- If you suspect a bed bug problem at work, consider storing your belongings in a plastic bin.
- Reduce clutter. Clutter serves as an ideal habitat for bed bugs whether at home, school or office. Reducing clutter provides fewer places for the bed bugs to hide and fewer opportunities for them to find their way into your home.
- Be vigilant in areas where bed bugs are most likely to be found, which include hotel rooms, storage areas (coat closets or cubbies), offices or lounges with upholstered furniture, or areas where people may rest.
- Vacuum daily to pick up any stray bed bugs before they settle in.
- Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs to eliminate many hiding spots.
- Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of a bed bug infestation. You might consider having a pest control professional inspect the furniture as it is difficult to detect an infestation without training.
- Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs.
- Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control assistance to address an infestation.
- Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.
We’ve assembled some bed bug prevention tips for your home, workplace or other setting.
When you check into your hotel room on that much-needed vacation, remember to check it thoroughly for bed bugs. Here are some steps to take during and after your vacation.
In our previous blog post, we detailed pests’ life requirements of food, water and shelter and how they are similar to our own requirements. Today, we’ll give you tips that are achievable by ANYONE to eliminate these requirements:
Believe it or not, human beings have something in common with lowly pests: our life requirements. Without food, water and shelter, a human can live only a very short time and we go to nearly any means to secure these three requirements to preserve our existence.
Pests are pretty much the same. They spend their entire lives just trying to stay alive by searching for food, water and shelter … which is how they become so annoying to us. That’s right, they are looking for the same things we are!! Let’s take a look at these three requirements where pests are concerned.
Food: Pests’ food preferences are many and range from organic material to our food to filth. And they require food for fuel just like humans do -- a diet of proteins, carbs and lipids in varying quantities. For example, most ants will eat just about anything. That can include other ants, dead insects, parts of dead animals, grains, fruits and vegetables.
Water: Pests can live only a limited time without water but they can fulfill their requirement for water if moist food is available. Many insects possess dedicated sensory systems that detect changes in water vapor in the air. This “sixth sense” for humidity has no direct parallels in larger land mammals such as us. But it serves the small critters well as they work to avoid desiccation and to find water.
Shelter: When the weather begins to cool, pests tend to move to warmer areas like YOUR HOUSE! This goes for insect pests as well as rodents. Insects are cold blooded, meaning that their body temperature changes with the external temperature so they are constantly seeking warm areas in which to live.
In our next blog, we’ll detail how to reduce these life requirements in your home to prevent insects!
In the meantime, if you are “bugged” by pests in your home, give us a call at 800-650-PEST today!
Here are a few preventive tips for avoiding spiders and actions to take if you are bitten.
If a spider bites, it’s probably because it feels If you have a spider problem, call DA Exterminating today! 800-650-PEST!
If you have a spider problem, call DA Exterminating today! 800-650-PEST!
As with most pest problems, prevention is the key to being squirrel-free! Here are some things you can do to prevent squirrel problems in your home:
Though cute to watch, squirrels can be anything BUT cute if they get into your attic, where they can bear young, chew wires or even die! Let’s take a look at some facts about squirrels:
There are four basic principles of pest management important in controlling house flies: sanitation, exclusion, non-chemical measures, and chemical methods.
Sanitation - Flies cannot breed in large numbers if their food sources are limited. Do not allow such materials as manure, garbage, grass clippings, weed piles or other decaying organic matter to accumulate. Keep trash cans clean and tightly covered. Be careful not to wash garbage cans where the rinse water might drain into the soil; flies can breed in soil full of organic matter.
Exclusion - Flies can be kept outside of homes by using window and door screens. Make sure screens are tight-fitting without holes. Keep doors closed with no openings at the top or bottom. There should be no openings around water or gas pipes or electrical conduits that feed into the building. Caulk or plug any openings. Ventilation holes can be a way for flies to enter a building. Ventilation is important to maintaining adequate air circulation within the building, but screening must be used to exclude flies.
Non-chemical Measures - The use of such devices as ultraviolet light traps, sticky fly traps, fly swatters, baited fly traps, etc., can eliminate many flies from inside a home. A fly swatter is an economical control method for the occasional fly.
Chemical Control – Call DA Exterminating at 800-650-PEST for this aspect of control!
Few things are more disgusting than a fly trying to share your sandwich. We won’t go into the details about what a fly actually does on your sandwich, and what it carries to your food. But just trust us, it’s not pretty!!
House flies have long been known to carry and transmit diseases and frequent filthy areas like garbage cans, barns and other waste materials. Flies are restless creatures, moving back and forth between food and filth, which could lead to the spreading of diseases. Flies pick up pathogenic organisms from garbage, sewage and other sources of filth, and then transfer on their mouthparts, through their vomitus, feces and contaminated external body parts to human and animal food. Flies are most commonly linked to outbreaks of diarrhea and shigellosis, but also are implicated in transmission of food poisoning, typhoid fever, dysentery, tuberculosis, anthrax, and parasitic worms.
Flies deposit their eggs in decaying matter such as grass clippings, garbage, human excrement. Horse manure is the preferred breeding medium. About l00-l50 eggs are deposited by each female on appropriate food. Eggs may hatch in 7 l/2 hours when temperatures are high (about 99o F), or it may take two days if the temperature is only 59oF. Eggs hatch into worm-like creatures called maggots. Maggots lack definite heads, eyes, antennae or legs. Their bodies are pointed at their front end and gradually widen at the rear.
If you’re bothered by flies, let us know and we’ll take care of them! Call DA Exterminating 800-650-PEST.
It is very unlikely, though not impossible, that a bed bug infestation will develop in an office, classroom or other non-residential environment. However, these sites can serve as transfer hubs for bed bugs to hitchhike a ride into your home. Management, staff, students and workers all have roles to play in reducing the spread of bed bugs.
Steps You Can Take
If a bed bug is found call DA Exterminating right away at 800-650-PEST!
The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites and generally irritating their human hosts. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) all consider bed bugs a public health pest. However, unlike most public health pests, bed bugs are not known to transmit or spread disease.
They can, however, cause other public health issues, so it’s important to pay close attention to preventing and controlling bed bugs.
Experts believe the recent increase in bed bugs in the United States may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices.
The good news is that there are ways to control bed bugs. Getting good, solid information is the first step in both prevention and control. While there is no quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.
Bed bugs can be hard to find and identify, given their small size and their habit of staying hidden. It helps to know what they look like, since the various life stages have different forms.
And that’s why we’re here!! Give us a call at 800-650-PEST if you suspect bed bugs!
Ant prevention isn't too different from general insect prevention: the overall goal is to keep them on the OUTSIDE and prevent them from entering your home. If you take the following steps, ants should not be a major problem:
As summer approaches, ants of all kinds become more active and may invade your kitchen in search of sweets and other goodies that they love. We’ve compiled some information here about ants that we hope you’ll find interesting. Watch our June 15 blog for a list of prevention tips to help keep them out of your home.
Ants are social insects that live in colonies which are usually located in the ground, but many enter buildings for shelter and food. Ants feed on practically every type of food, but those entering homes are looking for sweets and substances containing protein.
Inside of a typical ant colony you will find thousands of ants living together and performing their individual jobs like reproducing, construction, foraging for food or defending the nest from invaders. Inside the nest the queen or queens are responsible for the reproduction of the entire colony. Worker ants remove the eggs from the queen and tend to them until they are able to care for themselves.
Why should you care?
One of the interesting things about ants is that once they enter and find what they are looking for, they “tell” the rest of the colony and before long, you have an ant circus on your kitchen counter! So long as an appealing food source is present, more and more ants will eventually find their way into your home. Once inside, they are masters at finding other sources of sweets so they will quickly spread around your kitchen.
Ants may not threaten your home like termites, or be the same threat to you and your family as poisonous spiders, but they are a terrible nuisance that are not easily eradicated. Certain ants, like carpenter ants, do pose a problem to your home as they damage wood that they nest in. And of course, if you’ve ever happened onto a fire ant nest, you know the havoc they can cause with their stings.
What to do if you have an ant infestation.
Call DA Exterminating right away so we can stop the ants before they become a real problem. (After all, who wants Aunt Ethel to see ants on the counter when she visits!) Call 800-650-PEST!
Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been found in Louisiana making mosquito control more important than ever. Though mosquitoes carry many kinds of diseases, the Zika virus is particularly worrisome because of its effect on an unborn child when the mother has been bitten. Want to learn more?
DA Exterminating's mosquito control program includes monthly treatments during “mosquito season” starting usually in March until it gets cooler in the fall. Treatments are based on average-sized properties of a half-acre or less. For larger properties, someone will provide a quote.
Having a party or crawfish boil? Just call DA Exterminating to schedule a one-time treatment to keep mosquitoes away from your outdoor event.
The technician treats where mosquitoes tend to harbor during their resting periods, areas where they can get out of the sun such as foliage, covered porches, basically all shaded areas around the property’s perimeter. The tech will also point out conditions that need to be addressed which are/might contribute to the presence of mosquitoes: standing water, trash can lids flipped over that are holding water, etc.
Call today to schedule your mosquito control program! 800-650-PEST
Mosquitoes are so deadly because of the many diseases they transmit. These diseases are contracted by the mosquito when it bites an infected animal and, in turn, it passes on that malady to the next animal it bites ... and so on.
Some of the diseases attributed to mosquitoes include: Zika virus, malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis and La Crosse encephalitis.
Preventing mosquito bites takes a two-pronged approach: 1) eliminating mosquito breeding sites and 2) protecting yourself and your pets using repellents. Each requires some understanding of mosquito biology.
1. Eliminate mosquito breeding sites
It’s important to know that mosquitoes breed in standing water, no matter how small the amount. A bottle cap containing water can become a breeding ground as well as a stagnant pool, so getting rid of standing water around your property is key to eliminating mosquito problems. We suggest looking out for standing water in flower pots, pet bowls, bird baths, tires, buckets and other containers and emptying them after rains.
2. Protect yourself with repellents
A mosquito can detect carbon dioxide from up to 200 feet from you and once they reach 100 feet away, they’re pretty sure you’re their target.
Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so if you must be outside at that time, wear insect repellent. There are various devices on the market that claim to repel mosquitoes and range from citronella candles, wearable repellant devices and spray-on repellents containing DEET.
Keep in mind that your pets are also attractive to mosquitoes, so ask your vet about the specific mosquito repellent that you should use to keep fido mosquito-free this summer.
If you plan to have an outside party, it’s a good idea to run several electric fans as mosquitoes are weak flyers and will be blown away from the area and out of your way.
The very best protection is our mosquito control program to keep mosquitoes at bay around your home.
Call today to learn more, 800-650-PEST
The most important thing a homeowner can do to prevent termites is be diligent and watch for the signs we posted in our March 1 blog post. But the next best thing is to schedule a termite inspection with DA Exterminating.
Here are some tips to keep termites out of your home.
One of a homeowner's worst nightmares is the one where his house is starting to lean and squeak due to a hidden infestation of . . . . you guess it . . . . TERMITES! In the spring we at DA Exterminating start receiving calls from anxious homeowners concerned about termites. Because of the moist environment in the New Orleans area, termites are abundant and widespread.
We’ve put together some information for you about the signs of termites in the spring. If you see any of these, don't hesitate to give us a call and we'll be out to inspect.
Large numbers of winged termites, known as "swarmers," emerge in the Spring inside homes. These are sometimes confused with flying ants. Click here to see a complete video that explains how they are different. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. Triggered by warmer temperatures and rainfall, the winged termites emerge from the colony and fly into the air Discovering winged termites indoors could indicate an infestation, warranting treatment.
Swarmers emerging indoors are incapable of eating wood, seldom survive, and are best removed with a vacuum. They do, however, indicate that an infestation is nearby. Oftentimes there will be no visible indication that the home is infested. Termites are cryptic creatures and infestations can go undetected for years, hidden behind walls, floor coverings, insulation, and other obstructions.
Confirmation of a termite infestation requires the keen eye of an experienced termite inspector...like the ones at DA! Knowledge of building construction is needed to identify the critical areas where termites are likely to enter. Many of these potential points of entry are hidden and difficult to access. Termite control also utilizes specialized equipment such as masonry drills, pumps, large-capacity tanks, and soil treatment rods.
Termites build mud tunnels up the foundation and use these to enter your structure. The tunnels can be the size of a pencil...or larger!
So. . . now you know! If you suspect termites, give us a call at 800-650-PEST!
If you haven’t read our blog from February 10 on the threats that cockroaches pose to your health (and happiness), read it now. We’re including here some ways to prevent cockroaches from becoming a problem in your home. Of course, if they do sneak in, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-650-PEST.
Follow these few tips to greatly reduce the chance of seeing cockroaches in your home.
They’ve been around a L O N G time (estimated 70 million years) and every indication promises they’ll be around long after we’re all gone! Cockroaches. . .they cause screams, repulse even the most unassuming individual, infest any structure they enter and reproduce at rates that will amaze the most astute scientist! They are tenacious, will eat nearly anything, love the warmth, food and shelter of your home and run for the cracks and crevices when the light turns on.
If you’ve encountered these disgusting creatures, then you know that what we say is true. Let’s take a look at how the roach can actually harm your health (and happiness).
So these five reasons are enough to make even the most tolerant individual pick up the phone and call DA Exterminating for our cockroach control services. 800-650-PEST. Call today!