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Posts Tagged ‘Green Pest Control’

Dogs are Family too!

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

We treat your pets like our family! We want to keep them safe at all times.

Dogs are part of the family

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Stop Bugs From Joining Your Back To School Activities

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Its a exciting time of year as parents and kids in Columbus, Ohio as they are all busy preparing for the upcoming school year. With all of this activity it is common for parents to forget that pest populations are still at their peak and they want to go back to school with them! With such large number of students coming together in classrooms, it makes it easier than ever for pests such as ants and bed bugs to hitchhike rides from kid to kid or backpack to backpack. We put together some helpful tips to help keep “back to school” pests out of schools, homes and backpacks this fall!

Ants are one of the most common back to school pests because they are so tiny and can easily find their way in through cracks and crevices. They are constantly searching for food, which makes any crumbs left in a lunch box the perfect snack! Teachers and parents can help keep this tiny pest at away by keeping out old food and making sure lockers, lunchboxes and backpacks are kept crumb free.

Bed Bugs have become a significant problem at schools because of their great ability to move from kid to kid. These bugs are about the size of a tip of a pen and often found in all kinds of things like boxes, suitcases, backpacks, mattresses and shoes. To keep bed bugs from taking a ride. EnviroCare Pest Solutions recommends that you inspect backpacks each night and check around the seams to avoid carrying them inside the home.

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Spotting the Difference between Carpenter Bees vs Bumble Bees in Columbus Ohio

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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Carpenter Bees can do some serious damages to your house. It is bad enough we have to deal with home destroying pest like carpenter ants. But as flowers blossom we have to begin to evaluate bees sharing our environment. Do we know what kind of bees are around and what kind of damages they do to us?

Carpenter Bees can eat our house and leave mounds of saw dust under awning. You should be able to spot yellowish brown feces around walls and nest as well. Carpenter Bees and Bumble Bees can be mistaken often because of their closeness to their appearance. The big difference is that bumble bees have black abdomens covered with yellow hairs, and carpenter bees do not. Just remember bumble bees chase after flowers and watch carpenter bees eat up your house. Carpenter Bees can chew a tunnel into your home. It is important to exterminate Carpenter Bees before they infested your home.


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What Cannibals Could Teach Us about Evolution

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Three recent studies provide a glimpse into nature’s most gruesome diet–and what it reveals about evolution.
By Lindsey Kratochwill

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In the past few decades, scientists studying the eating habits of Earth’s creatures have noticed something strange: the babies of several species, from tiger sand sharks to fruit flies, are eating each other.
Yikes.
Thing is, they aren’t freaks of nature. And in fact, the mechanisms behind animal cannibalism are helping scientists ask–and answer–some important evolutionary questions. These three recent studies provide a glimpse into this gruesome diet and what it means for evolution.
Why paternity might still matter after fertilization
Sand tiger sharks have been known to have cannibalistic embryos since the 1980s, when detailed autopsies revealed embryos in the stomachs of other shark embryos. But a new study published in Biological Letters could give some clues as to why.
Female sand tiger sharks aren’t the most faithful–they tend to mate with multiple male partners. And if you’re a male sand tiger shark trying to further your lineage, it’s not just about the speed and strength of sperm. The competition continues even after the eggs turn to embryos. After about five months of gestation, the embryo to first hatch from its egg in utero (the female sand tiger shark has two uteri) begins to feed on its smaller siblings–specifically those fathered by a different male. Some litters may start at 12 but this alpha embryo will eat all but one, leaving its brother or sister from the same mister alive. So despite the litters starting out with various fathers, the offspring that make it through the gestational massacre tend to be from the same father–and they’re large and strong enough to survive potential predators after birth. “It’s exactly the same sort of DNA testing that you might see on Maury Povich to figure out how many dads there are,” Stony Brook University marine biologist and study author Demian Chapman told LiveScience.

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How the shape of the gut affects function
Budgett’s frogs–named for the researcher who discovered them–are pretty horrifying amphibians. Be wary not to scare one, because it can puff up, arch its back and scream “like a cat in pain,” according to the American Museum of Natural History. What’s more, if you try to pick one up, it’ll bite and it can draw blood. In its younger tadpole form, it is no less terrible: the tadpoles, unlike the many algae-feeders, are aggressive and cannibalistic. They will eat their siblings, and therefore their insides are shorter and more complex in order to process protein at such a young age. Scientists at North Carolina State University are now using this phenomenon to try to figure out if the different size and shape of intestines have an effect on digestive function.
Researcher exposed the Budgett’s tadpole embryos and African clawed frog embryos (both share a common ancestor though differ in diets) to molecules that inactivated a multiple genes, causing the Budgett to develop guts like the African clawed, and vice versa. The next step: finding out if the different guts affect feeding habits, or if the Budgett’s tadpoles still eat one another if their guts aren’t developed to digest protein as well. This research could also lead to better diagnosis and prevention of intestinal birth defects.

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Why herbivores would eat each other
Maggots are not just creepy crawly creatures, we now know they can also be cannibals. Researchers at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland found that in a crowded lab environment, fruit fly maggots tended to hunt, attack and eat one another. Though they typically feed on fruits and vegetables, these maggots will go after the older larvae that are preparing to pupate. This is a strategic move, since when maggots are ready to pupate, they become sluggish and stop eating. These non-carnivores aren’t very well-equipped to attack and eat other creatures, which could explain why it sets off a chemical cue to signal a swarm, inviting fellow maggots to join in the attack and ensuing feast. Using mouth hooks, they break through the protective cuticle and slurp up the insides. Those who were cannibalistic also developed more teeth on their mouth hooks–though researchers aren’t sure if that makes them better at eating each other.
The reason behind all of this stems from the availability of food. Those who were malnourished in the lab were more likely to have cannibalistic tendencies. But the larvae could live and develop normally if all they ever ate were their fellow maggots: a cannibalistic diet was sufficient, though they develop more slowly and don’t grow to be as large. Check out some videos here. Warning: they are (as you might expect) pretty nasty to watch.

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Who is Ready for Carpenter ants in Columbus Ohio?

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

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“I get scared when I see ants around the house during spring. I keep spraying and they keep coming back. What should I do in this situation?
There are so many ants out there how can I tell which one is which.”

If you are a housewife with kids and see big black and red ants crawling around the house what do you do?
Do you scream with kids and evacute or do you identify the ant and call professional?
We need to be proacitive to identify. As spring approach, carpenter ants will mate and start destroying our home to build their nest.

If you see large black or red ants ranges from 1/4-1/2 inch, it is carpenter ants.
They are able to fly to establish new colony. Most people mix up carpenter ants and termites because of this fact.
Unlike termite, carpenter ants do not eat wood as food, they burrow into woods to expand their nest.

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Are you escaping Columbus Ohio one last time before the end of summer?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
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Can you believe our summer is almost over? If your thinking about taking advantage of one last summer vacation get away to enjoy the weather, don’t forget to protect your home from bugs as well.

To help our customers avoid a variety of pest problems while away and send those unexpected bugs packing for this last get away, we have put together the following pest prevention to-do list.

• Cut trees and bushes away from your home to keep insects, especially ants, from using them as a highway into your home.
• Remove or drain sources of standing water in your yard that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes including kiddie pools, birdbaths and buckets. Also consider cleaning out rain gutters to prevent water from standing in the drains.
• Using airtight containers to store leftover food especially sweets can prevent ant infestations.
• Remove all garbage prior to leaving for vacation and be sure any last minute garbage is removed or placed in well-sealed trash cans so as not to attract any critters.
• Sealing clothes in large plastic bags in your suitcase and keep them sealed during your hotel stay to prevent beg bugs from hiding within you suitcase. When you get home, inspect and vacuum all suitcases and bags before bringing them inside and wash all clothing in hot water.
• Pack snacks for your road trip in airtight containers to ensure ants do not travel with you on vacation.

We hope this checklist allows you and your family to enjoy your last escape from Columbus Ohio together knowing your home is protected from all types of intruders!

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Prevention of Carpenter Bees Columbus Ohio

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
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Columbus Ohio Carpenter Bee

To understand a carpenter bee infestation you need to know what to look for. If you see the presence of a half-inch round holes in dry, unfinished wood, with piles of sawdust underneath you could have a problem. Also look for yellow streaks of fecal matter staining the wood below the hole. If the hole is occupied, you will find the male bee flying in the area when you are near that hole. Usually a pair of carpenter bees occupies each hole. The female bee is usually making the holes while male bee standing guard outside.

We believe Prevention is the best method.

-Carpenter Bees generally tend to target the same places every year. Carpenter bees like bare, unfinished wood. One preventative measure would be to paint and then finish (with varnish or sealant) wood that has been repeatedly infested.
-When possible we suggest that, exterior parts of buildings, decks, outdoor furnishings and other wooden structures should be constructed out of hardwoods. This makes the structures less appealing.
-Be sure to Fill cracks and depressions in wood surfaces with wood putty so they are less attractive.
-Fill vacant holes present in wood with steel-wool to prevent the carpenter bees from coming back. Wait until after bees have emerged before filling the holes. Once filled, paint or varnish the repaired surfaces.

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Bug Bites Cause Health Scare Aboard Plane at Midway

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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Written By Staff Report, from the Orlando Sentinel

A Minnesota woman who caused a health scare aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Detroit — causing the plane to be kept on the tarmac at Midway International Airport Thursday for three hours — says it was all a misunderstanding over bug bites.

Lise Sievers of Red Wing was one of 43 passengers aboard Delta flight 3163 to Midway when it touched down and the captain announced the plane would be briefly quarantined. Men with surgical masks over their faces boarded the plane, and rumors flew as passengers tried to figure out what sort of contagion might be spreading through the cabin.

Sievers said she had been in Uganda, where she is adopting two special needs children and “stayed at a hotel the other night and I think it left friends on my body. My son, who’s four and a half, had pustules on him.”

Before she left Detroit, she told her mother that she had a rash, apparently from bed bugs, and that the boy had pustules. But her mother misunderstood and “conflicting information” was passed on to health officials, who feared Sievers might have monkeypox.

Sievers, 50, who was on the tail end of a 20-plus hour trip that began in Uganda, where she had spent more than three months trying to finalize the adoption of two special needs children, wondered as well, said her son, Roger Sievers.

During a layover in Detroit, she had called her mother in LaPorte, Ind., and mentioned one of the children she was trying to adopt had broken out in pustules-small, pimple-like sores– during her visit, and that the boy had to be taken to the hospital in Uganda. Sievers also mentioned to her mother that she had suffered an unrelated case of itchy bites she believed had been inflicted by bedbugs.

While Sievers’ flight was en route to Midway, her mother confused Sievers’ bug bites and the boy’s pustules, and called her local hospital to ask what she should do to prepare to treat her daughter’s symptoms.

“Any time you mention you’ve been in a tropical country like Uganda and you’ve developed what sounds like an infectious disease, well, they call the CDC (Center for Disease Control) right away,” said Roger Sievers.

Indeed, according to a press release from the CDC issued Thursday, authorities suspected she may have come down with monkey pox, a contagious disease that occurs mostly in western Africa that causes victims to break out in small, crusty bumps. Sievers, however, was as surprised as anyone when her plane was surrounded by ambulances and fire vehicles when it landed at Midway, her son said.

Aboard the plane, health crews took pictures of her rash. Experts determined they were bug bites and let Sievers and her fellow passengers off the plane. Sievers went to a hospital for additional tests-which turned up nothing, her son said-and was resting at a relative’s house in Indiana Thursday night.

Sievers will head back to Uganda in a month to finalize the adoption of the two children who will be the latest of more than 10 children she has adopted over more than 20 years, her son said. The adoption process had dragged on so long, the extra few hours on the tarmac at Midway didn’t seem to faze her, Roger Sievers said. Her fellow passengers were polite, even the ones seated close to her, he said.

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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.

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Butterflys are just Amazing

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Butterflys can be so amazing.

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