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Out with the Old: Discover New Green Ways We Protect Your Home from Bugs

With the state of our world today, it is always a good idea to take part in efforts to preserve our environment. We want our future generations to see and experience what we have had the privilege of enjoying our entire lives. If we all put on our to-do list doing our part to preserve this creation, we can make a huge difference. Being one with nature doesn’t require a massive life change. We can take our own little steps to make that difference!

Here at A-1 Able, we strive to be the best and to give you the best solutions that pest doctors have to offer. Moreover, we have eco-friendly products and services that will help you calm your fears about pest in your homes, offices, and businesses.

 

Harborage can be prevented with structural alterations such as entry point repair and caulking.

Mechanical traps are non-toxic curiosity traps suited for flying insects such as bees and wasps.

 

Mechanical devices, specifically vacuums, steamers, heat treatments, and high-pressure sprayers are good for most types of insects.

“Low-to-no impact” botanical insecticides are especially helpful! Specifically, solutions like silica powder; diatoms; citrusides from oranges and lemons; pyrethrins from mums and borates; pheromone traps and bacillus thuringiensis (BT), a biological pesticide.

 

Growth regulators are non-insecticidal materials that disrupt insect maturation and prevents reproduction.

 

“Miracle products” which have low toxicity to mammals and low environmental impact, yet have a highly effective insecticidal value are truly a pest-killing miracle!

Switch to the green side and let’s save one house, business, and office at a time! Contact us today to find out how we can help!

Hibernate in Your Home this Winter Without the Creepy-Crawly Visitors

Most likely everyone has had a visitor every winter, but it’s not your typical house guest; it hides in walls and corners of your house. Creepy crawlies like house spiders, lacewings, and flies…are you sure you are ready to face them once again? Here’s what you should look for:

 

The seven-spot ladybug may be known as a gardener’s favorite for keeping aphids away, but adults are active up until November, when it usually starts to get colder. These insects move into homes and outbuildings to hibernate over the winter. They are often found clustered together for warmth.

When it comes to house spiders, males are present all-year round, but they are spotted more during this time of the year. They prowl, appearing in search for female spiders living in corners.

The nocturnal silverfish seeks out and prefers staying in the damp areas around the house. It’s fast-moving and can cause an issue when there is a large number of them.

Just like a silverfish, a common woodlouse also loves to stay in dark and damp areas during the winter. When looking for them, be sure to check your bathroom floor, areas around sinks, basements, and anywhere else that may be dark and damp.

The adult common green lacewing hibernates mostly in buildings. It changes its color during winter from a shade of green or blue to a yellowish-brown color with red spots.

While we are not happy seeing the clothes moth on our garments, this creature is happy living in your closet.  Their larvae feed on clothes made from wool and other natural materials.

Whatever type of insect or pest it may be, let us help you find a solution. Better fix the problem before it’s too late! Give us a call or send us a message today because “All our patients die!”

How to Bug Proof Your Commercial Property

Maintaining the cleanliness and overall structure of your commercial space can be challenging, especially if it’s in an old building. Regardless of the building’s value, the size of your property is also considered. Salons, bakeries, coffee shops, bookstores, or whatever type of business you have, getting rid of pests can cause some headache sometimes.

There are a lot of DIY tips and tricks out there to get rid of certain insects lying around, but sometimes these DIY tricks aren’t enough to really do the job.

Contacting experts will help you ease your troubles. Leaving it to the experienced professionals will help you not only save time, but save your commercial property from being taken over by these unwelcome visitors.

You are also saving money compared to doing it on your own with the tricks you found online. Contacting pest experts might be costly at first, but it will surely last exponentially longer than DIY fixes.

Weigh your options and see which ones work for you! Contact us now for the solution and let us do the work! (800)737-8189

Be Grateful for Bugs! 5 Bugs that Actually Help Us

Most humans are afraid of insects, although we merely call them ‘pests.’ Unknowingly, these ‘pests’ do help us in some ways most people are probably not aware of. Listed below are some insects that are not your typical pests; in fact, you should welcome them into your garden.

Ground beetle. They might not look pleasant, but never underestimate what this bug can do! This large, long-legged bug likes to feed on insects that are harmful to vegetables. If you plan to plant potatoes, cabbage, and/or tomatoes, then, surround your crops with logs, rocks, and perennial ground covers to attract these protective creatures.  

Ladybugs. This adorable creature works wonders as well. Both adults and larvae ladybugs feed on soft-bodied insects and aphids, which is more known as plant lice. Cute and dependable!

Rove beetles. Just like what the ground beetles do, it is a natural predator of aphids along with a number of hungry caterpillars and grubs.

Predatory bugs. As the name suggests, they are helpful in destroying tomato hornworms and thrips. They can eat worms, spider mites, leafhopper nymphs, and small caterpillars. Be sure to attract this type of bug, when you are planning to plant vegetables, by also planting permanent plants like shrubs and bunch grasses.

Devil’s Coach-horse. One of the large varieties of its kind, this uniquely-named insect attacks and eat slugs, which might be why many British gardeners have developed a likening to them.

Even though it’s easy to focus on how pesky some bugs can be, we should take some time to be grateful for all the ways they help us. The eco-system is a magnificent, well-oiled machine. Nature knows just how to operate!

If you’re finding bugs in your home, that you find impossible to be grateful for, we’re the Pest Doctors and we’re ready to help you! Call us for a quote (800)737-8189.

How Ohio Winters Impact the Bug Population

How Ohio Winters Impact the Bug Population

To many, Winter in Ohio is considered milder than the average winter temperatures in other states.

A number of questions have been presented about the coming winter; people are wondering which pests will be bugging them as the cold approaches.

In the summer, when temperatures are high, some insects may die because their cellular activity is moving so fast due to the heat. In the winter, insects seek shelter from the cold and produce compounds in their bodies. It is not the cold temperature, but the freezing or thawing processes that usually causes an insect to die.

Instead of relying on finding a protected location to hibernate, some insects prepare for Winter by making their own protected covering.

A perfect example is the Eastern Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum) moth that produce eggs which appear to be surrounded by bubble wrap. This bubble wrap provides an insulating protection against the cold temperatures.

How Ohio Winters Impact the Bug Population

Some insects don’t die because of the freezing and thawing process created from the cold weather, but rather from the sharp-pointed ice crystals that destroy cells that kill the insects. Isn’t that wild!?!

Some insects are actually able to dodge the winter by using several strategies like diapause. Diapause is a physiological state similar to, but deeper than, hibernation. Basically, an insect’s metabolism slows down and doesn’t return to normal, until some certain environmental cue tells the insect that it is time for it to come out of diapause.

Here’s the official definition of ‘diapause’ for those wondering: a period of suspended development in an insect, other invertebrate, or mammal embryo, especially during unfavorable environmental conditions.

Even though we can’t 100% accurately predict what will be pesky this winter, we can guarantee that we are equipped and ready to help you rid your home of whatever might be moving into your place during the cold months.

Call us today to talk to us about making your home pest free all winter long!

3 Types of Spiders You’ll Likely See This Fall

As Halloween is approaching, you might notice the shelves of Target are like your house – seemingly stocked with spiders and spider webs.

As the cold approaches, the spiders move in! Spiders stay near our homes because of the warm retreat they feel. Not only are they are getting ready for the winter ahead, but it’s also mating season!

Here are the 3 most common types of spiders you might see this fall:


The Funnel Web Spider: Funnel weaver spiders (Agelenidae) This type of spider is the most common. We will find in our homes and they are particularly present during late summer and early fall. Don’t worry! Funnel web spiders are harmless. Their appearance is often misstaken them for a brown recluse. The funnel weaver just produces dense mats of silk on shrubs, thick grass, and in the corners of your home.

 

 

The Long Legged Sac Spider: Yellow sac spiders (Miturgidae)This specific sac spider is an active hunter. It is usually pale in color and can be found wandering in your home at night. Sac spiders spend daylight hours in a flattened silken sac, which they create in a room’s upper corner, or in wall cracks.

 

 

 

Banded Garden Spider (Araneidae) Banded Garden Spiders are the largest and most striking of the orb weaving spider type. Just like the Funnel Weavers, Banded Garden Spiders are found in the late summer and early fall in gardens, specifically on shrubs where they usually make a highly symmetrical orb web. Male spiders of this type are smaller than those of females. Keep in mind, Banded Garden Spiders are also harmless.

 

 

What spiders are you seeing in your home this fall? Take a picture and share it with us #daytonpestdoc!! If you’d like to rid your home of pesky spiders, contact us today!

Fight Back Against Stink Bugs: Seek Professional Help

Fight Back Against Stink Bugs: Seek Professional Help

Pests can be quite a nightmare for homeowners.

Bugs, like cockroaches, can actually live without a head for up to seven days, and it will only die because without a mouth it can’t eat or drink! Although your home might not be at risk of being overrun by cockroaches, you still have to avoid other nasty pests like stink bugs.

Stink bugs are quite gross not only because of their creepy-crawly approach to being a bug, but because they don’t smell all that great, either. Here are a few ways to get rid of these unwanted stink bugs from your home.

Close off any access points into your home


Although you probably can’t handle the actual extermination process of getting rid of these bugs, at least not safely, you can certainly do your best to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. Seal up all access points so no more bugs can enter your home. That includes filling up small gaps and cracks inside the walls, near doors, and surrounding your home’s windows. A little caulk can go a long way.

If you’re the type of person who enjoys throwing the windows wide open during the summer, make sure screens are securely installed on all open windows.

Clean your house


Like cockroaches and ants, stink bugs thrive in dirty environments. If you don’t want to roll out the welcome mat, then it’s important to keep your home as clean and crumb-free as possible. It doesn’t take too much effort to tidy up after yourself, and the benefits are clear — your home won’t be infested by gross bugs. Don’t let procrastination result in a stink bug-infested home. Clean up your house, especially areas that get a lot of foot traffic, including rooms with lots of windows and doors, and any room where you eat.

 

Fight Back Against Stink Bugs: Seek Professional Help


Contact a professional pest control company


Although you’ll be able to put up a good fight against these bugs, the only way to fully guarantee your home is free from these unwanted pests is by working with A1 Able Pest Doc. If you’re unsure about working with us, simply ask us about our experience handling various stink bug and pest infestations in your area. Once they tell you the reality of the infestations, you’ll probably decide not to handle the infestation yourself.

If you want to learn more about combating stink bugs in the Dayton, OH area, contact A1 Able Pest Doctors today!

Beware of Biting Bed Bugs: 3 Sure Signs of an Infestation

Beware of Biting Bed Bugs: 3 Sure Signs of an Infestation

Bed bugs are horrible little creatures that cause serious stress and shame for countless homeowners.

We say countless because there is a strong taboo against talking about bed bugs in your home or place of business. Fortunately, if you notice these creatures inside your home, there is one person you can turn to for judgement-free help: A1 Able Pest Doctor. In the same way that you can tell a doctor or therapist anything in total confidence, we are ready, willing, and able to discretely solve your bed bug infestation.

At the first sign of bed bugs, and before you do anything else, address the infestation right away, doing whatever you can to ensure that these bugs aren’t spreading and further infesting your home.


Beware of Biting Bed Bugs: 3 Sure Signs of an Infestation But what are the most common signs of bed bugs in the home? If you’re worried that these “bed ticks” are lurking somewhere in your home, here are some things to keep in mind:

Pay attention to any bites you have. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, bug bites and stings actually send roughly 500,000 Americans to the emergency room every single year. And while bed bugs aren’t likely to send you to the emergency room, you need to pay attention to any mysterious bug bites that appear overnight. If you have children in your home, keep a sharp eye out for small red bites on their arms and legs. If you notice any signs of strange bug bites on your body or anyone in your family — get help right away.

That being said, don’t just assume any mystery bite is from a bed bug. Make sure that you rule out fleas, mites, biting gnats, and mosquitoes by looking closely at your skin. Remember: if you have a bed bug problem, there will probably be more that one bite.

Know where to look for these pests. Bed bugs won’t show themselves in an obvious manner, so you’re going to have to do a little digging around your house to find them. You should look at your bed, yes, but don’t just give it a quick glance. Take a long, thorough look at each bed in your house, paying close attention to the covers, sheets, blankets, pillow cases, framing, and underneath the bed as well. Bed bugs love to hid under mattresses and mattress covers, so lift up the bed in search of these bloated creepy crawlies. In addition to the bedside inspection, look around each room for piles of clothes or underneath rugs to make sure that these bugs aren’t hiding out in those areas either.

Don’t just look for bugs. Although these brown and blood-red pests are hard to miss, they aren’t the only sign to watch out for. Look also for blood stains on sheets and black stains from bed bug excrement. If the corner or bottom surface of a mattress has black stains or small white eggs, then you most likely need to call us ASAP.

Don’t let these bed bugs ruin your life as a homeowner or cause problems for the other members of your family. Be on the lookout for these creatures and do everything you can to get them out of your home.

Need discrete, eco-friendly bed bug solutions in Dayton, Ohio? Contact A1 Able Pest Doctors today!

What Are Killer Wasps and How to Deal with Them

Have you ever seen a giant bee attacking a cicada first-hand?! Despite its looks, this is most likely not really a giant bee…

What Are Killer Wasps and How to Deal with Them

This species is called killer wasps. Pretty scary name, right? Killer wasps, or the so-called Cicada Killer Wasps, are not a type of cicada. They actually KILL cicadas!

An adult female wasp paralyzes the cicada with her venomous sting. The wasp then carries the cicada to its burrow, laying an egg under the left or right second leg of the cicada (so specific!). When the egg hatches, this killer wasp’s larvae begin to eat the cicada for nourishment as they grow!

What Are Killer Wasps and How to Deal with Them

Yes, these wasps are HUGE. But thankfully, they usually ignore people as they go about their business of digging holes and hunting for cicadas.

A mound of fine soil surrounds the burrow of each female killer wasp. Since colonies of burrows are common, infested lawns usually contain several mounds that can smother the grass. They prefer, however, to nest in areas of sparse vegetation and rarely infest thick, vigorous turf.

Here’s a video that helps identify where killer wasps usually hide:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ9J-O1ht0w

Each killer wasp burrow includes several cells where larvae are raised. Each cell is furnished with at least one to three cicadas and a single egg before being sealed off.

Male killer wasps, on the other hand, establish territories near nesting females and aggressively defend their territory from other intruding males. The eggs hatch in 2 to 3 days, depending on the number of cicadas in its cell, and the larva feeds for 4 to 10 days until only the cicada’s outer shell remains!

***It is important that you do not aggravate killer wasps. Do not push or poke them, do not walk on them and do not attack them with anything.***

If you are bothered with killer wasps, it’s best to contact a trusted pest professional as soon as possible, rather than trying to remove on your own. Give us a call today for a free no obligation inspection!

 

Cicadas: What You Need To Know

Have you ever been awakened in the early morning or kept awake at night with a super loud and annoying “BUZZZZZ” sound happening right outside your window?

Cicadas: What You Need To Know

These pests noisy pests keeping you up are cicadas or Cicadoidea. They are known for their buzzing and clicking noises, which can be amplified by a mass of insects into an overpowering, “HUMMM.” This noise from a locust cloud can be heard up to a mile away!

Unusual among insects, some varieties of cicadas disappear almost entirely for many years, only to appear again in force at a regular interval. In fact, there are 3,000 cicada species, but only some of these share the so-called 17-year cicada cycle.

Other types of cicada are called annuals because they have multi-year life cycles, with some adults appearing every year!

An example of this would be the Dog Day Cicada, which emerges each year during mid-summer as seen below:

Cicadas: What You Need To Know

YUM!!

Male cicadas produce the species-specific noise that can be a bit obnoxious, with vibrating membranes on their abdomens. In addition, the sound the cicada produces varies widely; some are more musical compared to others.

FUN FACT: When young cicadas hatch their eggs, they dig themselves into the ground to suck the liquids of plant roots.

Some cicadas do not create destructive plagues, unlike what locusts do, though a number of cicadas – tens or hundreds of thousands of insects may crowd into a single acre.

When an overwhelming number of insects pack into a small area, it can substantially damage shrubs, young trees, and its branches by feeding and laying their eggs on it.

As for humans, cicadas don’t bite or sting, however, they pierce and suck (Eeew). Cicadas have pointy-feet and other sharp parts that can mistakenly be considered as a stinger when it lands on you. But the fact is, they do this because they aren’t the most intelligent insect and think you’re are a tree. When that happens, just remove it and continue doing your thing!

Another cause of harm for humans are cicada’s call or noisy sounds. Since they need to find a mate before they die, cicadas tend to make their “BUZZZZ” as loud as they can to attract the female cicadas. As a result, this can literally affect our hearing capability!

Check out this “little” guy hanging out in a plant from a couple weeks ago in Dayton:

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Do not let these cicadas destroy your shrubs, trees, affect your hearing ability and disturb the peace! To have a free quote on the best solution to your insect problem, call a trusted pest professional as soon as possible.