Archive for December, 2010

Minnesota Bedbug Inspection

Minneapolis, Minnesota may be the city of lakes, but it’s swimming in bedbugs. Enough to grab the city the 15 spot.

A common problem in the United States until the 1950s, bedbugs were then nearly eradicated here by strong pesticides such as DDT. But that powerful pesticide was banned in 1972, international travel increased and bedbugs gained a new foothold.

The bed bugs are back, and they are returning in a big way 

Bed Bug Infestations are becoming common

A new survey by the National Pest Management Association says the U.S. is on the threshold of a bed bug pandemic.

From hotels and apartments to homes around the Twin Cities, pest control companies and health inspectors tell us bed bugs are on the rise, and they are battling the blood thirsty bugs.

Doug Schulz with the Minnesota Department of Health says bed bugs have not been known to spread disease, but their bites can cause an allergic reaction.

Controlling Bed Bug Infestations

Since they can hide in so many places, they are not easy to eradicate. Unless you have a lot of time at your disposal, and limitless patience, it is advisable to get a professional in pest control. Experts know where to look for them, as well as how to get rid of them.

Graphic: Bedbug infestations becoming more common


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Bed Bugs Minneapolis Minnesota

Bed bugs are coming to a place near you. Minneapolis has been ranked as the 15th most bed bug infested city in the U.S. based on volume of complaints. Many local motels, hotels, and residences have been infested and pest control companies are scrambling to keep up with the demand of exterminations needed.

Bed bugs are small, wingless, insects in the Cimicidae family (Cimex lectularius). They feed exclusively on the blood of warm blooded animals, and humans make ideal hosts. They are translucent as nymphs and turn reddish brown in color after eating their first blood meal. Mature bed bugs are about 4-5 mm in length and 1-3 mm wide. Adult females can lay 5 eggs in one day and up to 500 in a lifetime. The eggs are milky white and about 1 mm in size- making them difficult to see with the naked eye. They hatch in 6-15 days and will start feeding immediately. They molt after each of their first 5 meals as they grow into adulthood. Regularly feeding bed bugs will reach maturity in 4 to 6 weeks and begin mating, although they can survive for up to a year without a single meal! They typically feed at night and hide during the day making them difficult to detect!

Residential Bed Bug Extermination

Residential properties are becoming increasingly infested by bed bugs. In New York City it is believed that one in every ten residences have already experienced the problem and other cities across the nation are seeing similar increases of reports! They are also making their way into dorm rooms and apartment buildings where they can quickly spread to other tenants! We can help locate and remove these pests from your residence no matter what the situation is!

Commercial Bed Bug Exterminator

Bed bugs are not just confined to bedrooms and homes. Movie theaters, museums, department stores, office buildings, and other public places are also susceptible to infestation! Many high end commercial stores have already closed to deal with the pests including Niketown, Victoria’s Secret, and the Times Square movie theater! It only takes a few bed bugs to hitchhike in and start an infestation! With so many visitors in these places it is critical to control the problem quickly to prevent it from spreading!

Since they can hide in so many places, they are not easy to eradicate. Unless you have a lot of time at your disposal, and limitless patience, it is advisable to get a professional in pest control. Experts know where to look for them, as well as how to get rid of them.

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Avoid Pest Infestations During The Holiday Season

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.

What people don’t usually expect is to encounter pests as they prepare for holiday festivities. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggests consumers take precautions against pests that can make their way into homes via holiday decorations, Christmas trees and even firewood.

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 homes. 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.

Holiday preparations are busy enough without the added hassle of dealing with pest infestations, too. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.

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Cockroach Inspection

There are four kinds of cockroaches that can infest homes in Minnesota, including German cockroach, brownbanded cockroach, American cockroach, and Oriental cockroach. These four species can be major pests in restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices and buildings with food-handling areas. A fifth kind, the Pennsylvania wood cockroach, may enter buildings accidentally but become only a temporary nuisance.

Cockroaches are one of the most commonly encountered household pests. Homeowners  can learn about ways to eliminate these insects and the conditions that encourage their infestation.

Cockroaches have a broad, flattened body and a relatively small head that covers their mandibles and other mouthparts. They have six legs, large ocelli (simple eyes), and a pair of long, flexible antennae. Although winged, they are not adept fliers. The best-known varieties are the American cockroach (1.2 inches long), the German and Asian cockroaches (0.59 inches long), the Oriental cockroach (0.98 inches long), and the brown-banded cockroach (0.55 inches long).

Cockroach Identification

Facts About Cockroaches

  • The world’s heaviest cockroach is the Australian giant burrowing cockroach, which can weigh more than 30 grams and reach 3½ inches in length.
  • While cockroaches could withstand six to 15 times as much radiation exposure as humans, the popular belief that they will “inherit the Earth” in the wake of nuclear war is largely undeserved; other insects, such as fruit flies, have even better resistance against radiation than cockroaches.
  • While it has been known for some time that cockroaches and termites are related, it wasn’t until 2007 that it was proven that termites are a kind of “social cockroach,” having actually evolved from cockroaches. Similarities include specialized casings that enclose their eggs, perforations in the internal parts of their heads, and similarities among their young. There are significant differences between these pests, however; termites pose a greater danger to wood, and they form huge, complex societies, while cockroaches are solitary, generalized insects with few special adaptations.
  • Some species of cockroaches can survive for months without food and subsist on nothing but the glue on the back of a postage stamp, and even their own feces. Experiments have revealed that they can go without air for 45 minutes and recover after being submerged under water for half an hour.
  • Cockroaches are prolific breeders and can produce several thousand offspring in a year, once they become established in a home. They are normally introduced on clothing, shopping bags and furniture, and they can also simply wander in from the outdoors.

Cockroaches are known to spread diseases such as salmonella, food poisoning and dysentery, primarily through contact with their feces and defensive secretions. They also transport dangerous microbes, a particular problem in hospitals. Their skin, which is discarded through periodic molting, can become airborne and trigger severe asthmatic reactions in prone individuals. Incredibly, cockroaches have even been found to be second only to house dust as the worst allergen affecting people. Besides these physical ailments, cockroaches emit an unpleasant odor during swarming and mating, and they can keep a building’s occupants awake at night with their incessant hissing and, in the case of some cockroach species, chirping.

Tips For Minnesota Homeowners:

  • Place boric acid in areas of cockroach activity. Boric acid can maintain an infestation once under control, but pyrethrin should be used first and the whole structure bug-bombed.
  • Pyrethrin should be used first, and after the population is under control place boric acid wherever needed.
  • Place bait stations containing hydramethylnon or fipronil in areas of termite activity. At night, homeowners can sneak into the kitchen and turn on the lights. If cockroaches scurry for cover, observe where they run and position traps accordingly.
  • Keep all food in sealed containers, use trashcans that have tight-fitting lids, and do not leave pet food out overnight.
  • Clean the kitchen regularly, and wipe moisture from the kitchen sink before going to bed at night.
  • Vacuum frequently.
  • Repair dripping taps and leaky pipes, broken roof tiles, and any other condition that might allow moisture to enter areas where cockroaches can establish harborage.
  • Seal off all entry points into the house, such as cracks around baseboards, pipes, windows, cabinets, doors and crevices in bathrooms with copper mesh or steel wool and caulk or putty.
  • Keep lights on at night. Although it will consume additional electricity, cockroaches will avoid lit areas. For the same reason, restaurant owners sometimes leave lights on around dumpsters.
  • If cockroach infestation persists, contact a qualified exterminator.

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