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Pest Control Tips for a Jasper Pest Free Home or Business Good morning everybody and welcome to the faith pest control Podcast. I&#8217;m Mike Stewart, your host. And if you have pest problems you need an exterminator you haven&#8217;t things bugging you in Jasper, or Blairsville, or Blue Ridge or big canoe, Georgia really anywhere in the north Georgia mountains. And especially in Jasper, Georgia, you need to have a pest expert like Fred Talley give you the tips to have a pest free home. So today Fred is going to be talking about tips and tricks to have a pest free home and things that you could be doing things that you may not be thinking about. So Fred, the floor is yours as they say. And tell us those pest tips to help us have us have a jasper, pest free home or business. All right Mikey. Some of these helpful hints, if you will, are to try to help you from from getting stung as well. So if you&#8217;re if you&#8217;re mowing your lawn, and you&#8217;re using a push mower, well doesn&#8217;t matter what kind of mower you&#8217;re using, if you&#8217;re mowing the lawn, this the vibration of the mower itself will agitate the yellow jackets because they nest in the ground. So just that vibration gets him agitated and upset. If you&#8217;re using a walk behind push mower you&#8217;ll know fairly quickly if you agitated Yellowjackets nests. Now if you&#8217;re on a riding mower in you&#8217;re going to know because they&#8217;re going to come out and sting you. That&#8217;s how you&#8217;re going to oh, if you&#8217;re on a riding mower, you may not necessarily know immediately that you have awakened a giant, the yellow jackets. In my experience, my wife would argue with me but Yellowjackets aren&#8217;t necessarily aggressive unless they&#8217;re provoked. So you know, obviously the edge of the vibration of their Nast is this provocation enough to get them excited. Another thing in the as far as mowing your grass, because this actually happened to us. We had a bald faced hornets nest and in one of our shrubs, and it was probably like waist level. It was before we ever even solid, it was the size of a basketball. And we had the moat right beside that piece of shrubbery. Now, if you notice, the the Hornet&#8217;s Nest, if you will just stop in try to observe their their traffic pattern in and out of the nest. If you just avoid that traffic pattern that you&#8217;re probably going to be okay. You know, you may want to call an exterminator to get it taken care of that would be totally up to you. But bald faced Hornets in my, in my experience are not aggressive either, unless provoked most stinging insects that we deal with. Unless you provoke them, they&#8217;re they&#8217;re not going to sting you they don&#8217;t want to be around you any more than then you want to be around them, generally speaking. So if you do have a nest you need to approach the nest at an angle from which the inhabitants aren&#8217;t coming and going. If you&#8217;ll just get relatively close to the nest and just stand still and just watch the nest you&#8217;ll be able to see kind of their flight pattern, how they&#8217;re coming into and out of their nest. Some stinging insects have what what we call Guard base, and their their job basically is to protect the entrance from intruders. Now if they detect you there that they would be they would determine that as aggression I guess you&#8217;d say and they you know they would attempt to get you out of the area. But if you just approached the nest from the side, don&#8217;t ever approach in this face forward, head on because the they will attack you because that&#8217;s provocation at night if you have your view light to set out on your porch or deck and with the light on especially European Hornets are attracted the lights at night. Again,
you can sit on the on the porch or deck they&#8217;re not not going to necessarily attack you. They&#8217;re attracted to the light not you. So you know they themselves unless provoked, they don&#8217;t normally they&#8217;re not normally a problem at all during the day in in your yard if you have fruit trees, if you if in I was going to say if you allow but it&#8217;s not you allowing is going to happen no matter your best efforts but if fruit if you have fruiting trees and fruit falls on the on the ground here in North Georgia, the actually European Hornets will will in get inside the fruit and hanging on the tree. But Yellow Jackets especially enjoy rotting fruit so they will harvest the nutrients from that fruit. So just make sure that you pick up the fruit that&#8217;s on the ground. Gaps under exterior doors it&#8217;s pretty easy to put a door sweep on a door and that&#8217;s that&#8217;s generally the remedy for gaps under doors. But it only takes three millimeters, which probably less than an eighth of an inch gap for a an American Roach which is people refer to an American roaches, Palmetto bug waterbug the big groats inch, inch and a half long it only takes three millimeter gap for them to co
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Pest Control Tips for a Jasper Pest Free Home or Business Good morning everybody and welcome to the faith pest control Podcast. I&#8217;m Mike Stewart, your host. And if you have pest problems you need an exterminator you haven&#8217;t things bugging you in Jasper, or Blairsville, or Blue Ridge or big canoe, Georgia really anywhere in the north Georgia mountains. And especially in Jasper, Georgia, you need to have a pest expert like Fred Talley give you the tips to have a pest free home. So today Fred is going to be talking about tips and tricks to have a pest free home and things that you could be doing things that you may not be thinking about. So Fred, the floor is yours as they say. And tell us those pest tips to help us have us have a jasper, pest free home or business. All right Mikey. Some of these helpful hints, if you will, are to try to help you from from getting stung as well. So if you&#8217;re if you&#8217;re mowing your lawn, and you&#8217;re using a push mower, well doesn&#8217;t matter what kind of mower you&#8217;re using, if you&#8217;re mowing the lawn, this the vibration of the mower itself will agitate the yellow jackets because they nest in the ground. So just that vibration gets him agitated and upset. If you&#8217;re using a walk behind push mower you&#8217;ll know fairly quickly if you agitated Yellowjackets nests. Now if you&#8217;re on a riding mower in you&#8217;re going to know because they&#8217;re going to come out and sting you. That&#8217;s how you&#8217;re going to oh, if you&#8217;re on a riding mower, you may not necessarily know immediately that you have awakened a giant, the yellow jackets. In my experience, my wife would argue with me but Yellowjackets aren&#8217;t necessarily aggressive unless they&#8217;re provoked. So you know, obviously the edge of the vibration of their Nast is this provocation enough to get them excited. Another thing in the as far as mowing your grass, because this actually happened to us. We had a bald faced hornets nest and in one of our shrubs, and it was probably like waist level. It was before we ever even solid, it was the size of a basketball. And we had the moat right beside that piece of shrubbery. Now, if you notice, the the Hornet&#8217;s Nest, if you will just stop in try to observe their their traffic pattern in and out of the nest. If you just avoid that traffic pattern that you&#8217;re probably going to be okay. You know, you may want to call an exterminator to get it taken care of that would be totally up to you. But bald faced Hornets in my, in my experience are not aggressive either, unless provoked most stinging insects that we deal with. Unless you provoke them, they&#8217;re they&#8217;re not going to sting you they don&#8217;t want to be around you any more than then you want to be around them, generally speaking. So if you do have a nest you need to approach the nest at an angle from which the inhabitants aren&#8217;t coming and going. If you&#8217;ll just get relatively close to the nest and just stand still and just watch the nest you&#8217;ll be able to see kind of their flight pattern, how they&#8217;re coming into and out of their nest. Some stinging insects have what what we call Guard base, and their their job basically is to protect the entrance from intruders. Now if they detect you there that they would be they would determine that as aggression I guess you&#8217;d say and they you know they would attempt to get you out of the area. But if you just approached the nest from the side, don&#8217;t ever approach in this face forward, head on because the they will attack you because that&#8217;s provocation at night if you have your view light to set out on your porch or deck and with the light on especially European Hornets are attracted the lights at night. Again,
you can sit on the on the porch or deck they&#8217;re not not going to necessarily attack you. They&#8217;re attracted to the light not you. So you know they themselves unless provoked, they don&#8217;t normally they&#8217;re not normally a problem at all during the day in in your yard if you have fruit trees, if you if in I was going to say if you allow but it&#8217;s not you allowing is going to happen no matter your best efforts but if fruit if you have fruiting trees and fruit falls on the on the ground here in North Georgia, the actually European Hornets will will in get inside the fruit and hanging on the tree. But Yellow Jackets especially enjoy rotting fruit so they will harvest the nutrients from that fruit. So just make sure that you pick up the fruit that&#8217;s on the ground. Gaps under exterior doors it&#8217;s pretty easy to put a door sweep on a door and that&#8217;s that&#8217;s generally the remedy for gaps under doors. But it only takes three millimeters, which probably less than an eighth of an inch gap for a an American Roach which is people refer to an American roaches, Palmetto bug waterbug the big groats inch, inch and a half long it only takes three millimeter gap for them to co
Jasper Georgia, Have You Heard of Sculpted Resin Bee Hello, everyone, it&#8217;s Mike Stewart on the host of the Faith Pest Control podcast here with pest expert, Fred Tally. And today we&#8217;re building new some new information for if you&#8217;re living in the Jasper area, Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Big Canoe, you know, anywhere in the North Georgia mountains and mountains, especially in Jasper, Georgia. We do this as a community service to educate folks about pests and what to do about them. And Fred has got a really interesting problem today. It&#8217;s a different type of bee that I&#8217;ve never heard of. So Fred, why don&#8217;t you tell us about this scary new bee?
Well, my kids called this sculpted resin bee. So I&#8217;ve been in the industry for 21 years now. Actually, it&#8217;s a second career for me, but I&#8217;ve been doing it for 21 years, and I&#8217;ve never seen this particular bee. So faith pest control has recently and when I say recently, I mean in the past couple of weeks, we&#8217;ve received four phone calls from customers, current customers, or potential customers complaining of swarming wasps at their homes. Well, wasps don&#8217;t swarm. So But ironically enough, each of these collars said that these wasps were swarming around the handrails on their decks, or porches and drilling holes into them. And they were concerned that the wasps were going to obviously destroy their handrails and stuff. I don&#8217;t always get to, at least initially talk directly to the customer. Normally, I&#8217;m, that&#8217;s, I&#8217;m the second person that talks to them. My daughter that works with me, he&#8217;s generally the first one. But when she related would relay these messages, she described it to me in a way that the colors were telling her that there were swarms and not swarms in the technical sense, like like termite swarm or honeybee swarm. But the customer the caller, was describing this really meaning just large numbers of these wasps.
And initially, when we started getting the calls, my first thought was that, you know, they&#8217;re just they&#8217;re making a mistake. It&#8217;s their carpenter base drilling holes or handrail, just like they do every year. And so, but I found it unusual that all four collars had identified these bees as wasps. So I called them and you know, I went to their homes to investigate. When I got there, when I first saw the bees themselves, I didn&#8217;t know what they were really. But what I did know was that they were not wasps. I could, I could freely stand among the swarm, if you will. And these swarms, these masses, were like maybe 15 or 20. Bees, not not 1000s Like in termites or honeybees. But I never felt threatened. I was standing I can stand right in the middle of them, they weren&#8217;t aggressive towards me at all. I did see that the bees were going in and out of holes in the wood. And there would be frass on the floor, like like wood chips or wood shavings, if you will, on the floor of the porch or deck. And the holes that I that I thought they were drilling looks awfully similar to a carpenter bee hole. They still didn&#8217;t dawn on me what was going on. So I was under the impression that these strange bees were drilling the holes as well. After doing some investigation on the internet, I figured out what was going on. So a lot of people know that the female carpenter bee bores a hole in wood and she lays her eggs in the board hole. She prepares the food source for them with a pollen and other stuff. So that when they hatch into a larva, you know she places the food source between each egg I believe she lays six eggs in there. So what was happening is these strange bees these they&#8217;re also called a giant resin bee. So the resin bees were cleaning out the pre existing carpenter Behold, that&#8217;s why the frass was on the floor and we can see it this low Like I said a minute ago these these wasps turned out to be the giant resin Bayer sculpted resin B. This is actually an invasive bee and I know some people are going to cheer and shout but it says that they can threaten the native carpenter bee population in you know, if you live in a wooden house in North Georgia, you love the carpenter bee because they they don&#8217;t necessarily destroy your house but they they encourage the predator that will destroy your house which is the woodpecker because they come to try to to harvest that larva this the giant resin they are sculpted and resin B is actually native to Asia, Japan and China more specifically, is it was just first found in North Carolina in the mid 90s. They like I was saying a minute ago they&#8217;re not aggressive to people but they do have the potential to create problems for the native carpenter bees because they take over their nest which will prevent them from procreating. And they actually will deposit this resin type substance on on the on the female carpenter base which will kill her in carpenter bees, a lot of people don&#8217;t know but they&#8217;r
Does Your Jasper Home Have Carpet Beetles? Welcome again to another episode of the faith pest control podcast. We do this podcast to educate everyone in Jasper, Georgia Ellijay, Georgia, Blairsville, Georgia, Blue Ridge, Georgia, and all over the North Georgia mountains to help you know what to do when it comes to pest control, extermination and we have pest expert Fred Talley to talk today about Carpet beetles. So, what is a carpet beetle? And what is the problems they cause? And what do you do at Faith pest control to make sure that Carpet beetles aren&#8217;t a problem for it? Wow, first off Carpet beetles. They&#8217;re a small, extremely small beetle by two or three millimeters long, they&#8217;re kind of a hard shell. In their colors can be mixed. Sometimes it&#8217;s just it&#8217;s a spotted pattern, generally white, yellow and brown color patterns. The adult beetle actually primarily feeds off of pollen. But the larva in the larva is not a hard shelled creature, it&#8217;s actually kind of a woolly looking creature. They feed off animal furs and fibers. The actual adult only lives 14 You know, two to two to eight weeks at the most generally. But the larvae egg live from one to three years before they even begin to approach adulthood and it&#8217;s a very it&#8217;s a long time that one to three year span but it depends on the environmental conditions and nutrition. Oh, a lot of times the carpet beetle adult or the female will lay their eggs inside of bird nests or close to a food source that where they the larva will hatch them again to feed. There really aren&#8217;t a lot of natural predators for the larva. Other than Wasp Wasp, they can attack the larva they&#8217;ll land on the larva try to sting and paralyze it and only defense of the larva has the ability to raise some small sharp hairs over his body. In general it&#8217;s not effective in in defending against a wasp and the Wasp usually wins. Once you know they wants the Wasp takes control they will make a hole inside inside the larva though, kind of lay their eggs and wasps will hatch and then consume the soon the larva. While wasps do help somewhat to control the carpet beetle population. infestations can be a big issue. Many museums, especially for your carpet beetle larva due to their habit of eating animal fibers because they&#8217;ll consume taxidermy and other you know, valuable artifacts but in the house. The Carpet beetles actually are a fairly common household pest. They&#8217;ll often lay eggs in areas like around the air vents, larva hatch out and they spread around the home. They are very rare well they just damage any synthetic carpet or other material materials. But we&#8217;ll feed on organic fibers, Persian rugs, other expensive textiles wool, the Carpet beetles are probably a bigger problem with clothes than even close mouths. Any organic fibers sale will leather animal fur are all at risk for infestation from carpet beetle larva. This makes the carpet beetle larva a major problem to many homeowners. The main difficulty dealing with Carpet beetles is they often will find out of the way places to begin to spread around your home they can enter the home through openings or be carried in on plants that are brought in the house once inside beetles find a you know abundant food supply because you can imagine it doesn&#8217;t take a very large crumb to sustain a an insect probably doesn&#8217;t weigh more than a gram and then that they&#8217;ll lay their eggs in there. The larvae will hatch quickly multiply and then fast your home. It&#8217;s like I said earlier museums. Generally it&#8217;s a constant battle against the carpet beetle larva mini curio cure writers of the museum
will attest to the constant battle it is and to protect the valuables that the museum has stored. Any can be especially if you have you know, hiring carpets they&#8217;re generally not synthetic materials are made of organic materials. The again, the adults have a short live life really, couple of weeks to six or eight weeks. The larvae are the ones that are responsible for the damage to the household items. And they&#8217;ll feed on a variety of hair, fur, feathers, horns, carcasses, dead insects, stereo cereal, they do in fact stored grains as like a stored product fast nuts, seeds, spices, flour, they love your clothes, your drapes, make a mess have the carpet. On fabrics, they&#8217;ll mostly graze on the surface, but they can make irregular irregularly shaped holes. The bigger problem with like sweaters, they can, they don&#8217;t necessarily always make big holes in the sweater, but they will not on the fabric to a point the strands of the fabric will weaken it and then they the the weave starts to unravel. Some Carpet beetles will feed on food and pantries. Again, the adults feed largely on pollen and nectar and they&#8217;re, they&#8217;re generally carried in the homes on flowers, Indian flower pots and stuff. Anyway, here at Faith pest control, we do offer a free consultation as
Chiggers are Everywhere in the North Georgia Mountains and Jasper! Hello, everyone, it&#8217;s Mike Stewart. I&#8217;m the host of the faith pest control podcast with pest expert Fred Talley here on the line and we are the premier podcast for information for folks living in Jasper, Blairsville, Blue Ridge anywhere in the north Georgia mountains. We are your go to information source for what to do about bugs that are bugging you. And I know up in the country I remember years ago my dad says Now be careful not to get any chiggers on you he said because they&#8217;ll dig down in your your knees and your hands and I guess wherever they can get into and he said they&#8217;re no fun to get out. So let&#8217;s don&#8217;t let&#8217;s don&#8217;t get any chiggers. So why don&#8217;t you talk about what they do and what we need to know and you know what kind of problems they cause and what as a pest control expert can you do about chiggers? Well my kick chiggers they&#8217;re actually the M or immature stage of a tiny red mind. They are frequently found overgrown brushy or grassy areas, especially where small rodents are in abundance. They can be found in shady humid areas near strain , under around trees. But most people in the south know though Chiggers are most closely associated with blackberry patches. It&#8217;s most common time for people in the south get chiggers is when it&#8217;s BlackBerry picking time. chiggers can actually cause itchy red whales, but they do not borrow under the skin is most people think instead what happens is they&#8217;ll puncture the skin, but they inject their saliva into that puncture all in which dissolves some of the skin cells and the resulting liquid from that puncture in deposition of saliva process is what the chigger feeds on. The body&#8217;s reaction to those digestive enzymes that sugar uses to liquefy the skin cells is what causes the rash intense itching and the misery that begins a few hours after they have you know had to have fed if left undisturbed they can stay attached in may hang on for three or four days before dropping off to the ground. chiggers are read but not because they you know they take a blood meal as most people think there the trigger itself is actually very tiny. In the reality of somebody seeing it with the naked eye is actually pretty small, because it triggers about six thousandths of an inch. But that&#8217;s pretty small. They do sometimes will cluster on the skin in in you can see them at that point. But generally you need to you know a fairly powerful hand lens or a microscope microscope to see them well. Their presence I guess makes them sell they make themselves most known because of the itchy welts that they leave behind. And they they normally attack where the skin is thin and tender. US round your ankles around the backs or your knees. Sometimes your beltline occasionally in the armpit area, and of course it&#8217;s hot in in small print when you&#8217;re out picking blackberries. Most people are in shorts and T shirts. And if so they do get in the crotch area that can be problematic for tight clothing keeps them from moving around like elastic waistbands or belts. By contrast to a mosquito cause some people don&#8217;t know if they&#8217;re getting bit you know they&#8217;re getting bit by chiggers or mosquitoes mosquitoes are normally going to bite you and expose places or chiggers or kindly and somewhat conceal places chigger bites do have a tiny red.at The center most people think when they see this that they&#8217;re seeing the trigger itself but what you&#8217;re actually seeing is the I guess it would be called the the remains of looks kinda like a scab like two that they create that are that is created by your body in response to the ticker saliva. A few things you can do to
hopefully prevent chiggers from
biting you is avoid walking through unmowed fields Like a hay field, or avoid walking through brush and overgrown areas instead, if, if it&#8217;s available, you should walk in the center of mowed trails and avoid brushing up against vegetation, or the chiggers may be congregated. If you&#8217;re a camp camping or hiking in areas which are have potential for infestation with chiggers. wear long pants that are tucked into your boots or your socks. wear long sleeve shirts, clothing that is made of tightly woven fabrics. Often Hill will help keep chiggers from reaching the skin. For those that aren&#8217;t opposed to it, apply an insect insect repellent containing DEET. The DEET is the most effective deterrent for them I would say. If you&#8217;re applying in in an insect repellent though, always be sure to read and follow the directions for use on the container. Another huge huge benefit or help would be showering or bathing immediately after coming in doors can be a huge help in removing the triggers that have not yet attached. If it&#8217;s not possible to shower. Use a dry towel and thoroughly briskly briskly rub your skin in that will remove many of the triggers that have tha
North Georgia, Are Palmetto Bugs Roaches? Hello again, it&#8217;s a another episode of the Faith Pest Control podcast. Mike Stewart, your host today. And we&#8217;re going to be talking about Palmetto bugs. Now I&#8217;ve called them Palmetto bugs, but they&#8217;re just big. roaches. I think they&#8217;re American roaches. But federal correct me if I&#8217;m wrong on that. But you know, these big Palmetto bugs, I see them all over the south and you know, people in Jasper and LJ and Blairsville and Blue Ridge, Georgia, folks, you&#8217;re gonna find Palmetto bugs up here. And they&#8217;re nasty. They&#8217;re big. And who wants a bug crawl around on the kitchen floor? So Fred, tell us the story of the Palmetto bug, what are they? And what you could do to make sure that our kitchens and our homes stay free of these monsters.
All right, Mikey. Most folks that move up here from Florida call them Palmetto bugs from South Georgia or Colorado a water bug. But Mike was correct. They&#8217;re actually an American Roach, which is just, we have four or five that that will typically get in a home. An American is the big one there. inch and a half. I have seen some, you know, approaching two inches long, but they&#8217;re the they&#8217;re the largest Roach that we deal with generally in the pest control world. This my own crude way of thinking about things I believe most people call them a Palmetto bug or water bug even if they know or highly suspect that they&#8217;re Roche, just because they don&#8217;t want to say score drugs in association with their home. I&#8217;ve even had some people say it looks like a giant Roach to me. But anyway, I&#8217;m the aggressor and right off the bat. American roaches live primarily outdoors, but it&#8217;s not uncommon to find them inside your home. They are outside of your home. They are commonly found in sewers and drains. They are actually the most common type of roads found in city sewer systems. Here in the north Georgia mountains, we have a lot of rural areas. So we did. A lot of our customers are not on a city sewage system, but they will typically be found in shady humid areas like flowerbeds, underneath the mulch. They live in the hollows. Most old oak trees have a hollow, they&#8217;re hollow on the inside. They&#8217;ll live in there and they&#8217;ll live in the knotholes of trees. When or if they find themselves short of food. Or if they you know if there&#8217;s a significant change in the climate. They sometimes try to move indoors. They prefer prefer warm, moist, dark environments with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. It&#8217;s very common for them to enter your home inside delivery boxes, large warehouses that that where you will like buy stuff online, the merchandise is warehouse somewhere. And most large warehouses can be a great source for American roaches. And they did get distributed from the warehouse via the delivery box throughout that warehouses delivery area, which typically would mean that at the very least of 48 Continental United States if you happen to live in close proximity to a landfill. American roaches have been known to migrate in mass from they&#8217;re in urban areas. And this doesn&#8217;t mean like downtown Atlanta it can also mean places like downtown Jasper, or downtown Ellijay or downtown Blue Ridge, anywhere that has a sewer system. And that can be a sanitary sewer system or a storm sewer. You&#8217;re going to find American roaches. They&#8217;re very common in homes easily scooting underneath, poorly fitting door sweep or poorly fitting or non existent weather stripping around the doors or windows. They can also enter poorly fitting Windows overhead garage doors they do not fit very tight. It&#8217;s very common for them to come in their wants inside though usually make their way in into either the kitchen, the bathroom or the laundry room area or possibly all three in search of really water they liked the moisture. They&#8217;ll feed on many types of food
but they particularly like fermenting materials outdoors. They&#8217;ll eat algae fungus, decaying leaves small insects inside, they like to find food crumbs under appliances. Now think here about your toaster you know the crumb tray on the bottom of your toaster is As a tremendous source of food for American roaches is as well as your, your butcher block or your wooden block knife holder. It&#8217;s very common to find roaches nesting or living in those holes in drains, especially the washing machine drain behind the washing machine. A lot of a lot of manufacturers are fixing the discharge tube now so it seals that
Jasper Georgia, Termite Swarmers Are Back Again! Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Faith Pest Control Podcast. I&#8217;m Mike Stewart, your host and today we&#8217;re going to be talking with Fred, about termites warmers. It&#8217;s that time of year again, folks and the termites they start swarming in the spring, and they&#8217;re going to be swarming all over Jasper, Georgia, all over Ellijay, Georgia, in Blairsville, Georgia in Blue Ridge, Georgia, you know, we&#8217;re all over the south and especially in the north Georgia mountains, we&#8217;re going to be, we&#8217;re going to be seeing termites warmer. So Fred, why don&#8217;t you tell us all about the termite? Swarmers.
Okay, Mikey. So frequently, the first clue that anybody may have that they have termite problem is they&#8217;ll discover they have. Most people think they have wing dance when it happens, but there and there are subtle differences that I will explain here shortly. But typically, this is the first indication that a homeowner will have that they have a problem. They&#8217;re commonly confused with the ants, like I said, however, there are differences. In our industry, this is what we refer to as swarming. The Winged male and female adults are generally produced by a very mature or older and more established termite colony. And the sole purpose for the production of these wing adults is for them to make get back to the ground and form a new colony. During the act of swarming, there can be 1000s of winged termites that emerge within a very short period of time. Actually, that time is normally measured in minutes. Fortunately, the winged termites are not actually the ones that damage the wood in your house. But they are a clue that a mature termite colony exists nearby. Their sole purpose is to create another colony, they don&#8217;t buy, they won&#8217;t sting you. They&#8217;re very easily removed by vacuuming. And in generally, just the act of traveling through the vacuum will kill them, but they will die. Typically, their lifespan is measured in hours, not days. And if I remember correctly, the typical amount that do survive is like two or 3%. Most the 97 plus percent of them will not be able to reproduce and they die. Termite swarming inside the home means that there is a mature termite colony colony either in, under or very close to the home&#8217;s foundation, basically, within the home, if they swarm outside the home. Sometimes it&#8217;s from firewood, a stomp, malt crossed eyes, things of that nature, in that would indicate that the swarms not necessarily inside the home. Really, if you see a swarm inside or outside the home, you need to have your home inspected for termites. Since they&#8217;re poor fliers, the termite swarmers will only fly a very short distance. And once they land, they tend to start shedding their wings, which I guess would be considered step two and the mating ritual. Step one being the emergent emergence from the parent colony. Inside the home, the termite swarmers would tend to go toward just about any light source, it&#8217;s very common to find their wings in or in close proximity to window seals or doors that have windows in the floor in front of doors that have windows in them that the majority like I said earlier, these Termites will die within hours of swarming. There are very few that that live beyond the emergent stage and a considerable amount of the ones that do
that live beyond the emergent stage in a considerable amount of the ones that do survive stage one died due to dehydration or they&#8217;re consumed by predators. Other insects will eat them environmental conditions in the early spring. Here in the north Georgia mountains set the stage for this phenomenon, if you will. It&#8217;s been my experience here in the mountains that if you have a rainy day, followed by day in which the temperature reaches approximately 70 degrees before noon time, you can expect to see or at least see evidence of swarming termites if there there termite swarms most often occur in the spring during the daytime. Our peak season for the swarms will be considered for marched through May, however swarming can and does occur throughout the year. A mature colony can swarm multiple times during the season. The first form is typically the most intense, with the latter swarms decreasing in intensity. It&#8217;s fairly common for termite colonies in close, close proximity. I can&#8217;t even talk today for termite colonies in close proximity to each other to swarm on the same day. Now, I&#8217;m not exactly sure why that occurs, but that&#8217;s what studies show that it makes. If that does occur, it makes it more difficult to pinpoint the exact source of the Swarm swarm. Worst case scenario is that the presence of a swarm indicates the presence of a mature
Jasper Georgia, Where Lady Bugs Are a Nuisance Welcome again to the faith pest control Podcast. I&#8217;m Mike Stewart, your host, and today we&#8217;re going to be talking about ladybugs. Ladybugs are going to be all over Jasper, Georgia all over Ellijay, Georgia all over Blairsville, Georgia, all over Blue Ridge, Georgia, pretty much all over the north Georgia mountains, probably all over the south. But we&#8217;re focusing on these areas in our community. And you know, ladybugs are cute, they&#8217;re nice to look at but Fred, tell me how they&#8217;re a problem. And what do you guys do to solve that problem? Well, Mikey since the probably early 90s, large numbers of lady beetles lady bugs have been infested in homes in and around North Georgia because they typically live outdoors and feed on plant pests that such as aphids, and ladybugs are normally considered to be beneficial insects. When they fly, to buildings in search of overwintering sites, sites where they can they can hold up for the winter and end up indoors. The Asian lady beetle in particular can be a nuisance. Once they gain entry into the home, they&#8217;ll crawl on Windows walls, the ceilings inside the attic. Now all they often emit a yellowish fluid which has the potential the potential to stain whatever surface you know they may be on. And as well it&#8217;s has a I guess, necessarily unpleasant odor. During the 60s and on up into the 90s, the US Department of Agriculture attempted to establish a lady the lady beetle, the Asian specifically Asian lady beetle population to control some of the agricultural pest especially passed up pecan crops and Apple crops. Large numbers of beetles were released in several states, among them Georgia and South Carolina. As most of you know, apples are a major crop in North Georgia, especially locally in Gilmer County, which would be Ellijay. In The cons are pretty major crop in South Georgia. It&#8217;s my understanding that there&#8217;s some controversy among scientists whether the late Asian lady beetle invasion is a result of this intentional release of them or that the current infestations plaguing the US are due to the beetle being accidentally transported into a port at New Orleans from Japan. At this point, it really doesn&#8217;t matter why or how they got here. What is important is they&#8217;re here and they&#8217;re a nuisance once they get inside your home. Just for like a brief description the Asian lady beetle is kind of generally oval proximately coordinates long. They can range in color from tan to orange to red, and they will generally have several black spots on the wing covers. Although on some beetles the spots may be entirely absent. Generally speaking, multi spotted beetles tend to be the females and those with fewer no spots tend to be the males. In Georgia, the beetles inhabit ornamental and agricultural crops including corn, soybeans, apples and pecans. During spring and summer, the larvae and adults feed mainly on aphid aphids, consuming hundreds per day. There&#8217;s few, if any, no natural predators here in the US against the lady the Asian lady beetle, which means they can spread and poppy like pretty easily. They really are beneficial insects they just happen to be a nuisance when they enter our homes. As fall approaches, the adult beetles tend to leave their summer feeding sites wherever they may be and seek out protected areas to overwinter. Swarms of lady beetles will typically fly to buildings throughout the fall depending on the weather conditions. Their flights tend to be on really the heaviest of sunny days which allow a period of cooler weather. Consequently, most Beatles flight activity occurs during the afternoon. The Beatles would tend to congregate on the sunny or warmer sizes of buildings which are illuminated by the afternoon sun which we all know here which typically the west or southwest side of the home.
homes that are shaded from afternoon Some are normally less likely to attract meals. Ironically enough we get at my personal house. We do live in a very wooded area but we do get a fair amount of afternoon and evening sun but we don&#8217;t I don&#8217;t particularly have a lady beetle problem at my house. And my house is be closely custom to the to the mechanics. Wife, the mechanics wife drives the old junky car with I don&#8217;t really do a whole lot at my house for for pest control, but we don&#8217;t have a problem with lady beetles at my house. A contrasting light and dark colors tend to attract the beetles. Dark shutters on a light background or light shutters on a darkly painted house windows that are trimmed in white, or other light colored trim, gutters and downspouts that are have a contrasting color to the color of the house. homes near woods or fields are potentially particularly plowed into prone infestation because this is where the lady beetles live on those fields and forests. Once the Beatles discover their wherever they&#8217;re going to overwinter all over winter they&#8
Oh No!!! Not Clover Mites! In Jasper? Hello, everyone, it&#8217;s time again for the faith pest control.com podcast with pest expert Fred Talley here on the line and we are the community service, informational podcast blog for you to know more about pests and insects and bugs and problems that you want to get rid of in Jasper, Georgia Ellijay, Georgia. And now we&#8217;ve expanded the service to Blairsville, Georgia, Blue Ridge, Georgia and really pretty much anywhere in North Georgia. Fred Talley of faith pest control is the go to guy to solve your pest problems. So Fred, you got a problem here that you say that we need to be aware of called Clover mites? Yes, are fixing to be an issue? Well, if it&#8217;s fixing to be an issue, let us know what are they why we should be concerned and what can you do to solve that problem. So Mikey Clover mites actually really flourish in early spring, which will be basically in a month from from from from now not quite to the day, but almost most people would recognize them as they&#8217;re like a dark reddish brown insect, but they&#8217;re, they&#8217;re about the size of a pinhead. You will see them in in groups He very seldom, he probably wouldn&#8217;t even pay attention to it, if you just saw one. You&#8217;ll see them kind of in larger groups. They don&#8217;t necessarily well they don&#8217;t really pose a threat to humans. And nor do they you know, cause damage to your house. They&#8217;re really just a nuisance 1.0 It just guys in the pest control industry will classify some insects as occasional invaders then as the name would imply, they just occasionally come in the house. The last few years for us Clover mites have been a more of a consistent nuisance pests, they will coast because they come in the house they&#8217;re actually a little different than most other insects in north Georgia and that they actually prefer cooler weather their activity increases as the temperature start actually to drop some so that their activities their activity will peak in the early in the in the cool early spring months. Which which time they become the greatest nuisance but that also happens in the fall. So during this time, they will be feasting on who would have guessed and clover. But they also eat on other over fertilized grasses actually in many other plants that are found in residential yards. But it doesn&#8217;t have to be residential. It could be a commercial landscape as well. Clover mites actually, in fact eat more than 200 Different plants including some flowers, I believe roses chrysanthemums, I believe gardenias are one of them. I&#8217;m not 100% sure on the on all the flowers, but the movement from outside of the house to inside of the houses is normally triggered either by overpopulation, meaning too many mites there, or the feeding conditions that normally occur during periods of drought or the onset of colder weather. Now they like cool weather, they don&#8217;t like hot weather and they don&#8217;t like cold weather, they just want cool weather. They can become a particularly serious problem. In situations where new lawns have been established or where a heavy growth of well fertilized grass is established ditches right up next to the foundation of building your house or a commercial facility. They&#8217;re considered a serious nuisance pest now to the house due to the housing boom associated with urban sprawl. And if anybody&#8217;s been to North Georgia, recently, the urban sprawl is everywhere here. The installation again of the well fertilized lawns planted right up next to the foundation of the house is another reason that they become such a serious nuisance.
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They will occur in in large numbers like 1000s of of these clover, Clover mites, but you could imagine they&#8217;re the size of pinhead, it would take a vast number of them to make it look like a significant infestation. They do not by humans are past or college damaged indoors. But what they can do is if you step on them or squash them, they can leave red stains. If you crushed them, like on the light colored carpet or a light colored wall, or something of that nature, they don&#8217;t might lay their eggs inside the exterior walls, typically of your home and cracks and crevices, in concrete foundations and on the underside of bark at the base of trees. The mature mites will typically overwinter in the exterior walls of of your home. During periods of very hot or very cold extreme weather, they become pretty much inactive during even brief periods in late winter or early spring, when temperatures warm up some, that&#8217;s still cool, but to them, it&#8217;s ideal conditions the adults tend to migrate to the outside of your house, they&#8217;re pretty substantial or more substantial, I should say on the southern and western exposed sides of the house due to the warmer the fact of the sun. The mites will be more noticeable around the windows. But the potential is is there for them to infiltrate the ent
The Mosquitoes Are Coming To Jasper and North Georgia Again for 2022! Welcome to the faith pest control podcast. My name is Mike Stewart. I&#8217;m your host and I&#8217;m here today with pest expert Fred Talley. And more importantly, what I want you to know about is if you live in Jasper, Georgia Blue Ridge, Georgia, big canoe, anywhere in the north Georgia mountains in the neighboring neighborhoods, the pest people to get our faith pest control, and that&#8217;s my expert, Fred Talley, who today is going to talk about for 2022 What we need to do to prepare to get rid and have nice backyards mosquito free, you know, there&#8217;s nothing more interruptive to your summer activities than swatting mosquitoes bite me. So Fred, tell me what you got planned for this year that hopefully will help us have a better summer.
All right, Mike. No first, first off, no mosquitoes you know are not unique to Georgia. They do occur throughout the world. In almost every known aquatic habitat other than swift currents, rivers in open bodies of water, so you know any little creek that might run through your property, your garden spots in your yard, that whole water or oil bar that&#8217;s setting up right that when it rains, it holds water bucket setting around, they can all lead to mosquito activity. wherever they occur. At best, they&#8217;re just an annoyance. But worse. They they&#8217;re vectors for disease, I carried some deadly diseases. There&#8217;s over throughout the world there&#8217;s like over 3000 species of mosquitoes but in the state of Georgia, there&#8217;s like 60 species that are known to be here. And they can be found in really very diverse habitats throughout the state. Now aside from just being an annoyance, mosquitoes can inflict on humans disease and its other the threat of disease with mosquitoes is always present because of their ability to transmit the pathogens. Now malaria, dengue, gay yellow fever encephalitis, that&#8217;s just a few of the major diseases have a long list of diseases which mosquitoes are you able to transmit? There are several forms of encephalitis which represent probably the greatest threat in the United States. Malaria, Dengue gay are are generally diseases that are get occasionally imported by travelers. And yellow fever is really at this point, pretty rare just because of the availability of a highly effective vaccine for it. In and humans, excuse me, mosquito borne viruses can have several effects, if you will. Some, you may be maybe bitten by a infected mosquito but not get infected yourself at all. They may cause an infection with no apparent symptoms. So you may be a carrier, or they may cause an infection with symptoms. They can cause fever, inflammation of the brain and spinal cord is an encephalitis hemorrhagic fever or fever with muscle and joint pain like fibromyalgia, the death rate tends to be pretty low for those viruses that cause like the fibromyalgia, but the rate of illness can be high the sent symptomatic can be high for the viruses that cause like the encephalitis or the hemorrhagic fevers. The rates of illness and death actually are a range from low to high dependent pending more on the age of the person infected and their status of immunity you know how how, I guess rigid their their defense system is in their body. Long term chronic infection with mosquito borne viruses is nothing real typical in humans, but the consequences from the infection actually can be very long lasting.
I think another another subject I guess with mosquitoes that is probably is as important to people in Georgia&#8217;s anything is the dog heartworm is a serious disease for all breeds of dogs in temperate and tropical climates. And here in Georgia, we have a humid subtropical climate. So we are right in the in the midst of it all. infection rates in some states had been reported to be as high as 80% in dogs over two and a half years old, and almost 100% and dogs over five years old that have not been vaccinated. Now my vet told me she gave me the number here in North Georgia of 60%. I&#8217;m I would tend to think that it was probably higher but she&#8217;s a professional in that area, not me. And the areas where dog heartworm are prevalent dog owners, you no need to seriously consider providing mosquito proof sleeping areas for their animals. It&#8217;s estimated that approximately one This shocked me 1.2 billion billion, with a B $1.2 billion is spent on heartworm prevention throughout the United States annually, in in the state of Georgia. 16 million with an M $16 million spent on heartworm prevention in Georgia, once infected, so, I mean, this kind of goes along with the idea that it&#8217;s cheaper to prevent it than it is to to correct it once it happens. Once infected, if they can treat the dog, it is
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