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4 Things You Need To Know About Aedes Mosquitoes

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things You Need To Know About Aedes Mosquitoes

Aedes mosquitoes, also called yellow fever mosquitoes, are one of the most common types of mosquitoes in the world, and they can cause a lot of problems for you. Here are four things you need to know about Aedes mosquitoes. How do you identify Aedes mosquitoes? Aedes mosquitoes have dark brown to black bodies with white markings. You can also identify them by the presence of their eggs: they lay black, football-shaped eggs on the surface of water sources. Where are Aedes mosquitoes found? Aedes mosquitoes are native to Africa, but they’re now found throughout the world’s tropic and subtropic zones. They can’t survive temperate winters, so for now, they’re confined to the southeastern region of the United States. However, scientists are worried that they could expand their range into temperate areas of the world due to climate change, so they may be found in more states in the future. Why are Aedes mosquitoes pests? All mosquitoes are annoying, but Aedes mosquitoes can do more than just give you an itchy bite. Aedes mosquitoes are the main vectors for dengue fever, a serious viral disease. Dengue fever is often thought of as a disease of the tropics or of faraway places, but you can also get it in the southern regions of the United States. Aedes mosquitoes have also been identified as vectors of the Zika virus, a virus that is just starting to gain attention. How can you control Aedes mosquitoes? To control Aedes mosquitoes, you need to keep them from breeding. Like other types of mosquitoes, Aedes mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so you need to remove all sources of stagnant water from your property (both indoors and outdoors). Stagnant water can hide in many places, but there are some very common locations that you should check first. Indoors, you may find stagnant water in containers (like buckets), flower pot plates, ornamental containers, plants and toilet bowls. Outdoors, you should check your garbage cans, perimeter drains and plants. Also, check your backyard for depressions in the ground that could allow puddles to form after a rainstorm. Insecticides can also be used in conjunction with breeding site reduction. Insecticides that contain pyrethrins can be used for this purpose; pyrethrins work by attacking the mosquitoes’ nerve systems. However, since pyrethrins are also dangerous to mammals (like dogs, cats and even people), make sure to follow the safety instructions on the package carefully. If you’re having trouble getting rid of Aedes mosquitoes on your own, hire a pest control company to help...

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When Buzzing Bees Make Your Job Difficult – Removing Yellow Jackets From Your Business Property

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Buzzing Bees Make Your Job Difficult – Removing Yellow Jackets From Your Business Property

If you own a small business, you will want to do whatever possible to keep your employees and customers safe while on the premises. In warmer months, yellow jacket wasps can be a problem if they decide to nest on your property. To keep people safe while on your grounds, these nuisances will need to be removed. Here are a few methods you can use in removing yellow jackets from around your establishment, keeping your clients and coworkers safe from unfortunate stings as a result. Know When To Strike The best time to try removing yellow jackets is in the springtime before they have an established nest. As the summer goes on, they grow in numbers. The end of the summer is when they are most protective as they have young who will be the new worker bees and queen bees for the following season. If you have recurring yellow jacket problems year to year, do your removal in the springtime before they have strength in numbers. Battling yellow jackets is best done at night-time when they are dormant. Do not bring along a flashlight, as this will attract their attention. Instead, use a red bulb in a light fixture nearby if possible. This dim glow will give you enough light to see without alerting the yellow jackets of your arrival. Another idea is to do your removal in the early morning hours before the yellow jackets start leaving their nest for the day. Find Help If Needed Before tackling a yellow jacket removal job, make sure you are not allergic to wasps. Have your doctor give you an allergy test if you have not already had one. If you are unsure, and time is of the essence, ask fellow employees if they have every been stung by a yellow jacket before and if they had any reaction. You may need to enlist the help from one of these people to ensure there is no allergic reaction that would lead to an emergency while removing the wasps from their nest. Suit Up For Success Make sure the person removing the nest is suited up with protective gear before starting. Long sleeves and pant legs are necessary, as are goggles to protect the eyes from bee stings. A scarf wrapped around the bottom portion of the face is also a great idea to protect this area from bee stings. Remove The Wasps The best way to remove yellow jackets is with the use of a pesticide. A professional pest control service would be seasoned in doing this job if you are afraid of retaliation as you spray. If you decide to take the job on, make sure you have an escape route planned if the bees start coming after you as you spray If you do not care for pesticides, you can place a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of dish detergent mixed inside near the nest. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of sugar in the mixture as well. The yellow jackets will be attracted to this mixture and will land upon the water to take a drink. The dish detergent weighs them down so they are unable to fly back out. This method works well if you have several customers coming into your building, as it can be placed away from the doorways. The customers will also not be exposed to...

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Four Bed Bug Weaknesses That Can Wipe Them Out Permanently

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Bed Bug Weaknesses That Can Wipe Them Out Permanently

With so many beneficial adaptations in their favor, it’s easy to see how bedbugs have spread to such prolific success. They can lay 12 eggs a day, survive for weeks without eating and are resistant to most pesticides in use today. Their ability to hide away, multiply and travel has made them nearly impossible to stop, but these invasive pests do have a few weaknesses for luckless homeowners to exploit. These five biological chinks in a bed bug’s armor can make all the difference when you are trying to permanently destroy a colony.  Dehydration Bed bugs are covered in a specialized, waxy coating that prevents water from leaving their bodies too quickly. Without it, they dehydrate and die within a few hours. Pest control experts can take advantage of this weakness by spreading diatomaceous earth or a powder derived from soy beans along the floors and ledges of your home. Any bedbug that walks through these substances is fatally injured, and it may live long enough to carry more harmful dust back to its colony. This is an especially promising way to eliminate bed bugs, because they cannot develop a resistance to it like they can with pesticides.  Sustained Heat One key to bed bugs’ rapid march across North America is their durability, allowing them to withstand both the hottest summer days and the coldest winter nights. But even the toughest bug can’t function at extreme temperatures for long, which is why heat treatments have become such a popular option to dispose of them. By blasting bed bugs with steam or heating an entire room up to their terminal temperature of approximately 140 degrees, you can effectively cook your unwelcome visitors and their eggs, wherever they are hiding.  Freezing Temperatures Bed bugs also exhibit vulnerabilities at the other end of the temperature scale. Although they are more resistant to cold than heat, bed bugs will eventually succumb to freezing temperatures. It may be too expensive to deep chill a room for days on end, but this can be a helpful way to kill any bugs hiding in small items such as books or clothing. By leaving the suspicious object in your freezer for several days to a week, you can rest assured that no new bugs will enter your home or hide to emerge again later.  Bean Leaves Originally a traditional folk remedy hailing from Eastern Europe, kidney bean leaves are now receiving scientific attention as a legitimate means to trap and kill bed bugs. The tiny barbs, or trichomes, found on bean leaves are perfectly shaped to stab their way through a bed bug’s exoskeleton, ensnaring their legs and leaving them unable to escape. The leaves can then be removed and burned in the morning. If you do not relish the idea of covering your floor in foliage, synthetic treatments that mimic the trichomes of bean leaves are in development and may become commercially available soon. For more help fighting bed bugs, contact a company that specializes in pest control in...

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Does Your Apartment Building Have Pests? Learn How To Prevent Them

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a property owner, you are required to keep your building free of pests for your tenants. Unfortunately, pests do pop up from time to time and you need to take care of them. When everyone in your building works together, it is possible to keep the building free of those pesky pests. Try following these Eco-friendly tips that will keep them at bay. Control The Garbage An easy way to attract pests to your building is with exposed garbage. If anything is left outside and exposed, it will attract insects and rodents like a magnet. You will need your garbage collection area to be in a neutral space that’s convenient for your tenants to use, but also not attached to your building. Tenants should always take trash to the dedicated garbage area, and avoid leaving it outside their unit. Dumpsters will need to be sealed tightly in order to make it difficult for pets to get inside. By keeping garbage in a sealed container, it decreases the chance that pests will find it. Eliminate Leaking Water Sources If you have a water source that is leaking, it will attract pests to your building. This includes pipes, water spigots, or clogged drains that cause water to pool. These tend to lure in rodents and insects. Rats are attracted to water, and pose a threat to your building’s cleanliness. Fixing problem where water is leaking will help keep pests away, so many sure you perform regular maintenance that will prevent water from collecting around your building. This also includes any water features that are decorative for your tenants. They may look great, but they will attract animals that are looking for something to drink. Seal Off All Entrances It’s kind of amazing how pests can find their way through even the smallest spaces. That is why it’s so important to seal off all potential entrances that they can make their way through. Things such as a small crack in a wall, the opening around a water pipe, or a ventilation system that was improperly installed can be an entrance. All you need to do is apply some silicone around small opening, apply joint compound on cracks, and ensure ventilation systems close properly when not in use. If everything you tried has failed, it will be time to bring in professional help. Find a local exterminator in your area that can take additional steps to help get rid of those pests for good. To learn more, contact a company like Vancouver Pest Control Ltd with any questions or concerns you...

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5 Things Canadians Need To Know About Scorpions

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Scorpions are usually thought of as a desert dwelling creature, but surprisingly, they are found in a wide variety of habitats. Scorpions can even live in Canada! Here’s what you need to know about scorpions.  What kinds of scorpions live in Canada? Canada doesn’t have the wide variety of scorpion species that warmer places have. There are only two types of scorpions here: Sun scorpions and Northern scorpions. Sun scorpions are very small, reaching lengths of only 2 cm. There abdomens are dark brown while their legs and heads are light brown. Aside from their lack of tail and stinger, they look like a miniature version of the scorpions that you’re already familiar with.  Northern scorpions are a true scorpion, meaning that they have a tail and stinger. They are yellow-brown to medium brown.  Are scorpions found throughout the country? Scorpions are not found across Canada. The northern regions are too cold for them, so they are only found in southern Canada. They are often found in the southern parts of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. They prefer to live in the Okanagan Valley or in the Badlands, but they have also been known to venture into cities.  Where are they hiding? Scorpions are elusive, so you may not encounter them if you’re not looking for them. They like to hide inside cracks and crevices, either out in the wild or inside your house. If you’re outdoors, you may find them hiding beneath a rock, a log, or other debris. In your house, you may find them living underneath your furniture, beneath a loose floorboard, or in a crack in the wall. Are Canadian scorpions dangerous? Scorpions in other places are dangerous, but fortunately, the ones in Canada are not. Northern scorpions have very mild venom, and are about as dangerous as a bee or a wasp. The sting will hurt, but you’ll be fine, unless you’re allergic to the venom. Sun scorpions have no venom, but they can bite. The bite is not painful, and you may not even realize that you were bitten.  What should you do if you find them in your house? Canadian scorpions are endangered, so you shouldn’t kill them. If you don’t want them in your house, move them back outside and seal any gaps on the exterior of your house so they can’t get back in. If you need help transporting the scorpions or sealing your house, hire a pest control company to help you.  Canadian scorpions may frighten you if you encounter one, but they’re not dangerous. Click here to visit a pest control company’s...

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Could A Bed Bug “Trap” Be On The Way?

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve ever suffered from a bed bug infestation, you probably already know about the time, emotional energy, and expense associated with a full-home bed bug treatment. However, there could be a new and improved treatment option on the way. Scientists have recently developed a type of trap that may be able to eliminate bed bugs for good. Read on to learn more about this new invention, as well as what you can do to prevent future bed bugs before it becomes widely available. What is the bed bug trap? Although traps and spray treatments exist for nearly every other blood-sucking parasite — fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes — bed bugs have always been notoriously hard to trap without using actual human blood. Late last year, Canadian scientists announced their creation of the first successful bed bug trap that operates using pheromones and histamine to attract bed bugs to the impenetrable trap (while leading them away from the sleeping human in the bed). These scientists plan to make the trap available for sale throughout North America sometime during 2015. Once available, these traps should be useful both for residences in which bed bug infestations are common (such as apartment buildings or extended-stay hotels), as well as freestanding homes in which a recent bed bug infestation has been identified. Currently, the only treatment shown to be completely effective against bed bugs involves heating the home to a very high temperature for an extended period of time, which can be difficult in apartments and other buildings with several individual units. What can you do now to prevent bed bug infestations in your home? If you’ve already endured one bed bug infestation, there are a few things you can do to help prevent yourself from becoming a midnight snack again. First, when traveling, pack several large plastic zip bags with your luggage. Leave your luggage outside the room when you first arrive at a hotel, and examine the edges of the bed (particularly around the headboard) to check for the telltale tiny dots that signal the presence of bed bugs. Once you’ve given the room a once-over, you can safely unpack. When returning home from the trip, place your clothes and other soft belongings in the zip bags. When you’ve arrived home, wash these clothes immediately in a hot cycle, and wipe your luggage inside and out with a cloth soaked in a vinegar and water mixture. By taking these preventive steps, you should be able to dramatically minimize the odds of a bed bug infestation. For further assistance, contact professionals such as those from Best Control Pest Control...

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Removing Mice From Your Heating Ducts

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mice like to use heating and cooling ducts in the home or office as a way to get from one place to the next. Mice will often take refuge in heating ducts after they have stolen food, and in most cases they will eat, urinate and pass feces in these ducts. Sometimes, they die in heating ducts and their decaying carcasses will cause foul odors to emanate from the duct. This poses a great hazard to the health of humans, since air-borne viruses can spread in this manner. In order to protect your health and the health of others you will need to take steps to remove these rodents from your heating ducts: How can I remove mice from my heating ducts? Here are some simple steps you can use to remove mice from your heating ducts: Turn off the heating system in the home or office and then allow the heating grates to cool off completely.  Remove all the grates that are covering your heating ducts and put snap traps inside the ducts. Be sure to put a bait on the snap traps that you use, the bait can be cheese or dried fruit. After you have set up the traps, you should replace all the heating grates and turn on the heating system in the same way that you normally would. Every morning you can begin a routine check to see if there are any mice trapped in the snap traps you have set. For this purpose, you do not need to remove the heating grates, you simply need to use a powerful flashlight to peek inside the heating duct. If you see any dead mice, then you should turn off the heating system and allow the heating grates to cool. You can then remove the grates and put on rubber gloves before removing any trap. How do I properly dispose of mice caught in traps? The way you dispose of dead mice is extremely important because mice carry a lot of germs and viruses. You can remove the dead rodent from the trap, so that you can use the trap again, but if you are squeamish then just leave the mouse on the trap and throw it in a zipper bag before putting it inside a bin. Once you have gotten rid of all the mice in your heating ducts, you should check your heating grates for gaps. If you find any gaps, then use fine mesh wire that you can buy at the hardware store to close these gaps. Need more help? Contact a company like Coastal Pest Management for more...

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