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Do you know some of the health risks associated with

common pests?

 

 

Pests can transmit a number of potentially serious diseases,

illnesses and allergies such as:

 

Bees/Wasps/Yellow Jackets:  Severe allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock.

Cockroaches:  Asthma, allergies, and food poisoning.

Fire Ants:  Severe allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock.

Fleas:  Dermatitis, murine typhus and bubonic plague.

Mosquitoes:  West Nile Virus, encephalitis and malaria.

Rodents:  Hantavirus Pulmonary syndrome, murine typhus, salmonella and rat-bite fever.

Ticks:  Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

 



To find out more about diseases related to pests, please visit the

CDC (Center for Disease Control) Website. 
www.cdc.gov/DiseasesConditions

 

 

 

Do you know how to help prevent pest in and

around your home?

 

Ants & Cockroaches: They want what you have – food, water and shelter. Roaches can contaminate food and make you sick, as well as trigger asthma attacks.  To keep ants & roaches away, keep counters and dishes clean. Leaving dirty dishes out or crumbs on the counter is just like setting up a roach buffet. Keep cereal boxes and other dry goods tightly sealed.  Always rinse recyclable containers before storing.  One un-rinsed soda can, can feed roaches for weeks. Pick up and store pet food overnight. Empty garbage bags and vacuums frequently.  Clean behind stoves and refrigerators every six months. (You would be surprised what gets behind there and then turns into an ant & roach village) Don’t set out unwrapped candy dishes.  Seal off all cracks and crevices in around windows, doors and sinks. This helps to prevent entryways and any leaks that can draw bugs in.


Bed Bug Tips for Travelers

 

Everyone knows the saying, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!”  Well that saying has never been truer and here are a few tips that will help you sleep tight when traveling.

 

Inspect the room of each and every hotel as soon as you first enter it for signs of a bed bugs or bed bug infestations. Bed bugs are not a sanitation issue, so this means they can be found in any hotel or motel. This means hotels that are rated a one-star to ones that are rated a five-star facility can have bed bugs.  So it is up to you to check for the safety of your family to make sure none are present. Some signs that they are present are; brown or red spots on sheets or cording of the bed from their feces and blood from victims. Extremely large infestations of bed bugs can create a musty, sweet odor, like syrup and mold.  It is best if you have a bright flashlight to inspect for feces and bloodstains on bedding and furniture.  During the day they seem to hide in the cording of the mattresses, under the mattresses, in the cracks of the box springs, the seems of sheets, the cracks and crevices of furniture, cracks in plaster and partitions, behind and around headboards, inside and around night stands, behind baseboards, pictures on walls and in the cracks of torn or lifting wallpaper.  So be sure to inspect all the areas before you ever unpack your luggage.  Be sure to place your luggage and other items on the hotel provided luggage rack and not on the bed or furniture.  Be sure to keep your luggage away from bed and walls until you have had time to fully inspect the room.


E
xamine and re-examine your luggage 
while repacking before you ever leave the hotel and once again when you return home, to ensure you haven’t picked up bed bugs along the way. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers, so be sure to check your luggage and clothing for bed bugs before bringing luggage back into your home.  It is recommended that you unpack in your garage or utility room and wash all clothing items at that time and thoroughly inspect luggage to insure that you haven’t brought any bed bugs home with you.  Because bed bugs can survive extreme temperatures (up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit) and are extremely difficult to kill, treating for an infestation requires the use of a licensed, pest professional with specific experience treating for these problematic biting pests.

 

 

Things to know if you have them in your home

 

 Some things you can do to prep the area before the pest professional arrives.

 

>Strip and wash all bedding, draperies and clothing in hot water and dry in drier

  on high heat for longer than an hour.

>Vacuum all carpeting and immediately put vacuum bag or empty canister into  

   trash bag and tie securely and get out of home.


>Dry all stuffed toys and pillows in drier for longer than one hour on high heat.

 

This will insure the area is ready for the pest professional to fumigate the area to eliminate the bed bugs.

  

Fleas & Ticks: 

Fleas:  Controlling fleas indoors begins with regularly vacuuming the carpeting. This will remove some of the flea larvae and adult fleas. Vacuuming will cause adult fleas to come out of their cocoons. Vacuum bags should be changed monthly and after initial vacuuming if fleas are present.  Canisters should be empted outside into a trash bag and tied up tightly.  All animals should be bathed with the proper flea shampoo and check with your veterinarian for proper monthly flea/tick & heartworms (caused by mosquitoes) prevention methods.

 

If you have fleas be sure to follow above vacuuming instruction and carpets should be sprayed with proper flea spray designed especially for carpets.  The fleas will be exposed to the carpet spray treatment while it is still fresh. Keep people and pets off of the carpet until the treatment has fully dried. Then continue to vacuum every few days after the carpet has been treated to help insure all fleas are gone.  Sometimes more than one flea spray treatment is necessary. 

 

Outdoors you can spray the shaded areas.  Flea larvae do not survive in direct sunlight, so most of the fleas will be in the shady areas.

 

Ticks:  Tiny ticks spread dangerous diseases. Thoroughly check your body (and those of your children and pets) promptly after being outdoors. When outdoors, wear repellent with DEET according to label instructions. Ticks feed on blood and can transmit diseases like, Lyme and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Cut shrubbery and mow grass regularly. If found, use fine-tipped tweezers to remove ticks below the head. Contact a physician if signs of an infection (fever or rash) appear.

 

 

Rodents: 

Rats and mice can squeeze through holes the size of a quarter or dime. Rodents (and the fleas they carry) can contaminate food and transmit harmful diseases. Eliminate entry points by sealing or repair cracks in siding, faulty door/window screens and gaps around pipes entering the home (from the roof pipes, to the outside a/c pipes to pipes in the garage and even the openings under and around the inside kitchen and bath sinks.  Trim any branches, plants and bushes away from your home.  You don’t want anything touching your home and making a bridge for them to have a way to come in.

If you spot a rodent, try to see where it came from and where it went so you can tell your pest control professional to help in the aide of the removal of this pest.

 

                                                        mosquitoes

Mosquitoes          mosquitoes      mosquitoes    mosquitoes

Of more than 3,000 documented mosquito species, the United States is host to 150. Mosquitoes undergo four distinct life cycle stages: egg, larval, pupa and adult. The length of the first three stages varies by species and depends upon environmental conditions. Some mosquitoes have a life span of only four days, while others survive winter to lay eggs in spring. Size varies with species, but most mosquitoes measure less than 15 millimeters in length and weigh approximately 2 milligrams. 

 

Male mosquitoes do not extract blood from victims; only the female mosquito is equipped with the piercing-sucking mouthparts. A female specimen possesses a serrated proboscis, which reduces nerve stimulation in bite victims.  Mosquitoes do not feed on blood, but collect it in order to use its protein in developing eggs.

 

Mosquitoes typically remain within a one-mile radius of their breeding site. A female mosquito can produce up to 300 eggs at one time and can produce up to 3,000 eggs throughout her life span. Mosquito eggs develop into adulthood in ten to fourteen days. Mosquitoes have poor eyesight. They cannot see objects more than 30 feet away from them and cannot easily distinguish between objects of similar size and shape. However, their sense of smell is highly efficient and they can locate hosts within a wide area. 

 

Mosquito bites result in red, white-ringed bumps that may bleed and become infected if scratched. While the bite of a mosquito is rarely painful, these insects are vectors of many important diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and the West Nile Virus. They also carry several encephalitis strains and transmit heartworms to cats and dogs.  In tropical countries where they are virtually uncontrolled,  mosquitoes can be responsible for deadly disease outbreaks.

 

Mosquito repellents are available as aerosols, creams, lotions and sticks. They may contain diethyl phthalate and diethyl carbate, N-Diethyl-3-Methylbenzamide and ethyl hexanediol. Permethrin-treated clothing helps prevents both mosquito and tick bites. Protection generally lasts a few hours, after which time reapplication is necessary. Citronella oil is commonly used in candles, torches and mosquito coils and produces mosquito-repelling smoke. In outdoor conditions with calm winds, citronella can be an effective repellent. However, citronella is not as effective as mosquito repellents applied directly to clothing or skin. 

Apply mosquito repellents in moderation and only to exposed skin or clothing.  Mosquito repellents should never come into contact with the eyes or mouth and should not be ingested under any circumstance. Do not use mosquito repellents on or near open wounds and irritated skin. Use caution when applying repellants to small children.  Pregnant women should consult a doctor prior to use.

Mosquito control devices (bug zappers) are commonly marked to treat heavy mosquito populations; they have not been proven 100% effective.  Female mosquitoes are not attracted to light, but to body heat and ccarbon dioxide, rendering many electric devices less effective.  In fact, most insects killed by electrocuting devices are not mosquitoes, but other flying insects attracted to light and some of which are beneficial.

How often should I water?

 

 

Excess standing water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. You should always check with your local water management district first to find out your water restrictions and/or water dates.  Any rainfall that occurs between watering should be counted towards your watering plan.

Planning a mosquito barrier around your entire property by targeting likely mosquito breeding areas, such as dense vegetation and leaves on the ground around foundations and fences, under patio decks and other areas with poor air circulation.  Eliminate stagnant water sources that can hold water for extended periods of time in order to keep mosquitoes from breeding on your property.


Spiders
:

Spiders are natural predators and make a living eating pests such as bugs. They’re nature’s pest control.  They may wander in your home searching for these pests. If you want to rid your home of spiders here are some things you can due, reduce lights on the outside which may attract other pests that the spiders want to eat.  Inhibit their ability to create webs by cleaning away any visible webs, remove clutter and debris away from your home, and trim branches and hedges so they can’t hide from their number one predator, birds. Seal off potential entries like cracks and crevices, spaces under doors (install door sweeps), garage doors, holes in screens, and don’t leave windows and doors open.


Silverfish
:

They are common in areas that do not have proper ventilation such as kitchens and bathrooms.  Get rid of excess cardboard, newspapers and magazines.  Eliminate moisture.  Eliminate hiding spaces in cluttered draws and cabinets and underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks.


Termites
: 

Most people don’t know but Termites are active year-round. Swarmers begin to emerge usually after the last winter freeze, when the temperatures rise to the low to mid-70s. Two common signs of termites are swarmers (the flight of foraging termites swarms you see flying through the air), and mud tubes which are tunnels made out of soil that subterranean termites use to travel to wood sources around homes. (They will be small tubes of mud coming from the ground going up into your home around exterior walls, wooden beams, under your home in crawl spaces.) Before or after swarming takes place here are a few steps you can take. And always make sure to have your home inspected once yearly by a qualified pest control operator. Check around your house inside and out and make sure all house cracks, on the structure (brick, siding and stucco) and around windows, doors, trim and garage doors are properly sealed. Repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and a/c units. (Termites love moisture) Keep wood and other organic compounds away from the foundation for your home.  Like old lumber, firewood, old bags of mulch, or wood planter boxes often provide hidden path for termites to find their way into your home by bypassing any protective treated soil.  Keep wood away from our homes foundation as well as under in crawl spaces.  Since moisture can attract termites make sure you don’t have mulch that is holding water up next to the foundations as well as keeping gutters and downspouts free of debris and divert water away from the foundation.

 



Homeowner Pest Prevention Tips

Here is a quick breakdown of a few simple things that
you can do
to help prevent pests from getting into your home.

 


Indoor Tips
:

 

>Keep air conditioning filters clean.

Dirty a/c filters can lead to moisture build-up and pest love moisture.

 

>Check for plumbing leaks and openings around pipes. 

Check everywhere, but especially behind cabinetry and under sinks. Water shouldn’t be allowed to accumulate anywhere in or around your home. Fix all leaks and seal any openings around pipes to prevent moisture and entry points.

 

>Check grout and caulk areas around sinks, bathtubs and toilets.

A good seal assures that even the smallest insects can’t enter and moisture won’t become a problem.

 

>Clear your attic of unnecessary clutter.

Clearing out any clutter, which can become breading grounds for pest as well as a potential fire hazard. Get rid of any cardboard and use plastic totes with lids and make sure all attic vents have proper screens over them to keep unwanted pest out.

 

>Store food in tightly sealed containers.

This helps prevent easy accessible food sources for pests to feed.

 

>Don’t leave pet food or water out overnight.

This eliminates a food source during a time period when pest activity increases.

 

 

Outdoor Tips:

 

>Outside doors and windows need to be sealed well.

If light can be seen from around or under a door or window, then insects can gain access inside your home.  This also keeps out rain and protects your home from wood rot and moisture than can attract termites.

 

>Repair torn screens or cracked glass.

Screens are a prime entry point for pests and if glass is cracked ants can march right in.

 

>Seal around soffits and gable vents.

This keeps rodents (like rats and squirls) and insects from getting inside the roof or attic space and then gaining access into your home to chew and damage the dwelling.

>Seal around conduits and piping where it enters the structure.

Many insects and rodents follow power lines or climb conduits and pipes to get inside your home. There are many products out there to help alleviate this problem.

 

>Check gutters and drains to ensure water is kept away from your home. This

helps discourage moisture build-up adjacent to your home. Remember, moisture is like a magnet at attracting pest to your home.

 

>Remove excess leaves from the roof and rain gutters.

This keeps ants, roaches and other insects from breeding under the build-up. Also it keeps rain water properly draining away from your home.

 

>Caulk all cracks and crevices in and around your home.

Check and seal under door and window frames and around pipes entering the side of the home to keep insects from entering.

 

>Keep trash cans clean and lids sealed.

This keeps ants, roaches, rodents and flies from feeding and breeding in the trash.

 

>Remove all standing water form around your home.

Mosquitoes love to breed in standing water so dump out any standing water and turn containers upside down to prevent water from accumulating.

 

>Keep the garage door closed and make sure weather stripping is in good

condition. You do not want the weather stripping to be dry rotted or have torn places in it where pest can wiggle their way into your garage and then into your home.

 

>Prune any and all excess vegetation touching the home.

Pay special attention to windows, eaves and the roof.  Anything touching the home is a bridge just inviting pest to come on in.

 

>Remove wood debris and keep woodpiles away from your home’s

foundation.

This helps prevent rodent nesting or insect colonization such as ants, roaches and termites next to your home and then finding their way into your home.

 

>Ensure your irrigation system is functioning properly.

Make sure pipes don’t have any small cracks or leaks and that water doesn’t accumulate near the foundation or sprays onto your home.

 

>Guide air conditioner drip line away from the foundation.

Extend the piping at least 2 feet and check every couple of months to make sure it is flowing properly.

 

>Hire a Professional Pest Service.

Yes, especially in Florida where pest are plentiful it is your best defense to hire a Professional to provide you with regular services to help prevent all unwanted pest.

 

 

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