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How to keep flying squirrels out of my home, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

Homeowners will often call us concerned about hearing bumps and other noises in the night. Sometimes these noises can be signs of wildlife pest activity. While most people associate pest problems with warmer weather, the truth is that wintertime is the number one time for wildlife pest invasions.

One of the more troublesome and destructive pests that homeowners here in Florida may deal with is the flying squirrel.

 So the question is, how do you keep your home free of flying squirrels?

 While there are a variety of different flying squirrel species around the world, the most common species here in Florida is the southern flying squirrel. These squirrels can be identified by their grayish-brown fur and are usually less than 10 inches in length.

Contrary to what their name may suggest, flying squirrels actually glide rather than fly. These pests use flaps of skin that connect their legs and arms to glide between their nests and trees. This gives them exceptional mobility, and can allow them to access parts of your home that other pests cannot touch.

 Like most wildlife pests, flying squirrels are often attracted to homes because they offer warm shelter and a source of food. They will often gather in groups during the winter to establish nesting sites, scavenge food, and survive the winter. These squirrels are very clever, and will often exploit various avenues to gain access to your home such as exterior cracks and gaps, roof damage, or ventilation.

Once they are inside, flying squirrels often establish nests in secluded, high altitude spaces such as rafters and attics. They will often scavenge materials from the home, and can cause damage to insulation and wiring.

 Naturally, you want to keep flying squirrels and other wildlife pests out of your home. The best way to keep your home safe is by having regular inspections of your home performed by a licensed pest control service. A trained technician is able to identify even the most subtle signs of pest activity, and can trace this evidence back to the source of the problem.

 Since these pests can be so destructive if left unchecked, you will save yourself frustration and expense in the long run by having inspections performed.

Our team here at Arrow Pest Service has been a well known name in the Panama City pest control industry for decades. We offer a wide range of safe, targeted treatment procedures that are designed to deal with any pest problem that you might encounter. We are committed to maintaining customer satisfaction, and all of our treatments come with an industry leading quality guarantee!

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

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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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!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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