Did you know? Female bed bugs can lay over 500 eggs in a lifetime!
Bed bugs get their name because they are commonly found in beds but can also be found in other places where humans spend a lot of time: hotels, airplanes, and couches.
Shape: Flat, broad, oval
Color: Mahogany to rusty brown and they turn red after sucking blood
Common Name: Bed bug
Species: Cimex lectularius
Bed bugs can feed on the blood of any warm-blooded animal. Their most common targets are humans because, unlike animals with fur, we have a lot of exposed skin for them to bite.
Bed bugs are typically found in beds and small cracks and crevices.
Bed bugs are typically found in beds and small cracks and crevices.When Bed bugs feed, they inject the skin with their saliva (this keeps the blood from clotting) and an anesthetic (this keeps the host from feeling the bite and moving). Bed bugs do not spread disease, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.
Don’t take mattresses or padded furniture that has been left at the curb or on the street.
Check your bed sheets for blood spots.
Keep your suitcases covered in plastic and off the floor when you travel.
When you travel, take a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs.
When you return from a trip, wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
Bed bugs are hard to see, so if you think you have bed bugs, call a pest management professional.
Hulett Environmental Services highlights health risks posed by cockroaches
Cockroaches are more than just a household nuisance; they are also significant danger in the home. Hulett Environmental Services warns that cockroaches can pose a health threat to humans by spreading many different types of bacteria that can increase asthma and allergy symptoms, especially in children.
Cockroaches are known to spread diseases like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs. Furthermore, their saliva and droppings contain allergen proteins known to cause allergy flare-ups and increase asthma symptoms.
Hulett Environmental Services experts advise homeowners that cockroaches prefer warm, moist places with available food sources, so it’s important to eliminate those attractive environments. Homeowners should pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms — especially under appliances and sinks — as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations. In addition, homeowners should vacuum frequently, and keep counters and floors clean at all times.
If a cockroach infestation is suspected, a licensed pest professional will properly
As the name suggests, dampwood termites infest wood with high moisture content. Dampwood termites are normally larger in size than other termite species.
Dampwood termite colonies, like drywood termites, have no worker caste. The nymph dampwood termites take care of the kings and queens of the colony and feed the soldier caste. These termites create a series of chambers in wood, which are connected by tunnels with smooth walls, as if sandpapered.
Dampwood termites are usually found in logs, stumps, dead trees, fence posts and utility poles.
Dampwood termites do not usually infest structures because of their need for excessive moisture. However, care must be taken to avoid attracting dampwood termites to a structure, as they can cause serious property damage. In fact, dampwood termites and other termite species cause a collective $5 billion in property damage each year.
Hulett Environmental Services encourages public awareness of rodents during the winter season
As temperatures continue to cool across the country, rodents will begin to seek shelter from the elements, most often in homes and other structures. To promote public vigilance against rodents, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes November 16-22 as Rodent Awareness Week. Hulett Environmental Services is proud to take part in this observance by educating homeowners about the threat of rodents and the possible signs of an infestation this winter.
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:
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.
Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.
Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to the touch and are light colored.
Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they are drawn to areas that are dark and secluded.
Damaged food packages: House mice prefer to feed on cereals and seeds, while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.