lunes, 21 de septiembre de 2020

DESTRUCTIVE PESTS AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS

Insects are considered pests for a variety of reasons, including direct damage by feeding on crop plants in the field or by infesting stored products, indirect damage by spreading viral diseases of crop plants, spreading several diseases among humans and livestock, and annoyance to humans. Examples of insects regarded as pests include the phylloxera, migratory locusts, the Colorado potato beetle, the boll weevil, Japanese beetle, aphids, mosquitoes, cockroaches, the Western corn rootworm, and some fly species.


In the past entomologists working on pest insects attempted to eradicate species. This rarely worked except in islands or controlled environments and raised ethical issues. Over time the language changed to terms like control and management.

Without insects to clean up decomposing material, the world would be a pretty filthy place, but there is a variety of types of damage pests can cause that make you want them as far away from your home as possible. Here’s a look at a few different insects and the types of pest damage they cause.



Destructive pests

Termites

Many homes are built primarily from wood, but even if the exterior of your home is constructed of brick, vinyl siding or stucco, termites can get to it. Termites only need the width of a credit card to get inside a home. Once inside, they may feed on cabinets, wooden furniture, hardwood floors, floor joists, ceiling beams, and anything else made of wood and cellulose. Termites are often not identified until significant damage has occurred. That means it’s imperative that you take action to prevent infestation before it starts.

Wood-boring Beetles

These pests live in wood for six to ten years without you ever knowing it. By the time they surface as flying beetles, the damage has been done. In the past, beetles such as the Old House Borer, could destroy entire homes with their burrowing habits. Thankfully, timber today is treated in such a way that beetles are rarely a problem in new homes and the damage is minimal.

Carpet Beetles

The types of pest damage done by carpet beetles are often blamed on clothes moths. If you have holes in your leather jacket, chair or couch cover, carpet, or other soft fabrics, you could have a carpet beetle infestation. Homes with wall-to-wall carpeting give these pests an undisturbed place to breed and thrive.

Clothes Moths

Flying clothes moths don’t eat fabric, but the females lay hundreds of eggs that hatch into hungry larvae. These pests feed on natural fibers such as wool, fur, and feathers, but synthetics can be part of their diet as well. Carpet, blankets, furniture upholstery, and dozens of other materials are at the mercy of the larvae that feast for one to three months. In extreme cases, the lifecycle has lasted up to four years!



Beneficial insects

Honey is perhaps the most economically valuable product from insects. Beekeeping is a commercial enterprise in most parts of the world and many forest tribes have been dependent on honey as a major source of nutrition. Honeybees can also act as pollinators of crop species. Many predators and parasitoid insects are encouraged and augmented in modern agriculture.

Silk is extracted from both reared caterpillars as well as from the wild (producing wild silk). Sericulture deals with the techniques for efficient silkworm rearing and silk production. Although new fabric materials have substituted silk in many applications, it continues to be the material of choice for surgical sutures.

Lac was once extracted from scale insects but is now replaced by synthetic substitutes. The dye extracted from cochineal insects was similarly replaced by technological advances.

The idea of insects as human food, entomophagy, widely practised in traditional societies, has been proposed as a solution to meet the growing demand for food.




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martes, 15 de septiembre de 2020

PEST CONTROL KEY SIGNS AND INDICATORS

Being aware of the key signs and indicators will help you stay ahead of the pest spreading process and know when to call in the advice of an expert.



Predacious Signs

Two of the most telling signs of pests are spider webs and wasp nests. These typically start in areas out of reach but close to water and/or light sources. Even though they are typically easy to remove and we have all been taught to not worry about a stray spider here and there, the presence of these webs and nests is an indicator to dive in deeper. Since these are predatory pests, they are around because of other pest populations that they are eating. Learning what is lurking out of sight to make these or other predators such as centipedes set up shop will paint the rest of the picture.


Moisture

Most pests in and around homes are dependent upon moisture. Mosquitoes need moist soil or standing water to reproduce, millipedes feed on decaying organic matter related to water collection sights, and the list goes on and on. Keep an eye out for early signs of mold or mildew especially in bathrooms, window tracks, and places where water collects close to the home or puddles in the yard. These water collection areas are key places to watch for pests. Often times just finding the water is reason enough to adjust something to make that spot less attractive to pests.


Migrating Nests

Many pests have their place in the yard, but if those nests such as ant hills start to multiply or pop up closer and closer to the home, that can be an indication that they are starting to find beneficial elements of the home through shelter, water, or food.


Fecal Matter and Cast Skins

Many pests such as flies and cockroaches will leave behind black specks that could be confused with pepper. These specks are rarely where you remember tossing some pepper and may indicate that they are some pest’s fecal matter. Though the pests are likely not going to be in sight, their droppings indicate they are there when you are not. Similarly, many pests molt as they develop and will leave behind their shed exoskeleton as a sign they are growing and developing.


Bites

Unfortunately, the first signs of pests such as mosquitoes, bed bugs, fleas and other blood dependent pests are the bites on the skin. The difficult part is each person reacts differently to different bites and many reactions or infections will look identical to bug bites.  A welt on the skin does not mean there is a pest problem, but it can be a reason to start the investigation..


Pests presence

Many pests will have their presence be the first sign they are hanging around. If you see a pest you know, don’t hesitate to ask an expert why that pest would want to be there. Oftentimes, just learning about a pest and its preferred environment will help indicate the change that needs to take place. In some cases, that will be changing the water or humidity levels. In others, that may be changing the light situation through different color bulbs or window coverings.


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miércoles, 9 de septiembre de 2020

PEST CONTROL METHODS

Got bugs? Suffering from rodents or roaches? Is your home always attractive to pests? Knowing the different types of pest control methods is highly crucial to bring back the health of your home. What are these methods we are talking about?

Pests pose a serious threat to all living things. Various kinds of pests, including mosquitoes, termites, flies, and fungus that have a harmful effect on us, our food supplies, and surroundings. You might not fully aware, you are sharing food with these pesky living creatures. 

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But, wait! Before making strategies to control pests, you should identify first the type of pest that you’re dealing with as well as their lifestyle. This will allow you to use the right method and get rid of them that easily. If you’re unsure, it is best to consult our pest control company, Fieldtech IPS.

Here goes the different type of pest control methods available:

Organic Pest Control

An organic or natural method is usually preferred by those who want to constrain the damage caused by small animals and insects as well as ensure the safety of their kids, pets, and plants. In this case, you might want to use bait, trap, or spray. You can add poison in your bait; otherwise, insecticidal soap, oil, sprays, etc.

Chemical Pest Control

Some organic treatments do not produce an effective result, which is why some opt for chemical pest control. You can find thousands of chemical products available for use in both residential and commercial properties. These can be in a form of solid, liquid, or aerosol. Though, keep in mind that some chemical products are very dangerous for humans and other living organisms.

Biological Pest Control

Biological is the method of using living organisms for the sole purpose of controlling the vermin population. What makes it popular is the fact that biological pest control (or bio effector) is chemical-free and extremely beneficial. It is able to control insect populations, mites, etc.

Electronic Pest Control

Thanks to the advancement of technology, picking up home pests and eliminating them permanently are made possible. Among the electronic pest control methods are electromagnetic and ultrasonic.

Electromagnetic – affects the nervous system of species various such as mice. Though, it only repels insects and rodents.

Ultrasonic – works by producing high-frequency, short-length sounds waves.

Hygiene Control

Simply putting it, a place that is clean doesn’t attract pests. It doesn’t leave food and venue for pests to grow on and breed. Hence, always practice good hygiene at the office and/or home. Clean up every after a meal, throw residue and leftover in a secured trash bin, wash the dishes, and keep all your household areas and items clean.  


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sábado, 5 de septiembre de 2020

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT RODENT PEST

Rats and mice may seem to be nothing but trouble, but there is a reason these pests are so successful at survival and so widely dispersed around the globe. 

Some rodents really get around

The brown rat is a skilled acrobat that enjoys worldwide distribution due to its skills of sneaking. These rodents stow away on ships and trek around the world. These globetrotting rodents are found on nearly every continent around the world.


Rodents are crazy about chewing

Did you know that rats and mice have teeth that continuously grow? They use their pearly whites (or maybe yellows!) to chew up various items for nesting purposes and to wear down those chompers. Books, papers, wiring, cement, brick, wood, and lead pipes are often prime targets for their destructive chewing.

Rodents reproduce like crazy

Rats and mice are prolific when it comes to reproducing. Mice can have litters of five or six babies every three weeks and rats can produce litters 15 times per year. While these pests don’t live long, they don’t have to when they reproduce as much as they do. A single pregnant female rodent invading a home can create a large rodent invasion in no time.

Some rodents can swim

Many people might not know this, but mice and rodents can swim, and a rat can tread water for up to three days. They can survive being flushed away or down the toilet, and can even return to the building via the same route. So if you have ever thought of flushing one down the toilet, just don’t. It won’t help you very much and you may just be clogging your toilet.

Rodents don’t throw up...ever

They physically cannot vomit or burp. They have a powerful barrier between their stomachs and esophagus, and therefore don’t have the muscle strength to overcome and open this barrier by force - which is necessary for vomiting. On the flip side, one of the main functions of vomiting for humans is to rid our bodies of toxic substances. Rodents don’t have that same ability, and that is why poison is the most effective at killing them.

No matter how interesting rodents are, they are still not the kind of creatures you want in your home. 


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sábado, 29 de agosto de 2020

PESTS IN THE ATTIC

Noises in the attic are worrying and can be an indication that rodents or other wildlife may be living in your roof.

Attics (lofts or ceiling cavities) are ideal environments for possums, rats and mice, who damage stored items and electric cabling by gnawing and possibly causing fires. They are also ideal environments for nesting birds that can spread disease, mites and fleas.

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Noises should be investigated quickly, nests and droppings become ideal breeding sites for insects, which may then carry nasty bugs and diseases into your home.

Inspect your attic and look for visible signs of habitation, commonly their droppings.There are a couple of indicators to tell you what type of ‘guest’ you have staying in your attic.

If they are rats or mice, you’ll hear them scurrying across the attic floor or rafters at night. Possums generally leave the attic when it becomes dark and return at around dawn.

The indicators that a pest has infiltrated the attic can be found because you left this area unchecked, many unwanted guests can cause expensive damage or pose health risks. Hiring our professional services to trap and remove attic pests is a must. The experts at Fieldtech IPS can help rid your home of these freeloading animals.

Sound and smell are two of the most reliable cues when determining if an animal has gotten into your house, and they can actually indicate which type of pest is present. If you notice an unidentified noise coming from your house, you’ll want to act quickly. Of course, your house may make plenty of sounds on its own thanks to pipes, floorboards, and settling. To help you identify potentially destructive animal invaders, here’s a convenient guide.

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jueves, 27 de agosto de 2020

THE USE OF NATURAL PRODUCTS TO CONTROL PESTS

Fieldtech IPS believes the logical solution to organic pest control is to create a balance of organisms in your yard or garden. In a diverse ecosystem pest populations are regulated naturally. Development of this balance relies on products that minimize harm to pollinators and other beneficial insects. Traps and pheromone lures are used to identify the presence of pests, and to help control them. If garden pests are present the least-toxic solutions should be used first barriers and repellents, beneficial insects, biological pesticides, soaps and oils with the more toxic (but short lived) botanical or natural pesticides used only if necessary.

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Natural products (NPs) have long been used as pesticides and have broadly served as a source of inspiration for a great many commercial synthetic organic fungicides, herbicides and insecticides that are in the market today. In light of the continuing need for new tools to address an ever‐changing array of fungal, weed and insect pests, NPs continue to be a source of models and templates for the development of new pest control agents. Interestingly, an examination of the literature suggests that NP models exist for many of the pest control agents that were discovered by other means, suggesting that, had circumstances been different, these NPs could have served as inspiration for the discovery of a great many more of today's pest control agents. Here, an attempt is made to answer questions regarding the existence of an NP model for existing classes of pesticides and what is needed for the discovery of new NPs and NP models for pest control agents. 

Natural products have been used to control animal pests, plant diseases, and weeds since ancient times. The biological activity spectrum of natural pesticides is extremely variable, and the selectivity is often achieved by targeted application, often relying on the behavior of the target pest. However, the biological property of a chemical is a function of its structure rather than its origin. The biological activity exerted by a given dose of the compound under given circumstances, especially as related to safety, depends on the way in which the chemical is used. 

Natural substances used for pest and disease control are generally non-persistent under field conditions. Most of these often-complex molecules are readily transformed abiotically by light and/or oxygen into less toxic products. There are many natural insect control agents, most of which were discovered by empirical screening of plants and, recently, other natural sources. Moreover, research on insect physiology and behavior made possible the commercialization of chemicals that can be used to manipulate insect development or behavior.

 

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lunes, 17 de agosto de 2020

NESTING BIRDS DAMAGE HOUSEHOLDS

Birds like feral pigeons, house sparrows, starlings, house martins, swifts, fackdaws, owls, tits and swallows are exceptional opportunists and should be discouraged from living anywhere in your house or garage. 

They might only roost on all the roofs in sight of somebody’s regular handout, all the while depositing prolific amounts of acidic droppings on each roof near the food. This poopy environment creates ideal conditions for supporting a healthy crop of roof moss. And worse than that, they can spread harmful diseases and create expensive structural damage to your home.


Nesting birds can actually physically damage a property, particularly a roof or home’s exterior. Not all birds are pests, some species like starlings and pigeons can be. Bird droppings can corrode metal and concrete, while debris and feathers from nests can clog drains and gutters. That can also lead to problems with a roof, basement, and even foundation. Birds that enter an attic can also damage the insulation. Also, you have to bare in mind that bats can also invade you home and cause a lot of health and property damage issues. 

Health risks from birds and bats are often exaggerated. Nevertheless, large populations of roosting birds may present the risk of disease to people nearby. The most serious health risks arise from disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and debris under a roost — particularly if roosts have been active for years. External parasites also may become a problem when infested birds or bats leave roosts or nests. The parasites then can invade buildings and bite people.

Diseases like Histoplasmosis are caused by a fungus (Histoplasma capsulatum) found primarily in the areas drained by rivers. Both humans and animals can be affected. The disease is transmitted to humans by airborne fungus spores from soil contaminated by pigeon and starling droppings (as well as from the droppings of other birds and bats). Infection occurs when spores, carried by the air are inhaled especially after a roost has been disturbed. Most infections are mild and produce either no symptoms or a minor influenza- like illness. 

Cryptococcosis is also a disease transmitted by pigeon droppings and is the most important source of the disease fungus Cryptococcus neoformans in the environment. The fungus is typically found in accumulations of droppings around roosting and nesting sites, for example, attics, cupolas, ledges and water towers. It has been found in as many as 84 percent of samples taken from old roosts. Even when old and dry, bird droppings can be a significant source of infection.

Like histoplasmosis, most cryptococcosis infections are mild and may be without symptoms. People with weakened immune systems, however, are more susceptible to infection. The disease is acquired by inhaling the yeast-like cells of the organism. Two forms of cryptococcosis occur in humans. The generalized form begins with a lung infection and spreads to other areas of the body, particularly the central nervous system, and is usually fatal unless treated. The cutaneous (skin) form is characterized by acne-like skin eruptions or ulcers with nodules just under the skin. The cutaneous form is very rare, however, without generalized (systemic) disease. 

Other diseases carried or transmitted by birds affect man to a lesser degree. Psittacosis is normally mild in man; however, serious illness can occur rarely. Pigeons and sparrows also have been implicated (along with many other species of birds) as reservoirs for encephalitis viruses such as West Nile encephalitis virus, which are carried by mosquitoes.

Bats and disease

Bats are associated with a few diseases that affect people, such as rabies and histoplasmosis. Rabies is a dangerous, fatal disease, but only about 5 percent of bats submitted for testing are infected with the rabies virus. In recent years, there has been increased concern about the risk of rabies transmission following contact with bats. If an injured or ill bat is found in or around a structure, it should be removed. Because most bats will try to bite when handled, they should be picked up with tongs or a shovel. If a bat has bitten or scratched a person or pet or is found in your home, capture the bat without touching it with your hands and without crushing its head. 

Bats with rabies have been identified in most areas of the state. In recent years, bats have been the most common animal identified with rabies in the state.

The incidence of histoplasmosis being transmitted from bat droppings to humans is not thought to be high. Nevertheless, fresh bat droppings (unlike fresh bird dropping) can contain the histoplasmosis fungus. Bat droppings do not need to come into contact with soil to be a source of the disease.

Ticks, mites and other parasites

Bird or bat roosts can harbor parasites that may invade buildings. Although these parasites can bite and irritate, they are unlikely to transmit diseases to humans. The northern fowl mite and chicken mite are usually the main culprits. Other parasites that may cause problems inside buildings include the pigeon nest bug and the bat bug (both related to the bed bug), soft ticks, biting lice and the pigeon fly. Although most parasites associated with bird or bat roosts die quickly after the birds or bats leave, some may live for several weeks.

Droppings, feathers, food and dead birds under a roosting area can breed flies, carpet beetles and other insects that may become major problems in the immediate area. These pests may fly through open windows or crawl through cracks to enter buildings. If birds or bats are discouraged from roosting around buildings, most of the parasites associated with them will soon die. If the pests are a problem after birds or bats have been excluded, the roost area may be treated with a residual insecticide.

Removal and cleanup of bird and bat droppings

If there is a small accumulation of droppings from a few birds or bats, it can be cleaned up with soap and water. If large quantities of bird or bat droppings are present, contact our Bird / Bat Control service to receive a free inspection and a free estimate.


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viernes, 14 de agosto de 2020

CHILDREN EXPOSED TO HARMFUL PESTS

Some of the world’s most harmful insect species live in your household and they may expose your children to several diseases. Knowing which pests are dangerous can help you to choose the most effective strategy to minimize your family’s exposure to those pests who live in your home or garden. Our pest control management helps you with a regulation of the species which can be dangerous for your children’s health. These are the most harmful insects that you can find at home, especially in summer.


1. Fleas

Usually, fleas get into a house on pets that spend time outdoors. These little animals are dangerous since they can spread all over your house. If you have noticed that your pet has fleas, you may prevent them from spreading by using flea combs and bathing pets regularly. Flea bites can be mistaken for chicken pox, since the first symptom is scratching. If this happens, make sure to discourage your child from scratching since that can bring bacteria to the site and lead to infection.

2. Bed Bugs

Bed bugs usually get into homes on clothing, furniture, luggage or any other thing that has been in an infested area. Getting rid of bed bugs is difficult and takes a combination of practices which include vacuuming every surface in your home, as well as sealing all the cracks and crevices. Instead of discarding your furniture or going through the entire long and complicated process of getting rid of the bugs yourself, it’s best to call a pest control professional. This way you are going to be sure that you got rid of the bed bugs completely. Getting rid of them is a difficult process, since these pests can survive 12 to 15 months without food.

3. Carpenter Ants

North American carpenter ants are the largest ants on the continent. They tunnel their way through wood to build colonies. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not feast on wood. Their huge jaws are adept for eating other insects and drinking plant juices. They can also build colonies inside your home. Pest control is usually necessary to eliminate large infestations in your household.


Beside mice, rats, and roaches these species are most commonly found in any household. Since they can be dangerous for your children’s health, the only way to eliminate them permanently is by calling a pest control professional.


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lunes, 10 de agosto de 2020

WHAT DOES INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT MEAN?

 Integrated pest management

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an environmentally friendly way to manage pests. It uses a combination of practices and control methods with the aim of preventing problems from occurring and reducing the need for pesticide intensive activities.


IPM control methods include

Cultural methods – they change the conditions to make them less favourable for pests, such as adjusting planting location or timing or crop rotation and cultivation techniques which expose pests to predation.

Physical methods – they prevent pests from entering the area using methods such as barriers and traps, or physically remove them.

Genetic methods – these methods select pest resistant varieties developed by classical breeding or via genetic engineering.

Biological methods – they use predators, parasites or microbial pathogens to suppress pests.

Chemical methods – they use substances to kill or repel pests, selecting the least toxic options first and applying them only when needed.

Regulatory methods – they prevent the entry or spread of pests using quarantine regulations and restrict the movement of materials including crops and livestock.


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domingo, 2 de agosto de 2020

CLEAR SIGNS OF PEST INFESTATION

One of the biggest issues encountered each year by property owners across California is the pest invasion. Having your home or office invaded by pests can cause a lot of distress, unnecessary headaches, and routine clean-ups. With pest control management you will be able to find a real solution for this problem, that often requires professional attention from experts.

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The majority of pests are on the move looking for shelter from the cooler weather, food and a place for reproduction. Pests are invading homes all over California.

With changing weather conditions, rain and cool air play a large part in the invasion of pest activity in California. It is very important to catch signs of infestation such as:

  1. Live insects most likely found inside and between books and papers or within cracks and crevices of shelves.
  2. Insect remains, including whole carcasses, body parts and cast-skins, most likely found on window sills, within the spine of a book, or along the bottoms of books, as well as within cracks and crevices of shelves.
  3. Frass/Droppings, including black (roach) pellets, "poppy-seed" (termite) pellets, "saw-dust" (dermested or powder-post beetle) pellets, and suspicious piles of fine dust or powder. 
  4. (Fresh) Holes/Tunnels in materials. A "fresh" hole is one which both continues from one page through the next page(s) and is accompanied by frass/droppings if not also live insects.
  5. Tracks. Some pests are usually sneaky enough to make their way around your home without leaving much evidence, but others may leave a clear path of tracks to follow. 
  6. Odd sounds like scratching on the walls or small squeaks could mean unwanted guests are staying in your home.
  7. Nesting. When a critter discovers an excellent hiding place in your home, they may begin to construct a nest.
  8. Droppings from small pests invading your property can be found when checking other areas around your home.
Instead of settling with some extra guests in your home, learn about the signs of a pest invasion and call us in order to receive professional help.


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jueves, 30 de julio de 2020

WHAT DOES A PEST CONTROL PROFESSIONAL DO?


As a pest control professional, one should expect to get down and dirty on a daily basis. The job of the professional is to do exactly as its name states: to control or manage pests. Or, as described by the BLS: "Unwanted creatures that infest buildings or surrounding areas can pose serious risks to health and safety. Pest control workers remove these creatures from households, apartment buildings, places of businesses, and other structures, to protect people and maintain structural integrity."




Businesses and homeowners may call on a pest control professional for any number of reasons, including the elimination of ants, bed-bugs, rodents, cockroaches, bats, birds, and management or removal of squirrels, opossums, and racoons. 

Because the method of control or elimination is different for each pest, pest control workers have to be able to readily identify individual insects, rodents, birds, and wildlife; know their biology and habits; and understand proper techniques, in order to provide safe and effective control.

There are generally few requirements for attaining a job as a pest control worker; however, many companies prefer that applicants have completed a higher level of education. 

This is partly because further training and education will be required, so hiring applicants with at least a high school background is beneficial for both the technician and the company. Job listings for these positions will generally include such requirements as well as any other prerequisites for employment.


DESTRUCTIVE PESTS AND BENEFICIAL INSECTS

Insects are considered pests for a variety of reasons, including direct damage by feeding on crop plants in the field or by infesting stored...