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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.
We recommend the following tips for safeguarding homes against common indoor allergens caused by pests:
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:
Tips to keep pets pest-free:
Hulett Environmental offers the following prevention tips for homeowners to help guard against termites:
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“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Fear 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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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!
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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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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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.