Bugs and You: Cockroaches, Flies, and other nasty pests
It may not seem commonplace to throw your food away if a fly lands on it—rather, most people will swipe at the fly to get it to go away, and then continue eating. What you are about to read may change your mind about whether or not that is what you choose to do.
All flies carry pathogens, mass amounts of bacteria, and disgusting habits that spread those microscopic dangers anywhere they land. When we speak of yellow fever, dengue fever, or typhoid fever, dysentery, malaria, and encephalitis, then a fly is involved in getting the organisms that cause those diseases to the victim. Biting flies and house flies alike, big problems can be caused by letting these insects hang around. The house fly is related to the above-mentioned diseases as well as anthrax and conjunctivitis! None of these diseases are enjoyable, and some of them are lethal. How often do you consider potential exposure to these diseases before you let your children eat after a fly lands on their food?
Let our professionals at Canton Termite and Pest Control help you deal with these pests! Call today at 770-479-1598. Now even though gnats may not be what you consider to be a fly, they pose similar threats, though less severe in ways. As stated in an article written earlier in the year for Canton Termite and Pest Control, you can have an infestation of several species, ranging from black gnats to fungus gnats, and their associated larvae. Depending on the species, gnats can post not just an annoyance to your family and friends, but a danger to your well-being. Particularly, female black gnats feed on blood, and can transmit multiple diseases to animals and humans alike.
Gnats will populate at a high rate, and their swarms will cause harm to anyone around them if they bite. When you consider the problems that gnats cause beyond simply irritation and even danger to your family, there is a host of issues that will present themselves. The first of these is what fungus gnats can do to plants. When a plant is repetitively overwatered, this is a good location for fungus gnats to lay their eggs. These eggs hatch quickly, and the larvae will feed on the plant itself. This will cause acute harm to the plant and eventually death, if the gnats are not dealt with, and this problem will repeat itself if standing water continues to be available to the adult fungus gnats for laying eggs. Due to the speed of their reproduction, fungus gnats
can pose a threat to any kind of plant, whether they are decorative or edible plants. It is important to consult and/or bring in a professional to respond to gnat infestations of any sort because of the danger that the gnats will pose to plants, animals and humans. If you are worried about what gnats might be in your home and how to deal with them, call us today! I will mention one more bug and be done—cockroaches. Cockroaches are a well-known pest in America, are often used to represent filth and uncleanliness in a variety of media. What was previously considered just to be a smelly, unpleasant bug is now seen as a clear threat to human health.
Cockroaches quite often are the cause of allergic reactions in people with a predisposed allergy to the bug, causing dangerous asthmatic attacks to occur just from walking into a home or room. Cockroaches also are associated with gradual allergy development, meaning that you can become allergic if you are continually exposed to the bugs in your home! Children are especially vulnerable to this because they spend more time indoors, on the floor, etc. If a child obtains an allergy from being in an infested home, they will begin to have asthma attacks of increasing severity.
This can absolutely be life-threatening, and needs to be dealt with immediately. The allergies may not be able to be changed, but you can rid your home of the cockroaches by calling a professional at Canton Termite and Pest Control today! Cherokee County is known to have cockroach infestations in some homes simply due to t
he population of cockroaches in the area, so if you think yours might be one of those homes, then call us immediately, even if you aren’t sure! We can do a thorough inspection and ensure protection of your home and, more importantly, you and your family.
If you would like more information about cockroaches, flies, or gnats, then refer to other pages of Canton Termite and Pest Control’s website for detailed descriptions of each pest! If you have wildlife problems such as raccoons, squirrels, bats, snakes, or others, then access our wildlife website for more information on those pests! In either case, Canton Termite and Pest Control is dedicated to quality service in the area you need, when you need it. Have a blessed day!
— This article was authored by Tim McWhirter Jr., Owner of Canton Termite and Pest Control
Call Tim today at 770-479-1598
We celebrate a lot of events in April. Birthdays occur, spring is upon us, school is almost out, Easter eggs pop up in the yard, and some celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday! April is quite an interesting month, no? This fourth month of the year also hosts National Pest Management Month. Throughout the rest of the year there is Termite Awareness Week, Bed Bug Awareness Week, and Rodent Awareness Week. Combined, all of these events provide great stimulus for education on pest management for your family and community.
According to the National Pest Management Association,
“The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management Month, an observance that has been taking place for more than 30 years. National Pest Management Month honors the professional pest control industry for playing a key role in protecting both health and property from significant pest-borne threats.
‘The NPMA is pleased to have the opportunity to publicly recognize the important work that pest professionals do every day during National Pest Management Month,’ says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. ‘In honor of National Pest Management Month, the NPMA is dedicated to raising public awareness about the risks posed by household pests and encouraging homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent pest infestations in their homes and properties.’
Pest such as termites, rodents and carpenter ants can cause extensive property damage by chewing through walls, flooring and even electrical wiring. Other pests, including ticks, mosquitoes, cockroaches and stinging insects pose health threats to humans. Ticks can spread Lyme disease, while mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus. Cockroach allergens can trigger asthma attacks, while stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year.
During April, the NPMA recommends that homeowners follow these tips to prevent pest infestations:
Seal up cracks and small openings along the foundation of the house.
Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
Keep kitchens clean by wiping counters and emptying the garbage frequently.
Keep all food containers sealed.
Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods of time.
Keep trash containers clean and sealed, both indoors and outdoors.
Screen windows and doors.
If you see signs of pests or suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional.” (www.Pestworld.org)
Margaret Ely of the Washington Post has this to say about National Pest Management Month:
“It’s no reason to celebrate, but the National Pest Management Association has deemed April as National Pest Management Month. And for good reason: Early spring is swarming termite season, when young adult termites emerge en masse. Jim Fredericks, director of technical services for the association, said the “swarmer’s” surface to mate, form their own colonies and feed.
‘There will be thousands of termites in a colony,’ Fredericks said. ‘You never know how many are feeding on your house.’ “ (www.washingtonpost.com)
As mentioned above, April is a time in which bugs and animals will thrive, reproduce, and swarm any areas they can find food and shelter. Particularly, April is a good time to have a professional come out and check your house for termites and other infesting insects. If you need someone to check your house for termites or any other kind of bug, call us at Canton Termite and Pest Control at 770-479-1598 today!
When you consider the amount of activity your family will probably take part in during the warmer months of the year, it becomes almost inevitable that someone will get stung or bitten by an insect. If you need information on how to respond to bugs of all kinds around your home, and perhaps learn more about the bugs themselves, then find that information on our website at www.Cantongeorgiapestcontrol.com
Want to know more about Termite Awareness Week? From March 13th-19th, there is a huge focus termites and how they impact your community. If you want to learn more about termites, then go to our website (hyperlinked above) and read about the most common species of termites in the southeast! You will tend to find Subterranean termites, which cause BILLIONS of dollars in damage to homes every year!
The next week that is focused on is Bed Bug Awareness Week, from June 5th-11th. . A single pregnant bed bug can produce an entire infestation in a matter of weeks. The general lifespan can produce an adult bed bug in as briefly as two months, with each phase of their life cycle up to that point lasting about a week. The adult bed bug can live for around 300 days with a good food supply, amply supplied by human donors or pets. If you need to know more about bed bugs, then go to our website or call at 770-479-1598! We would be happy to come and do a free 58-point pest analysis! We provide service throughout zip codes of 30115, 30114, 30183, and 30107 and around these areas.
To learn more about National Pest Management Month, go to the websites below!
The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/termites-and-national-pest-management-month/2013/04/16/7fdc60ba-9e10-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html
Eastern Subterranean Termite Inspection and control
Subterranean termites are a species of termite that is the most widely seen in all of America. Higher concentrations of the subterranean termite population will be found in the southeast region, which of course includes Georgia. This article will provide you with beneficial information about the subterranean termite.
Subterranean termites will definitely be most active in warm weather, swarming in the spring or at any point in time where rain warms the soil and moistens it dramatically. They will continue to reproduce as long as they are not hibernating, which, if they are protected from extreme cold and other elements, may never occur. Termites devour anything containing cellulose, which ranges from wood to art canvases. The subterranean termite species causes BILLIONS of dollars in damage per year, and will affect more houses and other buildings in high-activity areas. According to the University of California’s Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program,
“Subterranean termites are common throughout California and can be found infesting fallen trees, stumps, or other dead wood in contact with the soil in the forest, landscape, or structural lumber in our houses. The species of economic importance are within the genera Reticulitermes, Heterotermes, and Coptotermes. Other genera of subterranean termites found in California are mostly restricted to the desert areas in the southeastern corner of the state and are generally not important pests.
The most common subterranean termites, Reticulitermes, can be encountered in nearly all regions of the state, from the sand dunes of the coast to the upper elevations of the mountain ranges and even in some of the desert areas. The species of Reticulitermes are the most destructive termites found in California. They are small in size compared to dampwood and drywood termites, but mature colonies can contain hundreds of thousands of individuals.
Reproductive winged forms of subterranean termites are dark brown to brownish-black with brownish-gray wings. On warm, sunny days following fall or spring rains, swarms of reproductives may be seen emerging en masse from their underground nests. Soldiers are wingless with light caramel-colored bodies and long, narrow amber-colored heads with no eyes. Workers are slightly smaller than reproductives, wingless, and have a shorter head than soldiers; their color is similar to that of soldiers.
In the Sonoran Desert of southeastern California, Heterotermes aureus is the most destructive species of subterranean termites. This species has light-brown winged forms that fly in the early evening and are attracted to lights. Another destructive species in this group, the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus, is native to China but now established in California, thus far restricted to a small area near San Diego. Unlike the native Reticulitermes but similar to Heterotermes, Formosan subterranean termites swarm at dusk and are attracted to lights.
Termite colonies are self-perpetuating. When the colony is composed of a large number of individuals, often thousands, a small percentage of individuals develop into winged reproductives (alates or swarmers) that then leave the nest, flying in swarms to mate, disperse, and establish new colonies. Most of these reproductives perish during the flight due to predation by birds, lizards, ants, or other insects. The time of day and year when flights occur varies with species and geographic location. Reticulitermes species swarms during the afternoon in either spring or fall on clear days after a soaking rain. Heterotermes aureus flies in the late afternoon or early evening in July, August, and September. Coptotermes formosanus, although rare in California, flies in the late evening and is attracted to lights. In buildings with heated basements, termites occasionally fly inside during winter.
New kings and queens are winged during their early adult life and generally fly less than 100 meters from their colony. Once they land on the ground they find a mate and begin the search for a nest site. A colony begins when a mated pair constructs a small underground chamber, which they enter and seal. Soon afterward mating occurs and the female begins laying eggs.
Most species of termites have microscopic one-celled organisms, called protists, within their intestines that help in converting otherwise indigestible cellulose from wood into food for the colony. Both the king and queen feed the young on predigested food, thereby transferring these intestinal protists until the new brood is able to feed themselves. Once workers are produced, the king and queen are fed by them and cease feeding on wood.
Surprisingly, termites can be long lived; queens and kings can have a life span of a decade or more, while individual workers can live for one to several years.”
If you have a need for a pest control professional to provide you with a free inspection, then call us at Canton Termite and Pest Control today with 770-479-1598! We provide service throughout Cherokee County Georgia and surrounding areas. Have a blessed day!
Termites cause approximately $5 billion in damage every year. This is an enormous number and typically comes out of the pockets of every day homeowners. Termites work ceaselessly and can cause expensive damage in a relatively short period of time if undetected. The best way to prevent this is to have regular inspections to insure your home is safe from any termite threats. Fortunately, when it comes to termites, we here at Canton Termite and Pest Control are the best in the business. If you need a termite inspection, or are worried about a potential infestation in your home, give us a call or text us at 770-479-1598!
According to a 2012, Georgia has around 15 snakes per square mile and therefore has the highest average area concentration in the United States. While this statistic may seem disturbing and cause you to look for snakes every time you go out, there really is little need for worry. Of the 41 species of snakes in Georgia, only 6 are poisonous.
Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have years of experience with snakes. Our wildlife division is equipped and always ready to deal with any problems you may have with snakes or any other animals. Call or text us today at 770-479-1598!