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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service


As we spend time with our loved ones this Christmas season, it is a good time to be able to look back and reminisce on the passing year. It has been a joyful year for us here at Arrow Pest Service. We have had a successful year and have continued to serve our existing customers and we have grown to serve new areas as well.

Our success and wellbeing is in large part due to you, our customer.

Your continued reliance on us as your pest control provider has allowed us to in turn provide for our own families, and for that reason we are very thankful to you. We have always tried to operate with integrity, and we have always wanted those who we serve to feel more like friends and neighbors than just customers. We hope to continue to grow and provide service into the next year and beyond!

 So from our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas.

We are thankful to you for your business, and we hope that you enjoy days of festive cheer with your family and friends!

And remember, if you need a reliable service to keep your home free of pests (including any humbugs!) you can always call us at 850-874-1900!

 

Merry Christmas, and happy New Year!

 

 

 

Japanese Beetles, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

If you are a homeowner interested in caring for your lawn or garden, you are probably aware that there are many threats that can impact the health of your plants. One of the most destructive pests that homeowners sometimes deal with during the spring and summer months is the Japanese beetle.

 

Japanese beetles are an invasive species.

As their name might suggest, they are believed to have originated from Japan, migrating to the US in the early 20th century. Since their arrival, they have thrived in North America due to the abundance of plants that they are able to feed upon.

Japanese beetles can be identified by their bronze colored wings and metallic, green bodies. They are often found swarming around plants beginning around May, when the warm weather causes them to emerge from the ground. Once they have emerged, the females of the species will begin to lay eggs, laying around 50 throughout their lifetime. These eggs will quickly hatch, and the larvae will remain beneath the ground, feeding and growing, until the emerge as adults the next summer.

While they bear a resemblance to the harmless June bug, the Japanese beetle is extremely destructive. The beetle feeds on over 300 different types of plants, and will often leave behind only the “skeleton” of leaves that they consume. Though they normally die off during the summer, the warm weather in Florida can allow the beetles to remain active for much longer than normal, which increases their destructive capacity.

If you are seeing signs of Japanese beetles or the damage from their feeding, the best solution is rapid treatment to protect your plants. Treatment for Japanese beetles is a multi-step process, as the adult beetles as well as the subterranean larvae must both be targeted. For more severe infestations, homeowners should consider calling in a licensed pest control service to deal with the problem.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. We begin every treatment process with a thorough inspection of the property to gather the information that we need to formulate a safe, targeted plan to deal with your specific pest problems!

 

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

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Sod webworms cause major damage in lawns, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

 Caring for your lawn can be a complicated job.

There are a variety of pests that can cause major damage to your lawn if not dealt with it correctly. One of the most notorious and destructive pests that can invade your lawn is the sod webworm.

What are they?

Sod webworms are the larvae of lawn moths, which are a part of genus Crambus. Lawn moths themselves can be fairly annoying due to their habit of flying low to the grass in large numbers when disturbed. However, the sod webworms can be more than just an irritation as they are capable of causing direct damage to your lawn. Both the larvae and adults are nocturnal, which can make them difficult to identify.

What do they look like?

Sod webworms are fairly small, usually around 3/4 inch in size. They can be in a variety of colors depending on species, but are usually greenish-beige in color, with dark, circular spots scattered on their bodies. Because of their small size, it can sometimes be difficult to identify sod webworms until damage starts to appear on the lawn. The adult lawn moths, however, are more easily spotted. They can be identified by their long snouts and sporadic “zig-zag” flight pattern.

Where are they normally found?

Sod webworms live in thatch, typically in parts of the lawn receiving the most direct sunlight. Thatch is the layer of dead stalks and debris that is found just above the soil surface. Oftentimes, an irregular amount of thatch on a lawn is a symptom of an issue with the health of the lawn in general such as a bad ratio of fertilization, a lack of water, or incorrect mowing. Areas with irregular areas like slopes and banks are particularly vulnerable because they often have lower moisture levels due to the difficultly of sufficiently watering such spaces.

Why are they a problem?

Sod webworms are notorious for consuming the leaves and stems of turf grasses and disturbing root systems. While the adult moths will not consume grasses, the larvae have a voracious appetite and can kill portions of grass. When winter approaches, sod web worms will construct silk lined tunnels to escape the cold. These tunnels can break up the soil and damage root systems.

If sod webworms have infested your lawn, the first signs of damage will be small brown spots that appear as the grass dies. While there are several potential causes for brown patches in grass, sod web worm damage will be unusual because it will often be surrounded by untouched, healthy grass where feeding has not occurred. Most damage done by the larvae will occur in the late summer months and end when the larvae move into tunnels to overwinter.

Life Cycle:

The life cycle of sod webworms begins during the early summer months. During this time, adult lawn moths can frequently be seen flying low over turf grasses. The adults will mate and then scatter eggs around the lawn. Each female can produce a few hundred eggs, allowing their population to rapidly grow. After about 10-14 days, the eggs will hatch and the young larvae will begin to feed.

After a short period of time, the cold weather will force the larvae into their tunnels, where they will remain until the warm months return. Once they have emerge again in spring, the larvae will continue to feed and undergo several instars. They will enter into a pupal stage around May, and emerge as adults that will restart the cycle once again. Usually, at least two complete cycles of reproduction will occur in a year.

Keeping Your Lawn Safe:

Sod webworms can be a difficult pest to remove from your lawn. The best way to keep the larvae away from your lawn is to ensure that it remains in the best possible health. By taking the proper steps to care for your lawn, you can greatly reduce the amount of thatch in your lawn. This makes the lawn less appealing for sod webworms, and healthier grass is also more resistant to feeding damage.

If you are already seeing signs of damage from webworms. It is possible to test the soil for infestation by pouring a small amount of soapy water onto the grass. The soap will irritate the webworms, and force them to surface in the grass. This can help to identify an active infestation. If they are in small numbers, they can be eliminated with a rake or other tool after being forced to surface.

For more severe infestations, it may be necessary to use a pesticide solution. While some DIY pesticides can help with this, it is extremely important to apply the pesticide correctly to avoid damaging the lawn or making the area unsafe for pets or children. Because of these difficulties, it can sometimes be better to refer to a lawn care professional to deal with the infestation.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience as both a full service pest control company and a lawn care service. Our team of expert technicians can inspect your lawn, identify any source of problems, and resolve the issue with the most efficient, effective, and safe solution possible. We can also continue to care for your lawn after treatment, keeping it pest free and in perfect health year round!

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

Mack

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Don’t let weeds ruin your lawn, Arrow Pest Service-Panama City, FL

Weeds are one of the biggest obstacles faced by homeowners who are trying to maintain a healthy and beautiful lawn.

There are a large variety of plants that can be classified as weeds, with some species being more common in certain climates and less common in others. Here in Florida, our warm climate and frequent rain are ideal for some of the most notorious types of weeds such as crabgrass, dandelions, clover, and bull thistle.

It is important to note that weeds in a lawn are almost always a symptom of a greater issue.

While small numbers of weeds can sometimes encroach on healthy lawns, it often requires some issue with the health of the lawn to give weeds the foothold they need to establish themselves. For this reason, one of the most effective ways to deal with weeds is to ensure that you keep your lawn in excellent health. Listed below are several tips to maintaining a healthy lawn and keeping weeds away.

Fertilization:

When fertilizing your lawn, it is important to apply only as much as is directed by the packaging. If too much fertilizer is applied to a lawn, the excess can act as a nutrient source for weeds. It is also important to only apply fertilizer during growth seasons for your lawn. If the grasses in the lawn are unable to take advantage of the fertilizer, certain annual weeds can easily use the nutrients to take over your lawn.

Watering:

It is always better to water your lawn less frequently with more water at each application. If a lawn is only lightly watered, the root systems of the grasses will often be shallow. The lack of deep root systems will make the grasses weaker and provide an opportunity for weeds to sprout and where grass might otherwise choke them out.

Mowing:

When mowing your lawn, make sure to avoid mowing too close to the soil. This can weaken turf and expose surface soil to the light, which can allow weeds to sprout more easily. Typically the best setting for mowing is between 2 and 4 inches, depending on the type of mower and type of grass in your lawn.

If weeds are already established in your lawn, it can sometimes be necessary to use herbicide or weed and feed to deal with the problem.

While these types of treatments are very effective, it is extremely important to follow the instructions for the use of these products. Improper application or the use of the wrong type of product can cause major damage to your lawn.

However, just as it is with many species of invasive pests, the best way to deal with weeds is to prevent them from spreading on your lawn in the first place. Following proper lawn care procedures and dealing with any problems early will help to prevent any major problems. If you are already dealing with significant growth of weeds in your lawn, it is often best to refer to a professional service.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience working as both a full service pest control company and lawn care service. Our team can assess the condition of your lawn, resolve any problems with weeds or other issues, and keep your lawn in the best possible health, all at a price that fits your budget!

So if you are dealing with weeds in your lawn, or have a question about pests or lawn care, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Fertilize your lawn the right way, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

If you are a responsible homeowner, then you know that it is just as important to maintain your property on the outside as it is to maintain the inside. One of the most important parts of keeping the area around you home well managed and presentable is maintaining your lawn. Lawn care can be tricky, but by applying a few tips and tricks, you can more easily keep your lawn in good condition.

The first and most critical aspect of lawn care is fertilization.

Without proper fertilization, it is almost impossible to keep a lawn growing and healthy. At the most basic level, fertilizers are a external source of nutrients for grass that typically a mixture of minerals beneficial for growth such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. These three chemicals are the most common ingredients, and different brands of fertilizers contain varying ratios of these chemicals. While the soil naturally recycles nutrients on its own, applying fertilizer to a lawn can provide a boost to growth.

Types of Fertilizer:

 There are a wide range of different types of fertilizers in the market, and each has different advantages and disadvantages. Some common classifications for fertilizers include:

  • Slow-Release: Typically a more expensive option; However this type of fertilizer is more slowly absorbed by the soil and therefore needs to be applied less frequently
  • Fast-Release: Usually a cheaper option, and can show faster results in some cases. However it is critical to apply the correct amount of fertilizer to the lawn to avoid causing damage.
  • Weed and Feed: As its name suggests, these fertilizers contain a mixture of nutrients as well as herbicides that are designed to target specific types of weeds. When applying this fertilizer, it is important to read the labels and determine which types of weeds the product applies.
  • Liquid: Liquid fertilizers are a fast way to apply nutrients to the soil. However, it can be difficult to correctly apply the fertilizer evenly using this method without prior experience.
  • Compost: This is a more environmentally friendly way to fertilize your lawn. Collecting enough compost to use as fertilizer can take time, but compost is longer lasting source of nutrients for the soil. It is also the best option for avoiding possible groundwater contamination that can be caused by over-fertilization. Which of these types that you use mostly depends on your preference. With any fertilizer, the most important rule is to carefully read the product labels to ensure that you apply the correct amount, too much fertilization can damage the lawn and too little can leave it undernourished.

Applying Fertilizer:

How you apply fertilizer to you lawn is often just as important, if not more, than what type of fertilizer you choose. Depending on the size and layout of your lawn, certain spreading methods are better or worse than others.

  • Broadcast/Rotary Spreaders: Ideal for larger lawns, these spreaders work by uniformly releasing their storage contents as they are rotated. These come in varying sizes and allow for larger areas of soil to be fertilized more quickly.
  • Drop Spreaders: In cases where controlled distribution are important, drop spreaders are particularly useful. Generally, these work by uniformly releasing fertilizer from a hopper.
  • Handheld Spreader: Handheld spreaders can be either rotary or drop spreaders. These are better options for smaller lawns or for areas that are difficult to uniformly spread to with a larger machine.

When should you fertilize?

While water is important for applying fertilizer, too much water can wash away fertilizer before it has a chance to be absorbed. Because of this, fertilizer should not be applied if significant rainfall is expected within the next few days.

When you are fertilizing a lawn, it is also important to pay attention to the hydration level of the soil. It is important to make sure that a lawn has been watered at least one or two days before fertilizing. Watering the lawn will make it easier for the soil to absorb the nutrients. It is also helpful to lightly water the lawn after application, as this helps to wash the fertilizer off of the grass itself and into the soil.

Naturally growing grasses can be divided geographically depending on their preferred climate. However, most seed packets contain a mixture of both cool and warm season grass species, which allows those lawns to be fertilized and remain healthy and growing throughout most of the year.

Cool-season grasses are found naturally in cooler, northern climates. These types of grasses should be fertilized during the fall around October or November. For the best results, fertilization should be complete before the cold weather begins to discolor the grass.

Here in the South, our generally warm and humid climate is ideal for warm season grasses such as Bermuda, carpet, and zoysia grass. For warm season grasses, the best time for fertilization is late spring, as this is just before the primary growing season. Depending on the level of rainfall for the year, it can sometimes be necessary to fertilize again in the late summer to better prepare the grass for colder months.

The question of when to fertilize can vary greatly depending the climate and the types of grass that make up the lawn. Grasses can be divided into two categories based on ideal temperature: warm-season grasses and cool-season grasses

 Professional Lawn Care

Caring for your lawn can be a very strenuous and time consuming job. For this reason, some homeowners choose to hire a company to perform periodic lawn care services for them. Professional lawn care and landscaping requires both diligence and technical knowledge to be done correctly. Therefore homeowners should be careful to only hire a company that they can trust to be punctual and efficient.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we offer both solutions for pests problems in and around your home as well as full service lawn care. Our team has years of experience and we are committed to providing you with the highest quality of service in the industry, all at a price that fits your budget! So if you looking for lawn care professionals that you can trust, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Asian Lady Beetles (Lady Bugs), Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

As the weather continues to warm and brings with it an increase in outdoor activities for people to enjoy, many pests also emerge from their winter homes. One common pest homeowners deal with during this time is the Asian lady beetle.

The Lady Bug

The Asian lady beetle is a relatively small beetle, growing to a little under 7mm in length. Taxonomically, it is classified as a member of the family of true beetles known as Coccinellidae. Despite being popularly known as the “Lady bug” it is technically designated as the lady beetle by most pest professionals. The Asian lady beetle is not native to the United States, but was introduced by specialists several decades ago to help combat crop destroying insects. After several failed attempts at establishing itself, the Asian lady beetle is now active across the entire United States and Canada. Here in the Southeast, our warmer climate allows the ladybug beetles a longer period of outdoor activity.

Adult Asian lady beetles range in coloration, and are typically bright red, orange, or yellow in color. This variety in coloration can sometimes make them difficult to identify, however their species can be confirmed by the “M” shaped mark found near the base of the head. Like most spots on their body, typically black or white in color.

Asian lady beetles are a predatory species, and will consume a variety of common garden pests such as aphids and scale insects. This can make them extremely beneficial to gardeners, which was the reason they were originally introduced into the United States to help combat vegetation destroying pests.

 

In the late fall, Asian lady beetles gather in mass around the outside of homes, especially preferring those with light wall coloration. They will seek out any cracks or crevices that can provide them with access to the inside of the home. Once inside, they will find a warm area to survive during the cold winter months.

Lady Bug Life Cycle

When spring arrives, the female ladybugs will begin their reproduction cycle. Asian lady beetles go through what is known as complete metamorphosis, which means that they have 4 distinct stages of development: egg, larval stage, pupal stage, and adulthood. The cycle begins when the females lay eggs on the bottom of leaves and other parts of the plant. The number of eggs laid in each cycle varies, but a single female can lay up to 1000 eggs in some cases. These eggs will take approximately 5 days to hatch, and the larvae that emerge will consume any nearby pests such as aphids as they begin to grow. The larvae will transition after several days into a pupal stage that can last anywhere between a few days and two weeks depending on the species. After this stage is complete, the newly developed adult ladybug beetles will continue to feed on various pests until they are forced inside by the cold weather. The entire reproduction cycle takes less that 25 days to complete, and it can occur several times throughout the season.

 

It is important to note that in some cases Asian ladybug beetles can be an extremely beneficial insect to have near to your home. Their role in limiting the population of destructive pests can be very helpful in protecting gardens or crops. However, if ladybug beetles are massing in or around the home, they can be a pest to homeowners purely due to their large numbers.

Control and prevent Lady Bug infestations

Like many other wintering pests, the best method for preventing a ladybug beetle infestation inside of your home is to prevent them from gaining initial access. Inspecting the exterior of the home for any signs of damage, screening any open vents or gutters, and sealing all doors and windows will help to prevent the pests from entering into the home. If the pest is active indoors, it is possible to use a HEPA filter vacuum or broom to remove the insects, though in cases with large populations this may not be viable. Another method that can be used is the use of light traps to attract the ladybug beetles in dark areas such as attics.

In cases of severe infestations outdoors, an insecticide barrier can be applied to keep the ladybug beetles away from the home. Applying this barrier can be difficult without proper training, and it is often best to rely on a pest professional for those types of treatment.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team of experts has had decades of experience treating pests of all kinds. Our technicians can inspect your home and provide you with the most efficient, effective, and safe pest solutions in the industry, all at a price that fits your budget!

 

So if you are having problems with Asian lady beetles this spring, or simply have a question about any pest, call us today at 850-874-1900! We will be happy to help in any way that we can!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Yellow jackets or Honeybees? Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we often receive many calls about yellow jackets. Yellow jackets are often confused for honeybees due to their similarities in appearance. However, yellow jackets are in fact a species of wasp. Yellow jackets are fairly small, measuring approximately half an inch(14mm). They are characterized by their thin bodies and alternating black/yellow coloration.

Yellow jackets are seasonal pests, creating nests in the early spring and eventually abandoning those nests when the winter months set in. Here in Florida, our warmer weather allows for an extended season of yellow jacket nesting, allowing yellow jackets to remain active in months where the colder temperatures would have wiped them out in other parts of the country.

The diet of the yellow jacket is extremely varied. They can consume nectar, fruit, and other insects as well as many human foods, in particular sugary foods and meats. For this reason, yellow jackets can often be a pest at picnics and are known to swarm around trash cans and other areas containing food scraps.

Yellow jackets can be very beneficial due to their consumption of many species of pests. However, if a yellow jacket nest is built in or near to a home, they can be a threat to people and pets. Yellow jackets are extremely protective of their nests, and will aggressively attack anything that appears to threaten it. Unlike bees, yellow jackets have no barbs on their stingers, and can sting multiple times.

While their stings can be painful, yellow jackets pose no threat to anyone without allergies. However, if you are seriously allergic to yellow jacket venom, you can suffer from what is known as an anaphylactic reaction. This type of reaction is rare, but can be serious, the symptoms of anaphylactic reaction include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Itching
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid pulse

If you or someone you know is stung and begins to show these symptoms, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Most people with allergies to wasp venom do not experience such severe reactions, but it is always a possibility. Yellow jackets can be dangerous to treat without professional assistance. The population of a nest can number in the thousands, and they will often be hidden beneath the ground and in out of the way areas such as around trim or beneath exterior hose heads. If you find a nest near to your home or spot large numbers of workers, you should probably call for a professional inspection.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team has years of experience treating yellow jackets and other types of wasps. Our technicians can inspect in and around your home to locate any nests that are too close for comfort. Once we have located the nests, we will treat the area with the safest and most reliable methods in the industry, all at an affordable price!

So if you are having problems with yellow jackets, or simply have a question about pests, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free! 

Mack

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