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Synergy Jackson Pest Control: Answering Your Questions January 22, 2021

How do you get rid of fungus gnats and do fungus gnats bite?

Fungus gnats do not bite.  To get rid of fungus gnats, you need to locate the source of moist organic matter which is their breeding site.  Potted plants are the first place to look.  After that look for areas with saturated soil and standing water.  Once the breeding site conditions are fixed, the fungus gnats will slowly go away.

Traps can be used to help manage fungus gnats after their breeding site is removed.  Sticky traps are widely available and very effective. 

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What kills rats instantly to get rid of rats in house fast?

Rat poison can get rid of rats quickly, but there are a lot of risks to using rat poison.  Poisoning of humans and non-target animals can occur.  Before resorting to rat poison, try trapping rats with snap traps, glue traps, or live traps.

Also after getting rats out of your home, make the structural repairs necessary so they don’t come back in.  No luck with trapping rats, consider hiring a pest professional with extensive experience in rat poisons.




I have fleas on my dog and need to know how to get rid of fleas in my home?

Getting rid of fleas in the home can be difficult and the results won’t be immediate.  Step 1 is coordinating treatment of your home with treatment of your pet at the veterinarian.  Scheduling this two at the same time reduces the chances of fleas being transferred in the home again.  Step 2 is to use pyrethroid insecticides with insect growth regulators in your home treating all surfaces, flooring, and furniture.   Step 3 is to vacuum daily to remove any newly hatched fleas and flea eggs.  Step 4 is to repeat the insecticide treatment 7-10 days laster.  For more information on fleas, check out:




I have a tick bite and may have gotten it from ticks on my dog. What do I need to do to get rid of ticks?

Ticks in Mississippi can be carriers of transmittable diseases to humans including Lyme and RMSF among others. It is essential to remove the tick as quickly and safely as possible to reduce the chance of disease transmission.

For tick prevention going forward follow these 3 steps: 

1.Consult with your vet for a topical or oral anti-tick and anti-flea treatment.  Usually these are monthly treatments

2.Treat your lawn and around the perimeter of your home with insecticides in granular or liquid form.  These treatments will need to be repeated regularly during flea & tick season.

3.Check your pet daily for any ticks that may have attached themselves and remove as safely and quickly as possible.

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What is a huntsman spider? Is a huntsman spider dangerous to humans and will it bite?

Huntsman spiders live in warm climates and are especially known as a common spider in Australia. While they do possess venom they rarely bite humans. Huntsman spiders would much rather avoid a human than attack. The venom of Huntsman spiders has not been shown to be extremely dangerous to humans, unlike that of say a Black Widow or Brown Recluse.

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What is an assassin bug and do assassin bugs bite?

Like many other insects, assassin bugs are great to have around your home.  They are predators and can help control other unwanted insects.  Assassin bugs are not aggressive but will bite if handled.  The bite can be incredibly painful to even humans.

If you are bitten by an assassin bug, applying topical steroids and taking oral analgesics are the best option.

To control or eliminate assassin bugs around your home, use insecticides(either granular or liquid) and apply them to the exterior perimeter of your home.  

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Are daddy long legs poisonous? Do they bite?

Daddy long legs, sometimes called cellar spiders, are not dangerous to humans. With very short fangs, it is not likely a Daddy Long Legs could even bite a human.

They do not have venom glands and therefore do you use chemicals to subdue their prey.

Daddy long legs are beneficial to have around the house as they help control other insects.

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How do you get rid of yellow jackets? Keep getting stings from yellow jackets? Where are yellow jacket nests?

Yellow jacket stings can be very painful and yellow jackets can be quite aggressive, especially when defending their nests.  The key to controlling yellow jackets and getting rid of them for good is to locate their nests.  Yellow jacket nest in the ground.  

Once the locations of the yellow jacket nests have been identified, purchase a liquid or even better dust insecticide.  Yellow jacket bait stations are also a good option.

Wait until evening and apply the insecticide to the nests.  As yellow jackets return to the next they will contact the insecticide and die. 

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What does a Black Widow spider bite look like?

Fortunately, black widow spiders bites are rare.  Black widows are not aggressive unless it is a female protecting her eggs.  Black widows are easily identifiable by the large red hourglass on their backs.  

Black widow spiders venom is about 15 times more intense than that of a rattlesnake.  All bites from Black Widows should be taken very seriously.  The bite may not feel like much more than a pinprick.  If there is swelling afterwards and you can see fang marks, this could be an indicative of a black widow spider bite.

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Barry Pitts, Synergy² Owner

Barry Pitts, Synergy² Owner

Pharmacist and Synergy² Pest owner, Barry Pitts, is a long-time Madison, MS resident with a passion for applying advanced scientific pest principles to pest control services in the Jackson metro area.  Combining exceptional customer service with cutting-edge pest control technology allows Synergy² to provide residents of the Jackson metro area with the highest levels of pest control available today.

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