If you asked my wife what her greatest fears were, there’s a pretty good chance a certain blood-thirsty parasite would top the list – bed bugs. Occasionally, I like to bring up all the interesting facts I’ve learned about bed bugs working for Ehrlich to my wife’s dismay. However, I find it interesting that most people dread bed bugs without actually knowing what they look like. Bed bugs are tiny insects (4-5 mm long) and are difficult to see with the naked eye. Bed bugs (or Cimex lectularious) feature a brownish-red color, an antennae and emit a “obnoxiously sweet” aroma from their body.
Beginning in the mid-1990′s, bed bugs experienced a huge comeback in North America. The insects had been primarily non-existent on the continent since World War II. In 2013, the National Pest Management Association reported in a study that “99.6 percent of U.S. based professional pest management companies have encountered a bed bug infestation in the past year.” If you spot an insect in your home that you believe may be a bed bug, it is highly recommended to contact a pest control professionals as soon as possible. Infestations can spread throughout your home quickly and are extremely difficult to eliminate through do-it-yourself methods.
For your benefit, I have included a collection of bed bug pictures below.
While most of us are familiar with the commonly encountered subterranean termite and its damage, we are less knowledgeable on the non-subterranean termites that populate many of our service areas. Termites other than subterranean termites are divided into two groups: drywood and dampwood termites.
It is important to be able to distinguish subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites groups from each other, because each are typically found in very different locations and require different treatment methods. In general, subterranean termites are usually located below ground level, and require contact with the soil. When traveling to food sources above ground, subterranean termites construct tunnels of mud tubes in order to conserve moisture. Read More
For both homeowners and businesses alike, rodents can cause a host of problems during the winter season. The extreme winter storms Americans are suffering through are driving rats and mice indoors seeking shelter and food sources. Ehrlich Pest Control (along with our sister companies Presto-X Pest Control & Western Exterminator) have reported substantial increase in rodent-related calls in 2014. In addition to spreading diseases and contaminating food, rodents have been found to cause structural damage and even cause fires.
The National Pest Management Association created the below Infographic, “America’s Rodent Problem” to illustrate the considerable amount of destruction rodents inflict in the United States. Read More
With many of us enjoying historic snow falls and below freezing temperatures this winter, we thought it would be good idea to look ahead to summer days and stinging insects. Summer can be a hectic time, packed with vacations and all sorts of outdoor activities.
Frequently we find ourselves going from one activity to the next whether it’s swimming, hiking or attending a barbeque at a friend’s house. But despite the variability of our summertime schedules, there is one thing that we can count on to be consistent: the threat of stinging insects intertwined with most of our activities. In fact, as we enjoy the summer months, stinging insect nests have grown quite large and the numbers of bees and wasps are almost at their peak.
There are several common species of stinging insects that we need to watch out for in the summer, including paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. Paper wasps build open and exposed nests that resemble upside down umbrellas, while hornets will typically build papery-covered nests that sit in trees. Yellow jackets will also build nests with a papery covering, but their nests are typically located in walls or ground voids. Each of these stinging insects can be quite aggressive when feeling threatened—which commonly happens when a person inadvertently walks past or gets too close to a nest. Read More
The winter months are upon us, which means an increased frequency of phone calls from customers with mouse concerns. But how do mice enter our homes and what can we do to keep them out? All mice need is a gap the size of 1/4th of an inch to enter your property and start breeding. How big is 1/4th of an inch? That’s about the size of opening a pencil can fit through. Mice can potentially contaminate your food supply and even in some instances spread diseases. Rodents like mice will sneak into your house in various ways, sneaking through cracks and crevices in your foundations, open or damaged windows, holes in exterior walls, chimneys and even broken roof tiles.
To make it more difficult for mice to enter your home, make sure you keep your home as clean as possible and seal all potential entry points. Unsure if you have mice? Keep an eye out for droppings, dirty smudges along floor boards and furniture or wiring that appears to be gnawed. Mice are primarily nocturnal so it is unlikely that you will spot a mouse during the day.
Here are few things to keep in mind about mice: Read More