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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)

Ewww Earwigs

Earwig on stemThe first thing people should know about earwigs is that they don’t really crawl into your ear and eat your brain or lay millions of eggs or any of that stuff. It is all mythical with no scientific backing. On occasion, just like a mosquito, fly or any other bug, a lost and confused earwig may find your ear, but this is not typical earwig behavior. The scariest thing about an earwig is probably its pincers.

The earwig is a brownish-black bug with a slender, elongated shape. At the end of its abdomen, the earwig has a pair of ferocious-looking pincers. These pincers are used to defend themselves and capture prey. When threatened the earwig may curve up its rear and expose its pincers. These pincers can pinch slightly, but are typically harmless to people. The pincers also determine the gender of the bug. Females have straight pincers, while males will have them a bit more curved, with a much bigger width than those of the females.

Earwigs happen to be extremely fond of moisture and warmth. They’re commonly found in gardens, potted plants, and under welcome mats; pretty much anywhere with its basic needs of shelter, food, and warmth. Earwigs eat different plants, insects, and greasy foods. Earwigs can usually be found gathered together wherever they can find their needs. This usually can push them into homes. Earwigs are most active at night and secrete a foul-smelling, yellowish-brown liquid from their scent glands.

EarwigLas Vegas Pest Control

Las Vegas is home to a variety of pests, including earwigs (although rare). If you are seeing pests like roaches, ants, spiders, scorpions, or earwigs in or around your Las Vegas property; call a Las Vegas Exterminator!

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com 
 
K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com 
 
Orkin
4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 597-9760
orkin.com
 

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November 5, 2013 at 9:21 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)

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)

Bed Bugs: What Are They and How Do You Control Them?

A bed bug nymph feeding on host

A bed bug nymph feeding on host (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What happens if you have a bed-bug infestation? Bed bugs in a home can bring about a number of health conditions, including allergies, skin rashes and even psychological effects. If bitten, you may experience symptoms on your skin such as itching and redness. Bed bugs feed on blood, usually that of animals, but they will move on to humans if it is the only blood available. Bed lice are attracted by carbon dioxide, warmth and certain chemicals and tend to live longer in colder temperatures.

How Do They Spread?

Your house can become infected with bed bugs for various reasons. They can be carried on other people’s clothes, luggage or infested pets. If a nearby house or flat is infested, the bed bugs can move through walls or false ceilings. Some animals, such as bats and birds, can also bring them into buildings. The source of infestations also includes eggs which may have been laid in the seams of clothing.

How Can I Detect Them?

Bed bugs are usually nocturnal so it can be difficult to spot them. They tend to nest in dark areas and often lay thousands of eggs in the seams of fabrics. Signs that you may have a bed-bug infestation include bites on the body, droppings similar in appearance to sand, spots of blood on bed sheets and patches of skin which they have shed (this is actually an exoskeleton which is moulted). Bed bugs have a characteristic smell of rotten raspberries. The most accurate way to find the exact location of an infestation is with a bed-bug-detection dog, which speeds up the process considerably

Why Are Infestations So Frequent?

Between the 1930s and 1980s, the rate of outbreaks fell dramatically. However, since the 1980s infestations have seen a sharp increase. It has been suggested that this is because of resistance to pesticides and an increase in international travel, which helps the insects spread. There are several different species of bed bug around the world, but it is the common bed bug which is most adapted to human environments.

How Can They Be Eradicated?

It is a good idea to call in a professional who is used to tackling bed-bug outbreaks. When it comes to pest control services Dublin residents have a range of companies to choose from. They tend to approach the issue with several different approaches at a time, using both pesticide and non-pesticide methods. The most effective seems to be a combination of heating and drying the affected area.

Amy Jones is a writer and blogger who is interested in various aspects and problems of living in the modern world. She wrote this article on behalf of Total Pest Control Services Dublin.

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January 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm Comments (0)
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