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House flies can be a BIG problem for homeowners, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

There are a variety of pests that, while not traditionally considered to be problematic, can be a major nuisance for homeowners. Many such types of pests are known as accidental invaders, and they often enter homes by chance while scavenging or following prey.

One pest of this kind, the common house fly, can become a problem for homeowners if left unchecked.

House flies vary in size and appearance depending on species, but are usually grey in coloration and grow to a little less than 1/4 inch in length. While they normally live outdoors, they will sometimes enter homes through open windows or doors.

So why should that matter to you?

While it might seem that one or two flies are a small problem, the truth is that house flies can rapidly reproduce once inside your home, establishing an active infestation. A single female house fly can lay hundreds of eggs at a time, and these eggs can hatch in less than 24 hours. Once the eggs have hatched, the larvae will feed and quickly grow into adulthood. This can allow an infestation to appear in your home seemingly overnight!

House flies have a diverse diet, they can easily subsist off of a variety of potential food sources such as leftover food scraps, pet food, or garbage. This allows them to survive for long periods of time in your home, even if they have no access to traditional food sources. Most of the time, the first sign of an infestation that homeowners notice is an increased number of adult house flies in the home. These flies will usually be found resting in the corners of rooms, on the ceiling, or on top of furniture.

If you are seeing an unusual number of flies in your home, you may want to call in a licensed pest control company. This is beneficial because an expert inspection can identify both what type of fly is active in your home as well as where the infestation is most concentrated.

If treatment is necessary to eliminate the population, a licensed technician will be able to provide the best treatment option for your specific situation, and this can save you expense and frustration in the long run.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for house flies as well as many other pests. Rather than simply using the same generalized treatments for every pests, we use information gathered from a thorough inspection to prepare a safe, targeted treatment plan for your specific pest problems. This allows us to deal with any pest problem you may have quickly, effectively, and at a price that fits your budget!

 

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


Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Crickets inside my home, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

It is fairly well known that pests will often flee into homes to escape adverse environmental conditions.

However these cases are usually during the fall and winter, when cold temperatures bring many insects and wildlife into homes. What many homeowners are unaware of, however, is that unusually high temperatures as well as low moisture levels in a region can bring a variety of pests into your home that might otherwise have remained far away. One such pest is the camel cricket.

Camel crickets are a variety of wingless crickets that grow to a little less than 2 inches in length. They are usually brown in color, and are most commonly found in cool, damp, and dark environments. It is due to this environmental preference that are often called cave crickets. Cave crickets are very reclusive, and will typically not be seen unless they are disturbed.

So why should homeowners be concerned about them?

In some cases, warm temperatures will make the climate unlivable for camel crickets. Due to this, they will seek out new shelter, and will sometimes make their way into crawlspaces, ventilation shafts, and basements. While is it unlikely that they will remain in the home for an extended period of time, it is possible that the crickets will reproduce and infest the home. Because camel crickets can go an unusually long period of time without eating, it is possible for them to remain hidden in your home without you being aware of the scale of the infestation.

These crickets can in some cases cause damage to linens, but even if they are not personally destructive, other pests that prey on the crickets such as spiders and scorpions can sometimes follow the crickets into the home.

If you are seeing signs of cricket activity, it is important that you remove any possible points of entry that the pests could be exploiting. It is also critical to deal with any environmental conditions that might be conducive to reproduction such as moisture in ventilation or in basements. Due to the camel cricket’s reclusive nature, it may be best to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect the home and identify any signs of pest activity.

At Arrow Pest Service, our technicians are trained professionals with years of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying the same blanket treatment method for every job, we treat each pest problem as a unique situation. We use information gathered from a thorough inspection as well as analysis from our in-house pest professionals to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems quickly and effectively!

 

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

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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What’s all the buzzing about?, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

The sight and sound of bees buzzing around your home is a fairly common occurrence during the spring and summer.

There are a variety of different types of bees, and each serves a different function in the ecosystem. One of the most beneficial and probably most well known is the honey bee.

Honey bees are members of genus Apis, and are found throughout the world. While each species is different, most honey bees grow to a little over 1/2 inch in length. They have a somewhat oval shaped body, and can be identified by their striated yellow and brown body pattern on their bodies.

Honey bees are famous for their role as pollinators.

As they gather nectar from plants for their colony, honey bee workers will often pick up pollen from plants and scatter it as they travel to and from their nests. This allows plants to reproduce and to create fruits and vegetables. Naturally, this makes honey bees invaluable to our world. Rather worryingly, honey bee populations have been declining rapidly in the past few years due to what has been dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The primary cause for CCD is unknown, but many experts have attributed this decline to issues such as temperature changes as well as pathogens and poisons.

Like most bees, honey bees are social insects. They establish large colonies with thousands of members. In the wild, these colonies are usually built in crevices such as tree hollows. The structure of the nest itself is made out of a wax that is created and used by the workers during construction. While nests can still be found in the wild, the majority of bee nests are artificially created apiaries that are used by beekeepers to harvest honey. These are specially designed to house the colony and allow honey to be extracted without harming the bees.

 

The social structure of the colony begins with the queen.

Each nest has only one queen, and she is the only reproductive member of the colony. The queen will mate with male drones and lay over 2000 eggs per day. These eggs will hatch as new workers, that will perform various tasks to support the colony such as gathering food and caring for larvae. Unlike many other types of bees, honey bees do not hibernate during the winter. Instead, the bees will gather inside the nest, sharing body warmth and consuming gathered honey to survive.

 

As their name might suggest, honey bees primary food source is the honey that they create. The workers create this honey using nectar that they gather from plants. They deposit this nectar into cells in the nest, where they transform the sugary substance into honey. The supply of honey is critical for the survival of the colony, as it is used to feed the young, undeveloped bees. For this reason, beekeepers must be careful to only extract an amount of honey that will not harm the colony.

 

It is important to note that, due to their value as pollinators, it is best to leave honey bees alone if at all possible.

While certain species, such as African honeybees, can be extremely aggressive, most honey bees are not dangerous to homeowners. However, honey bees are usually aggressive defenders of their colonies, and therefore any person or pet that might approach the colony is at risk for potentially being stung by the bees. While bee stings are not a risk in general, those with allergies can be placed at substantial risk due to nearby bees. For this reason, a nest located too close to the home can be a risk that must be properly dealt with.
The best way to evaluate the potential risk from a nest is to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect your property. A professional technician can identify the location of the nest and determine whether or not it poses a risk to the homeowner. If it is deemed necessary to remove the nest, it is best to rely on Arrow Pest Service to complete this, as the risks of interacting with a honey bee nest are significant.

 

If you are a concerned about bee activity around your home, Arrow Pest Service is your one call solution to your pest problems! We have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our professional technicians can inspect your property and evaluate the best course of action for removing any pests that you might be dealing with in a safe and effective manner!

 

So if you are dealing with pests of any kind, 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!

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Stink bugs are a major nuisance, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Stink bugs are a pest that can be a major nuisance for homeowners during the spring and summer months.

Due to their rapid reproductive habit and capacity to cause significant damage to various types of plant life, stink bugs are viewed by many as a growing problem in the United States. In many cases, the best way to keep your home stink bug free is to prevent them from gaining access in the first place. Using the information provided here, a responsible homeowner will be better able to keep their home safe from this frustrating pest.

Stink bugs are members of order Hemiptera, and are thus considered to be true bugs. One of the most common species, the brown marmorated stink bug, can sometimes be found around homes in Florida, especially during the warm weather. These bugs grow up to 17mm in length as adults, and can be identified by their varied, dark and light brown coloration.

Life Cycle

During the early summer, the adult females of this species will begin to lay eggs, usually between 20 and 30 at a time. These eggs will be attached to the underside of plants, and in less than a week new nymphs will emerge. The nymphs are fairly easy to spot due to their bright yellow and red colors, and they will quickly feed and grow throughout the rest of the summer.

By fall, these nymphs will be grown adults. They will then seek out a safe, secluded area in which they can live through the cold winter months. It is this that can often bring them into contact with homeowners. A home can provide the stink bugs with the perfect hiding place to remain warm and safe all winter. They will often exploit openings in the exterior of the structure, and can sometimes hide in areas such as crawlspaces and inside walls. Once they are inside the home, it can be much harder to remove them, and as such preventative treatment is often focused on the exterior of the structure. During the spring, the stink bugs will reemerge from their hiding places. They will often be found at this time massed on the exterior of the building.

Beyond the nuisance that they can cause to homeowners, stink bugs can be very damaging to plants as well.

Stink bugs, as adults and as nymphs, feed on a variety of plants. Common plants that they can sometimes consume include the following:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Tomatoes

Due to this threat, many farmers and others who work with agriculture are concerned by the threat that stink bugs may pose as they continue to reproduce and spread. Stink bugs feed on plants by piercing their stems and fruit with their sucking mouthparts. This leaves behind a scar on the plant as it continues to grow, which can ruin its appearance and damage it permanently.

Homeowners concerned with the threat that could be posed by stinkbugs can protect their home by taking several important measures. As stated above, the nuisance caused by stink bugs is due to their tendency to overwinter in homes.

Prevent Stinkbugs from entering your home:

As such, the first step that homeowners should take is to ensure that any cracks or caps in the exterior of the home are sealed. Any other potential openings, such as unsealed windows or unscreened vents, should also be sealed up if possible. If you are concerned about potential vulnerabilities around your home, it is best to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect the home and identify any potential problems.

Ways to Eliminate Stink Bugs:

If you are dealing with stinkbugs already inside the home, there are a few treatment options that can be effective to eliminate the population. Due to the difficulty and risks of using treatment products in your home, homeowners should  call Arrow Pest Service to administer treatment to the home. At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our technicians begin each treatment job with a thorough inspection of the property, which we use to identify any signs of pest activity as well as any conditions that might be conducive to future infestation. Once this is complete, we will formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

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

Here’s to YOU living pest free!