(Photo credit goes to Accurate Technician, Kyle Hosteen)
The first insects we see every early spring are Boxelder and Elm Seed Bugs. We are sure you have probably seen them as well flying around in your back yards and showing you that insects are starting to come out of dormancy. Boxelder bugs are always something we have seen throughout our profession in the pest control business, but the Elm Seed bug is rather new here to Utah. We first started seeing Elm Seed bugs about 4 or 5 years ago. Because the Boxelder and Elm Seed bugs share such similar characteristics, such as behavior, habits, and even looks (yet they are different colors), people often confuse the two insects. As we learned more about the new mysterious Elm Seed bug; however, we found that they pose the same problems for clients, and an infestation of either the Boxelder of the Elm Seed bug can happen very quickly and quite commonly. Boxelder bugs generally come from Boxelder trees, but can also come from Maple and Ash trees as well, and they are black and red in coloring. Whereas, Elm Seed bugs come from the Elm trees, and they are black and gray in coloring. Both of this insects nest and breed in and around these trees, and some even chose to bread on the ground in grassy brushes. They are most often seen on the South/West side of homes, as they enjoy being in the sun. They also breed very rapidly, hatching out 3-4 times per year. These insects become a major problem when home owners find they can't even enjoy a day outside without these insects covering the entire perimeter of their home and then making their way inside. The last thing you would want is to let the Boxelder or Elm Seed bugs in and allow them to start breeding, which would then cause a huge infestation in your home as well! When you start noticing these guys outside we recommend you get your treatments done early as to prevent an infestation from occurring on the outside and inside of your home.
(Photo credit goes to Accurate Technician, Kyle Hosteen)
Moths of all kinds can be potential pests, but the Indian Meal-moth stands high above the rest because of its potential for the destruction of your food. These flying insects can infest your pantry and food storage by biting through plastic and cardboard, feeding off of your grains, flour, cereals, etc., thus creating a cause for concern. The best way to prevent an Indian Meal-moth infestation is 1) Using regular pest control treatments on your home, and 2) keeping your food in hard, sealed containers, and keeping a clean, crumb free pantry. Taking all of these actions can prevent you from ever having an infestation in the first place. A female Indian Meal-moth can lay a maximum of 400 eggs that hatch in just a matter of weeks. That means you could literally have thousands of Meal-moths in your food storage if the females keep reproducing and the infestation goes untreated. This infestation is not something you want to try to tackle on your own and you will need professionals to get the job done. Call us today if you've noticed these little guys in your food storage and/or pantries and start living pest free today!
With the relatively warm winter we have had here in Utah this season, spiders and insects of all kinds will be coming out of the wood-work sooner than we would expect with a much colder winter season. March-April are the hatch out months, and this is when spiders and insects come out of dormancy. This is when you will start seeing movement again from spiders and insects of all kinds. The warmer weather allows them to start breaking free from their nests and egg-sacks sooner, and if you get your seasonal spray before the insects emerge from their egg sacks, turn into nymphs, larva, or pupa you will be at a much greater advantage. By getting your home treated before the hot months arrive, you will notice that your spider and insect problems will never really turn into problems at all, because you treated your home before they were ever able to reach their adult stages and start reproducing again. By deciding to wait until after these spiders and insects have fully emerged, you may find that you will have a much larger problem on your hands and infestation all together, than if you had decided to treat your home early. So, make sure you give us a call to get your spring treatment done, and get a jump on them before they jump on you!
It's that time of year again, Black Widow season! We tend to find that around early fall, late August to September, is the time of year when spiders of all species are more prevalent and more often spotted by home owners; the Black Widow is no exception to this. As the temperatures start dropping, Black Widows look for a location with more warmth and sunlight. Because of this, you will often spot this particular arachnid in your window wells, next to your porch steps (often in corners), and unfortunately, making their way into your homes where there is plenty of warmth (generally around or by windows). Black Widows are of particular concern because they are the most prevalent poisonous spider species here in Utah. If this spider gets into your home it can bite you, your children, or your pets; causing extreme pain, discomfort, and often times, hospitalization. Black Widows are generally easy to spot because of the roundness of bellies, extremely shinny "skin", pitch black coloring, and a red hourglass shape on their inner belly. Some Black Widows; although, it is rare, will have no red spot on their abdomen, often making people unaware that it is in fact a Black Widow they are dealing with. Some adult Black Widows will have no red hourglass on their abdomens and instead will have a pair of red spots, or often times, no red on them at all. These, red-less, Black Widows are the same as any Black Widow though; poisonous and dangerous. It is incredibly important that you get your home treated during the height of Black Widow season to keep your family and pets safe. We recommend treatment Spring, Summer, and Fall to make sure your home is always safe from this dangerous pest. It is important that you get your home treated before it gets to cold outside to prevent insects of all kinds, but especially the Black Widow, from entering into your home and making it their own over the cold winter.
Hi, my name is Sidney! I am daughter to Tony and Susie Miller; founders and owners of Accurate Pest Control. I, too, am a licensed exterminator, along with my brother Christian, and husband Kyle. I am going to be blogging about interesting topics, common questions we receive from clients (along with answers), and valuable things to know about various pests and insects in general. I would love to answer any questions you might have related to the blog or to our company! I am excited to bring you along on the ride of this family owned and operated business, and to make you apart of the Accurate Pest Control family.