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Cockroaches are resilient pests and uninvited guests that can be difficult to get rid of. They breed quickly and can carry harmful diseases that may lead to food poisoning and severe allergies. Roaches are more likely to be found in hot and humid climates, and especially in areas near large bodies of water. In the United States, the following cities suffer the most from roach infestations: New Orleans, LA Memphis, TN Miami, FL Philadelphia, PA Washington, DC Riverside-San Bernardino, CA Los Angeles, CA New York City, NY Dallas, TX Raleigh, NC Phoenix, AZ Cincinnati, OH Atlanta, GA Houston, TX Kansas City, MO If you live in one of these cities you will want to be on your guard and use some preventative measures to deter roaches from infesting your home. But, if you don’t live in one of the cities outlined above, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re off the hook. Where roaches come from Roaches are looking for food, water, and shelter, and in your home they can find all three. In some cases, roaches may have been in your house before you moved in, but they can enter your home in grocery bags, cardboard boxes, furniture, etc. They can also get into your home through plumbing, sewers or drains. How to get rid of roaches There are multiple DIY options for getting rid of cockroaches, but the most effective approach can be contacting a pest control company to come and take care of the unwelcome pests. Keep in mind that some options are only used as a preventive measure against cockroaches and won't necessarily kill them or stop them from coming back. Some DIY options include the following: 1. Glue strips — identify problem areas Glue strips are an effective trap method, allowing you to identify high traffic areas for roaches in your home. Roaches will stick to the strips as they travel through your home and are an effective way to catch a few roaches. If you have a more serious roach problem, glue strips may not be the most effective option. 2. Caulking — prevent roaches from entering your home While glue strips and other roach traps can be effective at killing the roaches in your home, that doesn’t stop new ones from entering. To prevent more roaches from getting into your home, caulking any possible entry points (gaps in door and window seals, and weather stirpping, for example) is a good place to start. 3. Traps — kill roaches There are a variety of cockroach trap types. You can choose from sticky traps, similar to a glue strip, or other options like gels, sprays, foggers, or sprays. 4. Cockroach gel — kill roaches Small dots of cockroach gel should be placed in small cracks or crevices where cockroaches are entering the home. Cockroaches assume that the gel is a source of food, but upon eating it the insecticide kills the cockroach. Gel can be an effective way to rid your home of cockroaches, but it is worth noting that not all cockroaches will eat the gel, and it can dry out over time. 5. Cockroach spray — kill roaches You can purchase cockroach sprays at many hardware or department stores. Popular types of roach spray include Raid, Bengal, and Ortho Home Defense. 6. Diatomaceous Earth (DE) — kill roaches While Diatomaceous Earth doesn’t sound like something you could purchase at a store, it is an effective roach powder that you can apply in your own home. Powder should be applied in areas where roaches have been seen, and should kill roaches upon contact — DE dehydrates pests to death. It is typically safe around pets and children, but it is always a good idea to read the directions and precautions before applying. 7. Boric acid — kill roaches Boric acid is a powder that acts similarly to DE. The powder should be applied to areas where cockroaches have been seen in the home, as well as likely hiding spots. 8. Borax — kill roaches A more organic powder option that you can try is Borax. Spread borax in areas where cockroaches have been seen in the home. To entice cockroaches to eat it, borax should be combined with sugar or honey — roaches like a sweet treat. 9. Baking soda — kill roaches Combining a small amount of sugar with baking soda is a safe and effective way to kill cockroaches. The sugar will attract the roaches, and the baking soda will kill them once ingested. 10. Fabric softener — kill roaches Mixing three parts fabric softener and two parts water can be an effective homemade cockroach spray. Fabric softener will only only be something safe that you can spray, but it suffocates roaches making it an effective defense mechanism. 11. Citrus — deter roaches Roaches hate the smell of citrus, and so using citrus-scented cleaners in your home can be a good way to keep roaches at bay. 12. Essential oils — deter roaches Some essential oils can be a good cockroach repellent. Some oils that are most effective include rosemary or peppermint oil. How to get rid of roaches in an apartment If you rent an apartment and notice some unwanted visitors, you can approach the situation similarly to the options outlined above. Since you don’t own the space and will have to answer to some sort of management or landlord for any damage to your apartment, it is best to use DIY options such as cockroach traps or baits. Since cockroaches typically aren’t a controlled issue in an apartment building, it could also be helpful to notify building management. In most cases it is a landlord’s responsibility to take care of any pest problems; or, at least it’s in their best interest, since tenants won’t want to continue living in a space infested by roaches, and that’s also a hard sell for a prospective tenant. If an entire apartment building has a cockroach infestation, a professional exterminator will likely be hired — whether or not you own your own home or not, contacting a pest control company can be the best way to get rid of roaches in the long term. Top pest control companies There are many pest control companies across the country, and many are local and serve specific communities. When choosing a company, it is important to consider the following: Covered pests — Most pest control companies will treat cockroaches since they are a more common and difficult pest. But, it is still important to double-check that a company covers the pest that you need to get rid of. Cost — The cost of cockroach extermination can range from $100 to $400. Service guarantees — It can be in your best interest to choose a company that offers some sort of re-service or money-back service guarantee. If the cockroaches come back, you’ll want to have the pest control company return with little to no extra cost. To help you in your decision-making process, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top companies in the industry. Aptive Environmental Aptive Environmental is a fast-growing pest control company that was founded in Utah in 2015. The company offers environmentally friendly treatments for a variety of pests, and is known for its superior service and customer satisfaction. Covered pests — Common pests and rodents, excluding bed bugs, termites, and moles. Cost — Prices aren’t provided, but you can get a free quote online. Service guarantees — Unlimited free re-services are available, and there is no cancellation fee for a treatment. Aptive environmental reviews are primarily positive — 87 percent of reviews are 4 or 5 stars. Reviews frequently highlight helpful and professional technicians, as well as a high rate of success in getting rid of pests. Learn more about Aptive Environmental Aptive Environmental Customer Review: Jeremy Bledsoe from California "I've battled bugs for years as the house backs up to a field. We get everything. Finally broke down and called in professional help. First spray was this past summer. Good results. My next spray was scheduled for November. I called to move it up and instead they came out for a follow up spray and said see you in a month. No extra charge. Great company. Great experience." Greenix Greenix was also founded in Utah and treats a variety of pests in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Utah. As a green company, treatments are safe for you and the environment. Covered pests — More than 50 different household pests such as ants, bedbugs, bees, wasps, beetles, snails, cockroaches, spiders, Indian meal moths, and earwigs. Rodent control is also available for mice, voles, and moles. Cost — Service plans start at $139. Service guarantees — Free re-services are available and a technician will come to your home within 48 hours of receiving your order. Approximately 81 percent of Greenix reviews are 4 or 5 stars. Positive reviews frequently highlight quick and easy service. Some reviews mention that the first treatment wasn’t as effective as they hoped, but a Greenix technician was quick to respond and re-service the property. Learn more about Greenix Greenix Customer Review: Michael "It seems to be doing what was promised. I have not really noticed a whole lot of pests or anything else around. They always let me know when they are coming out and when they are completed. They are very attentive." Insight Pest Solutions Insight Pest Solutions is based in North Carolina. A commitment to quality service is evident since the company offers five guarantees and offers add-on pest treatments depending on the area that you live in. However, Insight Pest Solutions’ services are only available in 14 states. Covered pests — All common pests. But depending on your location you may be eligible for specific services, such as termite control, mole remediation, or mosquito reduction. Cost — Prices aren’t provided, but you can get a free quote online. Service guarantees — Surpassing other pest control companies, Insight Pest Solutions offers 5 guarantees: pricing guarantee, contact guarantee, re-treatment guarantee, smile guarantee, money-back guarantee. Insight Pest Solutions has established itself as a top pest control company by ensuring superior customer service. This is reflected in Insight Pest Solutions reviews, 83 percent of which are 4 or 5 stars. Satisfied customers frequently mention attentive service, including calling to make follow-up appointments and being willing to work with the customer. Learn more about Insight Pest Solutions Insight Pest Solutions Customer Review: Krista Griffith from Tulsa, Oklahoma "They always let me know when they are on their way and when they have finished. They are courteous and professional every time. I have used them for over a year and have had no bug problems since." American Pest Compared to other top-rated companies, American Pest has experience in its favor — the company has been operating since 1925. In addition, American Pest is QualityPro and QualityPro Green accredited, indicating that its services are high quality and also environmentally friendly. Covered pests — General pests including rodents, bed bugs, and termites. Cost — There are four service plans available with starting prices ranging from $49 to $69 per month. Service guarantees — American Pest offers a Pest Free Pledge guarantee that provides free service if pests return between scheduled treatments. It is interesting to see how positive reviews are for a company that has been in business for decades; typically, the longer a company has been in business, a wider range of customer sentiment is seen. However, it is worth noting that American Pest reviews on BestCompany.com are outdated, with most recent reviews dating to two years ago. Approximately 88 percent of American Pest reviews are 4 or 5 stars. Satisfied customers frequently mention the company’s responsiveness and scheduling flexibility. Learn more about American Pest American Pest Customer Review: Carl from Lanham, Maryland "You get what you pay for. It's a very good service from a good company. They notify you within a reasonable amount of time before they come out and they are flexible with your schedule. The technicians are very knowledgeable, and I like that they produce reports that tell you what chemicals they are going to use. And, now we have no pests thanks to them." 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It’s a fact: online reviews are powerful. Almost everyone reads them, many of us have written at least one — positive or negative — and most of us award online reviews the same credibility as a recommendation from a personal friend. Online reviews influence which movies we watch, our dining choices, where we stay on vacation, and what products Amazon ships to our homes. But how do online reviews influence businesses? The worth of negative reviews It’s true, companies have a vested interest in acquiring as many five-star reviews as possible. Per the Harvard Business Review, a one-star increase on a business’s Yelp profile correlates with a five to nine percent increase in revenue. Conversely, the presence of negative reviews on a company profile can ward off an average of 40 percent of potential customers. Look at any product page or company listing and you’ll see clearly that less-than-stellar reviews are bound to happen. In fact, nearly 75 percent of buyers say negative reviews give depth and insight to a product; and as we covered in a recent post about the home security industry, reviewers that give a company four out of five stars in particular provide specific, actionable feedback that smart companies use to improve their products and services, and thus elicit more five-star reviews. Take Pestie, for instance. The better way to get rid of bugs? Founded in 2019, Pestie markets itself as the first subscription-based, do-it-yourself pest management provider in the industry. Depending on the subscription plan, the company will send customers either one or multiple easy-to-use sprayer kits, complete with application instructions and safety equipment like protective gloves. Many customers experienced a relatively painless process of ordering their equipment and correctly applying the pesticide. However, a handful of four-star reviewers saw some room for improvement and, more importantly, posted about it. Mark G. from Austin, Texas said that while he found subscription process easy and the pesticide effective, the spraying apparatus required some non-intuitive adjustments: "There are some tricks to applying the treatment such [as] unscrewing the wand applicator a tad from the bag to allow air in. Otherwise, the sprayer stops working. Offering those kinds of tips in the box would be helpful. Overall, I'm very happy with Pestie's performance and product.” And Mark G. wasn't alone. Multiple four-star reviewers reported some kind of issue with Pestie's sprayer. Andrew Cork from Woodway, Texas said his only negative comment was that "the last two sprayers have not sprayed consistently." Meanwhile, Sarder from Richmond, Texas reported liking the price and the concept of DIY pest control overall, "but the sprayer is slow and takes a while to use." Customer Review: Vance from Murfreesboro, Tennessee “The sprayer wasn't very good. It kind of quit working before I was done. I ended up having to use my [own] sprayer.” Another reviewer, Jenny from Marietta, Georgia, also had issues with the sprayer, but her concerns had less to do with performance and more to do with waste: "I just want to make sure that they are moving towards less single use items and specifically letting us reuse our sprayers so we're not having to throw them away every time because it seems very wasteful and not environmental.” In other words, while customers generally enjoyed the concept of DIY pest control and had overall good interactions with Pestie’s customer service team, the single-use sprayer implement included in every pest control kit lacked consistent performance and, at least in one case, was seen as wasteful. As of May 2021, four-star reviews on Pestie’s Best Company profile accounted for approximately 25 percent of the company’s total reviews. Considering five-star reviews accounted for almost 70 percent of Pestie’s reviews, the company could have easily ignored the content of these four-star reviews and counted itself lucky to have such a high average score. Instead, Pestie read the reviews, and got to work. Customer feedback, applied To Mark G. in Austin, Texas who complained that his sprayer stopped working, a Pestie representative publically replied, “Hi Mark, thank you for the feedback! This is great advice, I am going to pass this along to our team.” Some companies would have left the exchange at that, but Pestie took it a step further. To Doug Ratazcak in Branson, Missouri who left a similar complaint about a faulty sprayer, the company said this: “Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review Doug. We are so sorry you experienced a sprayer that did not work. Recently, we hit the drawing board and re-designed the sprayer from the bottom up. Our new sprayer is more reliable and powerful than ever! Our customer care team is going to reach out to you shortly and get a replacement kit sent out if you would like.” And to Jenny in Marietta, Georgia who expressed concerns about the environmental impact of single-use plastic sprayers, Pestie responded with, “Thank you for the honest feedback Jenny. We recently redesigned our sprayer and it's now more reliable, twice as powerful, and reusable! You will receive our new sprayer in your spring shipment! We would love to know what you think of the new reusable sprayer.” Most, if not all companies understand the impact online reviews can have on their business from a reputation management perspective; but the best companies, like Pestie, know online reviews can contribute so much to their ability to grow and innovate. So long as customers provide specific, actionable feedback in their reviews, smart companies will listen and look for ways to get better! Review Hack: When four is greater than five Like the company, but have some suggestions? Businesses tend to pay more attention to four-star as opposed to five-star reviews. They will be more likely to reach out to see what can be done to resolve your concern, and, if successful, invite you to update your review to five stars.
Guest Post by Kristiana Kripena Spring and summer may be the main seasons for pests, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a nuisance during the winter months as well. As outdoor temperatures drop, several species that live primarily outdoors start to flock inside in search of food and shelter. What are the most common winter pests that homeowners have to face? How can you get rid of them? This article will answer your questions. Rats and mice Rats and mice are common year-round pests that can be found in virtually every country on the planet. They can be especially problematic during the winter when the chilly outdoor temperatures and lack of food sources drive them inside. They often invade dark, enclosed spaces like crawl spaces, attics, and basements, and they frequent kitchens where they can feast on scraps of food. If you have rats and mice in your home during the winter, you can try the following to get rid of them: Set up traps. Mouse and rat traps come in all shapes and sizes. Some use a snap mechanism or an electric shock to kill rodents. Others are non-lethal and simply trap the creatures they catch. Lethal traps can be a highly effective way to kill large numbers of rats and mice in your home. Non-lethal contraptions are a great way to monitor your rodent situation. Use poison bait. There are a vast array of poison baits that are formulated to kill rats and mice, and these are often the go-to pest control option for those with large infestations. Declutter your yard. Discarded boxes, piles of firewood, and overgrown shrubs and grasses can all provide hiding and nesting places for rats and mice and may encourage them to move in. If your yard is looking cluttered, throw away what you don’t need and store firewood, trash cans, and boxes at least six feet from the foundations of your house. Block all gaps. Rats and mice can squeeze themselves through very small gaps. Perform a thorough inspection of your property to identify possible entry points (such as windows, doors, and drains) and get to work blocking them off and sealing holes. Manage your trash carefully. Rodents usually come indoors looking for food. To best avoid them, make sure they don’t have access to it. Store all of your food in airtight containers or the refrigerator and keep food waste in sealed trash cans. Empty your household trash regularly, and keep outdoor garbage cans at least six feet from your house. Cockroaches Cockroaches are one of the world’s most common household pests and they can be especially problematic in winter. Roaches can’t survive the freezing conditions of winter in temperate regions, and will often come indoors to escape the hostile outdoors. These filthy creatures carry all sorts of harmful pathogens and can contaminate food. Getting rid of them should be your top priority. If you find evidence of cockroaches in your home, you can try the following to exterminate them: Set up traps and baits. Sticky traps not only kill roaches, but can also help to identify nesting sites. Poison baits are also effective for killing large numbers of cockroaches. Clean your house thoroughly. If you discover roaches at home, the first thing you should do is to clean the area thoroughly. Cockroaches are often found in the kitchen where there is an abundance of food and water, so pay extra attention to the spaces beneath and behind appliances. Attack them with bug spray. Once you’ve found where your cockroaches are nesting, you can kill a large number of them using an insecticide bug spray. These usually kill the insects on contact. Dry out moisture sites. Cockroaches need a continuous water supply to survive, so drying out damp spots around your house is a great way to deter them. Check for leaking AC units, dribbling faucets, and blocked drains to identify possible moisture sites in your home. Store food properly. Food waste can draw hoards of cockroaches into your home, so keeping your kitchen clean can help to keep them at bay. Clear up food spills and wash dishes promptly and store food waste in sealed containers. Empty your kitchen trash regularly and keep outdoor garbage cans closed at all times. Hire a pest control service to ensure that cockroaches don’t come back. For help finding a pest control company near you, see here. Bed bugs Bed bugs numbers have risen in the United States as more and more cases are reported every year. Infestations usually start when live bed bugs are carried home in luggage. Those travelling to visit family or escape the cold weather during the winter months could be at risk. If you discover bed bugs lurking in your sheets, try the following methods to get rid of them/prevent an infestation: Launder your sheets. Bed bugs and their eggs are killed at high temperatures, so wash all your sheets (as well as anything else that may have come into contact with infested items) to exterminate them. Spray them. Bed bugs can be killed using an insecticide spray. These can either be bought over the counter, or you can make your own at home using dish soap. Remember to spray quickly — bed bugs can move very fast and will run for cover when disturbed! Check your luggage carefully after a trip. Stowing away in luggage is the number one way that bed bugs move from place to place. Check your belongings carefully after an overnight trip and don’t take them to your room until you’re sure there are no bugs hiding inside. If you’re unsure, wash everything on a high heat first to kill any insects or eggs. Be wary of laundry and secondhand clothes. Laundry and bags of secondhand clothes can also harbor bed bugs, so inspect these items for signs of infestation before putting them among your other belongings. The bottom line Wintertime often means freezing temperatures that make it difficult for pests to survive outside. Rats, mice, bed bugs, and cockroaches often invade houses looking for food, water, and warmth. Keeping your home pest-free is often best achieved by taking preventative measures. These may include keeping your kitchen clean, storing food waste properly, and sealing off possible entry points. If you do find yourself facing an infestation this winter, you may want to invest in traps, poison baits, and insecticide sprays to exterminate the pests. Kristiana Kripena is the Digital and Content Marketing Director for InsectCop.net, an authoritative pest control advice blog that covers everything from getting rid of different insects to the best ways to protect yourself and your property from rodents and other critters.
Guest Post by Alexandra Arcand None of us like pests in our homes. We want our homes to be our safe space where we can relax, unwind, and forget the stress of life. But sometimes, no matter how hard we try, pests still make their way in. And our safe space suddenly becomes a war zone between us and our uninvited guests. There are plenty of options when it comes to pest control. Home remedies can be found with the touch of your phone. Although it’s usually the cheaper and more convenient route to take, eliminating pests yourself doesn't always work. Sometimes, you need a professional, especially when there's pest damage involved. Let’s take a look at the signs that will tell you when it’s time to give up the DIY hacks and call in the big guns. 1. You see bugs — lots of them This first tip is obvious, but no internet hack is going to help if the infestation is too large. Bugs like termites, ants, and cockroaches come in large numbers and breed quickly. So once they enter, they nest, and it can be extremely difficult to get them out. Plus the world is host to over 2,000 species of fleas, with the most common being the "cat flea”. Pet owners should keep an eye on their pets during regular care and grooming to avoid infestations. Pest control providers have the equipment and solutions needed to rid a large population of bugs much better than you can do yourself. Reputable pest control companies will have the necessary tools to get rid of even the largest infestations. 2. You hear weird noises, typically at night Nighttime is usually our time to drift off into dreamland, but pests thrive at night. Pay attention to any strange or different noises you hear around your home at night. These noises will mostly come from your walls or the attic. If you hear things such as whining, squeaking, or scratching, you more than likely have been invaded by rodents. On the other hand, if you hear faint clicking coming from your walls, this could mean your home is playing the unlucky host to a termite infestation. It’s common for termites to bang their heads against wood as a signal of danger to other members. You may also be able to hear termites eating if you get close enough. Placing your ear against a spot where you think termites may be could allow you to hear them eating your wood. Neither a rodent nor termite infestation is an easy fix. If you hear any of these sounds coming from your walls, floors, or attic, it’s time to call the professionals. 3. You observe damage or dropping in your home Different pests can create different forms of damage to your home. Rodents may leave more obvious damage, such as scratch marks on flooring or furniture, holes in cardboard boxes, chewed up wiring, or holes in walls or flooring. You may also notice damage to fabrics and clothing. If you see holes or stains on fabrics, this may be a sign of a rodent infestation. Bugs like termites may not leave such obvious damage, but if you know how to look, you can surely find it. If you think you may have a termite infestation within your home, find the areas you believe to be infested and knock on them. If the wood sounds hollow when you knock, there’s a chance termites have gotten to it since they eat wood from the inside out. If you notice any of these damages to your home, it’s definitely time to call in pest control, because at-home remedies could cause further damage to your home. Unfortunately, rodents and insects may leave droppings around your home. It’s gross, but it’s true. The most common places you may find these droppings are around food sources within your home; behind large appliances; and in corners, the attic, and the basement. Obviously, the more waste you find, the larger the problem. If you do find waste, it’s time to call professionals. 4. Your doors and windows are sticking It might sound odd, but if you’ve noticed your windows are harder to open and close or your doors seem to stick when you try to use them, this could be a sign of termites in your home. When termites eat wood and tunnel through it, they produce moisture that can cause wood to warp and change. If you are noticing these problems, it’s best to have a pest control provider come out and check to see if termites are the problem. Plenty of pest control companies have excellent reviews, so make sure to do your research before you make an appointment. 5. Your house smells odd If something in your home smells off, this could be a sign of a pest infestation. The odor could be from one issue or a combination of issues. One unpleasant smell in your home from pests could be spoiled food. Often, if your home has rodents or bugs, those bugs want to share your dinner. They will find your food sources and help themselves. As they carry food back with them, they may leave droppings and rotting food behind as they go. Look for small pieces of food around your house. Another source of foul odors may be the droppings left behind. Pest urine and feces may leave your home smelling not quite right. If you didn’t notice the droppings before, the odor may lead you right to them. If you think you could have cockroaches, odor may be your determining factor. Roaches produce a very musty and unpleasant odor which will only get worse as the infestation grows. There could also be the chance the smell is coming from rotting pest bodies. Rodents and roaches that die within your home leave a smell as they decompose. If you’re noticing any smells you can’t put your finger on, or you have evidence of the source of the odor, it’s time to call someone and get those pests out. 6. You find wood shavings on your floors If you happen to be sweeping and notice some odd wood shavings on your floors, this could be a sign you have an infestation of carpenter ants. Unlike termites, these ants do not eat wood; they simply dig into it, causing the wood shavings to be left behind where they have entered. If left untreated, carpenter ants can be very harmful to the woodwork in your home. if you’re noticing wood shavings or odd sawdust on your flooring, it’s time to have pest control come out and solve the problem. 7. You find oothecas (roach egg cases) Roaches like to breed, and they like to breed fast. When they breed, they don’t just lay eggs. They lay ootheca, which are long, brown casings that hold their eggs. Typically, cockroaches will protect their egg casings while the eggs are still inside by sticking them in tight areas. If you are looking for them, try small and protected areas such as cracks in walls or flooring, inside cabinets, or behind furniture. Once the eggs have hatched, you may have an easier time finding the casings, but that only means you have more roaches on your hands. Because cockroaches breed so quickly, it’s in your best interest to call a pest service immediately. 8. You find red, itchy spots on your body or your sheets are discolored If you find yourself waking up in the morning with red, itchy spots, this could be a sign your home has been infested with bed bugs. Not everyone reacts to bed bug bites, but if you start to notice red, itchy bumps that fall in a line anywhere on your body, this is a pretty telltale sign you have them. Bed bugs are extremely hard to get rid of yourself, and calling an exterminator is your best option to make sure they get gone and stay gone. Another sign bed bugs have made their presence in your home is discoloring of your sheets. This could come from one of two sources, and neither are pleasant. If you notice red bloodstains on your sheets, this means you have killed bed bugs in your sleep while they were feeding on you. The second discoloration may be more of a rusty color. This is a sign of feces the bed bugs have produced and left behind on your bed. Leave bed bugs for the pest control specialists and start getting that restful sleep you need without worrying about bugs sharing your bed. Alexandra Arcand writes for InsuranceProviders.com and has had a lifelong dislike of bugs
Guest Post by Larry Taylor If you have trees around your house it is likely that you will have more insects that could potentially get inside or cause other damage. While many insects live on and around trees without causing them much damage, there are some varieties of bugs that can be very destructive. Most tree insects fall into the following three categories: Boring insects Chewing insects Sucking insects To help you understand more about the dangers that these types of tree insects can cause, we’ve put together the following guide. Below, you’ll find a general description of each type of insect along with some example bugs and treatment methods for controlling them. We hope to help you spot and resolve a tree insect problem before it’s too late therefore keeping the trees in your yard as healthy as possible. Boring insects The most harmful type of bugs in trees are those that bore. If left untreated the tree that has been infested will most likely die. This is due to the damage caused to roots, branches, and stems as the bugs dig tunnels through them, hollowing them out. The most noticeable signs of boring insects are entry/exit holes in the bark, sawdust mounds near the base of the tree, and sections that are dying or falling apart. Examples of boring insects Asian Longhorned Beetle Bronze Birch Borer Carpenter Ants Carpenter Bees Deathwatch Beetle Dogwood Borer Elm Bark Beetle Emerald Ash Borer Giant Palm Weevil Wood Wasps How to control boring insects Most boring insects only attack trees that are unhealthy. These include those that have been affected by improper irrigation, disease, or poor general care. Some invasive species of boring insects attack healthy trees as well. Unfortunately, once a tree is infested with boring insects, there’s a low probability of saving it. The only thing you can do to improve the tree’s strength is to prune out the infested branches and/or try to treat it with an insecticide. Quick pruning may require the use of a chainsaw or other common trimming tools. Chainsaws come in a variety of sizes. The best ones for pruning limbs and branches are those with a 12 or 14 inch blade. Larger chainsaw sizes (16 to 24 inches) are meant for cutting down trees or splitting firewood, so you can get away with a smaller and cheaper model. Methods for controlling boring insects include the following: Irrigate trees properly based on their species. Avoid pruning trees when boring insects are flying around (i.e. late winter through late summer). Use a pruning sealer to protect the open wounds of a tree after pruning branches. Monitor tree trunks and branches regularly to detect infestations before they become serious. Use a tree injection kit to apply insecticide directly into the trunk of the tree. This helps to slow the damage down by boring insects and prevent them from entering into the tree. Apply a soil drench around the base of the tree in the early spring or fall so that the tree can be protected before the growing season. Chewing insects Chewing insects either attack the foliage or fruit of their target trees. While minor defoliation is often not a problem with healthy trees, repeated offenses can have more dramatic effects. Usually, chewing insects are the culprits of degrading the appearance of a tree while no major structural harm is done. However, if a severe infestation or repeated attacks do occur, then it can weaken the tree or kill it. Examples of chewing insects Apple Maggots Bagworms Cankerworms Caterpillars Cherry Fruit Worms Cutworms Gypsy Moths Japanese Beetles Leafminers Controlling chewing insects The best way to control chewing insects is to put up a barrier around the tree trunk or between leaf stems and limbs. That way these insects can’t access the leaves or fruit. Examples for controlling chewing insects include the following: A tree band wraps around the tree trunk and acts as a barrier to stop chewing insects from climbing the tree. Annual tree care kits not only help boost the health of a tree but also helps trees resist the attack of chewing insects. These kits come in a combination of granular fertilizers and sprays. Injectable insecticides are deposited through holes that are drilled into the root flares of the tree trunk (i.e. where the trunk starts to flare out near the ground.) Soil drench insecticides are applied by mixing the pest control with water and then pouring the solution around the base of the tree. The tree’s roots take up the insecticide and distribute it throughout the tree trunk, branches, and leaves. Traps can be used to remove chewing insects without using insecticides. These are beneficial for fruit-bearing trees. Sucking insects Insects that suck on trees cause damage by removing the juices from leaves and branches. Repeated sucking causes the tree to dry out which, in turn, can cause leaves to fall and branches to weaken. Instead of killing a tree directly, sucking insects reduce its growth rate which weakens the overall strength of a tree. Trees injured by sucking insects can be vulnerable to secondary insects or fungal diseases. Eventually, if not stopped or treated, these trees will die. Sucking insects are relatively immobile creatures and just live on the outside of the tree on the branches. Signs of sucking insect infestations include scaly formations on branches, dieback of leaves, and honeydew production. Examples of sucking insects Aphids Lace Bugs Leafhoppers Mealybugs Scale Insects Spider Mites Thrips Whiteflies How to control sucking insects Sucking insects are relatively easy to control. You can either use preventative methods to keep them away from your trees or kill existing infestations on contact. Examples for controlling sucking insects include the following: Topical repellents to prevent sucking insects from latching onto the tree. Annual tree care kits to help maintain the health of the tree so it does a better job or resisting sucking insects. These kits come in a combination of granular fertilizers and sprays. Insecticidal soap is sprayed onto the tree and is a low-toxicity bug control solution favored by natural and organic gardeners. Any generic pest controls found at your local hardware or grocery stores. The importance of prevention As you learned in this guide, there are three types of insects that can be potentially lethal to the trees in your yard. Fortunately, just because these insects exist and may be prevalent where you live, this doesn’t mean that all of your trees are doomed. If you need help getting rid of these pests, you can look into hiring a pest control company to come and help you. A number of pest control service providers offer specific services to help keep your yard pest-free. For help finding the best pest control company for you, see companies and customer reviews here. Keep an eye on the health of your trees and provide some annual preventative maintenance. Doing this will help you spot and stop the majority of these insects before they become a problem. Larry Taylor is the man behind brand Chainsaw Larry and is passionate about helping people find the best chainsaws for their needs and teaching others how to keep their trees and yards in good shape.
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