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How to effectively treat for fleas, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Picture this nightmare scenario: You walk into a room in your home, and notice a large number of fast moving bugs jumping in and out of your carpets. While you had no pest problems before now, you suddenly find yourself dealing with a severe infestation.

For anyone who has ever dealt with fleas, this scenario has been very real. Fleas are active across the United States, including here in Florida, and they can cause major problems for homeowners. Most people are aware that fleas feed on blood, and that they prefer to feed on furry, warm blooded mammals such as dogs, cats, squirrels, and mice. But if you are finding fleas in your carpets and linens, there is probably only one question you are asking.

What should you do if you have fleas in your home?

 If you have fleas in your home, the first step that you need to take is to call Arrow Pest Service to inspect your home. You might be tempted to wait and attempt to treat the fleas with DIY products, however oftentimes this is a mistake. While certain pests are very susceptible to DIY treatments, such products are often insufficient to completely eradicate an infestation. For this reason, the rapidly reproducing flea will simply return in your home once the treatment product has gone away.

To further complicate matters, it often requires a very specific application of treatment to effectively treat fleas. Because an infestation can spread throughout your whole home, it can be difficult and unsafe for someone without professional expertise to apply any type of treatment. The truth is, you will save yourself time and money by calling in a pest professional rather than attempting to solve the problem on your own.

Once you have called Arrow Pest Service, you should begin to prepare your home for possible treatment. Fleas like to live in carpets, linens, and other fabrics. Washing your sheets and linens and thoroughly cleaning your carpet can get rid of both adult fleas as well as the eggs that they leave behind. If you have any pets, you should also consider having them professionally cleaned, as they are often the first target of the fleas in your home.

Unfortunately, there is no fast, one time solution to a severe flea infestation. Flea treatment is a detailed, multi-step process, and it can take more than a month in some cases to completely eradicate a population in your home. It is critical that you begin the treatment process as soon as possible to minimize the amount of frustration and expense that you will deal with.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are proud to be the leading experts of flea treatment in Panama City! We offer safe, effective, and fast solutions to your pest problems! All of our treatments come with reliable satisfaction guarantees, and are available at a price that won’t break your budget!

So if you are dealing with fleas, or any other pest, 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!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Palmetto Bugs, Panama City, FL- Arrow Pest Service

There is sometimes confusion among the general public when it comes to the identity of palmetto bugs. While most would generally agree that palmetto bugs are a type of cockroach, the species that is given this name can vary widely depending on the region. Here in Florida, there are two pests that are commonly identified as palmetto bugs, and these are the American cockroach and the Florida woods cockroach.

American Cockroach:

The American cockroach is physically large, growing to around 3 inches. They have a set of wings, and are capable of flight despite their large size. They are usually brown or burgundy in coloration, and have distinct cream colored markings on their backs. Homeowners will often encounter these roaches at night due to their attraction to light. They can make for a disturbing sight when spotted swarming around windows and outdoor lights in large numbers.

American cockroaches prefer dark, damp environments, and can be found in areas such as sewers, basements, crawlspaces, and piles of debris. Due to their rapid reproductive ability, American cockroaches can quickly become a problem in your home. Once an infestation is well established, it can be difficult to remove without professional assistance.

While they can be well at home inside homes. American cockroaches are most often outdoors. They prefer to remain in areas with high moisture content, and can be found in flower beds, beneath wood piles, or on trees.

American cockroaches have a diverse diet. They will consume a variety of plant matter such as leaves, wood particles, and fungi. They also sometimes consume small insects or meat scraps. Inside the home, cockroaches primarily work as scavengers, and will scour kitchens, pantries, and other areas for leftover or spilled food scraps and stains. For this reason, it is important to keep any food sealed so that it is protected from contamination by cockroaches or other pests.

 

Florida Woods Cockroach:

Another pest commonly referred to as the Palmetto bug is the Florida woods cockroach. This cockroach is well known for its ability to release a bad smelling liquid as a defense against predators.

Florida woods cockroaches are fairly large, though not as large as the American cockroach. They grow to around 1.5 inches in length, and are usually black in color. While it may appear at first glance that they lack wings, these cockroaches do in fact have a pair of short wings.
Since they prefer warm, humid environments, the Florida woods cockroach is very common here in Florida. They are also found in the coastal regions of other Southeastern states such as Georgia and Alabama.

Outdoors, these pests tend to hide beneath debris piles or on trees. They are sometimes found hiding on Palmetto leaves, and it is for this that they most likely get their name. While they are no threat outdoors, the Florida woods cockroach will sometimes enter homes in search of a secluded living space or a source of food. They have a strong attraction to warmth, and this can make your home an ideal space for them as the weather becomes colder. If you suspect that these cockroaches are inside your home, it is best to check in areas such as basements and crawlspaces. While looking around, pay particular attention to any areas with significant moisture such as around piping, as this is the most common space for the cockroaches to live.

Fortunately, the Florida woods cockroach only infests homes in rare circumstances. However, as with any cockroach species, they can be very difficult to remove once they establish themselves, so it is important to catch them early.

Whatever name you might call them, the fact is you do not want to deal with cockroaches in your home. If you are dealing with an active infestation, the best solution is to call Arrow Pest Service, Inc. to resolve your pest problems.

 

At Arrow Pest Service, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying a basic, generalized treatment, our technicians begin every treatment with a thorough inspection of the home. We use the information gathered in this inspection to identify any signs of pest activity and to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

 

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

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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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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