Whitefly

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WhiteflyPhysical Characteristics

Whiteflies usually occur in groups on the undersides of leaves. They derive their name from the mealy, white wax covering the adult’s wings and body. Adults are tiny insects with yellowish bodies and whitish wings.

Behavior

Whiteflies are tiny, sap-sucking insects that are frequently abundant in vegetable and ornamental plantings. They excrete sticky honeydew and cause yellowing or death of leaves. Whiteflies develop rapidly in warm weather, and populations can build up quickly in situations where natural enemies are destroyed and weather is favorable. Most whiteflies have a wide host range that includes many weeds and crops. Like aphids, whiteflies excrete honeydew, so leaves may be sticky or covered with black sooty mold. The honeydew attracts ants, which interfere with the activities of natural enemies that may control whiteflies and other pests. Management is difficult.

Treatment

Whiteflies can be controlled through a variety of means including biological and chemical means as well as removal. Clark’s Pest Control offers a variety of solutions for your lawn and garden and can address problems you are having with both whiteflies and ants in your yard.

Tick

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American Dog TickPhysical Characteristics

Unengorged adult female tick is 3/16″ long, the male being slightly smaller (about 1/8″). Body is oval in shape and color is brown with whitish to gray markings. Ticks are eight legged.

Behavior

The tick will not survive indoors; ticks found indoors have been brought in by its host, probably a dog. Adult ticks will crawl up grass or low vegetation and grasp on to any passing host and prefer larger mammals such as dogs, man, cattle, coyotes, hogs, horses, squirrels, etc.

Ticks may be attracted by the scents of animals and are most numerous along roads, paths and trails.movie The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

Some of the diseases vectored by ticks include Colorado Tick Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, Powassan encephalitis, Relapsing Fever, Endemic Typhus and many others.

Treatment

Most infestations of ticks can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control in conjunction with the treatment of any pets.

Subterranean Termite

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The Subterranean termite swarmer is about 3/8″ long including wings. The body is dark brown to black in color.

The Subterranean termite soldier is about 3/8″ long with mandibles; the mandibles lack teeth.

Behavior

The Subterranean termite swarms during daylight and occurs during springtime. Colonies are located underground, usually below the frost line and above the water table and rock formations. The Subterranean termite builds mud tubes to travel through areas of adverse conditions and will run from the colony and the food source.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Treatment

Soil treatment with long residual insecticides to provide a chemical barrier is the most commonly used control or prevention method for subterranean termites.

Southern Fire Ant

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Southern Fire AntPhysical Characteristics

Southern Fire ants are 1/16″-1/4″ long and queens are usually larger. The head and thorax are yellowish red and the abdomen is black in color.

Behavior

Typically the southern fire ant is ground nesting. However, the southern fire ant will nest outside in close proximity of the kitchen, in wood, soil, masonry, base of trees or shrubs and in clumps of grass and may gain access through HVAC systems, power in and outlets and pipes. Fire ants may also nest in Breaker panels and electrical junction and water boxes.

Fire ants prefer a high protein diet, typically, but will feed on almost everything, whether it is plant or animal. Southern fire ants have been known for eating electrical and phone lines seeking out the wire insulation as well as soiled clothing.

The southern fire ant is highly aggressive and has been known for attacking non-responsive residents and pets, such as the elderly and infants, inflicting injury.

Treatment

Treating fire ants should be handled by a trained license professional due to the southern fire ants’ aggressive nature.  In cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.

Silverfish and Firebrat

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SilverfishPhysical Characteristics

Silverfish are shiny, silver or pearl gray, and firebrats are shiny, mottled gray. Adults of both are slender, wingless, soft-bodied insects 1/3 to 1/2 inch long. They have scaly bodies that taper gradually to the rear with two slender antennae in front and three long, thin appendages in back.

Behavior

During the day, both silverfish and firebrats hide. If the object they are hiding under is moved, they dart toward another hiding place. They come out at night to seek food and water. Items on their preferred menu are cereals, moist wheat flour, books, any paper on which there is glue or paste, sizing in paper (including wallpaper) and book bindings, and starch in clothing. They can live for several months without food. Silverfish and firebrats can be found in any part of the home. They hide in baseboards and around window and door frames from which they seek out food sources. Sometimes they are seen in the bathtub or sink.

Treatment

To keep silverfish and firebrats away, keep basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, especially shower stalls, clean and dry. Plug or putty holes or spaces around pipes. Repair leaks and drips in plumbing. Clean out closets periodically. Collections of magazines, papers, and books provide food for them. Occasionally, move books around in a bookcase. Keep foods in containers with tight lids. If you are encountering a resilient infestation of silverfish or firebrats, call Clark’s! Our pest control service will take care of the problem for you, guaranteed.

Roof Rat

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Roof RatPhysical Characteristics

The adult Roof rat is about 6″to 8″ with a tail length of 7″ to 10″ long. Fur is soft and color is usually brown with black intermixed to gray to black above with underside being white, gray or black. The roof rat has a pointed muzzle, large ears and eyes.

 

Behavior

Roof rats are well known for damaging and destroying material by gnawing; they also eat and contaminate stored food. Its bite is also a risk to humans as they are a vector or carrier of diseases.

The Roof rat is nocturnal and, unlike mice, they shy away from new objects introduced into their territory. The Roof rat’s nesting preference is the upper parts of structures but has also been found in basements as well as outdoors in trees. Once the Roof rat has established a harborage, they tend to follow the same route to their food and/or water source, keeping their paths clear of debris.

Roof rats will feed on practically anything but prefer seeds, nuts, fruits and berries when in season. Roof rats will feed on snails, slugs,and the American brown and Smokey brown cockroach, if available. Near waterways, the Roof rat feeds on fish, shellfish and other aquatics.

 

Disease Carriers

Roof rats may carry or contribute to the following:

  • Salmonella
  • Plague
  • Jaundice/leptospirosis/Weil’s Disease
  • Trichinosis

Treatment

The control of rodents can be widely varied, depending on the individual situation. Covering holes, filling cracks, baiting or trapping may be necessary. The trained Clark’s Technician will determine the best means of control for each customer.

Pillbug

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PillbugPhysical Characteristics

The adult Pillbug is about 1/4″ to 5/8″ long and has almost a slatted over lapping armor look to their body. In color, the Pillbug is slate gray.

Behavior

Pillbugs are often called roly-polys because they will roll up into a tight ball when disturbed and are not insects but land dwelling crustaceans.

Pillbugs are inactive and hidden during the day to reduce water loss and often found under trash, boards, rocks, flower pots, piles of grass clippings, flower bed mulch and around building exteriors.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Pillbugs gain access indoors by door thresholds and sliding glass doors. Once inside they usually do not survive more than a couple of days. The Pillbug is a scavenger and feeds on decaying organic matter and can occasionally injure young plants.

Treatment

Most infestations can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control. (yard spray)

Pharaoh Ant

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Pharaoh AntPhysical Characteristics

Pharaoh ants are 1/16″ long and are yellow to reddish in color. Queens are about 1/8″ long and slightly darker than workers.

Behavior

Indoors, the Pharaoh ant will nest near warm and humid areas in close proximity to food sources and commonly nest in inaccessible areas such as wall voids, under floors and in furniture. The Pharaoh ant will forage night or day and is a common problem in hotels, grocery stores, hospitals and apartment complexes.streaming film Rings 2017

Treatment

Most infestations of Pharaoh ants can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control. However, in cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.

Pavement Ant

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Pavement AntPhysical Characteristics

Worker ants are 1/16″ – 1/8″ long and Queens are 1/4″ long and black in color. The pavement ant gets its name from often nesting in pavement cracks.Watch The Channel (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Behavior

Pavement ant colonies are moderately large to larger in size containing 3,000-4,000 ants and will forage in trails up to 30 feet from their nest. Inside, the pavement ant will nest in walls, cracks in expansion joints, under baseboards, under floors, masonry and insulation.

Outside nesting may occur under stone, cracks in pavement and next to structures. The pavement ant will feed on anything – other insects, honeydew, seeds, plant sap, cheese, bread, nuts and even meat.

Treatment

Most infestations of Pavement ants can be controlled with Clark’s Year Round Pest Control. However, in cases of heavy, difficult infestations, a combination of residual barriers and baits may be used.

Paper Wasp

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Paper WaspPhysical Characteristics

Paper wasps are large (1-inch long), slender wasps with long legs and a distinct, slender waist. Background colors vary, but most western species tend to be golden brown, or darker, with large patches of yellow or red.Movie All Is Lost (2013)

Behavior

Preferring to live in or near orchards or vineyards, they hang their paper nests in protected areas, such as under eaves, in attics, or under tree branches or vines. Each nest hangs like an open umbrella from a pedicel (stalk) and has open cells that can be seen from beneath the nest.  Paper wasp nests rarely exceed the size of an outstretched hand and populations vary between 15 to 200 individuals.

Treatment

Most species are relatively unaggressive, but they can be a problem when they nest over doorways or in other areas of human activity, such as fruit trees. Call Clark’s if you are experiencing a problem with paper wasps on your property. Our pest control service will take care of it.