Do Earwigs Burrow Into Your Brain To Lay Eggs While You Sleep?

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Not true. Earwigs do not crawl into people’s ear canals to lay their eggs. The name Earwig is derived from the Anglo-Saxon ear-wicga, which roughly translated means, the “ear wiggler.”

Characteristics

  • Earwigs are nocturnal.
  • Earwigs eat plants, flowers, fruits and insects.
  • Earwigs prefer to hide in cool and moist environments.
  • Some species produce a foul smelling liquid that they use for defense.
  • Adult Earwigs are dark reddish-brown, with six light brown legs and range in size from 5-25 mm.
  • Earwigs have pincers (concave jaws that are arranged like the blades of scissors, used for gripping and pulling things) on the back of their abdomens.

Reproduction

  • Most species have one generation a year.
  • Females typically lay between 20 and 50 eggs during the spring in chambers a few inches underground.
  • The female Earwig continuously cleans the eggs to protect them from fungi.
  • Earwig eggs hatch in about 7 days.
  • After the nymphs hatch, they eat the egg casing.
  • Earwigs live for about a year from hatching.

Prevention

  • Make sure crawl space vents are screened.
  • Eliminate damp moist conditions around foundations.
  • Avoid shade near the foundation by pruning trees and shrubs.
  • Keep firewood piles, landscape timbers, mulch and fallen leaves away from the foundation.
  • Seal all possible entry points around windows, pipes, doors, including cracks and crevices in the walls.
  • Since many insects are attracted to white light at night, position outdoor lighting to shine on house from yard. If moving light fixtures is burdensome, use yellow light bulbs.

Attempting to eliminate Earwigs effectively requires the use of several insecticide products. To avoid improper application, call a local pest control expert.


Who Else Has Been Eating My Cereal?

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Noticed any small beetles crawling on your counters or worse in your cereal? Pantry pests usually go unnoticed in the home until there is an infestation.

The Saw-Tooth Beetle, is a slender, dark brown beetle 2.5 to 3 mm long with six saw-like tooth projections on each side of the thorax (section between head and abdomen). These projections give the beetle its name.

Characteristics

  • The Saw-Tooth Beetle does not fly.
  • The Saw-Tooth Beetle is not attracted to light.
  • The Saw-Tooth Beetle’s flat body allows them to penetrate tiny cracks and infest stored food products.
  • The Saw-Tooth Beetle feeds on grain and grain products like cereal, flour, dried meats, breakfast foods, and dried fruit. It is not unusual to find these beetles infesting pet food and birdseed.

Reproduction

  • The female beetle deposits eggs in a crevice in a kernel of grain or on ground food, like flour.
  • When the small white eggs hatch, the larvae feed and grow by nibbling on finely divided food particles.
  • When the larvae are ready to change to adult beetles, they make a cocoon from the food particles.
  • With warm humid conditions, the life cycle (from egg to mature adult) takes 60 days.
  • With conducive conditions and food supply, the females can produce several generations per year.
  • The average life span of an adult Saw-Tooth Beetle is about 6 to 10 months.

Prevention

  • Use tightly sealed plastic or glass containers to store food. Store pet food in containers with a lid.
  • Clean and vacuum all cabinet and pantry shelves thoroughly, especially cracks and crevices.
  • Insecticide application should be made into cracks and crevices to eliminate any insects that might be hiding.

To avoid improper application, call a local pest control expert.


Southern Pest Control Announces New Location in Ellicott City, MD

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Southern Pest Control Announces New Location in Ellicott City, MD

Ellicott City Pest Control

Due to our increased growth in the Southern Maryland area and our continuing efforts to ensure superior customer service along with customized pest control and exterminating services to better serve our clients, we are proud to announce the opening of a new office in Ellicott City, MD.

The new office will be located at 3273 Pine Orchard Lane, Suite D, Ellicott City, MD 21042.

In addition to our Columbia and Silver Spring branches, this new location and enhanced operational efficiencies will help us continue to grow and evolve keeping pace with our client’s needs, allowing us to provide exceptional value and superior service along the way. It will be our pleasure to serve you at our new location with the same quality and service you have come to expect of us.

For more information about the new Ellicott City location, visit http://www.southernpestcontrol.com/locations/ellicott-city-pest-control/ or call 301-408-7526 or 800-627-0577.

Our Ellicott City exterminators at Southern Pest Control are dedicated to providing professional exterminating services for residences throughout Ellicott City, MD and surrounding areas. We have the certified highly trained pest control experts to handle any pest issue. If you suspect an infestation of spiders, ants, mice, roaches, fleas, mosquitoes, termites or any other household pests, Southern Pest Control’s exterminators will provide a unique custom treatment plan that will fit your needs and safeguard your property. Our Ellicott City pest control exterminators strive to deliver prompt on the hour appointments, friendly customer service and lasting treatment results for every home we protect.

Our dedicated and reliable Ellicott City Pest Control Exterminators also service Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Calvert County, Howard County, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

Need a quick, no-obligation quote at no cost? Talk to a Southern Pest Control Specialist today, and learn more about our pest control and exterminating services that include a 100% money back guarantee.


2016 Associate of the Year

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2016 Associate of the Year

jared_250px01Jared Fogel is the Southern & Sovereign Pest Control Associate of the Year. Jared has been selected because of his outstanding performance as the Operations Manager for our Richmond location. The Richmond Location has at least 10 technicians during busy season. It is difficult to manage and train a large group of technicians and Jared has done well with this. We consistently receive positive feedback and compliments on the Richmond technicians. In addition, Jared has a good reputation for technical expertise and customer service. Jared started with SPC in 2012 and he was promoted to Operations Manager in 2015. Jared’s hard work has been reflected in the performance of the Richmond location.


Winter Pests – Oh the Weather Outside is Frightful

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  • Keep all doors closed whenever possible.
  • Inspect and repair any exposed entry points like doors, windows.
  • Small holes and gaps need to be sealed with caulk and steel wool.
  • Mice can fit through an opening as small as a bottle cap.
  • House mice prefer to nest in dark, secluded areas.
  • House mice are also known to spread diseases and contaminate food.
  • Keep areas clear and store boxes off of the floor because mice like to hide in clutter.
  • Regularly inspect the home for signs of mice, such as droppings, gnaw marks and damaged food.
  • Don’t forget, invasive pests want to be indoors during the winter for the same reasons you do. It is important to perform a comprehensive winter pest control treatment to insure that your home is protected.


Fun Fact Friday – Christmas Tree Pests

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  • Christmas trees can harbor various insects.
  • Vigorously shake the tree before bringing it into your home.
  • Look out for bird nests, since they may contain parasites such as mites and lice.
  • Spruce spider mites appear as tiny red and brown dots when shaken out of Christmas trees.
  • Some Christmas tree hitchhikers are Spiders, Cinara Aphids, Bark Beetles, Mites & Psocids (Bark Lice).
  • Insects brought into the warmth of a home behave as though spring has come and become active again.
  • Cinara Aphids and their eggs are often hidden down inside the lower branches of Christmas trees where they are hard to find.
  • The Praying Mantis and Gypsy Moth will lay eggs in Christmas trees. Look for the walnut-sized tan egg masses. If you find any, remove them.


Fun Fact Friday – Blister Beetles

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  • Blister Beetles are attracted to lights at night.
  • Blister Beetles are usually seen during the day on flowers.
  • Blister Beetles are attracted to alfalfa and weeds during bloom.
  • The adult Blister Beetles feed on plants, while the larvae are predators on the eggs of grasshoppers.
  • Blister Beetles are able to produce cantharidin, a toxin which can kill animals such as horses if they ingest hay that is infested with Blister Beetles.
  • Cantharidin, a poisonous chemical that causes blistering of the skin, is also used medically to remove warts.
  • The female lays eggs in mid to late spring just beneath the soil surface. Only a few of the young will survive. Eggs are laid by the female in protected areas, like under stones.
  • Beetle infestation often occur at the edges of gardens or in surrounding vegetation. Keep grass, weeds and other growth trimmed around the margins of your garden to remove the places where they might get started.


Fun Fact Friday – Fire Ants

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  • Fire Ants can sting repeatedly.
  • Fire Ants look very much like ordinary ants.
  • Fire Ants are reddish brown to black in color.
  • Fire Ants feed mostly on young plants and seeds.
  • Fire Ants are well-known for their venomous sting.
  • Fire Ants are social insects, live in colonies and build mounds of loose soil.
  • A Fire Ant mound may contain up to 300,000 ants.
  • Some Fire Ant colonies have only one queen, whereas others have many.
  • Fire Ants do not hibernate and are renowned for their ability to survive extreme conditions.
  • Fire Ants were accidentally brought to the United States on a cargo boat from South America.


Fun Fact Friday – Pests that Destroy your Lawn Part V

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  • Clover Mites are most active during late spring.
  • Clover Mites are actually relatives of the spider and the tick.
  • Clover Mites probe at the surface of grass blades and sucks the juices.
  • Most lawn damage caused by Clover Mites appears to be on the south and west sides of buildings.
  • Clover Mites are reddish-brown and have front legs about twice the length of the other legs.
  • When crushed, they will leave a characteristic red stain caused by their pigmentation.
  • Clover Mites can enter houses close to thick vegetation. Remove any grass and/or weeds up to 24 inches away from the foundation of the house.
  • Clover mite females lay about 70 eggs each during the spring in the crevices of buildings, under sidings, and on the underside of bark at the base of trees.


Fun Fact Friday – Pests that Destroy other Pests

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  • Ladybugs are attracted to pollen.
  • A single ladybug can eat up to 50 aphids a day.
  • Fire Ant colonies can grow 18 to 24 inches in height.
  • Spiders are the best garden predators to have around.
  • Stink bugs emit a deterring odor whenever they feel threatened or injured.
  • Researchers believe that primitive grasshoppers existed even before dinosaurs.
  • Praying mantises eat flies, crickets, moths, caterpillars, locusts and some other insects.
  • Dragonflies control the insect population by preying on midges, gnats, and mosquitoes.