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4 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Termites  

Splash Media - August 15, 2017

Termites are a common pest problem in the United States that cause extensive damage to your home if left unchecked. But common sense and learning simple facts about them makes a big difference in saving your home from hefty repairs down the road. Today, we’ll share with you four facts about termites that you might haven’t thought of before but are essential to know for homeowners.

Fact #1: Termites and Ants Can Look Alike

Ants and termites have a head, thorax, and abdomen body sections. Both species are social insects that live in colonies, and they both can develop wings. But if you see a winged insect around your home, it’s not necessarily a termite. A termite’s body is light-colored, soft, and has a wider thorax. An ant’s body, however, is darker, harder, and has a thinner thorax. You can always have a professional pest control company help you identify the insect if you’re not sure.

Fact #2: Termites are ‘Beneficial’ Pests…But Not in Your Home

While the abundance of cockroaches and mosquitos seem to have little service to the ecosystem besides being annoying, termites are actually beneficial. They have the remarkable ability to convert wood back into the fertile soil that grows crops and countless other plants. Unfortunately, they see little difference between wood in the wild and the wood in your home. That’s why they’re considered as one of the major pest problems homeowners should look out for.

Fact #3: Termites Don’t Bite Humans

If you’ve ever heard of rumors that termites bite humans, that’s nothing but a bunch of bologna. Termites have no interest in biting humans whatsoever, as wood is the primary food and host that their colonies need to survive. Termites are equipped to eat wood and attack other insects, but not people.

Fact #4: Termite Damage Starts Small

Rooms falling apart, wooden beams disappearing, and other pictures of massive structural damage are easy to associate with termites thanks to depictions from cartoons and the media. Fortunately, there are a number of early warning signs you can detect before the problem ever gets to that level. If you spot piles of wings or mud tubes inside or near your home, that means a termite swarm has landed and the infestation has begun. If you see chipped paint, holes, and hollowed out mazes in wood, you’ll need to get a professional as soon as possible.

While termites are remarkable social insects in the wild, they can cause extensive damage to your home and should be addressed. But with proactive measures and regular inspections, homeowners can save their home from becoming a termite colony’s next meal. Since termite damage is more extensive to your home than flood or fire damage combined, it’s sensible to implement inspections. To find out more about termite inspections and prevention, contact Clark’s Termite and Pest Control today. We can help protect your home from both the visible and unseen dangers lurking in your home.

4 Tips to Prevent Ants in Your Kitchen

Splash Media - August 1, 2017

How to get rid of ants and roaches in your kitchenAsk any homeowner and they’ll tell you that the number one pest they don’t want to see in their home is ants. Commonly active in the spring and summer seasons, it’s remarkable how those tiny critters can be so noticeable in your home. They’ll contaminate your food and access your garbage, but with correct precautions in place, you won’t have to deal with them. Here are four tips from our experts.

  1. Remove All Possible Food Sources

Ants can appear even in the cleanest of homes if there’s traces of food. Make sure your kitchen countertops are clean and free of crumbs. Wash or thoroughly rinse dishes after dinner every night, and take the trash out regularly. A trash can with a tight lid is a good idea. Seal up any food with metal or plastic containers.

  1. Don’t Forget Water Sources, Too!

Food isn’t the only thing ants go after in homes. Check for leaking pipes, standing water, or any other places of moisture that ants may discover. Bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements are good rooms to inspect.

  1. Send Them Packing

Ants are social insects that communicate to each other through smell and secretions. The scouting ants will leave behind a chemical ‘trail’ for others to follow, so if you see one ant, there’s likely more nearby. Follow the trail they set to the source if possible. You can cut off their ‘path’ by spraying the areas with white vinegar or drawing lines with chalk.

  1. Be Mindful of Your Pets

The places for your pet dog or cat could turn into a hangout for pesky ants if there’s open pet food or water lying around. Even dirty empty food bowls can attract ants. Clean up any open crumbs and seal the food and water sources whenever possible. You might want to schedule set feeding times as well.

Ants can become seriously annoying and be a real downer at your ‘picnic,’ but by following precautions like these you can send them packing elsewhere for good. If you are in need of more in-depth ant infestation solutions, contact us at Clark’s Termite and Pest Control today. Whether it’s preventative measures or eliminating an infestation, we’re here to help you defend your home from these pesky invaders.

Two of the Most Terrifying Spiders Found in the Carolinas  

Splash Media - July 15, 2017

We get rid of bugs, pests, insects in your homeArachnophobia is the all-encompassing fear of spiders. If you are like most people, you have at least a touch of this phobia. While you might not have an irrational fear like those who suffer from the condition, you likely don’t care much for the small, eight-legged creatures. These are the two most terrifying spiders found in the Carolinas:

The Black Widow:

You are probably familiar with the black widow’s appearance. It has an almost glossy sheen to its body and has an hourglass-shaped red mark on the underside of its abdomen. The male widow spider is smaller than the female and rarely bites. The more aggressive females bite more often but will still usually only bite in defense. The most common reason for them to attack is if they are guarding or laying eggs.

The female black widow prefers to spin her silken web in a protected space, such as under decks, house steps or stones. They are rarely found inside of houses. The black widow bite produces sharp pain that typically lasts for hours, resulting in localized muscle cramps. The pain can become severe and spread to other parts of the body and be accompanied by tremors and weakness. Cold clammy skin, a feeble pulse, spasmodic breathing, and delirium might also be experienced. Death is very rarely a result of a black widow bite thanks in large part to the presence and availability of an effective antiserum.

The Brown Recluse:

The brown recluse spider appears harmless. It is yellow to light brown in color and on the smaller side, with its body only measuring around 3/8” long. When its long legs are extended, its length grows by more than an inch. The easiest way to identify the brown recluse is its three pair of eyes. The brown recluse won’t seek out humans to attack, as it is shy by nature. It typically hunts for prey at night and hides during the day. However, its hiding places can lead to accidental encounters with humans as they like to hide in ceiling light fixtures, under insulation in attics, under furniture, in boxes or in closets. These locations are prime areas for them to be accidentally found and bite in defense.

Chances are, you will never experience the bite of a black widow or brown recluse spider, however, that doesn’t mean you have to share your home with these pests. Thankfully, you can get rid of all types of terrifying spiders around your property today by calling Clark’s Termite & Pest Control. Contact us today!

4 Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Queen Ants  

Splash Media - July 1, 2017

Everyone knows that a queen ant is the head of her household – the mother of her ant colony. It’s well known that if you want to stop an ant infestation, you should go after the queen. Otherwise, you may kill a bunch of ants while the queen continues to reproducing.

But do you know anything else about queen ants? We’re breaking down interesting facts about the queen that might surprise you.

She’s Not in Charge

This ant is considered the queen because of her role – laying eggs for the whole colony. She’s everyone’s mother, but they don’t bow down to her wishes and she doesn’t tell everyone what to do.

Instead, the queen has an important role that she carries out while the other ants carry out their roles. Nonetheless, the rest of the colony does takes care of their mama. They clean her and bring food to her so she can keep her focus on pumping out babies.

Not Every Colony Has One Queen

Some ant colonies have one queen ant, but other species of ants have worker ants that can reproduce. In other cases, rather than having a centralized queen, a colony can have multiple queens, creating unbelievable expansion in a short amount of time.

She Lives Long and Reproduces Often

You might think – or hope – that an ant could live for a just a few days, weeks, or even months. But queen ants can have a surprising lifespan. In fact, in the perspective of her descendants, a queen ant essentially lives forever.

We don’t know exactly how long they live, but a scientist studied one with a lifespan close to 30 years! Many live for at least 10 years. Over her incredible lifespan, a queen can lay billions of eggs.

Queens Can Have a Mutiny Against Them

While it may seem like an ant colony will do anything for their royalty, they can still have the desire to overthrow a queen. This is especially the case if a colony has multiple queens, resulting in ants from one queen attacking another. Workers come together to form an attack, which involves biting and spraying her with acid, sometimes for days.

Queens are smart enough to plan for a potential attack. When they live with other queens, they lay a reduced number of eggs. Workers are smart as well, as they smell chemical odors from the most fertile queens and kill off the less fertile ones. This sounds like a tricky system of checks and balances with just as much drama as the history of humanity’s royalty!

You may have noticed lines of worker ants walking through your home, which probably means a queen ant is lurking somewhere. At Clark’s Pest Control, we know how to find the queen and stop the colony. Contact us to discover our strategy, or ask for a free estimate on our ant control services.

Top 5 Fun Family Activities to Do Outside This Summer  

Splash Media - June 20, 2017

Who wants to stay inside on a glorious summer day? Summer is the perfect time to spend time outside doing fun things with those you love. You and your family and friends can enjoy lots of fun activities outdoors, all while working up an appetite for a satisfying summertime BBQ. Have fun together on a budget of any size with these 5 great family activities to do in Charleston this summer.

  • Head down to the beach or local pool. Gather up the sunscreen, toys and essentials and enjoy a respite from the regular routine with a day soaking up the sun and relaxing by the water.
  • Create your own backyard games with just a few supplies and add them to outdoor activity options when hosting a get-together or spending quality time together as a family. Corn hole and horseshoes are always fun, crowd favorites.
  • Make nighttime something to look forward to by putting together a backyard movie night. Pick a family favorite, get the popcorn and snacks ready, and settle down under the stars for a fun night outside. You can also check out local parks and even drive-in movie theaters for their outdoor movie night schedules.
  • Get the family into gardening together. What child doesn’t like to get a little dirty? Show your kids how they can grow their own flowers or even fruits and vegetables. Lettuce, basil, tomatoes, and radishes are relatively easy to grow and make great options for first-time gardeners.
  • Explore the great outdoors. Go to a local park or even your own back yard. Help children find and identify small animals and create an explorer’s bag to collect nature finds. Children are naturally curious and love learning, playing and exploring outdoors.

There are so many things that you can do outdoors to make this summer fun and memorable, but what about those pesky mosquitoes? While you’re having fun outside, how do you protect yourself against mosquito bites?

Avoid the Bite of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can be annoying and tend to leave swollen and itchy bites on you and your friends and family. These days especially, it also worth taking into account that the Zika virus can also potentially be transmitted from mosquitoes. Protect yourself and loved ones from mosquitoes. Some ways to play outdoors this summer with fewer bites include:

  • Wearing clothing that covers more of the body, such a long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Wear white and light colors to stay cool and also be less attractive to mosquitoes.
  • Removing standing water sources that can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Check bird baths and upturned garbage covers for stagnant water. Clean out pools often and watch out for areas near lakes and ponds.
  • Using insect repellent before heading outdoors. Insect repellants with DEET, Picaridin, Oil of lemon eucalyptus, 2-undercanone or IR3535 are recommended from the CDC.
  • Avoiding flowery fragrances.

Save yourself and your family from unnecessary mosquito and insect bites while enjoying the outdoors. These are only a few of the steps you can take to avoid getting bitten up while swimming, camping, biking, going for an evening stroll or playing in the backyard. For those that live in Charleston and surrounding areas that are prone to high levels of mosquitoes, Contact Clark’s Pest Control.

Clark’s Pest Control in South Carolina sends professional technicians to assess an issue and provide scheduled treatments to add a barrier of protection from mosquitoes and pests. Outside perimeter treatments, such as liquid insecticides and a 3- to 5- foot band around your Charleston home’s exterior perimeter can keep mosquitoes at bay. Contact an experienced associate at 866-781-4991 to schedule a service.

6 Signs You Might Have Termites: The Unwanted Guests That Will Eat You Out of House and Home–Literally

Jenna Friendly - June 10, 2017

Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to American homes and businesses each year. US residents spend approximately $5 billion annually to control termite infestations and repair damage. Termites never sleep, meaning they work for 24 hours a day for their entire lives. These small, wood-eating insects can consume up to three percent of their body weight in a single day! Queen termites can live for up to 25 years, producing offspring every 15 seconds.

The Formosan “Super Termite” is by far the most aggressive and destructive species of termite, and wreaks havoc on homes specifically in Charleston, Fripp Island, Isle of Palms, and other coastal towns. Formosan termites colonize in above-ground infestations, and have been known to chew plaster, vinyl, linoleum, underground cables, and even asphalt.
However, no part of the country is immune from severe termite damage, since most species are very adaptable and can make themselves at home in a variety of environments.

Fortunately, there are a number of tell-tale signs of a termite invasion. Keeping an eye out for these signs can help you identify a termite problem early and seek professional treatment before the damage gets out of control.

Signs of a Termite Invasion

    1. Mud tubes- Termites need moisture in order to thrive. To stay out of the sun, they build pencil-like tubes out of dirt and mud. Look for these around the foundation of your building.
    2. Discarded wings- Termites discard their wings after they mate in the spring and fall. A pile of small wings is another tell-tale sign that termites have made their home on your property.
    3. Small piles of dirt- Termites carry small amounts of dirt with them as they enter and exit your building.
    4. Insect swarms near your foundation- Swarming insects, especially during mating season in the spring and fall, is another sign of termites.
    5. Hollow-sounding walls- Since termites consume beams from the inside out, you may not notice any outward signs of damage. However, if you knock on the wood and hear a hollow sound, you might have a termite problem.
    6. Termite “droppings” – Termite droppings look like small pellets. Look for them in the corners of your basement or around your foundation.

Keeping your South Carolina home free from termites is not a DIY project. Getting rid of these insects and keeping them away requires the experience, equipment and skill of a professional pest control company like Clark’s Termite and Pest Control. We’ve been helping property owners in and around the Midlands with their pest control needs for nearly a decade. To learn more about the signs of termite damage and how to get rid of them, contact Clark’s today.

Pests: 5 Insect Invaders that Might be Lurking in Your Home

Splash Media - May 17, 2017

If you live in the southern United States, you likely know about bugs and their keen ability to make their way into your home. It doesn’t matter how often you clean, these tiny pests are ruthless. Did you know that most insects can enter your home through holes and cracks as small as 1/64 of an inch? Whether you see them or not, insects may be lurking in your Greenville or Midlands area home. While some insects like gnats and moths are innocuous, others, such as termites, mosquitos and fire ants, can cause damage to your property and even bring harm to you and your family. It’s important to be able to identify harmful pests and notify an experienced pest control company if or when you notice them.

Pests That Could be Lurking in Your Home

  1. Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, such as the Zika virus and Lyme disease, and can be a general and painful nuisance.
  2. Bed Bugs. Bed bugs love the dark area around your bedding and upholstered furniture. They come out at night and can leave red welts on your body as you sleep.
  3. Fire Ants. Fire ants, common in the southern United States, can also bite humans. There are distinguishable from common black ants by their rust-colored bodies.
  4. Termites. A termite colony, once established, can do thousands of dollars to your property. They thrive in dark, moist places with access to wood, paper or other organic matter.
  5. Spiders. While some spiders are harmless and can even help by feeding on other insects, others can bite humans.

Hot Spots: Where Pests Like to Lurk

Some areas in your home are hot spots for pests. You should use extra care and put in a little more attention when cleaning and caring for these areas:

  • Kitchens, especially around trashcans, pantries, dirty dishes, and pet food bowls
  • Bathrooms, specifically near water sources, like sinks, bathtubs, and toilets
  • Closets
  • Basements, attics, and crawl spaces

Keeping your Greenville area home or property protected from such a wide variety of insects requires the experience, equipment and skill of a professional pest control company like Clark’s Termite and Pest Control. We’ve been helping property owners in Greenville and all around the Midlands with their pest control needs for nearly a decade. To learn more about pest control for your home or to make an appointment, contact Clark’s Pest Control today.

How to Protect Pets from Ticks, Mosquitoes and Ants This Summer  

Splash Media - May 1, 2017

Fire ant removal and other pest control services in SCPets depend upon their owners to keep them safe and healthy. Pests can carry disease-causing pathogens and bacteria into a home and spread them to hosts, in some cases pets and humans. Ants and other pests are known to transport bacteria that can cause food-borne illnesses and more. Learn more about the top 3 summer pests to bother pets and how you can help your best friend avoid them.

Ticks

Ticks are known to transmit a variety of diseases and can also be easily brought into your Greenville home to bite and infect your pets. Pets need to be checked daily after spending time outdoors, especially if they have been in or near water sources, like ponds, lakes, and rivers or heavily wooded areas. One way to help a dog is to decrease tick habitats and use tick preventatives. Acaricides in collars, sprays and topical treatments may help kills ticks on contact or via a dog’s bloodstream.

The use of products like these helps to kill ticks once on pets. However, what about dealing with ticks before they latch on to your furry family members?

It is important to address the outdoor environment and reduce levels of ticks where pets and children play. Clark’s Pest Control technicians can help with lawn and landscaping services to decrease the chances that animals and children will come into contact with ticks and other pests.

Mosquitoes

There are 150 species of mosquitoes that call the U.S. home. One species, the Anopheles quadrimaculatus, can infect hosts with malaria. Of course mosquito bites are irritating for people, but did you know that mosquitoes feed on dogs and other animals and can do more than leave swollen bites? Some species of mosquitoes can serve as the transmitter for canine heartworm.

Clark’s Pest Control Mosquito Management System can help Greenville pet owners by inspecting the exterior of a home and recommending ways to address mosquito breeding concerns. A monthly service applied during peak mosquito season can effectively kill mosquitoes and prevent them from breeding.

Ants

There are many species of ants and they have become the primary pest problem impacting the lives of families across America. Fire ants especially can cause issues for Greenville area families and their pets during the summer.

Many Greenville and surrounding area residents have seen fire ant beds in popping up in their yard, and bites can trigger allergic reactions in some pets and their owners. Technicians are available in and around Greenville and Spartanburg to kill the colonies on a property. Fire ant baits are a popular option that require two applications annually and are safe to use around both pets and humans.

Protect Pets and Family from Unwanted Pests

Pests such as ticks, mosquitoes and ants can cause unnecessary health issues and trigger allergic actions in your furry family friends. Take measures to reduce pest populations around your Greenville home and keep your property safe for your pets. Clark’s Pest Control is able to expertly address pest issues in and around your home. Speak with a friendly associate at 866-781-4991 to discuss your pest control options.

Unwanted Winter House Guests

lightmin - July 11, 2016

UnwantedGuestsWhen the weather gets cold, you’re not the only one who will want to snuggle up in your home. All types of wildlife will be on the look out for warm places to make their new home through the winter. Although some of these creatures may look cute and cuddly, it is important to have them removed as soon as you find them or their evidence. Not only can they cause physical damage to the structure of your home, they can chew wires which can lead to a house fire. Different types of wildlife can also expose your family to dangerous diseases or introduce fleas into your home. It is very important to let a professional handle all wildlife trappings and removals. Wildlife technicians are prepared for finding, trapping and removing any animals that may have made their way into your home. They are able to lift heavy ladders and use them safely while placing or removing traps. Also, they can manuver within tight spaces such as attics or crawlspaces to capture the animal without being attacked. Our wildlife specialist will communicate his findings and clearly explain the best course of action to make sure the animal is removed a quickly as possible.

So, if you’ve got an unwanted house guest this winter (and we’re not talking about your in-laws) give us a call today to set up an evaluation!

You Think You Have Mold?

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Mold is everywhere. There is no need or ability to get rid of all mold in the world. Mold is a fungi that exists naturally. In fact, when the interior of a home is tested for mold, the exterior must also be tested to determine the relative spore types and concentrations.

There are numerous different types and species, and the kind of mold will determine the impact on your home and/or health. In order for mold to grow, it needs moisture, a nutrient or food source, and a warm environment. Moisture is the main element required for mold growth. This can be in the form of water or even just high humidity. Nutrients for mold are mainly materials made from plants. Many building materials will fall into this category. Food sources for mold can come from almost anywhere including wood products, dust and dirt. Mold generally grows above 32 degrees Fahrenheit and will grow faster as the temperature rises to about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In higher temperatures, the mold will continue to grow, but the rate of growth will slow. Without these factors, mold will remain present but dormant for many years. However, as soon as moisture, a food source or the right temperature is reintroduced, the mold will begin to grow again.

Mold is not a new problem, but there has been a heightened awareness concerning mold over the last decade. There have been changes to home design and building over the last few decades as homes have become more energy efficient in that the buildings are tighter. While that is great for reducing energy usage, it has created problems in indoor air quality. Indoor air pollutants, including mold spores, can no longer escape to the outside.
How much is too much? There are no set standards for “acceptable mold levels.” From a health standpoint, it will vary from person to person. Some people are highly allergic to even slight amounts of mold, and others are not affected. The exact correlation between adverse health effects and mold still needs more scientific study. It has been difficult to make a direct link between mold and a specific health claim. But in general:

  • Mold should be removed from inside your home and/or crawlspace when found.
  • Mold should be seen as an indication of another problem – generally with water or moisture.
  • Mold may or may not be a health issue.
  • All molds are not the same. Some molds are called indicator species and require more available water to grow than other molds.
  • Some of these indicator species of molds are also more likely to be associated with health issues, particularly Aspergillus and Stachybotrys which are often talked about.

Keep in mind again that mold is everywhere and cannot be eliminated completely. However, mold inside a home or crawlspace should ideally be similar in type and quantity to mold found naturally outside the home. Mold that is present will generally need to remediated and then prevented. If you have a real mold problem and/or you or someone in your home is highly sensitive to mold, contact a professional mold remediation company to determine the best course of action. Check references and licenses for mold expertise. If you attempt to remove small amounts of mold on your own, you need to take precautions to protect yourself and avoid spreading mold spores to other areas of the home. When investigating options for mold remediation, keep in mind that some methods may cause mold spores to become airborne, and bringing in certain chemicals can create other health concerns.

Clark’s offers mold remediation services for our customers. These treatments vary but often include a mold inhibitor/surface protectant being applied to the wood framing and/or sub-floor, a crawlspace ventilation system, a Moisture Guard Barrier and/or a drainage system. Clark’s offers a 25-year warranty to protect crawlspaces from mold. This warranty is transferable to subsequent buyers and works very much like a termite bond.

Remember that a house will never be mold free. Even after an expensive mold remediation, without eliminating further moisture, the problem may still exist and mold could grow back again quickly. A moisture control system installed in a crawlspace can stabilize the moisture levels, but it cannot remove mold that is already present. Remediation is the only way to eliminate any existing mold growth and should be considered along with the proper moisture control system.

Buyer Beware- Don’t Fall for Scare Tactics!

lightmin - June 24, 2016

Every year we get calls from customers regarding pest control companies selling door-to-door. Unfortunately, some of these folks resort to scare tactics and high pressure sales pitches to get you to sign up for their service. The most recent involves poisonous spiders. We’ve had customers call and indicate that they have been told that their homes and neighborhoods were “infested” with black widow and brown recluse spiders. While the black widow is common in South Carolina, they are not normally found inside the home. Although the brown recluse has been confirmed in several areas of the state, it’s not a common spider.Generate Samurai siege Diamond

The October 28th, 2012 edition of the Techletter for Pest Control Technicians (which we use as part of continuing education for our technicians) indicated that “about 80% of spider bite diagnoses are wrong.” Spider bites are not as frequent as some would like you to believe.  Spider control involves a combination of control methods, including web removal , chemical treatment and elimination of harborage. A routine pest control service will also help reduce the number of insects available as a food source. There’s a reason it’s called pest “control.” We don’t eliminate or eradicate anything , especially in South Carolina! Our goal is to reduce pest populations to acceptable levels.

Alan Written by: Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson is the Technical director for Clark’s Termite & Pest Control.
He has a Masters degree in Entomology from Clemson University and
25 years of experience in the structural pest control industry.

Take Back Your Outdoor Living Space!

Jenna Friendly - May 27, 2016

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The Zika virus is primarily spread via mosquito bites and most cases within the United States are the result of people returning home after traveling outside of the country. The first Zika case in South Carolina was reported back in April. The virus was contracted outside of the country and was no longer contagious once the affected individual returned to the states. While there is concern about the rapidly spreading disease due to its link to a birth defect called microcephaly. The most common symptoms of this birth defect include fever, joint pain, rash and blood-shot eyes. Experts say there is no immediate need to worry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released tips to help you protect your family. 

 

Here’s how to protect yourself: 

 

1.  Use an Environmental Protection Agency approved repellent with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, KBR 3023, Bayrepel, icaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. These products should be used according to the product label. 

2.  Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, and closed toe shoes. Treat items with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated clothing and gear. 

3.  “Mosquito-proof” your home by using screens on windows and doors, running air conditioning, and make sure there is no standing water around your home including in tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, trash cans, etc. 

 

For more information please visit www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitos

 

In addition to the three tips listed above, residents are being asked to handle their own mosquito control treatments in order to reduce the risk of transmission of the Zika virus.

 

Clark’s offers several treatment packages that can help provide you with peace of mind. Our skilled technicians will eliminate the need to worry about these disease-carrying pest with two simple steps that immediately kill mosquitoes. Our treatments are guaranteed to suppress current and further populations of mosquitoes. This guarantee lasts between each treatment. The residual of each treatment lasts up to 21 days depending on weather conditions. Although the spread of the Zika virus may be alarming, Clark’s offers solutions to help protect you and your family so you can take back your outdoor living space! 

The Time of Mosquitos is Here!

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It’s that time of year again! We’re looking forward to long days and warms nights full of swimming and barbeques. Most of us will be spending more time outdoors with out families and friends. However, we know that with spring’s warmer weather comes mosquitos, and it doesn’t take many to ruin your outdoor fun. Here are a few facts to help you survive this mosquito season:

  • All mosquitos require a water source in order to breed. Several common items around your home can become breeding sites when they collect water including bird baths, pet water bowls, children’s toys, and even clogged gutters. Mosquito larva can hatch in a little as 4 days. So, we recommend keeping possible water collectors turned over in combination with a mosquito reduction service.
  • Mosquitos have terrible eye sight. So, the darker your clothes are, the easier you are for them to see-making you an easy target! If you plan to spend some time outside, wear light colored clothes to remain out of sight.
  • What mosquitos lack in eye sight, they make up in their ability to detect carbon dioxide. They’re able to detect it from up to 75 feet away! The hotter you get and the more you exhale, the more vulnerable you are for attack. Therefore, we recommend trying to stay cool while you’re outside. Make sure you drink lots of water and a fan wouldn’t hurt either!
  • Mosquitos transmit diseases in many ways and can even pass certain viruses down to their larva. They are responsible for over 1,000,000 deaths a year due to spreading diseases like West Nile and Malaria. In addition to West Nile, Mosquitos can also pass heartworms to your pets. The best way to protect your furry friends and family is with mosquito repellant and a mosquito reduction service.

If you have any questions about mosquitos or our mosquito services please don’t hesitate to call or email our office. We’re excited about the improvements we’ve made to our service in order to provide an affordable, strong, longer lasting service.

Ladybug, Ladybug, Let Me Be!

lightmin - November 25, 2013

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Ladybugs aren’t typically seen as pests. In fact, as predators to aphids and other insects that feed on plants, they are extremely beneficial to our gardens. However, when the weather begins to change  as we enter into fall and winter, ladybugs begin to search for a place to hibernate.  Unfortunately for us, it seems our homes are sometimes the perfect, cozy place for them to rest and they begin to make their way indoors.

While ladybugs do not damage your home (they won’t eat furniture, curtains, or your expensive fur coat), in overwhelming numbers they become a pest and can even get a little messy. When a ladybug becomes scared or agitated, they release a yellow, smelly substance that can leave stains on a surface. We absolutely do not suggest swatting, smashing, sweeping or anything else of that nature. If you have ladybugs inside your home, it’s time to get out the vacuum! Place a knee-high stocking inside of the end of the vacuum wand, this way the ladybugs will get caught inside the stocking and you can release them outside again. If left inside the vacuum bag or canister they will simply crawl back out again.

The best way to deal with ladybugs is to have a little patience. Ladybugs are a seasonal insect and they will make their way back outside as soon as the warmer months arrive. In the mean time, here are a few different things you can do to keep your home [almost] ladybug free.

1. Pest Control! Although we cannot guarantee to completely prevent or remove all ladybugs from your home, our barrier will help prevent them from making it inside of your home.

2. Caulk! Make sure to caulk around all entry ways like doors and window sills. Ladybugs can fit through even the tiniest of spaces.

3. Check your weather stripping! Take a look at all of the weather stripping on your exterior doors and windows. Replace any that looks ripped or dried out. If you find any exterior door without weather stripping make sure to add it to help keep pests out.

In addition to these preventative measures, some retail stores offer lady bug light traps to attract and capture large numbers of ladybugs for re-release outdoors or ladybug houses (similar to a bird house) to divert them from coming inside you home.

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Blog by Customer Service Representative, Kelsy Judy

 

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Picture by Customer Service Representative, Matt Jeffcoat

Unwanted Winter House Guests

lightmin - April 16, 2013

UnwantedGuestsWhen the weather gets cold, you’re not the only one who will want to snuggle up in your home. All types of wildlife will be on the look out for warm places to make their new home through the winter. Although some of these creatures may look cute and cuddly, it is important to have them removed as soon as you find them or their evidence. Not only can they cause physical damage to the structure of your home, they can chew wires which can lead to a house fire. Different types of wildlife can also expose your family to dangerous diseases or introduce fleas into your home. It is very important to let a professional handle all wildlife trappings and removals. Wildlife technicians are prepared for finding, trapping and removing any animals that may have made their way into your home. They are able to lift heavy ladders and use them safely while placing or removing traps. Also, they can manuver within tight spaces such as attics or crawlspaces to capture the animal without being attacked. Our wildlife specialist will communicate his findings and clearly explain the best course of action to make sure the animal is removed a quickly as possible.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

So, if you’ve got an unwanted house guest this winter (and we’re not talking about your in-laws) give us a call today to set up an evaluation!