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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.



Spider Web Removal – A Must for Each and Every Service

I cannot tell you how many times I have started a new pest account and while during my exterior treatment, the customer walks out with a totally confused look on their face and ask me “What the heck am are you doing?”

These Black Widow Spider eggs were located in the garage doorway!

I inform them that their home is loaded with spiders and their webs and desperately need to be removed. The new customer usually states that they have had several pest control companies over the course of many years and the  pest control company never removed spider webs. I generally grin and tell them…”You do now” as I go back to “de-spidering” their home.

To me, it is natural to take a trip around the customer’s home on each and every visit and remove spider’s and their web’s as well as wasp/wasp nest.

It really is not that time-consuming and it creates more value to your service!

It can be tricky at times but after a few bites from  spider’s as they creep down the spider pole while working or wasp stings as you knock down the nest, it becomes easy. 

I have not been bite or stung in many years (of course, after writing this, it will happen very soon, lol).

 An extending spider broom is a must! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may ask what keeps those little creatures from returning? Well my friend, I will tell you. We treat the exterior of each residence with a six foot band of a long lasting product as well as round the door’s’ window’s and of course the soffit area.

Since no pest products last forever and with the brutal Florida summer heat , the pest product tends to break down in some of the more exposed areas.

Once a good exterior treatment is initiated, it is imperative to maintain that service to prevent the “bug” situation from returning.

I have literally spent  an hour on one of my initial services clearing the exterior, this house was absolutely covered with spiders and wasp!

 

As I mentioned before, some pest companies do not perform this service because they were not trained that way, they do not want to spend their valuable time or they just refuse. 

As for Beucher & Son, it’s just a another part of an excellent treatment program that we provide to every customer, everyday, everytime.

Call us today for your FREE  57 PLUS Pest Audit and Inspection

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Desperate Female Spiders Fight by Different Rules

 If you thought women’s pro wrestling was a cutthroat business, jumping spiders may have them beat. In most animals the bigger, better fighter usually wins. But a new study of the jumping spider Phidippus clarus suggests that size and skill aren’t everything — what matters for Phidippus females is how badly they want to win.

Found in fields throughout North America, nickel-sized Phidippus clarus is a feisty spider prone to picking fights. In battles between males, the bigger, heavier spider usually wins. Males perform an elaborate dance before doing battle to size up the competition. “They push each other back and forth like sumo wrestlers,” said lead author Damian Elias of the University of California at Berkeley.

Jumping spider females fight by different rules than males. For females size and skill aren’t everything — what matters is how badly they want to win. (Credit: Photo by Damian Elias)
 

This fancy footwork allows males to gauge how closely matched they are before escalating into a full-blown fight. “Males rarely get to the point where they solve things by fighting,” said co-author Carlos Botero of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC. “Before the actual fight there’s a lot of displaying. This allows them to resolve things without injuring themselves.”

But when the researchers watched female fights, they found that females fight by different rules. They skip the preliminaries and go straight for the kill. “Males have a more gentlemanly form of combat, whereas in females it’s an all-out fight,” said Elias. “At the drop of a hat they start bashing and biting each other.”

And unlike male combat, female feuds were often fatal. “They don’t give up, even when their opponent is beating them to a pulp,” said Botero. “They keep going until one of them is dead, or severely injured.”

The researchers were unable to predict which female would win based on size or strength. “Nothing we could measure predicted which one would come out on top. That was really unexpected,” said Elias.

At first, the researchers wondered if victory went not to the bigger fighter, but to the owner of the battlefield. “In a lot of animals one of the things that determines whether they win a fight is whether they’re on their own territory,” Elias said.

Phidippus clarus spiders live in nests they build from silk and rolled up leaves. While males are nomads, wandering from nest to nest in search of mates, females generally stick to one nest and guard it against intruders.

To test the idea that in turf wars the rightful owner typically wins, the researchers set up a series of fights between resident and intruder females. But when they put pairs of females in an arena — one with a nest, and one that was homeless — the head of the household wasn’t always the winner. Instead, the female most likely to win was the one closer to reproductive age.

“The ones that were closer to maturation fought harder,” said Botero. “They were more motivated and valued the nest more strongly.”

Why might that be?

Before a spider is ready to reproduce, she must first shed her hard outer skin and grow to adult size through a process known as molting. “They’re very vulnerable to predators at that time,” said Elias. “If they’re really close to molting and they don’t have a nest at that moment, they’re unlikely to survive.”

Females need the safety of their nests to molt, mate, and rear their young. “Finding a good nest becomes more critical the closer they are to maturing,” said Elias.

“In female fights it’s not how big or heavy they are, but how badly they want it,” he added. “That trumps size and weight and whether it’s her territory. They fight until they have nothing left.”

The team’s findings were published online in the June 4 issue of Behavioral Ecology.

Other authors on this study include Maydianne Andrade of the University of Toronto, Andrew Mason of the University of Toronto, and Michael Kasumovic of the University of New South Wales.

Man uses a blowtorch to kill spider, burns down house

Posted by Chris Spags

black widow spider 214x214 Man uses a blowtorch to kill spider, burns down houseI don’t know much about pest control, but perhaps we can all learn from one Fresno man who attempted to use a blowtorch to deal with his spider problem, with predictable results.

The Fresno fire department went on a call Friday for a somewhat-normal fire in a home’s garage. But the reason for the fire was most uncommon.

A Fresno Fire Department spokeswoman says that the fire began when one of the people in the whom saw several black widows in the home. In order to get rid of the spiders, he took a homemade open-flame blowtorch to ignore a fire.

The fire ignited on a combustible material, causing a fire that severely damaged the garage and resulted in the home’s five inhabitants being displaced.

No one was injured by the fire.

Well no one except, I would presume, the spiders. Because if they survived that one, I can’t imagine they’ll be very pleased. This is precisely how low-budget horror movies titled Spider Attack 3D begin.

Put down that blow torch and call Beucher & Son to get rid of those horrible spiders!   

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