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Silverfish can be a major problem for homeowners in Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

We have previously discussed at length how conducive environmental conditions can allow for pest infestation, but did you know that, for some pests, those conditions can exponentially increase the degree of infestation?

For some pests, the right environment can create a perfect storm transforming a relatively harmless pest into a large and problematic infestation. One great example of this behavior is that of the silverfish.

Most people are aware of what silverfish are, even if they have not put a name to the pest. Silverfish are small, reclusive pests growing to around 3/4 inches. Identifying features of these pests include their characteristic “teardrop” shaped bodies, glistening bluish-silver bodies, and long bristles located near to the tail.

As we stated above, silverfish are a good example of how environment impacts infestation because the scale of their development is directly tied to moisture content in an environment. The more humid an area is, the more quickly silverfish will hatch and grow. This can be especially problematic here in Florida due to our above average levels of moisture, rainfall, and temperature.

As you might expect, areas of the home that match these conditions are often the first places infested by silverfish. Some of the following areas being the most common:

  • Basements
  • Crawlspaces
  • Bathrooms (Near drains and sinks)
  • Kitchens (Especially beneath large appliances)
  • Beneath boxes and debris
  • Around water damage

These areas often provide the silverfish initial refuge, and will typically be the source of any infestation around your home. Beyond just the requirement for moisture, silverfish also prefer areas with low light levels, so it is possible to encounter them in ventilation and outdoor sheds.

Silverfish can cause a wide variety of problems for homeowners, most of which relate to their diet. Silverfish can consume almost any type of carbohydrates, sugars, and starches. This can lead them to feed on any food left out as well as more unusual substances such as shampoo, cellulosic (wood-based) material, glue, linens, and silk. They are notorious for damaging a variety of collectables such as stamps, comic books, and rare fabrics as well as parts of the home like wallpapers or furniture.

When left unchecked, silverfish can be a major problem for homeowners. As such, any responsible homeowner is probably interested in knowing how to detect and prevent silverfish infestations. Unfortunately, these pests can be difficult to spot. Being nocturnal and generally shy creatures, silverfish can rarely be spotted out in the open, but you may notice signs of damage in some of their more frequented areas.

A popular myth exists that cinnamon is a home remedy to silverfish infestation. This probably emerged due to the their tendency to avoid the spice. Unfortunately, however, it is no cure. Silverfish will avoid cinnamon, but it cannot kill them, and thus it will not resolve an infestation. The truth is, the best thing homeowners can do to prevent silverfish is to remove any conducive conditions that might allow them to thrive. Maintaining control of humidity and moisture build-up in the home, especially in crawlspaces and vents, will help to keep the silverfish out.

 

If you are already dealing with an infestation in your home, your best option is to call in a licensed pest professional to inspect your home. On your own, it can be difficult to define the spread of the infestation, and thus a professional inspection is often required to uncover and eradicate the pests.

If you are dealing with pests in your home, don’t wait another day!

We here at Arrow Pest Service are proud to be the one call solution to pest problems here in Panama City Florida. We offer a wide range of treatment options that are designed to safely target pest threats in your home and remove them as quickly and effectively as possible!

Each of our treatments are available at an unbeatable price and are backed by our industry leading quality of service guarantee! So if you have pest problems, let us provide answers, call us today at 850-874-1900!

 

Here’s to YOU living PEST FREE!

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How to avoid bed bugs, Panama City, FL -Arrow Pest Service

If you are like most people, you are probably well aware of the infamous bed bug and the risks that it can pose to your home or to a hotel. Most people are aware and practice the necessary safety tips when staying away from home to make sure that they do not bring bed bugs back home with them. However, hotels and homes are not the only places bed bugs roam. In fact, the threat of bed bug infestation is much more widespread than most people realize.

Recently, a news story emerged about a woman and her family who found bed bugs infesting their seats while on a flight. While this is certainly not a frequent occurrence, the truth is that bed bugs can infest almost any seats, beds, and furniture.

Bed bugs have been found on planes, busses, movie theaters, and a variety of other areas that have a lot of human foot traffic.

Bed bugs thrive in environments that have low light and lots of cracks and gaps to hide within, and with their rapid reproductive rate they can easily infest a new space within just a few days. Due to their secretive nature, it can be quite difficult to spot signs of bed bug activity, especially on a plane where their presence is typically not expected.

Unfortunately, without professional training, you will probably be unable to determine whether or not bed bugs are active when you are on a flight. However, there a few steps you can take to protect yourself. Firstly, you should wear clothing with a lot of skin coverage, as bed bugs cannot bite through most fabrics. If bed bugs do come out to feed, you will immediately recognize them with their distinct flat, oval bodies and reddish-brown coloration.

If you are unlucky enough to find bed bugs on your flight or in your luggage after a flight, it is critical that you notify any airlines or hotels that you stayed with. The truth is, it is entirely possible to carry bed bugs with you for a few days before you are aware of their presence, and most of the time bites from bed bugs do not show up for at least 24 hours. These authorities need to be notified so that they can both warn other passengers and begin the process of removing the bed bugs.

The most important step to staying bed bug free is to avoid bringing the bed bugs into your home.

The best way to do this is to carefully inspect any luggage for signs of bed bug activity before you bring them into your home. While it can be tedious to entirely unpack your luggage outside of your home, it is well worth it to avoid the expense and frustration of treating bed bugs.

While the number of cases of bed bug activity on airlines is fairly low, it is still a risk that frequent travelers should consider. Just taking these few precautions will drastically reduce your chances of dealing with an out of control bed bug infestation.

If you are concerned about potential bed bug activity already in your home, you should call Arrow Pest Service, ASAP.

The fact is, while DIY treatments exist for bed bugs, most of the time these treatments are insufficient to deal with the entire population. Oftentimes, these treatments leave a remnant of the infestation, and in future the bed bugs will return in full force. By calling in a professional pest service, you can ensure that treatment is properly and thoroughly applied.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience serving as a leading pest control provider for the Panama City, Florida area. Our team of pest experts have formulated a wide range of treatment options that we custom fit to your specific pest situations. This ensures that we provide you with the safest, fastest treatment possible.

All of these treatments come backed up by our customer satisfaction guarantee, and are available at prices that fit your budget!

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

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

PS. Don’t Forget to ask about our 3 Months FREE Pest Control Offer & 1 Month FREE Lawn Spraying!!!

PPS. Ask about our FREE Exclusive 58 Point Inspection!