Snail or Slug: Which One is Eating My Plants?

Now that spring has sprung, and the weather is warming up, many in North Carolina are planning their landscaping and planting their gardens. As you go on through the season, you might find that some of your plants have irregular holes in them, that the edges of the leaves are getting eaten, or your fruit, like strawberries, are being eaten away. You might also see shoots and stems being eaten. All of these can be signs that you have slugs or snails, perhaps even both, in your garden.

Other Signs of Slugs and Snails

SnailIn general, slugs and snails will do the same type of damage in your garden, and in either case, you may notice other signs, as well. Both of these creatures live underground much of the time, so though you might not see the snails or slugs, but you might notice the distinctive slime trail that they leave in their wake. This slime trail can be seen for several days, assuming it doesn’t rain.

Another sign that you might have slugs or snails in your garden is that the plants they love the most, like hostas or delphiniums are all but destroyed. If you don’t have these plants, you will need to rely on the other signs.

Slugs, Snails, or Both?

SlugWhen you see this damage, you might be wondering if you have snails or slugs. The truth is, you could have snails, slugs, or both. There isn’t a lot of difference when it comes to the damage that snails versus slugs bring to your garden.

Instead, you will find that the main difference between them is how they look. Snails, of course, have a shell on their back. Because they have this shell, snails will need to eat foods that are higher in calcium.

Slugs don’t have the same dietary needs. You might find, if you have snails over slugs that calcium rich plants like kale, collards, garlic, turnips, and okra are all targets for snails. Slugs just like plants of all types, so they likely will not focus on one plant over another.

If you notice that you have damage from slugs or snails in your garden, you should contact a professional pest control company like Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control, LLC for assistance, especially if other home treatments have not worked. Though other pests could certainly cause similar damage, slugs and snails often are more destructive than others.

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April 2014 News: Seasonal Guide to Termites

In this month’s edition of the Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control news: A Seasonal Guide to Termites, Must Love Spiders (or maybe not!), Commercial Bed Bug Training, and Clegg’s Recognized by BBB.

A Seasonal Guide to Termites

Subterranean TermitesWe’re sorry to tell you this: termite season is once again here. When the weather starts to warm again in the spring, people begin noticing signs of termites and our phone begins ringing. In some cases, homeowners find signs of termites when they begin sprucing up their homes. In others, termites may swarm inside the home or around the foundation. As soon as you think you might have a termite issue, you need to call a professional and have your home inspected.

 

The most common type of termite found in North Carolina is the subterranean termite. These insects live in colonies underground and eat cellulose products like wood and paper. You may find damage to wood beams in your crawlspace or even to baseboards. You may also see swarms of termites around mating season in the spring and summer or find piles of discarded termite wings around windows.

Learn the signs you might have termites and what you should do about it in our latest article, A Seasonal Guide to Termites. If you do find signs of termites, call us right away at (888) MR. CLEGG to schedule your free termite inspection!

Must Love Spiders

brown recluse spider controlWe can honestly say we don’t hear too many of our customers say they love spiders. In fact, most people are afraid of arachnids. While most spiders are harmless, there are a few in North Carolina that are venomous, including the black widow and brown recluse. Of the two, the bite of a brown recluse is likely to cause more damage to humans. These spiders prefer dark areas, so if you encounter them inside your house it may be in your garage, attic or storage area. Learn how to identify a brown recluse and what to do if you find one in your house.

Commercial Bed Bug Training

If you have a business that is at increased risk of exposure to bed bugs, Clegg’s offers periodic bed bug classes to train your employees on how to deal with these determined pests. The session covers identifying bed bugs as well as action steps to take if the bugs are discovered. If you would like to learn more, please contact us via email or call 1-888-672-5344.

Clegg’s Recognized

Clegg's is an Accredited BBB BusinessBBB serving Eastern North Carolina recently recognized Clegg’s for being a BBB Accredited business for 20 years! A big shout out to our great team of North Carolina pest professionals for all their hard work.

 

 

 

Termite Identification Tips: How to Identify the Termites You Have

If you have termites on your North Carolina property, you will certainly notice the signs. Some of the signs associated with termites that you might see are mud tubes, wings on the ground, or even a sawdust-like material on counters, in sinks, and in other areas of your home.

At the first sign of termites, you should reach out to a professional pest control company because usually you won’t notice their presence until the damage has already been done.

There are two different types of destructive termites in North Carolina and here are some tips on identifying the type you have:

Eastern Subterranean Termites

Subterranean TermitesThe eastern subterranean termite is extremely destructive, and they tend to eat the inside of wood, leaving only a shell behind. This is important because the timber might look perfectly fine from the outside, but it could be extremely weak from the inside. As you can imagine, this could be disastrous if it happens in your home.

These termites are very small, only about 1/8 inch in size. They have large mandibles, or pincers, on their heads and are dark in color. You will know if you have these termites as you will notice the presence of mud tubes on the side of your home and likely see swarming or wings on the ground as the weather warms up in spring. Each colony of subterranean termites will contain thousands of insects, some colonies closing in on a million individuals.

Drywood Termites

Drywood TermiteThe other type of termites you might see in North Carolina that are highly destructive are drywood termites. These termites will often be found inside of the home feasting on your wood furniture.

The main sign that you have drywood termites is the presence of a sawdust-like substance on, in, and around wood in your home. This substance is actually termite feces that they kick out of the small irregularly placed holes they drill through wood. These holes are another sign that you have drywood termites, not subterranean termites.

If you see any sign of termites, first contact a pest control specialist like Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control, LLC, then take some time to identify the type you have. Based on the signs, you might be able to do both at the same time. Remember, the sooner you contact a professional, the less damage you will be dealing with, which will significantly lower the cost of repair.

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What Should Pet Friendly Extermination Solutions Provide?

Pet-Friendly ExterminationAre you concerned that an exterminator’s efforts may harm your pet? Many pest control efforts do involve toxic chemicals. Pest control professionals have safe and effective methods to do their job while protecting companion animals, however.

The exact approach depends on the type and severity of your pest problem. In some cases, exterminators can apply pest control substances that are not toxic, or at least not toxic to any species but the pests they target. In other cases, pest removal pros may be able to use preventive techniques, such as sealing holes, cleaning gutters or drying damp areas to reduce the risk of future infestations, and therefore limit the need for pest control chemicals to be applied.

Here’s what you should expect from a pet-friendly pest-removal service:

1) Instructions on whether larger pets (cats and dogs, for example) should be removed during the procedure. You’ll be told when it’s safe for people and animals to return.

2) Notification of which areas have been treated, so you can keep an eye on your pets and shoo them away from affected spots until chemicals have lost their potency. This usually occurs a short time after the pest control treatment.

3) Instructions for protecting smaller pets that can’t be easily moved (aquarium fish, for instance). In most cases, this involves covering the living habitat.

4) Reassurance that modern pest control chemicals are highly targeted to harm vermin and remain harmless to other species. Products are applied in small quantities and dry quickly, so only pests are likely to come into contact with them.

5) Explanation of any alternative treatments to substitute for poisons, if your pest problem allows. These solutions can range from applying non-toxic substances that trap insects to preventive techniques that reduce future infestations.

6) Recommendations on where you can place any interim treatments (for example roach powders), so that pets cannot reach them.

7) Information to help you recognize if your pets are bothered by pests, for example, how to spot signs of bed bug or other bug bites in pets.

Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control is one of North Carolina’s most established extermination services. We have the expertise needed to protect your home from pests common to the state, and to ensure the safety of you, your family and your pets.

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Termites Beware: This Home is Off Limits – Customer Testimonial

Termites tend to spring up more in the Spring. These relentless critters feast on anything that contains cellulose which can include paper, cardboard, and unfortunately for your home, wood.

Eliminating a termite infestation not only rids your home of pests, but it can also provide you with peace of mind. Termites are known to deploy costly structural damages to homes. Not only can they deface the exterior of your property, but they can bring about the need for extreme home rebuilding.

Luckily our team at Clegg’s Termite and Pest Control is very experienced with the elimination of prevention of termites. In fact one of our customers, Charity, even left us a kind message with regards to her termite issues.

If I were a termite, I would hesitate to approach this house now that it has been protected by your company’s efficient system…..The entire scheme was thoroughly explained to me by Steve Arnao. He answered all my questions reassuringly with patience and courtesy. It was an altogether pleasant initial interview. Steve made me feel fortunate to have chosen Clegg’s.

- Charity C.

Learn more about termite control and contact Clegg’s to request an inspection. You can also give us a call at 888-672-5344.

Steps to Take When You Encounter a Brown Recluse

brown recluse spider controlAre you dealing with spiders? Whether you have a fear of spiders or not, you probably don’t want them in your home, especially if they are brown recluses. Here are some steps to take if you do encounter a brown recluse:

1. Identify it as a Brown Recluse
First, it is important to identify if the spider is a brown recluse. The nickname for a brown recluse is the violin spider because of a mark on its back resembling a dark brown violin pointing backwards. As its name suggests, it is brown in color and only has six eyes instead of the usual eight, with one pair in front and another pair on either side. Its body is only about 3/8 inches long, and its legs have no stripes.

2. Don’t Panic
Second, don’t panic if it is a brown recluse. Although brown recluse spiders have a reputation of being extremely dangerous, experts say most bites heal quickly without any serious consequences. The severity of a brown recluse’s bite depends on the amount of venom injected. Redness and swelling typically result, although the bite may go undetected for several hours. If you are bitten by a brown recluse, though, and experience medical concerns appearing to be serious, you should seek the aid of a medical professional.

3. Be Aware of Hiding Places
If you encounter a brown recluse, chances are fairly good that others are around. Therefore, you should watch for places they may be hiding, such as in your slippers or clothes lying on the floor. This is where neatness becomes a virtue. Because brown recluse spiders like to live under and between items, such as cardboard boxes or wooden boards, you can reduce the possibility of an encounter by eliminating clutter. Remove bed skirts and ruffles to help keep spiders out of your bed, and store firewood away from the house.

4. Hire Pest Control Services
One of the best solutions for eradicating brown recluse spiders is to use the services of Clegg’s Pest Control. They have the necessary knowledge and experience to formulate an effective treatment plan that will work well for you. Their service personnel are knowledgeable in what areas to treat, and they have the specialized equipment to get the job done right.

Brown recluse spiders are nearly impossible to eradicate completely. However, by implementing the measures outlined above, you should be able to drastically reduce their number and avoid painful contact with them in the future.

Request pest control services online or call us at 888-672-5344.

March 2014 News: Pest Control & Safety

In the March 2014 issue of the Clegg’s newsletter: Pest Control & Safety, Should You Be Collecting Rent? and Spring is Here: Termites Will Follow.

Pest Control & Safety

Deer TickPest control products got a bad reputation in the twentieth century when the long-term effects of products like DDT and chlordane were discovered and these pesticides banned. The pesticides in use today are much safer and are still effective, especially when used as part of an integrated pest control and management process. In many cases, finding the access point(s) in your home and sealing them will keep pests out. When we are talking about something as tiny as ants, this can be challenging!

It is important to know that no pesticide is 100% safe, simply because all pesticides are designed to eliminate insects. Clegg’s however, uses the most current methods and products for the safest pest management possible, and our technicians are trained on the proper use of these products. Pesticides applied by our technicians are targeted where the insects hide, reducing the risks to your family. Your family’s safety is our first priority.

If you’d like to learn more about pest control and safety, check out this recent article or email us your questions.

Should You Be Collecting Rent?

Clegg's Removes Nuisance WildlifeWould you willingly open your home to a friend or relative knowing they would pay you nothing and cause expensive damage to your property? Probably not, but every month we get dozens of calls about nuisance wildlife-critters who have moved in and damaged property, caused sleepless nights and unwanted expense for the homeowners.

While any number of different animals may try to make your home theirs, squirrels, opossums and bats make up the bulk of the calls we receive. In most cases, they are simply looking for a warm, dry environment to call home. If they can get into your attic or crawlspace easily, they’ll do it. Clegg’s will identify the type of animal in your home and then set traps to capture the animal(s), after which they will be relocated. Read more about nuisance wildlife…

Spring is Here! Termites Will Follow

Every year we welcome warmer weather, greening trees and beautiful flowers, and longer days filled with sunshine. Unfortunately, while it may be beautiful outside this is also the time of year that termites become very active. Termites are active year-round, but many people don’t know they have an infestation until they see a swarm in or around their home or are doing some spring cleaning and find mud tubes near the foundation. Learn more about termites or call us for a FREE inspection!

 

Termite Season is Coming!

Subterranean Termites

The termites are coming, the termites are coming! In reality, termites are in North Carolina eating wood and other cellulose based materials year round, but spring is the time when most people first discover they have a termite problem.

Signs of termites

In spring each year as the weather warms up, winged termites take flight in an attempt to leave and start new colonies. When they swarm inside your house, they head toward the windows and daylight. They cannot escape and die there at the window, leaving piles of termite wings on the sill and surrounding areas. Outside, you may find piles of wings around the foundation. These piles are a sure sign there is an infestation close by.

Mud tubes are another indicator of a termite infestation. These tubes may be found inside or outside your house, usually (but not always) low to the ground around the foundation of the home.

As termites eat wood, the surface may not initially appear damaged, but the wood will sound hollow. In other cases, the damage may look like paint that has gotten wet and has bubbles. As you clean your baseboards, look for signs of damage or listen for the wood to sound hollow when you tap it.

You may also find signs of live termites around the foundation. Look for wet areas or signs of damage near your home, pull mulch or dirt back from the house and look for live termites.

Don’t panic

While termites eat day and night, there’s no need to call 9-1-1! Do have a termite professional come and inspect your property to confirm that the problem is indeed termites. If you do have termites, there are several treatment options available, including liquid treatments and baiting systems. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need to have repairs done to any wood the termites have destroyed.

If you believe you may have termites, don’t wait to get your home inspected! Give Clegg’s a call. Our pest professionals can help tell you if you have termites and offer a solution to meet your specific needs. Contact us today.

Learn more about termites in these related articles:

What You Need to Know About Termites

A Seasonal Guide to Termites

 

 

Planting Your Garden With Pest Control in Mind

Vegetable GardenCreating a garden with pest control in mind can help to avoid problems down the road. Maintenance and taking the proper steps to prevent problems from occurring in the first place is the key to keeping harmful insects and pesky critters out of your garden. Here are some tips for keeping pests off of your plants, which will create a more successful gardening experience.

The use of natural planting is very useful in controlling pests in gardens, because it will attract beneficial insects. Planting marigolds, onions and chives between vegetable plants will help ward off garden pests. Set shallow containers of beer throughout the area, and the slugs will crawl in them and drown. Invest in fencing and netting to keep critters out of the garden area and plant wild flowers around the area to attract bees, which can help to keep bothersome creatures away.

In addition, only plant the vegetal varieties that are suited to your locality. Familiarize yourself with the types of insects and diseases that are common in your zone, and plant resistant selections. Use row covers and stake plants to keep them off the ground and away from the dampness. Inspect your plants daily, and observe for signs of garden pests. Look at the undersides of the leaves for holes, wilting, webs and discoloration.

Always identify the problem before trying to treat it. You can often remove eggs masses by hand before they become a problem. Keep soil mulched for good drainage, and immediately dispose of any bug infested and diseased plants. Eradicate all dead plants in the fall to avoid reproduction of garden pests in the spring, and rotate your crops every year to help prevent reoccurring problems.

Despite all your efforts, you may have the urge to use pesticides. While some of these may be effective, they can also be harmful to pets or humans. Another option, if you live in North Carolina, Clegg’s Termite and Pest Control has numerous locations throughout the state and can aide in helping you control garden pests in a safe manner.

Request pest control service online or call Clegg’s at 888-672-5344.

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Pests & Your Store: The Importance of Back Room Cleanliness

Back-RoomCleanliness is key when it comes to operating a store. Even a minor pest problem can result in diminished sales and a negative reputation among customers. Stores that sell food and other materials that are naturally inviting to pests may have a difficult time keeping the back room pest-free. The back room is especially vulnerable because it is often used for storage and is not subjected to the same level of scrutiny as a store’s more public areas are. The professionals at Cleggs can eliminate existing infestations and also offer suggestions for maintaining store room conditions that will discourage future infestations.

Insects and rodents are attracted to areas in which there is a large supply of food. Therefore, grocery and other food stores are a main target for these pests. While having food in a grocery store is an inevitable requirement, there are steps stores can take to make food sources less attractive and less accessible to pests. For example, all food items should be stored in durable containers that pests cannot easily infiltrate. Product storage containers should be secure enough to eliminate food smells that may attract pests.

Spills are also a common occurrence in stores that sell food items. Store employees should remain vigilant and clean up spills as soon as they happen. Cleaning up spills quickly will reduce the likelihood that pests will smell the spilled food item and invade the area.

In many stores, the trash collection area is located directly outside the back room. For this reason, it is imperative that dumpsters be kept as orderly as possible. Products that may be a food source for pests should be contained and disposed of neatly, and stores should never allow food debris to remain on the ground outside dumpsters. Cardboard boxes should not be left around the back room and trash areas as clutter and cardboard can make these areas more conducive to pest invasion.

Keeping the back room clean by eliminating clutter, discouraging and quickly cleaning any spills that may occur, and storing food properly are only the beginning when it comes to effective pest control. Partnering with an experienced pest control service provider can help businesses maintain a clean, comfortable environment for their employees and customers. At Cleggs, we have experience and understanding of how different pests operate. Therefore, we are able to deliver effective solutions for a variety of pest concerns.

Request service for your business online or call Clegg’s at 888-672-5344.

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