Yellow Jackets: Understanding this Common Pest

Yellow jacket a stinging pest

Yellow jacket a stinging pest

No matter where you live you are probably familiar with, and sure to avoid, the myriads of different stinging insects out there. Yellow jackets are especially common with over 16 different species living in the United States alone; and the fall season, even though it’s cooler, is still a very active period for these flying, stinging pests.

Behavior Patterns

Compared to other similar insects like wasps and hornets and despite having similar physical characteristics, Yellow jackets are particularly unique in some of their behavior patterns. In order to handle a potential infestation without a trip to the hospital, it is important to understand the differences in aggression and habitual behavior between Yellow jackets and the many other stinging insects.

Like others of its kind, Yellow jackets are a social creature and live within the bounds of a colony and hive. Only active throughout the summer and fall months, Yellow jackets will die off in the winter leaving only the queen to hibernate and start anew in the spring. Hives are usually constructed subterraneously or hung from some sort of appendage and are instantly recognizable by their<a href=”http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/baldfaced-hornet”>grey papery </a> appearance. Trees, gutters, and underneath the eaves of houses are very popular spots for wasp hives.

What They Eat

Yellowjackets are attracted to and eat fructose based substances typically found in plant nectar, but will raid most anything that has sugar in it. However, despite what we know about  pests like these, wasps in hives actually depend on more than just glucose and sucrose.  In the larva stage Yellow jackets require a great deal of protein, which they often get by ingesting other bugs and the likes.

Avoiding Injury from These Pests

Although wasps are less reactive and therefore less likely to sting, they are extremely territorial. If you come near the hive you’re probably going to be attacked by a swarm. And unlike other stinging pests, Yellow jackets don’t lose their stinger after the first attack, so they can plunge over and over again causing extreme pain and swelling. Many people are  allergic to Yellow jacket venom and if stung can end up in anaphylactic shock. People who are sensitive to the venom can very easily become oversensitizedand react even more severely the next time they are stung.

Yellow jacket Pest Control Tips

Due to the dangers of a Yellow jacket sting, it is imperative that you utilize the help of a professional when attempting to eliminate the pest if you are not confident you can handle the situation.  Exterminators avoid severe health risks by using highly specialized equipment to remove and destroy the hive. There are also many pest control companies that offer organic treatments, which protect nearby gardens or other delicate vegetation.  Instances where the hive you wish to eradicate is near plants you wish to protect require the use of safe but also effective methods  to control the problematic Yellow jackets and their hive.

 Don Kuperhand, Director of Technology at Organic Pest Control NYC notes that “When you’re dealing with a garden, an active outdoor space that may have kids or pets running around and pests, it’s important to put safety first by using organic pest control methods, whether it be green products, biological control methods (bringing in natural predators of the pests you’re dealing with) or organic agents (such as diatomaceous earth). You don’t want to have any hazardous chemicals near your garden, your pets or kids. There is a fine line to accomplish the harmony of all of these things, but if done right you can control the problematic pests, while keeping everyone safe.”

If you have pets running around your yard,  make sure that they remain safe from Yellow jackets and don’t get stung. To manage any Yellow jackets, while keeping your pets safe,  look into pet-friendly pest control methods  you can use outdoors to effectively treat the problem  while keeping things safe for your furry family members.

Although you may be able to handle a Yellow jacket’s nest on your own, nothing is a substitute for the safety and general know how that a professional pest control company will provide. If you believe you have a Yellow Jacket’s nest anywhere on your property  notify a professional immediately, it may save you a trip to the emergency room.

Peppermint Oil and Mice Control

Guest Post: Thanks to guest poster Chad Siemer for this fascinating article about Peppermint Oil and Mice Control

As soon as someone discovers they have a mice problem they immediately turn to poisons or traps. Poison is dangerous especially if you have pets or children. In my opinion, most mouse traps are inhumane. They are very messy and unnecessary. However there is a fantastic repellant for getting rid of mice that no one ever talks about.

I’m not sure if there is a lack of good information or people are just skeptical about trying something new. Whatever the case may be, peppermint oil is a proven and effective deterrent for getting rid of mice. It has a strong scent that is very pleasing to humans, but highly offensive to rodents. Mice depend on there sense of smell to communicate, find food, and survive. They cannot tolerate the scent of peppermint oil. So they will have no choice but to pack up and leave.

Here is what you need to know

Although peppermint oil is inexpensive, not many regular stores carry it. The best place to find peppermint oil is at Amazon. All you’ll need is a 1 oz. bottle. This will usually cost you a little less than $10 dollars. If you want to keep some on hand at all times and save money, purchase the 4 oz. bottle. This will cost you less than $15 dollars.

How to use peppermint oil for mice control

You’ll want to figure out where you think the mice are hanging out. The best way to determine this is to look for mice droppings. Some of the most common places mice hide out are in storage areas, in drawers, cabinets, and even behind refrigerators.

You’ll want to purchase some standard cotton balls. Apply a few drops of peppermint oil to a cotton ball and leave the balls in all the areas you think the mice may be. Also leave some in areas where you think they may be using as pathways.

Peppermint is very strong. So you’ll only need to use a limited amount. Using too much could cause irritation to your eyes and throat. Leave the cotton balls in the designated areas for up to six weeks. To prevent the mice problem in the future continue to replace the peppermint cotton balls every four to six weeks.

Purchasing peppermint oil is simple and easy. However, many people choose to grow their own peppermint inside their house. This is a great, cost effective way to keep rodents and mice out of the house.

If for some reason your mice problem continues, it’s always a good idea to contact your local pest control company. Most lawn and pest control companies offer environmentally safe treatments for their clients.

 

 

 

Electronic Versus Natural Pest Control

Effectiveness of Electronic Versus Natural Pest Control

Getting rid of pests like; ants, spiders, house flies, rats, termites, mosquitoes, bees and scorpions in and around the home is something everyone has to deal with. Though not all pests are poisonous,  many of them produce pain and some sort of allergic reaction when they bite. Rodents, on the other hand,  do not have a poisonous bite but can transmite several deadly viruses. You can use natural or electronic pest control to get rid of pests in your home. Here are some criteria yoiu can use to help you decide which method will be more effective for you.

Electronic Pest Control

There are two types of electronic pest control, those that use ultrasonic sound waves, and those that use electromagnetic fields. Neither of these systems cause any harm to humans and are threfore completely safe to use.

  • Ultrasonic Sound Waves – This system emits ultrasonic sound waves that only insects and rodents can hear. The sound irritates the pests and keeps them away from your home.

  • Electromagnetic Field – This system uses electrical wires to send a signal at a  frequency that irritates  pests and thereby keeps them away from the home.

The sound waves and the electromagnetic fields emitted by electronic pest control systems not only produce irritating sounds  but they  also inflict pain causing rodents to flee from the area.

Benefits of Electronic Pest Control

Lets look at the special benefits that electronic pest control systems offer. Eradicating pests with electronic pest control is much more humane that killing them with poison or traps. With electronic pest control, the animals are repelled rather than killed and there;s no need to dispose of dead insects, rodents and other pests.

With electronic pest control, there are no harsh chemicals  introduced into the environment.  The systems are compact and portable. They are easy to use in homes and farms, and are safer for humans and the environment.

Effectiveness of Electronic Pest Control

While scientific data has not yet established the absolute efficacy of electronic pest control, numerous case studies have shown it is both safe and effective,. Ultrasonic repellents work especially well in confined spaces, like a room; however, any other noises in the area can block out the ultrasonic sound waves. This decreases the treatments efficacy. Some studies have shown that whereas electronic pest control initially prevents rodents from entering the home, it may later fail as the rodents become acclimated to the signal. Newer units that vary their frequency at irregular intervals have proven to be more effective as the rodents cannot get accustomed to the sound. If you are planning to use electronic pest control in your home, considering purchasing this type of unit, as they have been shown to be more effective.

Ultrasonic pest repellents are user-friendly and non-toxic ways of getting rid of pests in and around the home. Though they cannot be used to repel all insects and pests, they are considered to be a handy pest control system to use in the home.

Electronic Versus Natural Pest Control

Using electronic pest control eliminates the need to find new ways  to get rid of insects, it does away with the need to prepare a solution for spraying in your home or garden, and it removes worry about whether your pest control is environmentally friendly. Electronic pest control is a safe and effective way of getting rid of insects, rodents, snakes and other pests in and around the home.

John Thurston is  the owner of Total Pest Management and a content writer by profession. Pest control, pest management and home pest control are his topics of interest.

Pest Control Keeps Diseases Away


Have you ever given  extended thought to the damage caused by rodents and other pests within the perlieus of your family dwelling? Skim through websites, flip through magazines or look through the newspaper headlines. Many will describe rodents damaging crops or infesting new construction and established residential properties. All hands down, yes these are critical issues with most pest control companies offering stern preventive measures against these blight makers. Rodent pests, for example, are not cute pets to keep around the home. Beyond their damage to crops and buildings, they pose a personal danger and cantear your health down right to the core. Were you aware of that?

The threat that rodents and other pests pose to your health is a topic often neglected. Aside from the foul odor and general nuisance that pests create in buildings and surrounding fields, many transmit bacteria and viruses that mingle with your bodies organ systems, potentially inflicting serious harm. Rodent pests, for example, can spread infectious agents to your food, pantries, and various other household items via their droppings, thereby becoming harmful disease-spreaders. Some of the diseases they spread, such as Salmonella, are a mild nuisance, others such as leptospirosis can be life threatening. Understand one thing that completely eliminating pests from the home is a tad difficult in most situations. But a good pest control company should be able to keep most pests at bay for long durations of time while strictly limitting their habitation locales.

Let’s have a detailed look into the most likely health hazards you could suffer from major household pests, and which ones are the instigator behind them. Most of the time, people are vexed by the bugs themselves, not the disesases they trnasmit. Small, itsy-bitsy, tiny bugs can become very annoying. Because of the fact that they are so tiny, most think of insects as inconsequential. Because of the fact that insect invaders are good at seeking hiding places, dealing with them gets even tougher. Hence, it’s essential, when combating  these tiny creatures to shake hands with a pest control company known for their results. A reputed company providing sound pest control services will save the day for you.

Talking of insects, there is one species that equally dominates all the habitable places as humans. Make way for the ants. After cockroaches, ants are one of the longest surviving house pests on the planet earth.  They’re tiny creatures, yet their life cycle may last  up to 15 years or more. While natural inhabitants of the ground and earth, ants live in the human houses as well, especially the kitchen, where the food supply is plenteous. Easily breaching lids and cupboards, these tiny tribesmen carry pathogens onto your counters and  into foods where they tread. They are the most active during the spring time; when they readily scavenge for food. Certain ant species can become very menacing and even painful (with their bites).

Other insects dominating our houses and lives are sanguivorous bed bugs, disgusting flies and shameless roaches. Bed bugs are most difficult to get rid of, especially, if you live in damp places. They delve deep into the clefts of your bed, only to come out in the night and suck the blood out of you. This can pose a serious threat to your overall rest and well being. And don’t forget the flies and fleas. Both species are a hotbed for germs. While flies can spread infection to your food, food. fleas directly inject pathological organisms into your blood. You consequently have to take careful precautionary measures whilst being around them. But out of all these pestilent invaders, roaches are perhaps the worst breed to successfully deal with. Once, they have had an chance to multiply in your home,
restricting them is a tough chore. Perhaps the worst characteristic of a roach infestation is the rate with which they infiltrate foodstuffs, leaving behind germs and infections of salmonella and gastroenteritis. Cockroaches also spread allergens that cause allergic reactions and prompt asthma symptoms in children. These are deadly beings, though very petite.

Pigeons can also be discomforting for people suffering with asthma and respiratory problems. Birds like pigeons mess up the places they inhabit, leaving behind feathers
and bird droppings. They generally spread allergens, parasites and bacteria. Additionally, they litter construction and residential sites with  droppings they let loose from the sky.

All this is just a tip of the iceberg. There is more to pest threats than meets the eye. Don’t allow pests to breed in your house or take a toll on your health. Contact a suitable pest control company immediately if you think you’re house is being infested.

Author Bio: City and Country Pest Control Inc offers quality
commercial and residential pest control services in Toronto that
covers pest eradication, humane animal removal and odor control

10 Ways to Kill Bed Bugs Yourself – Or at Least Control Them

Bed bugs are one of the most irritating pest to deal with. Ask families who had to struggle with them and they will have plenty of woes to talk about. These tiny little blood-suckers can sneak unseen in those mattresses and bedding. There has been a significant rise in their numbers in recent years. Don’t be surprised if you wake up one morning covered in those ugly and swollen bite marks. It seems waking up with those tiny little bites is getting common.  In order to deal with those bed bug infestations, one will come across many solutions and info on bed bug treatment these days. On this page we will discuss the most effective means of getting rid of those bed bugs forever. However, there is no magic bullet that can get rid of those bed bugs fast and these pests are developing resistance to the pesticides already used like pyrethrums and DDT.

  1. Inspect your whole house and each room carefully.  Don’t expect the bed bugs to just remain confined to your bed. They could be just hiding anywhere.
  2. Start with cleaning and vacuuming your house completely. This will remove the bugs and their eggs from mattresses, walls, carpets, etc. Pay particular attention to the edges and box springs. As for the carpets, it is best to steam clean them as the heat will kill bugs and the eggs.
  3. In case you have heavily infested mattresses, furniture items, or couches, the best option would be to discard them rather than fighting an already lost battle.
  4.  One can buy mattress covers that make for an impenetrable barrier to bed bugs. If those bugs are already there in the mattress, they will get trapped inside the cover and eventually die.
  5. Spray insecticides into cracks and crevices, but to be more effective, remove the dirt and debris before the application. .
  6. Grind crystal silica gel and apply it all over in your bed room. You can spread some on the mattress and along the wall. The bugs get stuck to the fine gel and will dehydrate and die.
  7. Repair the walls in your home and fill up all those cracks and crevices in the plaster. Glue the edges of wallpaper carefully if it is coming out.
  8. Get rid of any animal debris around the house. Look for any bats or birds on your property and treat their nesting sites too.
  9. Clean the furniture and curtains thoroughly. Treat the fabric with bed bug products and pay more attention to underneath the cushions and the underside of the furniture.

10. Bug interceptors can be used to keep the bugs from reaching the bed and the mattress. The interceptor is simply a sticky card that can be placed under the bed post.

In case you find that your war with those nasty bugs is just not coming to any conclusions, your last resort is to go for professional help.Homemade efforts are suitable for controlling the problem on a small scale, but if those bugs are just too much to handle, better rely on experts.
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