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!

Crickets

February 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

General Insects

House Crickets

House crickets are found throughout the U.S. and are about ¾ of an inch long. Light brown in color they feed on fabric and can create damage in homes. Sometimes they will chew on screens of windows and doors creating holes where other pests will enter. They will also feed on clothing, carpet and wool products.

            Control can be accomplished by keeping yards mowed and garbage picked up. Spraying on a regular basis can be effective but needs to be done every few months to keep numbers down. Crack and crevice treatments inside homes are also necessary.

Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are found throughout the U.S and the world. They carry numerous diseases including: West nile virus, malaria, dengue and yellow fever just to name a few. Some species found in the U.S are yellow fever mosquito, tiger, floodwater, northern house, southern house, and eastern mosquitoes. Eggs are laid on stagnant or slow moving water and develop into adults. Eggs develop in just a few days.

            There are several different tactics homeowners can use to keep mosquitoe numbers down in the summer. Gutters and eaves on homes should be cleared of standing water and debris. Bird baths also offer water that is perfect for eggs and young. Spraying and fogging can be done on a regular basis to keep adult numbers in check. Adults like to congregate on leaves and bushes during the day so these are great areas to spray. Standing water in the yard or anywhere around the home should be removed. Many city and state governments will fog neighborhoods on a regular basis especially in areas with creeks and ponds. Citronella candles can also help keep mosquitoes at bay. Proper screens and exclusion practices can be used to keep mosquitoes out of homes. Use proper clothing at night along with a repellant when going outside.

Deer and Horse Flies

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Deer and Horse Flies

 

Of course, these flies get the name because they like to feed on deer and horses. They inhabit most of the U.S. usually around water and livestock. Deer flies can feed off many different mammals including humans. Adults can reach large sizes up to an inch long. Eggs can be laid in numbers ranging from 100-1000. Deer flies can carry disease including tularemia that is transmitted from rabbits and other rodents. It is thought that they can travel for over 30 miles to a feeding site.

            Control is not practical but humans can wear protective clothing or netting if they are a huge problem. Repellants can be used to keep flies from landing on skin and clothing. Proper screens can be used to keep flies from entering homes and porches

Bed Bugs

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one of the most intimidating pests around. They can create a fear in humans unmatched by any other insect. In 2004, it is estimated that in the U.S. they had increased in number by 500% compared to the preceding 3 years. The increase is due to more than one factor including; integrated pest management (not using chemicals) in many areas, resistance to chemicals, increased visitation from foreign countries, and incorrect identification of the insects by physicians which allows the infestations to increase to huge levels. Bed bugs were almost unheard of in the U.S.  Until the 1990’s when they made a huge comeback.

Female bed bugs lay 1-5 eggs per day up to about 500 when they will die. Bed bugs need human blood for survival but can also feed on pets if humans are not available. They prefer exposed skin and will feed for 3-5 minutes when people are sleeping. This is one of the reasons they can be such a psychological problem. Some people may develop an allergic reaction to the bites, having a welt that looks like a mosquito bite. Others may show no signs whatsoever. They have been known to carry up to 25 different disease organisms but there is no proof that they transfer diseases as of yet. The bites usually only itch or become slight welts.

Bed Bugs can “hitch hike” very easily from one place to another, by getting into bags and luggage. The bugs only require the thickness of a credit card to hide or reproduce so many cracks and crevices become the main areas of infestation. Headboards, mattresses, box springs, couches, and other furniture are the primary areas due to humans sleeping and becoming easy, close targets. When infestations grow in numbers, other areas become infested such as: pictures, light sockets, wallpaper, curtains and even ceilings along the wall. Hotels and Motels can become heavily infested when the bugs transfer from room to room. Homeowners can transfer the bed bugs to their personal residence with luggage and clothing after staying in infested hotels. Hospitals can also become infested.

Clues to having bed bugs will include: reddish stains on bedding which is the blood they feed on, bites on the body after sleeping, they can also release a unique odor when numbers are high. At this point, it is time to treat the entire area.

Treatments can be time consuming and require multiple trips to ensure the death of all bugs. Any clothing, toys, stuffed animals or linens that can be washed and dried on high heat is required. Dusts and sprays can then be used on cracks, crevices, wall voids, light sockets, seams in carpet and furniture, and underneath mattresses. Headboards and mattresses that are heavily infested should be thrown away if possible. Some companies are now using dogs to detect infestations as well as high heat treatments. Many treatments are very expensive. There does not appear to be an end to bed bugs in the near future.

brownbanded cockroaches

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Brownbanded Cockroach

These roaches look similar to brown roaches but have a band that run across the wings of the adults. They are found throughout the U.S. Size is usually about one half inch long. Brownbanded roaches are found throughout structures but prefer warmer areas around lights and heaters. Normal residual spraying is an effective means of control