Believe it or not, there is a growing appetite for edible insects.
According to the Seattle Times, there is a growing trend of “Entropreneurs” who are trying to persuade Americans to eat more bugs, which require less land, food and water, than other animal protein. Plus, some insects are packed with nutritional benefits.
At least 2 billion people worldwide include insects in their diets, and if the “entropreneurs” are successful, Americans will add to this number. However, there is no doubt that this will be a tough sell.
“Insects are viewed as what ruins food — a roach in your soup, a fly in your salad. That’s the biggest obstacle — the ick factor,” said Daniella Martin, the “Girl Meets Bug” blogger and author of “Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet.”
What do you think? Do the environmental and nutritional advantages of insects outweigh the ”ick” factor?
Here are a few facts to help homeowners protect themselves from stinging insects over the next few months:
Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room every year. They can swarm and sting en masse, which can be life threatening especially for anyone who has an allergic reaction.
Unlike some stinging insect species, wasps are known for their unprovoked aggression. A single colony of wasps can contain more than 15,000 members, so an infestation should not be taken lightly.
Common nesting sites include under eaves, on ceiling beams in attics, garages and sheds and under porches. Some stinging insects can build their nests in the ground, including yellowjackets and velvet ants (which are actually a species of wasps). Over-seeding the yard provides more coverage and discourages these pests from nesting around the property.
Painting or staining untreated wood in fences, decks, swing sets and soffits will help keep stinging insects such as carpenter bees out. Carpenter bees create nests by drilling tunnels into soft wood, which can severely compromise the stability of a structure over time.
Only female carpenter bees have stingers. Female carpenter bees will only sting if threatened, but reactions to these stings can range from mild irritation to life-threatening respiratory distress.
Florida pest control services are a must in the muggy, humid summer temperatures of our state. If you’re trying to figure out exactly what pests are “bugging” you and your family here are a few of the primary offenders in our area. Still not sure? Call the experts at Hulett Enviromental Pest Control Services for a free, expert consultation and environmentally friendly treatment options.
1) Ants: Due to the humid climate of our area ants are one of the pests that thrive. They multiply rapidly and can do significant damage to your lawn and landscaping – not to mention your skin through their bites! For more information about ants click here and contact us to receive $50.00 off your pest control contract.
2) Mosquitoes: You see them everywhere (and, if you don’t, you hear their unmistakable whine). If mosquitoes are eating you alive this summer than let us help you with our mosquito control treatment.
3) Termites: Termites are the hidden enemy of your house. Like ants they thrive in the humid climate of south Florida and make their feast on the trees in your yard and the wooden beams of your home. For help determining the type of termites you have and the best treatment for your property visit our website.
4) Rodents: The largest pests that may visit your home are rats and mice. If you’re noticing an increase in the amount of furry visitors around your house allow us to help.
Contact us to schedule your free in-home evaluation. You can visit our website or call us at 866-611-2847 to schedule a time for a visit from the pest control experts. We look forward to assisting you!
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INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT PROGRAM KEY TO SUCCESSFUL PEST CONTROL
Hulett Environmental discusses the importance of creating an integrated pest management (IPM) program
IPM is a process involving common sense methods and environmentally friendly solutions for controlling pests. The approach incorporates three basic steps: inspection, identification and treatment by a pest professional.
The goal of IPM is to stop pests before they invade homes. Developing an IPM program with a professional will give homeowners peace of mind that they will be protected against pest-related health and property threats.”
There are a few standard pest prevention protocols in every IPM program. Pest experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Hulett recommend the following techniques:
Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
Screen vents and openings to chimneys, and keep tree shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
Eliminate sources of moisture and keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated.
Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
Keep counters, floors and other surfaces clean and free of crumbs.
Store food in plastic or glass containers with secure lids.