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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!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Scorpions, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we sometimes receive calls from customers who report spotting scorpions in their homes. The state of Florida is home to three common scorpion species, the Florida bark scorpion, Hentz striped scorpion, and the Guiana striped scorpion. Fortunately, while their stings can be painful, none of these species have stings that are fatal to humans. Dangerous or otherwise, scorpions are always an unwelcome surprise when they make their way into your home.

Scorpions vary in appearance and size depending on the species. There are over 1700 identified species of scorpions worldwide, with some species growing over 8 inches in length. Scorpions native to Florida are relatively small, the largest of which, the bark scorpion, growing between 2 and 4 inches. Scorpions also vary in coloration. The Hentz striped scorpion, for example, is usually brown or tan in color, and has a yellow stripe down its body.

Scorpions are predators that prey upon a variety of insects. They are beneficial in the wild as they prey on pests such as spiders, beetles, and termites. Scorpions are equipped with strong pincers to grip prey, allowing them to deliver a neurotoxin with their stingers. Outside of the home, scorpions are often found in shaded, secluded areas such as leaf piles, beneath rocks, or other areas they can hide during the day. Scorpions are usually very shy creatures, and will avoid contact with humans and other animals if at all possible. They will sting if threatened, however, and it is important to be careful when reaching into dark areas where scorpions might be hiding. While scorpion stings are rarely fatal to humans, they can still be painful and often require medical treatment. For this reason, homeowners should be cautious when interacting with scorpions.

In most cases, scorpions found in your home are accidental invaders. They often enter homes in pursuit of prey. Scorpions are nocturnal predators, and the arrival of daylight sends them scurrying to find hiding places. This is why scorpions are often found in areas such as attics, crawlspaces, closets, inside of shoes, or in ventilation. They will also sometimes enter into pipes seeking water, and can emerge in bathtubs or showers, which can be a scary surprise in the morning!

While one or two scorpions are not indicative of a problem, homeowners should be concerned if they begin to notice increased scorpion activity inside their home. Since scorpions enter homes seeking prey, their presence can sometimes be a sign of other pest activity in your home, and eliminating any other pest problems can often help to keep scorpions out of your home. It is also helpful to reduce the avenues that allow scorpions access to the home. Methods that can help to reduce scorpion activity include:

  • Sealing doors and windows
  • Repairing any cracks or exterior structure damage
  • Removing excess leaves, wood piles, and other debris from around home
  • Screening any vents or crawlspace access points

These steps can help to reduce scorpion activity in your home. If you are still seeing scorpions in your home after these steps are taken, it is often best to call in a professional pest service to inspect your home and provide you with treatment solutions.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying generalized treatments, our highly trained technicians will begin any treatment with a thorough inspection of your property, identifying any signs of pest activity or conditions that are conducive to future infestation. We will then formulate a targeted approach to deal with your specific pest problems, all at a price that won’t break your budget!

So if you are spotting scorpions 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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