Thorn Bug

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Master of Disguise – Thorn Bug

Thorn Bug and Nymphs

An elongated ornate shaped horn, pronotum (slightly curved spine), appears on their backs. This horn is used as a deterrent for predators. It also acts as camouflage allowing the thorn bug to appear as a thorn, thus blending with the plant’s foliage.

Female thorn bugs are known for being great caregivers. Since the adult females guard, and tend to their brood, the nymphs have an astonishing 50% survival rate. Adult and juvenile thorn bugs are active all year, especially during the cooler months.

Thorn bugs are known for their unique ability to create multiple sounds for communication. Adult male thorn bugs fly from plant to plant attempting to find a mate using certain sounds as a courtship call. Other communication consists of warning signals (vibrating noises) announcing the arrival and the location of any predators.

Interesting Facts

  • Greatest predator – the wasp
  • Thorn bugs are harmless to humans
  • Mature thorn bugs are roughly ½ inch in length
  • Thorn bugs diets consists of various legumes and fruit trees
  • Thorn bugs reside in Florida, Southern Texas down to Central America.
  • The adults and juveniles both feed on the nutrients of the same trees they reside
  • Adult thorn bugs are green or yellow with reddish lines and brownish markings
  • Adult males and females of the same species can sometimes have quite different pronotal shapes or colors
  • Thorn bugs utilize their piercing beaks to penetrate plant stems, thus allowing them to feed on the nutrients (sap) within a plant (legumes and other ornamental and fruit trees)
  • Female thorn bugs embed their group of cream-colored fertilized eggs in the tender bark of trees. After 20 days the eggs hatch. They will breed four generations annually.
  • The female thorn bugs pass on a chemical deterrent to her offspring, thus making them distasteful to potential predators
  • The adult females guard their eggs and remain as protector and caregiver throughout their development which may take up to several months

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 in Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia homeowners – serving over 40,000 annually. Unwanted pests can pose a huge risk to your home or business on multiple levels. SPC provides qualified, experienced, and licensed pest control professionals prepared to resolve any pest issues that homeowners or business may be experiencing. Southern and Sovereign Pest Control respects their customers’ time and strives to make it convenient when scheduling service. For your convenience, SPC schedules EXACT TIME Appointments. 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 facebook.com/southernpestcontrol

 


Camel Spiders

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Do Not Let the Name Fool You

Is it a scorpion or a spider?

The camel spider has the characteristics of both a spider and a scorpion. The camel spider has a distinctly segmented opisthosoma (posterior) that resembles a scorpion, but without an elongated tail equipped with a stinger. Camel spiders breathe with a trachea, like that of a scorpion, which allows for fast oxygen intake thus helping them move quickly. Camel spiders have been recorded running up to 10 miles per hour.

Most often found in dry climates deserts in Middle Eastern countries, southwestern United States, and Mexico, camel spiders prefer to hide in crevices between rocks as well as under logs and within underground burrows to keep cool when daytime temperatures are their highest. They hunt at night when the temperatures are not as hot. Camel spiders are primarily nocturnal and flee from the sun.

Some believed the camel spider got its name because it eats the insides of a camel’s stomach. Not true. However, camel spiders are known to chase camels’ shadows to enjoy the coolness of their shade, while hiding from the sun.

Interesting Facts

  • Camel spiders have 8 legs
  • Camel spiders are not venomous
  • Camel spiders grow to 6 inches in length
  • A camel spider is tan and dark brown in color
  • The fine hairs on the body of a camel spider help to insulate it from the desert heat
  • Camel spiders are not aggressive towards humans, but if cornered or threatened they will bite
  • Camel spiders eat everything from termites, wasps, beetles, insects, bugs, lizards, and silverfish to scorpions, spiders
  • Predators – Toads, Scorpions, Bats

Camel spiders are solitary animals, except for mating. After an 11-day gestation period, the female camel spider digs a burrow in the soil and lays from 50-200 eggs in a single nesting. She will reside in the burrow until her eggs hatch surviving on stored fat. Three to four weeks later the eggs should hatch. Camel spiders have a lifespan up to one year.

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


Company Announcement – Online Customer Service System

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Company Announcement

Southern and Sovereign Pest Control are proud to officially announce the launch of a new online customer service system. SPC made it easier for valued customers to access their accounts online anytime, from anywhere. Current SPC customers may use the new online customer service system to manage account information and schedule services from any device (mobile phone, desktop and tablet) 24/7. Exact Time appointments may now be booked online for current customers.

Benefits of Online Account Management:

  • View your service history details
  • Prepay for service appointments
  • Manage service for rental properties
  • Schedule pest control re-service appointments
  • View your account balance and make payments
  • View your annual service plans and account details
  • Purchase and schedule specialty service appointments
  • Schedule renewal appointments and annual inspections

Online Customer Service System

SPC Online Customer Service System

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 in Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia homeowners – serving over 40,000 annually. Southern and Sovereign Pest Control respects their customers’ time and strives to make it convenient when scheduling service. For your convenience, SPC schedules EXACT TIME Appointments. 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


It Is That Time Of Year, Already?

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Fall Pest Prevention Tips

With the cooler temperatures and the leaves changing color, now is the time to play defense. Not on a football field, but around your home. Many bugs and rodents seek shelter from the cold weather by taking up residence in your home to overwinter. Overwintering is the process when bugs seek warm climate control environments to hunker down until the return of warmer weather.

It is best to be proactive rather than reactive when dealing with unwanted house guests. Perform a detailed inspection attempting to locate any pest entrances around the exterior of home. Seal all gaps around doors and windows with weather stripping, siding, and pipes entering residence with silicone caulk. For gaps too wide to caulk, stuff copper mesh to prevent pest entry. Rodents are unable to gnaw through the copper mesh. Be sure to keep all shrubbery and tree branches trimmed around the home reducing nesting areas and removing any gateways in contact with the home.

Additional Fall Pest Prevention Tips

  • Seal and cap chimney
  • Repair or replace any torn screens
  • Do not store firewood near the home
  • Seal all pet food in slick plastic containers
  • Do not forget to clean out all gutters removing all leaves and debris
  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in basements, crawl spaces and attics.
  • Use gravel around the exterior base of home, rather than mulch, to reduce moisture

If you see an infestation, contact a Southern & Sovereign Pest Control today. One of our pest experts will assess and determine the most effective methods of extermination for your specific problem. Call 1-800-627-0577 for more details or to schedule an appointment.

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


Fish Out Of Water?

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You guessed it. They get their name for their likeness to fish. Drawn to moist areas, silver metallic color like scales of a fish, and side to side movements that replicate a fish’s tail through the water. These wingless nocturnal creatures do not bite or spread disease. They are harmless to humans.

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Silverfish have six legs
  • Silverfish have threadlike antennae
  • Silverfish are known as good climbers
  • Silverfish move extremely fast on flat surfaces
  • Silverfish measure about ¾ of an inch in length
  • Silverfish are oval with a round head and have an elongated abdomen area

DID YOU KNOW

Silverfish females can deliver one to three eggs per day. Hiding the eggs in cracks throughout the home, including the attic, for protection. The life expectancy for most silverfish is about three years. Silverfish thrive in moist, humid environments throughout the United States. Due to their compound eyes’ sensitivity to light, silverfish prefer dark undisturbed places. They prefer to hide or rest in tight cracks or crevices during the day.

Silverfish are drawn starches and sugars. In addition, they prefer natural materials, fabrics, paper, wallpaper, magazines, envelopes, and books made with glue.

PREVENTION

  • Keep food items such as pasta, rice, cereal, flour, sugar, and pet food in tight containers.
  • Minimize or eliminate clutter and junk stored items. Store items in airtight hard plastic containers, not cardboard boxes.
  • Keep high-humidity areas such unfinished basements, garages, crawl spaces, and attics moisture free by circulating the air with fans and/or using dehumidifiers.
  • Silverfish will enter homes to avoid extreme weather. Inspect for and seal entrance around window and door frames, utility pipes and vents. Repair leaky pipes and drains. Eliminate or repair any moldy or wet wood.

If you see a sign of a silverfish infestation, contact a Southern & Sovereign Pest Control today. One of our pest experts will assess and determine the most effective methods of extermination for your specific problem. Call 1-800-627-0577 for more details or to schedule an appointment.

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


Time Sure Does Fly

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There are two basic categories of cicadas, named accordingly, annual cicadas and periodical cicadas. The annual Cicadas are present from July to September and, depending on the species, periodical cicadas emerge in early summer after 13 to 17 years as nymphs.

The nymphs, after growing underground and when ready, will build mud tubes to burrow out of the ground. Millions of nymphs will emerge at the same time seeking a place to molt into an adult and find a mate. Once an adult, the males will woo a mate with a loud, high-pitched clicking sound that may be heard up to one mile away. Only the males produce this sound. After mating, the adult periodical cicadas only live another two to four weeks.


The females lay their eggs in twigs on trees. When the eggs hatch after three months, a nymph falls onto the ground, where it will then burrow and start the process all over again to ensure their brood’s survival.

  • Cicadas do not bite or sting
  • Cicadas are 1 to 1 1/2 inches long
  • Cicadas have noticeably short antennae
  • Cicadas have prominent eyes set wide apart
  • Cicadas are greenish brown oval-shaped with black markings on the body
  • Cicadas have four wings with the first pair being much longer than their abdomen

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


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.

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

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.

who_mosquitobite500pxHowever, mosquitoes are known vectors capable of transmitting parasites and viruses that cause West Nile, Zika, chikungunya, malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever. “Vector-borne diseases,” says the World Health Organization, “account for more than 17 percent of all infectious diseases.”

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