Salient Pest Control Health Tips

Furry rodents may look cute, but the vermants live wild dirty lives and are responsible for spreading many dangerous and even deadly infections. Urine and feces are the most common rodent infection transmission routes, so take care to avoid inhaling or ingesting these conceivably contaminated substances. Therefore, when cleaning a rodent infested area, be sure to wear a mask and plastic gloves. Thoroughly clean and disinfect, all sheets, pillow cases, blankets, and towels that have been contaminated by rodent waste. Don’t use a vacuum cleaner when cleaning a room full of rodent wastes. Air currents would be generated that could kick up pathogen containing dust that can mix with the air and be  inhaled. If you come down with fever or flu symptoms after cleaning a rodent infected area, see your physician.

Use precautions when laying down rodent poisons). To make sure they don’t come in contact with pets or children, place them in areas that are tiotally inaccessible to everyone except rodents.  One or more of four poisons are most often included in rat bait: Bradificoum, Difacinone, Warfarin, and Bromadiolone. All of these compounds attack vitamin K dependent coagulating factors. Intentional or accidental overdose of any of these chemicals will result in side-effects such as ecchymoses (bleeding in the skin), epistaxis (nose bleeds), gum bleeds, flank pain (as a result of internal bleeding), hematuria (blood in the urine), retinal hemorrhages, and internal bleeding (associated with ingestion of very large doses). If someone in the household eats rat poison, take him to the emergency room immediately. Treatment is long term administration of vitamin K.
Mosquito Borne Illnesses:

Mosquitoes are a vector for many hazardous viral illnesses including Zika fever, chikungunya, dengue fever, West Nile virus fever, yellow fever, and malaria. Dengue fever causes severe joint pain (breakbone fever). Malaria can be fatal if not medically treated.  Zika virus normally causes a transient flu like illness, but it can cause birth defects when contracted by a pregnant woman. These health risks impel you to protect yourself against mosquito bites . If you discover mosquitoes in your backyard, contact a pest specialist immediately. He may be able to get rid of local mosquitoes and clean up dangerous mosquito breeding areas. If you are traveling to an area where mosquitoes are prevalent, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, apply mosquito repellent, and sleep under mosquito netting.
A recent article in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) listed reliable mosquito repellents: Deet (7% pump spray, 15% and 25% aerosol spray, or 30% lotion), Picardin (spray or wipes), IR3535 (lotion or spray), Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (30% pump spray). All of these repellents are available in local stores at reasonable prices. When using the repellents,  note how long they are effective and reapply the material before protection lapses.

Pest Spray Health Precautions

While all marketed pest sprays  have FDA approval, they may still cause illnesses including cancer. FDA approval only ensures that the positive benefits of the spray outweigh the possible side effects. To avoid the harmful side-effects, carefully follow printed instructions on the pesticide labels.

Over the Counter Bed Bug Spray Tips

There are many differences between over-the-counter bed bug sprays on the market and it makes sense to look at the active ingredients of each one and choose accordingly. First off, there are chemicals that will kill bed bugs on contact and no more and there are chemicals that will stick to the surface they are sprayed on and continue killing for two up to eight months. Frequently a combination spray that does both jobs is the best approach. There are also powders that will stick to local surfaces and kill for many months. There are also additional facts you need to look into. Some residual chemicals are toxic to humans and should only be used on the floor and in crevices. Other chemicals are approved for use on mattresses.

Here are some suggestions. Most effective bed bug sprays will use one or more pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are man-made versions of pyrethrins, which are chemicals that come from chrysanthemums. Deltamethrin is a pyrethroid that provides 2 months of residual action; however, many bed bugs have developed resistance to it so it makes sense to use sprays with newer versions of pyrethroids. These include Bioallethrin Bifenthrin Cyphenothrin Cyfluthrin Cyhalothrin Deltamethrin Permethrin Esfenvalerate (and other chemicals ending “-thrin”). You can search on the internet to see what reviewers say about each specific one. Cyfluthrin should not be used on mattresses, but deltamethrin can be used on mattresses.

You can add residual power to your treatment by looking for a bed bug spray that contains a powder. Powders will bind to the surface and continue killing the bugs for months. Some bed bug sprays come in different versions. Some versions will have an extra ingredient, such as a powder, and will guarantee to kill bed bugs for eight months. Many of these sprays do work as they have added an ingredient with long residual action. Dusts may include silica dust, for example. You can also use diatomaceous earth. Powders can be used on mattresses, but nowhere near where you breathe. Some sprays such as Demand CS  encapsulate the pesticide they are applying into slow release capsules for extra residual effects. Powders are effective when sprinkled into crevices, places where they can sit for long periods of time but where their dust won’t be kicked up into the air. Bed bug growth inhibitors provide residual action for up to 120 days and can be added to your regimen. Gentrol containing hydroprene is example of this type of spray.

For bed bug extermination in the Baltimore area contact A # 1 Pest Control at 410-764-7500 or visit our website at

How Pest Control Can Help Your Food Business

dead-roachA pest problem can be disastrous to any food business. Food businesses are permitted to operate only if their facilities are sanitary and safe, and their products don’t cause illness. Invasive pests such as rodents and insects can transmit a host of diseases, and can contribute to the spread of harmful bacteria that contaminate food products. The presence of pests will also hurt employee morale, and damage the quality and efficiency of your services. Your food can potentially harm customers, and could ultimately contribute to the closure of your business.


Unfortunately, food businesses are the ideal environments for pests to seek out. Due to potential warm, dark, and moist areas in your business, pests such as insects and rodents will want to move right in. Of course, your business also happens to have a plentiful food supply that can prove irresistible to pests. This means that a successful business owner must remain vigilant and proactive about pest resistance and pest control. Luckily, there are plenty of effective ways to protect your food and your company.


Steps You Can Take

Insects, rodents, and even birds tend to enter through vulnerable points in a building. You can deter pest infestation by closing any gaps in your doors, windows, pipes, and drains with sturdy, durable materials to make entry difficult. You’ll have to keep the building in a good state of repair and keep the workspace clean, and food stores inaccessible.


Preventative measures are essential for any food business, and are required by law. However, many times pests do manage to get in, and you’ll need more active pest control measures, such as regular contact with pest control professionals, and professional grade pest control equipment, to keep them out.


Professional Services

It is important to take all of the steps you can in order to make your business pest resistant. However, it is also essential to engage in more active pest control steps, such as investing in professional grade equipment that you can find from suppliers at Qspray. Professional equipment ensures that pests are effectively taken care of before they become a more serious problem, and it also ensures that pests don’t return.


It is especially important to have a skilled professional contact for your pest control needs, especially if you’re in the food industry. A professional can ensure that all problem spots are accounted for, all preventative measures are taken, and pest control poisons and baits themselves are not contaminating your food and making things worse.


Lasting Benefits

A sanitary environment will give your employees peace of mind. Your business will pass inspections with flying colors and your customers will trust your products. These benefits work together to establish your brand as reliable and improve your reputation, all of which contribute to a thriving food business!

What Not to Do When You Have a Bed Bug Infestation

Boruch: Hi, and welcome to another episode of “Day in the Life of Dovid David Pest Specialist.” We’ve got Dovid on the line and tonight we’re going to be talking with him about things you shouldn’t do when you have a serious bed bug infestation. I’ll just remind you, we talked with Dovid about two months ago about things you should do if you have bed bugs in your home. You recall that if you have bed bugs, you should remove your bedding and wash it at high temperatures. You should use a blow dryer with twelve hundred to fifteen hundred watts of power, and apply the heat to the mattress seams, all the way around. You should put a lawyer of Vaseline around the bed legs and or the bed frame, in order to prevent bed bugs from crawling up onto your bed. Finally, you should put a mattress cover around your mattress.

And now, let’s find out from Dovid what things you shouldn’t do when you’re fighting a bed bug infestation.

Hi Dovid, it’s great to have you.

Dovid: Good evening.

Boruch: Why don’t you get started and tell the listeners about things they shouldn’t do if they’ve got bed bugs.

Dovid: One of the most important things you should not do if you have a bed bug infestation, either light or heavy, is to ignore the label of any product that you are going to use. Number one, make sure that the products you are using from over-the-counter, are specifically labeled for use against bed bugs. Most of them are sold in a ready to use concentration, although some of them can be in a concentrated form. But you must read the label because the label is the law and it is given for your safety. To give you an example, a lot of the Internet sites are telling people that it’s all right to use diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is a natural product very similar to boric acid, which comes out of the ground, and you can usually purchase it in nursery and garden stores and other types of home product centers. But do not ignore the label. It says it will, in fact, help in the elimination of bed bugs. And it might be of some help, but it does not eliminate bed bugs. Also, it specifically says, “Do not put this product in an area where people will have actually physical contact with it. Meaning, do not sprinkle it around the baseboards of your bedroom; do not sprinkle it on the top part of your mattress, where your face is going to go; do not put it in any place where it will come in contact with wind, such as a doorway or any of those places where the wind can pick it up. Because you will harm your health by having this product becoming airborne and then you will then be inhaling this potentially abrasive product.

With respect to some of the insecticides you can buy over the counter, you must be very cautious about applying these pesticides to your mattress. These are pesticides that have residuals, and nobody wants to put their face in a bucket of insecticides. Insecticide labels will be very specific as to where that product can be applied. Please read the labels. Do not ignore the labels.

These are two of the main products, that I can think of, that people might be misusing. Another thing to be wary of is using a mattress cover that is damaged. You certainly should cover your mattress. However, if the mattress cover has rips and tears in it, then the bed bugs will find those openings, and the problem will just continue.

Boruch: All right, these are very helpful suggestions. I want to ask you one more question. What if people want to move from a room where there is an infestation to another room in the house? What’s your recommendation about that?

Dovid: I do not recommend that people move from one room to another. And this is a normal reaction. If you’re in a bedroom and you’re getting continually bitten, well then you pick yourself up and you go to bedroom “B” or you go to sleep on a sofa. Because you’re thinking that you’re just going to remove yourself from an infested area and then you’re going to be all right. However, bed bugs have the ability to crawl. They can crawl several hundred feet. This is not a problem for them. You are the meal, and they will follow you wherever you go. So if you’re in bedroom “A” and you decide to go to bedroom “B”, they may wait a day or two but then they’ll come to the conclusion that you’ve relocated, because you’re going to be walking back and forth. And they will simply follow you to your new location. Also they’ll do the same thing if you go downstairs to sleep on a sofa or a family room in the basement. So don’t think that because you’re relocating that they can’t relocate with you. That would be a false assumption.

Boruch: Okay, you’ve given the audience and me some great suggestions. I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with us, Folks, that’s it for another episode of “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Specialist.” I’m Boruch Fishman, and have a pest free day.


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Proper Use of Rodenticides: “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Specialist”

Rat Hole Under a Stove
Rat Hole Under a Stove

Boruch: Hi and welcome to another episode of “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Specialist.” We’ve got Dovid on the line and today we’re going to be talking with him about the proper use of rodent poisons.

Hi Dovid, how you are you doing

Dovid: Great, thank you for your call.

Boruch: My pleasure. Okay, let’s get right into it. Why don’t you begin by talking with the folks about when to use the poisons and then the big questions are which poisons to use and when to use them.

Dovid: Okay. # 1 we don’t use the word “poison” when we’re talking about any type of eradication of insects or rodents

Boruch: Okay.

Dovid: So the first thing you want to do is a thorough inspection of the property, be it a room, basement, house, or yard, because you want to look for identifying signs. You want to look for claw marks, signs of droppings, and color of droppings because you want to ascertain whether you’re dealing with mice or you’re dealing with rats, and they’re two different things. So once we’ve established the type of rodent we’re going after, then you’re going to know their behavior traits. You’re going to know whether to look for borrows in the ground, holes in the concrete, holes in the walls, etc. etc. Once you’ve established the type of rodent you’re going after, now you can determine what they’re doing. Are they nesting on the property? Are they merely feeding on the property? Do you just see rat droppings around the trashcan, but not in the house, or are they nesting? Did they go to your refrigerator, your stove and take out the insulation. So then you want to see what activities these rodents are conducting, and then you want to ascertain if there are small children or pets on the premises.

Now you have about five or six different types of rodenticides, “cida” (Latin) meaning killer and rodents meaning rodent killer. Now in some cases it is advisable not to use rodenticides and you will want to use traps or some other mechanical means of getting rid of the rats. For instance a health facility might not permit the use of rodenticides on its property, so you can use traps. Now if you’re going to go with chemical traps, you can use bait. Now there are many different formulations of bait. Wax block baits are very effective in the exterior. Pellets work very well against rats who are actively feeding inside the home. Tracking powder is a highly acute rodenticide that you dust inside burrows and holes in the walls and then seal up the entrances.

Boruch: Okay Dovid, now let me ask you about the issue of children and pet safety that you alluded to. How should people place the rodenticides if they do have children or they do have pets.

Dovid: Number one, if a listener is dealing with a major rodent problem, they need to call an exterminator. Number two, if some of our listeners are going to do it themselves, they should always rodenticides of any kind, either over the counter or professional, in areas that are in accessible and not visible.

Boruch: Okay.

Dovid: That’s the bottom line for children’s and pet safety. If pets and children can’t see the bait and can’t reach it, then they can’t get into it. If a child sees something, he will make it his business to get it. Dogs will inadvertently come upon it. So the rodenticide should be placed somewhere where it’s not accessible or visible.

Boruch: These are some very valuable tips and we want to thank you for taking the time to talk with us. Folks this has been another episode of “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Specialist. Have a pest free day!


Giant Mutant Rats Taking over England

Super Sized RatsA breed of genetic mutant super rats is taking over England. The giant rats are as large as 2 feet in length and many of them are resistant to over-the-counter rat poison. Many of these super-rats have developed immunity to rat poisons. The current population immunity to warfarin related compounds, which are the types of poison found in most commercial rat poisons, ranges from 33% – 75%. The mutant rats threaten to kill smaller rats and become the predominant species, destroy buildings, and drastically increase the cost of rat control. Furthermore, immunity to over-the-counter rat poison gives the rats a great survival advantage. As time goes on, the super-rats that are immune to rat poison will survive and increase in numbers and the percentage of the giant mutants that are immune to warfarin related compounds will increase.


The giant rats can be killed by professional strength rat poisons and some people talk about making professional rodenticides available to the public. However, improper use of the strong pesticides can endanger pets, children, and severely damage the food chains.


As of yet these giant mutant rats are not showing up in America. However, the US has faced another type of mutant rodent problem. Large portions of the rat population are becoming immune to traditional warfarin containing rat poisons. The warfarin poisons kill rats by damaging the blood clotting process and causing death by internal bleeding. Many rats have developed immunity to first generation and second generation poisons. Research in 2009 has revealed 18 genetic mutations to warfarin containing compounds in rats in 4 continents, including America. It may only be a matter of time before the giant rats that are spreading across England also show up in the United States.


If you discover rats in your home that are not responding to over-the-counter poisons, it may be because they have genetically conferred immunity to the rodenticides. If you have a problem with immune rats call your exterminator for assistance. He is trained in the use of strong professional compounds that can kill even the resistant rats.


The giant rats can be killed by professional strength rat poisons and some people talk about making professional rodenticides available to the public. However, improper use of the strong pesticides can endanger pets, children, and severely damage the food chains.


As of yet these giant mutant rats are not showing up in America. However, the US has faced another type of mutant rodent problem. Large portions of the rat population are becoming immune to traditional warfarin containing rat poisons. The warfarin poisons kill rats by damaging the blood clotting process and causing death by internal bleeding. Many rats have developed immunity to first generation and second generation poisons. Research in 2009 has revealed 18 genetic mutations to warfarin containing compounds in rats in 4 continents, including America. It may only be a matter of time before the giant rats that are spreading across England also show up in the United States.


If you discover rats in your home that are not responding to over-the-counter poisons, it may be because they have genetically conferred immunity to the rodenticides. If you have a problem with immune rats call your exterminator for assistance. He is trained in the use of strong professional compounds that can kill even the resistant rats.

How to Eradicate Bed Bugs without Using an Exterminator

Dovid Davis, Pest Exterminator Hi, I’m Boruch Fishman and welcome to another episode of Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Specialist. Today we’re going to be talking about whether you can eradicate bed bugs without using a professional exterminator. Here to answer your question is Dovid Davis.

Boruch: Hi Dovid.

Dovid: Hi, how are you?

Boruch: Good. Dovid, let me ask you to start off with, how can homeowners recognize if they have or might have a bed bug infestation?

Dovid: One of the things you’ll realize is that over a small period of time you’ll be getting bitten on a regular basis. There are other insects that will in fact inflict bites on people. Fleas can do it, spiders can do it, mice can do it. But they are not repeated biters. So you’re not going to be bitten every night by these insects. Bed bugs will bite you every single night and usually in the same particular area. So one of the things you can look for are bite marks on your body. Now the bit markings are actually a reaction to the bites. Some people react quickly within minutes, some people will react over days and weeks. One of the other things you can do is check your sheets. If you think you have a bed bug infestation or that a bed bug has bitten you, keep in mind that when bed bugs bite, they are sloppy and will drip a little bit of blood. So what you can do if, for example, you’ve been bitten around the neck area, the thigh area, or the chest area; look around your bed in that corresponding area and see if you find any small slight blood stains. That will be an indication that you’ve been bitten during the night.  You can also check your mattress and bed spring, especially along the seams, to see if you can locate the actual bugs themselves.

If you have identified a bite on the body and a little bit of blood on the sheet or mattress, now you can go ahead and do some preventive work. Some of the preventative things you want to do are:

  1. Strip your bed, take the sheets off, take the bed covers off, take the dust ruffle off, nothing should be touching the floor.
  2. One of the simplest things you can do is take your hair blow dryer, one that says it is 1200 – 1500 watts. Put it on an extension cord, turn that hair dryer on, and go around all your seams of the mattress and box spring. Don’t burn the mattress up, don’t melt it, but make it sufficiently hot so it’s hot (more than 110 degrees Fahrenheit) . This is, in actuality, a heat treatment. So you’ll be giving yourself a heat treatment by just using a hair dryer that you should have readily available.
  3. One of the other things you can use to prevent bed bug infestation or the spread thereof is some Vaseline. You can take that Vaseline and put it on a Styrofoam or paper plate, and you can place that plate underneath a four post bed. That will discourage bed bugs from getting to the legs of the bed to get to the box spring to get to the mattress to get to you.
  4. You can also apply a thin coating of Vaseline around the legs of the bed, to the bottom six inches. And once again, if there’s a possibility that the bed bugs are living anywhere in the room other than the bed, this will stop them from climbing up the legs of the bed to get to you. And you can also check to make sure no bed bugs are getting caught on the Vasoline. If bed bugs are sticking in it, then you know you have an active infestation.

Boruch: Okay, let me ask you a couple of questions. First off, I had a short lived bed bug infestation, and the bites itched like anything. And I found that they usually go for the arms and the legs. Is that right?

Dovid: No. First off, the itching is just a reaction to the bite. If you have an itching problem you can take an antihistamine and that will stop that urge to itch. Itching, of course, make it worse and can give you an infection. So using an antihistamine will certainly stop that.

Boruch: Okay, we only have about 30 seconds left, so tell the audience, can they save their mattresses without professional treatment?

David: You can save your mattress if you do what I said. Take your hair dryer and go around the mattress seams. And buy a mattress cover, that will serve for both bed bug prevention and detection.

Boruch: Folks that wraps it up for another episode of “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Exterminator.” I’m Boruch Fishman; have a pest free day!

For expert bed bug service in the Baltimore area contact A # 1 Pest Control at  410-764-7500 (410-764-PEST) . A # 1 Pest Control; 7236 Park Heights Avenue, Apt. A; Baltimore, Md. 21208


How to Prevent Pests from Invading Your Garden in 4 Easy Steps?

 Demi Crawford is a lover of all things Australian. She’s your go-to person when it comes to family well-being and animal rights. She currently writes content for Dawson’s Australia and in this article she talks about 4 easy ways to prevent pests from invading your garden.

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Garden pest control is a critical issue. There is a symbiotic relationship between plants and animals. Certain insects are beneficial to plants in the garden. Chemical pesticides can harm these helpful insects. Hence, the environmentalists suggest using organic garden pest control methods.

What is Organic Garden Pest Control?

It is a safe and healthy process of eliminating pests from a garden. It avoids the use of harmful chemicals that could be unhealthy for plants and human beings. It uses only natural methods of removing these garden pests.

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How to control pest from invading your garden?

Prevention is better than cure. This is no longer just a doctor’s advice to patients for physical health. It is also the best solution for maintaining the health of an organic garden. Organic garden experts suggest that this to be the best method for keeping harmful pests from invading the garden.

The following four (4) steps help prevent insects from invading a garden:

  • Keep the soil healthy. – Just as a weak immune system can make the human body vulnerable to colds and disease, an untilled soil makes the plants susceptible to pest invasion. Plants must be planted in good soil in order to flourish.
  • Try companion planting. – Certain plants complement each other so that one plant protects the other from pest invasion. For example, garlic keeps the aphids away from the roses and basil protects the tomatoes.
  • Cover the earth. – A thin, shiny silver sheet is used to cover the soil surrounding the plants. This technique has a twofold purpose. One is to scare the birds away and the other is to keep harmful insects from taking shelter under the leaves.
  • Spray on the plants with organic oils. – Neem oil and garlic oil are common examples of these organic pesticides. They’re widely used as insect repellants on plants. They help prevent the growth of fungus and mildew, both of which are very attractive to harmful insects and pests.

What to do if prevention fails?

Those are just four (4) simple prevention steps in the process of organic garden pest control. However, some bugs can be very stubborn. They could still invade the garden even after you follow these preventive measures. This would be the time to take on some organic pest control procedures. Below are some of these methods:

  • Use your hands. – Most pests can simply be hand-picked off the garden. It is quite tedious, but it is the most efficient and economical way of protecting the plants in the garden.
  • Copper and Salt – This method is especially useful for eliminating slugs from the garden. Copper gives shocks to the slugs and highly concentrated salt can kill them. However, too much salt can also be unhealthy to the soil.
  • Sticky Traps – This method works in a similar way to  fly paper. Highly sticky surfaces are set up to attract these harmful insects and then the traps can be thrown away. This method can be most effective at the first instance of insect invasion.
  • Soapy or Oil Water Spray – The oily or soapy water mixtures suffocates the insects making it an effective method of eradicating pest such as aphids from the plants. But it is also quite a tedious process since the soapy or oil water can easily be washed out in the rain, which calls for the need for reapplication. The spray can also make the leaves susceptible to sunburn.
  • Diatomaceous Earth – According to Wikipedia, it is a chalk-like sedimentary rock substance which is commonly used as a filtration aid and abrasive substance in products like metal polishes and toothpaste. As an insecticide, it is used for eliminating bed bugs, house dust mite, cockroach, ant and flea. It can be directly applied on the ground or mixed with water and sprayed onto the leaves. However, using this substance is not very healthy to either plants or humans alike. It contains some harmful chemicals that can damage health. Use of this type of insecticide has been regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.


If none of these methods work, then there’s always  the option of getting professional help. There are plenty of pest control experts waiting in line to assist you with insect problems in your garden.

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Author: Demi Crawford

Pest Control Guest Author Demi CrawfordDemi is a lover of all things Australian. She’s your go-to person when it comes to family well-being and animal rights. She currently writes content for Dawson’s Australia. If you want helpful updates, follow her on Twitter: @DemiCrawford31

Signs That an Animal Has Rabies

rabid-bat-marylandRabies is a viral disease contracted by the bite of an infected (rabid animal). In the United States, the vast majority of cases are transmitted by the bite or saliva of an infected dog or bat. While there are only a few human cases each year in the United States, rabies is an important disease to know about and prevent, because once the symptoms appear it is almost inevitably fatal. If exposure to rabies is treated before symptoms arise, on the other hand, cure is almost certain. Therefore learn these signs of a rabid animal. If you (your broken skin or one of your mucous membranes) have been exposed to the bite, lick, scratch, or saliva of an animal with one of these signs, contact a local health authority immediately. Keep in mind you have a window of two weeks from the time of exposure to the earliest time that the first symptoms may arise.

Animal species that transmit rabies include foxes, bats, raccoons, skunks, non-vaccinated dogs, feral cats, and livestock. You should suspect that an animal is infected if it is lame, moving erratically, irritable, aggressive, or inappropriately friendly. (Avoid approaching a wild animal that appears to be friendly.) Signs that an animal may have more advanced rabies include foaming at the mouth, staggering, or convulsions. There are specific signs among some species that an animal has rabies. Raccoons, for example, generally come out only at night. If you see a raccoon during that day, that’s an indication he might have rabies. Bats are always airborne, so if you see a bat lying on the ground, that’s a sign that the bat may be infected with rabies.

If you suspect a domestic animal is infected, you should contact the owner to determine if the animal has been vaccinated or exposed to another rabid animal. If you have questions about a suspicious animal you should call a local pest control company or municipal animal control agency. In the greater Baltimore area, you can call A # 1 Pest Control at 410-764-7500 or 410-764-PEST.

Never feel sorry for a wild animal or try to feed it or pet it. If you suspect rabies, stay away and call in local animal removal authorities. They will use their expertise to clarify the status of the animal and remove it from domesticated area as needed.

For expert animal control and removal in the Baltimore area call A # 1 Pest Control at 410-764-7500 (410-764-PEST) or visit our animal control page at

The Most Effective Bed Bug Treatments

Tow bed bugs in a mattress seamEvery pest control company has its own unique approach to bed bug extermination. Dovid Davis, a Baltimore exterminator and owner of A # 1 Pest Control, has well thought out opinions and loves expostulating on his approach to bed bug control.

Dovid makes it clear from the start that his company focuses on treating bed bug infestations with pesticides that have residual effects. This means that a single bed bug treatment will take effect for up to 90 days or more when combined with high temperature washing and drying of clothing and bedding plus diligent household cleaning.

Other treatments such as freezing, anti-bed bug heat treatments and foggers are effective one time kills; however, A # 1 Pest Control believes in treatments with residuals. Consequently they don’t use the one time kill bed bug treatments. A # 1 Pest Control does use bed bug sniffing dogs on occasion. However, when they are asked to treat a small area such as a single room or small apartment, they will exterminate the whole area and save the expense of a bed bug sniffing dog.

IN addition to anti-bed bug pesticides, A # 1 Pest Control offers additional treatments, including organic dust (diatomaceous earth) and insect growth regulators. Both of these treatments also have residual effects and keep working for months after application.

A # 1 Pest Control’s consistent use of pesticides with residuals not only insures success from the start, but saves the customer the cost of repeated visits by the pest control operator. The company knows that using the strongest available pesticides that have residual effects will retain that the treatment maintains its effectiveness for as long as possible.