Have you ever spent a beautiful day outdoors in the spring or summer? Then you have probably been swarmed or bitten by a mosquito! Mosquitoes usually start to emerge in the spring time and spend their time outside through the summer as well. They tend to swarm around areas that are near some kind of water source. This can be a large pond or even standing water in an old tire or flowerpot. Mosquitoes love humid weather and are most active when the sun is about to set or rise. That is usually the time that people are spending time outside as well and that makes it so that they are more likely to come into contact with these dangerous pests. Mosquito bites are known to itch and irritate the skin and cause some discomfort. They are also known to carry diseases that can transfer to a person and cause some serious health concerns. All-Rite Pest Control spotlights some of these diseases below.
This virus started to get national attention after a serious outbreak in May of 2015. The outbreak started in Brazil but has since made its way into the United States. There are some areas in the US that even called for a state of emergency because of the amount of cases that were being recorded. The virus does not have any major symptoms that would call for alarm because they are so similar to a common cold or flu. The biggest effect that the virus has is on mothers to be. The virus can lead to birth defects, most commonly hydrocephaly which is a small head. A mosquito that is infected with the virus can infect a person with a single bite.
West Nile Virus
This virus has gotten its name from the area that it was first found. The mosquitoes in the area surrounding the West Nile are commonly infected with bacteria and carry various viruses. The West Nile Virus is not as common in the US but has been found in some states. The virus affects humans but can also infect pets and animals too. Some people don’t show any symptoms at all but when they do it is usually the same symptoms you would have if you had the flu.
These are only a couple of the viruses that you can get when you come in contact with an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes can also transmit Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, Dengue and Malaria. If you want to have your a href=”https://www.allritepest.com/service/mosquitoes/”>property treated for mosquitoes, call All-Rite Pest Control today!
The spring season is here and that is the best time to get your garden going. A garden is full of vegetation like flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables! This happens to be a big draw for many kinds of pests too! There are several kinds of garden pests that can really take a toll on your plants and cause them to not grow well and could kill them off all together. Treating for these pests can be hard since there are different methods that work for some and not for others. The best way to get rid of unwanted garden pests is to have them treated by a pest control professional. All-Rite Pest Control lists the most common garden pests to help you deal with them quickly and effectively.
How Do Aphids Harm Plants?
Aphids are a bad pest to have in your garden: An aphid is a garden pest that is a tiny insect that is a green translucent color and can be hard to spot. The females give birth to live young so they are able to take over a garden and spread at a very fast rate. The aphid will feed on the leaves in the garden and in the wake leave them welting and dying. They usually hide under the leaf or plant so that just looking at the plant you may not notice. Ants like to feed on the honeydew that aphids leave and that is a sign that aphids may have infested your garden.
Do Cabbage Worms Eat Tomato Plants & Vegetable Gardens?
Cabbage worms are a pest that can take over a garden and ruin the plants along the way. They eat constantly and will go from one plant to another killing off the plants as they go. They tend to eat leafy vegetables and have been known to work fast. They hate onion and that is why planting them near your vegetables is a great way to ward cabbage worms off.
What Damage Do Snails & Slugs Do to Plants in Yard?
When you think about a slug or a snail, speed is not the first thought. The problem is that even though they are slow they eat a lot and can cause some serious damage to small plants and fruits that tend to grow close to the ground. They hide well since they are nocturnal and will only come out at night to get to work. If you want to find these pests you can take a flashlight and start looking around.
Home & Garden Pest Control
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The state of Kentucky is home to many pests, some of which are wasps. There are many species of wasps and one of them is the common paper wasp. This is a territorial wasp that builds their nest in high areas and will attack anything that gets too close. Unlike bees wasps are capable of stinging an intruder multiple times administering harm to their victims. This makes a paper wasp an unwanted pest flying around your home. All-Rite Pest Control will help you identity these wasps and tell you how you can prevent their intrusion around your home.
How Do I Know I Have a Paper Wasps Nest?
Paper wasps are a very common species of wasp found from the west and into the southern areas of the United States. Their nests are a dead giveaway as to their presence. You may see the nests in tree tops, garages, sheds and under ledges of other buildings. They create a distinct umbrella shaped nest which appears to be made of paper. Paper wasps themselves are easy to identify as well as they are yellowish in color and upon full growth can be one and a half inches long. All wasps share a similar body shape. They have slender bodies and are very narrow at the waist.
How Long Does a Paper Wasp Live & Do Wasps Die in Winter?
The life cycle of the paper wasps begin in the spring. During the beginning of spring the females who have spent their winter hibernating—and which mated during fall—will emerge and begin to look for a place to build her nest and lay her eggs. The queen will feed and care for the first generation of larva until they have developed into an adult. All females will become the workers. These workers will now begin to take care of their queen, and will continue to care for the queen until the next generation of larva hatches. In late summer the queen will begin to produce males as well as fertile females or future queens. Once the males have mated with the fertile females they will die and the now pregnant females will leave the nest in search or a place to hibernate through the winter. The cycle begins anew.
Why are Paper Wasps So Aggressive?
Paper wasps are aggressive and will sting to defend their nest. Some species of paper wasps release an “attack pheromone” when the nest is threatened. This can lead to a mass attack on the intruder, causing multiple, painful stings. Additionally when they sting they have venom that for those with allergies can cause a severe allergic reaction. However, while you may not want them around your home or within your yards, they do play a vital role to the environment. They feed on other insects as well as pollen so they help reduce nasty yard or garden pests as well as pollinate the other flowering plants.
How Do You Keep Paper Wasps Away?
Controlling Paper Wasps isn’t the easiest of tasks. One of the easiest ways for a homeowner to prevent wasps from creating nests around their homes is to stop the creation of nest. This means during the spring season, walk around your home and yard daily and look for signs that a queen paper wasp is starting a nest. Simply knock down her nest to discourage her form wanting to build her nest near your home. You may need to be persistent and eventually she will get the hint. If a well established nest is discovered, since wasps are aggressive it is recommended you leave nest removal to the professionals. Also, another way to prevent their desire to build their nest too close to your home is to avoid standing water. Wasps are drawn to standing water because this aids in the building of their nest.
Stinging Insect Control
All-Rite Pest Control can help in wasp removal if your home and yard has been invaded by these nasty pests. Call All-Rite Pest Control today and we will remove your wasp problem.
Making picnics end quicker than they start, ants commonly invade homes and businesses. There are very little few who can say they do not know what an ant is, as widespread and numerous the various species of ants are. When they feel threatened, many ant species will aggressively defend their territory and deliver little pinches. Usually, once the ants intrude into homes and businesses little is effective to eliminate these little critters besides professional pest control. Today, we at All-Rite Pest Control would like to take the opportunity to discuss odorous ants since these ants are among the common few.
How Do I Know if My Home has Odorous House Ants?
Making them one of the smaller ant species, odorous ants, or sometimes referred to as Odorous House Ants, only measure up to 1/8-inch-long. By their abdomens, they are typically dark brown or black in color and feature one node on their petiole that is hidden. People will also note that the odorous ant has unevenly shaped thorax if it is studied on its side. The primary reason they are known as odorous ants, and their most distinct characteristic, is the odor of rotten coconuts they emit when they get crushed.
What Attracts Odorous House Ants?
Once inside, odorous ants frequently nest in the floor or wall voids. In search for food, particularly sweets and meats, these ants often wonder inside Kentucky homes and businesses. Along the windows and doors, they can easy slip through cracks in the foundation or large enough fractures. Odorous ants are drawn to the kitchen pantries and cabinets because of their preference for warm and moist climates. Beneath floors in wall crevices, near heaters and water pipes, or sometimes behind paneling and under the carpets, odorous ants will also hunker down. Odorous ants will build their nests outdoor under shallow soil beneath things such as logs, rocks, mulch, and debris.
Are Odorous House Ants Dangerous?
Odorous ants contaminate any food they come into contact with and they will bite should they feel at all threatened when they invade your Kentucky kitchen. Being one of the more resistant to eliminate, odorous ants are one of the most likely ants to infest homes. Their presence can be more than a nuisance though they’re not known to bite.
Signs of an Odorous House Ant Infestation
To retrieve food is the obvious signs of an infestation, seeing the winged swarmers active and observing the worker’s march. They favor pastries, eat meats, cooked or raw vegetables and fruit juices
sugary foods, and even dairy products, in addition odorous ants prefer honeydew from aphids and mealybug in their diet. Being continually active through the day and night, these ants forage 24/7. Worker odorous ants will move in quick, erratic motions, raising their abdomens into the air when they are alarmed by predators or other potential threats.
Professional Ant Control
It is essential to contact All-Rite Pest Control as they can be a challenge to eliminate on your own should you notice odorous ants infesting your Kentucky home or business. We can ensure the colony is efficiently eliminated, with our proven and effective methods and products. To dispatch any infestations or to setup a plan of defense to avoid them, call us today.
When people think of spring they have visions of favorable weather conditions, blossoms blooming, trees livening up, greener grass, having outdoor activities, animals becoming energized, tackling home improvements and checking off spring cleaning tasks. But what occurs to few is the up rise in pests. Though there are pests that plague our homes and businesses year round, during spring seem to be more noticeable. All the little critters are also being rejuvenated with what spring entails, and they too are more active. Some are intruding into your home looking for a convenient water and food source, and perhaps even a new home if such exists. Others are being drawn out in search of other life necessities, such as; reproducing and younglings maturing. But today, we at All-Rite Pest Control would like to offer some tips and advice on minimizing the pests coming into your abode and safeguarding your home.
Exterior Pest Control Inspection
The outside of your home is where it all starts. Begin by inspecting the exterior of your home. You are looking for cracks, holes, gaps, damaged vents, deteriorating service pipes, broken down shingles, everything from top to bottom. If the roof isn’t something you are comfortable in traversing, use binoculars to ensure there is no entry points that insects, rodents, birds, or wildlife can utilize. If such exists, be sure to seal them all up accordingly. Windows and doors should also be inspected, and if necessary, replace or install weather stripping. Service pipes are the first spot that will get deteriorated and need sealing, so be sure to audit all the service pipes.
Outdoor Preventative Pest Control
While you are outside, remove all debris and clutter. Wood piles and other building materials should be organized and stacked as far from the house as possible. Trees, shrubs and grass need to be well manicured, trimmed and pruned away from the home. Ensure all landscape clippings, leaves, stick and other remnants are disposed of. A well kept yard can drastically reduce pests from entering into your home. The garbage can lids should be tightly secure to avoid the attraction many pests have to decomposing waste. Finally, keep pet food tightly secured and fix any exterior water leaks to eliminate a food and water source for the scavengers looking for a quick meal.
What Does an Interior Pest Inspection Include?
Conduct the same inspection you did on the outside of your home. Seal any holes or cracks you may discover appropriately. Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures to wipe out a water source and damp living conditions pests are attracted to.
How Do I Keep My Kitchen & House Pest Free?
Clean out cupboards and pantry. Discard any food or crumbs that may have spilled. Properly contain food and ingredients in durable, sealed containers. Plastic or paper bags and cardboard packaging are easily gnawed through for pests to contaminate, do not rely on them. Dispose, recycle or donate of unneeded clutter. Insects, vermin and wildlife can turn a stack of catalogs into nests. Remove their temptation. A good rule to follow is, “if you haven’t used it once in a year’s time, you are not going to and can free yourself from it.”
Professional Pest Control Maintenance
It is great to call upon the professionals in time of crisis and infestations. But taking advantage of routine maintenance plans can greatly reduce pests found inside and outside your home. Many pests can potentially carry disease, cause costly damage or just be there to scare you in a typical horror flick fashion. Let the experts keep you and your home safe. Our professionals at All-Rite Pest Control have the experience, skills, and training to efficiently manage your pest control. Combine our team of specialist with the top of the line equipment and high quality products, pests won’t stand a chance. Call us today!
A Wood Destroying Insect Report (WDIR) is a legal document written and issued by a qualified, licensed inspector. A WDIR is usually required during real estate transactions where the mortgage lender or buyer requires the inspection as these pests can cause major structural damage. The lending institution will usually require and recommended treatment be done before they will loan the money.
Does a Wood Destroying Insect Report Only Look for Signs of Termites?
A big misconception people have about a WDIR is that it only look for termites. Real estate agents use the terms “termite inspection” or “pest inspection” which aren’t really the correct terms. WDIR’s look for and report evidence of any insects that can cause structural damage to a property. Other than termites, the report will disclose the damage or evidence of Powder Post Beetles, Old House Borers, Carpenter Ants, Carpenter bees, and some other species of wood boring beetles.
What are Wood Destroying Insects?
Termites and other wood destroying insects, such as carpenter ants can damage the structural integrity of a home. Termites are known as silent destroyers because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper undetected. Each year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage. Termites are usually small, measuring between 0.16 to 0.59” in length. They have wings that they shed once they find a good place to build a nest. Termites can and will attack a new home and only need an opening 1/64” wide to gain access inside. They can enter directly from the soil or they may build tubes from their colony to your home. Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Subterranean termites nest on the soil to obtain moisture, but they also nest in wood that is often wet. They easily attack any wood in contact with the ground. Drywood termites don’t require any contact with the soil and live on wood with low moisture content. Termites can remain concealed until they have severely damaged a structure, leaving a thin layer of a wall that protects them from the environment. Powder post beetles feed on certain hardwoods or softwoods. Wood borer beetles, after termites, are the most important wood-destroying insects.
What Do WDIR Inspectors Look For?
The issuing inspector surveys a structure for evidence of an infestation or previous infestation by wood destroying organisms. The inspection isn’t looking for just “active” termites. It will look for termite shelter (mud) tubes on foundations, termite damage in wood, swarmer wings, “frass”, which is the sawdust material left behind when building their shelters etc. When evidence is found on, in, or under the structure, the next step will be to determine evidence of any prior treatments were done and it will be reported. If there is no evidence of previous treatment then it will be noted on the report, and recommended treatments will be part of the report. The process typically takes about an hour to complete.
Wood Destroying Insect Reports in the Greater Cleveland Area / NE & NW Ohio Including Solon, Akron & Medina, OH
Buying a home or a new property will certainly be the biggest investment you will make. A Wood Destroying Insect Report is key to knowing the situation you are getting into and will protect your investment. Use the professionals at All-Rite Pest Control to get a WDIR when you need one.
The National Pest Management Association has honored all those in the pest control industry during the month of April. Many service industries and career paths get a designated time of year where their efforts get recognized and celebrated; those working in pest control management get a month to shine. Without professional pest control, the economy would feel the negative impacts quickly. Pests impose structural and vegetation damage, spread germs, bacteria, diseases and viruses, along with contributing to allergies and they can make grown man shriek. All-Rite Pest Control delves more into the need for pest control below.
Can You Get Sick from Roaches in Your House?
Cockroaches are plentiful everywhere. Cockroaches can quickly infest anywhere that provides convenient food, water and nesting resources, especially if the favorable climate conditions are present. Cockroaches aren’t the least bit picky about where they traverse, what they eat, or even where the sleep. They have been found in sewers, garbage heaps and any other gross, germ infested areas. Roaches easily pick up germs, bacteria, and diseases, and contaminate any surface they cross over. Along with that, roaches contribute to allergens. Thanks to pest control professionals, infestations are contained, and with routine maintenance programs, cockroaches are hindered from crossing into your home or business.
Are Stinging Insects Dangerous?
Stinging insects; bees, hornets, and wasps are beneficial to the environment, but their stings can be incredibly painful and some folks can have allergies ranging from mild to severe. When they choose to build their nests close by, they can pose a threat to those in close proximity as they are fierce protectors of their queen and their homes. Most know bees die off after the one sting, but wasps and hornets can attack repeatedly. Pest control experts can remove their nests from residential homes or commercial businesses to keep people and pets from harm.
Destructive Insects & Pests
Destructive pests come from rodents, birds, wildlife, carpenter ants and termites. They can quickly demolish structures, serviceable utility wiring and pipe system, personal property and anything else in their path. Animals tend to be motivated by the need to eat, drink and build nests with cellulose and organic materials. With their gnawing and clawing these pests not only go through walls and destroy anything in their path but they can spread disease, germs and bacteria, contaminating anything they come into contact with. The insects, carpenter ants and termites are notoriously known to eat and forge their way through wood.
Some Insects & Pests Feed on Blood
Blood suckers; mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and bed bugs are vile little critters. Most can be very hazardous to your health. Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas don’t all have infectious consequences, but a good percentage of their population can. When they attach themselves to their hosts, diseases and viruses, along with other ailments, can be transmitted. With pest control technicians fighting the good fight, many are spared from their harmful bites.
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Termites are notorious around the world for their difficulty at eliminating them and most of all, the destruction they cause. The integrity of the wood is weakened as they chew and consume the wood throughout your home due to the hollowed galleries, or tunnels they create. Though there are thousands of different types of termites, the most common termite in Kentucky is subterranean termites. The basics of subterranean termites is what we All-Rite Pest Control would like to take the opportunity to share today.
What Type of Wood do Termites Prefer?
Since they prefer the softer areas of wood, these termites will often leave the hard wood in lieu of the softer wood but will devour and tunnel through the harder wood if necessary, for their diabolical plans. Resembling a thin shell with honeycomb like layers of hollow sections that subterranean termites will line with compacted damp soil is the infested timber that is left behind after their foraging. Since they require moist environments and live in dark, damp is why they compact the tunnels with soil. Generally, termites get into homes as they travel underground.
What are the Castes of Subterranean Termites?
Subterranean termites are social insects that all live in their nested colonies. Soldiers, workers, and swarmers, or the reproducers make up the 3 castes that are in the colony. To grow the colony, the queen mates with her king to produce the 2,000 fertile eggs she lays a day. The nymph termites are taken care of by the workers once they hatch where they then evolve into adulthood, becoming workers, soldiers, or swarmers. The young king and queens, the only winged termites, discard their wings to start their own colonies when they find a new nest to start their own colonies. When the swarmers are generally the most active during the late spring and midsummer.
Can Worker Termites Turn into Queens?
The worker termites maintain an efficiently operating colony, and the worker termites are creamy-translucent colored termites that are soft-bodied. In addition to excavating the tunnels, harvesting and foraging food, they ensure the royals and soldiers are fed and care for the nymphs until maturity. Also, worker termites will groom each other and make repairs on damaged tunnels. For the first two weeks of life, termite larvae grow into workers, soldiers or more developed nymphs. Most termites will become workers but a small percentage will develop into soldiers to keep the colony safe from outside threats and some termite workers will continue to develop and turn into nymphs. These nymphs eventually grow wings and become swarmers capable of reproduction.
What Do Soldier Termites Do?
Typically to fight the 250-million-year-old feuds with ants, among other threats, soldier termites are the defenders of the colony. Soldiers develop a hard-shell helmet around their heads and are more of an orange color and are armed with mandible pinchers. These fighters first secrete a sticky latex resin and then use their pinchers to crush their enemies to ensnare their victims. While the workers make the repairs, people may catch a glimpse of the soldier termites in rare instances when a breech was made and they we will stay on guard.
What are the Signs of Termites in Your Home?
A primary red flag you have a termite problem in your Kentucky home or business is being closely connected to nearby damaged wood subterranean termites is the mud tubes they construct to reach higher levels. Should the infestation grow as they termites continue to multiply, the results could be costly.
Termite Inspection & Treatment
Termite swarming season varies by species. Subterranean termites swarm during daylight hours in the spring. In the event you believe you have termites or hear a neighbor has had an infestation, call All-Rite Pest Control as soon as possible and let our skilled professionals inspect and treat your home or business.
Eastern subterranean termites are the most common termites in Pennsylvania. Where most know the basics of termites; eating wood, ruining homes and property, etc., other pertinent information gets lost. Termites in general are responsible for billions of dollars a year in damage to homes and business structures in the country and that’s just the reported figure. Considering the destruction they can do in such a short time frame, it is imperative you get rid of termites as soon as possible. All-Rite Pest Control would like to relate some more in depth facts concerning the Eastern Subterranean Termite.
What are the Castes of Termites?
Eastern subterranean termites are social insects that are separated into castes that help the organized function of the colony thrive. Each caste member serves a specialized purpose in the colony; with three castes; workers, soldiers, and alates (sometimes referred to as swarmers or the reproducers).
Workers: These termites collect the cellulose materials, feed the colony, care for the young and build the galleries or tunnels in the nest. They are cream in color.
Soldiers: Soldiers are the protectors of the colony, ¼” in length they feature large jaws, or mandibles, that they use in combat if anything intrudes into the colony.
Alates: The winged termites, also known as swarmers, will leave the established colony to begin making new ones. The alates, both male and female, will leave in the spring, mate after leaving and construct a new nest, where they will be king and queen of the new colony. Once they have settled down, they lose their wings; few alates actually succeed. These castes are black or dark brown and reach up to 3/8” long.
What Wood Do Termites Like?
Eastern subterranean termites consume wood, but will also feed on most cellulose materials such as books, magazines, and other paper products. Their colonies are typically underground, where they use a network of galleries and mud-like tubes to forage for food above the surface.
How Can You Tell if You Have Eastern Subterranean Termites?
Common signs of eastern subterranean termites include:
Piles of swarmer wings or even winged swarmers around windows, patio doors, or light sources.
Finding mud tubes.
Observing any wooden materials that appear soft, easily penetrated, peeling, rippled, or bubbled.
How to Prevent Termites?
There are some preventative measures you can take to significantly minimize the risk of eastern subterranean termites attacking your home.
1) Do not let any wood lay on the ground around your home. For examples, firewood piles, landscape waste or excess building materials. Avoid burying any wooden materials like fencing and such unless it has been pretreated.
2) Immediately remove sickly, dying, or dead trees and stumps, as well as any shrubs, plants, and promptly remove any pruned scraps.
3) Cover any wood siding that comes into contact with the soil.
4) Control water by repairing outdoor leaks, air conditioner condensation, leaky gutters and downspouts, etc.
5) Ventilate and proper drainage in crawl spaces under the house.
6) Avoid mulching around the house.
7) Keep the trees and vegetation pruned and trimmed away from the house.
Termite Inspection & Treatment
If you discover evidence of termites, suspect termites, or seen them first hand, contact All-Rite Pest Control
for a termite inspection and extermination.
When it comes to rodents there are two types of ways to see them. Some see a cute little critter at a pet store to take home. The others see a pest that invades homes and takes over your pantry. The interesting thing is that they are the same rodent. A mouse is a mouse and when they get access to your home they are sure to cause chaos. Having a mouse in your house is a problem for many reasons. There is a stigmatism among mice that if you have them in your home then it must be a mess. The fact is that as long as you have food in your home you can have mice. They are simply looking for a place to stay out of the weather as well as a bite to eat. They are the biggest trouble for homeowners is during the cooler months. The cool weather does not bode well for rodents which is why they are gaining access to homes. All-Rite Pest Control outlines some surprising facts about mice.
How Common is it to have Mice in Your house?
When you find out you have mice in your home, attic or garage, the first thought is often why they are in my house. It is also something that people don’t want to really talk about. The interesting thing is that if you have mice in your house, there are likely mice in the houses around you too. Mice invade homes all over the US every year and they are much more common than you think. You want to be sure that you have your home treated for pests such as mice as soon as you notice a problem. They can increase in numbers quickly.
Are Mice Good Climbers?
Mice are a pest that people think they can prevent from getting around the house by blocking areas off. The problem is that mice are amazing at climbing, jumping and even swimming. With all of that they are able to get around your house from the top shelf all the way to the baseboard crumbs. They can scale a wall and jump from one cabinet to the next. Mice are a pest that are able to get in every space in your home. The other interesting fact is that they are able to get in quite small spaces. They only need an inch of space to get through.
Mice Poop Everywhere They Go
When you think of your pet, you know they use the litter box of the dog door to use the restroom. When it comes to mice they are not potty trained and never will be. They are known for leaving their droppings and urine along as they walk. That means that any surface they can reach they are leaving their germ infested feces along the way. You want to be cautious of the feces and use gloves to clean the areas that you find them.
All-Rite Pest Control offers pest control services to prevent and treat for unwanted pests such as mice. Call us today!