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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
- While gathering food, a bee may fly up to 60 miles in one day.
- Termites eat through wood two times faster when listening to rock music.
- Houseflies can taste with their feet — they have taste buds on them.
- It takes about one hundred Monarch Butterflies to weigh an ounce.
- The queen of a certain termite species can lay 40,000 eggs per day.
- To survive the cold of winter months, many insects replace their body water with a chemical called glycerol, which acts as an antifreeze against the temperatures.
- For every human there are about 1 million ants.
- Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history.
- A house fly lives for only 14 days.
- You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
- Bed bugs can live for several months without a blood meal. This means they can linger in furniture for a long time until they are near a human host again.
- All insects on Earth would outweigh all animals if put on a scale.
Now is the the perfect time of year for barbeques, picnics, and tailgate parties. Attracted by the smell of delicious food and drinks, uninvited pests are known to invade outdoor parties and send guests running. Before you start firing up the grill, consider taking some preventative measures to contain the summer pests in your area. We’ve gathered a list of tips that you can use to enjoy an insect-free setting for your next outdoor entertaining.
To Do Before the BBQ
Check screen doors, screen windows, and screen coverings for any holes or tears that could allow entry to unwanted insects and repair them.
Certain types of light bulbs will attract insects, so use low pressure and sodium vapor lights outdoors.
Many insects are attracted to fragrances, so avoid using sweet-scented items like candles and instead use candles that are scented to repel insects or use citronella oil in your outdoor torches.
Make sure your lawn is mowed short, your flower beds are weeded, and your shrubs are groomed to prevent snakes and a variety of insects from moving in.
Use a homemade garlic spray on plants, shrubs, flowers, and grassy areas to repel insects.
Create an ant-free zone by sprinkling a border of baby powder or corn starch around your picnic table. Ants won’t cross the line!
Remove any pet food or any fruit that has fallen from trees that might attract insects.
Thoroughly inspect for wasp nests under porches, patios, decks, eaves, grills, playground equipment, etc. and get rid of them.
Consider hiring a professional pest control company like Rosie’s Pest Control to come out and spray the area you plan to use for guests.
To Keep on Hand During the BBQ
Use covers on your food until just before it is time to eat in order to limit the smells that insects are drawn to.
If possible, use cups with lids or bottles with twist off caps so that sweet, sugary drinks aren’t left open to attracts wasps and flies. Or at least try to provide clear plastic cups for your guests to use as aluminum cans and open bottles that you can’t see through are good hiding spots for flying insects.
Keep your trash can near enough so that you can regularly dispose of trash, but also far enough away from guests as trash bins can attract flies and other bugs. Additionally, be sure to continuously clean up any trash, crumbs or spills from the area.
Use box fans to not only cool the area for your guests, but because flying bugs hate breezes.
Pour some red wine into a few cups and place them surrounding your gathering area to attract any lingering fruit flies and keep them away from the actual glasses of wine that your guests drink from.
Keep Rosie’s Pest Control’s number on hand. Rosie’s will wage war on your bugs and help keep your home and yard enjoyable. 901-567-3800