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Cute or terrifying? Mouse hitches ride on car mirror

25 Oct 2016

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Rodent an example of what can be an expensive problem in vehicles, says pest control worker

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Nadya Crossman-Serb is laughing now but she wasn't laughing this weekend when she noticed something very strange on her rear-view mirror.

"I was at a red light, and I looked up, and there was a mouse on the rear-view mirror," Crossman-Serb said.

She admits she had a bit of a "freak-out," when she noticed her unexpected guest perched on the mirror.

She said she thought about swatting it down, but didn't know if that would make things worse.

"So I just left it and we drove home together," said Crossman-Serb.

The mouse stayed on the mirror the whole way home, but when the family gathered around the car to see the hitchhiker, it retreated back into hiding. That's when her dad sprang into action.

"He laid a sticky-pad on the [floor] of our car, and it got stuck. I don't know what he did with it after."

Shaun Jeffrey is a branch manager with Abell Pest Control and the president of the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Pest Management Association.

It's rare for mice to seek shelter in cars that are used on a daily basis, he said, because mice are very wary of new objects in their environment. But if the car is stationary for a long period of time they get "curious" and might try to make a nest, Jeffrey said.

A vehicle is only as secure from rodents as the structure it's in, he said, and "paying someone $85 to protect your garage may save your $85,000 vehicle."

It's not hard for a family of tiny mice to cause big damage to a vehicle over the winter, Jeffrey said, and Winnipeggers should be especially concerned this year if the volume of calls at Abell Pest Control is anything to go by.

As for Crossman-Serb's mouse, she figures it may have been in the car for weeks, possibly hiding in the sunglasses holder by the mirror.

"A few weeks ago my dad and brother went to the dump [...] and I think they just threw the tarp in [the car] and didn't shake it out, and there was a little mouse in there."

To get rid of rodents and mice safely, contact EHS Pest Control.

Source: cbc.ca

Mice eat wiring, SGI pays $25K amid hantavirus fears

24 Oct 2016

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Court hears concerns over deadly virus meant SUV couldn't be repaired

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An SUV that had its electrical wiring chewed on by mice was written off by Saskatchewan Government Insurance after concerns were raised about hantavirus.

A recent Regina court case contained details of the 2014 incident in which mice infested a 2008 Land Rover and knocked out the electrical system.

"SGI felt that the vehicle should be written off," the decision posted May 10 on the Canlii legal database says.

"Their investigation revealed that a significant portion of the electrical wiring had been eaten through by mice."

For health and safety reasons, repairing the vehicle was not an option.

"Because there were mouse droppings in and throughout the vehicle, it could not be fixed for fear of contracting hantavirus, a particularly deadly virus found in mouse droppings," the decision said.

SGI eventually paid the owner just under $25,000 — which it felt was the fair market value of the vehicle.

The insurer paid the claim because, in their view, "the loss of the vehicle arose by virtue of accidental means rather than as a result of mechanical failure."

Illnesses caused by hantavirus have resulted in 10 deaths in Saskatchewan since 1994.

The virus is spread through deer mouse droppings.

If you need help to get rid of rodents and mice safely, call EHS Pest.

Source: cbc.ca

EHS Pest Services shared a link: Late Fall Means Tick Season. Are You Ready?

18 Oct 2016

Posted by John D. Stellberger

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Editor’s note: In many areas of the country, late fall is peak for the adult deer tick population and resulting cases of tick-borne illnesses. In the following article, Bob Maurais, president of resource center Mainely Ticks, discusses how PMPs can expand their role as protectors of public health by increasing their focus on tick education and prevention. An expanded version of this article appears in PCT’s soon-to-be published November issue.

Media coverage and conversations surrounding the Zika mosquito virus have diverted attention away from the ever present reality of Lyme and associated tick borne diseases (TBDs). While it is prudent to prepare for the inevitable spread of the Zika virus in select geographic areas of our country (being ever mindful of already established EEE and West Nile), we must acknowledge that TBDs are not only present and endemic in many parts of the United States, but are increasing at an alarming rate.

While the fall months are not peak for the actual transmission of Lyme disease, fall is the peak season for the adult deer tick in many areas of the country. As busy families settle in with back-to-school activities and enjoy the upcoming holiday season, it is easy to see how communities can overlook what many believe to be a summer phenomenon.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR PMPs…BEYOND AREA TREATMENTS. Education and awareness are essential elements in a sound Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy, particularly one that reduces future tick encounters for humans and companion animals. This effort must be collaborative in nature among the local PMP and the general public, veterinarians, health-care professionals, youth groups and municipalities. IPM strategies should include:

  • A thorough understanding of tick biology, species distribution and associated pathogens.
  • Acknowledging the impact of recent changes in tick population that may be attributed to ecological changes and shifts in land use, a healthy deer herd and/or abundant rodent population
  • Improved identification and surveillance of ticks.
  • Understanding the 2-year life cycle of deer ticks.

Create a partnership with customers educating them to:

  • Become proactive rather than reactive.
  • Identify and avoid tick habitat.
  • Properly identify and promptly remove attached ticks.

Provide timely outreach and valuable educational resources to current homeowners, new customers, Lyme support groups, businesses, community groups, youth groups (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Camping Association, local youth sports teams), healthcare professionals (doctors, school nurses, veterinarians, local hospitals, quick care clinics, sports clinics, etc.), community groups (libraries, adult education, Rotary, Kiwanis, additional fraternal organizations), municipalities and other government agencies.

TICK MANAGEMENT THROUGH EDUCATON AND SCIENCE. In late 2004, my brother Ed and I combined a talent for business with a passion for education which led to the formation of Mainely Ticks, with a focus on providing residential tick control while educating the public at large about ticks and tick-borne diseases in Southern Maine. Our mission is protecting people, pets and properties from ticks and tick-borne illnesses with a personal, professional and effective tick management program centered around education and awareness. Tick Management through Education and Science reflects our commitment to educate first.

Our IPM program began in 2005; Ed taking on the role of lead customer relations officer and spray technician and I, the teacher, visiting individuals and neighborhoods, while developing and presenting educational workshops to raise the level of education and awareness. The first year allowed our team to test the marketing concept behind the education and awareness program along with the science behind our services. The results from that first year-end customer survey were overwhelmingly positive and our two-man company booked revenue of $29,369 for the year (6 months). Ten years later, with four full time and four seasonal employees, revenues for the 6-month spray season of 2015 were $463,000, with a healthy 19% increase YTD for 2016.

Since inception, increasing the level of education and awareness of ticks and tick-borne diseases has been the highest priority of Mainely Ticks. My wife Barb (also an educator) and I have focused our energy and efforts on providing numerous community based educational seminars, disseminating information and educational materials to homeowners, building and maintaining our educational website, providing content for various newspaper articles, and offering occasional commentary for local television and radio interviews.

THE ART OF LEARNING. As a professional educator, I recognized early on that children learn best when they are actively engaged in a “hands-on, minds-on” learning environment that allows them to see relevancy in what is being taught. As an industrial arts instructor, I witnessed first-hand how important it was that youngsters be encouraged to solve problems with their hands as well as their minds. As I transitioned from my role as Industrial Technology instructor in the classroom to a “Residential Tick-nology” teacher in the field, I continue to see value in the real world, real time kinesthetic approach to connecting with and educating my perspective customers.

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Mainely Ticks provides customers with an educational brochure, tick identification guide and magnified fine-pointed tick removal tweezers. Within minutes of meeting a new customer at their home, we hand them our educational brochure, tick identification guide and magnified fine-pointed tick removal tweezers. Many who call for our services report a recent tick encounter. Our conversation with the customer allows us the opportunity to review the tick ID guide to identify the species of the attached tick and demonstrate how to properly remove a tick using the tick removal tweezers. We ask that they review the contents of the educational brochure while the site survey is conducted, and once completed, specifics of the quote are reviewed and additional questions answered.

In our fast paced Instant Messaging, Facebook society, many have forgotten the value of a face-to-face connection and the feel of quality educational materials and tools. Our innovative hands-on awareness and education program along with the presentation folders and tick removal kits are truly unique.

Tis the season to protect and to prepare…as pest management professionals, our collective efforts to raise the level of awareness on all vector-borne diseases must be proportional to the ever increasing threat. The opportunities to increase both revenue and goodwill have never been better.

When it comes to vector-borne illnesses, Prevention is the BEST Prescription!

Learn more tips to prevent ticks, contact EHS Pest.

Source: pctonline.com

Winter Invaders: Bugs Seeking Shelter in Your Home - Newton, MA

13 Oct 2016

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Stink Bugs Control, MA, RIAs the days grow short and nights grow cold an annual event occurs.

Stink bugs, Ladybugs, Cluster Flies, Wasps, Bees, Spiders and other occasional invaders seek shelter in what they a safe haven from the elements and predators, your home!

Excluding them is safe and permanent. Pesticides are toxic and temporary. It's the solution we have perfected and we have a talented exclusion team to help keep you and your home or business pest free!

A Guide to Spooky Pests - MA, RI

10 Oct 2016

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Real-life creepy critters that can give homeowners a scare this Halloween

While it's normal to see spiders, bats and other creepy crawlers invade your front doorstep on Halloween in the form of trick-or-treaters or spooky décor, homeowners should also to be on the lookout for real-life ghoulish pests this fall.

EHS Pest Control in MA, RI

Here's a guide to some common household critters, and a few simple tips to prevent them from turning your home into a haunted house.


Rats are one of the most reviled pests, due in part to their strange, hairy appearance. They are primarily nocturnal and can be found nesting in a variety of places - from inside piles of garbage to undisturbed areas of basements.

Rats can fit through an opening the size of a quarter, so it is easy for them to find access to our homes. Once inside, they can spread diseases by contaminating food and put homes at risk for electrical fires by gnawing through wires.

Tip: Before homeowners bring boxes of pumpkins and faux cobwebs inside to decorate for Halloween, they should inspect them for signs of an infestation such as gnaw marks and rodent droppings. Once Halloween is over and it's time to pack away the ghoulish decorations, make sure they are stored in a plastic box with a sealed lid. This will prevent rodents from making out-of-season décor their new home. 


For centuries, bats have caused unfounded fear in people, as they are often associated with vampires and haunted houses. Bats are nocturnal mammals that roost in dark areas of buildings, such as attics, belfries and under fascia boards, and in other sheltered areas like caves. They are known to fly from their secluded nests at dusk to get food and return just before daylight. Bats are frequent carriers of rabies, which can be fatal if left untreated.

Tip: Homeowners should screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, and install door sweeps this fall to keep bats out of the home. If an active bat infestation is suspected, it's important to contact a licensed pest professional because bats are protected by law in most states. 


The sight of a spider crawling on the wall can frighten just about anyone, especially around Halloween. Although spiders often get a bad rap, only a few species found in the United States are actually dangerous. Homeowners should be particularly aware of the brown recluse spider, the black widow spider and the hobo spider, as these types of spiders are known to administer a painful bite when disturbed or threatened.

Homeowners can avoid coming in contact with spiders by keeping garages, attics and basements clean and clutter-free. Make sure to wear heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time, like Halloween decorations.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs are similar to vampires in that they feed off of human blood, typically at night. Although bed bugs are often found in beds, they can also conceal themselves behind baseboards, underneath electrical switch plates and in furniture crevices. Bed bugs will hide in luggage, purses, laptop cases and other personal belongings in an effort to find a human food supply. Luckily, these elusive pests do not transmit disease, but they can leave red, itchy welts on the skin.

Tip: If you plan on purchasing a Halloween costume from a rental or second-hand store, make sure to inspect it for bed bugs before dressing up to go trick-or-treating. Pay particular attention to the inside seams, looking for any signs of sticky white eggs, shed skins and the bugs themselves. If you find these pests or any other real-life creepy crawlers hiding within the confines of your home, make sure to contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the problem.

For more information on how to get rid of these halloween pests, contact EHS Pest.

Source: pestworld.org

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