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Signs of Bed Bugs

Now that the summer travel season is here, millions of Americans will take to the roads to seek out vacation destinations. As we mentioned in our last blog, nothing can ruin a vacation like an infestation of bed bugs or worse yet bed bugs hitching a ride back to your home!  Having a little information about how to identify these pests can mean the difference between a relaxing vacation or a stress filled one!

 

Appearance – Knowing what to look for is the first step in identifying and controlling these pests. There are many bugs that look like bed bugs so an accurate identification is a critical first step. You may actually spot these pests in and around beds by using a flashlight at night, since they tend to be night feeders.

  • The adult are about the size of an apple seed, long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently).
  • Young nymphs are smaller, translucent or whitish-yellow in color; and if not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye.
  • Bed bug eggs are tiny, the size of a pinhead and pearl-white in color.

 

Signs there may be bed bugs include:

  • Red Itchy Bites – The appearance of flat, red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters is a key sign of bed bugs on humans. Bed bugs can also leave their bites in straight rows and, while they don’t spread diseases to humans, their bites are quite irritating and scratching them can lead to bleeding and infection.
  • An Odor – Bed bugs have a scent that can be quite strong. Many people describe it as musty.
  • Blood Stains – Other than the obvious sighting of bed bugs along the edges of mattresses, chairs, upholstery and other furnishings, the best way to spot an infestation is the appearance of blood stains. These stains resemble small rust spots.

 

If you suspect a bed bug infestation call Pest-End Exterminators for a complete solution!  

 


Bed Bug Awareness

As we enter peak travel and vacation season for Americans, we thought it would be a good time to remind our readers about bed bug awareness. Bed bugs are continuing to be a huge problem across our nation, and unfortunately at some favorite vacation spots both in and out of the states. With the summer travel season upon us here are a few tips to remain aware and not bring these nasty pests home with you.

 

  • At Hotels or Timeshares – Pull back sheets and inspect mattress seams, for telltale bed bug stains or skins. Inspect the entire room before unpacking, including sofas and chairs and behind the headboard. Notify management of anything suspect and change rooms or establishments immediately.
  • Suitcases – Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during your stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there. Do not put them on the floor in your hotel but rather on top of a dresser or on a luggage stand.
  • Wash – Upon returning home from vacation take clothes to the laundromat or dry on high heat to kill the pests before bringing them into your home. Vacuum suitcases before storing them to be sure no hitchhikers came home from vacation with you!
  • Research Hotels or Vacation Spots – Use the internet to search for the most recent sightings of bed bugs. They are usually reported and book your accommodations using those guidelines.
  • Follow Guidelines – Read this article on the EPA guidelines for American travel EPA Guidelines

 

Travel safe and enjoy your vacation!

 

Please visit back next week when we discuss the signs of a bed bug infestation.


Bed Bugs Update 2017

Bed Bugs are reaching epidemic levels in Europe and the same is expected in the United States in the not too distant future according to the Centers for Disease Control. There has been a three-fold surge in the amount of bed bugs across the nation and in Europe. This may be explained due to improved inspection processes but it can also be explained in another, more alarming way. The rise of bedbugs in the last few decades may be due in large part to the their ability to resist insecticides used against them.

 

A new study published in The Journal of Economic Entomology, found that bedbugs are showing a lower susceptibility to two common pesticides containing chlorfenapyr or bifenthrin. Researchers tested 10 populations of bedbugs from across the country. As a control, researchers used a bedbug strain known to be susceptible to the insecticides being tested. The researchers examined how much insecticide it took to kill each strain of bedbug and how long it took for the bedbugs to die after they were exposed. They found that the concentration needed to kill one of the test populations was higher than for the control group. The control bedbugs died seven days after exposure to chlorfenapyr and three days after exposure to bifenthrin. But it took more than seven days to kill the 10 test populations of bedbugs when they were exposed to chlorfenapyr, and it took more than three days to kill all the test populations when exposed to bifenthrin.

 

Due to these findings experts are suggesting methods that Pest-End Exterminators have been doing for years – a multi-pronged approach to ridding your home, apartment or other area of bed bugs. This means using physical, mechanical and cultural control measures. Pest-End uses a combination of steam and vacuum services to physically remove the pests as well as Thermal Radiation as one of our most effective means of removal. We also use our Bed-Bug Sniffing Canines-Rascal & Harley to identify areas of concern.

 

If you have found evidence of bed bugs in your home, apartment, dormitory or office, call Pest-End Exterminators for a solution to your itchy problem.


Avoiding Getting a Bee Sting this Season

Bees are amazing little creatures and an integral part of our ecosystem. This fascination with bees however, does not mean that homeowners enjoy a bee sting. Unfortunately, it is all too common during the spring, summer and even fall months that people enjoying the outdoors are stung by bees, wasps or hornets. Pest-End Extermination can help you solve you bee problem especially if you have a nest or swarm of bees that frequent your property. In the meantime however, there are also some steps that you can take to avoid getting stung all on your own.

 

  • Take Care with Food – Bees like other living organisms are attracted to food around them. Therefore if you are having a dinner on your patio or hosting a BBQ, use care when serving food outdoors. Use protective netting over plates of food and be especially carefully with cans of soda or beer. Bees have a tendency to crawl inside while you are not looking and will sting if they feel threatened during your next sip.
  • Dress WiselyDon’t wear brightly colored clothing, particularly floral patterns. Bees  tend to be attracted to these colors and may even think you are a flower! Wear pants and long sleeves if you plan to be out for long stretches of time around an area that bees frequent. Wear shoes even in the grass because bees tend to nest and land in grassy patches – that includes your lawn!
  • Avoid Fragrances – If you know you will outdoors avoid shampoos, perfumes hair spray, scented soaps, lotions,and even strong smelling deodorants. Bees tend to investigate sweet scents and could feel threatened once they get close enough.
  • Slow Movements – If there are bees around you move slow and do not swat at them. This may further provoke them into protecting their area.

 

If you have a bee problem call the professionals at Pest-End Extermination to come up wth a safe and fast solution for your property.


Apartment Living – Keeping the Pests Out

Apartment living can be wonderful in that you don’t have to worry about taking care of things when they need repair or replacement. The property owner or landlord usually takes care of all of those things from leaky faucets to snow in the driveway. But what if you have pests in your apartment and you need to get rid of them fast and in a safe manner given that there may be multiple apartments within close proximity to your apartment?

Request that the property manager take care of the pests in writing. The responsible person will call an exterminator like Pest-End Exterminators who can treat for multiple types of pests in a way that will be healthiest for all apartment dwellers as well as fast and effective. Here are a few prevention tips so that pests do not find your apartment inviting.

  • Clean Up – Keep a clean apartment. Wash dirty dishes and clean up any areas used to prep meals. Tiny crumbs and that little sticky spot where a drop of fruit juice spilled, are an appetizing meal for roaches and ants. Clean up the kitchen sink whenever there are spills, crumbs or food pieces visible.
  • Use Airtight Storage – Use storage bins to keep food safe from pests in your kitchen. You may also want to consider airtight storage in supply areas for holiday decorations where rodents may be tempted to set up a nice winter home.
  • Seal Things Up – While the property manager may be in charge of sealing up siding outside, you can do your part inside with maintaining screens, caulking and other seal tight methods.
  • Stay on Top Of It – Many apartment dwellers don’t feel the need to inform property managers of very pest they see, but you should try to stay on top of which pests are where and how many of them there are. For example, use your smartphone to show which pests are in your apartment so that exterminators know what they are up against.

 


Ant Dangers and Damage

Ants are extremely active during the spring and summer months especially in New England. Ants can enter through the tiniest openings of your residence or business. They nest out of sight in walls, storage rooms, and the landscaping surrounding a building. Once ants get into a building, they leave an invisible pheromone trail for others in their colony to follow. There can be hundreds if not thousands of them to follow.What are common ant dangers and damages?

So if you find these pests in your home or business, should you worry that they are dangerous to family members, employees or clients or even to the structure itself?  The answer really depends on the type of ants and the region of the country you live in. For the purpose of this blog, we will be talking about the ants most common in the New England region.

  • Carpenter Ants can infest any building in the Northeast and cause fairly significant damage to the wood structure they have taken up residence in. Carpenter ants can chew through different types of wood, and can destroy aspects of your home, like your deck. Carpenter ants can also ruin elements in your landscaping by chewing through wood in retaining walls, or compromising the health of you garden.
  • Common House Ants do have the ability to carry bacteria, dirt and pathogens on their body. Since they crawl over food and areas of the kitchen where homeowners prepare food it is possible that they can transfer those unhealthy germs. Although ants are not usually a public health risk they can contaminate food. They can taint any food, making it unsuitable to eat. The best course of action is to eliminate and exclude ants from your home by calling Pest-End Exterminator who have years of experience in getting rid of pests from home in our region.

Creating an Ant-Free Home

Did you know that ants outnumber humans 140,000:1? There are thousands of species of ants and they have taken up residence on all of Earth’s continents except Antarctica. In short, they are the number one nuisance pest in the world.  Ridding your home of ants means finding and destroying the nest, removing food sources, and building exclusion barriers once your home is ant free.Can you create an ant-free home?

While no home is immune from the invasion of pests, including the common ant, there are some things that homeowners can do to stop them from coming into your home. Pest professionals, like Pest-End Exterminators can quickly and safely exterminate ants from your residence but here are a few things that you can do to discourage ants from finding your home as a snack bar before they become a problem.

  • Seal It Up – Make sure that all screens, windows, doors and outside shingling/siding are well maintained and have no cracks or crevices that could be used as entrance to your home. As you can imagine, an ant only needs a tiny opening to enter your home. So do your best to make sure you have not made it easy for them to enter and set up a nest. Use sealants like caulk, putty and poster tack to stop ants from finding a way in.
  • Remove Food Sources – Ants are coming inside in search of food, water sources, and a warm environment. Make sure that all crumbs and drips are cleaned up especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Wipe down all food areas and keep it clean daily especially during prime ant season in the spring and summer. Pay special attention to wiping down the sink.
  • Seal Foods – Use containers that keep food safe from ant invasion such as resealable cereal containers, and tupperware for foods that remain out of the refrigerator.
  • Plants Inside and Out – If your house plants have ants then try to separate them with some sort of barrier. If your bushes and shrubs outside your home are an easy bridge to the home. trim them back regularly.
  • Get Professional Help – Once you have identified that you have ants, it is best to call in the experts such as Pest-End Exterminators who can find and destroy nests and maintain treatments to keep them from returning.

Where Do Ants Hide?

Ants are remarkable creatures as we saw in our last blog post. They are strong, resilient and work great as a team! But if you are finding trails of ants in your kitchen or bathroom and want to put an end to these bothersome creatures, you may need to call in the experts to find the source of their nest in order to exclude and exterminate completely. So what areas of your home tent to be ant-infestation areas and where do ants hide?

While ants usually make their all-to-common appearance in the kitchen and the bath, they do nest a short distance away from those areas in order to keep food and water sources close. A recent survey of pest professionals across the country, conducted by the National Pest Management Association, found kitchens (96%) and bathrooms (89%) to be particularly vulnerable to ants. The NPMA survey revealed ants are also found in the following areas:

  • Inside walls (73%)
  • Bedrooms (61%)
  • Living rooms (60%)
  • Basements (54%)
  • Air conditioning and heating units (37%)

Ants usually live in wood or soil outside the house, and only march indoors to gather food and find water, particularly during the spring and summer. Ants, unfortunately, may also live inside the house. It’s important to track down the ant colonies to identify the species and choose the right control. If you can find the ant colony early, you can typically prevent ants from causing serious damage to the home.

Ants are considered difficult to control, because once they find a way into your home they can colonize and build up the population to numbers upwards of thousands of ants. If you notice ants in your home contact pest professionals like Pest-End Exterminators immediately and take some steps on your own to curb these pests from being welcome in your home. Please read our blog next week to find out how homeowners can create an environment where ants are not welcome!  


Amazing Ant Facts

Seems like every spring the ants march back into our lives whether it’s interrupting our outdoor barbecues, scrounging for bits of food in our kitchens or searching for water drips in our bathrooms. While these pests can be a huge nuisance they also have some amazing features. Let’s discuss some amazing ant facts.

 

  • Most ants can lift 20x their weight.  If a second grader was as strong as an ant, she would be able to pick up a car! Some ants can do this upside down.
  • Ants can live a long time. Some species can live up to 30 years!
  • There are over 12,000 species of ants across the globe.
  • The ant is the world’s strongest creature in relation to its size.
  • Ants are found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Ants can move 50 tons of soil in a square mile in a year!
  • When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.
  • Queen ants can have millions of babies!
  • When ants fight, it is usually to the death!
  • Most ants can hold their breath for 24 hours under water. Ants don’t have lungs, they breath through small holes found around their bodies called ‘spiracles’. When an ant is drowned in a flood, it may appear to be dead.
  • Ants use vibrations to hear, using it when foraging for food or as an alarm signal.
  • The first ants were discovered to be around during the time of dinosaurs!

 

If you find ants are invading your home this Spring, call Pest-End exterminators to solve your pest problem.


Fascinating Facts about Cockroaches

Cockroaches are among the most common pests found in many homes and other buildings. But other than the fact that they creep people out and that they are unwanted visitors very few people know much about these critters that have been around for eons. Let’s take a closer look at cockroaches and some fascinating facts that may be new to you.

  • Cockroaches are believed to have originated more than 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era. That means that cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs!
  • There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide, including the most common species, the German cockroach. In addition to other common species, the brownbanded cockroach and American cockroach.
  • Cockroaches crawl through dirty areas and then walk around our homes tracking in lots of bacteria and germs. They can contaminate food by shedding their skins.
  • A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head!
  • Cockroaches make allergies worse! They produce proteins that some people can be sensitive to, particularly those with asthma. The trails of fecal matter and decaying molted exoskeletons that roaches leave behind also contribute to the allergens they produce.
  • Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes!
  • Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles an hour which means they can spread germs and bacteria throughout a home very quickly.
  • American cockroaches prefer to live in warm, dark, wet areas, like sewers and basements. They often enter structures through drains and pipes.
  • Roaches eat everything from plant matter to people food, dead skin cells, garbage and even feces.