Diseases by rodents

Diseases directly transmitted by rodents

Attics with Termites

 

Drywood and subterranean termites (coming up from the ground) are the most destructive insect pests of wood, causing more than $1.7 billion in damages and control costs each year in the U.S.

    Drywood Termites and Your Attic – Be Pro-Active and or PreventaiveTermites. Drywood termites often establish nests in roof materials and wooden wall supports accessed under eaves. Despite being capable of surviving on low wood moisture they are also found in wood associated with a water source such as a leaky pipe or water heater. They need remarkably little water to survive and thrive in your attic or walls.Drywood termites derive their nutrition from cellulose in wood. Within the termite’s gut are large numbers of bacteria and single-celled animals called protozoa. The protozoa produce enzymes that digest cellulose causing the breakdown of wood particles to simpler compounds that termites can absorb as food. The immature termites consume wood and share their nourishment with the developing young, soldiers and reproductive termites.

Moisture is not as important to Drywood termites as it is to subterranean termites. Drywood termites require no contact with the soil or with any other source of moisture. They extract water from the wood on which they feed, and also produce water internally during the digestive process. They require as little as 2.5 to 3 percent moisture, but prefer wood with 10 percent moisture content.

46 million homes in the U.S. are under-insulated and need Termite protection

“TAP Insulation leads a new generation of pest management and energy efficiency and adds real value to a home,” said Bill Turk, co-founder and CEO of Pest Control Insulation Systems, the manufacturer of TAP Insulation. “Comprised of more than 85% recycled material, TAP utilizes borates, long proven as less toxic than synthetic pesticides, as its active pest control ingredient; and is the only EPA & Energy Star labeled pesticide that saves homeowner’s money through lower utility bills.”

Borate-Based Pest Control

TAP (Thermal Acoustic Pest Control) Insulation is a specialized, blown-in cellulose insulation that is installed on top of existing and often inadequate home attic insulation. The product is an ingenious fusion of two proven technologies – borate based pest control and premium cellulose insulation – resulting in a patented, Energy Star labeled pest control insulation with superior fire-retardancy, sound-deadening and pest-controlling properties.

EPA-labeled and acceptable for use around humans and pets, T·A·P helps control termites, cockroaches, silverfish, ants, and many other crawling insects.

TAP is 32% more energy efficient and superior to traditional insulation and. It takes less energy to heat and cool a home when T·A·P is installed. T·A·P also results in less waste during installation – any unused product is recycled through the blowing machines and not thrown in the trash.

Tips for keeping termites out of your house

Termites need wood and some moisture. Limiting their access to both will help protect your home – and there are some simple prevention steps to take that may help you avoid expensive termite damage.

Basically any wood – fence posts, trellises, shrubbery, even tree branches that is touching both the ground and your house is a threat. Eliminate all outside sources of wood that are in contact with your house.  Fill-in any cracks in the building’s foundation, piers or walls to keep termites from walking into the house. Fix roof and attic leaks quickly. If your house is raised or on stilts, check to see if water is leaking under the house from bathrooms and kitchens. Leaky faucets, plumbing and air-conditioning can create water sources for termites inside the house or around the foundation.

Surviving the Swarming Season

Swarming season is generally between April and July. Seeing a swarm near your home or even finding a few of the bugs in your house in generally not a cause for concern – it could mean you live near a nest. Turn out the lights – interior and exterior lights from around dusk to about 9:30 p.m. Termite swarmer’s are attracted to light. Swarms coming from inside the house, garage or other structure are a sign of infestation and require a pest control expert to assess the situation.
If swarms originate from your trees or shrubs, you may want to call a pest control expert to see if the termites are a threat to structures and, possibly, termite treatments for the trees.

About Pest Control Insulation Systems

Pest Control Insulation Systems (PCIS) is the market leader for pest control insulation. The company’s patented TAP (Thermal Acoustic Pest Control) Insulation is an EPA-labeled cellulose insulation combined with borates that provides an environmentally friendly approach to pest control and energy conservation for residential and commercial customers.

  • The above was publisehed in Health News Digest May 1oth 2011

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Rodent Exclusion

Rodents destroy insulation, electrical wiring, plumbing, and other structural components of buildings. Insulation damage alone may amount to a loss of several thousand dollars in only a few years. Energy loss from damaged buildings results in added annual costs. Rodent-induced fires from damaged electrical wiring or nest building in electrical panels cause loss of property and threaten human safety.

The most effective means of limiting rodent damage is rodent-proof construction. New buildings should be designed and built to prevent rodent entry. Rodent-proofing is a good investment. Designing and constructing a rodent-proof building is less expensive than adding rodent-proofing later. Nevertheless, poor maintenance or management practices, such as leaving entry doors and unscreened windows open, will make the best constructed building susceptible to rodent entry. Techniques discussed here apply both to new construction and to the modification of existing structures. Junctures where utilities (pipes, cables) enter structures require special consideration in preventing rodent entry. Some earthquake design criteria require open spaces in important joints and other support areas, to allow for limited movement of tall structures. These present a real challenge in the design of rodent-proof construction. Call us for a free Survey.

 

 

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Rat removal in wall.

How to find a dead rat in a wall!

Results from rat traps.

Rats carry several diseases. Protect yourself before it gets out of hand.

Bee Hive in Attic

You can see for a few seconds in the video how big the hive was. We ended up treating the hive with a special pyrethrin aerosol which knocked down the bees fairly quickly. We then removed the hive in the attick that way the honey would not melt or rot.

Rats in a BBQ!

Well, this was a fun task. I had a Real Estate agent call me saying that one of their homes on the market had a family of rats nesting in the barbecue. To my surprise, she was right as you could see in the video. I ended up sealing all of the entry points with expansion foam and steel whool to exclude these nasty rats from re-entering for some free rent.

Rats carry many diseases such as Hantavirus, Typhus, Salmonella, and Rat Bite Fever. It is important to sanitize and clean any areas where they have been nesting because if you contact or are around rodent activity, you could be in for a surprise.

Bed Bugs

Lifecyles of the Bed Bug

 

When bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have adequate available blood sources they also have a shorter lifespan. Bed bugs who feed regularly have a lifespan of ten months, while those without adequate feeding can live a little more than a year. If a blood host is available, bedbugs can live to see three generations of offspring ready willing and hungry to prey on their human hosts.

Bed bugs (females) deposit three to eight eggs at a time. A total of 300-500 eggs can be produced by a single bug. Their eggs are 1/25″ long and curved. They are often deposited in clusters and attached to cracks, crevices or rough surfaces near adult harborages with a sticky epoxy-like substance.

Eggs typically hatch in a week to 12 days. The freshly hatched nymph is beige-colored before feeding, and then turns a redish color after getting a blood meal. There are 5 nymphal stages for bed bugs to reach maturity, which usually takes about 32-48 days. Adult bed bugs can survive for up to seven months without blood and have been known to live in empty buildings for up to one year.

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