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Avoid Stinging Hitchhikers: How to Keep Wasps Out of Your Car

Imagine driving down the road, enjoying a beautiful summer day when suddenly you hear the distinct buzzing of a stinging insect inside your car. The fear of getting stung while driving can turn any pleasant road trip into a dangerous experience but try not to panic. Pull over as soon as you can safely. Keeping stinging insects out of your car is not only safe for you but others on the road as well. Keep reading to learn how to keep these flying nuisances out of your car!

Why Do I Have Wasps in My Car?

Wasps are attracted to cars for a variety of reasons. Understanding why stinging insects are attracted to your car can help prevent them in the future. Some reasons wasps are drawn to your car include:
  • Heat:  Wasps are cold blooded insects so the warmth radiated from cars on a hot day can turn your car into a wasp spa. Wasps may build nests inside sitting cars due to the captured heat in the interior or engine bay.
  • Location: Parking next to things that attract wasps such as flowers and garbage cans or near a wasp nest increases the likelihood of a wasp making its way into your car.
  • Sweets: Wasps love sweets. They can smell them from over 20 feet away! Leaving open sweets or drinking in your car will attract wasps to your car.
  • Open Windows: Many people will leave their windows cracked on a warm summer day. An open window is a free invitation for a wasp to hop in and take a ride!
  • Dead Insects: Most drivers know the bane of dead insects on the grill of their car. In addition to being a pain to remove, these dead insects release a pheromone that will let wasps know where to find their favorite snacks.

How to Prevent Wasps in Your Car

To keep wasps from invading your car, it is important to ensure your car is kept tidy. Remove any leftover food, especially sweets, and wash off any bugs that may have their untimely end in your grill. If wasps seem to be flocking to your car, it might be time to ditch the floral, sweet smelling air fresheners. While they make your car smell nice, the sweet scent can attract stinging insects. Instead, try using peppermint, citronella, anise or clove essential oils that will keep your car smelling nice and repel wasps.  When parked, roll up your windows and avoid parking next to areas that are known to attract wasps, such as flowering plants, trash cans, or picnic spots. If your car has been parked for a long period of time, check the engine bay, interior and trunk for any nests that may have been built while your car was not in use.  Also, check the surrounding areas for active wasp nests. Contact a professional exterminator to remove any nests you find.

Arrow Environmental Services- The Stinging Insect Experts

No one likes an uninvited hitchhiker on their Sunday drive. Finding wasps or wasp nests in your car means it is time to call Arrow Environmental services! Dealing with wasps on your own can be hazardous and leave you with painful stings. With our innovative, environmentally friendly practices, we are able to eliminate any pest problem safely and effectively. If you are having problems with wasps or any other pests around your car or home, contact Arrow Environmental Services today! Our highly trained staff are available six days a week to help identify your needs and provide the highest level of service!
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DIY Mosquito Repellent: Is It Worth It?

It’s lovely living in Florida this time of year when everything is warming up and coming into bloom. Many homeowners are choosing to spend more and more time outside, soaking in the sunshine and gathering with friends and loved ones. But when the temperature rises, we aren’t the only ones coming out of hibernation. And while a barbeque or pool party is fun in theory, it’s something that can be easily ruined by swarms of mosquitoes.  What can we do about these blood-hungry pests? You may have heard of homemade mosquito repellents that you can execute on your own - but do they all work as advertised? Can you really fix a mosquito infestation without an exterminator? Let’s talk about it below.

Does Home Mosquito Repellent Work? 

There is no shortage of DIY mosquito solutions posted online. They make a lot of big claims that, when put to the test, don’t come off nearly as well as advertised. Maybe you’ve seen the mosquito repellent bracelets that brand themselves as being able to keep away the bloodsucking pests, purely through the strength of the natural oils infused in the material. And it might be true. Some studies have shown that these bracelets can repel mosquitoes…for a whopping radius of three centimeters Bug zappers are also used by some to kill passing pests, including mosquitoes. But if you have an active infestation on your property with bugs breeding somewhere on your grounds, killing a few passing insects won’t do much to solve the problem. In fact, the light of the bug zapper could result in more pests being drawn straight to you and your household.  These are just two of many supposed “solutions” that fall short of success. With that in mind, is there anything you can do to help keep mosquitoes off your property? 

DIY Mosquito Control to Try 

If you have an active mosquito infestation, you need a professional mosquito exterminator. But there are steps you can take to limit the risk of these pests being drawn to your property.  For instance, you likely know that mosquitoes breed in bodies of still water. And since these bodies of water could be as small as a thimble, it’s impossible to completely eliminate all excess moisture from your yard. What you can do is clean your birdbaths, empty out pails and buckets, and make sure your yard is not overwatered. Doing this will limit the more accessible opportunities for mosquitoes to set up shop.  You can also incorporate box fans on your porch or patio, or anywhere else you plan on spending time outdoors. With a constant flow of air, mosquitoes won’t be tempted to land and feed. Of course, doing this won’t stop them from breeding in other parts of your property. To address an infestation at its root, you need the help of an expert.

Arrow Environmental Services  for “Mosquito Extermination Near Me”

Mosquitoes are quick to breed, and even just a few insects can balloon into a major problem. You don’t want to play host to a pest that spreads itchy bumps and potential diseases. While blogs and articles online make a lot of lofty promises, more often than not their “life hacks” result in wasted time and money with no results.  Invest your energy in tangible results by teaming up with Arrow Environmental Services. Our technicians are backed by years of experience in combating mosquito infestations. In terms of mosquito extermination in Florida, we’re the industry leaders with solutions you can count on. Ready to learn more and enjoy an itch-free summer? Contact us today to get started. 
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Nature’s Buzzkill: Surviving Mosquito Season

There is much to love about Florida. Sunny days, gorgeous beaches, and blue water are all conducive to outdoor gatherings with family and friends. Unfortunately, this also exposes you to one of nature's most annoying pests, the mosquito.  Due to the warm, wet weather, mosquitoes can be found nearly year-round in . However, the “Official Mosquito Season” is also the rainy season running from June to October. They thrive during this time of year and are most active during dusk and dawn when out searching for food.  Females need the protein from blood to produce eggs and they’re relentless in the search for a source. These bites can cause more than just itchy welts. Mosquitoes can pass on dangerous diseases to humans and pets. Such as the Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, and West Nile Virus, as well as heartworms in dogs and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in horses. 

Mosquito Facts 

  • They have been around for over 100 million years. 
  • There are over 2700 species of which 176 species live in the US.
  • Only females bite, they need protein from blood to produce eggs.
  • Females lay 100 - 300 eggs at a time which over a lifetime equals 1,000 to 3,000.
  • Mosquitoes go from egg to biting adults in 4-7 days. 
  • They are attracted by infrared radiation (warm bodies) and by chemical signals we give off such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid. 
  • Mosquitoes find you by sight and are attracted by your movements.
  • A few types of mosquitoes will only fly a few yards from where they hatched to feed. More typically adults will fly a mile or two.

Protecting Your Home and Family 

Mosquitoes are attracted to standing, stagnant water as these are prime nursery locations. Non-circulating water acts as an incubator for their eggs. It only takes a small amount of water to host their eggs. If you have ponds, aerate the water. Change the water in horse troughs often.  Fill in any low-lying areas in your yard so water doesn’t pool. Turn buckets and other containers upside down. Change bird bath water weekly. Keep your swimming pool clean. Repair any leaking faucets. Clean debris from rain gutters. Drill holes in tire swings. Check window screens for holes and repair them if needed.  Put a cover on your boats. Check tarps for folds or low spots where water can accumulate. Remove old tires or drill holes in them. Cover trash cans, or drill holes in bottoms for water to drain.  Keep your yard and landscaping maintained. Mosquitoes not only love water, but they too enjoy the shade on a hot day. Keep your lawn mowed and bushes trimmed. Be sure to remove any piles of dead plant material and eliminate overgrown weedy areas. This removes any shady spots adult mosquitoes love to hide in. Check around your property up to 100 yards out for the above issues. Remember it only takes a small amount of standing water to incubate eggs.  Hiding away indoors is impractical, so when outdoors, you could try wearing loose-fitting long-sleeve shirts and pants. Some studies have shown mosquitoes are attracted by dark colors such as black, red, aqua, and orange. 

Mosquito Control Experts

At , our comprehensive pest control services help keep insects away from your home in the spring and all year round. If you’re not able to enjoy your outdoor space because of mosquitoes, we can help. With over 65 years of experience, has the experience to provide quality pest control. Want to know more? Contact us today for a free quote!

Insects Swarm When the Weather Gets Warm

When the weather warms up in springtime in Florida, it's glorious. Unfortunately, many insect pests start to emerge from their hiding places to take advantage of the favorable conditions.  Here are some of the insect pests that tend to swarm in the spring and how you can avoid them:

Bees

Bees are essential pollinators and play a critical role in our ecosystem. However, they can be a nuisance if they start to swarm around your home or garden. Bees typically swarm in the spring to find a new home and establish a new colony. To avoid bee swarms, make sure you keep your trash cans tightly sealed and clean up any food or drink spills immediately. Bees are attracted to sweet smells and flavors, so avoid wearing perfume or scented lotions if you are going to spend time outdoors. If you do encounter a swarm of bees, stay calm and avoid swatting at them, as this will only make them more agitated. Instead, slowly back away and seek shelter indoors.

Wasps

Wasps are another type of stinging insect that can swarm in the spring. They are attracted to sweet smells and are more aggressive than bees, so it's important to be cautious around them. Wasps build nests in protected areas such as under eaves, in trees, or in shrubs. If you spot a wasp nest on your property, it's best to call a professional to remove it, as attempting to do so yourself can be dangerous. To avoid attracting wasps, keep your garbage cans sealed and pick up any fallen fruit from trees. Avoid wearing brightly colored clothing, as wasps are attracted to bright colors. If you do encounter a wasp swarm, avoid flailing your arms or running away, as this will only provoke them. Instead, calmly walk away and seek shelter indoors.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are perhaps the most annoying insect pests that swarm in the spring. They are attracted to standing water, so make sure you don't have any puddles or containers of stagnant water on your property. Easier said than done in Florida's tropical climate. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus, so it's important to take steps to avoid being bitten. To avoid mosquito swarms, wear long sleeves and pants when spending time outdoors, and use insect repellent containing DEET. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so avoid spending time outside during these times if possible. Keep your windows and doors screened to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

Termites

Termite swarming occurs when a group of reproductive termites leave their existing colony to start a new one. This usually happens when the weather is warm and humid, which is why it typically occurs in the spring or early summer. During a swarm, hundreds or even thousands of winged termites take flight, looking for a suitable mate and a location to start a new colony. Insect pests that swarm in the spring can be a nuisance and even a danger in some cases. By taking the necessary precautions, you can avoid attracting these pests to your home and garden, and protect yourself from their bites and stings. If you do experience insects swarming on your property, we can help.

Trusted Florida Exterminators

If you're experiencing swarms of insects on your property this spring, it can keep you from using your outdoor space or even be a threat to your health. We've been exterminating pests in  Central, West Central, and Southwest Florida since 1958.  Contact us today for a free quote.
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What Everyone Needs to Know About Tap Insulation

If you've been looking into pest control techniques, you may have heard of TAP® Pest Control Insulation. It's a specialized service offered by only a select group of exterminators across the country, but hearing that may come with some degree of confusion. What is TAP insulation? Whatever questions you may have about the product or the process, we can answer them!

What's TAP Pest Control Insulation?

TAP, or T·A·P as it's sometimes spelled, stands for Thermal, Acoustical, Pest Control Insulation. Unlike sheets of fiberglass batting or globs of foam insulation, TAP is made up of loose cellulose that is blown into your attic or the voids in your walls. It settles, and once it does it can kill a variety of pests while also functioning as an excellent insulation.

How Does TAP Kill Bugs?

Unlike other forms of insulation, TAP is specially treated with a borate solution that, to humans, is about as toxic as table salt. But as insects come into contact with it, the material sticks to their bodies and is then ingested when they groom themselves. Since they are unable to pass the substance, it gathers in their guts and eventually causes them to die of dehydration or malnutrition.

What Pests Can It Kill?

You can see the complete list of pests that TAP insulation is effective against on the product's EPA label. TAP is effective on smaller insects like ants and termites, as well as bigger bugs like beetles, roaches, and slugs. TAP is not effective on rats, mice or squirrels.

How Eco-Friendly is It?

Yes! Cellulose is already viewed as one of the greenest building products in the world, and the cellulose we work with is over 80% recycled materials. If that wasn't enough, TAP is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency, which has devoted entire studies to knowing exactly how this product can control bugs and protect your home in a way that is sustainable as well as effective.

How Long Does TAP® Pest Control Insulation Last?

Since insects cannot build up a tolerance to the borate inside the cellulose, TAP insulation has the benefit of maintaining its pest-killing properties for decades at a time. Unless the material is damaged by moisture or rodents, it can insulate and kill pests for up to 100 years!

Do I Need to Get Rid of My Existing Insulation?

If your existing insulation is damaged by rodents or excess moisture, you may want to consider getting it removed before installing a new material. If that isn't the case, since TAP is loose fill, it can be easily blown in over any existing insulation.

Is TAP Insulation Good Insulation?

That's ultimately what it comes down to. It's nice in theory to have insulation that can combat pests, but that won't be worth it if that same material can't regulate temperature or block out sound. Luckily, TAP insulation does more than kill a majority of pests that come into contact with it. Since cellulose is thicker than other forms of traditional insulation, it slows the flow of air through it. That means that it keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Your HVAC equipment will have less wear and tear and use less energy, ultimately saving money on your annual heating and cooling bills. If that wasn't enough, TAP is also very effective at reducing sounds from outside. For more information, or to get an estimate for installing TAP Insulation, contact us today!

Keeping Rodents Out of Your Insulation

Most homeowners in Southwest Florida know the signs of rodent infestations. Piles of droppings and patches of urine, bite and scratch marks all point to a rat or mouse in the house. You can call a pest control company like Arrow Environmental Services to remove the rodents - but is that the end of your problem? If the mouse or rat infestation nested in your insulation, they could cause the kind of damage that exterminating companies can't handle. What do you do then? Why do rats and mice end up in your insulation, and how can Arrow Environmental Services help? Let's answer all of that and more below.

Rats In My Insulation?

Why would rats or mice want to get into your insulation? It's surprisingly simple. Rodents come into a home or business looking for shelter and food to survive on. They're usually drawn to areas that are quiet and undisturbed, like your attic or the void inside your walls. The insulation there is only an added benefit. Fiberglass insulation, the most common for homes in the area, is also the favorite of rodents and other pests. Rats and mice tunnel through the batting, tearing at the material to eat or nest with. And while they do all of that, they'll also be defecating in the same place where they eat and sleep. So even after you remove the rodents from your home, the mess they made is still left behind them. You can't fix damaged insulation. You also can't change it on your own, since rodent droppings may contain Hantavirus that can spread into the air if improperly handled. You need a home service expert that can safely remove and replace the material. Or, even better, you need Arrow Environmental Services to make sure rodents don't have a chance to get inside your property.

Keeping Rats Out with Arrow

You can say a lot about rodents, but they can't go through walls. They get in through cracks, gaps and other openings on the outside of a property. If you remove rats or mice without taking care of these entry points, it's only a matter of time before more rodents take their place. That's where Arrow Environmental Services makes a real difference. Part of our rodent control strategy involves finding and remedying all major vulnerabilities in a property. This not only protects your home from rat and mice infestation, but it can also actually deter other kinds of pests as well. There is no material of insulation that is completely rodent proof. That's why it's so important to prevent these invading rodents from gaining access to this vital part of your home's structure. With Arrow Environmental Services we can ensure your insulation is kept intact. Your heating and cooling systems will run better, and you'll live more comfortably. Ready to learn more? Contact Arrow Environmental Services today!
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How Missed Residential Waste Collection Causes Wildlife Problems

If you live in or near Polk County, you know that the area is currently under a local state of emergency because of the ongoing missed residential waste collection. Needless to say, this has been extremely frustrating for residents. These missed collections have caused solid waste to accumulate not just near homes but also on roadways. Unfortunately, there are even more unforeseen consequences to this fiasco. Uncollected trash is one of the top attractants for pests, especially nuisance wildlife. The experts at Arrow Environmental Services are here to share everything you need to know about keeping pests away from your home during this local state of emergency.

Wildlife Infestations in Florida

In our area, wildlife is abundant. From squirrels to raccoons, wild animals typically have no intent to enter our homes. However, with the current residential waste collection issues, the trash pileup could quickly attract nuisance wildlife to your home. And unfortunately, these animals could stick around long after the waste collection problem is solved. With their initial resources now gone, some wild animals may try to get inside your property to look for more sources of food. If they make their way indoors, you can be sure they’re bound to cause some problems. Wildlife can quickly cause structural damage and even create a hazardous environment with their droppings and nests. The key to avoiding these problems is to learn how to seal off your home to wildlife in the first place.

How to Prevent Wildlife Getting in Your Home

Wildlife exclusion is the process of sealing entry points to keep wild animals from easily accessing your home. Here are the top areas around your property to focus on:
  1. Chimneys. Covering chimneys with a cap or screen keeps pests like squirrels out.
  2. Vent openings. Similarly to chimneys, placing screens over vent openings can keep animals out
  3. Soffits & siding. Covering overhangs can take away an animal’s shelter.
  4. Cracks & holes. It’s important to make sure there are no openings into your home for animals to enter.
  5. Porches & decks. Closing off your deck or porch will keep animals from nesting beneath them.
  6. Roof. Sealing any entry points and fixing broken roofing will stop animals from getting in.

Wildlife Control and Removal Experts

While wild animals may be showing up in your yard more than usual due to the waste collection issues right now, wildlife infestations are common in our region year-round. In addition to sealing off your property, it’s important to do your part in preventing wildlife problems. This includes keeping your garbage cans sealed, limiting the use of birdseed, removing debris piles, and more. When in doubt, it’s always best to contact your local pest control experts at Arrow Environmental Services. Our technicians have the knowledge to safely remove animals from your property. Contact us today to learn more!