Do You Think Ticks Care About Social Distancing?

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Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock.

It is that time of year. It is beautiful outside. Plenty of time to do some gardening. Or spend time with family and pets in the yard.

Ticks thrive in high-humidity areas, with non-managed landscape, overgrown brush and leaf litter. They are known to climb grasses and shrubs then hitch themselves to a host passing by. The tick drinks the host’s blood until it becomes engorged. It is during this time that dangerous pathogens can enter the host’s bloodstream. Of all blood sucking arthropods, ticks transmit the widest array of diseases.

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Precautions can help reduce the risk of infection related to serious diseases carried by ticks

  • Walk in the center of trails
  • Remove ticks from your body
  • Shower soon after being outdoors
  • Maintain and mow grass frequently
  • Avoid tick habitat such as densely wooded areas
  • Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET
  • Remove any brush and all leaf litter around the home and edge of yard
  • Wear clothes that will help shield you from ticks, long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Protect your pets by inspecting them daily for ticks, especially after they spend time outdoors

American dog ticks are most numerous along roadsides, paths, old fields, marshy areas and trails in brushy woodlands or meadows with tall grass or weeds.

(Graphic provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Diseases that may be transmitted by ticks

  • Tularemia
  • Babesiosis
  • Ehrlichiosi
  • Lyme disease
  • Heartland Virus
  • Boutonneuse Fever
  • Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Tick-Borne meningoencephalitis
  • Crimean–Congo Hemorrhagic Fever
  • Typhus, Rickettsial diseases (spotted fever and Q fever)

Protect your home, family and pets from flea, tick and fire ant infestations.

About Southern Pest Control & Sovereign Pest Control
Southern Pest Control & Sovereign Pest Control offer a full line of pest control, termite, exterminating, and mosquito management services for residential homeowners. A dedicated dispatch, GPS, and routing system, along with on the hour appointments, enables SPC to cater to their customers’ schedules. All field personnel are state registered or certified. SPC services over 40,000 residential homeowners. Contact Southern Pest Control at (800) 627-0577 to schedule an inspection. For a list of complete services and locations please visit www.southernpestcontrol.com. Southern Pest Control can also be found on social media websites: facebook.com/southernpestcontrol


Virus, Health, Family, Neighbors, and Our Communities

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What is more important than the health of our families, our neighbors, and our communities?

With these current restraints regarding social distancing and stay at home orders to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 Virus, one silver lining that has emerged is family members reconnecting with one another.

Spending more time with family, especially outdoors in the yard during warmer weather, may increase the risk of mosquito bites. The question trending on social media is “Can mosquitoes transmit the coronavirus?” According to World Health Organization, mosquitoes cannot transmit coronavirus. “To date there has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes. The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose,” World Health Organization.

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Did you know female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at a time? Female mosquitoes need protein to lay their eggs and get it by feeding on warm-blooded creatures. If a mosquito bites an infected animal or a person, then bites you, it can pass the disease into your blood through its saliva.

Did you know mosquitoes can breed in a container as small as a bottle cap?

Here is a list of preventive measures to mitigate the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by eliminating breeding areas and mosquitoes’ bites.

  • Keep grass mowed
  • Clean and drain all clogged gutters
  • Remove any old tires that allow water to collect
  • Remove all water puddles around the foundation of home
  • Replace or repair any torn window screens to prevent access
  • Ensure water leaking from air cooling systems does not puddle
  • Remove and drain all still water in fountains, ponds, and swimming pools
  • Remove all standing water from flowerpots, small jars, pet dishes, and bird baths

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  • Apply mosquito spray that contains DEET
  • Limit daytime outside activity at dusk and dawn
  • Wear light long-sleeve clothing and pants (no exposed skin)

Read more about Mosquito Bite Prevention

About Southern Pest Control & Sovereign Pest Control
Southern Pest Control & Sovereign Pest Control offer a full line of pest control, termite, exterminating, and mosquito management services for residential homeowners. A dedicated dispatch, GPS, and routing system, along with on the hour appointments, enables SPC to cater to their customers’ schedules. All field personnel are state registered or certified. SPC services over 40,000 residential homeowners. Contact Southern Pest Control at (800) 627-0577 to schedule an inspection. For a list of complete services and locations please visit www.southernpestcontrol.com. Southern Pest Control can also be found on social media websites: facebook.com/southernpestcontrol


Pest Control – Keep Your Family Safe

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Pests and the Diseases They Carry

Pest Control plays an important role in the fight to stop the transmission and eliminate the spread of numerous viruses and diseases. Not to mention keeping your family and pets safe and healthy. Insects and rodents are vectors for carrying infectious pathogens and transmitting diseases.

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Cockroaches – Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, Gastroenteritis and Hepatitis A. Cockroaches can cause allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. Cockroaches need daily consumption of water. Don’t leave dishes in the sink with water in them. Repair any leaky pipes or dripping taps. Remove the water and humidity that pests, including termites, roaches and ants, need to survive.

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Mosquitoes – There are many viruses of major public health importance that are transmitted by a variety of mosquitoes (Chikungunya Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and Zika Virus). Mosquitoes breed in soft, moist soil or stagnant water sources such as storm drains, old tires, clogged gutters and birdbaths. Female mosquitoes need protein to lay their eggs and get it by feeding on warm-blooded creatures. If a mosquito bites an infected animal or a person, then bites you, it can pass the disease to your blood through its saliva.

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Ticks – Lyme disease, tick-borne meningoencephalitis, Crimean–Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, Ttick-Borne Relapsing Fever, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Tularemia, Heartland Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus, Rickettsial diseases (spotted fever and Q fever), and Boutonneuse Fever. A humid spring creates conditions conducive for a tick outbreak in early summer. Increased humidity creates the ideal environment for ticks. American dog ticks are most numerous along roadsides, paths, old fields, marshy areas and trails in brushy woodlands or meadows with tall grass or weeds.

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Rats/Mice – Leptospirosis, Rat-bite fever and Salmonellosis. Rats and mice transmit diseases, transport fleas, mites, ticks, and lice, trigger asthma attacks in children and cause significant damage to the home by gnawing through electrical wiring causing fires. Rodents can squeeze through spaces as small as a coin and create holes in the foundation for easy entryways.

According to the Department of Public Health for the City and County of San Francisco, and pursuant to their Order…Residents may leave to provide or receive certain “essential” services. Exterminator is listed due to necessary prevention and transmission of diseases. https://www.sfchronicle.com/local-politics/article/Bay-Area-must-shelter-in-place-Only-15135014.php

Remember, all it takes is two to start a colony. If you think you may have an infestation or would like an inspection, please call today to chat with a pest control expert. Get advice and recommendations for preventing future pest activity (best possible solutions to your pest problems).

 


Termite Swarmers versus Flying Ants

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After an unusually warm winter, bugs and insects are becoming more active sooner than expected, including termite swarmers. It’s important to be able to identify and determine the difference between winged termites and winged ants, especially during the spring.

Winged Termites Characteristics

  • Thick waist
  • Straight antennae
  • Two sets of wings of equal size

Winged Ants Characteristics

  • Antennae is bent
  • Hourglass-shaped Waist
  • The front two wings are smaller than the back two wings

Have you noticed any mud tubes in the basement or garage? Any discarded wings near doors and windows? If so, you may have a termite infestation.

  • Termites will destroy wood
  • Termites appear white or brown
  • Termites have to stay moist or they will die
  • Termites measure between an eighth of an inch to an inch
  • Subterranean termites can be found living in colonies underground
  • Termites will build mud tubes to connect their underground nest to their food source
  • Of the more than 2,000 species of termites, the Subterranean termite creates the most damage and destruction on U.S. homes

Prevention Before Infestation

  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces
  • Keep firewood away from home
  • Keep mulch beds away from foundation
  • Clear any moisture around exterior of home – downspouts, water spigots, leaky water lines, air-conditioner drip lines, along sewer lines, any standing water, missing, broken or clogged gutters or roof tiles

About Southern Pest Control & Sovereign Pest Control:
Southern Pest Control & Sovereign Pest Control offer a full line of pest control, termite, exterminating and mosquito management services for residential homeowners. A dedicated dispatch, GPS and routing system, along with on the hour appointments, enables SPC to cater to their customers’ schedules. All field personnel are state registered or certified. SPC services over 40,000 residential homeowners. Contact Southern Pest Control at (800) 627-0577 to schedule an inspection. For a list of complete services and locations please visit www.southernpestcontrol.com. Southern Pest Control can also be found on social media websites: facebook.com/southernpestcontrol


Coronavirus Update

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We understand that everyone is very concerned about safety and taking pre-cautions to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The Associates at Southern Pest Control are committed to taking necessary steps so that we can provide our services in a safe manner during this situation. We would like for our customers to be aware of the following.

  1. We have taken steps to educate our associates on what they can do as individuals to avoid contracting the virus.
  2. We are committed to maintaining a clean and disinfected work space at all of our offices and warehouse locations.
  3. All of our technicians are issued Half Face Respirators as part of their personal protective equipment. Our technicians are required to use the respirators for certain types of treatments and when working in confined spaces. Due to concerns about the virus spread, our customers can request that our technicians use the respirators when conducting inspections and performing treatments inside the customer residence. We feel that using the respirator can protect the homeowner, their home, and our technician.
  4. Our technicians also use 6 mm disposable rubber work gloves that are changed before each appointment. These gloves should limit any issues arising from hand contact from one of our technicians.
  5. Many of the services that we offer to protect your house from various pests involve treating outside the home around the perimeter of the house and in the yard. Please ask one of our customer service representatives about options to treat on the outside of your home.

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We encourage of all of customers to contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-394-4737 if they have any questions about our response to this situation.


Strangest Bugs Part One

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Filbert Weevil

Filbert Weevils, also known as acorn weevils or nut weevils, efficiently use acorns. As larvae, acorns are food, and as adults, acorns provide a chambered nursery. After mating, the adult female weevil drills a tiny hole into a green acorn to deposit her eggs, which then hatch into creamy white legless grubs. In the fall after the acorns fall to the earth, the grubs bore holes through the shells from the inside to escape and burrow into the soil. After pupating for 1-2 years, an adult emerges from the ground in spring.

  • There is only one generation a year
  • The adult acorn weevil does not sting or bite.
  • The adult acorn weevil does not carry or transmit any diseases.
  • The larvae is a legless grub (cylindrical in shape with brown heads) tapering toward both ends.
  • An adult acorn weevil is a brown beetle with an elongated snout, known as a ‘rostrum’ saw-like teeth on the end. The rostrum of females is longer than those of males.

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National Geographic Video Acorn Weevil


One of the World’s Most Deadly Spiders – Sydney Funnel Web Spider

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Sydney Funnel Web Spider

The Sydney Funnel Web Spider is one of the world’s most deadly spiders. Their venom, once in the bloodstream, attacks the human nervous system and, in the some cases, causes death. The male Sydney Funnel Web Spider venom is five times more toxic then the venom from a juvenile or a female. The Sydney Funnel Web Spider is not aggressive by nature, but will show aggression if threatened.

  • Sydney Funnel Web Spider males are smaller than females
  • Sydney Funnel Web Spiders are dark in color, ranging from black to brown
  • Sydney Funnel Web Spiders are medium-sized, getting up to about 1 to 2 inches
  • The Sydney Funnel Web Spiders have long skin piercing fangs that point straight down

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Sydney Funnel Web Spiders reside in moist (sandy clay, shale or basaltic soils) sheltered burrows in the ground, under rocks or logs, or in stumps, and tree trunks. The entrance to the burrow is surrounded by silk-lined tunnels, which act as trip lines, alerting the spider when prey is present. The Sydney Funnel Web Spider’s diet consists of frogs, lizards, millipedes, cockroaches, beetles, and snails.

  • Sydney Funnel Web Spiders prefer humid climates, if not they will dehydrate
  • Sydney Funnel Web Spiders are mostly nocturnal and extremely sensitive to sunlight
  • During the summer, males leave their burrows and seek females for mating
  • The male and the female spar until the female accepts the male
  • Female Sydney Funnel Web Spiders, in some cases, live up to 20 years
  • As for the males, their life expectancy is a few months after mating

Symptoms of a Sydney Funnel Web spider bite include rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, facial muscle twitching, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, breathing difficulty and numbness around the mouth. Death may occur within a period ranging from 15 minutes to 72 hours.


Brown Recluse Spiders aka the Violin Spider

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Brown Recluse Spiders

Brown Recluse spiders are venomous, but very timid. They will run and hide to avoid human interaction. By nature they are not aggressive, however they will bite when pressed against human skin, such as slipping on an old shoe, clothes that have been stored away, or trapped underneath the sheets.

  • The Brown Recluse spider may be light tan to dark brown.
  • The Brown Recluse spider has six eyes arranged in a semi-circle.
  • Often referred to as the violin spider since its dorsum has a darker mark that looks like a violin, with the neck of the violin pointing toward the abdomen.
  • As of today, the Brown Recluse has only been found residing in the United States.
  • Brown Recluse spiders seek shelter in dark, dry undisturbed secluded areas that have good hiding places.
  • Favorite hiding places consists of cardboard boxes, shoes and clothing stored in attics, garages, crawl spaces, cellars, closets and/or basements.
  • Brown Recluse spiders sleep during the day and hunt at night.
  • Brown Recluse spiders eat moths or flies and as well as other spiders.
  • In addition to eating other spiders, the Brown Recluse will eat each other.
  • A female Brown Recluse will try to eat the male when mating.
  • Brown Recluses have been known to go six or more months without food or water.
  • Brown Recluse spiders spend the majority of their time on the ground “hunting” for prey.
  • A female Brown Recluse may have several hundred baby spiders per breeding cycle.


Fall Pest Prevention Tips

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Unwanted Invaders

Who doesn’t seek warm shelter during the winter months? Prevent pest from invading your home and becoming an infestation. Inspect exterior of home and locate pest entrances. Once you have located the access points, here are a few tips to help secure the perimeter and prevent those unwanted house guests.
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  • Remove any and all cobwebs
  • Remove trash regularly from home
  • Secure and store pet foot in metal containers
  • Maintain a clean kitchen by removing crumbs, wiping counters and swiping floors with sanitizing cloths
  • If you have a chimney install a chimney cap
  • Ensure window screens are intact including screens covering attic vents
  • Do not store firewood indoors or near the foundation of the home
  • Keep all shrubbery branches trimmed and ensure that no vegetation touches the home
  • Use expanding foam, caulk, and copper mesh to seal any gaps, crevices or cracks around windows sills, doors, siding, dryer vent, soffit gaps, and areas around gas meters, dryer vents and outdoor facets

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Eliminate Moisture

  • Ensure crawl spaces well ventilated
  • Clean gutters removing all fallen leaves
  • Use stone instead of mulch around foundation of home
  • Use a dehumidifier in a damp basement to lower the humidity level
  • Ensure there’s enough distance between the siding and the ground to prevent moisture wicking

Southern and Sovereign Pest Control provides quality termite and pest control services throughout Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. We respect our customers’ time and want to make it easy and convenient to schedule service. All appointments are scheduled on the hour. Call one of our pest experts at 1-800-627-0577 to eliminate your pest problems.


Southern and Sovereign Pest Control Announce Referral +Plus Rewards Program

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Start Spreading the News

Southern and Sovereign Pest Control (SPC) believe in building relationships through loyalty and networking. The referral +plus reward program, where both the referrer and their referral benefit from the process, is intended to build strong community ties and strengthen a positive customer experience.

In addition to monetary benefits, a free specialty service treatment as a perk gives clients/customers a more engaging shopping experience. Current customers that are loyal and submit referrals will save money on their service.

SPC rewards escalate for the referrer when more new customers are referred. This program is a great way to earn extra money by telling friends, family, neighbors, and clients about Southern and Sovereign Pest Control.

SPC seeks Real Estate Agents, Loan Officers, Home Inspectors, Homeowners, Property Managers, Landscapers, Gutter Cleaners, Carpenters, Remodels, Waterproofing and Foundation Companies to become referring partners. And remember there is not a cap on earnings.

For details and information please visit:
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