Zika Virus

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Zika Virus

  • Zika was first discovered in 1947.
  • Zika, doesn’t infect the same mosquitoes as West Nile virus (the Culex species spreads West Nile).
  • Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits Zika. The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes spread Zika, Yellow Fever, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses.
  • Mosquitoes will lay eggs, often waiting for a few drops of water so they can hatch (some mosquito eggs can withstand drying for up to a year). Eggs are often found along riverbanks. Mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days.
  • Mosquitoes are not always seen since they don’t typically fly out in front of you.
  • Mosquitoes are sneaky preferring to bite in the daytime while lurking close to the ground, where they are more difficult to spot (they will also feed at night). Be sure to protect and cover your legs and feet.
  • Mosquitoes will breed in water collected in old tires, ditches that don’t drain, flowerpots, small jars, pet dishes, bird baths, clogged gutters and even containers as small as a bottle cap. Homeowners should empty any and all containers with standing water. Your yard could be the breeding ground.
  • Mosquitoes don’t travel very far. Given the chance, they’ll even reside in the cleanest homes, preferring to hide in utility rooms, and will bite everything in sight.
  • Mosquitoes spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever.

Read more about Mosquito Bite Prevention (PDF)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, currently, there is no vaccine or medicine for the Zika Virus (CDC Website: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html).


Termites Are Invasive

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Experts are saying that due to heavy moisture from this past winter the result is larger than normal termite swarms. Termites look for wet and warm spots in a home. While small in size, large in number they can aggressively attack the wood in your home to the point of no return. It is said that the average Subterranean Termite colony in the US has between 60,000 and one million termites. Also, there can be 13 to 14 colonies per acre. That means there can be three to four colonies under or our around a home.

What to know
It is swarmer season and swarmers are termites in the middle of mating and reproduction looking for a new place to call home. It’s not really these that cause the damage (yet) but is definitely a sign that you have a problem on your hands. They have come from their colony underground or from within your home now that it’s warmer outside. Termites are very invasive and once they find a food source, they’ll eat all that and then move on to the next food source.

What to do
Monitor areas in your home that are usually damp and also keep your gutters free of leaves. Remove mulch and any wood from around the perimeter. If you suspect termites, don’t delay and call to address the issue. It is critical that you correct it right away or you could have significant problem in you home.

What to look out for
• Crumbling drywall or a several wings on your windowsill
• Mud tubes used to travel to food sources or sawdust like droppings in a pile
• If your wood feels soft or hollow when tapped
• Darkening or blistering of wood structures
• Cracked or bubbling paint

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Evict Unwanted House Guests

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Evict Unwanted Houseguests

Are you comfortable sharing your home with flies, ants, roaches and rats? Some homeowners are unaware they are being invaded. This is the time of year, especially with warmer temperatures, when pest start to come out in droves looking for food and searching for mates.

The average home has about 100 species insects, spiders, bugs and rodents as tenants. Many of the species are small, not much larger than a grain of salt. Contact a professional pest exterminator to evict those unwanted guests. After they are evicted, consider the following Entry Point Elimination tips.

Proper Preparation and Pest Prevention Tips

  • Inspect for pests and pest-proof your home restricting access.
  • Since insects target kitchen pantries and cupboards for food sources, insects are found in kitchens where a lot of crumbs fall between the gaps. Be sure to clean food debris frequently.
  • Insects create nests in walls or floor voids when indoors. Seal any floor voids and gaps around moldings.
  • Pests may crawl indoors through cracks and crevices in the foundation. Seal all cracks, crevices and entry points around doors, walls and windows.
  • Roaches and other pests will gather at water sources. 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 and ants, need to survive.
  • Ensure trash bin lid stays firmly shut, especially if you put food scraps in there
  • Empty the trash bin regularly of all rotting food. Flies lay their eggs in rotting meat.
  • Use bug-proof containers for storing food. Ants are particularly drawn to sugar, so keep anything sweet in air-tight containers.
  • Screens over windows and doors to help stop flies from gaining entry.
  • Notice a trail of ants coming through a crack in the windowsill? Fill the gaps.
  • Trim, prune or remove any trees, landscaping, vegetation or mulch touching your home. Thus, removing a direct pathway for entry beneath the home’s siding.
  • Spider webs should be removed. Attempt to prevent web building by sweeping and vacuuming in closets, under furniture, and in corners. Use a long pole to remove webs from hard to reach corners inside and outside your home.
  • Termite infestation? Look for swarmers (winged termites) seeking to mate and start a new colony. Inspect dwelling’s foundation for mud tunnels.
  • Work closely with pest management professionals.

Need help identifying pest or just want to know what just ran across your kitchen counter, click here to view a pest identification guide.

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Southern Pest Control Announces New Corporate Headquarters Location

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Virginia Beach Location Little Neck Road

Due to our increased growth, and our continuing efforts to ensure superior customer service, exact time 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.

397 Little Neck Rd, 3300 South Building, Suite 203, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

This new location houses our corporate offices which 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 our new operations and services, please visit
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Termites Create New Colonies

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The winged, sexually mature adults, called alates, fly off to create their own colonies during the spring. The presence of multiple winged termites inside a residence and around window sills is a good indication there’s a termite nest nearby.

Since invading termites thrive on moisture during warmer temperatures, homeowners need to protect their homes.

Here’s a few homeowner tips:

  • Don’t let moisture accumulate near the foundation
  • Reduce humidity in crawl spaces
  • Check for points of entry
  • Check for the presence of mud tubes (also called shelter tubes) along the foundation, near pipes, in the attic, within crawlspace, or around other access points to your home. Wood that is in contact with dirt is a good entry point (eliminate wood contact with the ground). Cracks in the foundation or concrete porch allow termites to enter into the crawlspace. Flower planters that make contact with the side of the home are also entry points. The outside heating unit keeps the surrounding ground warm all year and allows termites to grow rapidly throughout the year as well as being a good entry point.
  • Food sources – use mulch sparingly, firewood, tree stumps, wooden posts sunk into the ground, wood decks or porches, trees & shrubbery
  • Moisture – downspouts, water spigots, leaky water lines, air-conditioner drip lines, along sewer lines, any standing water, missing, broken or clogged gutters or roof tiles.
  • If you find swarmers, mud tubes or just want peace of mind, call a professional exterminator.
  • Both flying ants and winged termites have four wings.
  • Termite wings are uniform in size.
  • Winged ants have noticeably larger wings in the front than the pair in the back.
  • Termites antennae are almost straight where the ant’s antennae is elbowed.
  • Termite wings are twice as long as their body.


Usual Suspects – The Top Three Insects and Bugs Expected To Be a Pest In 2019

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Usual Suspects – The Top Three Insects and Bugs Expected To Be a Pest In 2019

Usual Suspects: The Top Three Insects and Bugs Expected To Be a Pest In 2019

ROACHES
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 kitchens and bathrooms
  • Cockroaches prefer close spaces, fitting into small cracks and crevices, thereby evading humans and eradication efforts

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.

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 mouthparts to locate capillaries near the skin’s surface. The mosquito has a proboscis, a long pointed mouthpart, uses it 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


Company Announcement – Commercial Services

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Company Announcement – Commercial Services
In response to customers’ requests, Southern and Sovereign Pest Control are proud to officially announce commercial pest control services are now being offered for small offices and individual businesses, warehouses, industrial and multi-family dwellings. We are using the same service concepts that have enabled us to grow our residential pest control business over the last 30 years. The service concepts are low prices, effective service, and Exact Time appointments so you won’t have to wait for one of our technicians to service your business.

Southern and Sovereign Pest Control provides

Our team of qualified, experienced, and licensed pest control professionals are prepared to resolve any pest issues that your business might face. Unwanted pests can pose a huge risk to your business on multiple levels. Southern and Sovereign Pest Control’s commercial services will protect your customers, employees, reputation and business property from pests. Even a small pest problem can have large consequences on your brand reputation and bottom line. Every industry has unique pest challenges, which is why we work with you to create a tailored, expert solution that prevents pest problems from occurring. You can trust our team of experts to protect your business.

Southern and Sovereign Pest Control offers tailored pest control solutions for your business and commercial properties. Our Commercial Service Agreements offer treatment for termites, ants, roaches, spiders, crickets, centipedes, millipedes, rats, and mice.  Clients can choose One-Time, Monthly, and Quarterly Service Plans. As well as our wide range of specialty services including (Mosquitoes, Yard Service, Fly Prevention, Bee, Hornet & Wasp Removal, Stink Bugs, Pantry Pest, Box Elder Bugs, Cicada Killers, Fire Ant Service, Outdoor Party Service & Pet Lovers Service).

Our Commercial Service Agreements are also eligible for our Refer a Friend Discounts and Payments program so you can earn $50 to $100 when you refer a business to our company for service.http://www.southernpestcontrol.com/blog/company-announcement-commercial-services/


Christmas Tree Hitchhikers

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There could be up to 25,000 bugs living in your Christmas tree. Thirty-Three million natural Christmas trees are sold in the United States every year. Insects brought into the warmth of a home behave as though spring has come and become active again.

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.
  • Beware Spruce Spider mites appear as tiny red and brown dots when shaken out of Christmas trees. Vaccuum all discarded fallen droppings.
  • 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.


Unwelcome Pest Invasion

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What do we do when the temperature drops? We seek warm shelter. Same for a lot of pests. In addition to seeking refuge from the cold, pests are also searching for food sources.

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.

Prevention

  • Store food in airtight sealed containers.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Screen vents and openings around the foundation.
  • Ensure shrubbery is well-trimmed and away from home.
  • Repair all damaged torn screens and cracks under doors.
  • Store firewood away from the home on an elevated surface.
  • Inspect and seal areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Seal with caulk all cracks in and around the foundation of the home.

If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.


Don’t Do It Yourself Pitfalls

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Homeowners may be tempted to buy “do it yourself” pesticides at a local hardware store in an attempt to rid their home of bugs.

  • In order to effectively treat your home for pests, the insect must be correctly identified. Our technicians are trained to correctly identify the target pest and determine the appropriate treatment. There are 17 different ant species that populate the Southern & Sovereign Pest Control service areas and the appropriate treatment depends on the type of ant being treated.
  • In many cases, the off shelf products are not as effective as the products used by a licensed professional. The active ingredient may not be as effective and the application may only be effective for a short time period.
  • Do you want to go into your crawl space?
    Many of the treatments for common household pests require an application to be performed in the house crawl space. Let’s face it, most crawl spaces are dark, dirty, and a little scary. Our technicians frequently encounter spiders, rodents, and snakes in crawl spaces. A professional knows what to look for and can make decisions on effectively applying pesticides in the crawl space.

Check out a cool video regarding “Don’t Do It Yourself Pitfalls”.