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Synergy Jackson Pest Control FAQ’s: January 28, 2022

Do earwigs bite?

Earwigs look intimidating with the large pinchers on the rear of their bodies; however, earwigs do not bite or sting humans.  The pinchers can grab onto a finger but they pose no harms to humans.  Pinchers on earwigs are simply defense mechanisms against predators.

Earwigs are naturally occurring insects around your home that feed on dead and decaying plant matter.  Removal of all decaying plant matter may be enough to keep earwigs out of your home. Earwigs are much more common during warm, humid months.  For earwigs that do get inside your home, insecticide sprays and dusts are effective controlling them.

What to do about squirrels in attic?

Squirrel infestations inside of your home and attic can become serious quickly.  Squirrels will chew through most anything including siding to get into your home.  Once inside your home, they like to sharpen their teeth on hard objects which may mean electrical wiring.  House fires from electrical wiring damage are a possibility.

Getting rid of squirrels for good involves trapping and structural repairs.  Use traps to remove squirrels already inside of your home or attic.  Once all squirrels have been removed, structural repairs to prevent squirrels from re-entering the home are a must.

How to get rid of bats?

Bats around your home are beneficial as they feed on large numbers of unwanted insects every night.  Bats inside your home are a different story.  Bats can create a huge mess if they choose your home as a nesting site.  Bat guano is dangerous to humans and can cause histoplasmosis infections if dust from bat guano is inhaled.

As a federally protected species, killing bats is illegal.  So what can you do? Structural repairs to eliminate all points of entry for bats into the home is a must.  But first, you must allow all bats to safely leave the home.  One-way bat arms are the best choice for this.  Bats can leave the home through the bat arms but not re-enter.

Squirrel scat, what do squirrel scat look like?

Squirrel droppings or feces is also referred to as squirrel scat.  Finding signs of squirrel scat in your home or attic can indicate a potential serious problem.  Squirrels can wreak havoc on a home chewing through electric wiring, siding, and creating a mess of feces and nesting materials.

Squirrel scat is under 1/2 inch long at about 3/8 inches.  Squirrel scat is oblong, pellet-style feces with rounded tips.  Squirrel scat may initially appear dark brown in color but will lighten over time.

How do you get bed bugs?

Bed bugs are excellent travelers hitching a ride into your home in a number of ways.  Oftentimes, the first signs of bed bugs in your home are waking up with bites, the presence of live or dead bed bugs, or blood spots on sheets and mattresses.

So how did bed bugs get into your home in the first place.  Bed bugs may have come into your home: in luggage from a recent vacation or business trip, in a purse, on clothing, in a backpack from school,  and/or in recently purchased used furniture.  Bed bug infestations can quickly grow out of control so immediate action may be needed.

Palmetto bug vs cockroach?

Palmetto bugs are cockroaches.  The term palmetto bugs is used to refer to a couple of different species of cockroaches that live both indoors and outdoors in the southeastern United States.  American cockroaches and smoky brown cockroaches are two species of roaches commonly referred to as palmetto bugs.

To get rid of palmetto bugs, first determine how they are entering the home.  Replacing weatherstripping around doors and windows is a great first step.  Treatments for palmetto bugs include spraying, dusting, and placing cockroach baits on the exterior of your home as well as inside.  Additionally, insect growth regulators can be used to disrupt palmetto bugs breeding.

What does chipmunk poop look like?

Chipmunk droppings or poop can look similar to other types of pest poop.  So how do you distinguish chipmunk poop from other types of rodent poop?  Chipmunk droppings look similar to mouse droppings but are slightly larger, by about 1/4 inch, and oblong in shape.  Chipmunk droppings harden and become more brittle as they age.

Chipmunk droppings average 1/2 to 3/4 in size.  The color of chipmunk droppings is usually dark brown but this can vary based on their diet.

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