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December 30, 2011

Parasitic Mind Control

Courtesy of our friends at NatGeo...



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December 28, 2011

Amazing Bugs Video

We thought we'd share this amazing video with you.



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December 26, 2011

A Game the Whole Family Can Play

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

December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone

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, 2011

Pest Commander Pete needs your help! Join the elite Pest Rangers and search out pest problems in a typical home.

Using special super hero gear to see through solid walls and spot the invisible, can you outwit the insects and rodents who have made your house into their home?

Click here to play The Pest Rangers!


Dave's Pest Control
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 20, 2011

Unpacking Tips To Avoid Bedbugs

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers. Learn how to unpack the correct way to avoid bringing these pests into your home. (From our friends at PestWorld.org)



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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 18, 2011

Did You Know...

Did you know . . .
  • The average mosquito has 47 teeth.
  • Conservative estimates place as many as 14,000 people each year in the U.S. bitten by rats.
  • It can take up to 3 years for a varied carpet beetle to grow from an egg to an adult, and adults only live between 13-44 days.
  • The flea's flat shape allows cat fleas to easily pass between the hairs of animals.
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
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 16, 2011

Inspect Your Hotel Room For Bedbugs

Tips on how to inspect your hotel or motel room for bedbugs while traveling this holiday season. (From our friends at PestWorld.org)



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
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 14, 2011

Archibald The Ant - A Game for Kids

Test your pest knowledge and skills with these learning games! Mysterious and exciting, the world of pests challenges us to understand what attracts them to our homes and yards.

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.

For kids of all ages, and especially for those in third through fifth grade. Click here to play!

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 12, 2011

NPMA Photo Contest FInalists

Mosquito by Diane C. Gates
Fly by Jerri Moon Cantone


Spider by Photag5354
Here are 3 photos selected among the finalists in the National Pest Management Association"s (NPMA) first annual Pest Photo Contest, that challenged photographers to submit images of common household pests, rodents and small wildlife.

To enter, photographers - amateur and avid alike - submitted their favorite pest photos to the PestWorld Photography Contest group on Flickr.

Dave's Pest Control
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 10, 2011

Meet the Scorpion. . .

Scorpions are predatory arthropods of the order Scorpiones within the class Arachnida. They have eight legs and are easily recognized by the pair of grasping claws and the narrow, segmented tail, often carried in a characteristic forward curve over the back, ending with a venomous stinger. Scorpions range in size from 9 mm to 21 cm.

Scorpions are found in every continent, except Antarctica, and in a variety of terrestrial habitats. are bringing forth new information. Although the scorpion has a fearsome reputation as venomous, only about 25 species are known to have venom capable of killing a human being.

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December 8, 2011

NPMA Annouces Photo Contest Winner

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has announced the winner in its first annual Pest Photo Contest, a national online competition that challenged photographers to submit images of common household pests, rodents and small wildlife.

Pete Elbert, Photag5345, has won the grand prize of $1,000 for his photo submission of a yellow jacket.

Pete found the female yellow jacket bothering guests inside a hotel lobby in West Virginia. Hoping to get a few good shots of the stinging insect, he captured the pest in a plastic cup and set it free on some shrubbery outside of the hotel. Luckily, he was able to snap about 10 to 12 photos of the yellow jacket before it flew off into the night.

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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 6, 2011

Facts and Tidbits 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.
  • There are 5,000 species of cockroaches worldwide.
  • Newborn German cockroaches become adults in as little as 36 days.
  • Oriental cockroaches are often found in sewers and will enter structures through drains.
  • American cockroaches are found in food processing areas and food storage areas, as well as other types of buildings.
  • Cockroaches can withstand temperatures as cold as 32°F. In extremely cold places, however, they survive by moving in with humans.
If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents 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 4, 2011

Pest-Proofing During the Holidays

Avoid unwanted holiday guests with these tips for storing and inspecting holiday decor. (From our friends at PestWorld.org)


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Reference: www.pestworld.org

December 2, 2011

How To Get Rid of Mice - Part Two

A mouse is capable of getting through an opening only one quarter of an inch wide. It is important to check for openings where mice can gain entry, such as openings around doors, windows, foundations, and vents. If you live in a mobile home or have a crawl space, check around plumbing pipes inside cabinets for spaces mice can get in. Using steel wool to fill in cracks and openings to temporarily keep mice out is  a good remedy.

There are various types of traps that can be used to capture or kill mice. Traps are advantageous since poisons can be dangerous, and with traps the dead mice can easily be located and disposed of. When poisons are used, the mice often die and are not found until there is an odor. Also, poisoned mice can pose a danger to pets that may eat them. A good bait to attract mice is peanut butter. It is not easily removed without setting off the trap.

Live traps can trap more than one mouse at a time, and the mice can be released without harm in another location. Glue traps will hold mice with a special glue, but they can be ineffective with high temperatures or in dusty locations. It is advised to use caution when placing any traps where pets and children can access them.

Of course, the best course of action is to have a professional take care of your rodent problem. So give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 30, 2011

How to Get Rid of Mice - Part One

Mice are carriers of diseases and germs. Getting rid of mice, and keeping them out, can be accomplished by various methods.

Discovering evidence that a mouse has invaded your home can be quite upsetting. Mice are mostly nocturnal, so they are not likely to be seen unless the infestation is severe. Mice often leave behind droppings in kitchen cabinets, pantries, drawers, and any other place they may have gone in search of food. It is important to close off the source of entry and eliminate any mice currently within the home.

Where there is one mouse, there is likely to be more. According to the website article "Controlling House Mice" published by the University of Missouri, a female mouse has between five and ten litters per year with about five or six babies in each litter. The young are capable of reproducing at the age of six weeks. A mouse infestation can easily get out of control if not dealt with as soon as it is recognized.

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

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November 28, 2011

More Pest Trivia

I am glad so many of my readers like pest trivia as much as I do. Here are a few more interesting pest facts!
  • In addition to being found in beds, bed bugs can also be found in carpets, under wallpaper, behind baseboards, and in small cracks and crevices throughout a room.
  • Rats contaminate and destroy enough food worldwide each year to feed 200 million people.
  • If food becomes scarce, scorpion mothers have been known to eat their offspring when they are old enough to venture out on their own.
  • Fire ants first entered the United States in the 1920s through the port of Mobile, Alabama.
If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 26, 2011

Dogs Used in Bedbug Detection

Bedbug-sniffing dogs (you read that right) can detect a single live bedbug or egg with 96 percent accuracy rate. And dogs can inspect a room in minutes, as opposed to the hours a mere human needs to conduct a visual inspection.

Dave's Pest Control stands at the ready with its canine bedbug sniffers to protect your home, apartment,m hotel, motel, or business from these microscopic blood-sucking vermin.

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

Dave's Pest Control
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www.davespestcontrol.net

November 24, 2011

We Are Thankful....

On this day of giving thanks, we wish to thank all of  you for your  business and friendship.

May God bless you and your family always.

Dave's Pest Control
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November 22, 2011

Bug Facts And Trivia

Formosan Termites
  • The largest Formosan termite colony found in America had infested a public library in Algiers, La. It weighed 600 pounds and contained 70 million termites.
  • 10% of the world's animal biomass is composed of termites.
  • Male mosquitoes do not bite humans, but rather live on plant juices and other natural liquids from plants and decomposing organic material.
  • Silk comes from the cocoons of the true Silk Moth. More than 25,000 cocoons must be unraveled to make a single pound of silk thread.

Dave's Pest Control
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 20, 2011

Bed Bug Travel Precautions

With the  holiday travel season upon us, it may be a good time to review some preventative measures to ensure you do not bring home any unwanted souvenirs!



Another excellent video from Pest 411 and the National Pest Management Association.

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November 18, 2011

Meet The Velvet Ant

The common name of “velvet ant” is misleading because velvet ants are actually wasps. They get the velvet part of their name from the very fuzzy females, which are wingless and often brightly colored. Various species are found throughout the United States.

Female velvet ants dig into the nesting chambers of ground-nesting bees and wasps and lay their eggs on the larvae inside. When the immature velvet ant is born, it eats its host and then spins its cocoon within the pupal case of its host.

Female velvet ants are typically seen running somewhat erratically on the ground, especially on bare or sandy areas in the warm summer months. They occasionally enter structures for insect prey. Males are often found on flowers, although some species are nocturnal.

Female velvet ants have a very potent sting that has earned them the nickname “cow-killer.” Male velvet ants lack a stinger but have wings.

Velvet ants are solitary and usually found only one at a time. To avoid their painful sting, contact Dave's Pest Control to safely remove any velvet ants found in your home.


Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 14, 2011

More Pest Trivia

  • Only 10% of homeowners nationwide feel that cockroaches are a threat to their family's health. (Are you one of the 10 percent?)
  • Its flat shape allows cat fleas to easily pass between the hairs of animals.
  • There has been a 500% increase in bed bug infestations reported since 1999.
  • One pair of mice can produce hundreds of offspring in a year.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 12, 2011

Stink Bugs Looking To Keep Warm

As temperatures fall, stink bugs will be looking for a way indoors.Since arriving from Asia, brown marmorated stink bugs have become a nuisance for homeowners. Notorious for their “smelly” reputation, stink bugs secrete a bad-smelling, bad-tasting fluid when disturbed or when crushed.

Although they are not known to bite humans, caution should be used when handling them to avoid a release of their odor.

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
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November 10, 2011

Mouse Vs Boa

From our friends at NatGeo...



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November 8, 2011

For My Bug Trivia Buffs...

  • Insects have been present for about 350 million years, while humans have only walked the earth for 130,000 years.
  • Spider silk from some House Spiders has been used to help stop bleeding from wounds, by placing a mat of silk over the wound.
  • The largest spider in the world is a species of tarantula found in South America where one specimen had a leg span of over 11 inches.
  • Cockroach allergens are derived from secretions, excretions, dead bodies, and associated debris.
If you're concerned that you have insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
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November 6, 2011

Pesky Little Buggers

Fruit flies are small pests that are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed. They are found on moist, decaying matter that has been stationary for several days.

Fruit flies are found in unsanitary conditions, so they are a potential heath concern, especially when present in health facilities. The best way to prevent a fruit fly infestation is through vigilant sanitation practices. Remove kitchen trash daily, and keep counter surfaces clean.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 4, 2011

Even More Little Legs . .

Millipedes are sometimes called “thousand-leggers” because of their many pairs of legs, but they can actually have anywhere from 30-90+ pairs of legs, depending on the species. The leggiest is Illacme plenipes, which can have more than 333 pairs of legs.

Most millipedes are nocturnal and are primarily scavengers, feeding on decaying plants and occasionally dead insects. In the autumn, millipedes are known to migrate in great numbers.

Millipedes are found throughout the world, with about 1,000 species occurring in the United States alone. They are typically found in areas of high moisture and decaying vegetation, such as under trash, in piles of grass clippings, flower-bed mulches, piles of leaves, etc. Millipedes do not usually survive indoors for more than a few days unless there are high moisture conditions and a food supply is present.

Some millipede species give off an ill-smelling fluid through openings along the sides of the body. In some instances, this fluid can be toxic to small animals and pets, and can cause small blisters on humans.

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

Dave's Pest Control
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

November 2, 2011

All Those Little Legs . .

Centipedes are sometimes called “hundred-leggers” because of their many pairs of legs, but they can actually have anywhere from 15-177 pairs of legs, depending on the species. Interestingly, centipedes always have an odd number of pairs of legs.

Most centipedes are nocturnal, and prey primarily on flies, spiders, and sometimes plant tissue. Centipedes are found throughout the United States and the world. They are typically found in areas of high moisture, such as in rotting logs, under stones, in trash or piles of leaves/grass. When they invade homes, centipedes are most commonly found in damp basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, or potted plants.

Centipedes are generally considered nuisance pests, as they do not pose significant health or property threats. However, all centipedes have poison jaws with which they inject venom into their prey. If handled roughly, some larger species can inflict a painful bite that can break human skin and causes pain and swelling, similar to a bee sting.

The most effective way to prevent centipede infestations is to reduce areas of moisture in and around your home. Remove leaf piles and grass clippings. Store firewood off of the ground. Provide adequate ventilation in crawl spaces and basements.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Extermination and Pest Control Company
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Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 30, 2011

Cobra Vs Rat Snake

This is why I'm glad I deal with insects and rodents!



From NatGeoWild

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October 28, 2011

Pest Prevention Tips For Businesses

Pest prevention is the first step in pest control. Here are just a few ways that your business can avoid pest infestations and the potential health and property threats that pests and rodents can pose.
  • Be vigilant of building maintenance needs. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your business, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers.
  • Be sure your employees keep food sealed and stored properly.Clean high-volume areas daily, such as public eating areas and kitchenettes, where crumbs and trash are more likely to build up.
  • Call Dave's Pest Control at 1-800-400-6009 to inspect for pests and rodents, identify the problem and control the pest(s) using an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach.
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October 26, 2011

Did You Know...

  • Bed bugs can lay 1-5 eggs in a day and can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime
  • Bed bugs grow up to ¼ inch
  • Bed bugs can live more than a year without eating
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
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October 24, 2011

Green Pest Control Is Not An Oxymoron

Green Pest Management (GPM) is the heart of any green solution to pest management issues. And Dave's Pest Control  Envirocare™ program is the smart choice for anyone who wants to minimize the use of chemicals in and around the home while maintaining an effective and diligent pest control program.

GPM is an integrated, multi-step approach that combines prevention and monitoring techniques with a prudent approach to pesticides (using products like Bora-care) to render a more responsible, yet highly effective solution.

If you're concerned about pests in your home or place of business and you want an environmentally- conscious approach to your pest management, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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October 22, 2011

Winter Pests Reminder

It's time for your winter tenants to start moving in. My tenants?

That's right. 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, such as Indian meal moths, ants, mice, spiders and termites,  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.

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

October 20, 2011

The Brown Recluse Spider

The brown recluse spider, also called,the 'fiddleback spider' or 'violin spider' due to the dark violin shape on its head. These spiders are nocturnal and eat other bugs like cockroaches and crickets. Males wander farther than females and will crawl into shoes or other clothing. Brown recluse spiders often live outdoors in debris and wood piles and can be found indoors in storage areas and dark recesses.

The brown recluse spider bites in defense and does not bite humans instinctively. They will bite humans when the clothing they are hiding in is worn.  They have a  bit of a bad rap because their bite can produce an open, ulcerating sore and cause severe tissue necrosis at the bite site.

Brown recluse spider bites often go unnoticed initially because they are usually painless bites, producing minor burning that feels like a bee sting. Symptoms usually develop two to eight hours after a bite; you may experience severe pain at the bite site after about four hours, as well as severe itching, nausea, vomiting, fever, and muscle pain

If you think you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider, see a doctor immediately. If possible, bring the spider to the doctor's office for proper identification of the spider is very helpful in making the correct diagnosis. If you are unable to be seen by a doctor that day, go to a hospital emergency room.

To avoid brown recluse spiders, keeping clothing off of the floor. Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers, and shake out all clothing that has been in a hamper before wearing or washing.

If you're concerned that you have 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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References: Copyright © 2009 National Pest Management Association
http://www.medicinenet.com/black_widow_brown_recluse_pictures_slideshow/article.htm

October 18, 2011

Did You Know...

More pest facts to stimulate the mind...
  • Firefly beetles are carnivores and eat insects (including other fireflies), insect larvae and snails.
  • Large numbers of fire ant stings can result in death.
  • Hantavirus is a viral disease that may be contracted through direct contact with, or inhalation of, aerosolized infected rodent urine, saliva, or droppings.
  • Only female bees and wasps can sting. Males do not have the egg-laying "ovipositor" that is modified as the stinger on female insects.
If you're concerned that you have bugs or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 16, 2011

Meet The Fishing Spider

Meet the Fishing Spider...and be glad you don;t live in Africa. (and if you do, PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!)



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October 14, 2011

Yup! More Pest Tidbits!

What can I say? I love bugs facts!
  • Of some thirty or so insect orders, termites are the only one in which all species are categorized as highly social or "eusocial."
  • 36% of homeowners surveyed said they had problems with spiders during the past year.
  • Powderpost beetles larvae will tunnel into hardwood floors, wooden antiques and the like, turning the wood in its path into fine, powdery sawdust.
If you're concerned that you have pests or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 12, 2011

Autumn Pests

As the autumn months settle in, please be vigilant about biting and stinging 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 where numerous instances of yellow jackets and hornets are sited 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.

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 about stinging bugs or rodent activity in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

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October 10, 2011

More Facts About Pests...

Did you know. . .
  • The most common pest of stored products found in the home and in grocery stores in the U. S. is the Indian meal moth.
  • A mature Formosan termite colony can number in the millions.
  • Men claim their number one pest concern to be termites (24%) while women put spiders as their number one pest concern (16%).
If you're concerned that you have pests or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

October 8, 2011

Guardian Commercial Protection Services

Let our Business Help Keep You in Business...

A single pest can trigger the decline of any business by gnawing through wires, contaminating food products, destroying goods and more. Whether you run a supermarket, school, warehouse or restaurant, you simply cannot afford a pest infestation.

Quality Service at a Reasonable Cost...
Dave's trained professionals will thoroughly inspect your facility 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 fits your unique needs. You will receive a detailed written estimate to help you make your decision to do the right thing for your business.

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
Help getting LEEDS certification
Customized Maintenance Programs

If you'd like to talk with us about Guardian Commercial Protection Services for you place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
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October 6, 2011

The Assassin Bug

Think there's nothing scarier than a vampire bat? How about the bug that sucks it's blood?



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October 4, 2011

Jumping Spider vs Bee

Jumping Spider vs Bee...brought to you by our friends at NatGeo.



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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

October 2, 2011

My Latest Pest Facts

Did you know...
Kissing Bug
  • The American cockroach has shown a marked attraction to alcoholic beverages, especially beer?
  • While their name may be misleading, pavement ants can also be found inside the home?
  • Kissing bugs are not as romantic as their name implies. Rather, they bite and suck blood while their human or animal host is sleeping.
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
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 30, 2011

Springtails aka Snow Fleas

Certain species of springtails are referred to as “snow fleas” when found in winter, but they are not fleas at all. Springtails are found year round, but because of a special protein that acts like anti-freeze, this type of springtail is able to survive in cold winter temperatures. Springtails don’t have wings, instead they get around by jumping, using a unique catapult system. Their jumping is especially noticeable in winter when they are contrasted against white snow.

Springtails are very common around pools with nearby vegetation, around air conditioning condensate drain lines and other moist areas. In winter, snow fleas emerge on sunny days and gather in large numbers around bases of trees where snow has melted. Because of their small size, they look like flecks of pepper or ashes on the surface of the snow. Snow fleas feed on decaying plant matter and prefer t live in damp soil, leaf mold, decaying logs and fungi.

They do not cause any structural damage and should not be of concern to homeowners. In addition, snow fleas are not a threat to family pets as they are not a flea at all. Their sole diet consists of rotting plant food.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 28, 2011

Worcester Home Show Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Debra Reddick, our lucky Worcester Home Show Raffle Winner!

Debra won a 2011 Dave's Pest Control Guardian Protection Plan which will protect her home from damaging and unhealthy pests all year!

Want to learn more about Dave's Guardian Protection Plan? Visit our web site!

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net
1-800-400-6009

September 26, 2011

Yes, Spiders Can Jump

"Jumping Spider," Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2007
http://encarta.msn.com © 1997-2007 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Photo by:
Stephen Dalton/Photo Researchers, Inc.
Meet the Jumping Spider...

The common name comes from their jumping ability and habit which they use 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.

Jumping spiders do not construct snare webs. Tehy build web retreats which are loosely woven, sac-like, 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.

Retreats may be built under furniture, in drapery folds, between books on bookshelves, in cracks found in wood floors, around door and window molding, etc. Outside retreats may be found under loose bark, between leaves, etc. Indoors, spiders will usually be found hunting around windows and doors because more insects are attracted to these areas and their vision is best in sunlit areas. Outdoors, jumping spiders are commonly seen running over tree bark, under stones and boards, on bushes, fences, decks and the outside of buildings, especially sunny areas.

While jumping spiders can bite, they are not considered dangerous.

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
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 24, 2011

About Bald-Faced Hornets

This atypically large black-and-white relative of the yellow jacket gets its common name from its largely black color but mostly white face. It is named a hornet because of its large size and aerial nest.

Bald-faced hornets are social insects, although not true hornets. They live in colonies that may contain between 100-400 members at their peak. They usually appear in late summer.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

*Answers to Name That Bug (from 9/22/11 post)
1. Bald-Faced Hornet
2. Brown Recluse Spider
3. Deer Mouse
4. Silverfish

How good did you do? Let me know!

September 22, 2011

Name That Bug!

#1

#2

#3

#4
*Answers will appear in my next blog.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 20, 2011

About Dave's Pest Control

To my new readers, here's a little background on our family business. 

Dave's Pest Control has been in business in the Worcester area since 1972. My father, Dave Penttila, Sr. started the company with little more than a handshake and a prayer. Today, Dave's Pest Control is still family owned and operated.

My vision has brought the company to a new level by implementing new and improved technology in combatting today's pest control challenges. We remain committed to providing the same superior customer service and products as always.

Many of our current regular service clients are original customers from the early years, who refer their friends and family to us regularly. Residential and commercial clients enjoy prompt, personal service that only an independent operator can consistently provide.

We provide pest control services throughout Central Massachusetts, Worcester and Hampden Counties, including Sturbridge, Spencer, Southbridge, the Brookfields, Charlton, Leicester, Shrewsbury, Rutland, Holden, Oxford, Webster, Dudley, Brimfield, Holland, Palmer, Worcester.

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

My family protecting your family...since 1972.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 18, 2011

Warning! Bed Bugs Feeding...

Bed bugs typically take about five minutes to feed. Here, in a time-lasped video from the National Pest Management Association, you can see a bed bug filling with blood as it feeds.



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
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 16, 2011

More Pest Facts!

  • About 400 people in the U.S. contract typhoid, a fly-borne illness each year. 75% of these cases are associated with international travel.
  • The Madagascan Hissing Cockroach is one of the few insects who give birth to live young, rather than laying eggs.
  • A rat can swim for 3 days before it drowns.
  • The most common pest of stored products found in the home and in grocery stores in the U. S. is the Indianmeal moth.
Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
1-800-400-6009
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 14, 2011

Pest Quest Videos For Kids

Here is the new season of Pest Quest Videos for kids (and young-at-heart adults, too!).

Episodes include:
  • Menacing Mice
  • Tree Bees
  • Zombie Lunch
  • Dirty Rats
  • Moths and Lights

...plus Pest Commander Pete's Head Scratcher Quiz and more!

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 12, 2011

Pest Facts

  • As many as 100 people die as a result of bee and wasp stings each year.
  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. If a 175-pound man had the comparative strength of an ant, he could lift four tons.
  • There are 1,830 different kinds of fleas known throughout the world.
  • The brown-banded cockroach often hides her egg capsules, containing up to 18 eggs, in furniture.
If you're concerned that you have ants, cockroaches, or other insects in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 10, 2011

About Bora-care

What is Bora-Care? Used in Green Pest Management, Boracare is disodium octaborate tetrahydrate. It’s a fancy way to say “DOT”, Bora-Care’s active ingredient.

More simply stated, Bora-Care is a combination of the naturally found mineral borate and a patented mixture of glycol-based components that easily absorb into the porous fibers of wood and draw the borates with it. And since borates don’t break down, the protection from termites and their ability to tube over wood and cement remains for the life of the wood.

In addition, this patented product provides you with a low toxicity solution. And that means that Bora-Care can be used with confidence in and around homes, apartments, schools, hospitals, kennels, farm buildings, trailers, warehouses, non-food areas of supermarkets, restaurants and food processing plants.

If you are lloking for a green solution to pest control for your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 8, 2011

Bed Bug Basics: 10 Tips to Protect Yourself

Join us on a fast-paced, educational trip through the history of bed bugs and the recent resurgence. This video will teach you how to be vigilant to minimize your risk of encountering bed bugs and how to effectively deal with this resilient pest if you have an infestation. Please share this with others. Public awareness is key in controlling bed bug infestations. Copyright 2011. The National Pest Management Association.



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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

September 6, 2011

5 Steps of Green Pest Management

Green Pest Management (GPM) is an integrated, multi-step approach that works on a different principle than the familiar chemically oriented pest control, which depends totally on the use of chemical applications that are sometimes toxic to people and their surroundings. GPM combines prevention and monitoring techniques with a prudent approach to pesticides (using products like Boracare) to render a more responsible, yet highly effective solution.

The Five Steps of Green Pest Management

1. Inspection.
This is a critical first step that, when performed correctly and with diligence, can get your GPM program on track. In this phase, your Pest Management Professional will assess your home's risk of infestation. The PMP will identify any existing pests and note cracks, crevices and other points of entry into your home. He will uncover potential food sources, the presence of water sources, and look for signs of existing pest activity. From this your PMP will develop a prevention plan that can drastically reduce your home’s susceptibility to invasion.

2. Removal of food and harborage. In a chemically oriented approach to pest control, all other steps to discourage and control infestations are ignored in favor of introducing large amounts of pesticides into the environment. In an effective GPM program, however, pests are first discouraged by creating an environment unsuitable for them. This means removing food and water supply sources (including leaky pipes), compost sites, general yard debris, accessible pet food, garbage and other food sources.


3. Exclusion. During the inspection process, your Pest Management Professional will identify specific areas of vulnerability to pest invasion and create a customized plan for controlling and eliminating any problems without introducing unnecessary chemicals and hazards. Your PMP will maintain a vigilant effort to remove or seal points of entry into your home and keep them sealed. He will help you identify situations such as high moisture areas, overhanging branches or debris piles – which could attract pests or provide pathways into your home. This ongoing service has a major impact on keeping your home from becoming an attractive living site for insects, termites and other pests.

4. Judicious usage of pesticides. Even after a thorough assessment of conditions, development of a management plan and creation of a “pest proofing” program, there may be the need to eliminate an existing infestation. Because in GPM, pesticide product application is just one part of an effective multi-faceted program, it can be performed with restraint and focus. This means only those pesticides necessary to address your specific problem will be used and only in the locations and quantities necessary. And as much as possible, these products will be specially selected for lower toxicity to people, pets, nontarget pests and the environment in general.


5. Monitoring. The final part of GPM is an ongoing monitoring program to ensure that your home maintains conditions that discourage pests and to identify the presence of pests before they become full-blown infestations.

September 4, 2011

Pest Control Goes Green!

Dave's Pest Control offers a wide variety of earth-friendly pest control solutions. Get rid of those pesky critters while doing your part to save the environment.

Green Pest Management (GPM) is the heart of any green solution to pest management issues. It is the smart choice for anyone who wants to minimize the use of chemicals in and around the home while maintaining an effective diligent pest control program.

GPM is an integrated, multi-step approach that works on a different principle than the familiar chemically oriented pest control, which depends totally on the use of chemical applications that are sometimes toxic to people and their surroundings. GPM combines prevention and monitoring techniques with a prudent approach to pesticides (using products like Boracare) to render a more responsible, yet highly effective solution.

In my next blog I will detail the five steps of Green Pest Management.

Dave's Pest Control
1-800-400-6009
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

September 2, 2011

Bed Bugs On The Move

Bed bugs are elusive and transient creatures. Watch here to see how quickly they can move. Courtesy of the National Pest Management Association; PestWorld.org.



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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

August 30, 2011

More Pest Trivia

  • Cockroaches are believed to have originated more than 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era.
  • The use of DDT nearly wiped out bed bugs at the end of WW II but experts believe that the ban of DDT in 1972 has contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs.
  • Termites eat non-stop - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Fire ants currently infest 14 states in the southern portion of the U.S.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

August 28, 2011

Highlights from the 2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey

Here are several key highlights from the 2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey:

1. Nearly all professional pest management companies have received bed bug calls in the past year. Respondents attribute the growth in bed bug infestations to increasing travel and movement of people, continued need for awareness, changing pest control products and methods, and bed bug resistance to available pest control products.

2. While nine out of ten respondents have treated bed bugs in apartments, condominiums and single-family homes in 2011 and 2010, in the past year reports of bed bug encounters have become more common in a many other places. For example, the numbers of professionals who treated college dorms, hotels, nursing homes, office buildings, schools and daycare centers, hospitals, public transportation and movie theaters for bed bugs have all increased compared to last year. More specifically:

* College dorms (54 percent, up from 35 percent a year ago)
* Hotels/motels (80 percent, up from 67 percent)
* Nursing homes (46 percent, up from 25 percent)
* Office buildings (38 percent, up from 18 percent)
* Schools and day care centers (36 percent, up from 10 percent)
* Hospitals (31 percent, up from 12 percent)
* Transportation (train/bus/taxi) (18 percent up from nine percent)
* Movie theaters (17 percent, up from five percent)
* Survey respondents also report finding bed bugs in retail stores, laundromats, libraries, restaurants and airplanes.

NOTE: Percentages denote professionals reporting treating bed bugs in specific locations and percentage increases from 2010.

3. Bed bugs continue to be THE most difficult pest to treat, according to 73 percent of survey respondents. By comparison, 17 percent pointed to ants, nine percent said cockroaches and one percent said termites were the most difficult pests to control.

4. Six out of 10 respondents consider bed bug infestations a year-round phenomenon, while approximately 25 percent say that summer is the time of year when they receive more bed bug calls. As people tend to travel more during the summer months it may be likely they’ll have a higher risk of taking hitchhiking bed bugs with them from hotels and transportation sources to homes more so than at other times of the year.

5. When it comes to evaluation and treatment, visual inspection remains the most common method pest professionals use to determine if a bed bug infestation exists. However, the use of canines has grown from 16 percent to 43 percent in the past year.

6. Despite the many warnings that bed bugs are not a DIY pest, 25 percent of customers attempt to treat bed bug infestations by themselves before calling a professional. This number has decreased from the 38 percent who elected to treat bed bugs by themselves in 2010. Those who attempt to treat bed bug infestations by themselves often engage in dangerous and risky DIY practices putting themselves and their property at risk and are often ineffective at controlling the infestation.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 26, 2011

Bed Bug Pandemic Is Growing

The 2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, has found that bed bug infestations have increased and are now being found just about everywhere. The study, which surveyed U.S. pest management professionals, found that 99 percent of respondents encountered bed bug infestations in the past year. More than eight of out ten noted that bed bug infestations are increasing across the country. This represents a sharp increase in prevalence as only a mere 11 percent of respondents reported receiving bed bug calls more than 10 years ago. One of the most significant findings is that bed bug encounters have become much more common in public places than the previous year, in some instances increasing by 10, 20 or nearly 30 percent.

“The increase in bed bug encounters is likely due to a combination of factors, but one thing is clear — this pest shows no signs of retreating,” noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Of most concern are the places where pest professionals are encountering bed bugs, such as, schools, hospitals, and hotels/motels. In many cases the numbers of professionals who have reported treating certain types of businesses and commercial facilities has seen double digit growth.”

“Increased public awareness, education and vigilance are key in detecting and preventing bed bug infestations as these pests tend to travel undetected from place to place, breed quickly and remain one of the most challenging to treat,” added Henriksen. “NPMA advises consumers against the ‘this can’t happen to me’ attitude, because bed bugs are equal opportunity pests.”

Bed bugs are the size and color of a flat apple seed, like to travel and will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply (humans). In addition to the mattress and headboard, bed bugs can be found behind baseboards, electrical switch plates, picture frames, wallpaper, upholstery and in furniture crevices.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 24, 2011

Autumn Is Coming...

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 where numerous instances of yellow jackets and hornets are sited 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.

The cool weather also 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 about insects or rodents in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

August 22, 2011

Disappearing Bats

Recently, I was asked why there seems to be less bats in the night sky. White-nose Syndrome is responsible for the rapid decline in the bat population. These lovely little creatures are nature's defense against a burgeoning mosquito population.

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

August 20, 2011

More Pest Trivia

I must admit, I love this stuff!
  •  Formosan termites, widely considered a "super" species of termite, because of the rate of destruction it poses, currently infest 11 states. 
  • Mice feed 15-20 times a day.  
  • Earwigs got their name from the myth that they crawl into sleeping people's ears and tunnel into the brain. 
  • Fleas can jump 7-8 inches vertically and 14-16 inches horizontally.
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
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 18, 2011

Protect Your Condominium Complex

Condominium facilities managers often find themselves facing an infestation of stinging insects. 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.

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

Call Dave at 1-800-400-6009 to schedule an appointment to review your condominium complex.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

August 16, 2011

A Message For Commercial Enterprises

If you own a business, you know how critical it is to protect this investment -- essentially your livelihood – from pests and rodents.

From building a positive reputation to increasing your revenue, your customers are at the heart of what you do. 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 provides the experience and expertise needed to protect your business, employees and customers from pest threats.

Call Dave today at 1-800-400-6009 for an inspection.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

August 14, 2011

West Nile Virus Reminder

With the increased prevalence of West Nile Virus, mosquitoes continue to be, not only a summer nuisance pest but also, a major health threat.

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

August 12, 2011

Lyme disease continues to be 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.

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

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 10, 2011

Did You Know...

Did you know...
  • Bed bugs can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to almost 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • One female flea can lay about 18 eggs a day and just 20 fleas on a dog can produce 360 eggs per day and over 2000 eggs in a week.
  • Scorpion babies crawl on top of their mother and live there for the first week or two, feeding on scraps of her catches.
If you're concerned about pests and insects in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 8, 2011

The National Pest Management Association Completes Its Mission to Haiti

Fairfax, VA – The fourth and final humanitarian delegation of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) completed its mission to Haiti in mid-July. Over the past year, NPMA provided much-needed assistance to several facilities in Port-au-Prince through its collaboration with the Haitian Minister of Environment, a Haitian pest management company and hospital and orphanage administrators. In the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, pest infestations had become a serious threat to human health, especially in places such as hospitals and orphanages.

NPMA used its resources to minimize entry points for pests, purchase products designed to prevent pest infestations in buildings, and to train Haitian pest control workers so they can properly perform pest control operations as the country continues its recovery.

“The National Pest Management Association and our delegates are humbled and honored to have been able to contribute our resources and expertise to a country in need,” said Rob Lederer, executive vice president for NPMA. “While the services our delegates provided may seem basic to most Americans, in Haiti they can mean the difference between sickness and health — and even life and death.”

“NPMA is extremely grateful to the delegates and industry members who contributed to this mission over the past year. These men and women left the comforts of home and risked their health and safety in order to help others in need. We commend them for their big hearts and selfless work,” added Lederer.

NPMA delegates and their Haitian pest control counterparts worked to install more than 500 screens to protect hospital patients from disease-carrying flies and mosquitoes in areas such as delivery rooms, neonatal care areas, as well as emergency and operating rooms. Flies are vectors of more than 100 different kinds of disease-causing germs and mosquitoes are responsible for spreading diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus.

Teams also installed 500 rat bait stations and more than 200 fly bait stations at three hospitals and one orphanage in the capital city. St. Damien’s Hospital administrators reported that the recent addition of rat control services has greatly reduced rat populations with approximately 100 rats being removed from the grounds each day. The results of which are significant, as rodents are known to spread filth, contaminate food and transmit disease.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 6, 2011

Fascinating Pest Facts

These tidbits of information never cease to fascinate me. Hope you are enjoying them too! (If you have an interesting bit of pest or insect trivia, be sure to share it with me by posting it below. ~ Dave)
  • All insects have a hard exoskeleton, six jointed legs, two antennae, compound eyes and a body divided into 3 main body sections - a head, thorax and abdomen.
  • Men claim their number one pest concern to be termites (24%) while women put spiders as their number one pest concern (16%).
  • Powderpost beetles larvae will tunnel into hardwood floors, wooden antiques and the like, turning the wood in its path into fine, powdery sawdust.
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
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 4, 2011

Powderpost Beetles

Powderpost beetles lay their eggs in cracks of wood and the larvae tunnel into the surface, filling it with a very fine powder-like dust. Powderpost beetles have long, narrow, flat bodies that allow them to easily attack wood surfaces. These beetles are reddish-brown in color. Adult powderpost beetles are very active at night, enjoy flying and are attracted to the light.

Powderpost beetles often attack hardwoods, and can be found in hardwood floors, timbers and crates, antiques and other objects made of hardwood materials.

Some researchers believe that powderpost beetles are second only to termites in the United States in their destructiveness to wood and wood products. Powderpost beetles can be prevented through vigilant inspection of wood sources in the home.

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

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

August 2, 2011

Prevent Pests From Crashing Your Summer BBQ

The NPMA offers the following tips to help you better enjoy your outdoor summer activities:

Picnics and barbeques are frequent occurrences during the summer months, when weekends, holidays, and vacations are often cause for celebration with family and friends. More often than not, hosts and guests alike must deal with pesky party crashers, in the form of ants, flies and stinging insects. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners that there are several ways to show those pests the door, or even prevent them from showing up altogether.

“Nothing ruins summertime fun like ants, flies, mosquitoes, wasps and other stinging insects,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Not only do they annoy and irritate your guests, but they can also transmit disease and cause painful bites and stings.”

The NPMA recommends the following steps to avoid a pest-filled picnic or barbeque:

* Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are planning a barbeque before sunset, plan on having plenty of insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin available for you and your guests. Adorn your deck or patio with citronella candles, and wear long sleeves or pants to avoid bites.
* Ants and flies are attracted to barbeque fare, so take steps to keep food safe by using tightly sealed containers or coolers. Also, be sure to clean trash, crumbs, and spills from picnic tables immediately. Store all trash away from the party and always keep your garbage bins covered.
* Yellow jackets and other stinging insects are attracted to fragrances from shampoo, perfume, and candles – not to mention food and drink. Avoid using scented items beforehand and provide clear plastic cups for your guests as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding spots for stinging insects.
* Prior to the party, check screen doors and repair any holes. Once the guests have arrived, remind them to shut the door behind them in order to keep pests from entering your home.

Dave's Pest Control
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net
1-800-400-6009

Reference: www.pestworld.org

July 30, 2011

More Pest Trivia....

Did you know. . .
  • On many butterflies the color is only an illusion. The color we perceive is created by refraction of the light as it reflects off the surface of the scale.
  • Ants are the #1 nuisance pest in the United States.
  • Approximately 25% of homeowners surveyed perceived ants, termites, and ticks as difficult to control.
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
A Central Massachusetts Pest Control Company
www.davespestcontrol.net

Reference: www.pestworld.org

July 28, 2011

Damaging Insects

Here's a question for you to ponder... Do ants damage property?

Yes, they do.  Besides ruining human food, some species of ants can damage wood in and around homes.  Carpenter ants, for example, like to make their nests in porches, roofs, windowsills, even telephone poles.

Ants are social insects that prefer nesting in wood. They commonly hollow out galleries or tunnels in trees, structures, wood, and foam insulation. Carpenter ants are often found in conjunction with moisture problems. An indication of possible infestation is evidence of sawdust, pieces of insulation, nesting materials, and winged adults, known as swarmers.

To protect your home against carpenter ants, a seasonal visit program may be the solution. This allows us to get to your home before the wood destroying ants do each year. 

So, if you're concerned that you have an ant problem in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.

Dave's Pest Control
http://www.davespestcontrol.net