Pest Control Blog About Bugs and Rodents

Welcome to A1 Exterminators’ Uninvited Guests blog! Here we talk about anything and everything bug related. Big and small, from ticks and bed bugs to roaches and termites; from bugs and insects to mice, rats, squirrels and rodents. Follow us to keep track of the new pests you should be worried about in your area. Get the latest news on pests, tips on how you can keep pests away from your home and business, and some other fun and interesting tidbits about bugs.

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Bed Bug Prevention for Travelers

Planning a vacation to cure the post-holiday blues? We’ve got your prep covered with these bed bug tips for travelers.

  1. Pick up the mattresses in the rooms and look under it. Check around the edges of the box springs.
  2. Check under the box spring.
  3. Look at the corners of the room. Oftentimes bedbugs are wedged in corners sleeping during the day. Also, spiders do catch them and this is where they generally have their webs.
  4. This is a very important tip. Headboards in hotel rooms are easily removed. They are basically decorative. Lift up each headboard an lie it on the bed. Carefully inspect the hole where the headboard was lifted out of. Also, inspect all niches and corners of the headboard. Remember bedbugs are very small and dead bedbug husks sometimes can be hard to pick up. If you see any type of bug or husk of small bugs, you most likely have bedbugs in the room (or at least used to).

 

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Interesting Facts About Spiders

Fun facts that may (or may not) make spiders seem less creepy.

Spiders have adapted to live in nearly every type of habitat, and they are one of the top 10 most diverse populations on earth. They play vital roles in all ecosystems with the exception of in your home.

These spider facts will help you learn more about these eight-legged pests, some of which might appear in your backyard at some point.

All spiders produce silk

Something common to all 40,000 species of spiders is that they all spin silk. As spiders have evolved, so has their ability to work with silk. One spider can produce up to seven different types, each used for a different purpose such as spinning webs or capturing prey.

One species is mostly vegetarian

It was thought that all spiders were carnivorous, capturing and eating other insects, but one species in Central America has been found to be mostly herbivorous! Bagheera kiplingi inhabit trees that produce protein-rich buds on their leaves. These buds are part of a symbiotic relationship between the trees and ants, but bagheera kiplingi also benefit from consuming the buds. However, during dry seasons these spiders are known to be carnivorous. They may cannibalize each other or steal ant larvae when food is scarce.

Spiders are nearsighted

Most spiders have eight eyes, but some, like the brown recluse spider, only have six. Spiders typically have a main set of eyes that can create images while the secondary sets can only detect light and shadow. It is thought that the secondary sets of eyes are derived from the compound eyes of a common ancestor to both spiders and insects.

But even with all of those eyes, spiders cannot see far into the distance. Nearsightedness is a problem for people, but the habits of spiders are such that being nearsighted isn’t a deficiency. They wait for prey to get caught in their webs and use silk trip wires to warn of approaching predators.

Females can lay up to 3,000 eggs at one time

These eggs are housed in one or more silk sacs. The level of care a female spider provides for her young varies by species. Some females will die shortly after laying eggs while others will carry spiderlings on their backs or share prey with them.

Jumping spiders can jump up to 50x their own length

When hunting or trying to escape a predator, jumping spiders are able to make very agile movements and jump multiple times their body length. This is possible due to an internal hydraulic system. Jumping spiders can alter the pressure of fluids in their legs resulting in a springing motion that propels the spiders forward.

The ‘daddy long-legs’ you see might not actually be a spider

The nickname ‘daddy long-legs’ has been given to several different pests, only one of which is an actual spider. Crane flies, harvestmen and cellar spiders are all colloquially identified as ‘daddy long-legs.’ Only cellar spiders are spiders. Harvestmen are in the arachnid family, but they lack venom and silk glands. Crane flies are agricultural pests with very long legs and the ability to fly.

If you think you have a spider infestation in your home, contact A1 Exterminators to identify the species and recommend steps for removal or treatment.

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How to Keep the Warmth In and the Pests Out

One noticeable change in the outdoors during winter is the absence of flying insects such as mosquitoes, flies, and bees. We associate these pests with summer and fall, a nuisance to outdoor activities, and are thankful that the colder weather brings relief from their stings and bites. But a lack of flying pests does not mean a lack of all pests during the winter.

Whereas mosquitoes and bees were flying overhead in the summer, mice, cockroaches, and spiders could be crawling underfoot during the winter. These pests are seeking shelter from the cold, and unfortunately our warm homes seem cozy to them too. It is important to take preventative measures to keep pests out because they can cause more hazards than just cobwebs in the corner. Rodents are known to carry diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus, certain spiders can bite, causing serious side effects, and cockroaches can be a trigger for asthma and allergies.

The National Pest Management Association has several tips that every homeowner can use to help prevent these winter pests from gaining access to the home.

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Mice and ants can make their nests in wood piles and easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.
  • Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the floor.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Extra attention should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
  • Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

Winter brings enough worry about home damage with wind, snow and frost. Following these tips will help reduce the likelihood of your home experiencing other seasonal problems due to pests. When winter pests are kept outdoors, your home becomes a healthier place to host holiday parties and spend time with family, and that is what the season should be all about.

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Repellent for Spiders

Repel spiders naturally: 

  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1 cup of cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • 1 liquid soap

Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spay along the outside of your door and along windows; be sure to refresh after it rains or snows.

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Mouse Control

If you know where the mice are breaking in, wad up some foil and firmly jam it in the hole.

Have you ever bitten a piece of aluminum foil? It’s awful – the sensation on your teeth. We don’t know if mice don’t like the taste or feel, or if it just strikes them as too unnatural to penetrate, but some have had great success with this simple way to keep the mice at bay.

However, if you have already seen some signs of a rodent infestation inside your  home, you will only be keeping them in your nice warm house.  Contact A1 Exterminators for any rodent control issues.

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Winter Spider Prevention

Are you noticing a lot of spiders in your home? These pests love to spin their webs indoors to keep warm throughout the winter. Here are some spider prevention tips to try to keep these pests from entering your home.

Seal up your home. Patch up cracks and holes leading from the outside in to prevent spiders from finding…

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How to Spot Mice or Rats in the Home

Common Signs of a Rodent Infestation

Many people associate the cold weather with high heating bills, power outages and other related problems, but rodent infestations should also be added to this list of winter woes. In fact, a survey by the National Pest Management Association found that 45 percent of rodent issues occur in the fall and winter. Since now…

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Keep Rodents at Bay

Not looking to cuddle with a rodent for warmth? We don’t blame you! Here’s how to keep mice and rats out of your home in the winter.

No matter how tiny they are, rodents  have the capability to wreak havoc at your home. Not only are they irritating, but they can…

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Bed Bugs Can Ruin Your Romantic Getaway

If you’re planning a romantic getaway, don’t let bed bugs crash your trip. Check out these prevention tips to avoid an encounter with these blood-sucking pests.

If you stay in a hotel or motel, keep these bed bug travel tips in mind. It is important that you take some precautions to ensure that your room is bed-bug free before you…

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Prevent a Spring Termite Invasion

Moisture from rain or snow can attract termites, which will emerge in full force before we know it in the spring. Here’s how you can prevent a termite invasion before the season begins.Preventing termites from accessing your home and treating known termite colonies is your ultimate termite control.

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Bed Bug Prevention for Travelers

Planning a vacation to cure the post-holiday blues? We’ve got your prep covered with these bed bug tips for travelers.

  1. Pick up the mattresses in the rooms and look under it. Check around the edges of the box springs.
  2. Check under the box spring.
  3. Look at the corners of the room….
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