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Integrated Pest Management: A More Strategic Pest Control Plan

Pest Control TechIntegrated pest management is an effective way to take care of those pesky little critters that wreak havoc in your home, yard, business, crops, etc. without having to rely heavily on harmful pesticides. The IPM approach involves utilizing knowledge and evaluation combined with various tactics to regulate infestations in the least hazardous and economical way possible. This is a method that can be applied successfully to most any situation that calls for pest control. Though each pest management professional may vary slightly in their practice of IPM, the fundamentals of the strategy remain the same.

Identify

Proper identification is one of the most important steps of any pest control plan. Pests differ in their habits, life cycles, purposes and vulnerability to treatment, making it crucial that information is gathered on the species you’re dealing with before implementing a method for elimination. Without adequate knowledge, there’s a good chance you could execute the wrong type of plan, which can result in killing insects that are actually beneficial, using toxic pesticides unnecessarily and putting your property at risk for a worsening pest condition.

Monitor/Sample

Monitoring, or sampling, the situation allows for data to be collected on the seriousness of the infestation (if there’s an infestation at all). It’s significant to know which areas of the building and/or property have been affected or damaged, if the problem is spreading, whether this is a new outbreak of pests or a recurring one, etc. Monitoring also allows the IPM professional to establish an action threshold and determine if there is an actual need for pest control.

Take Preventative Action

Prevention is key in all IPM programs. Before applying any treatment, current conditions of the property must be assessed and addressed in an effort to take the appropriate actions to prevent a growing or future infestation. Seal entrances where pests can enter a building, maintain nearby water sources, clean out drainage pipes and gutters, minimize clutter, landscape upkeep and crop cultivation are all steps that will help to make your property less attractive to bothersome creatures and steer them in the opposite direction.

Exterminator InspectionSelect Pest Control Tactic and Put Into Effect

Once it is deemed that a pest control plan is required, it’s time to select the best method for management and put it into effect. IPM utilizes a variety of tactics depending on the situation. These can include biological control (using non-toxic pesticides or beneficial insects), chemical control (a lower-risk pesticide) or physical and cultural controls (crop rotation, irrigation scheduling, etc.).

Follow-Through

The last step in integrated pest management is to re-evaluate the conditions to ensure the desired results have been achieved. This is important in keeping recurring pest problems at bay and for handling any future ones that may arise.

Following the steps of IPM is a more efficient and practical way to get rid of pest infestations. If handled correctly, pest control doesn’t have to be a major disruption or health risk to your life.

About the Author:  Tiffany Olson is a full-time blogger from California. She enjoys writing about home related topics and sharing information via guest blogging and social platforms. Some of her hobbies include cooking, traveling, and reading.

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February 12, 2014 at 10:58 pm Comments (0)

5 Tips For Winterizing Your Home Against Pests

repairing screenThe weather is growing cold and wet, and the days are growing shorter, meaning one thing – critters who happily stayed outdoors will soon be migrating inside your home to overwinter. Insects seek out shelter from the elements, as well as a place to hibernate or lay eggs during the winter, so it’s important to winterize your home before the bugs get in. This not only will help you keep the critters out, but will help you save money on your energy bill by keeping drafts out and the heat in, as well as save you money on indoor pest control in the future.

Tighten the House Up

Search the exterior of your house for any cracks, holes, or other openings that pests could possibly wiggle through. Double-check to ensure your house is sealed up tight by going inside and searching behind furniture, cabinets, and in corners for any signs of possible pest entryways. Use a protective sealant or caulk to seal up any holes or cracks you do find. Be sure to apply weather stripping along any doors and windows to keep the bugs and cold drafts out.

Put Space Between Wood and Leaf Piles and Your Home

Winter is a season which calls for cozy fires and plenty of leaf raking as the leaves fall from the trees. If you keep a wood pile or happen to have a pile of dead leaves on your property, make sure they are at least 20 feet away from your house. Since these things are moist and warm, they are a haven for pests, and the closer they are to your house, the higher your risk of facing a pest problem. Try to avoid bringing firewood indoors until you’re ready to burn it, as many pests like to hang out in the wood and could inadvertently invade your home if you allow the wood to sit around for too long.

Check For Moisture

Make a trip through your house and check for any leaks, fixing them as you find them. Pay close attention to your bathrooms, attic, and basement. The accumulation of water will attract a slew of pests to your home, not to mention it will cause damage to your property.

wood pileRemove Clutter

Clutter can attract pests such as spiders, stinkbugs, and rodents. Before the weather gets too bad, take the time to remove any clutter that may be collected outdoors on your property, as well as any clutter that has collected indoors.

Clean Your Gutters

Gutters are an insect sanctuary, as dead leaves, muck, and moisture provide the perfect habitat for them to cozy up in. Cleaning out your gutters makes your home more aesthetically appealing, as well as prevents the possibility of leaking if water gets backed up on your roof. It will also prevent pests from creeping in.

It’s important to perform general maintenance around your home on a regular basis, but especially so before the cold weather sets in. The last thing you want is for pests to get in and make themselves at home – even if you don’t see them in the winter, you’ll find them come springtime! By taking precautionary measures you are cutting down on the stress a pest infestation would cause, as well as saving money on future pest control issues.

Chris is a blogger for Fox Pest Control a Connecticut based pest control company.

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December 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm Comment (1)

How To Tell If You Have Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can be a real nuisance. These tiny insects, which feed only on blood, can make their homes in furnishings (especially beds – hence their name) where they bite people to eat their blood. As well as the idea of sharing your bed with hundreds of insects and their eggs being pretty gross, the bites can cause nasty rashes on some people, and infestations almost always need to be combated with professional pest control.

Here we take a look at what bed bugs behave like, how you can end up with them in the first place, and what you need to do if you are infested:

Can You See Bed Bugs?

 

Some people get the idea of bed bugs confused with dust mites, another kind of small creature that can live in your furniture, however while dust mites can be almost impossible to spot with the naked eye, bed bugs are not. However, because they are most active late at night (their main ‘busy hours’ are between 10pm and 6am), and their eggs are extremely small, not everyone who has an infestation finds out by spotting the bed bugs themselves. Instead, it is more usual that people are alerted because they find bites on their bodies, and go in search of the insects as a result.

How Do Bed Bugs Get Into Your Home?

 

Because bed bugs like to live in warm places where there is some fabric, they can live in all kinds of upholstery and can be transported on clothes. If you go to a place where there are bed bugs, for example a hotel, a friend’s house, or even somewhere like a movie theatre where they might be living in the chairs, you may unwittingly bring home enough creatures on your clothing or in bags and luggage to allow them to breed in your home. Equally, if you buy second hand furnishings these could carry bed bugs. In rarer cases, they can come to you on animals, especially wild animals like birds and bats. Bed bugs have seen a huge resurgence in the Western world since around the mid nineties, having previously been all but eradicated. This means that there are more and more bugs being moved between locations, and so if you do notice any insects or their bites it is vital to take action rather than risking spreading them further.

How Do You Get Rid of Them?

 

Trying to rid yourself of bed bugs alone is very difficult, and it isn’t advisable to try using pesticides for this purpose without professional supervision. A bed bug exterminator will use the best suited pesticides for the job of wiping out your bed bugs, and will make sure it is safe before you are allowed to re-enter the property. Another technique that is often used in combination with pesticides is to suffocate the bugs by sealing things that may be infested like cushions, children’s stuffed toys and pillows in plastic so the bugs can’t breathe and die. If you have bed bugs, call a local pest control company and arrange extermination immediately.

Today’s contributor, Frank Coleman, loves the outdoors and likes to blog about his trekking adventures. He is employed with HomeHardwarePestControl.com, premium bed bug exterminator in Toronto.

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October 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm Comments (3)

5 Insects That Are Good For Your Garden

Not all insects are bad. In fact, some insects are classified as “good,” in that they help keep other bug populations under control. “Good” insects are great biological forms of pest control for your garden, as they will eat the other “bad” bugs before they can eat your plants. Below we’ll discuss the top 5 insects that are good for your garden.

Ladybugs

 

Ladybugs

Ladybugs are the most common insects used for biological pest control in home gardens. The familiar red-and-black polka dotted critters feast on aphids, tearing through a colony rather quickly. Even ladybug larvae can consume 100 aphids per hour. Ladybugs can help control other insect outbreaks, such as spider mites and scale insects.

The best way to lure ladybugs to your garden is by planting plants that they attracted to, such as dill, angelica, and cilantro. You can also buy a colony of ladybugs to release in your garden.

Green Lacewings

 

Green lacewings

Adult lacewings tend to prefer nectar and pollen, but their larvae absolutely love aphids, making green lacewing larvae a fantastic way to control your garden’s aphid population. Adult lacewings don’t get along with one another, which is why they’re sold as eggs – you can add them to your garden and enjoy the benefits of having their larvae present.

Nematodes

 

Nématode

Nématode (Photo credit: cquintin)

If you want to kill pests below the soil, nematodes are the way to do it. These tiny, colorless roundworms wiggle their way into grubs, weevils, and beetles, effectively killing them with parasitic bacteria within days. You must be careful with nematodes, though – some will attack plant roots, and others can cause disease in humans.

Honeybees

 

Honeybee

Gardens wouldn’t be able to survive without honeybees. Honeybees are responsible for ensuring that your garden is properly pollinated. Honeybees are naturally drawn to plant life, although if you want to help the pollination process along, you can purchase or rent a honeybee hive for your yard. Not only will it support the growth of your plants, it will also provide you with a steady supply of fresh honey.

Praying Mantises

 

Praying mantis

Next to ladybugs, praying mantises are the second best known “good” bug used for biological pest control purposes. This graceful insect is deadly to most bugs, and unlike other insects that are good for your garden, mantises prey on more than just aphids – they will eat anything they catch. In fact, some larger species have even been known to eat fish, lizards, frogs, snakes, birds, and rodents. The ones in your garden probably won’t be that big, though, so they’ll stick with catching and eating fellow bugs.

Maintaining a healthy garden can be a challenge, but with the help of these insects, you’re well on your way to enjoying a happy, healthy, pest-free garden.

About the author: Chris is an associate for a NJ pest control company.

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September 10, 2013 at 6:34 am Comments (0)

Massive Mosquito Swarms

Mosquito SwarmThe summer of 2013 could easily be described as the summer of the mosquito; with massive swarms surfacing throughout much of the United States. One such state that has seen the most mosquito activity, with clouds of mosquitoes swarming, happens to be Alaska. It’s so bad in Alaska, many of the local’s joke that the mosquito is the state bird.

Massive Mosquito Swarms In Alaska

Alaskan mosquitoes are infamous for not only their size, but the size of their swarms. Nobody knows this more than the scientific researchers at the Toolik Field Station; that happened to be caught in a massive swarm on Alaska’s North Slope.

From late June through the month of July, the Alaskan horizon is nothing but mosquitoes. It appears that the ground is on fire, as smoke rises up over the fields. This smoke apparition is not caused by fire, but are actually clouds of buzzing mosquitoes hovering above the ground. It’s quite a site to behold, but definitely not a time you want to be caught in shorts and tank top without any bug spray.

With So Many Mosquitoes, How Big Is The West Nile Threat?

According to scientists, the deadly West Nile Virus doesn’t pose much threat in Alaska. With two different species of Alaskan mosquitoes being vectors of West Nile, the deadly virus has not been able to take hold in higher latitudes. The resident’s of Alaska, and those looking to vacation in the beautiful state this summer, will have to deal with the massive and menacing swarms of mosquitoes, but need not lose much sleep over the probability of catching West Nile.

The main problem that these pesky mosquito swarms project, is physiological stress among residents and tourists alike. Preparing for a summer in Alaska can seem like quite the burden; from buying the right repellent, to wearing the right clothing, to not being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Still, with the threat of West Nile, not only in Alaska but throughout much of North America, special precautions must be taken as to not contract the frightening virus.

Mosquito Alert SignMosquito Precautions

  • When outdoors, wear suitable attire. I know it is really alluring to want to go sleeveless, and wear short shorts during the warm and sunny summer months, but this will only expose you to the mosquito’s bite. Don’t become an easy meal. Cover up!
  • Make sure you have ample mosquito defenses. I’m talking of course about mosquito repellent that is loaded with DEET. Mosquito coils, mosquito dunks, and citronella candles and torches also help in fighting the mosquito battle.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to certain colors; especially dark colors. Opt for whites, creams, and beiges when outdoors.
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn. These hours happen to be the prime feeding time for the blood-sucking mosquito.
  • Ditch the perfumes, scented lotions, and shampoos. These happen to be mosquito attractants.
  • Eliminate free-standing water. Free-standing water on or near your property gives mosquitoes the perfect place to breed and lay their larvae.

The West Nile Virus

As mentioned before, out of the 35 different species of mosquito that are commonly found in Alaska, only two species actually pose the threat of carrying West Nile Virus.

For those of us living in the lower 48 states, including those of us in Las Vegas, NV, West Nile is much more common. So far in 2013, there have been 296 total West Nile Virus cases resulting in 11 deaths; according to the Center For Disease Control.

West Nile Virus causes illness, inflammation of the brain, or inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

Author Bio: Heydi Ruelas is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two gorgeous nieces, I’m jamming out to the newest One Direction song.

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August 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

The 4 Most Disease-Spreading Insects

Bugs, insects, spiders; no matter what name you give these pests it makes your skin crawl to think of them. Not all bugs and insects are dangerous, some are even helpful. The ones we want to avoid are the ones that cause diseases. These are the top four to try to keep out of your yard and home.

Ticks and their diseases are often in the news.

 

Tick Behind Ear

Ticks are not insects but are arachnids, related to spiders. However, they may be the number one pest to avoid. Lyme disease is just one of many diseases that are carried by ticks. They can also bite and infect you with various types of spotted fever and typhus. Ticks are usually found in wooded and grassy areas. Protect your pets and your children from becoming host to these external parasites that suck your blood and spread so many illnesses. Use insect repellents to help keep ticks away. After a day outside in wooded and grassy areas, check yourself, your children and your pets to make sure that there are no ticks hitch hiking and feeding on their blood. The illnesses that ticks carry can cause damage that will affect your health for life.

Mosquitoes are the spring and summer invaders.

 

Sucking Mosquito

Although mosquitoes can hatch and spread disease any day of the year they are generally associated with warm weather. The first step in controlling mosquitoes is to empty all standing water in your yard. In ponds and lakes fish and water fowl will eat the larvae and help control these disease spreading pests. Commercial insect repellants that contain DEET are effective against mosquitoes. Citronella products also repel them, so enjoy citronella candles and torches when you gather on the porch or lawn.

Diseases that are spread by mosquitoes include heart worm in your dog. They carry a variety of encephalitis diseases including equine encephalitis. Other diseases that mosquitoes carry are West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever and Dengue. These viruses can be deadly in humans.

Fleas are more than just a nuisance.

 

flea

We know that fleas make our pets uncomfortable, but we seldom think of them as being more than just an annoying problem for our pets. Throughout history fleas have carried all forms of the plague around the world. Use flea control methods on your pets, and in your yard. Treat your carpet with flea killers and your furniture as well. Plant pet safe herbs around your yard and the foundation of your home to repel fleas. Use baking soda or salt in your carpet, let it sit overnight and vacuum it up to kill flea eggs. If you still have fleas, call the exterminator, and have your pet professionally groomed.

Cockroaches, also known as roaches are a pervasive pest.

 

Cockroach

Roaches have been known to carry as many as thirty bacterial diseases that infect humans. They feed on waste and feces then carry that filth with them as they crawl about our homes. It is difficult to successfully eradicate roaches and usually control is only achieved by professional exterminator contracts. It has been said that the world could be destroyed and the cockroaches would still survive.

It is hard to imagine that four such small creatures can cause so much illness and death. Use safe and effective methods to rid your world of these pests.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

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July 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm Comment (1)

Big Impact Gadgets That Will Keep Your Attic Free From Annoying Animals

          How many animals do you think are inside your attic at this exact moment? You might be able to guess if you can hear them running around all night when you’re lying in bed. It starts to get really annoying after a while when you don’t get enough sleep. It’s not even the big rodents that cause all of the problems. They might make the most noise, but when you use your attic you don’t want to find hundreds of insects there every time you go up to get something.

You don’t have to put up with all that noise anymore. You can also reach down to pick up a box without having a spider scare you to death. All you need are a few little gadgets that will make your life easier, because it’s not like you can stay inside your attic and physically chase them all away with a broom. We’ll take a closer look at the ones you might want to study in more detail because I’m sure you will want to know about the ones that will have the biggest impact.

An Electronic Aid

 

Some animals are blessed because they have the ability to hear much more sounds than we could ever imagine. If you have ever used a dog whistle you will know what I’m talking about. We can’t hear supersonic sounds, but small animals can so we’re going to use it against them. The electronic machine you set up will blast out sounds which don’t hurt animals on their own, but when the frequency changes non-stop it will disorient them and they won’t set foot inside your attic.

A Fake Attic Owl

 

If you look underneath the bottom row of tiles on your roof you will discover that there are small holes where birds can get through. This is how they enter your attic and start building nests. You can set up a machine that blasts out owl sounds on a regular basis. When normal birds near these sounds they will stay away because they won’t want to mess with any birds of prey. Your garden will also be cleaner because birds won’t be leaving their droppings everywhere.

Non-Lethal Traps

 

Mouse traps are not very nice, especially if you’re squeamish. You can set lots of traps around your attic and when a mouse tries to take a piece of cheese they will be squashed to death. It sounds horrible, but that is because it is. If you don’t want to throw a squashed mouse in the trash can you should think about setting up some non-lethal traps. Those traps are the kind that let you release the mice back into the world so they can enjoy the rest of their lives.

A Set Of Spikes

 

You can also get a roofer to attach some spikes to your roof. They are very thin so you won’t even see them, but when a random bird decides your roof looks like a nice chair they will suddenly feel a sharp pain in their behind. When birds can’t sit on your roof they won’t come anywhere near it, so there is much less chance of them sneaking in underneath your tiles. You can combine this will the bird speakers and your roof will stay empty.

It Won’t Be Long Now

 

If you can set these gadgets up inside your attic there is a good chance it will stay free from any animals who might want to disturb your sleep. You might miss the company when you go up to grab something out of a box, but I’m sure you’ll get over it.

The author of this post, Mark Ross, is the owner of a pest control company, renowned for bee removal in Toronto. He has a keen interest in the latest gadgets that save his time and which enable him to spend more time with his family.

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July 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm Comments (0)

Have You Fallen Victim To A Rat Infestation? Here’s How To Get Rid Of Rodents The Easy Way

home mouseRats are the by far the most despised pest problem to have in and around the home. Rats carry salmonella, E coli, Weil’s disease and tuberculosis- all of which can be passed on to us and our pets. Besides the diseases that the rodents can spread, rats also carry fleas, ticks and mites and can also cause acute allergic reactions.

So how do I know if I have a rat infestation?

Knowing if you have a rat infestation isn’t always as plain and simple as you’d imagine. This is largely due to the fact that rats are nocturnal animals and they tend to hide from us as much as they can. So besides seeing them, look out for evidence of rats at your home.

Here are some of the common signs of a rat infestation:

Rat droppings

Rat droppings are the first identifying mark of a rat infestation. If you have dark and tapered droppings around 1 to 1.5cm long then you will most likely have rats.

A foul smell

Rats leave a strong smell behind similar to the scent of ammonia (urine). The smell will be strongest in the loft, cupboards and beneath the floorboards

Signs of gnawing

Rats are rodents and they constantly gnaw on plastic and wood so look out for chewed materials like this.

Scratching sounds

Rats can get into the strangest of places, from inside the cavity walls and in the loft, to under the floorboards or garden decking. If you hear scratching noises coming from any of these places then it’s almost always rats.

Why have I got rats?

Rats are no different to other animals in that they are looking for shelter and sustenance (food and drink for nourishment).

So to minimalize the likelihood of rats hanging around your home; check in and around sheds, garages and other outbuildings for signs of a nest. Next remove all food sources including uncovered bins, compost bins and all easily accessible foods inside. Indoor food should now be kept in sealable containers that the rats cannot chew through. Now, remove all accesses to water from pet bowls to dripping taps or pipes.

How can I get rid of them?

There are many pest control products available to purchase from supermarkets, garden centres and hardware stores. When using these products, always read the label and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

You can also deter the rats with ultrasonic repellers. These devices emit a high pitched sound which humans cannot hear but rats can and they dislike it which should deter them from your property. Ultra sonic devices will not be effective for rat infestations so it may be worth considering hiring a professional pest control expert to efficiently remove the rats.

Broken sewers are one of the major causes of rat infestations. To remedy this problem, repair your broken sewer immediately and consider installing a ‘rat stop’. These instruments allow water to pass through the sewer but stops rats from getting through.

Some pest problems are best left to professionals- especially pest infestations. For large pest problems, it’s strongly recommended that you hire pest control experts to efficiently and successfully remove your pest problem.

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John Ramsay is an experienced pest control specialist who has dealt with dozens of rat infestation cases during his time with Essex Pest Control.

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June 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm Comments (0)

Buying A Home? Have It Inspected!

Home_InspectionBefore any home-purchase contract is ever signed, a potential home-buyer should, most definitely, have an official home-inspection performed on the property.  In fact, the inspection should be included in the actual contract as a condition of closing the sale.  Some things that could be uncovered might be structural malfunctions, electrical systems not up to code, defective roofing, dry rot and pest infestations, etc.

But even before an inspection is performed, an official disclosure, in writing from the seller, should be obtained.  With that being said, however, that disclosure should not be considered all-inclusive.  Any number of home-owners #1) may not even be aware of any possible hazards or malfunctions which means, of course, they would not even be reported and #2) an on-going problem that a seller has lived with for years may be honestly ‘forgotten’ by him or her, and not divulged.

Putting It All Together:

 

#1:  Do Your Own Inspection:

This should be accomplished before any formal inspection is scheduled and could be done before an offer is made, as well.  Ask the seller if he or she is willing to have you come in to look around and make notations.  If the homeowner has nothing or little to hide, they will welcome the request.

Eyeballing every nook and cranny is vital since big problems can hide is small spaces.  One scrutinizing, prospective buyer, with the help of a magnifying lens, noticed incredibly small bugs nestled inside one bedroom’s baseboards, only to discover they were nocturnal bedbugs—a nightmare that is almost impossible to get rid of.   A new homeowner bought a beautiful four year-old residence and discovered, shortly after moving in, cockroaches would scatter when the kitchen light was turned on in the wee-hours of the morning.  Know the home before it becomes a part of your family!

#2:  The Seller’s Inspection Report:

At the risk of sounding mean-spirited, don’t trust an inspection report the seller may voluntarily provide.  Certainly accept it, but use it as an initial part of the inspection process, and nothing more.  It could be very valid and accurate, but as stated earlier, problems could exist that the homeowner genuinely isn’t even aware of.  One shoddy home builder in a small community was out to save money and built homes whose electrical systems were below code; and were fire hazards waiting to happen.  How the homes passed inspection remained a mystery.

#3:  A Professional Inspection:

Hiring a seasoned pro, who knows exactly what to look for, is your peace of mind!   A veteran professional should take a good 2-3 hours to examine everything from the roofing, to the exterior siding, plumbing, electrical and heating systems, drainage, foundation, drywall, gutters etc.   If at all possible, be available during the inspection to ask questions and get a feel for what problems might be very minor or any revelations that could be a reason for real concern, such as asbestos or lead.

Those Pesky Varmints: 

 

As per LRETX.com, request a pest report!  A licensed, structural pest-control inspector thrives on finding pesky, living things in or around a home that could pose a health risk and/or structural damage.  He’ll look for:

1:  termites/flying beetles/powder-post beetles/carpenter ants/carpenter bees

2:  bedbugs/cockroaches

3:  rodents, especially mice

4:  dry rot (fungus)

5:  moles…your yard could turn into a maze of large mounds or tunnels

If nothing is found that would compromise the sale of the house; you’re good to go!  If potential problems were uncovered, you have justification to negotiate the selling price or you can back out, assuming your contract has allowed you to do so.

But the bottom line remains:  have any potential residence thoroughly inspected since you have way too much at stake not to!

Residing in Nebraska as a retired educator, Karen spends much of her time writing about the real estate industry.

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May 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm Comments (0)

What Bed Bugs Bites Look Like?

Adolescent bed bug

Adolescent bed bug (Photo credit: StarMaster)

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have gotten a lot of publicity lately. You want to keep them out of your house, but may not even be sure about what the actual bug looks like or, what a real bed bug bite looks like.

What Bed Bugs Look Like

To explain a bit about their appearance, Bed bugs generally look similar to seeds. They are relatively small in size and are flat. The problem with bed bugs is they go through many changes throughout their life and they look different at each stage of their life cycle. They also have a different appearance before a feeding as to after a feeding.

Reproduction of Bed Bugs

The first hatched bed bug is very small and almost clear in color. It is visible by the naked eye but is only about 1.5 mm long. That means, it is about the size and shape of a small seed from an apple. Once it feeds, the bug becomes swollen and turns a reddish color.

After it molts, it grows to about 2 mm long. A bed bug molts five times before reaching the adult stage. It slowly grows and slowly turns brown. An adult bed bug is about 5.5 mm long and is solid brown. A female bed bug has the capability of laying up one to five eggs day, which hatch only 7 to 10 days later. Female bedbugs can lay 500 eggs in their lifetime and considering their life span can only extend to up to 300 days, you can only imagine how quickly these pesky bugs multiply.

eaten alive

eaten alive (Photo credit: The Guncle)

Identifying Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites are small red bumps that have a tendency to itch. They are normally found in clusters or straight lines on the body. A large rash may develop, if there is a severe reaction to the bite. Bites can also become infected so it is important to keep bed bug bites clean to avoid any potential infections.

Even if you don’t have bed bugs bites, it is important to check your house for these pests. I recommend doing this because most people aren’t aware that they could have bed bugs even if they don’t have bites. This is because every person reacts a bit different when bitten by a bed bug. Plus, it is predicted that about thirty percent of people don’t show any reaction at all when bitten by a bed bug.

Common Places to Find these Bugs

Bed bugs like to hide out near their food, which is why they are most commonly found in mattresses and bedding. They have also been known to hide in closets and behind picture frames. They are small so any small cracks in walls, furniture or flooring make for a good home for bed bugs. They also like televisions, phones, and radios.

Getting rid of the bed bugs is not any easy task. The help of a bed bug control expert will be needed. The bed bug expert will be able to guide you through the process to make sure that the bed bugs are gone for good.

Article was written by Sarah Smith who encourages those living in or around Connecticut, contact Bed Bug Finders LLC at first sign of a possible bed bug infestation.

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April 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm Comments (0)

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