Mosquitoes

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!

 

 

 

Mosquitoes around my home, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Mosquitoes are a very common pest during this time of the year.

Homeowners often report spotting large numbers of mosquitoes around their homes and yards, especially after storms. Mosquitoes thrive in warm, humid climates, which makes them a major problem here in Florida.

Mosquitoes are taxonomically sorted into order Diptera, along with all true flies. They have one pair of wings, and are characterized by their long, thin bodies and large sucking mouthpart known as proboscis.

There are over 3500 identified species of mosquitoes.

They can be found on every continent other than Antarctica, and they are extremely numerous here in the Southeast. Mosquitoes are infamous vectors of disease, and are responsible for millions of deaths every year as they spread illnesses such as malaria, West Nile virus, Zika, and yellow fever. Billions of dollars are spent around the world each year trying to combat the threat caused by mosquitoes, and this makes them one of the most loathed creatures in the animal kingdom. In the United States, we have largely eliminated the more dangerous diseases that can be spread by mosquitoes. Despite this, mosquitoes can still be a frustrating and problematic pest.

Contrary to popular belief, not all species of mosquitoes feed on blood. In fact, only the females of most mosquito species feed on blood, and certain species feed instead on sugary substances such as nectar from plants. When mosquitoes feed on blood, they often pick up diseases and bacteria from the blood of animals or people, this is what makes them such effective vectors of disease.

Mosquitoes reproduce extremely quickly.

After a female mosquito mates, it will immediately seek out a blood meal to provide nutrients for future eggs. Mosquitoes typically lay their eggs in standing water. Any pool of water, from as large as lakes and wetlands to as small as a bucket of water or bird bath can be sufficient for mosquitoes to reproduce. This is why mosquitoes can become problematic during the spring and summer due to increased rainfall and rising temperatures. Each female mosquito can lay as many as one hundred eggs in one cycle, and this allows mosquito populations to grow rapidly. The eggs hatch quickly, and the new larvae, sometimes known as tumblers, feed until they enter a pupal stage. This stage is complete when the new adult mosquitoes emerge and restart the life cycle.

Mosquitoes can quickly become a problem around your home.

Their rapid reproduction allows them to build up a large population in and around your home, this can quickly become a nuisance and ruin any outdoor activities that you might have planned.

Keeping your home mosquito free can be difficult, and treatment varies greatly depending on the scale of the problem. The best way to keep your home mosquito free is to remove any conditions that are conducive to mosquito reproduction. Removing any standing water around your property prevents mosquitoes from reproducing as quickly, and any larger bodies of water such as a pond or lake can be treated with products that can keep mosquitoes away. If you are already dealing with a large mosquito population on your property, it is often best to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect and treat your home.

At Arrow Pest Service, our team has decades of experience treating for pests. Rather than simply providing a basic treatment service, our technicians will thoroughly inspect your property, identifying any signs of pest activity or conditions that are conducive to infestation, and formulate a safe and targeted treatment plan to deal with your specific pest problems. All of this comes at an affordable price and with a commitment to good customer service that cannot be beaten!

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

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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Small flying insects inside of home, Arrow Pest Service-Panama City, FL

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we receive many calls from homeowners who are dealing with large swarms of small flying insects inside of these homes. Typically, these flying insects are gnats or other small flies. Gnats are a very common pest in Florida. There are a variety of different winged insects that fall under the “gnat” category, and they can often be confused with other small flies such as the fruit fly due to their similar appearance and activities.

Gnats, like many other flies, breed in areas that contain decaying organic matter. This is a very broad qualification, and almost any area with decaying plants, animal carcasses, or garbage can provide the ideal conditions for breeding. Inside of the home, gnats and other flies can breed in rotten fruit, potted plants, inside of garbage disposals, or even around collection pans beneath refrigerators.

Once gnats have found an area to reproduce in, they will quickly build up an enormous population. While most types of gnats have a very limited lifespan, their high rate of reproduction more than makes up for this. You will quickly become aware of their presence inside of your home when you spot large numbers of small, darkly colored insects flying around you. Another important factor for gnat infestation is a steady food source. Gnats typically feed on organic matter, but some, such as the black gnat, are known to feed on blood.

The types of gnats that most frequently infest homes are the fungus gnat and the drain fly. The fungus gnat, more commonly known as the plant gnat, is often found inside of potted plants inside of the home. They will often feed on of the fungus that is created in soil when the plant is overwatered, and can reproduce quickly inside of that environment. The drain fly is another common pest, and is often found in drains and sewer systems. They are recognizable by their “furry” bodies and can be very difficult to drown due to their natural resistance to water.

Gnats and other similar flies are typically harmless to humans. However, certain types of gnats are known to bite humans and pets, and some can carry diseases and parasites that can be harmful to humans. To deal with an infestation, the most effective first step is eliminating the breeding ground for the gnats.

  • Avoid overwatering plants
  • Do not leave out exposed fruit
  • Clean out disposals
  • Avoid keeping compost or other organic waste for long periods

With these steps, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of a gnat infestation.

However, if you already have an infestation in your home, it can be difficult to fully eliminate them without professional assistance.  Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have had years of experience handling gnats and other small flies of all types. Our team of trained pest technicians will assess your specific situation, and provide you with the most efficient and effective treatment methods.  So if you have problems with gnats or other flies, call us today at 850-874-1900! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 

Mack

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