Clegg’s September 2014 News

In this month’s issue of our newsletter: Seasonal Insect News; Back to School Can Mean Head Lice; and The Science Behind a Cricket’s Chirp.

Seasonal Insect News

house mouse Cleggs September 2014 NewsIt won’t be long now before the weather begins cooling off, the air grows crisp and the swarms of mosquitoes become a memory (at least for a few months!). Here are a few things to consider as you open the windows and enjoy the transition into fall:

  • It’s a great time to inspect the screens in your windows and patch any holes you find. While the mosquitoes may not be bothersome, other insects are still looking for ways to get into your home;
  • Termites are most often in the news during the spring, however they feed year-round. If you haven’t had your home inspected this year, make an appointment;
  • Inspect your foundation, soffit, exterior vents, and frames around your doors and windows. Seal off any cracks or access points to keep insects out;
  • Bats, squirrels, opossums and other furry critters are going to be looking for a nice warm place to spend the winter. Make sure access to your attic is blocked off, too;
  • As you inspect your foundation, crawl space and attic, watch for signs of moisture. High moisture content in your home can lead to problems with mold and draw in insects;
  • Never store firewood near the foundation of your home. Piles of old wood offer food and shelter to insects and other pests. Store wood away from your house.

A little awareness and action taken now can prevent a lot of headaches later. As always, the pest control professionals at Clegg’s are here to help. Please call 1-888-MR-CLEGG if you need us.

Back to School Can Mean Head Lice

Head Lice CDC gov 300x209 Cleggs September 2014 NewsIt’s that time of year again when parents and kids gear up for another year of school. All too often kids come home from school itching and scratching their heads constantly, and upon further investigation it is determined to be head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis De Geer). If you haven’t personally dealt with head lice, consider yourself lucky. When I was younger, my brothers and I were getting haircuts when the stylist jumped back and notified our mother we had lice! We went home with half-done haircuts and had to have our heads shaved. We made piles of our clothes and linens and set them ablaze (ok not really, but as parents we may be tempted to do this). We went through the special combs and pesticidal shampoo, and got a clean bill of health to return to school. Read more…

The Science Behind a Cricket’s Chirp

Cricket House 300x197 Cleggs September 2014 NewsIn China, the sound of a cricket chirping in the house is considered good luck, and the chirping males are often bred as pets and kept in tiny cages made of bone. Many people around the world find the little insect’s early evening song a calming piece of natural music, while others find it an annoyance. How do tiny crickets produce such a vibrant noise and why do they do it? Just what is the science behind the cricket’s chirp? Read more…

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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The Science Behind a Cricket’s “Chirp”

images1 300x157 The Science Behind a Crickets ChirpIn China, the sound of a cricket chirping in the house is considered good luck, and the chirping males are often bred as pets and kept in tiny cages made of bone. Many people around the world find the little insect’s early evening song a calming piece of natural music, while others find it an annoyance. How do tiny crickets produce such a vibrant noise and why do they do it? Just what is the science behind the cricket’s chirp?

Why Do Crickets Chirp?

Actually, not all species of cricket chirp, and among those who do , it’s only the males who sing and they are doing so to attract a female mate. A female cricket will only respond to the unique sound of a male from her own species. Male crickets may also chirp to establish their own territories and keep competing males away.

What Makes the Chirping Sound?

A cricket sings his song by rubbing his wings together. A thick, ridged vein at the base of the forewing acts as a file to toughen the upper surface of the wing, which acts as a scraper. To call for his mate or warn away invading males, the cricket lifts his wing and pulls the file of one wing over the scraper of the other, causing the wings to vibrate and emit a loud, papery sound. The resonating song is called stridulation and is evoked in much the same way as blowing on a piece of grass held between the thumbs.

Amplifying Chirps

As if the sound of a cricket in the house isn’t loud enough, some crickets actually have a way to chirp even louder. They dig burrows in the ground with widening, megaphone-shaped openings and then sing just inside, causing the tunnel’s shape to magnify the sound.

The Meaning of Cricket Calls

Not all chirps mean the same thing to potential cricket mates. An aggressive song is designed to detect and scare off invading males, while the cricket’s other songs are all related to courtship. Amazingly, the cricket’s calling song can be heard for up to a mile and is used to help the female find the male. The male can sense when a potential mate is near and will then switch to a sort of courtship song trying to “sing” her into mating with him. After mating, some crickets may even burst into a celebratory series of chirps!

If you find the chirps of crickets in your house more of an annoyance than a musical treat, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344. Though crickets are a particularly fast-producing species, the experts at Clegg’s will soon have you listening happily to the sounds of silence.

Clegg’s August 2014 News

In the August edition of the Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control news: Is it dangerous for your dog to eat bugs? The most annoying pests in NC; and Fill That Bus!

Dogs Eating Bugs: Safe or Dangerous?

Großer Schweizer Sennenhund 275x300 Cleggs August 2014 NewsPuppies love to play, stalk, and eat insects whether we are watching them or not. Many never outgrow their fascination with little critters. It can be alarming since to us when we consider how fast their fun time can turn ugly in a quick gulp. If only we could tell them what to watch out for.

Are Bugs Safe to Eat?

Luckily, many are harmless, and some may even be nutritious. Grasshoppers are high in protein and fat free. However, the occasional bug does pose a small risk if it is one of the few that are poisonous. Bugs that typically prey on animals, such as ticks, mosquitoes or cockroaches, are common carriers of parasites that can inflict serious health problems if left untreated, so if your pet is bitten, they may require immediate treatment.

Read more…

Top 5 Most Annoying Pests in North Carolina

Fire Ants 300x173 Cleggs August 2014 NewsWhen 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.

Read more…

Fill That Bus!

Fill that Bus 2014 Cleggs August 2014 NewsCrayons2Calculators is an annual drive to help stock the shelves at The Durham Teacher Warehouse Corp. Durham teachers are invited to “shop” for free to stock their classrooms.

A National School Supply and Equipment Association survey found that 92% of teachers spend money from their own pockets on school supplies for their classrooms, with an estimated $1.6 billion spent by teachers each year on supplies.

Clegg’s is proud to support the Fill That Bus! supply drive. Anyone interested in helping can drop supplies at our Durham office before August 15 or visit the Crayons2Calculators website for other collection locations.

How to Control “Pantry Pests”

Residential pantry 189x300 How to Control Pantry PestsYou strive to keep your home clean and your kitchen even cleaner. However, sometimes “pantry pests” get into your home, and you need a way to avoid this. These group of pests have an appetite for dried and processed food products that are stored in your home. The most common pantry pests are Indianmeal moths, saw-toothed grain beetles, flour beetles and a variety of weevils. Even though these pests arrive in household items like rice and flour, you can take steps to ensure they do not have a chance to become an infestation.

Bringing Food Home

When opening a new bag or container, you will want to make sure you are opening the oldest one on your shelves. Also, make sure to use all of a product before opening a new one and mark your food with the date when you bring it home from the grocery store because you do not want to store it for longer than a couple of months. When you are at the grocery store, take the time to inspect each package carefully for any tears or damaged seals that might let bugs into the bag or box because the holes in the packaging allows these pests to find a home.

The Proper Way To Store Your Food Stock

After you open a bag, you will want to store it in a heavy plastic or metal container. You can also use glass jars with a screw-top lid. Paper, plastic and cardboard are not sufficient for storing food. If you are already using a container for your rice, flour or any other food, you do not want to add new product on top of old. You should also take the time to wash and dry the container before putting in new food.

Keeping Your Pantry Clean

To avoid pantry pests, you will need to wipe the shelves of your pantry down often and sweep up any crumbs. Pests cannot thrive without a food source. When wiping down your shelves and floors, make sure to dry them with a clean towel.

If you find a pantry pest has made its way into your food containers, you will want to throw all of that item away immediately and take the trash bag out of your home.

For more information on eliminating pantry pests, contact Clegg’s online or 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.

What Is a Vapor Barrier and How Can It Help?

When it comes to protecting your home, there is a lot more at play than you may be aware. For example, one unseen hero of your home is a vapor barrier. This is a type of material used for damp proofing a house. Usually, a vapor barrier is a simple sheet of foil or plastic. The purpose of using it is to prevent moisture from working its way through your walls and into your house.

Vapour barrier 225x300 What Is a Vapor Barrier and How Can It Help?Vapor Barriers and Pest Control

When people hear what a vapor barrier is and what it does, they immediately wonder how it can help in the prevention of pests. When areas of your house have high moisture levels, there is a great chance that your home could become infested with termites. For example, as moisture levels increase in crawl spaces under your home, termites are drawn to it. Termites need only two things to thrive in an environment: a cellulose material, such as wood, and moisture. Putting up a vapor barrier can eliminate one of those needs.

Odor and Mold

The benefits of a vapor barrier go well beyond controlling pest infestations. Vapor barriers can prevent foul odors and mold from developing in areas of your house that are exposed to high moisture. Once again, look at a crawl space as an example. The most common problem with any crawl space that lacks insulation is that it will have high moisture levels. As these moisture levels start to rise, fungi can take hold. This is bad for a number of reasons, but maybe the most important reason is that mold is bad for your health.

Protecting Your Floors

Vapor barriers can also protect your floors because they block the moisture that arises from damp soil underneath your house. This prevents the insulation in your floor from becoming damp. Damp insulation doesn’t work as it should and costs you more in heating and cooling costs. Also, if you have wood floors, high moisture levels can cause the floors to warp. This is a problem that can cause thousands of dollars in repairs in the event that you ever have to replace the floors.

When you are ready for professional help, Clegg’s provides free inspections to let you know if you have termites and a free consult on how to resolve your moisture control problems. For more information on pest control or vapor barriers, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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