D-Bug Pest Control, Inc., offers affordable and effective termite and pest control in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding 9 counties.
D-Bug’s Total Home Protection Plan is a bimonthly pest control service. This is an all-inclusive, stress-free method to keep your home pest-free. During January and February, we treat the inside of your home. The rest of the year, all treatments are done outside the home with the intent of keeping pests from entering.
If at any time you have a pest problem, we will come and treat it immediately at no cost for covered pests.
The brown marmorated stink bug was first discovered in the United States in 1998. Today, they have been observed in over 35 states from coast to coast. The stink bug gets its name from its ability to secrete a foul smelling odor in self defense. Stink bugs are shaped like a shield and are usually a brown, gray, or dark green in color and can range from 3/4 to 1 inch in length. They have a band around the outside of their body and antennae with alternating light bands.
You may notice stink bugs on the outside of your home in the fall, the time of year when they go in search of a warm place to overwinter. Once they find this location, they will sneak through any crack or crevice they can find to gain access. Once they are in your structure, they tend to go dormant. They don’t feed, congregate, or mate during these winter months. For most of the winter, while it is still cold outside you may not see many of the foul smelling bugs. But when the occasional day turns warm, you may see a few of these bugs slowly moving throughout your home.
When spring arrives stink bugs will emerge from their winter hiatus and search for a way to leave your home. Once outside these bugs will start to reproduce and lay their eggs outside your structure……to grow in number to reenter your home next fall.
The best approach to stink bug control is to have a preventative service done in the spring and fall of the year. The timing is critical, too early or too late and the treatment becomes less effective.
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An ant problem can range from anything from occasional invaders looking for food and water to an established Carpenter Ant colony that is causing damage to your home or structure.
Pavement Ants are notorious for finding their way in to a structure through tiny cracks in the foundation, slabs or walls. They come in search of food and water and rarely for a colony in the structure.
Carpenter ants may also come in search of water but if you see them on a consistent basis you may have an established colony inside the structure. Once the colony becomes established inside the home they will tunnel through wood to make theirs nests. They do not consume the wood, as termites do, but rather they excavate the wood, often leaving saw dust behind.
Carpenter Ants cause damage to wood by excavating and creating galleries and tunnels. Damage to wooden structure varies according to duration. The longer a Carpenter Ant colony is present the more extensive the damage can be. If Carpenter Ant colonies damage critical members in a wooden structure the cost can be extreme.
Several steps can be taken to avoid Carpenter Ant infestations. Controlling moisture conditions within a home is critical because Carpenter Ants will not inhabit wood that is less than 15 percent moisture content. Replacing moisture damaged wood, storing firewood away from a building, removing old dead wood from around a building, and making sure any lumber stored inside is kept dry, are some other good measures to prevent Carpenter Ant infestations.
Camponotus pennsylvanicus —There are over one thousand species in the genus Camponotus, known as Carpenter Ants, but the ones most likely found to be infesting homes are Black Carpenter Ants. Carpenter Ants are very large in comparison to other ant species. Mature Carpenter Ants grow as large as 3/8 to ½ inches. Mature queens may be as long as one inch. Workers across the genus are normally black or red and black.
Carpenter Ants have polymorphic worker castes. Because of the range in size among ants of the same species it is easiest to distinguish Carpenter Ants by physical characteristics particular to their species. Carpenter Ant waists (petiole) have a single node. The upper surface of a Carpenter Ant’s thorax is evenly rounded, which is the easiest way to distinguish them from other ant species that may appear similar.
As the common name suggests, Carpenter Ants inhabit wood, but unlike termites, they do not ingest it. Carpenter Ants nest both indoors, and outdoors. Carpenter Ants prefer dead, damp wood, but will sometimes construct their galleries by hollowing out sections of living trees. Inside homes, where woodwork is most susceptible to moisture, such as around windows and doors, roof eaves, decks, and porches, are the most common places to find Carpenter Ant infestations.
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Although bed bugs are not known vectors of spreading disease, they can cause damage to property and extensive psychological distress. Bed bugs infest homes, apartments, hotels and businesses, feeding on human hosts’ blood. They are notorious hitchhikers, often traveling on luggage or on other personal belongings, which is why their rapid spread across the country is usually attributed to increased domestic and international travel. These pests hide in very small spaces, usually infesting mattresses and furniture, which is why quality bed bug control requires effective bed bug inspections. Bed bugs have a reputation for being incredibly challenging to eradicate since they are so capable of adapting to human environments, but with D-Bug’s inspection and extermination techniques you can rest easy knowing that your home or business is bed bug free.
When temperatures soar during the summer months, you may notice an excessive amount of mosquitoes buzzing around your property. Of all the pests that aggravate home and business owners, mosquitoes can be the greatest nuisance and actually pose the greatest threat. Mosquitoes are known for spreading diseases throughout the world, such as West Nile Virus dengue fever and malaria. Although this is less common in the United States, even regular mosquito bites cause hours of irritation, itching, inflammation and even possible infection or allergic reaction. Mosquitoes not only pose a health threat, but can also ruin summer activities, camp-outs and attempts to maintain a thriving garden.
Mosquitoes are usually most active between dusk and dawn, but if conditions are right around your property you may have active mosquitoes at all hours. Mosquito reproduction dramatically increases during the late spring/early summer and if there is standing water on your property a small mosquito population can explode into a full blown infestation. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, from excessively watered garden plots, bird baths, and fountains, to any other form of stagnant water.
Although removing a mosquito infestation may be impossible without professional pest control services, there are steps you can take to help prevent a mosquito infestation and to keep you and your family safe from these pests.
1. Attempt to identify and, if possible, remove standing water from your property. Our experienced technicians can recommended how best to treat or remove potential mosquito breeding grounds on your property
2. Ensure that doors, windows and screens are in good repair without tears or cracks to prevent mosquitoes from invading your home
3. When outside between dusk and dawn, if possible, wear long sleeves and pants to prevent mosquito bites and use a repellent to keep them at bay
D-Bug Pest Control has extensive experience treating mosquitoes and other resistant pests. We offer a Mosquito Reduction Program, which can include a mosquito treatment to the property and we can provide a mosquito repelling device. The D-Bug Mosquito Control service can be implemented in three different levels:
1. Property treatment only
2. Selling just the mosquito sentry unit
3. Or we can perform a monthly service including a treatment and servicing the mosquito sentry unit.
Our tested and proven methods of integrated pest control can not only treat your current mosquito problem but also implement effective prevention methods.
Bees and wasps are beneficial insects but they can sometimes threaten homes or businesses if their hives or nests are too close to the structure. Some bees, such as carpenter bees, can also be a risk to the building itself due to the damage they can cause to the wood. The female carpenter bees bore holes in wood to lay their eggs, leaving behind a mess in the wood and potentially threatening the structure. They are not overly aggressive, but the female does have the ability to sting and the male, though more aggressive, cannot sting.
Honey bees are the most beneficial insect, pollinating an estimated 80% of the food humans consume. Honey bees should not be exterminated but humanely relocated when necessary. Yellow jackets are also considered beneficial insects because they eat other pests such as beetles and flies, but since they are scavengers, they can be a pest for homeowners, especially during the summer months. Since yellow jackets are ground nesters, their colonies can frequently be in close proximity to people and are known to sting when defending their nests. Bald-faced hornets are closely related to yellow jackets and will also be aggressive when defending their nests. Bald-faced hornets typically nest a few feet from the ground in shrubs or trees.
A grub worm is the larva of an insect, particularly the common Japanese beetle. The grub worms found in the lawns and gardens of North America often attract unwelcome predators, usually small animals looking to dig up these grub worms for a mid-day snack. While these larva won’t put your home or family in danger, they can quickly ruin your lawn by feeding on plant roots and leaves. Grubs generally range from ¼ inch to ½ in length, and can be identified by their white, transparent skin and brown heads.
With D-Bug’s professional pest control services in Latrobe, PA, you can enjoy a grub free lawn and garden. We will remove every last grub that’s disturbing your property so you can feel confident that your lawn and garden is safe, healthy, and free of pests.
Each termite colony consists of millions of termites that may be feeding on your house twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Within a colony there are three types of workers: the reproductive termite, whose main job is to reproduce, the soldier termite who protects the colony, and the worker termite. The worker termite is the one that causes all of the damage.
Hundreds of thousands — sometimes even millions — of termites may be in your home right now. Or lurking outside, ready to attack. The leader of the colony is the Queen. Her workers are tasked with keeping her fed. Soldiers protect her. Swarming reproductives ensure her legacy by starting new colonies.
Termites never stop feeding. They never stop seeking new sources of wood. It can be stumps, fallen trees or your home. The reality with termites is that you seldom realize they are present until the colony has become either so large that damage becomes obvious, or winged “swarmers” expose the colony’s presence as they fly out to establish new colonies.
No matter what your home is made of, what kind of slab or foundation it is built upon, or where you’re located, termites can find and gain entry into your home. They will enter a crack as little as 1/16 of an inch and in locations you may never see. To make matters worse, once they find your home they will eat non-stop for 12 hours a day, seven days a week.
By the time you see the termites, the damage may have already been done.
1. Mud tubes on the exterior or interior of the home.
2. “Soft” wood or floors in the home. They may sound hollow.
3. Blisters, cracks, or darkening of wood structures.
4. Cracking or bubbling of paint.
5. Small piles of termite feces near nests. (May resemble sawdust)
6. Piles of discarded wings, indicating swarmers may have entered the home. You may notice these near doors and windows.
Eliminate the termite colony and its queen to protect against the threat of attack for good with the Sentricon® System.
Raccoons, skunks, possums, and snakes are just a few of the pests you can find camping out in or around your home. Not only do these animals tend to carry any number of additional pests like bugs and parasites, they often carry diseases and can invade and damage your home.
While a number of pests may only make noise or develop an odor, pests such as squirrels and possums can destroy any number of home necessities like insulation and wires, resulting in mild damage or even causing house fires.
Some of these pests can be more difficult to get rid of than others.
While simply eliminating a few attractions, like access to open trashcans for raccoons, can alleviate part of the burden, often times removing pests requires multiple steps, especially if more than one pest has taken up residence in your household.
Ridding a home of a pest can be costly if done incorrectly not to mention dangerous if a homeowner decides to forego hiring a professional. Our services include many options to safely remove pests and prevent them from returning again.
Have a problem with wildlife in or around your home?
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Moles and Voles can be very destructive creatures that can have a huge emotional impact on a homeowner. A once beautiful lawn can be left with mounds of dirt, grassless paths, and large, protruding tunnels that make a mole highway through your yard.
Moles make their home underground, making tunnels through the dirt just below the surface in a constant search for food. Even though most homeowners believe they search for grubs, the mole’s main food source is the earthworm.
Voles may live in your mulch, under shrubs, or in holes in the ground. They eat the root of plants and grass, and will make above ground pathways in your yards as they consume the grass roots.
If you think you have a mole or vole problem, or are not sure whats causing your damage.
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Even though bats are not a protected species, they are considered beneficial and should not be harmed. When a homeowner finds a single bat in their home, you can easily remove them from the structure. Its when you find an entire colony of bats living in your home that things become difficult. Bats have a summer and winter home. Typical winter homes may be caves or deeply secluded areas where they can hibernate for the winter. When the warm weather arrives the bat colony will return to their summer home. Bats will use the same winter and summer home every year. This means that if you have a bat colony in your home, they will return every year.
1. Bat droppings carry a fungus know to cause histoplasmosis and cryptocacaous. Extreme caution should be used around guano and you should not breath the air in the area.
2. Bats can introduce bat bugs, which are very similar to bed bugs.
3. Bats can carry rabies.
• Black, greasy marks on the outside of your home.
• Piles of bat droppings beside your home or stuck to the side of the structure.
• Piles of bat droppings in the attic or enclosed areas.
• A strong odor that may be the bat urine.
• Bats may leave dark, greasy marks around the areas that they are inhabiting.
• Scratching noises in the walls or attics mainly around the dusk and dawn hours.
• Single bats can easily be removed by enclosing them in a room, opening a window and calmly shooing them out of the door or window.
• A colony of bats requires a professional service to provide exclusion services to remove the bats safely from the structure.
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