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

If you are traveling anytime in the near future, you should be aware of the potential risk of picking up bed bugs during your travel.

While many people know about how frustrating a bed bug infestation in your home can be, there is a surprising lack of information about how exactly bed bugs most often gain access to your home in the first place.

So what are the facts about bed bug infestations?

The most common way bed bugs gain access to your home is when they are carried into the home after travel. Bed bugs will often hide inside luggage and other containers. They will emerge from their hiding places once inside the home and quickly establish an active infestation. Because bed bugs are able to reproduce rapidly, it can sometimes only require a single female of the species to build a new population. All of this to say that, when traveling, it is critical to avoid picking up stray bed bugs from any hotels, condos, or other areas you might stay.

So at this point you might be thinking, what should you be looking out for?

When you first arrive in a new hotel or condo while traveling, it is important to inspect the room to ensure there are no signs of pest activity BEFORE you unpack. Bed bugs like to hide near areas that humans lay dormant, so the first places to check are beds, couches, and other lounging areas.

For beds, start by checking behind the headboard as well as around any side framing. After that, look on and beneath the mattress. If you see any signs such as small brown marks on the mattress, it is possible that there are bed bugs living nearby.

You should also search beneath the cushions on couches and chairs, and inspect any closets or other areas that previous occupants might have left luggage. Because bed bugs are nocturnal, it is unlikely that you will spot the bugs themselves. However a significant infestation will leave behind obvious signs of activity.

It is important to note even clean, new rooms can still be susceptible to bed bug infestation, so any room you visit should be inspected regardless of its quality.

If you find bed bugs in your room, it is critical to make the hotel staff aware of the situation. Bed bugs can quickly spread from room to room in a large building, and if left unchecked they can be a nightmare for a hotel and its guests.

If you have been staying in a room and find bed bugs after a few days, there are several steps you can take to minimize your frustration and loss.

The first thing you should do is throw away any nonessential items you brought that may have been exposed to bed bugs and thoroughly clean any other items. Then you should document the bed bug activity so that you have proof in case you need to make a claim for losses to the hotel. Most hotels will gladly provide you with a full refund and recompense for damages in these cases, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

If you are concerned that you might have possibly brought bed bugs into your home from travel, DON’T WAIT!

Call in a licensed pest company to inspect your home. You may be tempted initially to attempt to treat bed bugs with DIY products, however these are often ineffective and can give the infestation more time to spread.

Treating bed bugs effectively requires a multi-step approach, and you can save yourself a lot of frustration and expense by calling in a reliable pest control company to treat the home. At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. We approach each treatment as a unique situation, and use a combination of data gathered from inspections of the property and advice from our in-house pest experts to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan guaranteed to deal with your pest problems!

 

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

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House flies can be a BIG problem for homeowners, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

There are a variety of pests that, while not traditionally considered to be problematic, can be a major nuisance for homeowners. Many such types of pests are known as accidental invaders, and they often enter homes by chance while scavenging or following prey.

One pest of this kind, the common house fly, can become a problem for homeowners if left unchecked.

House flies vary in size and appearance depending on species, but are usually grey in coloration and grow to a little less than 1/4 inch in length. While they normally live outdoors, they will sometimes enter homes through open windows or doors.

So why should that matter to you?

While it might seem that one or two flies are a small problem, the truth is that house flies can rapidly reproduce once inside your home, establishing an active infestation. A single female house fly can lay hundreds of eggs at a time, and these eggs can hatch in less than 24 hours. Once the eggs have hatched, the larvae will feed and quickly grow into adulthood. This can allow an infestation to appear in your home seemingly overnight!

House flies have a diverse diet, they can easily subsist off of a variety of potential food sources such as leftover food scraps, pet food, or garbage. This allows them to survive for long periods of time in your home, even if they have no access to traditional food sources. Most of the time, the first sign of an infestation that homeowners notice is an increased number of adult house flies in the home. These flies will usually be found resting in the corners of rooms, on the ceiling, or on top of furniture.

If you are seeing an unusual number of flies in your home, you may want to call in a licensed pest control company. This is beneficial because an expert inspection can identify both what type of fly is active in your home as well as where the infestation is most concentrated.

If treatment is necessary to eliminate the population, a licensed technician will be able to provide the best treatment option for your specific situation, and this can save you expense and frustration in the long run.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for house flies as well as many other pests. Rather than simply using the same generalized treatments for every pests, we use information gathered from a thorough inspection to prepare a safe, targeted treatment plan for your specific pest problems. This allows us to deal with any pest problem you may have quickly, effectively, and at a price that fits your budget!

 

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


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Earwigs, the occasional home invader, Arrow Pest Service-Panama City, FL

Earwigs are a pest that often come inside homes as an occasional invader.

There are a variety of myths surrounding earwigs that give them a more fearsome reputation than they deserve. The strangest of which being the belief that earwigs enter people’s ears during the night and lay eggs in their brains. Naturally this is untrue, and the truth is earwigs represent no threat to humans and spread no diseases or bacteria that can be harmful. While they are harmless, they can still be a nuisance to homeowners and gardeners alike.

Earwigs are members of order Dermaptera, which has over 2000 species around the world.

There are a couple dozen distinct species of earwigs that are active in the United States, a variety of which are native here in Florida. While their appearance varies significantly depending on species, they are usually small, with flat bodies that can allow them to slip into small crevices. Earwigs are usually black, brown, or red in coloration, and can be recognized by the large pincer-like tail located on their abdomen. While this tail may give them a fearsome appearance, it is in fact harmless, and is used defensively to mislead would be predators.

Due to their unusual appearance and prevalence across the world, there are a variety of myths and legends associated with earwigs. They are present in Japanese folklore, as well as the works of European poets such as Thomas Hood. Despite their popularity in folklore, they are quite harmless.

Earwigs typically prefer to live in moist, cool areas with a degree of seclusion. For this reason, they will often be found beneath logs, rock piles, and various types of ground cover such as mulch or pine straw. Earwigs are omnivorous scavengers with a diverse diet, but they prefer to feed on plant matter when possible. Their taste for plant matter can cause them to be a pest for gardeners due to their tendency to eat immature sprouts. They are nocturnal, and are often attracted to lights on porches, which can lead them into homes.

When a population around a home becomes too large, earwigs will sometimes move into homes seeking food. While they do not live in homes permanently, their rapid reproductive rate can allow them to establish a large, transient population. A female earwig can lay up to 50 eggs per day, and newly hatched nymphs grow into adulthood relatively quickly. Earwigs can be active in any part of the home, but prefer areas that are high in moisture such as bathrooms, basements, kitchens, and crawlspaces.

Homeowners will often spot earwigs when they unintentionally expose their hiding spaces. In such cases, earwigs will often quickly scatter, which can be a frightening surprise for the unsuspecting homeowner. There are a variety of treatment methods that can help eliminate an earwig population. Typically, the most effective approach is a multi-step treatment plan involving exclusion techniques such as sealing any gaps or cracks in the exterior of the home as well as applying treatment to the outside. This treatment is typically focused on identified nesting areas such as exterior mulch or areas with significant ground cover. While it is possible to apply treatment to the interior, this is often unnecessary because the earwigs are unable to survive indoors for long periods of time as it is.

 

If you are concerned about earwigs or any other pests in your home. It is often best to call in a licensed pest control company to inspect your property and make recommendations if treatment is necessary. At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying the same, basic treatment plans for every job, we treat each home as a unique situation. We use information gathered through our inspections as well as advisement from our in-house pest experts to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems!

 

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

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Crickets inside my home, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

It is fairly well known that pests will often flee into homes to escape adverse environmental conditions.

However these cases are usually during the fall and winter, when cold temperatures bring many insects and wildlife into homes. What many homeowners are unaware of, however, is that unusually high temperatures as well as low moisture levels in a region can bring a variety of pests into your home that might otherwise have remained far away. One such pest is the camel cricket.

Camel crickets are a variety of wingless crickets that grow to a little less than 2 inches in length. They are usually brown in color, and are most commonly found in cool, damp, and dark environments. It is due to this environmental preference that are often called cave crickets. Cave crickets are very reclusive, and will typically not be seen unless they are disturbed.

So why should homeowners be concerned about them?

In some cases, warm temperatures will make the climate unlivable for camel crickets. Due to this, they will seek out new shelter, and will sometimes make their way into crawlspaces, ventilation shafts, and basements. While is it unlikely that they will remain in the home for an extended period of time, it is possible that the crickets will reproduce and infest the home. Because camel crickets can go an unusually long period of time without eating, it is possible for them to remain hidden in your home without you being aware of the scale of the infestation.

These crickets can in some cases cause damage to linens, but even if they are not personally destructive, other pests that prey on the crickets such as spiders and scorpions can sometimes follow the crickets into the home.

If you are seeing signs of cricket activity, it is important that you remove any possible points of entry that the pests could be exploiting. It is also critical to deal with any environmental conditions that might be conducive to reproduction such as moisture in ventilation or in basements. Due to the camel cricket’s reclusive nature, it may be best to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect the home and identify any signs of pest activity.

At Arrow Pest Service, our technicians are trained professionals with years of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying the same blanket treatment method for every job, we treat each pest problem as a unique situation. We use information gathered from a thorough inspection as well as analysis from our in-house pest professionals to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems quickly and effectively!

 

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

 

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Giant bees swarming, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

Here in Florida, pests are often thriving during the month of August due to the hot, humid climate.

Homeowners will sometimes call us after having spotted what look like giant bees swarming around light sources in the evening. Typically, the insects in question are European Hornets.

The European hornet is a very large species of wasp, growing to approximately 1.3 inches in length.

True to their name, these hornets originated in Europe, and were first spotted in the United States during the 1850’s. European hornets are very distinct, and can be recognized by both their large size and distinct brown and yellow striped coloration.

Unlike most wasp species, European hornets forage at night, which is why they are often spotted in yards and around homes during the late evening. European hornets are social wasps, and therefore they live in a colony that can contain thousands of hornets. The hornets that you spot are usually the workers of the colony gathering food for the queen and larvae. European hornets are predatory, and will feed on a variety of other insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, and yellow jackets.

Since they will often feed on more harmful pests such as termites, they can be beneficial for homeowners if they are not too close to the home.

If you are noticing large numbers of European hornets in close proximity to your home, it is possible that a colony has been established nearby. This can be a risk for both people and pets, as European hornets carry an unusually high amount of venom in their stings which may be dangerous to even those with mild allergies. If you are concerned, the best course of action is to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect your property and identify any signs of pest activity.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying the same basic, generalized treatments in every instance, we treat each job as a unique situation. We use information gathered by a thorough inspection to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plans to resolve your pest problems quickly and completely!

 

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

 

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Argentine Ant colonies, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

There are hundreds of different species of ants active in the United States.

While not all ant species are considered pests, some can cause major problems for homeowners.

One type of ant that is occasionally found in Florida is the Argentine ant.

Argentine ants are relatively small in size, growing between 2-3mm in length as adults. They are usually brown in coloration, but can vary in shade depending on the region. Argentine ants are famous for their massive subterranean colony sizes. A large Argentine ant colony can contain hundreds of egg laying queens and millions of workers. Some Argentine ant colonies grow so large they are considered to be “supercolonies.” One such colony, identified on the coast of California, stretches more than 500 miles in length. Interestingly, researchers have found a genetic link between the California supercolony and two other supercolonies found in Japans and Europe. It is believed that these colonies are linked due to ants from one of the original colonies traveling due to commerce.

Homeowners will often spot Argentine ants when they travel to and from their nests while scavenging. Like most ants, they are omnivorous, and have a very diverse diet with a preference for sweet, sugary foods. They will sometimes enter homes following trails of food scraps or stains left behind by people or pets. For this reason, it is important to keep food well sealed to avoid attracting ants.

Life Cycle of the Argentine ant

Like most types of ants, Argentine ants undergo complete metamorphosis. Their life cycle begins with a fertile queen mating with a male drone. Each queen will continuously lay eggs throughout their life cycles, and they can lay more than 50 eggs per day. These eggs will hatch in a little less than a month, and the emerging larvae will develop into adulthood over the next two and half months. Unlike most ant species, Argentine ants do not have a “swarming season” during which winged alates mate. Instead, the reproductive members of the colony will mate within the nest. If a nest grows too large, a queen will occasionally leave the main nest to establish a satellite colony nearby. These nests are often highly connected and in some cases they will share workers.

If you are seeing large numbers of ants in or around your home, it is possible that a colony is located somewhere nearby. Argentine ants tend to nests in areas with damp, malleable soil, and they are often found beneath or beside structures and sidewalks. In your yard, it is possible to find Argentine ants nesting beneath trees and shrubs, as these areas tend to have the ideal temperature and soil environment they prefer.

While Argentine ants are not known to be destructive, their massive colony sizes can make them a problematic infestation. Argentine ant nests tend to be wide and shallow, which can damage the soil and allow them to spread into your home. To make matters more complicated, it is also difficult to tell how extensive an infestation of these ants has become, since their colonies can spread incredibly far. Due to these difficulties, it is often best to call in a licensed pest control company if you are concerned about the risks of Argentine ants. While DIY pest products can be somewhat effective, they often do little to address the existing colony, and the ants will return once the treatment has expired.

If you are dealing with Argentine ants, or any other pest, you need Arrow Pest Service to resolve your pest problems QUICKLY and EFFECTIVELY! At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than applying the same generalized treatment processes for each job, our technicians begin each job with a thorough inspection of the property. We use the information gathered from this inspection to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to eliminate the infestation!

So if you need pest solutions, call us today at 850-874-1900!

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Palmetto Bugs, Panama City, FL- Arrow Pest Service

There is sometimes confusion among the general public when it comes to the identity of palmetto bugs. While most would generally agree that palmetto bugs are a type of cockroach, the species that is given this name can vary widely depending on the region. Here in Florida, there are two pests that are commonly identified as palmetto bugs, and these are the American cockroach and the Florida woods cockroach.

American Cockroach:

The American cockroach is physically large, growing to around 3 inches. They have a set of wings, and are capable of flight despite their large size. They are usually brown or burgundy in coloration, and have distinct cream colored markings on their backs. Homeowners will often encounter these roaches at night due to their attraction to light. They can make for a disturbing sight when spotted swarming around windows and outdoor lights in large numbers.

American cockroaches prefer dark, damp environments, and can be found in areas such as sewers, basements, crawlspaces, and piles of debris. Due to their rapid reproductive ability, American cockroaches can quickly become a problem in your home. Once an infestation is well established, it can be difficult to remove without professional assistance.

While they can be well at home inside homes. American cockroaches are most often outdoors. They prefer to remain in areas with high moisture content, and can be found in flower beds, beneath wood piles, or on trees.

American cockroaches have a diverse diet. They will consume a variety of plant matter such as leaves, wood particles, and fungi. They also sometimes consume small insects or meat scraps. Inside the home, cockroaches primarily work as scavengers, and will scour kitchens, pantries, and other areas for leftover or spilled food scraps and stains. For this reason, it is important to keep any food sealed so that it is protected from contamination by cockroaches or other pests.

 

Florida Woods Cockroach:

Another pest commonly referred to as the Palmetto bug is the Florida woods cockroach. This cockroach is well known for its ability to release a bad smelling liquid as a defense against predators.

Florida woods cockroaches are fairly large, though not as large as the American cockroach. They grow to around 1.5 inches in length, and are usually black in color. While it may appear at first glance that they lack wings, these cockroaches do in fact have a pair of short wings.
Since they prefer warm, humid environments, the Florida woods cockroach is very common here in Florida. They are also found in the coastal regions of other Southeastern states such as Georgia and Alabama.

Outdoors, these pests tend to hide beneath debris piles or on trees. They are sometimes found hiding on Palmetto leaves, and it is for this that they most likely get their name. While they are no threat outdoors, the Florida woods cockroach will sometimes enter homes in search of a secluded living space or a source of food. They have a strong attraction to warmth, and this can make your home an ideal space for them as the weather becomes colder. If you suspect that these cockroaches are inside your home, it is best to check in areas such as basements and crawlspaces. While looking around, pay particular attention to any areas with significant moisture such as around piping, as this is the most common space for the cockroaches to live.

Fortunately, the Florida woods cockroach only infests homes in rare circumstances. However, as with any cockroach species, they can be very difficult to remove once they establish themselves, so it is important to catch them early.

Whatever name you might call them, the fact is you do not want to deal with cockroaches in your home. If you are dealing with an active infestation, the best solution is to call Arrow Pest Service, Inc. to resolve your pest problems.

 

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying a basic, generalized treatment, our technicians begin every treatment with a thorough inspection of the home. We use the information gathered in this inspection to identify any signs of pest activity and to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

 

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

 

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Wasps and hornet activity in the summertime, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

As the hottest months of summer arrive, pests remain active and thriving here in Florida.

One common pest that homeowners will often deal with during this time are wasps.

There are thousands of different species of wasps, however, and determining which type of wasp is active around your home is an important part of treatment.

Homeowners will often call us after having spotted a few wasps around their property. It is important to note that one or two wasps are not a problem homeowners should be concerned about. In fact, in small numbers, some wasps can be beneficial. They can act as pollinators and help to control the populations of other, more destructive pests.

However, wasps can become a problematic pest when they choose to form nests near to your home. You will often spot nests of wasp species such as the paper wasp on the gables and siding of the house. Their nests will resemble a hanging chandelier, and can become very difficult to remove if they grow too large. A small nest might contain a few wasps, and is relatively easy to remove. However, a larger nest could contain more than a hundred wasps, and this can be dangerous to interact with. For this reason, it is best to deal with a nest as soon as you identify it, as allowing it to grow could create an even larger problem.

On the other hand, if you spot a nest that is shaped similarly to a pot, it is possible that you are dealing with hornets. Hornets are more social than most other wasps, and they can build nests that contain hundreds of members. Hornets are also typically more aggressive in defending their nests, which makes it dangerous to interact with a hornet nest without proper precaution.

If you have located a large nest around your home, it is often best to call Arrow Pest Service to deal with the problem. Hornets and other wasps are very aggressive, and they will often sting a target more than once if it comes too close to their nest. It is therefore usually best to let a professional technician treat the colony.

 

At Arrow Pest Service we have decades of experience treating pests of all kinds. Our technicians are highly trained, and we begin every treatment with a thorough inspection. This helps us to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

 

So if you are having pest problems, or simply have a question, give us a call today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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What’s all the buzzing about?, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

The sight and sound of bees buzzing around your home is a fairly common occurrence during the spring and summer.

There are a variety of different types of bees, and each serves a different function in the ecosystem. One of the most beneficial and probably most well known is the honey bee.

Honey bees are members of genus Apis, and are found throughout the world. While each species is different, most honey bees grow to a little over 1/2 inch in length. They have a somewhat oval shaped body, and can be identified by their striated yellow and brown body pattern on their bodies.

Honey bees are famous for their role as pollinators.

As they gather nectar from plants for their colony, honey bee workers will often pick up pollen from plants and scatter it as they travel to and from their nests. This allows plants to reproduce and to create fruits and vegetables. Naturally, this makes honey bees invaluable to our world. Rather worryingly, honey bee populations have been declining rapidly in the past few years due to what has been dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The primary cause for CCD is unknown, but many experts have attributed this decline to issues such as temperature changes as well as pathogens and poisons.

Like most bees, honey bees are social insects. They establish large colonies with thousands of members. In the wild, these colonies are usually built in crevices such as tree hollows. The structure of the nest itself is made out of a wax that is created and used by the workers during construction. While nests can still be found in the wild, the majority of bee nests are artificially created apiaries that are used by beekeepers to harvest honey. These are specially designed to house the colony and allow honey to be extracted without harming the bees.

 

The social structure of the colony begins with the queen.

Each nest has only one queen, and she is the only reproductive member of the colony. The queen will mate with male drones and lay over 2000 eggs per day. These eggs will hatch as new workers, that will perform various tasks to support the colony such as gathering food and caring for larvae. Unlike many other types of bees, honey bees do not hibernate during the winter. Instead, the bees will gather inside the nest, sharing body warmth and consuming gathered honey to survive.

 

As their name might suggest, honey bees primary food source is the honey that they create. The workers create this honey using nectar that they gather from plants. They deposit this nectar into cells in the nest, where they transform the sugary substance into honey. The supply of honey is critical for the survival of the colony, as it is used to feed the young, undeveloped bees. For this reason, beekeepers must be careful to only extract an amount of honey that will not harm the colony.

 

It is important to note that, due to their value as pollinators, it is best to leave honey bees alone if at all possible.

While certain species, such as African honeybees, can be extremely aggressive, most honey bees are not dangerous to homeowners. However, honey bees are usually aggressive defenders of their colonies, and therefore any person or pet that might approach the colony is at risk for potentially being stung by the bees. While bee stings are not a risk in general, those with allergies can be placed at substantial risk due to nearby bees. For this reason, a nest located too close to the home can be a risk that must be properly dealt with.
The best way to evaluate the potential risk from a nest is to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect your property. A professional technician can identify the location of the nest and determine whether or not it poses a risk to the homeowner. If it is deemed necessary to remove the nest, it is best to rely on Arrow Pest Service to complete this, as the risks of interacting with a honey bee nest are significant.

 

If you are a concerned about bee activity around your home, Arrow Pest Service is your one call solution to your pest problems! We have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our professional technicians can inspect your property and evaluate the best course of action for removing any pests that you might be dealing with in a safe and effective manner!

 

So if you are dealing with pests of any kind, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900. We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

 

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Stink bugs are a major nuisance, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Stink bugs are a pest that can be a major nuisance for homeowners during the spring and summer months.

Due to their rapid reproductive habit and capacity to cause significant damage to various types of plant life, stink bugs are viewed by many as a growing problem in the United States. In many cases, the best way to keep your home stink bug free is to prevent them from gaining access in the first place. Using the information provided here, a responsible homeowner will be better able to keep their home safe from this frustrating pest.

Stink bugs are members of order Hemiptera, and are thus considered to be true bugs. One of the most common species, the brown marmorated stink bug, can sometimes be found around homes in Florida, especially during the warm weather. These bugs grow up to 17mm in length as adults, and can be identified by their varied, dark and light brown coloration.

Life Cycle

During the early summer, the adult females of this species will begin to lay eggs, usually between 20 and 30 at a time. These eggs will be attached to the underside of plants, and in less than a week new nymphs will emerge. The nymphs are fairly easy to spot due to their bright yellow and red colors, and they will quickly feed and grow throughout the rest of the summer.

By fall, these nymphs will be grown adults. They will then seek out a safe, secluded area in which they can live through the cold winter months. It is this that can often bring them into contact with homeowners. A home can provide the stink bugs with the perfect hiding place to remain warm and safe all winter. They will often exploit openings in the exterior of the structure, and can sometimes hide in areas such as crawlspaces and inside walls. Once they are inside the home, it can be much harder to remove them, and as such preventative treatment is often focused on the exterior of the structure. During the spring, the stink bugs will reemerge from their hiding places. They will often be found at this time massed on the exterior of the building.

Beyond the nuisance that they can cause to homeowners, stink bugs can be very damaging to plants as well.

Stink bugs, as adults and as nymphs, feed on a variety of plants. Common plants that they can sometimes consume include the following:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Tomatoes

Due to this threat, many farmers and others who work with agriculture are concerned by the threat that stink bugs may pose as they continue to reproduce and spread. Stink bugs feed on plants by piercing their stems and fruit with their sucking mouthparts. This leaves behind a scar on the plant as it continues to grow, which can ruin its appearance and damage it permanently.

Homeowners concerned with the threat that could be posed by stinkbugs can protect their home by taking several important measures. As stated above, the nuisance caused by stink bugs is due to their tendency to overwinter in homes.

Prevent Stinkbugs from entering your home:

As such, the first step that homeowners should take is to ensure that any cracks or caps in the exterior of the home are sealed. Any other potential openings, such as unsealed windows or unscreened vents, should also be sealed up if possible. If you are concerned about potential vulnerabilities around your home, it is best to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect the home and identify any potential problems.

Ways to Eliminate Stink Bugs:

If you are dealing with stinkbugs already inside the home, there are a few treatment options that can be effective to eliminate the population. Due to the difficulty and risks of using treatment products in your home, homeowners should  call Arrow Pest Service to administer treatment to the home. At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our technicians begin each treatment job with a thorough inspection of the property, which we use to identify any signs of pest activity as well as any conditions that might be conducive to future infestation. Once this is complete, we will formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

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

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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