Possible Signs of Bed Bugs

Possible Signs of Bed Bugs

The following are common signs of bed bugs and can be symptoms of a possible infestation
• Small red to reddish brown fecal spots on mattresses, upholstery or walls
• Molt bed bug skins, their white, sticky eggs or empty eggshells
• Very heavily infested areas may have a characteristically sweet odor
• Red, itchy bite marks, especially on the legs, arms and other body parts exposed while sleeping

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Wildlife Control Services

Below are some of the most common wild animals that may try to gain access to homes in the coming months.

Opossums – The opossum is the only marsupial found in North America. Opossums occasionally den in attics and garages where they may make a messy nest. They are also known to bare their sharp teeth and hiss when threatened, and in rare cases may bite.

Raccoons – Raccoons are rarely seen during the day due to their nocturnal habits. They can cause significant damage to roofs and chimneys while searching for places to build their dens in preparation for the winter months. Raccoons are one of the major hosts of rabies in the United States.

Squirrels – During the colder months, squirrels are known for invading homes in search of a place to keep warm. Fortunately, squirrels rarely pose a threat to homeowners, but they can damage electrical wires and telephone lines outdoors.

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Flies, get out and say ‘Goodbye’

Flies, get out and say ‘Goodbye’

Nobody likes flies, they’re a pest and have all kinds of germs. So how do you go about keeping them out of your house when they just seem to pop up?

This season of flies is the worst thus far, said Dr Paul Craddock, operations manager at Flybusters Antiants in the article for stuff.co.nz

The reason for the worse season of flies is the damp weather provides ideal conditions for flies as the weather warms up. Breeding grounds are in abundance. It doesn’t help that they breed faster when it’s warmer.

Also, it may be why it’s harder to kill them with bug spray when it’s warm out. Their metabolism is faster and they excrete toxins, extending their death, so to speak when sprayed, if they die that is. Stubborn bugs.

So while you are trying to get your bug spray to work, they do laps around the living room trying to find their next meal. They only have two jobs to do after all, eat and mate. They’re not too complicated.

The question then is how to get rid of them when they just won’t go?

Craddock said it takes a series of steps for your fly problem to go away. Here they are.

First, you gotta get a hold on all things smelly and rubbish. So do your dirty laundry and take the trash out. Don’t leave any sort of waste out to tempt them.

Then, turn on the fans because flies hate getting blown around in the air just like you would if you had to walk home in a sandstorm. Here, you can just open the door and out they go in fan wind.

Next, get a bug spray that is guaranteed to work. Natural variety don’t have a strong residues and therefore probably won’t kill the flies, and the auto dispensers are effective but the chemicals would just get blown out with an open window or door, making all in vain.

Probably best to just bomb the house for a bit and leave it to do its work then come back in an hour then.

Lastly, just get fly screens. It might not look nice or aesthetically pleasing but neither are flies. Plus, you can open your doors and windows without worrying about them coming in.

But there are other methods as well that you can use. Take a look around and see you find.


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Smart Pigeons

Smart Pigeons

Over the years, pigeons have become a common sight in American neighborhoods, parks and crowded urban areas. They have been called rats with wings as they live off discarded food and birdseed provided by humans. The typical blue-gray bird with dark wing bars is often seen in flocks with plain, spotted, pale, or rusty-red birds. They came to North America from Europe in the early 17 century. City pigeons nest on buildings and window ledges. In the countryside they also nest in barns and grain towers, under bridges and on natural cliffs. And while pigeons are common and have become a part of the American landscape, they’ve never been accused of being intelligent until now.

According to Ed Wasserman, professor of psychology at the University of Iowa and co-author of a new study, pigeons can categorize and name natural and artificial objects. The birds categorized 128 photographs into 16 categories. The findings of the study suggest a similarity between how pigeons learn the equivalent of words and the way children do.

“Unlike prior attempts to teach words to primates, dogs, and parrots, we used neither elaborate shaping methods nor social cues,” Wasserman says of the study, which appears online in the journal Cognition. “And our pigeons were trained on all 16 categories simultaneously, a much closer analog of how children learn words and categories.”

For Wasserman, who has been studying animal intelligence for decades, this latest finding is further proof that animals—whether primates, birds, or dogs—are smarter than once presumed and have more to teach scientists. “It is certainly no simple task to investigate animal cognition; But, as our methods have improved, so too have our understanding and appreciation of animal intelligence,” Wasserman says.

He goes on to add that, “Differences between humans and animals must indeed exist: many are already known. But, they may be outnumbered by similarities. Our research on categorization in pigeons suggests that those similarities may even extend to how children learn words.”




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Ants in Australia

Ants in Australia

In Australia, searing temperatures drive armies of ants indoors along the coast from Cape York to South Australia.

Author of Garden Pests, Diseases and Good Bugs, Denis Crawford, says ant infiltrations are a common problem in the summer months. “Overly wet ground can certainly drive ants that nest underground to look for somewhere dry to re-establish their colony,” he says. “Houses, if they’re nearby, are as good as anywhere and sheds and so forth and even inside caravans. Generally they need a food source, so that’s one of the ways you can control them.”

“In the south they tend to be escaping dry weather and looking for moisture and food, but in ase (in northern New South Wales) they’re probably looking for drier areas and looking for food.” Generally ants are searching for sweet foods. The first step people can take to deter ants is to put sugary items in the refrigerator.

“We had them at my place last year and they were making a trail from the window coming through the tiniest gap you couldn’t see and straight across the wall to the cupboard where the maple syrup was, and the jams, the honey and all the rest of it. ” Crawford recalls. “In the end we removed the food and put it in the fridge.”

Another step to deter recurring invasions is to clean up their trails. “They [ants] tend to come in  line,” Crawford says. “And if you wash that off once the ants have disappeared they tend not to be able to find their way back again because ants leave chemical trails. They leave a marker on the ground saying ‘food this way’ and if you clean that up, even if they come back, they’ll be quite confused.”

Crawford says the best solutions to clean the trails with are vinegar or lemon juice mixed with water. “They hate citric acid,” he says. “Anything that’s a little bit acidic, if you use that to wash those away, they would hate to come back across that again because of the smell.” Once the ants are out, Crawford stresses the importance of closing off the gaps where they’ve entered. “Seal the house as much as possible, you will go crazy if you try to block off 1mm holes everywhere, but do the best you can.”




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Pest Prevention Tips from the Experts

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent pests from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Pests often take up residence in wood piles and can easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.
  • Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the floor.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Extra attention should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
  • Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
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Common Bed Bug Questions

What do bedbugs look like?

They are brown, about a quarter of an inch in diameter, and look like an apple seed or a lentil.

Has there really been a resurgence in bedbugs in the U.S. and how do you know?

There HAS been an increase in bedbug infestations. Pest control companies who received 1 or 2 bedbug calls a year are now reporting 1 to 2 each week. According to 2010 research conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, 95% of pest control companies report encountering a bed bug infestation in the past year. Prior to 2000, only 25% of pest control companies surveyed had encountered a bed bug infestation.

In addition, another survey by NPMA found that one in five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.

Where have you been finding the bedbugs?

These pests are not limited to any one specific type of environment. Pest control companies have been reporting infestations in both single and multi-family housing, apartments, hotels, hospitals, college dormitories, public transportation, laundry facilities and even movie theaters.

What states have been affected?

Pest control companies have reported bed bug activity on a national scale. Bedbugs are being found from the East to the West Coast; and everywhere in between. Every state has reported bedbug infestations.

Why are bedbugs so hard to treat?

Bedbugs should NOT be equated with filth or sanitation problems — in hotels or in homes, for that matter. Bedbugs are VERY elusive, transient and nocturnal pests. They are often found in other areas besides the bed, and they are hardy. They can live for a year or more without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bedbugs CAN be controlled with vigilance, constant inspection and treatment by professional pest control companies.

What can a consumer do to protect themselves from bedbug infestations?

To prevent bedbug infestations, consumers need to be vigilant in assessing their surroundings. When returning from a trip, check your luggage and clothing. If you think you may have a bedbug infestation, contact a pest control professional. This is not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.

Why are bedbugs an issue for hotels, visitors, and homeowners?

Bedbugs leave itchy, bloody welts on human skin. Adult bedbugs can live for a year without eating, making them especially hard to control. Once inside a hotel or home, bedbugs spread rapidly from room to room – through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing and luggage. In a hotel, bedbugs can even spread to neighboring rooms, since guests are may end up moving to another room.

Are bedbugs just in beds?

Bedbugs are not just in beds. They can be in chair cushions, sofas, behind electrical outlets, cracks and crevices around baseboards, or even behind picture frames. In other words, they can live pretty much anywhere.

How does one control bedbugs?

Any effective bedbug control strategy should start with a careful, thorough inspection by a pest control professional of all known and suspected spots where the bugs may be harboring. This is not a pest that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures. As they are discovered, the pest control professional will develop a treatment and control strategy with the customer depending on the extent of the infestation.


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