Learning About Pest Control

Found A Wolf Spider In Your Home? It May Be Smuggling Spiderlings And Wasps

Due to their incredible speed, wolf spiders are hard to catch. Therefore, if you recently found a wolf spider in your home, there’s a good chance it got away and is hiding (or roaming) in a dark area. But even if you did catch the furry arachnid, it may have already smuggled dozens of spiders and wasps into your home. Wolf Spiders Transport Egg Sacs And Spiderlings On Their Abdomens Unlike many arachnids, wolf spiders do not build webs. Instead, they crawl and swim to hunt their prey—and they carry their egg sacs on their abdomens. Once the egg sacs hatch, the spiderlings cling to their mother’s abdomen and go everywhere she goes. This means that the wolf spider you found could have been carrying dozens of egg sacs or spiderlings on its abdomen, spreading them throughout your home. Even Worse—Wolf Spiders Occasionally Carry Wasps On Their Abdomens As if the possibility of having your home infested with dozens of spiderlings isn’t bad enough, the wolf spider you found may also have been transporting wasp eggs. Parasitic wasps have been known to insert their eggs into wolf spider egg sacs. So what does this mean for you? There could be wasps and spiderlings maturing in your home as you read this. That’s a two-for-one deal you don’t want! Male Wolf Spiders Love To Call Females If you think you’re safe so long as the spider you found is male, think again. Even though male wolf spiders don’t carry spiderlings (or wasps) on their abdomens, they do attract female spiders through sound. But don’t expect to hear a howl anytime soon. Unlike their name suggests, wolf spiders don’t sound like wolves. Instead, they purr—loudly! This vibrating pulse can be heard 20 feet away. Though the sound of a male wolf spider’s purr may send a shiver down the average person’s spine, the vibrations are downright irresistible to female wolf spiders. Upon hearing the vibrating pulse, the females will scurry to join the fun. Once at the arachnid party, they’ll do their best to create spiderlings with their prince charming. And, of course, the female spiders will transport their spiderlings everywhere they go. Whether transporting spiderlings, smuggling wasps, or calling every female wolf spider within 20 feet, a lone wolf spider can be a real nightmare. So don’t wait for your home to look like a scene from Arachnophobia. Call a pest […]

5 Things Homeowners Need To Know About Timber Rattlesnakes

There are many different types of snakes that can slither into American backyards, and while many of them are scary looking, most aren’t dangerous. However, there are some snakes that are dangerous, and if they move into your backyard, you could be in trouble. Here are five things you need to know about one of these dangerous snakes, the timber rattlesnake. How do you identify them? Timber rattlesnakes, also known as canebrake or banded rattlesnakes, are large snakes with stocky bodies. They can reach lengths of up to 5 feet long. Like other types of rattlesnakes, they have large, triangular heads, thin necks, and a chevron pattern on their backs. Their background coloring can vary from yellowish brown to dark brown, while their bands can vary from dark brown to black. Their tails are always dark and un-patterned with a rattle on the end. Where do they live? Timber rattlesnakes are found throughout the eastern United States. They are found as far north as New England, as far south as Florida, and as far west as Nebraska. Within this range, they like to live in forests, especially forests with lots of rock ledges and other objects to hide underneath. Why do they come into backyards? Timber rattlesnakes come into backyards for food and for somewhere to hide. These snakes feed on rodents like rats and mice, and rodents are typically associated with human settlements. Your backyard also gives them a lot of places to hide. Things like leaf litter, long grass, decorative rocks, fallen logs, and thick vegetation are the perfect hiding places for timber rattlesnakes. Why are they dangerous? About 8,000 Americans are bitten by venomous snakes every year, and most of those bites are from rattlesnakes. If you’re bitten, you could die if you don’t go to the hospital and receive emergency treatment. How do you get rid of them? If you see timber rattlesnakes in your backyard, don’t get close to them since these snakes can be aggressive and will bite you if you scare them. You need to call a wildlife removal specialist to safely remove the snakes for you. Once the snakes are gone, take steps to avoid attracting more. If you have rats and mice living in or near your home, get rid of them, and remove landscaping features like rocks and logs that provide a hiding place for snakes. Timber rattlesnakes may move […]

4 Things You Need To Know About Broad-Faced Sac Spiders

There are more than 4000 types of spiders in North America, and while most homeowners can identify a few of the more common ones, there are many that they can’t identify. Seeing unidentified spiders inside your house can be scary since you don’t know if they’re dangerous or not. Here’s what you need to know about one of these mysterious spiders, the broad-faced sac spider. What do they look like? Broad-faced sac spiders have very distinct coloring, so even if you aren’t a spider expert, you should be able to identify them. Their abdomens are grey, their heads are dark grey or brown, and their legs are orange or red. They have a set of pincers in addition to their eight legs, so when viewed from a distance, they appear to have ten legs. They also have very prominent fangs. Prominent fangs! Are they venomous? All spiders have venom that they use to immobilize their prey, but broad-faced sac spider venom isn’t toxic enough to hurt a human. The bite will still be painful and swollen due to the size of their fangs, and will feel similar to a bee sting, but usually nothing more serious than that happens. The main concerns with these bites are an allergic reaction to the venom or an infection at the site of the bite. Infections are a worry because these spiders tend to scavenge dead insects, which exposes them to bacteria that they can then transfer to your wound when they bite. If you get bitten, make sure to wash the bite well with soap and water. Are they in your house? Broad-faced sac spiders are found in the eastern half of the United States; the westernmost state they’re found in is Kansas. They prefer to live in warm, dry places, and can be found on fences or under stones. While they’re outdoor spiders, that doesn’t mean they’re never found inside houses. These spiders wander around looking for insects to eat, and their quest for food may bring them inside your house. This is more common in the fall, but you can encounter them at any point during the year. Should you worry about an infestation? Broad-faced sac spiders are outdoor spiders, so they don’t usually infest houses. However, it’s still possible for an infestation to occur if the conditions are right. If you have a lot of gaps in the exterior of […]

Keep Bed Bugs At The Top Of Your Inspection List

There are a lot of things to keep an eye out for before moving in or out of a new building, or even if you’re planning on having guests. They can be difficult to control once introduced, but are far too easy to get in the first place. Whether you’re planning a trip or dealing with changes in your building, consider a few bed bug management, prevention and inspection concerns. How Do Bed Bugs Spread? If you’ve never had bed bugs or have only heard of them for others, it’s because bed bug management has become increasingly strict in North America. Pest control and general sanitation makes it difficult for these critters with specific habitats to thrive. With increased colonization and more convenient travel, it became easier for bed bugs to move to different areas. Once a group of bed bugs are able to establish themselves due to lack of pest control, they can find hiding places inside clothes, containers and especially luggage. The issue of luggage is a tricky concern that leads to an easier spread of bed bugs. Many luggage types have a beaded border and dips in the design that can become a good hiding place for bed bugs, especially if the owner doesn’t know what to look for or isn’t thinking about possible infestation. Throwing clothes quickly into luggage without looking can lead to spreading problems as well. This is an issue for households with bed bugs who move to other areas, but hotel visitors are in danger as well. Bed bugs can be at such a level that you may not detect them–not from plain sight or even being bitten during their feeding phases–but your luggage could become a new home due to looking like a good hiding place. Once you’re home (or at someone else’s home) with your luggage, the place that you put your luggage can become a bomb of infestation that allows the bed bugs to create new hiding areas to feed on victims.  Getting Rid Of And Controlling Bed Bugs A pest control professional’s assessment is the best way to detect bed bugs, but there are a few specific symptoms to look for to figure out if you have a bedbug problem. If people or animals in your household are suffering from itching or red marks, start looking around the resting areas. Bed bugs get their name not because the bed […]

Something Biting You At Night? It May Be Bed Bugs

If you wake up every morning with bites on your skin, you definitely have something sleeping with you that you probably do not want, which could be bed bugs. Below is some information about these bugs if you have never encountered them before, and how you can get them to move on and sleep somewhere else. Where to Find Bed Bugs Bed bugs can be hard to detect because they are about the size of a small appleseed. They bite humans while they are sleeping and suck their blood. Bedbugs usually only come out at night, and hide during the day. They love to get into any small crack or crevices where they can hide. Look in areas of your bed, box springs, frame, etc., and anything else that is close to your bed for the bugs. Bed Bug Bites Sometimes it is hard to tell a bed bug bite from other insect bites. There are some characteristics you can look for, however. The spots will be red with a darker brown color in the middle of them, and about the size of a mosquito bite. The bites will probably itch, and be in a cluster on your body. These bugs usually like to bite people on their hands, arms, neck, and face. Where They Came From There are two common ways that you can get bed bugs: Hotel Room. If you have stayed at a hotel recently, you may have brought them home with you. To keep this from happening check the room as soon as you get there. Remove the sheets on the bed and look at the mattress. Look around the seams on the mattress, as well as underneath it. Look behind the head of the bed around the carpeting and headboard. You may see small black spots or an actual bug. The black spots are fecal matter and it is a sticky substance. Used Clothing and Books. If you purchase clothing at a yard sale or a thrift store, they may have bed bugs in them. The best way to prevent this is to take the items to a laundromat and wash and dry them before you bring them home. They can also hide in used books. Check them thoroughly before you bring them inside. If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your home, call an exterminator like Vancouver Pest Control immediately. They can spray your bed with […]

5 Things Homeowners Need To Know About Bird Infestations

Everyone knows that bugs like termites or cockroaches can infest their home, but bugs aren’t the only thing you have to worry about in the city. Birds can also infest your home, which causes a lot of mess and expense. Here’s what you need to know about this problem. What kinds of birds infest houses? Many types of birds are adapted to living in urban areas, and these are the birds that are likely to move into your attic. Some of the birds that you may discover in your home are pigeons, crows, sparrows, blackbirds, or starlings. Why do birds infest houses? Urban birds don’t have a lot of options when it comes to finding shelter. While they may prefer to build their nests in trees, there aren’t a lot of trees in most cities. There are plenty of buildings, though. The birds aren’t deterred by your presence since they’re already used to living in close proximity with people. Can birds spread diseases? There are lots of diseases that birds can spread, and the scary part is that many of them are airborne. This means that if you have a bird infestation in your attic, you can get sick just by breathing the air in your house! Bird droppings carry histoplasmosis, a respiratory disease that can kill you. The droppings also contain foodborne bacteria such as salmonella and e. coli; these bacteria can be spread throughout your house by your ventilation system. Can birds damage your house? Birds may seem cute and harmless, but they can cause a lot of damage to your house. Their droppings are a major problem, since they will soak into the floor of your attic and eventually start dripping through your ceiling. This is a huge mess and can damage the structure of your home. How do you get rid of birds? Many types of birds, even pests like pigeons, are protected by law, so any attempts to kill them could get you into serious trouble. The birds will have to be trapped and then released somewhere else. Since birds carry so many diseases, you should leave this step to a pest control or animal control company like Vancouver Pest Control Ltd. Once the birds are gone, you need to take steps to keep them from coming back. Seal any openings on the exterior of your house with caulk, and cover exterior vents with steel […]

3 Reasons To Hire A Pest Control Company

Pest control is something that every homeowner is going to have to deal with eventually, which can be a bit of a pain. Thankfully, there are pest control companies that can make dealing with pest infestations much easier on you. A pest control company can prevent recurring infestations, efficiently eliminate your pests, and utilize a variety of different pest control techniques. Efficiently Eliminate Pests One of the hardest parts about dealing with an infestation is determining what the most effective solution to eliminate the infestation is going to be. The reason for the difficulty is that you often cannot simply go to your local home improvement store and pick a generic poison or trap because there are some species of pests that are resistant to pest control techniques that are not specifically designed for them.  For example, there are types of spiders that are immune to most poisons that are designed for broad use against spiders. This means that you can end up making multiple trips to the home improvement store attempting to find one that actually works. However, a pest control professional can easily identify the exact breed or species of your pest, and use the most efficient extermination method for that breed. Prevent Recurring Infestations Another great reason to hire a pest control service is to prevent infestations from coming back. There are several ways that a pest control service can accomplish this, with eliminating all of the nests and hives that may be hidden within your home’s walls being the most common one. In addition, the pest control service will find out how the pests gained entry into the home in the first place and eliminate that access point. This can consist of periodically spraying repellents around the access point, or planting flowers or bushes that naturally repel the pests that got into your home. In addition, the pest control service can point the space out to you so that you can repair any holes in your home that allowed the pests in. Variety Of Techniques Finally, a pest control professional will be able to offer you a variety of options to eliminate the pests so that you can select the ones that you are most comfortable with. For example, if you are worried about having poisons near your pets or children, the pest control service can utilize traps or all-natural methods of removing the infestation. In […]