Buyer Beware – They’re Back!

Savannah Anderson - August 30, 2019

They come around every couple of years…

Door-to-door pest control salesmen that blanket neighborhoods with a scripted sales pitch. Sometimes they try to scare our customers into believing that we use substandard products, or that we are not doing a good job because they found a spider web on the fence or in the yard somewhere. My advice to homeowners is as follows:

  1.  Ask them how long they’ve been in business
  2.  Read the fine print on any contract

Clark’s has been around for 56 years, and we don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon. Remember the adage; If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

Alan Wilson, Technical Director/Entomologist

Spiders, Spiders Everywhere!

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Spider Facts:

Brown Recluse

  • There are currently over 3000 species of spiders in North America but thankfully in our service area we only have to be concerned about the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow.
  • Spiders have horrible eyesight. A spider is even unable to see a human until they are about a foot away from it!
  • Unlike other insects, spiders do not clean themselves, so spiders can crawl through the pesticide all day long and not die. This is due to the fact that pesticides work by having the pest crawl through the dried pesticide, get it on their feet, clean themselves, ingest the pesticide and die.

 

How to Prevent and Get Rid of Spiders in your Home

If your home currently has spiders or you would like to prevent spiders from entering, these few tips will help:

  • Vacuum up all webs along with the actual spider.
  • Perform a light leak test and seal all cracks and crevices around doors and windows.
  • Replace exterior white lights to yellow lights. This attracts fewer flying insects which will lead to fewer spiders.
  • Trim bushes around the house.

 

How to Perform a Light Leak Test

To perform a light leak test you must do the following:

  1. Wait until dark and then turn on all interior lights and close all blinds, curtains, shutters, windows and doors.

2. Go outside and see if there is any light “leaking” through.

 

If you have a spider problem, our Quarterly Pest Control Service guarantees spider control on the inside and within the treatment zone on the exterior, and we also have Spider Control service for yards, landscaping and other areas as well.

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

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From left to right: Egg to Adult Full of Blood

 

Bed bugs (pictured left) likely get their name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. They are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including homes, hotels, schools, offices, retails stores, and even public transportation. The good news is bed bugs do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.

 

 

 

Signs of Bed bugs:

Bed bugs are about the shape and color of a very small to medium sized apple seed. This means that they are small but it is possible to see them without the use of a magnifier. Beside visual confirmation of a bed bug you can look for the following signs:

  • Black-rusty-reddish fecal spots sheets, mattresses and/or box springs
  • Pale yellow  skins that have been shed by growing bed bugs

 

 

Bed Bug Prevention:

There are a few ways you can help prevent your home from getting bed bugs.

  1. While traveling:
    • Upon arrival at destination:
      1. Place your suitcase in the bathtub (bed bugs have a hard time climbing up smooth surfaces).
      2. Inspect the mattress and box spring by gently peeling back the covers into the middle of the bed. Look for signs of bed bugs. Definitely check the seams and don’t forget those plastic corner guards – bed bugs LOVE those hiding spots!

 

  • Upon returning home:
    1. Place your suitcase in the bathtub and unpack it, shaking each item into the bathtub (bed bugs are hitchhikers and can be shaken off clothing easily, and bathtubs are usually light colored and bed bugs are darker colored, so you should be able to see them easily).
    2. If you have any suspect items, place them in the dryer on high-heat setting for 20-ish minutes (anything above 125 degrees Fahrenheit will kill all stages of bed bugs).

  1. While at home:
    • Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of bed bugs.
    • Bed bugs like humans best, but do feed upon pets, so regularly check where pets rest and sleep.