpretations thereof until confronting something one day as I was climbing through an old 18th century attic.
The lady spoke of haunting tales. She told me about whispers around her, areas of the house that would drop in temperature, clawing sounds, ghostly visions of a woman late in the evening and much more that sent chills up and down my spine. She also complained of scratching in the walls and a possible creature she saw the shadow of just two days earlier. As I went to the attic I felt a certain unsettled feeling thinking about the strange things she spoke of but, I went up anyway.
The attic smelled of death and there were claw marks on the walls inside. I could hear whispers in the dark. What the hell was I getting involved with, I thought. The sun was setting and the last thing I wanted to do was stay - I wanted out and I wanted out now but suddenly the whispering stopped. I began hearing what sounded like a foot dragging from the dark end of the attic towards me. My heart started racing and just as I was about to leap down from the attic I saw it. Right out of the dark and into my line of sight was the largest raccoon I ever met face to face. Yep... a raccoon and two babies following behind momma. They were just as frightened of me as I was of them.
During my inspection, I found where they came in the house from - a large opening in the attic just above the wall void that was causing a rapid drop in temperature in the room below. The shadow the woman saw was in fact the mother raccoon bravely traveling in search of food and the claw marks were unmatched for the her babies making comfort in her attic. By the time chatter from the raccoons reached the airspace on the first level of the house it sounded like whispers to my customers ears. Easily misleading anyone not knowing better, the scratching in the walls were dozens of mice taking up a winter haven. And, the smell of death came from two dead crows near her attic entrance. Not easily found in the dark, I walked passed them on my initial entry. What of the ghostly vision of a woman? Well, that... I never could debunk. To this day, all my guys go to perform their regular pest control service in the morning. Our customer still reminds them of her haunting friend. So the next time you hear something go bump in the night relax. It may just be a mouse or small animal making their way inside for the winter or, maybe not. Perhaps mice are scratching inside the voids of your walls but, then again... maybe not. Maybe your house is in fact haunted. Let us know with your comment. In the least, give us a shot as we may be able to debunk your ghost. If we can't then, you're on your own.
Steeped in mythology and folklore, bats and rats have frightened people throughout history but, what about spiders? According to pest professionals, the days leading up to Halloween are highly active with spiders, rats and mice. "This is a critical time of year for the so-called creatures of the night, as they try to enter your home in search of a safe and warm winter haven," says Michael Brady, Manager of Operations and Director of Social Marketing for Gladhill Services.
Throughout history bats have been associated with supernatural forces and the occult. Improperly culturalized by their ability to navigate in total darkness and hunt at night, bats are extremely beneficial creatures and typically misunderstood. Removal and prevention is best left up to professionals as bats are mammals of an interesting kind. Since ancient times, bats have been considered signs of death, disease, and vampires. Activity in bat populations also become more apparent to people as the day's light shortens. So, no wonder these nocturnal and highly intelligent little creatures are commonly associated with the Halloween season.
Never swat or hit a bat with a broom or anything else. If you find a bat inside try to cover it with a towel, box or cloth and leave it alone until professional help arrives. Some species are endangered. For more information on bats click here
During the Middle Ages, it was believed rats had a sixth sense able to predict disaster, disease and even death. They played a crucial role in many plagues throughout history and have the ability to destroy stored products, contaminate grains and other major portions of our food supply. While bats are always beneficial to us and nature rats differ in they are disease vectors and destructive at times. It's important to remember that rats seek shelter from the winter months in homes and other structures making them a direct association to Halloween.
You can hear rats scratching inside the walls or clawing floor boards up in the attic during the middle of night.
In fact, many paranormal investigators find nothing more than rats when searching for ghosts and other paranormal activity. Learn more about the Haunting truth about pest control.
Spiders, throughout history and among numerous cultures have typically been associated with good luck, the creation of the world and universe, and healing. From Witches to the American Indians and back to the ancient Romans, spiders have never been depicted or associated with anything negative. Far from the truth so I ask why is it that spiders are commonly scene in decorations, horror, and anything frightening for that matter? The answer lies in the dead... what? True. During the medieval period it was thought that if someone saw a spider on Hallows Eve it was the spirit of a dead loved one watching over them.
Are there dangers in raking leaves?
From ticks to snakes, dangers may be hidden inside your leaf piles this fall.
As kids, we jumped in piles of leaves that seemed larger than life. As adults, raking leaves into piles is a chore we would rather do without. Be it an autumn chore or natural fun - there may be dangers lurking in those piles. Most insects you find in leaf piles are harmless but, some may not be.
Spiders prey on all types of insects - many of them get raked into piles of leaves. Most spiders are harmless but, brown recluse and black widow spiders may pose harm to you or the kids. Wear gloves when disposing of fallen leaves to avoid a potential bite. Black widows can typically be found near wood so it's natural for trees and fallen leaves to possibly harbor them.
When it comes to snakes most would quickly slither away from activity but, copperheads blend into the leaves well. In defense or mistakenly, copperheads may strike when disturbed so be cautious if piles of leaves have been left go overnight. It's best to dispose of leaves as you rake them into piles.
You may believe that as temperatures fall ticks wouldn't be of concern but, they are. Deer ticks transmit Lyme disease if they attach themselves to you and go undetected for some time. Leaf piles can become a refuge for these ticks and other types. Wear long sleeved and bright colored shirts, hoodies and pants to protect yourself. Ticks usually prefer taller grass and thick brush to hide in so keep your lawn trimmed and remove any dense foliage from plants. This will go a long way in helping to prevent ticks in your leaf piles.
Aggressive predators, centipedes love leaf litter and this means piles of leaves. Centipedes live and remain mostly at ground level making them the ultimate potential hazard in piles of leaves. Some species are venomous can can deliver a painful bite that may cause an allergic reaction in some people. Again, wear gloves to avoid harm.
It is best to rake leaves into piles then immediately bag them up and put out for removal. By removing fallen leaves this way you are taking the proper steps to avoid potentially harmful situations. Prevention of pests goes a long way. For further questions or concerns about pests problems this fall call Gladhill Services at 717-597-1040.
If you haven't ever felt unwelcome in your own home you will with a bed bug infestation! BED BUGS are probably the most feared pest in recent years. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night to find bed bugs feeding on you. Worse yet, think about trying to go to sleep at night with the thought of your kids being fed on. Could you even walk into your own house knowing bed bugs are hiding somewhere just waiting for you to fall asleep? Living in a home with bed bugs is certainly no way for anyone to live.
Over the years I have spoken to our customers, listened carefully, and truly felt their fears with them. By far, the one thing I have heard from everyone is how quickly we brought them peace of mind. By following bed bug prevention guidelines and hiring a professional at the first sign is the most effective way to ensure a good night’s sleep. Feeling safe and secure in your home is essential for optimum wellness in your life.
A bed bug infestation isn’t just an inconvenience for you and your family or an unexpected expense – they can provoke a psychological impact on you for a long time. So, if you're worried about the cost, health risks, or the lack of sleep, give us a call so we can bring you the peace of mind you deserve. Let Gladhill Services check out the situation for you and determine the best way to handle it.
Crickets will save your life and the environment soon!
If you haven't heard by now crickets are the future of food and not just as a snack. Turns out crickets are high in protein and packed full of nutrients. In addition to being a healthy food choice, they are sustainable and environmental-friendly to produce as a food over any other meat manufactured. Crickets are beginning to emerge in our food supply everywhere. You can find cricket meal and flour. You can have fried, dipped or dried crickets as a tasty snack. You can choose from cricket granola or have them as a trail mix with brown sugar and maple.
After hearing the truth about crickets I decided to try them for myself. All I can say is I welcome them into our future. I tried the simple and plain salted crickets as a snack and honestly... they tasted just like a saltine cracker.
Centipedes and millipedes are certainly considered two of the most revered household pests with their long slender bodies and numerous legs, and, how they suddenly appear out of nowhere. Centipedes can move quickly while most millipedes take their time but, how can you tell the difference between the two? And, can either bite or sting?
Can Either Bite?
Centipedes do not bite or sting! But, if provoked centipedes will pinch. It is important to know that centipedes are venomous creatures able to inject their venom by way of scratching with their front legs. The venom is typically weak but comparable to that of a bees sting for some of us.
Millipedes are actually less threatening, not venomous, and will more than likely curl up into a ball in defense.
Differences between millipedes and centipedes:
Centipedes have one set of legs per each body segment, and millipedes have two.
Centipedes have long antennae while millipedes have shorter.
Along with antennae, centipedes have long legs allowing them to move quickly than millipedes.
Symptoms of a Centipede Pinch
According to the United States Library of Health Medicine, the 3 most common symptoms of a centipede pinch are:
Did you know their buzz can be heard a mile away, and that some of them can live for 17 years? While they do not bite or sting and they don't destroy crops like locusts, what's that obnoxious buzz all about?
I Am Cicada
Only heard in the eastern woodlands of the United States, cicadas live a lifespan from 4 to 17 years. As larvae, cicadas live most of their lives underground until they emerge for a period of 2-6 weeks as adults. There are two distinct types of cicada - the annual and the periodical. Interestingly enough, all periodical cicadas emerge from the ground at the same time in one location. Depending on species, the emergence can happen every 13 or every 17 years. On the other hand, there are Annual cicadas which emerge year after year from late June to August.
Periodical cicadas can have green or red eyes while the annual cicadas typically are found having black.
What do cicadas eat?
Not to be confused with locusts, cicadas do not cause a loss in crops or vegetation of any kind. Cicadas feed on plant juices when below the ground but upon emerging adult cicadas do not eat at all.
So, why the buzzing?
The buzzing sound cicadas make is for one thing only - to attract other cicadas. Male cicadas create the dramatic and whirling buzz to attract more males, as well as females, to an area for the single purpose of mating. After mating, females deposit eggs in slits they cut along branches then die. Once the eggs hatch, the orphaned cicadas go down into the ground all to emerge in 4-17 years. As for the annual cicadas, obviously, they return again year after year. An interesting insect to say the least!
We hear it all the time. "I'm getting bit by something." "I have fleas!" "I got bed bugs." "My legs are getting bit up." More often than not there are no fleas or bed bugs biting at your legs. In fact, you might not be getting bit at all. Meet the Springtail...
I Am Springtail
Springtails are tiny little critters minding their own business but will invade areas of your home or office. Chances are if you go outside to smoke, walk, or just sit near a window you have encountered these itty, bitty boogers. Since there are numerous species of springtails in our region let's just stick to springtails for now. Springtails love moisture therefore they typically live in environments where leaf litter and soil are slightly damp. Springtails enjoy eating fungus and such. Springtails get their name from the shape of their abdomen and what they can do with it. Like a diving board, springtails can launch themselves into the air a few centimeters on each bound.
When most people find springtails in their home they mistakenly believe they are fleas or some other insect that bites. Not the case at all! So you can feel safe now knowing springtails do not bite or dig themselves under your skin. In fact, they aren't really known for causing skin irritations.
Since they love moist conditions and they can be found in all parts of the world, even at the highest elevations, springtails are the largest population of tiny insects making them difficult to control or prevent. Seek out damp areas in and around your home. Eliminating moisture is the most important step towards preventing them. Pesticide in the formulation of dust and liquid will probably be needed in the smallest of cracks and crevices. Springtails breathe through their cuticle making them very sensitive to water. With this in mind they will avoid wet applications of pesticide you buy retail. Sure, you'll kill on contact but most of their population will quickly jump away from your efforts all to return upon drying.
You will most likely find springtail populations in your basement, kitchen or bathroom. Newly constructed homes and structures typically have springtail infestations due to damp or wet construction material. Population control should be left to the professionals but, you can always give it a shot DIY.
Can't get rid of springtails?
If you've tried eliminating springtails from your home or office without success give us a call and we can help. These tiny critters can be found in all parts of the world and can be very difficult to get under control sometimes. It's ok to throw in that proverbial towel and get help. 1-717-597-1040. Ask for Holly, Breanna or Cynthia and they will gladly help.
A swarm of gnats can be frustrating especially when your trying to enjoy nature or a backyard picnic. When a swarm of gnats are observed from a distance the result is cinematic but, when you're caught up within the swarm it's not so enjoyable. So, just why do gnats swarm in the first place, and is it even possible to keep them away?
I Am Gnat
The terms, gnat, and midge are used to describe numerous small, biting and non-biting insects. The list includes, sand flies, phorid flies, black gnats, fungus gnats, fruit flies, and buffalo gnats. Truth is gnats only live about one month and in this short life span they only have enough time to mate and lay their eggs. Many don't even feed during this time.
A Gnats Likes
For the gnat species that do feed during their life cycle, sweet scents and fruity odors are major influencers in determining where they will swarm. Fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and even some flower beds are common places gnats congregate to form swarms. As you open and close the doors and windows to your house, gnats may find their way inside as they are attracted to ripening fruits, sweet scented veggies, and organic food matter. For the ladies to remember, gnats are especially attracted to scented shampoos, conditioners, skin creams, and soaps used for bathing and such. Gnats typically swarm around your face due to these scented products.
Ever wonder why gnats usually fly right into your eyes or land on your lips?
It's because they love heat and moisture too.
Both inside and out, gnats spawn in wet areas. Even moist soil is a breeding ground for certain types of gnats. Inside your kitchen and bathroom, and if gnats make their way inside, can fly into the drains and begin breeding. Before you know it and without warning you'll have a ghost - what many professionals refer to a gnat swarm by.
Keeping Gnats Away
Below you will find 3 steps that will help rid both inside and outside of your home from swarming gnats. Nature is nature with it's weather so remain calm and follow the 3 steps outlined to begin minimizing any swarms you may currently have. In no time at all, you'll begin to witness a reduction in swarming behavior.
1. Keep areas clean
Don’t allow fruits, candies or even ripening veggies to accumulate in your kitchen too long. Artificial sweeteners and sweet drinks left to sit out will be a lure for gnats to swarm. Clean any food or drinks that spill and keep lids sealed on all trash cans.
2. Eliminate moisture
Gnats love moisture and wet areas - this is where they breed so eliminate areas of moisture by preventing water from collecting around your home. This includes areas like your spouting and gutters, pet bowls, and birdbaths.. Any plumbing leaks should be repaired as quickly as possible.
3. Trap current gnats
You can try capturing gnats using a simple and homemade gnat trap with a mixture of red wine (or vinegar,) and dish soap. Mix the wine and soap in a bowl and set it out in an area where gnats are active. More often than not, gnats will land in the mix and due to surface tension of the soap will usually drown. Depending on the type of gnat the success of this method will vary.
If you find that your problem is too much to handle alone, or you just want a professional services to begin with, give Gladhill Services a shout for some help. 1-717-597-1040
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Camping is all about getting lost and intimate with nature so, don't let a few bugs ruin your trip. Here you will learn the 6 most common outdoor pests campers encounter and 7 tips to help ensure a great outdoor experience.
You get lost in the wild for a reason. But some outdoor insects can make your camping trip more irritating than peaceful. If swatting bugs wasn't irritating enough, think about how some insects could bite leaving you with harmful and life-long effects. Have fun and enjoy your time outdoors without insects taking over your campsite eliminating that peace of your natural bliss. Before you pack all that gear and head outdoors this summer, be prepared to prevent and reduce your worry.
6 Insects You Will Encounter When Camping
Planning to get into the wild this summer? When packing your camping gear, s'mores, and other campsite delights, batteries and sleeping bags be prepared to face several insects that want exactly what you have. Face it, when you begin sleeping under the stars you’re sure to invite a few more friends you typically don't sleep with at home. Some of these insects will steal a little bit of food while others may want to feed on you. Here are 6 common insects that campers usually face when getting back to what's real, as well as 7 tips for helping you during your getaway.
7 Tips to Help You Enjoy Camping This Summer
1. Clothing- Not an Option
You should wear long sleeves, pants and light-colored clothing when camping as this will help cover skin insects would bite. Light colored clothing makes it easier to spot ticks also. When hiking through dense woods or tall grass remain in the middle of trails stopping periodically to check for ticks.
2. Take Bug Repellent
When using bug repellents follow the manufacturer's directions. If applied properly insect repellent won't kill insects - it sends them off in another direction.
If your pets come along, be sure to consult with a veterinarian about tick and heartworm prevention.
3. Avoid Insect Habitats
Avoid camping near pooled water, marshes and ponds with stagnant water. This is a mosquito habitat with plenty of gnats, no se ups, midges and ticks. Look for an area close but not too close for your safety and enjoyment.
4. Pay Attention
Nature is home to thousands of bugs and other creatures all trying to make their way in life. When we share their natural environment don't get too upset with them as they are trying to live too. Just keep an eye out for ant mounds, beehives, spider webs and such. Keep an ear to the wind for buzzing sounds. If heard, locate the nest and set up camp further away from it.
5. Secure Tents & Gear
For the most part, your tent is zipped up and secure but, bugs find their way in at times. If you keep food in your tent then expect more bugs. During the night try keeping food in your vehicle if possible. Secure all openings before turning down for the night. And, more importantly you can spray the exterior base of your tent with an approved insect spray to help prevent unwanted visitors from getting in.
6. Take A First-Aid Kit
Tweezers come in handy for removing ticks, splinters and thorns. The Center for Disease Control says stocking a health kit when traveling with, anti-itch ointment for bites and stings is a good thing to do. If anyone on your camping trip has a history of severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis, the CDC also recommends carrying epinephrine auto-injectors.
7. Store & Secure Food
Keep all food sealed tightly in containers and keep up off of the ground - especially during the night. Use coolers inside tents, hang trash from a tree, and discard all trash in a proper receptacle. Do this for your safety and enjoyment along with protecting others and the environment.
Got moths in your closet? Finding your clothes damaged? Ever wonder why it's happening? If you answered yes to these questions then, this post will tell you how to end it all once and for all.
Ever opened up your closet to find tiny holes or cuts in that favorite shirt or sweater? If so, you most likely have clothes moths taking up residence. Obviously, this is a problem but just what can you do to eliminate clothes moths from the closet? First we need to understand the true nature of clothes moths and in this post we are going to educate you about them so you can begin saving your wardrobe.
Why are moths in Your Closet?
There are two main types of moths that can damage your clothing - the webbing clothes moth and the casemaking clothes moth.
The most important thing to remember is the adult moths you see flying around do not damage clothing. The larvae do the damage as they feed on natural fibers readily supplied to them in your wardrobe.
Unlike most species of moths being attracted to light, the webbing and casemaking clothes moths prefer the dark. Another reason these tiny moths find refuge in your closet is due to the fact their larvae need keratin to develop, which is a protein found in your skin, hair, and fingernails. This same protein is found in natural fibers derived from animals including silk, leather, feathers, furs and... wool!
The females lay eggs on keratin-rich materials so their larvae have plenty of food to grow. Webbing's moth larvae spin feeding tunnels to travel through as they feed on clothing. The tunnels are usually the same color as the material making up the clothing they feed on. Casemaking moth larvae are named accordingly as they carry with them a tiny case as they feed. Again, this case is typically the same color as the material they eat. Due to the size and color of the tunnels and cases, the larvae of each type of moth is almost impossible to find.
Preventing Clothes Moths
Cedar: Small blocks of cedar wood work mildly to repel clothes moths but do nothing for the larvae. Once the presence of larvae is gone be sure to sand the blocks of cedar every two-three months, or wet the surface to release the aromatic repellent within the wood.
Cleaning: Before stowing away clothing for the summer or winter, wash or dry clean clothes according to the manufacturer to kill any larvae present. Storing clothes in a plastic container helps prevent the spread as well. Another option is to place articles of clothing in plastic bags and freeze for 10 days. This will kill larvae too. A final step in cleaning as a preventive measure is vacuuming all areas, including cracks and crevices, inside your closet.
Storage: To prevent larvae from getting back into clothing, storage containers must be airtight. Airtight storage containers lined with cotton work well for seasonal storage.
When to Call An Expert
If larvae from these moths are causing serious damage to your clothing and are found in more than one closet, you should contact a pest professional. Gladhill Services offers several plans to fit your budget and personal needs. Understand that moth larvae aren’t the only household pests that can damage clothing or infest closets. Carpet beetles and other insects can do this too. If uncertain which insect is damaging your clothes just ask Gladhill Services to check it out for free.
Moths are mostly nocturnal creatures and some beautiful but, most people enjoy them when they remain outside. Sometimes the occasional invader might fly inside the home by accident and frantically try to find their way back out amid the interior lighting. But, many people feel differently when certain moths make their way inside the home, especially when one moth turns into several in less than a week. Soon your pantry and kitchen becomes garden like so, then what?
Common Pantry Moths
If you have moths in your pantry or kitchen, good chance they’re one of these two types:
Indian meal Moth The body of these tiny moths are white with copper-like spotting on their front wings. Females deposit eggs in food. The larvae hatch then tunnel through food making their way out to then form cocoons. Indian meal moths are very slow fliers and are typically seen resting on ceilings or walls.
Mediterranean Flour Moths While they are the same size, Mediterranean flour moths front wings are pale gray with some spotting. After the eggs are deposited and hatched, the larvae spin silk feeding tubes. The mediterranean flour moth flies in a zigzag pattern.
Where do Moths Come From?
Both moths are readily found during each stage of food production. From packaging to retail these two insects can infest almost any type of packaged food product, including flour, cereal, chocolate, beans, dried fruits, birdseed, and pet food. Additionally, you may unwittingly purchase interior or holiday décor that is already infested.
How to Eliminate Pantry Moths?
When trying to eliminate these household pests the first step is to contain any food that may be infested.
Follow these simple steps if you find moths in your pantry or kitchen:
I think it's safe to assume that nobody anywhere enjoys the company of mosquitoes. Fact is there is no getting around mosquitoes transmitting serious and at times, deadly diseases. Zika, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, and West Nile virus are each delivered by the bite of mosquitos. Dogs and cats, along with all animals are at risk of mosquito-borne diseases, and heartworms, but, sometimes the annoying buzzing isn't a mosquito. For the untrained eye it may be difficult to tell the difference between mosquitoes and other, harmless critters.
Let's take a look at a mosquito and two other insects typically mistaken for a mosquito – the midge and crane fly.
I am mosquito
Female adult mosquitos bite since they require a blood for reproduction. Male mosquitos are completely harmless while spending the day feeding on nectar from flowers like the bees and butterflies do. So, if an insect that looks like the one above lands on and bites it's a mosquito. Take a good look at the picture below and notice the feathery antennae. A midge may land on you too but will not bite.
I am midge
A midge looks similar to that of a mosquito, however, midges do not bite nor, do they transmit diseases. Typically, you will see midges swarming in the sunlight. Unlike mosquitos, midges are attracted to lights on porches and patios. The piles of dead "mosquitoes" you find under your bug zapper and around the exterior lights of your house are actually harmless midges and not mosquitos.
To recap, midges and crane flies do look much like mosquitos but are harmless and attracted to light. The best protection against mosquitos is to wear insect repellent and reduce areas of standing water around your home. For more information about mosquitos and prevention check this out.
Not to bust your summer fun or time on the beach but... our number one bug for the summer is the sand flea. Otherwise known of as a sand hopper, these tiny little creatures are actually crustaceans. Due to their ability to inflict irritating bites, the name "sand flea" is often used to describe a wide variety of insects like midges, biting gnats, flies and your typical flea. With each of these insects, the aftereffects of their bites are similar leaving itchy, red welts that can, well... make for a memorable vacation.
Where do sand fleas live?
Sand fleas can easily be found on beaches along Atlantic coastal areas and marshes, but can also be found in the desert as well. Before you get too worried relax because truth is sand fleas will never really come home with you from vacation. Unlike bed bugs, they prefer their ocean view habitat. Now, before you get too relaxed know that the female sand flea has the ability to burrow under your skin to lay her eggs.
How to Avoid Sand Fleas
What To Do When Bitten?
According to the National Institute of Health, if bitten by sand fleas avoid scratching. While extremely rare for the female to deposit her eggs in your skin, look after bites and if you find a black center to one consult your physician immediately.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are not sure what's biting you, it may be best to call a pest management professional like Gladhill Services to help you identify the cause of the problem. But, above all else get out there this summer and have fun. Enjoy your time off work and enjoy the beach while being aware of what might be trying to bite.
As you head out on vacation this year be careful not to bring bed bugs home with you. Learn how to protect yourself wherever you go this summer with our free guide.
Most of us head out of town during the summer and travel off to a stress-free destination for some long over due time off. Whether you’re headed off to the beach or a mountain lake, to another country or remain in the U.S., remain aware of bed bugs.
Bed bugs are masters at hitchhiking and may infest five-star hotels, planes and vacation homes, along with everything in between. Rest assured that while bed bugs don’t spread disease, they can inflict itchy swollen welts. And who wants to spend their vacation time digging at their flesh or making an unexpected trip to Urgent care?
I am often asked: can you actually see bed bugs? The answer is yes, you can! The adult bed bugs are about a 1/4-inch long by roughly an 1/8-inch wide. Bed bugs are a reddish brown in color, but may appear more red after feeding. Bed bug nymphs,(or young) are visible as well, but hard to see as they are smaller - about 1/32 inch.
The last thing you want to do is bring bed bugs home back from vacation with you! I have been told over and again about how horrible people have felt after taking bed bugs from a hotel to a friend or relative’s house. While it's not really your fault, we definitely encourage everyone to take these steps to vacation bed bug-free.
By following these simple steps you can easily enjoy your vacation this year without worry of bed bugs keeping you up in your hotel room at night. You need to relax and have as much fun as possible so what are you waiting for? Have a great vacation!
What do bed bug bites look like?
In recent years, Bed Bugs have developed a reputation for becoming pests that only infest filthy homes and cheap hotels. While cluttered homes that are never cleaned, run down hotels, and improperly maintained housing complexes are common places to find bed bugs, the conditions of these places are not what typically attracts bed bugs.
Truth is bed bug infestations have been discovered in the cleanest of homes, in the most well kept of hotels, and in the most expensive housing communities. The main determining factor in a bed bugs ability to thrive is its ability to hide in the tiniest of cracks. So even if you keep your home spotless and uncluttered, there’s still a chance bedbugs may enter.
Here's a little secret though: when a bud bug enters your home the chances of you finding it early increases as you clean, flip your mattress, dust behind the headboard and so forth. But, remember, bed bugs hide in the tiniest of places so even when cleaning you can easily miss it.
For more information about bed bugs follow our blog as we present new DIY practices, tips and insights each week.
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When it comes to household insects most are of little concern. Unless, that is, you fear them. With only a handful of household pests actually being capable of harming you, it's good to know which ones you should be cautious of. For multiple reasons, people may fear ants or spiders in general. Some might freak out at the mere sight of a cockroach or silverfish scurrying through the pages of an old book that hasn't been open in years. Even though most insects cannot hurt you in any way, people fear them. As with anything, knowledge and insight fosters a greater understanding and thus this post. As a pest professional, I have spent more time over the years educating the public about insects than preventing or eliminating them. Fact is, insects serve a purpose and killing them is not always the way to go about resolving your fears. Instead, pest prevention is vital for not only their survival but, in limiting the frightful feelings you may experience when coming face to face with one. I have created the top 5 most dangerous insects to have inside your home.
Why are you seeing ants in your house?
Ants, big or small, will enter your house through the tiniest of crack and crevices. No home is completely safe from them! Even with monthly pest prevention, ants may end up breaching your home’s professional pest barrier. Pest control experts agree that to date, there is no one single explanation for ants entering the home showing little to no effects from pesticide applications. Until further research can explain how ants are capable of this feat here are some of the more common needs of ants that may bring them into your house on what many professional consider a suicide mission.
Ants are fascinating creatures - they live in colonies continuously overcoming and adapting themselves to all environments. Ants - regardless of species - do not interfere with other nearby ant colonies. Like shepherds tending sheep, black carpenter ants will herd aphids protecting them from rain and harsh weather. This is because the ants feed on their feces, which is very sweet and commonly called honeydew. Aphids, if let go, may cause certain plant species in your garden to turn black with a sooty-like substance on the leaves. This is the honeydew. The carpenter ants collect and feed off of this sooty mess keeping plants clean and free of any soot-like feces. The aphids and ants together perform a symbiotic relationship to benefit you, your garden and nature itself. Ant mounds in your garden should be considered a blessing since they aerate the soil for your plants to grow well.
So, why am I telling you all this?
Well... because I want you to have a clear understanding of what you are up against when it comes to ants entering your home. In the garden, you may not want to disturb ants as they continue protecting the natural environment around your home. But, when they breach your personal threshold and begin scurrying around your countertops and kitchen floors then, it may be time to call your bug guy back.
First, don't get mad at him or her thinking they didn't do their job. This isn't the case most likely. Your pest professional will be the first to tell you that ants have the ability to accomplish this. Before anything can be applied for the control of ants, your professional must consider several things. First, the type of ant must be considered, then, the location of the colony in relation to the area of their activity. Where ants are currently active inside the home is another aspect of ant control that must be considered. Do you have children or pets? Once these aspects are thoughtfully considered it is then, and only then, a solution may be applied. Sometimes ants feed on sugary foods while other times during the year these same colonies may need protein-based foods. Some ants are called sweet-feeding because they are commonly found in the kitchen only foraging for water and sugar left behind on floors and counters.
Professionals in the pest industry must incorporate several types of control. Exclusion, baiting, granular, and liquid applications may all be needed at different times to fully eradicate an ant colony. If you do not have a professional service for ants then there are a few things you can consider at home and try yourself. DIY ant control is possible.
Eliminating Ants In Your Home
You can follow three simple rules in DIY ant control.
Ants may still find their way into your home as they forage for food. This doesn't mean you have an infestation of ants or that a colony is nearby. Ants roam from sun up to sun down in search of what they need. Sometimes they may cross into your home and never return unless that is... you leave something for them behind.
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