Camel Cricket

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Camel Crickets get their name from their humpbacked appearance, which is similar to that of a camel. They are nocturnal and very active at night, but hide during the day. Camel Crickets are found outdoors around buildings in cool, moist environments under mulch, woodpiles and leaf litter. Around the home, they can also be found underneath decks, in drainage pipes, wells, under sheds and air conditioner units.

Camel Crickets are able to contort themselves, since they have “no real body structure”, thus enabling them to squeeze into even the smallest cracks to get inside your home. Camel crickets are completely harmless. They do not sting or bite and are not known to carry any disease.

Characteristics

  • Camel Crickets have six legs
  • Camel Crickets have very poor eyesight
  • Adult Camel Crickets do not have wings
  • Camel Crickets feed on organic material
  • Camel Crickets have two very long antennae
  • Camel Crickets seek warm climates with high humidity
  • Camel Crickets are light tan and brown, about 1-1 1/4″ long
  • Camel Crickets are humpbacked with long, very enlarged hind legs
  • Camel Crickets are unable to create sound, and therefore unable to sing or chirp
  • When frightened, Camel Crickets leap as a defense mechanism to scare predators
  • Camel Crickets prefer moist, dark, and damp environments such as garages, basements and crawl spaces

Reproduction

  • Since adult Camel Crickets are unable to chirp, they find their mates by producing scented pheromones
  • Adult male Camel Crickets will try to court a female before mating in the fall by flexing, showing off their hind quarters and general masculinity
  • Females lay their eggs in early spring and they hatch during April and May
  • Camel Crickets inhabit long grasses and areas of loose soil or sand in which to lay their eggs

Prevention

  • Clean out your garage
  • Fix any and all leaky gutters
  • Store fire wood away from the house
  • Reduce areas of moisture in and around the home
  • Remove leaves from under your deck or around your home
  • Caulk around cracks, crevices and holes along the foundation of the home
  • Keep crawl spaces, basements and attics well ventilated reducing humidity
  • To deter Camel Crickets from nesting nearby, re-direct sprinkler system away from your house
  • Seal all possible gaps and points of entry around the structure’s foundation, especially around doors, windows and foundation cracks
  • Seek professional assistance and a pest prevention plan


Top 100 Pest Control Companies

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Southern and Sovereign Pest Control were recently named one of Pest Control Technology’s (PCT) Top 100 pest management firms in the United States. The award recognizes pest control businesses based on performance, sustained growth, and revenue.

Ashley Carroll, Vice President of Marketing, is pleased to hear that Southern & Sovereign Pest Control made the list for the fourteenth straight year. “We are very proud to receive such a distinguished honor.”

As a company that specializes in strictly residential properties, we are extremely pleased to be compared with those whose revenues encompass residential, commercial and industrial combined. Southern & Sovereign Pest Control ranked #74 for 2016.

“We’re honored to say that Southern & Sovereign Pest Control has been annually listed as a top 100 pest control company. It validates the hard work and commitment to superior customer care our employees have put in along with the trust our customers have in us to serve their needs,” said Carroll.

List of Top 100 Companies

About Southern and Sovereign Pest Control
Southern and Sovereign Pest Control was founded in 1970 and serves 17 locations in Georgia, Maryland, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia. The company is a member of the National Pest Management Association and is Quality Pro-Certified, which is the highest mark of excellence recognized in the industry. Southern and Sovereign Pest Control provides quality termite and pest control services. For more information, contact by phone at 1-800-627-0577, or by filling out our contact form.

Our “Service When You Need It” program is a unique and progressive approach to residential pest control that is the best value in the industry. This service concept combines quality, value, and convenience with environmentally responsible pest control techniques.

Link to PCT Magazine Online Article


House Fly

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House flies hangout at places like dumps, sewers, and garbage heaps. They feed on fecal matter, discharges from wounds and sores, sputum, and all sorts of moist decaying matter such as spoiled fish, eggs and meat. But House Flies do have one use. House Flies affinity for corpses makes them quite useful to Forensic Entomologists. Forensic Scientists use the knowledge of the flies’ life cycle to gauge the amount of time a corpse has been decomposing.

Characteristics

  • House Flies cannot bite.
  • House Flies are generally 3/16 to 1/4 inches in length
  • Males are slightly smaller than the females
  • Females have more space between eyes than the males
  • The body of a House Fly is covered with hair like projections
  • There are approximately 100,000 species of flies in the world
  • House Flies have two translucent wings and a gray thorax marked with four dark stripes
  • House Flies eat rotting organic matter, such as decaying food and flesh, feces, and mucus
  • House Flies are the most common species found on hog and poultry farms, horse stables and ranches

Reproduction

  • House Fly eggs are laid near food source for larvae
  • House Fly eggs are laid in just about any warm, moist material, manure or fermenting vegetation
  • Hatchings take place, in warm weather, within 12 to 24 hours
  • The young maggots become fully grown in 3-7 days
  • When adults emerge they begin mating immediately
  • Female house flies can lay as many as 500 eggs in a lifetime
  • An entire life cycle; egg, larva, pupa to winged adult may occur in 6-10 days
  • Adults may live an average of 30 days in the wild

Prevention

  • Fly swatter
  • Good sanitation
  • Fly paper and fly traps
  • Seal garbage cans and bags thoroughly
  • Serious infestations may require a licensed professional
  • Seal all cracks and small spaces around the home preventing flies from enter the home

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Warning – Powassan virus

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True or False? A Bite from a Tick Infected with the Powassan Virus may Cause Death.

Not all ticks carry viruses and not all people bitten by a tick will get sick. A tick needs to be attached for a certain length of time before it can transfer disease. This time interval is not known for the Powassan Virus, but it is likely much shorter than the time needed for other tick-borne disease agents.

Powassan virus is transmitted by the deer tick. The virus can cause inflammation in the brain, which leads to permanent disability and some cases can be fatal. For those who are inflicted with the Powassan Virus, the statistics are grim: 10 percent die and 50 percent suffer from some form of neurological disability. As of today, there is no real treatment for the virus.

Symptoms of the virus may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Memory Loss
  • Loss of coordination
  • Speech difficulties
  • Seizures

You can reduce your risk of being infected with POW virus by using tick repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding bushy and wooded areas, and doing thorough tick checks after spending time outdoors.

  • 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
  • Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors
  • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter
  • Apply pesticides outdoors to control ticks


Warmer Weather Pushes Pests from a Winter’s Rest

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Expect a Very Buggy Spring and Summer

Thus far 2017 has been warmer than usual. Warm weather wakes hibernating pests from their winter hiding spots. Due to pests and insect species being able to survive the warm winter weather, they may appear earlier and more abundantly. When you mix the warmer weather with the amount of rain, expect to see more pest in the next few weeks, especially snakes, spiders and mosquitoes.

There are some things you can do to reduce the presence and the negative impacts of pests. One of the best control plans is to get an early start on control. If you wait until summer, you might lose the battle and have a heavy infestation.

  • Check for debris around your house.
  • Remove any firewood stored near the home.
  • Remove leaf piles (perfect places for snakes to hide) and keep yard well landscaped.
  • Cracks by doors and walls should be covered, and wooden boxes should be checked closely.
  • You can disrupt the breeding of mosquitoes by eliminating areas of standing water (anything from flower pots, clogged gutters, birdbaths and old tires).
  • To prevent ants, earwigs and other invasive pests from entering your home this spring, make sure your house is properly sealed, with window screens in good condition and weather stripping around the doors.


Why Hire a Pest Control Company

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Looking to protect your home, family and pets against those annoying pests? Consider the advantages of using a pest control service.

  • Pest infestations can damage your property.
  • Bees or wasps stings can trigger dangerous allergic reactions.
  • Trained knowledgeable technicians who understand where to treat.
  • Experienced licensed exterminators who know how to handle and eliminate infestations thus ensuring that bugs are eliminated and don’t re-infest homes.
  • Rodents can cause fires by chewing wires and transmit disease organisms.
  • The cost to hire a pest control company may even save you money over time.
  • Pests can carry harmful diseases and hazardous bacteria that can expose your family members to illness.
  • Cockroaches carry E coli and salmonella on their bodies causing or intensifying health problems related to allergies and asthma.
  • Controlling pest infestations takes time, and using pest control products in a timely matter is key to successfully protecting your home.
  • Pest control companies monitor and report every time they spray and know when to retreat before the product stops working.
  • Contracting with exterminators to proactively treat your property at periodic intervals during the year will ensure your home remains pest-free.
  • Tick bites can cause Lyme disease, which is a dangerous condition often associated with symptoms such as rashes, severe fatigue and extreme illness.
  • Unless properly treated and eradicated, almost every house will get at least a minor infestation of bugs.
  • Paying a licensed professional to eradicate the pest infiltration quickly and effectively can protect your property.
  • Wrongfully treated pest problem (termites) may lead to thousands of dollars in property damage.


A Referral Program that Benefits Both the Referrer and the Referred

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Southern Pest Control is offering a Double-Sided Escalating Referral Program that will reward $50 to $250 for those who refer a friend, neighbor, family member, acquaintance or client that becomes a Pest Control or a Pet Lovers’ Service Plan client. In addition, the homeowner you refer will receive a $25 discount on the purchase of the Pest Control or a Pet Lovers’ Service Plan.

As a Bonus, receive a free specialty service on the 5th and 10th referral.

Referral Program Terms and Conditions

  • Person being referred must be a new customer
  • There is no limit to the amount of referrals and rewards
  • To be eligible for $100, 3rd referral must be submitted within 365 days of 1st referral
  • Referral info must be submitted prior to service being performed or client purchasing Pest Control or a Pet Lovers’ Service Plan

Referral Program Video

Simply complete the online referral form or call today (800) 627-0577.


Subterranean Termites

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Subterranean Termites, who have been in existence for millions of years, reside within colonies underground in moist secluded areas. Subterranean Termites have been known to build elaborate mud tubes to tunnel hundreds of feet to reach feeding sources. The tubes also protect them from exposure to light, dehydration and predators.

With that said, Subterranean Termites have been found living above ground, but they must have a source of moisture in an unexposed area. In addition to moisture, subterranean termites also need cellulose for survival. This is why they feed on wood, paper and other cellulose containing products.

Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive species. They can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner. The hard, saw-toothed jaws of termites work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time.

Subterranean Termites can be found entering structures around plumbing penetrations, cement expansion joints, cracks, and other areas that give them access to the structure. Any wood that is in direct contact with the soil is also a prime target for subterranean termites. Subterranean termites will build their mud shelter tubes as far and as long as necessary to get to their food sources.

Characteristics

  • Subterranean termites can be found in every state except Alaska.
  • Subterranean termite colonies can be small with only a few hundred, up to around 250,000 termites, or as is the case with Formosan termites (found in the southern and gulf coast states), up to 10 million.
  • There are (3) different forms of subterranean termites each with its own specific characteristics.
  • Workers – Cream-colored (white to off-white) workers will be smaller, wingless and there will be variations in size between species. Count and examine the six short and stubby legs. While they do resemble soldiers, their heads are shorter and their mandibles are not as pronounced. The worker termites build the mud tubes.
  • Soldiers – Solider termites, known as the “defenders of the colony”, have cream-colored bodies and brown heads. Soldiers are also wingless termites, just as workers. However, their heads are pale yellow to dark brown in color with bigger mandibles (jaws) than those of workers. There are some soldiers, depending on where they are located, that feature pear-shaped heads featuring a long front projection that traps enemies by exuding a sticky substance.
  • Reproductive (swarm in the spring) – Groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies. Reproductive subterranean termites, also known as “alates” are approximately one inch long, have (4) equally sized wings that are double of its body and may be brown to black in color.
  • Flying termites (known as swarmers) are often confused with flying ants, because both mate during the springtime. Flying ants do not shed their wings. Look for discarded wings around window sills.
  • Most worker and soldier termites are completely blind as they do not have a pair of eyes.

Reproduction

  • Once the colony has matured (usually two to four years), then swarming occurs.
  • The surviving males and females pair off and begin the nesting and mating process.
  • The mating process may continue for years, which explains why subterranean termite colonies can contain several thousand termites…or several million in the case of Formosan termites.
  • Termite eggs are small, white, translucent and ovoid in shape. Termite eggs increase in size near hatching.
  • A new queen’s first clutch will contain approximately two dozen eggs.
  • Eggs laid in cooler climates need more incubation time. Depending on the climate, termite eggs hatch within 26 to 30 days.

Prevention

  • Eliminate wood contact with the soil.
  • Avoid water accumulation near the home’s foundation.
  • Ensure proper ventilation in crawl spaces to reduce humidity.
  • Divert water away from home with downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Use plastic sheeting to cover soil in crawl space.
  • Wood siding, stucco and foam board should be at least six inches away from the ground. Seal all cracks and holes in your home’s foundation, which may provide a handy access point for termites.

Attempting to eliminate Termites effectively require the use of several insecticide products and baiting stations. To avoid improper application, call a local pest control expert.


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.