October 14, 2010 by Jeff · Comments Off on Bat Eviction – Interview From Hard Hat, High Heels 10/01/10
The ladies over at Hard Hat High Heels had Smart Pest Solutions, on their show other day to talk about critter control and have us show them the Smart Pest Solutions approach. This segment is the first from the show, illustrating the eviction process Smart Pest Solutions takes for bats in a residential location. This a great case study for critter control and demonstrates the care Smart Pest Solutions takes in servicing their clients.
Thanks so much to the Hard Hat High Heels crew for having us on. We look forward to working on more “Dirty Heels” segments in the future!
August 5, 2010 by Jeff · Comments Off on Bats in Your Attic?
Here’s the video and story that ABC-5 ran on Pesky Bats Seeking Shelter in Homes.
Remember, with so many mosquitoes and insects to feast on this time of year, bats follow the food and love the humid air. They don’t need a big opening to find a place of residence in your attic.
July 21, 2010 by Jeff · Comments Off on Bedbug Bag Dropped at Des Moines Armory
“Des Moines officials believe a saboteur most likely left a bag crawling with bedbugs in the hallway of a city office building.”
A nasty delivery to be sure. Bed bugs feed on blood, including the human variety. Unfortunately, though custodians found the bag in the middle of a hallway (suspicious!), they didn’t find it soon enough. and some bugs spread through the building. About 200 people work in the Armory Building.
May 5, 2010 by Jeff · Comments Off on tarantulas
There are about 30 different kinds of tarantulas in the U.S. Most are found in the southern states. The bite of a tarantula is painful but not dangerous. Some species have the ability to shoot hairs as a defense mechanism the hairs can be irritating. Tarantulas build burrows in the ground and then ambush prey. They will feed on any kind of insect or even small rodents.
In Iowa, these are not a realistic pest to have to deal with. If any are found it would be from a released pet or pet shop. Tarantulas are beneficial spiders in areas where they are found. Adults have been reported to live for two years or more
There are several species of bed bugs in the U.S. Florida has a strain called the tropical bed bug. Bat bugs are the same as bed bugs but prefer bats as the main host of feedings. Swallow bugs are usually found in bird nests and around birds. They are slightly smaller and can bits humans. Fumigating attics and wall voids after evicting these animals is an effective way of killing these bugs.
Bat houses are not expensive and can be purchased at outdoor stores. These can give bats more areas to roost and not look for other areas to enter a home. Bats will not attack people but can bite if they are stepped on or handled. Only about 1-5% of bats carry rabies in Iowa.
Fall is a time of migration for many bat species in North America, this is also when large numbers of bats may enter buildings and structures. Bats are looking for safe areas to mate and reproduce. The four main species of bats in Iowa are big brown bat, little brown, northern, and eastern bats. The big brown bat will over winter in attics and walls without migrating.
Bats in Iowa Big Brown Bats, Little Brown Bats, Red Bats, Northern Long Eared Bats, Hoary Bats, Evening Bat, Silver Haired Bat, and Eastern Pipistrelle. Some bats can carry rabies. The state of Illinois has marked an increase in rabies in the last few years (see news blogs). However, rabies should not be a concern of homeowns. Histoplasmosis is another health factor associated with bats. If bats establish a colony in attics or walls excess droppings can contain this spore. Cleaning these droppings and making the spores airborne can cause some respiratory problems. Respirators should be worn at all times when cleaning bat droppings.
Sawtoothed Grain Beetles
The larvae are wormlike and off white. It is one of the most prevalent invaders of grocery stores all over the world. Preferred foods include: macaroni, dry grains, tobacco, nuts and fruit. If discovered, all infested items should be thrown out and other items sealed in containers
Stored Product Pests
These pests can be responsible for damaging up to %10 of the worlds grain and crops every year. There are numerous types of these pests but most are a type of beetle.