Due to the destruction they cause and the challenge it is to effectively eliminate them, termites are notorious around the world. In damages, they cost homeowners and businesses billions of dollars a year. With hollowed galleries, or tunnels, they create, the integrity of the wood is weakened as they chew and consume the wood throughout your home. Throughout Kentucky the most common termite is subterranean termites, though there are many types of termites. With this in mind, we at All-Rite Pest Control would like to take the opportunity to share the fundamentals of subterranean termites.
How Do Termites Spread from House to House?
Swarmer termites, also known as reproductives leave their nest in the springtime in large groups. The female termites release mating pheromones and once they have attracted a male termite, they both break off their wings and select a new nest location to become king and queen of a new colony. These termites prefer soft wood over hard. However, if necessary, they devour and tunnel through hard wood as well. The infested timber that is left behind after their foraging resembles a thin shell with honeycomb like layers of hollow sections that subterranean termites will line with compacted damp soil. They do this since they require moist environments and live in dark, damp soil. Through the soil, subterranean termites often make their way inside to the home or business’s foundations.
Subterranean Termite Colony Caste; Soldiers, Workers & Swarmers
Living inside their nest, subterranean termites are social insects. There are 3 castes, soldiers, workers, and swarmers, or the reproducers. The queen, who mates with her king to produce the 2,000 fertile eggs she lays a day, grows the colony. After they hatch, the nymph termites are taken care of by the workers and will evolve into adulthood, becoming workers, soldiers, or swarmers. When they find a new nest to start their own colonies, the young king and queens, the only winged termites, discard their wings to start their own colonies. During the late spring and midsummer is when the swarmers are generally the most active. The worker termites are creamy-translucent colored termites that are soft-bodied, and they maintain an efficiently operating colony. They ensure the royals and soldiers are fed, care for the nymphs until maturity, as well as excavate the tunnels, harvest and forage food. Workers wills also make repairs on damaged tunnels, and even groom each other. Soldier termites are the defenders of the colony and are usually fighting the 250-million-year-old feuds with ants. They are armed with mandible pinchers they use in combat and soldiers develop a hard-shell helmet around their heads and are more of an orange color. To ensnare their victims, these fighters first secrete a sticky latex resin and then use their pinchers to crush their enemies. In rare instances when a breech was made and they we will stay on guard while the workers make the repairs, people may catch a glimpse of the soldier termites.
Termite Inspections & Treatment
Being closely connected to nearby damaged wood subterranean termites is the mud tubes they construct to reach higher levels, which is a primary red flag you have a termite problem in your Kentucky home or business. The results could be costly should the infestation grow as they termites continue to multiply. Call All-Rite Pest Control as soon as possible and let our skilled professionals inspect your home or business in the event you believe you have termites or hear a neighbor has had an infestation.
Perfect lighting, pleasant music, mouth-watering smells that come from the kitchen, and of course the flavor that pops from the food are all qualities restaurant owners want. Souring the whole experience that would be otherwise enjoyable, are the unwelcomed visitors, such as pests, including flies. Keeping flies out of your kitchen should be one of the top priorities, whether you work in or run a restaurant of any kind. To increase the potential success of your business ensuring the restaurant is pest free, including from flies, since they are unsanitary and highly obnoxious to have around, it is important to do what you can. With this in mind, we at All-Rite Pest Control would like to offer tips to reduce flies in your restaurant from infestations and future flies in the kitchen and dining area.
Proper Waste Management & Garbage Disposal
No matter where it is at, flies are attracted to the waste, garbage, and rubbish. To hinder the flies’ attraction from coming indoors, it is critical the trash be taken out often and the dumpster be located away from the restaurant. To keep the flies away from the patrons’ food, making sure the waste is far enough away from your guests.
Clean Restaurant Helps Keeps Flies Away
In addition to their attraction for garbage, spills and messes are also known to draw in flies. The messes should be promptly cleaned as they happen, no matter where they happen in the restaurant. In order to see what the smell has to offer, an especial attraction for flies, are odors, and they will explore the possibilities. Sweep the floors often, and keep surfaces wiped down, as well as sweep the floors often, and keep surfaces wiped down. It is important for sanitation, health codes, and the overall presentation of the restaurant to maintain cleanliness and it also deters flies and other pests.
Minimize Standing Water Around Drains etc to Prevent Flies
Since flies need water, like most living things, they are likely wanting to be close to a water source. Make certain to repair the leaks and cleanup the drips and any standing water as they develop to prevent flies from wondering too close to the kitchen and dining areas, as well as improve safety.
Professional Pest Management
Take advantage in professional pest management services. In addition to your efforts, professional pest control services help eliminate infestations as well as provide a barrier to prevent pests from coming indoors. You can significantly reduce or prevent pests from occurring at all through preventative maintenance and pest control efforts. Any amount of flies infesting your restaurant can pose a problem for many reasons, though flies do not seem like a problem to call in professionals.
Because you are associated with being dirty and having flies annoying the guests or even the kitchen staff as restaurants build their reputation on good food, solid service, and clean environments, the last thing you want is to lose your business to the competition. Ensure they are not part of the equation to prevent the flies from becoming the focus of your restaurant. Call All-Rite Pest Control and let our specialists help you combat the flies that might infest your business to help keep your restaurant fly and pest free.
Kentucky commonly experiences an increase in the tick population during the spring and summer. Generally, as the weather conditions get more moist and warmer, locals can expect to see an increase in tick sightings and bites. To discuss ticks in Kentucky, we at All-Rite Pest Control would like to take the opportunity continue on the subject.
Tick Diseases in Humans
We want to emphasize that ticks are highly likely to transmit diseases and illnesses like Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, Relapsing fever, Babesiosis, and Colorado tick fever before we explore the basic fundamentals. Remove the tick right away and seek medical attention immediately if you find a tick has attached to you, a loved one, or a pet. In the last decade, disease spread from bug bites have tripled and ticks are one of the primary culprits according to the ADC. There is a jump to 11 states that border the 14 states where Lyme disease is most common, in the Northeast they report that Lyme disease is typically common, as well. Being challenging to treat and can have lifelong effects, there are approximately ,000 cases are diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Types of Tick Species in Kentucky
Among the most common ticks in Kentucky include Blacklegged Ticks, American Dog Ticks, and Lone Star Ticks. Having eight legs, ticks are classified in the arachnid family. To feed off the blood, ticks host on different animals, including people. They have only 6 legs but as they evolve into each life cycle they will detach from their host as larvae, molt and cycle to nymph and then adult. They will attach to a new host each time they evolve. They climb up the edges of tall grass and ambush their unsuspecting host and ticks do not have incredible abilities to jump onto their victims. They climb up the edges of tall grass and ambush their unsuspecting host. The females will drop to her lay her eggs as well after mating. Where the males are nearly 1/8” and the females are slightly larger, American dog ticks are among the larger species in the area. The female can measure approximately ½” long, after she is eating and engorged. Being only about half the size of an American dog tick, Blacklegged ticks, or commonly referenced as deer ticks. The females have a distinct white dot or star-shape on their back where the males typically have multiple spots on theirs, lone star ticks have unique marking.
Tick Control For Yard
Feeding on the wild animals, ticks usually stick to the outdoors. The ticks can become attached to domestic or farm animals as well as people when the wild animals come down looking for food or hikers and their pets go up into the woodlands, however. To ensure all ticks and their viable eggs are destroyed, it is important that you have a professional treat your home and grounds if they make into your home or property. If you or any of your pets have had an issue ticks and we will efficiently get your home and property treated, call All-Rite Pest Control.
During the summer most people travel more often since their kids are out of school. The more you travel, the more likely you are to come across bed bugs. When someone mentions bed bugs it likely makes your skin crawl. The thought of bugs sleeping in your bed with you is simply disgusting. Today All-Rite Pest Control is going to talk to you all about bed bugs so that you will know what to do the next time that you encounter one.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are small, brown, oval shaped insects. They live on the blood of animals and humans. Young bed bugs, called nymphs, shed their skin five times before they reach full maturity. Before they shed their skin they require a meal of blood. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies that are similar in size to an apple seed. Their bodies swell and change from brown to a reddish color after they have fed on some blood. Female bed bugs lay hundreds of eggs during their lifetime.
Check Hotel Room for Bed Bugs
Being aware of what bed bugs look like will help you identify bed bugs in your home or a place that you are staying on vacation. We recommend that when you get to any hotel that you check for bed bugs. Check the furniture, beds, and couches for signs of a bed bug infestation. You will want to carefully inspect the seams of chairs and couches, between the cushions, in the folds of curtains, and on the mattress.
Signs of Bed Bugs
If there are bed bugs you will notice rusty or reddish stains on the sheets or mattress. Very small dark spots on fabric are also an indicator of a bed bug infestation. You may notice the skin that the young bed bugs have shed on the beds or furniture. The skins are very tiny and yellow in color. You may also see live bed bugs moving around when you are inspecting the room. If you see any of these signs you will want to ask for a room change if you are at a hotel.
How to Prevent Bringing Bed Bugs Home
Sometimes even the best inspection does not uncover bed bugs. If the bed bugs have not infested the room you may not notice any signs because the bed bugs are excellent at hiding. If you accidentally bring bed bugs home from your trip you may eventually see signs of bed bugs in your home after you return from your trip. We recommend vacuuming your suitcases when you arrive home from your vacation to make sure that bed bugs do not enter your home.
Bed Bug Inspections & Treatment
Bed bugs frequently find their way into your home when you purchase secondhand furniture. You may not have been looking for signs of bed bugs or noticed that they were on the furniture, but if they are on the piece of furniture you purchase they will start to infest your home. Check all secondhand furniture every carefully before bringing it into your home. If you follow these tips hopefully you will not end up with bed bugs in your home. If you do end up with bed bugs in your home All-Rite Pest Control can help you get rid of them. Give us a call right away and we can come out and help you take care of them.
Everyone is afraid of something in life. Some people may not want to admit that they have a fear, but if you keep digging around you will eventually uncover it. If you research the most common phobias you will find each looks just a little bit different, but there are some commonalities between the lists. Fear of public speaking, mice, confined spaces, spiders, heights, snakes, darkness, the dentist, and more all frequently make these lists. Today All-Rite Pest Control is going to go over some of the common phobias, or fears, that people have of different types of rodents and insects. These are not in any particular order. We hope that this information gives you an insight into some of the phobias that you, your friends, and your family may struggle with.
Arachnophobia; Fear of Spiders
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. Many people do not know that this phobia also includes the fear of scorpions, ticks, mites, and granddaddy longlegs. If you have arachnophobia you are definitely not alone. This is one of the most common phobias out there.
Musophobia; Fear of Mice or Rats
Next up on our list is musophobia. All-Rite Pest Controls bets that even though you may not be familiar with its name, you know someone that struggles with this phobia. Musophobia is the fear of rats and mice. The level of fright that people have of mice and rats varies from person to person. Some people are afraid that they are going to get bit, others are scared of the way they feel, and some are afraid at the mere sight of a rat or mouse.
Ophidiophobia; Fear of Snakes
Our third phobia is another one that you likely know someone that has it. Ophidiophobia is a fear of snakes. Some people will start to feel anxiety at the mere mention of the word snake. Others only freak out if they actually see a snake with their own eyes.
Katsaridaphobia; Fear of Cockroaches
If you suffer from katsaridaphobia is the fear of cockroaches. Most people encounter cockroaches numerous times throughout their life. If you feel extremely uncomfortable or anxious when you see a cockroach you have this phobia. Some people will even have a panic attack if their katsaridaphobia is extreme.
Acaraphobia; Fear of Tiny Insects that Cause Itching
Do not make the mistake of thinking that acaraphobia and arachnophobia and acarphobia are the same. As described above, arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. Acarphobia is the fear of insects that cause bites that itch. This includes ticks, bedbugs, lice, mosquitoes, and more.
If you or someone you love struggles with any of these phobias it can be hard to know what to do about it. The best thing that you can do is make sure you are preventing insects and rodents from getting into your home as much as possible. Having All-Rite Pest Control come out regularly and treat your home for pests is the best way to do this. If you need to set-up your monthly service still give us a call today and we will get you started.
During the summer months many people have plans to host barbecues at their home or the park. Inviting friends and family over for an afternoon or evening of food, fun, and laughter is definitely something to look forward to. Nothing can ruin your barbecue as fast as an infestation of pests during your event. Today All-Rite Pest Control has some tips for you on how to keep pests away from your next barbecue.
Mosquito, Tick & Flea Insect Repellent
Our first tip might seem overly simple but we promise you that experience has taught us that many people do not complete this step on a regular basis. You should use bug repellent when you are outside during your barbecue. It is also a nice gesture to have some insect repellent out for your guests to apply as well. Insect repellent is extremely effective in keeping pests away from you and your guests. We do not have a recommendation on any particular brand, but we do recommend that whatever product you choose contains DEET.
Yellow Jackets & Stinging Insects are Attracted to Soda Cans
Tip number two is also nice and easy to implement. Provide cups for your guests to drink out of during the barbecue. Insects love to fly or crawl into aluminum cans and plastic bottles. If you drink out of a plastic cup bugs are not as likely to crawl into your drink because it does not provide them as good of a hiding place.
Bees & Wasps in Sugar Drinks
The third piece of advice that we have for you today is going to seem a little strange. Get some soda cans, open them, and place them around the perimeter of your barbecue area. As stated above, insects like to crawl or fly into soda cans and water bottles. Placing some soda cans in the area just outside of your designated party area will encourage annoying insects to hide out in those soda cans instead of bugging you and your guests.
Shooaway Fly Fan to Keep Flies & Flying Pests Away
You can make it harder for pests to get to the vicinity of the food by keeping a fan nearby the food tables at your barbecue. If you have a fan blowing it makes it almost impossible for flying insects to fly to and land on your food. A fan strategically placed by the chef will help your chef stay cool as well as keep the insects away.
Mesh & Other Food Covers
Once you are ready to put your food out on the table you will want to cover it. Food coverings make it just one step harder for insects to get onto your food. This will also keep bugs from wanting to hover around the table and irritate your guests as they are getting their plates of food prepared.
Before the big day of your event you will want to make sure that All-Rite Pest Control comes out to spray in and around your home. We pride ourselves on staying up to date on the best pest solutions to help keep pests out of your home and garden. Let us know when your barbecue is and we will make sure that we come before the big day. Contact us for all your pest control needs!
Pests come in all shapes, sizes and appearances. Where some are undeniably grotesque, others can be perceived as cute to others. Generally, pests are known to pester people, either by causing damage to landscape or structure, or by being a health risk, by triggering allergies or asthma, or simply due to venom or poison. With the many pests in Central Kentucky, we at All-Rite Pest Control would like to discuss striped skunks.
How Far Can Skunks Spray?
By smell, sight, and reputation are known to belong to skunks. Although skunk numbers are far greater now, pioneers found the striped skunk when they came to Kentucky. Where there are farms with fencerows, forest edges and old fields, skunks are most abundant in rural Kentucky. These pests are also found in urban areas. When threatened, skunks are known for their ability to spray musk and spray with great accuracy up to 15 feet.
What Do Striped Skunks Look Like?
With a large deep body, small head, and short legs, the striped skunk is about the size of a house cat. Having a broad patch of white on its head and shoulders, the hair is long and black. From the shoulder area may extend part way or all of the way to the base of the bushy tail, two white lines forming a “V.” Though occasionally albino in color, their variations include white, cream, black, and brown. With males being slightly larger in size, both females and males are colored alike. Featuring the forefeet having long, curved claws designed for digging, each foot has five slightly webbed toes. With straighter claws, the rear feet have shorter.
Where Do Striped Skunks Live?
Occupying a wide variety of habitats in Kentucky, striped skunks are highly adaptable from rural areas to the suburbs. Accounting for their numbers growing stronger as civilization and humans encroached is their high adaptability. With their favorite foods including insects, fish, small mammals, crustaceans, grasses, leaves, buds, fruits, grains, nuts, and carrion, striped racoons are omnivorous. Skunks store quantities of body fat in the fall as, although they are not true hibernators. However, they might remain for several weeks or a month at a time when the weather gets cold, they will retreat to protective dens. Only seldomly do they wander around during the daytime since skunks are primarily nocturnal animals. They will occupy dens that have been used previously by groundhogs or foxes or dens they have dug themselves. Beneath logs in the woods, open fields, on hillsides, or under buildings are common places they have dens.
How Long Do Skunks Live?
In late February and continuing through March is the mating season in Kentucky. Striped skunks usually mate several times during this period and females are in heat for four to five days. Moving from den to den mating with females, males tend to be a bit promiscuous. Born pink-skinned and blind, the litters tend to be from 2 to 10 young. By the second week they are furred and by the third week their eyes have opened. With their mother on nightly hunting forays, by the sixth week they are weaned and will be out. When the young will go off on their own, this family will stay together until the next spring. Skunks have fairly short lives and often live only around three years in the wild but usually live around seven.
Skunks cause many problems such as when they dig under foundations and make a home under houses, porches and other buildings. They also damage lawns, gardens and golf courses looking for insect larvae or roots. Striped skunks also tend to disturb garbage cans and trash areas as well as damage beehives as they feed on adult and larval bees.
When you have a problem with striped skunks in Central Kentucky, we at All-Rite Pest Control are readily available to assist you. Contact us today!
Carpenter bees were rightfully named due to their habit of boring into wood. Though they simply drill circular holes to create tunnels inside wood, causing damage, many believe they also eat the wood, but they just excavate it. Unlike common bees, such as honeybees and bumble bees that are social insects, carpenter bees are not social insects. Within inside outdoor eaves, door frames, the sides of structures and trees, carpenter bees nest individually. With this in mind, we at All-Rite Pest Control would like to continue to discuss carpenter bees in Kentucky.
Carpenter Bee Identification
Having oval and robust bodies, they average between 1/4 – 1 inch long and carpenter bees are yellow or black in color. They do lack yellow markings on their abdomens but have other physical characteristics to bumble bees. Where Eastern carpenter bees are the ones that emulate the bumble bees’ appearance, having sleek, black bodies and a patch of yellow hair on their thorax, carpenter bees have more metallic, colorful bodies from species like the California and female valley species.
Signs of a Carpenter Bee Infestation
Among the most common signs of a carpenter bee infestation, there are smooth, round holes that carpenter bees bore into wood. To identify early damage to buildings and the carpenter bee infestation, homeowners should regularly inspect for the presence of these holes and hovering bees in the perimeter of the home and surrounding property. Since carpenter bees preferring bare wood, painting and staining wood can sometimes help. In addition to sealing any cracks and crevices along the property’s foundation and walls with a silicone-based caulk, repair any tears in screens, and keep doors closed at all times to avoid carpenter bees and prevent them from entering the home.
Stinging Insect Control
For proper carpenter bee control (as carpenter bees can be exceptional challenging to remove) it is recommended to contact a licensed pest control professional. Done by the expertise of a professional, the appropriate treatment method and discovering all of the galleries can be easily accomplished. Call in the professionals of All-Rite Pest Control and let our certified experts eliminate the carpenter bees from your home as quickly as possible to prevent the extensive damage they are capable of doing with their wood-boring habits. With efficient removal, we use state-of-the-art equipment and effective products to ensure safe. Our qualified technicians can do the rest if you have a problem carpenter bee. If carpenter bees are allowed to persist, they will weaken the wooden structures and can potentially cost you thousands of dollars. Contact professionals sooner than later.
There are many people that have had to cancel and change their plans for the spring and summer due to coronavirus. The spring and summer are the time of year that most people take vacation and spend time away from home. The problem is that all the places that you may have wanted to visit have been closed and quarantined. That means that you have been stuck at home with your own family and not much to do for months. This is a great time to connect as a family but it does not mean that you are not waiting to be able to get out. You are likely thinking about the trip that you missed or a place that you want to spend time when you can. The great thing is that when it all opens back up you can start to make plans and get out of town. There more people that are out traveling around the country and the world the more likely the chance that you will come in contact with bed bugs. There are lots that you should know about bed bugs after we have all been placed on lock down. All-Rite Pest Control outlines what you need to know when you travel after quarantine.
Are Bed Bugs Gone?
One of the things you might be thinking is that bed bugs are most commonly found in hotels, motels or airports. There are lots of businesses that have not been operational in the last few months. Some of these establishments are the hotels, motels and airports. There are some people that think that bed bugs living in these area must have starved out and be gone by now. The issue is that bed bugs can survive without eating a blood meal for some time including up to a year. As long as they have a place to hide they can continue to survive. As soon as you start going back out and staying and using these areas they can come back up to the surface and eat. This means that you need to continue to be diligent about bed bugs as you start to vacation again.
Can Sanitizer Kill Bed Bugs?
You also might be thinking that the places that are of concern for spreading coronavirus have been cleaned and sanitized. The sanitizing has been done in most places very well but the problem is that sanitizing does not defeat bed bugs. Bed bugs are not treated in the same way as other pests. They are a specialty pest that has to be treated by a company that offers these services. Staying in a place that has been freshly sanitized is not enough to let your guard down when it comes to bed bugs.
Check Hotel Room for Bed Bugs
You want to be sure that you do not let the excitement of a vacation make you forgo checking for pests. You want to be sure you leave your things out of room while you go in and check for signs of bed bugs. If you see any signs you want to talk with the office right away and ask for a new room. They also should be alerted of the issue so that they can have the room and any other rooms treated.
Bed Bug Inspections & Treatments
All-Rite Pest Control can come to your house to inspect for bed bugs and begin a custom treatment plan. Call us today!
There are some pests that come and go depending on the weather. There are others that are a problem all year round. They may not want to be in the weather that is outside but they are happy to get access to your home. Once they are in the house they have a climate controlled place to live and access to food and water they need to survive. The problem is that if you are not diligent and doing what you can to deter pests from getting in your house you could end up with a major infestation. One of the pests that you need to cautious of as the weather is warming up are cockroaches. They are a pest that will start to be quite problematic during the hot summer months. They are not just an annoyance but they can be a problem for your health and safety. All-Rite Pest Control outlines why you need to control cockroaches this summer.
Are Cockroaches Dangerous?
You might be wondering why you need to worry about cockroaches. They are a small pest that can become problematic for many reasons. One issue is that they carry with them germs that can contaminate your food and other surfaces. They walk around on contaminated surfaces then around your house. They can bring with them germs that are dangerous for your family. The other issue that you will come across is that they can be troublesome for your breathing trouble such as asthma. The dead pests can cause debris to fill the air and that can create people to have trouble with breathing, allergies and asthma. You also never see the full amount of cockroaches that are hiding in your house. If you see one running around at night that is a sign that there are many more that you cannot see.
What Do Cockroaches Eat?
If you think that cockroaches are only after well cooked and seasoned food you are wrong. They are not that picky and are willing to go through your trash and under your cupboards in search of the crumbs you leave behind. Even if you clean your kitchen at the end of the day you still have likely left trash in the bag and your dog’s food might be out. This is eating like a king for a colony of cockroaches. You need to be more diligent about what you leave out and do more to keep them out of your house from the start.
How to Keep Roaches Away from Your House or Apartment
You first need to make sure that you are proactive when dealing with cockroaches. They are a pest that will take hold in your house and continue to procreate and this means the infestation will get larger quickly. The best thing you can do is to make sure that you have your home treated by professional pest control. You also need to make sure that you keep food sealed and cleaned. You also want to ensure that you call a professional when you notice any signs of cockroaches.
All-Rite Pest Control can help to keep cockroaches and other pests out of your home. Call us today!