Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Sunday, July 25, 2021

3 Signs of a Rodent Infestation


Are you worried rats and mice have taken over your home or business? Here are 3 signs to look for to determine if you need rodent control services.


Pests are not just a nuisance; they can be carriers of disease and micro organisms. Pest control is a necessary defense against these unwelcome home invaders. Contact American Pest Management for more information! 

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

What Are the Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites? How Do I Know?


Think you may have bed bug bites? Dr. Parada explains the signs and symptoms of bed bug bites, which can be difficult to tell.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Stop the Bugs in Their Tracks! It's Time for Pest Control


Insect invaders are never welcome in your home. Put a stop their advancements with pest control services. These buggy creatures can cause a number of structural, health, and general hygienic problems in your residence. Don't expose your family to these vile creatures any longer. Get the professionals out to your home before these insects can cause you and your family some real trouble. Let's take a look at a few of the common insect infestations that homeowners should be aware of. If you notice any of the things below, do not hesitate to call pest control to exterminate these insects where they stand.

Fleas

Summertime brings pleasant, warm weather, but it's also the perfect time for a sharp increase in flea populations. While the majority of health problems that these lecherous insects cause will be to your pets, they can be quite an annoyance to your daily life, causing you itchy skin and red bumps. When you call out an exterminator to deal with your flea problem, they will ask you a number of questions to determine how bad your infestation is. You will also need to do a few things before they start the extermination process:

- Vacuum the entirety of your home and then place the used vacuum bags in the garbage.
- Pick up all loose books, toys, and other clutter off the floor.
- Wipe down or mop all tiled surfaces that cannot be vacuumed.
- Get your pets treated for fleas.
- Provide an empty home for at least four hours so the chemicals can do their job.

Post-extermination, you should vacuum as often as possible and keep a sharp eye on your pets to ensure that the infestation does not return.

Termites

These wood-eating insects are found in every single state except for Alaska. Almost all of these insects operate on the subterranean level so it will be hard for you to see them. If these bugs cannot find wood to eat in their natural surroundings, they will turn their attention on your home. Any wood in your home that makes contact with the soil allows termites easy access to your residence. Do not keep firewood right by your home, as this attracts termites. Getting regular pest control inspections for termites could save you thousands upon thousands of dollars in structural repairs. If you notice a number of discarded wings around your windowsills or small tunnels in your home's corners and other wooden places, call your exterminator as soon as possible.

Flies

There are over 240,000 documented species of these flying nuisances in existence. Over one-third of these types can be found in the United States. These bugs are confirmed disease carriers, and they are quite adept at passing bacteria over to human beings. They breed anywhere that there is decaying matter, which allows them to attain and distribute numerous viruses and bacteria. These insects can go from egg to full blown fly in under seven days, so if you have a fly problem, it is best to get pest control out to your residence as quickly as possible to quell this growth.

Be vigilant in your home! Do not allow your residence to run rampant with insects.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Abstract 60-Second PSA


While some biting insects may cause itchy welts on the skin, others can pose more severe health risks, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Loathsome, Lethal Mosquito - Rose Eveleth


Everyone hates mosquitoes. Besides the annoying buzzing and biting, mosquito-borne diseases like malaria kill over a million people each year (plus horses, dogs and cats). And over the past 100 million years, they've gotten good at their job -- sucking up to three times their weight in blood, totally undetected. So shouldn't we just get rid of them? Rose Eveleth shares why scientists aren't sure.

Lesson by Rose Eveleth, animation by Karrot Animation.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Bed Bugs Spike During Summer Travel - PestWorld


Learn how to check for and avoid bed bugs while traveling during the summertime with these helpful tips.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Scientists Explain Why You Can't Get Rid of Cockroaches


There is a reason cockroaches can survive a nuclear bomb, and live to tell about it. They will be here long after we are gone, and won't leave our apartment complex's while we are here. Scientists explain why roaches are nearly impossible to get rid of.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Don't Bother Using These Tick Removal Methods


If you find a tick attached to your skin, it's important to remove it as soon as possible, which is why you shouldn't bother with these tick removal methods that are not recommended.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Ask the Pest Professor: Mosquito Breeding


Dr. Jim Fredericks with the National Pest Management Association discusses how it's possible that mosquitoes need only a 1/2 inch of water to breed.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Tips for Selecting a Pest Control Service


How do we select a competent pest control service?
First of all, many of us as homeowners, renters and landlords can control household pests through a combination of preventive measures, including proper sanitation and good home maintenance practices. However, some pest infestations may be extensive, or a particular pest may be difficult to control, requiring the services of a pest control company.

You should select a pest control company the way you do any other service - Look for Quality and Value. Costs and competency are important. When selecting a pest control service, cost should not be the only factor that determines the company you pick. It is important to make sure the pest control company you choose is competent. If pesticides are misused, both health and property can be damaged. Before contracting with a pest control company, consider the following:

Take Your Time/Do Your Homework
When most people discover a pest problem, they want the problem eliminated immediately. However, most problems can wait a few days so you have time to select a competent, reasonably priced company. It is wise to obtain several estimates from prospective companies. Most companies will provide free estimates.

Questions to Ask a Prospective Pest Control Firm

How many years have you been in business at your present address?
Contact organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, the States Departments of Agriculture, or the States Attorney General’s Office, or the EPA to determine if complaints have been filed against the company or its applicators for misusing pesticides.

Would you provide me with a list of references?
Contact several references to find out if they are satisfied with the service provided by the pest control company.

Will the person(s) performing the services be a certified, licensed pesticide applicator or a licensed technician? Each company must have at least one certified, licensed commercial pesticide applicator in the proper service category. Other company applicators must be certified applicators or licensed technicians under the direct supervision of an certified applicator.

Licenses may be verified by calling the various State Departments of Agriculture.

Would you provide me with a copy of your pest control license, copies of the labels for all pesticides used and the rates at which they will be applied?
Reliable applicators will show you their credentials and will be able to provide you with copies of pesticide labels that indicate how the product should be applied, including the proper application rates, and the necessary precautions.

BEWARE OF COMPANIES OR INDIVIDUALS THAT.......

  • Want to do pest control as part of a package deal, such as general home repair or tree trimming or that will give you a special price if treatment is done immediately.
  • Don’t have a listed or working telephone number.
  • Sell services door-to-door or target the elderly or infirm persons who live alone. CHECK THEIR IDENTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALS!!!
  • Arrive unexpectedly and show you insects they have found in your neighbors house as evidence of a neighborhood problem.
  • Quote a per-gallon price. Termite control can require several hundred gallons of diluted insecticide.
  • Claim to have a secret formula. All pesticide products must be registered by the U.S. EPA and the States Departments of Agriculture. Registered pesticide labels contain a list of active ingredients.
  • Try to pressure you into immediately signing a contract by suggesting your house is structurally unsound and may collapse if not treated.
  • Claim to have excess material left over from a previous job and offer a reduced price for immediate treatment.
  • Claim to be endorsed by the States Departments of Agriculture, the U.S. EPA or other government agency. Government agencies DO NOT endorse any service company or specific pesticide product.

More Points to Consider

Some pest control companies offer service contracts in which structures are routinely treated for a particular pest. Contracts may be necessary in some situations such as warehouses that receive crates often infested with cockroaches. In general, routine pesticide applications in and around your home are not good unless there is a constant infestation by a pest and non-chemical methods have failed to control the pest. Service contracts for the homeowner should include periodic inspections, but pesticides should not be applied unless the pests are actually present and cannot be controlled by other means.

Generally, it is customary for termite control work to be guaranteed from one to five years. Make sure you know what the guarantee covers and determine if there is a yearly inspection charge. In addition, find out if the pest control company is responsible for structural damage if the treatment fails to control the termite infestation. The guarantee is only as reliable as the company that offers it.

If the service person asks you to do certain things before, during or after the pesticide application, cooperate and follow instructions. For example:

  • If the service person asks you to remove personal items from the floor, empty kitchen cabinets and remove pets, make sure you have done this before they arrive.
  • Do not allow children or pets into treated areas until the pesticide spray has dried.
  • Aquariums should be removed from the treatment site or covered with heavy plastic and the air pump turned off.
  • Remove all other household pets from the treatment area.
  • If the service person suggests non-chemical methods of pest control in addition to the pesticides, be sure to follow the instructions.

Good cooperation between you and the pest control company will help eliminate pests and reduce pesticide use.

Pesticides are inherently toxic and may cause health problems and/or damage to the environment if used in a manner inconsistent with the label directions. Certain pesticides may pose greater risks than others. To determine the pesticide that best fits your needs, contact your local University Extension Service.

Article Source: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/tips-selecting-pest-control-service

Friday, June 25, 2021

Ask the Pest Professor: Mosquito Prone


What is it about some people that makes them so attractive to mosquitoes? Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist with the National Pest Management Association, explains.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

This Vibrating Bumblebee Unlocks a Flower's Hidden Treasure | Deep Look


Most flowering plants are more than willing to spread their pollen around. But some flowers hold out for just the right partner. Bumblebees and other buzz pollinators know just how to handle these stubborn flowers. They vibrate the blooms, shaking them until they give up the nutritious pollen.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ask the Pest Professor about Bed Bug Control


Why are bed bugs so hard to control? Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has the answer!

Monday, June 14, 2021

Summer Pest Control


Summer can be a pesky time for pests, we chat with expert Mike Londry about protecting your home from creepy crawlies.


Pests are not just a nuisance; they can be carriers of disease and micro organisms. Pest control is a necessary defense against these unwelcome home invaders. Contact American Pest Management for more information! 

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Choosing a Pest Professional


Missy Henriksen with the National Pest Management Association shares some recommendations on selecting the best pest professional to keep you, your family and your home safe from pests.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Why Crickets Just Won't Shut Up | Deep Look


Male crickets play tunes non-stop to woo a mate or keep enemies away. But they're not playing their song with the body part you're thinking.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

How Poisonous is a Black Widow?


The black widow spider can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Its venom is toxic and painful, leaving victims to feel the effects long after the bite. 

Produced by Kevin Reilly

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Medical Minute: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever & Lyme Disease


Tick diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are on the rise across the country. Both diseases present with many similar symptoms, so it’s important to know the signs of each.

Friday, May 28, 2021

3 Most Common Summer Pests


Missy Henriksen with the NPMA discusses the three most common pests encountered in the summer: mosquitoes, ants, and ticks.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

How to Apply Insect Repellent


Watch this short video to learn the proper way to apply insect repellent when spending time outdoors.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Bed Bug Tips | Consumer Reports


These pests are more common than you think. Consumer Reports’ expert explains how you can protect yourself against a bed bug infestation.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Here’s How That Annoying Fly Dodges Your Swatter | Deep Look


A fly has a pair of tiny, dumbbell-shaped limbs called halteres that were once a second pair of wings. They wield them to make razor-sharp turns and land out of reach on your ceiling. But don't despair – there *is* a trick to smacking these infuriating insects.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Tick Questing


Watch as a tick quests, meaning it holds onto leaves, grass and other objects with their third and fourth pair of legs

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Medical Minute: Lyme Disease & COVID-19


Tick-borne Lyme disease and COVID-19 present similar symptoms, but with two key differences. Prompt and accurate diagnosis is essential to recovery from both diseases, so it's important to know the signs of each.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Danger of Ticks


BIDMC emergency medicine physician, Dr. Jonathon Edlow, author of "Bull’s Eye: Unraveling the Medical Mystery of Lyme Disease," discusses what everyone should know about ticks and Lyme disease.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Black Widow Spider Bites: Should I Worry? - Pest Prescriptions


Black widow spider bites are less common and more severe than other spider bites. Dr. Parada explains the symptoms in detail.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Meet the Dust Mites, Tiny Roommates That Feast On Your Skin | Deep Look


You may think that you've got the house to yourself, but chances are you have about 100 different types of animals living with you. Many of them are harmless, but a few can be dangerous in ways you wouldn't expect. New research explores exactly whom you share your home with and how they got there.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Here's Why Bed Bugs Are So Hard To Get Rid Of


"Bed bugs don't carry diseases, but that doesn't mean they're not a public health pest," Dr. Jim Fredericks of the National Pest Management Association tells us.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

How Do You Remove a Bee Stinger? - Pest Prescriptions


Dr. Parada explains proper bee sting treatment and how to remove a bee stinger. Those who are allergic should seek medical attention.

Monday, April 12, 2021

See How Easily a Rat Can Wriggle Up Your Toilet | National Geographic


A rat's ribs are hinged at the spine, enabling it to easily squeeze through the tightest spaces—like the pipes draining your toilet. And rats are great swimmers too; they can hold their breath for up to three minutes. See how quickly a rat can go from the city streets to your bathroom.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Ask the Pest Professor: Stink Bugs


Do stink bugs actually smell bad? Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist with the National Pest Management Association, has the answer.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Here’s How That Annoying Fly Dodges Your Swatter | Deep Look


A fly has a pair of tiny, dumbbell-shaped limbs called halteres that were once a second pair of wings. They wield them to make razor-sharp turns and land out of reach on your ceiling. But don't despair – there *is* a trick to smacking these infuriating insects.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Ask the Pest Professor About Bed Bug Signs


How do I know if I have bed bugs? Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), shares some advice.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Deer Ticks & Lyme Disease - Health Checks



Deer ticks and Lyme disease are a major concern in warmer months. This bacterial infection is transmitted from Blacklegged deer ticks to humans.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Bob Vila's Top 5 Spring Pest Proofing Tips


Home improvement expert Bob Vila shares his top 5 tips to prevent a pest infestation this spring.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Rodents: From Head to Tail


Rodents are elusive and secretive pests. To understand their habits and the threats they pose, we need to get up close and personal with them.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Do Earwigs Go in People's Ears? - Pest Prescriptions


Do earwigs crawl into or go in your ears at night? Dr. Parada dispels the notion of earwigs actually entering one's ear.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Daddy Longlegs Risk Life ... and Especially Limb ... to Survive | Deep Look


When predators attack, daddy longlegs deliberately release their limbs to escape. They can drop up to three and still get by just fine.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Cockroaches & the Spread of Salmonella - Health Checks


Cockroaches can spread Salmonella, E. coli and 33 kinds of bacteria by carrying germs and transferring them to food sources.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Why Cockroaches Are So Hard To Kill


Cockroaches are one of the most widespread and resilient creatures on this planet. They are practically everywhere around us, hiding in the walls, sewers, and perhaps your cupboard. They are also one of the most hated creatures by humans. If you are like most people, you will become determined to kill all of the roaches when you see them in your house. Despite such hatred towards them, how do cockroaches manage to thrive all around the globe?

Thursday, March 4, 2021

A Bedbug's Bite - Up Close! - Bang Goes the Theory - BBC


Liz Bonnin investigates an increasingly common and unwelcome guest -- the bedbug. She visits Dr James Logan in his laboratory where he volunteers to let one of the little critters feast on his blood.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Why are Bed Bugs Attracted to Humans?


As their name suggests, bed bugs are most commonly found in and around beds. However, have you ever wondered why these pests are drawn to the bedroom and humans in particular?

Friday, February 26, 2021

Why Cities Can’t Get Rid Of Rats


Living in a city does not make you any less susceptible to seeing a rat. We try really hard to get rid of these pesky pests, but they seem to always slink around some corner of an alley you are walking down. Here is the answer to why rats are so hard to get rid of from your city.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Is a Spider's Web a Part of Its Mind? | Deep Look


Orb weaver spiders build exquisite spiral webs not only to catch insects, but to extend their senses. Once they shrink-wrap their prey with silk, the nearly blind spiders can store them for later, and read their web's strands as a kind of memory map to guide them back.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Medical Minute: Hantavirus & the Flu


Spread by rodents, Hantavirus infection is characteristically an influenza-like illness. However, there are a few hallmark differences compared to the flu, including the mortality rate and availability of effective treatments.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Secret to Becoming Immune to Mosquito Bites


Like most allergies, you can become immune to mosquito bites, but it might not be worth it.

Hosted by: Hank Green

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Medical Minute: West Nile Virus & Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)


West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as "Triple E," are diseases spread by mosquitoes. While they can both cause serious, chronic effects, each presents with vastly different symptoms. The one similarity? Extreme cases of both can result in Meningitis or Encephalitis, and even death.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Cockroaches Can Contribute to Asthma Symptoms - National Pest Management Association


Many people don't know that cockroaches can contribute to asthma symptoms. Check out this PSA from ACAAI and the National Pest Management Association.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Do Bed Bugs Transmit Disease? - Pest Prescriptions


Concerned about bed bugs and disease? Dr. Parada assures us there is no evidence that bed bugs transmit disease to humans.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

3 Signs of a Rodent Infestation


Are you worried rats and mice have taken over your home or business? Here are 3 signs to look for to determine if you need rodent control services.


Pests are not just a nuisance; they can be carriers of disease and micro organisms. Pest control is a necessary defense against these unwelcome home invaders. Contact American Pest Management for more information! 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Was I Bitten by a Spider? - Pest Prescriptions


Most spider bites, as Dr. Parada explains, are accidental and require little treatment. Learn the symptoms of spider bites.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Cockroaches and Allergies - Health Checks


Cockroaches can trigger allergies and asthma symptoms. Saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergens.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The House Centipede is Fast, Furious, and Just So Extra | Deep Look


Voracious, venomous and hella leggy, house centipedes are masterful predators with a knack for fancy footwork. But not all their legs are made for walking, they put some to work in other surprising ways.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Sunday, January 3, 2021

5 Reasons to Hire a Pest Control Company

Highly rated exterminators can proactively treat the exterior of your home to prevent pests from becoming a problem indoors or out. (Photo courtesy of member Margaret G. of Cheshire, Connecticut)

Anyone who's ever seen an ant scurry across their kitchen floor or watched a spider dangle from their living room ceiling knows that cohabitation with pests is a problem.

Pest infestations can damage your property, create an uncomfortable atmosphere for your family and, in some cases, contaminate your home.

The quickest and most effective method of eliminating unwanted pests? It's not at the hardware store. For lasting, safe extermination you should hire a professional pest control service to treat your home for the unwanted insects, spiders or animals.

Your health

Beyond being creepy, pests can carry harmful diseases and hazardous bacteria that can expose your family members to illness. For instance, cockroaches carry E coli and salmonella on their bodies and can also cause or intensify health problems related to allergies and asthma.

Tick bites can cause Lyme disease, which is a dangerous condition often associated with symptoms such as rashes, severe fatigue and extreme illness.

Ants can contaminate your food, and bees or wasps can cause injuries and trigger dangerous allergic reactions.

Fortunately, even before calling an exterminator, there are some things you can do to make your home unappealing to bugs.

Identify, eliminate pests

Most pest control companies can eliminate many different types of pests, including spiders, rodents and all sorts of insects — ants, bees, cockroaches, fleas, termites and wasps.

Different types of baits and chemicals are required to extract and eliminate different types of pests. A licensed pest control technician will know the safe and proper dosages of these chemicals to apply and when and where to apply them.

A significant benefit of hiring a pest control service is that the professionals have the training and experience to identify the types of pests infiltrating your property and determine how best to eliminate them. The companies can eradicate certain pests by using poisoned bait, bait that leads into a trap or various chemicals. Some pest control companies specialize in organic or green pest control.

Live bee-trapping and relocation is becoming more common as more people recognize the buzzing insects' role in food production and pollination.

Finding the source

Professionals can maximize the effect of a pest control treatment by also locating the source of the infestation.

If you eliminate the pests but don't find the source attracting them to your home, more infestations are likely. Pest control companies can determine the cause of your problem, find the specific source and eliminate it to prevent future infestations.

Sources might include egg batches, garbage, nests, plants, soil, pet food or particular areas in your walls.

Time

A professional pest control company can provide quicker and more effective results than if you tried to fix the infestation yourself. Because of their experience and chemicals that may not be readily available to consumers, they can quickly implement extermination plans and efficiently eliminate all pests in a relatively short amount of time.

Most companies can complete pest control treatment services within one to six hours, while larger problems that require fumigation can take up to a week.

Avoiding damage

The cost to hire a pest control company may even save you money over time.

Many pests and rodents can damage your home — destroying carpets, clothes, foundations, floors, furniture, rugs or walls. This can eventually force you to repair the damage or pay to have it fixed.

Paying a licensed professional to eradicate the pest infiltration quickly and effectively can protect your property.

Treatment costs

The exact price of pest control treatment depends on the type of pest, the size of your property, the severity of the problem and the professional you hire.

Angie's List members reported spending an average of $214 on exterior pest control treatments and $145 on interior treatments in 2013. The average price for most pest control services ranges from about $100 to $250. However, larger termite problems that require fumigation can be more expensive, averaging from $1,000 to $3,000.

You can also contract with exterminators to proactively treat your property at periodic intervals during the year to ensure your home remains pest-free all year long. The average price for periodic treatment typically ranges from $30 to $70 per month or per quarter.

Article Source: https://www.angieslist.com/articles/5-reasons-hire-pest-control-company.htm