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Going back to school in Columbus, Ohio?? Prevent Bringing Bed Bugs back to your dorm room.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Dorm Move in bed bug Inspection

-Before considering buying “secondhand” furniture, properly inspect for bugs to insure that there isnt a pest problem, such as bed bugs. If you see anything questionable, do not bring it to campus.
-Extensively inspect your suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school. Particularly if you have traveled during the summer break. Make sure all your clothes that may have been previously packed in the suitcase have been washed and dried in hot temperatures .
-Before unpacking and putting your sheets on your dormitory bed, inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for stains or spots. Also thoroughly inspect the entire dorm room, pay attention to the headboard and in sofas/chairs.


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

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Bug Free Living

Bug Free Living

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!

Columbus Ohio Pest Exterminator


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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Prevention of Carpenter Bees Columbus Ohio

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Columbus Ohio Carpenter Bee

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.


Columbus Ohio Roaches may be in your Chocolate craving.

Monday, April 16th, 2012
Columbus Ohio Cockroaches

Columbus Ohio Cockroaches

According to ABC News Allergy sufferers who react to chocolate might be shocked to learn their allergy could be linked to something other than the cocoa bean: an allergy to cockroaches.

An average of 8 insect parts are found in a chocolate bar and deemed safe, according to the FDA’s guidelines.

“Most foods have natural contaminants in them, but there are levels which the FDA deems safe,” said allergist Dr. Morton M. Teich. “Anything more than 60 insect pieces per 100 grams of chocolate is rejected by the FDA. ”

Trace amounts of insect parts that are ground into the food and can affect people with allergies and asthma. Some side effects include migraines, cramps, itching or hives.

Chocolate isn’t the only food product to blame for contamination, other foods like peanut butter, macaroni, fruit, cheese, popcorn, wheat and some cheese also contain this material.

Source: ABCnews.com

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Pests Make it to the Super Bowl

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012


Bat Bugs are commonly mistaken for Bed Bugs

Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Bat Bug

Bat Bug

Customers have been making mistakes being concerned with an infestation of bed bugs when in reality they had bat bugs issue.  Only microscopic examination can distinguish the two.   The main physical difference between the two are Fringe hairs on upper thorax which are as long as the with of the bat bug’s eye.

Feeding habits of bat bugs are to feed on bats, however when bats are removed, they have been know to take residents in beds and frames like bed bugs.


Cockroach infestation clean out, Columbus Ohio

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Went to a clients apartment complex and with complaints of cockroaches. We were very surprised by not only the size of the cockroaches but also the amount occupying this apartment. It goes to show that landlords should probably inspect their apartments at least every year or more before this type of bug infestation gets out of hand. Luckily we were able to take care of the problem.

Big Roach

Big Roach


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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