April Pest of the Month-Termites

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Common Name: Termite – Formosan termite
Latin Name: Coptotermes formosanus
Common Family Name: Subterranean t2ermites
Latin Family Name: Rhinotermitidae

 

 

Origin: Asian in origin, and now found in the United States as a severe pest in Hawaii, Florida and Louisiana as well as other Gulf Coast states, and a lingering population near San Diego, California has existed for a number of years.

thesearetermitesimageBiology: This is one of the most destructive termites worldwide, due in part to the enormous colony size, which may be hundreds of thousands of workers. A single colony may forage over a radius of several hundred feet. While these are “subterranean” termites it is common to find aerial nests with no ground connection, as the colony is able to find moisture and building materials in buildings. They construct a very hard matrix called “carton” in which to live, made from cellulose and saliva. Swarming is in early evening, usually following rainfall, and alates are attracted to lights in large numbers.

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Identification: A lot of the time termites can be confused for winged ants.  However, there are some distinct characteristics that set them apart from one another. Termite wings have many short hairs on them, and two thickened veins run parallel to each other at the forward edge, from the base to the tip. The antenna is composed of more than 18 segments. Soldiers are present in a higher proportion in these colonies. They have a pair of jaws which have no teeth along their inner margin, and the tips of the jaws cross over each other. The head capsule is teardrop shaped.

 

 

Characteristics Important in Control: Aerial colonies may need to be controlled with fumigation of the structure. Soil nesting colonies are controlled with soil pretreatments and with post-construction applications of residual insecticides. Bait products also have provided highly effective results, possibly leading to the elimination of entire colonies. Control of excessive moisture situations within structures will reduce the attraction to the termites.

Reference: https://pestid.univares.com

August Pest of the Month | Fleas

Common Name: Fleaflea
Latin Name: Ctenocephalides felis
Common Family Name: Fleas
Latin Family Name: Siphonaptera

Origin: There are dozens of different species of fleas, but the Cat Flea is by far the most common flea on pets and in structures in the United States. It originated in Africa as an ectoparasite of the large native cats.

Biology: The Cat Flea is a blood feeder as the adult, and a scavenger as the larva. The adults remain on the animals they feed on unless physically forced off, and may live up to a year. The female lays the eggs on the host animal and these eggs fall off to the floor or other surface below. The eggs hatch in a few days and the larvae begins to feed on organic debris it finds, but also must consume some dried blood in order to progress to the pupa stage. This blood is from the dried feces of the adult fleas, and it falls off the pets wherever they spend time. Under ideal conditions the time from egg to adult can be as short as 2 weeks, or it may take several months if there is no host activity to stimulate some of the pupa to hatch to the adult stage. The Cat Flea is a possible vector of bubonic plague, and it is a common flea species on raccoons and opossum, as well as the primary flea on both dogs and cats in the U.S.

downloadIdentification: All fleas are similar in appearance, as wingless insects with bodies flattened from side to side and with long hind legs for jumping. They are black to reddish black in color and have spiny legs as well as rows of spines along other body areas called “combs”. These combs are important for identification of the species. The genal comb is a row below the head, and the pronotal comb is a row behind the head, at the back of the pronotum. The Cat Flea has both combs, it has eyes present, the genal comb is horizontally placed, and the first two spines on the genal comb are the same length. These characters separate it from the similar Dog Flea. Flea larvae are rarely seen, but they are legless and whitish with a brown head, unless they have fed on fecal matter from the adults, in which case they assume a reddish color. They are covered with short hairs, and when disturbed are able to flip about violently in order to escape. FOQXNC7HHJOKS95.LARGE

Characteristics Important in Control: Elimination of fleas on household pets will be important in preventing the production of eggs that fall onto carpeted areas inside. If an infestation is occurring due to breeding and larvae on the interior it generally is controlled with an application of a residual insecticide, preferably with the addition of an insect growth regulator as well. Vacuuming of the carpet prior to the application as well as following it will be important, as this vibration and contact will stimulate the emergence of adult fleas from the pupa, exposing them to the pesticide application

 

Reference: pestweb.com

July Pest of the Month | Roaches

 Cockroach – American cockroach

Common Name: Cockroach – American cockroachcockroach-01
Latin Name: Periplaneta americana
Common Family Name: Blattid cockroaches
Latin Family Name: Blattidae

Origin: Possibly from northern Africa or Asia, but found worldwide for many centuries now. It occurs throughout the United States as a common indoor and outdoor cockroach, and in some areas may be more common than the German roach.

Biology: This species is common outdoors in landscape plantings, in sewers or storm drain systems, and in lower areas of buildings where moisture may be greater. It may inhabit storm drains in huge numbers, emerging though man-hole covers at night to invade buildings. They will feed on most carbohydrate or protein based materials, including human hair or finger and toenails. Each female produces around 10 egg capsules, carrying the capsule for a day or two and then carefully placing it in a protected location. Each egg capsule has an average of 15 eggs in it and these hatch in about 45 days. Development to the adult stage averages about 450 days, but may take well over 2 years in colder climates. Adults live an average of around 1 year, but potentially can live almost 3 years.

Roach2Identification: The American roach adult has fully developed wings and is capable of some flight, usually from an upper location to a lower surface. It is reddish brown with a yellow ring around the prothorax. Adults may be up to 1.5 inches long from head to tail, with extremely long antennae. The cerci are long and thin, a character that separates the nymphs of American roaches from those of Oriental roaches.

 

 

Characteristics Important in Control: Since this species is abundant outdoors, control begins withcockroach-american habit management in the outdoor areas. Removal of harborage sites under debris or piles of wood and discarded materials will reduce populations near a structure. Control of food and moisture sources outdoors and indoors are important. Granular insect baits are well accepted, and the use of a perimeter treatment with a residual insecticide will intercept many individuals that attempt to access a structure

 

Source: pestweb.com

Keep the Bugs Away | While You Play

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It’s summer! There’s fireworks and barbecues and camp-outs. Unfortunately there are also summer pests waiting for us at every one of them. Enjoy your weekend and celebrate the holiday without all the bugs. Follow these simple tips to keep the bugs away while you play!

 Keep Repellent on Hand

6708112_origHaving a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient such as DEET or Picaridin will ward off unwanted insects such as mosquitoes. They are most active at dusk and dawn, so be sure to have plenty repellent to go around.

Repair to Repel

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Have a screen with a hole in it? A rain spout not draining properly? Fixing small things around the house could play a big role in keeping pests out and away from your property. Do a check and see what needs a little TLC. Before you throw a party, make sure these things are all in check.

 

Get Rid of Any Standing Water

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Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Anything from a birdbath, to garden pond, to even left over rainwater can attract mosquitoes to your yard. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance  but are known to spread diseases. Take the extra steps to rid your yard of any standing water.

Clean it Up

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It’s easy to have a mess or two when it comes to a barque or party. Flies and ants are already attracted to the food and and drinks being served, make sure you don’t make it too easy for them to stick around. Keep everything clean and sanitary by using sealed containers and coolers. Also keep a lid on your trash and take it out frequently.

Watch Out for Stinging Insects

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Yellow jackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sugary substances and many different fragrances. Avoid using scented items and if you’re serving drinks make sure to do so in clear cups. Aluminum cans and bottles not only attract the stinging insects but can also conceal them as well.

Use Decor to Deter

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Having a party that’s going into the night? Have fun with it! Use tiki torches, citronella candles, and smoke sticks to not only light up your yard, but deter unwanted pests. Another great way to keep them away is to have a fire; invite your guests to make some smores and let the smoke from the fire take care of the rest.

 

As always, Seitz Brothers is here to protect your family. For over 40 years we’ve been doing just that. We wish you a happy and of course safe holiday weekend!

June’s Pest of the Month| Earwigs

 Earwigs, “Pincher Bug”

2901162091_e76c3ba782_zCommon Name: Earwig – European Earwig
Latin Name: Forficula auricularia
Common Family Name: Earwigs
Latin Family Name: DermapteraOther Names: Pincher bugsOrigin: Probably from Europe or Asia, but this species is now found throughout the world. It was first found in the U.S. around 1907 near Seattle, Washington.

Biology: One of about 7 species of pest earwigs in the U.S., the European Earwig is the most common. It has a simple life cycle, requiring 3 to 5 months to go from egg to adult, depending on temperatures. Adults generally live only about one year. Adults are capable of some flight. Earwigs feed primarily on plant material, but also are predators on many other insects.

Identification: Earwigs are most easily identified by the strong “pincers” at the hind end, as modifications of their cerci. These are used for defense, food capture, and some other uses. Wings on adults consist of the hind pair used for flight, and a very short front pair used as a cover for the folded hind wings. The European Earwig is distinguished from other U.S. species by having the second tarsal segment elongated under the first segment.earwig-mothers-parental-care_25412

Characteristics Important in Control: Reduction of exterior harborage sites is vital, such as lumber or firewood piles, yard debris, or other unnecessary piled materials on the soil. Control of moisture also reduces the favorable habitats for earwigs. Granular insect baits are accepted in exterior locations, and pyrethroid insecticide applications will intercept wandering earwigs along pathways and around foundations.

Source: http://pestweb.com/pests

May Pest of the Month- Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants

Common Name: Ant – Carpenter antCarpenter-Ants
Latin Name: Camponotus
Common Family Name: Ants
Latin Family Name: Formicidae

Origin: Many species of these ants are native to North America, with several species seemingly the most likely to invade structural wood members. There are many destructive species in the Pacific Northwest states, as well as from Florida to the northeast to the southwest and in Hawaii.

Biology: The usual habitat of a colony of carpenter ants is within wood, often wood buried or partially buried in the soil. They also commonly establish “satellite” colonies that may be in a structure, maintaining contact between the two colonies with the workers who travel to and from over well-defined trails. Generally there is a single queen in the colony but often supplementary queens as well. Colonies typically are around 15,000 workers when mature, but potentially could be over 100,000 workers. Foods are both carbohydrates and protein, with insects a major part of the diet. These are single-node ants without a stinger, although they are capable of biting. As they expand their colony they eject “frass”, which is wood chips and other debris such as leftover insect parts. This frass is often seen in structures before the ants are, as they are primarily nocturnal in habit. Carpenter ants are also typically polymorphic, with various sizes of workers in the colony.

Identification: Worker ants are easily identified to the genus Camponotus by the single, large node and the evenly rounded profile of the top of the thorax. It has no dips or spines on it, but is an even, curved line from front to back. There is a circular fringe of hairs around the anal opening and the antennae have 12 segments. Colors range from tan to black to reddish to orange to black/red combinations. Workers vary from 6 to 13 mm in length.

carpenter_ant_castesCharacteristics Important in Control: Finding and treating directly into the nest with a residual insecticide will result in effective kill of the ants there, and a dust insecticide may be most effective. Satellite colonies in structures may be treated directly, or with applications into voids the ants travel through. Bait products seem to be accepted readily as well. Reduction of excessive moisture in the structure and removal of unnecessary wood materials outdoors will reduce the attraction of an area.

Reference: https://pestid.univares.com

 

 

Asbestos Awareness

asbestos-sign.2Asbestos Awareness Week has come to a close, but it’s important to stay safe and alert all year long. Seitz Brothers specializes in the abatement of asbestos and is a certified in the removal of this dangerous material.

What is Asbestos??

-Asbestos is known a a human carcinogen (substance that cause cancer) by the U. S. Department of Heath and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

– Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that became a popular building material in the 1950s. It is still found in many buildings, including hospitals, schools and homes.

-Asbestos was widely used as an insulation and fire proofing solution. In particular, it found its way into products like ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, boilers, sprayed coatings and garage roof tiles.

 

Hear-Asbestos-Think-Prevention-GAAW-Square-450x450Health Risks of Asbestos Exposure:

-Increase risk of lung cancer

-Increase of throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder cancer

-Mesothelioma (rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen)

-Asbestosis (an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage)

 

 Factors affect the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease:

  • Dose (how much asbestos an individual was exposed to).
  • Duration (how long an individual was exposed).
  • Size, shape, and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers.
  • Source of the exposure.
  • Individual risk factors, such as smoking and pre-existing lung disease.

What if it’s in your home??Asbestos-in-your-home

-Don’t Panic

-LEAVE IT ALONE (disturbing asbestos is extremely dangerous, if it’s wrapped around pipping or in other areas of your home, avoid any irritation to that area)

-Call a PROFESSIONAL as soon as possible (do not try to to remove any potential asbestos yourself, it’s a hazardous material that needs to be handled by certified professionals only)

 

Keep your family safe and remember, Seitz Brothers offers free estimates and is qualified to do asbestos abatement. If you have any questions regarding asbestos, don’t hesitate to call our environmental office located in Tamaqua, Pa at 888-467-1008

 

References: http://www.cancer.gov/ http://www.take5andstayalive.com/

National Pest Management Month

Pest-Proof During National Pest Management Month

National-Pest-Management-Month-LogoIt’s National Pest Management Month! As a part of the NPMA and as a local provider for pest control services we’re excited to celebrate this month of commitment in protect homeowners and the general public from household, health, and pest problems.

This April, the National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to take precautions against common pests.

“Whether it’s rodents, ants, termites, bed bugs or cockroaches, pest professionals play an important role in preserving our quality of life,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “We’d like to recognize these men and women for all they do to keep our families and homes safe from unwanted pests not just during National Pest Management Month, but year-round.”

Pest Season is right around the corner and April is the time to begin preparing. We all know that the warmer weather will bring unwanted pests along with it and there are a couple things you, as a homeowner, can do to proof your home this year.

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Some recommended tips include:

-Store all garbage in containers that are sealed and make sure to dispose frequently

-Give your lawn shrubbery and trees a trim and keep them away from the side of your house

-Take the time to repair any roof shingles that may be rotted

-Inspect your home for any cracks or holes that could be an entry point for pests

-Campfires are great, but make sure to keep your firewood at least 20feet away from the house and five inches off the ground

-Keep an eye out for standing water aroaaronund the house that will attract insect activity

-Try not to leave your pet’s food dishes out for prolonged periods of time

-Try to keep any crawlspaces, basements, and attics dry and ventilated

-Always keep food in sealed containers and off your kitchen counters

“As the weather continues to get warmer, pests will begin to emerge from their overwintering sites and look for food indoors. National Pest Management Month comes at the perfect time to make pest-proofing a priority to prevent an infestation during the spring and summer seasons,” added Henriksen.

Thanks to all our technicians for keeping our homes and workplaces safe!

Do You Have Termites??

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           Spring is here and so are the termites. We’ve had a couple swarms in the last couple of weeks, so it’s time to be on the lookout. A termite infestation can be causing thousands of dollars of damage in your home without you even knowing it. Not only that, but the structural stability could be at risk. It’s important for homeowners to know some of the signs of an infestation. Here is what to look for:

 

  1. Mud TubesPicture-033

These tubes are mostly found near the foundation of the home. They are built for traveling and provide the termites with moisture as they go from the colony and food.

 

 

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  1. Wood Damage

We all know that termites eat wood and they do so from the inside out. Signs of wood damage from termites are hollow sounding, soft, and blistering pieces wood

 

 

 

  1. Swarmers and WingsTermite-Swarmers

These are winged termites that begin swarming after the last freeze of the winter. Check for these swarms and their discarded wings near doors and windowsills.

 

 

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Termites produce light, wood-colored droppings as they eat through wood.

 

 

 

 

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If you have cracked paint it is caused by the buildup of moisture. This either means an issue with water damage or termites.

 

 

 

If you have any of these signs, call us for more information or an estimate!