Moth flies, also known as drain flies, are small non-biting gnats that can be quite the nuisance to homeowners. Most of the time they are only temporarily problematic; however, untreated areas can quickly lead to a greater issue, with a growing number of uninvited fly guests that will not seem to ever leave. Lingering infestations can be even more challenging, so before you “fly” off the handle with frustration, let’s get a better understanding of how these small creatures thrive and how to treat for them in order to effectively eliminate these stubborn pests.
The most important thing that a moth fly needs to survive is moisture. They can live almost anywhere there is water but are most seen indoors emerging from drains or other areas that contain standing water (even in the smallest amount). The eggs are laid in organic matter like the slimy film you see in pipes or on the water’s surface. Each adult fly can lay up to 300 eggs which hatch within 48 hours. Once hatched, the larvae live in the organic matter for up to 15 days before reaching the pupal stage in which they then morph into the adult moth fly.
Although these flies do not bite, they primarily breed in drains which means they could potentially carry and spread disease-causing bacteria. Infestations can be traced to sink drains, floor drains, sump pumps, and even under homes where pipelines have a break or leak, causing standing water to accumulate.
Sanitation is critical: The removal and clean-up of breeding sources are the best methods for eliminating an infestation. This includes consistent cleaning of drains, repairing leaking or broken pipes, removing any standing water, and making sure all previously saturated areas are completely dry. Bleach and hot water will not eliminate fly larvae! It is best not to treat “on the fly”, but instead, use a stiff drain brush and a bacterial-based cleaning product. Please DO NOT pour insecticides down the drain!
Dry out saturated areas: Make sure to remove all debris and wet materials. You can remove standing water from crawl spaces using a sump pump. After the water has been properly drained, you will need to remove any moisture from the area. Dehumidifiers and fans work well for rapid dry out.
Be persistent: Make sure to inspect for multiple breeding sources by checking every potential area. When in doubt, ask a professional for assistance in locating and eliminating these abrasive pests.
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There are many bugs we encounter in our East Sacramento backyards; however, not all bugs are harmful. Although many may seem like pests, there are some benefits to keeping some around while others can wreak havoc on our food, plants, livestock and even our health. When it comes to pest control, it can seem like a country standoff of “good guys vs. bad guys.”
What are the benefits of keeping some bugs around? There is one famous backyard bug that immediately comes to people’s mind… the ladybug. The vibrant ladybug is a predatory bug that feeds on spider mites and aphids. They can eat up to 5,000 pests in their life span! Another great insect to keep around is the camouflaged praying mantis. They will also eat just about anything as well (including its own kind). And what about the creepy crawly millipede? These large creatures are scavengers and will eat decaying leaves and even garden slugs!
Now that you know we have some bugs on our side helping us out, lets discuss the bad bugs lurking in the shadows. These common pests can be found in almost every home at some point or another. These are the “Hateful Eight” of the pests we find in and around our homes throughout the year.
The Black Widow Spider: These can be identified by their hourglass-shaped mark on the abdomen. They often like to stay in dark secluded spaces but are still to be taken seriously because of their venomous bite. Most people bitten do not suffer serious harm; however, it can be fatal to small children and the elderly.
The Cockroach: Fast breeding and fast moving, cockroaches can spread bacteria and other diseases such as salmonella and E. coli. Their molted skins and droppings can also cause allergens and have even been linked to childhood asthma.
The Flea: Fleabites can be itchy and painful. These annoying creatures can trigger allergic reactions and even transmit serious diseases such as tapeworms and typhus.
The Wasp: Unlike bees, wasps do not die after they sting someone. They can sting multiple times, and this can be deadly to anyone who is allergic.
The Mosquito: Causing more deaths to humans than any other insect in the world, their bites have infected people with some of the deadliest diseases such as the West Nile virus, malaria, and yellow fever. They can also cause heartworms in pets.
The Fly: House flies can carry some of the most dangerous germs resulting in the spread of bacillary, cholera, typhoid, tuberculosis, and infantile diarrhea.
The Tick: Ticks do not jump or fly, they use other methods to find a host to latch onto. With their impressive sensory organs they can detect carbon dioxide you exhale and can also sense odors, vibrations, and heat. Their bite can be undetectable at times and they are carriers to various fevers and Lyme disease.
If you are encountering these unwanted pests, a pest professional can safely eliminate them from your home. The good guys are in town and they are here for you!
It is easy to believe that just because you don’t see any bugs means that you don’t need a “bug guy.” Quite the contrary; there is a purpose for offering a recurring pest service and that reason is prevention, also known as integrated pest management, which is important in suppressing pest populations.
Prevention is one of the key factors in pest control practices. It’s like the saying goes, “Just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.” A lot of pest issues will go undetected for quite some time and can get to the point of a full-blown infestation which can be much more costly than a regular monthly pest treatment. The recurring service will not only keep costs down in the long run but will also help in minimizing the pests that take a while to eradicate such as spiders, fleas and roaches. It will also help control the seasonal pests that have different treatment methods depending on the type of pest and weather conditions.
Additionally, pest treatments go beyond helping customers with their peace of mind. We not only protect people’s health but we also protect their property and our food supply. Certain pests can be a serious health risk, carrying and spreading bacteria and disease without you even knowing it… rodents, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and fleas to name a few. The prevention and protection against these diseases also play a huge role in our food industry. Restaurants and agriculture are big targets for pests because they can be an “all you can eat” buffet! Let’s not forget the importance of protecting our investments either. Removing rodents, wasps, and wood destroying organisms can reduce the amount of destruction they can cause to your home or commercial building.
If you live in East Sacramento, please give us a call to get onboard with protecting your home and family. There are great benefits to hiring a pest professional when home remedies are just not enough. Our technicians are licensed and trained to use products regulated by the State of California so that you know the job is being done safely.
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Rain rain go away, the pests are coming in to play!
Winter months bring cold weather, rain and less bugs (or so one may think), leading people to believe they do not need pest control this time of year. However, it is a common misconception that bugs die off in the winter. This actually isn’t the case at all. So where do they all go in colder weather? Well, they just move to someplace warmer…your home!
Bugs will enter through cracks and crevices until they find shelter in wall voids, attics, basements and crawl spaces. The pests that do not enter structures will burrow underground or even in trees to survive. Another common misconception is that bugs also hibernate. Truth is, the state they go into is called a “dormant state” -meaning they slow down to conserve energy, a behavior caused by cold weather and lack of food sources.
In addition to bugs trying to find a warmer place to call home, rodents will do the same. This is why recurring treatment and routine inspections are important. Installing door sweeps, weather stripping and sealing up any rodent entry points can help reduce or prevent infestation.
So when winter months hit, it may be wise to reconsider the need for pest control. Without a recurring service you may find that once things warm back up in the spring, high numbers of pests will start popping back up. The invasion of your property could call for an extensive and expensive treatment.
When it comes to pests, “peace of mind” can be priceless…because pests don’t wear sweaters!
First and foremost, THANK YOU! 2020 has been an exceptionally unpredictable year which has required continuous change and resilience. As some of our customers may know, Peacemaker Pest Control started as a dream that flourished with the provision of our local community.
We value each customer and have been dedicated to providing East Sacramento’s neighborhoods with quality, eco-friendly pest control services for your families. You are the reason our small business has remained in operation and we are tremendously grateful for your support. Because of this, we encourage everyone to keep the small businesses thriving during these unparalleled times.
December is a magical time of year. It’s a month of joy, love and togetherness… It’s the warmth of the season and hope for a bright new year. So, from our family to yours, we wish you peace and joy through this holiday season. See you next year!
Let’s talk about one of the most misunderstood animals in the Americas… the opossum (not possum). Even their name is misunderstood! Many people assume that opossums are a large type of rodent, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They are actually North America’s only marsupial (mar-su-pial) which are mammals that bear a pouch to care for their young, similar to kangaroos and koalas. Their range of species have said to have been in existence around 65 million years ago. The word “opossum” is derived from the Powhatan language meaning “white beast.”
So why are we discussing opossums in the first place? Because awesome opossums are nature’s pest control and trash management and we see them often here in East Sacramento! These small sanitation engineers are optimistic omnivores whose diet consists of all types of bugs including cockroaches, beetles, ticks, snails and sometimes even mice and rats. To further help assist in cleaning up our environment, opossums are also known to eat garbage and roadkill. If there is an opossum in your yard though, need not worry, as they are no threat to you, your pets or your garden.
I am going to let you in on a secret and reveal some myths about these mysterious creatures. Opossums do not carry rabies and in fact, have a natural immunity against viruses, poisons and venom due to their lower body temperature and peptide proteins found in their bloodstream. They have peaceful and nonaggressive features, but like any animal they can exhibit defense systems when frightened or threatened. These mammals have an impressive collection of 50 teeth and can drool and blow snot bubbles to appear sick in hopes to ward off any predators. They are also known to play dead, which is an involuntary action caused by extreme fear. The opossum will gain consciousness when the coast is clear and then get out of dodge. Are you mind-blown yet? You should be!
Opossums are nocturnal and prefer to sleep alone. Despite what we have seen in our childhood cartoons, they do not sleep or hang by their tails. They spend their nights searching for food and sleep sound during the day, often under houses, sheds or piles of cardboard and rubble. This usually isn’t a cause for concern, as they will carry on their way to a new den after a few days to avoid predators. Whether residential, rural or in the wilderness, opossums are a benefit to the areas they inhabit and are proven to do more good than they ever do harm. These lovely creatures not only play a vital role in our ecosystem, they keep our neighborhoods cleaner of unwanted pests.
You are more likely to witness a visiting opossum if you have food sources such as pet food left outside, overripe and rotting fruit from trees or water. You can protect these shy and docile animals by keeping areas clean where you have dogs. However, if you see an injured or orphan opossum please contact your local wildlife rescue in East Sacramento. Otherwise, it’s best to leave them be and enjoy watching wildlife in your own backyard.
Trick or Treat? Fall is here and it’s not unusual for rodents to start preparing for winter in places they aren’t wanted, like inside of your home. It’s a common misconception that rats hibernate in the winter, like many other animals do; however, they don’t become less active as many may think. They seek out shelter and warmth through entry points into the home and even if they have a burrow, they can look to create new entry points. This can raise concern for homeowners and the risk of them gnawing through gas and electrical lines, but rats can cause more harm than this. Structural damage, disease and infestations are also important to keep in mind. So instead of playing a rat’s favorite game of “hide and squeak” here are some ways to protect you and your home this winter.
Seal entry points: Sacramento’s rodents can come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common… their bodies are a lot like jell-o. Although they get big in size, they can squeeze their way into some incredibly small spaces! A general rule of thumb is that any hole or gap that is a quarter inch is an entry point for a rodent. So, the first step to protect your home is sealing those entry points.
Eliminate food sources: is key. Keep garbage bins sealed tight and away from the home, keep attics and basements clear year-round, and store food in airtight containers. Rodents also seek out any food that’s left out, including pet food, crumbs and leftovers. Keeping a clean home will eliminate the potential food sources for these furry creatures.
Maintain consistency: In addition to the season changing I think it’s important to mention how COVID-19 has also contributed to Sacramento’s current rodent problem as many homeowners are experiencing a dramatic increase in rodent activity around their homes. Rodents rely heavily on the waste from restaurant and other commercial establishments so the shut-down has forced them to look for food sources elsewhere. There have been many reports of rodents actually acting more “aggressive and unusual” because of this. With this in mind, it is best to be proactive and use these rodent control techniques every day.
Please contact our office if you need assistance with rodent control around your home or if you have any questions about rodent prevention so that your home doesn’t become the next rodent “squeakeasy.”
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