Pest Alert: Stinging Insects


 

 

 

 

 

There is a certain time of the year when it becomes dangerous for homeowners to attempt to treat nests of stinging insects. Now is that time! Due to the size of the nests this time of the year and how the nest are built, it is nearly impossible to exterminate these nests with wasp spray. As you can see in the photo, the cones inside the nest form a protective shield from any pesticide getting up into the middle or top. You would need an insecticidal dust or a spray that is under pressure and can fill and permeate up into the nest. There are also many more “soldier” wasps ready to defend the nest at the first sign of trouble. So stay safe and if you are having an issue with stinging insects, leave it to the pro’s at Ford’s Hometown Services. Having an issue with wasps or hornets? Give us a BUZZ 1-800-649-9992.

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Best dressed technician goes to….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Antoni! Some jobs require our techs to get out all of the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). He is ready to work and work safely.

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More Great Photos of Cicada Killer Wasps and Their Mounds


 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the season for Cicada Killer Wasps. You can see from the photo they can really make your patio area a mess by digging out their solitary nests.  Although they are not aggressive, they can sting if they feel threatened. Thanks to Steve Antoni for the great photos! If you are being bugged, call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Cicada Killer Wasps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the name states, these wasps kill cicadas and use them as food for their young. Cicada Killers excavate soil to lay eggs their eggs. Although the size of these wasps are intimidating, they are not aggressive and will not defend their area like yellow jackets would. If you or your pet stepped on one, yes they would sting in defense. If it is not possible to use pesticides where the Cicada Killers are creating nests, we recommend keeping the area disturbed by keeping it wet with a sprinkler or hose. This can be enough to make them move along to a quieter area. In some cases these do become a problem and need to be treated, especially where children or pets play. So next time you see this type of nest or these large wasps, you will know what they are and why.

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Yellow Jackets


 

 

 

Our technician Steve Antoni is at it again. Steve takes the best photos of insects and critters and still manages to keep the customers happy and pest-free. It is getting to that time of the year again when we urge people to let the pest professionals take care of any nests of stinging ants. Nests are getting quite large and the risk of personal injury increases at this time of the year. If you are being bugged, call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Dragonfly

 

 

 

 

Our technician Steve Antoni sent this photo of a dragonfly hitching a ride on his pants. What an incredibly pretty insect. They are also beneficial because they eat mosquitoes.

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Dragonfly

Our technician Steve Antoni sent this photo of a dragonfly hitching a ride on his pants. What an incredibly pretty insect. They are also beneficial because they eat mosquitoes.

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Fleas

 

 

 

Fleas are a pest you will find indoors and out in your yard. They hop on and hitch a ride feeding on the blood of your pet. Once fed, the flea will lay hundreds of eggs (50 per day) which fall off everywhere your pet goes. The egg will hatch into a larvae then go through the pupa stage, the only stage they are fully protected from the effects of pesticides. The pupa will remain until stimulated by something walking by. This is why when you go on vacation and your animal is removed you get hundreds of fleas all over you when you return. Frequent vacuuming will help physically remove these pests and can prevent a full-blown infestation. Check with your veterinarian to see what they recommend for protecting your pet. Treatment of the home is usually needed and treatment instructions are given to ensure our success. After treatment you will see fleas due to hatching pupa, but the cycle will be unable to continue. Did you make it through this without itching? Call if you would like additional information or a free estimate 1-800-649-9992.

 

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Carpenter Ant with Egg

Thanks to Steve Antoni for this cool photo he took of a Carpenter Ant moving the eggs from one nest to start another. It isn’t something you see every day. If you are seeing ants, call today 1-800-649-9992.

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Pest Alert: Roaches- But not the Bad Ones!

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Every year we have panicked people come in worried sick because they have found a cockroach in the house. Surprisingly enough, there are types of cockroaches that are not a threat to the home. The two most popular ones around here are the Pennsylvania Woods Roach and the Mediterranean Cockroaches or Tawny cockroaches. These species of Roaches live outside, usually under the bark of trees or in your mulch or other such areas. They are attracted to light which is how they end up in your home. These species of  roaches do not get into our food, breed inside or even live very long indoors. They are considered a nuisance pest and very rarely need to be treated with pesticides. When inside you will find this roach walking around out in the open during the day. This is a tip that you have spotted a Woods Roach or Mediterranean Roach. Normally a German Cockroach (the kind you do worry about) would only be seen at night and shuns the light, scattering as soon as lights are turned on. So, please don’t panic! When in doubt, bring a sample of the insect to our office and we will be happy to let you know what you have found. Have an insect problem? Call us today 1-800-649-9992.

 

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