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Roof rats around my home, Panama City,FL – Arrow Pest Service

Rats are an undesirable houseguest in any circumstance.

Finding a rat in your home can cause quite a fright, and naturally homeowners want to keep their home protected from rats and similar pests. While most people might expect rats to congregate to dark, secluded areas of the home such as the basement or garage, the truth is the most common area for infestation is the attic. One of the most common types of rats that infest homes here in Florida is the roof rat.

Roof rats, which are sometimes known as ship rats or black rats, grow to around 40cm in length, and are slightly smaller than the Norway rat. They can be best identified by their blackish-brown fur coloration.

Roof rats are skilled climbers, and they can often be found at the tops of trees in the wild. They prefer to nest up off the ground, where they are safe from predators. Their preference for higher altitude areas extends to attics of homes, where they will sometimes create nests. While roof rats prefer to nest in the wild, housing development often uproots their nests, and this causes them to seek new shelter in suburban areas.

Like most rats, the roof rat has a very diverse diet. They prefer to consume nuts and fruit, but when necessary they will consume meat. They tend to store their food in nests, as this helps them to survive the cold winter months, when food sources are scarce.

Roof rats often enter homes by exploiting exterior structure damage, or by creating that damage themselves. They will often use nearby trees to climb onto the home, and from there will find a way to access the home. The rats prefer the attics of homes, as these are often secluded and are at a temperature level that they find comfortable. As they are nesting creatures, the rats will create nests out of whatever materials they can find nearby, often damaging insulation in the process.

Roof rats can cause a lot of damage to your home if left unchecked.

They are known to chew through electrical wires and water lines, which can create a fire hazard. They will also sometimes chew through drywall and leave behind contaminates in areas that they move through. Like most rats, the roof rat can carry a variety of diseases and bacteria. Homeowners should be cautious when in areas that they believe rats are active, as they could become sick.

If you are concerned that roof rats have infiltrated your home, the first sign that you might notice is the sound of rat activity during the night. Roof rats are nocturnal foragers, and homeowners will sometimes hear the sounds caused by the rats moving around late at night. Other common signs are the chewing damage left by the rats as well as grease marks left from the oils in their fur. While a variety of different wildlife creatures can leave similar evidence, it is always best to have a professional pest service perform an inspection on the home if you are concerned about the possibility of a roof rat infestation.

Removing roof rats from your home can be tricky work. Due to their tendency to nest in out of the way areas, homeowners can sometimes have difficulty identifying exactly where the rats are nesting in the home. It is also important to remember to avoid directly handling the rats, as they may bite when threatened and can carry disease. Because of the difficulties of correctly removing the rats, it is often best to call in a licensed pest control company to deal with any roof rats in your home.

At Arrow Pest Service, our team has years of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. Rather than simply providing a generalized treatment service, our technicians treat each job as a unique situation. We use information gathered by our inspections of the property to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

 

So if you have pest problems in your home, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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How do you keep your home bed bug free? Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

In our previous articles, we have discussed how a homeowner might be able to identify bed bugs, as well as the ways bed bugs tend to access your home. However, one big question remains: how do you keep your home bed bug free?

 The fact is, once bed bugs have established themselves in your home, it is significantly more difficult to keep them out as opposed to taking measures to keep your home bed bug free to begin with. In our previous article, (Check that article out here: http://arrowps.com/uncategorized/1091/) we discussed how bed bugs often enter homes traveling inside luggage or furniture. Due to this, one of the best steps homeowners can take to keep their homes free of bedbugs is to carefully inspect and clean any luggage or furniture before it is brought into the home. This can help to significantly reduce the chances of bed bugs being brought into the home in the first place.

 Like many other pests, bed bugs prefer to hide in secluded, cluttered areas.

Cleaning up areas with clutter can help to expose any active infestations and reduce possible habitation areas. Another important step is to regularly wash an linens and sheets with the hottest possible temperature, as these are common hiding areas for bed bugs. The heat from this washing will kill any bed bugs inside and destroy any eggs.

 If you are already dealing with an active infestation, your best option is to call Arrow Pest Service.

While there are a variety of products marketed for bed bug treatment, many of these products are Kill-On-Contact, which means that they are only effective against pests that are directly exposed to them. Since the majority of the typical bed bug population remains in hiding, these products will do nothing to deal with the larger problem. Due to this, the best option for treatment is a professional technician inspecting the property and applying treatment capable of completely eradicating the infestation.

 At Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience dealing with bed bugs. Our technicians are highly trained, and begin any service with a thorough inspection of your property. Once we have identified any signs of pest activity or conditions conducive to infestation, we will formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to completely deal with your pest problems!

 

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

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Sugar ants invade homes, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Sugar ants are a nuisance pest that can invade your home in search of food around this time of the year.

While sugar ants are technically a single, unique species(Camponotus consobrinus), the term “sugar ant” is commonly used to refer to any species of ant that consumes sugary foods. While ants have an extremely diverse diet, many species prefer sugary foods in particular and will be attracted to available food sources that fit that description.

Sugar ants are relatively small, usually less than 1/2 inch in length. Their size varies depending on the availability of food within their habitat. Sugar ant swarmers, which are the winged reproductive members of the ant colony, are completely black in color. The workers, on the other hand, are easily identified by their orange body coloration.

Sugar ants can often be found foraging around suburban and woodland environments. Like all ants, they are social insects, and live in large colonies. In the wild, these colonies are often located inside of wood or foliage, and are large dirt mounds with a number of entrances dotted around the surface of the mound. Sugar ants prefer hot, humid climates, which makes them right at home here in Florida.

Around the home, sugar ants can often be found in kitchens, pantries, and around outdoor cooking areas. They gather anywhere that a food source is available, and can sometimes be spotted foraging near dusk around the outside of the home.

Sugar ants can also be seen during the early fall and late spring during their swarming season. During this time, the winged swarmers will gather by the thousands and swarm during their mating process. This is very similar to the swarming process of termites, and it can be easy to mistake the swarming ants for termites without closer inspection.

Sugar ants consume a large variety of foods. In the wild, they will often consume other insects, as well as nectar and other sugary products from plants. Sugar ants are also known to gather honeydew from aphids, and will protect and farm aphids. In suburban areas, sugar ants will often forage around the home for any leftover food or food that is not properly sealed.

Sugar ants can be a major nuisance due to their attraction to any food spillage, stains, or scraps. Sugar ants will also get into any food that is not sealed, and can ruin good food if it is left out. Sugar ants do not sting. While they can bite when threatened, the bite is harmless for anyone without severe allergies to insect bites.

If you have noticed ant activity around your home, it is important to eliminate any conditions that are conducive for their infestation. Sealing all doors and windows as well as repairing any exterior damage can help to prevent ants from accessing your home. It is also important to seal any food sources and to clean up any food spillage or stains.

If sugar ants are already active in large numbers in your home, there are several types of DIY baits and traps that can help to reduce their numbers, but eliminating the food source they are foraging for is by far the best way to control their population. In cases of severe infestation, it is often best to call for a professional pest service to inspect and treat your home.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team has years of experiencing treating for pests of all kinds, including ants! Rather than just applying a nonspecific, general treatment, our technicians will thoroughly inspect your home to identify any signs of pests or conditions conducive to infestation. After thorough inspection, we can offer you the most efficient, effective, and safe solution to your specific pest problem, all at a price that fits your budget!

 

So if you are dealing with ants in your home, 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!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Boxelder bugs, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Are you seeing black bugs inside your home? They might be boxelder bugs.

 

As springtime approaches, it brings with it a surge of pest problems for homeowners. One common pest seen during this season is the boxelder bug. Boxelder bugs are a type of beetle that is very active throughout the entire Southeast, including Florida. Boxelder bugs are small, approximately 1/2 in size at adulthood, and can be identified by the orange/red stripes found on their black bodies. During the springtime, it is also common to see boxelder nymphs, which are much smaller in size and are bright red in color.

During the fall, the boxelder bug will often seek shelter inside of homes or other buildings. They will attempt to find small openings on the exterior of the structure to exploit and gain access to the home. Once inside, the boxelder bugs will often be found on or near to walls that are close to heat sources. Many homeowners are shocked to suddenly find a large number of the beetles in their home seemingly out of nowhere.

It is important to note that, while large populations of the boxelder bugs can be found inside of homes, they do not reproduce or eat during the winter months, and will instead wait for warmer months to perform those activities.

Once spring has returned, the boxelder bugs will abandon their winter homes and emerge into the warm weather. During this time, they can often be found swarming on the exterior walls of the home. The boxelder bugs will seek out nesting sites on trees. True to their name, the boxelder bugs typically prefer to nest on the boxelder tree. However, in cases of severe infestations, they will sometimes seek out maple and ash trees as well.

Once they have found a suitable nesting tree, the boxelder bugs will lay eggs inside of the bark of the tree. These eggs will hatch within a few days and release new nymphs that will become the next generation of boxelder bugs. The beetles will also feed on the softer parts of the tree during this time such as the leaves, twigs, or flowers. This feeding can cause damage to the tree and cause growth deformities in the branches and a yellowing coloration on the leaves.

Boxelder bugs do not directly damage the home in any way. However, when they overwinter or swarm on the outside of the home, they will often leave droppings that can stain furniture and walls. Typically, the main concern that they cause comes from the sheer number of beetles that can swarm on the outside of the home. In severe cases, thousands of boxelder bugs can be found in and around the home or on nearby trees.

Treating for boxelder bugs can be challenging.

Use of pesticides, while effective in killing the beetles, can sometimes cause more severe problems because the dead boxelder bugs can become a food source for other pests such as ants. The best way to deal with the boxelder bug is to prevent it from entering into the home to overwinter. Using proper exclusion techniques and sealing up any exterior damage that could provide access for the beetles will help to eliminate the population from around the home. If you are planting boxelder trees around your home, it can also help to plant only the male trees, as the boxelder bugs prefer the female trees as a nesting site and food source.

If you have boxelder bugs swarming around your home, you should not wait for them to become a problem. Call Arrow Pest Service our professional service can allow you to get an expert opinion on how best deal with the pests around your home.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team has years of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. We are proud of offer only the most efficient, effective, and safe treatment methods in the industry. No matter what pest problem you are facing, we have the solution that you need!

 

So if you have boxelder bugs around your home, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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WDO Termite Inspections , Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Termite inspections are an important part in protecting your home from termite damage.

As we head into the swarming season for termites, any responsible homeowner knows that is important to make sure that your home and property are well protected. I have already written on the major types of termite treatment. However, one aspect of termite treatment that is often neglected is to have an up to date inspection of your home.

Termite inspections are one of the most common types of inspections that many pest control companies perform. The reason for this is due to the requirement in most real estate transactions to have a Wood Destroying Organism(WDO) report drawn up before a property can be bought or sold. While there is no legal requirement to do so, most banks and buyers will not close a deal until an inspection has been completed due to the potential of substantial expense termites can cause.

WDO reports are a very important part of selling a property, however it is also important to have regular termite inspections on homes, even if you are not planning to sell. Much like insurance or checkups with a doctor, it is always better to make sure your home is termite free as opposed to paying to eradicate an infestation that goes undetected.

Unlike many other pests, it is relatively easy for termites to remain hidden from homeowners.

We have several videos posted to our YouTube channel showing the hidden damage that termites can cause, and unfortunately it is fairly standard for termites to pick out of the way areas to consume. It is also important to remember that termite damage is exponential. In many early cases, termites will do relatively little damage. However, as the nest grows and the termites become more accustomed to the area, the amount of damage will rapidly increase. If you have an inspection at least once a year, termites can be found before they are well established and this will prevent the bulk of the damage that they cause.

Even if your home has been treated within the last year for termites, it still is a good idea to have it inspected. The fact is that even professionals can sometimes make mistakes, and even the best products and solutions will sometimes fail. Because of this, having regular inspections can help to expose any potential mistakes or unforeseen problems with the treatment.

If you have recently renovated your home or are planning on renovating, it can also be beneficial to have an inspection. Any new renovation to your home can sometimes displace previous treatment or create conditions that are conducive for termite infestation such as wood to ground contact. It can also be beneficial to treat hard to reach areas of the home during renovation, as this allows the technician to access areas such as inside of walls without having to damage finished space.

If you are finishing a large area, such as a basement, there are also certain treatment methods, that can protect your home from termites for long periods of time. Boric acid treatment is one of the most popular methods for these types of scenarios, and it involves spreading a solution of boric acid and glycol onto any wood or wood based products. Once this product has entered into the wood, it will be poisonous to any termites that try to consume it. Just that relatively simple step can guarantee protection to your home for years to come.

Another advantage to regular termite inspections is the possibility of locating other undiscovered pests and problems.

Termites are not the only threat to your home, and in many cases an inspection for termites can reveal the presence of wood destroy fungus and mold, or other pests such as ants. While there are inspections that can be done specifically for those pests, termite inspections often focus on areas that can be missed when looking for other pests.

In conclusion, as we approach the active season for termites, it is in the best interest of any homeowner who has not had an inspection in over a year to consider having an inspection done for their home or other property. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage every year, and they are most troublesome if they stay undetected over a period of years. As I said before, much like you would visit a doctor to catch any unknown health problems, it is always a smart decision to have your home inspected for termites before they have the chance to cause significant structural damage. Like in many other parts of our lives, it is always better to be safe than sorry!

Our team at Arrow Pest Service has decades of experience performing termite treatment and inspections. If you need to have your home inspected or treated for termites, you can count on us to give you the most dependable, efficient, and effective service no matter what!

 

So if you need termite service, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Rats in the attic, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

ROOF RATS

We often receive calls this time a year from homeowners who have discovered rats in their attics. Oftentimes, the culprit is the Black rat, or as it is better known, the roof rat.

Roof rats are a very common pest in the Southeast. They are typically between brown and black and color. Roof rats are similar in appearance to the Norway rat, but are much smaller, reaching sizes of just over 40cm in length.

Roof rats are highly adaptable creatures. They are nest builders, and prefer to construct their homes high off of the ground in areas such as attics, rafters, and trees. Roof rats are skilled climbers, and can often enter into homes through exterior roof damage or open vents. Once they have found a suitable location, the rats will often establish nests beneath piles of debris and other secluded areas.

Once they enter into a home, roof rats will quickly establish a nest. Sometimes, they will cause damage to insulation by tearing at it to find nesting materials. Once they have built a nest, they will seek out food sources. Roof rats prefer fruits and nuts, but can eat almost any food source if necessary, including meats. Inside of homes, roof rats can make their way into kitchens and consume and contaminate any unprotected food. Roof rats are also food hoarders, and will take food to store in nests for later consumption.

Several steps can be taken to lower the chances of roof rat infestation. Homeowners should frequently check the exterior of the home for any damage that could allow the rats to enter. Screening and sealing all doors, windows, and vents will also help to keep rats away. It is also beneficial to periodically have inspections from professionals who can identify any conditions that are conducive to roof rat infestation.

If you suspect you have roof rats inside of your home, there are several signs that can identify them. Anywhere near to the nesting areas will have large amounts of pellet shaped excrement. You might also notice grease stains on walls caused by oils found in the rat’s fur. If you see any rats around the home, it is likely that the nest is nearby.

If you have found roof rats inside of your home, it is important to be very cautious when interacting with them. Rats of all kinds are notorious for carrying germs and diseases in their fur and saliva. To avoid any contamination, it is best to call Arrow Pest Service, Inc. for rat removal.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience dealing with roof rats in homes and structures of all kinds. Our team of expert technicians can eliminate any rat infestation using the safest and most efficient techniques, all at the best prices in the industry!

So if you have a problem with roof rats in your home, don’t worry about it another day! Call us at 850-874-1900! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Carpenter bees, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Carpenter Bees

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we receive many calls from customers who have found holes bored into parts of their home with exposed wood. In many cases, the culprit is the carpenter bee.

Carpenter bees are common across the United States. There are a variety of species, and these species are typically grouped into two genera, the small carpenter bees(Ceratina) and large carpenter bees(Xylocopa). These two different genera vary greatly in size, with the smaller bees being less than 10mm in length and the larger bees reaching sizes of up to 25mm.

Here in Southeast, the most common species of carpenter bee is the Xylocopa Virginica, also known as the Eastern Carpenter bee. This species ranges across the entire Southeast and can also be found in parts of Mexico.

The Eastern Carpenter bee is characterized by its yellow/black body coloration. It is very similar in appearance to the bumble bee, but is differentiated by the lack of body hairs on the abdomen, which gives it a “shiny” appearance.

Unlike termites, carpenter bees do not eat wood. Their diet consists of pollen and nectar from plants. Carpenter bees will tunnel inside of exposed, unpainted wood to build their nesting sites, which are more commonly known as galleries. They typically will choose wood that is very dry and has been weathered. Common locations for galleries include:

  • Doors
  • Fences
  • Decks
  • Railing
  • Windowsills
  • Outside Furniture

Most of the time, carpenter bees will avoid excavating wood that has been painted. However, in some cases, larger carpenter bees will chew through painted wood if other nesting sites are not available. Once they have established their nesting sites, carpenter bee females will lay between 6-10 eggs. These eggs will hatch, and the larvae will grow to adulthood in about 7 weeks. Once they have grown, the new bees will go out and mate throughout the warm months until they are forced to hibernate due to the cold weather. Here in Florida, our warmer climate gives the bees more time to roam before they hibernate, and they are able to produce more generations of bees in a year than they would in colder climates. To avoid having carpenter bee infestations around your home, it is important to maintain and repair any exposed wood. Repainting weather stripped wood and replacing any areas that have become old and decayed helps to keep carpenter bees away from your home. If you already have an infestation of carpenter bees, it is often best to call a professional service to inspect the nesting site. The female carpenter bees often bury the eggs further back in the wood, which makes it difficult to eradicate them without specialized pesticides.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating homes for carpenter bees. Our team of experts can inspect your home and locate any potential nesting sites for carpenter bees. Once located, we will eradicate your pest problem using the safest, most efficient methods, all at some of the best rates in the industry!

So if you have a pest problem in or around your home, 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! 

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Termite Inspection Reports, Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

When closing on a home or other property in Florida, it is common for the buyer or lender for the deal to request a Wood Destroying Organism(WDO) Report. The WDO Report is an official form created by the Florida Department of Agriculture. It is also known by other names such as “Termite Letter”. The form must be filled out by an inspector from a licensed pest control company. The inspector must also have received special treatment specifically relating to wood destroying organisms and will have a card that was issued on the completion of that training.

Typically, a lender or buyer will request the WDO Report within 30 days of closing. To acquire the report, you need to have a complete inspection done on the property. The report covers the some of the most common wood destroying organisms, including:

  • Subterranean Termites
  • Dry Wood Termites
  • Wood Destroying Beetles
  • Wood Decaying Fungi

It is important to note, however, that this report DOES NOT cover all of the pests that can be classified as WDO’s. Certain organisms, such as carpenter ants and carpenter bees, are not covered by this report. During the inspection, the technician will report any signs or evidence of wood destroying organisms that are active in the home. He or she will also note any damage that has been caused by those organisms. The inspector will also report any areas that cannot be accessed, such as blocked off storage areas. Those spaces will be marked as unconfirmed and will not be covered by the form. You should also pay special attention to any notes about areas that are at risk for infestation, such as wood to ground contact areas. Once the inspection is completed, the report will denote whether or not there is an active infection or any damage that has not been disclosed. If an infestation is found, the lender or buyer will typically request for treatment to be completed on the home. After the treatment is completed, another report can be issued confirming that the problem is resolved.

If you are closing on a home or other property, you want to have a company you can trust to do your WDO inspection. Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have a team of highly trained professionals who have had years of experience completing WDO inspections. We are certified and can ensure an accurate and complete report for any property!

So if you are in need of a WDO Report, 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!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 

Mack

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What do Termites look like-Panama City, FL

Have you ever wondered what termites look like?

Most homeowners mistake termites for ants, watch this video so you won’t be Mistaken.

 

Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team of highly trained technicians is equipped to deal with any PEST CONTROL problem you may face. We are proud to offer an efficient, safe service at a price that fits your budget!
So if you have problems with BUGS, or simply a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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How to handle a flea problem, Arrow Pest Service-Panama City, FL

How to handle a flea problem, Arrow Pest Service-Panama City, FL

Tiny Brown Bugs in Bathroom-Panama City,FL

Do you have Tiny Brown bugs in you kitchen or bathroom?

Watch this video to find out what they might be.

 

 
Here at Arrow Pest Service, our team of highly trained technicians is equipped to deal with any PEST CONTROL problem you may face. We are proud to offer an efficient, safe service at a price that fits your budget!

So if you have problems with BUGS, or simply a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!
Here’s to YOU living pest free!
Mack
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