Though they look small, Argentine ants are one of the most persistent and troublesome of all the house-infesting ants!
- The ants’ favorite place to go is any moist area near a food source!
- Argentine ants are one of the trailing ants and may travel 200 feet or more with thousands of ants following each other from the nest to a food source.
- Around this time of year when the weather cools down is when the outside colonies join together to form HUGE overwintering nests.
- The worker ants tend to be more aggressive and sometimes eliminate other ant species and other surrounding insects in the area.
Where did they come from?
- According to NCPA Field Guide to Structural Pests, this species is native to Argentina and Brazil, but was probably introduced in New Orleans in coffee shops from Brazil before 1891.
- Their favorite spots to roam are found in the southern states and California!
How do I recognize them?
- The body of an argentine ant varies from light to dark brown and are about 2.2-2.6 millimeters long.
- Although the ants have no stinger, they can still bite if provoked.
- From the side, the thorax of this ant is uneven and can give off a musty or greasy odor when killed.
- This species of ants can easily be confused with tiny black ants, which have a similar appearance to Argentine ants.
What are their habits?
- If you have these crawling pests inside your home, try looking near any source of moisture such as water pipes, sinks, or potted plants to catch the ants as those are their prime hang out spots!
- Argentine ants are not picky eaters and will feed on ANY kind of food (meats, eggs, oil, fats, etc.). However, they do have a sweet tooth and prefer anything sugary and sweet!
- If the conditions are too wet or too dry outside, the ants will form a large group and invade buildings to find a new place to reside.
- If they are lacking in sweets (such as honeydew), they will make their trek elsewhere to find a new source. They tend to trail along tree branches and utility lines to gain entrance.
NOW THAT YOU HAVE ALL THE INFO….
You can know what to look for if you are worried these ants are infesting your home!
Argentine ants are difficult to control. In fact, they are one of the top ants for pest professionals to get call-backs because they often travel so far away from their nest for food. The Clark’s advantage is our pest professionals are trained to identify them correctly the first time, and use the most effective, environmentally safe insecticide to eliminate this pest with minimal impact on other beneficial insects.
KEEP CALM AND CALL US! We’ll take it from here.
NPCA Field Guide To Structural Pests – Eric H. Smith and Richard C. Whitman
Palmetto bugs, aka cockroaches, are one of those annoying pests that love to reside as an unwanted guest in your home…
If you are unfamiliar… They are HUGE roaches that typically grow up to 1.5 inches.
They also love the heat of the summer in South Carolina!
A FEW QUICK FACTS:
- There is no actual pest named “Palmetto Bug”. This is a widely used slang term for any large cockroach seen outside or inside.
- The term “Palmetto Bug” is thought to have been coined from seeing large cockroaches crawling/flying out of our South Carolina State tree – the palmetto palm.
- The actual pests you are seeing could be one of the a few types of cockroaches: American Cockroach, Smoky-brown Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach, Brown-banded Cockroach, German Cockroach and Asian Cockroach. These all have different characteristics and different ways of treatment.
- Cockroaches have existed since the Carboniferous Era, meaning they have been around since the time of dinosaurs.
- A cockroach can live for one week without its head. More specifically, without its mouth. The only reason it dies, is due to the fact it can not drink and it dies of thirst.
- They are also fast! They can reach speeds of up to 3 miles per hour and can change directions up to 25 times in a single second.
If you are one of the many people that suffer from these relentless pests, you can breathe a sigh of relief!
Clark’s Termite and Pest Control has been treating roaches for 63 years and counting, so you know you’re in good hands.
Our highly trained technicians are ready to get rid of those unwanted guests with our top-of-the-line, multi-step treatment.
Call our office at 866-781-4991 to set up an appointment!
To Our Valued Customers,
Our priority at Clark’s Termite & Pest Control is the safety and health of our customers and employees. In March 2020, we implemented “Smart & Simple” social distancing solutions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) to protect people first. We hoped that limiting customer contact for a couple of months through quarantine would be sufficient, and we would be back to business as usual in short order. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. With increased testing, businesses opening back up, and increased interaction in our communities, the statistics published are disturbing. After careful consideration and the Governor’s strong urging, Clark’s will continue our original social distancing practices until further notice.
Our standard operating procedure for your pest control service provides a comprehensive four-step process on the exterior of your home. For many of our customers, we have provided effective pest control services for many years from the exterior only. If you are accustomed to having treatments done on the inside and the exterior, we want to assure you, we are confident we can continue to provide you quality service with the outside only treatment, and our guarantee remains the same.
Unfortunately, due to the continued increase in the COVID-19 virus cases, for the safety of our customers and our employees, we will be suspending inside services until further notice, unless there is a pest emergency. A pest emergency is defined as an extreme infestation of a particular insect, with visible signs of pests upon arrival, such as bedbugs, German roaches, fleas or wildlife intrusions. We are committed to controlling your pests from the exterior. Your pest control and termite warranty service will be guaranteed, and your satisfaction is our number one goal.
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, our technicians will not come to the door for one on one interaction. In most cases, we will call the phone number on file when the technician arrives to make you aware that we are on your property. Additionally, we will leave a service door hanger indicating that the service has been completed.
We appreciate your patience and support during these unprecedented times.
If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 866-781-4991or ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all continue to work through this.
I’m a 52-year-old “crazy lady.” I’ve had many names in my lifetime, but what folks call me round here is Alligator Lady. I grew up on a dairy farm near Booger Bottom, Georgia; yep, you heard it right, Booger Bottom. My friends in college and some round here call me Miss Booger Bottom, it’s not a town but more of a place in backwoods Georgia. We don’t have gators there; however, we have got all kinds of critters. When my youngest daughter, Caroline, was asked to explain “why her Momma catches gators,” her response was, “Well, she is just like Pop, he’s not afraid of anything, not even a unicorn.” I don’t know about you, but that is a mountainous legacy to live up to.
I started catching gators 12 years ago this June. My (now ex) husband was the alligator agent for Georgetown County, he and my youngest son Mick, were under the bug truck dropping a transmission. My oldest son Justin was out in the other bug truck running a route. I was in the office with Justin’s newly wedded bride Tiff, when a “gator call” came in. It was a reasonably large gator in a culvert pipe in North Litchfield Beach; the word was folks were getting a bit too close trying to get that perfect picture. Now when these calls come in, we are contracted to get there ASAP. Since the ex was going to be under that truck for a while he said, “you can get it, you’ve seen us do it…just don’t put your hand in its mouth, take Tiff to help you, and she can call 911 if there is trouble”. I kid you not, that is just how it went. So Tiff and I, dressed in our sundresses with long bloomers, gathered the poles, nooses, and duct tape and went along our way. No need to bore you with the details of the capture, but it was textbook. I lured that gator out of the culvert pipe with some old stinky chicken backs (crab bait) an on-looking vacationer had in his golf cart. You would have thought I had done it a hundred times, when that gator came out of the pipe he grabbed those backs and threw his head back to swallow, and I slipped the noose around his neck. IT WAS ON!!!!!!!!! Pluff mud and pipe juice went flying as the gator rolled, and flipped, and flopped. I let him wear himself out, and when I figured it was safe, I handed Tiff the rope attached to the noose, and I slowly inched down on that gator pressing down on his snout and sat right down on that fella’s back, he didn’t move-a skinny girl can’t do this job. The on-lookers cheered……….. and my first gator was in the books.
Since then, I’ve caught hundreds of gators, some with assistance, some solo, but those are stories for another day. After a few years of working under the ex, DNR decided that since I caught all the gators, I should probably be the Alligator Agent. I have never gotten rich from catching these gators, so I consider it a service to my community, and the free press has served me and now Clark’s very well. I am delighted to be a part of the Clark’s Termite & Pest Control family, and would like to invite any of you to come to visit us in Murrells Inlet, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a gator call.
Rachel Lankford aka Alligator Lady
“Alligators, particularly large specimens that live in close proximity to human populations, may pose a threat to human safety. Such animals are deemed “nuisance alligators” and may have to be removed and destroyed. The Department has developed a program to handle nuisance alligators that is enabled under SCDNR’s regulatory authority. The nuisance alligator program is managed such that it does not threaten the long-term survival of this species in the state.”
Excerpted from Supplemental Volume: Species of Conservation Concern SC SWAP 2015 http://dnr.sc.gov/swap/species2015.html#reptilesandamphibians
In 2015 Clark’s Termite & Pest Control adopted an integrated pest management (IPM) approach that included an inside/outside service at the initial visit with outside only service at subsequent visits unless there is a significant pest issue inside. Most pest control companies are encouraging this approach to minimize chemical application inside the home. Clark’s comprehensive multi-step exterior service has proven to be very useful. In addition to limiting chemical application to the interior, the exterior only service simplifies scheduling for you. With this approach, you do not have to be home when we service the property.
We understand that you may get an occasional invader inside your home. If the problem persists, we will do our best to resolve your issue while keeping everyone safe. Pest control is not a one size fits all service. Clark’s can provide tailored solutions to each of our customer’s needs under normal circumstances. However, we appreciate your understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters during the pandemic to keep you, your family, and our employee’s safety.
If you have quarterly pest control service, your service is guaranteed. That means if you have a pest emergency or heavy infestation inside your home, we will make arrangements to treat, even during a pandemic. Your satisfaction with our service is our number one priority.
If you have any additional questions, please contact our customer service department at 1-866-781-7991 or ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com
Ants are America’s number one pest problem and fire ants are a special breed. These aggressive stingers can have colonies of up to 250,000 workers ready to strike.
They can ruin your landscaping, cause problems with the electrical components in your air conditioning unit and trigger allergic reactions in some people and pets.
These ants are extremely aggressive and anything that intrudes into their colonies are met with repeated stinging.
How to Identify Fire Ants:
They have a red color and are about a quarter inch long and have a nasty sting that’s well fitting to their name! Fire ants also love to nest in unsightly mounds of one or two feet in diameter and about eight inches high.
Clark’s offers three types of treatments:
(1) TopChoice, (2) Fire Ant Baiting, and (3) Traditional Pesticide Applications.
It is a selective pesticide and will not kill beneficial organisms. Proper application only requires 1 treatment per year for fire ants. Fleas and ticks are guaranteed for 30 days and it yields 90% control for most of time. It is guaranteed for one year from date of initial treatment.
Fire Ant Baiting-Dupont Advion/Extinguish Plus
Can kill mounts outside treated area, i.e. neighbor’s yard. It is a selective pesticide and will not kill beneficial organisms. It is a great choice for areas where ground is covered with concrete, stone, brick and other obstructions and has cheaper unpfront cost!
Similar in cost to baiting approach and is non-selective pesticide: it kills most other insects that are affecting the health of your lawn. The residual killing effect lasts for 30-90 days!
Many yards have unique circumstances that require different treatments. Some may require a combination of the three treatments. If your problem is fire ants only, Topchoice will save you money in the long run with fewer treatments. We’ve seen lawns go as long as 18 months to 2 years before we are called back for another treatmen! If your problem includes non-biting ants, the traditional pesticide application should be selected. Fire Ant baiting is recommended only if you want a scheduled spring and summer application, or as a part of the TopChoice application to speed up control. Call us today for more information!
In the heat of summer is when mosquitoes come out to do their worst. Make sure you are protected!
DID YOU KNOW?
There are 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide and 150 in the United States.
YOU KNOW YOU’RE SEEING MOSQUITOES WHEN…
You see slender bodies, long legs and one pair of scaled wings with a pair of halters- not the ones made famous in the 60s, but modified wings for balance.
You notice the house mosquito with it’s light brown tone & white strips-hanging around stagnant waters.
These stagnant waters include ponds, marshes, and swamps…but their favorite hang out spot is in ditches, bird baths, gutters, old tires, and other unnatural environments.
Although they look fragile, they are extremely resilient and prey on a variety of animals.
COVID-19… CAN MOSQUITOS CARRY IT?
Here’s what the experts have to say……
You’re in the clear! According to the WHO (World Health Organization), there’s no information or evidence to suggest that they carry the virus. Also, it must be able to replicate inside the mosquito, which the coronavirus has not been shown to do.
SEND THEM PACKING!
CALL US TODAY TO SCHEDULE A SERVICE.
Here’s how to maintain a healthy lawn during the southern heat!
Summers in the south are always hot! High temperatures and lack of rain can really take a toll on your lawn without the correct care. Here are a few tips to help you keep your lawn thriving the whole summer long!
#1 Watering is key! Check your irrigation.
When it’s hot out, it is important to keep your lawn watered. We’ve noticed a lot of dry turf conditions lately. Spring is the perfect time to make sure your sprinkler system is working properly. It’s a good idea to run through each zone looking for stuck or slow rotating heads, clogged and/or broken spray nozzles, over-saturation in drip lines and zones that don’t turn on due to bad values or controllers. If you identify problems and need help correcting, we’re here to help!
#2 Get to the root of the problem, aerate!
Aerating your lawn is important because it helps your grass roots become stronger, healthier, and softer! We recommend aerating your lawn once a year, typically in late spring (May through mid-June). Aerated lawns are able to retain moisture better, absorb nutrients easier, which allows them to sustain harsher conditions, like heat and drought.
#3 Feed your lawn and fertilize!
In harsh conditions it is essential that your lawn has all the proper nutrients it needs. Routine fertilization helps your lawn grow in thick with substantial blades. This protects the soil temperature and allows no room for weeds! Early spring is the BEST time to begin fertilizing your lawn. Our fertilization team uses an Earthmax/Soil Amendment treatment for our Centipede and St Augustine lawns. Lawns love it!
#4 Maintain the proper length while mowing!
One of the MOST effective lawn care tools is a lawn mower that is used per the guidelines for your specific turf! Frequent mowing keeps weeds from developing seed heads so they can’t reproduce. Mowing weekly at a little higher mowing height helps the grass through our hot, dry spells and blocks the needed sunlight new weeds need to develop. The key is to never take off more than a third of the leaf blade at one time.
#5 Leave it to the Pros!
When the weather is warm, people tend to spend time outdoors enjoying their yard. If you don’t want to spend your free time working on your lawn, leave it to the pros! One of the biggest advantages to using Clark’s is our trained personnel identifying and eradicating harmful insect and disease problems before they take a toll on your beautiful turf. We’ll put the time and effort in to keeping your lawn healthy, so all you’ll spend time doing is enjoying it!
Cooler weather is a favorite for many, as it notifies us that Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. Time to spend with family and friends and enjoy the warmth of our homes, pests and rodents are looking forward to some heat of their own-in OUR homes.
Pests and rodents can pose serious risks for people and homes. They are known to pass on diseases including Salmonella and Hantavirus. Cockroaches can also spread disease and their saliva and droppings can trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children.
Below are a few tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) that you can do to keep these unwanted guests outside during the fall and winter:
- Keep kitchen counters clean, store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. Pests are attracted to areas of moisture, something they need to survive.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well-trimmed. Removing areas where pests can hide near your home can reduce the chance of them finding a way inside.
- Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods, they are very enticing for all kinds of pests and rodents.
- Screen attic vents and opening to chimneys, and any other areas where homes may be open to the outdoors.
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter. Some rodents can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the foundation and windows.
- Have a proper outdoor drainage system. Installing gutters or repairing an existing system will help water and moisture away from your home, preventing any leaks or build up that might attract pests.
- Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and package deliveries before bringing them indoors. Shake out or inspect anything that has been left or stored, indoors or outdoors. Pests can find creative ways to get inside your home.
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens. Torn window screens and cracks under doors are an ideal entry for pests.
The best way to protect your home and prevent any type of pest or rodent infestation is to follow these tips. However, if you think you have an infestation, be sure to contact Clark’s Termite & Pest Control for us to assess the situation and recommend treatment.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) can become a serious nuisance pest when large numbers are able to invade your home in the fall.
The word marmorated means having a marbled or streaked appearance; which is fitting since BMSB adults are about 1/2 inch long and have
shades of brown on both the upper and lower body surfaces.
BMSBs can be identified by looking for white stripes on the antennae, alternating bands of brown and white on the other edges (lower left and right) of the abdomen; and faint white bands are also on the legs.
Where did they come from?
The BMSB (Halyomorpha halys), is a plant pest, that was accidentally introduced into the United States from Japan, Korea, and China. It first was seen in 2001 in Allentown, PA, but since, it has spread throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and is very slowly moving South.
Eat your Fruits & Veggies – Before they do!
The BMSB feeds on crops by sucking the juices out of the inside tissues with its straw-like mouth (stylets). This feeding not only causes direct damage to the crop, but pathogenic bacteria and yeast can be transmitted causing rot.
What to do and NOT to do
- Perform a “light leak test” and seal up any cracks and crevices
- Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from your home’s foundation to keep from attracting pests.
- If your home has a fireplace, cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out pests.
- To get rid of dead (and alive) BMSB, hand-pick them up and toss them back outside. They may release the “stink” when they are threatened – so be gentle.
- Don’t squish them – they release a very foul odor – kind of like the powerful smelling spice – coriander.
- Do not leave a bunch of dead MBSB around as they will still stink and can attract other insect pests and they can stain surfaces.
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:
- Ask them how long they’ve been in business
- 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
- 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:
- 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.
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.
- While traveling:
- Upon arrival at destination:
- Place your suitcase in the bathtub (bed bugs have a hard time climbing up smooth surfaces).
- 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 arrival at destination:
- Upon returning home:
- 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).
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).
- 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.
If you find yourself with some unwanted house guests this summer, we offer one-time or quarterly pest control treatments that can leave you with peace of mind that your home is protected against pests. If you already have pest control services and are interested in what makes them effective, look below for a brief description of our pest control services:
The interior and exterior of the home are treated to build up a barrier against pests during the initial service. Once the barrier is established, the exterior treatment will cover 98% of covered pests from entering the home and is maintained quarterly. Your pest control is guaranteed between services and we will come back out if you experience any issues following the treatment.
For the interior treatment, the cracks and crevices along the baseboards are treated throughout the entire home. We place an insecticidal dust around appliances, in plumbing voids and around large pieces of furniture. If you have a garage, the corners and along the ceiling are spider brushed. A liquid treatment is applied to the cracks and crevices along the baseboards. Two monitors will be placed on either side of the garage door.
On the exterior, treatment includes spider brushing under the eaves and around the windows and doors. A liquid treatment is applied under the eaves and around the windows and doors as well. The perimeter of the home is treated 2 feet up and 3-5 feet out. An insecticidal bait will be placed in a around the exterior of the liquid treatment.
Did you know? If you already have termite protection with Clark’s, you can receive pest control at a discounted rate! Call us to start pest control service today at 866-781-4991 or email us at ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com.
Not many things are more enjoyable than a southern summer evening outdoors. If your outdoor parties leave you with some unwanted mosquito bite favors, take a look at these 6 ways you can help prevent mosquitoes:
- Keep mosquitoes outside
- To keep mosquitoes outdoors, use air conditioning or screens for windows and doors.
- Use insect repellent
- The CDC recommends the following here:
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
- Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
- The CDC recommends the following here:
- Eliminate standing water from the immediate area of your home
- Certain species of mosquitoes breed in standing water which can be collected in receptacles such as unused plant pots, tires, children’s toys, buckets and trash cans. Ensure stagnant water is removed to reduce mosquitoes.
- Wear light-colored clothing
- Did you know that mosquitoes can be more attracted to dark colors? They use visual cues to locate humans.
- Plant a garden
- These plants naturally repel mosquitoes:
- Lemon Balm
- These plants naturally repel mosquitoes:
- Cover up
- If mosquitoes are particularly bad, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts can reduce the likelihood of getting mosquito bites.
These tips in combination with our people and pet friendly treatments can keep the mosquitoes in your yard at bay.
How can we help?
For effective and safe mosquito control, we offer one-time or monthly mosquito treatments. We treat standing water that cannot easily be cleared such as bird baths, tree holes and flower pot saucers. In addition to treating small areas of standing water, we treat the bushes and foliage around the home to the perimeter of the yard on the front, sides and backyards where mosquitoes are found. Following our treatment, people and pests are to remain outside of the treated area for 30-60 minutes.
To learn more about our mosquito treatment options and pricing, give us a call toll-free today at 866-781-4991 or email us at ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com. Contact Clark’s to help take back your outdoor living space!
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