How Long do Mosquitoes Live?

How Long do Mosquitoes Live?

2019-05-15

Is there anything better than summer? The days are long and there are plenty of backyard barbecues, pool parties, and umbrella drinks to enjoy. However, with the sweetness of summer comes one major nuisance, mosquitoes. Depending on where you live, mosquitoes may plague you all summer and throughout the year as well. While it may not seem like it, mosquitoes do, in fact, die. However, their lifespans and life cycles are fine-tuned to survive, thrive, and bite.

Lifespan of a Mosquito

“Do mosquitoes ever die?” It’s a question that gets asked a lot, especially when one is dealing with the itchy welts that come with a mosquito bite. Even if they survive getting slapped, zapped, or sprayed, mosquitoes have a relatively short life span. Male mosquitoes only live for about 2 weeks and female mosquitoes will typically live for about 1 or 2 months. Because male mosquitoes only feed on nectar during their lifetime and female mosquitoes feed on both, nectar and blood, you can thank female mosquitoes for those itchy bites you get.

Female mosquitoes drink blood after mating in order to nourish their eggs and help them develop. Blood from humans and animals contain vital proteins and energy that mosquito eggs need to mature and grow. To find a suitable blood supply, female mosquitoes use highly sensitive sensors to detect CO2 and sweat emissions. Based on these emissions, a female mosquito will decide who or what to bite.

Mosquito Life Cycle

While environmental factors such as moisture and temperature can affect a mosquito’s life cycle, it is always comprised of the following four stages:

Egg

As mentioned above, female mosquitoes feed on blood once they mate. After their blood meal, the female mosquito will lay her eggs in areas with standing water or a water source. Ponds, puddles, ditches, creeks, swimming pools, and containers filled with water are all suitable places for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

Some mosquitoes will lay their eggs singly, while others will lay their eggs so that they stick together to form a raft. No matter which way their eggs are laid, water is necessary for mosquito eggs to hatch into larvae. If the conditions are favorable, mosquito eggs can hatch in less than 48 hours. In less favorable, drier conditions, it can take up to a week for mosquito eggs to hatch.

Larvae

Once they have hatched from their eggs, mosquitoes become larvae. Mosquito larvae are commonly called “wigglers.” Wigglers look like little, hairy worms and stay in the water up to 14 days. Here, they hang upside down and feed on microorganisms. Feeding on algae and fungi help larvae grow and molt 4 times. At the end of their final molt, the larvae become pupae.

Pupae

Lighter than wigglers, mosquito pupae float at the water’s surface. Unlike larvae, mosquito pupae do not eat or molt. Instead, this stage is all about transformation and metamorphosis into an adult mosquito occurs within the pupal shell. If the pupa is disturbed at any point during this 1 to 4 day stage, it will dive and tumble in order to protect itself. Once the adult mosquito has developed within the pupa, it will split open the pupal shell and emerge to the surface of the water.

Adult

A mosquito is considered an adult once it has emerged from the pupa. Male mosquitoes hatch first followed shortly by the females. Once both sexes have hatched, a mating swarm will begin. After consuming a blood meal, the female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs and the cycle begins again.

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Signs of a Mouse Infestation

Signs of a Mouse Infestation

2019-05-20

House mice might not sound like the scariest pests around but they can do serious damage to your home, contaminate food and quickly become a large infestation. You can learn to recognize the telltale signs of mice in the house. If you think you have an infestation, call Aptive Environmental right away for eco-friendly rodent control.

Wondering if you have mice in your home?

Whether you’re reading this to be cautious or because you think you might have mice in your home, it’s important to learn about the signs of an infestation.

Of course, the most obvious signal of a mouse infestation is seeing a mouse. Mice are nocturnal, but that doesn’t mean they’ll never venture out in the day. If you’ve seen a mouse scurrying across the floor or found a dead one in the cupboard, it’s time to develop a plan for controlling the rest of the infestation.

Understanding what to look for and where to look for it will help you identify a problem at an earlier stage and take actions to control it.

How to Identify the Signs of a Mouse Infestation

1. Mouse droppings

Mouse droppings are one of the most obvious signs that pests have moved into your house. Mouse droppings are tiny pellets (like grains of rice) that will often be clustered in areas near the nest. While the droppings could be scattered around a room or home, it’s a good idea to start searching for the nest in the area with the most droppings.

Mouse droppings are smaller than rat droppings—only a few millimeters in length. They’re also pointed at both ends. Newer droppings will appear shiny and dark while older droppings turn gray and dried out.

Even if the droppings don’t signal the location of the nest, they likely signal a heavily visited area of the house.

2. Gnaw/scratch marks

Another clearly visible sign of mice (and another sign of a frequently traveled area) is a collection of bite marks. Mice can gnaw holes in wood, paper, upholstery and plastic. You might find gnaw marks on furniture, walls and food containers.

Unfortunately, much of the gnawing in the early stages of an infestation might take place in the walls or under floorboards as the mice build nests. They can severly damage wiring and cause problems that require major repairs to fix.

Sometimes, the scratching and gnawing sounds can become noticeable at night, when mice are more active and there is less background noise. If you hear strange scratching or tapping sounds that seem to be coming from behind walls or in an attic, you might be hearing rodent activity in your home.

3. Runaways

Bite marks are only one way of identifying a mouse’s common runways. Mice can leave dirty, oily marks along the edge of a wall or tiny footprints on the floor. A flashlight can help you search along the edges of walls and in more hidden areas for tracks.

One reason mice follow paths along walls is their weak eyesight. They use walls as guides to navigate around a room, often following the same paths and making their movements fairly predictable.

Mice are excellent climbers and can reach surprisingly inaccessible areas. Searching for a mouse’s nest can be extremely difficult. Since they favor hollow areas within walls, ceilings and other parts of buildings, you might not be able to access the nest at all. And finding the rodent’s access point can be even harder.

Mouse holes can be quite small—as tiny as 1/4 inch in diameter—not at all like the ones you’ve seen in cartoons. Entrance points can simply be a gap in a vent or a crack at the edge of a floorboard.

Pet owners might have an advantage when searching for mice. If you have a cat or dog and notice them sniffing or pawing at an unusual area of the room, they might be attracted by the smell of mice.

4. Urine smell and stains

Mice urine gives off a musty, stale smell that’s similar to ammonia. With multiple rodents, the smell can quickly become noticeable and might linger after the pests have been removed.

It could be difficult to pinpoint the location of the smell, especially in a large room. Mice commonly build nests in walls, cupboards, attics and other out-of-the-way areas. You can start by checking spaces that are mostly hidden from view. As you search, be on the lookout for damaged food packages, trails of crumbs, stains and holes.

5. Damaged objects or food packaging

If you notice torn or chewed boxes of food in the pantry, or gnawed furniture upholstery, you might have found signs of a mouse building a nest. Mice use these materials as well as other sources of paper, carboard, fabric and similar materials (even wiring!) to build their nests. Look closely for trails and droppings once you’ve found this kind of damage.

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Surprising Spider Superpowers

Surprising Spider Superpowers

2021-06-10

Spiders can be scary creatures, but they also have special abilities that make them seem like eight-legged superheroes. In fact, they’re truly marvels of nature. Even if you’d rather not have them in your home, it’s easy to respect their fascinating abilities. So if you’ve ever wondered about spiders and what they do as they hang out around your home, here’s a list of 5 surprising spider superpowers.

5 Unique Spider Abilities

1. Strong Silk

Spider silk is what spiders use to build their webs, trap prey, jump from one area to the next, and create shelter. The sticky droplets on spider webs help catch prey like flies and mosquitoes in mid-air. It’s also one of the most versatile materials on the planet. Made from proteins and spun through organs inside their bodies, the silk has extreme strength, stretchiness, and energy-absorbing capacity. The web spiders produce an engineered structure built through dynamic interactions between its proteins. This design gives their webs incredible strength and durability even when stretched to many times their original size.

Recently, scientists examined the silk of a brown recluse spider. They found that each strand is made up of thousands of nano strands, only 20 millionths of a millimeter in diameter, and is 1000 times thinner than human hair.

Despite it being so thin, it’s stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar, which is the material used to make bulletproof vests. It also has been used for medicinal benefits for centuries. In addition, researchers have considered incorporating spider silk to create a biodegradable mesh that can accelerate tissue growth.

2. Ant Mimicry

Spiders are also great actors. Ant mimicry or myrmecotrophy is an interesting phenomenon in the insect world, intriguing many biologists. As odd as it may seem, certain species of spiders (300 to be exact) disguise themselves as ants to escape from predators.

You may be wondering how this is possible since spiders and ants have different body shapes and the number of legs. For spiders to mimic ants, they lift their two front legs to appear like an antenna while walking on six legs. They also take winding trajectories of about five to ten body lengths, making them look like ants following pheromone trails. This is the perfect way to hide from predators while hunting for ants for food.

As a remarkable adaptive evolution, several other creatures use protective mimicry, including moths, snakes, fireflies, and more.

3. Superior Vision

Not only can spiders create strong and versatile webs and mimic ants, but certain species also have superior vision that allows them to see in the dark to stock and hunt prey. In addition to having top-of-the-line night vision, they also can see through UVA and UVB rays. Their superior vision comes from having four eyes close together in a row. They have two large principal eyes and two small lateral eyes. The retinas in their principal eyes consist of four distinct photoreceptor layers, with the two layers close to the surface containing ultraviolet-sensitive pigments and the bottom layers containing green-sensitive pigments.

They can see in eight different directions at once, knowing which way is up and what direction they are going by looking for light sources, a skill that has been dubbed as “parallel processing.”

They also have a high degree of hearing due to the large sensory organs on their abdomen called pedipalps. When threatened by predators, they release venomous toxins that paralyze prey.

4. Artistic Creations

Spiders are natural artists, weaving their webs to create unique pieces of art. But, like a snowflake, no two webs are the same. They all vary in size, texture, and shape depending on the species and their hunting method. Webs also vary based on the type of spider that is weaving it. For example, when you see the common circular web shape, that design was made by an orb spider.

Other types of spiders may weave fuzzy-looking webs or funnel-shaped webs. There are even certain types of spiders in the world that will band together as a community to make massive webs that can cover several trees at a time, and then they share the food that is caught in the community web.

5. Long Jumping

The fifth superpower? They’re considered superior long jumpers. Jumping spiders are capable of jumping up to 50 times the length of their body. Now, if you were to watch one of these spiders jump, it might not seem like it’s actually jumping that far from your perspective. But that’s just because spiders are a lot smaller than we are, so the length doesn’t seem as impressive. But think about it this way – if a 5-foot tall human were to jump 50 times the length of their body, they would be able to jump an impressive 100 feet.

They also have insane speed when it comes to hunting for food or escaping danger. When a spider feels threatened, its instinct kicks in, and it can move at incredible speeds without much effort.

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Even with these surprising superpowers, it’s normal not to want spiders crawling around your home. They reproduce quickly. In fact, they can lay up to 1,000 eggs. They can also crawl through the tiniest of cracks and crevices in walls, floors, or ceilings. Although the poison used by spiders is not fatal to humans, it may cause nausea and other side effects, so it’s understandable if you want to eliminate them from your home.

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Pest Control Pros and Cons

2021-07-19

When you’ve asked other people about what they do for their home pest control, you’ve probably had a lot of mixed responses. It seems like there are more people doing DIY pest control than ever before, and you’re starting to wonder if it’s something you should consider as well.

To decide if DIY pest control is right for you, you should research more of what people do on their own because everyone has different ways of doing it. But, there’s still a question of whether or not the DIY methods actually work and are worth using. It’s an important question because if it doesn’t work, it really isn’t worth choosing DIY over professional pest control.

That’s what you need to do – figure out the pros and cons of DIY pest control. This list of the pros and cons can help you get started on figuring out if you should go DIY or not.

Pros of DIY pest control

Fewer Chemicals

A lot of people don’t like professional pest control because they don’t like the chemicals that are used to exterminate the pests. So to avoid those chemicals, they start using things like essential oils or vinegar to keep pests at bay. Some people may even use houseplants and herbs that repel insects.

It’s understandable that people worry about the chemicals used in insecticides. After all, the chemicals are poisons intended to kill pests. People may feel safer not having those chemicals in or around their homes. But there are people who choose to use store-bought pesticides for their DIY pest control, so though many people do opt for the chemical-free route, not everyone does. This actually brings us to our next pro of DIY pest control.

More Affordable

Many people consider DIY pest control to be more affordable than hiring a professional pest control company to treat their home. And in some cases, it is actually more affordable. Store-bought pesticides are cheaper individually than a professional treatment, and since many people who use professional pest control are on a year-long treatment plan that involves monthly payments, the cost for the professionals can add up.

And if you can use things that you already have around the house to keep pests away, it’s going to be significantly more affordable to do pest control on your own. After all, if you can just mix some vinegar and water to get rid of pests, you might wonder why anyone bothers to hire professionals.

Make Professional pest control More Effective

Something people don’t realize about DIY pest control is that you can choose to hire professional pest control and use DIY methods as well. Some people choose to blend the two and by doing so, their pest control is stronger than it would be just choosing one or the other.

Think about it, if you can have the strength of the professional treatments combined with your own simple repellents, you’re going to have very few pests around your home. Professional treatments can fill in the gaps for DIY treatments and vice versa. Choosing to use DIY pest control methods in this situation is a great way to protect your home.

Cons of DIY pest control

Risks for Family

Now, there are some things about DIY pest control that aren’t so great, especially if you’re using only DIY pest control. One of those things is that there are still risks to your family. For example, if you have pets, then you need to be very careful about which essential oils or plants you choose to use to repel pests because some of them can be harmful to pets.

If you choose to use store-bought pesticides, then you have to figure out how to safely store these chemicals so your pets and children don’t get into them. This is actually a big reason people choose to hire professional pest control – they don’t want to store these harmful chemicals around their homes.

Another risk is that because you aren’t a professional, pests may build up infestations in your home without you realizing it. You have to know what to look for and how to treat specific pests if you want to keep your home safe from them. If you don’t know how to do this, then it might be better to call in a professional.

Less Effective Alone

As mentioned, DIY methods can be really useful when you combine them with professional pest control. But when you use only DIY methods, you’ll find that they aren’t very effective compared to professional treatments. This is because a lot of DIY pest control focuses on repelling pests and not exterminating them. Because these methods are not as effective on their own, you may find that they aren’t enough to prevent infestations in your home.

DIY treatments also often need to be applied to your home more frequently than professional treatments. Professional treatments are made to last for several months, whereas DIY treatments can last only a couple of weeks before losing their potency.

Costs Can Build Up

Even though DIY pest control can be more affordable upfront, the costs can still add up. Things like essential oils aren’t exactly cheap, and if you have to buy them frequently, that cost will definitely add up. The same is true with store-bought pesticides. These pesticides often run out quickly, so you have to buy them frequently. It’s hard to find store-bought pesticides that will treat for every pest, so you often have to buy various kinds of pesticides to stay on top of your home pest problems, whereas one professional treatment targets most pests at once.

If your DIY efforts are not enough to keep infestations from building in your home, you’ll eventually have to call professional pest control to get rid of the infestation. Getting rid of an infestation is often more expensive than paying for professional preventive treatments.

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Is a Yellow Jacket a Bee?

Yellow Jacket a Bee?

2019-06-10

What insect is yellow and black, has wings, and stings? For some, a yellow jacket may come to mind. For others, maybe a honeybee or bumblebee springs to mind. Given the similarities, it’s no wonder why many people think yellow jackets are a type of bee. However, yellow jackets aren’t bees at all. Instead, they are a type of wasp.

Similarities between Yellow Jackets and Bees

Yellow jackets and bees have a lot in common when it comes to physical appearance. This can make it difficult to tell them apart, especially when one or the other is buzzing around your head. Like bees, yellow jackets are yellow and black in color, have wings, and stingers. Furthermore, both yellow jackets and bees are attracted to sugary foods and sweets. This is why it is common to see bees and yellow jackets turn up at your family’s picnic or backyard barbecue.

Differences between Yellow Jackets and Bees

While a sweet fruit salad or ice cream cone may be attractive to both yellow jackets and bees, bees are more interested in pollen and nectar as a food source. Yellow jackets, on the other hand, are predatory omnivores. In addition to sweets, they will eat other insects and even meat. Additionally, yellow jackets are far more aggressive than bees when it comes to their appetite and temperament.

Generally speaking, bees are on the hunt for nectar. While they may be attracted to your food, they typically do not want to bother you. If provoked or in danger, a bee can use its stinger to sting you. However, a honeybee can only sting once before losing its stinger and dying. Even though bumblebees are capable of stinging you multiple times, a bumblebee would prefer to not bother you as well. Yellow jackets, on the other hand, are much more aggressive. As a result, if you swat at a yellow jacket, it is only going to get more wound up. Not to mention, yellow jackets can sting you over and over again. These stings are not only painful, but they can be deadly for those that are allergic to their stings. To avoid being stung, you should avoid swatting or squashing bees and yellow jackets.

Another difference between bees and yellow jackets is how they protect their nest. Typically, the majority of yellow jackets are ground-nesters, though some may build nests in bushes or in manmade structures. Because yellow jackets build nests near or on the ground, it is easy to stumble upon one unknowingly. When a colony of yellow jackets perceives a threat to their nest, they will swarm and attack. Their instinct to protect their colony is so intense, they have been known to chase after a perceived threat for several yards.

In comparison, nest sites among bee species vary. For example, a queen may establish a colony in a tree, in thick grass, or within a structure. Though bees will defend their colony from potential threats, they aren’t as aggressive as yellow jackets. If you spot a swarm of bees, it is likely because their current nest has become too small for the size of the colony. While a swarm of bees may look scary, bees aren’t typically aggressive at this stage. Their only interest is in finding a new home. As long as you keep your distance from the swarm, there is no need to panic or be alarmed.

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Why Bugs Come in the House When It Rains

Some pests, especially those who build underground nests, run for cover when heavy rain floods their habitats. Ants, roaches, yellow jackets and other bugs sometimes enter houses looking for dry shelter. If they find food and a place to nest in your home, they’ll probably stay and could spread quickly. Learn about how to prevent an infestation.

Rainy Weather Bugs in the House

Every year, spring and summer rains spoil people’s warm-weather activities, moving picnics indoors and breaking up backyard parties. Unfortunately, they also force many pests out of their habitats to search for drier shelter. This sometimes leads them into our homes.

Underground habitats are especially prone to flooding. This can mean an increase in activity for ants, cockroaches, yellow jackets and other pests. Bugs that suddenly need a new home can easily find spaces in houses, garages, sheds and other human structures.

These pests are skilled at finding higher, drier ground for emergency shelter—that can lead to infestations anywhere from your attic to your kitchen cabinets.

Which pests are the biggest problems on rainy days? Ants, cockroaches and yellow jackets.

Ants

Ants build their signature mounds over shallow burrows and tunnel systems in the soil. These habitats, which hundreds or thousands of ants call home, are in the worst possible position during heavy rain. Water quickly floods the nest, forcing the ants to escape to dry shelter.

Why do ants come in the house when it rains?

For insects this tiny, it takes more than the cover of a few trees to survive a storm. Ants often resort to hiding in homes and buildings, entering through cracks in the walls or under a garage door that doesn’t fully close. Once they’re in, they’ll start searching for food until the soil dries enough to rebuild their nests. But if they find easy sources of food in your home, it’s possible that they’ll stick around.

That’s one way an infestation can form.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches thrive in humidity, which might make you think that they thrive in rainy weather, too. This is partly true, as post-rain humidity and moisture let them venture farther in search of food. But their habitats are also at risk of flooding.

Because of their need for moisture, cockroaches often live in sewers, drains and other wet locations. Like ants’ burrows, these locations are prone to flooding during storms.

To survive heavy rain, roaches might enter homes and buildings and take shelter there.

Roaches can be an even more dangerous intruder than ants. These pests are resilient and stealthy, hiding in pantries and usually scavenging at night. And they can find plenty of moisture in bathrooms, basements and crawl spaces, where they’ll be happy to stay, even after the rain dries up.

Yellow Jackets

Can wasps fly in the rain? Yes, but rainy weather does affect their ability to get around easily. Wasps are most active during the summer months, when hot, dry weather lets them move around most freely.

Summer storms are particularly bad for yellow jackets, which tend to build their nests in hollows in the ground. Whether it’s in a hole in the soil, under a set of porch stairs or beneath a crack in the sidewalk, a yellow jacket nest has a high chance of flooding when it rains.

When yellow jackets (and wasps and other stinging insects) are driven from their nests, they can become more aggressive.

This becomes an even bigger problem when these flying bugs enter homes and garages to find shelter. Aggressive yellow jackets do not mix well with humans or pets.

All of these pests can spread quickly and cause major problems if they build nests in your home. Learn some tips to avoid attracting pests that are looking for shelter from the rain.

How to Prevent Bugs in Your House When It Rains

Pest control can be difficult to do yourself, especially when it comes to stinging and biting pests. Calling professional pest experts is the best solution, but you can follow these seven tips to avoid attracting bugs when it rains:

  1. Prepare by inspecting for entry points
  2. Seal cracks and holes
  3. Remove trash and debris
  4. Clean up crumbs and spills
  5. Clear sink and tub drains
  6. Organize clutter
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It’s especially important to make sure your home has no holes, crevices or cracks that could let ants and other tiny pests get in when it rains. Do a careful inspection of your house’s exterior walls and seal any openings before bugs find them.

Spend some time clearing clutter around your house, too. Debris and litter can accumulate in your garden or yard and give pests more places to hide. You want to keep bugs (and rodents) far away from your home.

Inside, work on forming a habit of cleaning up after each meal so bugs won’t find any spills, crumbs or dirty dishes to feed on. Wipe counters and vacuum floors as often as possible and keep stored foods sealed in airtight containers.

Occasionally cleaning drains (especially the kitchen sink, where food waste can build up) is a good way to avoid attracting roaches after it rains. And by organizing general clutter in your storage rooms, attic and basement, you can reduce the number of hiding and nesting places for pests.

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Blue Mud Dauber Wasps?

Blue Mud Dauber Wasps?

2019-06-27

That metallic blue wasp you saw that made you wonder if a sting from it would turn you into Ant-Man’s partner? That’s a mud dauber—a.k.a. Chalybion californicum—and there’s no reason to be scared of it. It’s a generally calm, non-aggressive insect whose behavior is just as fascinating as its look.

What Are Blue Wasps?

The blue mud dauber is only one species of mud dauber. Other species feature different colors—including black and yellow—and patterns.

The blue mud dauber is not a social wasp—each female builds its own nests so you’ll never accidentally surprise a whole swarm of mud daubers.

These insects build a new nest for each egg. Blue mud daubers usually take over nests that were already built by the black and yellow species instead of creating their own.

Adult mud daubers feed on the nectar of flowers, pollinating as they move from plant to plant. However, their larvae need protein-rich food sources. Like other mud daubers, the blue species captures spiders to feed to their young. Blue mud daubers primarily hunt black widow spiders (another reason to be more thankful than frightened).

One sting from the wasp permanently paralyzes the spider. The insect then places each spider in its nest and lays a single egg on the last one, before sealing the entrance. The larva soon hatches and eats the spiders until it’s old enough to find its own food.

Do Blue Mud Dauber Wasps Sting?

Luckily, female blue mud daubers spend their hunting energy on spiders and are not typically aggressive toward humans. These wasps prefer to attack prey that they’ll be able to use as food for their larvae. Males of this species can’t sting at all.

Of course, you shouldn’t do anything that might threaten a mud dauber or its nest. Like yellow jackets, these wasps can sting multiple times. Mud daubers’ venom is not dangerous to humans but a sting can be temporarily painful. It’s best to avoid them and consult a professional if you find a nest.

If you are stung by a mud dauber, ice and cool water can help reduce pain and swelling. Most mud dauber bites are mild and the symptoms don’t last long. You can also use a pain cream or anti-irritation lotion to control itchiness. If you feel dizzy or if you have trouble breathing, get medical help right away. Be especially cautious if you know that you’re allergic to wasp stings.

What to Do If You Find Blue Mud Daubers

Blue mud daubers tend to build nests on walls and under roof overhangs, often putting them in close proximity with people. Despite the low risk of stings, they’re usually unwelcome guests. Their nests are unattractive and it’s better to keep them away from children.

If you see mud daubers or their nests around your home or garage, call Aptive Environmental for a customized pest control solution. We use only eco-friendly techniques to control infestations and ensure that your property is defended from pests all year. You can count on our Four Seasons Protection Plan to target the pests that are most active in every season and keep your home protected.

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Do All Moths Eat Clothes?

Do All Moths Eat Clothes?

2019-06-17

When you find holes in your clothing, it’s easy to blame all moths for your wardrobe misfortune. However, before you start pointing fingers at every moth you see, you should know that adult moths don’t actually eat clothing. In fact, the majority of adult moths don’t eat anything at all. Some moths don’t even have mouths! When it comes to your clothes, only one species eats clothing: the clothes moth. What’s more, it’s not even the adult clothes moth that is responsible for damaging your belongings, it’s the clothes moth larvae.

What do Clothes Moths Look Like?

While clothes moths may look similar to common household moths, such as the pantry moth, their food preferences differ. Instead of grains, flour, pasta, and cereal, clothes moths feed on animal fibers containing keratin. This includes wool, fur, silk, feathers, and leather. For the most part, clothes moths do not feed on cotton or synthetic fabrics unless they are blended with animal fibers or are heavily soiled.

One thing that is important to note is that the damage caused by clothes moths is similar to that of the carpet beetle. Since carpet beetles feed on similar materials as clothes moths, it is common to lay the blame on clothes moths when in actuality; you could be dealing with carpet beetles. As a result, proper identification is key.

Identifying clothes moths can be difficult, especially given their small size. For the most part, there are two types of clothes moths that cause problems for homeowners – the webbing clothes moth and the casemaking clothes moth. In addition to a similar size, the webbing clothes moth and casemaking clothes moth look similar in appearance as well. The major difference is that a webbing clothes moth is golden, tan in color and the casemaking clothes moth has wings with dark specks on it.

Adults clothes moths lay between 40-50 tiny eggs on susceptible materials. These eggs will then hatch into fabric-eating larvae. Clothes moth larvae look like small creamy-white caterpillars. As the larvae develop and graze along the clothing surface, threadbare spots will occur.

Where do Clothes Moths Come From?

Unlike the moths you see fluttering towards a light source, clothes moths actually hate the light. Instead, clothes moths prefer dark secluded areas. Clothes moths can get into your home by simply flying through an open door or window. Given their small size, it is easy for clothes moths to get into belongings without you noticing them. If you’re a fan of consignment stores and thrift shops, clothes moths may get into your home by way of second-hand clothing or furniture. Furthermore, clothing and furniture kept in storage, sheds, or garages are susceptible to clothes moths as well. However, no matter how they get into your home, there are a number of ways to prevent clothes moths and if you do have them, get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

To determine whether you have a clothes moth infestation, you must first thoroughly inspect any susceptible items. This could be anything from a wool scarf, an old rug, a second-hand sofa, or a taxidermy stuffed animal. If you find clothes moths in your belongings, you should take the following steps:

  • Dispose of items that have been destroyed by clothes moths, or are past the point of repair.
  • Thoroughly clean your clothes by taking them to a dry cleaner or washing them in hot water.
  • Deep clean and vacuum carpeted areas, rugs and closets thoroughly. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag immediately.
  • Freeze any items you cannot wash or dry clean for 72 hours.
  • Call a pest control expert.

Unfortunately, when you are trying to get rid of clothes moths yourself, it’s hard to be successful on the first try. If you find yourself with a clothes moth situation, your best bet is to call a pest control expert such as Aptive Environmental. A

Do All Moths Eat Clothes?

2019-06-17

When you find holes in your clothing, it’s easy to blame all moths for your wardrobe misfortune. However, before you start pointing fingers at every moth you see, you should know that adult moths don’t actually eat clothing. In fact, the majority of adult moths don’t eat anything at all. Some moths don’t even have mouths! When it comes to your clothes, only one species eats clothing: the clothes moth. What’s more, it’s not even the adult clothes moth that is responsible for damaging your belongings, it’s the clothes moth larvae.

What do Clothes Moths Look Like?

While clothes moths may look similar to common household moths, such as the pantry moth, their food preferences differ. Instead of grains, flour, pasta, and cereal, clothes moths feed on animal fibers containing keratin. This includes wool, fur, silk, feathers, and leather. For the most part, clothes moths do not feed on cotton or synthetic fabrics unless they are blended with animal fibers or are heavily soiled.

One thing that is important to note is that the damage caused by clothes moths is similar to that of the carpet beetle. Since carpet beetles feed on similar materials as clothes moths, it is common to lay the blame on clothes moths when in actuality; you could be dealing with carpet beetles. As a result, proper identification is key.

Identifying clothes moths can be difficult, especially given their small size. For the most part, there are two types of clothes moths that cause problems for homeowners – the webbing clothes moth and the casemaking clothes moth. In addition to a similar size, the webbing clothes moth and casemaking clothes moth look similar in appearance as well. The major difference is that a webbing clothes moth is golden, tan in color and the casemaking clothes moth has wings with dark specks on it.

Adults clothes moths lay between 40-50 tiny eggs on susceptible materials. These eggs will then hatch into fabric-eating larvae. Clothes moth larvae look like small creamy-white caterpillars. As the larvae develop and graze along the clothing surface, threadbare spots will occur.

Where do Clothes Moths Come From?

Unlike the moths you see fluttering towards a light source, clothes moths actually hate the light. Instead, clothes moths prefer dark secluded areas. Clothes moths can get into your home by simply flying through an open door or window. Given their small size, it is easy for clothes moths to get into belongings without you noticing them. If you’re a fan of consignment stores and thrift shops, clothes moths may get into your home by way of second-hand clothing or furniture. Furthermore, clothing and furniture kept in storage, sheds, or garages are susceptible to clothes moths as well. However, no matter how they get into your home, there are a number of ways to prevent clothes moths and if you do have them, get rid of them.

How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

To determine whether you have a clothes moth infestation, you must first thoroughly inspect any susceptible items. This could be anything from a wool scarf, an old rug, a second-hand sofa, or a taxidermy stuffed animal. If you find clothes moths in your belongings, you should take the following steps:

  • Dispose of items that have been destroyed by clothes moths, or are past the point of repair.
  • Thoroughly clean your clothes by taking them to a dry cleaner or washing them in hot water.
  • Deep clean and vacuum carpeted areas, rugs and closets thoroughly. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag immediately.
  • Freeze any items you cannot wash or dry clean for 72 hours.
  • Call a pest control expert.

Unfortunately, when you are trying to get rid of clothes moths yourself, it’s hard to be successful on the first try. If you find yourself with a clothes moth situation, your best bet is to call a pest control expert such as Aptive Environmental. An Aptive pest specialist will be able to identify vulnerable materials and problem areas in your home, and can determine the most effective and safest treatment option based on your needs.

Start living pest-free by calling your local Aptive Environmental branch today.

oblem areas in your home, and can determine the most effective and safest treatment option based on your needs.

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Bug vs. Insect: Is there a Difference?

Bug vs. Insect: Is there a Difference?

2019-06-20

While it is perfectly acceptable to refer to insects as bugs, there is actually a difference between the two terms. To make things even more confusing, all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs. Pretty weird, right? Turns out, it all boils down to taxonomic order.

What is a Bug?

In order to explain what a bug is, we need to take you back to biology class. While you might not remember everything about high school science class, you may remember kingdom, phylum, class and order. Both insects and bugs fall into class Insecta, but bugs, specifically, fall into order Hemiptera. This means that all bugs are in fact a type of insect, but not every type of insect belongs to order Hemiptera. Because everyone (even scientists) refers to insects as bugs, the bugs found in order Hemiptera are actually called “true bugs.”

Because true bugs are considered insects, they have many of the same body parts as other insects. For instance, true bugs have an exoskeleton, segmented bodies, and 6 legs. However, there are some differences. Unlike a lot of insects, true bugs undergo incomplete metamorphosis – egg, adult-like nymph, and winged adult. Furthermore, true bugs have specialized mouth-parts, called stylets, that are shaped like straws or needles. They use their stylets to suck fluid from plants (though some do feed on animals). While butterflies and honeybees also have straw-like mouthparts, the mouths of true bugs are a little bit different. Instead of being retractable, the mouthpart of a true bug is rigid and cannot be rolled up. True bugs include aphids, stink bugs, water bugs and bed bugs.

What is an Insect?

By the technical, or taxonomic, definition, a large group of insects are not bugs, even though we call them bugs. Beetlesantsmoths, cockroaches, bees, flies, and mosquitoes are not considered true bugs since they are not found in order Hemiptera. Instead, these creepy crawlies are found in order Hymenoptera. Members of this order have different characteristics than their true bug counterparts. The major difference is their mouths. Rather than a stylet that is fixed in place, insects in this order have a proboscis that they can retract. Additionally, to confuse you even more, there are a number of creatures that are neither bug, nor insect.

Millipedescentipedesscorpionsspiders and ticks aren’t bugs or insects at all. Millipedes are classified as diplopodans due their double footed segments. Centipedes are considered chilopodans because they have one pair of legs per body segment. Lastly, scorpions, spiders, and ticks are characterized by their eight legs and two body parts (a cephalothorax and abdomen), making them arachnids.

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Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Work?

Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Work?

2019-06-24

What’s worse than finding pests in your house?

Realizing you’ll have to handle baits, pesticides, traps (and trapped pests!) or other devices to control them yourself.

One kind of pest control device has been a popular talking point for years among consumers who don’t look forward to getting their hands dirty: ultrasonic pest repellers.

Ultrasonic pest repellers claim to eliminate pest problems by emitting high-frequency sounds that disturb bugs and rodents and persuade them to stay away.

Ultrasonic pest repellers sound like easy, straightforward ways to prevent pests. But do they work as advertised? Despite successful lab experiments, research has not been able to prove that these devices are effective against bugs and rodents in real-world circumstances. What does science say about why they probably won’t work in your home?

How Electronic Pest Repellers Claim to Work

These devices, which you plug into an outlet like a nightlight, are supposed to repel pests by emitting an irritating sound. The frequency of the ultrasonic sound waves they produce is too high for human ears to detect. But bugs and rodents, such as cockroaches, crickets, mice and rats, can hear this high-frequency sound.

The theory behind these devices is that the sound will make pests uncomfortable, disrupt their eating habits and cause them to leave the area—whether it’s your living room, basement, or garage.

But studies have shown mixed results.

Research Shows Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Are Ineffective

Researchers have tested these devices in controlled experiments to determine if they work according to theory. In lab tests, using powerful ultrasonic emitters, some pests were dramatically affected by the sound.

But in real-life situations, using store-bought devices, research has shown that ultrasonic pest repellers are inconsistent and ineffective.

The devices available from stores and online aren’t powerful enough to affect pests. Their range is too short and the sound waves they emit are too weak to effectively repel bugs or rodents.

In some cases, mice and rats simply stop reacting to the sound—after initially considering it a threat, they become accustomed to it. Other pests don’t show any reaction. Even if the devices did produce effects on bugs, their range is too limited to control an infestation of any size.

FTC Warning

In 2001, the FTC warned many manufacturers of these devices to change the claims of success they printed on the packaging because there was no scientific evidence to back it up. Today, they aren’t allowed to promise completely effective pest control because there’s no research proving that their products will work.

Though packaging and customer reviews still suggest some level of success, the fine print makes it clear that nothing is guaranteed.

Should You Use Ultrasonic Pest Repellents?

Unfortunately, these simple, clean pest control solutions don’t eliminate pest infestations. Some users have reported success but that result was probably due to one of the many other variables affecting pest populations.

Before spending money on these products, consider the lack of scientific evidence backing them up and the availability of other, time-tested options.

Are Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Safe?

The same factors that make these devices ineffective—weak sound and limited range—also make them perfectly safe for use around people. We can’t detect the noise and it is not harmful to our ears.

You should, however, consider the potential effects of ultrasound on your pets. Dogs and cats don’t seem to mind the sound, even though they can hear it. But if the ultrasound is strong enough for pests to hear, it might frighten or irritate hamsters, gerbils and other small pets—even if only temporarily.

Better Pest Control Solutions

Without conclusive evidence that ultrasonic and electronic pest repellers work, it’s better to avoid these products and choose pest control methods that have been proven effective, such as traps and baits.

Traps and baits are different implementations of the same idea. Traps are meant to attract pests to the bait and trap them while baits are poisonous and kill the pest after it eats it.

Simple baits, such as peanut butter, are very attractive to rodents, making these products much more successful than electronic devices.

You might think one or two pests around the house is a problem you can handle yourself. The truth is that seeing one or two pests often signals the presence of a larger infestation. It’s important to control pests as quickly and effectively as possible—the best way to do it is to call the professionals at Aptive.

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