Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

How to Avoid Bed Bugs and Other Pests While Traveling on Vacation

A vacation should be a time of relaxation and enjoyment, so you will do everything you can to ensure that everything goes to plan. Unfortunately, while you may have your eye on the bigger picture, there are a lot of smaller things that can conspire to ruin your fun.Today, we are going to give you some advice on how to avoid bed bugs and other pests while traveling on vacation.

Bed bugs and other parasites and pests can be a nightmare if you encounter them on your travels. You might think staying in top-class hotels, being careful when packing your cases, and keeping to the tourist areas of the beach will keep you safe…but you’d be wrong.

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Bats are one of Erdye’s Pest Control’s Specialties


For centuries, bats have been the subject of folklore and myths, some of which still exist today. But at Erdye’s, we focus on fact not fiction. Although they may not be the cutest creatures in the animal kingdom, bats are extremely helpful to humans in many ways. Contrary to popular belief, bats are actually friendly, useful creatures. Bats help to control mosquitoes and other pesky insects so you can enjoy spending time outdoors.

What ISN’T okay is allowing bats to live in your home or attic. While they’re only looking for dark secluded places like the ones they’d choose in nature, bats can pose a serious health threat to humans. Some of those risks are lung disease caused by fungi living in bat droppings, bat mites and bat bugs (which will bite humans) and the small percentage of bats infected with rabies. Because bats are protected by law in Wisconsin, it’s even more important to choose a licensed professional to bat-proof your home.

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Springtime Pest Prevention

Spring House

Spring is an exciting time, especially when you live in a region where the winters are long and can seem to last forever. It’s a time for birth, regrowth and renewal. The sun emerges, the rain comes, and all is washed new in preparation for the warm weather ahead, and that welcomed time outdoors. Many of us are cleaning our homes, ridding of things we no longer need, and making small repairs. Along with the clearing and renewal, we also see the re-appearance of some “not so invited” things too. The spring is prime time for the re-emergence of ants and beetles, and we often times see them in our homes at this time. While professional treatments done in the fall will easily prevent us from having to deal with these issues, those of us who have forgotten are feeling the need to take action now.

So many people inquire about the best ways to rid of the spring pests that begin to plague our homes, and want to know the most effective ways of taking care of them. It’s a popular desire to want to take care of ants or beetles on your own…hoping for a simple solution to the annoying issue. The most popular questions are typically regarding what type of baits or chemicals are best to rid of these critters. The simple answer is this:

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The Ants Go Marching

Ants

Ants are for certain a social insect, which belongs to the same order as wasps and bees. Each ant is a member of a highly organized colony or nest, which can sometimes consist of millions of individual ants. Within a single nest, there can be hundreds of workers, soldiers, drones and queens and colonies can occupy and use a wide area of land to support them.

There are about 11,880 known ant species, most of which are tropical, but in the Mid West, and throughout most of the US, the Odorous House Ant is the most common ant that is found inside of our homes. Ants are extremely social creatures and their ability to adapt to almost any environment has enabled them to colonize almost every landmass on Earth, which would explain why we so commonly see them around. Typically seeing ants isn’t very bothersome, because we realize that they are fairly harmless, however seeing them in our homes is a different story. Because their colonies can be so large, when we find them in our homes, it can be overwhelming!

Most people tend to make sure their food is well sealed up, and head to the store for the typical ant bait traps to take care of the problem. What isn’t realized is that those bait traps that are found in stores and readily available to mainstream society, are actually likely to do much more harm than good. The bait traps found in most stores, have such a small amount of poison in them, typically mixed with a bit of sugar water, and they are ineffective in staving off the problem. The ants that visit them, will create a trail leading back to their colony, which will lead many other ants out to seek what they find in the trail…which becomes a problem, because when there isn’t enough poison to kill the subsequent ants, they are led to seek additional food sources, and will venture into other areas of your home to do so. This increases the problem, rather than killing it off. Effective ant management will usually be a combination of control methods that involve inspection, sanitation and exclusion, habitat modification, and often some type(s) of insecticides. Because of this, it’s most often best to seek out a professional pest control service.

At this time of year, in the very late winter, or early spring, is when we typically begin to encounter the issues with ants. Ants do not hibernate as it may seem (because we tend not to see them during winter), but instead, they go into hiding from the cold, often migrating underneath pavement or concrete slabs until they feel the warmth of the sun heating up the place where they have chosen to migrate to. Once that happens, they will begin to come out, and seek a new home, which is often times in the comfort of your home. Ants are quite often seeking food, water and shelter, and our homes provide all of these things for them, in abundance. Being attracted to water is something to consider when attempting to prevent ants from entering your home. Check around sliding patio doors to see if there is moisture built up in the wood frame, or surrounding track. It will typically collect there, and provides an excellent source of water, and point of attraction for ants. Another place to check is in your windowsills, also for a buildup of moisture. These are both very common attraction and entry points for ants entering your home. If you are suddenly seeing ants in your home, you very well may have a moisture issue, or even some rotting wood or trim in your home. Checking for this each year in the spring, and replacing any rotting wood, or wood that has absorbed moisture will likely prevent any issues with ants.

Carpenter Ants are particularly bothersome when discovered in the home. Due to their life cycle, and massive hatching, carpenter ants can seem quite overwhelming. Upon hatching, hundreds or even thousands of ants will emerge at once, making it seem as if there are enough to just carry your house away. They appear in such great numbers, and what seems like all at the same time, that it seems to exacerbate the problem. You can easily identify carpenter ants by their wings, but this also scares many people into thinking that they have discovered termites in their home. Despite the common misunderstanding, carpenter ants do not actually eat any wood in your home in the way that termites do. They actually use their mandibles to chew out decaying, moist or rotting wood, and push around the chewed up wood, creating hollow cavities, by which they use to travel through your home. They can cause structural damage, but not in the same aggressive manner that termites do. These ants are also extremely attracted to moisture, and the same prevention and awareness will help to keep the carpenter ants away as well. As with any ant or insect, a professional pest control service will be most effective in ridding of the problem, and preventing future issues with treatment and prevention education.