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White House Maintenance Orders Reveal Cockroaches, Ants and Mice Infestations

04 Dec 2017

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest Rodent Expert

White House maintenance work orders reveal that the historic building's grounds are plagued with mice, cockroaches and ants.

NBC 4 Washington, which obtained the hundreds of work orders, reports that there have been a number of requests to deal with vermin in the White House, including mice in the situation room and the White House Navy mess food service area.

Other requests reported cockroach infestations in at least four parts of the White House, and a colony of ants living in chief of staff John Kelly's office.

The number of requests for building maintenance and redecorating was similar to past administrations, NBC reports.

Some of the requests were more mundane in nature, including a redecoration of national security adviser H.R. McMaster's office and a new toilet seat for the Oval Office bathroom. That last request was directed to be completed "after hours please."

Former General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General Brian Miller said that maintaining the aging presidential residence is a massive undertaking.

“It’s an enormous job. GSA is assigned to manage that job,” Miller told NBC. “GSA hires contractors and subcontractors for the [maintenance] work. Then the agency must watch over the contractors."

“They are old buildings,” he added. “Any of us who have old houses know old houses need a lot of work.”

For best pest control services, contact EHS Pest.

Source: The Hill

Man orders a cappuccino, gets a side of cockroach

14 Aug 2017

Posted by John D. Stellberger

A Manhattan man claims in a lawsuit his cappuccino at a swanky Upper East Side steakhouse came with a nasty addition: a large cockroach.

The insect was a nightmarish way to end a meal at The Arlington Club, where dinners can easily hit the $500 mark, said Steven Fleming, who brought friends to the eatery in April.

His pals were interested in opening a restaurant, so Fleming wanted to show them the place launched by star chef Laurent Tourondel in 2012.

They chowed down on salad, steak, and a glass of wine before ordering dessert and coffee, he said.

“I took a sip of my cappuccino, I felt something disgusting in my throat, and then something crunchy,” Fleming, 43, told The Post. “And then I spit it out and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’”

Fleming, who is now suing The Arlington Club in Manhattan Supreme Court, snapped a couple of pictures before running outside to vomit on Lexington Avenue, he said.

He claims he then spent 12 hours in the emergency room with a variety of symptoms, including nausea and high blood pressure.

“We want to make sure we hold this restaurant accountable, and that this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” said his lawyer, Michael Joseph. “For the prices they’re charging the very least they could do is make sure the customers don’t have bugs in their food. We think New Yorkers deserve better.”

Fleming, who runs the executive search firm Wall Street Options, said the incident “really grossed me out.”

“On the surface, it looks like a very nice place,” he said. “I thought this would be a good example of something relatively trendy and with above average food. … I’ve been going to restaurants for 20 years in New York City and nothing like this has ever happened to me.”

A manager at The Arlington Club, where Tourondel is no longer the chef, declined comment, adding he was unaware of the lawsuit.

To learn more about cockroaches and how to safely get rid of them, call EHS Pest.

Source: nypost.com

Roaches Everywhere: One of the Worst Pest Infestations Ever Seen - Boston, Norwood, MA

15 Dec 2015

Posted by John D. Stellberger

If you’ve spotted a mouse, cockroach, or other highly unwelcome visitor in your home, we certainly feel for you. But here’s a reality check: It could have been much, much worse. From nocturnal flying mammals to slithery limbless reptiles, these extreme pest infestations will make you want to have your home inspected again and again. And again. Just to make sure.

If you’ve ever had cockroaches, you know if you see just one, there are probably 500 more crawling around in some dark area. So what does that mean when an exterminator says “the floor is alive” with the cockroaches? That’s what we hear in this video of a home where someone clearly lives. We’re not sure where this happened or when, but we hope it never happens again.

To get rid of cockroaches, contact EHS Pest Control in Norwood.

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Weird News: Man Dies After Live Cockroach, Cricket, Worm Eating Contest

16 Dec 2013

Posted by John D. Stellberger

As a Florida medical examiner tries to determine how 32-year-old Edward Archbold died after eating insects during a contest to win a snake, people around the country are asking: Why?

Why would anyone eat a live cockroach? Why did he die when several others in the contest ate the same bugs without incident? What inspired Archbold – who was described by the snake store owner as “the life of the party” – to shovel handfuls of crickets, worms and cockroaches into his mouth?

While eating bugs is normal in many parts of the world, the practice is taboo in the U.S. and many Western countries.

Yet people do it for the shock factor, and many do so during contests or dares; just last year, folks ate Madagascar cockroaches at a Six Flags in Illinois for a chance to win park passes. Also last year, people ate live roaches at the Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, Ala. And a few years back, at Universal Studios in Orlando, contestants in a theme park show purportedly consumed a mix of sour milk, mystery meat and bugs.

Experts point to the rise in reality TV shows and movies such as “Fear Factor” and “Jackass” as egging people on and breaking down the ick factor.

Competitive eaters – like the participants who scarf down hot dogs on Coney Island on the Fourth of July – are quick to distance themselves from stunts like cockroach eating. Competitive eating is regulated, has rules and always has a licensed emergency medical technician on hand at every event.

Lou Manza, a psychology professor at Lebanon Valley College, said folks who participate in extreme events like bug eating “are looking for things to make life interesting.”

“At a certain level we’re all looking for things to break up the monotony,” said Manza, who participates in extreme marathons, which he says some people think is odd. “We’re striving for something that gives life meaning, something beyond the ordinary. The older you get, you start looking for something else.”

Extreme eaters also participate mostly for fame and not material goods – and they train heavily for events. Manza added that amateurs don’t “think things through” when throwing themselves into weird and possibly dangerous competitions.

Case in point: In 2007, a 28-year-old mother of three died after participating in a California radio station contest called “Hold Your Wee for a Wii,” where she tried to drink large quantities of water without urinating in order to win a gaming console. Overconsumption of water throws the body’s electrolyte balance out of whack and can be fatal.

What made Archbold participate in the bug-eating contest is a bit unclear; he had eaten bugs before, said his girlfriend. He had planned on giving the female python to a friend if he won.

Natasha Proffitt, 27, of West Palm Beach, said Archbold told her about the contest just hours before it started on Friday. When she asked him if it was a good idea, he said “it was not a big deal.”

The store, Ben Siegel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach, had been touting the contest for days on its popular Facebook page; earlier on Friday it posted a flyer that said the event was “featuring the soon to be infamous ‘eat bugs for balls’ contest,” referring to the prize of a female ivory ball python.

Sarah Bernard, an entomology student at the University of Florida, attended the contest – held during the store’s “Midnight Madness Sale” – and shot video on her phone of Archbold during the competition.

“I was focusing on him because I was closest to him and he was really entertaining,” she said of Archbold. “I saw that he had a clear strategy. He would push everything into his mouth and try to swallow it with water. He figured out what worked, and he did it.”

She added that the participants competed in several different rounds with different insects, and that the last contest involved the roaches, which were three or four inches long.

“The worm contest happened right before the roach-eating contest. So he ate a very large number of insects,” she said, adding that each round lasted about four minutes.

Archbold won the contest.

Bernard said she did not see Archbold immediately after the competition ended. She recalled that an announcer said “the winner was vomiting somewhere, and we’ll congratulate him when he comes back.”

Archbold, of West Palm Beach, collapsed in front of the store, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office statement released Monday. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were awaiting autopsy results to determine a cause of death.

The medical examiner’s office said Tuesday it has sent samples of Archbold’s remains for testing, but results are not expected for another week or two.

“Eating insects in a contest is a recent ‘Fear Factor’ phenomenon,” said Coby Schal, a professor of entomology at North Carolina State University. “But I have not heard of anyone having that type of response.”

He said people may have allergic and asthmatic responses to cockroaches, particularly in homes infested with roaches, and children are very seriously allergic to them. Dust from roaches’ wings and exoskeletons – roaches shed their skins – often triggers asthma in people.

“All insects, if you are allergic to a particular insect, you can have an allergic response to it. Whether he had an allergic sensitivity to a wide variety of insects or just to roaches, there is no way of telling,” Schal said.

Schal said this was likely an allergic response, “but there is always a possibility that cockroaches do carry bacteria and the response won’t be immediate. It would take time for bacteria to be a problem.”

He added that there could be other complications.

“When cockroaches like this die or are sick, they can have bacterial infections,” Schal said. “But the fact that he was the only one affected, it suggests that it’s something about his physiology.”

Mike Tringale, the vice president of The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, said it’s possible that Archbold “hit his tolerance level to cockroach allergens” and went into anaphylactic shock.

Tringale said that such a severe reaction to cockroaches is “probably rare,” however.

David George Gordon has made a career out of educating people about edible bugs. His many books include the “Eat-a-Bug Cookbook,” which features a recipe for cockroach samosas. And though he has hosted his own cockroach-eating contests, he is dismayed by events and reality television programs that focus more on the gross-out factor than on showing people the culinary side of insects.

“It’s indirectly bashing other cultures,” Gordon — who goes by the Twitter handle TheBugChef — said in a telephone interview. “We kind of like to think all these other cultures are so suffering from lack of nutrition that they eat bugs. Which is kind of like saying we eat oysters on the half shell because we need protein. This is not about nutrition. This is legitimate comfort food in many parts of the world.”

EHS can Solve any Cockroach Problems - South End Boston

18 Oct 2013

Posted by John D. Stellberger

What happens when a an underground plumbing system in a commercial building is installed using PVC (plastic) pipes? American Cockroaches invade and lots of them! Plagued by years of cockroach activity, the tenant was relocated and the concrete floor of the vacant, basement unit was cut to reveal this fault. Stress cracks, loose joints allowed waste water to seep out and sewer thriving Cockroaches to slip in.

Now the plumbing is new cast iron, the roaches are gone and the problem is solved! Integrated Pest Management or as its commonly referred to, IPM at its finest.

We love solving problems and it shows.

Johnny Pest

 

Bedbugs Thermal Remediation

05 Aug 2013

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS has a very Green method to eliminate Bebugs, heat! All of these Bedbugs pictures were eliminated using heat. Our Thermal Remediation Platform is self contained and State of the Art. Bedbugs don't stand a chance. Neither does Cockroaches, Indian Meal Moths and other Pantry Pests. It even sanitizes by killing odor causing bacteria!

We like helping people and it shows!

Johnny Pest

EHS Takes Employee Education Seriously - Boston, MA

03 Jul 2013

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest Customer Service Representative Judy Coletta gets an opportunity to see EHS in action as she rode along with Service Specialist Justin McDavid. Bedbugs, Cockroaches, Carpenter Ants, Mice, Rats and even Ticks and Mosquitos were the "Pests Du Jour". Judy appreciates how much information is needed to solve many situations. She added, I must have lost a couple pounds walking up and down Beacon Hill, my legs were a good kind of sore the next day! EHS takes employee education seriously and it shows.

Johnny Pest

EHS can Solve any Cockroaches, Mice, Rats and Flies Problem - Boston, MA

14 Jun 2013

Posted by John D. Stellberger

A very well reviewed Boston restaurant called for an estimate to control Rats, Mice, Flies and Cockroaches. Before we proceeded we pointed out some of the sanitary problems they need to address. The General Manager was apologetic, but we explained, no need to worry, fixing this situation will save them money in the long run and greatly help with their condition. After all, Sanitation is Pest Management! We like helping restaurants and it shows!

Johnny Pest

 

EHS can Solve any Insect Problem - Back Bay, Boston, MA

03 Jun 2013

Posted by John D. Stellberger

We received a call from a long time client and property manager about possible cockroaches or beetles in basement hallway of an apartment building we routinely service. Our Service Specialist, Johnny Maiocchi whipped out his handy EHS provided pest guidebook and correctly identified them as Wharf Borers. To be certain he captured several in a provided test tube vial and returned them to our laboratory with the appropriate paperwork and I had the pleasure of confirming his diagnosis and contacted the property manager. After, I promptly created a Consumer Bulletin for others to refer to and will post it soon on our website, www.ehspest.com. More on biology and control in a future blog. Problem solved. We like helping clients and it shows.

Johnny Pest


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