Lawn and Landscape Magazine’s August issues features an article of how Rosie’s Pest Control began. Three brothers began Pugh’s Earthworks 20 years ago. Four years ago they expanded their services to include pest control and rebranded the company as Rosie’s Pest Control. You can read all about how it started here, in the August issue of Lawn and Landscape. The Pugh brothers pictured below from left to right, Tim Pugh, Michael Pugh and Mark Pugh.
Waterbug or Roach?
It’s true, people refer to many cockroach species as waterbugs, but the real water bug is a water based insect classified under the order Hemiptera. Water boatmen and water scorpions are some of the pests that dwell in water. They use their legs to paddle through the water. Members of the Gerridae family, such as water striders, pond skaters and water spiders, are also forms of water bugs. However, instead of using their legs as paddles, they make use of surface tension to stay on top of the water.
What we see in Memphis are Roaches!
Most of what people in the Memphis area see are Cockroaches and they are adaptable insects. Although they gather in warm, moist areas, they are not aquatic. Cockroaches are scavengers who devour any organic food they can find. These pests usually are nocturnal and hide in crevices during the day. Cockroaches are capable of spreading human disease and triggering allergies and asthma. They are attracted to food sources indoors and require a science-based solution tailored to each home to best control them. Contact Rosie’s Pest Control for help with these hearty critters. Roaches, in the Memphis heat, will look to gain access into homes and businesses alike for relief from the heat and to lay their eggs. If you are seeing them, alive crawling or laying on their back, there is a nest somewhere close.
Rosie’s will come out and inspect your home for entry points. They will also treat the area with a people and pet friendly product that kills roaches and their eggs.
Top 10 Most Dangerous Animals in the World
10. Cape Buffalo, it’s found in Africa and is responsible for killing more hunters on the continent than any other animal.
9. The Cone Snail is found in warm waters around the Caribbean and Hawaii near reefs and rock formations. They have harpoon like teeth that make them one of the most venomous of all snails.
8. Golden Poison Dart Frog It’s found only in South America. It’s brightly colored and it’s poison is so strong that it can kill 10 grown men with the poison of only one frog.
7. The Box Jelly Fish is found in waters off Australia and is likely the most venomous marine animal.
6. Next on the list is the Puffer Fish or blow fish. It lives all around the world especially in Japan, China and the Philipines. It’s toxins are found in the skin, muscle tissue, liver and kidneys. They must be prepared very carefully when getting ready for human consumption.
5. Black Mambo is a snake found in southern and eastern Africa. It is highly venomous and can grow up to 14′ long.
4. Salt water crocodiles are next and found in the Indo-Pacific region around India and Vietnam and all the way up to northern Australia. They can get huge, as big as 23′ long and weigh more than a ton. Their bite power can rival that of the T. Rex.
3. Tsetse Fly, a tiny creature that’s the size of a common house fly. It’s found in at least 36 countries in Africa. Their terror lies in the parasites they spread. Toxic pathogens are the cause of African Sleeping Sickness.
2. The Mosquito, it’s number 2 on the list of most deadly animals in the world. They top the list due to the sheer amounts of deaths they cause each year from pathogens they carry. There are more than 3 thousand species worldwide and cause at least 725 thousand deaths each year. Diseases they carry include Malaria, Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, West Nile virus and the Zika virus. Mosquitoes afflict 700 million people per year. More than 1/2 of the entire world population is at risk for mosquito borne diseases. Memphis is one of the areas with very high mosquito populations. Please let Rosie’s Pest Control help keep the mosquito population under control in your area.
1. And the number one most dangerous animal is…..Humans! Deaths from war alone is somewhere between 150 million and 1 billion throughout history. It’s a no-brainer that humans are the most dangerous animal in the world.
Odd and Interesting Bug Facts
- For every human on our planet, there are about a million ants.
- The queen of a certain species of termite can lay 40,000 eggs every day.
- It takes almost 100 Monarch butterflies to weigh an ounce.
- House flies can taste with their feet as they have taste buds on them.
- A House fly lives for about 14 days, only.
- Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history, put together.
- Termites eat through wood two times faster when listening to rock and roll music.
- A bee may fly up to 60 miles in one day when looking for food.
- All insects on earth would outweigh all animals if they were put on a scale.
- Bed bugs can live for several months without a blood meal, which means they can live in your furniture for a long time while waiting for human contact.
Memphis is having a hard time keeping it’s mosquito population under control.
Memphis is terrible this summer for mosquitoes because of good amounts of rain. Although city technicians in Memphis have been spraying the city lately this actually does very little to keep mosquitoes from your yard and areas. It is such a broad spray that it helps very little.
Why does the mosquito bite itch so badly?
In the bite process, the mosquito injects some of its own saliva, which contains an anticoagulant that prevents your blood from clotting around the proboscis and trapping the insect. The histamine also causes your blood vessels to enlarge, creating the wheal, or swollen bump, around the bite. There are products that can help the itch but your best bet is to prevent the population growth as best as you can. Call Rosie’s today and get on one of our monthly plans. Easy and affordable!
Background about why termites swarm.
Thousands of winged termites swarm from their nests that are underground in the spring. They have one goal: to find a mate and build a nest, and then to establish a new colony. Huge numbers of males and females are produced in underground colonies in late winter and early spring. They are placed in specific locations in the nest (near the soil surface) and remain there until the time is right to leave. They may wait for several weeks, and have to be fed and groomed by nestmates. This same scenario is played out in other colonies in the Memphis area – that’s important.
The purpose of swarming is for colonies to ‘exchange’ females and males for mating. Weather conditions are used to synchronize the release of these reproductive members of the colonies. The termites wait for very calm winds (less than 6 mph) and overcast days that follow a spring rain. Termites don’t want a big wind to blow away the insects before they find their mates. Wet soil helps the new couples to build their first nest, and the extra humidity helps them to survive. Not all swarms occur outside. Sometimes the colony misjudges the release point and thousands of winged termites are released inside of your home or business. Regardless of the placement (or lack of exchange with other colonies), the pairing, shedding of wings, mating and potential founding of a new nest all proceed without a hitch.
Colonies typically produce swarms once they have reached a certain size, which is based on the total number of workers in the colony. The common colony produces swarms most every year, but the number they may release will vary. The release usually takes a few days. There may be a large ‘first’ swarm, followed by smaller second and third swarms. Termites have a lot of swarming experience, and seem to make it work.
Warmer than normal temperatures are causing early pests in Memphis.
Temperatures are warmer than normal in the Memphis area this spring. We are already seeing mosquitoes and other pests awakening from their dormant state. The best advice is to spray early and regularly. A mosquito spray includes covering the shrubs and turf as well as french drains and other areas where mosquitoes breed and hide. Our prices vary according to the amount of area we have to cover but we guarantee our prices are some of the best you will find in the Memphis area. Need a free analysis and estimate? Click this link and fill out the very brief form and we will contact you asap. Happy spring to you and we would love to be at your service to help you enjoy being outside this spring!
Yes! Insects Winter in a Variety of Ways
In general, insects can make it through winter’s cold temperatures the best when the temperatures are stable, not changing drastically through thawing and re-freezing. Many insects will seek shelter and nourishment through the winter in a mixed variety of tiny-habitats. Some of these tiny bug homes are under the dirt, inside the wood of fallen logs and trees, and even in outgrowths of plants. A certain kind of fly is known by fishermen to be present in certain galls in winter, and the fly larvae are smartly used to bait fish. Layers of snow are very beneficial to insects because snow insulates the soil and turf and keeps the temperature surprisingly consistent. Honeybees have been found to remain partially active in hollow trees through the generation of bee body heat. They can consume up to 30 pounds of accumulated honey over the winter months which makes this feasible. This heat energy is made by the oxidation of honey, and moved freely in the hive by the wing fanning of worker bees. Insects that are inactive during the winter months undergo a state in which their development, maturation and actions are temporarily delayed, with a rate of metabolism that is elevated enough to make sure they stay alive. This dormant situation is called diapause. In contrast, when vertebrates go through hibernation, they have minor activity and actually add tissues to their bodies.
Bugs in Memphis May Not Have a Layer of Snow to Hibernate In.
In Memphis, insects may not get a layer of snow to help them stay warm throughout the winter. Insects will seek shelter where they can find it, even inside your home. Rosie’s Pest Control will provide you with a free inspection for your peace of mind.
While a lot of trees carry microscopic insects, most of them are harmless. Some Saw flies may hatch from their cocoons when they get moved inside. Saw Flies have a short lifespan so this is not too much of a threat. Preying mantis pests can also hatch out in large numbers. Bark Beetles can be embedded in the trunk of the tree as well. Most of these pests don’t pose much of a risk, just a nuisance. Vacuum up these critters and their cocoons when visible.
Happy Holidays from Rosie’s Pest Control!
Katie Fox is a great addition to the Rosie’s team. She is fully certified and is a very hard worker! Katie grew up playing soccer, a very tough and physically demanding sport, so she is not afraid of hard work and getting her hands dirty! Katie can handle mosquitoes, bed bugs, roaches, fleas, ants, spiders and so much more! We are very lucky to have Katie on board with Rosie’s Pest Control in Memphis.