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December 28, 2010

It's Enough They Crawl, But Jump?

The Jumping Spider get its name from its jumping ability used to capture prey. They are an occasional nuisance pest indoors, and some colored species may cause concern when people mistake them for Black Widow spiders. About 300 species of jumping spiders are found in the United States and Canada.

Compact with relatively short leg, jumping spiders are usually black, although sometimes brown, tan, or gray, with pale markings of white, gray, yellow, red, blue and/or green. They are typically covered with hairs or scales, often brightly colored.

Jumping spiders do not construct snare webs but do build web retreats which are loosely woven, saclike, composed of several envelopes and usually have two openings. Unlike most spiders, jumping spiders are active during the daytime and seem to like sunshine.


They are hunters and have the keenest vision of all spiders, being able to detect and react to movement up to 18” in distance; however their night vision is very poor. They can rapidly move both sideways and backwards for short distances. As their name implies, they are excellent jumpers.

If you're concerned about spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 26, 2010

Bed Bug VS Stink Bug

The news media may have been nearly obsessive in its coverage of bed bugs this year, but when it comes to insect nuisances, the stink bug is giving bed bugs a run for the money.

The brown marmorated stink bugs, although native to Asia, are increasing in number, particularly in the Middle Atlantic states, damaging fruit and vegetable crops. And while they don't bite, they so gross people out. They drop from doorways, can creep into virtually any space, and make the mistake of crushing one...and you'll think you've run over a skunk.

First found in Allentown, PA in 199, the stink bug seemingly has no natural enemies here. Researchers are working earnestly to understand why the bugs reproduced at a faster rate this year, and come up with a way to protect vegetable and fruit crops from this invader.

If you're concerned about stink bugs invading your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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December 24, 2010

Disneyland Castle Lights at Christmas Time

Merry Christmas, everyone...and may you have a blessed New Year....

And now, child-like Christmas joy from the wonderful world of Disney....



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December 22, 2010

A Game For Kids

Mysterious and exciting, the world of pests challenges us to understand what attracts them to our homes and yards. Test your pest knowledge and skills with these learning games! For kids of all ages, and especially for those in third through fifth grade.

Archibald Ant is a very fussy odorous house ant who must find food for his colony and stay out of harm's way. Help Archibald complete his mission to locate and plunder the legendary sugar bowl on the far-off kitchen counter. And he needs, help, too, because he would much rather stay outdoors and avoid the unknown dangers indoors.
Click here to play!

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December 20, 2010

Keep Your Pets Pest Free

We all love our four-legged creatures great and small. Here's a nice little video on keeping your pets pest free.

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December 18, 2010

Make Holiday Treats with Love, Not Bugs

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offered the following tips to prevent common insects from invading your kitchen, especially while doing your holiday baking.

Beware of the “pantry pests!” Those pesky little creatures can take the sweetness out of holiday baking if you don’t guard against them.

What exactly are pantry pests? They are insects that tend to gather around food often stored in pantries and cabinets such as flour, dry cereals, spices, candies and chocolate. Common pantry pests include several types of beetles, earwigs, Indian meal moths, pillbugs, stink bugs, silverfish, centipedes, millipedes, and house crickets.

“People love making fresh baked treats during the winter and the appearance of even a single pest could put a damper on that tradition,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Taking some relatively simple steps and preventative measures against pantry pests can make all the difference in making sure families enjoy their holiday baking all season long.”

How can you prevent these unwanted guests from crashing your holiday cookie exchanges and baking marathons? The NPMA suggests the following tips:
  • Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles
  • Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage
  • Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains- their pungent scent repels many pantry pests
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens
  • Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains
If you're concerned that you have Pantry Pests in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 16, 2010

That Chill In The Air Drives Pests Indoors

Are you aware that you may be sharing your warm, cozy home with some squatters-pests? Indian meal moths, ants, mice, spiders and termites may all be nesting indoors. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), when temperatures begin to fall, an estimated 21 million pests head inside every year because their food sources are less accessible and they cannot adapt to the cooler weather.

More than a nuisance, these household pests can trigger allergies and asthma attacks, spread diseases, transmit bacteria and contaminate food. They can also compromise the value of a home by gnawing through electrical wires that can create fire hazards, as well as chewing through support beams and drywall, risking structural stability.

Pests find ways into your home by hitching rides on the items brought in, such as firewood, packages, and even on Felix or Fido. They also gain entry through small cracks and crevices in the structure’s exterior. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent these unwanted guests through effective pest-proofing measures.

The NPMA offers the following tips on pest-proofing your home:
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk and/or steel wool
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly
  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains, that provide the perfect breeding site for pests
  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages brought into the home
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery trimmed and cut back from the house
If you're concerned that you have squatter-pests in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 14, 2010

WARNING.... You may never eat rice again....

Okay...let's be frank...there are microscopic bugs everywhere...so think of this as a little added protein...



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December 12, 2010

When Should Termite Work Be Done? - Part 3

Sellers who have a presale inspection done just before listing their home for sale usually wait until the home sells to have the work done. Homes don't show at their best while work is in progress. Also, some buyers would prefer to take a monetary credit at closing for the termite repairs and complete the work themselves after closing.

The buyer's lender may require a notice of completion from the termite company indicating that the property is free of any active infestation or damage. If this is the case, the termite work can be done after a buyer for the home is found but before the sale closes.

The Closing: Homeowners are advised to have termite inspections completed every couple of years. Periodic repairs should be completed so that minor problems don't turn into major defects.

December 10, 2010

Don’t Let Pests Come Home for the Holidays

The National Pest Management Association shared these suggestions for avoiding infestations during the holiday season.

(Fairfax, VA) — With the arrival of the holiday season, people all across the country are eagerly anticipating festive decorations, giving and receiving gifts and gathering with family and friends around a roaring fire.

“Between spiders and mites in Christmas trees, Indian Meal Moths and mice nesting in boxes of decorations and rodents and spiders making homes in firewood piles, homeowners need to take a few extra steps to prevent these pests from making their way into the home,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Holiday preparations are busy enough without the added hassle of dealing with pest infestations, too.”

In order to protect homes from these unwanted holiday guests, the NPMA offers the following tips:
  • Inspect live Christmas trees, fresh wreathes and garland for spiders and insect nests or eggs before purchasing
  • Shake trees outdoors to remove any pests before bringing the tree inside
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and on a raised structure such as concrete blocks or poles
  • Pack decorations in airtight containers that pests can’t chew through
  • Unpack decorations outdoors so any pests aren’t released into the home
If you're concerned that pests have entered your home or place of business this holiday season, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Serving Central Massachusetts
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 8, 2010

Deer Mice

The deer mouse makes its home outdoors in sheltered areas such as hollow tree logs or piles of debris. On the rare occasions the deer mouse comes indoors, it prefers undisturbed areas such as attics. You may also want to check under the hood of your car. Deer mice love to build "winter condos" there.

The deer mouse transmits the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. The disease can be transmitted through contact with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in aerosolized urine droplets of infected deer mice.
Prevention:

To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a nickel. Seal any cracks and voids. Don't overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building. Use heavy gloves and protective breathing gear when working in an area populated by deer mice.

If you're concerned that you have deer mice in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 6, 2010

When Should Termite Work Be Done? - Part 2

Home sellers are wise to order a termite inspection report before they market their home. Select a termite inspector the same way you would any contractor. Ask several people who recently had termite work done if they would use the inspector again. If you had your home inspected fairly recently consider using the same contractor, unless you had a bad experience.In some states, termite inspectors don't contract to do repair work. In other states, most structural pest control companies do both the inspecting and the repair work. If you're using the same company to do the inspection and the work, be sure to talk to several people who had work done by the company.

A good inspector might not have the best work crews. In this case, you might want to use one company to do the inspection and another to do the repair work. If you're having trouble getting good recommendations, ask an experienced local real estate agent.

Make sure to use a termite company that specializes in your area. "Termite" problems tend to vary from one area to the next. So you should rely on a pest control contractor who is an expert in your location.Sellers who are not planning on selling immediately should consider having termite repairs completed before they market their home for sale. Sometimes completing the termite repairs in advance will have the added benefit of improving the home's appearance -- if a deck is rotted or a bathroom linoleum floor is shot. The house will show better and you'll have a clean bill of health from the termite company to pass along to the buyers.

December 2, 2010

Congressional Bed Bug Forum Brings Together Experts to Address National Scourge

On Thursday, November 18, 201, members of Congress, representatives from federal agencies, academic bed bug experts, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), other industries and victims of bed bug infestations will gather at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. to participate in the “Don’t Let Bed Bugs Bite” Congressional Forum organized by Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). The event will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

NPMA will offer insights from the professional pest control industry about the extent of the bed bug problem, what the industry is doing to combat it and what the federal government can do to assist Americans whose lives are impacted by this pest. The pest control industry is in a unique position to offer its expertise as its members are seeing the extent of the bed bug problem first-hand.

The Forum’s panelists will discuss the medical, emotional and financial impact of bed bugs, treatment methods and the federal actions needed to deal with this nationwide pandemic.

“As an organization, whose members are on the front lines of this problem, NPMA is pleased to be part of today’s event and to work together with our public and private sector partners to help find solutions to this growing problem,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA.

“Bed bugs are no longer a pest of the past or characters in a nursery rhyme, rather they are a real and serious problem. They have invaded not only residences, but public places as well. While our industry is committed to effectively eliminating the bed bug problem, federal intervention is also necessary. This Forum is a crucial first step,” added Henriksen.

A 2010 survey conducted by NPMA and the University of Kentucky found that 95 percent of professional pest control companies in the United States have encountered bed bug infestations in the past year and 76 percent of pest professionals said that bed bugs are THE most difficult pest to treat.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 30, 2010

When Should Termite Work Be Done? - Part 1

Termite work is a generic term. It refers to repair work done in a home to correct infestation or damage from wood pest organisms such as dry rot, fungus, termites (of which there are various kinds), wood-boring beetles and carpenter ants, to name a few.

Typically, buyers have homes inspected before they buy so that they are well-informed about the condition of the property. Of the many inspections a buyer might order, a "termite" report is a virtual certainty.

Local custom usually dictates who pays to correct wood pest damage during the course of a home sale. Sellers often pay to repair damage and infestation that developed during their period of ownership. Buyers usually take responsibility for items called in a report that are not active problems but that could become a problem in the future, like a tub that needs caulking.

Home sellers are wise to order a termite inspection report before they market their home. In areas where sellers pay to correct termite repairs, a pre-sale report lets sellers know how much they can expect to pay. It also provides information to the buyers that they will certainly want before purchasing the home.

If you're concerned about termites in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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November 28, 2010

Residential Rodent and Insect Protection Services - Part 2

Here is more information about our Guardian Residential Protection!

Guardian Home Protection is our standard program designed to defend most homes against unwanted pests. Guardian Basic program includes:
  • a thorough inspection of your home and surrounding property
  • treatment of exterior foundation, eaves, window sills and trees
  • inside treatment if necessary
  • reports showing what was done, what materials were used, and what you can do to help us maintain control over the pests at your facility
Customized Service Programs
Since every home is different, Dave's Pest Control offers service programs that are tailored to meet your specific pest management needs. Dave's will conduct a comprehensive inspection of your home and surrounding property to identify key problem indicators like colony sources, potential entry points for rodents, evidence of termites, and more. Once identified, Dave's will recommend the best solution for your specific pest problem.

Real Estate Inspection
If you're planning on selling or refinancing your home, you will need a wood-destroying insect inspection. FHA and VA Loans require wood destroying insect (WDI) reports prior to financing. Luckily, Dave's is Wood-Destroying Insect Certified and can help you with this.

If you're interested in discussing Guardian Residential Protection Services for your home, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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November 26, 2010

Pest Control Residential Protection Services - Part 1

Maintain Your Biggest Investment
Your home is your biggest investment. Chances are you've protected your investment with a solid homeowners insurance plan. But do you have a protection plan against the threat of nasty home invaders like termites, carpenter ants, and rodents?

Wood-destroying insects like carpenter ants and termites, for example, cost us billions of dollars every year. More than 90% of the homes in the US are wood framed. But even homes built of masonry and steel serve up delicious wood treats and places to live for these pests. Left unchecked, they systematically destroy our homes and valuable wood objects in them. Most homeowners policies do not cover termite and carpenter ant damage. Dave's Pest Control can help.


Quality Service at a Reasonable Cost 
Dave's trained professionals will thoroughly inspect your home to identify both problem areas and potential problem areas. After determining the best method for eliminating any existing trouble spots and preventing future infestations, Dave and his team will come up with a customized maintenance service program to fit your unique needs. You will receive a detailed written estimate to help you make your decision to do the right thing and protect your home and family.

Dave's Pest Control prides itself on providing quality personal service to the local Worcester county community at significantly lower prices than some of the larger corporations.

Services
  • Mosquito Control
  • Termite Bait Systems
  • Rodent Prevention & Elimination FHA and VA Real Estate Inspection
  • envirocare™
  • Green Pest Control Program
  • Customized Maintenance
Programs Pests Covered
  • Ants
  • Bats
  • Bees
  • Bed Bugs
  • Birds
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Cockroaches
  • Earwigs
  • Hornets
  • Mites
  • Rodents
  • Silverfish Spiders
  • Ticks
  • Wasps

If you're interested in discussing Guardian Residential Protection Services for your home, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Serving Central Massachusetts
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November 24, 2010

Pest Threat Quiz - Part 3

Last round! How have you been doing? Test your Pest Threat knowledge! (Answers below)

QU. #1: Which disease creates a bull's eye around the original bite?

QU. #2: Do pests have to bite, sting, or crawl on people to make them sick?

QU. #3: What pest has killed more people than all world wars combined?

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ANSWER question #1: Ticks spread Lyme Disease and often the first sign is a bull's eye rash around the bite. Other clues include fever, chills, headache and extreme tiredness.

ANSWER question #2: No, surprisingly enough, you can get a pest-related sickness without ever coming into direct contact with a pest! Cockroach allergens, which consist of droppings, shed skins and secretions, have been shown to trigger asthma attacks in children.

ANSWER question #3: Fleas were responsible for spreading the "Black Death" in the 14th century. This dangerous disease killed one-quarter of Europe's population. Although, fleas shouldn't take all the blame -— they caught it from rats!

November 22, 2010

Dust Mite Trivia


The dust mite is nearly impossible to see without magnification. A typical mattress can contain tens of thousands of dust mites.

Nearly 100,000 mites can live in a single square yard of carpet!

Dust Mites primarily feed on dead skin shed by humans and other animals. They can also absorb moisture from the air. Dust Mites are most often found in beds. They may also be found living in carpet, furniture, and clothing.

Dust Mites are harmless to most people. They carry small foreign proteins, often referred to as "allergens". They don't carry diseases, but these proteins can cause allergic reactions in people by triggering the immune system to over react.

PREVENTION

* Change your sheets often.
* Vacuum frequently.
* Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
* If Dust Mites are a real problem in your home, call Dave!

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 20, 2010

Pest Game for Kids (Adults can play too!)

Maybe you've seen an animal or insect in or around your home. Maybe you've even caught it. Is it a pest? (No, your little brother doesn't count!) Answer a few simple questions to see if your critter is one of the common household pests that might threaten your health or damage stuff in your house.

Click on Name That Pest! Have fun!

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 18, 2010

Pest Threat Quiz - Part 2

Ready for Round 2? Test your Pest Threat knowledge! (Answers below)

QU. #1: Can bees eat wood?

QU. #2: Where do mosquitoes get West Nile Virus?

QU. #3: Can flies bite people?

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ANSWER question #1: A special type of bee can dig tunnels in wood to make its home. The carpenter bee prefers wood that is at least two inches thick and relatively soft. Carpenter bee tunnels are perfectly round and usually have piles of wood dust underneath them.

ANSWER question #2: Mosquitoes get West Nile Virus from birds that have the infection. The reason that mosquitoes get most of the attention is that they are responsible for spreading the virus to people. There is no history of sick birds spreading the virus to humans.

ANSWER question #3: As flies do not have teeth or a stinger, they cannot bite people. They do have needle-like hooks that they can push into victims. This sometimes feels like a sting or a bite but no teeth or stingers are involved. These hooks help them to make food easier to eat but can also spread diseases. Flies have been known to spread tuberculosis, typhoid fever and diarrhea.

November 16, 2010

The World's First Surfing Mice - The Radical Rodents

I found this fun video -- The World's First Surfing Mice - The Radical Rodents!

I could not embed the clip screen for you, but click on the link below and you'll get to the video on YouTube. You don't want to miss this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdbxLk8_C8c&p=07451E4E4D0F1581&index=5&playnext=2

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November 14, 2010

The Black Widow

Female Black Widow spiders have a red hourglass shape on their backs. Males have white spots on their sides. Males only live about a year, but the female can live up to 3 years. Hungry female Black Widow spiders have been known to kill the male spider after mating, but that isn’t always the case. Geographically, Black Widow spiders can be found in the Eastern, Central and Western United States.

Black Widow spiders eat other pests. Sometimes they even eat other spiders.

Black Widow spiders tend to live in cellars and in piles of wood or trash.

The bite of a female Black Widow spider can be poisonous but not deadly to humans. The male Black Widow spider does not bite. A Black Widow spider bite is pale in the middle with a red ring around it and is followed by severe cramping, weakness, sweating, headache, anxiety, itching, nausea, vomiting, difficult breathing and increased blood pressure.

PREVENTING SPIDER BITES

* Wear heavy gloves when moving things that have been stored for a long time.
* Shake out your shoes before putting them on.
* Just to be safe, stay away from spider webs.

If you're concerned about spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Serving Central Massachusetts
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 12, 2010

Mosquito Trivia

There are about 170 different kinds of mosquitoes in North America alone. These pests are part of the same family as houseflies and fruit flies, because they all have two clear, veined wings.

Best known as a summer pest, mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 10, 2010

Keep Mice Out This Winter

It's cold outside and mice are looking for a warm place to go this winter. Now, mice do not migrate to Florida (unless they hitch a ride with a human snow bird, that is). So watch this video for a few tips on keeping mice out of your home this winter. Of course, you can always give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

If you're concerned that you have mice "wintering" in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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November 8, 2010

Pest Threat Quiz - Part 1

Okay...I've been blogging about pest threats the past several months. Now, let's test your Pest Threat knowledge! (Answers below)

QU. #1: What pest destroys enough food each year to feed 200 million people?

QU. #2: What pest causes the most damage every year to property?

QU. #3: Do ants damage property?

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ANSWER question #1: Rats! These pests rely on their senses of taste, touch, smell and sound to find food sources. Rats will eat almost anything including meat, cereal, fruits and vegetables. The United States has two main types of rats: the Norway rat and the roof rat.

ANSWER question #2: The underground termite causes $1.5 billion of damages every year. This termite can be found in over 600,000 homes in the United States every year. Dining on wood, books, wallpaper, fabric and paper, these pests are dinner guests that just don't know when to leave.

November 6, 2010

Dave's Pest Control is BBB Accredited

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) issues Reliability Reports on all businesses, whether or not they are BBB accredited. We are pleased to tell you that Dave's Pest Control, Inc. has been a BBB Accredited business since December 2009. Based on BBB files, Dave's Pest Control, Inc. has a BBB Rating of A+ on a scale from A+ to F.


Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009.

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November 4, 2010

Pest Health Threats - Part 7

Rodents can enter a building through almost any opening or crack. It is important to inspect for rodent droppings, especially in undisturbed areas such as pantries, under baseboards and along walls.

Rodent droppings most often cause allergic reactions in human beings but can also cause disease, including the potentially deadly Hantavirus. More frequently, though, rodents serve as vectors, carrying bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies and contaminating food sources, kitchen surfaces and equipment.

Dave's Pest Control can offer the expertise and knowledge of rodent biology to best protect your health and rid your home or business of a rodent infestation.

Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 2, 2010

Deadly Mating Dance...



If you're concerned about spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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October 30, 2010

Not For The Squeamish - Happy Halloween

Be forewarned...this video from National Geographic of a cockroach infestation is  not for the squeamish. But in the scary spirit of Halloween, watch it...IF YOU DARE!



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October 28, 2010

Pest Health Threats - Part 6

Ants are social insects. Therefore, spotting one ant unfortunately signifies there are many more to follow. Ants are not simply unsightly – they can also be dangerous contaminates to food. Considering that you likely eat multiple meals a day in your home, the presence of ants and the potential for food contamination from their presence is an issue that must be addressed when considering your health and the health of your family.

If you have an ant infestation, be sure to take action to treat the problem and contact Dave's Pest Control to aid you in preventing future infestations.

Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009.

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October 26, 2010

Amazing Pest Facts

Africanized Honey Bees (a.k.a. "killer bee") have been known to chase people for over a quarter of a mile once they got excited and aggressive.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 24, 2010

Pest Health Threats - Part 5


Fleas aren’t just a problem for man’s best friend. These pests, which commonly appear in warmer months, feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. Typically biting human beings, fleas can cause itchy, unsightly marks as well as severe allergic reactions.

Fleas tend to catch a ride with mammals on the move, which can include not only you and your pet but also rodents. If you have a rodent problem in your home, fleas may be soon to follow.

If you suspect a flea infestation, be proactive in treating the problem and contact Dave's Pest Control to rid your home of fleas and to prevent future infestations.

If you're concerned that you have fleas in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 20, 2010

Pest Health Threats - Part 4

Lyme disease has emerged, in recent years, as a major health risk to human beings. Transmitted by ticks, typically between May and October, lyme disease is largely found in the Northeastern, upper mid-western Western states of the U.S. However, there has been an increase in the diagnosed cases of lyme disease in the South.

If you have fruit-bearing trees, particularly apples trees on your property, you most likely have deer visiting your backyard each night. Ticks love hitching a ride on these gentle creatures.

It is critical to be vigilant of ticks, especially if you are in wooded areas. Symptoms of Lyme disease include a "bull's eye" rash around the bite, flu-like symptoms and extreme fatigue.

If you're concerned that you have ticks around your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 16, 2010

Pest Health Threats - Part 3

With the increased prevalence of West Nile Virus, mosquitoes continue to be, not only a summer nuisance pest but also, a major health threat. And despite the autumn chill, it only takes a few warm days and those pests swarm back into action in search of blood.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), mosquito-borne infections have appeared across the United States in recent years, which makes avoiding mosquito nesting/breeding sites and eliminating standing water in or around the home even more important to the protection of public health.

In addition, to the potential for West Nile Virus, mosquitoes can also cause itchy, unsightly marks as well as severe allergic reactions in human beings.

If you're concerned about mosquito breeding sites around your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 14, 2010

Bed Bug Precautions

With news reports of clothing stores being shut down due to bed bug infestations, here are a few precautions you should take when buying new clothing, including socks, underwear, even sheets and towels...
  • Do not place newly purchased garments or other cloth items in the closet or drawers.
  • Place articles in the dryer for at least 20 minutes. The heat will kill them and their eggs. 
Remember, it does not matter what the price range is of the clothing, or if the outfit comes from a high-end store. These items often arrive in shipments from other countries where precautions are not taken.

Of course, if you're concerned that you have bed bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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October 12, 2010

Pest Health Threats - Part 2

Stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. These pests are aggressive in nature and often sting as a way to protect their colonies or larvae from human beings who attempt to remedy an infestation on their own.

This aggressiveness, combined with being disturbed, often means that these pests tend to sting repeatedly, which adds to the potential for greater skin irritation or a serious allergic reaction.

At Dave's Pest Control,
we provide a level of expertise and knowledge of technology that can best rid these stinging insects and prevents future infestations.

If you're concerned that you have stinging insects nesting around your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 8, 2010

Pest Health Threats - Part 1

Pests and rodents can affect your health, that's why it is important to fully understand the dangers stemming from insect and rodent infestations.

Did you know that some of the most common pests in homes are cockroaches, rodents and ants? It is disconcerting enough to realize that we share our homes with these critters and crawlers, particularly because of the serious threats they pose to our health and our families health.

Over the next few blog entries, I'll offer a more detailed overview of the health risks associated with some insects and rodents.

If you're concerned insects and rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 6, 2010

More About Cockroaches

Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They can pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into food or onto food surfaces. Germs that cockroaches eat from decaying matter or sewage are protected while in their bodies and may remain infective for several weeks longer than if they had been exposed to cleaning agents, rinse water, or just sunlight and air.

Recent medical studies have shown that cockroach allergens cause lots of allergic reactions in inner city children. They were even shown to cause asthma in children. These allergens build up in deposits of droppings, secretions, cast skins, and dead bodies of roaches.

Good sanitation and habitat reduction, along with vacuuming, surveillance, a baiting program, and some sealing of cracks can usually quickly reduce or eliminate a cockroach population.

If you're concerned that you have cockroaches in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 4, 2010

Keep Pests Out of Your Home This Winter

This is the time of year raccoons, possums, skunks, squirrels, etc. are wanting a nice dry, warm location to bed down. They bring with them ticks, fleas, mites, and more.

Our cultural and holiday activities contribute to pest infestations in our homes during the winter months. The winter clothes we bring out of storage in the attics, boxes, backs of closets, etc. may bring out clothes moths, silverfish, roaches, etc. Holiday materials bought at the store or brought out of storage may have been waiting for a year to be used.

Christmas trees may have bark beetles, aphids, mites, etc. Also, other decorations you adorn the home with may have infestations. The plants, you bring in from outside to protect from harsh weather often bring hitchhikers that are not wanted. The wood for your fireplace may carry beetles, termites, ants, roaches, centipedes, scorpions, earwigs, as unwanted guests

If you're concerned about unwanted winter pests in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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October 2, 2010

Tarantulas...



If you're concerned that you have spiders in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 30, 2010

Worried About Termites -- Save $50 With Dave

Termites are every homeowners dread....but if you suspect you are having a problem with those nasty, wood destroying insects, give Dave a call. And now, you can save $50.00 on one new termite service with Dave's Pest Control. Simply go to our website and print the online coupon....and then give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

If you're concerned that you have termites in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 28, 2010

Brown Banded Cockroaches

Brown banded cockroaches get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. In addition to the distinctive banding, males have full wings, which reach beyond the tip of their rather pointed abdomens, but females have underdeveloped wings, much shorter than their broad, rounded abdomens. The lighter band markings are much more distinct in nymphs than in adults of either sex.

Within a room, these roaches tend to prefer warmer, drier, and higher locations than do any of the other urban pest roaches. They are often found in upper cabinets or in other rooms than the kitchens (food preparation areas) or bathrooms.

If you're concerned that you have cockroaches in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 26, 2010

Bed Bugs (Yes...Again!)

I know you are probably tired of this topic, but it truly is a serious issue. So here are a few tips to limit your exposure to those hitch-hiking pests!

When traveling...
  • Bring a large plastic bag to keep your suitcase in
  • Check your bedsheets for blood spots
  • Carry a flashlight to assist with quick visual inspections
  • Vacuum suitcases after returning from vacation
  • Wash your vacation clothes first thing upon arriving home
Yard sale deals to good to resist...
  • Inspect any second-hand furniture before bringing into home
  • Wash second-hand clothing, stuffed animals, etc. immediately
If you're concerned that you have bed bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 24, 2010

Is Your Business Free From Pests?

If you own a business, you know how critical it is to protect your reputation and your livelihood from pests and rodents!

Preventing pest infestations and practicing proper pest control in your business should be an important part of the outstanding service you provide.

The sooner you address a pest problem, the sooner you can rid your business of a more serious pest infestation. Dave's Pest Control can provide the experience and expertise needed to protect your business, employees, and customers from pest threats.

If you're concerned that you have a rodent or insect problem at your place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 22, 2010

Save $25.00 With Dave!

Dave's Pest Control is offering a $25.00 savings on any new pest service. Simply go to our web site at print the coupon.  It just that easy!


Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009

If you're concerned about insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.


Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 20, 2010

Treating a Hornet Sting

Great advice on how to treat a hornet sting.



If you're concerned that you have hornets around your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 18, 2010

Teaching Kids About Pests

Pests provide a fascinating entry point into many curricular subjects, including biology, ecology, environment and health.

The National Pest Management Association has excellent lesson plans to teach insect anatomy, the social life of termites, the scientific inquiry process and much more. Their lessons emphasize both content and process skills and support standards from the National Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

If you're concerned that you have carpet beetles in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 17, 2010

Prepare Now For WInter Pests

Although most customers see a reduction in pest activity during winter, it does not mean the problem is gone! With the mild climate, pests are just more reclusive during the winter months.

Rodents:
Rodent activity in our homes significantly increases. The comensel rodents (house mouse, roof rat and Norway rat) are driven to seek warmer shelter with food and water sources. Our homes provide all of these needs.

Pests:
Numerous pests we see during the rest of the year "over winter" to hibernate or pupate in our attics, crawl spaces, wall voids, under exterior siding, etc. Many of these pests (cluster flies, ladybugs, boxleder bugs, stink bugs, yellow jackets, etc.) are finding a safe and warm place in winter so they can start all over again in spring.

If you're concerned about insects or rodents "wintering" in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 16, 2010

Massive Yellow Jacket Nest

Here is an amazing news video of an unusual above-ground massive, 6-feet tall yellow jacket nest!



If you're concerned that you have yellow jackets around your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 14, 2010

About Hornets

Hornets are the largest eusocial wasps, that reach up to 45 millimeters (1.8 inches) in length. The true hornets make up the genus Vespa, and are distinguished from other vespines by the width of the vertex (part of the head behind the eyes), which is proportionally larger in Vespa; and by the anteriorly rounded gasters (the section of the abdomen behind the wasp waist).

A hornet's sting is painful to humans, but the sting toxicity varies greatly by hornet species. Some deliver just a typical insect sting, while others are among the most venomous known insects. Allergic reactions, fatal in severe cases, can occur an individual suffering from anaphylactic shock may die unless treated immediately via epinephrine ("adrenaline") injection using a device such as an EpiPen, with prompt followup treatment in a hospital.

If you're concerned that you have hornets nesting near your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 12, 2010

More Autumn Pests

The cool weather initiates rodent activity around the home and announces the pre-cursor for the over-wintering insects to begin looking for that winter resting location.

The falling leaves and decaying vegetation materials accumulate around and provide food and harborage for pill bugs, millipedes, earwigs, etc. These nuisance pests then become invasive and show up inside your home in significant numbers.

If you're concerned that you have rodentsin your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 10, 2010

Termites? Save $50 With Dave!

Termites are every homeowners dread....but if you suspect you are having a problem with those nasty, wood destroying insects, give Dave a call. And now, you can save $50.00 on one new termite service with Dave's Pest Control. Simply go to our website and print the online coupon....and then give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

If you're concerned that you have termites in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.



Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 8, 2010

Yellow Jackets

In the spring, mated female constructs small nest and daily brings food to larvae until the first brood matures. Females serve as workers, extending nest and tending young.

In late summer males develop from unfertilized eggs and mate. When cold weather begins, all die except mated females, which winter among litter and in soil.

Throughout North America; various species more localized. They can be found in meadows and edges of forested land, usually nesting in ground or at ground level in stumps and fallen logs.

Yellow jackets can be pests at picnics, and they will carry off bits of food. If the nest can be found and its opening covered at night with a transparent bowl set firmly into the ground, adults will be confused by their inability to escape and seek food in daylight; they will not dig a new escape hole and will soon starve to death.

Adult yellow jackets eats nectar. Larva feeds on insects pre-chewed by adults. The Western Yellow Jacket (V. Pennsylvania) and Eastern Yellow Jacket (V. maculifrons) are similarly colored, except the first antennal segment of the latter is all black.

Description: 1/2-5/8" (12-16 mm). Body stout, slightly wider than head. Abdomen narrow where attached to thorax with short "waist" (pedicel). 1st antennal segment yellow, 2nd and subsequent segments black. Head, thorax, and abdomen black and yellow or white. Wings smoky.

Warning! Workers will sting repeatedly if they perceive you as a threat to their nest, otherwise, they are less aggressive.

Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009.

If you're concerned that you have yellow jackets around your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 6, 2010

A New Episode from Pest Quest!

"Pest Quest"  the educational show, hosted by a group of energetic junior scientists in a fun, colorful science lab, teaches kids about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife.

In addition to sharing fun facts, the show educates children about the risks posed by certain creatures when they enter our homes and properties and become pests. The show also encourages children, the pest management industry's future customers, as well as parents who watch the show along with their kids, to recognize the value of professional pest management.

"Pest Quest" is available through NPMA's Websites, PestWorld.org and PestWorldForKids.org, as well as the new Pest Quest Channel, where brand new episodes will be posted twice a month.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 4, 2010

Autumn Pests

As cooler weather becomes more routine and many insects species have reached their annual population zenith, we see significant surges of activity from fleas, ticks, crickets, ants, spiders, etc.

This is the time of year, too, where numerous instances of yellow jackets and hornets are sighted around homes. Any observed entrance and exit locations should not be sealed as this will trap them in the wall. They will bore holes through interior walls to escape and enter your home.

So, what's the best way to deal with this autumn pests? Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009.

If you're concerned that you have yellow jackets or hornets nesting near your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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September 2, 2010

Save $25.00 With Dave!

Dave's Pest Control is offering a $25.00 savings on any new pest service. Simply go to our web site at print the coupon.  It just that easy!


Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009

If you're concerned about insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.


Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

August 30, 2010

A Look at White-Nose Syndrome in Chester, MA

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species biologist Susi von Oettingen talks about white-nose syndrome in bats and investigates a hibernaculum in an abandoned mine and the area around it.

August 28, 2010

White-Nose Syndrome = More Mosquitoes

White-Nose Syndrome has been associated with the deaths of more than a million bats. Named for a distinctive ring of fungal growth around the muzzles and on the wings of many affected bats, it was first identified in a cave in Schoharie County, New York in February 2006. To date, it has spread to other caves in New York caves and into Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire,New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Ontario, Canada. As reported in The Huffington Post, White-Nose Syndrome could decimate the brown bat populations in the Northeast.

The fungus grows on the nose, wing membranes and ears of bats while they hibernate during the winter. Researchers report that his causes the bats to wake up frequently, burning up vital fat stores, resulting in starvation.

Bats are vital to insect control, particularly mosquitoes which spread EEE, West Nile Virus, and other potentially fatal diseases.

If you're concerned about the mosquito population around your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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August 26, 2010

Merchant Grain Beetles

Merchant grain beetles are typically not found in grain products, but instead like to attack cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies and chocolate. Merchant grain beetles are dark brown and have six saw-like teeth on each side of their bodies. They can grow to be one-eighth of an inch long and have very flat bodies. The beetle's body shape allows it to crawl into packaging to eat, live and have babies.

Merchant grain beetles are found in pantries or in food processing areas or warehouses. They can infest stored food products and can contaminate food.

Prevention: Discard infested packages. Clean spilled grain and food sources.

If you're concerned about pests in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 24, 2010

Stinkbug Eggs Hatching

If you're concerned that you have stink bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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August 22, 2010

Roof Rats

Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in, and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.

Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods.

Roof rats secured their place in history by spreading the highly dangerous bubonic plague. They support many ectoparasites and urinate on food.

If you're concerned that you have rats in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 20, 2010

FAQs About Mosquitoes - Part Two

How often should a property be treated for mosquitoes?
The length of effectiveness is dependent upon several variables including temperature, humidity, surfaces treated, materials or control methods employed. The time lapse between treatments depends upon these factors and specifically the materials used.

What can homeowners do to reduce the risks from mosquitoes?
There are many ways a homeowner can reduce the risks from mosquitoes:

* Eliminate or reduce mosquito breeding sites by replacing all standing water at least once a week. This includes bird baths, ponds and swimming pools.
* Remove unneeded vegetation or trash from around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
* Introduce mosquito-eating fish such as gambusia, green sunfish, bluegills and minnows to standing water.
* Screen windows, doors, and other openings with fine mesh, sealing around all screen edges and keeping doors and windows shut to prevent entry.
* Avoid going outdoors when and where mosquitoes are most active: during dusk or dawn.
* Use repellent on exposed skin whenever and wherever mosquitoes are likely to bite. The most effective repellents currently available contain the active ingredient N,N-diethylbenzamide (DEET), in concentrations up to about 35% (greater concentrations don't offer better protection).
* Wear long-sleeved shirts and long-legged pants, preferably treated with a repellent as well.

If you're concerned about mosquitoes around your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 18, 2010

Not for the squeamish...

Be glad you don't live here...



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August 16, 2010

Pests, Pest Control & Asthma

The following information comes to you from The National Pest Management Association:

What’s the connection between pests and asthma in children? Could you explain it?

Cockroaches and rodents contain allergens that aggravate existing asthma in children.

How does pest control (commonly called exterminating) help alleviate asthma?

Proper pest control will help prevent or remove pests that can trigger asthma. A pest management professional, often referred to as an exterminator) can inspect the home for these pests, treat to get rid of them and provide homeowners tips to prevent reinfestation.

What are cockroach/mouse allergens? What is it in these pests that causes the problem?

Allergens include pest “frass,” or carcasses, feces and other debris.

What happens after you control the pests? If the frass is left behind, won’t it pose a health risk also?
The residual frass is still an allergen, even after the pests are removed. A pest control professional can remove the frass as well.

If you're concerned about pests in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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August 14, 2010

Attention Teachers!

PestWorlds For Kids has a number of fun and educational projects for you to share with your students.




Here's a sample Report Project...

You deal with pests all the time. But how can you prevent them from taking over your home?
Assignment: Become a Pest Expert

Select a pest from any of the more than 20 animals featured in the Pest Research section. Then, follow our 10-step procedure for organizing and communicating your new knowledge.

In fact, why not share that information with others? At the end of this manual are a few ideas for how to share your new knowledge. Maybe you’ll want to publish a research report for your school library. Maybe you’d like to make a digital slideshow for a PTA meeting. Or maybe you’ll want to script a Public Service Announcement to broadcast during your school’s morning announcements.

No matter what project you’d like to do, you first need to do a little research and a bit of writing. Research writing may seem like a lot of work, but if you follow a few simple steps you’ll be amazed about how much you can learn.

August 12, 2010

FAQs About Mosquitoes - Part One

Here are questions and concerns many people have about mosquitoes:

Are mosquitoes a real health threat?
Mosquitoes transmit at least three human diseases that have been found in the United States. All of them are potentially fatal. These diseases include West Nile Virus, Malaria and Dengue Fever.

What is West Nile Virus?
West Nile Virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999, it can lead to serious complications of the liver or nervous system, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), meningitis or paralysis. It is the most widely known disease, likely due to its rapid spread throughout the nation. West Nile Virus has spread across the country from Pennsylvania to Washington state since 1999. Forty-one states and Washington D.C. now have confirmed cases of West Nile.

Do we get Malaria in the United States?
Malaria was thought to have been eradicated in the U.S. but was detected in mosquitoes in Fairfax County, VA in 2002. From 1973 to 1983, travelers introduced 2,575 cases of malaria into the United States.

Are Americans at risk for Dengue Fever?
A small but important risk for dengue fever exists in the United States. Travelers introduce up to 100 to 200 cases into the U.S. each year.

What do you use to treat for mosquitoes?
Many homeowners erroneously believe that all pest management professionals do is spray chemicals to treat their homes. This is simply not true anymore. Many pest management professionals today use an Integrated Pest Management or IPM approach. IPM controls pests by getting rid of the three things they need to survive: food, shelter and water. And consumer education is a vital part of any IPM program. This approach consists of inspection, identification of the pests, employment of two or more control measures, and evaluation of effectiveness through follow-up inspections.

If you're concerned about mosquitoes around your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 10, 2010

What's Bugging Your Pets?

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans. Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals. They infest both household pests and wild animals. Fleas use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally.

Fleas usually remain on their warm-blooded hosts at all times. They can also be found on shoes, pant legs, or blankets, which can transfer the fleas to new environments. They are often found infesting opossums, raccoons, and skunks in urban settings.

Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare Bubonic Plague. They also transmit the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans through infected rats. Their saliva can cause serious Flea Alergy Dermatitus in pets, and their debris has been reported to cause similar allergic reactions in humans. Fleas can also transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets. Flea bites commonly cause painful, itchy red bumps.

Prevention: Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations and prevent the laying of eggs. Keep your lawn groomed to avoid rodent habitation. Protect pets by keeping them on a leash when outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, visiting a veterinarian annually, and using flea treatments according to direction. It is important to hire a pest professional to rid your home of rodents and fleas.

If you're concerned that you have fleas in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 8, 2010

What's Buggin' You?

Silly wabbit...Hope you enjoy this pesky creature...



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August 6, 2010

NPMA Releases Comprehensive Bed Bug Study - Part 2

What to look for...

Visual inspections are the preferred method of determining if a bed bug infestation exists according to survey respondents. Bed bugs are the size and color of an apple seed, like to travel and will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They are elusive, nocturnal creatures, and beside the mattress and headboard, they can be found behind baseboards, electrical switch plates, picture frames, wallpaper, upholstery and in furniture crevices. They come out at night for a blood meal.

1. Professional pest management companies have experienced an 81 percent increase in bed bug calls since 2000. While, there is not one clear answer for the resurgence of bed bugs, the majority of respondents cited increased travel and movement of people from across town and around the globe, lack of societal awareness and precautions, and changing pest control products and methods.

2. Bed bugs are a much greater problem in urban and suburban areas with larger populations of people who live close together and interact in enclosed spaces on a regular basis. Because of the bed bugs’ ability to “hitchhike” on people and their belongings, these living environments will continue to see higher infestation occurrences than those living in rural areas.

3. Bed bugs are the most difficult pest to treat, more so than cockroaches, ants and termites. As for where infestations occur, residences top the list with 89 percent of pest professionals treating bed bug infestations in apartments/condos and 88 percent treating bed bug infestations in single-family homes. Respondents also report other common areas, with 67 percent treating bed bug infestations in hotels/motels, 35 percent in college dormitories, 9 percent on various modes of transportation, 5 percent in laundry facilities, and 4 percent in movie theatres.

4. Although bed bugs are not known to transmit disease to humans, their bites do leave itchy welts on human skin and can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Additionally, the emotional and mental toll of experiencing a bed bug infestation can be severe and should not be taken lightly. S

If you're concerned that you have bed bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
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Reference: National Pest Management Association

August 4, 2010

NPMA Releases Comprehensive Bed Bug Study - Part 1

A new survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, confirms what pest management professionals across the U.S. and around the world have been seeing in the field – bed bugs are back in a very big way, with 95 percent of U.S. survey respondents indicating that their company has encountered a bed bug infestation in the past year. Prior to 2000, only 25 percent of U.S. survey respondents encountered a bed bug infestation.

“Because bed bugs don’t discriminate between rich and poor, don’t have a preference for climate or environment, public awareness, education and vigilance are key in detecting and preventing bed bug infestations.”

“The results of the 2010 Comprehensive Global Bed Bug Study suggest that we are on the threshold of a bed bug pandemic, not just in the United States, but around the world,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Because bed bugs don’t discriminate between rich and poor, don’t have a preference for climate or environment, public awareness, education and vigilance are key in detecting and preventing bed bug infestations.”

In the U.S., bed bugs are infesting homes, apartments, hotels, retail stores, offices, places of worship, college dorms, hospitals, daycares, libraries, modes of transportation, movie theaters, laundry facilities and other places where humans live and gather.

In the next blog I tell you how to spot bed bugs, where to look for them, and what you need to do.

If you're concerned that you have bed bugs in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
Serving Central Massachusetts
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: National Pest Management Association