The last few days of summer are upon us and before you know it, the kids will be going back to school. Take advantage of these final lazy summer days and take the kids on a picnic or a hike! Enjoying these last few days of freedom before getting back to the classroom will be a lot of fun for the kids, just as long as everyone stays away from stinging insects like fire ants, wasps and bees. Unfortunately, stinging insects seem to be even more of a problem in the fall because their numbers are at their peak and they are looking far and wide for enough food to feed their large colonies. What can you do to protect your family from bites and stings on a picnic? Here are some tips from the pest management pros at EnviroPest to keep your family from getting stung on your last summer picnic!
If you have bed bugs inside your home, you may be feeling desperate. You want to protect your family from these pests, especially if you have children, because living in a home that is filled with bugs that bite you while you sleep is not a pleasant situation. You may have done everything you can think of to remove these pests from your home, but despite all your cleaning, washing of clothes and throwing out bedding or mattresses, bed bugs will still be a problem for you if an infestation has taken hold inside your home. Bed bugs are nocturnal, which means they come out at night to bite; but during the daytime, they are hiding in places you wouldn’t expect. Here are some tips from the Colorado pest control pros at EnviroPest to help you know what NOT to do if you find bed bugs are present inside your Fort Collins, Loveland or Northern Colorado property.
Have you been spending your summer cleaning up cobwebs inside your Colorado home? It doesn’t have to be that way, because these arachnids don’t need to get inside your home in the first place. Spiders in Colorado that infest your home include the common house spider, the rock spider, the wolf spider and even the black widow spider, which is one of Colorado’s poisonous spiders. Having these arachnids inside your home can be a real burden, especially if you are finding spiders and their webs everywhere or if you have arachnophobia (the very real fear of spiders). What can you do to control common house spiders in Colorado? The professionals at EnviroPest in Loveland have a few spider control tips to help you limit the number of these pests inside your home this summer.
West Nile virus (WNV) is cropping up in the news all over the place and unfortunately, it’s struck a little too close to home. Several weeks ago, Larimer County had its first reported human cases of West Nile and since then, there have been two more confirmed cases in Loveland residents, which has prompted an emergency response for Colorado mosquito services. This brings the total human cases of WNV in Larimer County up to ten, which is quite a lot in a short period of time. Because there are so many human cases and because so many mosquitoes are testing positive for this virus, the county health department director Dr. Adrienne LeBailly has recommend a city-wide mosquito control spray to help limit the number of mosquitoes we are seeing. If you are considering mosquito control services on your own property, here are some tips from the Loveland pest control pros at EnviroPest on how to prevent mosquito bites for you and your family.
In Colorado, we see a lot of spiders. They are outside on our decks, inside our homes in our bathrooms and often in dark corners of rooms where they won’t be disturbed. It’s true that these arachnids can be useful by eating other insects that are on your property, but they can also be a nuisance, especially when they enter homes or businesses in large numbers! They can also pose a problem for folks in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and other areas of Northern Colorado when they lay their eggs indoors and then hundreds of spiderlings are born inside your structure. Finding spiders everywhere inside a home can be frustrating and stressful; NOT something you want to deal with every day! Here are some tips to help you find ways to prevent spiders as well as some spider control options for CO home and business owners struggling with spiders.
Spiders are a pest that many homeowners fear and do not want invading their home, but are the spiders found in Colorado really dangerous? The short answer is that all spiders possess fangs, venom and have the potential to bite humans, but in most cases spiders are shy and do not bite; if they do happen to bite, most will not cause any serious reaction in people. Common types of spiders in Colorado that are considered to be nuisance pests are the house spider, rock spider, and wolf spider. There are however some spiders living in Colorado that are considered to be dangerous to humans, the most common dangerous species is the black widow spider. The black widow spider’s venom affects their victim’s nervous system; a bite from this species can be especially dangerous to the elderly or young. Immediate medical attention should be sought if you or a family member is bitten.
Stinging insects like bees and wasps become very active during the summer months; they are foraging for food, breeding and building their nesting areas. This increase in activity can cause many homeowners in Colorado to have an increased chance of coming into accidental contact with them or their nests, which can lead to a painful sting. Many homeowners are stung by bees and wasps while mowing, gardening or doing home repairs during the summer months; often they are unaware of a nest until it is too late. Honey bees tend to build their nests in the crevices of hollow trees or on the inside of other structures that provide a safe area. Honey bees will also often find their way inside homes and nest in wall voids and attic areas. Wasps will build their nests under eaves and soffits, under porches, decks and around landscape timbers; their nests are generally round in shape and appear to have a honey comb pattern.
It’s summertime and many homeowners are calling us with their ant problems. Ants in the kitchen, in bathrooms and basements are all common problems in Fort Collins and throughout Northern Colorado. Most people just don’t understand why they are having ant problems this year, when they’ve never seen these pests indoors before. The ants you find inside your home are typically foragers; the members of the colony that are out searching for food. Typically, ants have an established colony outdoors that they return to with the food they find, but some types of ants in Colorado, like pavement ants, sugar ants and carpenter ants are capable of establishing a nest indoors.
Bees and wasps are just starting to make themselves obvious here in Loveland and throughout Northern Colorado. If you have them on your property, you have probably already seen a few buzzing around your flowers or your lawn. The biggest danger associated with these stinging insects is being stung by them and if you have someone in your home that has an allergy to bee stings or wasp stings, there’s a good chance you already know how to treat a sting. Someone that has a bee sting allergy usually carries an epinephrine pen, which is a quick shot of medicine to help alleviate the aftereffects of a sting so that person can high tail it to the nearest hospital. If you don’t have an allergy to bee or wasp stings, you may not be familiar with what you need to do should a family member get stung. Fortunately, not everyone needs to head to the nearest hospital after being stung by a bee, so here is what you should do after being stung by a stinging insect:
You have probably seen a bee’s nest before; they can often be found in the eaves of a home, or under decking, inside chimneys or even in trees. But have you ever seen a bee’s nest in the ground? Chances are you have not, because simply the fact that they’re in the ground makes them more difficult to see; but it’s true- bees and other stinging insects do nest in the ground! In fact, a very specific species of bee nests in the ground- this species includes digger bees, sweat bees and mining bees. But the nests that are in the ground here in Colorado that we need to be most concerned with are those of yellow jackets and wasps. Could you have these insects nesting on your property? Here are some signs to look for and what you can do to prevent stinging insects from nesting on your property.