Increase in Tick Population

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Rainy Spring Sundays, the Winter’s Snow, and Hot Humid Days, Increase Tick Population.

In addition to rainfall and temperature, climate change with seasonal weather variations are contributing to the acceleration of a tick’s developmental cycle, causing an increase in eggs. A humid spring creates conditions conducive for a tick outbreak in early summer. Increased humidity creates the ideal environment for ticks.

  • Adult females lay their eggs in the spring
  • An engorged female tick may lay around 2,000 eggs or more
  • After hatching, ticks must immediately begin their quest for a hosts’ blood in order to survive
  • A tick must draw blood from a host in order to molt and reproduce
  • Once full of blood, the tick will fall from the host and be able to lay eggs

tkbld554pxTicks are known for climbing grasses and shrubs in an attempt to attach themselves to a host (people or animals) walking by. A tick needs to be attached for a certain length of time extracting blood before it can transfer disease. Of all blood sucking arthropods, ticks transmit the widest array of diseases.

After being in an infested area, and since most tick bites are painless, be sure to check yourself and your pets for ticks immediately.

Taking precautions can help reduce the risk of infection related to serious diseases carried by ticks. Wear long sleeves and pants. Tuck your pants into the top of your socks or boots to create a “tick barrier.” Be aware and avoid any harboring grassy unmanned landscape, wooded or brush areas.

Tick Avoidance Tips

  • Walk in the center of trails
  • Find and remove ticks from your body
  • Avoid tick habitat such as densely wooded areas
  • Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET
  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter
  • Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors

Apply pesticides outdoors to control ticks, if needed.


Southern Pest Control Announces New Location in Newport News, VA

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Southern Pest Control Announces New Location

Due to our increased growth in the Eastern Virginia area and our continuing efforts to ensure superior customer service, exact on the hour appointments, 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 Newport News, VA.

The new office will be located on 751 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite H3, Newport News, VA 23606.

751thimbleshoalsgoogle_350pxThis 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 Newport News location, call 757-468-9512 or 800-627-0577.

Our Newport News exterminators at Southern Pest Control are dedicated to providing professional exterminating services for residences throughout Newport News, VA 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 Newport News pest control exterminators strive to deliver prompt on the exact hour appointments, friendly customer service and lasting treatment results for every home we protect.


Are You Prepared for Mosquito Season?

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Mosquitoes are remarkably hardy little creatures that can live through drought and withstand freezing temperatures. There are species of mosquito that travel long distances to feed while others live their entire life within 150 feet of their birth place.

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Prepare now by taking measures to ensure the mosquito population is kept in check.

  • Keep grass mowed
  • Prevent breeding grounds by removing debris from ditches, and gutters
  • Inspect window screens and doors are in good repair and fit or close tightly
  • Empty out any standing water, ensuring all water reservoirs are removed, as these can include tires, unused flower pots, kids toys and non-circulating water in bird baths

Mosquito Prevention

  • Dress in light long-sleeve clothing
  • Limit daytime outside activity at dusk and dawn
  • Apply mosquito spray that contains DEET

Fight back against mosquitoes with help from Southern & Sovereign Pest Control. Our mosquito control options are designed to reduce mosquito populations around your property so you can enjoy your outdoor living space. If you’re planning a large gathering in your backyard, mosquito service can make for a much more comfortable, and safe, event.

  • Weddings
  • Family Reunions
  • Team Building Events
  • Graduations
  • Other Outdoor Parties Or Events

Mosquito reduction will directly address the mosquitoes hiding on your property, and eliminate eggs, so they don’t hatch into a mass of new mosquitoes on the day you plan to have family and friends congregating in your yard.

Let us help you host a pest-free outdoor event. Call today and ask about our monthly special for April 2018 (4 mosquito treatments for $200).

Southern Pest Control does not believe in multi-hour appointment windows. All appointments are scheduled on the hour. We respect our customers’ time and want to make it easy and convenient to schedule service.


#1 Top Five Pest Concerns for 2018

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#1 ANTS
Trouble distinguishing an ant from a termite? This can be difficult because termites and ants do look very similar, especially during the spring when female termites seek a mate before losing their wings and finding grounds for a new nest. When wings are present, the front wings will be longer than the back wings on ants. Only reproductive ants, (queens & and males) have wings. Queens shed their wings after the nuptial flight.

Ants are social insects that typically live in underground colonies, made up of workers and a queen. Most queen ants live for many years and breed millions of baby ants. The queen, the female workers, and males make up the ant colony. The queen and the males have wings, while the workers don’t have wings.

Ant colonies also have soldier ants that protect the queen, defend the colony, gather or kill food, and attack enemy colonies in search for food and nesting space. If they defeat another ant colony, they take away eggs of the defeated ant colony. When the eggs hatch, the new ants become the slave ants for the colony. Some jobs of the colony include taking care of the eggs and newborns, gathering food for the colony and building the anthills or mounds.

  • An ant has three distinct body regions: head, thorax and abdomen, as well as antennae
  • An ant’s head contains many sensory organs
  • Two antennae (“feelers”) are attached to the head; these organs detect chemicals, air currents, and vibrations
  • The queen is the only ant that can lay eggs
  • Once the queen grows to adulthood, she spends the rest of her life laying eggs
  • Depending on the species, a colony may have one queen or many queens
  • Queen ants may live for up to 30 years, while ant workers live from 1 to 3 years
  • Ants are active during warm/hot weather, but hibernate during cooler/cold weather

Ant invasions usually start with a few lone ants striking out to find a food source for the rest of the colony. Scout ants mark a scent path to the food and then return to the colony. The scent trail leads other worker ants straight to the food source. Ants will eat practically any kind of food, but are especially attracted to sweets.


#2 Top Five Pest Concerns for 2018

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#2 SPIDERS
There are approximately 40,000 species of spiders wandering around world, but only two in the southern and western United States can cause serious harm, the black widow and brown recluse.

Many people associate spiders with webs, but the truth is not all spiders spin these silk structures, which are used to catch their prey.

  • Spiders don’t get caught in their own webs because they have self-oiling legs.
  • Male spiders perform a variety of complex courtship rituals to avoid being eaten by the females.

Black Widow Spiders
Female black widow spiders have a red hourglass shape on their backs. Males have white spots on their sides. Males only live about a year, but the female can live up to 3 years. Hungry female black widow spiders have been known to kill the male spider after mating, but that isn’t always the case.

  • Black widow spiders have been known to eat other spiders as well as other pests.
  • Black widow spiders tend to live in dark damp cellars but can also be found in piles of wood or trash.
  • The bite of a female black widow spider can be poisonous but not deadly to humans. The male black widow spider does not bite. A black widow spider bite is pale in the middle with a red ring around it and is followed by severe cramping, weakness, sweating, headache, anxiety, itching, nausea, vomiting, difficult breathing and increased blood pressure.
  • The Black Widow is a favorite food of the Praying Mantis. Some birds will eat these spiders but could end up with an upset stomach from her poisons. The bright red markings on her belly will warn possible predators that she is a nasty meal.

Brown Recluse Spiders
The brown recluse has a venomous bite, and anyone bitten should seek immediate medical help.

  • Brown recluse spiders eat other bugs like cockroaches and crickets.
  • Brown recluse spiders have six eyes, instead of eight like most spiders.
  • Brown Recluse spiders are primarily nocturnal and lays its eggs from May to July.
  • Brown Recluse spiders are light to dark brown, with characteristic dark brown violin marking on back.
  • Brown recluse spiders live in secluded places, damp cellars, found residing in piles of wood or trash, dark corners, under porches or deep in closets, and also live under the furniture and boxes.

The brown recluse spider only bites to protect itself. Its bite is painful and can produce an open, ulcerating sore. The center of their bite becomes a blister surrounded by an angry-looking red ring, which is then surrounded by a white ring. A red, itchy rash usually appears in the first 24-48 hours of being bitten. Other symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and muscle aches.

Stay Tuned – Coming Soon #1 Pest Concerns for 2018


2017 Associate of the Year

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2017 Associate of the Year

We are happy to announce that Matt Martin is the 2017 Southern and Sovereign Pest Control Associate of the Year. Matt started with our company during the spring of 2013 as a technician. He was promoted to the position of Operations Manager for the Virginia Beach office during the spring of 2016. In less than 5 years, Matt has progressed from a technician to one of the company’s most respected managers. Listed below are the specific reasons that Matt is being recognized.

  • Matt receives a significant number of customer compliments.
  • Matt has been recognized by his supervisors for his enthusiasm and positive attitude.
  • Matt does an outstanding job in performing his daily management duties.

Q & A with Matt Martin
Q: What do you like most about southern pest control?
A: The opportunity for advancement and appreciation of hard work. If you work hard and give it 100% you can go far in this company.

Q: How has Southern Pest Control helped you in your career development?
A: I’ve become very flexible and able to do things outside of my comfort zone. Working here you find yourself dealing with a wide variety of situations and customers so you have to stay on your toes.

Q: What is the favorite part about working for Southern Pest Control?
A: I enjoy traveling all over Hampton roads, working outside, and not being stationary for my work day. I also enjoy all the different types of people I meet throughout the day. We have some very interesting customers and I enjoy interacting with them.

Q: What does true leadership mean to you?
A: To me true leadership means leading from the front or leading by example. Anybody can tell people what to do and just expect results but a true leader will guide you along the way.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, riding my bike, playing XBOX, and I play ice hockey in a adult recreational league.

Q: What advice would you give to recent new hires?
A: I would tell them to keep pushing forward. This job can be overwhelming at first but if you ride out that early storm it gets easier as time goes on. I was just where you were at 5 years ago and look how far I’ve come, if you are willing to work hard you will make it here.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
A: Most people are surprised when I tell them I’m originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and I love playing ice hockey even though I come from a desert climate.


#3 Top Five Pest Concerns for 2018

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#3 MOSQUITOES
Best known as a summer pest, female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. Mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days. Once reaching adulthood, the mosquito may live 5-6 months.

A mosquito uses heat sensors on its antennae and around its mouth parts to locate capillaries near the skin’s surface. The mosquito then uses its proboscis, a long pointed mouth part, to pierce the skin and to tap the capillary then drink up to three times its weight in blood.

  • Mosquitoes are attracted to your body warmth and odor.
  • Carbon dioxide is considered to be the greatest attractant to mosquitoes.
  • When the female mosquito sense carbon dioxide (your breath), she will fly back and forth in a zigzag pattern, until she finds the source.
  • 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.
  • Mosquitoes breed in soft, moist soil or stagnant water sources such as storm drains, old tires, clogged gutters and birdbaths.
  • Mosquitoes are busiest at night and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal.
  • Mosquitoes spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever.
  • People with Type O blood attracted more mosquitoes than any other blood type.
  • Almost all mosquito-bite illnesses have similar symptoms: Fever, Body aches, Rash & Headache.
  • Ideally, you want to avoid being bitten by wearing long sleeves and long pants or other protective measures.


#4 Top Five Pest Concerns for 2018

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#4 COCKROACHES
The largest cockroaches found in homes, the American cockroach, is not native to North America. The American cockroach most likely was transported to North America via ships from Africa in the 1600s.

Being nocturnal, cockroaches spend the daylight hours in dark secluded areas. They venture out at night in search of food and water.

  • Cockroaches need daily consumption of water.
  • Females can hatch up to 150 offspring per year.
  • Cockroaches don’t get their wings until they become adults.
  • Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and run away when exposed to light.
  • Cockroaches will eat just about anything, including plants and other insects.
  • Sightings of the cockroach are most commonly reported in the evening hours.
  • Cockroaches can cause allergies and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children.
  • The average lifespan of an adult cockroach is about 1 year depending on the species.
  • Most species of cockroach are about the size of a thumbnail, but several species are bigger.
  • Cockroaches prefer warm environments close to food and water, therefore they are commonly found in buildings and homes.
  • Cockroaches prefer close spaces, fitting into small cracks and crevices, thereby evading humans and eradication efforts.

Homeowners may wish to tackle the problem themselves, or they may elect to contact the services of a professional pest control exterminator. Southern & Sovereign Pest Control have the equipment, access to quality products (not available to homeowners) and the training to do a thorough job allowing you to have peace of mind.

Stay Tuned – Coming Soon #3 Pest Concerns for 2018

 


Top Five Pest Concerns for 2018

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#5 FLEAS & TICKS
The cat flea, by far is the most common flea in the United States. Besides feasting on cats, the cat flea also is known to infest dogs, humans, mammals and avian hosts. Fleas use mammals for transportation, and usually remain on their hosts at all times. Fleas cannot fly. They jump from one place to another. In fact, fleas can jump as high as 8” vertically, which is 150 times their own height.

  • Fleas are parasites that feed on blood.
  • The saliva of fleas is irritating and allergenic.
  • Fleas thrive in warm, moist environments and climates.
  • Without a blood meal, a flea can live more than 100 days. On average, they live two to three months.
  • Female fleas cannot lay eggs until after their first blood meal and begin to lay eggs within 36-48 hours after that meal.
  • Fleas have four main stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

Tick

There are approximately 200 tick species in the United States. Ticks are sensitive to motion, body heat and carbon dioxide (which is exhaled by mammals). They hide out in tall grasses and shrubs waiting for a good host to approach. Once on the host, the tick finds a place to attach its mouthparts. 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.

The following types of ticks are among the most common seen in North America:

  • Deer tick
  • Lone star tick
  • Brown dog tick
  • American dog tick

Blacklegged ticks (Deer Ticks) get their name because they have coloring similar to deer.

  • Blacklegged ticks prefer to hide in grass and shrubs.
  • Blacklegged ticks feed on the blood of white-tailed deer, which is one of the reasons why they are sometimes called deer ticks.
  • Blacklegged ticks can carry the bacteria which causes Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The symptoms of most tick-borne diseases include fever and lethargy.
  • Ticks can live as long as 200 days without food or water.

They have been known to live from 2 months to 2 years, depending on the species.


Christmas Trees Harbor Various Pests

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With 33 million real Christmas trees being sold in the USA every year, there could be up to 25,000 bugs living in your Christmas tree.

Some common pests hiding in your Christmas tree:

  • Mites
  • Sawfly
  • Aphids
  • Spiders
  • Adelgids
  • Bark Beetles
  • Praying Mantises
  • Pine Needle Scale

Pest Prevention:

  • 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.