Bug bites of any kind can be worrisome. Especially when you don’t catch the culprit, bug bites can leave you anxious, wondering what got to you and whether or not there are more of them waiting. Many people that wake up with bug bites after a night’s sleep misidentify the markings, which leads to a drawn-out process of catching and removing the biting pests from your home. If you’re wondering what bug bit you in Baton Rouge LA, read on. The pest experts at Dugas Pest Control are well-versed in the habits and attributes of biting pests in the region and can help you identify and remove the ones that you’re dealing with.
Pests that Draw Blood
Some blood-sucking pests might not appear as menacing as other biting bugs but are able to transmit dangerous diseases to humans. Because of this, it is important to be able to identify which kind of bite you’re dealing with. Blood-drawing pests in Baton Rouge LA include:
Mosquitoes: Mosquito bites start out as a raised, white welt and turn into an itchy, red bump, usually no more than 1/2“ across. They usually don’t come with any side effects besides pain and itchiness, but mosquitoes in tropical regions can carry deadly diseases like malaria and the Zika virus.
Ticks: Depending on the species, tick bites can look like a mosquito bite or a smaller, darker mark. They can develop a light red ring that circles the bump at a distance. If you catch a tick bite early, they will still be latched onto your body. Ticks are known for spreading the dangerous Lyme disease.
Fleas: Fleas bite our pets more often, but they bite humans, too. It won’t often result in initial pain, but it will be itchy. The worst outcome of a flea bite is an infection caused by excessive itching.
Bed bugs: If you wake up in bed with tiny, red bites aligned in a zigzag pattern on your skin, you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs do not pass on diseases through their bites, but they can pick up and carry diseases on their bodies through their travels.
Other Biting Pests in Baton Rouge LA
There are other kinds of biting pests in our region, but the aforementioned pests are the ones that you should be more worried about. Some kinds of pests in Baton Rouge LA either rarely bite or cause nearly negligible symptoms. Ants,cockroaches, and centipedes fall into this category. Some ants, like fire ants, bite someone that’s threatening them only to latch on to deliver a more acute sting, similar to a wasp. Bites from these pests are very rare, though.
A few spiders in the area are able to deliver painful bites, but again, only in rare circumstances. Wolf spiders,brown recluse spiders, and the feared black widow fall into this category. If you experience a black widow bite, seek medical attention immediately.
Need Protection from Biting Pests?
If you are worried about bug bites this summer, reach out to your local pest control company to see how they can help. Our technicians at Dugas Pest Control have experience identifying and removing all of the biting pests in Baton Rouge LA and can teach you exclusion efforts to help you keep them out of your home once we’ve dealt with them. For a free quote, contact us today!
If you find a few bugs in your home, it’s easy to assume that you can get rid of them and go on with your day. However, with many insects, the few that you find indicate that many more are going unnoticed. At Dugas Pest Control, we have been called out to assess many pest infestations that the homeowner thought could be quickly resolved. As it has turned out time and again, the problem was much deeper rooted than it would appear to the untrained eye.
If you’re worried about a pest problem developing in your home in Baton Rouge LA, the safest call is to reach out to your local pest control company as soon as you can. In some cases, this could save you from skyrocketing repair costs and uncontrollable pest outbreaks.
5 Signs That You Need Professional Pest Control
Licensed, certified pest control technicians can correct pest problems using safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible solutions. We have put together 5 major signs that you should reach out to your local pest control company:
Termites: Termites cause billions of dollars of damage around the world annually! These prolific and powerful pests can hide in your walls unnoticed for years, gradually growing their numbers. Even finding one termite in your home warrants an immediate call for an inspection.
Wood-boring insects: In addition to termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees like to burrow through the wooden structures in our homes. So do powderpost beetles—if you allow generations of any of these insects to accumulate in your walls, you could be in for some serious structural damage.
Bees, wasps, and hornets: All of these stinging insects are capable of building nests in our walls, hanging from our porches, or on outdoor structures. It is highly unsafe to remove them yourself, especially wasps and hornets’ nests. They are not scared of attacking in large numbers.
Bed bugs: Because of their name, it’s easy to forget that bed bugs can actually infest your entire home. Professional heat treatments are the most effective method of eliminating growing bed bug populations. Some home treatments aren’t exhaustive and allow for the bed bugs to return.
Recurring Problems: On that note, if you’ve noticed that you have a recurring pest issue, it likely means that you never dealt with the initial outbreak properly. The best way to prevent future pest problems is to identify the source of the first infestation.
Reliable Pest Control in Baton Rouge LA
If you’re worried that your pest problem could be spinning out of hand, wait no longer to take action. Your local pest control company in Baton Rouge LA will be able to conduct a comprehensive inspection of your home, discovering the source of your issue and the best way to go about solving it. Remember that the sooner you deal with your pest problem, the easier it will be to resolve. Whatever your needs, contact us today for a free estimate!
Entomologists from Dugas’ parent company, Rentokil Provide their Pest Predictions for 2021
READING, Penn. (Jan. 4, 2021) — As if 2020 didn’t present enough challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 could be a banner year for pests around the country.
To help residents prepare for 2021, entomologists from Rentokil used field knowledge and data to provide their predictions for pests in the upcoming year.
1. Rodents, Rodents Everywhere:
With shutdowns across the country, it’s no surprise that rodents are on the rise nationwide. Empty buildings, the scarcity of food and warmer winters have combined to create a rodent apocalypse.
“We’re seeing more rats in urban, suburban and rural settings because of the shutdowns,” said Marc Potzler, Board Certified Entomologist. “Food sources are cut off, and rats are having to travel to scavenge for food. We’ve seen rats out in public during the day, which is highly unusual.”
Warmer winters have also allowed for mice populations to boom in residential areas as it allows for a longer breeding season and there is a lower population loss due to hard freezes.
“Right now is the perfect time to rodent-proof your home,” said Potzler. “Make sure to repair any gaps on the exterior of your home, such as around garage doors, windows or pipes.”
2. Mosquitoes on the Move:
Mosquitoes populations have been increasing over the last few years. Aedes species, which are disease-carrying mosquitoes, are also moving to new areas. These mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and Zika virus, among other diseases.
“There is an increase of mosquitoes across the country, but notably on the West Coast, and they are adapting each year,” said Eric Sebring, Associate Certified Entomologist. “We have seen evidence of behavior adaptation, where mosquitoes lay their eggs strategically to hatch throughout the season.”
Protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes by removing any standing water on your property. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one teaspoon of water. Also, wear EPA-approved insect repellent while spending time outside.
3. Bed Bugs:
The chatter about bed bugs was quiet in 2020, but that’s not because they have gone away.
“As people begin to travel again, we will start to hear about bed bug infestations,” said Sebring. “Bed bugs can be dormant for several months at a time, so they can emerge when a food source, humans, become available.”
Bed bugs are considered hitchhikers, traveling from place to place on people, luggage, clothing and other personal belongings. Homeowners and businesses such as hotels, colleges, hospitals, senior living facilities, retail stores, and libraries have experienced problems with bed bugs.
If traveling, inspect the bed by pulling back the sheets to examine the mattress. Check your luggage before packing and unpacking, and look for signs of living or dead bugs the size of an apple seed or black fecal smears.
4. More Time Outdoors = More Pests.
From hiking to gardening to dining al fresco, there is no doubt that the pandemic has forced people to spend more time outdoors.
In 2021, we will see the outdoor pest pressures continue:
Ticks: Ticks are responsible for transmitting several diseases, including Lyme disease, to humans and animals. These small insects are found in grassy areas and in the woods, so it is important to inspect yourself and your pets after spending time outdoors. Cover as much skin as possible while outdoors, wear long pants, long sleeves, closed-toed shoes, and tuck pant legs into socks. Light-colored clothing will also help any ticks you pick up stand out.
Ants: “As soon as the weather starts to warm up, we will see an increase in ant populations,” said Tom Dobrinska, Board Certified Entomologist. “Most of the ants we are dealing with are odorous house ants. When spending time outside, make sure to clean up any food, water or sugary substances and ensure that your home is free of any holes or cracks for them to enter.”
Stinging Insects: Stinging insects, such as wasps and yellow jackets, emerge at the first sign of warm weather, and as warm weather seasons are getting longer, stinging insects have more time to create issues. Make sure you check for nests early in the spring as they are smaller and get early nest treatment. Make sure to keep windows and doors shut, and secure outside bins so stinging insects are not attracted to the contents.
5. Termites Aren’t Going Anywhere
Termites are a pesky problem, and unfortunately, are not going anywhere. Termites can cause extensive damage to structures, especially homes. As people are moving out of cities during the pandemic to more suburban areas, education about termite protection is key.
“We received more calls for termites this past year than we have in many years,” said Potzler. “It’s important to raise awareness for homeowners now to have proactive protection to keep from costly repairs in the future.”
6. Pests in the News:
There are a few pests that will continue to steal the limelight in 2021.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an invasive pest that has been making its way across the country since it was first introduced from Asia in 2001. Besides its pungent odor, this stink bug has become a nuisance for homeowners as it gathers in large numbers on the sides of houses and buildings and enters through small cracks in the home. “The brown marmorated stink bug is here to stay,” said Dobrinska. “We will continue to see this species emerge in late spring in large numbers.”
The Spotted Lanternfly will continue to wreak havoc across the Northeast and beyond. The invasive pest, first found in Pennsylvania in 2014, is spreading across the Northeast, with New York reporting its first sighting this year. The pest can significantly damage trees and plants.
“The Spotted Lanternfly is becoming a big problem in the Northeast, and it will continue to spread,” said Potzler. “It can be devastating for agriculture and is a nuisance for homeowners.”
The egg masses look like a smear of mud on trees and outside of homes. It’s important to scrape the egg mass off, put it in a bag with rubbing alcohol and throw it away, and then call the state department of agriculture.
The infamous “Murder Hornet,” also known as the Asian giant hornet, grabbed many headlines, causing homeowners to panic trying to decipher the difference between stinging insects in their yards and this aggressive species. The Asian giant hornet is the largest hornet species in the world, growing up to 3 inches in length. Currently, the Asian giant hornet has only been found in the Pacific Northwest.
“We know that there was one colony found and eliminated in Washington State,” said Sebring. “Unfortunately, if there is one, there will be more.”
While your chances of being stung by an Asian giant hornet are fairly low, the sting can be dangerous as the venom volume is higher, causing more pain. The hives are primarily built underground or in hollows in trees. If you suspect it is an Asian giant hornet or any stinging pests, call your pest management provider to assess the situation as soon as you spot activity.
Halloween is just around the corner, and you’re likely pulling out bins of decorations. You may be putting up fake spider webs and plastic spiders to celebrate, but chances are you don’t want the real ones crawling through your home this time of year. Unfortunately, fall pest problems are common here in Baton Rouge as pests and insects begin to make their way indoors for warmth and shelter. They also can be brought indoors when you unpack your seasonal decorations. It’s important to be aware of the potential pest problems you could encounter this time of year. Keep reading for our top tips to prevent spooky pests this Halloween.
Halloween Pests To Keep an Eye Out For
Fall pest infestations can be frustrating because many of these pests are looking to cozy up inside your home through the winter. Whether you’re about to unpack a box of decorations or want to clean up your property, here are the pests to look for:
Rats.Rodents infamously squeeze their way inside this time of year for warmth, food, and shelter. They could be nesting in your boxes of decorations.
Stink bugs & boxelder bugs. These seasonal bugs appear on the sides of homes and could crawl indoors if given the chance.
Spiders. Spider populations are abundant in the fall and many get indoors. They may be lurking in your box of decorations!
Bed bugs. While common at all times of the year, traveling or college students lead to an increase in infestations. They also could be found on second-hand costumes.
Tips to Prevent Seasonal Pests
You may be putting fake rodents or bats out as decorations, but you definitely want to prevent the real ones from getting indoors! As you would any other time of the year, it’s important to know how to keep pests out of your home. Some of our top tips include sealing all cracks and crevices in your home with caulk, installing a new window or door screens, cleaning up your yard’s foliage, keeping a tidy kitchen with sealed food containers, and storing all seasonal decorations in airtight plastic bins. If you are having trouble sealing off your home to pests this fall, it’s best to reach out to your local exterminator for assistance.
Need Help With Pests this Fall?
It’s nearly the holiday season, and the last thing you want to deal with is a pest problem. Always be extra cautious when unpacking your decorations or buying secondhand items. If you find yourself with an infestation or want to further protect your Baton Rouge home from pests this fall and winter, the Dugas Pest Control residential exterminators are here to help.
Bed bugs are a feared pest, and it’s easy to understand why. Not only do bed bugs bite, they can spread easily and be a pain to get rid of without a professional. As cases rise, more and more information is spread about bed bugs–and not all of it is true! In order to better prepare yourself for a bed bug problem, it’s crucial to learn how to separate fact from fiction. With Bed Bug Awareness Week upon us, the team at Dugas Pest Control wants to dispel common bed bug myths. Keep reading to learn more.
Bed Bug Myths That Simply Aren’t True
The following list explores common myths about bed bugs that we want to set straight:
Bed bugs are nocturnal.
Bed bugs are active when their hosts are at rest. This obviously means they are active at night, but they can also adjust their schedule to fit yours.
Bed bugs are only found in your bedroom.
Bed bugs gather near areas where people rest. This includes sofas, chairs, cracks in the wall, and even power outlets.
Bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye.
Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and can definitely be seen. Nymph bed bugs are much smaller and translucent, making them more difficult to spot.
Bed bugs jump and fly.
Unlike fleas and ticks, bed bugs cannot jump or fly. They have underdeveloped wings, and move from one area to another by crawling.
Bed bugs are attracted to messy or dirty homes.
This is one of the most common myths about bed bugs. Whether your home is clean or dirty, a bed bug infestation can happen in any property.
Bed bugs latch onto or bon people.
Although bed bugs are known to hitch a ride on your purse or suitcase, they do not attach to people as fleas or ticks do.
Bed bugs transmit dangerous diseases.
Bed bugs definitely bite, but they do not transmit diseases as mosquitoes do.
Bed bugs can live a year without feeding.
While they definitely can survive months without a meal, it is very unlikely for bed bugs to survive an entire year.
What to Do About Bed Bugs in Baton Rouge
If you have a bed bug problem, it’s important to act quickly. DIY bed bug extermination is out of the question–trying to get rid of them yourself can actually make things worse. The team at Dugas is committed to keeping our customers safe from bed bugs all year round. To learn how we can keep you bed bug-free, contact us today!
One time or another, all of us have tried DIY pest control. Whether you’ve applied a vinegar solution to a trail of ants or went out to buy pesticides for roaches, there are many pest control products and methods that claim to be effective. But is that true? While DIY pest control may work to control small problems for a while, it never provides long-lasting relief from pests.
At Dugas Pest Control, we want to make sure our customers make informed decisions when it comes to keeping pests out of their homes. Read on to learn why DIY pest control is not a long-term solution!
Is DIY Pest Control Reliable?
Oftentimes, DIY pest control seems like the best choice. Although it may work for a small problem, it won’t control larger infestations. There are several disadvantages to DIY methods:
Many store-bought products are filled with chemicals that can be dangerous for you, your family, and your pets. Reading the label doesn’t always guarantee the product will be applied perfectly and safely.
DIY or store-bought products don’t come with a guarantee or warranty as often as professional services. This can lead to you having to buy more products down the line.
What About Professional Pest Control?
To get rid of pests quickly and effectively, a professional exterminator is always your best bet. This may be a bigger investment of your time and money, but it’s always worth it. A professional pest control company can develop a custom plan to keep pests out all year round. Exterminators have the knowledge required to understand the unique habits and behaviors of all types of pests. This better equips them to control infestations and keep pests from returning. Lastly, a pest control professional will always apply top-of-the-line pest control products in a way that is safe for your family!
How to Choose
Pest control is an essential part of keeping your home safe and healthy. A professional pest control expert is equipped to take care of the difficult treatments for you. DIY pest control is never a long-term plan to protect your property from pests. Contact the team at Dugas today to learn how we can help!
Bed bugs can be a serious problem, especially in densely populated areas (such as large cities) as well as buildings such as theaters, hotels, apartment and other housing complexes where people are in close proximity to each other.
Housing apartments and complexes (condos, federal housing, nursing homes, etc.) present a particular set of problems because of the shared walls between rooms. Bed bugs can easily migrate from room to room, making containment difficult without sealing up an entire wing for treatment.
So if you live in one of these larger buildings, or happen to own or manage one, you should be aware of the HUD (Housing and Urban Development) guidelines for dealing with bed bug infestations, and they adjust these guidelines to meet the current conditions of infestations.
Below are the following guidelines for how HUD plans to keep bed bugs out of homes:
– Inspecting infested areas and the spaces around these areas
– After a trip, checking for signs of infestation on clothes and luggage
– When secondhand items are purchased, they should be inspected thoroughly before they are brought into the home
– If an infestation is suspected, the pest should be properly identified
– All pest infestations should be recorded with the date and location
– Clutter should be kept clean to minimize bed bug hiding spots
– Eliminating bed bug habitats
– All pest infestations should be cleaned appropriately
– Pesticides should be used according to their label instructions
– Following up with pesticide treatments and inspections
There are also some differences across public housing, so it’s important for tenants to be familiar with the responsibilities of the owner. For example, The Office of Public and Indian Housing says that tenants who report a bed bug problem should be contacted within 24 hours of the report and will receive information about the control and prevention of bed bugs. If an infestation is confirmed, treatment will start within 5 days, and treatment will be covered.
For tenants that reside in apartments or condominiums, it’s important they review their contract to be familiar with the details of bed bug infestations, such as whether the tenant or landlord is responsible for the treatments.
With Section 8 homes however, the contract is less detailed, and measures for bed bug infestations must be discussed with the owner.
Bed bug infestations have been much more common in recent years and are strongly associated with travel because any time you travel to another state or country, you risk being infected with bed bugs.
Dugas Pest Control has seen more cases of bed bug infestations in recent years, so we encourage all Louisiana residents to execute extra safety measures this holiday season.
Below are smart tips to protect you and your family.
If you’re staying at a hotel, check online to see if the hotel has ever had bed bug problems. People are never hesitant to post about bad experiences, so go that extra step and read the online reviews before you book.
Seal all of your belongings. Use individual gallon bags to store everything from socks to gloves to jewelry. Make sure all bags are sealed, as bed bugs can get in from the smallest cracks.
Steer clear of soft, dark-colored bags. First, soft bags have pockets and folds where bed bugs can hide. Second, the dark color allows them to blend in with the bag. Instead, aim for light-colored bags and hard suitcases – if you can find them – that will make it less likely for bed bugs to hide.
At your hotel, inspect your room. Place your luggage in the bathroom first where bed bugs are not likely to be. Then, pull up the mattress, inside couches and chairs, behind picture frames and around electrical outlets for signs of an infestation. Look for spots of blood or apple-seed looking bugs.
Keep your luggage on luggage racks instead of on the floor and cover with plastic bags or a tarp.
When you arrive home, wash all of your clothes on HOT water and place them in the dryer. Clothes that need to be dry-cleaned should be stored in a separate, sealed plastic bag. You can also steam your clothes to kill any potential bugs.
The best attitude to have is a proactive one. Bed bugs are not pests that you can get rid of on your own. Don’t chance it this holiday season. Take these extra steps to ensure you come home with your family, new presents, full stomachs and nothing else.
DIY Pest Control has gotten to be a big industry with many stores and products on the market for roaches, wasps, bees and even termites. But do these type products work for bed bugs?
The problem with trying to get rid of bed bugs using DIY methods is that many of the DIY treatments simply don’t work. The reality is that the treatment of bed bugs is a complex issue that will even pest control professionals to debate which are the best control methods. A few factors play into this:
Bed bugs can live on many surfaces near the bed including the bedding, nightstand, curtains and even within certain types of walls
Even if you kill the adults, the eggs may survive treatment and hatch to re-start the infestation
Bed bugs can go into a dormant stage, and re-appear months later
Room to room movement is very common
Populations can grow quickly if not kept in check
You risk growing the infestation and having to put out more money for a bigger problem. Not to mention, you spend more time suffering in the meantime.
The bottom line is this: bed bug infestations are hard to get rid of. Let’s explore some of the common DIY ways to eliminate bed bugs and why they don’t work.
Common DIY Bed Bug Treatments
The smoke bomb is believed to be a common solution, but it doesn’t work. If it did, we wouldn’t have the infestations we do. Heating a room to a high temperature also won’t work. It may kill off some bugs that are hiding in a mattress for example, but it won’t get to the bugs that are hiding in walls. When the room returns to its normal temperature, the bugs will be back. The same goes for freezing temperatures. You can freeze individual items like luggage or pillows, but you can’t do it in your home.
Finally, there are products out there that claim to kill bed bugs, but these are risky to use. Even though bed bugs are a nuisance, they don’t carry disease. So to spray potentially harmful pesticides on your mattress and your pillows is not safe for you or your family. Also, there are chemicals that people are simply not qualified to use. Calling in a professional is your best option.
DIY Measures that Can Help
There are things you can do that will help, just be sure to leave the treatments up to a professional like Dugas Pest Control. Below are smart measures to take on your own:
– Vacuum your mattress and box springs
– Vacuum baseboards, walls, light switches, outlets, picture frames, etc.
– Get your luggage treated if you travel before you bring it home
– Remove clutter, which are hiding spots for bed bugs
– When you throw out blankets, coats, etc., be sure to label it with “Infested With Bed Bugs.”
If you are tired of trying to deal with bed bugs on your own, call the professionals today at Dugas Pest Control in Baton Rouge to eliminate the problem once and for all.
When it comes to the itchy, crawly, blood-sucking bed bugs that keep people up at night, it’s always the big cities that are hardest hit. There are two reasons for this. The first is that there are more people living and working in large cities, creating a greater chance for bed bug infestations. Second, people travel to large cities, so there is a higher chance that someone from another state or country will bring bed bugs along with them.
Bed Bugs Found in Large Cities across the U.S.
So where does Louisiana rank on the worst bed bug lists? For once, none of the major Louisiana cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge are near the top of a negative list – in this case, the worst states for bed bug infestations.
The states that continually top the charts according to pest control companies include the following:
New York City
These findings are based on the number of treatments that have been needed in these locations.
A Growing Problem in Louisiana
Even though we aren’t high on the “worst” list, Louisiana is not exempt from bed bug infestations, and these problems are becoming more common across the world, Louisiana included. At Dugas Pest Control, we work solely with Louisiana residents, so we’ve seen our fair share of bed bug infestations, even if they still fall under the radar compared to cities like New York City and Chicago. Nevertheless, all bed bug infestations are the same: difficult to get rid of.
Louisiana’s warm, sub-tropical climate is always favorable to bug species, and with large cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge where many people travel to, there is always a risk of bed bugs. Although we don’t want to it to happen, we expect to see more cases of infestations over time. In 2010, the bed bug problem started creeping toward our state. This same year, there were 16 LA hotels that had complaints against them for bed bugs.
So when asked the question of whether or not Louisiana will be as badly affected by bed bugs as large cities like Boston or Cincinnati one day, we can only assume that it’s a strong possibility.