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A Closer Look at Ant Species

Argentine Ants: Colonies of Argentine ants are found throughout the southeastern parts of the U.S. and California usually in wet environments near a food source. Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food and give off a musty odor when crushed.

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Carpenter Ants: This aggressive species of ant is found nationwide, especially in the northern region. Carpenter ants attack wood and can cause severe property damage, which is usually not covered by homeowners’ insurance.

Crazy Ants: First found in Texas in 2002, crazy ants have spread to other southern states, nesting in both dry and moist habitats. This species does not pose a health threat, but they can become a nuisance.

Odorous House Ants: This species is found in every region of the U.S. and commonly nests in basements, crawl spaces and adjacent structures. Odorous house ants do not pose a health risk, but they give off a strong, rotten coconut-like smell when crushed.

Pavement Ants: These black ants are found throughout the eastern portion of the U.S., and in California and Washington. They get their name from making nests in or under cracks in pavement. Pavement ants can contaminate food and should be avoided.

Red Imported Fire Ants: These red ants are found in the southeastern U.S., from Virginia to Texas, as well as California and New Mexico. They are commonly introduced to new areas through potted plants, shrubbery and trees. Fire ants will sting humans who disturb a nest, often causing painful welts.

If you suspect an ant infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment. For more information on ants, please visit http://site1.das-group.com/bugs_database/ants.asp

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Checking for Bed Bugs

Checking for Bed Bugs

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.
  • Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners, for pepper-like stains, spots or shed bed bug skins.
  • Place suitcase in a plastic trash bag during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
  • Do not place luggage on upholstered surfaces. The safest place is in the bathroom in the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.

If You Suspect Bed Bugs Are In Your Hotel Room:

  • Notify management and request to change rooms immediately.
  • Do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to the origin.

When You Arrive Home:

  • Inspect your suitcases outdoors before bringing them into the house.
  • Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing it. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which can kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have traveled home with you.
  • Wash and dry all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – on hot cycles.
  • Keep clothes that go to the dry cleaner in a sealed plastic bag until they can be transported.

Ant pest control: Why it’s important to identify the species

Ant Pest ControlAnts are a particularly frustrating pest.  Seemingly overnight, they can appear in large numbers in your home, and are difficult to control.  There are also multiple species of ants, and each species has its own patterns of foraging, nesting, and multiplying.  A common mistake in dealing with ants is to approach them with a one-size-fits-all pest control strategy that doesn’t take into account important differences between the ant types.

Effective ant pest control will zero in on the specific species you have to deal with.  Knowing the species will give you important clues about the source of the infestation, what kinds of environments the ants might prefer at different times of the year, the way they look for food, and the food they like.

Just in terms of identifying likely nest sites, there are important variations to account for between species.  For example, elongate twig ants, which can sting you defensively, prefer nesting in hollow twigs and dry grasses.  Pavement ants can establish nests under the sidewalk in front of your home, but sometimes also comfortably move into your home and set up their nest beneath your floorboards or in your walls.  Odorous house ants, which give off an unpleasant smell when they’re stepped on, like damp, warm places, which means they might set up their nest in a mulchy area on your property or within your floor or walls, particularly if they find an inviting pocket of moisture.

There are, of course, some general ways that you can try to prevent an ant infestation or attempt to curb it.  Putting food away in sealed containers and not leaving food out for too long, including in your pet’s dish, are important measures.  Dealing with plumbing issues that might be creating moist, dark and warm places favored by certain species of ants is also important.  You can also try to find any obvious cracks leading into your home that need to be sealed up.

But one frustrating quality common to many ants, is that they’ll appear in homes that don’t have obvious problems.  Your home could be quite clean and tidy, with no other pest infestation, and they might still show up.  Your best bet then, is to call on the services of pest control experts.

Don’t hesitate to contact us.  We’ll identify the ant species, get to the root of the problem, and tailor our pest control methods to your particular situation.  With our environmentally responsible products, you’ll be able to bring your ant infestation under control, and also adopt preventative measures that will stop another infestation in the future.

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER PEST FREE

ENJOY YOUR SUMMER PEST FREE

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Rather than enjoying backyard barbeques, poolside picnics and other outdoor summer sun activities, homeowners are being chased indoors as summer pests put a stinger in summer fun

A 2005 study by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) found that summer is the greatest season of concern for pests among homeowners. Hulett Environmental recommends several tips to help homeowners take back their weekends and alleviate the problems of summer pests.

  • Eliminate standing water and other sources of moisture in or around the home.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
  • Make sure that there are no cracks or small openings around the house.
  • Make sure that firewood and building materials are not stored next to the home.
  • Move food indoors or under screened tents during outdoor gatherings.
  • Check yourself and your pets regularly for ticks.

To learn more about common summer pests and tips to prevent them visit www.bugs.com

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Hulett Environmental encourages public awareness about insects of foreign origin

Hulett Environmental  encourages public awareness about insects of foreign origin

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Invasive species, or insects of foreign origin, can cause major issues for American homeowners during the summer months. Hulett Environmental,  a pest management company servicing  South Florida, urges vigilance against invasive species including red imported fire ants (RIFAs), Asian tiger mosquitoes, brown marmorated stink bugs and Formosan termites as the weather continues to warm.

Most people are aware of the risks posed by common summer pests like ticks, mosquitoes and bees. However, invasive species can also cause property damage and, in some cases, injury to humans.

Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, encourage homeowners to also be on the lookout for the following invasive species this summer:

Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) – RIFAs were brought to the United States in 1930 from South America and are mainly found in the southern region of the country. When disturbed, they are known to swarm and sting humans, often causing painful welts on the skin.

Asian Tiger Mosquito – Originating from Southeast Asia, the Asian tiger mosquito is now found throughout the eastern, Midwestern and southern states. This mosquito species can cause an irritable bite and spread several diseases, including Dengue fever, West Nile virus and Japanese Encephalitis.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Likely introduced from Eastern Asia, stink bugs are most prevalent in the northeast. While stink bugs don’t pose any health threats, they can produce an unpleasant odor when crushed.

Formosan Termite – Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most aggressive subterranean termite species. They are capable of consuming wood at rapid speeds, posing a serious structural threat to a property if left untreated.

Due to the health and property risks posed by invasive species, homeowners should frequently inspect the home for signs of an infestation and contact a licensed pest professional to treat any potential pest problems.

For more information on invasive pests, please visit www.bugs.com