Keeping spiders under control during late summer & fall transition

Posted: September 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Spiders

Ahhh spiders.

Some people love them. They keep the bug population in relative check.

Other people. Well. Can you say arachnophobia?

Generally speaking, we’ve learned as pest control operators that most people don’t want to see spiders in or around their home.

The problem? Spiders are everywhere.

In fact, numerous studies have shown that you’re NEVER more than 6-12 feet away from a spider at any given time!

Yikes!

Why Are Spiders so Active in Late Summer & Early Fall?

For most of the year, spiders hang around in dark corners and quiet places hoping to catch a meal and stay out of view.

But during this time of year (Iate summer/early fall) it seems like spiders are everywhere.

Why is this?

2 reasons…

The first reason is temperatures…arachnids are insects (they are cold blooded). That means they rely on the heat of the sun in order to create energy, reproduce and eat…all of the important things in the lifecycle.

And that brings us to the 2nd reason, which you may have guessed. And that’s food supply.

This time of year, bugs are active too (for the same reasons spiders are). And since spiders eat bugs, they have to “make hay while the sun is shining” so to speak. It’s buffet time!

So this time of year, spiders are actively breeding, feeding and generally out and about which is why you see them more now than any other time of year.

Controlling Spiders

In a perfect world, you’d keep spiders under control, but not too much. After all, they get rid of alot of pests the natural, organic way (by eating them LOL).

But as we mentioned, homeowners generally abhor spiders, so we do get tons of calls to keep spiders under control.

Step number one in the process is getting cobwebs under control with regular cleaning. A simple regular brushing of cobwebs will help keep the spiders busy rebuilding nests rather than hanging out where you can see them.

Step two is keeping your bug problems under control. If you’ve got a bad case of pests gone wild, there’s a good chance the spiders will take notice. So the best defense is a good offense, to borrow a term from football.

However, knocking down webs and keeping pests under control won’t fully solve the problem. You’ve got to add in a layer of protection.

How, you ask?

Well, meet the “webster”.

Treating for Spiders

The “webster” might look like your ordinary dust mop. But rest assured it’s not!

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The “webster” as we call it, is treated with arachnicide, a pest repellent and toxin that is specific to spiders. It kills any spiders that are immediately in the vicinity, and also acts as a barrier to keep any new ones from showing up.

It’s similar to a barrier treatment for mosquitos, which both suppresses the existing mosquitos, and prevents new mosquitoes from being attracted to the area.

So you get the immediate removal of spiders, and a layer of protection from spiders returning in the immediate future. It’s a win-win!

Time to Call in the Professionals

Even if you’ve cleaned up all the cobwebs you can find, kept the local pest population under control and treated with a webster, you still may have spiders hanging around a little too close for comfort.

That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals. We’ll look at issues with exclusion, food sources and do a complete assessment of your home. Then we can recommend a plan of action to eliminate the problem once and for all!


Are Your Palm Trees Harboring Roof Rats?

Posted: May 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Rats

There’s something inherently relaxing and beautiful about watching palms sway in the breeze. Maybe that’s why they’re so popular anywhere people built their own backyard paradises around swimming pools and hot tubs.

Of course, humans aren’t the only ones with an eye for palm trees – other creatures love them too, but not for their aesthetics.

Roof rats, also known as fruit rats, love palms as a place to live. It’s possible that your lovely palm trees are actually harboring roof rats, and might be encouraging vermin to invade your home.

What Are Roof Rats?

Call them what you want, roof rats, fruit rats, black rats, it all boils down to the same thing. These are the same rats that spread bubonic plague and fleas. They’ve been with humans for eons, and throughout that time, they’ve been less than ideal houseguests. Rats spread far more diseases than the frightening Black Death, though. Others include murine typhus, salmonella, rat-bite fever and leptospirosis to name only a few.

Where Do They Live?

Roof rats actually prefer to live in trees, particularly in palm trees, where they have plenty of protection from the elements, as well as from prying eyes of predators (or angry homeowners ready to get rid of them). They can also move from palm trees in your yard to the roof of your home, and then into the rest of the structure, bringing with them disease and damage (like other rodents, rats gnaw on things, but because of their greater size, they can cause far more damage).

Don’t think you’re safe if your palms are set farther away from the home. Once roof rats find a place to live in your trees, they’ll begin exploring the rest of your yard and eventually make it into your home. Rats can easily avoid dogs, and cats aren’t able to kill adult rats.

Roof rats love to nest within old palm frond skirts, but also build nests in old, dead fronds and within hollow trees. They prefer to stay above the ground for safety from predators, but will make their homes in dense undergrowth just as happily.

Look for Signs of Roof Rats

Even if you don’t suspect you have a roof rat problem, it’s important to keep your eyes open for signs of an infestation. You can identify the presence of rats from quite a few different signs, including:

  • Gnawed limbs
  • Empty citrus fruit rinds with teeth marks
  • Smudge marks on the walls and exposed parts of your home’s interior
  • Well-worn runways (basically rat highways) through undergrowth and around your yard
  • Seeing the rats themselves in trees (usually around dusk or after dark)
  • Moderately sized droppings (larger than mouse droppings)
  • Noise made running within the walls or ceiling of your home, as well as gnawing or scraping sounds

What to Do If You Have Roof Rats

If roof rats have moved from outdoors to indoors, or even if you only find evidence of their presence outside, it’s important to take action immediately. Roof rats are invasive, and they breed very quickly. As they are not native to North America, there are few natural predators to keep their numbers down.

The first step is to locate the points where they are entering your home. Remove tree branches near or touching the roof where rats have direct access. Also it’s important to look for holes or openings along your roof line and soffit and fascia where they may have gnawed a hole. Those entry points need to be patched and repaired to prevent ongoing problems.

Trapping and baiting are the best options for removal, but you need to be careful with things like poison, as it can easily harm pets and other wild animals. Plus, if you poison a rat it could crawl into the walls of your home and die there. The stench from a dead rat is almost unbearable and you often have to tear up a wall to reach one that’s died halfway down your walls!

Baits and traps are safer, but harder to use successfully. Rodents are notoriously trap shy even with the yummiest of baits.

Homeowners often call for professional pest control after trying unsuccessfully to catch and eliminate roof rats for some time. So if you’ve been frustrated with your success so far, you’re not alone. But don’t put off calling for help much longer.

Contact Us

Roof rats are a dangerous threat to your home, your family and even your pets. If you suspect roof rats have taken up residence in your palm trees or your home, contact Fischer Environmental immediately. Call us at 800-391-2565.


Mosquito Misting vs Barrier Systems

Posted: May 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Mosquito

Are you looking for a safe, affordable and effective mosquito prevention treatment for your home? Misting systems have gained some popularity, but are they effective? How do they compare with barrier systems?

Let’s take a closer look.

What is the Difference?

A misting system is installed throughout a house. At designated intervals, it sprays insect-killing chemicals to get rid of mosquitoes and prevent them from breeding. The chemicals need to be stored safely and replaced periodically to keep the system functional.

A barrier treatment, on the other hand, is laid out by a pest control operator and is implemented in a yard. There are no chemicals that need to be stored by the homeowner as all are administered by a professional pest control technician.

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Coverage

A misting system treats the immediate area around the location of the spray, while a barrier system treats the entire yard. Being that the yard is where the mosquitoes live while they await their food, this is an effective means of control.

How Long Do They Work?

Barrier systems work significantly longer than misting systems. A barrier lasts for 30-60 days, depending on the level of treatment. A misting system only lasts for 10 minutes and needs to be replaced periodically in order for the chemicals to keep working.

What Do They Kill?

Misting is useful for killing active mosquito adults within immediate range of the system equipment. This means that mosquitos out of range will not be affected.

The barrier system also kills active adults but additionally prevents future adults from emerging.

The service is usually combined with larva control treatment so both the adults and larvae are destroyed.

Cost

The cost of misting as a method of mosquito management involves the need to buy equipment, as well as having it installed, properly maintained, and refilled with chemicals on a regular basis.

Barrier systems are also hassle-free. You simply pay for the treatment which is applied in your yard. There is no need for maintenance or for you to monitor the system.

Concerns

There are a number of concerns associated with misting systems. Here are a few you should be aware of:

  • Misting requires the use of pesticides in and around the home, the levels of which can be potentially hazardous. If you breathe in excessive amounts of chemicals from the misting system, the effects on the body can be toxic.
  • The system sprays blindly into the supposed infested areas where there may not necessarily be mosquitos, meaning some chemicals are wasted.
  • It can also be argued that there exists a certain level of pesticide resistance, meaning a number of mosquitoes might survive the spray even if they do come into contact with it.
  • With misting, there is also the risk of exposure. Chemicals can be inhaled or get onto the skin and cause irritation, certain medical conditions, or even serious illness.
  • Lastly, misting is not consistent with Integrated Pest Management principles. It is therefore not the optimal method of exterminating pests.

Bottom line:

Should you use a misting system? The EPA cautions against it as the components are not classified as ‘application equipment’. They also are generally not as effective as other systems, like barriers, and are hazardous to the environment.

Barrier systems, in contrast, are proven to work better at killing mosquitoes. They also cost less than misting systems and are far more environmentally friendly, meaning you can feel safe and assured about pest control in and around your home. Contact us today to learn more about a barrier system for your home!


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