PESTS IN OKLAHOMA

There are many pests in are found in Oklahoma. Here are some of the most prevalent pests we treat. Click on the tab below to learn more.

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Ants are a prevalent pest in Oklahoma. They are annoying not only because of their large numbers, but also because they may nest in wall voids, under concrete slabs, in and around flower beds, and even causing damage to the structure itself.

Ants that invade homes and buildings are generally the Argentine, Odorous House, Pharaoh, Thief, and Carpenter ants.

Other species such as imported fire ants may be occasional indoor pests, and while Harvester, Cornfield, Pyramid, and others typically nest outdoors, they do occasionally invade structures.

Successful ant control is achieved by proper species identification and selecting the appropriate treatment method for their biology and habits.

Flying ants are sometimes mistaken for termites, however ants have pinched waist lines, while termites are virtually the same width from end to end (termites have a broad waist.) See section on termites for more information.

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Bed Bug

Adult bedbugs are oval insects with flattened bodies and reddish brown in color.

The preferred food of bedbugs is human blood, but they will feed on other warm blooded animals if human blood is not available. Bedbugs can survive long periods of time up to a year without food. 

They are nocturnal in habit feasting at night and mostly remain hidden during the day in cracks and crevices, in mattress seams and tufts, and in box springs and bed frames, as well as behind pictures and in wall voids.

Treatment for bedbugs is labor intensive and time consuming with varying levels of infestation and treatment methods. Bedbug jobs are bid on a case by case basis after inspection. 

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German, Brown Banded, American, Oriental, and the Wood roaches are the five cockroach species generally found in Oklahoma.

The German cockroach is the most common roach infesting homes, and restaurants. Each egg capsule contains 30-48 eggs and will hatch in 28 days, causing serious infestation in a very short time with the accidental introduction of just one little roach to your home or business.

Control of roaches in a residential home can usually be achieved in one signal treatment, if customers clear out their kitchen and bathroom cabinets to insure good access to all the cracks and crevices of the cabinetry.

Control of roaches in food service establishments is done on a maintenance program because of the high volume of people and deliveries.

American and Oriental Cockroaches are typically outdoor roaches. However, with favorable conditions large populations can be produced and they become invaders of you home coming from basements, crawlspaces, flower beds and sewers.

It is necessary to identify the species to customize treatments using spraying, dusting, fogging, and baiting for a particular type of roach's habitat and biology, as well as consideration for the type of construction of the building.

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Fleas and ticks are both blood suckers and vectors of diseases. Skin irritations and occasional infection are common reactions, but even more serious conditions such as certain tick fevers and Lyme disease can all be contracted from these pests.

For the prevention and control of fleas and ticks indoors, it is important to wash and dry all pet beddings. It is also necessary to thoroughly vacuum floors, carpets, and upholstered furniture and properly disposes of sweepings (vacuum bag).  

The vibration of vacuuming helps stimulate the pupae to emerge as adults enabling better control from the treatment being applied. Also, the application of a IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) is used to inhibit the life cycle of these pests.

For the prevention and control of fleas and ticks outdoors, it is important to keep grass short and remove low hanging limbs and dense shrubbery.

It is also very important that pets be treated by a veterinarian or the owner as well to prevent re-infestation. 

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There are many species of spiders in Oklahoma, most of which are beneficial. When they want to share living space with us it becomes a problem for most people. A few simple practices can help with spider prevention such as, not leaving outside lights on at night that attracts their prey, cleanup lumber piles, debris, boxes, and etc. that harbor spiders. 

Some spiders of concern are the Black Widow and Brown Recluse (aka Fiddle Back).The Black Widows venom is a neurotoxin that attacks the central nervous system and is potentially deadly. The Brown Recluses venom is a hemotoxin - the tissue affected locally by the venom is killed and generally sloughs off leaving a large scar.

Wolf spiders are common yard spiders that occasionally invade homes and are sometimes mistaken as Brown Recluse.
Proper species identification is important to customize a treatment for each particular species habits and habitats.

 

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Subterranean termites are native, soil inhabiting insects that feed on wood, paper, and similar cellulose materials.

Termite management is vital to the preservation of wood construction that is built close to the soil, such as sills, joists, studs, girders, and other important load bearing elements. Failure to stop an attack from these pests can cause serious issues to the support systems of homes, buildings and other structures.

Heated buildings where wood is in contact with, or in close proximity to the soil, offer termites an ideal environment for year round shelter with an abundant food source. It takes termite colonies about 2 years to become mature enough to produce swarmer's. This swarming ritual is triggered by warm moist environmental conditions that usually occur during daylight hours over the course of several days or weeks, and usually following a rain.  Because of Oklahoma’s wide array of weather patterns it's not uncommon to see swarmer's anytime of the year.

An average mature colony of eastern subterranean termites (which can consist of over 60,000 workers and, under ideal conditions), could consume about 5 grams of wood each day.

Because of variables in construction methods, building types, landscaping and chemicals/ the materials and labor to preform termite treatments bids are given on a case by case basis site after inspection.

NOTE: Ant Colonies also release swarmer's that are sometimes mistaken for termites.

swarming ants and termites