Millipedes and Centipedes: Learn the Differences

Rusty millipedes Millipedes and Centipedes: Learn the DifferencesAs warmer weather comes around, insects seem to invade our properties more than ever. Though there are many pests out there, two of them, millipedes and centipedes, can be frightening to many. This is especially true when they come into the home. Though many people will use the terms centipede and millipede interchangeably, in actuality, they are two different pests. Learning to tell the difference between millipedes and centipedes can help when it comes to prevention and can also help you explain the problem to the exterminator.

The Similarities Between Millipedes and Centipedes

Believe it or not, even though they both have long bodies and many legs, there are only a few similarities between these two insects. The first is that they both belong in the group Myriapoda. They share this group with over 13,000 other species. Another similarity is that they breathe through spiracles, which are small breathing holes in the skin. Finally, you will find that they both millipedes and centipedes reproduce without copulation.

Differences in Anatomy

While most people lump these insects together, the truth is, there are many more differences than there are similarities. At first glance, it might seem like millipedes and centipedes look alike, but when you look closely, you will find that this isn’t necessarily the case. Centipedes, for instance, have long antennae. Millipedes have very short antennae. Another difference in anatomy is that centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment. Millipedes, on the other hand have two pairs of legs on all segments with the exception of the first three segments. These segments have one pair of legs each. Centipedes are also flat looking where millipedes are cylindrical in shape.

Differences in Behavior

Millipedes and centipedes also show differences when it comes to their behavior. Centipedes are very fast; they bite, and they are considered predators to other insects. Centipedes also might bite humans, but it is usually no dangerous than a mosquito bite. It might itch or become red, but shouldn’t be extremely painful. Millipedes, on the other hand, are scavengers. They move slowly and will not bite. Instead, they will curl into a ball in order to protect themselves.

If you have millipedes or centipedes on your property, contact Clegg’s online or phone us at 888-672-5344. Our team of experts have the tools and knowledge to control the population.

 

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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!

Tips for Wasp Nest Removal

Wasp August 2007 23 Tips for Wasp Nest RemovalDiscovering a wasp nest on your property can be a scary prospect, especially for those who have elderly parents living with them, young children at home, pets or even wasp allergies. Wasps can sting their victims more than once, and they are more hostile and aggressive than bees. Removing a wasp nest is not an easy task, and it can be a risky one. However, there are several methods that can be effective. Here are some tips.

Safety Tips for Wasp Nest Removal

Remember than no matter what you do, safety should be the priority. The first thing you should do before attempting to remove a wasp nest is plan out your course of action and protect yourself from stings. You should cover as much of your body as possible with long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, glasses and gloves. Avoid wearing any strong-smelling lotions, hair sprays or perfumes, all of which could incite the wasps and agitate them. Finally, consider removing the wasp nest at night, when the wasps are generally less active. Please note that if you are allergic to wasps, you should never attempt to remove a wasp nest.

Using a Wasp Spray on the Nest

One of the most effective ways to remove a wasp nest on your own is with a commercial wasp spray. When dressed in the appropriate safety apparel, the spray can be used at arm’s length all over the nest. This may upset the wasps, so it is important to step away after spraying and leave the nest alone for up to 24 hours. After the waiting period is over, you can observe the wasp nest from a safe distance to see if there is any activity. If there is no activity, you can proceed with the following step. If activity is visible, you can opt to use a commercial wasp spray once again.

Removing and Disposing of a Wasp Nest

If it is clear that there is no activity within the wasp nest, you’ll need to once again put on your protective apparel to remove the nest entirely. With gloves on, wrap the entire nest in a plastic bag, and then place it into another sealed plastic bag. The entire nest should be disposed of immediately away from the home.

For questions about a wasp nest, contact Clegg’s online or call us at 888-672-5344.

 

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Most Common Bugs You’ll Find in Your Pool

BitingMidge Most Common Bugs Youll Find in Your Pool 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.

Midges 

Midges are small two-winged flies that breed in water or marshy areas. They are especially attracted to pools with fruit trees nearby because they like sweet sap and nectar. Some Midges have a painful bite too so you will want to avoid them.

Water Boatmen and Backswimmers

The Water Boatman is a non-biting oval shaped insect that feeds off of algae. Plant material that is collected in pool filtering systems, traps and drains is both a food source and a place to lay eggs for this insect. Backswimmers are usually nearby if there are Water Boatmen because the Water Boatmen are food for the Backswimmers. Backswimmers have long hairy legs that they use like the oars of a boat. The oar-like legs allow them to move quickly through the water while floating on their backs. This bug is also known as a Water Wasp because it has a nasty sting. Both the Water Boatmen and the Backswimmer have wings and can fly.

Dobsonflies, Mayflies and Stoneflies

Other common aquatic insects that invade swimming pools are Dobsonflies, Mayflies and Stoneflies. The Dobsonfly is the largest with a wingspan of up to 5 inches and it will bite if it comes in contact with a human. Mayflies are slender and pale and travel in groups that often look like clouds moving up and down. Mayflies lay their eggs on water surfaces, and could mistake a swimming pool as a good place for their eggs. Adult Stoneflies are recognized because they move in groups of thousands, and are attracted to lights and water in a very obvious manner. Adult Stoneflies have short life spans and die soon after flight.

For safe extermination of pool pests in North Carolina, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Tips for Property Managers When Dealing with a Termite Infestation

Brown Apartments   Portland Oregon Tips for Property Managers When Dealing with a Termite InfestationFew pests strike terror in the heart of a property manager the way termites do. Frequently, these creatures aren’t discovered until they have done serious damage to a property. In order to protect commercial properties, it is important for property managers to know the signs of a termite infestation and to act quickly when these signs appear. Here are some tips when dealing with a termite infestation.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

Termites are small and reproduce rapidly. They also burrow, so it can be difficult to discover an infestation until after permanent and costly damage has been done. The following signs can help property managers identify and address a termite problem before it is too late:

  • Apparently solid wood that produces a hollow sound when knocking
  • Wood that easily crumbles
  • Pinholes appearing in walls
  • Peeling or bubbling paint
  • Loose floor or wall tiles
  • Bubbling, sagging or buckling floors or flooring
  • A brief swarm of small, winged insects in or near the building
  • Discolored or sagging sheetrock and ceiling tiles
  • Pencil-shaped mud tubes along walls and beams of the structure

What to Do if an Infestation Is Suspected
As with many pest problems, DIY solutions often exacerbate a termite infestation, leading to further damage. Property managers who suspect an infestation should contact a pest control service immediately. The service will be able to determine whether there is a termite infestation, and certified technicians can effectively treat the problem. Clegg’s offers a liquid or bait alternative to control a current population of wood boring insects as well as to prevent a future infestation.

Communicating with Tenants

Renters of office buildings and apartments deserve clear and appropriate communication from their property manager in the event of a termite infestation. If time away from the building will be required, the manager needs to communicate the set times of the necessary evacuation. In addition, laws governing housing rentals require property managers or owners to cover costs of any necessary relocation. Managers should become acquainted with local rental laws to make ensure that they comply properly.

If you suspect a termite problem on a property you manage, contact Clegg’s online. Or you can reach us by phone at 888-672-5344. 

 

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@#*&$! Fire Ants

You’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 300x173 @#*&$! Fire AntsWhere are fire ants found?

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?

When a fire ant mound is disturbed, the ants will rush to the surface to attack whatever has disturbed the mound. Oftentimes when a person steps on a fire ant mound, he or she won’t even know they have disturbed the mound until multiple ants have started biting and stinging them (fire ants bite to hold on to you, then inject the venom from a stinger in their abdomen). The ants can be hard to get off your skin, and they will continue to sting you until they are removed.

In most people, the venom burns and causes welts and pustules which can last for days. There are a variety of home remedies that may help with the discomfort. For those who are allergic to the venom, they may have a more serious reaction, especially in cases where they are stung multiple times; they may even die from anaphylactic shock as a result of the stings from the fire ants. If you are stung by fire ants and have any tightness in your chest or your breathing is affected, get to a hospital immediately for treatment.

How do I treat fire ants?

Fire ants typically stay outside, though periodically we will get calls from homeowners who find them indoors. Outdoors, a two step approach can be effective. Initially, you will want to apply a bait product across your entire yard. Timing makes a difference with these products, and you want to apply the bait when the ants are foraging for food. A second bait application should be made to individual mounds 7-10 days later. In either case, contacting a professional is your best option. Clegg’s currently has a baiting method that eliminates fire ant colonies within three days and is effective for up to six months.

Unfortunately, new fire ant queens can fly and will start new colonies anywhere from several feet to several miles away from their birth colonies, so treating once may eliminate the original colonies but you may later find others. It can be helpful to talk to your neighbors and all treat your yards at the same time.

Liquid Termite Solution Part 1: Premise

Angkor Termites (6725964255) Liquid Termite Solution Part 1: PremiseWhether you want to prevent or stem a termite invasion of your home, there are liquid termite solutions that may be just what you are looking for. One of these options is Premise, which is a barrier applied to the soil. This option is good for homeowners who don’t yet have a problem with termites in their homes but live in North Carolina, where termites can proliferate during the summer.

The Trouble with Termites

Termites cause hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to homes each year, and most of the damage occurs to Southern homes during the warm summer months when termite colonies become active. These little insects eat the wood in your home, resulting in structural damage over time. However, unless you have severe failure of wood in your home, you may not even be aware of termites. A home inspection is usually the only means of finding and eradicating a termite problem. Premise is a liquid termite control option that prevents the bugs from getting to your home and beginning their feast by working on the insect’s nervous system.

Premise to Prevent Problems

Premise works on the brains of the termites that are thinking about coming into your home or are already there. A certified termite expert will apply a layer of Premise to the soil around your home. Termites that touch the treated soil have a reaction in their nervous system that keeps them away from other termites, which means they won’t breed. Termites that have touched the Premise also won’t eat the wood in your home anymore. It’s a win-win situation for you and a losing scenario for the termites. Due to the liquid composition of Premise, it spreads after application to a wider area of the soil to provide greater coverage. By covering more of the soil around your home, Premise can contact more termites.

Premise is only one of the many products Clegg’s uses to treat, prevent and protect homes against the plague of termites that is so common in the South. Ask about this or any of the other methods used by Clegg’s to solve your termite troubles.

If you want Clegg’s to treat your home and prevent invasions or reinfestations of termites, contact Clegg’s online or via telephone at 888-672-5344.


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Does Garlic Really Work as a Mosquito Deterrent? – Home Remedy Fact or Myth

Mosquito Tasmania crop Does Garlic Really Work as a Mosquito Deterrent?   Home Remedy Fact or Myth   With the rise of mosquito-carried viruses, many people are looking for the best form of mosquito repellent. Unfortunately, many repellents that are effective contain harmful chemicals. According to old wives’ tales, garlic is supposed to be an effective way to repel mosquitoes. Despite the pervasiveness of this home remedy, many people are still uncertain if it actually works.

How it Works

Mosquitoes are a common occurrence in summer months. The female of the species needs to have blood so that her eggs can survive. Due to this, she will bite humans or animals to get a supply of blood. Many mosquito repellents are based on chemicals that block the mosquito from smelling humans. Mosquitoes have extremely weak olfactory powers, so they are unable to smell things like garlic. Instead, garlic is purported to work by stopping the insect from smelling the lactic acid and carbon dioxide given off by humans. According to this theory, garlic-based mosquito repellents should work by blocking the mosquitoes ability to sense where the person or animal is.

Does it Actually Work?

Rubbing some garlic on the skin can be a simple and cheap experiment but there is very little proof that garlic can actually repel mosquitoes. Generally, the most effective repellents are made out of products like DEET. There are other natural mosquito repellents that can be effective.

Alternative Home Remedies

Rather than using garlic, individuals can try different home remedies to keep away the mosquitoes. Catnip is supposed to drive away mosquitoes and citronella candles have been used as a mosquito repellent for years. Citronella candles can be found at most department and hardware stores. For evening picnics or outdoor events, these candles just have to be burned nearby to drive away the mosquitoes. Additionally, citronella oil can be rubbed on the skin and is effective for up to ten hours. Other than catnip and citronella, neem oil has been shown to be as effective as DEET. The United States National Research Council completed a study that showed that neem oil had similar success rates as DEET in driving away mosquitoes.

Although garlic has been debunked as an effective mosquito repellent, there are still home remedies available that can keep the mosquitoes away. Ranging from candles to essential oils, these remedies can reduce someone’s exposure to mosquito born viruses and limit the number of bites.

If you have any more questions about mosquitos, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.


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Non-Chemical Solutions for Pest Control in Your Garden

800px View of flower beds   Longwood Gardens   DSC00828 300x199 Non Chemical Solutions for Pest Control in Your GardenTending 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 options that can make a big difference.

Insecticidal Soaps

Before the popularity of poisonous pesticide came on the scene, insecticidal soaps were the go-to choice of most gardeners. Now that natural options are becoming more widespread, gardeners can avoid using such strong and toxic chemicals.

Insecticidal soaps are made up of potassium fatty acid soaps that are meant to control pests. The soap acts on contact, removing the wax that protects the insect’s body, which causes them to lose much-needed water and die. Essentially, it dries the pest out.

Before covering the plant with insecticidal soap, you’ll want to test it out beforehand. When you’re ready to use it, spray the soap all over the plant, but not where it causes runoff on the leaves. To be effective, avoid spraying your plants with insecticidal soaps during the warmest parts of the afternoon.

Beneficial Insects

Want to use other insects to do your dirty work? You can with beneficial bugs that get rid of your pests for good! You can choose to attract these beneficial insects to your garden, or buy them from a catalog.

Get some ladybugs that feast on mites, aphids and whiteflies. Nematodes dine on cutworms, beetles and root weevil larvae. Praying mantises are larger in size and can eat most garden pests they find.

Coverings

Do you think you’ll want to protect your flowers and plants with a barrier of some sort? You might want to consider a type of covering for your garden. This non-chemical solution offers pest control and climate control: two components that are incredibly important to the well-being of your plants and flowers.

A garden cloche can protect potted plants, plants already in the ground or beginning seedlings. It acts like a greenhouse, shielding them from harsh weather, wind and harmful insects. There are also extendable row covers that can cover a four-foot space. From reusable dome covers to larger-framed portable cloches, you can buy some for your garden, or even make them yourself.

Experiment with these options and choose what’s right for you. Keep your garden protected using non-chemical solutions that save your flowers and plants from unwelcome intruders.

If you have any more questions about ways to care for your garden naturally, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Is a Borax and Sugar Solution Effective Against Ants in the Kitchen?

1280px Modern Kitchen 300x225 Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Is a Borax and Sugar Solution Effective Against Ants in the Kitchen?Ants invading your kitchen is a frustrating experience, leaving your pantry and counter items vulnerable to these hungry insects. If ants are able to access your kitchen, you’ll soon have a steady trail working its way through crevices and doorways. Spraying pesticides around the kitchen is harmful to the entire household so several home remedies have been concocted over the years. By mixing borax and sugar together, you have an effective weapon against ant invasions.

Ant Trail Science

There are thousands of ants in just one colony, making it crucial to find a food source nearby. Ants don’t send out all their members in search of food, but actually appoint scouts to survey the area. If you see one or two ants, it’s important to eradicate them immediately. They are setting odor trails, similar to leaving bread crumbs on the ground to find your way out of a forest. If they find food, the odor trails connect the entire colony to your kitchen.

Sweet And Deadly

Sugar and borax work well together because the solution mixes an attractant with a toxicant. The sugar brings the ants to the solution, encouraging them to stay away from other kitchen temptations. They feed on the sugar and consume the borax at the same time. Although the borax doesn’t work immediately like a spray pesticide, the ants soon die and cut off the odor trail.

Correct Application

This solution turns into a wet paste when initially mixed. Place it on cardstock or cardboard, locating it on the ground and away from kitchen food sources. Keep an eye on the solution because it does dry up within a day or two. Replace it as needed, especially if many ants are foraging from it. Keep children and pets away from the mixture as well.

Perfect For Kitchen

A borax and sugar solution is well-suited to the kitchen environment because it kills off the ants before they return to the colony. If you tried to use this control strategy with a colony, the borax wouldn’t reach the majority of ants fast enough to be effective. You can keep an eye on the solution as well to see the eradication effort in action with a kitchen application.

With diligent observation and a steady solution supply, your ants will find another region to explore. Unfortunately, some infestations are too big, even for a nifty home remedy. For situations out of your control, contact a pest control professional.

For any concerns or questions about ants in the North Carolina area, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344. Keep those ants out of the kitchen for healthy meals every day. 

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