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Roaches Steal Your Food Video

Posted by on Thursday, 17 April, 2014

All of us here in Austin know just how revolting and repulsive cockroaches are. These sneaky little buggers creep into our homes in search of shelter from the elements, water, and of course food.

Our food???

Yup, our food… The same food you eat on a regular basis is also food that can be shared with roaches. Unfortunately, you heard me right! You share your food with cockroaches!

Those filthy bugs will steal just about anything they can get. See for yourself:

While this video was good for a little chuckle, it also illustrates an important issue. Cockroaches love sugary, starchy, and otherwise sweet foods… Just like you and me. Unfortunately, these foods are regularly found in our homes; drawing the cockroaches in!

Once in our homes, they begin chowing down on anything that they can find. Foods that are not adequately sealed are going to be the first to go. Once roaches eat your food, they regurgitate it back up, and then dive in once again. Ewwww!

When it comes to sharing your food with roaches, keep in mind that they are notorious for spreading diseases. Bacteria, dysentery, diarrhea, worms; all are spread by roaches as they crawl through the food you ingest.

Don’t let cockroaches steal your food, get professional roach control in Austin today!

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Dangerous Spiders and How to Avoid Them

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

Mike Bonds is the technology director for NYC Pest Pros, a NYC based pest control company that focuses on education, awareness and green sustainability.

There are literally thousands of spider species in North America, all of which are important parts of a healthy ecosystem. While most pose no threat to humans and pets, there are a handful of species that are considered pests and can cause serious health problems or death. Here are some of the most common dangerous spiders and what to do about them.

Widow Spiders

Black Widow Spider

Widow spiders (Latrodectus) are members of the comb-footed spider family and can be identified by their messy, tangled webs. The black widow is the most familiar widow species and is typically found in the American South and Southwest. However, there are also other varieties of the black widow that can be found in Northern states. Two other widow species, the false widow and the brown widow, are also located in many portions of the country.

All but the false widow posses the characteristic hourglass pattern on their undersides. Interestingly, only the females are dangerous. The small, drab-colored males are harmless. That said, any pest control company will tell you that the female widows bite can cause serious problems. These include severe pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches and severe muscle cramps. In small children, the elderly and those with compromised immunity, the bite can be fatal.

Recluses

recluse spider

The most well-known species in this group (Loxosceles) can be identified by the telltale violin pattern on its head, or cephalothorax. These spiders are mainly restricted to the Southern states. However, there are other recluse varieties in many portion of the US that pose little or no threat. True to their name, recluses prefer to stay hidden and aren’t aggressive.

They’re wandering hunters, which means that they don’t spin webs. The danger of these spiders, while real, is dramatically over-blown. It’s common for people to mistake insect bites, MRSA and certain skin conditions as recluse bites, even when these cases occur outside of the spiders’ natural range.

Even if you live in an area where the recluse population is abundant, few actual bites occur. In one case, exterminators found more than 2,000 brown recluses in a family’s home. In the eight years the family had been living there, not a single bite occurred. Even if someone is bitten, the bite doesn’t always result in infection and necrosis. In healthy individuals, little more than time and an ice pack may be all that’s needed.

Hobo Spiders

Female hobo spider

The hobo spider (Tegenaria) is restricted to the Pacific Northwest and is part of the funnel-web family, not to be confused with Australia’s Sydney Funnel Web. They look strikingly similar to the average wolf spider, with the exception that they build and inhabitsheet-like webs with a funnel at the end. There are many other types of funnel-web builders that are harmless, however, so learning to properly distinguish them is important.

Asking a pest control company how to distinguish them is a good start. With hobo spiders, the males are more toxic than females, particularly the subadults. Bite symptoms can include pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, swelling and necrosis.

If these spiders or any of their variants are in your area, it’s important to be cautious. Never put your hands in places you can’t see into, and always wear thick leather gloves when handling wood or debris. Keeping clutter out of corners and eliminating entry points is also recommended. It’s also a good idea to call in a pest control service to spray your home against this pest problem.

Controlling Spiders

It’s best to take preventative measures instead of having to deal with one of these intimidating creatures in person. Avoid having piles of junk or clutter in your house or garage. Never stick your hand into boxes or anywhere where you can not see into the space. These are prime places where spiders take up residence. It’s best advised to not deal with these types of spiders on your own as they are no easy feat for the average homeowner.

Seek out professional help from a local company. If you are dealing with a spider situation in an outdoor garden, there are some excellent eco-friendly pest control techniques that you may employ. Additionally, there is no shortage of excellent resources online where you can find more helpful information on dealing with these dangerous spiders and other pests.

Learn the Truth About Bed Bugs and Make Your Pest Control Efforts More Effective

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014

baby bedbugUnless you’ve personally encountered their presence, you probably don’t know much about the habits of bed bugs and the proper way to exterminate them. Despite the wide outbreak of bed bug infestations in more recent years and the amount of information that has become available, there are still many misconceptions that people have about the little bloodsucking creatures that make it difficult to identify a real bed bug problem and determine how to accurately take care of it. Separating the truth from the inaccuracies will help you be more effective in your bed bug pest control prevention and elimination efforts.

Myth #1: Bed Bugs Can’t Be Seen

There’s no doubt that bed bugs are quite small, but they aren’t completely invisible. As they develop into adults and feed on blood, they grow and darken, making them easier to spot. What actually makes bed bugs hard to detect is their ability to conceal themselves in discreet places. So, don’t come to the conclusion that the critter you’re seeing can’t be a bed bug just because you’ve always thought they weren’t visible to the naked eye.

Myth #2: Exposing Bed Bugs to Extreme Temperatures is the Quickest Way to Kill Them

While it is true that bed bugs die in severe climates, those temperatures are virtually impossible for you to reach on your own. These insects are very resilient, and it would take long periods of exposure to extreme climates before they begin to perish. Simply heating or cooling your home won’t do the job and will just make it intolerable, and possible dangerous, for those in the household. Calling in a pest control professional that has experience with bed bugs is your best chance at disposing of the insects.

bedbug bagMyth #3: Bites Are the Best Way to Know if Bed Bugs Are Present

Bites can definitely be a sign that you are in the company of bed bugs, however, there is also the possibility that you’ve been bitten by a different kind of insect since there is no real distinction in markings. It’s also important to keep in mind that not everyone shows a physical reaction to bed bug bites, so you can’t always rely on the appearance of welts to warn you of an infestation.

Myth #4: A Bed Bug Infestation Means Everything Must Be Disposed Of

It’s common to think that once you’ve discovered bed bugs you must automatically get rid of your mattress, box spring, bedding, couch, etc., but this depends on the seriousness of the infestation and if it’s treated properly. Oftentimes, your furniture can be saved with the help of a pest control professional, but either way, throwing out your things won’t take care of the whole problem without the rest of the residence receiving treatment.

Myth #5: Bed Bugs Only Inhabit Beds and Dirty Living Spaces

Bed bugs are excellent travelers and hiders. This means that they can hitchhike by way of clothing, luggage, etc. into any dwelling, spotless or dirty. They will then proceed to tuck themselves away wherever they see fit (baseboards, carpet, light sockets, behind framed pictures and anywhere other crevice that’s dark and inviting) until it’s time to come out and feed.

Myth #6: Bug Bombs Will Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are resistant to numerous kinds of pesticides, and a DIY bug bomb treatment simply won’t be able to get rid of an infestation. Decluttering, deep cleaning and a professional pest control plan is the most efficient way to thoroughly handle a bed bug situation.

Any evidence of a bed bug problem warrants an immediate call to your pest control professional. The first line of defense against bed bugs is to know the facts about them. Don’t take your chances by trying to manage them on your own.

About the Author:  Tiffany Olson is a professional blogger from California who enjoys writing on home improvement and pest control related topics. In her off time she enjoys travel, making art, and cooking.

Are Your Pets Bringing Fleas And Ticks Into Your Home?

Posted by on Thursday, 16 January, 2014

For homeowners, winter is a welcomed time of year as nuisance bugs seem to take a break from infesting homes. But even with the decrease in insects during the colder months of the year, they can still invade your home, especially if they can find a warm host to survive on.

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For those who own pets, that means there is still a good chance pests can infest your home by attaching themselves to the animals and hitching a free ride inside. The two most common insects that pets carry into homes are fleas and ticks, and although they might not look like much of a threat, the diseases they can transmit to humans and pets says otherwise. If you have taken the necessary precautions to seal your home from invasive pests this winter, make sure you don’t forget about checking your pets each time they come in your home, as well. It could be the difference between a peaceful winter and a costly pest problem.

The Dangers of Fleas and Ticks

Fleas

Fleas are often referred to as a nuisance bug since the saliva from their bites can cause allergic reactions in humans and pets alike. This reaction causes many pets to heavily scratch the infected area, which can lead to rough skin, baldness, and skin infections. However, they can also carry parasites and diseases, including tapeworms, murine typhus, and the bubonic plague. If left untreated, these diseases can lead to serious illness and even death.

Ticks

Ticks carry many dangerous diseases that can be transmitted to both humans and pets, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, and ehrlichiosis. Pets can also pick up the highly contagious fungal infection ringworm which can be transmitted to other animals including humans. Lastly, since ticks suck blood, if your pet is anemic a heavy tick infestation could kill them.

The good news is that the diseases transmitted from fleas and ticks can be treated, but they must be dealt with right away, as they can go from bad to worse in a matter of weeks. If you notice any of the symptoms that your pets are infested, make sure to have them treated as soon as possible to keep them, and your family, safe..

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How They Attach Themselves to Pets

As mentioned above, the cold temperatures of winter usually spell the end of bug problems. But, if these insects can find a warm host, they can survive and even thrive through the winter. For many, this means the pests attach themselves to cats and dogs and feed on their warm blood through the cold winter months. Unfortunately, it is very easy for fleas and ticks to attach themselves to your pets whenever they are outdoors. Even the simple act of walking through thick, tall grass can be enough for these bugs to find a new home on your pet. Once attached, the bugs will hitch a free ride into your home and reproduce at incredible rates. The next thing you know, your home is infested, and you need to have the pests professionally removed.

How to Prevent the Form Entering Your Home

The best way to keep your home free of fleas and ticks this winter is to be proactive in your inspections. Each time your pets return indoors, perform a thorough inspection of their fur to make sure they are clear of bugs. If your pets usually stay within your yard through the winter, you can also prevent these pests by keeping your grass cut low, especially around fences, trees, or other tall plants in your yard. There are also a variety of treatments you can use on your yard that kill and repel the bugs. If you find any signs of fleas or ticks on your cat or dog, make sure to have them removed properly to avoid any harmful effects on your pets.

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Flea and Tick Removal

To remove fleas, there are many over-the-counter treatments you can use, but they are not as effective as those you can have prescribed by a veterinarian. Although they are more expensive, these prescribed treatments are much safer and will give you a better chance at preventing an infestation. Tick removal for pets is a bit trickier. The proper removal is essential in keeping your pet safe. Make sure you remove the entire tick, especially the head, which if left behind can still transmit the disease. Once removed, save the evidence and date in a container. If a tick-borne disease begins to surface in your cat or dog, bring the removed tick to your veterinarian for further instructions.

Winter may mean fewer bugs, but even the least likely of critters can still find sanctuary in your warm home. By proactively inspecting your pets for fleas and ticks, you can help prevent an infestation from occurring within your home. Remember that if these bugs do find a way in your home this winter, their prompt removal is of the utmost importance. With the deadly diseases that fleas and ticks can transmit to humans and pets alike, it is better to be safe than sorry this upcoming winter.

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Daniel Mackie, co-owner of Greenleaf Pest Control, is a Toronto pest control expert well-known as an industry go-to guy, an innovator of safe, effective pest control solutions, and is a regular guest on HGTV. Mackie, along with business partner Sandy Costa, were the first pest control professionals in Canada to use detection dogs and thermal remediation for the successful eradication of bed bugs. In his free time, he is an avid gardener.

Experts Predict Rising Bed Bug Cases in 2014 Nationwide

Posted by on Tuesday, 14 January, 2014

Bed bugs infestations are reaching epidemic proportions with no end currently in sight. Rather than reaching their apex, bed bug numbers are increasing yearly with the rise expected to continue for 2014.

In 2013, Chicago was determined to be the number one city having bed bug problems, with cities such as Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver, Cincinnati, and Columbus following. Bed bugs mainly gain media attention when multiple-unit dwellings and other public areas are affected but infestations can be found in single family home units as well.

bedbugs invadeEarly Bed Bug Surges

While bed bug infestations began around 2004 according to experts, news stories regarding these annoying critters didn’t begin until 2010. This is the year that buildings with multiple units, such as apartment complexes, began having substantial issues with controlling bed bug populations. Since then, these little bugs have made headlines on a consistent basis due to their resilience and ability to spread quickly. Public areas such as schools, libraries, department stores, and even public transportation can experience problems with huge bed bug populations.

The 2013 the Bugs without Borders Survey, conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), had confirmed that bed bug infestations were encountered in condos or apartments by 98 percent of pest management companies, and increase from 90 percent in 2011.

While these critters had been nearly unnoticed in prior years, world wide travel has shown an increase in populations in the U.S from countries where bed bug populations had not been controlled. These tiny insects travel in personal property items, easily going from place to place via luggage, boxes, shoes, pant hems and any other little hiding place they can make their way into. Resistance to common pesticides has made bed bug populations grow and spread quickly from place to place within the U.S. Experts in Entomology and the pest control industry have voiced their opinions on the rising bed bug levels and what it means for the country as a whole.

Dini Miller, Ph. D., Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech said “Bed bugs have been a hot topic in the news during the past several years; especially when a new geographical area is infested or bed bugs are discovered in public places such as hotels or shopping centers. Unfortunately, people have become desensitized to the issue, leading them to believe the risk has decreased, but the issue is actually greater than before.”

Michael Bonds of Organic Pest Control NYC said “For the most part, bed bug levels are rising. In addition to this reality, we’ve found many of the individuals and businesses that we serve have developed a higher threshold of tolerance for these pests, which actually compounds the problem. This is a dangerous combination, as people are essentially enabling these populations to spread by feeling like there is no way to win the war against them. In cities like Chicago and New York, where residents are living more densely, this acceptance of bed bugs is becoming more common. The public needs to educate themselves on the risks of bed bugs to prevent infestations. We try to educate our customers on all fronts regarding bed bug prevention.”

bedbugUnderstanding Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are hard to control due to resilience to common pesticides, their ability to travel, and reproductive habits. Bed bugs typically reproduce several times over the course of a year, or even daily, with females laying hundreds of eggs over their lifetimes, which can be as long as 9 months time if the conditions are right. Bed bugs can travel in any item they can find a hiding place, such as luggage, boxes, shoes, used furniture, and all types of clothing. These tiny creatures can withstand a wide range of temperatures, even surviving negative degree temperatures for several days. Adult bed bugs can live for several months without feeding.

Those who have detected bed bug infestations in their homes experience a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety from the situation. The amount of work and cost associated with eradication is enough stress in and of itself. However, the added stigma that is commonly associated with those who have a bed bug infestation adds to the problem. Bed bugs are not caused by lack of cleanliness or any wrongdoing on the part of those unfortunate enough to develop a bed bug issue but rather the misfortune of bringing bed bugs from another location or living close to another infested area.

Locating Bed Bug Populations

The bite of a bed bug typically goes unnoticed so detection is not always easy. The first place to begin is areas such as mattresses, bed rails, headboards, and bedding since these resilient pests often reside near where they feed. Check in folds, seams, and creases for tiny white elongated eggs, nymphs, shed skins, adult bed bugs, tiny blood smears on sheets from bites, as well as patches of tiny dark brown to black dots of bed bug waste. However, bed bugs can travel over a large area quickly so populations may occur in nightstands, dressers, wallpaper, and other small hiding places within a room. These critters can also hide in electrical sockets and have been known to populate inside of electronics such as laptops and radios that sit near beds or couches.

If bed bugs have been detected in the home, it is important to have the population eradicated as quickly as possible to prevent further spreading. It is best to consult professional pest control services in your area in addition to home control methods. Special heat treatments and vacuuming can help eradicate these nuisance insects when combined with professional treatment methods.

It is important to be able to detect bed bugs and their presence at home and in public areas to prevent bringing them into the home in the first place. There are special products that can detect the early presence of these creatures. Use of encasements for both mattresses and box springs can go a long way in preventing bed bug infestations.

Is That A Hoof On My Roof?

Posted by on Friday, 20 December, 2013

squirrelThe brisk weather of fall and winter is approaching, and it’s time for everyone to prepare for the harsh months ahead. Just as human prepare for the cold wind and snow, animals also prepare food and warm shelter to survive through fall and winter. However, there are animals that decide to take shelter in an inhabited home during fall and winter to take advantage of the warmth and strong protection from the elements. While it may be paradise for them, it can be a nightmare for the homeowner. To keep pests out of your home this winter, follow these helpful tips.

Snakes

Snakes are not very fond of the cold. They prefer warm and cozy areas to curl up in. That is why snakes are a common pest found in homes during fall and winter. While not all snakes are venomous or constrictors, they can still be uncomfortable to live with.

To keep snakes away, do a thorough check on the outside of your home for any holes or cracks that a snake could slither through. This includes ventilation ducts, utility pipes and dryer vents. Remember, snakes can be incredibly small and they’re all very flexible. Even a tiny hole could be big enough for a snake to get through. It’s also a good idea to check higher up on the walls in case there are any access points such as trees or poles near the wall.

You can also put down some snake repellent around the perimeter of your house right before or during fall to keep snakes away.

Rats

Similarly to snakes, rats make their way into houses through small openings in the house. However, rats can be even more flexible than snakes and they’re better climbers. They can make their way into openings as small as a penny. You’ll need to be even more vigilant in finding access points when trying to keep rats out.

One of the main issues with rats is that they frequently make their way into the living quarters instead of staying in hiding like a snake. It may be impossible to keep rats out completely since there are so many ways rats can get in, but you can rat-proof the interior of your home by putting wire mesh over any openings in the wall such as holes around pipes or cables, putting all food in sealed plastic containers and placing rat repellent around and within your home. If you plan on putting chemical repellent in your home, remember to keep it away from pets, children and food.

Squirrels

Squirrels are a slightly different matter because they store their food supply for the winter in the place that they intend on inhabiting for the season. If their food supply is already in the home, keeping them out can be very difficult. In addition, all homeowners must realize that keeping a squirrel away from their food during winter can quickly lead to the squirrel’s death.

For a more humane method, it’s best to prepare during mid to late summer while the squirrels are preparing to store food. Squirrels frequently access houses by jumping from nearby branches and entering through high access points. Since blocking off high access points may be impossible, it’s best to work from the ground up. Wrap a two-foot wide piece of sheet metal around the trunks of the trees that are close to your house. The metal should be secured about eight feet off of the ground to keep them from avoiding it.

If these methods fail, you can also purchase traps to capture most pests in your home. Glue traps are popular since they are fairly humane and they can catch practically any pest. If you’re not comfortable dealing with a live animal in a trap, you can call an exterminator or a wildlife rescue specialist to release the animal for you.

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Austin blogger, Peter Wendt, recently contacted his Austin roofing contractor for information about how to keep critters out of his attic this winter. All he wants to hear up there is Santa’s sleigh landing!

Identifying Termites in Your Home

Posted by on Wednesday, 18 December, 2013

TermitesThe last thing we want as homeowners are termites eating our investment. Have you noticed any signs of termite damage around your property? Is there a chance termites are chewing on the wood that holds up your home? These are great questions that we in the pest control industry struggle to answer on a routine basis.

Identifying termites isn’t an easy task. They live most of their lives tucked behind the walls of homes and they’re perfectly comfortable remaining there for many years.  First let’s take a quick look at the types of termites:

Types of Termites

One group of termites is what we call subterranean termites. These are termites that are typically associated with your Northern states. Subterranean termites make colonies in the ground outside of the home. They make their way to the wood structure of the home through underground tunnels and return back to the colony once they’re done eating.

Another group of termites are the drywood termites. These termites actually make their colonies inside the walls of the house. Because these termites don’t have a need to leave the home, it’s often very difficult to suspect termite damage.

Dampwood termites love to make their home in damp wood, whether it’s in rotten logs or sections of your home that are subjected to flooding. Such termites are common on the Pacific Coast as well as Southern Florida.

termite damageHow to Identify Termites

One of the most common ways people find out they have termites in their house are by seeing what we call swarmer’s. Termites will try to reproduce and spread their colonies. Those that have wings, or swarmers, will be flying around the home in search of a new beginning. If you notice them flying around your home there is a chance you have termites.

Another way to determine if you have termites is through detection systems. Pest control companies can install baiting systems around the house that will indicate the existence of termites. Some baiting systems have wood and if there is any indication of chewed wood, termites are likely to blame.

Subterranean termites leave their mark by creating mud tubes along the exterior of the home. If you notice dried up mud tubes outside your home you may want to have it tested for termites. Other types of termites make small holes where they enter and dump out fecal matter.

It’s always best to leave the detection of termites to the professionals. It’s important to understand the signs of termite damage, but don’t attempt to make your own judgment or get rid of the termites on your own. There are very strong chemicals on the market for removing termites and it’s safest to leave the job up to the professionals.

In many cases termite removal requires leaving the home for a few days. When the fumigation approach is taken, professionals spray poison throughout the home and then place tarps over it to seal it. Homeowners are allowed to return to the home once the toxins have fully settled.

Reach out to a local pest control company to determine the best approach for removing termites from your home.

6 Natural Ways To Exterminate Ants In The Home

Posted by on Tuesday, 10 December, 2013

Ants are a real nuisance. Watching millions of the little creatures painstakingly crawl up the kitchen table leg may be fascinating to a six year old, but it isn’t very pleasant when you find them inside the cereal boxes first thing in the morning. It can also be unpleasant when they come swarming out of the floorboards on a warm summer day. So how can you persuade your ants to move out and leave you in peace?

Invisible Ant Trails

In order to get rid of ants permanently, you need to understand how ants work. Their movements around your home and backyard might look random, but ants never do anything randomly. Ants are super organised and they operate with military precision at all times. When ants find a food source, they leave a scent trail to show other ants in the colony where to go. The only way to prevent ants from repeatedly coming back to the same place, again and again, is to destroy the ant scent trails.

Destroy the Heart of the Beast

Disrupting ant scent trails will deter ants from coming back to the same places to feed, but it won’t kill the ants themselves. The best way to exterminate ants is to destroy the nest, and the most efficient way of achieving this is to infect the worker ants with a poisonous substance. The idea here is that these hapless workers will carry the poison back to the nest and destroy the rest of the ants.

Natural Methods for Ridding Your Home of Ants

Vinegar – Mix a half and half solution of white vinegar and water and use it to wipe down areas where ants are known to inhabit. The solution will obliterate any ant trails in the vicinity, plus the smell will act as a deterrent.

NutraSweet or Aspartame – Ants are attracted to the sweetness of artificial sweeteners, so sprinkle some of the powder anywhere they frequent and the workers will carry it back to the nest. Artificial sweeteners are deadly neurotoxins and can easily destroy an ant nest. Probably a good idea to give that some thought the next time you use it to sweeten your coffee.

Borax and honey – Mix borax with something sweet such as honey (or jam), spread it around, and wait for the ants to feed from it. Borax is very effective at killing ants, but be careful if you have household pets because it won’t do them much good either.

Chalk – Ants hate chalk, or rather they hate the calcium carbonate in the chalk. Grind up some chalks and create a barrier around the places where ants normally enter the house. The ants won’t cross the chalk barrier, so you will be free.

Lemons – Ants hate the smell of lemon, which makes lemons a great natural ant deterrent. Squeeze lemon juice over the places where ants frequent and you should find it repels them very effectively.

Ant control DIY methods are often very successful at repelling ants, but remember that the only way to cure the problem once and for all is to destroy the queen inside the nest.

This article has been authored by Brian Harris. Brian is an intern at Innovative Care of the Environment Inc., a company providing pest control services in Burlington. Brian likes to read or play tennis in his spare time.

Top 3 Pests In Austin

Posted by on Monday, 18 November, 2013

Austin, TX is such a diverse and eclectic city. Along with the diversity of Austin residents is a diverse selection of pests. I recently had the opportunity to sit down for a few minutes with a Bulwark Exterminating professional, who services the city of Austin. Among the topics I was most interested in, was “What are the top three pests you gets calls on?”

These are the top three pests in Austin, TX:

3. Roaches

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There’s no escaping it… roaches are as much of a staple in Texas as good barbecue and the Dallas Cowboys. This is quite unfortunate, because cockroaches are known to spread some 33 different types of bacteria, seven types of human disease, and even six different kinds of parasitic worms. They are definitely not something you want scurrying around your house and around your family. I guess this is why they are the number three called about pest in Austin… Well, this and their sheer numbers! Cockroaches are very hardy and multiply fast. If you are starting to see a few inside your home, it’s time to worry. A few roaches can become a thousand-roach infestation before you know it. When you start seeing roaches in your home, make sure you get professional Austin roach control!

2. Scorpions

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It should come to no shock to anybody that scorpions made the list of top pests in Austin. People are willing to deal with a few crickets, or black ants that come wandering into their home, but a few scorpions… Forget about it! People are not only disgusted by scorpions, they are down right afraid of them. This fear stems from the painful stings they inflict. Scorpions are nocturnal, so encounters usually happen during the middle of the night, or early morning, when you get up to use the bathroom. It never fails; Bulwark reportedly gets a call almost every morning at 8:00 sharp from somebody who found a scorpion the night before. To avoid stepping on a scorpion as you get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, it’s best to control their population with an Austin scorpion exterminator.

1. Fire Ants

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I remember hearing at one point that ants in general are the most common pests in the United States, so it comes as no surprise that Fire ants are the number one pest in Austin. A reported 20 million people are stung by Fire ants every year in the United States, and it seem like Texas is the epicenter of all the Fire ant activity. Some 42 percent of people in Austin have reported being stung by a Fire ant. These painful stings have given this ant quite the reputation; so much in fact that many people call in at the sight of any ant that even resembles the brownish-red color of the Fire ant. Bulwark admittedly reports that not every Fire ant call they get turns out to be an actual Fire ant; but Austin residents are sure are calling in about them. If you are seeing Fire ants, or their huge mounds, on your property; get professional Austin Fire ant control!

Austin Pest Control

If you are seeing roaches, scorpions, Fire ants, or any other type of pest in or around your Austin home, it’s time to call an Austin exterminator!

Bulwark Exterminating
209 East Ben White Boulevard
Austin, TX
(512) 291-1200
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
A Wildlife Pro
3803 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 914-7287
austintxanimalcontrol.com
 
Terminix
1905 Kramer Lane,
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 236-5008
terminix.com
 

DIY Solution Probably Won’t Kill Your Bed Bugs

Posted by on Tuesday, 5 November, 2013

Bed Bug IllustrationBed bugs were an epidemic before World War II; however, a pesticide called DDT eliminated most. Things have been peaceful until recent times. Now, due to foreign travels, they have infested thousands of homes. Bed bugs are in clean environments as well as filthy environments. As long as there is a host, they are satisfied. If you suspect you have the annoying little bed bugs in your home, a do it yourself (DIY) solution probably won’t kill your bed bugs. A popular solution is having a bed bug dog inspect your home and a professional extermination company like Bed Bug Finders, LLC.

Chemical and Non-Chemical Solutions

Over the counter solutions are found ineffective on bed bugs. Consider the prior pesticide, DDT. It was banned in 1972 because of the harmful effects it had on birds and the environment. There were cases of medical and neurological disorders towards humans. So, over the counter solutions can’t contain the amount of chemical lethal dosage that is needed to kill bed bugs. You would need three to four treatments to see results, and they may not last.

Bed Bug Resistance to Pesticides

Bed bugs are thought to have been around for centuries, possibly in the eras of the caveman, feeding off them. So if they have lasted and evolved through so much, surely any chemical produced they can resist that as well. Remember, DDT eliminated, most, not all bed bugs.

Their Living Environments

First, the notion that bed bugs only live in your mattress is false. Bed bugs can live in headboards, the baseboard of your floors, picture frames, in your couch crevices, in electrical switch plates, generally if they can fit, they can hide. If you can slip your credit card through there, a bed bug can fit.

Their Nests

Another problem with DIY solutions is their babies. A female bed bug can lay one to five eggs a day, producing up to 500 eggs in their life. The outer eggshell protects the babies from pesticides. So even if you were able to kill all adults, the babies would survive and appear again. Therefore, with all these hiding places, it’s impossible for you to see every nest.

Benefits of a Professional

So with these horror stories, what can be done to find and treat your problem? To seek out bed bugs and their nests, a bed bug dog is a part of a trained canine service team. Their training is specific to hunting down bed bugs and their eggs. A bed bug dog is highly trained and can spot most of the critters with 96% accuracy. A canine service team will first inspect your home to verify if you in fact have bed bugs. Then, you will receive a treatment. The most popular treatment currently is bed bug heat treatment. This treatment heats your home between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, killing bed bugs in their tracks. The canine team will inspect your home two weeks later to verify they are gone.

Faith Stewart