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MARCH 15-21 IS TERMITE AWARENESS WEEK

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MARCH 15-21 IS TERMITE AWARENESS WEEK

Hulett Environmental Services encourages public awareness of termite threats during the spring season

As temperatures continue to increase and the ground becomes warmer, termites will emerge to launch an attack on vulnerable homes across the country. To promote public vigilance against termites, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes March 15-21 as Termite Awareness Week. Hulett Environmental Services is proud to take part in this annual observance by educating homeowners about the threat of termites and the possible signs of an infestation this spring.

Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant structural damage to the home occurs. Termites can feed 24-hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products.

Hulett Environmental Services offers the following signs that termites may be present in a home:

  1. Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home.
  2. Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped.
  3. Darkening or blistering of wood structures.
  4. Cracked or bubbling paint.
  5. Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest.
  6. Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home or swarmers themselves, which are often mistaken for flying ants.

 

If homeowners notice any of these signs, they should contact a pest professional who can best determine the extent of the problem and recommend a proper treatment plan.

 

For more information on termites, please visit www.bugs.com

ARGENTINE ANTS PREVENTION | Just Call HULETT!

ARGENTINE ANTS PREVENTION

Pests, such as Argentine ants are attracted to moisture. To prevent Argentine ants, eliminate standing water around the property. Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house. Sometimes pests like Argentine ants use these branches to get into your home. Make sure that there are no cracks or little openings around the bottom of your house. Ensure firewood and building materials are not stored next to your home because Argentine ants like to build nests in stacks of wood.

 

Bedbug Research | Florida Bed Bug Control Experts | Just Call HULETT!

Regine Gries, biologist at Simon Fraser University in Canada, welcomed 180,000 bedbug bites while assisting her husband and fellow biologists in their quest to conquer the global bedbug epidemic. Since Regine is immune to the bites, she became the “host”. After years of research, the Gries, along with Robert Britton, a chemist at the university, and a team of students, have discovered a set of chemical attractants, or pheromones, that lure the bedbugs into traps and keep them there.

After two years of false leads, they finally discovered that the molecule histamine signals, “safe shelter” to bed bugs. Once in contact with histamine, the bedbugs stay put whether they have recently fed on a human host or not. The Gries and their students initially found a pheromone blend that attracted bedbugs in lab experiments, but not in bedbug-infested flats.

Neither histamine alone or in combination with pheromone components, effectively attracted and trapped bedbugs in infested flats. So Regine began analyzing airborne volatile compounds from bedbug feces as an alternate source of the missing components.

Five months and 35 experiments later, she discovered three new volatiles previously unidentified. These three components coupled with two other from their earlier research and the histamine became the highly effective lure they were seeking.

Bed bugs have been feeding on humans for thousands of years. In the early 1940s, they were mostly eradicated in the developed world, but their populations have increased since 1995 likely due to pesticide resistance.  Because infestation of human habitats has been on the rise, bed bug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well.

The name “bed bug” comes from its preferred habitat of Cimex lectularius or warm houses and especially nearby or inside of beds, bedding or other sleep areas. Bed bugs are active at night but are not exclusively nocturnal. They usually feed on their hosts without being noticed.

A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites. Skin rash, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms are among the more common. They are not known to transmit any pathogens as diseases.

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1704539/bedbugs-scientists-are-close-winning-war

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug

Do you know the signs of bed bugs? Florida Bed Bug Control Experts

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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

How to get rid of fruit flies

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Fruit flies get their common name from their small size and fondness of some fruits. Small fruit flies are nuisance pests, but may act as disease vectors.

Habits

Fruit flies feed on decaying matter, especially fruits and vegetables.

Habitat

Fruit flies are small pests that are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed. They are found on moist, decaying matter that has been stationary for severaldays.

Threats

Fruit flies are found in unsanitary conditions, so they are a potential heath concern, especially when present in health facilities.

Fruit Fly Control & Prevention

Looking to get rid of fruit flies in the home? Fruit flies are best prevented through vigilant sanitation practices. To excercise proper fruit fly management, remove kitchen trash daily, and keep counter surfaces clean.

Signs you may have a rodent issue | Florida Rodent Control

Rodents may be small, but they pose a number of threats to human health and property.

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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. Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.
  2. Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to the touch and are light colored.
  3. Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they are drawn to areas that are dark and secluded.
  4. Damaged food packages: House mice prefer to feed on cereals and seeds, while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.
  5. 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.

Natural Pest Control | South Florida Pest Control

A Plant did what?

It’s no surprise that bugs eat plants and there’s even a plant that eats flying insects called the Venus flytrap. But are there other carnivorous plants lying in the wake for an unsuspecting victim?

Pitcher plants are among those that can digest insects. One species of the pitcher even has fangs and uses insects to digest insects. Mind blown yet?

These plants are shaped like pitchers with the rims slippery so insects can fall into the fluid inside where they drown and are digested. But the fanged specimen is different because there is no slippery edge and recruits ants as permanent tenants.

Obviously a plant-ant alliance is in the works but what are the benefits for the plant exactly? Vincent Bazile from Universite Montpellier II has found that the fanged pitches produced leaves three times bigger than those without plants and colonies were bigger with the leaves. With the ants there, the plant gets enough nutrients for a healthy growth thereby providing more nectar for the ants as both grow bigger.

Bazile also found that the ants contribution to their beneficial relationship lie with feeding the plant their feces, transferring the nitrogen from their harvest, thereby giving the plant the nitrogen it needs. Thus, having the ant digest its food before it digests the feces. Indeed, almost fifty percent of the nitrogen the plants gets comes from the poop of ants.

There is evidence to support this as other plants species use others as a second stomach, such as the flycatcher bush in South Africa, or the Heliamphora. The latter uses bacteria and the former uses tiny insects.

Because of this unique way of digesting, scientists argue that these plants are true carnivorous plants because of the reliance on others for food and lack of self-sufficiency.  But on the other hand these species tend to be more long lived than their cousins who don’t get enough nutrients and waste most of it producing the lures of the traps.

What do you all think? There is no doubting the successfulness of this endeavor but how do you categorize the plant because of its adaptation in nature?

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/05/09/meat-eating-plant-digests-insects-using-ants/#.VPIxOvl4og8