Spiders Cause Toyota Recall

Spiders have caused Toyota to recall 870,000 vehicles.  2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas, and Avalons have been recalled due to spiders creating issues with the air conditioner that could cause the air bags to deploy.  This could also cause a loss of power-steering.  The spider webs can create a blockage in a draining tube from the AC that causes water to drip onto the air bag module, then causing the module to short circuit.  In some instances the air bag light has come on and could even cause the driver’s airbag to deploy.

This isn’t the first time that spiders have caused problems by building webs inside of cars.  In 2011, Mazda recalled 52,000 vehicles when spiders built webs in a vent line.

Toyota owners effected will be notified by mail.
Source: CNN.com

 

 

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Bug Costumes for your Pets

It’s not fair that humans get to have all of the Halloween fun.  Don’t forget to dress up your family pets this Halloween for a little Trick-or-Treating!  Here are some bug related costumes for our furry friends!

skunk dog

Skunk

bumble bee dog

Bee

lady bug bumble bee

Lady Bug and Bumble Bee

lady bug dog

Lady Bug

butterfly dog

Butterfly

Bulldog bee

Bumble Bee

love bug dog

Love Bug

 

Spider

Spider

 

What to do if you get a spider bite

Spiders have a bad reputation!  Maybe it’s the eight legs, the webs they weave, or even the way they capture and eat their prey.  What people don’t usually realize is that humans are rarely the intended prey of spiders. In fact,  80% of “spider bites” aren’t actually from spiders at all.  Most spiders are too small to bite into humans and when you do get a spider bite, their venom is too weak to be a danger.

Spiders can bite when they feel threatened but lots of times it is purely by accident.  There are two spiders in the US that cause concern when it comes to biting: brown recluse spiders and black widow spiders.

 

Brown Recluse Spider

Brown Recluse

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what should you do if you have been bitten by a spider?

If possible, capture the spider.  By capturing the spider you can bring it into your local pest control company or doctor so they can identify the species.  Applying a cold compress to the site of the bite will help to reduce any inflammation.  Elevate the body part where the spider has bitten.  If you start to experience symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, or headaches seek immediate medical attention.

 

October Pest of the Month – Spiders

October’s Pest of the Month – Spiders

Don’t Let Spiders Hang Around Your House

Is it the rain or do spiders instinctively know that it’s Halloween because they are everywhere!

house spider

Photo courtesy of NPMA

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

House spiders are the most common spiders found indoors. They are usually more of a nuisance rather than a threat.

  • Yellowish brown to dirty white in color
  • Spotted abdomen

HABITS

  • Web sites are chosen just beyond air currents in places like behind doors and in the corners of hallways.
  • If no prey is found they abandon their site.
  • They do not survive long in low humidity homes.
  • Higher survival rates are in areas such as garages, sheds, barns, basements, crawl spaces, and other areas where humidity is higher and there is more prey.
  • They can be found indoors in upper corners, under furnishings, closets, window frames, basements, and crawl spaces.
  • They can be found outdoors around windows, under eaves, and near light sources which attract their prey.

THREATS

House spiders typically carry no threats.

SPECIES

  • Black Widow
  • Brown Recluse
  • Wolf
  • Cellar
  • Hobo
  • Jumping
  • Sac
  • Orb Weaver

PREVENTION

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the home that spiders could use as entry points into a structure.
  • Use screened windows and doors.
  • Vacuum frequently to remove any spiders, eggs, and webs.
  • Reduce available food.

OTHER PESTS TO LOOK OUT FOR

  • Kudzu Bugs
  • Stink Bugs
  • Stored Product Pests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernadette McClelland, It Was Our Pleasure!

We recently had the wonderful opportunity to have Bernadette McClelland, CEO of Bernadette McClelland Consulting, speak to our sales team.  It was an honor to have someone with her accomplishments speak with our team.

In a recent blog post , Bernadette tells about her experience speaking at Northwest Exterminating and mentions what it was that really stuck out to her about our company.  We are thankful for her kind words and think that she was able to capture the culture that we are so proud of here at Northwest Exterminating.

We’d like to say thank you again to Bernadette for taking the time to pass along some of her knowledge and expertise.  She certainly did “rock Atlanta”!

For more information on Bernadette McClelland and her accomplishments, you can visit her website at http://bernadettemcclelland.com/.  You can also read her full blog about Northwest, Bernadette rocks Atlanta???

 

Bugs Heading Indoors Due to Rain

The recent rain has kept more than just human beings inside…it’s caused lots of pests to head indoors as well.  You may have seen an increase of bugs in and around your home or office where they are entering to seek shelter from the rain.

Easy steps to keeping pests out:

  • Eliminate possible entry points.  Check doors, windows, foundation, attic, and/or basement for places that could be used to gain entrance to your home.  Insects can enter into the smallest of spaces.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in and around the foundation and around pipes and electrical boxes.
  • If you don’t have screens on your doors or windows then it’s best to keep them closed.
  • Keep outside lights pointed away from your home.  Most species are attracted to light.
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • Seal and take trash out on a regular basis.
  • Check items brought into the home for pests.
  • Hire a reputable pest management company to do regularly scheduled services that will help in preventing insects, pest, and rodents from entering your home or office.

 

 

 

SEEDN app

The latest app in pest control is SEEDN or Southeast Early Detection Network.  SEEDN allows you to report infestations by collecting data and submitting pictures right from your mobile device.  The report is then emailed over to local and state verifiers.  According to the site:

Now you can submit invasive species observations directly with your smartphone from the field. These reports are uploaded to EDDMapS and e-mailed directly to local and state verifiers for review. (http://apps.bugwood.org/seedn.html)

According to the site, non-native invasive species of pests and plants cost the US over $120 billion each year.  Pest infestations and damage to plants and crops can cause issues for our health and economical issues.  The SEEDN app allows us to report infestations quickly and gives a better chance at preventing other potential infestations.  It also provides a helpful ID guide.

For those in the pest management field, this is a great tool to have on your mobile device.  SEEDN is available for Apple products and Androids.

 

 

Signs of Termites

Termites are some of the hardest working pests in the business.  24/7 they are in search of food which is oftentimes the wood from our homes.  Termites are responsible for an estimated amount of over 2 billion dollars worth of damage to home in the US each year.

One of the first signs of a termite infestation is spotting termite swarmers.  Swarmers are winged termites that are often mistaken for flying ants.  Swarming (flying) termites have only 2 body segments, straight antennae, and 2 sets of wings equal in length. Flying ants, on the other hand, have 3 body segments, bent antennae, and 2 sets of wings that differ in length.  Mud tunnels or tubes along the foundation are also signs that termites have found their way to your home.

The best action against termites is to be proactive.

  • Divert water away from the foundation of your property.
  • Reduce humidity, especially in areas like attics, basements, and crawlspaces.
  • Keep all wood at least 20 feet away from your home and at least 5 inches off the ground.  Termites are known to travel in tunnels underground.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the foundation.
  • Call Northwest Exterminating at the first sign of termites.  Termite infestations need immediate action by a licensed pest professional.
 

Mosquitoes Still An Issue in the Fall

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean that mosquitoes are no longer a concern.  Mosquitoes can continue to be an issue throughout fall.

Be sure that you are continuing to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your yard from mosquitoes.

  • Remove areas of standing water (gutters, plants, lawn decor, tires, playgrounds, debris, etc).
  • Keep screens on windows and doors.
  • Use insect repellant when outdoors.
  • Wear clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Wear light colored clothing.  Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
  • Hire professional pest management to treat your yard for mosquitoes and their breeding grounds.

Call Northwest Exterminating for mosquito control.

 

Fall Pest Prevention Tips

With cooler weather you may begin to see more pests coming into your home.  Pests and rodents are looking for a warm place with food and shelter and homes and businesses are prime real estate for them.  We often talk about the health risks and the nuisances that unwelcomed pests bring into a home.

The NPMA recommends the following steps to keep your home pest free this fall:

  • Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Eliminate moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention where utility pipes enter the structure.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well trimmed.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens.
  • Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors.

For pest protection for your home or business call Northwest Exterminating.

Source: NPMA – Fall Pest-Proofing Helps Keep Pests Outdoors