Posts Tagged ‘Pest COntrol Georgia’

This Time Of Year Brings Out The Poisonous Caterpillars

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

It is that time of year again when people become excited about locating and photographing the strange looking wooly bear caterpillars. These caterpillars are popular among bug enthusiasts and average joes alike because, according to folklore, these fuzzy caterpillars can predict the future. So how does that work, you ask? Well, it probably does not, but legend says that these white caterpillars possess red bands around its body that are either broad or narrow in appearance. That much is true, however, some believe that more narrow bands indicate a harsher winter as opposed to broad bands that indicate a warm winter. Oh yeah! They are also venomous.

As a caterpillar this creature is just as poisonous as it is when it becomes a moth, in this case we are discussing the hickory tussock moth. Entomologists warn against handling the caterpillars or the moths since they can deal out a painful sting that feels like nettle. Although you won’t experience anything more than a rash along with a stinging sensation, it is possible to have an allergy to the moth or its venom, so steer clear.

Have you ever heard of venomous caterpillars or moths? Have you ever been stung by one? Did you know what kind it was?

Lyme Disease Has Been Found In Nine US National Parks

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Lyme disease causes a near perpetual flu-like state with varying degrees of severity, so it is tragic when we hear about people becoming infected with this disease. However, it is nice to know that the ticks responsible for spreading Lyme disease only exist in the upper Midwestern and northeastern portions of the United States. Well, according to a recent study carried out by researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Park Service (NPS) Lyme disease is on the move to other states.

Researchers collected ticks from nine different national parks. What they found were not only the type of ticks that spread the disease, they were also infected with Lyme disease. This is the first study to confirm the existence of Lyme disease in regions farther south than traditionally thought.

However, researches did suspect the presence of Lyme carrying ticks because there have been a few reports of Lyme disease hospitalizations in the southeastern states. Since national parks are so highly populated with tourists during the year, the presence of dangerous disease spreading ticks may cause the disease to spread to normally unaffected areas of the United States. The National Park service is currently working to help protect tourists through prevention education.

If you have ever found a tick on your body, what did you do with it after you found it? How did you dispose of the tick?


Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Atlnata Pest Control

Bug Busters offers tips on how to avoid summer pests at backyard barbecues

Some of the best summer memories are made while spending time with family and friends at backyard barbecues and celebrations. However, an invasion of pesky pests such as mosquitoes, ants, flies and stinging insects can quickly put a damper on outdoor activities. Bug Busters reminds homeowners to take steps before and during outdoor events to prevent pests from ruining the fun.

“Not only are pests an immense nuisance when you’re trying to relax and enjoy a day outdoors, but some also pose health threats to you and your guests, making prevention even more important,“ said Court Parker, COO at Bug Busters.

Ants and houseflies can contaminate food, while stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. Mosquitoes are carriers of the potentially fatal West Nile virus, as well as other illnesses that are becoming more prevalent across the U.S., such as the Chikungunya virus and Zika virus

Bug Busters is committed to the protection of public health, food and property from common household pests, offers the following tips for preventing pests at summer picnics, barbecues and other outdoor events:

  • Before the party, check all window screens and screen doors and repair any holes. As guests come in and out of your house, make sure the doors close behind them.
  • Remove or drain any sources of standing water in your yard that could serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths and garden ponds.
  • The majority of mosquito species are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are planning an event before sunset, make sure there is plenty of insect repellant on hand containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin. Placing citronella candles on decks and patios can also help to minimize the presence of mosquitoes during an event.
  • Stinging insects, especially yellow jackets, are attracted to sugars and proteins. Provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are convenient hiding places for stinging insects.
  • Keep all food and beverages in sealed coolers and containers to avoid contamination from ants and flies, and keep garbage cans sealed and away from guests.
  • Immediately clean up any spills or crumbs from tables and other surfaces, and bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the meal.

“Taking these simple steps can make all the difference in preventing unwanted guests from crashing your summertime event,” added Parker.

For more information on summer pests, please visit or 1-800-210-6262


Holy Insects Of The Bible

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The blessed among us are likely already aware that the bible mentions bugs often, and even the less pious of us are likely aware of the plague of the locusts. But the bible’s references to a variety of different bugs are treated with both disgust as well as reverence.

For example, the Bible refers to ants as being wise for having no commander yet knowing well enough to gather its food in the summer. This statement is obviously born out of a time in which very little scientific studies had been done on insects considering that ants do indeed have a commander, which of course would be the queen ant. However, the ancients did know well enough to observe that ants do indeed gather food in the summer to be consumed in the winter when no food is available.

The Bible also counsels followers of Christ as to which bugs to feed on and which to avoid. Apparently winged insects with four feet are not fit for eating, except of course those insects with “jointed legs above their feet.” Who knew?

What insects have you read about in the Bible?

Do We Really Eat Insects When We Are Sleeping?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Many of us have heard from others that we eat many insects when we are sleeping, but is this true?  According to Matan Shelomi, an entomologist, the answer is no!  But that does not mean that you do not unwittingly consume insects in your sleep.

Insects are not stupid enough to crawl into our mouths.  Some bugs, such as roaches, have been known to trap themselves in the ears of people sleeping, but bugs instinctually avoid crawling into our mouths, as doing so would surely mean death. But unknowingly eating bugs that are in our food is a different matter.

No matter the quantity of pesticides used on crops farmers cannot keep bugs off 100 percent.  That means that if you eat anything more than microwavable food, you are most likely consuming at least a few parts of bugs that have remained on agricultural food products.  So, maybe vegetables are not a bad source of protein after all.

Have you ever found an insect in your food? What did you do?