In the natural state and surrounding areas, it is not uncommon to get a bite or two from an insect such as a mosquito or chigger. However, no one expects or wants to be bitten by the infamous BED BUG. These bugs can creep into your home and take over if they are not taken care of properly.
But how do you know if you have a bed bug problem?
USE YOUR SENSES WHEN IT COMES TO DISCOVERING BED BUGS
Sight - When it comes to bed bugs, you may have a difficult time finding them. These small brownish blood suckers are usually no larger than an apple seed. And though they don’t fly, they are very quick and can move from the floor to the wall to the ceiling quickly.
However, since they feed on blood, they tend to stay in areas where their victims like to relax such as the bed. The first place you should inspect is your mattress, box spring, and your headboard. Make sure to pull back any sheets or mattress cover. You may also want to pull back on the piping around the mattress. Bed bugs love to tuck away in these crevices.
Even if you don’t locate an actual bed bug, you may find evidence that they have been in your home. Since bed bugs shed as they grow, you may find clear exoskeletons. However, the largest telltale sign of a bed bug is the fecal and blood stains they leave behind. Their fecal stains are usually dark brown or black while the blood stains come from them being squashed after they filled up on dinner.
Smell - Bed bugs reproduce quickly and if they go unnoticed, you can quickly have a bed bug infestation on your hands. If you notice a new smell that is musty or like the coriander herb, then you need to take a look around your home. In many cases, people have noticed the change in smell before they see any bugs.
Touch - The main reason people are so adamant about getting rid of bed bugs is due to the fact that they bite. Different people react differently to bed bug bites, but here are some things to look for:
Scorpions. When most people think of scorpions, they think of the giant black scorpions that play larger than life characters in the movies. Many people also think that scorpions can only be found in the desert. The truth is that you can also find scorpions right here in Arkansas.
The scorpions around here may not be giant black monsters, but when they invade your home, they can become a very unwelcome guest. Here are some easy ways you can prevent and rid your home of scorpions.
KEEP YOUR YARD CLEAN
There are many types of scorpions, but this area is home to the striped bark scorpion. This scorpion is only about 2 ½ inches in size and can be found in various hiding spots. Since scorpions are nocturnal creatures, you will find them in places that are dark and cool throughout the day such as piles of mulch, loose bark, flower beds, rocks, and wood piles.
By eliminating or organizing loose objects in your yard, you make it more difficult for scorpions to find shelter during the heat of the day. In addition to removing these objects, it is also a great idea to make sure shrubbery and plants are not too close or touching your home. Plants and greenery that are too close to the home give scorpions and other insects an easy bridge to get from the outside of your home to the inside.
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
No one likes the surprise of a sting in the middle of the night. Taking precautions such as decluttering your home is a great way to prevent scorpions from finding a nice place to settle in and reproduce.
Scorpions like to hide in dark places such as shoes and piles of clothes. Taking the extra time to clean up your closets and under your bed can drastically reduce the number of scorpions and other bugs that are trying to find a hiding place.
SEAL UP THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME
Like us, scorpions and other pests require food, water, and shelter. If you take away these things, then you will have a better success rate with getting rid of them. Go throughout your home and seal any water leaks you may have. It’s also a good idea to clean up any water spills on the floor or around your sinks. This will take away their water supply.
By taking the necessary steps above, you are also making it more difficult for other insects like spiders to come into your home. By eliminating other small insects, you take away food for scorpions.
One of the best ways to prevent scorpions from taking shelter in your home is to make sure that there is not an easy entry point. Make sure you go around the inside and outside of your home and seal up any small holes or crevices. Seal up around doors, windows, and other holes to prevent many insects, including scorpions, from moving into your home.
HOPPER TERMITE & PEST, INC. CAN HELP SOLVE YOUR SCORPION PROBLEM!
Scorpions are a resilient insect and can be very difficult to get rid of once they have made your home their home. If you have seen more than one scorpion in or around your home within the past month or you are seeing both large and small scorpions, then you need to give Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. a call TODAY.
Our trained technicians can go in and around your home to make additional suggestions for securing your home and finding any entry points you may have missed. We can also put together a plan to get rid of the scorpions.
Remember, Hopper Termite & Pest, Inc. provides dependable, effective pest control solutions to a large service area. From Fayetteville to Mountain Home to southern Missouri and everywhere in between, Hopper can help you tackle all of your pest control issues.