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Palmetto Bug FAQ

What are palmetto bugs?

The term palmetto bug is commonly used in the Southeastern United States, especially in Florida, and is just a nickname used to refer to a collective species of cockroaches. However, not all cockroaches are palmetto bugs.

Did you know that palmetto bugs can survive three months without food and a month without water? They indeed are the last pest type that you want to be worried about.

Humans have identified around 4500 species of cockroaches. Given how discreet and creepy cockroaches are, you shouldn’t be surprised if we discover more species in the future.

How many babies do palmetto bugs have?

Female palmetto bugs can lay an egg case (ootheca) comprising 14 to 16 eggs a week and can make up to 90 capsules in their lifetime. The female usually lays the egg in cracks and crevices that are close to food and water.

It takes a few weeks for the eggs to hatch; the baby palmetto bugs are grain-sized and vulnerable for the first couple of hours post-hatching, after which the shell hardens.

Palmetto nymphs are grayish in appearance when they first hatch and progresses to be darkish and eventually get browner as they molt.

How dangerous are palmetto bugs?

If palmetto bugs don’t bite, how can they be dangerous? Well, they can be a significant threat in many other ways. Considering their preference of habitat and food such as sewers, garbage, and gutters, you can call palmetto bugs disease vectors.

They can bring several pathogens, including salmonella, to your home and contaminate floors, dishes, cooking utensils, and food.

Moreover, the droppings, exoskeletons, and corpses can dry out, degenerate to become airborne particles that can cause allergies, including asthma and other breathing difficulties.

What do palmetto bugs eat?

Palmetto bugs are active omnivores meaning they scavenge on the food of both plant and animal origin. This bug type can feed on organic matter, including paper, clothes, glue, food garbage, and glue.

Do palmetto bugs fly?

Yes, palmetto bugs can fly, but they are not prolific flyers and use the ability to flee from danger.

How fast do palmetto bugs multiply?

The female palmetto bug can lay one egg case comprising 14 to 16 eggs each week for about four to five months. One female can produce up to 320 palmetto bugs in the first five months.

What time of year are palmetto bugs most active?

Palmetto bugs prefer warm climatic conditions and are mostly seen during the late fall and early winter. The bug seeks shelter in your home from the dropping conditions and comes out of hiding when the environment gets friendly such as the spring season.

Why do I have so many palmetto bugs in my house?

The primary reasons for palmetto bugs to find shelter in your home are food, water, warmth, and humid conditions. If your home features a clutter of garbage, including food, clothes, or papers, these are perfect areas for palmettos to thrive, and all the houses have bathrooms that add to the inevitable moisture source.

Palmetto bugs are a nuisance to any office or residential setting on the Gulf Coast no matter if you live in Biloxi, Mississippi, Pensacola Florida, or live in Mobile Alabama or Baton Rouge, Louisiana; you know that palmetto bugs are one our biggest nuisances.; seeing one can mean that there is a colony out there hiding, and what makes it worse is that you don’t know where. Since palmetto buys are easily confused with other bugs/cockroach types, we recommend getting the advice of a pest specialist before resorting to any DIY palmetto termination techniques.

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Ant Proofing Your Home

While we’re finally heading outside to enjoy the weather and activities, ants are heading inside. As temperatures rise, you may notice these tiny pests around doors, windows, or other entry points as they seek a steady supply of food and water. Here are tips for ant-proofing your home before you have a serious infestation.

Seal openings

Blocking all of the routes ants use to get into your home is one of the most important things you can do to prevent an ant infestation:

Use a silicone-based caulk to seal cracks and crevices around your home
Check weather stripping and replace it if needed
Repair any loose mortar around your foundation

Trim vegetation

Shrubbery, trees, vines, and other plants that make contact with the exterior of your home provide easy highways for ants and other types of pests. Keep them trimmed back with plenty of space between them and your house.
Keep a tidy home

“The best approach to ant control in the home is cleanliness,” according to this ant fact sheet from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Ants have impressive abilities when it comes to finding food in your home. When one ant finds a food source, it leaves chemical trails that help other ants in the colony locate it, too. Your best defense is to wipe countertops and sweep floors frequently to remove crumbs or spill residue. Also, store ripe fruit in the refrigerator, keep food in sealed containers, and regularly dispose of garbage.

Repair leaks and control water flow

Ants are attracted to any moisture they can find, both inside and outside of your home. Check to ensure that your gutters and downspouts are directing water away from your home’s foundation, and check under kitchen and bathroom sinks for the presence of condensation or leaking pipes.
Clean up after Fido.

Pets’ water and food bowls are often overlooked as a source of pest problems. Keep their bowls clean and promptly get rid of any water or spilled food around them. Also, transfer dry pet food from the bags they come in to sealed plastic containers.

Call in the pest control pros.

According to the National Pest Management Association, ants are the number one pest problem for which homeowners rely on licensed pest control professionals. An ant infestation can be hard to stop: If warmer weather is bringing you unwanted ant guests, get in touch to learn about our affordable and effective pest control services today.

Beebe’s began serving local communities 40 years ago and through our commitment to service we have been able to expand our coverage  which includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and now Florida!

Mosquito Season on the Gulf Coast

worst summer pest

While the pleasant year-round weather is one of the many perks of living on the Gulf Coast, any resident of or beautiful area can tell you those perks come with a price. Thanks to plenty of warmth and moisture, mosquito season on the Gulf Coast doesn’t have a clear beginning or endpoint. Whether you are visiting Biloxi, Mississippi, Pensacola Florida, or live in Mobile Alabama or Baton Rouge, Louisiana; you know that mosquitos are one of the Gulf Coast’s biggest nuisances.

Although January is normally the Gulf Coast coldest month, it is still relative knowing that moisture in conjunction with 50 degrees Fahrenheit temperature or higher is the threshold for mosquito activity.

What Are Some Common Gulf Coast Mosquito Species?

The Gulf Coast is home to about 80 known species of mosquitoes—more than any other Gulf Coast. Thirty-three of these species are known to cause problems for people and pets, and 13 of them can carry potentially serious diseases such as encephalitis or the West Nile or Zika viruses.

Some of the Gulf Coast’s most common mosquito species are Aedes albopictus and Psorophora ciliata. More commonly known as the Asian tiger mosquito (or simply tiger mosquito) due to its black-and-white-striped body and legs, Aedes albopictus is native to Southeast Asia but has spread to many countries around the world, including the United States. This species is capable of carrying many viruses that can infect humans, such as yellow fever, dengue fever and Zika.

Native to the eastern United States, including the Gulf Coast, Psorophora ciliata is more commonly known as the gallinipper thanks to its aggressive behavior around both humans and animals. Larger than Asian tiger mosquitoes, gallinippers are known to have a painful bite. Though this species can carry pathogens such as encephalitis and West Nile virus, it hasn’t been proven to play a significant role in human infection of these diseases and therefore isn’t considered to be as much of a threat as certain other mosquito species.

How Are the Gulf Coast Mosquitoes Controlled?

Since mosquitoes can carry a variety of diseases and tourism is an important part of the Sunshine State’s economy, mosquito abatement is a major focus for most urban areas. Parks, including theme parks, and other urban or heavily trafficked areas tend to be regularly fogged or sprayed, while larvicide is used in standing water to control mosquito populations at the larval stage. Local governments often use products such as Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), a naturally occurring larvicide, that have been deemed by the World Health Organization not to be harmful to humans, pets, environmentally sensitive areas or aquatic habitats.

The Good News About Mosquitoes on the Gulf Coast

Fortunately, the Gulf Coast has good news to report regarding its mosquito populations. In December 2016, the Center for Disease Control reported that there were more than 45 consecutive days with zero new cases of Zika transmission. This means the areas efforts to control its mosquito populations have been largely successful, which is great news for both residents and tourists. Still, public health officials note that problems from the disease could arise again if containment efforts are not continued.

Beebe's Pest and Termite Control Can Help With Your Mosquito Control Efforts

All of these mosquitoes can certainly take a toll on our ability to enjoy our home’s outdoor spaces. If you are ready to bring in the pest control experts to develop a mosquito control plan for your property, you can trust Beebe’s Pest and Termite Control to get the job done right. Our pest control experts can survey your property to determine your options and implement a treatment plan that works best for your needs.  Whether it is a Mist Away System or a property inspection we have a solution that will work for your home or business.