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Helpful tips on how to prevent bed bugs-Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

Watch the short video above for some helpful tips on bed bug prevention!

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How to avoid bed bugs, Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

If you are like most people, you are probably well aware of the infamous bed bug and the risks that it can pose to your home or to a hotel. Most people are aware and practice the necessary safety tips when staying away from home to make sure that they do not bring bed bugs back home with them. However, hotels and homes are not the only places bed bugs roam. In fact, the threat of bed bug infestation is much more widespread than most people realize.

Recently, a news story emerged about a woman and her family who found bed bugs infesting their seats while on a flight. While this is certainly not a frequent occurrence, the truth is that bed bugs can infest almost any seats, beds, and furniture.

Bed bugs have been found on planes, busses, movie theaters, and a variety of other areas that have a lot of human foot traffic.

Bed bugs thrive in environments that have low light and lots of cracks and gaps to hide within, and with their rapid reproductive rate they can easily infest a new space within just a few days. Due to their secretive nature, it can be quite difficult to spot signs of bed bug activity, especially on a plane where their presence is typically not expected.

Unfortunately, without professional training, you will probably be unable to determine whether or not bed bugs are active when you are on a flight. However, there a few steps you can take to protect yourself. Firstly, you should wear clothing with a lot of skin coverage, as bed bugs cannot bite through most fabrics. If bed bugs do come out to feed, you will immediately recognize them with their distinct flat, oval bodies and reddish-brown coloration.

If you are unlucky enough to find bed bugs on your flight or in your luggage after a flight, it is critical that you notify any airlines or hotels that you stayed with. The truth is, it is entirely possible to carry bed bugs with you for a few days before you are aware of their presence, and most of the time bites from bed bugs do not show up for at least 24 hours. These authorities need to be notified so that they can both warn other passengers and begin the process of removing the bed bugs.

The most important step to staying bed bug free is to avoid bringing the bed bugs into your home.

The best way to do this is to carefully inspect any luggage for signs of bed bug activity before you bring them into your home. While it can be tedious to entirely unpack your luggage outside of your home, it is well worth it to avoid the expense and frustration of treating bed bugs.

While the number of cases of bed bug activity on airlines is fairly low, it is still a risk that frequent travelers should consider. Just taking these few precautions will drastically reduce your chances of dealing with an out of control bed bug infestation.

If you are concerned about potential bed bug activity already in your home, you should call Arrow Pest Service, ASAP.

The fact is, while DIY treatments exist for bed bugs, most of the time these treatments are insufficient to deal with the entire population. Oftentimes, these treatments leave a remnant of the infestation, and in future the bed bugs will return in full force. By calling in a professional pest service, you can ensure that treatment is properly and thoroughly applied.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience serving as a leading pest control provider for the Panama City, Florida area. Our team of pest experts have formulated a wide range of treatment options that we custom fit to your specific pest situations. This ensures that we provide you with the safest, fastest treatment possible.

All of these treatments come backed up by our customer satisfaction guarantee, and are available at prices that fit your budget!

So if you are dealing with bed bugs, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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The ants are invading-Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

As winter comes closer, homeowners here in Florida may soon be facing a new wave of pest activity.

Various species of insect and wildlife pests are much more likely to invade homes during this time period seeking warmth and nourishment.

One of those pests, the pharaoh ant, can cause major problems for homeowners.

Pharaoh ants are a species of yellow colored ants that grow to around 2mm in size. They can be recognized by their distinct black and red body markings, though these can be hard to see at distance due to their small size.

Pharaoh ants often enter homes as the temperature drops and they are attracted to the warmth and nutrients. Due to their small size, they are easily able to infiltrate a home or other structure through even the smallest cracks and gaps. Once inside, pharaoh ants will typically establish a nest somewhere that is secluded and is near to a moisture source. The ants can often be found nesting beneath large appliances and in cabinet and wall voids.

Homes are not the only places that pharaoh ants invade. These ants are notorious for invading hospitals. This is problematic because the ants will often contaminate sterile medical equipment and can even act as vectors for infectious diseases in some instances.

The most obvious sign of pharaoh ant activity in a home are the lines of foraging workers that can be found moving to and from the nest.

If you are dealing with pharaoh ants in your home, you should be very cautious about how you treat them. When they are disturbed, pharaoh ants can perform a practice known as budding in which they scatter from their original nest, spreading further around the building. This can quickly make an infestation much larger and much more difficult to remove. For this reason, it is often best to rely on a professional service to deal with pharaoh ants.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are proud to be one of the leading pest control providers for the Panama City area. We offer a wide range of safe, targeted treatment methods that we custom fit to deal with your specific pest problems!

So if you are dealing with pests of any kind, don’t struggle any longer! Give us a call today at 850-874-1900!

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Rat problem in my attic-Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

Bugs are not the only pests that can create problems for homeowners here in Florida.

There are a large number of wildlife pests that become active as the weather grows colder. Pests such as mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons can cause a major nuisance and potentially damage your home if they are allowed access. One of those pests, the black rat, has been increasingly active recently.

So you may be wondering, what are black rats, and how can I identify them?

Black rats, or roof rats as they are sometimes known, are a species that originated in Asia, migrating to Europe during several thousand years ago. These rats traveled across the world as Europeans explored and are know an active presence here in the United States.

As their name might suggest, black rats are covered in black fur, but can have browner shades depending on the region. These pests grow to around 40cm in length from nose to tail, and are significantly smaller than other species such as the Norway rat.

These rats are often attracted to homes while scavenging for food. They are very agile and skilled climbers, and can take advantage of a variety of commonly exposed access points on the home such as…

  • Unsealed windows and doors
  • Unscreened vents
  • Roof damage
  • Exterior gaps and cracks
  • Crawlspaces
  • Open garages or sheds

Due to their curious nature, they will often find a secluded access point and use it to gain entry to the home. Once inside, the rats will typically seek out a space to establish a nesting site. In the wild, black rats often nest in high altitude areas such as the tops of trees, and they will seek to recreate these environments in homes if possible. As such they will often nest in rafters and attics.

Outside of nest building, black rats will also spend time scavenging around the home for food sources. Black rats have a diverse, omnivorous diet and can consume seeds, fungi, pet foods, meat, and sometimes small vertebrates and insects. They have a voracious diet, and in some cases they can even create problems for farmers by consuming a variety of different agriculturally significant crops.

Rats will often store food in their nests and will begin to reproduce soon after making their home inside the structure. This can quickly allow the population to get out of hand, and before long you can be dealing with a full on infestation in your home. Homeowners will typically first notice the rats due to hearing sounds of their movement during the night.

Beyond this, black rats can be identified by the damage that they leave behind. Areas inhabited by the rats will have excrement and fur left behind, and you may notice grease marks on walls and baseboards. Black rats can also be very destructive houseguests, and you may notice damage to insulation and drywall as well as evidence of chewing on wires and water lines. These types of damages can be expensive to repair and in some cases can create a major fire hazard.

Obviously, no homeowner wants to deal with a rat infestation, and by taking proper precautions you can greatly reduce the probability of an infestation. Generally speaking, the most important part step to keep rats out of your home is to ensure that they have no exploitable avenue to gain access in the first place.

Having an inspection of the exterior of your home by Arrow Pest Service can help to identify potential problem areas before they are exploited by pests. Beyond this, you should also remember to keep any food, including pet food, well sealed and put way. This helps to avoid attracting rats as well as most other invasive pests.

If you suspect rats are already active in your home, your best option is to call Arrow Pest Service to perform an inspection and treatment if necessary. Black rats can be dangerous to interact with without proper training, and they can carry a variety of bacteria and diseases as well that are dangerous to humans and pets. As such, it is typically best to leave this type of treatment in professional hands.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are one of the leading pest providers for the greater Panama City area. We have had decades of experience dealing with pests of all kinds, and we offer a wide variety of targeted treatment options to deal with any pest that you might encounter. These treatments are all backed by our customer satisfaction guarantee, and we have rigorously vetted them to ensure they are the safest, most effective options available!

So if you are dealing with rats in your home, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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There is a mouse in my house!, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

As we begin the fall season and the weather grows colder, homeowners will begin to encounter new pests invading their homes.

The falling temperature will often cause a variety of different wildlife pests to seek out a warm place to winter. One pest that can infest your home during this time is the common house mouse.

So what are house mice, and how can they be a nuisance for homeowners?

House mice are a type of short haired mice that can be gray, black, or brown depending on species and region. Though they vary greatly in size, they are usually between 10 and 30 grams in weight and can be more than 7 inches in length from head to tail.

In the wild, house mice typically live in fields or wooded areas. They are nest builders, and usually will live in covered, secluded areas that keep them and their young warm and safe. Like most mice, the house mouse is very curious, and will often explore around its living area.

Unfortunately, as temperatures fall, the house mouse will often seek out a new, warmer place to live. Your home, with its warm temperatures and access to food, is an ideal hiding place for a house mouse, and many will enter if possible. House mice will often access exterior cracks and gaps in the home such and will enter through vents, pipes, beneath doors, and other small access points. Once inside, the mice will typically gather materials to build a nest. This can often lead to them causing damage to insulation, wiring, and other sensitive materials in the home.

Homeowners often first detect house mouse activity during the night when they hear sounds of mice moving around the home. House mice are resourceful scavengers, and will try to eat any food that is left out unsealed. For this reason, it is critical to properly seal all food (Including pet food!) as well as clean up any food stains and scraps.

Keeping house mice out of your home requires steps similar to most standard wildlife exclusion. However, unlike larger pests such as squirrels, house mice are able to enter into extremely small gaps, and this makes it difficult to fully seal a home from mice. If you already have mice in your home, or want to make sure that your home is protected from mice, it is best to call Arrow Pest Service to perform a thorough inspection of the property.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have spent decades serving as the leading provider of quality pest control in the greater Panama City area. We understand that every house and pest problem is unique, and we have developed a variety of safe, targeted treatment plans to deal with any pest that you might encounter. All of these services come backed by our industry leading quality guarantee and are available at rates that fit your budget!

So if you are dealing with house mice, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Small gray moths flying around my home, Panama City, FL- Arrow Pest Service

There are a variety of different pests that are known for contaminating food in your home.

While each of these can cause problems in their own way, one stands above the rest and is widely considered to be the most common stored food pest of all. This pest is the Indianmeal moth.

Homeowners will sometimes notice small, grayish moths flying around their homes. Because they are so rarely found near to food sources, they are often misidentified as another moth species. The truth is, the gray moths that you are seeing are not the problem you should worry about.

The true threat is posed by the Indianmeal moth larvae.

So how can Indianmeal moth larvae cause problems in your home?

Indianmeal moth larvae have a diverse diet that includes most types of stored foods. This can include pet food, cereal, rice, flour, bread, and other grains. The larvae are often brought into the home originally in infested stored food. Once inside, they will grow into adults that lay more eggs inside the stored food. These eggs will hatch and the new larvae will spread to feed on and contaminate other foods in pantries and cabinet.

Homeowners will often spot the adult moths as well as a silky residue on certain dried foods, but oftentimes they will not realize that these two problems are in fact one and the same. Problems also arise because the larvae tend to target food sources that may not be frequently accessed, so it is possible to have contaminated foods without your knowledge.

It can be difficult to deal with an Indianmeal moth infestation because eliminating the adult moths will do very little to deal with the ongoing infestation.

The only way to completely deal with this problem is to identify and remove the source of the infestation.

Any dry foods that might house larvae should be checked, and if signs of infestation was found they should be thrown out. If you are unable to identify the primary source of the infestation, you should consider calling in a professional pest service to inspect your home.

If you are concerned about potential Indianmeal moth activity, Arrow Pest Service is your one call solution to any pest problem!

We are proud to serve as the leading pest provider for the Panama City area! We offer a variety of specialized treatment methods designed to quickly and effectively deal with any pest threat, all at an affordable price that fits your budget!

So if you are dealing with Indianmeal moths, or simply have a question about any pest, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to keeping your life PEST FREE!

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Wood decay fungi growth, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Here in Panama city, homeowners have been increasingly encountering problems with wood decaying fungi growth. Homeowners are often shocked to find destructive fungi in their otherwise clean and well kept home.

If you have found wood decaying fungi in your home, or are concerned about the possibility, you might be thinking: how can I protect my home?

Wood decaying fungi are not a single species, but instead area group of species that are known for causing damage to wood either through direct attack or simply by growing over wood and causing water damage. These fungi are considered to be a part of the group of pests known as Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO’s). This group includes other destructive pests such as subterranean and dry wood termites.

Some fungi, such as the lignicolous species, grow into the fibers of the wood and cause an internal decay. While not all species are destructive in this way, any type of fungi within this group can cause lasting damage to your home if left unchecked. This can lead to expensive repairs and a great deal of frustration.

The truth is, the spread of wood decaying fungi is usually largely due to environmental factors. Most species of fungi require a large amount of moisture to survive, and typically species only grow in areas with low light. For this reason, you will often find growths in areas such as:

  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Vents
  • Outer eaves of the house
  • Near water features

These areas, along with anywhere else that has a higher than normal moisture level, should be checked if you are concerned about a potential infestation. Removal of a fungal infestation often requires the elimination of conducive conditions that are allowing the fungi to thrive. It is important to note, however, that many times fungi will spears into areas of the structure that are hidden from view, and therefore a growth can be inside walls or in the ceiling of the structure.

For this reason, you may need to call in a licensed pest technician to inspect the home to ensure the fungal growth is completely removed.

Treatment of wood destroying fungus varies depending on species and the severity of the infestation.

While treatment can help to remove the growth itself, it is important to remember that you need to remove the conditions that are allowing the fungi to grow to avoid having issues in the future. If you are concerned about potential wood destroying organism activity in your home, you should consider calling in a licensed pest control company to inspect the property and identify any signs of activity.

WDO pests are covered under most WDO inspection reports, which are required as a part of most real estate transactions here in Florida.A responsible homeowner should consider having an inspection of their home at least once per year to avoid having an infestation grow without their knowledge. With the thousands of different types of pests that could potentially infest your home, it is important that any pest control company you call is equipped to deal with any pest threat.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are a fully licensed pest control company and have served as the leading pest provider for Panama City for decades! We understand that no home and no pest is the same, and that each job is a unique situation requiring a specific treatment approach. Due to this, we offer a wide variety of specialized treatment options that can be employed against any pest you might encounter! All of these treatments come backed by our satisfaction guarantee and at a price that fits your budget!

So if you are dealing with wood decaying fungus, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 

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Bed Bug Heat Treatment

Get Rid of Bed Bugs FAST!

Here at Arrow Pest Service we get a ton of calls every day about Bed Bugs.

Some of the most common questions we get about Bed Bugs are:

  1. What do Bed Bugs look like?
  2. How do we get rid of Bed Bugs?
  3. How long does it take to KILL Bed Bugs?

Watch the video below and you will see exactly what Bed Bugs are and how we get rid of them FAST!

 

So if you need help with bed bugs, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

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Diseases carried by ticks , Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Ticks are a nuisance pest often encountered during outdoor activities.

Ticks are a blood sucking parasite, feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles. While they may seem to just be a mildly annoying pest, their capacity to act as vectors of disease can make them a problem for people and pets!

There are multiple different species of ticks active in regions of the United States. Some, such as the Lone Star tick, have been linked to the spread of disease. The lone star tick is also prevalent across all of the Southeast and is known for its preference for human hosts. While not all species of ticks feed prefer to feed on human blood, most will feed on almost any human or animal when a better alternative is unavailable.

So where do you find ticks, and how can they be a pest?

Ticks are most often encountered in forests and fields. They prefer areas with a lot of shade as well as significant vegetation coverage. Ticks will often wait on ground foliage for a host. Once a host passes by, the tick with attach to your clothes or skin and hitch a ride.

Identifying ticks can be difficult due to the large variation in size and appearance from species to species. However, they are generally fairly small (growing just under 1cm) and are usually brown, black, or red in color.

Most of the time, the occasional tick encountered outdoors will be the only problem you encounter. However, some species of ticks have a more aggressive nature, and will actually enter into structures seeking human hosts.

The most common way that ticks access the home is by traveling on a host.

As stated above, it is fairly common for ticks to attach to your clothes, and they will sometimes detach once inside the home and find a hiding place. Ticks tend to hide indoors in areas that simulate their preferred outdoor environment. For this reason, they can be found in small cracks and gaps around the home, and oftentimes they will be found in closets where outdoor clothing is stored.

While it is uncommon, there have been instances in which ticks have multiplied to establish infestations in home. A single female tick can lay thousands of eggs, so it is entirely possible for a new population to grow in the right circumstances. However, homeowners should be less concerned by this possibility and more concerned about the possibility of diseases spread by ticks.

So you might be wondering, are ticks dangerous?

While terms like “blood sucking” may make ticks seem frightening, tick bites are usually painless. The threat caused by ticks is mostly due to their tendency to act as vectors of multiple different diseases and pathogens. Ticks will often pick up diseases in the blood of a host and spread it to future hosts.

Common tick borne illnesses include:

  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Babesiosis
  • Tularemia
  • Ehrlichiosis

Any one of these illnesses can cause unpleasant symptoms, and some can require medical attention. If you are bitten by a tick and experience unusually symptoms shortly after, you may want to seek medical attention to ensure that you receive any care necessary. A further point on this is that, should you find a tick on your body, you should be very careful with how you remove it. To correctly remove a tick, you should take a pair of tweezers and grip the tick as close to the skin as possible. Once you have gripped the tick, remove it slowly and carefully to avoid breaking off the mouthparts or crushing the tick. Once the tick is removed, you should clean and disinfect the bite area and allow it to heal.

How do you make sure you avoid ticks?

If you are a responsible homeowner, you probably want ticks and any other pests to stay far away from your home. To help facilitate this, you should consider having Arrow Pest Service inspect your home. Regular inspections can often catch a growing pest problem in its early stages, saving you time, frustration, and money in the long run.

So if you are dealing with ticks, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience serving as the industry leader in pest solutions for Panama City. Our technicians are trained pest experts, and we provide a host of safe, fast, and effective treatment options to deal with any pest problem that you might encounter!

 

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