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Pest Guide This Fall

Fall—this only means that winter is coming. In a blink, the holiday season is just around the corner. We feel it in our bones as each night is getting longer and colder. We also tend to be inside more often this season to stay warm.  However, autumn is also the season when pests will start looking for a warmer place to overwinter. Guess what? Our homes are typically the coziest places on earth when winter comes. That’s why pest-proofing your house will only help you avoid suffering through an infestation during winter.  Why Pest-Proof my House?  Pest-proofing your house will allow you to enjoy the holiday season comfortably. In your home, with your family and closest friends. Pest free. It’s the winter season. There shouldn’t be any pest roaming around until spring comes, right? Nope. Bugs are also known to take shelter in houses and buildings to survive the winter. They are more commonly called overwintering pests. The most common are: Cluster Flies: are identified by their dull grayish brown color with yellow hairs on the thorax. They move slowly and frequent indoor windows in the winter. Boxelder bugs: an adult boxelder bug is approximately 1/2-inch long, has black with orange or red markings, including three stripes on the area right behind the head. Stink bugs: identified by their mottled grayish-brown triangular or shield shape bodies. Approximately 3/4″ long, and they have 6 legs. Asian Ladybug: or just ladybugs are the easiest to identify. They have red, orange, yellow, brown, or shiny black in color. Usually

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Invasive pests Lurking in Your Backyard

Invasive Pests Lurking in Your Backyard   As their name suggests, invasive pests are animal species that invade the natural habitat of other wildlife species. In other words, they establish themselves in other ecosystems that are not supposed to be their natural habitat and disturb other species or even cause harm or damage to the environment and other organisms particularly their hosts. Moreover, these destructive pests bring diseases that will lead to the death of crops, plants, and important species of trees. Some invasive animals also cause soil degradation and erosion, which can result in other serious disasters. Here are seven (7) of the most common invasive pests that can be found in your yard:    1. Asian Tiger Mosquito They are not your typical mosquitos. Asian Tiger Mosquitos can be found throughout the United States. Although they are said to be most prevalent in the northern part of USA, Asian Tiger Mosquitos also invade the northern regions including Ohio, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Not only do they have a specific feeding time during the day, which is daytime, Asian Tiger Mosquitos also transmit serious and fatal diseases such as dengue fever. They are also known carriers of Chikungunya virus and West Nile virus. They typically breed in shady areas and in containers with stagnant water. Hence, freeing your backyard from potential breeding sites of these mosquitos is a good preventive measure.   2. Brown Marmorated Stink Bug There is a good reason to call a bug a “stink bug.” Indeed, the Brown Marmorated Stink

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Pest Control During Pandemic

  The Department of Homeland Security declared pest control as an essential service. To prevent sanitation from worsening this pandemic, we are ought to keep a healthy and hygienic working and living environment.   Pest Population Increase Consequently, the lack of sanitation in restaurants, offices, or homes contributes to the growth of pests. Hence, with the bacteria and viruses they carry, more chances of us catching diseases. Inevitably, empty buildings provide sanctuary for pests to nest and breed—causing significant sanitation issues and damages. Therefore, keeping the pest situation intact could ensure the safety of all the necessary products and services offered.     What do we need to look out for?  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) included these pests to be controlled: Rats and mice – Diseases, damage, and droppings are just a few of the countless disappointments these rats contribute. With them around, contaminated food is within unfortunate reach. Cockroaches – Down to one’s luck, these pests cause of asthma, allergy, and also food contamination.  Flies – What do you expect from someone who feeds on garbage and sewage? These flying nemeses carry germs like E. coli and Salmonella. Not just that, contaminating food and water are also their forte. Bed bugs – Sleepless nights are not only the reason, they most likely suck out your blood without mercy. With bites causing mild to severe allergies, nobody wants them around.   Overall, having a strong partnership with our local pest control provider is a good investment for a healthier community. With all the time spent indoor,

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Hotels and Motels Battling COVID-19 and Bed Bugs

Old Nemesis taking advantage with New Enemy  With the pandemic still raging around the world, some hotels and motels alike maybe now empty and/or running with a skeleton crew—leaving them two more things to worry about: their battle against bed bugs and COVID-19—both alarming and deadly to our health and businesses.   Who’s the culprit now: Bed bugs or Covid-19? Some had to close down while sitting, waiting, and wishing: when will the business come back to normal? Who’s the culprit, is it Covid-19 or the continued growth of their former nemesis, the bed bugs flocking around the deserted rooms waiting for the doom of business?   With the now declared “new normal,” the majority of these businesses are repurposing as centers for COVID-19 patients and frontline workers. They stand on the edge in fighting two battles at once: the recent enemy and still hailed as very deadly, Covid-19 complimenting the spread of more ancient enemy of hoteliers—bed bugs.   CDC reports that Bed bugs do not carry infectious diseases. However, they are more likely to cost hotels their reputation and hundreds, even thousands of dollars to get rid of them as the clock ticks due to lack of maintenance.   Resistance against the culprit Fortunately, with the hygiene regulations imposed by the federal government, these little critters are spreading slowly than before. Making the lives of hoteliers a lot easier, but this doesn’t mean that bed bugs have died due to starvation. Bed bugs can go without feeding for 20 to 400 days.   They are unbelievably resilient for their size, and

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How to rid your home of BED BUGS in one visit!!!!

Some of you may have heard about a new treatment for bed bugs that’s getting a lot of attention lately. It’s called Thermification. And it kills 100% of all bed bugs and their eggs with just one natural treatment in about 6-8 hours on average. Here’s how it works. Preparation of your home is minimal for the treatment. It’s nowhere near the stress of a chemical treatment. Simply place all medications, birth control, candles and anything that could melt on a hot summer day into the refrigerator. Make sure all of your clothes are hung or in dresser drawers. Do not put clothes in bags. Plants and fish can go into one bathroom. Turn your furnace to heat as high as it will go. That’s pretty much it for preparation. The first piece of equipment that is placed inside your home is a special dehumidifier that operates at high temperatures. At high temperatures the air inside your home becomes charged with moisture. This device removes all moisture in your home to below 10%. The reason this is done is that bed bugs can survive hot environments. Removing the moisture drastically lowers their thermal death point. Which means they will die quicker and from deeper inside the furniture and walls once the treatment begins. Large four foot tall heaters are rolled into position throughout your home. These heaters are powered by a generator outside. This heaters are designed to gradually heat the air inside your home. Air going inside the heater is heated 10 degrees warmer

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Bed Bugs — Don’t Throw Away Your Mattress!

We’ve all seen this driving down the road, but, did you know, that if you have bed bugs, you don’t need to throw away you mattress or furniture? It’s true.  Mattresses can cost thousands of dollars. Why would you throw it away? If your exterminator tells you to throw away your mattress, couch, chair or any other furniture, you need to throw him away!  So often I hear the horror stories of people being told to throw away their belongings to help fight bed bugs. People spend hundreds if not thousands on treatment and on top of the inconvenience of having to bag up all your clothes, vacuuming everything everywhere, pulling up carpet and baseboards you’re told to throw away your mattress. Why? Let me tell you why, from an expert’s point of view: Pest control companies that spray pesticides know that it is not effective. They know the bed bugs will be spread out from using the pesticides. To make it easier on the exterminator, they tell you to get rid of the items that have the most activity. Most of the time it’s your mattress.  Did you know? No one, including an exterminator from any company, can spray or apply any pesticide to any mattress! It’s Illegal It’s illegal for a very good reason. People all over have been treating their mattresses and have been poisoning themselves and their children. Hospitals have reported an 800% rise in pesticide poisoning for just this reason alone. You don’t want to lay on a bed treated with chemicals that are

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