When to Consider Bird Removal Service

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Archive For: December 2016

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When to Consider Bird Removal Service

When people think of pests, they typically think of bugs or rodents first. However, birds can be more than just a nuisance, they can be a health problem or damage property when a flock of birds congregate.

For example, pigeons are creating a problem around county buildings in Odessa, Texas leaving behind excrement everywhere. And a few years ago in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, Texas, residents in one neighborhood battled with egrets to stop gathering and not only making annoying noise, but also leaving behind feces all over the neighborhood sidewalks. This is when a professional bird removal service can protect a home or business from these issues.

Hazards of a Bird Infestation

It’s one thing to have a flock of birds fly over and watch them migrate to an area, but it becomes a health and safety issue when numerous birds take up residence outside of a home or business. Birds are known to be carriers for more than 60 diseases that can create health issues in humans.

Their excrement not only contains ammonia and uric acid, but if left long enough it can corrode steel. This not only damages property, but a mess from their droppings can deter customers from a business.

Protecting Property from Birds

Birds are creatures of habit and can return to places that are familiar to them. This is why it is important to contact a professional bird removal service that can protect your property from a variety of birds that habitually return to the same locations.

After any nests are removed and the area is thoroughly cleaned, a pest control expert can install bird spikes, bird netting, bird wire, or bird jolts to prevent the birds from returning. The process is safe to the birds, plus it can save you from harmful health issues and costly damage to your home or business.

If you see a flock of birds roosting on your property, contact the highly trained technicians at Pest Management, Inc. to remediate bird nesting issues and to prevent any further infestations. Our bird removal services are backed with a one-year warranty, so if the birds should return we will take care of the issue at no extra charge.

The Battle With Fire Ants After Rain

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The Battle With Fire Ants After Rain

There’s no question that fire ants are a problem in the south. The invasive species costs Texas more than $1 billion in damage a year, according to a recent Texas A&M University study. Fire ants can cause damage to electrical equipment, harm birds and livestock, and they are very aggressive when disturbed. Fire ant bites can be painful and for some the bites can lead to an allergic reaction.

Fire ant mounds can appear after periods of heavy rainfall as Texas and much of the south recently experienced. While the mounds may be the first sign of fire ants, the ants lived down in the soil before the rain. Extended periods of rain or downpours fill their underground tunnels with water and force the ants to build the mounds above ground.

Identifying Fire Ants

Once a mound is discovered, it is important to know specifically what type of ants live in the mound. Each type of ant requires a unique method of pest control for the most effective result.

Fire ants are rust colored and range in hue from lighter reds to darker browns. Worker fire ants can be as small as 1/16 of an inch up to ¼ of an inch. They prefer dry fields and sunny areas where the ground is frequently churned since they use the churned material to build their dome-shaped mounds. If the mound is left untreated, it can grow up to 24 inches in diameter and 18 inches tall. These colonies can contain between 100,000 and 500,000 worker ants and up to 60 queen ants.

Treatment

A bite and sting from a fire ant gives them their common name. A bite can feel like you have been burned. The fire ant bites and then it moves its stinger into the skin. The result is a red bump on the skin and if no treatment is administered, the bump can turn into a white pustule that carries a risk of infection. An infected pustule can leave a scar.

The key to preventing a fire ant bite is to eliminate a fire ant colony as soon as it is discovered. Contact our team of experts at Pest Management, Inc. who understand the cause of a fire ant infestation plus the method that will result in the fastest removal of the problem.

 

Take the Mosquito Bites Out of Fall Activities with Pest Control

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Archive For: November 2016

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With the fall season comes plenty of outdoor activities, such as sporting events, camping, or just simply enjoying the cooler outdoor temperatures. However, the temperatures are not cold enough yet for mosquitoes to hibernate or die. With recent rain across the south, that means mosquitoes are still flourishing outside.

In recent weeks, new cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Because mosquitoes are known to transmit viruses like West Nile, chikungunya, yellow fever, and encephalitis it is important to protect yourself with professional pest management to prevent mosquito bites this fall.

What You Can Do to Prevent Mosquito Bites

While some adult mosquitoes have a life span of only four days, other mosquitoes survive the entire winter to lay eggs in the spring. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on our planet and that is why protection is necessary. If you plan on being outdoors for a length of time, use a spray repellent and wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to keep your skin from being exposed to mosquitoes. A citronella candle can also help send mosquitoes away from your area. Also, get rid of any standing water around property that can attract mosquitoes.

If there are a significant number of mosquitoes around your property, a more powerful step to eliminate the pests may be needed to protect you and others from bites that could lead to a harmful virus.

Amplify Mosquito Protection

Unless you live in Iceland where they claim to only have one mosquito, it’s likely you have at least a few mosquitoes in your area. However, if simple measures such as repellant isn’t enough and there are numerous mosquitoes in the area, a stronger protection method is needed. The most rapid and effective pest control methods are administered by trained pest control professionals.

If you have a mosquito infestation around your home or business, contact the expert team at Pest Management, Inc. Our highly trained technicians will inspect the property and discuss treatment options to keep you and others around you safe from mosquitoes this fall.

 

The Stinking Truth About Stink Bugs

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The Stinking Truth About Stink Bugs

It stinks to have any type of pests around your home or business, especially stink bugs. But not everything about stink bugs is bad. In fact, there is a benefit to having them around. Here are 10 truths about stink bugs, including the story behind their common name.

Stink Bugs Do Stink

It’s true. Stink bugs really do stink. When a stink bug is squashed or it feels threatened, it releases a substance with a foul odor that has a chemistry similar to the herb cilantro. Their odor is so strong it will remain in a household vacuum cleaner, so don’t use a vacuum to remove the stink bug from inside your home or office.

Control Other Pests

There is a benefit to some stink bugs. They can keep plant pests under control and will eat leaf beetle larvae, caterpillars, and other pests found in a garden.

Fish Don’t Eat Stink Bugs

Fish will eat a wide variety of insects, but they don’t eat stink bugs because of their taste. However, mice, praying mantises, and daddy long-leg spiders all eat stink bugs.

Stink Bugs Don’t Hurt

Unlike some pests, stink bugs do not hurt humans. They do not bite and don’t have a stinger but their exoskeleton can cause dermatitis when it makes human contact. They are also known for damaging crops.

Attracted to Yellow

Stink bugs like the color yellow. A good trick to keep the stink bugs away from your property is to put a yellow plant far from entrances to attract the stink bugs and keep them away from you.

Like to Be Close

Stink bugs like to stick together in groups, similar to ants and termites. If you see one stink bug, odds are you will see others nearby.

Short History in the U.S.

Stink bugs are becoming more common and have only been in the U.S. since the 1990s. Stink bugs are native to the regions of China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

Found in Almost Every U.S. State

It didn’t take long for stink bugs to spread across the U.S. to 43 states and two Canadian provinces. The eastern U.S. has the toughest battle with the bugs causing severe problems in the agricultural industry.

Stink Bug Season

Stink bugs are typically active in March and April, but they reappear in your home during September. If you are enjoying a drink outdoors during stink bug season, be sure to keep your drink covered. Stink bugs will get into your glass and will be tough to spot among ice cubes.

Stink Bugs Are Hard to Kill

Soapy water can be a safe method to trap and dispose of stink bugs indoors, but if there is an infestation the most effective method is to call a pest control professional.

Read more about our green and eco-friendly pest control options and call Pest Management, Inc. today to keep your home or business pest-free.

World Mosquito Day: Protection Against the Deadliest Animal

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Archive For: October 2016

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World Mosquito Day: Protection Against the Deadliest Animal

Recently, on August 20, World Mosquito Day was recognized around the globe. It’s a day of commemoration and awareness. The day was established in 1897 because that is when a British media researcher, Sir Donald Ross, discovered that mosquitos were the link to transmitting malaria. Sir Ross received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for this work in 1902. Because of Sir Ross’ research, we now have a better awareness of how mosquitos transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika.

In recognition of Sir Ross’ discoveries that have changed our understanding of the dangers mosquitos can bring to humans, we are sharing some of our helpful reminders about mosquitos.

Meet the Mosquito

There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes around the world. It may come as a surprise, but they are the deadliest animals in the world. Mosquitoes threaten half of the world’s population. The most recent concern with mosquito transmission is the Zika virus, especially in pregnant women because it is known to cause birth defects.

According to the World Health Organization, they are responsible for the deaths of approximately 725,000 people worldwide every year. In comparison, sharks are responsible for approximately 10 deaths every year. This is why mosquito control is very important.

Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes

By now, you are likely aware of some of the most common measures to prevent mosquito bites, such as wearing light colored clothing, lighting a citronella candle, and using any type of scented products like lotion in moderation.

If you plan on being outside for a period of time, there are a number of mosquito repellants that have DEET and that are DEET-free that were tested by researchers with the Journal of Insect Science for how well they worked upon application and four hours after application.

Keeping mosquitoes away from your home or business should always be the first line of defense. Remove any standing water, cut back weeds and overgrown brush.

The most rapid mosquito control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Mosquito spraying is quick and efficient and allows you to enjoy routine outdoor activities. Contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. to discuss treatment needs and options.