Hulett Environmental Services offers the following tips to help prevent contact with spiders:
• Avoid keeping clothing and shoes on the floor, especially if in an area known for spiders; consider storing inside plastic containers.
• Seal cracks and crevices around the home.
• Vacuum/sweep away webs in and around the home.
• Shake out all clothing that has been in the laundry basket before wearing/washing.
• Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free.
• If a spider bites you, contact your primary care physician for medical advice.
• If you have an infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest control professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
Don’t Let Bed Bugs Travel Home This Spring Break
Hulett Environmental Services reminds Spring Breakers to be aware of bed bugs when traveling
What happens on Spring Break stays on Spring Break—unless some bed bugs find their way into a traveler’s suitcase. As Spring Breakers get excited for their trips, Hulett Environmental Services reminds travelers to take precautions against bringing bed bugs back home with them.
Bed bugs can lurk in the highest quality hotels and on the transportation travelers take before the vacation really starts, such as on a bus, train or airplane. t’s crucial for travelers to be aware of how to properly inspect for and prevent transporting bed bugs back home. A few simple steps can help people can enjoy their vacations without suffering the aftermath of coming into contact with these relentless pests.”
Hulett Environmental recommends travelers use these bed bug prevention tips:
- At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
- Set your luggage away from walls and never place it on the bed. Use a large plastic trash bag or a protective cover to store suitcases during your hotel stay.
- Immediately notify management of any signs of bed bugs and ask for a new room. Ensure the new room is not adjacent to and/or directly above/below the original room. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets.
- If staying at a residence, inform the homeowner immediately of a suspected bed bug problem.
- Upon returning home, inspect and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly before bringing them into the house. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs.
- Dry all fabric items (even those that have not been worn) in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
- If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest control professional immediately.
For more information on bed bugs, please visit www.bugs.com
Termite Trouble for South Florida
Termites are one of the most devastating pest problems because of the damage they cause to buildings and structures. That’s why if you have a termite problem, or suspect you may have a termite problem, you call a professional pest management company right away.
And University of Florida entomologists are predicting that termite activity will expand—so much so that by 2040 nearly half of the structures in South Florida will be at risk of infestation.
So, what is being done to get ahead of this problem?
“Facing the increasing pressure of both invasive subterranean termites in South Florida, area-wide termite management programs could be implemented to provide a long-term, sustainable solution for communities,” said Assistant Researcher Thomas Chouvenc.
Chouvenc urges that residents in South Florida monitor signs for termites often and work with a professional pest company to address a potential infestation immediately. We couldn’t agree more!
Have you ever experienced termites? Do you think the University of Florida is correct in their prediction?
Warm Winter Could Mean Trouble for Insects
This winter has been fairly mild compared to year’s past, which may mean it’s been more tolerable for people in certain regions in the country, but it also means bad news for insects.
In fact, warmer winters mean higher mortality rates for insects— specifically for honeybees.
“With these warmer days, they consume more honey because they’re more active. The concern is they could become too active, too early. In Ontario a few years ago, bees started to fly out of their hives too early and there was no food for them to gather,” said Dr. Chris Cutler, an associate professor with environmental sciences at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus.
“Last year, with all the snow we had, was a great year for wild bees here. That snow provided a blanket of heat for them,” he said. “When there’s no snow, insects are a lot more exposed in the ground and the ground can really freeze under them.”
Plus, a milder winter could also mean mosquitoes will emerge earlier than usual. This will certainly be something the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization will be trying to get ahead of given the recent concern with the Zika virus.
Do you think you will see fewer insects in your area due to the mild winter? If you have any pest concerns, be sure to contact a professional pest management company.
Demystifying the Zika Virus
There has been an influx of news surrounding the Zika virus over the past few months. With each passing day there seems to be something new about the virus that scientists have discovered or new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
But one thing that has not been reported is that the Zika virus is fatal to humans—why then has it been reported that nearly half of Americans think the Zika virus is deadly? A recent survey showed that 42 percent of Americans reported thinking that people infected with the Zika virus were likely to die from the infection.
It’s unclear why those surveyed believe this, but it’s certainly not the case. In fact, symptoms are relatively mild and only appear in about 1 in 5 people infected with the virus.
The major risk is not death, but rather to fetuses that are at risk for birth defects and impaired brain development. This is what has prompted the CDC and WHO to issue travel warnings to pregnant women who plan to visit areas with active transmission of the virus.
Do you know the facts about Zika? Have you been staying up to date with all the new information coming out about the virus?
If you have concerns about mosquitoes in your area, check out our mosquito reduction services.
Miami Homeless Shelter Infested With Bed Bugs
A homeless shelter in downtown Miami has such a bad infestation of Bed Bugs that residents are considering to return to the streets.
“I am in fear mainly for my newborn, I have to have him sleep in a swing because I don’t want him to sleep in the bed with me, because the simple fact that I’m scared that he’s gonna get bit and he could end up in hospital,” one mother said. “He can’t sleep in the bed with me, he’s can’t sleep in the crib he has to sleep in the swing, I have to constantly be checking his body to make sure that he has no bites.”
Another mother said, “My daughter wakes up screaming in the middle of the night because she’s getting bit, I catch them on her, I catch them in her hair.”
The Chapman Partnership, which runs the shelter, has admitted that there is a Bed Bug problem. In a statement, The Chapman Partnership said, “Bed Bugs are not an uncommon problem at emergency shelters. We have a comprehensive plan to treat all clothing and belongings during intake as well as regular fumigation.”
Do you think The Chapman Partnership is doing enough to eradicate the Bed Bug infestation? We hope they are working with a professional pest management company that specializes in Beg Bug control.
Remember—Bed Bugs are always a job for the professionals!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are familiar with the Zika virus and the threat it poses, particularly to pregnant women. But with so much news coming out with each passing day, what are the basics of Zika that we should all know?
For starters, Zika first appeared in Brazil in May of 2015. Outbreaks have occurred before in Africa and Asia, but the disease is new to the Western Hemisphere. Since then, it is suspected than 1.5 million people have been infected in Brazil alone, and the virus has spread to Latin America.
Symptoms are typically mild (fever and joint pain) and only affect 1 in 5 people, and usually last only one week.
Most notably, however, if a pregnant woman is infected, it’s suspected the virus can cause brain damage in her unborn child. It has also been reported that the Zika virus is linked to a rare condition called Guillain Barre, which causes temporary paralysis in patients of all ages.
The Zika virus is carried by the same mosquito that carries yellow fever, chikungunya, and dengue. This mosquito is present in areas of America, but mosquito control in the U.S. is often much better than in Latin America.
Have you been staying up to date with the news surrounding the Zika virus? Are you concerned it will start spreading in the U.S.?
Be Savvy When it Comes to Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs can be some of the most difficult pests to get rid of—that’s why hiring a professional pest management company that specializes in bed bug control as soon as you suspect you may have a problem is critical.
It’s also wise to be savvy when it comes to bed bugs, and know the signs that mean you may have a problem. The sooner you recognize the problem, the easier it will be to manage.
Tell-tale signs of bed bugs include brown or reddish-brown spots in addition to bed bug skins (which they shed), tiny white sticky eggs, or even empty eggshells.
And if you think you will know if you have bed bugs because you will feel them biting you, think again! These crafty pests inject their victims with saliva, which acts as a numbing agent as they feed.
Creepy, isn’t it?!
Were you aware of the signs of bed bugs? Will you now perform a bed bug “check” when you stay in hotels?
White House to Hold Summit on Zika Virus
The United States Government is ramping up to take the necessary steps to be prepare for the Zika virus. As a part of this effort, The White House will hold a day-long summit in April where top researchers and government officials will come together.
The hope is that this event brings the latest scientific knowledge about Zika to the forefront before the virus begins spreading in the U.S.
Researchers are diligently working on a vaccine, but this is likely years away. So the Government, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hope to “arm state and local leaders with the necessary knowledge and technical support.”
This is particularly important to find ways to protect pregnant women, as the Zika virus has been linked with microcephaly, a birth defect that prevents the brain from developing properly.
What do you think? Are you hopeful that the summit being held at The White House will leave our country better prepared to handle the spread of the Zika virus?
Hulett Environmental Services will bring you all the latest Zika news in the coming weeks and months.