PEST-PROOFING IS KEY TO PROTECTING THE HOME FROM SUMMERTIME PESTS
Hulett Environmental shares quick tips to keep common household pests outdoors
The arrival of warmer weather also signals the arrival of the most active season for common pests such as wasps, mosquitoes, flies and ants. To prevent these pests from becoming unwanted home intruders during the summer months Hulett Environmental, a pest management company servicing South Florida encourages homeowners to pest-proof around the property.
As the warmer weather serves as a wake-up call to numerous pests, its important for homeowners to spend a few hours pest-proofing the inside and outside of their homes,. Even small tasks like keeping shrubbery well-trimmed and mending ripped screens can go a long way in preventing pests from finding entry points into the home.
Hulett Environmental recommends a number of methods to keep pests outside where they belong.
- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
- Screen windows and seal potential entryways, repairing any rips or tears in screens.
- Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
- Cut tree branches and plants so that they do not reach too close to the house.
- Removing sources of moisture or standing water, including bird baths and in clogged gutters.
- Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
If you find any signs of an infestation after a thorough inspection of your home, contact a pest professional who can help identify and treat the problem.
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Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Edward Archbold had a plan to win a female Ivory Ball python. He’d eat enough roaches and worms in a contest Friday and claim his prize.
While he won the contest, however, the 32-year-old West Palm Beach man collapsed outside the Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach and died later at a nearby hospital, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Archbold consumed “dozens of roaches and worms” during the “Midnight Madness” contest, which drew nearly 30 contestants, the sheriff’s office said. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.
The store owner insists it wasn’t the food.
Discoid roaches, Siegel told the Miami Herald, are “eaten by people all over the world.” The roaches served up at the contest were domestically raised “for exotic pet feed,” Siegel said, adding that they were “pure, clean protein.”
All the bug-eaters “were entirely aware of what they were doing and that they signed thorough waivers accepting responsibility for their participation in this unique and unorthodox contest,” according to a statement issued through the store’s attorney, Luke Lirot.
Siegel hadn’t met Archbold before Friday night but said he cut a colorful figure as soon as he arrived at the store on West Hillsboro Road.
“He seemed like kind of a wild guy – he was wearing a bandanna, wrist bands and a shirt that said ‘Event Staff,’” Siegel said. “He was brought there by a snake enthusiast. He was trying to win the snake for his friend.”
According to rules posted in an online forum, the prize would go to “the guy or gal that eats the most bugs in 4 minutes without vomiting.”
Archbold was downing discoid roaches and worms one by one and winning the contest. He even updated his Facebook page, which identified him as Edward William Barry, during the competition: “So I nailed Qualifying the quota was 10 roaches in 30 sec. … i did 8 and the 2 that my comp vomited next to me,” he said at one point.
But Archbold started throwing up before he was able to collect the snake that he won for his friend. He collapsed outside the store and was taken to Broward Health North where he was pronounced dead.
The “Midnight Madness” bug contest was the first one at Ben Siegel Reptiles on West Hillsboro Road, although an employee said “customers or close friends will eat them all the time.” Renee, who declined to give her last name, said she has also eaten bugs.
“The horn worm kind of tastes like a melon, but it has a sweet flavor. Crickets don’t really taste like anything, and mealworms have a kind of nutty flavor,” she said. “I’ve eaten the roaches too, but just the baby ones.”
The insect-eating that grossed out observers on Friday night is actually par for the course in other parts of the world.
Edwin Lewis, an entomologist at the University of California at Davis, described the surprisingly enjoyable experience of eating cooked waterbugs in Thailand, which are not too far removed from cockroaches.
Lewis suspected that an allergic reaction could have been the cause of death.
Twitter: @JuliusWhighamThe Miami Herald contributed to this story.
Hulett reminds homeowners to be cautious of unwanted pests as the season changes
The fall season is known to many as the time of year when the leaves change, the air becomes crisp and the nights grow longer. But, it is also a peak time for pests to make their way indoors seeking food, shelter and warmth. Hulett Environmental, a pest management company servicing the South Florida warns that homeowners are likely to experience increased pest activity inside the home as the seasons change.
During the fall months, smaller pests including spiders, cockroaches and rodents search for a place to take refuge from the cold winter ahead – and houses are a great option. Unfortunately, these pests usually multiply fast, leading to a greater infestation and pest problem. They can damage homes and can even become a danger to our health
Experts at the National Pest Management Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, recommend the following tips to keep pests at bay this fall:
- Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with caulk.
- Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
- Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
- Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
- Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
- Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed.
We also encourage homeowners to always be on the lookout for tell tale signs of a pest infestation. If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or observe gnaw marks on wires, it’s best to contact a pest professional to inspect and treat the potential problem.
March 8 (Fairfax, VA)- PestWorld.org, an educational website designed to inform homeowners about common household pests, has undergone a complete redesign, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced today. The consumer website is designed to give visitors a more interactive and engaging experience, as well as serve as a one-stop resource for all pest-related topics.
The new site will feature articles and content from an array of expert sources from both the NPMA, including Vice President of Public Affairs Missy Henriksen with her blog, “The Bug Lady,” and outside industry sources, such as Realtors, home inspectors and meteorologists. A medical expert will also routinely contribute content on pest-related health issues, including salmonella, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, hantavirus, and asthma and allergies.
“PestWorld.org is designed to provide users with a complete view of pests and the health and property risks they pose,” says Henriksen. “We want to ensure that our visitors are able to find all of the information they need about their pest problems. Visitors can browse through expert-authored articles, photo and video libraries, pest guides, prevention tips and health articles to give them a full understanding of pests and the dangerous implications they can have on our homes and families.”
Education remains a priority. “We want our visitors to leave feeling empowered to tackle pests, either by taking preventative measures to keep them out or by partnering with a pest professional to help effectively and safely remediate infestations, ” says Henriksen.
PestWorld.org has a modern layout, easy navigation and vivid pest photography. New features include a Multimedia Center with public photo and video galleries.
Despite its new look, PestWorld.org retains many of its popular features, including the Pest Guide, AllThingsBedBugs microsite, media gallery, Extreme Infestations case studies, and Zip Code Locator to help users find pest professionals that are qualified and licensed, operating in their local communities.
The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, follow the NPMA on Twitter at @PestWorld and visit the NPMA’s consumer websites, PestWorld.org, PestWorldForKids.org, AllThingsBedBugs.org and WhatIsIPM.org.
Hulett Celebrates Another Year of Growth
Hulett Environmental Services celebrated another significant year of growth at its annual sales awards ceremony in February.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Hulett Environmental Services celebrated another significant year of growth at its annual sales awards ceremony in February.
“Growing like this is so much fun and having the ability to share it with all these great people that brought it to us makes it all the better,” said Tim Hulett, owner and CEO of Hulett Environmental Services. “We have quickly climbed into the top 20 pest control companies in the country and we have no intention of stopping here.”
Brian Holloway, NFL Pro Bowler from the New England Patriots, was the guest speaker and roused the group with a message celebrating the fun of winning. “Winning is something that’s in your heart. It’s a decision you make every day. It’s clear that the Hulett team has that heart and makes that winning decision daily.”
This year’s ceremony was special to the Hulett family due to the passing of Guy Hulett, the first-generation and founder of Hulett Environmental Services. The family was given the Terry Chapin Award in honor of his contributions throughout the years, a fixture at Hulett’s corporate headquarters in West Palm Beach for decades.
“He will by greatly missed and always remembered,” said his grandson, Randy Hulett, the third generation leader at Hulett.
|Hulett Environmental Services celebrated another significant year of growth at its annual sales awards ceremony in February.|
In addition to the robust recurring sales bonuses paid monthly at Hulett, more than $50,000 were handed out at Saturday’s award ceremony. “It’s a pleasure for me to pay out these bonuses,” said Tim Hulett. “These people are the ones that brought us here, and they more than deserve to share in the benefits of our growth. These are the people that are going to continue this great growth run we are on. We have just found our stride and it’s nowhere but up from here.”