Bug Blog

Thermal Imaging and Rodent Infestation

Infrared pest control is fast becoming a large necessity for battling infestation from unwelcome ants, rodents and other insects. For quick detection of ant activities and other pest infestations on your property, Go Green Pest Control uses a superior approach and the latest technologies. Over the past year, one of the most-used equipment in the pest control industry is thermal imaging cameras. Many companies have claimed that thermal imaging cameras alone can provide accurate findings during ant inspections; however, thermal imaging technology works best when used together with other techniques. Thermal imaging IR cameras are non-invasive tools and are widely used to inspect areas that are not readily accessible. But these cameras are actually unable to see into walls and other surfaces. They simply track changes in temperature and indicate whether an area is warmer or contains moisture. Although the use of thermal imaging cameras by itself cannot exactly determine whether or not an infestation is present, the moisture and temperature levels can be used to identify locations that are at risk of infestations.

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There are no Lazy Ants

When observing ants, it’s easy to see that it wouldn’t take much to change the population of ants in a colony with a can of raid or the bottom of your foot. So which ants step up and take over duties of the ants you just killed. While we all know that ants have a reputation for being extremely hard workers, at any given time 1/3 of the ants in any given colony spend most of their time doing nothing but waiting to fill a vacate position. In fact, researchers found that approximately 40% of the ants in a given study were totally inactive while their co-workers worked diligently to maintain the colony. The supposed lazy ants actually specialize in waiting to replace others, as some ants are food gathers, soldiers and built nests. These lazy ants once activated, increase their levels of movement to match those of the lost workers, and then the colony returned to normal business. It has been determined that young workers start out as the lazy ants, as they most vulnerable ants in the colony, until they need to fill someone else’s boots.

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Fruit Fly Wars

Fruit flies reproduce at amazing rates. Female fruit flies can lay over 500 eggs within their short life spans. Eggs are usually laid on damp, rotting or overripe fruit and vegetables. In one day, fruit fly eggs hatch into larvae known as maggots. Maggots then molt and less than a week the larvae change into pupae. Then 24 hours later, adult fruit flies develop. Two days following the adult stage, fruit flies become sexually active. The life span of fruit fly adults is usually 40 to 50 days. The life span is directly proportional to the ambient temperature. It is extremely difficult to rid a home of the common fruit fly. The first step in addressing a fruit fly infestation is the destruction of their feeding and breeding grounds. If the infestation in your kitchen, which it usually is, then dispose of all over-ripe or damaged fruit. The lack of food will soon cause them to die out. Bacterial digesters can be used to pour down infested drains. Bleach can be effective although it is rarely stays in the drain long enough to dissolve all the slime. Fruit fly traps can provide short-term relief by trapping the adults.

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The Brazilian Treehopper Beetle

This year I saw the largest variety of beetles that I would rarely see outdoors, making their way indoors for moisture. In fact, I couldn’t identify several. Beetles belong to the insect order that is the largest of all insects. There are more than a quarter million species of beetles in the world and over 25,000 beetle species in North America. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors. The Brazilian Treehopper has a number of peculiar appendages on its back which turn out to be hollow chitin balls, click beetles are long and slender and the lady bugs have an oval or rounded shape. Some beetles can become destructive pests. Carpet beetles damage woolens and other fabrics, powderpost beetles feed on furniture and hardwoods, flour beetles and the grain beetles feed on food products, June beetles eat the roots of grass. Control measures include pheromone-based beetle traps, vacuuming or other means of physical removal, good sanitation, insect growth regulators and insecticides.

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Bed Bug Service Preparation Steps

I have been asked several times to write down the steps to which a home needs to be prepared for a bed bug inspection and control. Be prepared to leave the home during treatment and for 4 hours afterward. Remove all pets from the home during the time of treatment except for fish tanks. Fish tanks are to be covered with plastic wrap, and pumps turned off until you are allowed to reoccupy the home. Remove all sheets, covers, dust ruffles, or any other bedding covers from the mattresses and box spring in all bedrooms. Wash all bed linens in the hottest water possible. Do not replace the bed linens until four hours after treatment. If any mattresses, box springs, or other furniture are in poor or ripped condition and infested, they should be placed in large plastic storage bags (available from moving or storage stores), then removed from your home and discarded. Remove all personal items including clothes, toys, shoes, stored materials, etc., from the furniture and floor area throughout the home. Remove everything from all closets. Completely empty all bedroom drawers and empty all books and items from bookcases prior to treatment. Clean or launder all clothing in the hottest water possible and store in clean storage bags for up to two weeks after treatment. Any stuffed toys or other fabric-based personal items should be run through a pre-heated, hot dryer cycle for at least 15 minutes. Vacuum all carpeting, bedding, bed frames, backs of pictures, and other areas where bedbugs have been seen. Immediately empty the vacuum cleaner bag and dispose of it in an exterior dumpster or trash. To give the treatment time to work, do not shampoo or clean floors or carpet for at least three weeks after the treatment. The vacuum should be used regularly. Move all items and furniture away from walls, access is required for all baseboards and behind all furniture. (Everything may be returned to its original location after the treatment is completed.) The bathtub, kitchen counters, dining room tables, and coffee tables can be used to place items during treatment.

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Rat Nightmares

People that have rats in their ceilings or walls can be kept awake for hours with the insistent scratching and fighting. Worse yet, when those people finally fall asleep those rats may just end up in their dreams as nightmares. But, new research points at rats experiencing their own dreams that maybe nightmares about us. Researchers conducted an experiment where rats were placed in a maze and allowed to explore. After a few minutes in the maze the researchers blasted the rats in the face with a harmless shot of compressed air. Once the rats where sleeping, they could see patterns of connectivity in the rats’ hippocampi consistent with the mental plan of the maze. The researchers observed activity in the emotional part of the brain whenever the animal’s brains remembered the location of the harmless blast of compressed air. Was this reaction fear, apparently the rats would not comment on the question.

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Next up – Scorpion Fly aka the Hanging Fly

Ever seen a scorpion fly, they are nasty looking insects. They have engorged abdomen and reproductive organs, which resemble a scorpion’s tail and stinger. They sometimes hang suspended from a plant branch in order to blend into their surroundings before attacking smaller insects. Scorpion flies generally fly slowly and in irregular patterns although they have 2 pairs of wings and a strong pair of hind legs, which they use to catch prey. These scorpions appear scary but are not known to attack us. Some scorpion fly larvae may be predatory and others feed on organic matter, which can include road kill. Female scorpion fly’s select their partners based on gift offerings of prey.

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Is your house rat-proof?

Let’s forget spiders today and talk about your house and how it could be at risk for a rat infestation as fall sets in. As Delta rain starts to fall, professionals have warned that the rodents could seek shelter and warmth in houses in over welling numbers this year. Although not common, rats can chew through bricks, concrete and even metals like copper to get into your residence and when they do it a danger to your health. More commonly, they chew through wood or electrical wires, plastic water pipes, shingles, fascia boards and soffits, all of which can become a fire hazard. In a home, there at typically a dozen entry points that they look for to get in. These include plumbing pipes, vents and areas where the roof lines meet. They like to chew the bottom seals on garage doors and move drain cover to conquer your property. They can even climb up the side of your house using ivy, chimney bricks, down spouts and electrical wires as ladders – and once they’re on they get to work using those ever growing teeth to penetrate the roof. In Delta, 95% of all our rats are Norway rats. These guys love borrowing and will try to penetrate your basement from below.

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Spiders 101

It’s almost fall and the spiders are heading indoors. Different spiders like moisture and are found in basements, crawl spaces and other damp parts of your house and the others like drier warm areas. Spiders come inside looking for prey and they all like to hide in dark areas. Almost all spider species are predators as they like to eat insects, be it other bugs, spiders and any other prey they are able to pacify. Spiders do not chew their dinners rather they use digestive enzymes in their saliva to break down their food before eating it. Spider stomachs are very thin so there are unable to ingest large pieces of food. All spiders have eight legs, two body segments and three or four pair of eyes. Almost all spiders have poor vision. Spiders produce silk to spin webs, line their homes and construct egg sacs. Spiders enter homes through windows, doors and through cracks and gaps around door and window frames.

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Pantry Beetles – Again

This summer has been particularly bad for pantry beetles. Perhaps because of the hot weather a lot of doors and windows have let them in. Infestations of pantry beetles are not particularly seasonal, but can occur anytime throughout the year. When dealing with these beetles, quick action is very important because they not only damage and destroy what they feed on, they also contaminate products with their feces and castoff body parts. Like dealing with revenue Canada the problem is likely to get worse before it gets better. Examine food packages to ensure you are not purchasing damaged food packages and be weary of produces in the bulk section. When buying bulk products, look for any adult or larval insects. Keep the pantry and other shelves clean and well organized since spilled foods attract insects.

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