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The ants are invading-Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

As winter comes closer, homeowners here in Florida may soon be facing a new wave of pest activity.

Various species of insect and wildlife pests are much more likely to invade homes during this time period seeking warmth and nourishment.

One of those pests, the pharaoh ant, can cause major problems for homeowners.

Pharaoh ants are a species of yellow colored ants that grow to around 2mm in size. They can be recognized by their distinct black and red body markings, though these can be hard to see at distance due to their small size.

Pharaoh ants often enter homes as the temperature drops and they are attracted to the warmth and nutrients. Due to their small size, they are easily able to infiltrate a home or other structure through even the smallest cracks and gaps. Once inside, pharaoh ants will typically establish a nest somewhere that is secluded and is near to a moisture source. The ants can often be found nesting beneath large appliances and in cabinet and wall voids.

Homes are not the only places that pharaoh ants invade. These ants are notorious for invading hospitals. This is problematic because the ants will often contaminate sterile medical equipment and can even act as vectors for infectious diseases in some instances.

The most obvious sign of pharaoh ant activity in a home are the lines of foraging workers that can be found moving to and from the nest.

If you are dealing with pharaoh ants in your home, you should be very cautious about how you treat them. When they are disturbed, pharaoh ants can perform a practice known as budding in which they scatter from their original nest, spreading further around the building. This can quickly make an infestation much larger and much more difficult to remove. For this reason, it is often best to rely on a professional service to deal with pharaoh ants.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are proud to be one of the leading pest control providers for the Panama City area. We offer a wide range of safe, targeted treatment methods that we custom fit to deal with your specific pest problems!

So if you are dealing with pests of any kind, don’t struggle any longer! Give us a call today at 850-874-1900!

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Rat problem in my attic-Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

Bugs are not the only pests that can create problems for homeowners here in Florida.

There are a large number of wildlife pests that become active as the weather grows colder. Pests such as mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons can cause a major nuisance and potentially damage your home if they are allowed access. One of those pests, the black rat, has been increasingly active recently.

So you may be wondering, what are black rats, and how can I identify them?

Black rats, or roof rats as they are sometimes known, are a species that originated in Asia, migrating to Europe during several thousand years ago. These rats traveled across the world as Europeans explored and are know an active presence here in the United States.

As their name might suggest, black rats are covered in black fur, but can have browner shades depending on the region. These pests grow to around 40cm in length from nose to tail, and are significantly smaller than other species such as the Norway rat.

These rats are often attracted to homes while scavenging for food. They are very agile and skilled climbers, and can take advantage of a variety of commonly exposed access points on the home such as…

  • Unsealed windows and doors
  • Unscreened vents
  • Roof damage
  • Exterior gaps and cracks
  • Crawlspaces
  • Open garages or sheds

Due to their curious nature, they will often find a secluded access point and use it to gain entry to the home. Once inside, the rats will typically seek out a space to establish a nesting site. In the wild, black rats often nest in high altitude areas such as the tops of trees, and they will seek to recreate these environments in homes if possible. As such they will often nest in rafters and attics.

Outside of nest building, black rats will also spend time scavenging around the home for food sources. Black rats have a diverse, omnivorous diet and can consume seeds, fungi, pet foods, meat, and sometimes small vertebrates and insects. They have a voracious diet, and in some cases they can even create problems for farmers by consuming a variety of different agriculturally significant crops.

Rats will often store food in their nests and will begin to reproduce soon after making their home inside the structure. This can quickly allow the population to get out of hand, and before long you can be dealing with a full on infestation in your home. Homeowners will typically first notice the rats due to hearing sounds of their movement during the night.

Beyond this, black rats can be identified by the damage that they leave behind. Areas inhabited by the rats will have excrement and fur left behind, and you may notice grease marks on walls and baseboards. Black rats can also be very destructive houseguests, and you may notice damage to insulation and drywall as well as evidence of chewing on wires and water lines. These types of damages can be expensive to repair and in some cases can create a major fire hazard.

Obviously, no homeowner wants to deal with a rat infestation, and by taking proper precautions you can greatly reduce the probability of an infestation. Generally speaking, the most important part step to keep rats out of your home is to ensure that they have no exploitable avenue to gain access in the first place.

Having an inspection of the exterior of your home by Arrow Pest Service can help to identify potential problem areas before they are exploited by pests. Beyond this, you should also remember to keep any food, including pet food, well sealed and put way. This helps to avoid attracting rats as well as most other invasive pests.

If you suspect rats are already active in your home, your best option is to call Arrow Pest Service to perform an inspection and treatment if necessary. Black rats can be dangerous to interact with without proper training, and they can carry a variety of bacteria and diseases as well that are dangerous to humans and pets. As such, it is typically best to leave this type of treatment in professional hands.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are one of the leading pest providers for the greater Panama City area. We have had decades of experience dealing with pests of all kinds, and we offer a wide variety of targeted treatment options to deal with any pest that you might encounter. These treatments are all backed by our customer satisfaction guarantee, and we have rigorously vetted them to ensure they are the safest, most effective options available!

So if you are dealing with rats in your home, call us today at 850-874-1900!

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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!

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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!

 

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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!

Bed bug problem, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

The bed bug is a pest that is viewed with fear and repugnance.

A bed bug infestation is a nightmare that owners of homes and hotels fear, and for good reason. Bed bugs are very difficult to deal with, and it can take months to fully eliminate an infestation from a home. For this reason, it is very important to be informed about bed bugs and the ways to mitigate the risk they pose to your home.

Bed bugs are small, round insects with a red and brown body coloration. While they are easy to identify when spotted, their reclusive nature can make them difficult to identify until they have built up a significant population inside your home.

 Due to their secluded nature, bed bugs will often hide in areas around the home that are both well hidden and offer access to a host for blood meals, be that a person or a pet. They are commonly found in areas such as mattress seams, sheets, furniture, near baseboards, or in closets.

Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, and therefore they will remain hidden until they emerge to feed after dark. Often, the first evidence of bed bug activity are the bites found on people and pets in the home. Another common sign of bed bug activity are the skins left behind by young, developing bed bugs as they grow. Bed bugs also leave behind black or brown stains from defecation, which will often be found around their hiding areas.

 Bed bugs are a problematic and tenacious pest.

Homeowners who see any possible signs of bed bug activity should have call in a professional pest service to inspect and treat their property.

 At Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating bed bugs. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identifying any signs of bed bug activity, and then provide you with a safe and targeted treatment plan to solve your pest problems once and for all!

 

So if you are concerned about potential bed bug activity in your home, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 Mack

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Small ants inside my home, Panama City,FL-Arrow Pest Service

If you are a homeowner living in Florida, it is likely that you have encountered the swarms of small ants that frequently plague homes in the state. In many cases, the culprits are white footed ants.

White footed ants are a species native to the United States. They are especially active in Florida due to the warm climate, but can be found in other Southeastern states. White footed ants are relatively small in size, growing to less than 1/10 of an inch in length. They are black or brown in coloration, and can be most easily identified by their yellowish-white feet for which they get their name.

Like most species of ants, white footed ants have a diverse diet. They will consume sweets, proteins, dead insects, and plant nectar. In some cases, they will also farm honeydew from aphids or mealybugs.

White footed ants are often spread to homes via plants and landscaping materials such as mulch. They will be carried to a new location, and then enter homes in search of food. Due to their small size, they are able to enter into areas that would be inaccessible to other pests. Most commonly, ants around your home will be spotted in bathrooms, kitchens, or crawling along the exterior of the structure.

White footed ants do not sting or bite, and they cause no structural damage to homes that they infest. However, they can be a problem for homeowners due to the sheer size of their nest populations. The average nest can contain several million ants, and they can quickly swarm and infest your home when searching for food.

Dealing with white footed ants can be difficult due to their large population and small size. The best step for keeping the ants out of your home is to ensure that any plants or other materials that are brought to your home are not carrying white footed ants. This especially applies for any indoor plants, as they can give white footed ants easy access to an otherwise well protected home. If white footed ants have already infested your home, the best option is usually to call in a professional pest service to treat the home.

 

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our skilled technicians will thoroughly inspect your home and formulate a targeted treatment plant to deal with your specific pest problems. 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!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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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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Carpet beetles, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

A common concern amongst homeowners is the threat of carpet beetle infestation.

Carpet beetles can be a major threat to any animal based textiles if they establish a presence in your home.

Carpet beetles are generally found in areas of the home such as laundry rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Often they are carried into the home clinging to linens and textiles, and from there they disperse and infest your home. The adult carpet beetles themselves are generally not a threat, however their larvae are attracted to and will cause damage to animal based products. Product such as leather, silk, and wool are common targets for consumption.

While carpet beetle larvae generally only chew small holes through garments, even a small hole on costly and delicate clothing such as a wool coat or a silk scarf can ruin the item, and this can be an expensive loss. Carpet beetle larvae will not consume most carpets as they do not eat synthetic fibers. They will, however, consume expensive animal fiber rugs such as Persian rugs.

Due to the potential damage they can cause, it is important to act quickly if you notice any signs of carpet beetle activity in your home. The most commonly reported sign of carpet beetle activity is spotting the larvae around areas near textiles, and they can be spotted on light colored tiles, baseboards, and washing machines. Carpet beetles are also commonly found clinging to fibers such as towels and blankets, and areas such as storage closets can be excellent hiding places for the beetles.

If you are dealing with a carpet beetle infestation, it is often best to call for a professional pest company to treat your home to avoid the potential expense that carpet beetles can cause with their feeding.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying a general treatment, or technicians will thoroughly inspect your property, identifying any signs of pest activity or conditions conducive to infestation. After inspecting the home, we will provide you with the best pest solutions for your specific situation, all at a price that fits your budget!

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

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

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Sod webworms cause major damage in lawns, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

 Caring for your lawn can be a complicated job.

There are a variety of pests that can cause major damage to your lawn if not dealt with it correctly. One of the most notorious and destructive pests that can invade your lawn is the sod webworm.

What are they?

Sod webworms are the larvae of lawn moths, which are a part of genus Crambus. Lawn moths themselves can be fairly annoying due to their habit of flying low to the grass in large numbers when disturbed. However, the sod webworms can be more than just an irritation as they are capable of causing direct damage to your lawn. Both the larvae and adults are nocturnal, which can make them difficult to identify.

What do they look like?

Sod webworms are fairly small, usually around 3/4 inch in size. They can be in a variety of colors depending on species, but are usually greenish-beige in color, with dark, circular spots scattered on their bodies. Because of their small size, it can sometimes be difficult to identify sod webworms until damage starts to appear on the lawn. The adult lawn moths, however, are more easily spotted. They can be identified by their long snouts and sporadic “zig-zag” flight pattern.

Where are they normally found?

Sod webworms live in thatch, typically in parts of the lawn receiving the most direct sunlight. Thatch is the layer of dead stalks and debris that is found just above the soil surface. Oftentimes, an irregular amount of thatch on a lawn is a symptom of an issue with the health of the lawn in general such as a bad ratio of fertilization, a lack of water, or incorrect mowing. Areas with irregular areas like slopes and banks are particularly vulnerable because they often have lower moisture levels due to the difficultly of sufficiently watering such spaces.

Why are they a problem?

Sod webworms are notorious for consuming the leaves and stems of turf grasses and disturbing root systems. While the adult moths will not consume grasses, the larvae have a voracious appetite and can kill portions of grass. When winter approaches, sod web worms will construct silk lined tunnels to escape the cold. These tunnels can break up the soil and damage root systems.

If sod webworms have infested your lawn, the first signs of damage will be small brown spots that appear as the grass dies. While there are several potential causes for brown patches in grass, sod web worm damage will be unusual because it will often be surrounded by untouched, healthy grass where feeding has not occurred. Most damage done by the larvae will occur in the late summer months and end when the larvae move into tunnels to overwinter.

Life Cycle:

The life cycle of sod webworms begins during the early summer months. During this time, adult lawn moths can frequently be seen flying low over turf grasses. The adults will mate and then scatter eggs around the lawn. Each female can produce a few hundred eggs, allowing their population to rapidly grow. After about 10-14 days, the eggs will hatch and the young larvae will begin to feed.

After a short period of time, the cold weather will force the larvae into their tunnels, where they will remain until the warm months return. Once they have emerge again in spring, the larvae will continue to feed and undergo several instars. They will enter into a pupal stage around May, and emerge as adults that will restart the cycle once again. Usually, at least two complete cycles of reproduction will occur in a year.

Keeping Your Lawn Safe:

Sod webworms can be a difficult pest to remove from your lawn. The best way to keep the larvae away from your lawn is to ensure that it remains in the best possible health. By taking the proper steps to care for your lawn, you can greatly reduce the amount of thatch in your lawn. This makes the lawn less appealing for sod webworms, and healthier grass is also more resistant to feeding damage.

If you are already seeing signs of damage from webworms. It is possible to test the soil for infestation by pouring a small amount of soapy water onto the grass. The soap will irritate the webworms, and force them to surface in the grass. This can help to identify an active infestation. If they are in small numbers, they can be eliminated with a rake or other tool after being forced to surface.

For more severe infestations, it may be necessary to use a pesticide solution. While some DIY pesticides can help with this, it is extremely important to apply the pesticide correctly to avoid damaging the lawn or making the area unsafe for pets or children. Because of these difficulties, it can sometimes be better to refer to a lawn care professional to deal with the infestation.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience as both a full service pest control company and a lawn care service. Our team of expert technicians can inspect your lawn, identify any source of problems, and resolve the issue with the most efficient, effective, and safe solution possible. We can also continue to care for your lawn after treatment, keeping it pest free and in perfect health year round!

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

Mack

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