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Get The Right Information About Termite Home Risks

28 Feb 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, Termite Control MA, RI

Termite Awareness Week is close. Efforts and activities to raise awareness about this tiny but destructive home intruders will be between March 10-16, 2019. This national observance aims to educate the public regarding the termite risks and prevention. Pest experts predict an early start of termite season this year since climate begins to warm and improve early than usual.

Termites are considered one of the most damaging pests causing $5 billion worth of damage per year. Rummaging home structures since they feed on wood. They can enter structures through cracks as small as 1/16 inch. Average colony consists of 60,000 – 250,000 termites and is located in the ground. After they feed, they return to the colony to feed the immature workers, soldiers and reproductive termites. Unluckily, damages related to termites are not covered by homeowner's insurance.

Routine inspection of your home's foundation for presence of mud tubes, cracks or bubbling paint, and wood that sounds hollow when tapped. Termites have certain moisture level requirement, thus, reducing moisture inside your home through proper ventilation of attic, basement and crawl spaces can help prevent termite infestation. Moving firewood at least 20 feet away from the home and keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation could prevent them from reaching your home. Also, seal all cracks that can potentially serve as entry point of these invaders.

However, when you notice presence of dead termites or discarded wings from swarmers, mud tubes emerging around your home's foundation, wrecked woods or floors that sound hollow; then termites are likely starting to infest your home. You need to hire pest experts like EHS Pest in MA, RI to perform proper treatment. Apparently, termite infestation is difficult to deal with. Thus, it is important to seek the help of skilled pest professionals for a systematic treatment approach.

To find out more about termite infestation and how to control it, contact EHS Pest.

State Agricultural Officials Urge Residents to Check Plants for Spotted Lanternfly

22 Feb 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, MA, RI

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced today that a single dead specimen of the invasive pest known as spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was reported and confirmed at a private residence in Boston. As a result, MDAR is urging the public to check for signs of spotted lanternfly adults in any potted plants that they may have received over the holiday season and to report any potential sightings of this pest on MDAR’s online reporting form by taking photographs and collecting a specimen if possible. Residents should look for large, gray insects, about one inch long, with black spots and red underwings.

“Early detection plays an important role in the protection of the economic and ecological resources of our state from invasive species,” said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. “We ask all residents who have received potted plants this past December to help us protect Massachusetts’ environment and agricultural industries by checking for and reporting signs of spotted lanternfly.”

The insect appears to have been unintentionally transported this past December in a shipment of poinsettia plants originating from Pennsylvania. Because only one dead adult insect was found, and spotted lanternfly dies off when a hard frost hits, there is currently no evidence that this pest has become established in Massachusetts. However, additional surveys are planned in the area to confirm that no other occurrences of lanternfly are present.

Spotted lanternfly is an invasive sap-feeding insect from Asia that was first found in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. While the main host plant of this pest is tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), spotted lanternfly attacks a variety of trees, shrubs, and vines, and has the potential to impact a broad range of agricultural commodities, including apples, peaches, grapes/wine, maple syrup, as well as the ornamental nursery industry.

To find out more spotted latternfly, contact EHS Pest.

Source: massnrc.org

Get Ahead of Spring Pest Infestation

22 Feb 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, MA, RI

The good news…..warm weather is on the way! Hang in there. The bad news, that warm weather springs a litany of annoying pests back into action. Preventing bugs from intruding your home and your outdoor living space require proactive pest control measures. If your self-help pest control efforts of the past failed to do the trick, consider the tested, proven, and entirely affordable pest control services of EHS Pest serving MA, RI.

Here are three most common pest complaints that we get from homeowners just like you:

Ants - They don’t completely go dormant during winter months. They hide in structures, under rocks or indoors to stay warm.

Termites - They are more active and visible when the temperature starts to rise. When you notice thin mud tubes that emerge from the ground and extends to your home's foundation, that is a sure sign of termite infestation right there.

Cockroaches and Bedbugs - Although these gross pests are present all year round, they are more prevalent when weather is good and warm.

It is important to be proactive when dealing with these pesky intruders. Proper pest management must be implemented and systematically managed year round. Most often it takes a pro to get this done. The tasks includes meticulous inspection of your property to determine the extent of the infestation. Different pests require different treatments. The safety of your family, pets, and the environment all deserve focused attention. The critical nature of these three things should give you pause to talk to us for your free pest control consult.

While on the subject of fortifying the ramparts in anticipation for the forthcoming bug invasion, make sure to repair all broken screens and windows. Distance garbage cans from the home. Keep your compactor room or trash chute clean at all times. To keep out ants, cover entry points and install door sweeps. And the list of best practices goes on from there.

Let us discuss things with you personally. Contact EHS Pest to learn more about pest threats during Springtime.

Termite Activities During Wintertime

15 Feb 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, Termite Control MA, RI

There's a common misconception that termites go dormant as the outside temperature drops. Just because you don't see them does not mean that they are gone. When the temperature drops and the ground is covered in snow, these damaging pest just burrow deeper into the soils. Since they require constant moisture to survive, they will burrow deeper and ultimately find your wooden structures to satisfy their survival needs.

Termites infestation has no specific season. Winter is a good time to treat for termites when you consider the fact that termite behavior is most predictable in the winter months. Termite control requires the initial and recurring expertise of pest control professionals. Termite control does not stop by killing them. You must take active measures to verify that they never return via annual inspections and retreatment when and if necessary.

If you need proven professional pest control experts in MA, RI, look no further than EHS Pest.

Mosquitos in Winter - MA, RI

01 Feb 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, Mosquito Prevention MA, RI

Check out the laundry list of pest control services that EHS Pest Services offers to the citizens of the great states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Bedbugs, mice, termites, ants, etc.? You might not think we’d be educating you about mosquitoes in early February, but that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Most people incorrectly believe that mosquitoes all die in the frigid winter weather and are of no concern until spring. Yes, a hard freeze will kill living mosquitoes, however, that does not mean you’re done with them until Spring. Adult mosquitoes (particularly female Aedes Aegypti) end their life after egg stage, however, their newly deposited eggs enter the “diapause” state wherein their development are momentarily suspended in the cold months. But they do survive. Prolonged unseasonal winter warming can actually wake them up.

As winter winds down and temperatures starts to rise these eggs begin to hatch and they are born hungry. Your mosquito concerns should be less about that annoying sting they deliver but more about disease. Concern yourself with the fact that they could very well be infected with the Zika virus and that virus is transferable to humans.

Knowing these facts, it is necessary to remain cautious when you go outside your home during winter. Also make sure to throw any containers that could hold water or clean any potential sites where mosquito eggs can be deposited. Unclog gutters, seal trash cans tightly and repair leaky pipes and faucets. Use DEET insect repellants when you go outdoors.

To find out more mosquito prevention tips, contact EHS Pest.

Bedbugs are Masters at Hiding

29 Jan 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger


Bedbugs are masters at hiding. It’s a strategy that has suited them for all the centuries they have been following humans. These three tools will help you locate and expose them.

  1. An LED flashlight. Bright white light is what you need to illuminate the dark shadowy areas they live between feedings. Look for insect skins, dark spots that don’t belong.
  2. A thin spatula, palette knife or thin screwdriver. Investigate cracks and crevices, seams, base and headboards and every hidden area.
  3. A can of compressed air. Keyboard cleaners are very effective at flushing out insects of all sorts and are pesticide free.

Take your time and proceed in an orderly fashion, millimeter by millimeter.

To find out more about bedbugs and how to control bedbug infestation, contact EHS Pest.

Bedbugs

24 Jan 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.

Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.

Although they are a nuisance, they are not thought to transmit diseases.

Where Bed Bugs Hide

Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.

Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.

Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in immaculate homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.

EHS Pest - Bedbug Control MA, RIWhen Bedbugs Bite

Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.

Bedbug bites

Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do.

People who don't realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.

Signs of Infestation

If you wake up with itchy areas you didn't have when you went to sleep, you may have bedbugs, particularly if you got a used bed or other used furniture around the time the bites started. Other signs that you have bedbugs include:

  • Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
  • Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
  • Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
  • An offensive, musty odor from the bugs' scent glands

If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding and check it carefully for signs of the bugs or their excrement. Remove the dust cover over the bottom of the box springs and examine the seams in the wood framing. Peel back the fabric where it is stapled to the wood frame.

Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing. If you are uncertain about signs of bedbugs, call an exterminator, who will know what to look for.

If you find signs of infestation, begin steps to get rid of the bugs and prevent their return.

Bedbug Treatments

Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live. This should include the following:

  • Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that can't be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.
  • Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.
  • Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently. After vacuuming, immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and place in garbage can outdoors.
  • Encase mattress and box springs with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bedbugs from entering or escaping. Bedbugs may live up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for at least a year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead.
  • Repair cracks in plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bedbugs can hide.
  • Get rid of clutter around the bed.

If your mattress is infested, you may want to get rid of it and get a new one, but take care to rid the rest of your home of bedbugs or they will infest your new mattress.

To find out more about bedbugs and how to control them, contact EHS Pest.

Source: webmd.com

Ticks are Still a Concern in Winter

24 Jan 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest - Bedbug Control MA, RI

Although most insects stays dormant in freezing weather, disease carrying ticks are far from idle during the winter months. Ticks are still out there looking for a host and you, your dog or cat can be one if you give them a chance.

Unfortunately, ticks can endure temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit. When the freeze is not deep enough, they don't die off, and become active again when temperatures are above freezing. Ticks have also developed a type of anti-freeze, glycoprotein, to survive the cold. So during a milder winters such as we have had thus far, you need to remain diligent in tick prevention.

Ticks carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Tularemia and Babesia. These diseases can significantly affect both humans and dogs. Therefore, even in winter it is important to take preventative measures to stop tick infestation.

Aside from regularly checking the dog for ticks whenever it goes outside you can also count on pest professionals in MA, RI to create a program to protect your family, yard and pets from these threatening pest.

Contact EHS Pest to find out more about tick control.

Bedbugs in Boston: How Bad?

22 Jan 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest - Bedbug Control, MA, RI

Bed bugs are nasty. There's no two ways about that. They're basically tiny nocturnal vampires that leave painful, itchy red marks on your skin and can lead to thousands of dollars in property damage.

A description for the the tiny parasites on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website sounds more like something from a horror movie than an actual living creature: They "feed solely on the blood of humans and animals while they sleep."

And according to exterminators at the Atlanta-based Orkin, the Boston metro area ranks 38th in the country for the most bedbug eradication treatments in the year ending Nov. 30, 2018. Both residential and commercial treatments were included in the results.

Boston is obviously not the worst place for the devilish little creatures. But if you plan to stay in Baltimore, bring a magnifying glass and scrutinize the mattress. For the third straight year, the "Charm City," as it's affectionately known, ranked No. 1 in the country for bed bugs, followed by Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

Here are the top 10 cities:

  • Baltimore
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • New York
  • Cincinnati
  • Detroit
  • Atlanta
  • Philadelphia

The list saw five newcomers this year: Lansing, Michigan; Orlando; Davenport, Iowa; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and Youngstown, Ohio. New York City moved up two spots while Atlanta and Philadelphia joined the top 10.

Bed bugs are the "number one urban pest" in many cities, Orkin entomologist Chelle Hartzer said in a release.

"They are master hitchhikers, so no one is immune," Hartzer said. "Sanitation has nothing to do with prevention: From public transit to five-star resorts, bed bugs have been and can be found everywhere humans are."

The bugs are reddish-brown and range from as small as 1 millimeter to as large as 7 millimeters, or about the size of Abraham Lincoln's head on a penny on the larger end of the scale. They can also live for several months without a blood meal, federal health officials said.

And they don't discriminate. They're found across the globe, including in five-star hotels and on public transit. Most often, they're found in areas where people sleep. This includes apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, cruise ships, buses, trains and dormitories. It's harder to find them during the day.

They're pretty good at hiding in places such as mattress seams, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, inside cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, or any other clutter or objects around a bed. In fact, they often live within 8 feet of where people sleep.

Bed bug bites affect each person differently. Some bed bug bites won't physically show up at all, others will leave small marks that can take as long as two weeks to develop. And you might not know you've been bitten. The parasites actually "inject" — that's the CDC's language — an anesthetic and an anticoagulant into you, preventing you from realizing you've been bitten.

"Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite," the CDC wrote on its website.

While bed bugs are not considered dangerous, they can lead some to experience serious allergic reactions that require immediate medical attention.

Once bed bugs are established, the multiply quickly.

An adult female lays two to five eggs per day, and up to 500 over the course of her lifetime, Orkin said. This makes treating the infestation difficult.

"Bed bugs are an elusive threat to your household and beyond, so it's critical to detect and treat for them as early as possible," said Orkin. "Anyone who suspects a bed bug infestation should contact a pest management professional immediately."

To find out more how to control bedbug infestation, contact EHS Pest.

Source: patch.com

Bed Bugs Are Active Even In Winter

18 Jan 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest - Bed bug Control, MA, RI

As the days become much colder, it is safe to say that winter is now here. Most of us think that these temperatures will . kill most insects and cause most animals to hibernate. However, a bedbug infestation does not diminish regardless of the season or temperatures.

As a matter a fact, bed bugs can remain active in the colder months as long as there is a food source. Normally, these pesky insects stay in a warm indoor space, such as furniture and beds and mattresses. This means they are not affected by frigid temperatures. In fact, bed bugs can endure below freezing temperatures.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

If you suspect a bedbug infestation in your home, hire a pest expert. Attempting to do it yourself will be time-consuming, inefficient, and often more expensive than hiring a professional. Pest experts in MA and RI will perform a meticulous inspection of your home and are quicker at spotting habitats and evidence. A series of treatments will be done to prevent the infestation from recurring.

How to Keep Them Away

Like any infestation issues, prevention is better than a cure. If you've never had a bedbug issue at home before, you want to keep it that way. They are commonly contracted from hotel and motel stays. It is good practice to keep your luggage in the tiled bathroom or even in the tub when not in use. When you return home, was your clothes from the trip right away. Always inspect your luggage to make sure no hitchhikers have latched on.

For more information on preventing or eliminating bedbug infestations, contact EHS Pest.


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