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Tips on How To Tackle Summer Mosquito Problem

28 May 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, Mosquito Prevention MA, RI

Expect the population of mosquitoes to steadily rise this summer season. Aside from those irritating bites and itchy marks, you should be equally or more concerned of the viruses they carry and transmit to humans and pets. Reducing their population is the only way to limit your exposure to mosquito danger. Here are ways you can help eliminate mosquitoes in your home and help in the community's mosquito reduction effort:

  • Install a Misting System - You can contact a pest expert to assist you in choosing the best mosquito misting system and teach how to run it. The system release the treatment on a timed schedule.
  • Fogging - A fogging machine can be used to fend off mosquitoes outside your home.
  • Mosquito Traps - Our pest experts here in MA, RI have special traps that can catch and eliminate mosquito particularly larvae and their breeding sites.
  • Remove Standing Water - Standing water are their favorite breeding site. Get rid of any item that collects water.
  • Use LED light bulbs - Mosquitoes are attracted to incandescent light bulbs. Replace your outdoor lighting with tinted LED bulbs instead.
  • Use Bug Spray - Whenever you go outdoors make sure to use bug spray to repel mosquitoes.

For more information on how to control mosquitoes, contact EHS Pest.

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.


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.

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