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Pesticides: All That You Need To Know

When it comes to the word pesticide, most people take it synonymous to harmful or toxic, something that isn’t good for humans and hence can kill pests. All in all, the word holds a strongly negative image in most people’s mind. The reason being, all they get to hear about is how synthetic products have been causing problems for people and how many of these products are not being used for the past 20-40 years. Well, it is about time that people get to know about pesticides and find answers to the questions lurking in their minds for ages, regarding pesticides. Even after years of the creation of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and despite their declaration of safe insecticides and pesticides; many still question whether pesticides used in or around homes are unsafe and harmful.

So what exactly is a pesticide?

In simple words or what people commonly understand by the word is, “What kills pests is a pesticide.” However, it is a broad term which also includes herbicides. When we take a closer look at how they are used and how they treat pests, we realize, in proper pest controlling techniques with a management plan these pesticides are used in a way that they won’t just kill pests but repel and control them.

Harmful Insecticides:

There are some major insecticides which were once considered as an effective pesticide but were later restricted from use due to their harmful effects on the environment and human health.

DDT

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), was once extensively used as pesticide. Paul Muller was the person to discover its pest killing properties. During World War II, DDT was quite effectively used to control malaria and kill mosquitoes responsible to spread the disease. After some time, concerns regarding, the harmful effects of the chemical upon human health and the environment, grew among researchers, medical and health experts and environmentalists. These growing apprehensions further lead to a ban on DDT by EPA in 1972. However, later, through research U.S. National Toxicology program declared DDT as “moderately toxic.” The chemical was found to be a cause of many hormonal and neurological disorders among people. Thus, in places that with extreme pest and weather conditions like, tropical countries, DDT is still used to fight malaria.

Diazinon

Diazinon was used to control pests both, indoors and outdoors. However, the chemical was deemed harmful to human health causing headaches, nausea, cramps, blurred vision and chest tightness upon prolonged exposure. The chemical was prohibited to be sold for non-agricultural purposes in 2004. Some consumers having purchased the product before the restriction still continued using it.

Chlordane

Chlordane was considered a magical pesticide that could killed everything that crawls; from structural pests (termites) to agricultural pests. Not just that, its miraculous properties included, keeping pests at bay for years. This chemical was also banned by EPA, considering its slow breakdown and hence leaving harmful effects over the environment and health for a long period. After restriction on its use in 1983, the chemical was permitted to be used for termite control till 1988. The chemical was banned after chlordane’s presence was found in human tissues resulting in cancer.

Terms, you should know about:

Every industry has its specific language, vocabulary of its own. Yet, these terms are only understood by experts and not people, in general. Pest controlling is a service required by almost everyone at least once in their life. Thus, it is very important for people to at least have some basic know how about what these words used by experts actually mean.

1. Residual:

Insecticides that are applied once but work for several hours after its application. The most common example of residual would be the general treatment done through spraying insecticide onto the foundation of your belongings and property.

2. Non Residual:

These insecticides are only instantly effective and will only work when applied. Fogging and contact treatments are all treated through non-residual insecticides.

3. Restricted Use:

The insecticides restricted for use because of their harmful properties by EPA. These pesticides are not to be used by amateurs but can only be used and are available for use of trained and certified experts. For pesticides that are not to be used by general public, EPA labels them for general use. These are not harmful for human health and the environment.

4. Spot Treatment:

A treatment that is done with the application of one or more insecticides to areas which are most vulnerable to be attacked by pests.

5. General Treatment:

Insecticide applied to large areas like walls, floors, ceilings or exterior of any property.

Hope these facts, from what researches and history, will clear out your misconceptions regarding the toxicity of all pesticides. Pesticides defined as safe for general use are not so harmful at all, so if you are facing a pest infestation lately call your pest controlling professional rather than delaying it for no reason.

Fruit Flies: How to treat the disease carriers?

Fruit Files

Summer’s heat and increased humidity brings along a few uninvited guests which can literally become a nuisance. If the temperature rises to a point where people prefer staying indoors, rather than going out in the sun, they usually are faced with an annoying species of flies. Yes, the fruit flies are an inevitable part of the hot and humid summer days. When people lock themselves inside in the air conditioned comfort of their homes. Even when people think, the temperature inside is not so fruit fly friendly, there are always quite a number of them flying around fruit and as they try to eat them.

Fruit flies generally are the homeowner’s biggest concern as their infestations can get annoying and reduce the chances of your fruits to remain fresh for a long time. An average life span of a fire fly would be 40-50 days; during which, a female fruit fly van mate and lay a number of egg batches in one time. They are most commonly found in late springs and summers when vegetables and fruits are overriped and fermenting.

All you need to know:

As soon as Mother Nature blesses us with the fruitful presents of summer like, melons, grapes, mangoes, plums etc.

  • Fruits and vegetables stored in a pantry, kitchen or out in the open can all be attacked by tiny flies. They are not just found in storage spaces of your home but any other place with vegetables and fruits can be a camping site for fruit flies.
  • These, 1/8 inched, brown and black bodied creatures are always on the lookout for a fruit or vegetable to attack. Their red eyes make them distinct from other fly species.
  • These tiny and apparently harmless flies can cause severe and in some cases life threatening health problems as they carry various bacteria and pathogens, with which they contaminate your food.
  • An over ripened fruit or vegetable is what attracts them the most where they can lay up to 500 eggs.
  • Apart from fruits and vegetables, they are quite capable of living and breeding in spaces you might otherwise consider as supremely unhygienic, such as: drains, bins, mops and empty bottles with rotting food leftovers.
  • They may or may not enter you home through an already infested overripe fruit or vegetable purchased from the market.

Things you can do to control:

When fruit flies are there to disturb the hygiene you maintain in your home or in your diet, you should not take this problem lightly because they are not just some flies they carry disease too. Sighting fruit flies can be a resultant of many reasons and it does not necessarily mean that you don not maintain a healthy diet with hygienic practices. While, these tiny little buggers, with their power to contaminate food, ay appear look a hard to handle pest but in reality, it’s not that hard getting rid of them. Yes, you can actually try DIY to trap them before they grow in numbers and cause more problems for you.

  • Over the counter repellants can come in handy to kill them if they are not many in number. However, be very careful in using any repellant with chemicals if you have children and pets in your home. If you are not sure about the efficacy and safety of the method you’re opting for then the best way to treat them is by consulting a pest controller.
  • Red wine has been known to intoxicate fruit flies; all you need is a little amount of wine in a container covered with a lid, having holes on it.
  • Milk mixed with sugar can serves as an attractant for these flies now add some dish soap and ground pepper to it. Cooking this mixture for 10 minutes will make them all mix together and you can place this natural trap at various points of your home for the flies to find, feed and die.

However, with fruit flies the problem is hardly solved until their breeding sites are removed. Al, you need to do for that is, call a pest control professional to help in dealing with the problem from its root.

Tiny Bugs Are Not To Be Ignored

Bugs and pests are rather occasional unwanted guests we don’t really want to see but they still somehow find a way to invade your homes. You open your sugar container and it has a family of ants enjoying a vacation in there, you open a dry food container and find intricate webs in there, take out your favorite clothing and find holes in them; all of these scenarios are quite common for us. Homes, particularly in summers are attacked by a number of unwanted pests. These nuisance causing insects though apparently harmless, can cause a lot of damage, if not taken care of. Sometimes, a few precautionary measures can save you from a lot of bug trouble, later.

There are four common bugs which you are more likely to encounter at your home:

1. Ants, Ants Everywhere:
Ant

During spring and summer ants are quite active in search of food. The inevitable ant invasion at your home can occupy spaces where your edibles (specifically anything sweet) are stored. They can track the tiniest of food crumbs and spills and then spread everywhere. All they need is a little crack, a bit of opening under the doors and windows, and voila—they’ll be soon be within the vicinity of your home, all marching in queues and attacking all they can. While you might underestimate their power, they are quite capable of carrying huge loads and can attack anything which comes in their way. Their bite may not be venomous but is painful enough to give you a reason to get rid of them. Your first line of defense against an ant intrusion should be, cleaning all that can be termed as food, from crumbs to spills and then store food in containers that are tightly sealed. Seal every hole and crack which can be helping them find a way into your home. Also, if you see them trailing into your home, track where their colonies are and treat them from their core. Borax, easily found at local stores, can be used to control ants. You can also make borax or boric acid and sugar solution which is considered quite effective in treating an ant problem.

2. Cockroaches won’t leave you:

Cockroch

A cockroach infestation is something that is every homeowner’s biggest worry. You may be faced with a roach raid at your home at least once. The hygienic condition might totally be under control but you still have more than just one possibilities of finding cockroaches in your bathroom, dancing with their antennas popped out. To get rid of them you should be very sure about the hygiene within your home and if that’s under control, you might want to make a thorough check on the things you bring home. We sometimes bring them into our homes through the stuff we bring home. Your home might be roach free but what guarantee do you have that the store you shop from. They are known to spread diseases and allergies and their presence must not be tolerated in any case.

3. Cloth Moths:

Cloth Moth

Nothing is as bad as finding your favorite dress ruined and with holes in it. This means, you just don’t have a dress to worry about but if you have a serious infestation then there are possibilities that your other clothing, carpets or blankets might be affected too. Vacuuming, in this case, can come in handy as it can cover corners which you may not have covered in your regular cleanup. Also if your woolen garments or other items have been attacked by clothe moths then you should soak them in hot water or freeze them for a few days. Yes, this may sound weird but extreme temperature can easily kill them and their eggs. Dry rosemary, lavender or cedar can all act as natural repellants. Moth balls are effective but they have an element of toxicity to them so you should be very careful with their placement if you have children and pet in your home.

4. Flour Beetles are a problem:

Flour Beetles

Dry food in our home is always at risk as tiny insects called flour beetles find a way to enter enclosed jars and upon reopening you find webs and your food unfit for eating. These little, dark creatures are mostly found in flour. But before you through away the entire contents of the infested food container, put them in the freezer for some days and then throw that away. This kills the adult beetles and they don’t spread further from where you discard your food. People usually find them in food items they have recently purchased, so it is recommended that you buy sealed jars and from a store that has a strict hygiene policy. Bay leaves are considered a natural repellant; once you’ve stored your food in clean, dry jars add a dry bay leaf to it and then seal it tightly to stops these pests from making you waste food.

These bugs and pests, if not taken care of can cause problems like ruining your entire food supply to spreading diseases. These methods can help home owners in controlling them; however, if the problem has gotten worse, then you shouldn’t ignore it any further and contact a professional pest controlling expert, immediately.

Practicing Safe Pest Management: Not Every Insect is a Pest

That irresistible feeling you get to spray pesticides in your garden after you encounter pest attacks on your beloved plants, that too, overnight. Although this might seem like the only solution but it is still best to keep chemicals as far away, from your plants, as you can. A general misconception about pests and insects that prevails is that, “every insect that crawls, is tiny, looks creepy and sometimes has wings too, is a pest.” Well, not really, because there are many insects that are not to be mistaken as pests because they actually contribute in guarding our homes, gardens and crops from a destructive pest attack. Many amongst these are actually your friends, there to maintain the equilibrium of the eco-system. The myth that every insect brings nuisance, leads to the killing of pests that are in reality helpful for us. Fact is, out of all insects only a tiny proportion of about 5%, are harmful and are classified as pests. The remaining proportion comprises of insects that cause no harm but are actually beneficial for farmers, eco system and human beings, in general.

How are they beneficial?

The remaining 95 % of these insects play a key role in keeping the ecological cycle balanced. For crops, and home grown, garden plants these insects act as agents in making the soil fertile, by preserving rain water and other nutrients into the plant roots as they dig within the soil. These insects are pollinators as they carry pollen from one flowering plant to another. These ecofriendly pests improve crop growth by acting as natural predators against damage-causing pests. They are also known to boost soil’s tilth, as these insects actively contribute in decomposition by breaking down the debris, thus acting as contributors natural soil fertilizers. Springtails, lady beetles, syrphid fly and lacewig larvae, earth worms, arthropods, dung beetles all work together in consumption, mixing and transmission of nutrients and decomposition of soil and fertilization.

Not just in improving the fertility of soil, these insects act as predators for pests you don’t want to see in your gardens. Various pests and weed growth can all stay under control with their presence. The natural eco system is often disturbed by extreme climatic conditions or human interference. A sudden pest outbreak or abnormal weed growth in your garden might be a result of disturbance in this natural pest management system.

Know your friends:

While you go on killing every insect, by confusing them as damaging pests, know which of them are on your side in controlling pests. Pest management and controlling is necessary but for gardens and crops, a good rule of thumb is to find a way to naturally be pest free.

1. Lady Beetles:

The convergent lady bugs are known to hunt down harmful garden pests like aphids, and other soft bodied and plant eating insects like white flies. Lady bugs have always been the most favorite insect for gardeners. Before mating and reproducing, lady bugs go on an aphid diet where they eat hundreds of aphids in one go. Certain species of lady bugs not only eat aphids but scale insects and mites, mildew, fungus, and bean beetles. In short, lady beetles or more commonly known as lady bugs work on your side in the well-being of your plants and garden.

2. Assassin Bugs:

As their name suggests, assassin bugs are known for their predacious nature. They hunt and kill pests like: bean beetles, potato beetles, leafhoppers, cucumber beetles, bugs, aphids, and all types of caterpillars. However, their bite can be painful for humans too they are still considered a good sign in gardens.

3. Spiders:

People are usually frightened by the sight of a spider, crawling down from its web and thus the first thing they want to do is kill them. Reality is, spiders, specifically crab spiders, prey on almost all kinds of pests. Killing them might result in an uncontrollable pest occurrence. You must have seen many mosquitoes, bees, cockroaches trapped in their web which is a proof that spiders feed on insects we hate, so letting them make webs in your garden can save you from unnecessary fumigation to get rid bugs and bees.

4. Lacewings:

Moth eggs, caterpillars, mites, aphids, thrips, scales are all food for green lacewing larvae. The adults are not considered as beneficial in controlling pests because they don’t eat them but can help in pollination. However, their larvae are known to hunt and eat aphids, mites, bugs, scales, thrips, caterpillars and even insect eggs. Given their insatiable appetite for aphids, they are also known as, “aphid lions.”

5. Praying Mantis:

There might nothing true about the myth that killing praying mantis brings bad luck or is considered illegal. However, if you kill them you will be inviting a number of nuisance causing pests into your garden. Mantis feed on other insects which belong to the pest category. They can even hunt down vertebrates like lizards and birds.

In order to ensure that nature’s way of keeping the eco system balanced, doesn’t get disrupted; we have to differentiate between which insects are pests and which are working for our own good. Extinction of beneficial insects can only result in problems for human kind. Yes, pest infestation is a problem which needs professional pest controlling methods and techniques but certain areas which are sensitive and must be spared from any chemicals must utilize practices of safe pest management.

Treating the Terrible Termite Threat

Since centuries, termites have been feeding upon wood. The problem started when these ordinary wood consuming insects started attacking households and silently feeding upon all that classifies as wood. This is where things got serious and termites began causing damage worth millions, every year. The problem is, most residential spaces are either infested by termites or might face a termite infestation in the future. It is estimated that around 600,000 homes in U.S are affected by a termite infestation annually; costing home owners, approximately $5 billion in termite treatments and damage repair each year. This whooping figure shows how devastating a termite problem can get, but will you be able to identify whether or not you have a termite threat at home? If yes, then how do you plan to get rid of the problem before you suffer some substantial wood damage?

Are termites really to be feared?

A termite swarming is considered as the most common indication of a termite infestation but what most people generally are not aware of the fact that even if you haven’t witnessed any termites swarming around your vicinity, there still are possibilities of termites living and growing in that area. The reason: it takes about three years for termite colonies to produce swarming termites and you would not be seeing swarmer termites for long and quite frequently as it quite possibly lasts for less than an hour and occurs only once or twice a year. So the possibilities are that these termites may be unapparent but might have already done irreparable damage by now. Another threatening factor is that they are capable of entering the foundation of your house through the tiniest of cracks or crevices.

From there they start capturing the wood in your home by building mud tubes leading them through walls, along pipes to their food destination. The way they start hallowing your wooden belongings is itself a threat because termites start consuming wood from the inside, which is hardly ever apparent until they reach the surface. So by the time you’ll see a termite infestation over your wooden furniture, the chances are they might have already damaged the core. Formosan and subterranean termites are the species most commonly found in homes and are known to aggressively feed upon wood. They grow in uncontrollable quantities such as: 2 million termites per colony. Hence, they are quite skilled in causing more damage in minimum time. For people, who have been unfortunate enough to face a termite infestation in their homes, the problem sure is the most troublesome pest issue, worse than a nightmare.

Signs that indicate a termite infestation:

Known as silent destroyers, knowing that there is a potential termite infestation in your home is quite difficult. You don’t know about their presence until the damage has been done. However, there still are a few signs which indicate that your wood is in danger and some action is required on your part:

  • Termite swarming, mostly during spring and summers, is one of the most important factors that determine you have a fully grown colony of termite inviting pests to your home
  • A mud tunnel is one significant sign of a growing termite colony. Mostly subterranean termites are not so discreet about their activity and you can find their mud tubes by the sides of walls, or areas with no sunlight exposure.
  • Check for signs in woods like: wood sounding hollow, mud or dirt around wooden furniture, wooden walls, baseboards and or any wood work around your home. Also you may notice wood dust and holes around things made out of wood.
  • Dry wood termite usually moves around leaving their fecal bits. Similarly, they emit their fecal bits through holes made into furniture or walls. If you notice holes in wood, then knock it slightly so that these pellets fall out of them and you can take necessary precautions.

Quick Tip: Make sure the fire wood you have purchased does not have a colony of termite or other species of pests living in it.

Getting rid of an infestation:

The biggest problem with termites is DIY or other efforts don’t usually work; in fact, it intensifies the issue and helps them spread to areas where they haven’t reached yet. However, the adage, “prevention is better than cure,” works best in stopping the problem from growing into a huge issue. Nonetheless, if you get to know about a termite infestation after most of your wood is damaged then it is best to consult a pest control professional to provide you with a proper termite treatment.

Factors that Invite Pests into your homes

They say, “Your home is where your heart is,” but is your heart in a healthy place? Obviously, you must think your home is the safest place on earth but is it really as safe as you think? Your health is associated to a number of factors and your home plays a key role in keeping your mental and physical health stable. There are elements, even in your clean and healthy homes, that are responsible in deteriorating the health yours and you family’s health. Among these health affecting elements are factors that are creating an ideal habitat to invite pests. This open invitation to pests is equivalent to inviting damage and disease. You may not notice these minor and seemingly unimportant things in your home that are gradually contributing in making your place an ideal pest attraction.

Look closely, and you will be surprised to see, how there are a number of things which are paving ways for a heavy pest infestation.

Damp and Dark:

You know how the darkest corner of your home can serve as an ideal habitat to a number of pests, like: cockroaches, rodents, bugs and what not. If this dark corner gets a fair share of dampness then the probability of a pest infestation increases 10 times to just having a darker side within your vicinity. Moisture, humidity or dampness due to various reasons is considered as a major trigger to a number of problems. Not just, it affects the structure of your property, your health but also make your home just the place they needed to start living in. If not taken care of, dampness or high humidity can be extremely destructive for your property and because of this people start looking for quick solutions just to get rid from this rather atrocious problem. There are a number of pests which feed on mildew and fungus resulting from the dampness within your home; so this adds more reasons for these pests to feel at home. So what should you do if you are faced by a serious case of damp in your house?

There are spaces in your house that are particularly vulnerable to dampness. To do so you need to look out for signs around your ceiling, floor or exterior walls. If you come across a wall with warning signs like: damp patches, growth of mildew, peeling paint or wallpaper and books, fabric or carpets appearing moistened, then they all indicate to one problem and you need to find a solution. The problem may be a result of condensation and can get worse if not taken care of. Install dehumidifiers to minimize the humidity level and prevent this issue from growing into a destructive problem. If the dampness has done its damage and you find pests along that space then call a pest control professional immediately. The professional may also suggest you ways to keep the dampness from destroying your home and will also treat the pest problem you get along with it.

You feed, they grow:

Like it or not but most of the pest infestations are a result of free access to food sources. Your open bins, spilled drinks, food crumbs are all serving as a feast to these pesky pests which are always on hunt for a place that has food for them. Rotting vegetables or other food can be a pest magnet. Open trash cans, too close to your vicinity are just what they are looking for, so take care of that. Your home may appear clean but all of these things will make your tidy place an unhygienic, pest dwelling.

Take care of the wood:

Pests like termite, are always on the hunt for wood so if your house has wood in abundant quantity, you know what comes next. Houses made out of wood need a through pest inspection almost after a month or two. Look out for signs of a potential termite infestation, like dust coming out of your wood or tiny insects flying around your wooden property. Also, before buying any wood, make sure it isn’t infested by any wood eating insects. Dead trees around your home can be an ideal place for ants to make nests in. Take care of the dead trees or any unnecessary rotting, damp wood in or around your vicinity.

All of these factors directly contribute in increasing problems for you. One problem can lead to many and pest problem being the biggest of them all. You can either resort to DIY techniques but it is best to let professionals address a pest concern because you might not know the intensity of problem.

Preparing a safe environment before you kill those pests

Pests crawling and flying in or around your home is not the most pleasant sight. You may at first ignore the problem as you see a cockroach here or a bug there, but as soon as they invade your homes coming out of every nook and corner, you know the situation has gotten worse and now you need help. The moment you are done talking to your pest control professional, you are somehow relieved that now you’ll be living without the fear of pests damaging your belongings. But how many of us realize that there still are some things that are needed on our part to make the treatment as effective as possible. What most people think is that their job is done once they’ve explained the extent of their pest infestation to their pest pro. What people need to understand even with the best expertise and techniques, some cooperation is needed on the homeowner’s part to achieve optimum results from the treatment done. Pre service preparations vary in nature depending on the level of infestation, the area size and the kind of pest invasion you are faced with.

Here’s what you need to know about pest control preparations:

Prepare your home for a pest control treatment:

They crawl, they fly, they gnaw and they spread germs everywhere they go—yes, they can be anywhere and are not so easy to get rid of, as they can hide under the most unimaginable dark corners of your home. Cockroaches, bedbugs, fleas, termites, rodents and all which fall in the category of pests, when treated, require some efforts from you as well. Not that we are suggesting you to start spraying along with the pest controller, but things will be smooth and steady if you keep the following preparatory measures in your mind before the service:

  1. All edibles must be sealed:
  2. Things you eat must be protected at all costs; you don’t want the pesticides used to kill pests affecting you in any way. The best thing to do is to completely clear out the space from anything that is edible. If that’s not possible then properly seal all that is to eaten. Places where food items are stored (which includes your refrigerator too) must be cleared from everything which you plan to eat or use in your food, later.

  3. Empty all storage:
  4. Places used to store stuff like: cupboards, shelves, attic, basement or any other such areas which are prone to serve as an ideal habitat for pests and require treatment. People don’t really realize that all these spaces are perfect for pests to live in as they need places that are warm, dark a bit humid ad nothing is better than an enclosed shelf. To make sure the treatment reaches where it’s intended to reach you need to remove anything which may act as an obstruction between reaching problem areas.

  5. Move things:
  6. There are chances that pests might be dwelling by the corners of your wall in front of which lies a heavy sofa which maybe protecting them from getting affected by the pesticide used to treat them. Pests like termites, cockroaches and other such pests love to occupy corners that are least affected by human activity, you wouldn’t be disturbing a termite nest if it is behind some heavy set of furniture. A good rule of thumb is to remove furniture from the corners to provide easy access to your pest controller so that he can treat every potential problem area. For a termite treatment, a good rule of thumb is to remove any moveable furniture, especially that against the corners of your walls because corners are just the area where the treatment will be carried out. A termite treatment if done on the ground floor may take more than a day as it requires extensive work (drilling and spray) so stay mentally prepared about that.

  7. Of pets and their safety:
  8. Pets can be severely affected by a pest control treatment done in your home. It is best to properly seal your pet belongings, which includes: fish tanks, your cat’s sleeping mat or eating bowl or your dog’s house all must either be removed or properly covered. If your pet has fleas, ticks or bugs it is better to get them treated before you get the treatment done in your house because they might bring back the bugs after the service. Take your pets out of the house prior to the service. Your pest controller will suggest you to stay out of your house for a specified period of time. Take your pets along until it’s safe to be in your home, as suggested by your pest exterminator.

  9. Cover access points:
  10. No treatment will work until you cover areas which areas which are serving as entry points for pests like cockroaches or rodents. Cracks, crevices, broken pipes or any other opening which provides open entrance for all these nuisance causing pests must be properly covered to stop them from entering your home in the future. Sealing all access points is sometimes done by the exterminator but if you are aware of entry points its best that you inform the pest controller beforehand.

Just a few pre-service preparations can increase the efficacy of your pest treatment and can also protect you from any inconvenience later. If you have people with medical conditions; you should inform your pest controller before the service is carried out.

5 Summer Pests you don’t want to see this year

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As the summer sun shines on you, the weather has become much tolerable. You have your summer plans and are finally going to enjoy the summer sun. But guess what? You are not the only who has been eagerly waiting for summers; apparently, there are some pesky pests who were waiting for spring to sprung and the summer sun to shine on them too. We all have faced some serious pest issues in summer, either you see those annoying ants marching around your home, come in their way and they’ll welcome you with a bite; Mosquitoes ruining your barbecue plans and house flies, flying uninvited over your drinks and sweets. So whether you like it or not, summers inevitably bring a number of pest problems along. This summer, don’t let the pests find a way into your home and start growing in numbers and becoming a nuisance.

1. Flies:

Flies are everywhere in summers; in your home, outdoors and they’ll chase you just about anywhere–attracted mainly to foods, fruits, beverages and all things sweet. Once they find a drink spill or an exposed, rotting fruit they’ll come uninvited to enjoy the feast. Soon after a few fly into your home, you’ll find them increasing in numbers. Since they found some food source within your vicinity, your home becomes their home too and hence they start living, reproducing in your place and contaminating everything with bacteria and germs and transmitting disease. Before you know it they’ll infect everything and will also cause annoyance as you keep on spatting a fly here and there.

What do I do?

Since they can fly, so it is obviously impossible to stop them from getting into your home; but you can take some preventive measures. Simple measures, like: maintaining hygiene through cleaning, keeping your edibles sealed, not leaving garbage for them to feed on, especially with rotting food in it. These little steps will not just make your home clean but will keep not just flies but also some other pests away. The key is to not remove everything that ends up being an attractant for them. Installing fly traps may also help in ridding you from a fly intervention.

2. Mosquitoes:

We know how summers bring along mosquitoes and mosquito borne diseases; malaria, west Nile and dengue are just some deadly diseases these seemingly tiny insects can cause. They don’t leave a chance to bite you and suck your blood, which is both irritating and painful at the same time. They multiply in numbers during summer; the warmth in temperature provides them with the ideal habitat to live in. It is very important for the wellbeing and health of you and your loved ones to opt for some serious proactive measures to prevent them from causing problems.

What do I do?

You cannot complain about a mosquito problem if you have pools of water standing in or around your home. This is where they’ll live, breed and start spreading multiple diseases. If you are still bitten by mosquitoes, despite taking preventive measures, it is best that you consider getting professional fumigators to spray in and around your vicinity.

3. Ants:

While you might have seen them taking control of your picnic baskets and marching to their holes, this might look exaggerated but they actually are capable of such havoc. They might not pose any threat to your health but their bite can be genuinely painful and their presence, annoying. Summers are just the season ants wait for to come out and collect food to feed their colonies. If not taken care of ants will occupy everything you have in your kitchen.

What do I do?

While you helplessly look for a solution to your ant worries, just seal every open food source and don’t leave anything might which welcome them in. The precautions are more or less the same; all you need to maintain is hygiene. If they enter your home, trace them back to their holes and cover all the entry points.

4. Bedbugs:

Yes, they are hard to eliminate (almost impossible) and once they get into your home they can grow and grow at an unstoppable rate. Bedbugs are an obnoxious insect which may not be harmful but their bites are enough to leave you sleepless for many nights. The worst part is, you cannot spot them because of their size which is almost invisible and they dwell in the most unexpected and unreachable areas of your home

What to do?

Once they enter your home there’s not much you can do to get rid of them, so you better seek professional help before they become your worst nightmare.

5. Cockroaches:

A pest which is active all year round but hyper active during summers; cockroaches are just not unpleasant to look at but they also are disease carriers. These dirty little crawlers can reproduce rapidly during summers and you will spot them in every nook and corner of your home.

What can I do?

Again, maintain hygiene and don’t leave food sources open for them to feed upon. De-clutter your home as much as you can so as to reduce the possibilities for them to find a place to hide. All the litter and garbage you discard should be kept away from your vicinity so that they don’t find access points to enter your home.

A pest problem can become even troublesome in summers and if they’ve grown to an uncontrollable and intolerable number then you should not resort to DIY techniques. This is when you need professionals like BC Pest control to take it from there and provide you with a solution.

April is for National Pest Management

National Pest Management Association has been observing April as the month of national pest management for over 30 years now. This year, NPMA plans to raise awareness regarding the treats and risks household pests pose. A lack of awareness about pests and pest management leads to damage and disease. In order to avoid these homeowners should learn and must be encouraged to take necessary preventive measures to control the situation from getting worse or uncontrollable. People, when faced by a pest infestation either ignore the problem or opt for harmful pest control techniques. Talk about pests, in general, what bothers people most is their annoying presence. However, pests are more than just bothersome, given their ability to spread serious diseases and causing billions in damage every year.

The other side of an infested picture:

Apparently pests are not just creepy and unpleasant to look but they can be dangerous too. The health threats posed by cockroaches, mosquitoes and rodents are numerous and can sometimes lead to life threatening illnesses.

Pests and Health Problems:

Insects that can sting can lead to an emergency visit to the hospital, while no one is unaware of the damage caused by termites. The bubonic plague, a pandemic that killed millions in medieval England has its close connections with rats and rabbits carrying bacteria.

Malaria is a common disease I tropical and subtropical regions caused by the bite of an infected female mosquito. In the past few years, deadly diseases like dengue and Nile virus have killed many and are still considered life threatening because it is still a challenge for many countries to curb the spread of dengue every year.
Tick-borne diseases are very common among households having pets with ticks. Lyme disease is a common disease that is transferred to humans through infected tick bites.

Flies that are carriers of a number of diseases, from spreading germs to diseases they are always quite active in infecting our food and other belongings. Germs and bacteria of hepatitis, e-coli, and salmonella can all be transmitted through flies commonly flying around in our households.

Cockroaches found in almost every other home are known to trigger various allergies, specifically asthma.

With Pests comes damage:

What most of us generally concerned about regarding pest infestations is their damage causing nature. Rodents gnawing through electrical wires can result in a short circuit or in worst cases a fire. Termites and carpenter ants can chew up through anything, from walls to floors; your wooden furniture is never safe if these are present in or around your property.

The presence of cockroaches within your vicinity can result in infected belongings with their droppings everywhere.

Bedbugs may not cause any serious damage or health issues but their bites can leave you sleepless for many nights until you find a way to get rid of them.

What NPMA plans to do this month?

NPMA plans to aware and encourage people to know more about pest management. This helps them in finding a solution before the problem actually occurs. Springs and summer are month when pests are the most active and pest problems become very common all around the world; thus, learning to prevent them from lurking around within your vicinity eventually stop them from wreaking havoc.

Pest Management, made easy:

Simple precautions like not giving them reasons to consider your place an ideal habitat for their growth can work as an effective strategy for pest management.

  1. Cover every opening that can provide them access to enter your vicinity. Seal every crack and crevice because they can enter from spaces as small as ¼ inch.
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  3. Don’t give them access to any if your food sources. Keep edibles tightly sealed and make sure there are no crumbs or drink spills left for them to enjoy a feast. The key is to keep food preparatory and other areas clean.
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  5. You know they love garbage as much as you hate it, so keep your garbage cans or bags properly covered so they don’t find a place to live, feed and grow.
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  7. Water is a primary pest abode; make sure there is no water standing in or around your property.

Pests are a year round problem, while an entire month is dedicated to management of pests you can learn more about proactive actions that provide some relief for a problem so big. However, if your pest problem has grown to an intolerable level, you should instantly seek help from a professional pest control service like B & C Pest Control Service to deal with the problem accordingly.

Pest Facts you need to know

A number of pests might be hiding or clearly visible around you. Pests are obviously not liked by anyone at all. Why? They are disgusting, cause serious damage to preoperties and belongings, and contaminate anywhere they go, with germs. You certainly don’t want them in or around your vicinity.

Being all that, presence of these creepy, dark and dirty creatures, are always considered a trouble and nuisance. If you still think they are not as bad, then you need some shocking pest facts to get this out your head and them out of your property. A pest problem is something most home and other property owners face, almost through out the year; they sometimes tend to ignore them thinking what harm can these little creatures cause? Well then, here are some facts for you to know and decide if they are as harmless as you think?

Cockroach Facts

  • A commonly found cockroach in and around apartments, homes, supermarkets and restaurants and workplaces is German cockroach.
  • Over 5 million children with respiratory and breathing problems are highly sensitive to cockroaches.
  • Want to know something creepy? A cockroach can still survive for a week even after losing its head. The only cause of death would not be losing its head but not eating or drinking without their mouths. Make sure you kill your roaches properly!
  • We all know, cockroaches lay their eggs in encased capsules and an individual American cockroach egg capsule contains around 16 eggs.
  • Even without any food and water, some cockroaches can live upto 3 months.
  • Cockroaches are also held responsible in aggravating asthma conditions, in asthma patients.
  • Cockroaches are also famous for feeding on human tissues, excretions and human hair.
  • A number of libraries and records all over the world were destroyed and eaten up by heavy cockroach infestations.
  • 33 different types of bacteria, among which: E. coli and Salmonella species, parasitic worms and more than somer other types of human pathogens, around the world, are spread by cockroaches.
  • If you see a few cockroaches, crawling around, during day time, consider it a sign of heavy infestation. This is because, cockroaches only come out during day time when they dont have enough space to fit in.

Rodent Facts

  • Every year, food that could have been otherwise fed to over 200 million people, is destroyed and contaminated by rodents.
  • Your food is not just made up from the ingredients used in it; it has a little extra. Your food can have insect eggs, maggots and rodent hair.
  • Don’t ignore the smallest of holes in or outside your property as rodents and cockroaches are flexible little creatures and are capable of entering a holes, as small as ¼ inches.
  • Rodents don’t just transmit disease directly, but can also indirectly transfer diseases through dying in a water stock or supply, contaminating food through their feces and other excretions.
  • There may be a number of reasons for fires across the country, rodents being one of them as they chew wires and at times flammables.
  • According to a American Housing Survey, 2.7 million out of 97 million housing units are infested by rodents and mice.

Termite Facts

  • There are thousands of termite species living and growing all around the world and about 45 species can be found in the U.S alone.
  • Annually, damage worth around 5 million dollars is caused by termites in U.S alone.
  • In most cases, people get to know when the termite infestation has spread wide across their property.
  • Termites with a bad guy kind of a name, “Silent Destroyers,”are known to silently eat up your wooden property and the damage is always discovered after it is a little too late.
  • A termite queen can lay eggs, every 15 seconds.
  • Termite damages, every year are the cause of roof and floor collapse and result in the deaths of many.
  • A queen termite, when fully developed can lay 1,600 eggs per day.

Ant Facts

  • Once a fire ant gets hold of your skin, it will at least sting you, for a good number of 6-7 times.
  • Almost 50,000 worker ants are found in a single ant colony.
  • Ants are known as the longest surviving insect because they live for more than 30 years.
  • Did you know, oversensitive people can even die from a fire ant’s sting?

Bee, Wasps Facts

  • Not all but some diseases transmitted through houseflies are dysentery and diarrhea,typhoid fever), cholera and many more.
  • At least 100 people die every year from bee or wasp stings, every year.
  • Ever year, Insect stings make hundreds of people to rush to an emergency, demanding immediate and extreme care.
  • Every housefly carries more than a million bacteria on its body.

Since you’ve finished reading all these facts, now you obviously wouldn’t want these pests roaming around freely. With pest comes disease, damage and worries so ou better get this problem under control before it grows big.