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Common Critters

 

Living up to its nickname of the Natural State, Arkansas is home to a wide diversity of bugs, animals and critters. Here are a few that you’re likely to come in contact with. If you don’t see your critter listed, just contact us with a description and a photo and we’ll help identify it and help you get rid of it!


Ants are one of the greatest pest control problems in central Arkansas and can be difficult to control. They enter through the tiniest of cracks seeking food,water, warmth, shelter, or a refuge from dry hot weather or flooded conditions.

On average, only about 10-15% of the ants from the colony are away from the nest foraging for food or water. Most over-the-counter products kill only the ants you see and have no effect on the colony as a whole. This is why most do-it-yourself ant control products prove to be ineffective long-term.

Our pest exterminators use products that are specially formulated to allow the pest control material to be carried back to the nest thus eliminating the entire colony.

                          


German Cockroaches very commonly found in homes in central Arkansas and are the most widespread of all cockroaches in the United States. 

They are brownto dark brown in color and have two distinct parallel bands running the length of their pronotum, or area before the wings.

German roach adults are approximately ½-inch in length and complete their lifecycle in approximately 100 days, and they breed continuously (with many overlapping generations present at any one time). Under ideal conditions, it has been estimated that one female German roach can be the cause of a population explosion of over 1 million. German roaches are commonly found in and around apartments, homes, supermarkets, restaurants, and similar commercial facilities. They prefer areas near food, moisture, and warmth.

German roaches often litter food or food products with their feces and defensive secretions. They also physically transport and often harbor pathogenic organisms, and in some cases may cause severe allergic reactions.

This cockroach is also smaller than many other species so it can more easily hide and fit into very small cracks and crevices to evade humans. That is also the main reason they can most effectively be controlled with baits in cracks and crevices near harborages. These types of pest control methods should kill 95% of the overall population in a property due to their fast reproductive cycles.


Fleas are biting insects and the only stage of flea that feeds on blood. They may be found on pets throughout the year, but numberstend to increase dramatically during spring and summer.

Once fleas infest a home, control will require a vigilant program that includes cleaning and treating infested areas indoors, eliminating fleas on pets, and cleaning up and/or treating shaded outdoor locations in warmer months. Call our Curry’s pest control service specialists to protect your family from fleabites and infestation!

 

 

 


Spiders, as a species, are predators and are poisonous, but very few pose any danger to humans. As predators, spiders are beneficial as they feed on a widevariety of insects that we also consider to be pests.

Only a few species of spiders have the ability to bite and harm people. The other types of spiders are either too small to bite or their poison is too weak to harm humans.

Of the few dangerous species found in Arkansas, the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse can cause serious medical problems and possible death under certain circumstances.

If you have unwanted spider guests in your home, it is best to get a Curry’s pest control professional to identify them and provide a plan of action to evict them.  

 


Subterranean Termites are common in Arkansas and part of the family Rhinotermitidae. In most cases, these termites require contact with the soil, whichprovides optimal temperatures and moisture for their survival.

Often confused with ants, Subterranean termites use mud tubes to connect their underground nests to above ground food sources. The wide spread distribution of this pest leads experts to believe that it causes more physical damage to homes nationwide than any other termite species.

 

 

The presence of mud tubes on home surfaces near the ground and large swarms of flying termites and are the two most noticeable signs of subterranean termite infestations.  Because of their small size and the hard to access areas of active areas, these signs can be difficult to observe.

Annual termite inspections focusing on termite entry points and signs of activity are crucial to prevent costly damage.

The most common control measures for subterranean termite infestations include placing bait stations around the home and treating infested areas (direct applications to the soil and damaged wood) with termiticides. Its also important to focus on reducing moisture sources and wood-to-ground contact. By limiting entry points and water sources, you can help make it less likely termites will make your home less hospitable to these wood hungry pests.


Mice are one of the most troublesome and economically harmful rodents found in Arkansas. Mice frequently find their way into homes in 
the autumn when outdoor temperatures at night become colder. Mice can squeeze through openings as small as a 1/4 inch across. Mice have poor eyesight but a highly developed sense of smell. Unsecured foor stores and pet food is an often cause of mouse inhabitance.

Most house mice are brown in color and feature long, hairless tails and are also extremely intelligent. It’s often difficult to outsmart a resourceful and hungry mouse who’s made itself comfortable. When you see one, it usually means that there are many more you don’t see.

Curry’s pest extermination services provide effective mouse control by helping to identify and eliminate food sources, properly seal points of entry, and exterminate any current infestation if necessary.


Rats, and more distinctly Norway Rats, are very common in Arkansas. Inhabiting a very large region of North America, these scavengers live in very close association with people. In urban or suburban areas they live in and around residences, in cellars, warehouses, stores, slaughterhouses, docks and in sewers.

They may burrow to make nests under buildings and other structures, beneath concrete slabs, in garbage dumps and at other locations where suitable food, water and shelter are present. This makes them a very persistant threat.

Adult Norway rats weigh an average of one pound. Their fur is coarse and usually brownish or reddish-gray above and whitish gray on the belly. Rats use their keen sense of smell to locate food items and to recognize other rats.

Rats cause structural damage to buildings by burrowing and gnawing and can undermine building foundations and slabs. Rats also may gnaw on electrical wires or water pipes and further damage structures further by gnawing openings through doors, window sills, walls, ceilings, and floors. Considerable damage to insulated structures can occur as a result of rat burrowing and nesting in walls and attics.

Rats have been known to transmit murine typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, salmonellosis (food poisoning), and ratbite fever to humans and other animals. Telltale signs of rat activity are droppings found along runways or in feeding areas, smudge marks (rub marks) on walls, floors or baseborad as a result of oil and dirt rubbing off rats’ fur along frequently traveled routes, and gnawing marks visible on doors, ledges, in corners, in wall material, on stored materials, or other surfaces.

If you see signs of rat activity, give Curry’s a call today and we’ll enact a rat pest control plan immediately.


Wasps, Hornets, Yellowjackets and Bees are beneficial insects, although they are generally considered to be pests because of their ability to sting. Wasps, inparticular, can become a problem in autumn when they may disrupt many outdoor activities or invade living spaces such as carports, garages or attic areas.

In Arkansas we most commonly see Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, Yellowjackets, Baldface Hornets and the Paper Wasps. It is important to distinguish between these insects because different methods may be necessary to control them if they become a nuisance. Yellowjackets, baldfaced hornets, and paper wasps make nests from a papery pulp comprised of chewed-up wood fibers mixed with saliva and usually nest in quiet or infrequently used areas. Honey Bees usually make their honey comb colonies cavities in large trees, voids in building walls, or other protected areas. 

Bumblebees use old mice burrows, cavities in buildings, and other locations to make their nests. Although painful, none of these insect stings are considered life threatening in small numbers. Very rarely is the case that a person suffers from allergy to their venom in which case anaphylactic shock may set in minutes after being stung. If you come across any nesting sites in or around your home, stay away and call Currys for safe removal.   

 


Ticks are common in central Arkansas and we deal with several species that are capable of spreading a variety of diseases. The most common tick we come incontact with are The American Dog tick, the Blacklegged tick (Deer tick), the Brown Dog tick and the Lone Star tick.

In their final stage of adulthood, tick will feed on a just about any animal, generally medium to large animals, including humans. They’re usually found in woody or bushy areas or in tall grass. Ticks will wait on the ends of leaves for a host to come by and brush them off onto their body or clothes.

Ticks do not naturally carry disease however if the tick feeds on an infected animal it will carry the disease and transmit it to its next host. The tick will get it from the blood and transmit it through its saliva when it bites its host. The most common diseases transmitted by ticks are Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Tularemia.   


Crickets are seen in a variety of species in central Arkansas. House crickets measure between 3/4 and 7/8-inch long and are light, yellowish-brown in colorand exhibit three dark bands atop their heads.

Ground crickets are brown and much smaller than other common cricket species. Field crickets are brown or black in color and can grow to measure more than one inch in length.

Crickets are a common food source for other animals, including rodents, lizards and spiders so having them may mean you’re inviting other pests in or around your home.  When mating, male crickets create sound by rubbing their forewings against each other. These sounds can prove troublesome at night, when they are often loud enough to interrupt sleep.  If you’ve got crickets keeping you up, then call Currys and we’ll help bring back the silence.


Bed Bugs have been common throughout U.S. history and recently the United States has endured a resurgence in bed bug population.

Although not known to transmit any human illness, they do pose a threat of potentially itchy or painful bite reactions.

Bed bug bites look like little red bumps and sometimes resemble mosquito bites, but some people experience localized allergic reactions that can lead to infection if scratched. Bed bugs are very small, flat insects that feed on the blood of sleeping people and animals.

They are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and range from 1 to 7 millimeters in length. Beg bugs They during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, and under any clutter or objects around a bed.

If you find the signs of bed bugs in your home, then you need the services of a trained pest control professional to rid your home of these proliferate pests. Call Currys and schedule an appointment today.


Silverfish, although and ancient species of insect, are a modern day gross nuisance, with their many legged worm-like bodies ending in three gills that helpthem wiggle their way across floors and walls. They can traverse across wide distances for food and will mostly survive on crumbs of fat and sugary foods.

Silverfish also require moisture to survive, which makes them rather resilient in addition to being great candidates for damaging homes, detracting from their market value, and causing grievance to homeowners across Arkansas.

Silverfish will colonize in large numbers in the room where they find nourishment, which is most likely the kitchen. Check out your cereal boxes and other means for storing starchy foods, which are high on the preference list for these pests. Silverfish are able to chew through cardboard boxes and will do so for sustenance. Like many other domestic pests, silverfish, too, will thrive in humid environments, which is why it’s important to de-moisturize the environment in which you have identified the colony.

The best method for silverfish extermination, of course, is to call Curry's Pest Contrl expert, who have the know-how required to rid you of the infestation once and for all, with the most modern chemical substances available to them.


Squirrels may be cute but they can be a real problem if they get too friendly. If you hear noises in the attic, chances are you may have a squirrel problem. As temperatures start to drop in the fall, squirrels enter homes looking for warm surroundings and a place to nest for the winter.

Squirrel problems can be considerable for homeowners. Not only can squirrels make holes in the exterior trim or siding of your property from which they will gain entry, once inside they can continue their destruction by gnawing on electrical wiring that could potentially cause a short and even a fire. Additionally, squirrels can be carriers of fleas and other unwanted organisms.

Curry’s trained and licensed squirrel control specialists will locate and seal off all open entry points that will prevent squirrels from entering your home in the future. In addition, our wildlife control services include live trapping and removal. For more information on Curry’s squirrel exterminator services, just contact us today and we’ll get started on getting that pesky squirrel back where he belongs.


Raccoons are predominantly nocturnal mammals that feed on berries, insects, fruit and small mammals. Although they live mostly in wooded areas, they adapt extremely well to urban and suburban environments where they often nest beneath decks or in attics or crawl spaces to which they have gained access and where they will raise their young.

Raccoons are known carriers of rabies and their droppings may lead to fleas and other parasites. They are extremely adept with their hands using them to open garbage cans, remove siding and even tear off shingles to gain access to a suitable place to call home. Raccoon pose a real threat to your health and property, so raccoon control services can be crucial in protecting your home and family from these nuisance pests.

Curry’s raccoon control specialists will trap and remove these critters via live trapping methods. To keep raccoons from reentering your home, our raccoon removal experts will also perform exclusions methods which entail using metal flashing, metal mesh to cover any and all possible entry routes or in some cases re-construction of the entry area. Raccoons are very resources and the experts at Curry’s Pest control have the experience to safely remove them and keep them out.


Opossums (Possums) are North America’s only marsupial. This means, like kangaroos, females have a pouch on their belly where they carry and feed their young.

Mature possums are approximately the size of a house cat at two feet long. They have white to grey fur, hairless tales and weigh in at about ten pounds.

They are mostly nocturnal mammals, omnivorous, excellent climbers and are known to act dead or “play possum” as a defensive measure.

Opossums are a nuisance and threat to homeowners if they take residence in attics or crawl spaces because their large droppings carry various parasites and diseases. They are also known to steal garbage, pet food and harass pets.

Curry’s opossum control professionals have the experience and knowledge in all types of wildlife control to keep your home and family protected from these and other nuisance pests. Call Curry’s opossum removal experts today for your free home evaluation.


Bats are nocturnal mammals that feed mostly on insects. There are several bat species native to Arkansas, the most common being the Red Bat and they’re usually the first bat to emerge from darkness in the evening.

Bats can enter dwellings through very small openings (approximately ½ inch) and are commonly found in attics. Bat entry is made through holes in rooflines, chimneys, gables or vents. Once inside their droppings (guano) accumulate which can be extremely odorous and serve as a breeding ground for disease.

Bats are known carriers of rabies and other insects such as ticks and fleas.

Since they feed at night, Curry’s trained and licensed bat pest control professionals will identify and seal off entry points after dusk to prevent bats from reentering your home. Any remaining bats will be safety captured and released to find a new home in a natural sheltered area. If you have bats, then don’t try to handle them yourself. Call Curry’s today.



Skunks have a noteworthy reputation due to their documented defense mechanism: a very pungent odor that repels predators and can temporarily blind. Luckily they’re easy to spot due to the their black coat and white stripes running along the center of the back and tail. Before firing from its scent glands located the base of the tail, a skunk will often warn with a “war dance” and will raise it’s tail.

While helping control unwanted pest populations, skunks are known to do harm to property like digging under foundations to take refuge beneath homes or low decks.

Skunks carry serious health concerns, second only to the raccoon in number of recorded rabies cases within the United States. The best way to control or prevent skunks from taking hold in an area is exclusion.

If skunks have already taken residence, then a call to Curry’s will let us determine where their den is and how many you’re dealing with. Curry’s will ensure that all skunks are out of the den area before excluding re-entry points.


Birds are a part of our daily lives and we seem the often not as a “pests” but rather strictly as an outdoor animal that avoids human areas as much as possible.

This is not always the case and bird problem can lead to decreased business, contaminated products and expensive damage to building exteriors. Certain species of birds have become recognized public health threats because they harbor disease organisms that can be transmitted to humans.

Bird droppings are an added problem, signaling unsanitary conditions and deteriorated building finishes. Bird droppings can also be expensive to clean up if left unattended.

Curry’s can customize a bird control program that utilizes exclusion and habitat modification to make your facility unattractive to birds. We also handle bird capture and release for the errant bird that accidentally made it’s way into your home and can’t find his way out. Call Curry’s and your bird problems will fly away.


Snakes are usually classified as a pest species due to a wide spread fear of the animal. Although they are an important part of our ecosystem and control the population of other pest animals such as mice and rats, many people wish to have this nuisance reptile removed from their property.

Because of our climate, Arkansas is home to 36 species of snakes, only 6 of which are venomous (Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Coral, and three species of Rattlesnake). Unless you are a snake expert, you could easily mistake a harmless snake for a venomous one. Even the harmless snakes should be left alone in the wild.

Leave the removal of snake to the experts at Curry’s. Snakes need very little space to enter a home area in search of prey and are common to areas like decks, screened porches, foundation areas, garages, storage building and even inside of homes when it gets cold outside.

 

Because they’re difficult to trap, a trained professional like Curry’s uses a pole tong and other safety equipment to safely remove snakes. Snakes are territorial when they feel threatened and are unpredictable to those who are not trained in handling them.

Do not attempt to handle a snake yourself. Please call Curry’s if you encounter a snake in or around your home.   

 

 

 


 

Centipedes are considered beneficial animals. They feed on small insects, spiders, and other arthropods. Giant tropical centipedes are known to feed on small animals, such as a mouse.

Despite their “fearful” appearance, they cause no structural or food damage, but they can deliver a painful “pinch”, especi

ally when handled. The injected venom of centipedes is not usually fatal. It causes a slight swelling similar to bee or wasp stings.

During the summer, centipedes may enter buildings seeking shelter, where they become a nuisance pest. They usually gain access via holes and cracks in the foundation walls or by crawling under door gaps. Altering centipede’s habitats and exclusion is a key element in their management.


Scorpions are found in Arkansas, but the striped bark scorpion, is the only scorpion species native to the state. It is the most widely distributed scorpion species in the United States, having been recorded from Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana west to eastern Colorado and New Mexico and south to northeastern Mexico.The front body region, which bears the yellowish-brown pincers and legs below, has a somewhat triangular median dark spot on top pointing backward and extending beyond the eyes. The wide body region that follows has a distinctive pair of broad, dark, longitudinal bands on top. The tip of the stinger is a darker brown or black. Adults grow to about 2½" long. 

Striped bark scorpions often live under loose bark, rocks, or logs, as well as in wood piles, crumbling foundations, and similar sheltered places during the day. Arkansas scorpions tend to roam considerably during April, May, and early June, and they commonly enter houses, where they are often found in attics. Striped bark scorpions prey primarily on spiders and insects. 

Scorpion stings often occur when people turn over wood or rocks with bare hands. The venom of the striped bark scorpion is of low toxicity to humans, and most stings are of minor medical importance. The usual symptoms are immediate sharp pain and local swelling. Severe allergic reactions and death are uncommon with striped bark scorpion stings.