The American Dog Tick prefers dogs (shocker) as their host, but they will gladly feed on larger animals, including humans. This tick goes through an egg, larva, nymph, and adult stage during its lifetime. Although they can be found year round, adult dog ticks are usually found between April and May. Dog ticks do not transmit Lyme disease, but they are the main carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the Midwest states. Outdoor tick control is difficult, and while there are some insecticides labeled for outdoor tick control, the most effective way to discourage a large tick population is to change the habitat. Ticks generally thrive in bushy, heavily wooded areas, so reducing that “prime real estate” on your property would be wise if you have tick issues.
The varied carpet beetle can be a serious household pest. In its larvae form, it feeds on natural fibers including clothing, furniture, and carpets. As you can imagine, it damages what it eats. The varied carpet beetle has an unusually long life cycle for an insect, spanning from 1-3 years. Infestations can be prevented by regularly vacuuming, using moth balls in closets, and removing old bird and insect nests attached to the house or building. If you find that you have a varied carpet beetle infestation, the use of insecticides is a very effective way to rid your home of these pests.
Ladybugs are pretty cute as far as insects go, and they are actually beneficial to have around. They are sometimes referred to as “natural pest control”; they feed on garden pests like aphids and spider mites. Humans and ladybugs generally have a good working relationship. They don’t bother us, we don’t bother them. Come autumn, ladybugs seek for shelter from the cold. That is all well and good, unless they want to share our shelter with us. One or two ladybugs indoors is nothing to worry about, but when you don’t have enough fingers to count all the ladybugs in your house, you may have an issue. The ladybugs will not cause any harm, but they may be a nuisance. To prevent ladybugs from seeking shelter in the walls of your home, have your house treated regularly. They stay out, you stay in, and everybody wins.
Most of us can recognize an earwig when we see one, their pincers are the giveaway. Earwigs are reddish-brown in color, and are slightly over ½ inch long. Although they are somewhat creepy in appearance, earwigs are primarily just nuisance pests. Earwigs, both the young and the adults, require moisture to live. They are usually found around foundations, in mulch, and under rocks or boards. Although earwigs are primarily found outdoors, they have been known to live inside buildings and homes. The points of entry include windows and doors. Earwig populations can grow quickly, which is why it is better to prevent a potential problem before it happens. A thorough power spray around the base of your home during the spring and summer seasons will significantly reduce the risk of earwigs from getting indoors.
Wolf spiders: they are big, they are hairy, and they look scary…but they are primarily nuisance pests. Unlike many spiders, Wolf spiders do not build snare webs, they instead build retreats. They typically can be found under stones, timbers, and under decks. They may come indoors in search of prey, and if so, they tend to stay near floor level.
If wolf spiders are invading your home or garage, give Stomp Pest Control a call!
Have you ever wondered what those little red bugs climbing up the side of your house in the spring are? Those bugs are called clover mites. Don’t let the word “mite” disturb you, they do not feed off of humans or pets. Clover mites are plant feeders, and they infest more than 200 different plants. They always live close to their food sources. Often times, clover mites are confused with chiggers, which do feed off of human skin cells and leave behind an intense itch. Clover mites on the other hand are strictly a nuisance pest and pose no danger to humans.
Clover mites are not insects; they are related to spiders and ticks. They occur in large numbers. During the migration season, clover mites can become a nuisance. Heavy migrations of clover mites into houses are common in both the spring and fall.
The best way to combat clover mites is to hire a professional. Our Stomp technicians will use a barrier treatment around the home, and a crack and crevice treatment around window sills and other areas of migration. It may take several applications to completely eradicate the clover mites, but these are included at no extra charge for regular pest control customers
Black widows are one of the most feared spiders in North America, because their venom is toxic. Black widows are very distinctive in appearance; they are generally black and have a red hourglass shaped marking on the underside of their abdomen. Black widows generally nest in low areas, including garages, crawl spaces, and around the base of the home. You can identify a black widow web because it is irregular, and more coarse in appearance. Only females have the venom, and generally they are shy, except when egg-laying and guarding their eggs. If bitten, the pain is usually immediate and can last for up to 48 hours.
Here in the Triangle, Black Widows are very common. Many people have black widows, and they do not even realize it. Black widows avoid light, and they hide in sheltered places. They are active during the night.
I can personally attest to this. When we first moved into our house, I treated the perimeter of our home within the first week of living there. The next day, there were so many dead black widows around the house, I could not believe it. I would never have guessed that there would be so many, if any at all. Our daughter was very young at the time, and she enjoyed playing outside. I felt confident letting her play outside because our house was regularly treated.
The above picture is from our front porch area (I moved some of them closer for picture-taking purposes).
Our general pest control program is designed to kill and protect against black widows spiders (as well as many other pests).
Roaches…as much as we all hate them, they are part of our world, especially down here in the hot and humid south. There are many different kinds of roaches, but today we will just go over some general information.
Many species of cockroaches live for a year or longer! A female roach can produce up to 320 eggs in her lifetime. She will hide her egg capsules (usually containing 14-18 eggs each) in a safe and protected area. Young cockroaches typically reach maturity in 160 days.
Cockroaches are notoriously resilient, that combined with a long life cycle, and the potential for each female to yield more than 300 cockroach babies means that a cockroach problem needs to be dealt with quickly and effectively.
The grass is green, the flowers are blooming, and the pollen is everywhere...spring is here, and so are the mosquitoes! Mosquitoes are an especially aggravating pest because their bites can leave you itching and scratching for days! Not to mention the fact that Mosquitoes can carry and spread disease and sickness. Learning about this pesky bug can help you control and reduce the mosquito population on your property.
Ponds, marshes, pools, drainage ditches and any standing water are quite literally the breeding ground for mosquitoes. Keeping your gutters clean and free flowing, and emptying any container holding water will limit mosquito activity. Some mosquito eggs will be dormant until they come in contact with water (sometimes up to 3-5 years!).
Recent studies have shown that bug zappers are not an effective treatment for mosquitoes. Many bug sprays do not offer much protection against mosquitoes. For these reasons, many people rely on professionals for effective mosquito control. At Stomp we offer a comprehensive Mosquito Reduction Program, at a very affordable price.