A Great Overview Of Scorpion Problems And Pest Control Service Solutions


What are scorpions?

Scorpions are venomous pests that belong to the class Arachnida along with spiders, ticks, and mites. There are over 1,000 species of scorpions found living worldwide. In our area, two of the most common species are the brown bark scorpion and the desert hairy scorpion.

Scorpions have a segmented body and a long segmented tail that curls up over its body. At the end of their tail is a curved stinger used to inject venom into their prey to subdue them after catching them with their large pincers. Scorpions are excellent hunters, although they rely on touch and vibrations to hunt because, despite having many eyes, these arachnids have poor vision.

Brown bark scorpions are small with adults only growing to about 2 ½ – 3 inches in length. Their body is a brownish-yellow or tan color and their tails are thinner than other scorpion species.

These scorpions are a larger species than the bark scorpion with adults growing to between 5 and 7 inches long. Their bodies are yellow with darker colored markings on their backs. Both their bodies and their tails are covered in small brown hairs.

Are scorpions dangerous?

Scorpions can deliver excruciating stings and the venom most scorpions produce is as potent as bee or wasp venom. In children and people with compromised immune systems, their venom could trigger a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. It is also critical to understand that their venom is potent enough that their stings can be fatal to smaller pets. If scorpions are living on your property, call a professional immediately to remove them safely.

Why do I have a scorpion problem?

Scorpions may take up residence in any yard that provides them with suitable sources of shelter and plenty of food and water. Scorpions feed on a wide variety of prey, including insects, spiders, other scorpions, mice, and even small lizards. Properties with high populations of their preferred food sources will most likely have problems with scorpions.

Where will I find scorpions?

Scorpions are nocturnal hunters and hide during the day in dark, cool, quiet places. Outside, scorpions hide behind tree bark, and under things like rocks, logs, fallen trees, woodpiles, and mulch in garden areas. Moving inside through the spaces under doors, torn windows, cracks in the foundation, or openings in exterior walls, scorpions hide in places that mimic their outdoor environments such as basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms (sinks and tubs), and laundry rooms. It is also important to know that scorpions tend to travel in groups. If you find one scorpion in your home or yard, know that there are likely several more lurking around just out of sight.

Occasional Invaders

What are occasional invaders?

The term “occasional invaders” applies to any insect or arthropod that enter properties sporadically throughout the year. These annoying pests invade Spring, homes and businesses whenever the conditions indoors are more favorable than the living conditions of their natural environments.The most common occasional invaders known to be living throughout our area of eastern are centipedes, crickets, earwigs, millipedes, powder post beetles, and scorpions.

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

In most cases, occasional invaders are simply searching for somewhere that provides more favorable living conditions. They aren’t trying to bite, sting, or hurt you in any way. However, some occasional invaders can be dangerous to your health or cause damage to your property. Powder post beetles bore into the hardwood of properties to lay their eggs, which can damage the structure of your home. These small, wood-boring insects are usually found only once their holes are discovered in decks, rafters, and wooden furniture. Scorpions are capable of inflicting painful stings and, while most scorpion stings aren’t fatal, their venom can still cause disturbing side effects. Some symptoms of typical scorpion stings include itching, redness, swelling, and pain around the affected area.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

Occasional invaders are so called because they only invade occasionally. These pests move away from their original homes if the living conditions of their natural environments become unfavorable. Centipedes and millipedes often invade properties where they can find excess moisture. Earwigs prefer environments that are damp and dark. Scorpions are known to invade properties close to construction sites, as the loud noises and movements scare scorpions away from their normal habitats and into your lawn. From there, pests will invade through cracks, gaps, and other easy entry points around your foundation.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

There are many places occasional invaders will hide; however, there are a few factors that may encourage certain pests to live in separate areas of your property. Powder post beetles bore into hardwood structures. Scorpions prefer areas with high insect activity. Millipedes and centipedes are attracted to moisture and darkness. Earwigs and crickets thrive in cool, damp, and dark locations. All of these occasional invaders are likely to infest dark, moist areas such as basements, bathrooms, crawlspaces, and wall voids.

Centipedes live outside in very moist locations like behind tree bark, in piles of leaves, in trash cans, under mulch, or under rotting logs. Inside, they take up residence in places that mimic their outdoor locations such as basements, bathrooms, and crawlspaces.

Earwigs live outside in damp, dark areas. They are commonly seen in garden areas, in tree stumps, under landscaping ties, and under mulch. Earwigs that make their way inside to escape extremely hot and dry weather conditions are usually found in basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

Millipedes have high moisture needs and prefer to live in and around areas of decaying vegetation. Millipedes don’t usually survive for very long inside because of their high moisture needs, but when indoors they are usually found in basements and crawlspaces.

Crickets live around trash cans, in garden areas, in rock or woodpiles, under fallen trees, and under mulch. Inside, they take up residence in basements, crawlspaces, and laundry rooms. Crickets are often attracted to homes by outdoor lights and areas of moisture. They commonly move inside through gaps under doors, especially walk-out basement doors.

Powder post beetles are wood-boring insects. These wood-destroying insects attack hardwoods and are common invaders of antique furniture, barn wood, building timbers, and hardwood floors. They are often introduced into homes accidentally in infested pieces of wood and wooden structures.

Scorpions live in landscaping timbers, in rocks or woodpiles, in trashcans, under fallen trees, and under logs. They may move inside when the weather becomes too hot, seeking cool, moist shelter. Attics, basements, bathtubs, and sinks are all places that scorpions commonly call home.

scorpion facts to make your skin crawl

Scorpions become more active in Arizona once the temperature rises above 70 degrees. So you’ll see more scorpions from March through October Outside your home, or inside the house, these creepy-crawly creatures can be found anywhere.

Scorpions are as old as dirt.

Scorpions have been giving people the heebie-jeebies for a very, very, very long time. They have been on earth for more than 400 million years. That’s longer than humans and dinosaurs. And in that time, they haven’t changed a whole lot. Scientists know of about 1,500 species of scorpions, but there could be another 1,000 undiscovered types

Scorpions are tough

This tiny arachnid can go an entire year without food! How is this possible? They have fat layers on their exoskeleton that make them resistant to water loss. They can also slow down their metabolism when food is scarce. If that isn’t impressive, they can also live underwater for up to two days.

Their venom is very potent and can, in some rare cases, kill you. Most healthy adults will survive a scorpion sting, though it is very unpleasant. Expect intense, radiating pain near the sting site. Some people have described it as burning like fire. Numbness and tingling are common symptoms, too.

Scorpions are fierce and ruthless hunters

Scorpions have allegiance to no one! They’ll attack insects, other scorpions and even family members. They are very patient hunters, sitting for hours in one spot, still as water, waiting for victims to come too close. A scorpion will then snatch it’s prey with lightning speed as its tail hammers down with paralyzing blows. Once the scorpion’s meal is motionless, it will be torn apart by the pincers.

The  Beginner’s Guide to Scorpion Control

There are many pests that homeowners and business owners have to deal with, but one that makes people stressed out is the scorpion. Because of the fact that these pests look terrifying and the fact that they can sting, most people find them frightening. They definitely aren’t a pest that you want to find in your home or business!

there are many different species of scorpions, there’s really only one species that is common to the area. This is the striped bark scorpion. While scorpions are sometimes thought of as desert animals that only live in hot dry environments, the striped bark scorpion is actually attracted to cool, damp, and dark areas.

Here is a brief overview of the striped bark scorpion:

This scorpion usually is around 2 inches long.

Like most other scorpions, they have a stinger at the end of their tails.

They also have two claw-like pincers.

They are a cloudy, yellow color, and they have dark stripes running down their backs.

They are venomous.

They are nocturnal.

How Dangerous Are Scorpions?

Many species of scorpion are venomous and their stings can be a cause for medical concern. However, how dangerous and deadly a scorpion is depends on the species. As far as the striped bark scorpion is concerned, they are venomous, and their bites are enough of a concern that you should get medical help if you are stung. However, their stings are rarely fatal. The only time these scorpions can cause medical issues severe enough to cause fatalities are when a person is severely allergic.

Where Do Scorpions Hide?

Because of the fact that scorpions are dangerous, and because they can be so unpleasant to encounter, knowing where they hide is important. By knowing where they hide, you can try to avoid them as much as possible.

Signs Of And How To Tell If A House Has Scorpions

Here are some things to evaluate that may indicate a scorpion problem:

External features such as washes, alleys, golf courses

Poorly maintained landscaping

Vacant or poorly maintained home

Other pest infestations

Excessive spider webs

The most important thing to know is that there are tons of properties for sale that don’t have scorpions. Scorpions are common, but not everywhere. Think of them like solitary wasps from your area. They are present and may get into the house but they mostly mind their own business.

No, scorpions are not found everywhere. They are found in pockets throughout and the surrounding area. Many things contribute to scorpion activity, including factors on and adjacent to the property. We have found extreme scorpion infestations at properties and found no scorpions at locations across the street.

Scorpions are not drawn to your home more than any other place in your yard. In most places, it is rare to get scorpions in your home. Scorpions have poor eyesight and use touch as the main guide to finding habitats. They look for small cracks to crawl in. Usually, they are found in the home by accident unless you have another pest problem that is supplying food for the scorpions. If you are purchasing a vacant home there is a higher probability that scorpions are inside the home

No, scorpions do not nest. Scorpions are not a social species that work together and have a queen, like a bee or an ant. They are individuals fighting for survival. If there are ample food and shelter, scorpions may exist in high densities which can appear to be a nest.

Home Mosquitoes Control

3 Natural Dog Mosquito Repellent Options

Spring has been wet and cool in most states this year and that means increased mosquito and black fly activity this summer. Those pesky bugs are a painful nuisance for you and for your dog…and mosquito bite prevention can be an important step in preventing heartworm in your dog. Luckily, there are effective ways to repel bugs without using harmful chemicals or DEET.  There are many natural products available with different active ingredients so how do you know which ones work and which don’t? Here is a brief guide to help you protect your dog safely and effectively.

Lemon eucalyptus oil

The most effective natural mosquito repellent at the time of writing is Repel Lemon Eucalyptus. A 2002 study in the New England Journal of Medicine compared different synthetic chemical and herbal repellents: Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Repellent provided 120.1 minutes of mosquito protection, more than a repellent with a low concentration of the chemical DEET (Off Skintastic for Kids with 4.75% DEET provided 88.4 minutes of protection) and less than Off Deep Woods with 23.8% DEET, which provided 301.5 minutes of protection. A study by the US Department of Agriculture compared four synthetic mosquito repellents and eight natural mosquito repellents and found that Repel Lemon Eucalyptus was the most effective repellent, more so than a 7% DEET repellent.

Lemon eucalyptus oil repellents, in addition to the chemicals DEET and picaridin, have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (which means that the materials have been reviewed and approved for effectiveness and human safety) and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus. A June 2006 Consumer Reports article stated that after conducting their own tests, Repel Lemon Eucalyptus was the best non-DEET mosquito repellent. However, volunteers criticized its odor. Repel can be found online or is available at REI, Target and Wal-Mart.  They do not produce a product for dogs and the product has a strong odor, so use caution when applying.

Geranium oil and soybean oil

A repellent called Bite Blocker ranks second.The New England Journal of Medicine study found that Bite Blocker provided 94.6 minutes of protection against mosquitos. This is slightly more effective than Off Skintastic for Kids (containing 4.75% DEET), which provided 88.4 minutes of protection. The study by the United States Department of Agriculture ranked Bite Blocker number two in effectiveness after Repel. Bite Blocker was rated more effective than a synthetic 7% DEET mosquito repellent.


A well-known natural mosquito repellent. The oils from the plant are used to make lotions, sprays, and candles. A University of Guelph study assessed the effectiveness of 3% citronella candles and 5% citronella incense in protecting subjects from bites. They found that subjects who were positioned near the citronella candles had 42.3% less bites and those near the citronella incense had 24.2% fewer bites. Based on these results, citronella candles shouldn’t be used as a stand-alone repellent, although they may help in combination with topical repellents.

How To Protect Your Dog From Mosquito Bites

It’s summer, but to us dog owners we know what season it really is: flea/tick/mosquito season. It’s that time of the year when you become wary of letting your dog walk through ominous-looking grass and uncut lawns. After all, mosquito bites carry deadly consequences and can transmit diseases like heartworm and West Nile. But if encasing your dog in a protective, unpenetrable bubble doesn’t work for you, here are some ways to keep your dog safe and bite-free all summer.

DON’T use human insect repellent on your dog

Human bug sprays are great for us, but they’re toxic for our furry friends. DEET, the main ingredient in most drugstore bug sprays, can cause vomiting, seizures, and skin irritation when exposed to dogs.

When applying bug spray, make sure your dog doesn’t lick your skin, and if they do, contact your vet immediately.

DO avoid leaving stagnant water around your home

Mosquitoes, much like humans, need water to live. Restricting their access to water is the best way to keep adult mosquitoes from breeding and, thus, unleashing more mosquitoes into your home.

To prevent this, eliminate any standing water around your home (like the puddle of water behind your air conditioner or the dish of three-day-old water under your plants). You might also want to empty your dog’s water bowl at night when you know they won’t be drinking it.

DON’T walk your dog during peak mosquito times

Just like how us humans have rush hours, mosquitoes have their own time of the day when they’re the most active, and those times are at dawn and dusk. Avoid walking your dog during these hours and they’ll be less likely to be bitten.

Here are a few other key points to keep in mind when shopping for bug prevention and repellents:

  • Do not use DEET products. These are meant for humans — not animals!
  • Use only feline-friendly repellents, sprays and treatments. Many pet treatments are specifically designed for dogs and are too strong for cats.
  • Permethrin is not safe for cats. (You should also avoid letting it contact human skin). According to International Cat Care, permethrin poisoning in cats is one of the most commonly reported poisoning in cats worldwide.
  • When outside with your kitty, keep moving! It is much harder for a tick or mosquito to land on a moving target.
  • Many mosquitoes are most active around dusk and dawn, so consider letting your kitty roam in the afternoon.

Limited mosquitoes from breeding in your yard and garden

You are first in line to be bitten by mosquitoes that breed in your own yard and garden! Mosquitoes can breed even in the tiniest amounts of water. Remove stagnant water so mosquitoes can’t breed

  • Clean up your yard and remove anything where water can collect, such as unused pots and tyres.
  • Cover or overturn trailers, wheelbarrows, boats, tools and children’s playground toys to avoid water
  • Regularly clean gutters and drains so water runs freely.
  • Mend leaking taps.
  • Change pet drinking bowls, bird baths and vase waters at least once a week, and more regularly in very warm weather.
  • Put sand around the base of pot plants.
  • Keep swimming pools well maintained or empty or securely covered if not in use.
  • Keep lawns and gardens trimmed back to reduce the areas where mosquitoes rest.

So, How Can I Best Protect My Dog?

Since prevention is the best way for you to keep Fido from these irksome insects, use the following guidelines to minimize risk and reduce exposure:

  • Get rid of any stagnant water in your yard. Check for areas of standing water where mosquitoes breed, including buckets, dog bowls, tarps or umbrellas that may have collected rainwater, leaky irrigation systems, and anywhere else that water can collect and stand.
  • Consider growing plants that naturally repel mosquitoes. Not only are they beautiful, these plants give off a distinct odor that naturally keeps mosquitoes and other pesks at bay. Some such plants (that are totally safe for dogs) include Lemongrass, Lavender, Catnip, Rosemary, and Mint. Unfortunately, while Citronella is great at naturally keeping mosquitoes away, the plant is toxic to dogs and should be kept well out of reach. Check out this article: 6 Dog-Safe Plants that Naturally Repel Mosquitoes (And other Pests!)
  • Use dog-safe insect repellents. There are a variety of dog-safe mosquito repellents available in the form of sprays, wipes, and lotions that can effectively keep the tiny winged bloodsuckers at bay. Never, ever, use insect repellents made for humans as they can be toxic to your dog.
  • Use dog products designed to repel mosquitoes. New to market is a huge collection of essential dog products made with a dog-safe, insect repelling material called InsectShield. InsectShield dog beds, blankets, and raised cots give your dog a comfy spot outside to rest while safely shielded from mosquitoes. Or, outfit your pup with an InsectShield bandana, t-shirt, or hoodie to keep pests away on the go. Best of all, they’ll protect you and your dog at the same time.
  • Keep doors and windows closed when mosquitoes are in season. If you prefer the feel of fresh air from open windows and doors, install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
  • Keep your dog indoors as much as possible. This is especially important in the early morning and early evening when mosquitoes are at their most active.
  • Use a heartworm preventative. Because heartworm disease is so prevalent, every dog should be protected with a monthly heartworm preventative. Remember, preventing heartworms is easy and inexpensive while treating heartworm disease is very costly and very hard on your dog.

Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs Bites

Choosing the Right Bed Bug Inspection Company

With the arrival of new treatments for bed bugs, it has become easier for those with pest problems to get effective treatments to eradicate bugs and other pests. Just calling in a bed bug inspection company, as a start for the process, many homes have been able to find a perfect solution for pest infestations.

Although the results are positive, it is still a daunting process as a homeowner to pick out the best company to begin the inspection process or the treatment itself, for that matter. After all, pest control measures do not come out cheap. Hence, here are a few tips to the home owners about how to pick out the best bed bug inspection company amongst several possible candidates.

Positive and effective inspection methods

None of us like to bring in strangers into our homes for inspection. Since bed bugs inspection involves a rigorous process of checking under mattresses, photo frames, switches and many more, it takes time and effort for the inspecting team to get to the crux of the matter. For this, various inspecting methods, including canine detection services are used by many inspection companies. So, inquire about the way the inspections are done, before calling in for a scrutiny.

Effective treatment methods

When we want to get rid of the pests, inspection is only the initial step, but the most crucial one. However, the bed bugs inspection company should also have treatment processes up in their sleeves, whenever required. Hence, call a service for checking your home which also offers a comprehensive package of treatment processes too, to make the endeavor worthwhile.

Cost-effective and affordable

Pest control measures are always costlier. However, we can still save cost, by comparing the beg bugs inspection company for their effectiveness versus the amount charged for inspection and successive treatment processes.

Choosing a Pest Control Operator

Should I use a pest control company?

Bed bug control requires an integrated pest management (IPM) approach that includes proper preparation and inspection, identification and housekeeping. This will ensure the risk of pesticide exposure is minimized, the environment is protected, and the effectiveness of the treatment is maximized.

Getting rid of bed bug infestations requires the use of pesticides or other treatments. Only pest control professionals should apply pesticides for bed bugs. There are several licensed pest control companies in Saskatchewan who have the proper training and experience to manage a bed bug infestation.

Foggers and bug bombs are not effective against bed bugs. Untrained individuals attempting to control a bed bug infestation on their own may put themselves in dangerous situations, including severe over-application of insecticides or inappropriate use of insecticides.

Choosing a Pest Control Company

The best way to deal with bed bug infestations is Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM combines a variety of techniques and products that pose the least risk to human health and the environment. You can find more information on the IPM approach here (link to 1 Planning).

Only licensed pest control companies should apply pesticides for bed bugs. Other companies may use thermal treatments to solve the problem.

The proposed work should follow all of the principles of Integrated Pest Management, not just pesticide application. It is important to note that eliminating bed bugs may take several treatments. Make sure that the company you hire has a committed treatment plan, including follow up pesticide treatments.

The pest control company should be straightforward and open when discussing details of the service provided. Understand what guarantees are being offered. Bed bug management may be difficult to guarantee, because re-infestation from an outside source is possible. It may require several treatments to control the infestation.

Ask the company for references for bed bug control and check them.

Always deal with a qualified and licensed pest management company. Ask to see their licence. A good company should:

Have extensive experience with bed bug management;

Inspect your property before giving you a price quote or beginning any pesticide application or thermal treatment;

Give you a written inspection report and an action plan of how to prepare for treatment and prevent further infestation;

Base quotes on inspection findings;

Visit often and work with you until the job is done and the bed bugs are gone;

Employ qualified, well-trained pest management operators;

Educate you on how to prevent bed bugs; and

Treat you with respect.

When you speak to the operator ask them to:

Tell you when it’s safe to re-enter a treated room;

Notify your landlord to inspect adjacent apartments for bed bugs;

Agree on a service treatment plan and pricing structure;

Clearly explain what you and the company are each responsible for. If repairs are not part of the service agreement, then the company should provide you with a list of repairs you need to do to solve the problem;

Walk around your home with you during each visit and explain the work being done; and

Point out any conditions that contribute to bed bugs in or near your property, and provide a written inspection report

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are just among the worst pests a person will ever have in a home. A bed bug infestation can cause a major headache. The bugs are difficult to exterminate, and they cause extra anxiety to a homeowner because they feed on human blood and seem to attack during sleep. This Guide to Bed Bugs Control article will focus on strategies, various treatments and costs to get rid of bed bugs

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. The bugs are oval-shaped and brownish in color with flat bodies. Once a bed bug feeds on blood, it tends to swell. Still, even a well-fed bed bug is small enough to hide in crevices and tiny spaces.

Severe reactions to bed bug bites are not common. Most people have no long-lasting reaction to the bites. However, the bites can cause itching and light swelling in humans

The following is a list of things you can do to treat the bites:

Apply an ice pack or a cold cloth to your bites.

Use calamine lotion or an over-the-counter anti-itch cream.

Make a salve by mixing water and baking soda. Apply this mixture to the skin to relieve itching.

Try not to scratch your bites. Scratching can irritate the skin or open the skin, which could increase your risk of developing an infection.

Bed Bug Removal Strategy

There are two strategies you can use to remove bed bugs. The first is to exterminate them using heat, a vacuum, a mattress cover, and chemicals. The other strategy involves making some changes to your home to allow a professional to exterminate.

How Much Do Bed Bug Exterminators Cost? (A Simple Guide)

Bed bugs: frustrating, annoying pests at best…hungry, nocturnal bloodsuckers at worst.

When faced with a bed bug infestation, you’re probably finding yourself deprived of a decent night’s sleep. Even worse, you feel helpless in dealing with the problem yourself considering their size makes them almost impossible to detect.

The only real option you have in this situation is to call a bed bug control service. While a bed bug exterminator is indeed just a quick phone call away, this critical first step is (sometimes) a lot more complicated than you might think

Should You Call A Bed Bug Exterminator?

Bed bugs are indeed quite small and you may want to solve the problem on your own. But can you really get rid of the problem that keeps on biting you in your sleep? Or is it better to call in a pro for bed bug control service?

Why Make the Call?

If this is your first time to consider calling for bed bug control service, chances are that there are still a lot of things that you don’t know about these small (but terrible!) pests.

The size and appearance of bed bugs make these pests nearly invisible to the naked eye. They’re about the same size of a pin head with a brown appearance. Bed bugs have flat bodies that can easily squeeze into the smallest or most restricted hiding spots. They feed on human blood but can also live for more than a year without food.

Bed bug control

Bed bug inspection

There is an overwhelming amount of information on how best to detect and monitor bed bugs – in and amongst the mix of DIY solutions, suggestions from friends, myths and urban legends, a clear solution can be difficult to find.

Entomologists, pest control experts and homeowners all agree on one though – bed bugs are unique and cannot be managed through typical pest control measures. These parasitic insects are incredibly small and can fit into cracks as thin as a credit card – miss two of these expert hiders and you’ll have a brand new infestation on your hands

Challenges in bed bug detection

The most important – and ironically, the most difficult – step in eliminating bed bugs is detection. It is crucial to correctly identify these blood-feeding pests, but adult bed bugs are typically only a few millimeters in length and width. Other stages of the bed bug life cycle (eggs and nymphs) are microscopic and virtually invisible to the naked eye.

Bed bug eggs hatch and nymphs mature with each blood meal, developing into fully-grown adults in months. These adults go on to reproduce and form new colonies; left undetected and untreated, the infestations spread at rapid pace, making sleep a recurring nightmare for the humans they share a bed with.

Western Exterminator bed bug inspection process

At Western Exterminator, we use multiple detection methods to ensure a comprehensive bed bug inspection.

Protection From Termite and Ways to Kill Them

How to Kill Termites With Common Household Products

Termites are pesky insects that can do major damage to your home if they are not stopped. Pest-control services use highly toxic chemicals to eradicate termites from your home and yard. If you suspect you may have a termite problem, you can get a head start and kill them with common household products while you wait for your fumigation appointment.

Step 1

Pour laundry bleach onto any termite colonies that you observe in your yard’s mulched areas. The toxicity of the bleach will kill any termites that come in contact with the liquid. Wear rubber gloves and safety goggles to protect yourself from the harsh chemicals.

Step 2

Fill a quart-sized container (a plastic bucket or glass jar works well) with table salt. Slowly add enough warm water to dissolve the salt. Either pour the mixture over the areas where you have seen termites, or use a kitchen baster filled with the liquid to flood termite galleries in your yard. Galleries are tunnels or channels that the termites have created. The saltwater will flood the galleries to drown the insects and kill them with the high sodium content.

Step 3

Kill termites with the common household lubricant WD-40. The oil sticks to the pests and essentially suffocates them. Use the straw applicator to pump the oil into termite galleries.

Step 4

Disable some of the visible termites with a spray insecticide. This method may not actually kill the termites, but will stun them and slow down their movements enough so you can get some professional help.

Common signs of termite damage to a wall include:

Holes and cavities within walls can indicate the presence of termites. Walls are particularly susceptible to termite damage for a number of reasons: they are accessible from the ground, and their surface area is considerable.

  • Small pin holes, where termites have eaten through the paper coating on drywall and/or wallpaper. You may see dirt in a hole made by subterranean termites. Drywood termites do not leave soil behind.
  • Faint ‘lines’ on drywall. (As termites tunnel through the paperboard on drywall, you may be able to see a map of their tunnels from the outside of the wall.)
  • A hollow sound when you tap on the wall.
  • Bubbling or peeling paint.
  • Baseboards that crumble under slight pressure.
  • Jammed doors or windows. (If termites damage structural components, the house can settle or shift in a way that affects the operation of doors and windows.)

Termites can remain hidden within walls and floors, so it may be difficult to discover their presence. Periodic professional inspections can help detect activity before the termites have time to cause significant damage.

When are termites most active?

Termites swarm in the warm days following rain and are also attracted to warm buildings in the winter. The spring is an especially active time for termites because it is when they mate and form new colonies. However, different termites are more active at different times of the day or year:

Subterranean termite species swarms:

  • February –  May in the morning
  • March – June during the day
  • Fall mornings

Drywood termite species swarms:

  • Spring nights
  • April – July at night
  • Summer days
  • Formosan termites Late spring nights

The Differences Between Ants And Termites

A common mistake people make is confusing termites with white ants. This misconception is an easy one to make as ants and termites are very similar in both shape, size and in some cases behavior.

So what are the differences between ants and termites?  

  • Termites are light in color. They are usually a white/creamy color and can sometimes look quite translucent.
  • Compared to ants termites antennae are completely straight rather than bent.
  • The waist section of a termite is a lot thicker than that of an ants. The section where the thorax meets the abdomen is very narrow on an ant, whereas on a termite this section is quite large.  
  • Both flying ants and termites have two sets of wings. However a termite’s are both the same size compared to an ant who have one set larger than the other.
  • The important thing to note is that there is no such thing as a white ant. If you think you have spotted an insect which looks like a white ant in and around your house then you might have a termite problem on your hands.  

Termite Tips

Homeowners are encouraged to be aware and observant of evidence of termites in order to catch any brewing infestations. :

  • Annual Inspection by a state-licensed termite inspector will look for signs of previous and active infestations as well as conditions conducive for new infestations
  • Taking careful note of the evidence from an indoor termite swarm (such as broken termite wings near window sills or doorways) can be useful in determining where the infestation may be lurking.
  • As in the case of older homes, knowing the history of the home, including previous termite problems, is helpful in keeping a professional termite inspection top of mind.
  • Any additional structure built onto the house requires special attention. Termites can use the gaps and spaces in between concrete pads to travel and set up their colonies.
  • Mud tunnels found on the exterior walls of the home are also a good indication that an infestation is nearby.

Tips To Take Control Racoon In Your Area


How to identify Raccoons

Well adapted to life in both urban and suburban communities, raccoons can be found throughout Southern Canada. The pests are omnivorous and easily recognized for their bushy tails and distinctive mask-like markings on their faces. When they take up residence under porches, within abandoned buildings, and in barns, raccoons cause property damage and leave humans, pets, and livestock at an increased risk of disease contraction.

Raccoon Sounds

Raccoons use over 200 sounds for communication and are capable of emitting a wide range of noises depending on various factors. The pests vocalize excitement in the form of screeching, chittering, and chirping, while warnings are issued using grunts, growls, and snarls. Some of the more unusual raccoon sounds include whistling and clicking of the teeth. At night, these pests may emit screams capable of waking up homeowners and frightening children.

Signs of Infestation

When raccoon infestations are present in buildings, the pests tend to make a lot of noise. House residents may hear scratching, rustling, and squeaking, especially during evening hours. Raccoons also set up latrines near their dens, which is where they deposit their urine and excrement. As such, foul odours should alert individuals to the presence of the pest. Finally, tracks and scratch marks around yards may indicate raccoon infestations.

Raccoon Droppings

Since raccoons often leave their feces in large communal piles, called latrines, cleaning up after these pests can become an ordeal. Homeowners often find raccoon latrines on roofs, decks, attics, haylofts, woodpiles, and other flat, raised areas. To determine whether piles of feces come from raccoons, check for dark, tubular droppings about the diameter of a nickel. If droppings don’t match this description, other latrine-building pests such as badgers may be to blame.

Prevention & Removal of Raccoon Droppings

Discouraging raccoons from living near homes is the best way to escape the risk of roundworm infection. Avoid attracting raccoons in the first place by using tight-sealing garbage bins and bringing outdoor pet food inside overnight.

Raccoon Trapping & Control

Most people love wildlife until it becomes a problem where they live or a disruption in their business. And unfortunately, as cute as raccoons are, in Louisiana they are one of the most common pests we are called out to manage. Raccoons take advantage of shelter in attics as well as raised homes or buildings, and will scavenge through your garbage or even raid your pets’ food on a regular basis. Raccoons are also known as major carriers of rabies, so they can be a serious danger to both pets and people.

Raccoons as a nuisance

Unfortunately, raccoons have adapted well to living in close contact with humans. They’ve learned to where to find food and shelter and remain major problems on roads throughout Louisiana. In addition to the nuisance factor, raccoons can also cause serious problems such as damage to your home or business. In fact, the commercial removal of pests such as raccoons from major industrial businesses and sites is an important service offered by DIAL ONE Pest Control.


If you haven’t experienced a raccoon infestation, and by extension, those poisonous raccoon feces, you’re lucky. And there’s perhaps no better time to book raccoon removal to protect your home. In short, prevention is the best form of humane wildlife control. Choose this method rather than ineffective raccoon pest control that involves bait traps, raccoon repellent, or raccoon cages


Our integrated pest management devises unique raccoon deterrent methods for different forms of raccoon control. For residential or commercial raccoon infestations, we mix and match a variety of pest control techniques. This way, we create custom solutions that are safe and effective to get rid of raccoons.

We use inspection, monitoring, exclusion, and trapping. It’s true, even pest control companies must adhere to minimizing pesticide usage and maximizing humane wildlife removal. Staying aware of how our humane wildlife control services affect not only our customers, but the ecosystem, is essential. After all, we want to create a safe environment for everyone – besides pests!


What are Raccoons?

Raccoons, also nicknamed “coons” for short, are mammals that are rarely seen during the day because of their nocturnal habits. Raccoons are found throughout the United States but are more common in the wooded eastern portions of the country than in the more arid western plains. Continue reading if you want additional raccoon facts.

What Do Raccoons Look Like?

Raccoons are mid-sized animals that are about 2-3 feet long. Their bodies are stocky, round and covered in salt-and-pepper colored fur. Raccoons are known best for the “black mask” of fur around their eyes, also known as a “bandit mask,” and black rings around their furry tails.

Raccoons and Rabies

While not all raccoons have rabies, raccoons in general are major hosts of rabies in the U.S., especially in the eastern part of the country where their populations are increasing. Just because a raccoon is active during the daytime, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s carrying rabies. However, there are some indicators that a raccoon could be infected with the rabies virus. Key symptoms of a rabid raccoon include confusion and disorientation, leg paralysis or difficulty walking, wet and tangled hair, significant aggression, and production of very loud, unusual noises. Rabid raccoons may also foam at the mouth and have watery eyes.

Signs of an Infestation

The key signs of a raccoon infestation are both visual and audible. Damage to a home’s insulation, wood, shingles, electrical wiring, walls or other parts of the structure is a telltale sign that a raccoon has taken up residence inside. Another indication of a raccoon infestation is the presence of droppings, urine stains, or built-up materials from creating a nest.

Additionally, raccoons often raid, and can make a mess of, contents in garbage cans while they are in search of food. If a homeowner notices trash dispersed on the property, raccoons could be to blame. Raccoon paw prints may also be visible in the yard.

Raccoons sometimes kill poultry, destroy bird nests, and damage gardens or crops, so any signs of these types of activities can also mean there is a raccoon infestation. Hearing loud thuds and noises from raccoon movement can also signify a homeowner has raccoons in the home.

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

There are various precautions that homeowners can take to try to avoid a raccoon infestation from taking root. First, raccoons can find access into homes through broken vents, holes, uncapped chimneys and other openings along the roof, which is why homeowners should regularly inspect, repair and seal any of these or other potential points of entry. Loose siding and shingles should also be repaired, and it’s also helpful to install a mesh cover or cap over chimneys and other exposed openings to prevent entry.

Homeowners should store trash in sealed areas, ideally as a locked shed or outhouse. Raccoons are very adept at learning how to open garbage cans, so if trash cans are kept out in the open, it’s best to use tightly fitting, animal-proof lids to avoid unwanted attention from hungry raccoons on the prowl for food. Birdseed, bird feeders and fountains should also be removed, as they are sources of sustenance to raccoons and other wildlife. Likewise, built up debris, brush and leaves can serve as perfect hiding spots and dwellings for raccoons, so it’s important to regularly rid the yard of these piles. Also, consider storing firewood, which raccoons may use to help build a shelter, at least 20 feet from the house during the cooler months.



Raccoons can also carry diseases and are known to threaten pets and small children. If you’re tired of raccoons terrorizing your property, call the experts at Delmar Pest Control for same-day raccoon removal services that are guaranteed or your money back!


Raccoons are known to carry rabies, a potentially fatal disease that is generally transmitted through animal bites. In addition to rabies, raccoons also carry canine distemper, which is potentially fatal to man’s best friend. Lastly, raccoon feces commonly contains roundworm, which releases infectious spores into the air. With the large number of potential health risks posed by raccoons, it’s important to trap and remove and raccoons present on your property as quickly as possible. However, this doesn’t mean that you should attempt to handle raccoons on your own! Call the raccoon removal experts at Delmar for a safe and effective approach to taking care of your raccoon problem.


Wildlife control is a serious business, with dangers being faced by wildlife control experts each and every day. That’s why is especially important to choose a company that holds the proper licenses and certifications, and is fully insured in case there are any unforeseen incidents.

Preventing Cockroaches The Safer Way

How to buy the best pest control for cockroaches

There’s nothing like an unexpected cockroach sighting to turn grown men and women into squealing messes. How did it get in? Does it have an army of cockroach mates back from whence it came (and where is that, exactly)? And let’s not even get started on the joys of a full-scale infestation.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely you’ll ever be completely rid of cockroaches in your home, and cockroach killers can be toxic to humans and pets as well as insects. So how do you make sure you keep the roaches under control while keeping your household safe?

Cockroach killer safety

Cockroach killers can be poisonous if ingested, and some of their chemicals can accumulate and remain in our bodies for years. The best way to avoid a child or pet accidentally ingesting cockroach killers is to prevent roaches in the first place: keep your home clean, take out the bins often and store food in sealed containers. If that’s not possible or that particular horse has bolted, pick the safest cockroach killer you can.

Which cockroach killers are safest?

The best way of finding out about the toxicity of a cockroach killer is by paying attention to the signal heading at the top of the product label – it gives you a warning as to how poisonous the product is.

Importance of exclusion zones

Exclusion zones can be a useful way of keeping children and pets safe from cockroach killers. Since cockroaches like closed, dark spaces, you can target the insecticide in areas that have limited access to babies and pets, such as ground-level cupboards, under the sink, and behind the fridge.

When to call an exterminator for cockroaches? (Detailed Guide)

When you see one, you already know that there’s plenty more hiding away under your fridge or beneath your counters!

The mere sight of roaches crawling across your kitchen floor and on your walls is simply unnerving. As much as you want to get rid of them, the idea of crushing one is downright gross and disgusting.

Should You Call for a Cockroach Exterminator?

Of course, you are more than capable of killing a cockroach or two. Moreover, there’s a couple of DIY solutions that you can try to help you get rid of such burdens at home.

Why Make the Call?

Apart from being a nuisance to your day-to-day life, cockroaches are known carriers of some of the deadliest diseases. The health and well-being of your family is too important to be left to chance.

When to Call an Exterminator?

Cockroaches are stealthy yet troublesome pests and simple problems can easily get out of hand in a matter of days. As a responsible homeowner, it’s critical to know the right time to call a professional exterminator—before the situation gets even worse.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Cockroaches’ presence in business environment poses a real threat of food contamination, damage to stored items and business reputation. Additionally, the health hazards associated with this disease-spreading pest are a real concern for homeowners too.

If you have identified a cockroach problem in your home or business, professional cockroach control service can provide an effective solution for this unwanted pest. Professionals know the best control solutions to combat cockroach infestations and help reduce the risk of re-infestation

Identify Your Pest

A distinct, unpleasant smell is probably one of the most obvious giveaway signs of cockroach presence. Cockroaches leave behind a distinctive smell on surfaces they come into contact with. A cockroach infestation has to be quickly identified and ascertained to ensure that it does not get out of control. Cockroaches are considered pests because of the dangers they pose.

Choose Your Method

DIY or Professional?

When it comes to getting rid of cockroaches, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional. The DIY option explores ways on what you can do to help prevent a cockroach infestation. There are some easy and good housekeeping tips you can practice at home or at work.

Take Action

Contact Rentokil today to get rid of your cockroach problem and eliminate any stress or pest concerns you have in your home or business.

A Guide to Choosing and Using Roach Bait Gel

Shopping for a roach bait gel? Congratulations! You’ve already caught onto what’s possibly the best, most effective way to kill cockroaches and eliminate infestations. Now, you’re faced with a choice: which bait should you buy? Let’s take a look at how gel baits work and what goes into a good bait to help you choose the best product for your situation.

Cockroach Gel Bait: An Overview

Gel bait (codename: cockroach killer gel, for its deadly potency) is among many professional exterminators’ favorite tools. Half of pest management professionals report using gel baits as their primary treatment products.

How cockroach gel works

Roach gel does more than kill the occasional roach scurrying across the floor; it attracts roaches to find and eat its poisonous ingredients, inviting them to their last meals.

How effective is roach gel?

Gel bait is extremely effective at killing both large and small roaches. It has transformed the pest control industry and brought serious power directly to consumers. It’s even successful against the most notorious small roach invader: the German cockroach.

Choose your gel bait.

Good gel bait isn’t designed to kill on contact like a bug killer spray. Instead, baits have delayed effects to allow one roach to spread the insecticide to others. Common active ingredients in gel baits include hydramenthylnon, fipronil and imidacloprid. Most products work against all of the usual roach suspects. Research has shown imidacloprid to be especially effective against German cockroaches.

How To Get Rid of Roaches

Cockroaches are both unpleasant and unsanitary. Getting rid of roaches can be tricky because the two most common roach types (German or American roaches) are eliminated using different techniques. After determining what kind of cockroach you have, follow the recommended treatment plans. We have tips on how to inspect for roaches, critical sanitation/exclusion procedures, and best treatment options to get rid of roaches.

Roach Identification: The first step to get rid of roaches is to identify which type of roach you have. To determine which type of roach you have, first look at their sizes. Afterward, compare physical features and habitats from the information and links below. You may need a flashlight or glue boards to catch them. When in doubt about their identification

Inspection: Proper inspection is critical to success in a roach control treatment plan. Are the roaches the smaller type of roach (an inch or less)? Do they scurry over your kitchen counter when you turn on the light? These are typically German Roaches. Do you have the larger roach (about 1.5 inches) that lives mostly outside and come inside occasionally? Larger roaches require a different treatment plan.

Sanitation: The third step in getting rid of roaches is to investigate sanitation issues. Since roaches need food, water, and a harbor location, it is important to eliminate these sources as much as possible.

Roach Identification by Adult Size and Habitat

The first question that we ask when someone says that they have roaches is, “Where are they living and how big are they?” Correctly identifying what kind of cockroach you have is vital and a key to successfully treating a roach infestation. Getting rid of smaller-sized adult roaches is different than getting rid of larger-sized adult roaches. Cockroaches are nocturnal and will scatter if disturbed. The young, immature roaches look like adults but do not have wings. Once you have correctly identified the cockroach in your area, you can successfully choose treatment options to get rid of your roach problem. Within these pages, we have provided examples of the most common types of roaches found in the USA.

The Time I Had A Pet Blue Wasps

What Are The Effects Of Stings Of Wasps

There are roughly 20,000 species of wasps, but not all of them sting humans. As with bees, only female wasps have stingers. And unlike honeybees, wasps don’t lose their stingers. This means it’s possible to be stung multiple times by the same wasp.

Four common types of stinging wasps include:


Bald-faced hornets are black and white and about three-quarters of an inch long. They are known to be especially aggressive in protecting their distinctive roundish papery nests, which often hang from trees. The European hornet is bigger, measuring closer to 1 inch long. (1) You can identify the European hornet by its reddish-brown head and legs and yellow-and-black striped abdomen (rear end). They nest in the ground, in the hollows of trees, and in spaces inside inside walls. (1) They’re found in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America. (4)

Yellow Jacket

Host an outdoor barbecue and you’ll likely have a few of these unwanted visitors. Yellow jackets are sometimes confused with hornets and bees, but you can easily identify them by their black-and-yellow-striped abdomen and short legs. These wasps are extremely aggressive and sting more often than other types of wasps. Yellow jackets are active from the spring through late summer, and you can find them around the globe. If you live in the southeastern United States, you may see them in large numbers.

Paper Wasp

You’ll find these wasps throughout the U.S., usually flying around structures. Paper wasps are about a half inch to 1 inch long and identified by their reddish-brown to black body and long legs that hang down when they fly.Some paper wasps have yellow rings around their abdomen, making them resemble a yellow jacket. All paper wasps are active during the spring, summer, and fall.

Cicada Killer Wasp

This is one of the largest species of wasp in North America — growing up to 1½ inches — and they’re found throughout the U.S. You can distinguish these from other wasps by their mostly black abdomen with whitish markings. Cicada killer wasps feed on cicadas, another fairly large insect. They rarely sting humans, but will if they feel threatened.

Symptoms of a wasp sting

The majority of people without sting allergies will show only minor symptoms during and after a wasp sting. The initial sensations can include sharp pain or burning at the sting site. Redness, swelling, and itching can occur as well.

Normal local reactions

You’re likely to develop a raised welt around the sting site. A tiny white mark may be visible in the middle of the welt where the stinger punctured your skin. Usually, the pain and swelling recedes within several hours of being stung.

Large local reactions

“Large local reactions” is a term used to describe more pronounced symptoms associated with a wasp or bee sting. People who have large local reactions may be allergic to wasp stings, but they don’t experience life-threatening symptoms, such as anaphylactic shock. Large local reactions to wasp stings include extreme redness and swelling that increases for two or three days after the sting. Nausea and vomiting can also occur. Find out what’s happening in your body during an allergic reaction.

Most of the time, large local reactions subside on their own over the course of a week or so.

Home remedies

First aid for someone who has been stung by a bee or wasp includes a number of dos and don’ts.


  • Stay with the person to watch out for any severe reaction that could develop.
  • Call for urgent medical help if there are signs of an allergic reaction.
  • Remove the stinger promptly if it remains. Honey bee stingers usually stay in the skin, continuing to inject venom.
  • To remove the stinger, wipe over it with a piece of gauze, or scrape a finger nail, piece of card, or a bank card over it.
  • Remain calm and walk away, as wasps and hornets can sting again. They do not usually leave a stinger.
  • Wash the site of the sting with plain soap and water.
  • Apply a cold compress, for example, ice wrapped in a cloth, frozen peas, or a cold cloth to reduce swelling.


  • Squeeze the stinger or use tweezers in an attempt to remove it, as this can cause more venom to be injected.
  • Scratch the sting, as this could aggravate the problem and lead to an infection.
  • Use calamine lotion, vinegar, or bicarbonate of soda. They will not neutralize the venom because it will be deep within the tissues.
  • Burst any blisters that develop, since this can lead to infection.

How can I prevent a bee or wasp sting?

You can take preventive measures to decrease your chance of being stung by an insect. Effective prevention tips include the following:

  • Avoid, and do not disturb, hives and nests
  • When participating in outdoor activities, avoid fragranced body products, bright colors, and sugary drinks
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants outdoors
  • Do not walk barefoot outdoors
  • Do not swat at swarming bees or wasps
  • Exercise caution around fruit trees and blooming flowers
  • Keep garbage away from outdoor activity areas

Handling Bee and Wasp Stings

  • A bee will usually leave behind a stinger attached to a venom sac. Try to remove it as quickly as possible using a scraping motion, without pinching the venom sac at the end. (Wasps don’t leave their stingers in the skin after stinging, which means they can sting more than once.)
  • Wash the area carefully with soap and water. Do this two to three times a day until the skin is healed.
  • Apply an ice pack wrapped in a cloth or a cold, wet washcloth for a few minutes.
  • Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
  • For pain and itching, give an over-the-counter oral antihistamine if your child’s health care provider says it’s OK; follow dosage instructions for your child’s age and weight. You could also apply a corticosteroid cream or calamine lotion to the sting area.
  • A sting anywhere in the mouth needs immediate medical attention because this can quickly cause severe swelling that may block airways.
  • Get medical care if you notice a large skin rash or swelling around the sting site, or if swelling or pain lasts for more than 3 days, which could be signs of an infection.
  • The following signs may indicate a serious or potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. Use an epinephrine auto-injector if it’s available, and call 911 right away if you notice:
    • wheezing or trouble breathing
    • tightness in throat or chest
    • swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
    • dizziness or fainting
    • nausea or vomiting

How To Get Rid Of Bat In The Attic And Other Areas Of A Home

Selecting the Best Bat Removal Professional

If you find one bat in your home, the chances are that you have a full colony living within the house. Bat removal isn’t easy. In fact, it’s quite a tedious job. Bats are classified as a pest species due to their tendency to reside in people’s homes. However, as familiar as these pests may be, much of the public remains confused or misinformed about bats, their habits, and how they can affect humans and the environment.

Bat basics

Contrary to popular belief, bats are not birds or even part of the bird family. They are, in fact, flying mammals that choose to live in large colonies. These pests are often depicted in horror films due to their nocturnal habits and vampire myths. However, they are generally much smaller than those seen in such movies and will typically avoid human contact

Bats can be harmful

As is the case with most creatures, bats will most likely bite out of fear if handled, so always be sure to wear appropriate gloves and attire. This will protect you from contracting possible infections, rabies or similarly harmful diseases that are commonly carried by these mammals.

The most common complaint from homeowners relates to bats living in an attic and the unpleasant odor created by bat droppings (guano). This excrement can quickly pile up, producing a strong, rancid, ammonia-like stench during its decomposition process. Along with the smell comes the presence of H-capsulatum spores (a parasitic fungus). Inhaling these spores can cause humans to contract Histoplasmosis, an infectious respiratory disease. Although the symptoms can vary and are often similar to the flu, prolonged exposure and incorrect treatment due to a misdiagnosis can lead to chronic lung disease.

What to do when you find bats

If you suspect that there are bats in your attic or walls, find a pest management professional that is licensed and well-versed in bat trapping, catching and netting techniques. When calling local pest control companies, ask for a bat removal professional who will perform a permanent bat exclusion and attic clean up which includes the replacement of soiled insulation. Do not attempt to get rid of the pests on your own. Bat removal professionals have the appropriate experience and expertise to tackle anything from bats swarming around an office building to capturing a loose bat in your house.

Bat Pest Control

Bats, the only mammal capable of flight, are a crucial part of our ecosystem. Living exterminators, these flying critters are responsible for controlling pests like mosquitoes from getting out of hand.

Regardless of how useful they are, these creatures have a bad reputation of being associated with the supernatural, and often have been referred to as “flying rats.”

There are several different bat species.

There are multiple bat species that could inhabit your home; each has different habits and habitats. In North America, the following species are most common

Big Brown Bats: These bats are mid-sized mammals that are dark in color. They feed on insects and roost in any high point they can find. You can find them in your eaves, attics, and other high places during the day and hunting at night. They are common nesters during the winter months and can travel alone or in groups.

Little Brown Bats: These little creatures are only about three inches. They can hide in small spaces in the warmer months and seek shelter when they hibernate. Their favorite delicacy includes small, soft-bodied insects, or bugs near slow-moving water.

Natural Insect Control With Bats

Bats get a bum deal. Thought of as blood suckers and destroyers of fruit, bats are seen as frightening pests when in fact almost all are beneficial. Those blood sucking bats? Out of some 1,000 species only three actually take blood from mammals. And those live only in the Central American tropics. Most of the fruit bats live in the tropics as well. The bats, like the tiny Indiana bat that populates most of the midwest and east? They’re not blood suckers. They’re bug suckers. Over 70% of all bats — and more in the U.S. — are insectivores.

A single brown bat can eat between 600 and 1,000 flying insects in an hour, some 5,000 in a single night. And not all insects that bats eat fly. They’ll also pluck tomato hornworms, cucumber beetles, codling moths, earworms (like the kind you find in corn) and stink bugs. If there are insects that plague your garden (like grasshoppers) or you (mosquitoes), well,

Some smaller bats also feed on pollen and flower nectar. Like bees, they’re pollinators. Most of these bats also live south of the border and pollinate such fruits as guava, avocados, bananas, and mangoes. The lesser long tongued bat and the Mexican long tongued bat, both pollinators, migrate into the American southwest and California. Both, sadly, are on the endangered species list.

In fact, bat numbers across America are in decline. The reasons are many but almost all have to do with human activity. Much of this is because of loss of habitat. Many bats live in caves which are subject to vandalism. Other roosting bats are losing their habitat to timber harvesting and land clearing. Pesticides are also a huge killer of bats. A disease — White Nose Syndrome (WNS) — first introduced to this country in 2006, is also a major factor, killing some 6 million bats a year.

As organic gardeners, it’s important that we encourage every natural predator of harmful insects that we can. One thing we can do is provide bat houses near our garden to encourage bats to live there. About the same size as a bird house, bat houses can host dozens of bats (remember, most bats are small). A bat house, by providing a preferable alternative, will also discourage bats from roosting in your attic or garage. If you install a bat house outside, be patient. It may take bats a season or two to find the house and move in.


If you’ve gone this long without hearing the endless news stories and constant complaints from tenants and homeowners about bedbugs, you must have been living under a rock.

A lot of fuss has been made about these tricky insects as bedbugs have a rightly-earned reputation as difficult-to-kill nuisances.

Many reasons are cited for the recent bed bug explosion: increased international travel, increased number of people renting furniture, the uptick in people relying on used clothing items, and of course, the intensifying effects of global climate change

The trick to identifying a bat bug is by recognizing first that you have a bat issue.

Once the little brown bat issue is dealt with, the bug issue can be tackled. It is very important to remember that bats are the catalyst and not the cause of the problem. Bats, possibly due to their nocturnal nature and secretive ways, have been widely mistrusted and feared. Bats are natural, effective pest control specialists — but their portrayal in popular media has led to their vilification.

The truth is that almost all North American bats are insect feeders, catching their prey while in flight or plucking them from vegetation. Many people would likely be surprised to learn that a bat can consume more than its body weight in insects in a single night. Thus, it is very important to find a pest control company who will remove bats from your property without harming them. Bat bugs do not live on bats; they reside where bats live.

Give Bats an Easy Way Out

Homeowners all around the region know that bats can be a common problem — but chances are you’d rather not get too close to determine exactly what kind of winged wildlife is haunting your home.

Most bats pose a threat to human health and, when threatened or fearful, will bite, with some carrying rabies. What’s worse, bats keep questionable company — namely, bat bugs. A relative of the dreaded bed bug, bat bugs feed on blood and, like the bats they flew in on, require professional pest removal in order to be fully eradicated from your home

Where Bats May Be Hiding in Your Home

Bats are brilliant at breaking into spaces that might suit their needs. Barns, attics, eaves, garages, loose siding, even tucking behind shingles and shutters — all are ideal areas for bats to roost.

Dangers of Having Bats in Your Home

The greatest dangers of having bats in your home concern health and hygiene. While bats can carry disease, like rabies, bat guano presents the fungus histoplasmosis. When exposure to histoplasmosis is contained within the lungs, the result is a severe respiratory infection. Bad enough; however, if left untreated, histoplasmosis can spread throughout the body and prove fatal.

Hygienically, an accumulation of guano requires professional removal and sanitation services, along with the complete replacement of insulation within the affected area.