What can I do to prevent or get rid of scorpions around my home?
The numbers of scorpions in a yard usually corresponds to the amount of potential harborage they can find. All items lying in contact with the soil should be removed. Also, landscaping that is edged with stacked timbers or stacked flagstones provides considerable shelter for scorpions and the insects they feed on. Changing to edging that doesn’t have cracks reduces the potential harborages for scorpions as does eliminating heavy ground cover, like ivy, in landscaping. Cracks and holes in your home’s exterior need to be sealed to prevent scorpions from entering. You may want to call Terminix to come out at night with a UV blacklight to look for where scorpions might be on your property and to provide possible treatments. Scorpions glow blue-green under UV light.
Are there really such things as bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small, oval, reddish-brown insects about 1/4-inch long as adults. They live in crevices in beds and in cracks in walls as well as in furniture near beds. At night, they will crawl into the bed and bite a sleeping person. The bite is usually not painful, and fortunately, bed bugs do not transmit any diseases. Bed bugs can prove difficult to control, so a professional pest control company, like Terminix, should be consulted.
What is the best way to treat a flea-infested home?
Flea control requires thorough vacuuming, treatment of pets and treatment of the infested premises. Vacuuming removes soils and debris that might interfere with the treatment, removes adult fleas and some flea eggs and opens carpet fibers so the treatment can penetrate to flea larvae and pupae. An insect growth regulator (IGR) should be used together with a product targeted at the adult fleas. The IGR affects only the flea larvae and prevents them from molting into adult fleas, which do the biting. The IGR, therefore, helps prevent future infestations while assisting in stopping the current problem. Vacuuming every day stimulates adult fleas to emerge from cocoons so they will contact the treatment and die more quickly. Although the number of adult fleas you see quickly drops following treatments, it may take two weeks or a bit longer before all fleas are gone from the premises. It is important to treat pets the same days as your home is treated.
I have carpenter bees. Does Terminix treat them? What would I use?
Yes, Terminix offers pest control services for carpenter bees. Carpenter bees chew tunnels in wood to make a nest cavity in which their larvae can grow. To prevent the bees from making the holes, the surfaces being attacked may be treated using a residual liquid product. If the holes are already present, a dust product may be applied into the holes and then the surrounding wood treated with the liquid product. Such treatments may need to be repeated after a couple of months to further deter the bees. You can consult a professional pest control company, like Terminix, for a comprehensive inspection and treatment plan.