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Pest of the Month: Bats

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in News, Pest of the Month

October can be scary, but you don’t need to be afraid of our pest of the month! Most bats like to keep to themselves and not be disturbed. There are over 1,100 different species of bats around the world, and they make up 25 percent of the total mammal species in existence. Most bats stick to a diet of fruit and bugs—some will feast on over a thousand mosquitoes every night. Unlike these docile creatures, Vampire Bats do drink blood. Most of their victims are livestock and other mammals, but their tiny, sharp teeth are capable of inflicting a nasty bite to people. Problems arise when bats get into homes and commercial buildings. They can carry dangerous diseases like rabies and carry mites on their skin. If you suspect that a bat has made your home or office his...

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Pest of the Month: Earwigs

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in News, Pest of the Month

Earwigs don’t bury themselves into people’s ears, but they are fast moving insects known for their large pincers. These appendages are only used for mating or as a defense mechanism, although they sometimes latch onto people with their pincers. These pests prefer damp places outside, but will make their way into your home if they are faced with inclement weather. Once inside your home, they will seek refuge in spots such as the garage where there is more moisture for them. Making sure that water drains away from your home and garden can help reduce the number of earwigs that appear near your home. If you suspect an infestation, call Banks Pest Control at (661) 323-3858 or request a quote...

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Pest of the Month: Springtails

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in News, Pest of the Month

Springtails are very small, wingless insects known for their ability to jump several inches high. They have a tail-like mechanism tucked under the abdomen; when disturbed, this appendage functions as a spring, propelling them into the air away from any danger. Talk about jumpy! Springtails prefer moist areas, like gardens, where excess organic material enables them to congregate and breed. Unfortunately, this could also mean inside your home in house plants or other moist areas. Even though Springtails don’t bite humans or pets, they can become an annoyance due to their large population size. If you need help removing these jumpers from your home or garden, give us a call at (661) 323-3858 or request a quote...

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Pest of the Month: Bed Bugs

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Pest of the Month

If you think you’re safe in bed, think again! Bed bugs will make themselves at home in your bed and other parts of your house. They also will help themselves to their next meal, you! Bed bugs suck blood and are active at night and hide during the day in areas where people typically sleep, rest, or sit for long periods. Their bites cause red marks and irritation to victims. These pests are extremely tiny and very flat so they can fit into very tight corners and cracks. They can even be found in between the glass and frame of picture frames, or behind electrical outlets and nightstands. It’s extremely difficult to know if they’ve taken up residency in your home. One sign is blood specks or empty skins around your bed. Early detection is critical in preventing a...

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Pest of the Month: Black Widows

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Pest of the Month

Black Widow spiders are the deadliest pests that we deal with at Banks Pest Control. They have shiny black bodies and a distinctive red hour glass marking. Female Black Widows tend to be larger than males, while males are lighter in color, with red and pink spots on their abdomen. The female rarely leaves the web and will bite only when she is bothered—she is especially protective of her egg sacs! Black Widow spider bites leave two puncture marks and their venom will cause redness and swelling. These bites cause tremendous pain that will spread over the entire body. If you get bit by a Black Widow, seek medical attention immediately! Black Widows are commonly found in dark, dry spaces such as garages, basements, trash, and rodent holes. If you come across any of these spiders or their nests,...

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Pest of the Month: Mosquitoes, Zika Virus, West Nile

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Pest of the Month

When the weather heats up, the mosquitoes start biting. Not only can mosquitoes be a nuisance, they can harbor deadly diseases such as the Zika and West Nile viruses, which can be passed to humans and other mammals. The Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, and potentially cause birth defects. West Nile virus can cause serious health issues including fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes. These symptoms can last for a few days or up to several weeks. When the mosquitoes are bad, it’s best to stay indoors or, if you must be outside, used bug repellent. Banks Pest Control can also install fine mesh screens on windows and doors to help keep these pests out of your home. For more information call us at (661)323-7858 or visit...

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