Earlier this year we’ve debunked many commonly believed pest control myths on our blog. Click here and here to refresh your memory. Now, as the year is coming to an end, we thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite interesting (and true!) facts about insects and pests. Read on to learn more and then give us a call to schedule your free in-home estimate.
Cockroaches can live up to a week without its head. They would survive for longer than that except, without the ability to drink water, they die of thirst.
…and they’re fast
A cockroach can run up to three miles per hour!
Ants do not chew their food in the traditional sense. Instead, they move their jaws sideways, similar to a pair of scissors.
Cricket’s ears on located on the front of their legs, just below the knees.
Rats are well-known scavengers. In fact, every year they contaminate enough food to feed two hundred million people.
…but they don’t live long
Most rats die before they turn one year old.
Termites love rock music! In fact, they eat through wood two times faster when rocking out to some tunes.
The common housefly has taste buds on its feet.
Bees may fly up to sixty miles in a day.
…and they kill their queens
Well, not maliciously. When a honey bee queen begins to die, she emits a pheromone that makes her smell unrecognizable to the colony bees and they will kill her.
Fleas may be tiny, but they can jump up to one hundred and thirty times their height.
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Cockroaches have a tendency to elicit screaming and jumping on tables, and for good reason! Cockroaches are creepy and disgusting and are typically found in homes that are unsanitary (even though we know that they can make appearances in even the cleanest of homes). However, there are a number of insects that are often mistaken for cockroaches, including the water bug. There are many ways that the water bug differs from the cockroach, though. Read on to learn more:
Water Bug Characteristics
- Water bugs are generally bigger in size than a cockroach. A water bug is, on average, about two inches long.
- Water bugs have short antennae. Cockroaches are often identified by their very long antennae, almost the length of their body, as well as their six legs covered with spines.
- Water bugs can hold their breath for a long time and live and hunt prey in water. A cockroach prefers land and is typically found in dark, moist spaces.
- Water bugs are known for their ability to hunt down their food. In fact, once they’ve captured their prey, the water bug will inject it with an enzyme that liquefies its insides so they can suck out the liquid. Cockroaches, on the other hand, are scavengers and subsist on food and garbage that they find.
- Water bugs are known to bite if they are handled or feel threatened. Cockroaches are known to stay away from people and will hide if approached.
- Water bugs can fly and will do so from one body of water to another. Cockroaches can fly but they’re not particularly adept at it.
- Finally, and maybe most important, cockroaches spread disease and can cause health issues whereas water bugs typically do not.
Our pest control technicians are experts at identifying cockroaches and differentiating them from other insects. If you think you’ve seen a cockroach in your home, please call us at 877-PESTS-55 to schedule your free in-home estimate!
At the start of the new year, we shared some of the most commonly believed pest control myths. However, there are plenty of myths about pests in your home and, with the new school year beginning and colder weather on the horizon, we’d like to share a few more with you. Read on to find our whether your ideas about pests and pest control are valid or not. Then, give us a call to schedule your free in-home estimate.
You Only Need Bug Spray in the Evening
Even though fall is approaching, there is still plenty of time to spend outdoors. Most people believe that bugs and mosquitoes are worse at night and will apply bug spray as the sun starts to set. In fact, insects can be bothersome any time of day so bug spray is often necessary while the sun is still high in the sky.
Cockroaches are Only Found in Dirty Homes
It’s true that cockroaches are typically found in dirty and unkempt homes. However, they are very resilient and may take up residence in a clean home as long as they have access to food and water.
Rats are Filthy
Though they are gross looking and undesirable house guest, rats are actually very concerned with cleanliness. In fact, they spend more than half of the day cleaning their nests, themselves, and their living quarters. Also, they have separate areas for sleeping and for going to the bathroom.
Fleas Only Live on Pets
Fleas are often found in the fur of dogs and cats. However, they can live for a long time without a host animal.
Only People with Pests Need Pest Control
The most effective form of pest control is preventative! Even if you don’t currently have a pest infestation, your home may not be completely protected against one. A pest control professional can help you pinpoint areas of the home that may be vulnerable to a pest infestation.
Call Freedom Pest Control at 877-PESTS-55 today to schedule your free in-home evaluation!
It’s September and schools everywhere are back in session! Moms and dads are rejoicing, teachers are prepping for a new school year, and kids are thrilled to see their friends and show off their new clothes. However, for a school that has become infested with pests, the start of the beginning of the school year might not be so exciting or seamless. Schools provide pests with many nooks and crannies in which to hide and also offer a safe and warm place to live during the upcoming colder months.
School administrators should especially be on the lookout for the following pests:
- Flies buzzing around a classroom are distracting but, more importantly, flies are notorious for contaminating food.
- Cockroaches are not only creepy, but they can also trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks in children. They also spread many different kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella.
- Spiders are typically harmless but they can be bothersome, scream inducing, and can also be a sign of other pest infestations.
- Rodents can fit through very small spaces, sometimes as small as a dime, and can often times carry serious diseases. They can also leave behind gross droppings, make distracting noises, and emit terrible odors.
- Stinging Insects are very active in the early fall and their stings not only hurt small children, but can also cause allergic reactions.
The aforementioned pests don’t just target schools. They are also commonly found in office buildings, hotels, nursing homes, apartments, and a variety of other commercial businesses. Luckily, Freedom Pest Control offers commercial pest control services in addition to residential. If your school or place of business has been infested, please call us today at 1-877-PESTS-55 for more information!
Late August into early September is one of the busiest times of year for moving. Students are returning to their college apartments and rentals are changing tenants. And, in recent years, the number of people renting an apartment is rising. However, with the convenience of renting come the cons, one of which is the possibility of a pest infestation. Shared walls, close living quarters, and connected utilities make it easy for pests to move from one apartment to another and also make it difficult to find the source of the infestation. Common pests that plague apartment buildings and townhouse units include bed bugs, cockroaches, flies, and rodents.
If you’re moving into a rental unit in the coming weeks, follow these simple tips to keep those unwanted houseguests away:
Proof Against Apartment Pests
- Vacuum regularly
- Dispose of garbage on a daily basis in covered receptacles located outdoors
- Keep your kitchen tidy. Sweep on a daily basis, wash dishes after use, wipe up crumbs and spills on the counters and floors.
- Store food in airtight containers and keep them on high shelves.
- Notify your landlord of any leaky pipes or areas of moisture and insist that they get fixed quickly.
- Pests, like bed bugs, often hide in furniture so be very cautious when accepting or buying used pieces. Be sure to give them a good inspection and cleaning before bringing them into your home.
- Keep clutter to a minimum – pests love to hide in piles of clothes and in boxes.
- Seal entry points.
We at Freedom Pest Control are experienced in exterminating pests from multi-unit apartments. Please call us today at 1-877-PESTS-55 for more information!
The mention of a cockroach can make the skin crawl on even the bravest of the brave. And though cockroaches are typically attracted to messy and unsanitary households and restaurants, they can make an appearance in even the cleanliness of spaces. First, in the winter time, cockroaches may find their way indoors in an attempt to escape the cold. Second, cockroaches are easily transported in bags, boxes, and appliances.
The most common types of cockroaches that we see in New England are the German cockroach and the American cockroach. The German cockroach is less than an inch long and is tan with two dark stripes. They have wings but cannot fly and are able to scale walls and traverse ceilings. The American cockroach is about two inches long with long antenna. They are reddish-brown and can fly, though not particularly well. They too can scale walls, traverse ceilings, and squeeze through small cracks. Cockroaches prefer dark, moist spaces where food is in close proximity.
Follow these easy tips to avoid a cockroach infestation:
- Keep counters, floors, and cabinets clean and crumb-free to eliminate potential food sources.
- Vacuum and sweep regularly. Cockroaches are less likely to invade a cleaner home.
- Take garbage out on a daily basis. Cockroaches are attracted to the scent of food and garbage so be sure to store full garbage bags in cans with lids.
- Make sure that exterior walls and shared apartment walls are properly sealed to prevent cockroaches from sneaking through cracks.
- Store food in sealed containers. This should help to prevent an infestation but will also keep cockroaches out of your food if they have found their way into your home.
- Fix leaky pipes and clean up standing water immediately. Cockroaches thrive in, and seek out, wet, moist spaces.
- Eliminate clutter around the home to maintain cleanliness and to limit hiding spaces.
Don’t let these creepy crawlers invade your home! Call Freedom Pest Control at 877-PESTS-55 to discuss treatment options and to schedule your free in-home estimate!