With Universal relaunching their classic monster movies, you can be sure that Tom Cruise will find himself facing off against millions of scarab beetles, a trademark of the Mummy movies. But while our featured Extreme bug this time out is in the scarab family, it takes its name from a different ancient mythology – the Hercules Beetle.
Dynastes Hercules draws its name from the Greek god Hercules because of the beetle’s immense strength. It is rumored to be able to lift 850-times its weight. For you or I, that would be about 65-tons, or essentially one man or woman lifting up one of the Space Shuttles. 😲
The Hercules Beetle is one of a class of beetles known as Rhinoceros beetles, because of the distinctive horn shape that emerges from the male beetles’ proboscis. Interestingly, the length and style of each individual horn is determined by the beetle’s diet. And this is a bug with a huge sweet tooth!
For the first two years of its life, the Hercules Beetle is in its larval stage and primarily eats the rotting wood that makes up its home. Once it emerges as a full-size beetle, its tastes turn more towards fruit – fresh and rotting. And we do mean ‘full-size!’
The Hercules beetle is one of the largest beetles found in nature – up to 5 inches without the horn, and sometimes it practically doubles their size. But don’t worry, they aren’t prone to attack or injure you – unless you’re another male Hercules beetle! They tend to be a bit territorial about where they can find their female counterparts. Kind of like the bouncer of the beetle world.
In addition to the horns on the males, the coloration of the Hercules beetles vary widely from place to place, due to their diet, their family tree and even the humidity around them. They do sport wings, but they spend most of their time on the ground – foraging, avoiding their natural predators (bats & birds), and resting their wings. It takes a lot of effort to get that big body up and airborne. Not to mention keeping it up there!
They live mostly in the rain forests of Central and South America, and unfortunately for these gentle giants, the biggest threat to their existence is the loss of their natural habitat due to deforestation and contamination of their water supply from pollution.
If you’re worried about harsh pest control chemicals polluting your land or home in Bradenton, Sarasota and Punta Gorda, give us a call! Good News Pest Solutions is the leading, all natural, 100% organic pest control specialist – keeping you and your family safe from harsh chemicals and the damage from insects and rodents in an effective, environmentally safe way.
And be on the lookout for our next Extreme bug segment… It’s gonna be a doozy! 🐛 🐝 🐜
In the recent trailer for The Justice League movie, Commissioner Gordon tells Batman, “It’s good to see you playing well with others again.”
According to the comics, Bruce Wayne chose to dress like a bat to strike fear into the hearts of villains, typically a “superstitious and cowardly lot.” And from Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1897, through present-day Halloween, we tend to focus mostly on the, well, scarier aspects of these flying rodents.
(One notable exception – Rosita, the bilingual muppet on Sesame Street was designed to resemble one of her native Mexico’s fruit bats, her full name being Rosita, La Monstrua de las Cuevas.)
There’s so much more about bats that makes them interesting: they breastfeed their young – called pups – they are great at pest control – by eating mosquitoes and other pesky insects, they save us billions of dollars in unneeded pesticides, not to mention saving us from the side effects of those toxic chemicals. And even the truly scary ones – vampire bats, don’t suck your blood and are only found in South America. Only 1% of all bats carry rabies, and those that do die within hours.
There are 13 distinct bat species in Florida – where, by the way, bats are an endangered species. That means, just like Manatees, Red Pandas and Gopher Tortoises, you can’t intentionally kill or threaten them. Bats are some of the longest living mammals, especially for their size, and they all give birth at about the same time, from April 15 – August 15 every year. Imagine how busy those bat maternity wards must get!
Because of their endangered status, we have to be very careful not to kill or wound bats when we have to deal with them – not that we would anyway! As always, Good News Pest Solutions looks for the best, safest solution for our clients and the environment. That means we don’t hurt them, rather, we do what’s called bat exclusion.
Bats are very territorial and will always return to their ‘home roost,’ given the opportunity. So, we have to help them relocate. We determine entry points by observing the bats and inspecting for their guano (bat droppings). Once we’ve targeted their point of entry, we drape netting, so that the bats can leave to feed but cannot return. Within a week, the bats have infested and imprinted a new roosting site and the entry points can be sealed.
Because bat pups cannot fly until they’re older, we cannot do bat exclusion during their maternity season – that’s April 15 – August 15, remember? Otherwise, the baby bats die and nobody wants that.
So, if your home in Port Charlotte or Sarasota is infested with bats, well, either contact us now, or enjoy your role as a happy bat pup nursery until mid-August. Think of all the good you’ll be doing when those birds, er, bats, fly the coop, and start harvesting mosquitoes!
Whether you call now or in the fall, we’re always happy to help our flying pest control friends find a new home!
Going Paperless, Baby!
For the past 30 years, we’ve gone above and beyond to fulfill our mission in Sarasota, Bradenton, Punta Gorda, Lakewood Ranch, really the whole Gulf Coast of Florida, as the industry leader, not only in pest control solutions, but in truly green solutions.
That means 100% all natural products. That means Eco-Superior, botanically based products. That means utilizing pest control solutions that are organic – using naturally occurring elements. And most recently, it’s our exclusive No Bite Zones – turning mosquitoes and their babies into vegans, rather than killing them off. For years, that has meant health and safety for you, your family and your pets, not to mention lowering your risk of cancer and other diseases often caused or made worse by the chemicals in most pesticides.
And now, we’ve decided to raise the bar even further. As God’s stewards of his creation, we have to consider not only how to make our customer’s lives and health better, but also take into account the larger scope of what can better preserve the planet as a whole.
So, in keeping with our mission to be the green leader in our industry and to stay at the cutting edge of technology, we’re moving forward with a paperless system for sales agreements, work orders, service tickets and invoices.
You may have already seen some of our sales and service technicians utilizing mobile tablets, and instead of a paper receipt, you probably got it in your email inbox. Well, within the next 2 months, we will be giving all of our highly trained technicians mobile devices and completely eliminating physical paperwork from our system.
Now, we know some of you are ‘old school’ and still look for that piece of paper, especially if you have to submit your invoices or billing for taxes or reimbursement. While we won’t be bringing or leaving any paper with you, the electronic paperwork will still be properly formatted and attached to an email, so you always have the option of printing it out yourself, to hold onto, file, or send up the chain of command.
We’re excited about this new, greener chapter of Good News Pest Solutions and we hope you are too!
There’s a lot of talk about weather and the climate on the news these days. Temperatures going up and down, flash floods, El Niño, winter storms, La Niña… It’s hard to wrap your head around sometimes.
Plus, you might think that weather conditions don’t have much effect on pests here in Florida since our weather stays pretty temperate most of the year. But scientists say that even a 2-degree difference warmer or cooler can have a dramatic impact on the life and reproductive cycles of insects (rodents too!).
2016 was the warmest year since records have been kept, and La Niña is still wreaking havoc as we move from a drier, warmer winter to an unusually warm spring, according to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center.
So, insects that normally would have been dormant in the winter are already active. And in growing numbers.
Partho Dhang, an Urban Entomologist, reports that the overall warmer temperatures mean that pests usually restricted to certain areas far from Port Charlotte and Sarasota can travel increasingly larger distances, resulting in their spread to our coast.
While there’s nothing you can do about the weather, there are a few steps you can take to protect your home from invading pests:
Since winter has officially ended and April is on its heels, now is a great time to get started with our year-round Go Green Plus 3 program! Our technicians come out and do the spring cleaning for you, sweeping cobwebs from the eaves and windows and doing a full home health check up of your property.
We’ll treat your foundation, entry points, eaves, plant beds and trees with our 100% all-natural, green pest solutions that are safe for your whole family, including the 4-legged members. We’ll apply the same care to any problem areas inside your home, and we schedule 3 follow-up visits to make sure everything is still protected.
Honestly, there are only two types of homes in Florida – those with termites and those who will have them, but we’ve done our best in the past 30 years to extend the ‘without termite’ time as long as possible for our clients.
Term-Assure 365 combines our incredible Go Green Plus 3 with the most effective and environmentally friendly termite protection, including a $1-million termite damage repair warranty – a necessity since homeowners insurance doesn’t cover termite damage!
Contact us today to get started with either program or if you’re experiencing any other pest problems. We’re here to help!
We are in the midst of National Termite Week 2017 and it’s that time of year when folks like us warn folks like you to be on the lookout for swarming subterranean termites as the weather starts turning warmer. But why, you may ask, is that important to us here on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where the temperatures are always pretty, well, temperate?
Well, it just so happens that, according to the National Pest Management Association, Florida has the highest termite ‘pressure’ in the US. And where pressure builds, there’s bound to be a release sooner or later.
And guess where one of the highest concentrations of Coptotermes formosanus and Reticulitermes flavipes is? That’s right, the Gulf Coast of Florida. Check out the interactive map here!
Did you know that termites are responsible for $5 billlion in annual damages – more than floods and fires combined! And the swarming subterranean termites take the credit for 80% of that total!
So, as the snowbirds begin to plan their annual trek back to the Midwest and Canada and the college kids stop by for their annual week of sandy beach going, the rest of us will be on the lookout for the signs of subterranean swarming termites in our future.
Regardless of which termites might be trying to invade your home, Good News Pest Solutions has the plan that’s right for you, from Bradenton to Lakewood Ranch. To find out about our Termite Inspection for your property – before or after it’s built on, or our highly effective and affordable Term-Assure 365 for complete insect control year round, just contact us!
And like all of our solutions, our termite protection is 100% safe for your whole family. Don’t delay – as soon as you see signs of a termite problem, let us get to work for you!