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How to safeguard from pest allergens

Hulett Environmental Services recommends the following tips for safeguarding homes against common indoor allergens caused by pests:Exterminator in West Palm Beach

  • Exclude pests by sealing cracks and gaps on the outside of the home. Pay special attention to utility pipe entry points.
  • Vacuum at least once a week using a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter.
  • Keep food sealed and stored properly, and clean kitchen floors and counters daily.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers.
  • If allergic to stinging insects, learn how to use an epinephrine kit and carry it with you at all times.
  • Should you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction following a stinging insect encounter, such as tongue and throat swelling, wheezing, dizziness, or shortness of breath, call 911.

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Termite Control Facts | Hulett Environmental Services

Termite Facts

  • Termites are insects. They have hard, saw-toothed jaws that help them to eat lumber, wallpaper, plastics, and fabric made of plant fibers.
  • There are four different groups of termites: dampwood, drywood, subterranean and mound builders. Dampwood termites like to live and feed in very moist wood. Drywood termites can survive in very dry conditions and do not need moisture or soil. Subterranean termites are very common and live and breed in soil. Mound builders live in Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia and part of South America; they are able to build large earthen towers 25 feet or higher.
  • Termites can be found in almost every state as well as Mexico and parts of Canada. They favor warmer climates and actively avoid light. (See range map below)
  • As a species, termites date back to the time of the dinosaurs.
  • Termites are 24/7 bugs, which means they eat non-stop – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They feed on wood and may also destroy paper products such as books, cardboard, boxes and anything containing cellulose. Even buildings with steel framing and masonry walls are targets because of the wooden door and window frames, cabinets and shelving within the buildings.
  • Termites live in underground colonies, some containing over two million members.
  • The social structure of a colony includes the queen, king, winged reproductive swarmers, soldiers, and workers. Worker termites are small creamy white insects. They are the most numerous and the cause of all the termite damage.
  • Swarmers, or winged reproductive’s, are termites that leave the colony to mate, reproduce and start new colonies.
  • In a large nest, a queen and king may live for 15 years, with the queen laying up to one egg every 15 seconds for most of her life.
  • Termites can cause serious damage to structures often long before they are discovered, i.e., more than $1.5 billion in property damage a year to over 600,000 homes in the United States.
  • How do termites enter the home? The most common termite, the subterranean, builds its nest in the ground. These termites construct mud tubes that are used to explore for food and connect their underground nest to that food source. They can enter a building without direct wood contact with the soil through such tubes. They can find their way into a structure through an opening as small as 1/32 of an inch (smaller than the size of a pinhead!).
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Rodent Prevention/Control Tips

HOUSE MOUSE PREVENTION

To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Keep areas clear and store boxes off of the floor because mice can hide in clutter. Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building to prevent ideal conditions in which house mice can nest. Regularly inspect the home for signs of mice including droppings, gnaw marks and damaged food goods. If you suspect a rodent infestation, contact a licensed rodent pest control professional to treat and get rid of house mice.

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Bed Bug Information | Hulett Environmental Services

Did you know? Female bed bugs can lay over 500 eggs in a lifetime!

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Bed bugs get their name because they are commonly found in beds but can also be found in other places where humans spend a lot of time: hotels, airplanes, and couches.

  • Size: 1/4″
  • Shape: Flat, broad, oval
  • Color: Mahogany to rusty brown and they turn red after sucking blood
  • Legs: 6
  • Wings: No
  • Antenna: Yes
  • Common Name: Bed bug
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hemiptera
  • Family: Cimicidae
  • Species: Cimex lectularius

Diet:

Bed bugs can feed on the blood of any warm-blooded animal. Their most common targets are humans because, unlike animals with fur, we have a lot of exposed skin for them to bite.

Habitat:

Bed bugs are typically found in beds and small cracks and crevices.

Impact:

Bed bugs are typically found in beds and small cracks and crevices.When Bed bugs feed, they inject the skin with their saliva (this keeps the blood from clotting) and an anesthetic (this keeps the host from feeling the bite and moving). Bed bugs do not spread disease, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.

Prevention:

  • Don’t take mattresses or padded furniture that has been left at the curb or on the street.
  • Check your bed sheets for blood spots.
  • Keep your suitcases covered in plastic and off the floor when you travel.
  • When you travel, take a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs.
  • When you return from a trip, wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
  • Bed bugs are hard to see, so if you think you have bed bugs, call a pest management professional.
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Tips for finding a qualified termite control provider

Tips for finding a qualified termite control provider.

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Hulett Environmental Services offers the following tips for finding a qualified pest professional:

  • Always deal with a qualified and licensed pest management company that is a member of national, state or local pest management association.
  • Ask friends and neighbors to recommend companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
  • Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
  • Buy value, not price.
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Hulett Environmental Services highlights health risks posed by cockroaches

Hulett Environmental Services highlights health risks posed by cockroaches

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Cockroaches are more than just a household nuisance; they are also significant danger in the home. Hulett Environmental Services warns that cockroaches can pose a health threat to humans by spreading many different types of bacteria that can increase asthma and allergy symptoms, especially in children.

Cockroaches are known to spread diseases like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs. Furthermore, their saliva and droppings contain allergen proteins known to cause allergy flare-ups and increase asthma symptoms.

Hulett Environmental Services experts advise homeowners that cockroaches prefer warm, moist places with available food sources, so it’s important to eliminate those attractive environments. Homeowners should pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms — especially under appliances and sinks — as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations. In addition, homeowners should vacuum frequently, and keep counters and floors clean at all times.

If a cockroach infestation is suspected, a licensed pest professional will properly

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DAMPWOOD TERMITES 411

As the name suggests, dampwood termites infest wood with high moisture content. Dampwood termites are normally larger in size than other termite species.

Habits

Dampwood termite colonies, like drywood termites, have no worker caste. The nymph dampwood termites take care of the kings and queens of the colony and feed the soldier caste. These termites create a series of chambers in wood, which are connected by tunnels with smooth walls, as if sandpapered.

Habitat

Dampwood termites are usually found in logs, stumps, dead trees, fence posts and utility poles.

Threats

Dampwood termites do not usually infest structures because of their need for excessive moisture. However, care must be taken to avoid attracting dampwood termites to a structure, as they can cause serious property damage. In fact, dampwood termites and other termite species cause a collective $5 billion in property damage each year.

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Rugose (Gumbo Limbo) Spiraling Whitefly 

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Hulett Environmental Services encourages public awareness of rodents during the winter season

Hulett Environmental Services encourages public awareness of rodents during the winter season

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As temperatures continue to cool across the country, rodents will begin to seek shelter from the elements, most often in homes and other structures. To promote public vigilance against rodents, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes November 16-22 as Rodent Awareness Week. Hulett Environmental Services is proud to take part in this observance by educating homeowners about the threat of rodents and the possible signs of an infestation this winter.

Aside from being a nuisance, rodents are vectors of a vast array of diseases, such as Salmonella, murine typhus, infectious jaundice, rat-bite fever and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. They can also chew through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires.

Here are a few clues that rodents may be present in a home:

  1. Droppings: A trail of rodent droppings is typically found in kitchen cabinets and pantries, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, and in boxes, bags and old furniture.
  2. Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.
  3. Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to the touch and are light colored.
  4. Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they are drawn to areas that are dark and secluded.
  5. Damaged food packages: House mice prefer to feed on cereals and seeds, while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.
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Hulett Environmental Services shares tips to guard against beetles, moths and other common pantry pests

Hulett Environmental Services shares tips to guard against beetles, moths and other common pantry pests

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As the holiday season ramps up, families will soon be spending more time in the kitchen, cooking turkey dinners and baking pumpkin pies. However, Hulett environmental Services reminds South Florida residents to check their cabinets and seldom-used ingredients for pantry pests that can become a hassle during this joyous time of year.

Merchant grain beetles and Indian meal moths are among the most common pantry pests found in kitchens. They contaminate stored ingredients that are typically used to bake delicious holiday treats, such as flour, dried fruit, nuts and chocolate.

Pantry pests don’t pose serious health or property threats, but because they can infest an area in a short amount of time, it’s important to stop a problem before it begins. One of the easiest ways to prevent an infestation is to routinely clean out pantries and cabinets, and sift through common stored products like flour and spices.

Hulett Environmental Services recommends some additional tips to keep pantries pest-free during the busy holiday baking season:

  • Store food in Tupperware-type containers with secure lids.
  • Add a bay leaf to canisters of dry goods. The herb’s pungent scent repels many pantry pests.
  • Make it a habit while grocery shopping to carefully inspect food products in cardboard packages for signs of damage prior to placing it in the cart. Only purchase items that show no sign of damage.
  • Keep kitchen counters, floors and sinks clean because crumbs and spills quickly attract pests.
  • Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Seal cracks or holes around the stovepipes and water pipes.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.

If homeowners discover any pests in the pantry, they should thoroughly clean the shelves with a vacuum and discard the infested food in an outdoor trash bin. It’s important to consult a licensed pest professional if an infestation has already taken root.

 

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Hulett Environmental Services encourages homeowners to take precautions against common household pests

Hulett Environmental Services experts recommend the following tips to pest-proof the home this season: rodent_icon_exclusion

  • Seal any cracks on the outside of the home with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Avoid leaving pet’s food dishes out for long periods of time.
  • Contact a licensed pest professional if an infestation is suspected.

 

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