Bedbugs Come Home After The Holidays
Travel is up 30% when summertime arrives. Bed bugs, small blood-sucking creatures can ruin a vacation. The worst, however, is when the bugs come home with you after the holidays.
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This article describes simple steps you could take to protect your children during vacation and prevent bed bugs from getting a free ride to your home. These steps are also applicable to those whose working conditions are conducive to bed bug infestation, such as Health Inspectors, Nurses, and Caregivers at Hospitals, Nursing homes, childcare facilities, Homeless shelters, as well as those who travels for works, such as traveling sales, construction workers, etc.
Bed bugs were considered eradicated from North America and Western Europe after World War II. Until about 10 years ago, bed bug infestation was restricted to unsanitary and crowded living conditions such as homeless shelters and jails. Now, they are widespread and a growing problem throughout North America. In Canada, the BC Provincial Ministry of Health reports a 600% increase of bed bug incidence in Southwestern BC from 2003 to 2005. In February 2008, the Toronto Public Health Department declared war on bed bugs, due to the increasing number of infestations and the potential impact on tourism. Similarly, anticipating its impact on tourism, on June 2008, PEI also declared war on bed bugs. Continue reading…
Bees Are Immigrants To California
Bees are one of the first signs of spring in California. But bees are not native to California. They were introduced by European farmers and can be a nuisance when they swarm around and about businesses.
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The Bee’s we see around are homes are considered “Feral” or wild. For the most part they are beneficial, but when they take up residents in and around are homes or businesses we need to take action. A bee hive in a wall when left alone can produce up to 30,000 individuals and the debris they produce can damage property and attracted other pests. Continue reading…
Fighting The Antenna
“Knowledge is power when protecting your home.” The first line of attack is to know your enemy. Homeowners need to be aware that termites happen year-round.
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Termite risks & warning signs
So how do you know if a hungry termite colony is making its way into your home? It can be tough to tell, which makes professional insight valuable. However, there are some signs you should watch out for:
•Wood damage: You may be lucky and catch external damage, but termites often feed from the inside-out. Tap beams in your basement area and listen for hollow sounds.Keep trash receptacles a safe distance away from the home and be sure that they are properly sealed.
•Discarded wings: As part of the mating season, termites may set out from the colony to establish new digs, after which they lost their wings. If they shed those wings in your home, they’ve likely moved in. Check around window sills and entry points.
•Spring swarmers: Swarm sightings start as early as February in our Richmond market and head north from there.
•Mud tubes: A termite highway between your home and the soil, and a sign of problems. Continue reading…
Rodents Cause Fires
Rats have an a natural gnawing instinct. The creatures chew on electrical wires. Up to 80% of house fires are caused by rodents chewing on electrical lines.
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If you are hearing mice in the walls, this is a good time to call a professional. If it sounds larger than a mouse, you want to call someone licensed in wildlife management. In either case, it is nothing to play around with. Call someone sooner than later to avoid possible fire hazards.
Whenever I show up on a “mouse job”, I always ask if mice are being seen. If so, I go for them were they are manifesting. I know that they have to eat after they find shelter, so we look for possible food sources for them, then do our best to eliminate them, and then we expose them to the conditions that we want to present that will help eliminate them. However, if mice or rats are not coming out for whatever reason, I get concerned. Continue reading…