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!
April 26, 2010 by Jeff · Comments Off on spiders
Control of spiders is obtained not only through pest control but also by keeping homes clean of clutter and harbor areas. Cleaning up spider webs and food sources will help keep numbers down. Pest control will only help keep numbers down, not eliminate every spider.
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.
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
Red Flour Beetle
Red Flour Beetles is red in color. They are 2-4 mm long and larvae are off white. They prefer flour and similar products. Grain, rice, dry pet food, pasta and similar products. Red flour beetles will infest pantries and areas where the food supply is abundant. Control is done by getting rid of infested materials and sealing all other grain products.
Larder beetles are found worldwide and attacks cured meats and other products. They are brown or black and about 5-7mm in size. They have a yellow strip across the back. They attack hides and skins which is main sign of infestation. Larder beetles will bore into wood to and then cover up the entrance hole. The beetles will feed on cheese, dry fish, meats, ham, bacon, hair and feathers just to name a few.
Larder beetles prefer to breed in pantries and other areas with food sources. All infested items should be discarded. Store all other items in sealed containers. Eliminating all sources of infested areas is the only way to combat these beetles.
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.
Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown Recluse spiders are also called fiddle backs. They get the name from their reclusive behavior and fiddle shaped design on their back. Adults are generally about the size of a quarter. They have long legs and hold themselves up high off the ground. Brown recluses are light brown in color. They do not make webs but prefer dark, moist, undisturbed areas like crawlspaces, attics and closets. If provoked, they will bite and it can be painful.
There is no cure for infected areas other than removing skin and areas that are dying. If left alone, infected areas spread all over. Medical attention should be sought if bites are suspected. Outdoors they prefer shingles, unused boxes, woodpiles, or clutter in garages for shelter. Pest control is recommended for houses with these spiders.