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elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

Elm Seed Bugs vs. Boxelder Bugs: What’s The Difference?

This summer we have had an explosion of calls from people who want to know what the dark, rusty red or orange striped beetles are that are taking over their homes. These common pests are likely boxelder bugs, or one of Utah’s newest pests- the elm seed bug.

The reason that pests are a bigger problem this year than in years past remains a mystery. Whatever the reason for their strong prevalence this summer, learning more about these pests can help alleviate the problem. What are the similarities and differences between elm seed bugs and boxelder bugs and how can you get rid of them?

Elm Seed Bug Characteristics

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

Elm seed bugs were first noticed by the Utah State University Extension in the summer of 2014.
They originated from Europe and mysteriously made their way to the Rocky Mountain region. Some of their common characteristics include the following:

  • Adults are ¼ to ⅓ of an inch long.
  • They have an alternating red and black pattern outside of the wings with a red abdomen.
  • They feed primarily on elm tree seeds, leaves, and sap, without causing damage to the tree.
  • Elm seed bugs congregate on structures and make their way indoors in large numbers during hot summer months.

Boxelder Bug Characteristics

boxelder bug

Boxelder bugs are native to the western United States and are very common in Salt Lake County, Utah County, and the rest of northern Utah. Below are some unique characteristics of boxelder bugs:

  • Adults are approximately ½ inch long.
  • They have black with reddish or orange markings on their dorsum.
  • Their body shape resembles a flattened and elongated oval.
  • Boxelder bugs get their name from the fact that they are often found on and around boxelder trees.

What Do Elm Seed and Boxelder Bugs Have In Common?

Elm seed bugs and boxelder bugs have more similarities than differences. Some of their similarities include:

  • Both beetles are related to the stink bug. They have scent glands and they put off a horrible smell when squished.
  • Both elm seed bugs and boxelder bugs are a nuisance, especially in large numbers, but they are not dangerous. Fortunately both are not venomous and they do not bite.
  • They typically do not cause damage to structures. However they can potentially stain walls, curtains, and other surfaces with their feces.
  • Both elm seed bugs and boxelder bugs congregate on structures and make their way indoors in large numbers during hot summer months.
  • They both overwinter in building cracks, crevices, and leaf litter.

How to Get Rid of Elm Seed and Boxelder Bugs

It is impossible to completely eradicate the population of these insects but there are things that you can do to greatly decrease their prevalence in and around your home, including the following preventative measures:

  • Seal cracks and crevices throughout the home.
  • Repair holes in window and door screens.
  • Install door sweeps to all exterior entrances.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner to temporarily get rid of bugs.

Regular professional pest control services are essential for keeping pests at a minimum around your home. A parameter spray and tree spray will decrease pest activity levels. Professional grade products are more effective and last longer than products that can be purchased at a department store.

Contact Us

The pest control professionals at Bamboo Servicing are experienced at treating elm seed bug and boxelder bug problems in Pleasant Grove, Orem, Salt Lake City, the surrounding areas throughout Utah. Contact us at 385-429-2847 for a free estimate.

 

 

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

This summer we have had an explosion of calls from people who want to know what the dark, rusty red or orange striped beetles are that are taking over their homes. These common pests are likely boxelder bugs, or one…

pest control near me Pleasant Grove, UT

Pest Control Near Me: What’s The Big Difference?

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ant control pleasant grove UT

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pest control near me Pleasant Grove, UT

Pest Control Near Me: What’s The Big Difference?

Whether you have done a simple Google search for “pest control near me”, or you have had a pest control salesman knock on your door, you’ve probably noticed that nearly all companies claim that they are the best. So which pest control company in Pleasant Grove, UT and the surrounding areas really is the best? How can you know? What are the big differences anyway?

Consider these key insights for sifting through all the messaging to find out which pest control company near you really is the best fit for your needs.

Questions to Ask

1. What’s Your Pest Control Specialty?

Whether you have a mice infestation or a wasp infestation, you want to hire someone who has ample experience eradicating that specific type of pest. Most companies provide general extermination services, meaning that they are equipped to handle most types of pests in residential and commercial settings.

There are a few companies, such as Bee and Wasp Control (a subsidiary company of Bamboo Pest Control) that specialize in one specific type of pest. If you’re looking for something specific, be sure to ask.

2. How Much Does It Cost?

One of the biggest factors that may determine which Pleasant Grove, UT pest control company you decide to hire is price. Most companies base their pricing on a home’s square footage, with larger homes costing more to spray with pest control products. The average price range is typically about $65-$120 per service. When conducting a search for exterminators near you, ask about discounts and special promotions.

3. What Products Do You Use?

There are only a handful of professional grade pest control products that most companies rotate through. These products are typically much more effective than something you could get without a pest control license at a home improvement store.

That being said, if a company tells you that their products are 100 times better than those used by other companies, chances are they don’t have proprietary rights to a magic formula. What’s more important is that they have the right knowledge and tools to effectively use the commercial grade products that they are licensed to use.

Search for a pest control company in Pleasant Grove, UT that uses eco-friendly products that are kid and pet safe. At Bamboo, we use several products that are derived from essential oils or that are composed of pyrethroids. Pyrethroid insecticides are synthetically produced from an organic compound similar to natural pyrethrins, which are derived from chrysanthemum flowers. Pyrethroid insecticides have extremely low toxicity levels for mammals and they biodegrade quickly. Our pest products are some of the safest on the market today.

4. Am I Signing A Contract?

Chances are, most pest control companies near you will encourage you to sign a one year contract. Although there are many benefits to having regular control pest services, you may be weary of being locked into a contract. What if the company plays hardball with you and won’t let you stop your services even if you lose your job or move, without paying a hefty cancelation fee?

One good way to get a glimpse of other customers’ experiences with canceling is to read through the company’s Google Reviews. As can be seen by Bamboo’s reviews, we strive for exceptional customer service and great relationships with our customers. We are willing to make exceptions to our service agreements for extraneous circumstances. You receive our money back guarantee if we aren’t able to resolve your pest problems in a timely manner. We even offer free services in between regular service visits if needed in order to fulfill our end of the service agreement.

5. Will You Take Better Care of Me Than Other Pest Control Companies Near Me?

Customer service is key. Look for an exterminator in Pleasant Grove, UT that will get to know you as a person rather than as a dollar sign. A good company will ask you what you need specifically. They will provide you with a customized service plan, and be willing to make accommodations that you request. These may include providing indoor services when asked, spraying the play set, or skipping winter services. Again, check out a company’s reviews for insights on how pest control companies near you treat their customers.

Contact Bamboo Pest Control

You won’t regret adding Bamboo to the top of your “Pest Control Companies Near Me” list. Contact us at 385-429-2847 for a free estimate.

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ant control pleasant grove UT

Ant Control | How to Get Rid of Ants in Pleasant Grove, UT

Ants can be annoying, especially when they get in your house. Since they live in colonies, they will enter your house in large numbers in search of food and shelter. However, ant control methods are possible once you have a basic understanding of ant behavior.  

Ants use pheromone trails to mark their routes. The paths are set by the food searchers to direct the worker ants to the food source. To effectively get rid of ants in buildings, you have to wipe off the pheromone scent and kill the queen ant. The queen ants are the hardest to kill because they stay at the hardest to reach places in their mounds.

Below, we will look at different ants found in Utah and the best ant control methods for each of them.

Sugar Ants

As their name suggests, sugar ants like feeding on sweet, sugary stuff. They also feed on greasy foods, protein from other insects, and pollen from plants. They live outdoors but springtime invites them indoors when they need food and water.

Sugar ants have functional receptors and can follow trails from far away. Any cracks and crevices are an opportunity for them to stay in your house because they like warm and dark areas.

The best ant control measures for sugar ants are to lay bait. Bait works the best because it kills even the queen ant once she feeds on it. Bait must be administered in small portions to prevent instant death of the worker ants.

Other sugar ant control methods include pouring bleach down the ants’ mound, sprinkling baking soda in their trails and nest, and also using a garden hose to run water into the mounds.

You can also choose to go organic and use vinegar to wipe surfaces that are prone to ant infestations. Coffee grounds and cloves are also good repellents that will keep the ants away from your house. A common powder that is also effective for ant control is diatomaceous earth.

Fire Ants

Fire ants are intruders that sting and can harm people, animals, plants, or buildings. They like warm and sunny areas. When inside buildings, you will find them near areas with electricity lines such as telephone wires, air conditioners or electricity cables.

The best way to control fire ants is by using baits that target the queen. Other methods that work well are the drenching of liquid insecticide into and around the outside of the mounds. For greater efficiency, target individual mounds around the compound. You can also use lawn spreaders to ensure that insecticide granules are well spread throughout the area.

Cement Ants

Cement ants are also known as pavement ants. They like living in concrete surroundings and can be found in pavement cracks, under stones, or in cracks in a concrete building. They are active in springtime and are mostly spotted at night.

The best way to find the source of cement ants is to look for displaced soil in concrete areas. Once you have noted their source, you can use bait chemicals to get rid of the ants. The baits should be sugar, grease, or protein-based to attract the ants.

Household Ants

Household ants are found around the kitchen counters and floorboards in houses. They invade homes in search of food or warmth during the winter season. They like sweets and any sign of sugary foods is an opportunity for them to invade. It is easy to control household ants because they can be spotted during the day and night. Use slow-acting baits to kill the queen ant or opt for organic repellents like vinegar.

When Ants Are Out of Control

Understanding the common types of ants in Pleasant Grove, UT as well as their common behaviors will help in applying the best ant control measures. If infestations get to a level that do-it-yourself techniques do not work, contact a professional exterminator in Utah County, namely the ant experts at Bamboo Pest Control.

 

 

 

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

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sprinkler tips and a good fertilization program

Sprinkler Tips for Greener Grass All Summer

As we head into the hotter months of summer, we sometimes get calls from our Bamboo lawn care customers who are concerned that their fertilization program is no longer working. They begin to see patches of yellow or brown grass throughout their lawn. They wonder if these “dead spots” are caused by insects, a fungus, or inadequate nutrition. The reality is, however, that a good fertilization program almost always results in greener grass unless one vital component is missing: proper watering. Consider the following sprinkler tips in conjunction with your regular fertilization program for greener grass all summer long.

1. Increase the Watering Time

If your grass is turning yellow or brown, the most likely scenario is that it needs more water. Some signs of dehydration include when your grass feels dry and crispy to the touch, looks dull and matted, or does not spring back quickly when stepped on. If this is the case, the number one sprinkler tip is to increase the watering time. Since every lawn and sprinkler system is different, it is difficult to give a one size fits all answer to what works best. However, many homeowners find that watering each zone for 10-20 minutes, every other day works well.  As it gets hotter, you many need to water every day, and for longer amounts of time in each zone.

2. Water When It’s Coolest

It is best to water your lawn when temperatures are cooler so that the water can be absorbed by the grass roots before it evaporates. You may choose to water your lawn in the evening or first thing in the morning. Watering in the middle of the night is also a great option as long as your lawn is treated with a fungicide, like we use at Bamboo Servicing. Otherwise, you risk the chance of disease due the blades of grass being wet for prolonged periods of time. Watering your lawn in the middle of the day could result in grass burn from the water refracting the sunlight and causing your grass to turn brown.

3. Make Regular Adjustments

The sprinkler adjustments that you made when it was 60 degrees outside likely will not cut it for when it is 90 degrees outside.  One often forgotten sprinkler tip is that you will likely need to readjust your sprinkler heads a few times over the course of the summer to keep up with the changing weather patterns. Not all sprinkler heads are adjustable, but if yours is, you may notice a single-slotted screw at the center of the head. Use a flat-head screwdriver to turn the adjustment screw clockwise or counter clockwise to increase or reduce the arc of the spray.

You many also need to raise or lower the sprinkler head to direct the water at dead spots. It is best to check with your sprinkler head manufacturer for specific instructions on how to adjust the heads properly. If you are unsure of how to get your sprinklers to reach a specific dry area, we recommend calling a Utah sprinkler repair company, such as our friends at A1 Sprinklers.

Conclusion

If you want the greenest and most lush lawn on the block, you will need to follow a combination of fertilization, maintenance, and sprinkler advice. With a little effort, Bamboo Servicing can help you achieve your goals. Contact Bamboo servicing today for top rated pest control, lawn care, and holiday lighting services in Utah and Salt Lake Counties.

 

 

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

This summer we have had an explosion of calls from people who want to know what the dark, rusty red or orange striped beetles are that are taking over their homes. These common pests are likely boxelder bugs, or one…

pest control near me Pleasant Grove, UT

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common pests in Utah

The Most Common Pests in Utah: The Basics

What are the most common pests in Utah and how can you identify them? The first step in pest eradication is pest identification. Keep in mind that not all pests need to be eradicated. Some pests are helpful and should be left alone. By learning some basic characteristics of pests, you will have a better understanding of pest prevention techniques to keep your home bug free. Below are some of the most common pests in Utah.   

ants in utah

Ants

Ants come in different sizes and shapes. They are members of colonies that consist of a queen and many, many workers. They are tiny insects that many come into your house in large numbers in search of food and shelter. The best strategy for keeping ants out of your home is to keep food stored in airtight containers and spraying a pest control barrier around the outside of your home. Organic pest control methods such as spraying vinegar can also be effective against ants on a small scale.

 

 

cockroach in Utah

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are winged but flightless insects with six legs and two antennae. They like staying in cracks and crevices, especially around the kitchen and drainage because of the food sources. They cause infestations very quickly because they like staying in germ-infested areas like sewer pipes. Reduce your chances of seeing cockroaches in your home by keeping your home clean. Without proper home hygiene habits such as taking the trash out regularly and keeping dirty dishes out of the sink, conventional pest control methods will prove ineffective against cockroaches.

 

termites in Utah

Termites

Termites are wood boring insects that rarely go outdoors. They stay inside wood structures and build tunnels there. The best way to identify the presence of termites near you is by looking for burrows in the wood. You can reduce the risk of a termite infestation by keeping rotting wood away from your home. Severe termite infestations require expensive pest control interventions such as tenting a home. It is best to avoid drastic measures by checking for wood carving piles, small pinpoint holes in drywall, and wood that feels hollow when you knock on it. 

 

 

bedbugs in Utah

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small, flat, oval insects. They hang out in cracks and crevices, and especially in beds. Young bedbugs are white or tan before feeding on blood. After feeding, their color changes to reddish-brown. A tall tell sign of bedbugs often includes itchy blood spots on your skin and corresponding blood spots on your bed sheets. The cleanliness of your home is a leading factor in whether or not you may have a bed bug infestation.  

 

 

mice problem in Utah County

Rodents

Rodents such as mice and voles easily make the list for the most common pests in Utah. They come in different sizes, some small, others big, but they cause the same level of destruction. Rodents have large front teeth that they use for chewing. You can detect their fecal matter and chewed residue in areas they visit. If you have a vole problem, you will also probably notice burrowed paths on your grass. Mice and other rodents transmit diseases and are better kept away from human habitats. Keep rodents away from unwanted areas by properly sealing entrances to your home, keeping your house clean, and setting out traps or bait stations for occasional intruders. 

 

common pests in Utah

Spiders

Spiders are often found in dark and undisturbed areas. They come in different shapes, colors, and sizes with standard features being the fangs, eight legs, and antennae. Spiders are wingless, but most of them can move quickly because they are fast runners. They rarely go indoors except in search of other pests for food. While spiders can be an effective form of pest control against other smaller pests, they are typically unwanted guests inside your home.  Keep them out by eliminating other pests indoors and maintaining a pest control barrier around your home.

 

 

earwigs in Utah

Earwigs

Earwigs are common outdoor pests in Utah that are mostly found in gardens or flowerbeds. They have a flat body and two pairs of wings. Their most distinctive feature is the pincers located at the back of the abdomen. They are harmless and will only use the pincers for defense. It is best to leave earwigs alone if they are outdoors and are not bothering anyone.  If they get inside your home, you can gently take them outside by sliding a paper under them. Prevent a potential infestation of earwigs by using a natural or commercial grade pest control product.

 

 

Silverfish in Utah

Silverfish

Silverfish are small silvery grey pests that live in dark and damp places. Warm and moist areas like the bathroom are common places for them to hide. They are wingless, and most of their activities take place at night. Silverfish are attracted to the starches found in soap, paper, and wall paper glue.  While silverfish are harmless, they can create an annoying infestation if left unchecked. You can get rid of silverfish with bates and other specialized pest control products. You can prevent a future silverfish infestation by reducing the humidity in your home by fixing leaky pipes, using bathroom fans, encouraging proper ventilation, and keeping books and other starchy materials tidy.

 

bees and wasps in UtahBees and Wasps

Both bees and wasps are distantly related but come from different families. Some species are solitary while others prefer to live in 

colonies. They have stingers and will use them when they feel threatened. Both undergo a complete metamorphosis, with their larvae having a maggot-like look. Most of their activities are restricted to daytime.  Both bees and wasps can serve helpful purposes, but they are typically unwanted in or around your home.  You can get rid of bees and wasps using low cost, environmentally friendly methods such as spraying vinegar, using moth balls, or spreading cinnamon. For larger bee and wasp problems, it’s a good idea to contact a professional pest control company who can safely eradicate them.  

 

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Early identification of common pest

s in Utah is vital for fast elimination. Contact the bug experts at Bamboo Pest Control for help identifying and eradicating both small and large pest infestations.

 

 

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

This summer we have had an explosion of calls from people who want to know what the dark, rusty red or orange striped beetles are that are taking over their homes. These common pests are likely boxelder bugs, or one…

pest control near me Pleasant Grove, UT

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My Grass Looks Like Wheat. Help!

Every spring we at Bamboo Servicing receive several calls from distressed customers who say that their grass looks like wheat.  By this they mean that their grass is split at the end, revealing seeds that look like wheat stocks. Some people wonder if their grass has a fungus or insect infestation, or if there is something lacking in their Bamboo Lawn Care treatment plan.  

Is This Normal?

The good news is that this process of grass seeding is completely normal. Like most other living things, grass wants to continue the circle of life and reproduce.  It does this by spreading seeds every spring.   Fortunately most grass varieties that make up your lawn are sterile and are unlikely to spread to unwanted areas, unless via root system expansion.

Top Tips to Keep Grass From Looking Like Wheat 

There isn’t much we can do from a fertilizing standpoint to reduce the chances of your grass looking like wheat for a few weeks each year around late spring. However there are things that you can do as a homeowner to help prevent this seeding somewhat, although you will likely still experience some seeding on your lawn.

 

  • Water frequently. Make sure you are watering frequently enough and for long enough cycles. Without enough water, the seeds may become dehydrated and turn a little yellow or brown. This can greatly reduce the lush, green look of your lawn that the experts at Bamboo Lawn Care are working with you to create.
  • Mow often. Mow your lawn often but do not take too much grass off at one time. As a general rule, don’t mow off more than one third of the blade of grass at one time. Also make sure that your mower blade is sharp.  Both of these lawn mowing techniques can help reduce grass blade splitting, which can result in your grass looking like wheat and turning brown or yellow at the edges.

Conclusion

If you don’t take the above precautions, it may prompt the grass to seed faster and have a longer seeding season. For more information on reducing the chances of having your grass look like wheat, as well as other Utah lawn care tips, contact the professionals at Bamboo Lawn Care.

 

 

 

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

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construction sites near you affect pest control

How Construction Sites Near You Affect Pest Control

A construction site near you will likely affect your pest control needs. This is because construction sights disrupt the existing homes for most pests. In search of new surroundings for food and shelter, they can find their way into your home. Eradicating pests before the start of construction or creating a barrier around your home is a sure way of keeping the bugs away.

Whether you are building a new home for yourself or you live near construction sites, it is essential to learn the different stages of construction, as well as the pests you can expect at each stage.

The Pre-Construction Stage

Bare land harbors different kinds of pests. Ants, termites, and mice build nests in areas with fewer activities. To prevent these pests from moving into nearby homes, it is important to treat the ground with pest control before beginning work on a construction site. The treatments should involve destroying termite colonies by targeting the queen. With the queen out of the way, future wooden structure damage is minimized.

Fire ants are another nuisance that you should be address immediately. Apart from moving to your lawn and giving you painful bites, they disrupt construction in some areas. Leftover foods by construction workers attract them to the site eventually, leading them to your home. To stay safe from insects and rodents of construction, apply chemical barriers around your home. Keep your environment clean and ensure that foods and waste are well placed away from the reach of pests.

The Construction Stage

Some pests get trapped in the building when construction work begins. Others build nests when the construction takes too long to complete. The trapped and nesting pests can attract other prey that are looking for food. Pests you may expect to see include the snakes, coyotes, raccoons, and cats. Since your home is also another source of food, these pests may go back-and-forth between the construction site and your building. The unwelcome visitors can also introduce fleas and ticks around your home. Their waste-spreading habits also bring flies, cockroaches, and ants to your surroundings.

The Post-Construction Stage

The post-construction phase is the period between the completion of the construction and you moving-in to your new house. If most of your wooden structures are made of exotic woods, there is a possibility of experiencing infestations from wood feasting pest. The pests you are likely to see include the termites, carpenter ants, and powder post beetles.

Bees and wasps can also build nests in the voids of the house if the building is left vacant for too long. The same applies to spiders that will find an ideal settlement in the dark and secluded environment. To avoid post-construction site pests, it is recommended that new homeowners adopt an integrated pest control system. The system will protect the constructed house and also the neighboring buildings.

Conclusion

Construction sites near you will inevitably affect your pest control needs. Pest-proofing is your best bet to a pest-free house. Hiring a professional pest control company such as Bamboo Servicing will also help keep the construction pests away. 

 

 

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

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common lawn pests utah

How to Identify and Control Common Lawn Pests in Utah

Nothing spoils the fun of a warm, sunny day like the presence of pests on your lawn. Pests are a nuisance, and if they are not biting on you, they are spreading ugly patches all over your yard. More often than not, common lawn pests in Utah will be visible with naked eyes. But most times, you will only observe significant damage to your lawn. For quick identification and eradication of these pests, it is necessary to know the characteristics and signs of their damages.

Grubs

Grubs are creamy white larvae of most scarab beetles like the Japanese beetles, June beetles, or the chafers. They are found just below the soil surface and damage grass by feeding on its’ roots.

They are active in springtime and summer, and dry brown patches of grass can be seen where they devour. The presence of adult beetles that lay eggs in the soil is a sign of grub infested grass. Other grub feeding animals like the moles can also be spotted making mounds in search of food.

To efficiently bring the grubs to the surface for confirmation of infestation, consider using dishwashing detergent. Mix with water and pour on the patchy grasses. If there are grubs in the soil, you will spot a few trying to escape the effects of the detergent.

You can eradicate grubs by applying granule solution to the lawn. Note that some granular pest control solutions require a wash down for quick transfers to the soil.

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs are another type of common lawn pests in Utah. They thrive in hot, sunny areas and it is easy to mistake their damage with drought effects. They destroy grass by sucking moisture from individual blades then injecting a poison that eventually kills the grass.

Chinch bugs are tiny black insects with shiny white wings. They enjoy staying in thick lawns where adults can feed and lay eggs. The best way to keep clinch bugs away is to aerate, dethatch, and fertilize your lawn. In case of extensive pest infestation, treat your yard with granular chemicals.

Mole Crickets

Brown patches on your lawn can indicate the presence of mole crickets. Mole crickets burrow through the soil to feed on insects and decaying plants. They also feed on grassroots causing the withering and dying of the plants.

A sponge-like feeling when you walk on the lawn is an indication of mole cricket infestation. To prevent mole cricket infestations, avoid over-watering the yard. Moist gardens make it easy for them to dig through and damage the grass. For extensive infestation, use granular insecticides to eradicate the pests.

Army Worms and Cutworms

The worms feed on grass blades and stems leaving dead spots on the lawn. They stay hidden from the sun during the day and mostly feed in the early morning, evening, and nighttime.

You can use the detergent test method to spot the worms in your yard. If the infestation is massive and most parts of your lawn are covered in brown spots, consider employing a professional exterminator for treatment.

Moles and Voles

They dig tunnels in the yard in search of plants, insects, worms, and grubs for food. The moles will dig underground tunnels leaving mounds and raised ridges in the lawn. Voles create paths that move across the lawn destroying grass along its way.

Moles are a sign of other bugs in the soils. Getting rid of other pests will eliminate these rodents. Organic products like the castor oil and garlic act as excellent repellents and will keep the pests away from your lawn and building.

To maintain a healthy lawn and reduce the amount of common lawn pests in Utah, it is vital that you follow proper lawn care procedures. The best practices are to regularly water, aerate, dethatch, mow, and fertilize your lawn. You can also consult the pest control and lawn care experts at Bamboo Servicing for a year-round pest management system.

 

elm seed bugs vs. box elder bugs

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voles vs. mice

Voles vs. Mice | Spot the Difference

Knowing the type of rodent you are dealing with is the first step to safe eradication. Voles and mice have an almost similar appearance, but a closer look at their features will reveal a difference in their look.

They also have different behavior and habitat preferences making them differ in their adaptation to different environments. While the mouse is an indoor rodent, the vole prefers the outdoors for exploration. Mice also stick to a warm and food stocked building while voles can survive outdoors in the cold winters and warm summers.

Appearance

There are five different species of voles in Utah. Most of them measure between 5-8 inches long. They have a stout body with short tails that have more fur. The eyes of voles are also larger, and they have more prominent and rounded ears.

Mice, on the other hand, are less heavy than voles. They appear in five different species around Utah, namely; deer mice, field mice, white-footed mice, cactus, and Eurasian harvest mice. Mice have a long tail which is about the same length as their body. They also have grayish brown fur with an underside of gray.

Habitat

It’s common to spot both voles and mice in the house. However, voles are usually one-time visitors that do not dwell indoors for long. Voles live at the ground level in yards where they can feed on roots and plants. They are dominant both in the cold and warm seasons, and their runway trails are visible after the melting of snow.

Mice like the indoors and will visit buildings in search of food and shelter. They stay in hidden in homes or other buildings, often in areas that are close to the wall. You will mostly spot them in kitchens, basements, and dark corners where mice nests and predatory activities are safe.

Behavior

Voles prefer open areas that are ideal for digging burrows. They are herbivorous and will mostly feed on roots, bulbs, and the bark of trees. They often chew on tree trunks that are covered with mulch or snow at the bottom. The chewing can sometimes be damaging, leading to the death of a tree due to the irregular transfer of nutrients.

Mice live in secluded areas that are close to a food source. They have a habit of biting through stored foods, and it is common to observe chewed food particles in their paths. They always leave their droppings around food sources, which is the first sign of an infestation. For nesting, you will observe soft house items stashed correctly in a dark area. Some mice share nests, and it is possible to have 2-3 families living together.

Voles and mice have adverse effects around human habitation. Voles destroy the lawn and will feed on plants in your yard or garden. Mice are a health hazard because they carry diseases. Their contact with your food supply means possible contamination and spread of diseases. To effectively get rid of voles and mice in your surroundings, contact Bamboo Pest Control.

 

 

 

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White and Yellow Dandelions: What’s The Difference?

If you are like most people, you’ve wondered what the difference is between white and yellow dandelions. Why do two different weeds have the same name? The truth is, white and yellow dandelions are the same type of weed, just at different stages of development. Both are distraction when you want a green lawn in Utah.

The Dandelion Life Cycle

Dandelions make their way through a distinct life cycle each year. The success of the previous year’s fertilization process increases the number of dandelions that are seen the following year. Dandelions transform in the following ways:

First Springtime Bloom

Dandelions are one of the very first flowers to emerge each spring. These yellow dandelion flowers can provide a crucial food source for beneficial insects such as honeybees, which in turn help to pollinate dandelions. However, dandelions can spread their seeds and pollinate on their own too without outside help. 

From Petals to Seeds

Yellow dandelion petals eventually dry out and reveal a seed head. During this transition between being a white and yellow dandelion, the weed looks like a slender green tube on top of a thin stalk. It may have a small tuft of feathery white seeds sticking out. The tube eventually opens to reveal a round head of cotton-like seeds.

Seeds in the Wind

Most people have a common childhood memory of making a wish while blowing dandelion seeds. It only takes a small gust of wind to scatter dandelion seeds all over your lawn, your neighbor’s lawn, or even miles down the road. Since each head contains approximately 100 seeds, one yellow or white dandelion can turn into thousands of dandelions. 

Taking Root

After scattered seeds settle into moist soil with plenty of access to sunshine, they germinate and take root. Dandelion roots look similar to long, skinny carrots buried deep underground. Since dandelions are perennials, their roots become longer and harder to remove with each passing year.

How To Get Rid of Dandelions

You can effectively remove dandelions in one of three ways. The most labor intensive option is to pull each dandelion up individually. However, if the entire root is not removed, the dandelion will just grow back. A high quality pre emergent fertilizer early in the spring is the most effective way to stop dandelion growth. If you are already seeing dandelions, a post emergent fertilizer is your best option for disturbing the dandelion growth cycle and increasing your chances of a green lawn that isn’t dotted with yellow or white dandelions.

Conclusion

Now that you know that white and yellow dandelions are the same weed, but at different stages of development, it’s time to do the hard work of keeping dandelions out of your lawn. For more information on how to have the best looking lawn on the block, contact Bamboo Servicing, a top rated provider of green lawns in Utah, at 385-429-2847.

 

 

 

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