Bat Eviction – Interview From Hard Hat, High Heels 10/01/10

October 14, 2010 by · 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!

Ticks

February 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Ticks

American Dog Tick

This tick gets the name because its favorite host is dogs however, it will feed on humans and other mammals. It is found all over the U.S. except the rocky mountains. Dog ticks are known to carry spotted fever and tularemia they can also cause tick paralysis. They are about 5mm long and attach to skin usually under hair or fur but this is not a requirement. Over a month period, females can lay up to 6,000 eggs!

Many people think that ticks drop out of trees but the truth is that ticks prefer tall grass and bushes. They cling to grass and branches along routes frequented by animals and then attach when the animal walks by. If the tick attaches to a human, it needs to be removed as quickly as possible. If ticks stay attached for 5-6 days they can even cause death. Forceps should be used to remove ticks to prevent the spread of disease. They generally do not survive well indoors and are usually carried in by dogs and other pets. Adults are mostly active at the start of spring April-June then drop off in numbers until around September depending on weather conditions.

Ticks are attracted to animal scents, which is why they congregate along trails and pathways. Grass should be cut and other debris removed in areas frequented by people. Always wear long pants, socks and hats when in the woods or grass. Pets should be given frontline or similar products to kill ticks. They can still attach when these products are used but will die after feeding on the animal. Repellants can be used on people to keep high numbers of ticks from attaching. The main key to keeping numbers low on personal property is to keep grass and other vegetation cut and maintained. Pets should be checked when coming indoors to keep ticks from dropping off in homes. Eliminating rodents and other animals around homes is also helpful. Regular spraying of insecticides will work for reducing large numbers of ticks.