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Hulett Environmental Services shares five simple steps to avoid an ant infestation

Hulett Environmental Services shares five simple steps to avoid an ant infestation

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.

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Florida Bed Bug Control FAQ’S

What do bed bugs look like?

Adult bed bugs are brown, about a quarter of an inch in diameter and resemble a flat apple seed or lentil.

How pervasive is the bed bug problem in the United States?

There has been a significant increase bed bug infestations in recent years. According to 2013 research conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, almost 100 percent of pest control companies have treated for bed bugs in the past year, compared to just 25 percent in 2000.

In addition, an earlier NPMA survey conducted in January of 2011 found that one in five Americans has encountered bed bugs in their home or knows someone who has.

Why are bed bugs such a problem now?

While there is not one clear answer for the resurgence in bed bugs in recent years, the majority of pest professionals point to increased travel, lack of public awareness, and changing pest control products and methods.

What states have been affected?

Pest control companies have reported bed bug activity on a national scale. Today, bed bugs can be found throughout almost every region of the world and in all 50 United States.

 

Where are bed bugs found?

Bed bugs are not limited to any one specific type of dwelling. Pest control companies have been reporting infestations everywhere including single family homes, multi-family housing, apartments, hotels and motels, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters, libraries and even public transportation.

Are bed bugs just in beds?

While bed bugs are most often found in bed parts, such as mattresses, box springs and folded areas, they can also survive in alternative habitats. Bed bugs often conceal themselves behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, picture frames, electrical switch plates and in furniture crevices.

What are some common signs of a bed bug infestation?

Telltale signs of a bed bug infestation include:

  • Small red to reddish brown fecal spots on mattresses, upholstery or walls
  • Molted bed bug skins, 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 which may be exposed while sleeping

Why are bed bugs so hard to treat?

Bed bugs are elusive, hardy pests that are easily transported from one place to another. They can live for several months without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to almost 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

How does someone control bed bugs?

Any effective bed bug control strategy should start with a careful, thorough inspection by a licensed pest professional of all known and suspected spots where the bugs may be hiding. This is not a pest that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures.

Once bed bugs are discovered, a pest professional will develop a treatment and control strategy with their customer depending on the extent of the infestation. It is imperative for the customer to fully follow the advice, including removing infested items and laundering clothing.

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Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

There are several steps you can take to help prevent bed bugs in your everyday life. Regular bed bug inspections are the best line of defense to help you avoid a bed bug infestation. Here are some other prevention tips to keep in mind:

  • Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs such as pepper-like stains, molted bed bug skins and white, sticky eggs.
  • Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home or college dorm without thoroughly examining it for signs of a bed bug infestation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Bed Bugs

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Helpful Lawn Care Tips

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Hulett Environmental Services encourages people to revisit some bed bug basics

Hulett Environmental Services encourages people to revisit some bed bug basics

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Today marks the start of Bed Bug Awareness Week (April 20 through 26), an observance by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events, to promote public awareness about bed bugs. Hulett Environmental Services is proud to join in this important industry effort and encourages people to brush up on some bed bug prevention tips to curb infestations, especially ahead of the summer travel season.

Bed bugs are as much, if not more of a problem than they were just a few years ago. A 2013 survey conducted by the NPMA and the University of Kentucky, found that nearly 100 percent of pest professionals had encountered bed bugs in the past year.

Bed bugs are often associated with sanitation issues, but the truth is that these pests are found in many different environments. They are excellent hitchhikers and possess uncanny characteristics that make them extremely difficult to control. Vigilance is the key to avoiding an infestation.

The NPMA and Hulett Environmental Services recommends practicing these prevention tactics while out and about this spring and summer:

  • Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home or college dorm without thoroughly examining it for signs of a bed bug infestation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Avoid putting bags and purses on the floor of dressing rooms, public transit, movie theaters, etc.

For more information on bed bugs, please visit http://www.bugs.com/pest_control_services/bed-bug-control.asp?type=pest

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Insect Worlds: Them & Us

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Critter Crafts for the Kids

Learn how to make a 3D Ladybug!

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What is Green Pro?

When you hire a GreenPro provider we want to ensure that you receive the best service and have the highest level of confidence that all individuals sent to your home or business have met stringent criteria that go far beyond state and federal requirements. To guarantee this level of quality, GreenPro requires member companies to meet high standards that include:

  • Perform criminal background checks on all employees.
  • Comply with the toughest green standards.
  • Employ highly trained, credentialed employees.
  • Offer a clear, easy-to-understand warranty and termite service agreement.
  • Maintain an up-to-date insurance policy.
  • Advertise truthfully and ethically.
  • Check employee references and driving history.
  • Maintain a drug-free workplace.
  • Require a professional dress code and service vehicle maintenance and appearance policy.

In addition, when providing a green pest management service, your GreenPro certified technician will develop a plan to precisely manage pests in your home and business in accordance with our rigorous third-party standards. GreenPro companies will:

  • Provide green pest management training and testing for all sales persons and technicians selling or providing green services.
  • Designate a manager that must attend a comprehensive green training program and whom is responsible for ensuring that the company is complying with GreenPro standards.
  • Create a unique partnership with you to determine the best and most responsible way to solve your pest problems.
  • Inspect and monitor the structure being serviced.
  • Eliminate sources of food, water and shelter that pests need to survive.
  • Follow guidelines to treat in and around your structure using the least invasive measures to manage your problem, while minimizing or eliminating the need to use pesticides.
  • Only make traditional pesticide applications after discussing the options with you and getting your consent.
  • Document all actions taken to accurately identify solutions that work for you.
  • To ensure GreenPro companies are complying with program standards, member companies are audited by independent auditors.
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Stay Bed Bug Free At School

Tips to keep you bed bug free during school

  • Fully inspect your suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Be sure that any clothes that may have been previously packed in the suitcase have been washed and dried in hot temperatures .
  • Before putting your sheets on your dormitory bed, inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs.
  • If you are considering bringing “secondhand” furniture to campus, properly inspect it to insure that a pest problem, such as bed bugs, is not the reason for its “secondhand” status. If you see anything suspect, do not bring it to campus.

Visit http://www.bugs.com/commercial_pest_control/bed-bug-control.asp?type=commercial to learn more about bed bug control

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What pest are you?

What Pest are You?

April is National Pest Management Month!

Pest persona quiz – PestWorld pest control

You may have more similarities to pests than you think

Take this quiz and find out what pest you personify.

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Hulett Environmental Services shares five simple steps to avoid an ant infestation

Hulett Environmental Services shares five simple steps to avoid an ant infestation

 

As weather conditions improve, ants will soon begin to enter homes in search of food and water. Hulett Environmental Services encourages homeowners to take proactive steps to reduce the likelihood of seeing these nuisance pests in your garage or crawling across the kitchen counter in the coming weeks.

Ants often infest kitchens and bathrooms, but homeowners may also encounter them in cooler spaces like basements, garages and around air conditioning units. The key to preventing ants from finding a way inside is to eliminate harborage sites around the property.

Experts from Hulett Environmental Services recommend the following five simple steps that homeowners can do today to thwart an ant infestation.

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.

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Huett Environmental encourages homeowners to take precautions against common household pests

Huett Environmental encourages homeowners to take precautions against common household pests

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April is National Pest Management Month, a public observance by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events, that celebrates the pest management industry for its commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from common household pests.  It’s also the ideal time to prepare homes and help thwart those pesky spring and summer pest invasions. During the month-long observance, Hulett Environmental encourages homeowners to take stock of the conditions in and around homes and eliminate any harborage points that could attract pests over the next few months.

National Pest Management Month occurs during a time when homeowners begin to notice an increase in pests, such as ants, termites, mosquitoes and other stinging insects. It’s the perfect opportunity for homeowners to complete simple home improvement projects like screening windows and proper landscape techniques that will help keep pests outdoors where they belong.

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

  • 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.

For more information on common household pests or more pest-proofing tips, please visit www.bugs.com

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Celebrate National Pest Management Month With Us

Celebrate  National Pest Management Month With Us!

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Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Control

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly – Customer Information Sheet

The most noticeable symptoms of an infestation of this whitefly is the abundance of
the white, waxy material covering the leaves and also excessive sooty mold. Like other similar insects, these whiteflies will produce “honeydew”, a sugary substance, which causes the growth of sooty mold. The actual effect of an infestation on the health of a plant is unknown; however, whiteflies in general can cause plant decline, defoliation and branch dieback.

Free Spiraling Whitefly Inspection

South Florida has new variety of whitefly referred to as Spiraling whitefly. This fly can affect a wide variety of Florida’s beautiful tropical plants such as:

  • Gumbo Limbo
  • Banana
  • Black Olive Trees
  • Mango trees
  • A wide variety of Palms
  • Live oak, some shrubs such as copperleaf, cocoplum and wax myrtle
  • And many others

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