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Interesting Facts About Cicada Killer Wasps:
Are They Harmful to Humans?
Although cicada killers look terrifying and are a threat to cicada bugs and sometimes other cicada killer wasps, they are usually harmless to people.
If you see an insect resembling a huge bee attacking a cicada, then you’ve most likely seen a cicada killer wasp. The wasp resembles a very large yellow jacket; its body is black with pale yellow stripes running across its abdomen.
Its antenna and wings have a yellow tint. A male cicada killer dies a short moment after mating while a female will die once she has laid all her eggs. You are most likely to see cicada killers in early summer months.
Cicada Killer Behaviors
Cicada killers tend to burrow in areas surrounding forests, waste placed as well as gardens. They build their in places with adequate light, proper drainage, and light soil, especially close to trees where cicadas are mostly found.
The pests appear in summer when weather conditions are favorable for mating. After mating, a female cicada killer burrows oval-shaped chambers in the soil where she lays her eggs. She will then look for cicada bugs on which she will lay her eggs, each egg per bug.
When a female cicada killer finds a cicada, she stings and paralyzes it before taking it to the chambers that she had borrowed. Upon reaching the chamber, she places it somewhere inside it and lays an egg on the cicada bug and then goes outside again to look for another cicada bug. She will do this until she finds enough cicada bugs for hosting all her eggs.
When a cicada killer egg hatches into larvae, the young cicada killer eats the cicada bug as it takes care to help it survive. Upon feeding to its fill, the larva forms a cocoon in the chamber and hibernates there until when spring comes. Upon the arrival of spring, the larva starts to make its way out of the tunnel as an adult wasp.
Are Cicada Killers Harmful to People?
Although cicada killers look terrifying and are a threat to cicada bugs and sometimes other cicada killer wasps, they are usually harmless to people. Nevertheless, a cicada killer may not have the patience spare you its stinging wrath if you happen to squeeze it in your hands, step on it or annoy it.
It is a female cicada killer that stings since a male doesn’t have a stinger. However, you should always play safe since you might not be in a position to establish if you are dealing with a male or a female. Avoid doing these to the insect and rest assured that it won’t harm you in any way. Besides, keep off from places with these insects lest they feel provoked and sting you.
Although they are usually harmless to humans, cicada killers, especially the females are a nuisance when they invade an area near or inside your building since the tunnels they borrow can cause damage to your property.
“It is a female cicada killer that stings since a male doesn’t have a stinger. However, you should always play safe since you might not be in a position to establish if you are dealing with a male or a female.”
Cicada Killer Prevention
As mentioned earlier, cicada killers are attracted to places with conditions that favor their survival and breeding. The conditions include proper drainage, sunlight, ample of cicada bugs as well as dirt.
Therefore, the best way to keep the bug killers from coming to your place is to eliminate these conditions. Once they are absent, cicada killers will find no to reason to go there.
Cicada Killer Eradication
Since cicada killers can sting when provoked, it is advisable to handle their elimination with utmost care and professionalism. Don’t worry if you don’t have the proper knowledge and skills needed to eradicate the bugs safely; a pest extermination expert from Control Exterminating can do it for you.
Get in touch with Control Exterminating for the best solution to a cicada killer problem in your property.***
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Tenant or Landlord Responsibility?
While living in your own home, the control of pest issues is certainly your responsibility. On the other hand, many tenants are not sure if pest issues in their rentals are supposed to be handled by them, the property owner or its management.
However, the clarity of this uncertainty can be sought from rental agreements and the relevant laws.
What Is in A Lease Agreement?
If you are a resident of New York, the property manager or the owner of the house that you are staying in ought to have performed pest control before you moved in.
If your rental agreement requires the manager or the landlord to continue to take care of pest concerns even after your moving in, then costs related to pest control should not bother you as it is highly possible that they are incorporated in the rental cost that you pay.
Nevertheless, the responsibility of a landlord or property manager is limited to a certain scope and so, any other services that you may need beyond that as a tenant will be your burden.
However, in some cases, pest management treatments become the responsibility of tenants from the time they move into their rented properties as required by their lease agreements, but of course to certain extents.
“If you are a resident of New York, the property manager or the owner of the house that you are staying in ought to have performed pest control before you moved in.”
Integrated Pest Management
Landlords in New York are obliged by law to offer their tenants with a residential environment that is free from pests. According to New York State Department of Health, landlords are advised to adopt integrated pest management (IPM) for pest management in their properties in place of overreliance on pesticide use as the only method for pest eradication.
IPM comprises various eco-friendly pest control techniques with the minimal use of pesticides which is limited to particular circumstances. Pest problem treatment, monitoring, inspection, and prevention are the major measures that landlords are supposed to implement under IPM when a need arises.
By going this way instead of using pesticides exclusively, landlords can manage pests in a pocket-friendly manner which is also safe to people, environment as well their properties.
Between a landlord and a tenant, the former has a larger share of pest control responsibilities as compared to the latter. The control of pest issues occurring as a result of natural situations like the proximity of a property to woodland is the work of the landlord, and so is the financial responsibility for the services.
For instance, if your house has a rat infestation due to its nearness to a grassland, then your landlord ought to get a way of bringing a pest control professional to exterminate the rodents. Other natural pest issues that your landlord might be required to take care of and pay for their respective solutions include termite, spider, wasp, rat bedbug and cockroach infestations.
The majority of landlords organizes for regular and immediate pest control measures and may not ask their tenants to pay for the services. However, in some cases, you as a tenant, may be asked to contribute a few bucks for the job and there is nothing wrong with that.
“Between a landlord and a tenant, the former has a larger share of pest control responsibilities as compared to the latter.”
A tenant is supposed to bear the financial burden of a pest infestation issue which occurrence can be associated with his or her behavior. For instance, if you as a tenant fails to keep your home clean and as a result pests like cockroaches and flies get their way in, then it is your responsibility to arrange on how the pests will be eliminated, and you should pay for the required pest control services. If fleas have come to your rented home because of your pet, costs that will be incurred to get rid of the pests should be up to you.
Hopefully, you’ll now be able to draw a line between the responsibilities of a landlord and those of tenant as far as pest control is concerned. Do your part of having or providing a pest-free home.***
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Integrated Pest Management:
Definition & Benefits of IPM
Integrated pest management (IPM) refers to a way in which you can alleviate pest issue while reducing risks to human health, the environment as well as the non-targeted animals.
The ideal IPM program ought to involve minimal or no pesticide use in the monitoring, prevention as well as control of a pest problem. The ecosystem-based method of pest control combines various eco-friendly techniques like biological control, cultural practice change and the manipulation of the habitat, among others.
The use of pesticide is only limited to scenarios whereby the monitoring of a pest issue shows the necessity of the chemicals. However, the use of pesticides in this approach should be by the set guidelines while the administration of treatment should aim at the removal of the targeted organisms only.
IPM can be applied anywhere, whether urban or rural, to manage any type of pests. It involves an analysis of the environmental factors that favor the survival of a specific pest type in the certain area, and then, conditions unfavorable for the pests are created in order make their survival in that place difficult. For instance, sealing of wall cracks and crevices to prevent insects, mice, and rats from getting into a house or commercial premises.
Common IPM Methods
To provide long-term solutions to various pest problems, IPM uses a combination of various compatible methods that produce a better-combined effect when working together as compared to the sum of their impact when they are used separately.
The following are the common categories of pest management approaches under integrated pest management:
In biological control, animals that are enemies to certain pests are used to eradicate the pests. The enemies could be predators, pathogens or parasitoids.
For instance, parasitic wasps can be released to a vegetable farm with an aphid infestation to control aphids. While on the farm, the wasps will lay eggs on the aphids and the latter eventually die once the eggs hatch, and the young wasps start to develop. This will lead to a drastic reduction of aphid population in the farm.
Cultural controls refer to the manipulation of the environment or performance of other practices with the aim of interrupting the lifecycle of pests. Cultural controls prevent pests from spreading, surviving reproducing and establishing.
Mechanical and physical control
Mechanical and physical controls aim to prevent pests from accessing a specific place, kill them, or create an unfavorable environment for their survival.
A good example of mechanical pest control is the use of traps to kill rodents or bar them from entering a building or a farm. On the other hand, an example of physical pest control is the use of barriers like screens to prevent insects getting into your house.
Chemical control refers to the utilization of pesticides to kill pests. In IPM, the use of these chemicals, among others, is limited to specific scenarios which have been found to require the use of the toxins.
Besides, integrated pest management requires that the use of pesticides be combined with more effective pest management approaches as well as long-term pest control methods.
Additionally, the selection and the application of pesticides should be done in a manner that reduces their potential risks to the environment, human beings and other non-target animals.
“In IPM, the use of these chemicals, among others, is limited to specific scenarios which have been found to require the use of the toxins.”
Benefits of IPM
Although IPM is a more laborious pest control approach and more initial resources as compared to the traditional pest control methods, it is very cost effective in the long run. Another benefit of IPM is that it offers other financial benefits that are not related to pests.
For instance, by sealing cracks and other voids in your house’s wall, windows, and doors, you will not only manage to prevent pests from entering but will also reduce your heating bills during cold seasons. Also, the pest management program minimizes the exposure of non-target organisms, humans and the environment to pesticides.
Integrated pest management is indeed the way to go for safe, economical and long-term solutions to various pest issues.***
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How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs
What Are Stink Bugs?
Stink Bugs are relatively large insects which feed on plants and produce a foul odor when disturbed or killed. If they are found in your home it’s important you know how to get rid of stink bugs before they reproduce.
These flat-bodied bugs come in varying colors, including brown to green depending on their respective species as well as geographic locations. An adult stink bug can grow nearly two centimeters long.
Stink bugs are mostly found indoors during warm seasons as they eat plants in farms and woods. When it becomes cold, the insects migrate to sheltered places to hibernate and avoid the harsh cold conditions outside. They come out from their hibernating grounds during spring when there’s warm weather and move outside where they become active again.
If your house is not protected from the entrance of these bugs, you are likely to see them gathering on the walls as well as the windows during the onset of spring as they prepare to move outdoors.
Stink bugs rarely bite people but they do so when they feel endangered. Otherwise, they normally feed on plants such as peaches, cherries, apples, and soybeans, among others as well as vegetables and fruits.
How to prevent stink bugs from coming inside
The most effective way of avoiding an experience with these stink bugs in your house is to prevent them from getting their way inside. There are various measures you can use to prevent stink bugs from entering your home, the best way is blocking entry points.
- You can use a high-grade silicone to seal small gaps on your walls and foundation.
- Screens for blocking off vents
- Weather stripping to fill in spaces in your outside doors.
By completely sealing all these entry-points, stink bugs can only get inside when your door is open.
Another way of barring stink bugs from invading your indoor space is wiping down your window screens with scented dryer sheets. The insects dislike the scent of dryer sheets and so won’t dare to come near anything with it.
The smell of wildflower is also a turn off to the bugs. Therefore, you can also consider growing the plants in your yard to discourage stink bugs from coming close to your house.
How to get rid of stink bugs
If you are so unfortunate that stink bugs have already entered your indoor area, don’t panic; there’s something you can do to eliminate them. One thing that you should not do is to touch or squish the insects unless you want to get their smell. Instead, grab the bugs gently using a plastic bag and flush them down your toilet.
Alternatively, you can flick them into an empty water bottle, tighten it to prevent the smell of the bugs from coming out of the bottle and then put it outside your house for further disposal afterward. However, the insects are likely to die instantly once they are subjected to extremely cold outdoor weather.
Another way how to get rid of stink bugs is by using soapy water. Here’s how to do it:
- Add water to a one-gallon container and fill it quarter-way.
- Add one teaspoonful of liquid soap or detergent to the water
- Disturb the stink bucks on your walls so that they fall into the soapy water.
- After falling into the water, the bugs will drown and die eventually.
A solution of hot pepper has also been proved to kill stink bugs. Hot peppers have a chemical called Capsaicin. The chemical burns the exterior body areas of stink bugs.
Reproduction of Stink Bugs
Stink bugs reproduce four times in each year. The adults leave their hibernating grounds to mate. After mating, female bugs normally lay eggs on the underside of the leaves of plants. The eggs then develop into nymphs and the nymphs soon become adults.
Calling an exterminator
If your stink bug problem is completely out of hand and you need assistance, don’t hesitate to call your local exterminator. If you are located in NYC, Brooklyn, or Queens, Control Exterminating can aid you with getting rid of stink bugs.***
Read More: How to Get Rid of Silverfish
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Hornets – How to Eliminate the Threat
If you have been noticing hornets around your property, we wouldn’t recommend that you ignore that they are there. They can become extremely aggressive and sting. A hornet sting is very painful and for those who are allergic to their venom, it can cause them to require medical attention. Don’t take this chance; instead, seek the services of professional pest control services. At Control Exterminating in New York, we have been able to help hundreds of people get rid of the problem they have been experiencing with hornets. When you have hornets around you, there is likely a nest nearby. The worse thing that you can do is try to knock down the nest. If you thought you had a problem, you haven’t seen anything yet. You can eliminate the threat of being stung by reaching out to our professional NY exterminators today.
Hornets NYC: Why Are They Dangerous?
If you have hornets, you definitely wouldn’t want them coming inside your home. We can help you make sure that this doesn’t happen to you by sealing up the areas they could get in through. We would also use materials to help us prevent them from getting inside. If there are trees and bushes outside your windows, it is best to keep them trimmed to avoid the possibility of them getting in through cracks and crevices in or around your home. Certain types of hornets will begin building aerial nests inside bushes, trees and shrubs. When we begin to work on getting rid of the nest around your home, we might need to wait until no one else is coming or leaving your home. It might even require more than one visit to make sure all of the hornets are out of the nest. After such time, we can then remove the nest.
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Bed Bugs Exterminator Nassau County
If you contact Control Exterminating, the preferred pest control in Nassau County, you can have your bed bug problem eliminated quickly. Calling on a locally owned and operated pest control service means that we’re right here in the community and can service your needs immediately.
We understand how upsetting it can be to speak to someone from a call center but you’ll be happy to know that you can always speak directly to one of our local representatives.
We will schedule an appointment with you at a time and on a day that is most convenient for you. Control Exterminating is one of the most reliable Bed Bugs Exterminator Nassau County.
Our Nassau County bed bug exterminators are carefully chosen based on their proven ability to effectively handle bed bug infestations of various sizes, big, medium, and small.
Our exterminators receive training in a traditional classroom setting and on the job. This level of training prepares our exterminators for anything that comes their way.
We always take the time to explain our processes to our customers. You’ll find out everything you need to know about the services that we have to offer to you. Give us a call and allow us to provide you with the services you’ll need to eradicate your bed bug infestation.
Approach to Treating Bed Bugs
At Control Exterminating, our Nassau County exterminator uses a systematic approach to treating your bed bug problem. They have been successful in eliminating Gotham Hotel bed bugs and Marriott New York bed bugs. First, we perform a thorough and complete inspection of your home. Our inspection is performed so that we can find the source of your trouble.
When we find the source, we can treat the source and then control the problem. Once the problem is controlled, you will not have to worry about bed bugs again. Controlling them means our exterminators can completely eliminate the problem.
Second, we’ll work with our customer to develop a protection plan that will help prevent another bed bug infestation from developing. Lastly, we will completely eliminate your bed bug problem with our proven effective pest control methods. Why not contact us now for a free estimate.
Bed Bug Habits and Characteristics
An adult bed bug is only about ¼ inches long and is visible by sight. They are usually a light pale color until they have fed on human or animal blood. After they have fed on blood, they will turn a darker reddish brown color or burnt orange. While the adult bed bug can be seen the bed bug larva and infant cannot be seen with the naked eye.
This is why it is often difficult to detect when you have a bed bug problem. In this stage, they are very translucent. When a bed bug does bite it is usually painless. The only thing that you’ll experience is irritation of the skin that presents itself in the form of a rash. There is no particular time of the year that they are more active; although some say believe they are more active during the winter months, this hasn’t been proven. From our experience, bed bugs are active year round and are nocturnal.
Why Get Immediate Attention
If you don’t want to carry the stigma of associated with having bed bugs, you should do something to rid yourself of the problem right away. People will avoid you and they will likely avoid asking you out or to their homes.
Most people understand that a bed bug problem can be difficult to find and even more difficult to treat. You don’t have to worry about whether or not the problem you’re experiencing will be effectively treated when you rely on Control Exterminating, we have a proven track record of effectively treating New York hotel bed bug infestations.***