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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!                                                                           


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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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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!

 

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Wasps and hornet activity in the summertime, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

As the hottest months of summer arrive, pests remain active and thriving here in Florida.

One common pest that homeowners will often deal with during this time are wasps.

There are thousands of different species of wasps, however, and determining which type of wasp is active around your home is an important part of treatment.

Homeowners will often call us after having spotted a few wasps around their property. It is important to note that one or two wasps are not a problem homeowners should be concerned about. In fact, in small numbers, some wasps can be beneficial. They can act as pollinators and help to control the populations of other, more destructive pests.

However, wasps can become a problematic pest when they choose to form nests near to your home. You will often spot nests of wasp species such as the paper wasp on the gables and siding of the house. Their nests will resemble a hanging chandelier, and can become very difficult to remove if they grow too large. A small nest might contain a few wasps, and is relatively easy to remove. However, a larger nest could contain more than a hundred wasps, and this can be dangerous to interact with. For this reason, it is best to deal with a nest as soon as you identify it, as allowing it to grow could create an even larger problem.

On the other hand, if you spot a nest that is shaped similarly to a pot, it is possible that you are dealing with hornets. Hornets are more social than most other wasps, and they can build nests that contain hundreds of members. Hornets are also typically more aggressive in defending their nests, which makes it dangerous to interact with a hornet nest without proper precaution.

If you have located a large nest around your home, it is often best to call Arrow Pest Service to deal with the problem. Hornets and other wasps are very aggressive, and they will often sting a target more than once if it comes too close to their nest. It is therefore usually best to let a professional technician treat the colony.

 

At Arrow Pest Service we have decades of experience treating pests of all kinds. Our technicians are highly trained, and we begin every treatment with a thorough inspection. This helps us to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

 

So if you are having pest problems, or simply have a question, give us a call today at 850-874-1900!

 

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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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Japanese Beetles, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

If you are a homeowner interested in caring for your lawn or garden, you are probably aware that there are many threats that can impact the health of your plants. One of the most destructive pests that homeowners sometimes deal with during the spring and summer months is the Japanese beetle.

 

Japanese beetles are an invasive species.

As their name might suggest, they are believed to have originated from Japan, migrating to the US in the early 20th century. Since their arrival, they have thrived in North America due to the abundance of plants that they are able to feed upon.

Japanese beetles can be identified by their bronze colored wings and metallic, green bodies. They are often found swarming around plants beginning around May, when the warm weather causes them to emerge from the ground. Once they have emerged, the females of the species will begin to lay eggs, laying around 50 throughout their lifetime. These eggs will quickly hatch, and the larvae will remain beneath the ground, feeding and growing, until the emerge as adults the next summer.

While they bear a resemblance to the harmless June bug, the Japanese beetle is extremely destructive. The beetle feeds on over 300 different types of plants, and will often leave behind only the “skeleton” of leaves that they consume. Though they normally die off during the summer, the warm weather in Florida can allow the beetles to remain active for much longer than normal, which increases their destructive capacity.

If you are seeing signs of Japanese beetles or the damage from their feeding, the best solution is rapid treatment to protect your plants. Treatment for Japanese beetles is a multi-step process, as the adult beetles as well as the subterranean larvae must both be targeted. For more severe infestations, homeowners should consider calling in a licensed pest control service to deal with the problem.

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. We begin every treatment process with a thorough inspection of the property to gather the information that we need to formulate a safe, targeted plan to deal with your specific pest problems!

 

So if you are dealing with Japanese 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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Roof rats around my home, Panama City,FL – Arrow Pest Service

Rats are an undesirable houseguest in any circumstance.

Finding a rat in your home can cause quite a fright, and naturally homeowners want to keep their home protected from rats and similar pests. While most people might expect rats to congregate to dark, secluded areas of the home such as the basement or garage, the truth is the most common area for infestation is the attic. One of the most common types of rats that infest homes here in Florida is the roof rat.

Roof rats, which are sometimes known as ship rats or black rats, grow to around 40cm in length, and are slightly smaller than the Norway rat. They can be best identified by their blackish-brown fur coloration.

Roof rats are skilled climbers, and they can often be found at the tops of trees in the wild. They prefer to nest up off the ground, where they are safe from predators. Their preference for higher altitude areas extends to attics of homes, where they will sometimes create nests. While roof rats prefer to nest in the wild, housing development often uproots their nests, and this causes them to seek new shelter in suburban areas.

Like most rats, the roof rat has a very diverse diet. They prefer to consume nuts and fruit, but when necessary they will consume meat. They tend to store their food in nests, as this helps them to survive the cold winter months, when food sources are scarce.

Roof rats often enter homes by exploiting exterior structure damage, or by creating that damage themselves. They will often use nearby trees to climb onto the home, and from there will find a way to access the home. The rats prefer the attics of homes, as these are often secluded and are at a temperature level that they find comfortable. As they are nesting creatures, the rats will create nests out of whatever materials they can find nearby, often damaging insulation in the process.

Roof rats can cause a lot of damage to your home if left unchecked.

They are known to chew through electrical wires and water lines, which can create a fire hazard. They will also sometimes chew through drywall and leave behind contaminates in areas that they move through. Like most rats, the roof rat can carry a variety of diseases and bacteria. Homeowners should be cautious when in areas that they believe rats are active, as they could become sick.

If you are concerned that roof rats have infiltrated your home, the first sign that you might notice is the sound of rat activity during the night. Roof rats are nocturnal foragers, and homeowners will sometimes hear the sounds caused by the rats moving around late at night. Other common signs are the chewing damage left by the rats as well as grease marks left from the oils in their fur. While a variety of different wildlife creatures can leave similar evidence, it is always best to have a professional pest service perform an inspection on the home if you are concerned about the possibility of a roof rat infestation.

Removing roof rats from your home can be tricky work. Due to their tendency to nest in out of the way areas, homeowners can sometimes have difficulty identifying exactly where the rats are nesting in the home. It is also important to remember to avoid directly handling the rats, as they may bite when threatened and can carry disease. Because of the difficulties of correctly removing the rats, it is often best to call in a licensed pest control company to deal with any roof rats in your home.

At Arrow Pest Service, our team has years of experience dealing with pests of all kinds. Rather than simply providing a generalized treatment service, our technicians treat each job as a unique situation. We use information gathered by our inspections of the property to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

 

So if you have pest problems 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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