A Multifaceted Approach to “Eco-Friendly”

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Archive For: October 2015

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bIn recent years, more and more people have become aware of and concerned about the health of our planet. This growing awareness has lead to an increased demand for eco-friendly, “green” products and services of all sorts. But what does eco-friendly really mean, and how can pest control services stay green?

Eco-friendly simply describes something done in a way that is not harmful to the earth or the environment. It can also suggest something that helps conserve resources. This two-part definition can be seen in good eco-friendly pest control practices.

When it comes to keeping unwanted pests out of buildings, eco-friendly might refer directly to the products used. For example, Pest Management, Inc.’s Cryonite treatment and  heat remediation for bed bugs are two organic pest control treatment methods that effectively get rid of bugs without any harsh or harmful chemicals. The products used are natural, safe for the environment and completely chemical-free.

But environmentally-friendly pest control can go beyond treatment to include a long-term and strategic focus on prevention that helps conserve resources – like extra gas for transporting equipment to manage unnecessary treatments and excess wood for fixing termite damage that could have been prevented.

Approaches to prevention might include detailed inspections, pest exclusion methods to keep birds and bats out of buildings, pre-treatment steps to discourage termite infestations, and training and educating a building’s staff or tenants – all of which are chemical-free steps. These methods can be used to prevent a pest problem from ever occurring, or to prevent recurrence after an initial infestation is discovered.

Chemical pesticides are sometimes used to get rid of pests or keep them out of buildings. But when the focus is on prevention, reliance on these products can be reduced. This approach conserves resources and reduces the amount of chemicals used in the long run. A focus on prevention is key to creating both a greener and more effective pest management plan.

If you have questions about the eco-friendly approach or services offered by Pest Management, Inc., give us a call today!

How Do I Prepare for Bed Bug Treatment?

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Archive For: October 2015

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Successful Bed Bug Treatment Starts with the Prep

So you’ve discovered bed bugs and you’ve called in the experts for treatment. You might think that your job is done and it’s time to let the professionals take over, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Just prior to bed bug treatment, residents and homeowners play a major role in ensuring that the process will be successful by properly preparing their house. Let’s take a look at some of these important steps residents must take.

Extreme De-cluttering

It is very important that the bed bug-fighting team has access to every corner, crack and crevice of your home. With this goal in mind, it’s time to de-clutter like you’ve never decluttered before. As with many steps in the home-preparing process, attention to detail is key to preventing re-infestation. Any unneeded junk, trash and clutter needs to be gathered, double-bagged and thrown away. Pull furniture back from walls, remove items like artwork and neatly gather excess, loose items (think those mysterious piles that gather at the bottom of the closet) so the pest control team has full access.

Go on a Fabric-Cleaning Frenzy

It’s time to grab any fabric that you can wash and do so on the hottest possible temperature settings. That means clothes, bedding, curtains, towels, stuffed animals and whatever else you can reasonably grab need to be gathered, washed and dried on high heat. Throw out any bags used to gather the items and double-bag the fabrics in new, clean plastic bags when they come out of the wash. You should also vacuum furniture that can’t be washed (like couches and chairs), along with floors and other surfaces. Once again, be detailed, and when you are done, double-bag the vacuum bag and get rid of it.

Don’t Spread the Bugs While Fighting Them

During this process of home prep, you might be tempted to move some belongings to your car or to a friend’s home, but think twice before doing so. If you accidently carry out a bed bug or two while moving things to temporary storage, you could reintroduce the insects when you bring the items back home, or your could spread bed bugs to the homes of others. Ask your pest management professional about any items that might need to be removed before treatment.

When we set up bed bug treatment, Pest Management, Inc. will provide you with all the details needed to properly prepare your home. If you have questions about the process or need information on bed bug treatment, give our helpful team a call today.

Pigeons, Grackles, and Starlings: Dealing with Nuisance Birds

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BirdLiftThe spring and fall are the main times birds are looking to find a nesting place to have their young. This means your vents, gutters, chimneys, roof, and even attic are prime nesting and roosting locations. Pigeons, grackles, and starlings are the most common birds found to be nesting around buildings. However, sparrows are also known to build nests in the nooks and crevices of buildings.

Structural Damage, Messy Clean-Up, and Disease

Aside from the noise and disturbances that come from having a flock of birds nesting near or in your structure, the birds can cause structural damage, leave a mess, and may carry disease.

Nests in gutters or vents can cause blockage and structural damage. It’s not uncommon for birds to also get trapped in vents or chimneys and die. This leads to a messy and smelly clean-up. Insects and animals may also be attracted to the premises by the smell of the remains.

And then there is the poop. Bird poop gets everywhere, is everywhere when you have a group of birds nesting onsite. Birds and especially bird poop can carry a number of diseases. Besides diseases, birds can also carry ticks, mites, and other parasites.
If you own a place of business, or have small children, the last thing you want is poop covering the sidewalks and structure. Additionally, large flocks of grackles and starlings can be aggressive to those passing by.

Prevention

So what can you do for birds looking to make your home or structure their home?
First, bird proof your structure as much as possible. This means covers on gutters, vents, and chimneys. Seal or block any other nooks or crevices that may be attractive to birds looking to build a nest.

Also, remove, eliminate, or minimize as much as possible any food or water sources. Without adequate shelter, food, or water most birds will move on and make their nests elsewhere.

Removal

If you already have birds taking up residence, it is important to call a professional prior to removing the nests or birds. The Migratory Bird Treats and Endangered Species Acts prohibit trapping or killing of most birds, eggs, or nests without a permit. Local laws and ordinances vary, so it is important check prior to any attempts at removal or containment.
Bird watching is a past time enjoyed by many. Make sure you are enjoying the birds that you want to enjoy.

The Buzz on Identifying Bees, Wasps & Hornets

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Bees2Have you been hearing the buzz of flying insects around your home? Perhaps you’ve spotted a nests, or have unfortunately fallen victim to a painful sting?

Flying, stinging insects are not just an annoyance – they can be downright dangerous, especially for people who are allergic to their stings.

It can be difficult to tell the difference between bees, wasps, hornets, and other flying bugs, but identifying them can provide information on their behavior and the level of threat they pose.

Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees look a lot like the classic black and yellow fuzzy bumble bee, but have a bare and shiny abdomen. Unlike many other types of bees and wasps, carpenter bees don’t live in nests, but instead bore into wood to make homes. Because of this, carpenter bees can cause serious damage to property and wood structures.

Wasps
Wasps are smoother and less hairy than bees, and are often brownish in color with yellow or red markings. Some common wasps make umbrella-shaped nests that hang from trees, porch ceilings, or railings. These wasps are usually not aggressive, unless their nest is disrupted. When they do sting, they can do so repeatedly, without losing their stinger.

Hornets
Hornets tend to be mostly black, with white markings. They use chewed wood to make their large nests, which may hang from trees, overhangs or utility poles. Hornets will also act aggressively if their nest is disturbed, and have notoriously painful stings.

No matter what kind of stinging insect you think you have on your property, it is never wise to try and remove them without the help of a certified pest control professional. Attempting to remove or destroy nests can result in serious medical emergencies as bugs swarm to protect their home.

The experienced team at Pest Management, Inc. can help identify, assess and eliminate any carpenter bee, wasp & hornet control problems you might have.