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Pest-Proof Your Home This Winter

28 Nov 2018

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest Expert

The holidays mean unending feasts and parties. At the same time, the temperature outside is dropping. These factors make an warm invitation to pesky pests that are searching for food and shelter in your homes. In order to keep your home safe and pest-free this season, here are some tips:

  • Before you set-up your Christmas tree, make sure to shake it well to remove small pests like ticks, spiders, and ants which may inhabit in the branches.
  • When you retrieve ornaments from the attic, first check for signs of pest infestation such as gnawing or rodent droppings.
  • Store firewood away from your home and put it on a raised floor off of the ground. Check the wood for any small pests before bringing them inside your home.
  • Make sure your holiday lights are intact prior to plugging them in. Rodents usually likes to gnaw electrical wires.
  • Dispose sealed trash bins regularly.
  • Store leftovers and other food items in glass or plastic containers with lids. Tightly cover them to secure them from ants, rodents, and other pests.
  • Clean crumbs and spills from cooking stations and countertops right away.
  • Inspect fresh wreaths and other greenery decorations for pest and insects before bringing them indoors.
  • Inspect kitchen cabinets and pantries for any food droppings and clean it regularly.

To find out more tips for making your home pest-proof after the holidays, contact EHS Pest.

Mice and Rat Control in Winter

22 Nov 2018

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest Rodent Expert

When vegetation becomes more scarce as cold weather sets in, pesky creatures like rats and mice are on the hunt for new shelter and food sources. The winter is prime time for rodents to invade homes inhabiting attics, garages, basements, and wall cavities in order to survive winter.

Mice can get in through any sized crack or hole and they can live on insects. Consequently, they can survive in wall cavities for a long time. In fact, they can draw out the humidity they need from the food they consume or the condensation on pipes. When treating a home for mice infestation, it is important to understand that mice are territorial and their territory size needs to be considered when setting bait. Otherwise, treatment will fail. The territory size counts in regards to the quantity of food available. It is highly advisable to seek the help of pest experts to properly ensure the treatment is effective.

Meanwhile, rats only sneak into homes and buildings for shelter. Then, they explore outside to look for food. But they will take advantage of any food that is accessible to them. What makes rat infestation harder to eliminate over mice is the fact that they are more cautious and suspicious of any new object placed in their turf.

To successfully exterminate rats and mice, hire a pest control services provider for the job. They have the right experience and skills for trapping and controlling rodent pests. Contact EHS Pest for safe rodent control and removal.

Exploding tick population -- and illnesses they bring -- worries government

21 Nov 2018

Posted by John D. Stellberger

(CNN) On Wednesday, a congressional advisory committee sounded the alarm on Lyme and other emerging tick-related illnesses saying they have become "a serious and growing threat to public health." The finding, presented in a report to congress, recommends surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment measures for tackling the problem.

At least 20 known medical conditions can result from tick bites; the most common, Lyme disease, affects an estimated 300,000 Americans each year. Meanwhile, doctors and researchers continue to discover new illnesses linked to the crawling bugs.

The committee, known as the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group, was established under the 21st Century Cures Act (2016) and is tasked with proposing how to rein in this public health problem.

"As tick populations continue to grow and infected ticks expand geographically, the threat to human health intensifies," the working group wrote. To highlight the necessity to act, the report includes stories from patients, including Ruben Lee Sims.

'Untreated patients can lose everything'

Sims, a Vietnam veteran who in 1977 was recognized by the US Air Force as the "top enlisted management analyst of the year," had his life derailed several years later by tick bites.

Unable to diagnose Lyme disease, the military discharged Sims in 1984, labeling him a hypochondriac whose pain was caused by psychological factors. A year later, a non-military doctor also failed to deliver a diagnosis. Though the doctor suspected Lyme disease, Sims had never traveled to New England, where the disease is prevalent, so the tick-borne disease was crossed off the list of possibilities.

"I was misdiagnosed for over three decades and left untreated for Lyme disease," Sims told the report's authors. Today, that's no longer true. Better equipped to diagnose tick-borne disease, the VA has confirmed Sims' pain as a symptom of Lyme disease, and with appropriate treatment, he no longer has symptoms.

"Untreated patients can lose everything, as I did, and become part of the unemployed, under-employed, disabled, and homeless populations," Sims said in the report. These days, he shares his story to help others who may be affected by tick-borne illnesses. Most Lyme patients who are treated early can fully recover, yet up to 20% experience persistent symptoms -- some disabling. Immediate symptoms include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a distinctive ring rash. Episodes of dizziness or shortness of breath, inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, and shooting pains in the hands or feet are among the longer-term symptoms in patients with chronic illness.

The spread of Lyme disease

Lyme disease cases have doubled since 2004, according to the report. Meanwhile, its geographic prevalence has grown: The number of counties considered to have high incidence of the disease has increased by more than 300% in the northeastern states and by nearly 250% in North Central states, the report states.

"The geographic range of Lyme disease cases has expanded since its first appearance in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975 and has consistently spread northward, southward, and westward," the report says. The working group suggests this spread may be due, at least in part, "to ecological changes taking place in North America since the middle of the 20th century, including habitat and climate changes." Though less common on the West coast, Lyme disease is an important concern there, as are other diseases that result from tick bites, the report states. Despite hundreds of thousands of estimated cases, only about 35,000 are reported each year to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lyme disease is transmitted by infected deer ticks. Infected blacklegged ticks, Western blacklegged ticks and lone star ticks also frequently transmit illness in the United States.

Tick-borne diseases can be difficult to diagnose. Tests are not always accurate, and health care providers may not know how to use them. Additionally, patients may have not just one but two or more tick-borne illnesses at the same time.

The Tick-Borne Disease Working Group's recommendations include improving early and accurate diagnosis and treatment, strengthening national surveillance and developing new treatment options for treating acute and persistent illness.

"For decades, tick-borne diseases have increased at an alarming rate," the committee concluded. "The continued spread of ticks, the discovery of new tick-borne pathogens, and the spreading outbreak of human disease is a near certainty."

To find out more about ticks and how to safely get rid of them, contact EHS Pest.

Source: CNN Business

Protect Your Home From Pest Infestations This Winter

07 Nov 2018

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest - Pest Control, MA, RI

As the temperature gets colder, insects such as ants, beetles, cockroaches and stink bugs tend to invade homes to seek food and warmth. Although many homes report various pest infestations during summer, they are unaware that their homes stays susceptible to pest infestation even during winter.

To stay on top of these fall crawlers homes need the help of professional pest experts to entirely eradicate them. But here are things that you should also do as a homeowner to help mitigate the problem:

  • Seal Your Home - To prevent these fall insects from sneaking into your home, seal off holes and cracks in doors and windows, close any exterior crevices, seal up bathroom and kitchen fixtures, even the smallest holes allow these insects to creep in in order to access water.
  • Clean Up - Keep floors and counters clean. Store food properly inside the fridge or insect-resistant canisters.
  • Store Firewood Away From Your House - This will prevent wood-boring crawlers from invading your home.
  • Dispose Spoiled Food Products Immediately and Properly - Be sure your recycle bin is regularly emptied. This will prevent attracting ants and flies.

For assistance in preventing insects, mice and other crawlers from invading your home this winter, contact EHS Pest to safely get rid of them.

Oregon City Woman, 94, Stung 74 times After Crossing Underground Wasps Nest

02 Nov 2018

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest - Pest Control

OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) - A 94-year-old woman was doing yard work when she was stung by dozens of wasps. Bernice Arline Patterson was even hospitalized after the attacks.

Patterson told FOX 12 she was stung 74 times and credits one of her sons with saving her.

According to Patterson, she was out doing some upkeep on a trail near her Oregon City home, when she stumbled across an underground wasps nest.

Within seconds she was swarmed by yellow jackets.

“It was terrible. I was just going like this [swatting] trying to get them off my face,” she said.

While trying to run away, Patterson fell and the wasps attacked her.

“It hurt like heck,” she told FOX 12.

Patterson began to yell for her son, David.

“I can’t remember what I did after that. I just felt like I was shaking,” Patterson said.

Thankfully, her son heard her screams and ran to help her. Patterson said he grabbed a broom and started hitting the wasps, getting stung in the process.

There happened to be a can of yellow jacket spray nearby, which he doused them with, scaring them off.

His mother was taken to the emergency room, where a doctor counted 74 stings on her body.

Now she is warning others to be more vigilant while doing yard work.

“If you see one bee, then you know there is more,” she said.

When asked if she’ll be doing any more yard work, Patterson said, “Yes but I will try to much more aware of my surroundings from now on.”

She also recommends folks keep a can of bee or wasp spray nearby when working outdoors.

For safe removal of bees and wasps, contact EHS Pest.

Climate Change Is Scary; ‘Rat Explosion’ Is Scarier

01 Nov 2018

Posted by John D. Stellberger

What’s so scary about climate change?

The term is not scary — at last not in a visceral, skin-crawling sense. Scientists have shown that the likely 2 degrees of global warming to come this century will be extremely dangerous, but, you know, “2 degrees” is hardly a phrase from nightmares and horror films.

How about “rat explosion”?

As the climate warms, rats in New York, Philadelphia and Boston are breeding faster — and experts warn of a population explosion.

Like rats, humans are hardy animals, and we’ve adapted to all kinds of climates. So it can be tempting to brush off the prospect of 2 degrees of warming. Especially for Americans, who mostly use Fahrenheit. That 2 degree warming is Celsius. Think of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Still not scared? Fine.

The physics of climate change doesn’t have the same fear factor as the biology. Many living things are sensitive to small changes in temperature, so warming of 2 degrees Celsius will transform the flora and fauna that surround us in a big way. Other life forms are also very sensitive to moisture, and so populations will crash or explode as anthropogenic climate change continues to make wet areas more sodden and dry areas, more parched.

And while extinctions may inspire a sense of tragedy, it’s the creatures multiplying in outbreaks and infestations that generate horror. As rat expert Bobby Corrigan of Cornell University has told various media outlets, rats have a gestation period of 14 days. The babies can start reproducing after a month. That means that in one year, one pregnant rat can result in 15,000 to 18,000 new rats. Warmer winters will continue to dial up rat fecundity. People in urban areas such as New York and Boston are already noticing a lot more rats, not just in downtown alleyways, but even in the posh suburbs.

Rats are just the beginning. Biologists have calculated that with the expected warming this century of 2 degrees Celsius, populations of dangerous crop-eating insects are likely to explode as temperate areas warm, reducing crop yields by 25 to 50 percent. Similar horrors lurk offshore, where biologists have found that a population explosion of purple sea urchins — “cockroaches of the ocean” — is choking out other denizens of Pacific kelp forests. There’s something deeply troubling about a single species taking over what was a diverse ecosystem.

In recent years, psychologists have accused conservatives of being more innately fearful than liberals, but that never quite squared with the fact that conservatives express less fear over environmental problems. Some social scientists are finally starting to question the broad equation of political preferences with fear, recognizing that different people fear different things depending on their upbringing, education and surroundings. But we’re all sharing this warming planet, and at the very least surely we can unite against a future filled with rats.

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


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