BEDBUGS - Someone's been sleeping in MY bed
and they're making me itchy!!!
Do you wake up feeling itchy with tiny red dots on your back and legs? Perhaps bed bugs are to blame. The first step to resolve the issue is to ensure that bedbugs are the cause. Here are some ways to determine if bedbugs have moved into your bed. When cleaning or changing bedding, look for: rusty or reddish
stains on bed sheets or mattresses or dark
spots (about this size: •), caused by the bed
bugs being squished or by their excrement.
Eggs and nymphs are tiny (about 1mm) and
pale yellow. When not feeding, bed bugs hide
in a variety of places; they can be found near
the seams and tags of the mattress and box
spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and
headboard. Bedbugs can also be found in
chairs and couches, between cushions, in the
folds of curtains; in electrical receptacles and
appliances; under loose wall paper and wall
hangings; and even in the head of a screw.
Bed bugs are only about the width of a credit card, so they can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bed bug.
Bed bugs require professional treatment and may take several treatments to be controlled, but don’t worry, that’s our job and we are happy to help you return to a restful night’s sleep.
Hear a buzzing in your ear??? ar a buzzing in your ear? No need to call a doctor, you may just need to check your trash. Flies are common household pests that are
both a nuisance and a health threat because they can transmit diseases. Flies breed in rotten food, manure, and garbage.
A fly can mature from egg to adult in as few as
ten days. This rapid development can result in a
severe fly problem in a short period of time.
Insectides applied by a licensed professional can
kill the existing fly population and the residual
activity controls population levels. However,
effective, long term fly control also relies on
proper sanitation and exclusion. Here are some
tips for “killing the buzz:”
Here are some tips for “killing the buzz:”
Clean out garbage cans with 1% bleach solution (1 part bleach, 99 parts tap water)
Keep garbage as far away from the house as possible
Use garbage cans with tight fitting lids
Repair holes in window and door screens
Pick up pet waste promptly
Make sure drains are kept unclogged and clean
Avoid overwatering house plants
INDIAN MEAL MOTH & RICE WEEVIL
These insects tend to congregate around food often stored in pantries and cabinets such as flour, dry cereals, spices, candies and
chocolate. Common pantry pests include: Indian meal moths, saw-toothed grain beetles, cigarette and drugstore beetles, flour beetles, granary, rice and maize weevils, bean weevils, and spider beetles. Follow these tips to prevent these “carb junkies” from feasting on your pantry items.
Keep shelves and countertops crumb and spill-free. Use airtight storage containers. Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage. Add a bay leaf
to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains - their pungent scent repels many pantry pests.
INDIAN MEAL MOTH
Fleas are parasites, or “freeloaders” that live in or on another creature. Fleas are the most common external parasite found on dogs and cats. Although fleas are more likely to be a problem during warm-weather months, they can also cause problems during cooler seasons due to their ability to continue their life cycle indoors.
While fleas prefer non-humans, they have been known to chow down on pet-owners to fill their blood thirsty bellies. We cannot treat your pets for fleas (we leave that to the vets) but we can help you treat your home if infestation occurs.
Daily vacuuming of places where your pest travels or lays most is a good way to control flea spread. Additionally vibrations from the vacuum activate flea eggs to hatch so that they are more susceptible to insecticide. Renters beware, if the
previous tenant had pets, ask about any history of fleas as eggs can remain dormant in cozy hiding places like carpet fibers for up to 6 months before hatching. Have no fear, landlords, we have great pest prevention packages that will put your mind at ease before your new tenant moves in.
DADDY LONG LEG SPIDER
Many species of spiders, aka, arachnids, are common household pests in the United States. These eight-legged invaders are considered a
beneficial pest because they prey on other insects. Some populations of spiders can be found in humid, moist locations like basements and crawl spaces. Other spiders prefer dry and warm places. They can be found in upper corners of rooms and attics as well as sub floor
air-vents. Spiders prefer to hide in dark areas and in cracks as a retreat in order to construct material for their webs.
Remember, every "cobweb" was made by a spider, not the “dust bunny.” However,
spider infestation usually indicates the presence of other pests, so if you want to get rid of your spiders make sure that you are also getting rid of whatever pest they are feeding on. A thorough inspection by a professional can identify all these problems for you.leas are parasites, or “freeloaders” that live in or on another creature. Fleas are the most common external parasite found on dogs and cats.