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Tips to avoid a pest infestation when decorating the home for the Holidays

Tips to avoid a pest infestation when decorating the home for the Holidays

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As families across the country get into the Holiday spirit by digging out their decorations and unpacking strands of twinkling lights, Hulett Environmental a pest management company servicing South Florida urges caution against pests that can make their way into the home via boxes of ornaments, fresh-cut Christmas trees, wreathes and even firewood.

Ants and spiders can easily hide in the branches of trees and crevices of firewood, while mice can chew through cardboard boxes of decorations that have been stored away since last season.  Unfortunately, these pests can pose serious health threats, from food contamination to the spread of disease, once they find a way inside.”

Hulett advises homeowners to carefully inspect these all items for pests before bringing them inside the home. Hulett recommends the following tips to specifically prevent a pest infestation when decorating for the Holidays:

  • Inspect live, fresh cut evergreen trees, wreathes and garlands for spiders, insect nests or eggs before purchasing. Shake greenery outdoors to remove any pests before bringing them inside.
  • Unpack decorations outdoors so pests aren’t released into the home. Repack decorations in durable, sealed containers that pests can’t chew through.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised structure, such as concrete blocks or poles.
  • If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.

A Closer Look at Ant Species

Argentine Ants: Colonies of Argentine ants are found throughout the southeastern parts of the U.S. and California usually in wet environments near a food source. Argentine ants do not pose a health threat, but they can contaminate food and give off a musty odor when crushed.

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Carpenter Ants: This aggressive species of ant is found nationwide, especially in the northern region. Carpenter ants attack wood and can cause severe property damage, which is usually not covered by homeowners’ insurance.

Crazy Ants: First found in Texas in 2002, crazy ants have spread to other southern states, nesting in both dry and moist habitats. This species does not pose a health threat, but they can become a nuisance.

Odorous House Ants: This species is found in every region of the U.S. and commonly nests in basements, crawl spaces and adjacent structures. Odorous house ants do not pose a health risk, but they give off a strong, rotten coconut-like smell when crushed.

Pavement Ants: These black ants are found throughout the eastern portion of the U.S., and in California and Washington. They get their name from making nests in or under cracks in pavement. Pavement ants can contaminate food and should be avoided.

Red Imported Fire Ants: These red ants are found in the southeastern U.S., from Virginia to Texas, as well as California and New Mexico. They are commonly introduced to new areas through potted plants, shrubbery and trees. Fire ants will sting humans who disturb a nest, often causing painful welts.

If you suspect an ant infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment. For more information on ants, please visit http://site1.das-group.com/bugs_database/ants.asp

Tips to specifically prevent a pest infestation when decorating for the Holidays

Hulett Environmental  recommends the following tips to specifically prevent a pest infestation when decorating for the Holidays:Exterminator in West Palm Beach FL

  • Inspect live, fresh cut evergreen trees, wreathes and garlands for spiders, insect nests or eggs before purchasing. Shake greenery outdoors to remove any pests before bringing them inside.
  • Unpack decorations outdoors so pests aren’t released into the home. Repack decorations in durable, sealed containers that pests can’t chew through.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home on a raised structure, such as concrete blocks or poles.
  • If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.

South Florida Exterminators can Conquer Pharaoh Ant Empires

South Florida ExterminatorsMonomorium pharaonis is the scientific name for one of South Florida’s more interesting pests. However, most people just refer to the creatures as pharaoh ants. Like the humans that they share a moniker with, these 1/12-inch long formicidae have been around for centuries. They have also been the target of our South Florida exterminators.

South Florida exterminator lore has it that the pharaoh ants got their name because of an erroneous connection to ancient Egypt’s insect plagues. Although these African natives didn’t participate in the plague, it doesn’t mean that they are not trouble with a capital T.

Pharaoh ants love to nest in hot, humid enclosed areas. So that makes them exceptionally fond of South Florida. Hot, humid homes are not their only nesting spots either. These South Florida pests have a penchant for medical facilities as well.

When they do infest medical facilities, it is not uncommon to see them drinking from blood plasma bags, IV bags or the mouths of sleeping humans. What makes such situations even more disturbing is that the ants are also known carriers of diseases. Some of the diseases connected to South Florida’s pharaoh ant population are streptococcus, salmonella and staphylococcus.

To add to the problem, once the pharaoh ants establish a nest, their numbers can grow quickly. Perhaps that is why they were once falsely associated with the plagues. How quickly can they reproduce? Well, each female, of which there may be more than 100 per nest, is capable of producing 400 eggs at a time. Those eggs are capable of turning into additional females in less than 40 days. So in as little as two months, a South Florida dwelling can literally become overrun with pharaohs.

The good news is that our South Florida exterminators know how to bring the pharaohs’ reign to a swift conclusion. To learn more about how they accomplish such a challenging feat, please contact us at (866) 611-2847.

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Checking for Bed Bugs

Checking for Bed Bugs

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.
  • Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners, for pepper-like stains, spots or shed bed bug skins.
  • Place suitcase in a plastic trash bag during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
  • Do not place luggage on upholstered surfaces. The safest place is in the bathroom in the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.

If You Suspect Bed Bugs Are In Your Hotel Room:

  • Notify management and request to change rooms immediately.
  • Do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to the origin.

When You Arrive Home:

  • Inspect your suitcases outdoors before bringing them into the house.
  • Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing it. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which can kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have traveled home with you.
  • Wash and dry all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – on hot cycles.
  • Keep clothes that go to the dry cleaner in a sealed plastic bag until they can be transported.

South Florida Pest Control | Hulett Environmental Services


South Florida Pest Control | Hulett Environmental Services

Keep your guests happy and your backyard pest-free during barbecues!

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To keep your guests happy and your backyard pest-free during barbecues, consider the following tips: 

  1. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are planning a barbeque before sunset, plan on having plenty of insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin available for you and your guests. Adorn your deck or patio with citronella candles that can help minimize the presence of mosquitoes in the area, and wear long sleeves or pants to avoid bites.
  2. Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to fragrances from shampoo, perfume and candles — not to mention food and drink. Avoid using scented items beforehand and provide clear plastic cups for your guests as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
  3. Prior to the party, check screen doors and repair any holes. And with guests coming in and out of your house, make sure the doors close behind them.
  4. Keep all food and beverages in sealed coolers and containers.
  5. Keep garbage containers sealed and away from guests.
  6. Clean trash, spills and crumbs immediately from tables and other surfaces.
  7. Rinse all beverage bottles and cans, and dispose of them in tightly closed garbage containers.
  8. Bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the meal.
  9. Plan to serve food and beverages indoors, and reserve outdoor space for eating and entertaining.
  10. Remove or drain sources of standing water in your yard that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths, and wading pools.

South Florida Exterminators Discuss Region’s Termite Populations

As South Florida exterminators, we are often asked questions about our area’s termite populations. The questions understandably vary. However, some of them have to do with the various types (subterranean, dampwood and drywood) and species of termites found throughout the Sunshine State. That said, we thought that it might be helpful to briefly spotlight a few of the more common ones.

Subterranean Termites in South Florida

There are many species of termites that are considered subterranean. As you may have guessed, they live underground and use foraging tubes to access food sites. One of the most problematic ones found in South Florida is the Formosan. Originally from Asia, it first surfaced in Hallandale in the 1980s. Since that time, it has been eating its way across our fair state.

For the novice, their colonies can be hard to find. That’s because it is not uncommon for the creatures to travel 300 feet from their homestead to feast on South Floridian’s wooden structures. As such, quickly securing the services of a South Florida exterminator to eradicate them is strongly advised.

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Drywood Termites in South Florida

Drywood termites also live in South Florida. They differ from subterranean termites in many respects, including where they establish their colonies. Unlike their underground cohorts, drywood species like to nest inside of drywood. They also tend to create modest homes and have much shorter foraging ranges. Species that may be found in Florida include the West Indian, western and southeastern.

Dampwood Termites in South Florida

It should also be noted that South Florida has a dampwood termite population as well. They are often found living in modest-size colonies located in damp areas. That is partially why it is so important for South Floridians to address any water related, structural damage quickly. Species that homeowners may encounter are neotermes luykxi and neotermes castaneus.

Tree Termites in South Florida

Lastly, we can’t forget South Florida’s tree termite population. Some Floridians may remember hearing about them surfacing in Dania Beach in the early 2000s. They are adept at quickly destroying trees and building large, above ground nests. Therefore, they also need to be eliminated quickly. Otherwise, extensive property damage may occur.

As we mentioned previously, the above is just a brief look at South Florida’s termite populations. To learn more, contact our South Florida exterminators at (866) 611-2847. We stand by our work and offer free termite inspections.

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