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Fort Pierce Ant Control
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Fort Pierce Ant Control
Scientists are creating super soldier ants…a good idea?
Researchers and scientists from McGill University in Canada had discovered that the ant species Pheidole morrisi has all the tools needed to become a big headed monster. All the researchers had to do was dab an ant larvae with a hormone and like magic a regular worker ant became a super soldier. Pictured below. Read the full story on the Daily Mail.
Do you think this is a good idea?
Pests are attracted to sources of food, water and shelter – three things that restaurants and commercial food facilities provide in spades. Without taking proper preventative steps, restaurants and food service facilities could see populations of rodents, flies, cockroaches, ants and more.
Many restaurants and food service facilities have already contracted with pest professionals to prevent infestations from occurring. A working partnership between facility managers and licensed, trained pest professionals is critical in controlling pest populations.
Licensed and professionally trained pest professionals are best suited to keep health and property-threatening pests in check. Today’s pest professionals have the training necessary to identify pest problems and recommend the most responsible and effective pest management methods available. But, restaurants and commercial food facilities should train their internal staff to work as partners with pest professionals. While these locations may receive regular service from their contracted pest management firm, internal employees can take steps every day to help reduce pest populations.
Are there steps a restaurant or food service facility can take on their own to prevent/control pest populations?
The National Pest Management Association recommends that restaurants and food service facilities implement an integrated pest management (IPM) program. IPM is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions incorporate three basic steps: 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment. Treatment options vary from sealing cracks and removing food and water sources to pesticide treatments when necessary.
What should a restaurant, food service facility or homeowner look for when hiring a pest professional?
A national study on factors that affect asthma in inner-city children shows that cockroach allergens appear to worsen asthma symptoms more than other known triggers. This study, funded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is the first large-scale study to rank asthma triggers according to severity.
Additionally, a 2005 research study, sponsored by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), shows a disparity in homeowner knowledge about this link. Only 10% of homeowners nationwide feel that cockroaches are a threat to their family’s health.
Fortunately for homeowners, there is a solution for this asthma trigger. Professional pest control services are proven to reduce cockroach populations, which in turn, reduces the number of allergens that trigger children’s asthma attacks.
This sentiment was echoed by NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden, Ph.D in recently published articles where he cites “proven exterminating techniques” as a key component in reducing allergen populations. While that is true, It is vital that these proven techniques are completed by a professional pest control company with the training and certifications necessary to treat the infestations.
For further information, visit www.bugs.com
Depending upon the specific business that you’re in, the sight of pests may elicit anywhere from a non-committal “hmm” to outright panic. What those from both ends of the spectrum should realize is that, one, the presence of pests at a place of business can have the potential of impacting your bottom line negatively, and, two, it’s an easier problem to fix than you think. So, let’s take a brief look at why your business may need the services of a professional Fort Pierce Pest Control company.
First of all is the obvious, the “yeck” factor. Other than insect enthusiasts, most people simply aren’t cut out to appreciate the aesthetics of pests. There’s just something about a creepy crawly creature that sends chills down people’s (read: customers) spines. There are some businesses, in fact, such as restaurants, in which patrons will actually immediately leave quite perturbed at the sight of any bugs.
Many pests and bugs simply aren’t the healthiest thing for us, either. If asked, most people would go to just about any lengths to protect their health by staying away from pests. For the health of your staff as well as that of customers, it’s vital that you rid your company of these pathogenic creatures.
You can’t necessarily trust just what you see with your eyes, either. Just because you only saw one little ant doesn’t mean that there’s not more. For every one you see, there’s a multitude more that you don’t. Infestation could be just around the corner. There may even be pests creeping around the premises that you haven’t seen at all yet, making an inspection by a professional Fort Pierce Pest Control company is a good idea.
Even the biggest Fortune 500 corporate office wouldn’t be immune to the effects of bugs in their lobby. The bottom line is really that it simply doesn’t present a professional image to have pests scurrying around your customers.
Let’s face it. Whether it’s staff getting disgusted from the food in the break room because of the ants crawling all over, or the patron who runs from your offices screaming because she saw a termite but thought it was a cockroach, your business can’t afford to risk the presence of pests. Thankfully, the solution is the essence of simplicity itself. Simply contact us, either online or call us toll-free at 866-611-2847. From rats to roaches, ticks to termites, we can take care of your problem quickly, thoroughly, and even discreetly.
Hulett Environmental reminds homeowners to be cautious of insects of foreign origin
Invasive species, or insects of foreign origin, continue to grow in population, causing major issues for American homeowners. Hulett Environmental Services a pest management company servicing South Florida, urges vigilance against invasive species including Formosan termites and red imported fire ants (RIFAs).
Like many other pests, invasive species tend to make their way into homes during the fall in search of resources and shelter for the winter months ahead. Unfortunately, invasive species can cause severe property damage, and in some cases injury, once inside the home.
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 be especially aware of the Formosan termite, a species of subterranean termite that tends to be more aggressive than its native counterparts. Formosan termites are capable of consuming wood at rapid speeds, which largely contributes to the $5 billion termites cause in property damage every year.
Another common invasive insect is the red imported fire ant, a species mainly found in the southern United States. When disturbed, RIFAs are known to swarm and sting humans repeatedly, often producing painful welts.
Due to the health and property risks posed by invasive species, the NPMA recommends sealing cracks and holes on the exterior of the home with caulk, eliminating sources of water and moisture in and around the house, and frequently inspecting the property for signs of an infestation.
If an infestation is suspected, people should not attempt to control it with do-it-yourself measures. Instead, contact a licensed pest professional who can identify the species and effectively treat the problem.
For more information on invasive pest species and other pest issues, visit www.bugs.com
Hulett Environmental shares tips on how to keep pests from disrupting picnics or BBQs
may not be on the guest list, but many pests including ants, flies, mosquitoes and other stinging insects are likely to disrupt outdoor festivities this summer. Hulett Environmental, a pest management company servicing South Florida, encourages party goers to take precautions to prevent pests from putting a damper on summer fun.
There is nothing more bothersome than trying to enjoy a delicious plate of BBQ fare while a buzzing bug is flying around your food. Unfortunately, plenty of pests are attracted to our food, so they tend to frequent our outdoor cookouts, but there are ways to prevent these uninvited guests from crashing the party.
Hulett Environmental, offers these tips to help pests from ruining your summer gathering:
If pests become intolerable, you may have a larger problem and need professional assistance. Sometimes, pest pressure can get out of hand. For example, if homeowners notice large mounds of ants or stinging insect nests around the property, they’ll want to contact a professional to help them safely remove these infestations as they can be a threat to our safety.
For more information or to speak with a pest a professional about common summer pests, visit www.bugs.com