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Pests & Your Store: Steps to Dealing with an Invasion

Falcarragh   Spar convenience store off N56   geograph.org .uk   1332763 300x199 Pests & Your Store: Steps to Dealing with an InvasionPests in your store can seriously damage your business. Depending on the type of pest, they can eat or destroy your stock. And your customers might catch sight of these pests and leave without making a purchase. If this happens, word of mouth might prevent new customers from coming to your store. If you are running a restaurant or other food-services business, you might find yourself with a negative health report from the country agency. Sometimes despite your best efforts, your store might find an invasion of pests creeping into the business. Here are the steps for dealing with a pest invasion.

A Thorough Cleaning
Your first step when pests invade your business is to clean your business from top to bottom. All pests need a food and water source to survive and thrive so if you remove what is attracting them, they will go away. You will also want to sweep and mop the floors. You will want to wipe down all of your shelves, and make sure there is not any food loose around the break area or kitchen. Many common pests thrive in a moist environment, so you will want to dry the areas you wash with a towel to eliminate any excess water or moisture.

How Did They Get Into Your Store?
Pests are adept at finding ways into your store. In many cases, they are looking for a new food source or to get out of hot or cold outside temperatures. Once you notice a pest has made its way into your store, you will want to locate how it got in and close it off. Common pantry pests, like Indianmeal moths and weevils, usually come into your store in food supplies. Carefully examine your food stock to determine the source. Once you find the infested product, throw away all unused product and clean out the container with hot, soapy water. Other pests like flies or rodents might come in through a window, partially opened door or other entry point. Once you locate the entry point, you will want to seal it off to ensure no more pests can enter that way.

Traps And Bait
You can set out some traps or sticky paper to catch the pests. There are several brands and natural remedies on the market too. However, if you are running a restaurant, you will not want to spray your business with an insecticide without the help of a professional pest control service. A pest control company will know the kinds of pesticides that can be safely used in your business and they can take care of the problem for you.

To contact a professional pest control service that can take care of your invasion problems, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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3 Insects Your Pet Should Avoid

398px German Shepherd Dog sitting leash 199x300 3 Insects Your Pet Should AvoidPet lovers enjoy the companionship of their beloved animals. Keeping them happy and healthy is a high priority for the owners of these affectionate furry friends. Unfortunately, there are harmful situations to keep them away from. Insects can wreak havoc on pets and harm their health. Here are the critters you’ll need your pet to steer clear of to ensure they stay content and carefree.

1. Fleas

Fleas are wingless insects that survive off the blood of their hosts. Pets usually come by these pests from other animals that come in contact with their surroundings. Raccoons, coyotes, skunks and opossums can leave flea eggs in your backyard that attach themselves to pets when they go outside. Untreated cats and dogs who have fleas in the neighborhood can also infect your pet with these pests.

Although they are mostly associated with harming animals for their well-being, they can also feed on the blood of humans. They’re incredibly small, brown insects who can live up to one and a half years with a steady food supply. Pets can even swallow fleas and become infected with hookworms.

Flea infestations can be very troublesome for pets and their owners if they’re not properly taken care of in time. Pets should avoid contact with animals who carry fleas. To avoid these pests, it’s important to give pets the proper treatment through topical medications, baths or pills. If your pet gets fleas, the entire home should be treated.

2. Ticks

Ticks tend to have more hosts than fleas. Their victims tend to include cats, dogs, birds, snakes, rodents, opossums, squirrels, deer, raccoons and humans.

They’re known for their chestnut brown color and feature white spots or streaks on their backs. They can live anywhere from a few weeks to three years with a blood supply. They can lay thousands of eggs at once; however, they will die soon afterward. These blood-sucking creatures can live through near-freezing temperatures. Ticks tend to be tougher to rid of than fleas. They can also transmit Lyme disease to humans and dogs.

Pets should stay away from wooded areas where ticks reside. Owners should regularly check their pets for these pests and remove the tick immediately as soon as one is spotted. There are pills and topical medications for pets to take to avoid contact with ticks.

3. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are insects who consume blood from animals and humans. They can live up to two weeks. While feasting on their blood, they can transmit dangerous diseases to their hosts like filariasis, malaria and yellow fever.

Although fur and hair can protect your pet from mosquitos, their ears and nose are vulnerable to a mosquito’s bite. Known for their long legs and slender body, they are irritating to pets that enjoy the outdoors during the spring and summer. Even worse, mosquito bites can also cause heartworm in animals if they’re not protected. Symptoms can manifest themselves and cause coughing, vomiting or fainting. They may also find it difficult to breathe and have a tough time exercising.

It’s also important for pets to avoid areas with standing water as this is where mosquitos thrive. Pet owners can protect animals by placing mosquito repellant on their skin. To alleviate the pain associated with mosquito bites, there are antibacterial creams to soothe your pet’s irritation.

Finding out how to protect insects from your animals can be a challenge. However, with the right experts by your side, it can be done. For more information, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344 to rid of the pests in your home.

 

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Tips to Keeping Flies Out and Patrons In at Your Restaurant

images Tips to Keeping Flies Out and Patrons In at Your RestaurantFlies in your restaurant can be harmful to both the food and your reputation. Infestations of fruit flies, moths and other “small flies” are very common during warmer months. Should these insects make their way into your restaurant, they can pose a serious threat to the food coming out of your kitchen because each fly can potentially carry billions of dangerous microorganisms which can cause illnesses like salmonella, shingles and E. coli which may also lead to food poisoning or respiratory infections.

The good news is that there are several things you can do to prevent and manage flies. Here are some tips to keeping flies out and patrons in at your restaurant:

Reduce clutter

In many cases, flies are drawn to your restaurant by strong food odors. You can minimize these odors by:

  • Regularly rotating produce stock
  • Ensure that garbage cans are emptied frequently
  • Line recycle bins to reduce spillage
  • Address kitchen and dining room spills quickly.
  • Use anti-bacterial cleaners to ensure that drains are free of organic material that may attract fruit flies.

Blow flies away

An air door is a special device that can be used to keep flying insects out of your restaurant. It works by creating forceful turbulence that prevents flies from entering your eatery. Installing an air door at each point of entry in your restaurant will help keep these tiny pests out. Alternatively, installing an extra set of doors can create an added barrier to keep flies out and patrons in.

Call a professional

A trained technician can identify potential factors that may be attracting the flies and help guard your restaurant against them. Once they have been exterminated, a technician can help your eatery develop a strong prevention plan to keep them from coming back in the future.

Having flies around your restaurant is bad for business. Not only is it a nuisance to your customers, but it is also unsanitary and harmful to your kitchen. When your business needs help handling flies, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Tips for Eliminating Cockroaches in the Warehouse

Cockroachcloseup 300x200 Tips for Eliminating Cockroaches in the WarehousePreventing a cockroach infestation isn’t the easiest thing to do in a warehouse. The roaches can choose so many cracks and crevices to call home where they are normally left undisturbed. Although cockroaches are mostly harmless to humans, they can cause problems in large numbers. They can damage cardboard, contaminate food, and cause bad odors. In other words cockroaches can create an unsanitary work environment in your warehouse. Follow these tips to get rid of those pests once and for all.

Eliminate Food and Water

You probably can’t tell your fellow coworkers they can’t bring food into the warehouse for lunch. But what you can do is limit the desire for cockroaches by making sure the garbage is disposed of quickly and carefully after they are done eating. Seal your garbage tightly and lock it in cans so that roaches can’t get in. Roaches will feast on any morsels of food and water they can find. If you cut off their supply, they’ll be less likely to infest your warehouse.

Reduce Number of Hiding Spots

Roaches can only stay in an area where they find cool, dark, and damp hiding places so it is best to investigate for cockroaches often. You probably can’t rearrange the entire warehouse on the drop of a hat, but you can remove extra cardboard, boxes, and other clutter to eliminate these areas. You should also try to patch as many holes and cracks in your walls as possible because roaches can hide inside walls just as easily as they can hide in other places.

Professional Service

The most effective way to get rid of cockroaches is to hire a professional service to take care of it for you. Professional services, such as Clegg’s Termite and Pest Control, use a combination of bait and liquid alternatives to control the pest population in their warehouse.

For more information on eliminating cockroaches, or to learn about Clegg’s online reporting system that will allow consumers to see current pest activity as well as view trending reports for their own information and for all auditing purposes, contact Clegg’s online or by phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Top 5 Most Annoying Pests in North Carolina

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When we ask folks what insects bug them the most (pun intended!), we hear a variety of answers. The team at Clegg’s thought it would be fun to put together a list of the 5 most annoying pests in North Carolina. In no particular order, they are:

  1. Fire ants: Having recently stepped in a small mound while in bare feet, these annoying creatures rank high on the list. You often don’t notice them until they begin stinging, and the venom burns. The pustules hurt and itch and can even leave scars. If you are allergic to fire ants, you may end up with trouble breathing and a trip to the local emergency room.
  2. Millipedes: We had calls from across the state this year as millipedes were out in large numbers. While millipedes do not bite or cause damage, they will enter your crawl space or house through small openings, especially if conditions are dry and they are seeking water. Millipedes don’t usually live long indoors, due to their requirement for high moisture, so focusing on the outside areas where they nest is the best option. Remove excess mulch near the foundation of your house and ensure water drains away from the house.
  3. Termites: Most people don’t give termites much thought…until they find damage to their homes. Recent estimates show termites cause damage in excess of $5 billion a year to homes and property. Subterranean termites eat items containing cellulose, like wooden structural members of a house and personal belongings (books, paper, pictures, etc.). Moisture draws termites, so make sure your crawl space and foundation are kept dry and cracks are sealed. Termites can cause significant damage to your home if you don’t keep an eye out for signs and take immediate action. An annual inspection by a licensed pest control company, and preventive termite treatments are your best bet to avoid these hungry insects.
  4. Yellow jackets: This pest increases in number throughout the warm summer months, and can quickly ruin your weekend picnic or weekly lawn mowing expeditions when you disturb them. Yellow jackets live in large colonies, usually underground, and are extremely aggressive when disturbed. There is often little sign of an active nest, but you’ll know you have a problem if you step near their nest. Their stings are also painful and many people are allergic to their venom.
  5. Bed bugs: The resurgence in bed bugs over the last several years has caught many people unaware. These insects are hitchhikers, traveling easily on clothing or belongings to take up residence in homes and other establishments around the world. Bed bugs have been reported in hotels and hospitals and everywhere in between. It can only take one mated female to be the cause of an infestation. If you believe you have brought home bed bugs, get them treated as quickly as possible by a professional.

Well, that’s our top 5 list. If you’ve got other pests that bug you, we’d love to hear from you! Post your comment below or on our Facebook page.

Millipedes and Centipedes: Learn the Differences

Rusty millipedes Millipedes and Centipedes: Learn the DifferencesAs warmer weather comes around, insects seem to invade our properties more than ever. Though there are many pests out there, two of them, millipedes and centipedes, can be frightening to many. This is especially true when they come into the home. Though many people will use the terms centipede and millipede interchangeably, in actuality, they are two different pests. Learning to tell the difference between millipedes and centipedes can help when it comes to prevention and can also help you explain the problem to the exterminator.

The Similarities Between Millipedes and Centipedes

Believe it or not, even though they both have long bodies and many legs, there are only a few similarities between these two insects. The first is that they both belong in the group Myriapoda. They share this group with over 13,000 other species. Another similarity is that they breathe through spiracles, which are small breathing holes in the skin. Finally, you will find that they both millipedes and centipedes reproduce without copulation.

Differences in Anatomy

While most people lump these insects together, the truth is, there are many more differences than there are similarities. At first glance, it might seem like millipedes and centipedes look alike, but when you look closely, you will find that this isn’t necessarily the case. Centipedes, for instance, have long antennae. Millipedes have very short antennae. Another difference in anatomy is that centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment. Millipedes, on the other hand have two pairs of legs on all segments with the exception of the first three segments. These segments have one pair of legs each. Centipedes are also flat looking where millipedes are cylindrical in shape.

Differences in Behavior

Millipedes and centipedes also show differences when it comes to their behavior. Centipedes are very fast; they bite, and they are considered predators to other insects. Centipedes also might bite humans, but it is usually no dangerous than a mosquito bite. It might itch or become red, but shouldn’t be extremely painful. Millipedes, on the other hand, are scavengers. They move slowly and will not bite. Instead, they will curl into a ball in order to protect themselves.

If you have millipedes or centipedes on your property, contact Clegg’s online or phone us at 888-672-5344. Our team of experts have the tools and knowledge to control the population.

 

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Tips for Wasp Nest Removal

Wasp August 2007 23 Tips for Wasp Nest RemovalDiscovering a wasp nest on your property can be a scary prospect, especially for those who have elderly parents living with them, young children at home, pets or even wasp allergies. Wasps can sting their victims more than once, and they are more hostile and aggressive than bees. Removing a wasp nest is not an easy task, and it can be a risky one. However, there are several methods that can be effective. Here are some tips.

Safety Tips for Wasp Nest Removal

Remember than no matter what you do, safety should be the priority. The first thing you should do before attempting to remove a wasp nest is plan out your course of action and protect yourself from stings. You should cover as much of your body as possible with long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat, glasses and gloves. Avoid wearing any strong-smelling lotions, hair sprays or perfumes, all of which could incite the wasps and agitate them. Finally, consider removing the wasp nest at night, when the wasps are generally less active. Please note that if you are allergic to wasps, you should never attempt to remove a wasp nest.

Using a Wasp Spray on the Nest

One of the most effective ways to remove a wasp nest on your own is with a commercial wasp spray. When dressed in the appropriate safety apparel, the spray can be used at arm’s length all over the nest. This may upset the wasps, so it is important to step away after spraying and leave the nest alone for up to 24 hours. After the waiting period is over, you can observe the wasp nest from a safe distance to see if there is any activity. If there is no activity, you can proceed with the following step. If activity is visible, you can opt to use a commercial wasp spray once again.

Removing and Disposing of a Wasp Nest

If it is clear that there is no activity within the wasp nest, you’ll need to once again put on your protective apparel to remove the nest entirely. With gloves on, wrap the entire nest in a plastic bag, and then place it into another sealed plastic bag. The entire nest should be disposed of immediately away from the home.

For questions about a wasp nest, contact Clegg’s online or call us at 888-672-5344.

 

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Most Common Bugs You’ll Find in Your Pool

BitingMidge Most Common Bugs Youll Find in Your Pool Bugs are a big nuisance near swimming pools. They bite and sting people, clog filters and float on the water’s surface looking dreadful. Although regular pool maintenance will keep intrusions to a minimum, an outdoor pool is always going to be a bug magnet because like people, insects are attracted to water when the weather gets hot. Nobody wants to share a pool with insects so it helps to know the most common bugs that are attracted to swimming pools.

Midges 

Midges are small two-winged flies that breed in water or marshy areas. They are especially attracted to pools with fruit trees nearby because they like sweet sap and nectar. Some Midges have a painful bite too so you will want to avoid them.

Water Boatmen and Backswimmers

The Water Boatman is a non-biting oval shaped insect that feeds off of algae. Plant material that is collected in pool filtering systems, traps and drains is both a food source and a place to lay eggs for this insect. Backswimmers are usually nearby if there are Water Boatmen because the Water Boatmen are food for the Backswimmers. Backswimmers have long hairy legs that they use like the oars of a boat. The oar-like legs allow them to move quickly through the water while floating on their backs. This bug is also known as a Water Wasp because it has a nasty sting. Both the Water Boatmen and the Backswimmer have wings and can fly.

Dobsonflies, Mayflies and Stoneflies

Other common aquatic insects that invade swimming pools are Dobsonflies, Mayflies and Stoneflies. The Dobsonfly is the largest with a wingspan of up to 5 inches and it will bite if it comes in contact with a human. Mayflies are slender and pale and travel in groups that often look like clouds moving up and down. Mayflies lay their eggs on water surfaces, and could mistake a swimming pool as a good place for their eggs. Adult Stoneflies are recognized because they move in groups of thousands, and are attracted to lights and water in a very obvious manner. Adult Stoneflies have short life spans and die soon after flight.

For safe extermination of pool pests in North Carolina, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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Tips for Property Managers When Dealing with a Termite Infestation

Brown Apartments   Portland Oregon Tips for Property Managers When Dealing with a Termite InfestationFew pests strike terror in the heart of a property manager the way termites do. Frequently, these creatures aren’t discovered until they have done serious damage to a property. In order to protect commercial properties, it is important for property managers to know the signs of a termite infestation and to act quickly when these signs appear. Here are some tips when dealing with a termite infestation.

Signs of a Termite Infestation

Termites are small and reproduce rapidly. They also burrow, so it can be difficult to discover an infestation until after permanent and costly damage has been done. The following signs can help property managers identify and address a termite problem before it is too late:

  • Apparently solid wood that produces a hollow sound when knocking
  • Wood that easily crumbles
  • Pinholes appearing in walls
  • Peeling or bubbling paint
  • Loose floor or wall tiles
  • Bubbling, sagging or buckling floors or flooring
  • A brief swarm of small, winged insects in or near the building
  • Discolored or sagging sheetrock and ceiling tiles
  • Pencil-shaped mud tubes along walls and beams of the structure

What to Do if an Infestation Is Suspected
As with many pest problems, DIY solutions often exacerbate a termite infestation, leading to further damage. Property managers who suspect an infestation should contact a pest control service immediately. The service will be able to determine whether there is a termite infestation, and certified technicians can effectively treat the problem. Clegg’s offers a liquid or bait alternative to control a current population of wood boring insects as well as to prevent a future infestation.

Communicating with Tenants

Renters of office buildings and apartments deserve clear and appropriate communication from their property manager in the event of a termite infestation. If time away from the building will be required, the manager needs to communicate the set times of the necessary evacuation. In addition, laws governing housing rentals require property managers or owners to cover costs of any necessary relocation. Managers should become acquainted with local rental laws to make ensure that they comply properly.

If you suspect a termite problem on a property you manage, contact Clegg’s online. Or you can reach us by phone at 888-672-5344. 

 

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@#*&$! Fire Ants

You’re out with the kids in the backyard and all of a sudden one of them starts jumping up and down screaming and pulling at their shoes. It’s those @#*&$! fire ants again. Mounds of these annoying ants seem to pop up overnight, and when they inject their venom, it burns.

Fire Ants 300x173 @#*&$! Fire AntsWhere are fire ants found?

Fire ants can be found throughout the southeastern U.S., from Texas up into most of North Carolina. There are even pockets as far north as Pennsylvania and in the southwestern United States; the ants continue to expand their territory. Fire ants are native to South America and are believed to have been brought to the U.S. via a cargo ship in the early 1900’s.

You may notice mounds in your yard that initially will be fairly small and no more than an inch high. The mounds may grow rapidly if left undisturbed. It is not uncommon to find hundreds of thousands of ants in a colony, and in severe infestations, there may be multiple colonies right next to each other.

Are fire ants dangerous?

When a fire ant mound is disturbed, the ants will rush to the surface to attack whatever has disturbed the mound. Oftentimes when a person steps on a fire ant mound, he or she won’t even know they have disturbed the mound until multiple ants have started biting and stinging them (fire ants bite to hold on to you, then inject the venom from a stinger in their abdomen). The ants can be hard to get off your skin, and they will continue to sting you until they are removed.

In most people, the venom burns and causes welts and pustules which can last for days. There are a variety of home remedies that may help with the discomfort. For those who are allergic to the venom, they may have a more serious reaction, especially in cases where they are stung multiple times; they may even die from anaphylactic shock as a result of the stings from the fire ants. If you are stung by fire ants and have any tightness in your chest or your breathing is affected, get to a hospital immediately for treatment.

How do I treat fire ants?

Fire ants typically stay outside, though periodically we will get calls from homeowners who find them indoors. Outdoors, a two step approach can be effective. Initially, you will want to apply a bait product across your entire yard. Timing makes a difference with these products, and you want to apply the bait when the ants are foraging for food. A second bait application should be made to individual mounds 7-10 days later. In either case, contacting a professional is your best option. Clegg’s currently has a baiting method that eliminates fire ant colonies within three days and is effective for up to six months.

Unfortunately, new fire ant queens can fly and will start new colonies anywhere from several feet to several miles away from their birth colonies, so treating once may eliminate the original colonies but you may later find others. It can be helpful to talk to your neighbors and all treat your yards at the same time.