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The War on Boston Rats

30 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

I am the rat killer of Boston!!! Frank the tank! This picture shows just some of my vic’s!

Seriously, we get a call about a large number of rats in a parking garage. The previous pest control company had not been able to solve the problem after months of trying. I see rub marks from the rats and follow their trail to a locked room. At the door it has a seriously strong rat odor. Those in the industry know what I mean! I tell the maintenance guy that this is the mother ship and we need to get inside. He does not have a key and said the other guy never went inside there. I told him that is why you still have rats.

Once we get inside there are rat droppings EVERYWHERE in the room. There is no doubt that this is where they are coming from but why? I find a lead out tunnel that heads into the MBTA subway system and that is the source. I set up snap traps and schedule us to come back every 3-5 days. The seven rats you see are just three days after I placed them down! In 10 days I have caught a whopping 35 rats!!! Based on rat breeding I have literally removed over 300 potential rats from the city of Boston…WHOAH!!! I should get a key to the city!

The battle is still going on as of this blog post but once we go 2 weeks with no catches I will seal off the tunnel with stainless steel mesh screening and this will eliminate the issue.

Frank Diaz
Service Specialist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Mad Man With A Hammer Vs Dead Rat

28 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

This was way too good not too share! As I have said before…..we see it all! If not for nothing the pest control business is certainly interesting and entertaining! What am I looking at in this picture? We call this one mad man with a hammer. This guy had a rat in his house so he used store bought rat poison and the result is a dead rotting rat carcass somewhere in his house. The bonus is the 2,000 blow flies that are swarming in all rooms of his house. The odor was so bad and offensive that he started ripping out his sheetrock to find it. After turning his basement into a disaster area he never found the dead rat.

EHS was able to come in and solve the rat issue. What we do is once rats have breached the structure we do not use a rodenticide for the very reason this picture depicts. We structurally exclude the rats and use mechanical traps until the problem is eliminated. Just another draw back to “do it yourself” pest control.

Mike “Spike McGoldrick
Service Supervisor

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Professional Pest Control NEEDED

27 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

It is scary what some commercial businesses, property managers, and homeowners do! The attached image show’s someone that tried to do their own pest control to solve a mice issue. As you can tell there is a tremendous risk to safety!

There is a reason why professional pest control makes sense, we are licensed and highly trained professionals. When it comes to protecting public health & safety you should never look for the quick and easy fix…..call a professional like EHS. You are risking WAY TOO MUCH if you cut corners!

Mark Tremblay
Service Specialist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Ants by Mail

23 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

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What are you looking at in this picture???

It is a ton of ants inside a mailbox! Imagine going to get your mail, a normal daily occurrence. This time you feel something all over your hands and when you look at your hand and mail you have a HEEBIE JEEBIE reaction with associated scream then you drop your mail. A few more convulsing twitches because you feel like they are still on you and then the whole incident is over……almost. You swat the remaining ants off the mail, grab your cell phone, and call your husband to complain about the ants.

“You are a friggin entomologist….why the heck are their ants all over our mailbox???!!!” By now you have figured out that I am the person she is talking to, this is my mailbox, and the woman is my wife Jackie. See, I get to take my work home with me! I spot baited the mailbox with some ant gel when I got home and they were gone the next day. I’m sure this is not the end of it…….

George Williams
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Bee Swarm Shuts Down Rail Car

21 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

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There are emergency calls and there are EMERGENCY calls of the 911 variety! This one was certainly a doozy! Our client called us to say that their rail cars of freight are stuck in the yard because their trains plus employees are being attacked by a swarm of bees. They connected the rail cars and this jolt ticked off the bees then when an employed whacked the hive with a stick he sent the bees into total attack mode! When this happens they release an aggression pheromone that tells all bees in the hive to attack anything in the area. This is how people are killed from bee stings.

This situation shut down the rail car with an estimated $12 million dollars in freight for ½ a day. The delays affected the company and their clients operations costing probably another several million dollars! The picture was taken from the safety of my truck. Once the hive began to calm down we used a bee keep to safely remove the hive and queen and relocate them. Since the threat to human safety was removed EHS decided to humanely remove the honey bees as they are beneficial insects to our ecosystem.

Frank Diaz
Service Specialist
Environmental Health Services, Inc.

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Carpenter Ant Facts

19 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Did you know that there are over a thousand different species of carpenter ant? Below are more fascinating facts about carpenter ants!

  • The carpenter ant is one of the largest of all the types of ant, ranging between a sixteenth of an inch to half an inch in length.
  • Queen carpenter ants have been known to grow to a massive one inch in size.
  • Carpenter ants get their name from the fact that they make their nests in wood, cutting, grooving, tunneling and sanding to make a series of long tunnels, or galleries, in which they live.
  • Carpenter ants are skilled carpenters and their wooden homes are perfectly smooth and rounded, sanded to perfection, and they leave no mess, no splinters, sawdust, chippings or other debris cluttering up the place.
  • The carpenter ants do not actually eat the wood they excavate galleries for nesting.
  • Most foraging is done at night between sunset and midnight during spring and summer months.
  • Sometimes workers travel up to 100 yards from a nest in search of food.
  • Carpenter ant colonies can range from several hundred ants to several thousand ants per colony.
  • There can be up to 15 colonies on a given property with ants in excess of 50,000!

George Williams
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

 

Fascinating Ant Facts

16 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Did you know that there are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world! Here's some more fascinating facts about ants.

  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. If a second grader was as strong as an ant, she would be able to pick up a car!
  • Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
  • Ants don’t have ears. Ants "hear" by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet.
  • When ants fight, it is usually to the death!
  • When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.
  • Queen ants have wings, which they shed when they start a new nest.
  • Ants don’t have lungs. Oxygen enters through tiny holes all over the body and carbon dioxide leaves through the same holes.
  • When the queen of the colony dies, the colony can only survive a few months. Queens are rarely replaced and the workers are not able to reproduce.

George Williams
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Flea Facts

14 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Fleas have been around for millions of years and can live for about 100 days! Here's more interesting facts about fleas.

  • Fleas do not fly. They jump from one place to another.
  • A pair of fleas can produce 2,000 offspring in their lifetime.
  • The Flea life cycle is similar to the butterfly life cycle. Female Fleas lay eggs that turn in to grub-like larvae. The larvae then develop into pupae and settle inside a cocoon. They wait for a host to start their life and suck blood.
  • In a typical room, 5 percent of the fleas will be found on pets, 10 percent flea cocoons in the carpets, 35 percent flea larvae and 50 percent flea eggs, again in the carpets.
  • When something warm moves by the pupae, they unzip the cocoon and jump on the animal or human body. All this happens in three seconds and the flea can jump as high as four feet.
  • A flea can jump up to 8 inches high. That is 150 times its own height. If you could do this, you'd be able to leap over even tall skyscrapers.
  • It is important to get rid of fleas by simple methods as these insects cause serious diseases in humans and pets.

George Williams
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Roach Facts Part II

12 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Did you know that a roach can live a week without a head? It dies after a week due to lack of water. Here are some more interesting facts about roaches.

  • It's hard to sneak up on a roach. They have one great big nerve connecting their tails to their heads, alerting them to danger from behind.
  • Roaches have faster reflexes than humans.
  • Roaches can swim and hold their breath for 40 minutes.
  • They recognize family and friends by their distinctive odors.
  • Male cockroaches weigh less than female cockroaches, and males can fly and flee faster.
  • Crushed cockroaches can be applied to a stinging wound to help relieve the pain.
  • Cockroaches can climb walls because they are equipped with a set of little claws on their feet designed for that very purpose.

George Williams
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Roach Facts Part I

09 Sep 2011

Posted by John D. Stellberger

All American pest roaches--like most American humans--were immigrants.

  • Roaches wear their skeletons on the outside of their bodies.
  • Cockroaches bleed white blood.
  • Roach mouths work sideways.
  • Roaches use their feelers as noses.
  • Cockroaches have 6 legs and least 18 knees.
  • Pregnant for life? It doesn't sound like much fun, but some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives.
  • No food for a month--not even a crumb? Roaches can go without eating for a month but will only live a week without water.

George Williams
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA


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