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.

Casings

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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Indianmeal Moth Prevention for Your Bakery: 5 Tips

Moth IndianMeal 257x300 Indianmeal Moth Prevention for Your Bakery: 5 TipsIndianmeal Moths are one of the most common pests found in kitchens and pantries. These pests enter your bakery from products that are infested. Hiring an exterminator to rid your business of these pests once you have an infestation is important, but preventing them from infesting comes from a few simple tips.

Plastic Storage

A great way to prevent an Indianmeal Moth infestation is to store all of your food products, especially flours and grains that these moths feed on, in airtight plastic containers. You will want to take special care when resealing these containers that the seal is tightly fixed, so no creepy crawlers can find their way inside to lay eggs and feed.

Do Not Add New Products to Old Products

It is easy to open a new bag of flour and add it to a container of flour that is almost empty, but don’t. One way to help prevent an Indianmeal Moth infestation is to use or throw away any old product before opening and storing your new products. Since most infestations come from food stock that is already infested this will keep you from having a larger outbreak.

Clean, Clean, Clean

The lifespan of the Indianmeal Mouth is six days and those days are devoted to reproduction. Clean and wipe your shelves and cupboards routinely, paying close attention to remove any food or crumbs. Make sure to scrub out your storage containers thoroughly with hot water and soap between each use.

Refuse Damaged Packages

When you receive your food order, check each bag and box carefully for damage. If there are openings or tears, it is possible that Indianmeal Moths may have gotten into the product. Do not accept any damaged packages and ask that the company you buy your stock through send replacements.

Dry As a Desert

Indianmeal Moths need a moist environment to develop and thrive in. When cleaning your storage containers make sure to dry them thoroughly and store them in a pantry that is dry and humid. When cleaning your shelves, take a few extra minutes to dry them with a kitchen towel or paper towels.

Prevention is always easier than ridding your bakery of an infestation. These few simple tips should help lower your chances of an infestation of the Indianmeal Mouth even though it was of the most common kitchen pests. If any infestation occurs, you will want to have it expertly treated immediately, and Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control has the tools and staff to address whatever pest control problem you are experiencing.

For Indianmeal Moth infestations, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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Are Roly Polys Good or Bad for Your Garden?

Woodlouse Pillbug 300x225 Are Roly Polys Good or Bad for Your Garden?Roly Polys are also known as pill bugs, wood lice, armadillo bugs or potato bugs. Even though most people think of Roly Polies as bugs, they are actually part of the Crustacean family and are more closely related to shrimp and crayfish than the other real garden bugs.

Children love to play with Roly Polys because they are easy to find and collect, are not slimy, and do not bite or sting. Chickens and other birds find these little guys very tasty and these non-bugs are also wonderful soil conditioners because they process decomposing matter and speed up composting progression.

Pest control experts and master gardeners say there is a down side and sometimes the population must be controlled before the beloved Roly Polys become a pest.

Roly Polys like very moist habitats and are found under rocks and frequently where lawns meet sidewalks and foundations. These critters will not survive without moisture so they are always found in moist habitats with dead plant material for their food.

If there is a lack of dead plant material, Roly Polys are known to eat young and tender plants and some gardeners have declared them the culprits that destroy the marigolds, but other gardeners dispute this and insist that the wrongdoers are more likely the slugs.

Most gardeners consider Roly Polys an asset to a garden as opposed to a pest problem because they work such wonders with the moist decaying material that will be compost one day soon.

Since Roly Polys can live for several years and produce 3 broods per year of between 25 to 200 offspring per event, they multiply fast and that is the downside. Thousands of creepy crawly little critters are unpleasant no matter how cute and fun they are to play with. Because moisture and dead plant material is what sustains them, they reproduce very close to, and sometimes inside a home because they love the area where the garden meets the foundation.

In moist regions where the growing season and the rainy season are one and the same, finding clumps of hundreds of little bug like creatures every time vegetables or flowers are harvested can get tiresome. A trusted pest control expert will know how to achieve the perfect balance of maintaining the right populations of beneficial creatures in any garden habitat without making the human inhabitants cringe.

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

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How to Spot a Silverfish Infestation

Silverfish 300x215 How to Spot a Silverfish InfestationUnfortunately, silverfish are among the most common pests that North Carolina homeowners deal with. While spotting one here and there from time to time may not be an obvious cause for concern, even just one silverfish sighting could mean that there are dozens or hundreds more lurking in other areas of the house. Because silverfish thrive in warm and humid areas, they are most common during the warm months of spring and summer and are often found in basements and bathrooms.

Dangers of Silverfish

Unfortunately, silverfish can cause a great deal of damage within the home if they are not taken care of promptly. Often times, signs of a silverfish infestation are quite obvious. Homeowners may find holes in a room’s wallpaper or in clothes that show up suddenly and inexplicably. Sometimes, these holes are surrounded by a yellow stain. Silverfish feed on these materials and others that contain cellulose, starch, and sugar. Therefore, it is not uncommon for homeowners to also find holes in carpet, books, and photographs.

Other even more obvious signs of an infestation can be as seemingly harmless as finding a few silverfish in the home on the same day. Most often, the pests are discovered in laundry rooms, showers, bath tubs, and on shelves.

Steps to Take

Lowering thermostat temperatures during the summer can make the home a less suitable place for silverfish to live and may discourage more from infesting the residence. However, this may not take care of the silverfish that have already set up shop within the home.

In general, it is best to hire a pest control expert that specializes in silverfish control and eradication. This will help to ensure that the problem is taken care of properly and in a timely manner. Specifically, homeowners looking for assistance with silverfish control can always turn to the professionals here at Clegg’s. We know what it takes to handle a silverfish infestation at any home. Furthermore, we offer pest control services for bed bugs and termites as well.

No homeowner should have to live with an insect infestation of any kind. Turn to the dedicated experts at Clegg’s today to handle pests such as silverfish and prevent one’s property from incurring any more damage as a result.

For silverfish infestations, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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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.

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Bed Bugs: Affecting Homes and Businesses Worldwide

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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!

 

 

 

Why Are So Many People Afraid of Spiders?

Do you have arachnophobia? 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!

Brown recluse spiders 300x244 Why Are So Many People Afraid of Spiders?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. These are the black widow, easily identified by the red hourglass shape on its back; and the brown recluse (shown left). 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.

Common Spiders in North Carolina

Salticidae sm permission from author 051614 Why Are So Many People Afraid of Spiders?Most spiders live outdoors and feed off of insects. Some build sticky webs so they can trap their prey, while others hunt. They do not eat the insects immediately, but instead grind and liquefy their food with digestive enzymes before ingesting it. Spiders are beneficial to the landscape as they keep the insect population down. Some of the most common spiders you’ll find include the Black and Yellow Garden Spider, most commonly seen during the summer in large webs; the Wolf Spider, usually gray, black and brown with a noticeable stripe down its back; spider on baseboard 300x204 Why Are So Many People Afraid of Spiders?the Grass Spider (shown left crawling along a baseboard); Crab Spiders, small, colorful spiders that live in flowers and prey on small insects; and Jumping Spiders (shown above, right), that stalk their prey. Harvestmen, sometimes referred to as “Daddy Longlegs,” are also common to the area. These insects are not spiders at all, but are Opiliones. They also hunt and eat other insects. For a great resource and more photos of area spiders, visit the NC State University website.

The more you know about spiders, the less afraid you’ll be. If you see spiders in your yard or garden, just leave them alone. If you do find one or more black widows or brown recluses in your house, you may want to call a pest management professional.

Common Pests That Will Attack Your Bulbs

APhid 300x300 Common Pests That Will Attack Your BulbsAny gardener who has spent time growing flowers knows that bulbs are especially vulnerable to attack from pests. While some bugs actually benefit your garden in a variety of ways, there are a whole host of other insects, mites and invertebrates that particularly enjoy munching on your growing bulbs. It’s very difficult to totally eliminate these pests, but the best way to begin addressing the problem is to understand what you’re up against. With that in mind, here are a few of the most common pests that may be eyeing your bulbs for their next snack.

Aphids

Aphids are one of the most common pest infestations, and they can be a serious problem if they are allowed to get out of control. Most common in early spring, these small, soft-bodied little critters are pear-shaped and may appear various shades of green, yellow or even black. In addition to causing physical damage to plantings, they can also transmit viruses that can infect and kill your plants.

Slugs and Snails

These small, slimy little pests are easier to spot than some other pests, but they can still cause damage. They’re most active at night, and they like to hide out in cool, dark places and under piles of plant debris. They generally feed on decaying vegetation, but growing populations can also cause damage to live plants. Cleaning your garden regularly and occasionally inspecting it at night with a flashlight can help to minimize the threat. You can simply pick the slugs off or use traps to cut down on the slug population.

Mites

There are a few varieties of mites, but bulb mites are unsurprisingly known for damaging bulbs. More closely related to spiders than to any insects, bulb mites live in the soil and are nearly translucent white in color. They most often feed on bulbs that have already been damaged or weakened in some way, so it’s best to discard damaged bulbs before planting if you suspect mites may be an issue.

Thrips

Thrips are extremely small and slender, but they can do a lot of damage. They’re most easily identified by their two pairs of wings, which are fringed with long, delicate hairs. They often live inside the bulbs of plants, and it can be hard to detect them until it’s too late and the bulb has already been permanently damaged. You can help to prevent a problem by soaking bulbs in 120 degree water for at least an hour before planting, which should kill off any thrips inside.

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

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Dehumidification and Termites

800px Termite damage 300x225 Dehumidification and TermitesTermites live in large colonies with several statuses or castes. There are king and queen, soldier, and worker termites. At a size of about ¼ inch, all termites are small except for the royalty which are several times as large as the workers and soldiers and easily distinguished.

They like dead plant material to eat and are attracted to damp areas with decaying material. These horribly destructive little bugs live in nests built into dead wood or tunnel into the ground and live in colonies which are similar to ant hills. Any news of termites in the vicinity is bad news, unless precautions have been taken to protect structures from this harmful pest.

No structure with wood or any cellulose debris such as fiber backing on carpet, cardboard or the paper covering on sheet-rock is safe from termites. Subterranean termites, the ones that are good at making tunnels and tubes are famous for building their tubes made of their excrement mud over structures they don’t like to eat such as a masonry walls in order to get to the good stuff like roof trusses.

Damage estimates from termites are as high as 5 billion dollars per year in the US. Termite damage is suffered in every state except Alaska. Even the White House and the Statue of Liberty have been victimized by termites.

In states like North Carolina that experience large amounts of moisture and humidity, subterranean termites are the most common. The damp crawl spaces under homes and in basement areas are the most widespread trouble spots. To prevent infestation, action must be taken to keep a home from becoming a termite magnet.

Pest control professionals recommend dehumidification of moist areas which involve vapor barriers and dehumidifiers that are designed for this type of task. The vapor barriers prevent moisture from rising from the earth under the house and causing dampness to the structure. Dehumidifiers are machines designed to remove moisture from the air. The powerful dehumidifier machines used by professionals remove moisture from the air quickly, allowing damp areas to dry before decay sets in.

Any home that is without effective vapor barriers could easily be infested by termites. For complete termite protection, regularly scheduled inspections performed by pest control experts are the best way to prevent termite damage.

In addition to controlling any moisture related issues, you also need to have a liquid or bait termite prevention service performed at your home that must be inspected and maintained on a scheduled basis.

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

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