A black widow is one of the most dangerous spiders living in the United States. The venom it releases when it stings can cause severe muscle pain, breathing problems, and nausea. A bite may even cause death if medical treatment is not sought out. Because they are so dangerous, you want to do all you can to prevent them from infesting your home or the area near your home. Knowing what these pests look like can help you determine if you may have a black widow infestation.
The Identifying Features of a Black Widow
Black widows are most often characterized by their dark black color with bright red hourglass shape on their abdomen. However, not every black widow is red and black. Some can be brown with an orange hourglass shape on their abdomen. It is also important to note that young black widows may not always be dark in color. They can be a light brown color, orange or even white. They still have the noticeable shape of two triangles connecting to make an hourglass though.
Black Widow Habits
Black widows spin irregular looking webs that are close to the ground. These webs are often in secluded areas that do not receive a lot of foot traffic. If you see webs low to the ground that do not look like a traditional neat spider web, you may be dealing with a black widow's nest.
Where a Black Widow Prefers to Live
Black widow spiders do not like to be bothered. As such, they tend to find protected areas to build their web and create nests in. These are likely to be either dense or cluttered areas, with little foot traffic. This allows them to hide and live their life unbothered.
How to Prevent Black Widow Infestations
Since these pests can be so dangerous, you want to take action to help prevent black widow infestations. One of the best ways you can prevent an infestation is to seal all outdoor points of entry into your home. This is not only important to keep black widows out, but also to keep out other pests, including ants and cockroaches. Another tip is to keep your home clear of debris and clutter. You do not want to give black widows a place to hide. Lastly, black widows like to eat pests that they can catch in their low-hanging webs, such as ants, cockroaches and beetles. Having your home treated for all of these pests takes away the black widows food source, which may deter them from making your home their home.
A black widow is not a pest that you want hanging around near your home. If you see webs close to the ground or have seen a black widow, you will want to get your home treated or sprayed. This helps to get rid of one or more black widows that may be living in your home. At Perfection Pest, we want to help you keep all types of pests out of your home, including black widows. Contact us today to schedule your service.
The brown recluse is a spider that typically lives in the southern and southeastern United States, though it is starting to appear in other parts of the country, including western states. The brown recluse is a poisonous spider, and its venom can cause a severe allergic reaction when it bites, so it is important that you are aware of what this spider looks like and work to keep it out of your home. Here are a few of the facts that you need to know about this spider.
Identifying Features of a Brown Recluse
A brown recluse is brown in color. Its body is typically about 1/2 inch in length. It has long legs that often have a silky appearance to it. While there are many brown spiders out there, there are two key features that can help you to identify a brown recluse definitively. The first of these features is the violin-shaped mark on the back of its body. The recluse is often referred to as a violin or fiddle-back spider because of this mark. The second identifiable feature is its eyes. Most spiders have eight eyes. Brown recluses only have six.
Where a Brown Recluse Likes to Live
Like most spiders, a brown recluse likes to live in dark environments where it cannot be seen and can easily stay hidden. It prefers dry environments to wet or humid ones. While they are more commonly found in wooded areas originally, they have started to adapt and are now comfortable living in homes, barns and sheds as well.
What A Brown Recluse's Habits Are Like
Brown recluses were given their name because they are recluses. They are secretive spiders who prefer to keep to themselves. They have secretive behavior and are non-aggressive. They are not going to bother you if you don't both them. A recluse only bites when they need to, so bites happen if someone places their hand or foot in one of these creature's habitats or homes without realizing it.
How to Prevent a Brown Recluse Infestation
The best way to prevent a brown recluse infestation is to keep your home clean and clear and to inspect outdoor points of entry for signs of these pests. Remove any cobwebs in your home in a timely manner and always use a flashlight to look in dark corners before stepping or moving your hand.
A brown recluse is a spider that prefers to stay hidden and out of sight. As such, if you see a couple hanging around your home, there is a strong probability that there are many more you do not see. Having your home routinely sprayed for pests can help to keep brown recluses at bay. If you haven't sprayed in awhile, now is a great time to start again. Here at Perfection Pest, we can help to keep pests away, including brown recluses. Contact us today to schedule your service.
The crisper days of autumn feel good after a long hot summer. These are the months to snuggle indoors, enjoying some cooler weather. Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only ones looking for a warm place to settle in for the winter ahead. There are plenty of pests that are also seeking shelter – and if you aren’t careful, that shelter might be your home!
Pests to Keep an Eye Out For
Fall means more than cooler days and brilliant colors all around; it also means an influx of pests scouring for a place to stay for the winter. Among the most common pests to keep a watch out for are:
- Rodents: keeping a close eye out for mice and rats should be your #1 priority during the fall months. If left to inhabit your abode, these pests will nest in your walls (destroying the insulation meant to keep everyone warm this winter) and knaw at your electrical wiring. Plus they tend to get into any food source and can spread disease.
- Bees and Wasps: while bees generally do not survive colder temperatures, they can become more aggressive as the temperatures dip in the fall. This is because they are frantic to find a place to keep warm. One warning here: The Queen does survive the winter and generally finds a safe haven in the attic, so be sure to check there for any signs of infiltration. Wasps, on the other hand, will survive the winter and tend to take up residence in garages and sheds.
- Ants: these may be small, but they can be a real hassle if they decide to hide out in your home or foundation over the winter. Look for signs that ants are moving in during the late summer and early fall (when they tend to relocate).
- Cockroaches: these nasty creatures are drawn to moisture under your home, so keeping things as dry as possible can help deter them.
- Stink Bugs: known to come indoors during the late summer and early fall, stink bugs are nearly impossible to get rid of once they infiltrate your walls. Your best course of action: prevention!
Signs of Trouble
Keeping pests out of your house begins with prevention. This includes watching for signs that they may be making a move. Here are some telltale signs to watch out for:
- Droppings: rodents tend to leave clear evidence that they are in your house. Look for drippings in common hiding places like the attic, basement, closets, pantry, etc.
- Knaw Marks: mice and rats tend to leave their mark wherever they are. This includes knowing marks in food packages, boxes, etc.
- Sawdust: notice small pikes of sawdust near windowsills and doorways? This could be a sign of wasps, ants or other small insects.
Tips for Keeping Pests Out!
Don’t want to share your home with pests this winter? Then start looking for ways to keep them out now. Here are a few fall tips:
- Inspect your siding with a mirror. This will help you see cracks and gaps that may let pests in.
- Seal every crack and gap. It doesn’t take a big hole to let a pest in. Even a gap as small as a coin can offer a good entry point for almost any pest. Take a good look around the exterior of your home, looking for even the smallest gap in the siding. Then start filling them. This begins by caulking windows and doors well; filling holes and gaps with copper mesh (this keeps bugs out); sealing areas around utility pipes, and sealing soffits.
- Remove old landscaping. Your flower beds may look nice, but they are a breeding ground for insects and other pests. Be sure to clear out any dead plants and grasses, and remove mulch and soil from around your foundation. Cut back trees and shrubs, leaving space between your home and your yard.
- Keep firewood away from the house! You may enjoy a warm fire in the winter, but pests absolutely adore those piles of wood you need to make that fire. The best way to keep those pests from getting in your house is to keep all of that wood away from your home – at least 20 feet away!
- Watch your fall decorations. Sure those mums, scarecrows and pumpkins make your home look more festive, but they are also attracting fall pests right to your front door. If you must decorate with hay, straw, scarecrows and more, try and keep pest-welcoming decorations away from your home and foundation. Use these items out in the yard instead.
- Keep your basement dry. a moist basement is a breeding ground for all kinds of insects and pests. Keep the humidity level at 40% to make it a less desirable place for pests to hang out.
Not sure how to prevent – or get rid of – fall and winter pests from infiltrating your home? Call the experts at Perfection Pest Control for a fall inspection today!
There are many common pests in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati areas that can bite you. If you have bug bites on you or a family member, you may be trying to determine what has bitten you so you can work to get rid of it. Trying to find the culprit can help you to identify it. Here are a few common biting insects and the features that can help you to identify the bug.
Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning or evenings. They are not as active in the day due to the heat. They commonly live near water, such as lakes, rivers and dirty pool water. They are flying pests that are mostly brown, black or grey in color with white, silver, green or blue scales. Only female mosquitoes bite; the males do not.
Fleas prefer to come out in warmer weather. As such, they are more common in the spring and summer months, in comparison to winter months. They are about 1/6 of an inch long and are reddish-brown in color. They hop around. One common misconception about fleas is that they only bite pets. While pets, such as cats and dogs, often target your pet due to the protection that their fur or hair provides, fleas can live both indoors and outdoors and they can bite humans.
Ticks are another species that are much more common in warm weather. Ticks are actually arachnids. This means that up close, they look like small spiders. They vary in color based on their species and sex, but most are typically smaller than a sunflower seed. Most species have round bodies, and as is common with arachnids, most have eight legs. Ticks commonly live in wooded areas, so it is important to check yourself and your pets for ticks after you have been camping or hiking.
Bed bugs are one of the most challenging types of pests to get rid of. They can be hard to find, multiply quickly and require several treatments to completely wipe out an infestation. Many people believe that bed bugs only live in beds, but this is not the case. They prefer to live in dark, hidden places. They seek out a host and stay near that host. They are typically small in size, with adults typically only growing to about 1/4 inch in size. They often have red or brown bodies and are most active at night, often biting their host when he or she is sleeping.
Stop letting pests eat you and your family. Here at Perfection Pest Control, we can help to get rid of the pests that may bite you in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati areas, including mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and bed bugs. Schedule your service with Perfection Pests today to protect yourself, your family and your pets.
Both paper wasps and yellow jackets are classified as wasps. Unfortunately, many people mistake one for the other, simply because they do not realize they are two different types of pests. If you know what to look for, you will be able to differentiate between a paper wasp and a yellow jacket. Here are a few of the key differences between these types of flying pests.
Yellow jackets are pests that are more commonly encountered during the summer months. Unfortunately, they can commonly be mistaken for paper wasps. Read on to learn what characteristics a yellow jacket possess.
Nests Low to the Ground
Yellow jackets commonly build their nests low to the ground or even underground. If you see them swarming near the ground, you are probably dealing with yellow jackets instead of paper wasps.
A Stockier Appearance
Another key difference between yellow jackets and paper wasps is their appearance. Yellow jackets have a stockier appearance. Their bodies are wider and rounder than paper wasps. They look like they have been eating well.
The final difference between a paper wasp and a yellow jacket is their demeanor. Yellow jackets are very aggressive and they like to sting. They love to come out and try to get meats and sweets, such as fruit. You can often encounter them during a picnic or barbeques outdoors. A yellow jacket will not act afraid of you, because they are not.
Just like yellow jackets, paper wasps are more commonly encountered during the summer months. However, they have some key features that can help you to differentiate them from a yellow jacket.
Long and Slender With a Thin Waist
A paper wasps body looks very different from a yellow jackets. A yellow jacket has a wider, more round body. A paper wasp has a long and slender body with a thin waist. Think about an hour-glass figure, where the waist curves in. A paper wasp has this feature.
Another characteristic that differentiates a paper wasp from a yellow jacket is their nesting habits. Paper wasps build aerial nests, or nests up high. You can often find their nests up in trees or on the overhangs of your home.
Only Sting in Self-Defense
The final difference between a paper wasp and yellow jacket is their behavior. Paper wasps are not aggressive and only sting in self-defense. They are more scared of humans and will back away when shooed away.
If you are dealing with an infestation of paper wasps or yellow jackets and/or you have a nest for either on your property, you should call in a professional to help remove them. Here at Perfection Pest Control, serving both Kentucky and Ohio, we can help you with all of your pest problems. Call us today to schedule your service.
There has been a lot of news lately about the importance of allowing bees to pollinate plants around your home. But what do you do when those bees become aggressive and begin to bore holes in your deck, eaves or other wooden surfaces?
The first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of bees are terrorizing your home and family. Unlike bumblebees and honeybees, this variety of bee does not build hives, which makes relocating them a bit easier. They are still important to the environment though, so you don’t want to kill them; just get them to go find another place to lay their eggs.
Carpenter bees, can become a real pest, ruining the wood around your home and drilling tunnels as long as 10 feet into your wooden siding, roofing and eaves. No untreated wood is safe around the carpenter bee, they will go for anything including decks, railings, porches, fencing, furniture and more. This, of course, can cost you thousands in repairs!
Do Carpenter Bees Eat Wood?
If you have ever watched a carpenter bee working to dig tunnels in a piece of wood, you may have thought it was eating it. This is not true. The bee is actually carving out a space for the female to lay her eggs. By drilling deep into the wood, they create a safe nesting area to lay multiple eggs. And when a carpenter bee finds a safe place to bore, they will come back year after year to continue their work there. Over time, their drilling will destroy the wood.
Signs That You have Carpenter Bees
There are plenty of ways to detect carpenter bees. For one, you can hear them buzzing. While boring through wood they can become very noisy, often sounding like a buzz saw. Plus, you will notice them flying in and out of the holes. Here are a few more signs of their existence:
- Sawdust around affected areas
- Holes about ½ inch wide in the wood around your home
- Bees flitting around the holes (these are the males protecting his family)
What Do They Look Like?
It can be hard to tell what kind of bee is whirling around your head when you come face to face with them. While carpenter bees look a lot like honeybees and bumblebees, they lack the telltale yellow stripe on their backs. Instead, this variety features a shiny black back with little hair and they tend to be larger than other bees.
Fun Facts About Carpenter Bees
What else do you know about carpenter bees? Here are a few facts that may interest you:
- Males do not sting, but females will if provoked
- Carpenter bees do not eat wood; they eat pollen and nectar
- They measure ½ to 1 inch long
- Carpenter bees can bore tunnels as long as 10 feet
- They resemble bumblebees but are much larger
- Carpenter bees will return to the same spot year after year
- They do not live in nests or colonies
- They buzz loudly while drilling into wood
How Do You Get Rid of Carpenter Bees?
Dealing with these pests is best handled by a professional who knows how to get rid of them safely – for you, your home and the environment. If carpenter bees have infiltrated your home, call the pros at Perfection Pest Control today for a consultation.
When you are preparing to purchase a home, you know that you should always have a roof inspection. In addition to having a home inspection, you may also have more in-depth inspections completed by specialists, such as plumbers and roofers. One of the types of inspections that you may not think to get is a pest inspection. Having a pest inspection is important before you purchase a home. Here are some of the reasons why.
Protects Your Investment in the Home
One of the biggest reasons why you should consider having a pest inspection before purchasing a home is to protect the investment you are making in the house. Some pests, such as termites, carpenter ants and rats, can cause substantial damage to the home. They can eat through wood, chew through wires or tear up your insulation. A pest control professional can tell you if the home has likely been previously infested, if there is a current infestation and/or the extent of damage the pests may have caused.
Protects Your Family From Harsh Chemicals After You Move-In
The second reason to have a pest control inspection before purchasing a home is the inspection can protect your family against harsh chemicals. If an infestation is present, the pest control company can work to rid the home of the pests before you even move in. Killing pests can involve the use of harsh chemicals that are not always safe for use around pets and small children. You won't have to worry about this if you have an inspection.
Protects the Belongings You Are Moving Into the Home
The third reason to have a pest inspection before buying a home is that the inspection helps to protect the belongings you are moving into a home. You don't want to move your furniture in only to discover the past owners had a bed bug problem, or other pest problem. These pests can infest and/or damage your furniture. Having an inspection done allows the home to be treated before you ever move in, keeping your belongings safe.
Helps to Protect Your Sanity
The final reason to have a pest inspection completed before you purchase a house is to protect your sanity. When purchasing a home, you don't want to have to worry about the unexpected. You can drive yourself crazy thinking about the maybes and what-ifs. When you have your home inspected, pests are the last thing you have to worry about.
Before you purchase a home, have the home inspected by a pest control professional. If you are looking to have a home you are interested in buying inspected in Kentucky or Ohio, Perfection Pest Control would love the opportunity to assist you. Contact us today to schedule your inspection appointment.
Mosquito-borne illnesses are on the rise, making it more important than ever to be diligent about controlling them during the hot, humid (and often wet) summer months. But what can you do to control the mosquito population around your home if you don’t want to rely on chemicals to treat the area? Here are 4 tips for getting rid of mosquitoes this summer the natural way.
Drain All Standing Water
It’s no secret that mosquitoes love standing water, but did you know how little it takes for mosquitoes to infiltrate your yard? These tenacious insects can lay eggs in just a thimble full of water, making virtually any standing water a threat. So, while it is important to drain large water sources like buckets, planters, furniture, boats, campers and overturned tires, don’t forget to watch out for even the smallest things that water can collect too like kids’ toys, watering cans, pet bowls and trays underneath plants. The key to controlling mosquitoes this summer is simply eliminating all standing water from your property. That way they will have nowhere to breed.
Use Natural Repellents
Not interested in using dangerous chemicals to control the mosquito population in your yard? Then try these all-natural solutions:
- Install an Outdoor Fan: mosquitoes aren’t very strong fliers and can be easily whisked away by using a fan. An easy and effective way to keep mosquitoes from ruining your time outdoors, simply installing a fan around your sitting area is one of the fastest, easiest and safest way to enjoy the outdoors without being bitten.
- Light some citronella candles/torches: while it does have some drawbacks (like the smell, smoke and its limited range), lighting a few citronella candles or torches while outdoors can help stave off a mosquito attack.
- Install yellow light: did you know that mosquitoes are only attracted to white light? Well, it’s true! Installing yellow light is an effective way to keep them away.
- Invite some bats to the party: installing just one bat house on your property can decrease your mosquito population by thousands.
Use the Power of Mosquito Repellent Plants
Nature does offer some good repellents right in your own backyard. Plants and herbs like marigolds, lavender, lemon balm and basil are all know to repel mosquitoes. The problem is that they dually are not found in high enough concentrations where you need them to do much good. That doesn’t mean they can’t work. Simply grow these anti-mosquito plants nearby, cut a few, bundle and throw them into your campfire when headed outdoors. The smoke will become a natural repellent.
Keep Your Garden Trimmed
Mosquitoes love the shade and the more plants and tall grasses you have in your yard, the more inviting it becomes. To keep mosquitoes away, be sure to trim bushes and plants regularly, and cut your grass at least once a week. The more sun in your yard, the fewer mosquitoes you will have.
Getting Help for Your Mosquito Problem
Tired of swatting at mosquitoes every time you step out your door? Make summer outings fun again but teaming up with the expert crew at Perfection Pest Control to get rid of those nasty insects once and for all. Call today for a free consultation and let Perfection Pest take care of all of your pest control needs.
Summertime can put your property at risk of having some serious pest problems. Certain pests are common this time of year, such as ants, rodents, mosquitoes, cockroaches and wasps. Find out what steps you should take to protect your home from summer pests.
Block Entry Points
Pests can easily get into your home through cracks and other entry points, such as holes in screens or gaps around doors and windows. Check around your home for any possible entry points that bugs and other pests could use to get inside. If you find any, seal them up to keep these pests out of your home this summer.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Having crumbs on your floor or counter can attract mice, flies, ants and other pests. Making sure that your kitchen is clean at all times helps lower the risk of having any of these pests around. Sweep your floor and wipe down counters regularly to ensure that your kitchen stays as clean as possible this summer.
Eliminate Standing Water
Standing water provides mosquitoes with the right environment for laying their eggs. This results in a large mosquito population in your yard that puts you at risk of being bitten. Get rid of any standing water you have in your yard, such as in pet water dishes or bird baths. Avoid overwatering your garden as well, since this can also serve as a place for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
Take Care of Your Yard
Some pests, such as ticks, thrive in yards that have long grass or a lot of unkempt vegetation. Mice, rats and other pests have an easier time hiding in this type of yard as well. Mow your lawn on a regular basis, pull up weeds and do other lawn maintenance tasks to keep your yard in good condition. You should also trim bushes, trees and shrubs, so that they’re not close to your home’s exterior.
Don’t Leave Produce Out Long
Having produce sitting out on your counter for a long time can attract fruit flies and other pests. Make sure you eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of letting them get too ripe on your counter.
Store Firewood Properly
Having firewood piles stacked up against your home can invite termites and other pests inside. Store firewood away from your home and other structures, such as sheds. Keeping these piles raised slightly above the ground can also help lower the risk of having problems with termites and other pests.
Call a Pest Control Service
You don’t always have to wait for a problem to come up. Instead, call a pest control service to have your home treated to reduce the risk of having insects or other pests around. Pest control professionals can also inspect your home to find any problems you might not have noticed.
If you’re having problems with summer pests, contact Perfection Pest Control for help.
Termites can do a lot of serious damage to homes when infestations are left untreated. This damage can be severe enough to result in structural problems that leave homes unsafe. As a homeowner, it’s important for you to be aware of the warning signs of termites, so you can get an inspection and treatment. Check your home for the following termite signs.
Mud Tubes or Shelter Tubes
Mud, or shelter tubes are tubes that termites build to provide them with safe passageways to and from their nest and your home. Soldiers and workers use these tubes regularly to travel back and forth to bring food back to the colony and perform other tasks. You might find these built onto the exterior of your home, especially lower in the foundation. They lead to the termites’ underground nest. These tubes can vary in width depending on how large the colony is and other factors.
Termite droppings, also known as frass, left by drywood termites look like piles of very small pellets or sawdust. These piles are generally left outside a termite's entryway into your home. Termites kick these out of their tunnels as they burrow through the wood. You might find these droppings inside or outside your home. If you do, it’s time to have professional pest control experts inspect your home and check for an infestation.
Some members of termite colonies are reproductive termites, also known as swarmers or alates. They fly into the air at certain times in order to mate and find a place for a new colony. Some termite species, such as subterranean termites, do this during spring. Other species swarm at different times. In general, termites tend to swarm in the evening or at night. You might find their discarded wings lying in piles outside your home or inside it, especially close to windows or doors. In some cases, you might see these termites swarming in the air as they take flight.
Visibly Compromised Wood
One of the most common signs of termites is wood that's been damaged or compromised. There are different signs to check for in your home, including wood that sounds hollow, which means termites have consumed a lot of it. Other signs to look for include small holes in wood, floors that are very creaky and doors and windows that stick or don’t close properly. More severe signs of wood damage indicate that termites have been around for a while. Whether you notice minor or major damage to the wood in your home, you’ll need professional pest control experts to treat your home for termites. This helps prevent additional damage to your home from these pests.
If you’re worried about a possible termite infestation, contact Perfection Pest Control to schedule your inspection.