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Rosie’s Pest Control

2435 Whitten Road, Memphis TN 38133

Phone: (901) 567-3800

Odd and Interesting Bug Facts by Rosie’s Pest Control

Odd and Interesting Bug Facts

  1. For every human on our planet, there are about a million ants.
  2. The queen of a certain species of termite can lay 40,000 eggs every day.
  3.  It takes almost 100 Monarch butterflies to weigh an ounce.
  4.  House flies can taste with their feet as they have taste buds on them.
  5.  A House fly lives for about 14 days, only.
  6.  Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history, put together.
  7.  Termites eat through wood two times faster when listening to rock and roll music.
  8.  A bee may fly up to 60 miles in one day when looking for food.
  9.  All insects on earth would outweigh all animals if they were put on a scale.
  10.  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.

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

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!

Top 5 Pests In Memphis

Here are the Top 5 Pest Concerns for Memphis Residents

  1.  Mosquitoes
  2.  Ants
  3.  Spiders
  4.  Roaches
  5.  Roof Rats

All of the insects on our top 5 list are a problem in Memphis all year around.  Summertime is particularly bad for these pests.  Rosie’s Pest Control has monthly packages that control all of the most common pests in the Memphis area.

Mosquitoes In Memphis

Mosquito Bites = Misery in Memphis

Have your legs been victim of a hungry mosquito? If you live in the Memphis area, you have experienced the terrible itching associated with mosquito bites.  These pesky flying creatures are sure to find you if you are enjoying your backyard.  Mosquitoes can carry some dangerous diseases but mostly they make life outside miserable for all.  It’s easy to keep the mosquito population under control, just have Rosie’s Pest Control come and spray monthly through September.  Our spray solution is safe for pets of all kinds and we will focus on areas with a lot of foliage and or moisture.  We even spray the trees and taller shrubs to rid your yard of these annoyances. Rosie’s has some affordable spray packages. Give us a call or fill out this form and we will measure your area and give you a free quote for our services.

Fire Ant Facts

  Watch out, here come the fire ants.

  • Fire ant is the general name for quite a few species of ants in the genus Solenopsis. They are only a minority in the species, which includes over 200 species of Solenopsis worldwide. Solenopsis are stinging ants and most of their common names demonstrate this, for example, ginger ants and tropical fire ants. Many species also are called red ants because of their light brown color, though species of ants in many other genera are similarly named for similar reasons.
  • Fire ants reside in large colonies made up of up to 250,000 worker ants.
  • Fire ants are so called because of two reasons – first, they have a reddish appearance and second, they have a very painful sting.
  • A typical fire ant colony produces huge mounds in open areas, and feeds mostly on young plants and seeds. Fire ants often attack small animals and can kill them. Unlike many other ants, which bite and then spray acid on the wound, fire ants bite only to get a grip and then sting (from the abdomen) and inject a toxic alkaloid venom called Solenopsin.  For humans, this is a very painful sting, a burning sensation, similar to what one feels when burned by fire (hence the name) and the after effects of the sting (or multiple stings) can be deadly to sensitive people.  Fire ants are more aggressive than most native species and  have driven many other species away from their local habitat.
  • Need help with fire ants? Let Rosie’s Pest Control come out and provide you with a treatment plan and estimate.  Click here to have someone from Rosie’s Pest Control give you a call to set up an appointment.  Memphis area residents only at this time.

Termites Are Swarming

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.

By | 2017-08-20T21:18:00+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Memphis Insects, Memphis Pest Control Firm, Termites|0 Comments

Wasp Season Is Here

Wasp Season is Here in Memphis!

It’s wasp season in Memphis, TN and surrounding areas.  This is the time of year when they begin swarming and searching for a place to nest.  Last fall’s newly hatched queens are ready to get to work and keep the wasp population growing.  Be sure to seal up any places in the home or roof where they can enter the home or attic to nest.  It’s also advisable to spray the exterior thoroughly to steer the searching wasp to other greener pastures.  Wasps can be dangerous and often sting as a group so for the allergic person or dog, their sting can be quite serious.  Children are at a particularly high risk with multiple stings.  Katie Fox, our technician will come and inspect your home and treat the exterior for this invasive and dangerous pest.

Spring Pest Control Specials

Pest Control Begins Early in the Spring in Memphis

This year with an early spring in Memphis and surrounding areas, early treatments are more important than ever. Pests are already on the move and early treatments can help tremendously in keeping the population under control.  There may still be a few days of freezing temperatures but spring does seem to be coming early this year as evidenced by all the early blooming and budding trees and shrubs.

Package plans make monthly pest control easy and affordable. Save $25 Now!

We offer several plans that include all forms of pest control. We also offer mosquito spray plans to keep your yard comfortable all summer long. We are having a spring event for a limited time for new customers. Sign up for our monthly plans and receive $25 off of your first treatment!

 

Warmer Temps Bring Out Early Pests

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!

Katie & Andy Setting Off To Kill Mosquitoes

Meet Katie and Andy!  They sometimes work in tandem, sometimes go it alone to cover more ground. Ants. mice, spiders, roaches, fleas and mosquitoes are some of the most common pests that residents of the Memphis area combat.  Rosie’s can help eliminate all of these and termites too! Need a free evaluation of your pest problems?  Click here!