Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Management of Blow/Bottle Flies


                                                                     


Blow flies and Bottle flies are common out door/indoor pest. The blue bottle fly is slightly larger than the house fly and is commonly seen in early spring. The green bottle fly which is about twice the size of the house fly is usually seen during the summer months. Both flies breed in decaying flesh such as rodents, animal waste, and garbage. Both flies are comparable to the house fly in that they present similar health hazards as the house fly.

Some of the diseases they carry can affect both humans and animals such as intestinal tract problems like Escherichia coli (Migula) and Shigella dysenteriae (shiga) which cause diarrhea and Vibrio comma which causes cholera. They also carry non - intestinal diseases tuberculosis.

                                                                   Management/Treatment

 If found out doors keep lids on garage cans sealed. Regularly clean and dry the interior of garbage cans to eliminate breeding. Remove any excrement around the property. Keep screens to doors, windows and vents in good repair. If found indoors check attic spaces, chimneys, dryer vents and other voids for carcasses of bats, raccoon, mice and birds. If voids are not accessible call a pest control professional who will then drill holes into voids and apply an insecticide which is effective in eliminating these disease carrying pest.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Carpenter Bees And The Damage They Cause

Termites and carpenter ants are the most destructive insects of wood in structures found in the United States. Yet another insect that must be addressed are Carpenter Bees. Although not as destructive as termites, or carpenter ants, carpenter bees can do their fair share of damage to the exterior of structures. During the summer months, Home Inspectors and Pest Control Professionals (PCP) will be attentive to the damage that results from an infestation of carpenter bees.

                                                                    Characteristics of Carpenter Bees

                                                                                   Carpenter Bee
Carpenter bees Closely resemble bumble bees in that they both have a stocky or robust build. The major difference in their physical characteristic is that the top surface of the abdomen of the carpenter bee is bare black and shiny, whereas the bumble bee has many body hairs and appears fuzzy. Carpenter bees have a dense area of hairs on the hind legs, bumble bees however have dense yellow hairs on the abdomen and large pollen baskets on the hind legs.

                                                                           Structural Damage

                                                                               Carpenter Bee Damage
Carpenter bees do not eat wood, but the females bore circular holes, about 1/2 inch wide at a right angle for about an inch deep into the wood they infest. They begin to excavate galleries in the direction of the wood grain for about 4-6 inches and this is where they make their nest. They can nest in all species of dried seasoned wood, but they prefer softwood like cedar, redwood, cypress, pine, and fir. They will bore in wooden members on houses such as eves constructed with pine and on decks, fences and dead tree limbs.  It's these areas that home inspectors and pest control professionals will take a closer look to determine if any activity exist. Carpenter bees are known to return to the same wood year after year to drill nests and lay eggs. If left untreated the wooden members can weaken resulting in costly repairs.

                                                                                   Treatment
How can you determine if carpenter bees are nesting in structural wood on your property? If you see a number of bees hovering around the eves for an example, they're protecting the entrance to a gallery and will chase away any intruders, including humans. The males do not sting, however who wants to wait around to determine males from females? If you suspect you have carpenter bees, call a pest control operator. Many have found closing the holes with corks helpful. Painting the wood will not protect it from carpenter bees, but it is helpful since they prefer bare, exposed wood. Some pest control professionals as a last resort use a pesticide in the form of dust that's applied inside the galleries that acts as a residual and is effective in the control of carpenter bees.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

EM Pest Control: Difference Between Termite Swarmer and Flying Ant

EM Pest Control: Difference Between Termite Swarmer and Flying Ant:  Termites that are most often seen by the general public are the winged reproductive adult termite also known as swarmers, alate, and flying...

Difference Between Termite Swarmer and Flying Ant

 Termites that are most often seen by the general public are the winged reproductive adult termite also known as swarmers, alate, and flying termites. These termites have dark bodies about 3/8-inch in length. They are equipped with two pairs of gauzy wings identical in size and shape that extends beyond the body to twice its length. The antennae resemble a string of little beads.

Ants also have colonies that release winged reproductive,and because they swarm at the same time, (usually from March to July) flying ants are often mistaken for termites. Ant swarmers, like termite swarmers are dark in color. An example is the northeastern carpenter ant which is typically dark brown to black. Both species have wings that extend beyond its body. With both being similar in size and color and the fact they swarm at the same time, its easy to see why some mistake one for the other. Telling the difference between the two is very important for the purpose of an effective treatment.


                                                          Termite Swarmer vs Flying Ant 

                                        termite swarmer (left) and a flying ant (right) 

The termite has wings of equal size and cloudy.              Ant hind-wings smaller than fore-wings      

Many fine conspicuous veins through out wings            Very few dark conspicuous veins in wings

 Broad Waist                                                                      Constricted, slender Waist

Straight Antenna resembles string of beads                       Elbowed Antenna

                                                                      Inspection

If you suspect you have either one of these insects, or both contact a pest control company licensed in wood destroying insect extermination. Over the counter products cannot and will not get rid of these pest. A pest control professional (PCP) will conduct an inspection of your property to locate the nest(s), assess any damage, determine the extent of the infestation, ascertain conditions conducive for infestation and prescribe the proper treatment.                                    



               

Monday, April 18, 2016

EM Pest Control: Spring has SPRUNG which means Termites! These nast...

EM Pest Control: Spring has SPRUNG which means Termites! These nast...: Spring has SPRUNG which means Termites! These nasty little guys cause over 5 billion dollars in damage a year in the United States alone. Ma...

EM Pest Control: Preventing Wooden Decks & Porches from Termite Inf...

EM Pest Control: Preventing Wooden Decks & Porches from Termite Inf...:   Wooden decks and porches if not properly cared for can be an all day breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. Termites, the most destructive ...

Preventing Wooden Decks & Porches from Termite Infestation

  Wooden decks and porches if not properly cared for can be an all day breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. Termites, the most destructive insect of wooden structures are opportunist with an unending appetite . They are masters of taking advantage of a neglected home. So how can home owners keep their outside recreational areas free from termite infestation? Well, there are three key ways.

First, it's important to give a visual inspection of all accessible components of your deck and/or porch. The illustration above gives the names and shows the areas of the components you should inspect. The posts, beams, joist and face-boards are the areas you want to especially examine because they are closest to the ground where subterranean termites emerge from. In these areas look for mud-tubes that termites construct to travel back and forth from their nest in the ground to the wooden members. Have with you an instrument with a pointed edge, like a knife, screwdriver, or ice pick. Gently but firmly probe areas of the wood. If the instrument goes through, likely there's termite damage. If you see a lot of cream colored insects, about 1/8 to 3/8's of an inch in length you have termites.

Check for loose rails, steps and balusters as well as columns. Probe them too because the outside of the wood may look fine, but could be hollow inside. If the wood is sound, then tighten them with nails, screws or bolts. Check the decking for damage such as splinting and loose deck boards. Walk across the deck to determine if any areas are weak or sinking. If possible check underneath the deck or porch, especially the undersides of all joist, beams and decking.

Second, make sure that you have good drainage. If you don't have a deck or porch cover make sure the deck boards are spaced so that rain water will not accumulate on the deck. The grounds around the house should be sloped so that water drains away from the house, not towards it. Post should be mounted on piers, not in the dirt or ground. Wooden steps should rest not on dirt, but upon a concrete base or apron that extends at least 6 inches above grade. Paint or stain all wooden members, including the undersides and cut edges.

Finally remove any wood debris from under and around the house and deck. Scrape wood, tree stumps, mulch, boxes and branches all attract termites to your home.
A visual inspection is the beginning of protecting your home from termite infestation.

 If you think you have a termite infestation on your porch or deck, call a pest control professional for an inspection and treatment options.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring has SPRUNG which means Termites! These nasty little guys cause over 5 billion dollars in damage a year in the United States alone. Mature termite colonies contain about 60,000 to 1 million workers. Here are some of the signs to look for which may be an indication of termites:

-damage to wood (wood may be brittle or make a hollow sound)

-mud tubes (these long tubes are built to provide access from the soil to the food source. When exposed to open air termites die quickly )

-broken wings (typically termite swarmers lose their wings)

Please enjoy this video of what one of our applicators found upon a routine inspection. ARE YOU SAFE??

Friday, February 12, 2016

Pavement Ants? No Problem!



Pavement Ants nesting under slabs or sidewalks create difficult control challenges. The challenge in this situation was the nest was underneath the slab behind the wall. After a careful inspection we used a dust to treat the voids of the bathroom as well as a liquid residual around the baseboards, cracks and crevices. HERE WERE THE RESULTS!! ENJOY!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Opossums


Opossums live in many parts of urban and suburban areas in New York State. Often they take up residence in homes, window wells, enclosed porches, garages and sheds. Anywhere they can find seclusion is where they will go to nest. Sometimes they can be found sleeping in garbage cans if the lids are not securely fasten.

Activity -  Opossums are nocturnal and can be seen moving about year round. During extremely cold weather however, when temperatures are below 20 degrees they have been known to remain in their dens. Also it is not uncommon for them to use multiple dens especially if they are around good food sources. Most people usually see one opossum, this is because they are solitary animals.

Damage to Structures -  Damage to structures are not usually associated with opossums. Most times they take over a den that has been abandoned by another animal. Most calls that Pest Control Professionals, or Wildlife Control Operators receive are from home owners who left a door open to their garages or sheds. If garages and sheds has lots of clutter, open or broken doors and windows, its an ideal nesting site.
Opossums aren't too picky when it comes to food. They will eat table food, birdseed, grapes and corn. They will raid poultry barns, attacking birds which will look mauled with intestines ripped out.

Who To Call - If you suspect a opossum, or any wildlife in your home or property don't go near it. Keep children and pets away from them since they can carry rabies and will attack if threaten. Call a Wildlife Control Operator or Pest Control Professional since they are trained and have the equipment to handle wildlife.