Would You Eat Bugs?

Have you ever thought about eating bugs?

We’ve blogged about it before.  In many places around the world insects are considered a delicacy.  That trend has not caught on in America (thank goodness).  That’s not to say that no one has jumped on the bug eating bandwagon.  In September, over 3,000 people attended BugFest in Raleigh, NC, another 1,300 people attended Hoppy Thanksgiving in New Orleans…all to taste foods that included bugs. Meal worms, crickets, larva are all different insects that are eaten.

Those that support bug foods compare it to eating sushi.

“Those of us engaged in entomophagy are hoping that this will be like sushi. Forty years ago, you would’ve looked at someone like they were crazy if they suggested opening a restaurant serving raw fish, but now it seems you can’t walk a city block without coming across a sushi place.”

To read more about this new phenomenon, visit USA TODAY’s article There’s a bug in my food…on purpose?

So what do you think?  Would you add bugs to your diet?

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Getting Rid of Pests by Eliminating their Needs

Getting Rid of Pests by Eliminating their Needs

Bugs are no different than humans in that we’re all in search of 3 basic needs: water, food, and shelter.  It’s important when trying to obtain a pest-free home that we are eliminating pest’s basic needs.  Limiting their access to these items will be a big step in prevention AND maintenance.

So what steps do you take to eliminate these sources?

Trim vegetation away from structure

Trim vegetation away from structure

How to Eliminate Pest’s Water Sources From Your Home:

  • Check under cabinets and sinks for leaks
  • Caulk around pipes
  • Eliminate any areas in the yard where water pools
  • Clean out gutters of debris so water can drain properly
  • Don’t leave your pet’s water bowls sitting out
  • Remove debris in the yard that gathers water
  • Remove standing water from bird baths

How to Eliminate Pest’s Food Sources From Your Home:

  • Clean up any food spills immediately
  • Don’t leave your pet’s food sitting out
  • Keep food (pet food included) in tightly sealed containers
  • Take out trash on a regular basis
  • Place trash in an outside garbage can with a tightly sealed lid

How to Eliminate Pest’s Access to Shelter From Your Home:

  • Be cautious of what you bring in (old furniture, produce, boxes, all can contain bugs that you could potentially bring into your home)
  • Caulk and/or seal any cracks or crevices located around windows, doors, pipes, vents, etc.
  • Use low sodium vapor lighting on the outside of your home
  • Point security lights away from your home
  • Trim back vegetation at least 1 foot away from your home
  • Remove clutter and debris from the interior and exterior of the home
  • Keep doors and windows shut
  • If you need to have doors or windows open use screens

If pests have already found their way into your home it’s best to call a professional exterminator.  A pest professional can properly inspect your property, identify the pest, identify the sources, effectively treat the home for the targeted pest, and work with you to develop a customized action plan to maintain and prevent further issues from occurring.  If you’re in need of a professional pest control company call Northwest Exterminating!

 

Proper Pest Treatment Starts with Inspection

Installing Sentricon

One of the keys to properly treating your home for bugs and other pests is to have a thorough inspection by a professional and knowledgeable pest inspector.  Many pest species are often mistaken for other pests.  A knowledgeable technician is able to properly identify your current pest infestation and create a detailed plan on how to get rid of the pests and how to keep them from returning.

Proper identification ensures that your property receives the appropriate plan related to treatment solutions and areas to be treated.  If you aren’t certain of what pest you are targeting then you may be using unnecessary chemicals in or around your home or business and may still be left with an infestation.

A professional pest control technician can also identify areas of concern that will help to solve your current problem as well as any future issues that you may have.  A detailed action plan will provide you with preventive pest control protection.

If you’re looking for a professional pest control company in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, or South Carolina call Northwest Exterminating! 888.466.7849 or callnorthwest.com

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Know Your Red & Black Bugs

Spring is a time when everything comes to life, blooming into an array of lovely colors. You’ll see flowers that are pink and purple, baby bunnies that are tan or gray and insects that are red and black. Just like every other little life form emerging this time of year, insects can also be a variety of colors and it’s important not to get them confused. Some bugs you might spot frequently are of the Georgia Bulldog variety – red and black spots, stripes and even a combination of both.

If any of these insects or other pests become too much of nuisance, Northwest Exterminating has the expertise and knowledge to take care of your bug problems.  Our Director of Pest Services Adam Vannest has provided some information about these bugs that will help you know the difference and what measures to take against them.

Lady Bug

Ladybug  – Beneficial insect

–  Overwinters

–  Feeds on aphids

Control Measures: exclusion and vacuuming for long-term prevention. When necessary, chemical contact treatments can knock down a population

Box Elder Bug

Box Elder Bug

-  Overwinters

-  Female: Box Elder trees and Silver Maple trees serve as the primary host plant

-   Control Measures: Exclusion and a contact/residual application around the foundation and base of host plant

 

Milkweed Bug

Milkweed bug  – Found in gardens on Milkweed plants or around shelled sunflower seeds

Control Measures: Over-the-counter garden insecticides

 

Leaf-Footed Stink Bug

Leaf-footed stink bug

-      Feeds on a wide variety of host plants

-       Besides birds, they do not have too many natural predators due to their taste and smell

-       Control Measures: Over-the-counter insecticides for garden areas. Outside of the garden, any contact or residual product labeled for stink bugs

Wheel Bug

Wheel Bug

 

–       Semicircular cogwheel-like crest on its thorax

–       Feeds on a wide variety of insects including caterpillars, beetles, aphids

Control Measures: Prevention is the key! All plants should be inspected before they enter the home. Exclusion should be performed for long-term prevention. All vegetation should be trimmed away from the home, at least one foot. Pesticides are rarely needed

 

Atlanta #3 Most Pest Infested City

According to a new study out by Orkin, Atlanta ranks #3 among the U.S.’s most pest infested cities and ranks #1 for mosquitoes.  There is little explanation as to why bugs are found in certain cities more than others.  Two common factors are climate and building infrastructure of the area.

Knowing that Atlanta ranks so high on both of these lists it is important that you keep your property protected from pests and mosquitoes.  A regularly scheduled pest control program and mosquito control program will not only get rid of bugs but it will assist in keeping the bugs away.  Our NorPest Green pest control program and our Green Mosquito Control program are customized plans that are developed specifically for the needs of you and your property by one of our highly trained technicians.  For more information on NorPest Green visit HERE, for more information on Green Mosquito Control visit HERE.

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Insects in Art

When you reflect on famous artists and their work, like the Mona Lisa by DaVinci for instance, you can immediately appreciate the beauty of their masterpiece. However, when the subject of an artwork is an insect, you might have a little more trouble seeing the beauty in it before wanting to call an exterminator! The brave souls who did make insects their muse had an appreciation for natural history, especially during the 17th century.

Studying bugs for their connection to the earth and nature led to some beautiful creations by Albrecht Dürer such as the Stag Beetle. Dürer said of art, “It is indeed true that art is omnipresent in nature, and the true artist is he who can bring it out.”

Albrecht Durer, Stag Beetle, 1505

Albrecht Durer, Stag Beetle, 1505

Some artists liked to focus on butterflies because they represented transformation and resurrection. Wenceslaus Hollar’s drawing Forty-One Insects, Moths and Butterflies features a collection of bugs of different varieties on displaying much like a “cabinet of curiosity.” Check out this painting and more below!

Wenceslaus Hollar, Forty-One Insects, Moths and Butterflies, 1646

Wenceslaus Hollar, Forty-One Insects, Moths and Butterflies, 1646

Robert Hooke, Ant, from Micrographia London, 1665

Robert Hooke, Ant, from Micrographia
London, 1665

Maria Sibyla Merian, Branch of guava tree with leafcutter ants, army ants, pink-toed tarantulas, c. 1701-5

Maria Sibyla Merian, Branch of guava tree with leafcutter ants, army ants, pink-toed tarantulas, c. 1701-5

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Source:

http://venetianred.net/2010/04/20/the-busy-bee-has-no-time-for-sorrow-insects-in-art/

 

February’s Pest of the Month – Roaches

Roaches are often referred to as wRoachaterbugs. These bugs enter homes and commercial kitchens in search of food, water, and shelter.

Habits

  • Enter through cracks and crevices
  •  Enter by way of boxes, containers, etc.
  •  Commonly found in areas with water such as kitchens and bathrooms

Different Species

Threats

  • Cockroaches have been reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens
  •  Cockroach allergens trigger allergic reactions
  •  Have shown to cause asthma in children
  •  Pick up germs while crawling though decaying matter or sewage and carry those germs onto foods or other surfaces

Prevention

  • Reduce moisture by fixing leaky drains and pipes, properly ventilate basements and crawlspaces
  • Brush all firewood before bringing it into your home – many insects lay eggs on firewood
  • Clean kitchen counters regularly of spills and crumbs
  • Clean dishes immediately after use
  • Vacuum often
  • Keep garbage in sealed containers and dispose often
  • Keep food seals and stored properly
  • Seal cracks and crevices that roaches could use as entry points into a structure

Other Pests to Look Out for

 

Origin of Pest Related Words

We, at Northwest Exterminating, like to ensure that our customers fully understand just how we plan to provideDSC_0368 services for them. Whenever a salesman gives you an assessment of the services you may need, he’s sure to make everything very clear as far as what his suggestions are for your property. Similarly, a technician that comes to your home will let you know the steps he will take before, during, and after the process is completed. He will be sure to answer any questions you may have, show you the results of his work and suggest anything else you may need, even if it’s not exactly pest related!

You will definitely understand our technicians, but may not know why certain words are what they are. After all, you probably don’t know that the word ‘pest’ comes from the Latin word pestis meaning ‘plague.’ Do you think that when you call your little brother a pest, it’s because you’re likening him to the creepy, slimy bugs you detest? Not at all! Pest has meant “noxious or troublesome person or thing” since the 1600s.

DSC_0438Ever wondered why we exterminate bugs? Just like many other words in the English language, exterminate comes from Latin. The word exterminatus means “drive out, expel, drive beyond boundaries.” Modern English has led to a word meaning of “utter destruction.” We at Northwest more closely follow the original meaning of pest exterminating, by making sure your home is pest free without using harsh chemicals that can lead to more harm than good. If you would like a company whose technicians really know the meaning of pest control, Northwest Exterminating is just one appointment away.

Melissa Brown
mbrown@callnorthwest.com

Sources:

http://dictionary.reference.com

http://www.etymonline.com/

 

Inspecting Your Pantry for Pests

red flour beetles

Red flour beetles in a bag of flour

Baking is a big part of tradition for lots of people during the holiday season.  And what better time while you’re breaking out all of the baking supplies to inspect your pantry for signs of pests.  Pests are living creatures that are in search of the same things we are…food, water, and shelter.  A pantry where those necessities are stored is an ideal place for pests to make a home.

Common pests that are found in pantries:

Below are tips on ways to inspect your pantry for pests:

  • Place foods in tightly sealed containers.  This will keep bugs out and freshness in.
  • Unpack seasonal decorations outside.  Dried foliage, potpourri, etc, should be unpacked outside of the home and inspected before displaying in your home.
  • Place a bay leaf in containers of dry foods like flour and rice.  The smell of bay leaves often repels pests.
  • Inspect groceries before bringing them in to your home.  As with anything you bring into your home, be sure to inspect it.
  • Always check the date before using items in your pantry.  Frequent checks of this throughout the year can be beneficial.
  • Clean messes immediately.  Wipe any spills or crumbs as soon as they happen and take the trash out regularly.
  • Place trash in a tightly sealed bag.  Remove the bag frequently to a garbage can outside of the home that is equipped with a tightly sealed lid.
  • Seal cracks or holes that pests could use to enter your home.
  • Eliminate moisture areas.  Seal leaky pipes and use humidifiers in the home.  Water is a major attractant for bugs so the less access they have to water, the better.

If you find pests in your pantry, throw out the infested food immediately.  If pests have made a home in your pantry you should call your professional pest control company.  A professional exterminator will be able to inspect the area and treat the problem properly and efficiently.

Sources:

http://www.pestworld.org/news-and-views/pest-articles/articles/preventing-pantry-pests/

http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/pantrypests304.shtml