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.
You notice the telltale signs of termites, or maybe your kids are constantly squealing about wasps in the yard. It's time to take action, but that doesn’t mean you should turn pest control into a DIY project. There are plenty of problems that you can handle yourself, but getting rid of an unwanted pest in your home is not one of them.
Eliminating bugs and insects from your house and yard may seem simple enough, but the fact is that dealing with a real pest infiltration takes a professional. Otherwise, the problem could get worse and that can cost you even more money.
Still tempted to head to Home Depot for some traps and sprays? Here are a few reasons why it's important to pick up the phone and call the experts at Perfection Pest Control first:
Pest Control requires Specialized Knowledge and Resources
You wouldn’t try and fill your own cavity right? Of course not! You know you need a dentist and aren’t shy about making an appointment. The same is true for pest control. When bugs and insects have infiltrated your home, you need someone trained in getting rid of them quickly and safely. Sure, those DIY solutions may get rid of a few ants, wasps, or other pests, but when they've overtaken the area, you need someone who can diagnose the problem; identify and treat the cause; and has the right expertise and tools to get the job done right – the first time.
DIY Pest Control Wastes Time and Money
It may seem cheaper to head to your local home improvement store to stock up on pest control sprays and traps – until, they fail to work. After four trips and multiple purchases, many homeowners discover that their efforts were in vain; and it cost them more than simply calling in a pest control expert in the first place. And, after wasting all of that time, energy and money, they are forced to pay for a professional treatment anyway. Save yourself the hassle. Call Perfection Pest Control first!
Pesticides Can Be Dangerous
Pesticides are chemicals and if used improperly they can actually be a danger to your home, pets and family. Spraying the wrong amounts on your home can actually eat away at your paint or foundation, and some chemicals can become lethal if digested by your pets or when your kids come in contact with them. Don’t risk your family’s health and well-being. Never use caustic chemicals around your home without expert advice.
DIY Pest Control Can Damage Your Home
Ignoring a health problem only results in making you sicker. The same is true when it comes to pests and your home. Allowing pests to infiltrate the ground, foundation and walls of your property is only going to make your home sicker. Tackle the problem early. Get the help you need to rid your home those pests before they cause real damage to your property.
Getting the Right Help
Getting rid of pests takes an expert hand. Don’t face this attack alone. Call Perfection Pests Control today to schedule your inspection.
The playful limerick about not letting the bed bugs bite is a fun way to compel kids to stay in bed, but in reality — there’s nothing fun about these irritating critters. Bed bugs haven’t been much of a problem in the United States since the mid-1940s. Relatively recently, however, they’ve made a robust and unwelcome comeback in households across the nation.
Changes in extermination laws, as well as increased international travel, have worked together to help this small but extremely irritating pest flourish. Now, the critters easily jump from one household to another by attaching to people in public spaces, such as:
- College housing
- Movie theaters
- Nursing homes
- Public transport
Resultantly, the number of households afflicted with bed bug infestations has risen steadily and rapidly.
Studies show that approximately 25 percent of homeowners and renters attempt to eradicate bed bug infestations on their own before seeking expert help. Typically, it’s extremely hard to free a dwelling of bed bugs once they gain a foothold into furnishings and coverings.
You Might Have Bed Bugs If ...
Knowing how to spot the signs of bed bug bites and eliminating the problem early on can save you from the misery of dealing with a full-scale infestation. Surface bites are typically the first sign that you’ll notice.
Unfortunately, however, bed bug bites are similar to those of common flies. As a result, people who’ve been bitten by bed bugs mistake the mark as the sting of a harmless fly, or even a mild rash.
Still, knowing how to identify a bed bug bite can keep you from bringing home one or more of these persistent pests. Many times, a bed bug bite will appear on your skin in a row or cluster. Furthermore, bed bug bites tend to develop a surrounding rash, giving them the appearance of hives.
It’s important to note that everyone reacts differently to bed bug bites. As an example, it may take several bites before someone exhibits an allergic reaction.
In the home, bed bugs leave large quantities of droppings everywhere. For example, you might notice black patches on your mattress or in the seams of furniture if a bed bug infestation has taken hold in your home.
Don't Make These Mistakes!
It’s important not to spray pesticides on surfaces frequented by children or pets. Understanding how to apply poisonous chemicals is a professional skill, which is why pest control experts recommend that homeowners and renters seek the help of bed bug remediation professionals.
When returning home from international travel, it’s a good idea to wash clothing items in high heat, and even though society is increasingly embracing repurposing, it’s always a bad idea to use furniture that’s been left out on a curb — even if it looks brand-new.
Perfection Pest Control can provide you with affordable, effective bed bug removal. Our experts are knowledgeable about the latest bed bug removal practices and laws and comply with guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Call us today to get rid of bed bugs and restore your home to a comfortable, safe environment!
Termites cause costly and serious structural damage to homes across the nation. These wood hungry pests cause billions of dollars in damages annually, and infestations most often require the expertise of a professional exterminator.
Often, termite infestations come to light during the sale of a property. Typically, this is part of due diligence.
Understanding the movements of termites as well as the chemicals needed to eliminate them can prove extremely confusing. Termite extermination methods vary by location and with each scenario. Furthermore, different municipalities enforce varying regulations concerning the handling and application of pesticides.
All About Bait
One common method to eradicate termites, baiting, is slow but works with time. Bait is effective for eliminating termites from a specific area.
It doesn’t attract termites, however, making it essential to know exactly where to place the stations. While termites can’t tell that bait is poisonous, they learn to stay away from that area.
After baiting, however, they’ll look for other ways to compromise the structure. Some homeowners successfully use baiting to prevent termites before they invade a dwelling.
The Lowdown on Liquid
The proper application of liquid treatments varies depending on the chemical. In addition, the process involves digging a trench around the entire structure, filling the trench with termiticide, replacing the dirt and applying more solution.
Depending on the scenario, extermination specialists also drill holes through brick or cinder blocks in appropriate areas to treat the internal recesses of the structure. The liquid creates a barrier, preventing termites from entering and damaging the building. Termites that are exposed to termiticide die nearly instantaneously, but others will learn to avoid the treatment if it’s not applied correctly.
So, Which One's Better?
Liquid and bait treatments work and are deployed very differently. It’s difficult to objectively compare the effectiveness of the two methods. Liquid treatment barriers immediately kill existing and invading termites. However, it’s difficult to tell when termites will find and feed on a bait station. This is why it’s so important to fully protect the structure. This is where the expertise of exterminators comes into play.
Exterminators are well-versed about the common areas of termite activity. They use this knowledge to understand how termites nest in different structures. In fact, a thorough pretreatment inspection is one of the most important aspects of eliminating an infestation.
Termite extermination methods also vary seasonally. Temperature, climate and soil conditions can change the way that termites behave. An experienced pest control technician understands the movements of termites and can target them accordingly.
Perfection Pest Control specialists are experts in finding and eliminating termites. Our technicians are committed to continual learning. They’re knowledgeable about the latest extermination practices, regulations and EPA guidelines.
When it comes to termite extermination, you want a service provider that you can trust. Property owners across Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky know that they can rely on us. Our licensed technicians are your answer for quality service! Call us today to take the first step toward ridding your home of a costly termite infestation.
Spring is almost here. Spring's warmer temperature brings with it an increase in pests, such as insects. Often, these pests invade your home in search of shelter and food. Here are a few tips for preventing a pest infestation in your home this season.
Seek out Stinging Insects and Eliminate Them
One of the tips for pest prevention this spring is to seek out stinging insects and eliminate them. Insects such as wasps and yellow jackets can make hives or nests around your home. These can start small, but quickly grow into something much larger. Seeking out and eliminating the problem when it is small prevents a larger infestation from occurring.
Seal Potential Exterior Entry Points
Another tip for preventing a pest infestation this spring is to walk the exterior of your home and look for cracks or openings that pests can use to enter it. If you notice any cracks or chips in your siding or crawl space, seal these points.
Cut Trees and Shrubs Away From Your Home
When ice and snow thaw away, take the time to cut your trees and shrubs away from your home. Not only does this help the plant grow and thrive, but it prevents pests from climbing from the tree or shrub onto or into your home.
Keep Your Kitchen and Pantry Clean
One of the best ways to prevent pests from infesting your home this spring is to keep your kitchen and pantry clean. Crumbs are the perfect food for pests. If you leave food out or leave crumbs behind, pests may be able to seek it out. Your home can quickly become infested. Wiping down countertops, sweeping your floor and placing food in airtight containers can prevent pest problems.
Seal Trash Cans Tightly
As previously mentioned, pests can smell food. This includes food that you've disposed of. Properly sealing your trash cans prevents bugs from smelling the food and entering your home or property.
Move Firewood Away From Your Home
Lastly, move firewood away from your home. Many wood-eating insects, such as termites and carpenter ants, like to eat firewood that's stored near your home. But they can quickly move on from the firewood to your house if it's in close proximity. Storing firewood further away can prevent this problem.
Unfortunately, despite your best efforts, you cannot prevent every pest infestation on your own. A pest control service can help you not only prevent pest infestations but rid of an existing one as well. If you're in need of a service, contact Perfection Pest Control today to schedule your service.