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Posts Tagged ‘Columbus Ohio’

Columbus Ohio Residents Can’t Forget About Other Insects

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

United States Environmental Protection Agency’s bed bug tip of the month is identifying the pest. As bed bugs are becoming more common in households in Columbus Ohio, people seem to forgot about ticks, fleas and lice. Although bed bug is biting insect like ticks, fleas and lice, it is a lot harder to get led of. The appearance of bed bug is very different as well.

According to EPA, they are collaborating with our federal partners like CDC, HUD, DOD, USDA.
They are also working with state and local agencies to better understand the issues and find solutions.
However, public is asking for intervention from EPA due to high cost of bed bug treatment.
The EPA’s role in bed bugs is limited to regulating pesticides that are used not the cost.

Bed Bug in Columbus Ohio

Bed Bug in Columbus Ohio

Common Head Lice in Columbus Ohio

Common Head Lice in Columbus Ohio

Deer Tick in Columbus Ohio

Deer Tick in Columbus Ohio

Flea in Columbus Ohio

Flea in Columbus Ohio

Bed Bug Control Columbus Ohio

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Centipedes in Columbus Ohio are Nuisances to Homesowners

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Columbus Ohio Household Centipede

Columbus Ohio Household Centipede

If you have basement in your house you probably encountered centipede.
Did you know their front most legs deliver venom to their prey?
Centipedes have small mouths and have large, claw like structures that contain a venom gland.
They are carnivorous and prey upon soft-bodied insects, spiders, worms and other insects, including other centipedes.

Do Centipedes bite us? Yes, they can bite us but the bite is mild. If you are asleep you will not even notice it.
When centipedes bite us it is because they feel threatened for their life.
Remember centipedes are smart, they can’t distinguish between their prey or us!

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Bugs like it hot: Record heat kicks insects into high gear.

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
Bugs Like it HOT!!

Bugs Like it HOT!!

By Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

A grasshopper sits on hay in June at Dale Hendrickson’s ranch, east of Caputa, S.D.
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“We’re calling it a breeding bonanza,” says Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management Association.

“Insects develop more rapidly with higher temperatures,” says entomologist David Denlinger of Ohio State University. He adds that insects did well this past winter given the lack of intense cold.

Through June, the USA was sweating through its warmest year on record, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

Insects such as grasshoppers and crickets can be a nuisance to homeowners, but they are “very devastating” in the agricultural world, Horton says.

As harvesting season nears, the ongoing hot, dry weather could have grasshoppers and similar insects feeding in greater-than-normal numbers on alfalfa, tobacco and some vegetable crops, says Lee Townsend, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky.

“Grasshoppers should be abundant, because the bacteria and fungi that normally provide natural control are not very effective under hot, dry conditions,” Townsend says.

Grasshoppers are already plentiful in New Jersey because of the hot weather, says entomologist George Hamilton of Rutgers University.

And the most annoying summer pest of all, mosquitoes, are enjoying the warmth, despite the record drought.

“Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter- to half-inch of water,” Henriksen says.

Texas and Florida are two spots where mosquitoes are particularly bad, Horton says, because those two states have been both unusually warm and rather wet this year.

Forty-seven human West Nile virus infections, which mosquitoes spread, have been reported this year to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One man in Texas died from the virus.

Drought can drive insects into homes: Ants, for instance, Henriksen says, will come into homes to find water.

“If they’re not finding it outside, they’ll come inside,” she says.

If the warmth stays into the fall, insects will continue to do well until the frost comes, Denlinger predicts.

And beyond that, “if we have another mild winter, we’ll continue to see more pests out there,” Horton says.

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Preventing Bed Bugs in Columbus Ohio

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Bed Bugs Columbus Ohio

With the Media so accessible, Everyone has been able to follow news stories of large bed bug infestations overtaking some of the most respected hotel chains in some of the largest cities in the United States, this includes Columbus, Ohio. Practicing good prevention method is a good way to help avoid getting bed bugs in the first place.

Generally the adults are reddish-brown in color, but these bugs can range in color depending on the current stage of growth. The coloring can include white to light tan and to orange-brown. Bed bugs can appear flatten and oval in shape between its blood feedings, but will puff up after eating. They are about a quarter of an inch in length which can be visible to the naked eye.

If you are unsure, then you can always inquire with EnviroCare Pest Solutions. A good rule is to look for dark brown fecal stains around the seams of the mattress and on the wall beside the bed can be a good sign of trouble.

Bed bugs will generally infest near the beds in the home, because that’s the best opportunity for regular feedings. The small Bed Bugs will hide in cracks and crevices of the mattress or box spring, drawers or in the dark areas because they are nocturnal Creatures

If you are having an overnight guest? Coming home from a hotel or from a college dorm? The cleanest homes and businesses have the potential for bed bug infestation, so its smart to inspect luggage, clothing, bags, coats, and purses. Regularly check your bedding and furniture in your own home. Especially check anywhere you decide to stay overnight. When your finally arrive home, never place the bags directly on the bed. Be cautious when buying used furniture, This is particularly true of mattresses that may already been harboring bed bugs.

If you find bed bugs in bags or in your clothing, immediately trap the Bed Bugs in plastic bags and wash the clothing as soon as possible. Washing and drying the clothes at the highest possible temperatures. If they are spotted on or around your bedding, then immediate call to the bed bug control experts at EnviroCare Pest Solutions.

Attempting to rid the pests on your own is nearly impossible, so it is best to call a bed bug exterminator in Columbus, Ohio before the problem gets out of hand. You could make the problems worse if the bed bugs moves to other parts of the house.

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Columbus Ohio Pest Control recent issues are similar to the rest of the country.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The early influx of pest control problems throughout Columbus Ohio are issues similar to the rest of the US. Luckily we have been able to keep them under control. This is a interesting ABC News segment on the rest of the country.

Green Exterminating Columbus Ohio

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Mice are invading our homes in Columbus, Ohio

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

House mice

House mice

This time of year in Columbus, Ohio the phone calls coming into the office are generally homeowners who have found mouse droppings and in some cases actually seeing the mice roaming their homes.  This is a great time to take measure to prevent this from happening in your homes. Below are a few times to keep the mice out of your family home.

1) Seal entrances with metal flashing or heavy mesh and install door sweeps.

2) Do not allow leaf and yard debris to collect in piles.   Compost piles needs to be moved away from the house and keep weeds and brush cutback.
4) Clean all the clutter that could make housing for a mouse, pay particular attention to straw and paper.

5) Store pet food in metal or hard plastic containers that can resist gnawing.

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Spiders more active in Columbus Ohio during the drop in temperatures.

Friday, October 7th, 2011
Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

If you see spiders in your house, you more then likely have other household pests living with you.  Spiders go anywhere they can find a food supply. The best plan to get rid of spiders is to get rid of other insects. Some spiders like moist environments and are found in basements, crawl spaces and other damp parts of a home.   There are also some spider species that like dry, warm areas such as air vents, corners of rooms and attics.

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Spiders Benefits

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Spider Web

Spider Web

To many people spiders are the worse thing they have every seen and cant stand them.  However what people dont know, is spiders can help with getting rid of other pests like fly, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, locusts, cockroaches, as well as aphids.

Spiders can keep your gardens healthy by eating  plant-damaging insects. Some species of garden spiders can create large webs and these webs are located where people are unlikely to walk through them.  These spiders usually not aggressive to people or pets, and will simply sit on their webs and wait for dinner to fly by. Mosquito populations can be reduced drastically in your yard by allowing spiders to remain. This is beneficial to both people and pets, as mosquito bites so annoying and could carry diseases.

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Interesting article about Bed Bugs in Columbus Ohio

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Bed Bug Tracking In Columbus: “a Fraction of the Actual bed bug infestations”

by Renee Corea on December 15, 2009

in Statistics

It’s amazing how much the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force has been able to accomplish without any significant funding. The latest example is this presentation from the recent Central Ohio Bed Bug Summit: Bed Bug Distribution through Greater Columbus, 2007 – 2009 (PowerPoint).

The task force presents data from calls received at Columbus Code Enforcement, the Franklin County Board of Health and also from a survey of pest management firms in the Columbus area (3 firms responded):

Bed bug distribution in Columbus, 2009 - source: COBBTFBed bug distribution in Columbus, 2009 – source: COBBTF

The bottom line:

No part of the metro area is bed bug free

And, not surprisingly:

Bed bug calls are straining the resources of CCE [Columbus Code Enforcement], FCBH [Franklin County Board of Health], and most social services agencies in our city

This type of data collection is essential and here it is properly contextualized. Very often bed bug statistics are misunderstood. Valuable indicators, but by no means the extent of the problem.

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