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Clegg’s September 2014 News

In this month’s issue of our newsletter: Seasonal Insect News; Back to School Can Mean Head Lice; and The Science Behind a Cricket’s Chirp.

Seasonal Insect News

house mouse Cleggs September 2014 NewsIt won’t be long now before the weather begins cooling off, the air grows crisp and the swarms of mosquitoes become a memory (at least for a few months!). Here are a few things to consider as you open the windows and enjoy the transition into fall:

  • It’s a great time to inspect the screens in your windows and patch any holes you find. While the mosquitoes may not be bothersome, other insects are still looking for ways to get into your home;
  • Termites are most often in the news during the spring, however they feed year-round. If you haven’t had your home inspected this year, make an appointment;
  • Inspect your foundation, soffit, exterior vents, and frames around your doors and windows. Seal off any cracks or access points to keep insects out;
  • Bats, squirrels, opossums and other furry critters are going to be looking for a nice warm place to spend the winter. Make sure access to your attic is blocked off, too;
  • As you inspect your foundation, crawl space and attic, watch for signs of moisture. High moisture content in your home can lead to problems with mold and draw in insects;
  • Never store firewood near the foundation of your home. Piles of old wood offer food and shelter to insects and other pests. Store wood away from your house.

A little awareness and action taken now can prevent a lot of headaches later. As always, the pest control professionals at Clegg’s are here to help. Please call 1-888-MR-CLEGG if you need us.

Back to School Can Mean Head Lice

Head Lice CDC gov 300x209 Cleggs September 2014 NewsIt’s that time of year again when parents and kids gear up for another year of school. All too often kids come home from school itching and scratching their heads constantly, and upon further investigation it is determined to be head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis De Geer). If you haven’t personally dealt with head lice, consider yourself lucky. When I was younger, my brothers and I were getting haircuts when the stylist jumped back and notified our mother we had lice! We went home with half-done haircuts and had to have our heads shaved. We made piles of our clothes and linens and set them ablaze (ok not really, but as parents we may be tempted to do this). We went through the special combs and pesticidal shampoo, and got a clean bill of health to return to school. Read more…

The Science Behind a Cricket’s Chirp

Cricket House 300x197 Cleggs September 2014 NewsIn China, the sound of a cricket chirping in the house is considered good luck, and the chirping males are often bred as pets and kept in tiny cages made of bone. Many people around the world find the little insect’s early evening song a calming piece of natural music, while others find it an annoyance. How do tiny crickets produce such a vibrant noise and why do they do it? Just what is the science behind the cricket’s chirp? Read more…

Clegg’s August 2014 News

In the August edition of the Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control news: Is it dangerous for your dog to eat bugs? The most annoying pests in NC; and Fill That Bus!

Dogs Eating Bugs: Safe or Dangerous?

Großer Schweizer Sennenhund 275x300 Cleggs August 2014 NewsPuppies love to play, stalk, and eat insects whether we are watching them or not. Many never outgrow their fascination with little critters. It can be alarming since to us when we consider how fast their fun time can turn ugly in a quick gulp. If only we could tell them what to watch out for.

Are Bugs Safe to Eat?

Luckily, many are harmless, and some may even be nutritious. Grasshoppers are high in protein and fat free. However, the occasional bug does pose a small risk if it is one of the few that are poisonous. Bugs that typically prey on animals, such as ticks, mosquitoes or cockroaches, are common carriers of parasites that can inflict serious health problems if left untreated, so if your pet is bitten, they may require immediate treatment.

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Top 5 Most Annoying Pests in North Carolina

Fire Ants 300x173 Cleggs August 2014 NewsWhen we ask folks what insects bug them the most (pun intended!), we hear a variety of answers. The team at Clegg’s thought it would be fun to put together a list of the 5 most annoying pests in North Carolina. In no particular order, they are:

  1. Fire ants: Having recently stepped in a small mound while in bare feet, these annoying creatures rank high on the list. You often don’t notice them until they begin stinging, and the venom burns. The pustules hurt and itch and can even leave scars. If you are allergic to fire ants, you may end up with trouble breathing and a trip to the local emergency room.

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Fill That Bus!

Fill that Bus 2014 Cleggs August 2014 NewsCrayons2Calculators is an annual drive to help stock the shelves at The Durham Teacher Warehouse Corp. Durham teachers are invited to “shop” for free to stock their classrooms.

A National School Supply and Equipment Association survey found that 92% of teachers spend money from their own pockets on school supplies for their classrooms, with an estimated $1.6 billion spent by teachers each year on supplies.

Clegg’s is proud to support the Fill That Bus! supply drive. Anyone interested in helping can drop supplies at our Durham office before August 15 or visit the Crayons2Calculators website for other collection locations.

Clegg’s July 2014 News

In the July issue of the Clegg’s newsletter: @#*&$! Fire Ants; Caring for Your Garden Naturally; and Common Bugs You’ll Find in Your Pool.

@#*&$! Fire Ants

Fire Ants 300x173 Cleggs July 2014 NewsYou’re out with the kids in the backyard and all of a sudden one of them starts jumping up and down screaming and pulling at their shoes. It’s those @#*&$! fire ants again. Mounds of these annoying ants seem to pop up overnight, and when they inject their venom, it burns.

Fire ants can be found throughout the southeastern U.S., from Texas up into most of North Carolina. There are even pockets as far north as Pennsylvania and in the southwestern United States; the ants continue to expand their territory. Fire ants are native to South America and are believed to have been brought to the U.S. via a cargo ship in the early 1900′s.

You may notice mounds in your yard that initially will be fairly small and no more than an inch high. The mounds may grow rapidly if left undisturbed. It is not uncommon to find hundreds of thousands of ants in a colony, and in severe infestations, there may be multiple colonies right next to each other. Are fire ants dangerous? They can be.

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Caring for Your Garden Naturally

800px View of flower beds   Longwood Gardens   DSC00828 300x199 Cleggs July 2014 NewsTending to your garden is important to you, and caring for your flowers and plants naturally matters. Creating a beautiful garden takes time, dedication and upkeep. You know the work involved in maintaining a gorgeous bed of flowers and plants, but you don’t want to use unnatural chemicals to preserve their beauty.

Fortunately, there are ways to care for your garden naturally. Here are some alternative pest control options that can make a big difference.

Common Bugs You’ll Find in Your Pool

Biting Midge Bugs are a big nuisance near swimming pools. They bite and sting people, clog filters and float on the water’s surface looking dreadful. Although regular pool maintenance will keep intrusions to a minimum, an outdoor pool is always going to be a bug magnet because like people, insects are attracted to water when the weather gets hot. Nobody wants to share a pool with insects so it helps to know the most common bugs that are attracted to swimming pools. Learn what types of bugs you might find in your pool. Not sure what’s bugging you? Send us a photo and we’ll see if we can ID your pool (or other) pest!

June 2014 News: Who’s Afraid of Spiders?

In the June edition of Clegg’s news: Who’s Afraid of Spiders? Fleas and Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your Pets; and Termites Eat Wood Year-Round.

Who’s Afraid of Spiders?

Salticidae sm permission from author 051614 June 2014 News: Whos Afraid of Spiders?Admit it-spiders creep you out, right? By some estimates, up to 50% of people are afraid of spiders. Why, you may ask? No one knows for sure! There has been a lot of research done and there is speculation it might be a leftover survival instinct from mankind’s early days. Others believe it may be more of a cultural or learned fear. Maybe all the scary movies with spiders (think of the scene in the Harry Potter series where the spiders, large and small, terrify Ron Weasley) feed the fear, or maybe it started when your brother dropped that spider on your shoulder when you were two. If you are afraid of spiders, the reason doesn’t much matter!

Scientists say there are around 40,000 different types of spiders in the world, and they’ve existed for more than 300 million years. While all spiders can bite, most of those bites cause no problems for humans. There are only two spiders in North Carolina you need to avoid.

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Fleas and Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your Pets

Tick LoneStar 300x284 June 2014 News: Whos Afraid of Spiders?Fleas and ticks aren’t picky. Both fleas and ticks normally live outdoors and look for warm-blooded animals as hosts. They can easily move inside by entering your home through open doors or windows, come in with you or your pets, enter your home on mice or rats, or even be carried in on items you bring inside. Once indoors, they may jump onto furniture, rugs or carpets to lay eggs. In no time flat, you may find you have a flea or tick infestation. You don’t even have to have pets.

Treating a flea or tick infestation is a three-step process, and all steps need to be completed at the same time for maximum effectiveness. If you have pets, they must be treated, and your lawn and house must also be treated.

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Termites Eat Wood Year-Round

Termite damaged baseboard Fayetteville small 300x225 June 2014 News: Whos Afraid of Spiders?While most people are more aware of termites in the spring when the swarms come out, these insects are active all year. If you have not had your home inspected for termites this year, make an appointment and get it done. Our pest control professionals are happy to inspect your property for signs of termites and recommend a treatment plan if we find any signs of these destructive insects. If we don’t, we’ll offer suggestions for preventive treatment to ensure you don’t have problems in the future. Just give us a call and schedule an appointment.

 

 

May 2014 News: Mosquitoes Carry Diseases

In the May edition of the Clegg’s newsletter: Diseases Caused by Mosquitoes, The Truth About Snakes, and Bed Bugs: Affecting Homes and Businesses Worldwide.

Diseases Caused by Mosquitoes

mosquito cdc small May 2014 News: Mosquitoes Carry DiseasesAs the weather warms up in the Carolinas, it sometimes seems that mosquitoes are everywhere. Most people consider mosquitoes bothersome, but they can be dangerous. Mosquitoes can carry and transmit a number of diseases to humans and animals, including West Nile virus, malaria, several forms of encephalitis, and other diseases that are less common in the United States, like dengue fever and chikungunya. Some of these diseases may cause serious complications or be deadly. Dogs and cats may also be at risk, as mosquitoes transmit heartworms.

Your best bet is to take steps to avoid mosquito bites. Here are some tips to help:

  1. Use mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus. This is especially important if you’ll be outside between dusk and dawn since this is when the mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are most active. Note that some of the natural repellants need frequent re-application and do not offer the same amount of protection as DEET.
  2. Wear pants and long sleeves, especially if you’ll be working or playing in wooded areas.
  3. Remove sources of standing water on your property. Mosquitoes require standing water to lay and hatch eggs, though specific environments may differ by species. On average, mosquito eggs hatch in around 10 days, so if you have areas of standing water in your yard, you should dump them out frequently.
  4. Make sure windows and doors you plan to leave open have screens.
  5. Talk to your vet about heartworm prevention drugs for your dogs and cats.
  6. Get more information from your pest care professional on mosquito prevention and treatment programs.

Learn more about the dangers of mosquitoes.

The Truth About Snakes

Blue and Snake 222x300 May 2014 News: Mosquitoes Carry DiseasesMany people we talk to are terrified of snakes. While there are some species of venomous snakes in North Carolina we need to watch for, in reality most snakes are harmless. In fact, snakes can be beneficial in helping keep the rodent and insect populations under control.

According to the NC Cooperative Extension, there are approximately 37 types of snakes found in North Carolina. Of these, only six are venomous. (Visit the Cooperative Extension website for some great photos of all North Carolina snakes.) The most common snakes we come across are non-venomous snakes like Black Racers, rat snakes and garter snakes. These snakes may come close to your house looking for rodents and insects. We often find snake skins that have been shed in crawl spaces where the snakes are finding (and eating) mice and rats! If you have firewood piled near the house, the snakes may hunt for food or seek shelter in the wood piles, so use caution when removing wood in warmer weather.

Read more…

Bed Bugs: Affecting Homes and Businesses Worldwide

Adult Female Bed Bug1 May 2014 News: Mosquitoes Carry Diseases

Adult female bed bug (enlarged).

Bed bugs usually travel from place to place by hitching a ride with humans. Since we tend to be rather mobile, bed bugs can easily find their way to your home or business. Certain types of businesses are more likely to encounter bed bug infestations, but everyone is potentially at risk. We have treated hotels/motels, multi-family housing (apartments and condos), nursing homes, university dorms, public schools, military bases, firehouses (and rescue trucks), and hospitals, among others.

If you manage a business, you’ll want to read our latest article on steps you should take if you suspect a bed bug infestation. Questions? Call a Clegg’s pest professional today!

 

 

 

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

SubTermites 300x209 April 2014 News: Seasonal Guide to 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 spiders 300x244 April 2014 News: Seasonal Guide to TermitesWe 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

AccreditedBusinessSeal Vertical 185x300 April 2014 News: Seasonal Guide to TermitesBBB 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.

 

 

 

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

Tick Deer 267x300 March 2014 News: Pest Control & SafetyPest 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?

squirrel 300x251 March 2014 News: Pest Control & SafetyWould 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!

 

February 2014 News: You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers.

In the February issue of Clegg’s News: answers to common pest control questions, commercial businesses and rat infestations, and tips to help you prepare for an emergency.

You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers.

cleggs 01 300x105 February 2014 News: Youve Got Questions. Weve Got Answers.Our pest professionals hear a lot of great questions as they meet with customers. Everything from, “Why should I use a pest control company when I can do it myself?” to, “Is it better to use termite bait stations (like Sentricon™) vs. periodic termite treatments?” to, “What steps can I take to keep the pests out of my house?” We have put together an article that answers these and many other common questions we hear on a regular basis. Read the full article, post your question on our Facebook page, ask us on Twitter or email your questions to us!

Focus on Rats

Norway Rat February 2014 News: Youve Got Questions. Weve Got Answers.If you have a commercial business, you may have an issue at some point with rats. Our commercial pest control team is seeing an increasing number of calls for help removing rats, with a large number of these calls involving roof rats. Certain types of businesses are more prone to rat infestations. These include farms, feed mills, produce warehouses, and restaurants, among others, though all businesses and residences may have problems with rats.

How do I know if I have rats? Until you have a full blown infestation, you may not see any rats. They are usually nocturnal and prefer to hide from people. They will, however, leave evidence of their presence. Things to look for include rat droppings; chewed wood, walls and baseboards; dirt or grease marks along commonly traveled paths; a musky odor; small footprints in dirt or dust; smashed vegetation around points of entry; or the presence of live or dead rats. Read more…

Are You Prepared?

ready gov logo February 2014 News: Youve Got Questions. Weve Got Answers.It seems like every time a winter storm threatens the Carolinas, the stores are mobbed with shoppers buying staples and social media is flooded with people joking about milk, bread and toilet paper! In reality, though, it pays to be prepared. While your “winter storm” emergency kit may have some different supplies than your summer “hurricane” kit, it’s important to consider what you’ll do in different types of emergencies. What happens if you lose power for a week or if flooding or fire means you must evacuate your home?

There are some great sources out there that provide tips on what to include in an emergency kit and how to prepare for different types of emergencies. One of our favorites is the Ready.gov website operated by FEMA. They provide a list of basic emergency supplies (water, food, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, wet wipes, etc.) as well as specifics by season (i.e., in winter add blankets and warm clothing, include mosquito repellent in your summer kit). They also provide help with finding local shelters, should they be needed. The Clegg’s team encourages you to build and maintain your own emergency kit and develop a plan for your family. Stay safe!

 

 

January 2014 News: It’s Cold Outside!

In this issue of our newsletter: Brrr…It’s Cold Outside; Bed Bugs: Fact or Fiction; and Termites and New Construction.

Brrr…What a Cold Snap!

Deer Mouse January 2014 News: Its Cold Outside!Just a reminder: when it gets really cold outside, mice and rats may decide your home looks like a great place to hang out. They may get into your house through small holes and cracks and make nests in the walls or your attic. Some signs that you have these furry visitors may include scratching noises in the walls, droppings, or urine stains soaking through the drywall. You may also see small bits of chewed materials like paper, drywall or insulation, or notice electrical problems if they happen to chew through wires! If you believe you have a problem with mice or rats (or any other nuisance wildlife), give Clegg’s a call before they do more damage.

Bed Bugs: Fact or Fiction?

Adult Female Bed Bug1 January 2014 News: Its Cold Outside!

Adult female bed bug (enlarged).

When it comes to identifying and treating bed bugs, there is a lot of incorrect information out there. Since we deal with bed bugs every day, the team at Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control wanted to provide some answers to frequently asked questions (a bed bugs FAQ) on what works and what doesn’t. Learn how to identify these annoying insects, which home detection products work, and why cold doesn’t always kill bed bugs in this new article on bed bugs.

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Termites and New Construction

termite damage 300x221 January 2014 News: Its Cold Outside!North Carolina law requires that new home builders provide termite treatment for the homes they build. These treatments must be on the approved list maintained by the NC Department of Agriculture – Structural Pest Control and Pesticide Division. Most builders use a soil applied liquid termiticide that is effective for around five years. It is important that homeowners be proactive and have their homes retreated after five years (or install a termite baiting system like Sentricon®) and inspected annually to keep termites from causing property damage. Learn more about termites…

 

 

 

December 2013 News: Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

In the December 2013 issues of Clegg’s News: How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling; Funny Pest Stories; Clegg’s Angels; Holiday Hours.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

Travel Suitcase 150x120 December 2013 News: Avoid Bed Bugs While TravelingWorking in the pest control industry, we sometimes tend to be overly aware of insect problems. And bed bugs are a growing problem around the world. Whether it’s during the holidays or summer vacation, everyone who travels – or even leaves their homes – is at risk of bringing home one or more unwanted “guests.” Bed bugs have been found in hotels, apartments, libraries, schools, fire stations, office buildings – basically any place there are humans.

With the height of the travel season upon us, we would like to share some of the common questions we hear about bed bugs and provide answers so you can learn what you need to do to identify and avoid bed bugs while you travel. Read more…

Funny Pest Stories

hornet 150x150 December 2013 News: Avoid Bed Bugs While TravelingLast month we asked everyone to send in their funniest pest control stories for a chance to win a bed bug encasement set for their mattress and box spring. Here is the winning story:

When I was 15 yrs old I went to sleep one day on our couch. Well somehow I rolled over on a jap hornet. Pow, I got stung right on my shoulder. The bad part is we had been doing some plumbing earlier that day, and our tools were still sitting on the hearth (including a torch). Well I jump up, slap the hornet to the floor (of our new house) – he’s floppin around. I grab that torch n scorch him good. Burned a big ole hole in the new vinyl floor. So I ease out the front door. A few minutes later I hear my dad cussin so I took off to grannys house. True story, and true when I got home daddy hadn’t forgot..whack (I deserved it).

This came from Keith Lambeth, who has won a bed bug encasement set! Head to our website to read more funny pest stories!

Clegg’s Angels

Angel Tree December 2013 News: Avoid Bed Bugs While TravelingClegg’s is sponsoring a needy child and 2 adults for the holidays through the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Tree program. Clegg’s encourages everyone to reach out in their own community to help those in need during the holiday season. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Holiday Schedule

Clegg’s will be closed on December 24-25 for Christmas and again on New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays to you and your family!