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Pest-Proofing Your Home Should be A New Year's Resolution

11 Jan 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest - MA, RI

Have you made your New Year's Resolution list? Be sure to include pest-proofing your home. This can help you save money and spare you from the hassle of dealing with pests indoors. Here are some measures you can take to implement your pest-proofing plans and keep your pest-free resolution throughout the year.

Start with proper storage of holiday decor.

Taking down your tree and holiday adornments can be a workout but don't rush things. Securely pack them in a durable plastic container with tight sealed lids to keep pests from infesting the decorations while stored.

Always keep the kitchen and dining area tidy and clean.

Pests are attracted to food. Make sure these areas of your home are clean after cooking and dining. Small crumbs can entice ants, mice, and other pests. Make sure to store food and dispose of garbage properly. And, store edibles in receptacles with tight lids and keep them organized and clean in your pantry.

Seal holes and crevices.

Make sure outdoor openings, doors, windows, and pipes are properly sealed. These can be a potential port of entry for pests into your home.

Store firewood away from your house.

Pests often gather in wood piles. Make sure to store the firewood at least 20 feet from your home. Before you bring wood inside, brush it off to ensure that no pests have hitched a ride.

Clean the exterior of your home.

Remove leaves and debris from the gutters and repair loose shingles to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

Doing these preventative measures can help keep pests from infesting your home. However, if you have already noticed any signs of infestation starting to occur in your home, contact EHS Pest. We can help you safely get rid of any pest infestation.

Source: pestworld.org

Rare tick infection leaves teacher with memory loss, fatigue

04 Jan 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, MA, RI

A 40-year-old English teacher from the U.K. who was bitten by a tick in his ear while volunteering in Nepal two years ago said he still has trouble with his memory and coordination after the infection left him suffering from hallucinations and brain swelling.

Keith Poultney, who said he didn’t realize he had been bitten by the tick during his 2017 trip until a few days after developing discomfort in his ear, initially wasn’t concerned about his illness while in Nepal because others in his group had developed colds or the flu, according to The Sun.

“They treated me with antibiotics, but what they didn’t know was that the type of infection I had developed was resistant,” he said of his treatment in Nepal. “I flew home as planned, but the flight, a 12-hour flight via the Middle East, was the worst experience of my life.”

He said at one point his temperature reached 104.9 and he developed severe head pain. He was rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, where he was eventually diagnosed with encephalitis and a rickettsial typhus infection, which is typically transmitted by fleas, ticks, mites and lice and in some cases can be fatal.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immediate treatment should be started in a patient with a suspected case of rickettsioses before confirmation is complete due to the rapid progression of the infection.

Transmission is most common during outdoor activities in the spring or summer months when ticks and fleas are most active, with a 5-14 day incubation period for most rickettsial diseases, meaning symptoms often don’t start until after the trip as ended. The most common rickettsial diseases found in travelers are in the spotted fever or typhus groups.

“I felt different in myself,” Poultney, who is still dealing with fatigue, told The Sun. “I had real problems with my balance and was unable to walk in a straight line. I physically felt as though I was impaired or drunk. I could not gauge space or distance and would often walk into door frames or knock things such as drinks over.”

Nearly two years after his diagnosis and treatment, Poultney said he still has issues with his memory, and has started working with Headway, an organization that provides support to brain injury patients.

“Without Headway’s help, I know my recovery would have been slower and more frustrating,” he told The Sun. “They were there to pick me up from a very low point in my life. I know my brain has been altered and that will most likely never change. But I also know that I shouldn’t try to deal with this on my own.”

To get rid of tick infestation safely, contact EHS Pest.

Source: FOX NEWS

Some Wasps Linger in Homes During Winter

04 Jan 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Paper wasp stings are painful and can cause allergic reaction to those who are hypersensitive to insect bites and stings. Many think that these wasps diminish during the winter, but unfortunately, they actually tend to stick around all season.



Most paper wasps die at the start of autumn, but female wasps who are to be the queen mother to a new colony start looking for a protective shelter. You can spot them inside your home during the cold winter. They sneak through tiny holes near the roof-line, infiltrate your home, and hide in wall gaps and inside warm attics.

In order to prevent wasps from invading your home, look for any openings that can potentially serve as an entry point for these insects. Using steel wool and silicone based caulk, seal all cracks and gaps. Windows and door frames, attic rafters, porch ceilings, and around the roof eaves are the usual sites where they gather. Those are great spots to check.

These insects are more likely indolent and inactive during cold temperatures so its a perfect time to remove them from your house. However, it is still important to seek the help of a pest control professional for safe removal, especially when you are dealing with a larger population.

Contact EHS Pest when you need a pest expert to perform wasp removal treatment in your home.

Source: pestworld.org


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