Cockroach prevention tips

 

  • Seal cracks around the outside of the home to prevent pest entryways.Top 5 ways to Rid Your Home of Roaches
  • Properly ventilate basements and crawl spaces to eliminate harborage points.
  • Vacuum frequently and remove garbage from around the home on a routine basis.
  • Do not allow dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink and remain there overnight.
  • Keep food in the refrigerator or in containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent contamination.
  • Periodically check and clean the evaporation pan under the refrigerator or freezer.
  • If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.
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Hulett Environmental Services shares tips to eliminate indoor allergens

Many people blame their sneezing and runny noses on pollen and grass, however, household pests are often culprits as well. It’s important for people to make an effort to keep the home free of potential triggers, and the first step is practicing good sanitation.

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We recommend the following tips for safeguarding homes against common indoor allergens caused by pests:

  • 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.
  • If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to safely remove the threat.
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How to prevent a rodent infestation

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It’s much easier to prevent a rodent infestation than to remove them after they’ve turned your home into their new residence. Here are a few steps homeowners can take to keep their homes rodent-free:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from finding easy entryways.
  • Keep shrubberies cut back from the house and store firewood a good distance away. The NPMA recommends that you tore firewood at least 20 feet from the home and five inches off the ground.
  • Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep areas clear and store boxes off of the floor.
  • Keep food in tightly sealed containers and clean up crumbs and spills.
  • If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or observe other signs of an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
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Tips to keep pets pest-free:

Tips to keep pets pest-free:

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  • Check pets’ coats thoroughly for ticks and fleas on a regular basis, especially after spending time outdoors. Be aware of excessive scratching and licking.
  • Avoid walking dogs in tall grass, where there is a greater chance of encountering ticks.
  • Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals.
  • Wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys frequently.
  • Wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture regularly.
  • Empty vacuum bags in an outside receptacle.
  • Speak to a veterinarian about flea and tick prevention treatments.
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Termite Prevention Tips from Hulett Envrionmental Services

Hulett Environmental offers the following prevention tips for homeowners to help guard against termites:

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  • Carefully inspect the perimeter of the home for mud tubes and rotting wood.
  • Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and check it for pests before bringing it indoors.
  • Divert water away from the home through properly functioning downspouts and gutters.

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

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South Florida Pest Control Reviews

Florida Pest Control Reviews of Hulett Environmental services via Yelp:

FloridaPestControlReviews“They inspected our home and showed us the termite damage.  We needed the traditional tenting, not the tentless method.  Theyare very professional about their work, and explain everything they do. We will now follow up with the bi-monthly pest control service for maintenance.  Jonadab, who will be doing this for us, is very thorough and, again, explains everything he does.”

 

  • Carefully inspect the perimeter of the home for mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), cracked or bubbling paint and rotting wood.
  • Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles. Some termites are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and 5 inches up off the ground, and inspect it closely before bringing it indoors.
  • Divert water away from the property through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
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5 steps to prevent Ants

1.       Block off access points. Take time to inspect the outside of your home for cracks and crevices, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter. Seal any small holes or gaps with a silicone-based caulk. Keep tree branches and other shrubbery well trimmed and away from the structure.

2.       Eliminate sources of water in and around the home. Indoors, routinely check under sinks for areas of moisture and repair any leaky pipes. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp basements, crawl spaces or attics. Outside, ensure that downspouts and gutters are functioning properly so that water flows away from the home’s foundation.

3.       Keep a clean kitchen. Wipe down counter tops and sweep floors to remove crumbs and residue from spills. Store food in sealed containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Also, make sure to dispose of garbage regularly.

4.       Don’t forget about the pets. After mealtime, keep pet bowls clean and wipe up any spilled food or water around them promptly. Store dry pet food in a sealed plastic container rather than the paper bags they often come in, which can be easily accessed by ants, rodents and other pests.

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5.       Work with a pest professional. Eliminating ants can be challenge without the proper treatment. Some species of ants, like carpenter ants, can cause serious property damage while others can pose health threats. If you see ants in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment.

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Don’t Let Bed Bugs Ruin Your Vacation

To prevent an unwanted encounter with bed bugs, Hulett Environmental Services shares the following prevention tips for travelers:imagegen.ashx1

  • 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 and box springs for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
  • If you suspect an infestation or problem, notify management and change rooms immediately. Be sure the new room is not adjacent to or directly below or above the possibly infested room.
  • Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during a hotel stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there. Do not put them on the beds.
  • Upon returning home from a trip, inspect all suitcases and other belongings before bringing them into the house.
  • Wash all clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water and dry them using an extra-hot dryer setting

 

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Occasional invaders to look out for

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Centipedes – House centipedes have poisonous jaws to inject their prey with venom. If handled roughly, some larger species can inflict a painful bite that can break human skin and cause pain and swelling, similar to a bee sting.

Earwigs – Contrary to popular myths, earwigs do not burrow into people’s brains at night. However, they are known to live together in large numbers. Earwigs can be found under piles of lawn debris, mulch or in tree holes, and they can gain entry to a structure through exterior cracks.

House Crickets – House crickets are nocturnal and usually hide in dark warm places during the day. Indoors, they can eat away at fabric, leaving holes and are especially attracted to soiled clothes.

 

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How to get rid of spiders in the house and stay safe from bites.

How to get rid of spiders in the house and stay safe from bites.

Spider Control for HomeownersFear of spiders is consistently ranked as one of the top phobias in America. Whether it is an evolutionary trigger that kept our ancestors alive or the result of Hollywood horror films, spiders have a reputation as being creepy, crawly, venomous pests.

But spiders aren’t all bad. They do provide a form of natural pest control by catching insects in their webs. However, that doesn’t mean they have an open invitation to come into our homes. A spider infestation can cause contamination of food in kitchens or pantries, and depending on the species, there could be health risks if family members unexpectedly happen upon a web or lurking spider. Taking action to prevent spiders goes a long way in avoiding these risks.

Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free.

Most spiders seek out secluded, undisturbed areas where they can build a web to catch their next meal, so an attic or basement that has been left unused over thepast season could be harboring these pests out of sight. Avoid leaving clothing and shoes on the floor and consider storing them inside plastic containers. It is also advised to shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing.

Seal any cracks or crevices around the home.

Spiders can crawl into homes through damaged window screens or cracks in the siding. The outside of homes should be inspected for these defects seasonally as weather and changes in temperature can cause or worsen existing problems.

Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.

Packages are often left on the front step if delivered when you’re not at home, and groceries might be placed on the driveway while unloading. These are opportunities for spiders and other pests to crawl onto bags and boxes and be carried inside. Inspecting packages before bringing them into your home reduces this risk.

If a spider bites you, contact your primary care physician for medical advice.

Species such as house spiders and cellar spiders pose no health threat to people. They don’t have very strong mouthparts, so if they tried to bite, they wouldn’t be able to pierce the skin. These spiders are simply nuisance pests, but they are much better off living and laying eggs outside.

Other species such as black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders do have the ability to pierce the skin and inject venom. Their bites cause varied reactions in people, but are very rarely fatal with proper treatment. Symptoms include localized pain, fever and nausea. In the case of a brown recluse spider bite, there’s also a possibility for skin necrosis at the site of the bite.

If you have an infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional.

Being proactive about spider control will reduce the likelihood of any species making a home in your abode and possibly harming a member of your family. But if you suspect you have a spider infestation in your home, contact a pest professional to identify the species and properly remove the pests.

 

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Spiders use electricity for catching prey

Anyone can tell you that spiders are able to trap their meals in their sticky silky webs – but there’s a bit more to it than that. Spiders are actually able to conduct electricity across the surface of the web, which attracts the potential prey. The research was led by Fritz Vollrath of Oxford University and was published in the journal Naturwissenschaften.

 

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What Termite Treatment Does Hulett Environmental Recommend?

The truth is, there are two kinds of homes: those that have had termites and those that will get them.  And, while they cause $5 billion in damage each year, there is no reason to run away from the purchase.  A pest control professional can correct the problem so that you can live comfortably in your dream home.

Termites are nearly impossible for homeowners to treat on their own.  On the other hand, pest control professionals have the training, expertise, equipment, and technology to eliminate termite infestations.

What Termite Treatment Does Hulett Recommend?
 

Different types of termites require different types of termite control services, and Hulett provides all of the most effective and environmentally responsible termite treatments!

Drywood Termites:

With Over 55 Florida LocationsDrywood termites require treatments such as Hulett’s structural (tent) fumigation or Hulett’s No Tent Termite Control. Both services are extremely effective, and Hulett can help you decide which one works best for you during your free termite inspection.

Tent fumigation requires the highest degree of skill and that is why very few companies offer this service. Hulett is a member of Dow AgroSciences “Commitment to Excellence” program. This program is a certification of quality and excellence. Companies that have this certification have a proven track record of high quality services and meticulous standards. Hulett has been a member of the “Commitment to Excellence” program since its beginning.

Another option, Hulett’s No Tent Termite Treatment, does not require you to leave your home.  There is no need to remove plants or flowers, no removal of uncanned foods, no removal of cosmetics or medications, no risk of landscaping or roof damage, no disconnecting of satellites or antennas, and no special shrub or tree trimming!  All of these things are part of a tent fumigation.

With Hulett’s No Tent Control, a residual material is used at key entry points to help keep termites from coming back. It is the use of such pioneering techniques that keeps Hulett out in front of the competition.

Subterranean Termites:

Subterranean termites are eliminated in ways such as Hulett’s Liquid Defense treatment or by Termite Baiting Systems.

Hulett’s Liquid Defense treatment creates an invisible liquid barrier around your home.  It manages termite colonies up to six times faster than baiting systems and has virtually no odor.

Baiting systems provide a food source for termites and then use an insect growth regulator to eliminate the colony.

Termite Control:

Do you live in South Florida and think termites may be invading your home or office? Hulett Environmental Services offers specialty termite controltreatments designed to control and eliminate these pests!

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No Tent Blues | Hulett Environmental Services


Termite Blues~ This commercial is part of the Hulett 2013 T.V advertisement campaign starring Greg Rice. Please be sure to tell us what you think in the comments box below!
Hulett’s trained inspectors evaluate each structure’s layout, then locate all potential sources of termite nesting, and identify penetration points in and around your home. Once your Free Termite Inspection is completed, an appropriate treatment will be recommended from any of the following:

• Liquid Defense Termite Treatment (Subterranean Termites)
• Termite Baiting System (Subterranean Termites)
• No-Tent Termite Control (Drywood Termites)
• Tent Fumigation (Drywood Termites)
• Preventative Termite Control (Options for both Subterranean and Drywood Termites)

Get your Free Professional Termite Inspection and no obligation price quote — Just Call Hulett today!

Hulett guarantees if the termites come back after one of their treatments, the problem will be re-treated at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you for as long as your agreement is renewed!

7670 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Phone:(561) 686-7171

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A Mobile Spider Web!

Talk about adaptation! This impala from the Kruger National Park in South African is now a mobile home for a spider with the spider’s web spun between the impala’s two horns. The impala had the misfortune to walk into the spiders web, and it seems to have settled in for a permanent stay!

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Would you recommend our services to friends and family members? Please drop us a line on our Yelp page. We would really appreciate it!

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Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Continue to Bite as Summer Draws to a Close

Hulett Environmental Services encourages ongoing vigilance against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases 

Summer is in its final weeks, but that doesn’t mean mosquitoes will disappear with the arrival of cooler weather. Hulett Environmental Services a pest management company servicing South Florida, urges people to remain cautious of mosquitoes, as they are known to flourish well into the fall months, continuing to pose a health risk.

Although mosquitoes are often associated with the summer heat, they also thrive during the fall season. In fact, mosquitoes will remain active until the temperature drops below 60 degrees, which means the threat of mosquito-borne diseases is still a concern in the coming weeks.

In the United States, mosquitoes are known to spread West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis and, in recent months, chikungunya virus. These illnesses do not have specific vaccines or treatments, so prevention of mosquito bites throughout the fall months is crucial.

As the seasons begin to change, it’s still important for people to apply bug spray containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors. This alone will significantly decrease their chances of getting bitten by an infected mosquito.

Hulett Environmental Services also recommends the following tips to avoid exposure to mosquitoes.

  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes to protect the skin
  • Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Eliminate areas of standing water around the home, such as flowerpots, birdbaths and baby pools. Mosquitoes only need about ½ inch of water to breed
  • Screen all windows and doors, repairing even the smallest holes that could serve as entry points for pests

 

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

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Protect your Pets from Pests!

Trying to conquer a pest problem when you have pets can be incredibly difficult. For one thing, if your pet goes outside regularly, there’s a large chance he or she will just track whatever you’ve recently gotten rid of right back in. For another, not all pest removal strategies are pet friendly. So what do you do? How do you keep the pests away with as little disturbance to your pet as possible?

First Things First: What’s the Nature of the Pest?

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Before you go overboard and decide to tent your house and move you and your pets out for a while, it is important to figure out what exactly you’re dealing with. There are some pests (ants, for example) that you might be able to eradicate on your own using a few simple DIY methods. For another, the method of pest removal for bedbugs is going to be different than the method of pest removal for termites or cockroaches.

If you’re lucky, you’ll have seen the pest or several of the pests. If your problem seems to be largely nocturnal, you’re going to have to do some investigating. Here is a great article that gives a quick rundown of the telltale signs of different pests – check it out and see if anything sounds familiar.

You’ve Identified the Problem: Now What?

Remember: how you deal with a pest depends largely upon which pest you’ve got. There are plenty of general DIY pest control solutions you can undertake that pose little to no threat to your pets.

Go over your house top to bottom and inside and out. Look for cracks and holes and seal them up with an environmentally responsible filling. Steel wool, for example, makes a great plug for small holes because mice and rats won’t chew through it. Install weather stripping on your doors and windows to keep pests from crawling in around those fixtures.

You can also try sprinkling eco-efficient “pest deterrents” on the property. Coffee grounds, for example, are good for your landscaping and can be a great deterrent for a variety of pests that might want to invade.

But What if the Problem is Serious?

If you’ve got an infestation or if you’re dealing with a pest like bedbugs, you’re going to need to take extreme measures. Before you do anything else, you need to find and hire a pest control expert –schedule an appointment with Hulett Environmental Services by clicking the link.

Once you’ve got an appointment with a pest control expert, you can start figuring out how to keep your pets safe during the pest removal process.

Where Should Your Pets Go?

Sometimes you’ll be able to keep your pets at home with you, especially if the pest problem is localized and your pest control expert is using human and animal friendly measures to eradicate whatever pest is trying to infiltrate your home. Obviously you’ll want to secure the pets so they won’t get curious about what the exterminator is doing, but that should be enough.

Other times, like with bedbugs or termites or an infestation that is more serious, you’ll have to find a place to board your pets.

Boarding presents its own set of problems: it’s expensive and you risk exposing your beloved pets to the illnesses, diseases and issues that are plaguing the other animals boarded at the same facility. The last thing you want is to get rid of the bedbugs and bring home fleas. Make sure you choose a boarding facility that keeps healthy and ill pets separated.

If you’re really worried, your best bet is to stay with a friend or family member who doesn’t mind accommodating your nervous animals. If you don’t want to put anybody out and can afford to do so, you can book space at an animal friendly hotel, motel or short term rental building.

Finally, make sure that, before you allow your pets back into your home, that all traces of the pest removal process are gone. Do a thorough cleaning to get rid of any residue or other materials that you worry might harm your pet.

Then you can get back to the business of just doing your best to make your home as unattractive as possible for pests in the first place!

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The Amazing Scorpionfly

The scorpionfly

Though this may look like a clever photoshop at first, this unusual-looking insect is the common scorpionfly. The scorpionfly has several distinctive features, particularly its long “beak” and a tail that gives them their name. The beak has tiny jaws situated at the end, and during mating the male presents the female with a gift of saliva in the hope she will mate with him instead of killing him.

Despite what you may think when you see that tail, scorpionflies don’t sting. The tail is not even a weapon. It is actually the male fly’s genitals and a pair of claspers, and does not appear on the female. Assuming his gift of saliva has been well received, the male uses these to hold the female in place so they can mate.

Photo credit: Micropolitan.org

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WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TYPE OF ANT TREATMENT AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

WHAT IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE TYPE OF ANT TREATMENT AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

A trained and licensed pest professional is the best person to make a recommendation based on the proper identification of a particular ant species and the threats they could pose to health and property. Also, homeowners may have a preference as to which treatment is used, so it is important that they have a detailed conversation with their pest control company.  The cost of the treatments can vary depending on the size of the infestation and the property being treated.

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Spider Prevention Tips from Hulett Environmental Services

Homeowners should be on the lookout for the following spider species:

Common House Spider: These spiders don’t pose a health risk, but they can be quite a nuisance throughout the house. They spin a tangled web in upper corners, angles of window frames and around furniture.

Brown Recluse Spider: The bite from a brown recluse can cause a very painful ulcer. These spiders can be found in many undisturbed areas around the home, such as inside boxes, under furniture and in seldom-used clothing or shoes.

Black Widow Spider: Probably the most infamous species of spider, the black widow’s venom can have serious side effects, especially in children and the elderly. Widows often build nests in cluttered areas within garages, attics and basements.BlackWidow

There are several ways to prevent spider bites and keep them out of the house all together:

  • Install screens and weather stripping on windows and door sweeps on doors.
  • Fix any cracks in siding and walls, especially where pipes or wires enter the home.
  • Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper, on the floor or in storage before wearing.
  • Wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time.
  • Inspect shoes before wearing them, as spiders often hide inside.
  • Reduce clutter in basements, garages and attics.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

For more information on spiders and other common household pests, please visit www.bugs.com 

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