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So, you have a gopher problem.
Gophers are an ongoing pest problem that affect homeowners and business owners year round, meaning there is no such thing as 'gopher season'. While gophers are active throughout the year, you may find them to be most problematic during the Spring and Summer months when fresh plants are most commonly put in from gardening. Given their preference, gophers prefer fresh roots from new plants, but this doesn't stop them from eating anything else you've got growing in your yards. *sigh*
The most common gophers we have in California are the pocket gophers. They typically spend a majority of their lifetime underground, so spotting one above ground is a rarity. Aside from the obvious reasons for controlling a gopher problem, such as curb appeal and overall aesthetic, you shouldn't overlook a gopher problem. If left to their own devices, gophers will destroy expensive landscaping and threaten homeowner safety by potentially burrowing under the foundation, and in some cases, cause the home to collapse. To prevent this from happening, there are several methods used to treat a gopher problem. Some of these methods are bating, trapping, using a Gopher X machine or fumitoxin, which is a inorganic chemical compound. Gophers are very territorial in nature, so naturally this makes them very stubborn to get rid of!
Treating gophers is easy if you have a gopher specialist who is there to help. Often times, DIY gopher control is costly, frustrating and ineffective. Needless to say, we definitely do not recommend taking on your gopher problem on your own. Unfortunately, if you've had a gopher problem in the past or have neighbors that are currently experiencing a gopher problem, the likelihood of having an ongoing gopher problem, yourself, is very great. In light of this, we recommend getting on a gopher control service.
Give Black Knight a call (951-694-8100) to get in touch with our gopher specialist who can recommend the best method to control your unique gopher problem! We promise you won't be disappointed!
It's officially November which means that it's officially the holiday season! As you already know, this is the time where travel becomes a lot more frequent and you may find yourself staying in hotels or even guest bedrooms as you visit friends and family for the holidays.
A good rule of thumb when settling in to wherever you are staying it that bed bugs can essentially hide anywhere. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are not limited to just beds. Meaning, they can hide in couches, luggage, behind picture frames, in closets, in purses, or even coat racks. Wherever people are, bed bugs can hitch a ride and find a new victim to feed on, which makes hotels a perfect place for this. *Cue look of disgust*
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. The Cimex Lectularius, which is the most common among bed bugs, prefers to feed on the blood of humans. (Kinda like vampires...gross!) You can always tell you have a bed bug problem from the tell tale signs:
- Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
- Dark spots (about this size: • ...)
- Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
- Live bed bugs.
If you are unfamiliar with what live bed bugs may look like, they are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed. After a meal, they typically swell up and become more of a reddish color.
Bed bugs are tenacious little buggers (pun intended) because they are constantly moving from one victim to another and are pros at hiding. One way that we can eradicate a bed bug problem is using the thermal heat treating method to kill off the mature adults but also the eggs that they've laid, preventing them from spreading.
Our advise to have a bed bug free holiday season?
1. Always do a thorough inspection of the bed by pulling back the sheets and observing the mattress seams.
2. Do a brief inspection of the baseboards, outlets and picture frames remembering to inspect the curtains or drapes.
3. After traveling, never place your luggage on your bed. Always unpack your luggage in the garage or laundry room and do laundry right away to avoid any bed bugs from spreading, preferably with the hottest water setting possible.
4 . Call Black Knight for a free bed bug pest inspection so we can prevent an infestation from spreading.
Mosquito season is here, it is important that you take a look around your home to identify if there are any areas in which mosquitos may be harboring. I have created a list of places you will want to identify and correct an issue if there is one.
- Gutters - Remove leaves and debris
- Kids pool and bird bath - Do not allow water to stand for long periods of time and frequently change water
- Buckets - Remove water collecting in buckets
- Trash Cans - Insure trash cans are tightly sealed
- Leaky pipes - Repair any leaky pipes
- Ponds and swimming pools - Keep swimming pools and ponds clean and treated regularly
As you can tell after reading the provided list that the main thing you will want to do is eliminate any standing water. Mosquitos prefer to lay their eggs in stagnant water. While eliminating standing water will not completely rid a mosquito situation if there is one it will defiantly have a drastic impact on decreasing the amount of active mosquitos.
Believe is or not there are several types of insects that actually help your garden flourish. Here are a few that you may not want to scare away next time you see them.
The Praying Mantis kills and eats other insects which creates a growth control over the predatory insects.
Ground Beetles feed on harmful insects such as maggots and flies. Having the Ground Beetle around will help your vegetables grow.
Syrphid Flies, also known as hover flies help in the pollination of plants.
Wasps increase the soil aeration and filtration in your garden.
Bumble Bees kill active and harmful insects which help the continuous growth of plants.
The beautiful Lady Bug eat mites, mealy bugs and their larvae, which are harmful to plants.
It's always a good time to call Black Knight Pest Control with all your Pest Control and Termite needs but when you see these insects in your garden you may want to give it a second thought, they are actually helping your garden grow.
There are times when it is hard to tell each insect from another and for those times give Black Knight Pest Control we can always help you.
Think of all the helpful insects that help this beautiful field of flowers grow in Carlsbad, California.