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7 Amazing Insect Ninja Skills

7 Amazing Insect Ninja Skills

If insects were ninjas… well… they’d be pretty good at it. Many of the advanced technologies humans have developed for combat purposes, insects possess naturally. In some cases, their nature has our tech beat.

 

DON’T LET PESTS RUIN SPRING BREAK FUN

DON’T LET PESTS RUIN SPRING BREAK FUN

Hulett Environmental cautions travelers about bringing home more than souvenirs

Every spring, millions of Americans plan vacations during their annual Spring Breaks. Hulett Environmental reminds those travelers that the best way to prevent pests like mosquitoes and bed bugs from ruining their trips is through preparation and awareness.

“Spring Break is one of the most popular times of the year for families and students to escape to tropical destinations,” noted Greg Rice, Marketing Director at Hulett Environmental “We remind those travelers that in order to avoid returning home with pest-related illnesses and issues, they must be vigilant and prepared.

Although bites may be inevitable, mosquitoes can leave behind more than just an itchy welt so taking precautions against these bloodsuckers is important. Travelers in tropical areas are susceptible to contracting mosquito-borne diseases, like West Nile virus and Dengue Fever, both reportedly on the rise in the US as well as South America, Mexico and the Caribbean islands.

Travelers must also take steps to prevent bed bugs from hitching rides home with them in luggage and clothing. The National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) 2011 Bugs Without Borders survey found a significant increase in the prevalence of bed bugs in public places, including hotels/motels and college dorms.

To remain pest-free while away at Spring Break and once home, keep these tips in mind from the NPMA and Hulett Environmental:

  • Use insect repellant containing EPA-registered active ingredients like DEET or Picaridin.
  • Limit time outdoors or wear long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If bitten by a mosquito, clean the area thoroughly, avoid scratching, and apply anti-itch cream.
  • To inspect a hotel room for bed bugs, pull back bed sheets, inspect mattress seams, box springs, headboards, sofas and chairs for telltale brownish or reddish spots, shed skins or bugs.
  • Avoid putting luggage on beds or upholstered furniture and store it in a plastic bag.
  • Once home, inspect and vacuum suitcases before bringing them inside. Wash and dry all clothes on hot.
  • Consumers suspecting an infestation should contact a licensed pest professional.

For more information, please visit www.bugs.com

Don’t forget to declare your…Insects?

A man crossing into the United States from Mexico forgot to declare his bugs as food at the port of entry. The unidentified driver told agents he forgot to declare the bags as food items. He was given a $175 fine and the insects were seized. Agents sent the bugs to the U.S.  Department of Agriculture where they were identified as a type of stink bug. Pests must be reported when brought into the country because they feed on plants, CBP officials said in a release.

Moral of the story is don’t forget to report pests when crossing the border since they feed on plants!

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Mild Winter Brings More Pests

To guard against the early emergence of pests, Hulett Environmental Services offers the following tips for homeowners:

  • Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of a building.
  • Keep mulch at least 15-inches from the foundation.
  • Seal cracks and small openings along the bottom of the house.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants trimmed back from the house.
  • Keep indoor and outdoor trash containers clean and sealed.
  • Screen windows and doors.
  • If you suspect a problem, contact a qualified pest professional who can recommend the best course of treatment.

Mosquito Control

Mosquito-borne illnesses continue to plague communities throughout the United States. With recent outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses in Florida, homeowners everywhere should take steps to protect their family.

Homeowners should consider employing a pest professional to help them control this pest.

As evidenced by the increasing incidence of West Nile Virus, mosquito infestations continue well into the year.

The National Pest Management Association and Hulett Environmental offer the following advice on keeping mosquitoes out of homes:

  • Eliminate potential mosquito breading grounds like birdbaths and baby pools by changing the water at least once per week.
  • Remove excess vegetation around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
  • Check your screens for any holes to keep them out of your house.

To learn more about mosquito-transmitted diseases, please visit www.pestworld.org and www.bugs.com

Flowers wilt. Candlelight fades. Roaches are forever.

Flowers wilt. Candlelight fades. Roaches are forever.

Can’t decide on what to get that special someone for Valentine’s Day? Sometimes the answer is all around us, and right where it’s been for millions of years—like cockroaches! How better to express your appreciation for that special someone than to name one of the Bronx Zoo’s 58,000 Madagascar hissing cockroach after them? Best of all, when you purchase this everlasting gift, you’ll help support the Wildlife Conservation Society and its five parks in New York City.

http://www.bronxzoo.com/roach/

West Nile Virus reported in Hernando County

West Nile Virus reported in Hernando County

Mosquito-borne illnesses continue to plague communities throughout the United States. With recent outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses in Florida, homeowners everywhere should take steps to protect their family.

As evidenced by the increasing incidence of West Nile Virus, mosquito infestations continue well into the fall months.

Hulett Environmental offers the following advice on keeping mosquitoes out of homes:

  • Eliminate potential mosquito breading grounds like birdbaths and baby pools by changing the water at least once per week.
  • Remove excess vegetation around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
  • Check your screens for any holes to keep them out of your house.

Florida Pet Control

To learn more about mosquito-transmitted diseases, please visit www.bugs.com.

EPA ~ Pest Wise

PESP member since 2010, Hulett promotes IPM with a focus on pest prevention as a key component of our IPM services. We base our programs on IPM techniques with outside treatment strategies designed to stop infestation before they become a problem inside. Pesticides are used only when monitoring and inspection show that there is a problem.

Scary Food Fact: Beetle Eggs In Canned Asparagus? The FDA Says It’s OK

Scary Food Fact: Beetle Eggs In Canned Asparagus? The FDA Says It’s OK

Scary Food Fact No. 1: FDA Allows Rodent Hairs And Bugs into Peanut Butter, and Beetle Eggs in Canned Asparagus

When dealing with produce that has been harvested from the field, it’s pretty difficult to ensure that every teeny tiny critter that may have hopped onto a leaf or a stem, or nibbled their way inside of a tasty fruit is removed before the produce is processed and sold to the consumer. And after all, if you eat a little maggot, insect larvae or even a smidgen of mammalian excreta, you’ll probably be just fine. In fact, the FDA is so certain you won’t suffer any adverse effects from ingesting minuscule amounts of insects, or “excreta” or rodent hairs (well those rodents, they do get everywhere) that it has published a little booklet called the Defect Level Handbook that advises food manufacturers as to what amounts of contamination from (harmless) foreign material are acceptable. When it comes to frozen or canned asparagus, the maximum level of contamination is “10% by count of spears or pieces {that} are infested with 6 or more attached asparagus beetle eggs and/or sacs.” With frozen broccoli, come in under  an “average of 60 or more aphids and/or thrips and/or mites per 100 grams” and it’s all good. As for cinnamon bark, more than an “average of 1 mg or more {of} mammalian excreta per pound” will get you in trouble. And when it comes to peanut butter, manufacturers can turn a blind eye to an “average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams,” but no more.

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Insects provide clues to crimes

BBC Inside Out finds out how scientists are using insects to help police forces around the world solve fatal crimes.

Scientists working on the forensic entomology team based at London’s Natural History Museum collect and analyse flies, beetles and their larvae collected from corpses and crime scenes. To learn more about forensic entomology and how it is being used to solve crimes check out this video.