Archive for the ‘pests’ Category
One of the scariest movies in my opinion, but let me assure you if my house started talking I would move. What does this have to do with bugs – “Spiders force family from upscale Missouri home“? Well this would have good enough for me to move out of my house, no questions.
At a civil trial in St. Charles County in October 2011, University of Kansas biology professor Jamel Sandidge – considered one of the nation’s leading brown recluse researchers – estimated there were between 4,500 and 6,000 spiders in the home.
Did he just say 4500 to 600- spiders – OMG, luckily there is a Pest Management Professional in town.
“There’ll be nothing alive in there after this,” said Tim McCarthy, president of the company hired to fix the problem once and for all.
“BedBugs force Portsmouth dispatchers to relocate” Bedbugs don’t care who you are, they don’t care if you are rich or poor. They don’t care if your a Firefighter or Policeman, so the key is that you are aware of their tenacious abilities at getting into your life.
One of the best things that I recommend are mattress and box spring encasements – such as CleanBrands
What I really like about these encasements is that they save your mattresses from the usual things:
- Accidental leakage – pets or toddlers
- Mitigates allergens
DIY or Do It Yourself products and your ability to attack the unknown enemy – bugs. The article “Essential Oils fail at killing BedBugs” puts the light on those “natural products.
I have said it numerous times, those “GREEN” products might work at the moment they are sprayed but generally they don’t have a residual which is essential to the long-term effect of something like BedBugs. If you can see the bug it may work fine if you spray them directly but there is NO long term effect.
A landscaper lost his life when he was attacked by a honeybee’s. “Swarm of thousands of bees kills man, injures another” Just for the record let me adjust that heading – it wasn’t a swarm of honeybees – it was a colony or hive within the home that was agitated and attacked. Technically the dictionary classifies a swarm as “a large number of animate or inanimate things massed together and usually in motion”. Typcially I consider a swarm a result of the hive dividing and moving on, but hey its just words.
The main portion of this story and the tragic part is the death and injury of the people. I think is is really important to check your property monthly to determine the possibility of infestation of rodents, bees and or termites.
How to conduct that examination of your home?
- Check for open holes, either where pipes enter or weep holes which help with your home ventilation. This home-sealing might help with keeping the a/c or heat inside.
- Check high and low, for bees or rodents evidence. This could be rub marks, branches or leaves or more obvious things coming and going.
- Trees and bushes shouldn’t touch the home, this provides highways for ants and rodents.
- Doors should have doorsweeps or thresholds in place.
- Home-seals are an excellent way to keep things out.
10 year old dies after being bitten by (Brown Recluse Spider), originally thought to be cancer and sent home from emergency room. “10 year-old dies after spider bite”
Now based on only these facts I have a few questions.
- Was there any indication of spiders at his home or area? Brown Recluse spiders are known to inhabit areas of the Mid-West of USA.
- Spider bite in general or was it really a Brown Recluse?
- Bugs do travel and can be transported via storage boxes etc, have there been any reports of Brown Recluse in Billings?
My sympathies go out to the family and friends and I hope we get to the bottom of this story.