BUGS, INSECTS, ARACHNIDS. What's the difference?
"Bug" is a universally accepted term used to describe most creepy crawly creatures we encounter in and around our homes, apartments, places of business and etc. But, not everything we call a bug is truly a bug. In fact, the critters we call "bugs" usually fall into one of three categories: bugs, insects, or arachnids. Confused? At Hopper Termite & Pest we definitely know the difference. Day in and day out we deal with all types of bugs and insects and basically all pests in between. Check out the picture below to learn some of the main differences between bugs, insects, and arachnids.
Characteristics: Hardened Forewings, No Teeth, Stylet (straw-shaped mouth for sucking juice from plants or mammals), One Set of Wings
Life Cycle: Incomplete Metamorphosis (Egg, Larva/Caterpillar, Winged Adults)
Numbers: 75,000 Species
Popular Species: Cicadas, Stink Bugs, Bed Bugs, Water Bugs, Aphids, Boxelder Bugs, Lice
Characteristics: Three Part Bodies (Head, Thorax, Abdomen), Two Pairs of Wings (in some species, only reproductive members have wings), Three Pairs of Legs, Sensory Antennae, Proboscis (retractable "straw") or Chewing Mouthparts
Life Cycle: Metamorphosis (Egg, Larva/ Caterpillar, Pupa/ Cocoon, Adult)
Numbers: 150,000 Species
Popular Species: Bees, Mosquitoes, Cockroaches, Beetles, Ants, Dragonflies, Moths, Wasps, Flies, Grasshoppers, Crickets
Characteristics: Eight Legs, No Antennae, No Wings, Two Body Segments
Life Cycle: Egg, Immature (Resembles Adult) or Bear Live Young (Scorpions)
Numbers: 100,000 Species
Popular Species: Centipedes, Spiders, Ticks, Mites, Scorpions
Here at Hopper Termite & Pest we are prepared to handle all types of bugs, insects, and arachnids! If you have concerns about any of these pests in or around your home, be sure to contact us today. We can put your “bug” concerns to bed!
There are a few things you can be sure of when fall comes to Arkansas. The leaves will turn a vibrant shade of orange or red, the air will grow crisp, and creatures will start crawling into your home. You can probably live without that last one!
Fall is inevitable, but pest infestation is not. You can protect your home and your family from these fall intruders. It requires recognizing the threat and the proper implementation of exclusion methods. Hopper Termite & Pest not only has the experience, but the remedy to keep the pests that come with the fall season - OUTSIDE.
This is, by no means, a comprehensive list of all the pests that invade homes in the fall, but these are definitely on the repeat offender list: skunks, woodchucks, rodents, spiders, ants, fleas, ladybugs, wasps, termites, boxelder bugs, centipedes, earwigs, and roaches. When winter comes, these pests would prefer to be tucked in your house rather than a hole. Some get into food and crawl over dishes, creating unexplainable health issues for your family. Some chew on your home and create structural issues that cost thousands to fix. Some bite you while you're sleeping. And then, there are your general nuisance pests, that like to climb on your walls and gross you out. I think we can agree, bugs and mammals should stay in the wild, where they belong.
Keep inside and outside trash in bags, and in sealed containers. This is a food source and a breeding site for pests.
Don't leave pet food sitting. Lay it down during mealtime, and then store it in the fridge between feedings.
Keep things clean and uncluttered.
Replace outside lights with yellow insect-resistant lighting, and keep shades closed at night. Light attracts flying insects, and spiders think flying insects are scrumptious.
If you have dryer exhaust being pumped under your deck, patio, or staircase, channel it out into the open air, so mammals won't find a nice heated place to nest.
Check all your screens, door sweeps, and weather stripping, to make sure everything is in good working order.
Use a caulking gun to seal up holes and cracks in your foundation and exterior walls.
Consult the professionals at Hopper Termite & Pest on other exclusion methods specific to your home, and have your exterior walls or perimeter sprayed. This will keep bugs and mammals from sticking around, and give your home and your family added protection against these fall invaders. Give us a call today!