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Avoiding Bed Bug Nightmares

Avoiding Bed Bug NightmaresIt’s been a couple of years since bedbugs made the national news, but the problem with these pests is far from solved. Bedbugs are still problematic for apartment dwellers, hotel stayers and even homeowners.

What Are Bedbugs?

Bedbugs are tiny, flat, parasitic bugs. They burrow into bedding and upholstered furniture (hence their name) and come out only at night to feed. They will target the exposed skin of any other living creature, though humans are the most common targets because of where the bugs live and lay their eggs.

Do You Have Bedbugs? How to Tell?

The most obvious way to tell if you have bedbugs is to wake up and find one crawling around. You might also wake up and find that you’ve got insect bites. Your face, neck, arms and legs are the most common places to find them, but they can be on any part of your body.

Unfortunately, according to the CDC, it can take a couple of weeks for a bite to actually show up. Bedbugs can also go a few weeks without eating. This is why it is important to regularly inspect your home to see if you can find traces of these insects.

How to Find Bedbugs

Look through your sheets and bedding for exoskeletons that have been shed as the bedbugs grew. These exoskeleton shells are typically light brown.

  • After a bedbug feeds, it will typically leave bloodstains behind on your bedding.
  • You might also find dark colored fecal stains (these often get mistaken for the fecal stains of other pets).

The best places to look for these things include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Your own bedding. Look at your sheets and blankets.
  • Inspect your mattresses for signs of infestation: run your finger along all of the seams and check for breaks or holes.
  • Check out your dresser and table drawers. Make sure you pull these pieces out from the wall and inspect their backs.
  • Go over all of your upholstered furniture carefully, checking seams, cracks, and tufts.

Keeping Bedbugs from Infesting in the First Place

Over the summer, we have published an article called “How to Check for Bedbugs” that teaches readers how to do exactly that while they are traveling. One of the things mentioned in this article is the importance of working to keep from tracking the bedbugs in. After you get back from taking a trip, inspect your luggage thoroughly outside before you take it into your house.

It’s good to do this even if your trip is to a friend or family member’s house. Remember: bedbugs can happen anywhere! You might also like this video that goes into more depth on the subject.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs—Hire a Professional!

Unfortunately, simply keeping your home clean isn’t enough to keep bedbugs from invading. Remember, these bugs have been found even in pristine, almost sterile five star resorts. To make matters worse, bedbugs are typically billed as the “non-DIY” pest.

Basically, if you find one bedbug you are likely already infested and sadly, there isn’t anything that you can do yourself to get rid of them. Unlike fleas or lice there aren’t any “at-home” products you can buy to rid your home of these creatures. Laundering all of your clothing and bedding might help you feel better but it won’t keep the bugs from furthering their infestation.

The only way to truly eradicate bedbugs once they’ve set up shop is to hire a professional exterminator to get rid of the pests for you. The good news is that since the banning of DDT, most of the products that exterminators use to rid your home of bedbugs are environmentally responsible.

Don’t waste time – if you find one, get to work inspecting and contact us to keep these pests from taking over completely!

Note: Although DIY tips can be useful, they can also be ineffective and potentially very dangerous! It’s always advised that, when in doubt, you seek out the help of a certified professional such as Hulett Environmental Services to take care of any pest issues you may have.

Exterminator in West Palm Beach FL – Keep your business’s break room bug free!

Exterminator in West Palm Beach FLWith over 20,000 species of Ants in the world and many calling south Florida home it can be difficult to keep them from invading your business. Break rooms are especially vulnerable due to the constant availability of food and sweets such as sweeteners commonly used for coffee service. With a proper prevention routine by your employees and a professional pest treatment you can ensure they don’t infest your business.

Pest Prevention

It is essential that business’s with break rooms for employees take necessary precautions to prevent an ant infestation. It is ideal to have a system for all employees to follow on where to store their food, areas of disposal and cleanliness guidelines. All food must be properly stored out of the reach of bugs or an ant infestation can happen quickly.  It is also necessary to keep items such as sugar, creamer and food condiments in sealed container. Food waste needs to be kept in a closed trash bin and emptied nightly. The break room tables, countertops and floors need to be kept clean and free of food debris which is an ant attractant.

Pest Treatment

It is critical that you have a pest treatment program in place for your business. A professional Exterminator in West Palm Beach, FL can treat your entire business inside and out to prevent not only ants, but many other common pests that reside in the warm subtropical climate of south Florida. Treatments are available that will reside in our break rooms and are completely safe to be around the food, coffee service products as well as food condiments. They are most often an unseen device that makes a world of difference to your employees by ensuring they have healthy clean environment to enjoy their mealtime.

To learn more about the different types of ants that are a threat to your business and find a pest treatment program that is best for your business, please contact us or call (866) 611-2847.

Exterminators in West Palm Beach seeing an Increase in Fire Ants

Fire ants are stinging insects that are usually bright red in color. There are more than 285 different species of fire ants, which produce large mounds of dirt that disrupt the local terrain. They can also attack other insects and even small animals by biting them and then injecting them with a toxin. While they are not deadly to humans, they are bothersome, and are being noticed in increasing numbers by exterminators in West Palm Beach.

The Palm Beach Post first reported on the local infestation around a year ago. This publication reported that residents in Palm Beach Colony, a neighborhood located in nearby Royal Palm Beach, claim their area is infested with these bothersome creatures. These residents claim that the ants are so abundant in number that they are infesting trees and shrubs in their community and causing their premature death.

It seems that moving about has also been made more difficult due to the fire ant invasion. At least one resident of Palm Beach Colony claims that she is bitten on a daily basis while taking her walks, and has been forced to carry alcohol pads with her in order to minimize the pain she feels whenever they bite her. Another woman claims she has given up her daily walks altogether due to the same issue.

Since fire ant can get underground, they may also pose a threat to buried utility lines. Florida Power and Light has reportedly experienced problems because of fire ants in recent years, often finding them in foreclosed properties because there has been no attempt made to eliminate them once they have become established.

Fire ants can cause disruption to your life, as these nearby residents will attest. If you find yourself infested with these creatures, don’t wait, because they can multiply quickly. Instead, contact us so that we can help you get rid of them as soon as possible.

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.

Termites or Flying Ants? A West Palm Beach Exterminator Explains the Difference

Many people are frightened whenever they notice what appear to be winged in or around their home. That’s because they are unsure whether or not these insects are actually a , and are afraid their home may be infested. These two bugs are similar in appearance, yet each one has some distinct features that help them be easily identified.

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Termites have short straight antennas, while flying ants have longer ones that are bent at an angle. Termite antennae sometimes look like a string of beads whenever they are examined up close. The body of a termite is oblong and narrow, and appears to be one solid mass. On the other hand, flying ants have three distinct sections to their body characterized by a somewhat smaller head and thorax (midsection) and a slightly larger abdomen.

Both insects have two sets of clear wings. Termite wings are long, narrow and evenly proportioned, with the top set of wings being precisely the same size as the bottom pair are. Flying ant wings are more curved than those of termites, with the upper set of wings being larger than their lower ones are.

Aside from examining the insects themselves, there are other ways to determine whether the swarms you see are actually ants or termites. If you are infested with termites, you may notice things such as:

  • Piles of wings lying on the floor
  • Presence of what appears to be sawdust lying on your floor
  • Mud tubes or tunnels located on the foundation of your home

Ants and termites both develop wings during their reproductive stages. During this time, they are referred to as alates, and generally begin to swarm as part of the mating process. Termites that are not involved in this process are larvae-like creatures that somewhat resemble maggots. The presence of these insects outside along with swarmed ant-like pests inside could also be evidence of a termite infestation.

Whether your home has flying ants or termites, you’ll need a to help you get rid of them. to schedule an on-site visit so that we can help you determine your exact pest control needs.