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April Designated as National Pest Management Month

The National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to take steps to prevent infestations
FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management Month, an observance that has been taking place for more than 30 years. National Pest Management Month honors the professional pest control industry for playing a key role in protecting both health and property from significant pest-borne threats.

“The NPMA is pleased to have the opportunity to publicly recognize the important work that pest professionals do every day during National Pest Management Month,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “In honor of National Pest Management Month, the NPMA is dedicated to raising public awareness about the risks posed by household pests and encouraging homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent pest infestations in their homes and properties.”

Pest such as termites, rodents and carpenter ants can cause extensive property damage by chewing through walls, flooring and even electrical wiring. Other pests, including ticks, mosquitoes, cockroaches and stinging insects pose health threats to humans. Ticks can spread Lyme disease, while mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus. Cockroach allergens can trigger asthma attacks, while stinging insects send more than half a million people to the emergency room every year.

During April, the NPMA recommends that homeowners follow these tips to prevent pest infestations:

Seal up cracks and small openings along the foundation of the house.

Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.

Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.

Keep kitchens clean by wiping counters and emptying the garbage frequently.

Keep all food containers sealed.

Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods of time.

Keep trash containers clean and sealed, both indoors and outdoors.

Screen windows and doors.

If you see signs of pests or suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional.


Flesh-eating ants bit elderly heart patient hundreds of times on legs and genitals as he lay in intensive care

An elderly man was bitten hundreds of times on his legs and genitals by a swarm of flesh-eating ants as he lay in his hospital bed.

Cornelius Lewis, 76, was in the intensive care unit at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Florida, recovering from an operation to fit a pacemaker the day before the ant attack.

Remarkably, because he was attacked beneath the bed sheets, medical staff didn’t even notice the ants were literally feasting on him until they pulled back the covers hours later.

Ant attack: A swarm of ants bit a heart patient hundreds of times (file picture)
Ant attack: A swarm of ants bit a heart patient hundreds of times (photograph © Alex Wild 2005)

Lewis remains at Gulf Coast Medical Center and is said to be in a serious condition, although that is related to his previous heart surgery, rather than the ant attack.

According to his son, Mr Lewis was bitten ‘a couple hundred’ times on his legs and genitals by Pavement Ants.

‘He was supposed to be monitored every 10 minutes,’ Neil Lewis told Florida website

‘My mom was there, and they didn’t give her any information.

‘They said, “Let’s just get him out of the room.” And my father was so exhausted he didn’t have the ability to complain.’

After the attack, Mr Lewis said his father was moved to another room but that it, too, was infested with ants.

Lee Memorial Health System, which runs the hospital, says it is taking preventive steps at their hospitals to stop any repeat of the incident.

‘We have confirmed there were ants,’ said Karen Krieger, director of public relations at Lee Memorial Health System.

She added: ‘There were no reports of other patients being bitten by ants and Gulf Coast is the only hospital with an ant problem.’

The company’s other premises at Lee Memorial Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital and Health Park are now being treated by pest control experts.

The intensive care unit at Gulf Coast Medical Center has been evacuated, sprayed and treated and exterminators will check for the insects every three days.

Rooftops and exteriors are being sprayed weekly. This will continue until there is no ant sightings for 30 days.

It is understood the checks for ants previously took place on a monthly basis, which indicates the hospital knew it had a problem with the ants.

A pest control expert in Florida, a hot and sticky climate that is a perfect breeding ground for insects, told WINK News that Pavement Ants, which are the type believed to have bitten Lewis, don’t usually attack because they generally live outside.

‘Pavement ants are omnivores,’ said Allen Fugler Jr.

‘Every pest needs food, water and harborage. If lacking in one of those three, they will aggressively seek out a food source, water or a place to live.’

Getting Dirty with Bathtraps

As I was performing a termite inspection for Enrique Behrens of INQUEST Home Inspections, I wondered what to blog about next.

  Enrique Behrens, owner of INQUEST Home Inspections doing what he does best…Inspecting!

Enrique informed me that he had already opened up the bathtraps and they were ready for our termite inspection.

BATH TRAPS, now there’s something to blog about…here we go!

One of the areas that some pest control technicians forget to treat on their customers first pest service is the bathtrap area (if accessable). The bathtrap is where a “squarish” hole was cut so that the plumber can have access to the plumbing pipes that supply water to your tub.

These water pipes usually come up through the (concrete/wood) floor via a hole. If the hole is in concrete, the hole is sometimes pretty large and usually sealed with a hard black “tar-ish” substance or concrete. Sometimes there is not any type of sealant, leaving just bare dirt below your tub. Not good.

If the hole is in wood floor, the water pipes access is usually smaller but not sealed. This is not good either because everything from an ant to a oppossum can be under your tub!

What is so important about the open area for plumbing pipes to be sealed?

Pest can harbourage under the tub, such as cockroaches, ants, springtails, spiders and rodents to name a few. But the big name that you really need to worry about is “TERMITES”.

leaving the ground “unsealed”  in your bathtrap is a recipe for disaster! It is a very important area that that needs attention when treating for either household pest or termites.

Just where is that darn hole in the wall located anyway? Easy, just go to your bathroom and notice which side of the tub that your bath faucet is located, the hole will be located on the opposite side of the wall.  I have seen the bathtrap  in bedrooms, front rooms, kitchens and hallways…they can just about be anywhere.

This bathtrap was located in a bedroom, while the other bathtrap of this house was located a closet on the other side of the house.

Here is a close up of that bathtrap, notice the hole in the concrete for the plumbing  pipes. this one was sealed with the hard black “tarry”  sealant.

Just look at all that hiding space under the tub…whats under your tub?

Some people want a pest inspection but did you know that most people need a pest inspection.

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The Florida Carpenter Ant

This information comes from the University of Florida website, Pest Ant Species.  For more information on Florida ants, this is a great place to start.

I remember, years back, the only way to eliminate a carpenter Ant colony was to follow the ants to where they nested. This took incredible time and patience. Now adays with modern pest products that are designed for this kind of creature, its not so bad. I believe that I have been bite or stung by just about everything out there and the Carpenter Ant is one nasty little “fella” that I really hated to get attacked by. ~ Jim Beucher

Foraging Characteristics: Florida carpenter ant is a large to very large, orange and black ant.  C. tortuganus is similar but paler with less color contrast. Gaster of latter often with light spots, background color variable, and head looks narrower.  Both species have many sized workers that follow loose foraging trails (individuals following each other are widely dispersed or solitary).  Workers can emit formic acid.  Mainly nocturnal.  Female reproductives similar in appearance to large workers but with wings folded over back. Male reproductives with small heads and large wings. Males darker than workers but similar in size to smallest workers.

Nest Sites & Characteristics: Single queen per nest. Nest in dead tree branches, rotting logs, tree stumps, piles of lumber, or under yard objects (potted plants, trash cans etc.) in voids such as curtain rods, hollow porch columns, wall and attic insulation, timer boxes, and pump housing. Do little excavation and will nest in existing voids and in attics. This species does not do structural damage, but may be a sign of preexisting damage. Satellite colonies common.

Diet:  Hunt live insects and scavenge for dead insects. Tend sap-sucking insects, collecting honeydew.  Forage for sweets and protein in homes.  

 Detailed Description: 5.5-11 mm (1/5–4/9 in) long. No sting. Twelve-segmented antenna without club.  End of abdomen with circular ring of hair. One petiolar segment.  Thorax evenly convex. C. floridanus: Antennal scape flattened at base and broad throughout. Legs and antennal scapes with numerous long, coarse brown to golden erect hairs, shorter than those on body. C. tortuganus: Major worker head longer than broad.  Tibia of all legs and antennal scapes without erect hairs.  Body hairs abundant, long, and golden. About 15 Camponotus species occur in Florida.  A small dark species, C. planatus is becoming more widespread.  Subfamily Formicinae

Most Common Complaint: Foragers in yards, porches, patios, and occasionally inside homes.  Swarming reproductives may be seen inside homes when nearby. Alates often mistaken for termites by homeowners. Ants may bite if handled.  Baits have effect if placed near trail at night.  Restrict access to structures. If colonies are located they can be controlled with insecticidal applications.

Flight Season: Spring to fall.
Distribution: Widespread.

Origin: Native

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Housepests: Uncovered

Do you have unwelcome guests sharing your home? Discover what may be creeping in and around the house.

This is really cool, I JUST found it and had to share it. Hope you like it!