March/April 2013 Newsletter

Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Tue, Mar 05, 2013 @ 02:10 PM


Our Perimeter Treatment Protects

As a wise old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Our professional perimeter treatments use this same concept, keeping unwanted pests from entering your home and other buildings-helping protect you, your pets, your home, and everything in it.

     By keeping outdoor pests outdoors, we can reduce health hazards from stinging and biting pests, reduce pest-caused asthma problems, and reduce the number of illness-causing germs that pest bring indoors. Fewer pests also mean fewer costly repairs of insects-caused damage are needed, and it means a cleaner home-you spend less time cleaning up pest poop, webs, and dead bugs-yuck!

     Most people don't realize this, but it is estimated that a typical yard has at least a thousand kinds of flying, crawling, jumping, slithering, and burrowing insects in it at any one time. Yikes, that is a lot of bugs! But it is believed there are more than 10 million insect species in the world, so just be glad you only have a thousand of them.

     It's no wonder that with all the hidden cracks and other openings that bugs use to enter homes, some pest will always find a way to get indoors. That's why the "protective shield" formed by a perimeter treatment makes so much sense-it stops most pests on the exterior of a home or business, before they have ever entered and become a problem.

     Perimeter treatments are just one of many important tools we use to enable our valued customers to enjoy the benefits of a more pest-free life.

Termite Swarmers

 Watch for Termite Swarmers

One way homeowners discover they have termites is when they find winged reproductive termites, called swarmers. During swarming season, hundreds or even thousands of termites with wings make a mass exodus out of the colony and take to the air. Usually this happens after a rain as the temperatures begin to warm and the days lengthen, but can happen at other times as well.

     Once these termites emerge from their nest, they begin flying, but since they are weak fliers they are mostly carried wherever the wind blows them. They quickly pair up, pry off their wings, and retreat to a cozy dark place where they mate and start a new colony. Swarmers that emerge indoors are attracted to bright lights and are often found around windows and lights. Finding termites or their wings indoors is almost always a sign that the house is infested and being eaten by termites.

     Termites in periods of low rainfall are less likely to swarm. In those cases they often go deeper into the ground, waiting for more favorable conditions. Also, only mature colonies produce swarmers. So you may not see swarmers or other signs of termites, but still have termites from one or more colonies eating away at your home. A professional inspector is the best way to determine if your home is being slowly destroyed by termites.

     Call us if you haven't had a termite inspection in the last year, or if you find swarmers or other signs of termites, so we schedule a professional inspection, and in most cases we offer FREE inspections. Finding infestations early and eliminating them before they do further damage can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars.

West Nile

West Nile Update

West Nile Virus was especially deadly last year. Thevirus, transmitted through mosquito bites, killed 243 people around the country-the highest number on record-and made countless more ill.

     The number of people infected by West Nile virus is highly influenced by weather conditions, according to new research that looked at weather conditions in New Jersey over the last nine years. The study showed that West Nile virus cases increased whenever there was drought conditions and higher temperatures during June and July.


New Scorpion Discovered

A new species of scorpion has been discovered in the mountains just outside of Tucson, Arizona. Amazingly, this is the ninth new species of scorpion discovered in Arizona just in the last six years.

     Only about 1 inch long, this scorpion, like many other scorpions, cariies it babies on its back. No one knows how venomous the new species is.

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetles are on the Move

Early spring is when people often discover beetles indoors, crawling up walls, and sometimes near windows or lights. This happens because once adult beetles emerge from pupae indoors, they are attracted to windows and other light sources. While the larvae of this pest feed on wool, accumulations of pet hair along baseboards, dried pet food, bird and wasp nests, etc., the adult beetles feed on flower nectar and pollen.

     Flowers that have a lot of pollen, especially white or cream-colored flowers, such as spirea, pyracantha, and dogwood, are especially attractive to carpet beetle adults. Sometimes people unknowingly bring adults beetles into their home on cut flowers from their garden, so be sure to inspect any flowers before you bring them indoors.

Asian Needle Ant

Aggressive New Ants Have a Nasty Sting

Most of the worst ant pests in this country are non-native, aggressive species that drive out our less competitive native ants.  But new research in North Carolina shows that some of the most aggressive non-native ants, Argentine ants, are now being pushed out by new ants that are even more aggressive.

Asian needle ants arrived in this country in the 1930's or before, but they apparently have never been widespread. For still unknown reasons, populations have started to increase in recent years. It is not uncommon for a new pest to become a much bigger problem over time. While some exotic pests immediately start spreading and causing major problems when they arrive here, others remain obscure for decades. Then, possibly because of a slow shift, they suddenly start becoming more serious pest problem.

     Asian needle ants may become the next major ant pest problem. They are currently spreading to new areas, especially forests and urban areas in Southeastern and Eastern states, with isolated populations as far north as Connecticut. These ants have an especially nasty sting-a sting that is four times as likely to cause a serious anaphylaxis reaction as a honey bee sting. They tend to nest in wood piles and under stones and logs, but nest have been found in places like underneath door mats and dog bowls-all places that put them much too close to us and our pets.

     A growing concern is the impact of Asian needle ants on our environment, especially in forests. As they displace our less aggressive native ants that help disperse seeds of certain plants, it can actually change which plants are growing forests.

Tags: carpet bettles, scorpions, asian needle ants, Termites