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.
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.
It’s January—time to pack up the decorations and look ahead to a brand new year, right? Yes, but in addition to storing your holiday items for another year, make sure that you don’t overlook the perishable materials. Unfortunately, this time of year our customers may find themselves being visited by some very unwelcome six-legged guests in the form of stored product insects (SPI). It should be no surprise, since in the last few months of the year we tend to purchase, prepare, consume, and decorate with countless items that can and often do serve as a food source for these insects. From decorative corn and chocolate treats to the perennial gift we love to hate…the fruit cake, we fill our homes and work places with a veritable SPI buffet.
Many SPI generally feed upon a wide variety of materials of vegetable or animal origin and can infest products at virtually any point in the product’s life, starting from the field and ending in the home or office. Although SPI can migrate indoors, this time of year they are likely introduced on infested products. Most SPI are polyphagous, meaning they can feed on many different types of foods; however they can’t always feed on all forms. SPI are generally grouped based upon their feeding habits. The 4 groups of SPI include internal feeders, external feeders, scavengers and secondary pests. Read More
It’s January—a new year with the same old pests! And while most insects are deep in their happy winter slumber, house centipedes are awake, and keeping quite busy! While they cannot survive the winter outdoors, house centipedes will readily live and reproduce in heated structures. In fact, many house centipedes are generally content to spend their entire life cycle inside houses and buildings, despite the weather.
House centipedes are only about an inch in length, though their long legs give them the appearance of a much larger size. These creatures tend to frighten people, especially when they are spotted darting across floors or walls. But despite being viewed as creepy, house centipedes could be considered beneficial, because their diet consists of small insects and spiders. Also, house centipedes are not considered aggressive and have weak jaws that are not usually powerful enough to break through human skin. Read More