March/April 2018

Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Tue, Mar 06, 2018 @ 08:21 AM

Perimeter Treatments Make Life Easier


Many pests can be kept out of a home or office with our professional perimeter treatments. Fewer pests is great for many reasons, but one benefit often overlooked is that it means you have a naturally cleaner home. It saves you time and work cleaning up dead insect bodies, spider webs, insect excrement, and other messes and damage that pests leave behind.

     After all, you have enough cleaning to do! You shouldn't have to clean up after uninvited and wanted pest "guests", too!

     By reducing pests coming indoors, our perimeter treatments also make your home a healthier place to live.  The treatments decrease the number of disease-causing organisms pest spread, and reduces the chances of being bitten or stung by bugs. Plus, pests, their bodies, cast off skins, and droppings, can unfortunately cause allergic responses in some people.

     These are some of the reasons our perimeter treatments are so popular and important.  These professional, protective treatments outdoors create a barrier that helps keep out invading pests. Without these treatments, pests find their way inside your home through countless cracks, crevices, and openings in the exterior walls and foundation.  Many of these openings are so small that we humans don't even notice them, but pests easily find them and crawl or slither through them.

     Our perimeter treatments are just one of the many tools we use to help prevent nasty pest problems.  It's our contribution to making your housekeeping easier, and it also guard your home, your possessions, and your health.


Termite Swarmers Coming!

It is estimated that over 2 million homes are damaged by termites every year.  Unfortunately most of these homeowners are completely unaware that a hoard of wood-destroying pests is silently eating the wood in their homes.  One of the most common ways people first learn their home has termites is when they see winged termites, called "swarmers" , are the males and females that start new colonies.  These emerge and fly up into the air, often for only a few minutes, then, then land, lose their wings, pair up, and begin searching for places to start new colonies.

     Termites swarm at various times of the year, but many come out in the early spring, often on a warm day after a rain.  Hundreds of these pests often emerge from a single colony.  They may all come out at once, or in batches over several days or weeks when the conditions are right.

     Swarmers are a good warning that termites are present, but it's not an early warning.  A termite colony is generally four to five years old before it begins to produce swarmers.  So if you see numbers of swarmers indoors, they are coming either from a colony that has been active for at least four years, or from an established colony that has moved into your home.

     Don't take a chance if you see swarmers indoors-call us right away to schedule and inspection by a trained and licensed professional.  Termites are an invisible threat that you want to take care of properly, before they cause more damage.


Rat Steals Mail


Recently a women in Brooklyn had been complaining that the U.S. Post Office wasn't delivering her mail. She had been getting late notices for bills she never received.  It turns out the postal worker tossed the onto the woman's porch each day, but before she retrieved it, a rat was dragging some of it off into its nearby burrow to use as nesting material.  The pest management professional who discovered what was happening found between 30 and 40 pieces of mail, shredded by the rat, in the nest.

Bug Found Embedded in van Gogh Painting


Surprise!  A tiny grasshopper was recently discovered embedded in the paint of one of Vincent van Gogh's famous masterpieces, Olive Trees. 

     The small grasshopper was hiding in plain sight on the painting but had never been noticed before.  It must have landed in the paint in 1889, while it was still wet.  It is well known that VanGogh liked to paint outdoors.  In one letter he wrote to his brother, he spoke of flies landing on his canvases as he was painting, and needing to remove them.  Watch for those grasshoppers, too!

Invading Ants Hurt Ecosystems

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 Many of the most persistent ant pests are not native to this country.  Two of these, Argentine ants and red imported fire ants, are well known to drive out less aggressive native ants, often resulting in severe consequences to the ecosystem.

     This has been well documented with red imported fire ants, and more recently with Argentine ants.  A study showed that the coast horned lizard in California is threatened because the Argentine ant has taken over areas where native harvester ants use to live.  Harvester ants are the primary food for the lizard.  The lizard won't eat Argentine ants, apparently because they taste bad.

     Another study in South Africa showed that native ants bury large seeds of many kinds of native plants.  When fire comes through, these buried seeds germinate and new plants emerge.  But when Argentine ants take over, they don't bury plant seeds. Any fire coming through burns  most plant seeds that are above ground.  There is a ten-fold drop in the number of large-seeded plants that germinate after a firs in areas infested by Argentine ants.


Tags: Spider fear, prevention, Landcape issues