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Increased Arachnid Activity

Megan Pinneo

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If you haven't taken notice already, you may start to see an increase in spider activity in the next couple of weeks as the temperatures begin to cool off making way for Fall. While it is not widely known, male spiders typically seek a mate around late Summer early Fall. This includes tarantula spiders, which according to Mount Diablo State Park rangers, they have already begun seeing tarantulas popping up early due to the cooler temperatures. Be advised that mating season usually lasts through the end of October. 

It's good to keep in mind that while tarantulas are intimidating to look at (for all you arachnophobes!) they are quite docile and non-aggressive unless provoked (which we DO NOT recommend!) Most female tarantulas remain in their burrow, so if you run into a tarantula while out hiking or if you live on acreage, chances are it's a male. Fun fact: Male tarantulas have been known to search for up to four miles to find a mate! Kind of romantic! 

On a separate note, general household spiders will also be seeking mates around this time frame. As always, we recommend staying consistent with your pest control services and doing your best to eliminate the arachnids main food source which are of course other bugs, but most importantly FLIES. If you find yourself having a particularly intense fly infestation, whether outside or inside your home, we recommend picking up a fly catcher or trap at either Home Depot or Lowes to help out. These usually cost anywhere from $5.00 to $7.00 depending on the brand or type you buy. Making sure your trash bids are secure and covered is also a good idea, since this is a popular place for spiders to set up camp. (Coincidence? We think not.) 

We hope this helps answer some of your questions about the increase in spider activity as of lately. If ever you have a concern or need your pest control technician to come back out to do a respray for you, don't hesitate to give us a call!

 

 

Scorpions

Megan Pinneo

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Beware of Scorpions

During periods of hot weather scorpions are known to enter the home through any cracks or openings that there may be in and around the home. They tend to favor crawl spaces and attics once inside the home. Scorpions are nocturnal therefor can mostly be seen at night. Their diet mostly consists of insects such as crickets, cockroaches and spiders and can survive for months without food as long as they have a water source.

The Sting

As a defense mechanism scorpions are known to sting. If a human is stung by a scorpion they most likely would experience mild symptoms similar to a bee sting. There are some species of scorpions that carry a dangerous venom which can be fatal to humans.

Prevention

If you are concerned about scorpions being a threat to your home you may want to take some precautions to help keep them away. Start by eliminating places around your home where these pests can harbor such as wood piles, trash and debris. If you are storing any firewood on the property make sure that is at least 20ft away from your home. Also, sealing any cracks in and around your home is a must, this will not only keep scorpions out but any other pests that may be wanting to enter your home as well. Be sure that all screens on windows and doors are secure and without and any tears. Last, check that the garage door closes to the ground and there is not an opening for them to crawl in.

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Carpet Beetles

Megan Pinneo

Scientific Name: Athrenus Verbasci

Carpet Beetles seem to be a high concern for many of Black Knight Termite and Pest Control customers. In the office we have been receiving call after call wondering what exactly these pests are and what they are doing in the homes of many. In doing some research of my own I wanted to help answer some of those questions you may have been wondering yourself, and hopefully ease some of the stress they may have been causing you. So take a breath, relax and read on.

First let's make it clear that Carpet Beetles are not rare, they are actually a very common household pest.

Do they bite?

        Rest assured that Carpet Beetles DO NOT bite, they are actually harmless. Many confuse them with bed bugs because the hair that is shed from the larvae cause itchy welts on human skin, however these welts are not to be confused with bites.

How big do they get?

Only 3mm long.

Do Carpet Beetles cause damage?

Yes, Carpet Beetles as larvae feed on natural fibers causing damage to carpet, furniture and clothing. If they are allowed the opportunity to feed for an extended amount of time you can image the damage they can cause in and around your home.

What can I do to help keep them away?

Vacuuming your home regularly is a great and simple way to help keep Carpet Beetles away. Also, check closets, air ducts, under furniture and base boards for eggs, as this is where they are mostly found. Sometimes Carpet Beetles will need to be exterminated by a Pest Control Professional, for a FREE QUOTE call Black Knight Pest Control @ 951-694-8100 and let us do the work.