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.
Hulett Environmental offers advice for keeping pantries (and food) bug-free
Not all pests scurry around in search of food before hurrying back to their nests. In fact, according to the pest professionals at Hulett Environmental some pests such as Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles can settle right into food supplies, commonly infesting grains and sweets.
Pantry pests can easily contaminate stored food and can also be brought into the home undetected in already infested purchases. Hulett Environmental recommends some proactive practices to keep your pantry pest-free:
Store food in airtight containers. It’s recommended to buy plastic or metal containers in a variety of sizes to accommodate the foods you keep.
Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage. Make it a habit while grocery shopping to carefully inspect boxes of cereal, grains, nuts, flour and sugar, etc. for signs of damage prior to placing it in the cart.
Dried food products should be inspected regularly, especially before use, for any signs of infestation.
Add bay leaves to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains — their pungent scent repels many pantry pests. One bay leaf in each container should do the trick.
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?
Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of the facility including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
Make sure vents are screened and gaps around windows and doors are sealed.
Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed.
Inspect boxes, bags and other packaging thoroughly to curb hitchhiking pests.
Don’t allow food to sit on counters or shelves in open containers. All food and water sources should be kept sealed unless currently in use.
Clean all food spills regularly.
Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.
Never store food on the floor. Always lift it up on shelves so that rodents and insects do not have easy access.
Comply will all regulations regarding pests in food service facilities.
A licensed and qualified pest professional is your best resource to ensure these steps are completed properly.
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?
Ask friends, neighbors and other reputable businesses to recommend pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest control companies.
Don’t rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional knowledge, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
Find out if the pest control company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment.
If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing control, prevention and management are necessary.
Buy value, not price. Beware of bargains that sound too good to be true.
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.
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.