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How To Protect Your Home From the Boxelder Bug

Box elder bug 300x221 How To Protect Your Home From the Boxelder BugAlthough the boxelder bug is viewed mainly as a nuisance insect and does not cause any major harm to homes, a major infestation can be annoying. These brownish-black flying insects are around 12 millimeters long and often congregate around potential hibernation spots in the fall. There are a number of steps you can take to make sure that their over-wintering haven isn’t your home.

Hibernation Time

Homeowners often become aware that they have a boxelder bug problem in autumn when the spring-hatching nymphs have reached adulthood and gather in large numbers on the sunny south side of trees, fences, rocks and the sides of houses. With cold weather coming, they will be looking for a warm hibernation site, which unfortunately may be the living areas of your home. Infestations may range from a few insects to thousands.

Seal Your Home

The easiest way to keep these annoying insects out of your home is by preventing entry, a process called mechanical exclusion. Seal up cracks around windows and doors, in siding, and around chimneys with a high quality silicone caulk. Repair and replace screens on windows and doors and check around the foundation for cracks. Although sealing may not work perfectly, it will at least reduce entry points and the amount of bugs that can get in.

Get Rid of Hiding Places

Boxelder bugs may hide near your home in piles of debris, rocks, leaves or any other warm shelter, so it’s a good idea to rid the area around your foundation of any tempting nesting spots. Rake up leaves and garden debris and remove weeds from an area around six to nine feet wide around your home, particularly on the sunnier south and west sides. This way, bugs won’t congregate near the foundation hoping to find a way inside.

Spray Away

Boxelder bugs can be drowned, so if you do spot them on your trees or walls, you can hose them off with a strong stream of water. Additionally, if you see a big congregation, you can spray them with a homemade solution of two parts water to one part dish soap, reapplying as needed.

Shrub Control

You may notice these insects most often on box elder trees as well as maple, ash and some fruit-bearing species. Some homeowners have found it helpful to remove host trees from areas near the house, but the bugs may still fly in from elsewhere. Research has shown that the bugs prefer the female box elder, so it’s best to plant only male box elder trees around the home.

Get Assistance

If these measures fail to rid your home of a pesky boxelder bug invasion, call a skilled pest control professional. Contact Clegg’s online or at 888-672-5344 for a customized solution for your boxelder bug problem.

 

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What are some popular pests?

250px Bed bug Cimex lectularius What are some popular pests?Pest problems are an annoying nuisance that can be expensive to resolve when not handled properly. Learn more about the following popular bugs to discover how to identify and resolve pest problems.

Termites

Termites are a common problem for property owners. These annoying bugs live in colonies and can increase in large numbers. People will notice the problem when the termites start chewing through wood. Homeowners should seek professional help to resolve this issue. Pest professionals offer several options to help people with termite infestations. The Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System uses bait to eliminate termite problems. This is a great option for people concerned about the environment. Homeowners can also choose the Premise option, which is a liquid treatment for termite problems. This liquid is lethal to termites when digested. Most termites will return to their colony after digesting the liquid, which will kill other termites in a short amount of time.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have become a growing problem in recent years. People can easily bring bed bugs home when they visit other people with the problem. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to resolve, but pest control professionals can help control the problem in infested homes. Bed bugs can be difficult to be seen by the human eye, but pest professionals have trained dogs to detect bed bugs in a home or office. Pest professionals can use heat treatments to help resolve bed bug problems. Heat treatments are safe for the environment and can be completed in 12 hours. Liquid alternative are also available for treating a bed bug infestation.

Fleas and Ticks

Flea and tick infestations are a common problem in many households. Most people think fleas and ticks only live in homes with pets, but any home can develop this annoying problem. People can bring fleas and ticks home when they visit places that have those bugs. It’s also common for these bugs to live outside. Pest professionals can control flea and tick problems in just a few short hours. It’s important for humans and animals to be evacuated from the property when the home is being treated. After the treatment has been completed, people will need to vacuum every three days for three weeks.

To should seek professional help to resolve termite, bed bug, fleas, and tick problems contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

What Is a Leaf-Footed Bug?

Male Amorbus rubiginosus 300x186 What Is a Leaf Footed Bug?Leaf-footed bugs are fairly large, slow-flying insects that feed on the flowers, seeds and cones of many species of garden plants. Often confused with the squash bug, they are named for the flat-leaf-like flare on their back legs. Growing up to one inch long, leaf-footed bugs can be brown, grayish or black and have white marks on their wings.

Eating Habits

Leaf-footed bugs dine on fruits, nuts and ornamental plants, devouring plant parts, particularly seeds, by using their piercing-sucking mouth parts. Attaching to plants with their long, strong legs, they will feed on almost any succulent plant. It is during the adult state that the bugs probe deeply into fruit in search of seeds, causing the most destruction to plants.

Life Cycle

Adult leaf-footed bugs feed on spring’s newly forming seeds and flowers, mating in the fall and laying their eggs on host plants and trees. After about 10 days the eggs hatch and nymphs start feeding, the part of the bug’s life cycle that causes the most damage to host plants. Adults continue to lay eggs for an extended period, resulting in two or three possible generations during the summer. Once cold weather arrives and plants die off, they begin looking for a good winter hibernation site. Leaves and other types of plant debris are carriers of the eggs, so control of these bugs in the summer can help stave off their autumn reproduction.

Habitat

Leaf-foot bugs can be found anywhere in the garden during the growing season, from tomato plants to ornamental shrubs. In winter, the bugs may accumulate in wood piles, outbuildings or under the bark of trees like the juniper or cypress. If you’re interested in preventing a serious infestation, inspect these areas and try to keep weedy areas closely mowed. The arrival of late fall and early winter can also see infestation of homes as the leaf-footed bug looks for a warm spot to spend the winter. Large and slow-flying, it’s easy to spot this big bug in the home.

Preventing an Infestation

There are several ways you can try to prevent a leaf-footed bug infestation. Hand inspection is tedious but effective in removing bugs, especially early in the season when the young nymphs are still clustered in the leaves. Be sure to use gloves, as some species emit a stink when crushed. Some gardeners use light, permeable row covers on their plants, useful for fending off a number of pests. If your plants are suffering from a leaf-footed bug invasion and you would like professional assistance, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Interesting facts about the beetle

1024px Drawing 1 300x286 Interesting facts about the beetleWhen you talk about beetles, you could be talking about one of thousands of possible types. Around the world, there are more than 300,000 species of beetles. In North America, you can find 30,000 of these species. This is the highest number of species of any type of insects. Beetles are almost everywhere. The only two places you will not find beetles is in the polar regions of earth and in saltwater. This little hard-bodied critter should be talked about often because there are a lot of interesting facts about them.

Beetle Basics

Every wonder where beetles got their name? It comes from the Anglo Saxon word “bitan” which translates as “to bite”. Beetles are different from insects because they have strong mouths designed to bite while bugs have beaks to suck. While bugs are most commonly associated with their gauzy wings, the beetle’s wings are hardened and horny.

Beetles That Are Harmful

Be careful! Typically found in crops and on garden plants, the Blister Beetle can cause blister to appear on your skin. While some beetles can be beneficial to your garden, others can be very destructive. The most destructive species are the Weevils, the Japanese Beetle, the Carpet Beetle, Rose Bug, Sugar Cane Beetle, Potato Bug, May Beetle and Mexican Bean Beetle. If you are worried about Dutch Elm Disease infecting your trees, you will want to make sure you do not have any Bark Beetles in your yard.

Beetles Come In All Sizes

The Ox Beetle and the Rhinoceros Beetle might grow to be as long as five centimeters or almost two inches. The Goliath Beetle is not only the largest beetle but also the largest bug in the world. Fully grown, it can weigh up to 900 grams or almost two pounds. It is also known as a scarab in Africa.

How Beetles Move

Beetle are either really good at flying or running. However, none of them are good at both movements. Each beetle has three pairs of legs. If the legs are long and slender, the species is an excellent runner. The beetles with shorter and stouter legged beetle are typically an excellent swimmer and good at digging.

Beetles That Do Unusual Things

The Diving Beetle is one of the most unusual beetles of the species. This little bug can actually breathe underwater. Lady Bugs are a type of beetle. Along with being considered good luck by some people, these beetles are beneficial around your garden because they eat other pests.

Beetles are fascinating little critters. However, if you have an infestation in your yard, it is time to call in a professional. For immediate help, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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How can insulation help me with pest control?

Glass wool insulation 300x200 How can insulation help me with pest control?When properly installed, insulation can make a home more comfortable and save money and energy consumption by reducing the need for additional heating and air conditioning. However, some types of insulation may be more beneficial than others in keeping a home free of rodents and insects. Among the numerous types of insulation that are currently on the market, could it be possible that one offers all the benefits of traditional insulation in addition to enhanced pest control properties? The answer is yes.

TAP Pest Control Insulation

A natural fiber insulation treated with boric acid, Thermal Acoustical Pest Control insulation, or TAP, kills ants, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, and several other varieties of crawling insects. As a revolutionary green product, TAP is made from recycled paper, and it outperforms traditional insulation in almost every category. In addition to deterring pest infestations, TAP helps filter unwanted sound and is also flame-retardant, thermally superior, and is blown to create a perfect fit inside the walls or attic of a home.

Johns Manville ComfortTherm Insulation

Available in batts and rolls, ComfortTherm is a poly-encapsulated thermal and acoustical fiber and glass insulation. A lightweight insulation, ComfortTherm is composed of long, durable glass fibers that are bonded with an acrylic, Formaldehyde-free thermosetting binder for a healthier indoor air quality. ComfortTherm is thermally efficient, fire-resistant, and noncombustible. However, the product is also flexible enough to form around corners and rounded surfaces, and it will not accelerate the corrosion of pipes and other metal structures. Similar to TAP, another advantageous characteristic of ComfortTherm is that it is insect-resistant. ComfortTherm is specially formulated to discourage growth of mold and mildew, thus eliminating a potential food source for termites, cockroaches, rodents, and other pests. ComfortTherm is also available in an option that includes a moisture-resistant plastic covering, which further discourages insect infestation. When it comes to ridding a home of pests or preventing infestation altogether, eliminating the potential food and water sources of insects and rodents is essential. Therefore, ComfortTherm can help homeowners keep their homes pest-free by minimizing the conditions that make attics, crawl spaces, and interior walls conducive to infestation.

If you need help deciding which insulation product is right for your home, the pest control professionals at Clegg’s can help. Contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344 to learn more about how an installation of TAP or ComfortTherm can help protect your home against an infestation of pests.

 

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Is the Japanese Beetle really from Japan?

1024px Popillia japonica 300x300 Is the Japanese Beetle really from Japan?If it is a Japanese Beetle, it should come from Japan, right? But is that really true? Yes, this beetle is a native of Japan and originally found there. It was not until 1916 that the first beetle of this species made its way to the United States. It is commonly accepted that this beetle arrived amid a shipment of iris bulbs. This would have been before 1912 when customs agents began inspecting all shipments of bulbs that entered the United States.

Description

The Japanese Beetle’s official species name is Popillia Japonica. It is a little over half an inch long and a little less than half an inch wide. It features copper colored wings and a green body and head. In its home country of Japan it is relatively non-destructive, but in the United States, it is not naturally hunted by other predators. It is very destructive to over 200 plants and flowers in North America.

Plants It Attacks

The species of plants these beetles attack include rose bushes, hops, grapes and birch trees. The damage done by this beetle comes from its eating of the leaf material between the veins of the plant. This is referred to as the skeletonizing of the foliage. Also, if there is fruit present on the plant, it will feed on that too. Trapping these beetles is difficult because it does not fly well. It will usually fall several centimeters after bumping into a wall.

Lifecycle 

In most parts of the United States, the lifecycle of the Japanese Beetle occurs over the period of a year. However, in cooler regions of the United States and North America that lifespan can be expanded. At home in Japan, these beetle have an extended lifecycle of two years due to the higher altitudes. The Japanese Beetle goes through four life stages: eggs, larva, pupa and finally adult beetles.

When the Japanese Beetle is in the larva stage it will live in your lawn and other grassy areas. In this stage of its lifecycle, the beetle is susceptible to milky spore disease, which comes from a group of bacteria called milky spore. The USDA created a form of this bacterium to be used on lawns. However, it can take between a year and five years to reach its full potential.

If you believe your yard, plants and trees are suffering from a Japanese Beetle infestation, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Does an Earwig Bug Really Go In Your Ears?

Earwig on white background 300x129 Does an Earwig Bug Really Go In Your Ears?The name of the earwig has spawned many rumors, one of which is that earwigs crawl into people’s ears while they are sleeping and burrow into their brains. In fact, the name earwig is believed to come from the Old English words “eare wicga” or “ear insect.” One such rumor is about earwigs crawling into people’s ears to breed. But is this true?

The Truth About The Earwig

While there have been stories in the past that may suggest these rumors are true, earwigs have no desire to nest in people’s ears. This isn’t to say that an earwig has never crawled into a person’s ear before, but the environment inside the human ear is not well-suited for an earwig to nest. It’s also worth pointing out that earwigs lack the necessary tools needed to burrow into a person’s brain via the ear. Either way, an earwig is not a type of insect that most people want crawling around their homes.

More About the Earwig

When it comes time to mate, a male earwig grabs the female and deposits sperm onto her. Most of the time, the eggs aren’t fertilized right away. This is not a problem since the sperm of an earwig can live for months before it needs to fertilize an egg. The long life of the sperm insures that the female earwig is fertilized during every mating.

Controlling the Earwig

Once the eggs become fertilized, the female earwig kicks the male out of the nest. The male is then free to search for other female earwigs for mating. The female earwig remains in the nest and lays between 20 and 80 eggs. This is why it’s easy for an infestation of earwigs to get out of hand quickly.

If you think you are being invaded by earwigs, contact contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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What is bed bug heat treatment?

250px Bed bug Cimex lectularius What is bed bug heat treatment?Most people are disturbed by the prospect of finding bedbugs in their homes. Nevertheless, the odds of being the target of a bedbug invasion are increasing as the insects are increasingly found in hotels, dorms, apartments, delivery vehicles, and even furniture rental stores. Heat treatment is becoming an increasingly popular, eco-friendly method for effectively treating a bedbug infestation.

The Heat Treatment Process

First, treatment area is prepped by removing all items that cannot withstand temperatures in excess of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Residual pesticides may be applied to crevices in outside walls to prevent bedbugs from retreating to other parts of the property. Heaters are then brought into the building along with fans to help circulate the heat. Once the heat is turned on to the required temperature, items inside the building may be moved around to ensure the insects have no place to hide.

Advantages of Using Heat Treatment

In addition to being chemical-free and non-toxic, heat treatment is a pest control method that is able to penetrate hard-to-reach places such as wall cavities and mattresses, where bedbugs often hide. Killing bedbugs in their hiding places is especially important because an adult bedbug can survive in hiding on a single blood meal for up to one year. Heat treatment is a favorable option in settings like hospitals, hotels, daycare centers, and private residences. Furthermore, bedbugs can be killed by heat at any stage of development, including eggs, which means the infestation can be treated effectively. The key to an effective bed bug treatment is determining the sources where you obtained the bed bugs to begin with. You want to avoid the source until you are sure that they also have been treated effectively for bed bugs and show no signs of an infestation.

Call a Professional

If a bedbug infestation is suspected, contacting a professional is always best. Contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344. Pest control technicians are available to provide more information about the advantages of heat treatment as well as conduct an onsite assessment.

 

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What’s so crazy about the crazy ant?

220px Paratrechina longicornis casent0134863 profile 1 What’s so crazy about the crazy ant?Have you ever wondered why it is called a crazy ant? It is actually named the Raspberry or tawny crazy ant and got its moniker from its erratic and quick movements. This rough and tumble ant has formic acid that covers its body and works as an antidote to the venom of the fire ant. Pretty cool, huh? Actually this is even cooler, crazy ant colonies are sometimes found living within a fire ant mound. Another thing that sets these ants apart is the fact that the colony has multiple queens instead of a single one like other types of ants. All of these peculiarities (or cool things) add up to one crazy ant.

It was difficult classifying the crazy ant. It was not until 2012 that this ant got its official classification as the Nylanderia fulva. This ant was the first insect to show the ability to negate the venom of another insect. Covered in brownish and red hairs, this ant is smaller than a fire ant at 3.2 millimeters. Unlike other ants, these do not create nests or mounds, preferring to make their home under rocks or inside already existing mounds. These ants gravitate towards a warm and moist area like coastal locations. They tend to eat small insects and enjoy sweet plants.

The tawny crazy ant is a native of South and Central America, especially the Columbia urban area and Argentina. They have been slowly making their way north into the southeastern United States. They were first documented in Texas in 1938. However in 2002, a local Texas exterminator noticed that the rate of migration into the United States was increasing at a rapid rate. These crazy ants make their home from Texas to Georgia without a sign that their spread is slowing. They are beginning to arrive in the North Carolina area, so keep an eye on your yard for any ants moving erratically.

Dealing with the tawny crazy ant has proved to problematic for the people of the southeast. This stems mainly from the fact that these ants are not attracted to normal baits. Also, because each colony has multiple queens, it is more difficult to exterminate them. All of the queens need to die in order for the treatment to be effective. Over the counter pesticides have little to no effect on these sturdy ants.

If you find that you have a colony of crazy ants living on your property, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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How Did the Assassin Bug Get Its Name?

250px Assassin bug aug08 02 How Did the Assassin Bug Get Its Name?This little black or dark brown bug earned its scary name from the way it kills its prey with repeated stabs of its weapon-like beak. Though this little pest is not deadly to humans, the bite of both juveniles and adults is extremely painful and it’s best not to attempt to handle one. Some members of the species, referred to as kissing or cone-nose bugs, live on the blood of mammals, including humans, and may cause allergic reactions or spread disease. Learn more below.

What Do They Hunt?

Many assassin bugs can be found on garden plants, shrubs and ground cover where they hunt for bugs, flies, bees and caterpillars. Once they have caught an unsuspecting insect, they use powerful front legs to hold the insect down, immobilize it with a paralyzing toxin, stab it to death and suck out its body fluids. Other assassin bugs, like the kissing bug, are blood-feeders, preying on mammals and humans.

Where Do They Live?

Approximately 150 species of assassin bugs can be found throughout North America, one of the most prevalent of which is the wheel bug, notable for a notched crest atop the thorax. Over one inch long, the wheel bug pumps venomous saliva into the victim through one channel of its beak and pump the prey’s digested body fluids to its stomach through another channel. This species will attack large insects like big caterpillars and grasshoppers.

Can Assassin Bugs Invade Your Home?

Some assassin bugs are known to infest homes and one of the most notorious of these is the blood-sucking cone-nose bug. These nocturnal insects may be attracted to the lights of a home, and while a single invader is not a problem, the presence of many adults or nymphs may suggest that you have a breeding problem. If cone-nose bugs find their way into your bed, you may wake with reddened areas on your face, hands, arms, feet, head or trunk. The toxic bite of this nasty bug can cause faintness, vomiting and possible allergic reactions.

If you suspect an infestation of these vicious little insects, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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