Eeek! What is that? Know Your Bugs

Know Your Bugs

When it comes to bugs in your Conway, Benton, or Little Rock home, all you really care about is how to get rid of them. As much as you just want it gone, there are times when it’s best to fully examine the bug before smashing it with a shoe. You have to know what you’re dealing with, right? Most people recognize a typical roach or spider, but what about the bugs that aren’t as common?

Seeing a strange bug can leave you scratching your head and wondering, “what exactly is living in my house?!” Do you know always know what critter is flying or crawling around your house? Here are some unusual bugs that could find their way into your central Arkansas home:

Earwig
You’re more likely to see an earwig in your bathroom or kitchen. They like to be around water. Although some do fly, the earwig is primarily a ground insect. Contrary to popular belief, earwigs will not crawl into human ears to lay eggs. However, the pincers extending from their abdomen can be scary looking and will make you leery of them.They are more active at night than during the day. They may move into your home in search of food. If you see earwigs in your home, it’s important to seek out their hiding place and destroy it. They are moving fast and will probably run quickly when you uncover them.\

Indian Meal Moth
Indian meal moths are also known as pantry pests. These bugs can find their way into your kitchen cabinets to feast on dried fruits, nuts, cereals, or any type of dried good. The first sign of the infestation is larvae or small white worms in your cupboards, on ceilings, or counters.These moths are identifiable by their wing pattern with one-third beige in color and then the bottom two-thirds of the wing is brown. Female moths can lay between 60 and 400 eggs on a food surface. Eggs hatch in two to 14 days, and the larval stage varies from two to 41 weeks depending on conditions.In order to get rid of these pests for good, you can scrub infested areas with soap and water or vinegar. There are also glue traps you can set out to attract them.

Boxelder bug
As fall draws near, it’s more likely that you will see a boxelder bug in your home as they sneak through various cracks and crevices. The good news is that they don’t feed on your food and won’t damage belongings in your home. Warning: don’t stomp on this bug to try and kill it! The boxelder bug can produce a purple or red stain when squashed. Also, it’s not uncommon for people to have an allergic reaction to bugs.The bugs are mostly black with some red and orange and long antennas. You can prevent them by making sure holes and gaps are sealed around pipes and cables entering your house. Repair any holes or damaged screens on doors and windows. The best way to get rid of the bugs once they are in your home is with a vacuum cleaner. However, with these pests, prevention is key!
Walking stick
Is it really a bug or a stick? Once the stick starts moving, there’s no doubt it’s a bug. These creatures can be somewhat confusing with you first see them. They might not be seen in your home so much as around your home in bushes or plants. Walking sticks can cause serious damage to your landscaping efforts. They feed on trees, plants, and shrubs mainly at night.The walking stick’s specialty is its ability to camouflage itself to hide from predators. Another special talent of the walking stick is its ability to regenerate lost limbs. They vary in size from about two to eight inches. A female can actually produce fertile eggs on her own without a male partner. However, if this happens, she will only produce female eggs.These bugs might not be real pests at all, but they can become a nuisance. Since they are mostly outside, it may take extra effort to get rid of them. That’s where we come in. Although the walking stick and boxelder bugs aren’t pests we treat, we can prevent them from ever entering your home. With a regular pest control service, these and other bugs will never creep into your North Little Rock, Hot Springs, or Jacksonville home!

Whatever kind of bug or pest you find in or around your home, we can help. At Clark Exterminating, we’re the experts on all types of bugs. We’ll identify the problem and work on a solution for you. Whatever your bug or insect issue may be, give us a call today:

Little Rock and North Little Rock: (501) 758-0322
Benton: (501) 776-1388
Conway: (501) 329-0396
Hot Springs: (501) 623-2335

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