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Hulett Environmental encourages homeowners to take proactive steps to eliminate ants

Hulett Environmental encourages homeowners to take proactive steps to eliminate ants

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There is one houseguest that no one wants, but nearly everyone gets – ants. And as the weather continues to warm, this pest will begin marching one-by-one indoors. Hulett Environmental encourages homeowners to take the necessary steps to prevent ants from ruining their summer fun.

A recent study of pest professionals, conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has revealed that ants are the No. 1 nuisance pest in the United States and often become a problem during the warmer months as they venture indoors to look for food.

Unfortunately, ants are more than just a household annoyance. This pest can pose health risks and cause extensive property damage once inside the home.

Odorous ants are known to contaminate food sources and carpenter ants can tunnel through wood to build nests inside structures. Luckily, a mixture of IPM tactics can effectively prevent and manage most infestations.

Experts from Hulett Environmental recommend the following tips to avoid ant infestations:

  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water near a home.
  • Keep tree branches and other shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches from the ground.
  • Keep food in sealed containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Keep pet food and water dishes clean and remove any spilled food.

If you suspect an ant infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment. For more information, please visit www.bugs.com

Winter Pest Prevention Tips

Winter Pest Prevention Tips:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the structure using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. Consider using a dehumidifier in these areas.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Keep exterior doors shut at all times.
  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house.
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Termites Use Poop to Fight Biological Warfare

The Formosan subterranean termite (<em>Coptotermes formosanus</em>), which is responsible for most of the economic damage termites inflict.
The Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus), which is responsible for most of the economic damage termites inflict.
Credit: T. Chouvenc, Univ. of Florida.

Termites may use their own poop as a source of natural antibiotics, researchers say.

These findings might help explain why human attempts to kill them using biological warfare have failed over the past 50 years, scientists added.

The amount of damage termites inflict economically may exceed $40 billion worldwide. Over the past half-century, more than 125 research teams in more than 35 countries have tried to develop fungi and bacteria to fight termites as environmentally friendly and effective ways to control the pests. However, these attempts have repeatedly failed, since termites have evolved a range of defense mechanisms that help protect them against such diseases.

Bed Bug Prevention

To prevent an unwanted encounter with bed bugs this summer, Hulett Environmental shares the following prevention tips for travelers:

  • At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams and box springs for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
  • If you suspect an infestation or problem, notify management and change rooms immediately. Be sure the new room is not adjacent to or directly below or above the possibly infested room.
  • Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during a hotel stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there. Do not put them on the beds.
  • Upon returning home from a trip, inspect all suitcases and other belongings before bringing them into the house.
  • Wash all clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water and dry them using an extra-hot dryer setting

For more information on bed bugs, please visit www.bugs.com

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