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Pest-Strips: A Kitchen No-No!

23 May 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Beginning in about the year 2000, nearly all organophosphate pesticides became unavailable for use in homes. This was done primarily to limit exposure of children to active ingredients that negatively affect their health and development. Despite this extensive cancellation of organophosphates for structural pest management, one holdover active ingredient from that era remains today: dichlorvos (2,2-dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate, or DDVP).

The most common use of this product is as a slow-release vapor from impregnated resin plastic blocks. Pest-strips, as they are called, are used to treat a variety of pests including flies, gnats, mosquitoes, moths, silverfish, cockroaches, spiders, beetles, and earwigs. Like all pesticides, the label instructions are the law, and pest-strips have very strict requirements for use. The guidelines for these products are not intended to make the life of pest professionals difficult, but to reduce human exposure to active ingredients that can cause nausea, headaches, twitching, trembling, excessive salivation and tearing, inability to breathe from a paralyzed diagram, convulsions, and if concentrations are exceedingly high — death.

Legal Uses.

In general, products containing dichlorvos are intended for use in confined spaces where people will not be present for more than four hours at a time. Depending on the size of the product (16 or 65 grams), each pest-strip can treat an area of 100 to 1,200 cubic feet for up to four months (1,200 cubic feet is a room that measures 10 by 15 by 8 feet). Some areas where these products can be used include garages, sheds, attics, crawl spaces, storage units, trash bins, and for the small sizes (16 g): pantries, cupboards, and closets. Many other commercial applications are listed on the label.

Illegal Uses.

Pest-strips in restaurants are often illegally placed near drains.

Unfortunately, these products are sometimes used in violation of the label directions to treat pests in spaces where people are present for more than four hours, or where food is present. A common example that makes me cringe is the use of pest-strips in food establishments. Especially cringe-worthy is when numerous strips are used in a kitchen where food is prepared and workers are present for a full day. Yes, I’m talking about your average restaurant. DSCN0618

Do you see the pest-strip? Yes, right next to the Spanish and red onions!

Address the Problem.

It is critical to understand that the use of pest strips for fly control at a drain or cockroach control by a grill line are not treating the problem, only the symptom. The real problem in these scenarios is the presence of food and shelter: accumulated organic debris in drains, food spillage behind and under equipment, and cracks or crevices in structures that provide harborage. If you remove these conditions you treat the problem and eliminate the symptoms.

Remember, for all pesticides and pesticide products, the label is the law. As an applicator, you are responsible and legally obligated to follow the instructions that are intended to reduce health risks for you and your clients.

For more information on pest-strips in structural pest management, contact EHS Pest.

Source: cornell.edu

5 Reasons Summer is Pests' Favorite Season

08 May 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

When summer is in full bloom, expect pest activity to increase as well. Here are five reasons why pests love summer season like you do.

  • Temperature - The rise of temperature has an impact to the behavior and development of many pests such as mosquitoes, ants, termites, spiders and cockroaches. But they also tend to hide and seek shelter when the temperature hits extreme. Just like humans, they have a favorable climate wherein they can actively move and look for food until a critical temperature level hits and compels them to look for a cooler environment.
  • Moisture - Most pests thrive in moist areas. This is why summer is a favorable weather condition because of frequent rain showers and increased humidity levels that occur during this season.
  • Food Sources - Grass and vegetation is no doubt abundant during summer. With ample food source, pests tend to swarm the spot until grubs run out and they start looking for other source.
  • Life Cycle - Many pests are cold-blooded and they tend to increase activity during a certain stages of their life cycle when the climate is warmer.
  • Daylight - With more hours of sunlight and shorter nights, this provide more time for many pests to feed.

For more information about pests and their behavior, contact EHS Pest.

Dry Ice Technique To Combat Rats

25 Apr 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, MA, RI

Dry Ice is now the latest weapon against rat infestation problem we have across New England. Killing these pesky rodents through suffocation of gaseous carbon dioxide shows impressive effectiveness than other traditional extermination method. Apart from that, it is safe to use as it pose no risk to other wildlife.

This rat extermination technique is done by filling rat burrows with dry ice pellets. As dry ice evaporates it kills the rats inside their nest. The treatment works within minutes but there are instances when some rats escape. Thus, an area must be treated a couple of times. But this treatment still looks more viable than using poison as far as safety is concern.

Also, the idea of trapping and suffocating rats in their own nest underground is a clever move since there's no need of removing dead rat bodies as it decomposes and eventually become part of the soil.

For more information about dry ice for rats, contact EHS Pest.

Moles are Not Voles and Repellents Don't Work

16 Apr 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Mole control

  • I do not charge a trap setting fee, a visit fee or a mileage fee
  • I offer you competitive rates, without fuss.
  • I use traditional methods to catch moles
  • I can, and will deal with, moles in all situations and environments.

What NOT to do – Myths about moles explained

Many people believe that moles do not like vibrations and try to scare the moles away by putting windmills, or canes with bottles on them in the ground. As you can see from the first two photographs that I have taken in customer’s gardens, these do not work.

EHS Pest - Mole Control, MA, RI

The third picture shows an ‘Electronic Mole Repellent’. I see many of these devices when I visit gardens. When people get a mole in their garden, they search the internet and find companies that sell these objects. They work on the same principle of vibrations in the ground. In actual fact they attract the worms and so attract the moles as you can see from this picture.

Some people become so exasperated with the mole digging up their garden, they try to stab or impale it with garden forks as pictured below. Firstly I would not advise against this as it is illegal to kill a mole in this way and secondly, you will waste a huge amount of time and energy in using this method.

EHS Pest - Mole Control, MA, RI

Amongst gardeners, another myth is that moles do not like the plant Euphorbia. As you can see from this garden, there is lots of Euphorbia and moles, which clearly means that it is not true.

I was called to a garden recently who had had their garden landscaped at great expense and had ‘Mole Netting’ installed beneath the grass. This product claims to prevent moles from coming into your garden, but as you can see from the pictures, this also does not work.

For more information about mole control, contact EHS Pest.

Source: ladymolecatcher.co.uk

Early Season Wasps

16 Apr 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Our Native Brown Wasps often show up inside this time of year. Not to worry, that are rather gentle.

Often clients call panicking over a few buzzing around, looking scary, feet dangling. Let them outside, they are pollinators.

Consider having EHS keep them out next year. We can exclude and prevent them rather easily.

Live and let live!

Electronic Rodent Monitoring for Rats and Mice

11 Apr 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Smart doorbells, thermostats are becoming increasingly common in our homes and businesses.

This technology is available for rodent monitoring.


EHS Pest - Rodent Monitoring Device MA, RI

EHS has been utilizing this intelligent technology for several years and we are experts in this field. Imagine having 24/7/365 monitoring that alerts us to rodent invasion so we can react immediately and to prevent rodent infestation.

Contact John Stellberger at EHS for additional information.

Fend Off Pests Through Routine Spring Cleaning - MA, RI

01 Apr 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest MA, RI

Spring cleaning is an American pastime. But it is not simply about eliminating dirt, dust, and clutter. It’s also about establishing a barrier between you and the hordes of pests that seek to infiltrate your home once the weather turns warm. Here’s some tips to help you win the battle against bugs.

Eliminate Nesting Spots: A cluttered basement is a favorite nesting ground for many bugs such as rodents. De-cluttering and organizing your belongings with the use of shelves and cabinets can eliminate pest hiding spots. Meanwhile, remove possible vegetation around your property by tidying up your yard.

Eradicate Food Source: Food containers that are left uncovered could easily attract bugs like ants. Make sure to organize your pantry and use containers with tight lids.

Remove Free Water: If your bugs happen to leave you some “Benjamins” (AKA hundred dollar bills) at open water sources around your home, then maybe consider leaving them out. If your bugs tend to not pay you for water, then get rid of standing water on your property. Leaking pipes are a common water source for pests. Also, spaces where moisture accumulates (low spots in your crawl space for example) should be addressed as well. Flip over containers that can hold water for mosquitoes and other pests to use.

Seal Entry Points: Thoroughly check your homes for any openings that could possibly serve as portal of entry for pesky pests. Use caulk to seal up these entries. Check door and window screens for holes or gaps.

Spring cleaning will reduce the risk of pest infestation if you do it smartly. If you need more help to prevent pests from taking over your home, contact EHS Pest today.


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