Earwigs (pincher bugs) were once widely believed to burrow into your ear while you slept...hence the name. You might have known that one, but did you know that earwigs are one of the few non-social insects to care for their young?
Earwigs clean their eggs to protect them from parasitic fungi, actively fight off predators, and will even feed their young after they have hatched! This may seem common, but in the insect world it is almost unheard of. Just about every other insect follows the "sink or swim" method of parenting.
Unfortunately, earwigs are pests and fast breeders. They can lay up to 60 eggs in a single burrow. Have you ever overturned soil only to see what seems like hundreds of earwigs scurrying about? Or witnessed areas of your garden almost devoured overnight?
Outdoors they can cause serious damage to your garden and ornamental plants. Freshly started gardens are even more at risk. They often go for the tender young plants as soon as they emerge from the ground, wiping out a bed of seedlings before you know it. There goes all of your hard work and money put into starting your lovely garden. Damage to these plants can often be mistaken for slug damage so it's worth knowing how to identify the problem and know what you’re dealing with.
Besides being a pest outdoors, they also love damp places and will commonly be sighted gathering in areas like bathrooms and garages. However, they move quickly and can be seen just about anywhere, even hiding in towels and bedding.
So besides rolling up that newspaper to give it a good smack, give us a call and we will help you with a treatment that will eliminate these pests and give you more peace of mind!
Two separate studies just listed Sacramento in the top 5 worst rat infested cities in the US. The most common rodent in our area is "Rattus rattus" AKA the Roof Rat.
One of the best ways to discourage rodent activity is to reduce their food sources. This is a great first step towards control, and can really make an impact if you can get your neighbors involved. Rats will travel up to 300 feet to forage for food and only require about 1oz of food per day to survive.
Here are some common "culprits" and things you should look for:
1. Fruit trees (especially citrus) - It might not seem like something a rat would go for, but citrus is one of the major food sources for rodents in the winter months. Keeping it off the ground is key - but they will also climb into the tree to get fresh fruit off the branches so you will want to harvest regularly and keep an eye out for gnawed fruit. This is an early sign that you may have a problem.
2. Snails - believe it or not, rats absolutely love "escargot". If you see snail shells in an attic, on a roof, or in random piles around your property you likely have a rat population nearby. Our rodent services includes complimentary snail treatments for this very reason.
3. Dog/Cat food - This is the most commonly found food source and the start of many rat infestations. Keep the bag in a plastic/metal container, and feed your pet inside. A food bowl left outside (especially at night) is like an all you can eat buffet for rats. Rats are used to the smell of domestic pets (even cats) and will not be scared to come right up to the back door for a free meal.
4. Trash bags - We all have those moments where the trash can is full and the garbage man isn't coming for 3 days. Never leave a bag of food waste on the curb or on the side of your house, as tempting as it might be. The best thing you can do is to put it in a sealed empty can (like the green waste) and then switch it once the garbage can is empty.
5. Bird feed - This is a tough one. Birds are great to have around and many people enjoy feeding them, but you are also feeding the local rat population if you just throw bird feed on the ground. If you absolutely have to feed the birds - do it in a rat/squirrel resistant feeder and keep an eye on the bird food that gets kicked out on the ground by the birds. You'll need to clean this up daily if you want to keep your property rodent free.
There are many more factors to rodent control (sealing entry points, population reduction, tree/shrub trimming, sanitation, insulation replacement, etc) but if you follow these 5 steps you are on your way to a rodent reduced neighborhood.
Give us a call or text if you'd like more in depth information or a professional inspection. We are happy to help our neighbors and advice is always free - regardless if you are our client or not.
Things are changing rapidly during the COVID-19 crisis and we are all having to adjust to these changes. As the community stays indoors and business owners temporarily close their doors to the public, we are not the only ones trying to adapt to all this change, pests are too! Rodents are being seen in broad daylight foraging for new food sources, home deliveries and accumulated trash are attracting unwanted pests such as cockroaches and ants, and let’s not forget summer is around the corner which is the season for mosquitoes, flies, and wasps to thrive. So what does this mean for the community? It means people are still at risk for the spread and cause of disease, viruses, allergens, and asthma through insect and rodent infestations.
The professional pest control industry plays a vital role in protecting the public health and we continue to work hard to reduce the threat of pest-borne disease and other illnesses. Coronavirus regulations are being executed and employees trained on new procedures. Technicians are taking precautions and are provided all the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) needed to do the job safely. As an essential service, we appreciate the support of the industry in continuing to protect your home or business as well as your loved ones while we all get through this together (because pests don’t care about social distancing). Stay safe and stay well!
Are you seeing ants? Well you're not the only one, April is a common time of year to spot them. Some will say it's “ant season”, but fact is, there is no single “ant season.” Ants may choose to enter your home at any time of year. Besides being an annoyance, their job is to seek shelter from the elements and forage for food, whether that means rain or shine.
One of the more common ants found in Sacramento is the Odorous House Ant. These are tiny dark brown ants that are frequently spotted indoors this time of year. Like the name suggests, they have a unique rotten coconut/spoiled milk smell when crushed.
Besides making you really popular at parties, knowing this trick will help you identify what type of ant you are dealing with "in a pinch"... No pun intended.
There are approximately 4500 species of cockroaches in the world. In Sacramento the most common are: German, Oriental, American, and the new kid on the block... The Turkestan roach (Blatta lateralis).
What is really interesting is just how quickly the Turkestan roach has taken over California. Just a few years ago you would see Oriental and American roaches but now its 99% Turkestan roaches.
Turkestan roaches are outdoor roaches. That means that they typically live in the sewers, organic waste (leaves), irrigation boxes and other high moisture areas. They are typically content to live their lives outdoors. When they do come inside, its almost always the garage or bathroom... but they can fully infest a home if given the right living conditions.
What has really been strange is just how many I've seen this year. I've lost count of how many times a client who have never seen a roach in their life suddenly have Turkestan roaches in their yard and home.
They don't look like typical cockroaches (especially the female). The male is on the right, female on the left in the photo above.
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