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SEND THOSE MOSQUITOS PACKING!

In the heat of summer is when mosquitoes come out to do their worst. Make sure you are protected!

DID YOU KNOW?

There are 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide and 150 in the United States.  

YOU KNOW YOU’RE SEEING MOSQUITOES WHEN

You see slender bodies, long legs and one pair of scaled wings with a pair of halters- not the ones made famous in the 60s, but modified wings for balance.

You notice the house mosquito with it’s light brown tone & white strips-hanging around stagnant waters.

These stagnant waters include ponds, marshes, and swamps…but their favorite hang out spot is in ditches, bird baths, gutters, old tires, and other unnatural environments. 

Although they look fragile, they are extremely resilient and prey on a variety of animals. 

COVID-19… CAN MOSQUITOS CARRY IT?

Here’s what the experts have to say……

You’re in the clear! According to the WHO (World Health Organization), there’s no information or evidence to suggest that they carry the virus. Also, it must be able to replicate inside the mosquito, which the coronavirus has not been shown to do.

SEND THEM PACKING!
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5 TIPS TO KEEP YOUR LAWN LOOKING FRESH!

Here’s how to maintain a healthy lawn during the southern heat!

Summers in the south are always hot! High temperatures and lack of rain can really take a toll on your lawn without the correct care. Here are a few tips to help you keep your lawn thriving the whole summer long!

#1 Watering is key! Check your irrigation.

When it’s hot out, it is important to keep your lawn watered. We’ve noticed a lot of dry turf conditions lately. Spring is the perfect time to make sure your sprinkler system is working properly. It’s a good idea to run through each zone looking for stuck or slow rotating heads, clogged and/or broken spray nozzles, over-saturation in drip lines and zones that don’t turn on due to bad values or controllers.  If you identify problems and need help correcting, we’re here to help!   

#2 Get to the root of the problem, aerate!

Aerating your lawn is important because it helps your grass roots become stronger, healthier, and softer! We recommend aerating your lawn once a year, typically in late spring (May through mid-June). Aerated lawns are able to retain moisture better, absorb nutrients easier, which allows them to sustain harsher conditions, like heat and drought.

#3 Feed your lawn and fertilize!

In harsh conditions it is essential that your lawn has all the proper nutrients it needs. Routine fertilization helps your lawn grow in thick with substantial blades. This protects the soil temperature and allows no room for weeds! Early spring is the BEST time to begin fertilizing your lawn. Our fertilization team uses an Earthmax/Soil Amendment treatment for our Centipede and St Augustine lawns. Lawns love it!

#4 Maintain the proper length while mowing!

One of the MOST effective lawn care tools is a lawn mower that is used per the guidelines for your specific turf! Frequent mowing keeps weeds from developing seed heads so they can’t reproduce. Mowing weekly at a little higher mowing height helps the grass through our hot, dry spells and blocks the needed sunlight new weeds need to develop. The key is to never take off more than a third of the leaf blade at one time.

#5 Leave it to the Pros!

When the weather is warm, people tend to spend time outdoors enjoying their yard. If you don’t want to spend your free time working on your lawn, leave it to the pros! One of the biggest advantages to using Clark’s is our trained personnel identifying and eradicating harmful insect and disease problems before they take a toll on your beautiful turf. We’ll put the time and effort in to keeping your lawn healthy, so all you’ll spend time doing is enjoying it!

10 Pest-Proofing Tips for Fall

Cooler weather is a favorite for many, as it notifies us that Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. Time to spend with family and friends and enjoy the warmth of our homes, pests and rodents are looking forward to some heat of their own-in OUR homes.

Pests and rodents can pose serious risks for people and homes. They are known to pass on diseases including Salmonella and Hantavirus. Cockroaches can also spread disease and their saliva and droppings can trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children.

Below are a few tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) that you can do to keep these unwanted guests outside during the fall and winter:

  1. Keep kitchen counters clean, store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  2. Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. Pests are attracted to areas of moisture, something they need to survive.
  3. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well-trimmed. Removing areas where pests can hide near your home can reduce the chance of them finding a way inside.
  4. Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods, they are very enticing for all kinds of pests and rodents.
  5. Screen attic vents and opening to chimneys, and any other areas where homes may be open to the outdoors.
  6. Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter. Some rodents can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  7. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the foundation and windows.
  8. Have a proper outdoor drainage system. Installing gutters or repairing an existing system will help water and moisture away from your home, preventing any leaks or build up that might attract pests.
  9. Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and package deliveries before bringing them indoors. Shake out or inspect anything that has been left or stored, indoors or outdoors. Pests can find creative ways to get inside your home.
  10. Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens. Torn window screens and cracks under doors are an ideal entry for pests.

The best way to protect your home and prevent any type of pest or rodent infestation is to follow these tips. However, if you think you have an infestation, be sure to contact Clark’s Termite & Pest Control for us to assess the situation and recommend treatment.

Buyer Beware – They’re Back!

They come around every couple of years…

Door-to-door pest control salesmen that blanket neighborhoods with a scripted sales pitch. Sometimes they try to scare our customers into believing that we use substandard products, or that we are not doing a good job because they found a spider web on the fence or in the yard somewhere. My advice to homeowners is as follows:

  1.  Ask them how long they’ve been in business
  2.  Read the fine print on any contract

Clark’s has been around for 56 years, and we don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon. Remember the adage; If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

Alan Wilson, Technical Director/Entomologist

Can’t Stop Sneezing? You Might Be Allergic To Pest Allergens  

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Most people associate annoying allergies and symptoms of asthma with warmer weather and outdoor activities. But the fact is you don’t have to step out into the great outdoors to suffer from these common maladies. The allergens generated by a variety of household pests are more than enough to ensure that you can be miserable right in the comfort of your own home.

The Dangers Of Pest Allergens

The National Pest Management Association annually provides a helpful reminder of the risks associated with pest allergens and how you can combat them. Rodents such as mice and rats, dust mites, cockroaches, and other pests are the source of these allergens and can trigger a number of reactions. According to Dr. Jorge Parada, an advisor for the NPMA, “Common pest allergy and asthma symptoms include itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness or pressure, similar to symptoms experienced from seasonal allergies and plant pollens. While most people associate allergy and asthma with being outside in the spring or summer, these symptoms can be triggered indoors all year long. It’s important to identify and reduce exposure to specific triggers both inside and outside of the home. Why not start with adding pest-proofing your home to your spring cleaning list?”

That’s a great idea, and the NPMA offers some easy ways to do just that.

Keeping Your Home Pest Allergen Free

  • Seal up your house. The best way to keep allergens out is to keep out the pests that bring them in. Use an appropriate caulk or other product to seal up gaps and cracks in walls, floors, and around windows to deny pests access. It’s also a good idea to use a garbage can with a sealed lid.
  • Vacuum often. Vacuum your carpets at least weekly, optimally more. Clean hard floor surfaces regularly with a damp cloth, or even better with a disinfectant cleaning solution.
  • Dust every day. Even it it’s just a quick cleaning. Wipe down furniture and counter surfaces once a day.
  • Control humidity levels. Attics, crawl spaces, and basements should be adequately ventilated, and humidity levels maintained at approximately 50%.
  • Protect your mattresses and pillows. Special allergen proof cases and covers are available to keep mites out of your bedding, and you should be using them. They’re inexpensive and easy to find.

If you have a pest problem, especially if you have asthma or allergies. It’s time to call in the professionals. In South Carolina, that’s Clark’s Termite & Pest ControlContact them today for a free estimate.

3 Surprising Facts About Store Bought Pest Control Products  

Man spraying store bought pest control

Unless you live in a plastic bubble, it’s almost a mathematical certainty that you’ll experience some type of pest problem during your lifetime. Probably more than once. And when a pest infestation happens, the first reaction most homeowners have, besides being horrified, is that they’ll take care of the problem on their own. 

Professional Pest Control or DIY?

While it’s certainly possible for an individual to eradicate an infestation themselves, there are some unavoidable truths that work against providing a permanent solution to the problem. The first is that they simply don’t have the know-how to handle specific situations. Professional pest control services have the training and experience to recognize the characteristics of different types of infestations and apply the most effective remedy.

The other is that, while there are some fine retail products available on the market, they often don’t work for a variety of reasons. They can also be dangerous to the health of family and pets. Here are some things to consider about off-the-shelf products.

3 Facts About Store Bought Pest Control Products

  • They’re often ineffective. Even though a store bought product may be a well-known brand, retail products can rarely provide a comprehensive solution. The label may say it kills a variety of pests, but what’s effective on one type of spider, for instance, may not work on another. Also, some types of insects have to be attacked at certain points in their life cycle. Using a pest control product at the wrong time simply won’t work. There’s also the fact that some pests have to be treated inside the structural components where they live, like walls and floors. Doing this usually requires special equipment and knowledge.
  • They can be unhealthy. Although pest control products are stringently tested and provide clear warning labels, they can still cause serious respiratory inflammation and skin irritation in humans and pets if not used correctly. And even when used correctly, sensitive individuals can still be at risk. Unfortunately, too many people don’t bother reading the label before using potentially dangerous pest control products.
  • The can damage your home

    Many of the chemicals used in pest control products can cause permanent staining and discoloration on fabrics, furniture, and walls. Professionally-trained technicians will know when and where to safely apply treatments to avoid accidental damage inside the home.

Why not solve your pest problems completely and permanently the first time? Clark’s Termite & Pest Control has been serving the residents of South Carolina since 1963. Contact them today for a free estimate.

4 Icky Critters Lurking In Your Firewood  

firewood pests

As winter approaches and cool weather sets in, there’s no better way to keep your home warm and comfortable than by lighting up your fireplace. Wood fires bring an old-fashioned charm that modern heating can’t match, not to mention a pleasant, smoky smell that fills the house. But they also require bringing wood into your house. Depending on where you got it, firewood can harbor some unpleasant and unsanitary bugs. By taking it inside, you risk carrying these firewood pests into your home. Thus the next time you’re gathering wood, watch out for:

Powderpost Beetles

The most common type of insect to appear in firewood. Powederpost beetles lay eggs in the wood; the larvae then hatch and tunnel their way out, leaving small holes and a cover of dust. Powderpost beetles tend not to be a threat to wood floors and walls, provided that you varnish and sand those surfaces regularly. But they can infest your furniture, so avoid storing firewood anywhere near furnishings that contain significant amounts of wood.

Wood Cockroaches

This is a dark brown cockroach that is common along much of the East Coast. These insects take shelter in wood and will spread through your home if you bring that wood inside. Luckily, they are relatively easy to deal with. Simply keep an eye on the wood and swat any that emerge before they have a chance to get into your things. Even if you miss a few, they won’t be able to last long indoors. So there’s little risk of them multiplying and infesting your home for the long haul.

Carpenter Ants

Among the most serious firewood pests you can bring into your home, carpenter ants burrow into wood to make their nests. Once inside, they can easily spread from firewood into wooden walls and floors, tunneling into it and causing serious structural damage. They can only survive in wood that has significant amounts of moisture in it. So you can minimize the risk of an infestation by only bringing wood inside if it is completely dry. You should also keep standing water and moist objects away from the wood once it is indoors.

Termites

Like carpenter ants, termites tunnel into the wood in your home, creating structural issues. And as with the ants, you can keep the risk to a minimum by only bringing dry wood inside and keeping it separate from moisture sources. Termite control also requires being careful about how you store wood outside. Avoid stacking firewood against the side of your house, as this will attract termites.

For more information on insect control for firewood and all other activities, contact Clark Pest Control today.

Where Do Pests Go In The Winter? Hint: It’s Not As Far As You’d Like  

Winter Pests

With fall fading into winter and temperatures on their way down, you might assume that you’ll get a break from winter pest control. It’s during summer and spring, after all, that bugs have the heat and moisture to come out in full force, so it makes sense to think of winter as a reprieve.

While it is true that insects must take shelter from the cold, that doesn’t mean you’ll be free of them. It all depends on where they seek that shelter. Odds are, it’s not as far away as you think. As winter approaches, look out for pests in your:

Home

The worst possible place where pests could go is also one of their prime targets. Not only is your home warm, but it contains ample moisture and food. Combined with the fact that it provides cover from harsh weather, your house is vulnerable to:

  • Ants– Ants come into your house in search of food and then stay for the warmth and shelter. Some varieties of ants, such as carpenter ants, can also infest firewood. You’ll bring them in when you carry that wood indoors. These insects are always a health issue, and carpenter ants specifically threaten the structure of your house.
  • Cockroaches– As an insect that is suited for tropical environments, cockroaches are especially attracted to the heat of your house. They share with carpenter ants a tendency to seek shelter in wood, so more of them may end up in your home if you bring firewood inside.
  • Cluster Flies– A type of fly that seeks tight, remote spaces, this insect is hard to remove from your house once it is established. You’ll likely find them hovering around the windows of rooms you rarely use.

Besides insect pests, winter weather can send mice and rats into your house. These rodents are a serious health and comfort risk in themselves. They often bring fleas and other insects into your house, making bug problems worse.

Wood Piles

In addition to entering your house, insects and other pests can find shelter by burrowing into piles of wood. Carpenter ants and termites are particularly likely to do this, as they are suited specifically for life in wood. Cockroaches, moths, and flies also sometimes see wood piles as suitable places to lay their eggs.

Even if you never bring wood directly into your house, it can still harm your home and your quality of life. If you pile wood next to your house, for example, termites and carpenter ants will have an easy time spreading from such piles into the building. Thus if you need to store large piles of wood, make sure to place them somewhere as far from your home as possible.

Clark Pest Control is committed to eliminating every variety of pest in South Carolina. For more information on keeping your home pest-free during the winter and throughout the year, visit our website today.

5 Ways to Keep Rodents and Wildlife Away This Winter

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Winter is a tough time for wildlife and rodents. When their food supply dwindles drastically, they seek warm places to take shelter while they wait out the cold spells. Unfortunately, your home can offer them a solution to both if you don’t take steps to prevent them from becoming unwanted long-term residents in your house. The following are a few ways to let wildlife and rodents know they are not welcome in your home.

Tips on Keeping Rodents and Wildlife from Invading your Home

  • Check for holes on the outside of your house: Leave the lights on inside and see if you see light coming from any holes in the exterior. Also check for drafts coming from the inside. Both will be clues that you have entry points for small guests to come inside your home.
  • Cut back plants near the house: Rodents like to hide behind plants, wood piles, and piles of junk that you may have close to your house. They are trying to stay warm and simply waiting for an opportunity to enter your house at the first available chance when someone forgets to close the door or they can find that secret hole that leads into the house. Also trim trees that have limbs close to the house. Animals will use the limbs to climb onto the roof and enter through a chimney to get in. Cut any ivy or other climbing plants back from your house before animals use it as a ladder to gain entrance to your house.
  • Seal off windows and doors: If you think you might have your doors or windows for any period of time, make sure to place a screen to keep pests out. Seal any cracks with inexpensive caulking or foam. Check the weather-stripping to make sure it is still in good condition.
  • Cover vents with screens: If you have any open vents on the inside of the home, such as vents in the kitchen area, cover them with screens. That way you can still allow air to flow through, but prevent small critters from coming out to play when you are not looking.
  • Don’t leave food out: Rodents and other wildlife have a keen sense of smell for food. Be sure to clean up at the end of the day, putting any extra food in containers or in the refrigerator. Wipe down your counters, sweep your floors, and do your dishes. Be sure to either have a tight-fitting lid for your trash inside the house or take your trash out at the end of the day.

If you suspect that the wildlife around you are trying to gain entrance to your home, or might have already, it might be time to call an expert on pest removal. Or if you simply want to assess your home and make it more pest-proof, why not call the friendly experts at Clark’s Pest Control of South Carolina? Like you, we won’t be satisfied until the pests are gone.

 

8 Ways to Prevent Creepy-Crawlers In Your Christmas Tree

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Cutting down and buying your own Christmas tree is a cherished and honored event for many families. However, there are lots of critters that may be living in the Christmas tree that you could inadvertently bring home with you. Also, a natural Christmas tree in your house could attract a host of other pests. Don’t let a few little animals ruin the holiday fun. A few simple tricks can keep the animals at bay while you can enjoy Christmas with your loved one and without unwanted guests.

Tips for Keeping Bugs and Other Animals Away from the Christmas Tree

  • Look inside and under the tree: Before you bring the Christmas tree inside your home, look underneath branches and inside them. Remove any nests or animals that you might find. Nests can store various parasites from birds including lice and mites.
  • Use a mechanical tree shaker: Many Christmas tree lots offer a free shaking down of the tree that you picked out. Not only is this helpful for removing little bugs and other animals, it also shakes out extra needles, so you have less of a mess when you set up your tree.
  • Avoid bug spray: When faced with an infestation it might be ever so tempting to grab the nearest bug spray. However, most bug sprays are highly flammable. Between all the candles, Christmas lights, and wood place fires, bug spray could be very dangerous and create some real Christmastime trouble.
  • Apply diatomaceous earth to the tree: Sprinkle diatomaceous powder over the tree to kill any remaining bugs. You might let the Christmas tree sit in your garage for a few days to  let the diatomaceous earth do its magic. At the end of the three-day period, bring it inside and set it up.
  • Grab the vacuumVacuum the trunk for any bugs that you see. Lay a white blanket down underneath the tree. That way if any bugs escape, you will be able to see them and vacuum them up. As soon as you are done, remove the vacuum dust bag and set it in the outside trash can so that the bugs cannot make their way inside again.
  • Turn up the heat: Bugs that come in from the outside are used to the cold conditions. They will flee your house if the thermostat is turned up. Your house will also be a lot more comfortable too.
  • Hang candy and other edible goodies on the tree the night before Christmas: Sweet treats are just as appealing to mice and rats as they are to humans. By minimizing the amount of time these goodies are hanging on the tree, the less likely they are to attract pests and the problems they bring with them.
  • Inspect the tree occasionally: Check the tree every so often for signs of animal life. Suspicious clues are animal droppings, wet spots on or around the tree, unpleasant odors, and changes in the texture or color of the leaves.

If pests are a concern for you this holiday season, call the pest control experts at Clark’s Pest Control. We’re experts at keeping unwanted animal guests of your house all year round.