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.



How to Deal With a Black Widow Spider

800px Adult Female Black Widow 300x225 How to Deal With a Black Widow SpiderSpiders perform essential tasks in nature, such as controlling insect populations when they feed. Although spiders are beneficial, there are some species that are harmful to humans. Black widow spiders are one of the top venomous arachnids in the United States. They prefer the outdoors for web-spinning, but they can migrate indoors for shelter. If you come upon a black widow, it’s best to have a smart strategy to remove it before it can harm young children or pets.

Bug Catcher Vacuum

If you want to get rid of a black widow, but want to stay far from it, try using a bug catcher vacuum. These inexpensive plastic tubes have a motor and vacuum attached to a handle. You place the tube near the spider and press a button. The vacuum sucks up the spider, allowing you to capture and dispose of it as necessary. You can even look at the spider up close as it sits in the transparent tube without any threat of harm.

Chemical Pesticides

A black widow found outdoors may find its way into your home. If it isn’t near any desired plants, such as edibles, you can spray spider pesticide directly on the arachnid. However, don’t miss the target. Sprays aren’t effective if you spray the spider’s surrounding habitat. They simply walk over the application. Cover the spider and web with chemicals and it will die relatively quickly.

Old-Fashioned Shoe Solution

Although it’s a messy alternative, some people still prefer a swift crushing to remove the spider from the house. Using a sturdy shoe and a fast swing, crush the spider with the sole. Remove the spider carefully to avoid contact with any venom. If possible, rinse the shoe sole off to completely clean it of spider parts. You don’t want anyone being exposed to possible venom in the home.

Discouraging Infestations

You don’t have to deal with a black widow if you take some precautions against them. Keep outdoor clutter to a minimum to avoid an infestation. Use caulk to fill crevices in the home. Spiders often use these cracks for shelter or passageways. Periodically vacuum dark corners inside the home, especially near the ceiling, to remove black widows that may be too small to actually see yet. Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control can come out to help you find the best management strategy to keep your family safe.

If you have any questions about black widows or spider infestations, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344. We’re happy to evaluate your needs at home with a personal inspection.

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Controlling Flies at Your Factory When the Windows Are Open

800px Fly   Muscidae 300x200 Controlling Flies at Your Factory When the Windows Are OpenRegardless of a factory’s business, from clothing manufacturing to food distribution, employees and products need to be free from bothersome insects. Disease and distraction are two negative aspects of flies infiltrating a factory. If they tend to fly through open factory windows, and installing screens is not an option, there are other ways to stop flies from inviting themselves indoors.

Light Traps

Current theories hold that flies use lights, such as the sun or moon, as navigational aids. You have surely seen flies, mosquitoes and other insects hovering around an outside light on a summer night. Using this theory against flies, add a light trap to your factory’s ceiling or wall. Because it’s often brighter than other lights, flies race to it. The trap has a sticky film, effectively holding the fly indefinitely.

Exhaust Systems

Blowers placed above a window release a lot of air to deter flies. Supermarkets use this machine for doorways, for instance. If you have a limited amount of open windows, the exhaust system keeps all insects out of the factory. It may even add a cooling effect for employees as they move about their work stations. For factories that have food inventory, this system may be worth the investment.

Sticky Traps

Try hanging sticky traps in open windows that are well above the factory floor. These traps attract flies, sticking them permanently to the surface. You will have to replace the trap periodically to keep fly control consistent. There are even spooling fly traps that have a convenient roll of sticky tape. The tape can blend in with the windowsill to make it less obvious to employees or visiting vendors.

Removing Temptation

Keeping your factory clean is one of the best ways to deter flies even with open windows. Keep trash covered and taken out consistently. Any snacks, especially fruit, should be covered or put away. Lunch rooms need to be wiped down right after meals to prevent flies from feasting on crumbs and spills. Flies are attracted to different items, based on their species. While some look for trash items, others prefer fresh fruits. By deterring the flies with no food source, they’ll look for other areas to visit.

Allow Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control to survey your factory today. Contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344 to start your pest control strategy. Your employees will feel better about their work environment while preventing any flies from invading outgoing products.

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Cockroaches: The Truths and Myths About Them

449px Cockroach closeup 224x300 Cockroaches: The Truths and Myths About ThemMost people would agree that cockroaches are the creepiest of the creepy crawlers. You catch sight of them out of the corner of your eye as they go scurrying off somewhere. Finding a roach in your kitchen sends you on a cleaning spree that means pulling everything out of cupboards and off the counters. There is a lot of information out there about these critters, some of it true but some of it myth.


Headless Wonders
It is true that a cockroach can live without its head. They can live up to a week without their heads because they have an open circulatory system and can breathe through holes in each segment of their body. However, without a mouth they cannot drink water and eventually die of thirst.

Not A Drowning Victim
Cockroaches can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes. If you try to drown them, they can be held underwater and survive for up to half an hour. Holding their breath for long periods of time allows roaches to regulate their water loss, so they have developed the ability to hold their breathe for long periods.

Cockroaches have been around for a long time. It is believed that cockroaches first appeared in the Carboniferous Period, which makes their species more than 280 million years old. There are a little over 4,000 varieties of roaches worldwide. The two most common types are the German and American cockroaches.


Cockroaches Live Only in Dirty Houses
Most people believe that roaches only live in dirty houses. Colonies of roaches can be found in the walls of even clean homes. However, the colonies of cockroaches are typically larger in dirty homes, because they find more bountiful food supplies in dirty homes.

Party All Night Long
Many believe that cockroaches are active all night long. While they are nocturnal animals, roaches are only active for about 4 hours each night, although, these creepy houseguests can be seen at other times of the day and night.

Lights Out!
Cockroaches prefer the dark; however, they are not actually afraid of the light. The reason they scurry when the lights come on is that the light means that humans have arrived on the scene.


Nuclear Cockroaches
You have heard it many times. Cockroaches are going to be the only survivors of a nuclear war or that after testing of nuclear weapons that the only survivors were roaches. Some scientists believe that they will survive, while others argue that they will not survive.

For cockroach treatment and eradication, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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Fleas & Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your Pet

Fleas and ticks aren’t picky. Both fleas and ticks normally live outdoors, but 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.

More About Fleas

Flea OrientalRat 300x204 Fleas & Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your PetMost people with pets notice the telltale signs of fleas when their dogs or cats begin scratching more frequently, chewing on themselves or losing patches of fur. You can easily confirm the presence of fleas by combing your dog or cat with a narrow-tooth flea comb. Live fleas and eggs will be visible in the fur you comb out. While Fido may be the typical host for fleas, these pests are more than happy to use humans for a meal. Since the fleas often make themselves at home in your carpeting, you may recognize you have a problem when you suddenly find unexplained bites on your feet and ankles.

The most common symptom reported from flea bites are red, itchy areas, however fleas may also carry tapeworms that can be transmitted to dogs, cats and children, and they have been known to transmit Typhoid Fever and the Bubonic Plague, though these diseases are not common in our state.

More About Ticks

Tick LoneStar 300x284 Fleas & Ticks: Not Just a Problem for Your PetWhen the weather warms up, ticks also become very active. Ticks can come inside on your dogs or cats, or may attach themselves to you or your clothes. Ticks may transmit diseases such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever through their bites. Several types of ticks may be found in North Carolina, however not all of them carry the same potential diseases. If you find a tick that has attached to your skin, remove it carefully (see detailed instructions on how to remove a tick) ensuring you get the entire tick and wash the area with soap and water. If you see any signs of a bullseye rash at the bite location, or if you have any other symptoms, contact your doctor and let him/her know you were bitten by a tick.

Treating Fleas & Ticks

Treating a flea or tick infestation is normally a three-step approach, with the steps taking place at the same time. If you have pets, there are various treatment options available, with some being more effective than others. In our experience, a flea collar is the least effective option, while a systemic product provided by your veterinarian is the most effective. Your lawn should also be treated to prevent a reinfestation. Finally, you must treat the inside of your house with an insecticide to kill the fleas and ticks. We recommend washing your pet’s bedding and drying on high heat. You should also remove the vacuum bag (or empty canister contents into a bag and seal) after vacuuming the carpets and place it in the outdoor trash sealed in a plastic bag to ensure any live fleas or eggs are gone. After the inside of your home is treated, you should vacuum every three days for the next two weeks, discarding the vacuum bag each time. Read more about getting rid of fleas and ticks in your home.

Questions about fleas or ticks? Ask us!

Steps to Take When You Notice a Tick on Your Pet

Australian Shepherd 600 Steps to Take When You Notice a Tick on Your PetIn many regions in the US, while stroking and petting your pets, small foreign objects will be discovered that are often ticks embedded in the animal’s skin. At about ¼ inch in diameter, a tick body is hard, round and almost flat.

The first time a tick is discovered, it may be confused with a scab, but most small scab-like things on pets turn out to be ticks. Pets spending any time outside in untreated areas are very likely to get ticks.

In the South East US, ticks are inevitable unless the pet never wanders from untreated areas. Ticks cannot be ignored, they carry Lyme disease and the bites become infected. Once a tick is discovered, there is a recommended process, and it is important to be prepared before the tick is removed.

A small jar of alcohol, tweezers and rubber gloves should be within reach.

Most dogs and some cats enjoy the stroking and contact involved with tick exams. Rubber gloves are important because ticks do carry Lyme disease and rubber gloves are protection. When a tick is found, complete the following process.

  1. With one hand separate the fur hair so the tick is completely visible.
  2. Using the other hand, grasp the tick with the tweezers and slowly pull straight out. The tick will not move once embedded in the animal. Tick removal is not painful if there is no infection.
  3. Drop the tick in the jar of alcohol. The tick will still be alive and you can see the little legs kicking. The alcohol will kill the tick. If the head or part of the head is left in the animal, that is fine, it will be broken down without any problems. The important thing is to pull out the tick body which is full of the fluid that will make the animal sick.
  4. Examine your pet for more ticks and repeat the process.
  5. At each tick removal site, treat with a dab of anti-biotic ointment or touch with hydrogen peroxide on a cotton swab.

During tick season, examining your pet frequently for ticks is important.

Pest control experts are able to help protect you and your pets from tick bites. A schedule of professional applications will not only help protect your home and garden from ticks and fleas but will also prevent infestations of other dangerous or annoying pests.

For pest control services, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344 for a free pest control evaluation and quote.

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How to Find the Source of the Fruit Fly Infestation

400px Fruit Fly 200x300 How to Find the Source of the Fruit Fly InfestationFruit flies can infest a home at any time of the year, but the situation becomes especially problematic during the summer. Rather than chemically eradicating them, population reduction of fruit flies is most effective when you find and remove the source of the infestation. When you know where the most common sites of infestation are, you can take measures to prevent future fruit flies.

Clean the Kitchen

The kitchen is most likely where fruit flies began their infestation because they need a source of water and sugar for breeding. Rotting fruit is a favorite of these pests. Clean up any rotting fruit or food that is left out on your kitchen counters or dining table. Clean off all the surfaces and the drains to get rid of any food particles. As soon as you note fruit going bad on your kitchen counter, throw it away in a sealed bag. This will keep the fruit flies from breeding around it in the trashcan, which is another potential site of infestation.

Check the Trash

Another common breeding ground of fruit flies is in the trash. Open trashcans are worse because they allow fruit flies to escape easily into the kitchen. Use a garbage disposal to discard any food waste and rinse out cartons, bottles and boxes before throwing them into the trash can. Even the dregs of a beer bottle can invite a fruit fly infestation. If you have to throw away food scraps, put them into an old coffee can or jar with a lid and seal the container. This will prevent fruit flies from getting into your garbage and multiplying around your home. Keeping your trash clean could stop the pests in their tracks.

Wash the Dishes

Dirty dishes left on the counter or the sink could invite fruit flies to the after party for your dinner. Wash all dishes and put them in the dishwasher as soon as the meal is over. The food, wine, beer or juice left on plates, bowls and glasses are a feast to the fruit flies who are looking for a quick, sweet snack around your home.

Clear the Drains

When you run your garbage disposal, ensure that all the food put into it has cleared the drain. Periodically, clean out the garbage disposal to ensure that no food particles are left behind. The moist environment of the drain coupled with the food bits left in a garbage disposal creates an ideal environment for fruit flies.

Getting rid of the problems that cause fruit flies in the first place is often the best way to deal with these pests.

If you have any more questions about fruit flies or want more help clearing your home of these or any other pests, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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Testimonial: Full-Scale Assault on Termites

When we come to eradicate termites, we don’t mess around. And while we take termites seriously, we’ll always greet you with a smile. Check out this testimonial from Dave and Meredith who think our customer service is “exceptional”. Stop it, you’re making us blush.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you personally for the exceptional service our family received and has continued to receive from your company upon deciding to change over our termite and pest control needs to Clegg’s…. On the morning the crews pulled up to our house, it was a sight to behold. Both termite and pest control crews arrived at the same time. It looked like a full-scale assault. I literally had to go explain to one of my neighbors not to panic, we didn’t have termites, we’re just upgrading! They were relieved….. On your website you mention great customer service. I would actually change that to exceptional or extraordinary customer service at the very least. While this may be just business as usual at Clegg’s, being treated this way is unprecedented and non-existent everywhere else. It did not go unnoticed and it was greatly appreciated.

- David & Meredith B.

Learn more about our termite services and contact us here or by phone at 888-672-5344.

Steps to Identify a Cockroach Infestation

German Roach 300x192 Steps to Identify a Cockroach InfestationNo family wants to find out that their home has become a breeding ground for cockroaches. Cockroaches can spread diseases, especially those affecting the stomach and intestines, and be a general nuisance. Homeowners can take several steps to determine whether they are dealing with a cockroach infestation.


Live Cockroaches

First, they should be on the lookout for live cockroaches. Most of the time, cockroaches hide during the day because they are nocturnal creatures. However, if the pest problem is big enough, they may be seen in their favorite hiding places even during the day. Homeowners may particularly notice cockroaches in places that are warm and moist, such as behind or under large kitchen appliances, in crawlspaces or attics and in sinks or drains. They also frequently hide in narrow spots, such as under rugs and in cracks in walls and floors. Cockroaches have flattened, oval-shaped bodies measuring up to two inches long, six legs, antennae and brown or black coloring.


Second, even if the homeowner does not see any live roaches, he or she may notice their casings lying around the home. This is one of the most typical signs that there is an infestation. The casings appear after a roach hatches from its egg. It then leaves the thin brown casing behind. The casings, also called oothecae, are usually oval-shaped and can be found scattered in somewhat difficult to see places on the floor, such as behind furniture.

Brown of Black Feces

Third, homeowners may notice small unexplainable brown or black specks on their floors or belongings. This is often feces that is inherent in a cockroach infestation. The amount of feces that is seen may indicate how big of a roach problem the homeowner has. Most feces will look similar to coffee grounds although larger roaches may produce larger, cylindrical feces.

Musty Scent

Finally, homeowners with a cockroach problem may notice a telltale smell. The smell, which is often a musty scent, comes from the bodies of many cockroaches. However, the smell can do more than simply irritate one’s nose; it may also penetrate food that is left out on tables or counters.

Homeowners in North Carolina who notice any of these common cockroach problems should contact Clegg’s Termite and Pest Control. A pest control professional can inspect the home thoroughly and outline a plan for elimination. With today’s excellent methods of cockroach extermination, no one needs to live with these unwelcome pests.

For cockroach treatment and eradication, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Do Homemade Vinegar Fly Traps Work?

VinegarFlyTrap 175x300 Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Do Homemade Vinegar Fly Traps Work?You’ve seen the adhesive fly traps swinging from patio beams, displaying many insects caught in flight. However, these traps are unsightly and must be replaced periodically. A homemade option is naturally a better selection, but its effectiveness is often questioned. Catching flies with vinegar is a widespread story across the Internet. Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control wants you to know if this trap is effective or not.

Its Attraction

Most vinegar fly traps use a mixture of vinegar and dish soap to attract flies, but it doesn’t bring in every fly species. There are dozens of fly species in nature, even in North Carolina. They are all attracted to different scents. The fruit fly, in particular, senses sugar and sweet tastes wafting from fruits. When you use the correct vinegar fly trap recipe, you’ll trap fruit flies, but not other types.

Choosing The Right Vinegar

The Saint Louis Science Center performed this fly trap experiment with two different vinegars: white and apple cider. The white vinegar is too pungent, and lacks sweetness, to attract fruit flies. However, apple cider vinegar brings in fruit flies by the dozens. It’s crucial to have a sweet temptation to make the fly trap work. Otherwise, the flies flock to nearby fruit bowls and other kitchen treats.

Adding Dish Soap

Fruit flies are extremely small, allowing them to balance their bodies on the vinegar’s surface tension. The fly trap is often a cup filled with vinegar and dish soap with plastic wrap covering the top. Small holes are created in the plastic to allow flies into the mixture. If you forget the dish soap, flies will enter the cup and drink the vinegar as they perch on the surface. The soap forces the flies to fall into the liquid, trapping them perpetually.

An Interesting Alternative

If you don’t have apple cider vinegar in the house, you can try adding a piece of apple to a cup filled with water and dish soap. You create the same sweet temptation and reduced surface tension to trap the flies. However, the decaying fruit may be unsightly and produces a foul smell over time. Choosing apple cider for the trap is a smart choice.

For pest control services, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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