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Honey Bee Identification Tips

2020-05-29T10:11:01-04:00Insect, Occasional Invaders, Pest Control Updates, Stinging/Biting|

Honey Bee identification is not always simple and it does take some practice.  For one thing, not only do some of the different bee species look very similar to each other, but they may also be confused with other insects which, for a variety of reasons, mimic particular bees.  Keep in mind that Honey Bees often move from flower to flower in a bouncing pattern.  While Honey Bees are collecting pollen, they often make it easy to observe the process. A few quick tips and Honey Bee features are circled in red to compare.  The most common misidentification locally is between the Honey Bee and the Yellow Jacket.  This should help you in the process of protecting Honey Bees.  If you suspect a Honey Bee hive or swarm is on your property it can be relocated.  Please make every effort to protect Honey Bees. Contact us about our $25 Off Any New Service Coupon

EEE and West Nile virus threat in the news

2020-05-29T10:11:01-04:00Eastern Equine Encephalitis EEE, Mosquito Pest Control, Occasional Invaders, Pest Control | Exterminator, Pest Control Updates, Stinging/Biting, Treatment Options Home, West Nile Virus, zika|

The recent mosquito EEE and West Nile virus threat in the news has caused some concerns. Please keep us in mind for your Mosquito, Flea and Tick lawn, shrub and yard treatments. We can minimize your exposure to Mosquito, Flea & Tick related illnesses.   This information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  Per CDC ~ West Nile Virus Activity by State – (as of August 6, 2019) Per CDC ~ Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE Virus)   Contact us about our $25 Off Any New Service Coupon

Bat bite rabies exposure precaution

2020-05-29T10:11:01-04:00Occasional Invaders, Pest Control Updates, Stinging/Biting, Wildlife|

The incidence of rabies in the wild bat population is relatively low, and the spread of rabies within individual colonies appears to be rare.  However, of the sick, dead, or suspect bats submitted for testing in Pennsylvania, roughly 5 percent test positive for rabies. It is important to take precautions when handling grounded bats. If you are trying to get bats out of your home or outbuilding, mid summer and early fall is the time of year to do so. Unfortunately, because this is the best time of year, bat colonies are on the move. Colonies can combine and make a small colony significantly larger and you could become their next accidental landlord. Bats of all sizes will bite in self-defense, but they almost never attack people. If you must handle a bat, take the following precautions to minimize the chance of being bitten. Wear leather gloves and scoop the grounded bat into a container to prevent the bat from biting you. If you are bitten by a bat, immediately wash the bite with hot, soapy water and call a physician. If there is any possibility that you have been infected, the physician will recommend rabies shots. Today, [...]

The Bats are on the move, you could be their next accidental landlord!

2020-05-29T10:11:01-04:00Occasional Invaders, Pest Control Updates, Wildlife|

If you are trying to get bats out of your home or outbuilding, this is the time of year to do so.  Unfortunately, because this is the best time of year, bat colonies are on the move. Colonies can combine and make a small colony significantly larger and you could become their next accidental landlord. The good news is, we can help.  This is the best time of year for evicting bats.  Each female bat often fledges two pups by mid-July, early August, the pups can fly and begin hunting insects on their own. Now is the best time to keep them from coming back.  If you do it any earlier in the year, you risk harming the colony by trapping the young inside your building; if you wait late into the fall, you risk missing the hibernation window and forcing them to find an alternate exit. Contact us about our $25 Off Any New Service Coupon

Congratulations to Sean Hannon of Dirks Pest Management Specialists for being highlighted in Pest Management Professional Magazine

2020-05-29T10:11:03-04:00Occasional Invaders, Pest Control Updates, Treatment Options Home|

PDF Link to article: Pennsylvania pest control company relies on Pro Box Spring Encasements for simple, reliable detection and prevention from Bed Bugs

Backyard Mosquito Flea and Tick Control

2020-05-29T10:11:04-04:00Coupons, Insect, Occasional Invaders, Pest Control | Exterminator, Pest Control Updates, Stinging/Biting|

Our Mosquito, Flea and Tick Control Services Include: Property analysis including identifying breeding areas. Backpack barrier treatment of foliage, vegetation, buildings, porches, eaves, patios, window screens and resting areas. Ongoing treatment program to maintain reduced numbers throughout the summer months. We can easily service areas up to 5 acres and offer one-time event mosquito spraying for events. Pre-Season Special If we can get your dates on the schedule Pre-Season, we can lock your prices from last year. We are scheduling the calendar for our spring and summer Mosquito, Flea and Tick treatment routes. If you schedule pre-season, we can give you access to last years pricing structure. Call For Details.   Our Preferred Mosquito Flea and Tick Control Program Uses Traditional or 100% Organic Pest Control Options. Dirks Pest Management is a leader in mosquito flea and Tick extermination and reduction services offering yard and lawn spraying services to reduce mosquitoes fleas and ticks. Our mosquito yard spray and flea and tick control services significantly reduce adult mosquitoes fleas and ticks  It also reduces the number of existing mosquito larvae to prevent [...]

Bed Bug Detection K-9 Services

2020-05-29T10:11:06-04:00Occasional Invaders, Pest Control Updates, Treatment Options Home|

Why Choose K-9 or K9 trained Dog Inspections for Bed Bugs? The key to complete bed bug elimination begins with proper identification of infested areas.  While adult bed bugs may be easier to identify, bed bug nymphs and eggs are very difficult to locate, especially in early or light infestations.  With an adept sense of smell, K-9 scent detection dogs possess the unique ability to detect bed bugs quickly and efficiently, with little disruption to your home, office or hotel room. WE VISUALLY VERIFY ALL K-9 ALERTS! Compare K-9 Unit Inspections vs Traditional Inspections Accuracy Accuracy in detecting adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs is 97% for K-9 Unit Inspections vs. Accuracy in detecting adult bed bugs approximately 40-60% for Traditional Inspections Duration Inspection durations ranging from 2-15 minutes per room for K-9 Units vs. Inspections ranging from 20 minutes to 1 hour per room for Traditional Inspections Disruption Minimal to no disruption to the occupant(s) with K-9 Units vs. Moderate level of disruption to the occupant (dismantling of bed, moving of furniture, etc.) with Traditional Inspections Limitations K-9 Unit detection has no limitations in cluttered areas, inside upholstered surfaces, mattress seams, beneath carpet, behind baseboards, etc. vs. Traditional Inspections, where detection is limited to visual inspection area [...]

Mud Dauber

2020-05-29T10:11:06-04:00Occasional Invaders, Stinging/Biting|

Mud dauber (sometimes called "dirt dauber," "dirt digger," "dirt dobber," "dirt diver", or "mud wasp") is a name commonly applied to a number of wasps from either the family Sphecidae or Crabronidae that build their nests from mud. Mud daubers are long, slender wasps about 1-inch (25 mm) in length; the latter two species above have thread-like waists. The name of this wasp group comes from the nests that are made by the females, which consist of mud molded into place by the wasp's mandibles.

Corn Snake

2020-05-29T10:11:28-04:00Occasional Invaders|

Corn snakes are slender with a length of 24 to 72 inches (61 to 182 cm). They are usually orange or brownish-yellow, with large, black-edged red blotches down the middle of the back. On the belly are alternating rows of black and white marks, resembling a checkerboard pattern. Considerable variation occurs in the coloration and patterns of individual snakes, depending on the age of the snake and the region of the country in which it is found. Hatchlings lack much of the bright coloration found on adults. Corn snakes are primarily diurnal. They readily climb trees and enter abandoned buildings in search of prey. However, they are very secretive and spend most of their time underground prowling through rodent burrows. They also often hide under loose bark and beneath logs, rocks, and other debris during the day.

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