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Bugs Love the Big Apple – New York City Tops Buggiest Cities List

Monday, June 8, 2015

 

National Pest Management Association offers tips for keeping pesky pests at bay

 

FAIRFAX, Va. – The summer months usher in warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, however, the season also brings with it plenty of bugs. While pests are problematic across the country, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), compiled the list of the “Top 10 Buggiest Cities,” which will leave residents buying repellent in bulk and looking for ways to prevent infestations.

According to traffic to NPMA’s website – www.pestworld.org – the “Top 10 Buggiest Cities” are:

  1. New York
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Chicago
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Atlanta
  7. Boston
  8. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
  9. Dallas-Ft. Worth
  10. Houston

“While these 10 cities may be the buggiest, pests are plentiful in every city and state. As Americans spend more time outdoors during the summer months, we encourage them to take precautions to protect themselves, their families and their pets from the multitude of health risks posed by pests,” noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA.

Here are NPMA’s summer pest prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks and small openings in the home’s foundation, around windows and doors.
  • Repair ripped window screens.
  • Keep tree branches and bushes trimmed and away from the house.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
  • Inspect the outside of a home for nests built by stinging insects — typically found in the eaves under roofs.
  • Keep kitchen counters clean, and store food like sugary cereals in sealed containers.
  • Empty garbage containers frequently and seal indoor containers.
  • Make sure pets’ food and dishes are not left out for long periods of time.
  • Always apply an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label.
  • Keep grass cut low. Remove weeds, woodpiles and debris.
  • Inspect yourself and your family members carefully for ticks after being outdoors.

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property. For more information, visitPestWorld.org.

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Termites are back! Make sure your structure is safe.

Warmer weather invites termites to become more active as they search for food. Unfortunately, your structure is on the menu! Especially if moisture damage is present.

Any wood in contact with soil is also vulnerable as a food source. Termites even construct mud tubes within cracks in concrete, cement blocks, bricks and stone to reach a source of wood.

It’s time to take action against these pests before irreversible damage is inflicted on your home or commercial building.

Click here to see how a termite swarm became dinner for geckos!

Be safe! Click here to book an inspection and to learn more about the dangers, treatment and prevention of termites (866)399-8200.

 

 

 

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Termite Identification: How to Spot Termites in Your Home

 – Pest World

Monday, February 23, 2015

Every year, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the United States. Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected for years—damage that isn’t covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies.

As spring approaches and the ground begins to warm across the country, termite populations will emerge in search of new structures to invade. Starting from South to North, termite explorers, referred to as swarmers, will look for hospitable homes, with buildings that have sustained damage from severe winter weather particularly at risk. Once swarmers have determined your home to be a good fit, it’s likely that the rest of the termite colony will follow, resulting in a full-blown termite infestation.

By becoming familiar with the species of termites that are most prevalent in their area along with their habits, homeowners are better equipped to detect the warning signs of an infestation, and call in a pest professional to assist with termite identification before the problem gets out of hand.

Termite or Flying Ant?

Many people will see termite swarmers in homes during the spring and mistake them for flying ants; this can end up being a costly mistake if the rest of the termite colony follows the swarmers. Winged termites have a straight waist, straight antennae and their wings are equal in size. Flying ants on the other hand have waists that are pinched in the middle, bent antennae and two sets of wings, with the top set being larger than the lower. Termites are also most likely to swarm in the spring, while flying ants may swarm at various times of the year.

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Subterranean Termites

Found in every U.S. state except Alaska, subterranean termites are creamy white to dark brown or black and 1/8 inch long. They live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas aboveground that can contain up to two million members. Subterranean termites also build telltale “mud tubes” to gain access to food sources and protect themselves from the open air. This termite species is considered to be by far the most destructive of all termites throughout the United States.

Subterranean termite

Formosan Termites

Formosan termites are similar in color to subterranean termites but can grow to 1/2 an inch long. They can be found in Hawaii, California and much of the southern U.S. Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most aggressive known termite species, capable of consuming one foot of 2X4 wood in just 25 days. They live in huge underground colonies with an average of 350,000 workers and build intricate mud nests inside the walls of a structure. Because of their aggressive nature, Formosan termites are difficult to control once they infest a building; a mature Formosan termite colony can cause severe structural damage to a home in as little as six months.

Formosan termite

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood termites can be found throughout the pacific coastal and adjacent states, the desert or semi-arid southwest, and in southern Florida. This termite species is typically between 1/2 and 5/8 of an inch long. As the name suggests, dampwood termites infest wood with high moisture content and don’t usually infest structures because of their need for excessive moisture, but it is important to avoid attracting them as they can cause serious property damage if they make themselves at home.

Dampwood termite

Drywood Termites

Unlike subterranean and Formosan termites, drywood termites do not require contact with the soil. They are typically between 3/8 and one inch long and often establish nests in roof materials and wooden wall supports, along with dead wood that may be around the home. They are found in the southern states, from North Carolina through the Gulf Coast and in to the coastal areas of California. They form colonies of up to 2,500 members and usually swarm on sunny, warm days after a sudden rise in temperature.

Drywood termite

It’s not always possible for an untrained eye to spot evidence of termites, but homeowners should keep a look-out for the certain signs of termites that can help them identify a termite infestation. Read more about signs of termites in home.

 

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Ant gin, cricket soup: Bugs crawl onto menu at Cordon Bleu

By JOCELYN GECKER
Published: Yesterday

In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 photo, a participant tries an hors d’oeuvres made with insects at a seminar at Le Cordon Bleu’s cooking school in Bangkok. A group of chefs and food scientists at the esteemed French school’s branch in Bangkok spent the week simmering, sautéing and grilling insects to extract innovative flavors they say could open a new frontier for the world of gastronomy. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK (AP) – Bugs in a gourmet kitchen are usually something to be squashed or swatted. But at Le Cordon Bleu, the esteemed French cooking school, chefs and food scientists spent a week simmering, sauteing and grilling insects to extract innovative flavors they say could open a new gastronomic frontier.

As a finale to their research, the school’s Bangkok branch held a seminar Thursday called “Edible Insects in a Gastronomic Context,” which booked up weeks in advance. The event included lectures and a tasting menu for 60 open-minded participants, a mix of student chefs, scientists, professors and insect farmers.

First came a vial of ant-infused gin, followed by a shot glass of warm cricket consomme, then an hors d’oeuvre of cockchafer butter and herb crisp. For the unfamiliar, a cockchafer could be mistaken for a water bug but is in fact a giant beetle.

The insects were not visible in the final products but artfully hidden, pureed into batters, their juices extracted for essence.

“We didn’t want to just put a bug on a salad and say, ‘Voila!’ We wanted to know, can we extract interesting flavors, new textures, aromas and turn it into something delicious?” said Christophe Mercier, an instructor who helped organize the event in the Thai capital.

Before anyone else could crack a joke about bugs in fine French food, the chefs made their own.

“This is the first time that insects have been granted access to the Cordon Bleu,” Mercier said with a smile, adding that the 120-year-old Paris-based school had never to his knowledge held a workshop quite like this.

At the school’s entrance, a welcome table was decorated with tropical flowers and bowls of bugs – crickets, silk worms, bamboo worms and live water bugs as big as a toddler’s hand.

The idea for the event was inspired by local eating habits in Southeast Asia. In Thailand and neighboring countries, many people eat fried insects as snacks, leading Mercier and colleagues to wonder if they could learn from the locals. He ran the idea past his Paris headquarters and “they were excited by the idea,” he said.

“You have to approach this with a really open mind,” said Roberto Flore, head chef at the Nordic Food Lab, a Copenhagen, Denmark-based laboratory devoted to discovering new tastes for cooking. The lab started a project called the “Deliciousness of Insects” in 2012 and was invited by the Cordon Bleu to work with its Bangkok-based chefs this week and help develop the recipes that were presented at the seminar.

Flore brought along certain products from his lab, where he first created the cricket consomme and the gin, which he described as having “an explosion of lemony taste” that came from acid produced in the ants’ abdomens.

It was the gin that helped win over the chefs.

“Some things were very impressive, and some things were very bizarre,” said Fabrice Danniel, master chef at Bangkok’s Cordon Bleu. “The taste of the alcohol was amazing. It’s more than alcohol. The taste was unique.”

“I was very surprised with the consomme, too,” he said about the broth served in a shot glass. Participants described it as meaty, nutty, flavorful, subtle and not-at-all grainy. “It was light, yet full with aroma and flavors – flavors of the insect,” Danniel said.

A Cordon Bleu chef, Christian May, admitted privately that he was initially repulsed by the intense aroma of the grilled crickets for the broth. He encouraged his colleagues not to demonstrate for the seminar how the consomme was made but just serve it elegantly on trays, which they did.

“It tasted good. You just have to remove the image of the insect from your mind,” he said, noting that this will be the biggest challenge if and when insects go mainstream in Western cuisine.

Before that happens, more research is needed. It’s not clear if serving insects is legal in all Western countries. Proper hygiene needs to be ensured at insect farms. There are also safety concerns.

“We do have to be a bit careful,” said Alan Yen, an insect expert and professor from Australia’s Latrobe University, who suggests never eating raw insects and says anyone with a seafood allergy should probably steer clear of bugs. “Some insects are toxic, some have allergens. There are medical complications with some people.”

Chefs should tap the knowledge of cooks in countries where insects are commonly eaten, he said. According to the U.N., insects have long been part of human diets in nearly 100 countries, particularly in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

In Thailand alone, there are 200 species of insects eaten as food, said Patrick Durst, a senior official with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization who has co-authored a study on Thailand’s edible insect industry. To people who frown on eating bugs, he says this: “Take a look at shrimp. What an ugly creature. Is it any more attractive than a grasshopper?”

And what about snails, said French chef Willy Daurade, who made the evening’s dessert – a “bamboo worm bite.”

“We eat escargots,” said Daurade. “They’re ugly. But in fact it’s delicious.”

After the seminar, the chefs repaired to a back room for a glass of champagne and congratulated themselves on a good start.

“This is not the end of the story,” said Danniel, the master chef. “We want to develop more recipes, hold another workshop and maybe even write a cookbook.”

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Baking for the holidays? Make sure these pantry pests aren’t hiding in your cabinets.

Pantry Pests 101

 – www.pestworld.org

Thursday, December 4, 2014

 

A guide to identifying common stored product pests

 

During the holiday season, families and friends across the country gather in the kitchen to create favorite treats. However, nothing ruins a day full of baking fun quicker than opening up a bag of flour to find it has been taken over by pantry pests.

These stored product pests tend to gather around food stored in pantries and cupboards such as grains, dry cereals, spices, candies and chocolate. They breed quickly, which can allow small infestations to grow out of control in short periods of time.

Keeping pantry pests out in the first place is vital to preserving kitchen ingredients along with holiday memories! Here is a guide to help you identify and prevent the most common pantry pests.

Merchant Grain Beetles

  • Region: Merchant grain beetles are found throughout the United States.
  • Habitat: These beetles are typically found year-round in pantries, food processing areas and warehouses where any accessible food can quickly become a buffet. Despite their name, merchant grain beetles prefer cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies and chocolate to grains.
  • Threats: Merchant grain beetles can quickly take over food products and contaminate them. Their body shape allows them to crawl in to packaging where they eat, live and reproduce, allowing infestations to grow quickly.
  • Prevention tip: Add one bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods – the herb’s pungent scent repels many pests.
  • Unique fact: Merchant grain beetles have six saw-like teeth on each side of their flat bodies.

Indian Meal Moths

  • Region: Indian meal moths are found throughout the United States.
  • Habitat: These moths are attracted to light and any area where food is stored, including pantries and cabinets. They prefer to feed on dried fruits and vegetables, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, pet food and powdered milk.
  • Threats: Indian meal moths will infest available food sources, rendering them unfit for future use.
  • Prevention tip: Always store food in thick plastic or glass containers with airtight, secure lids to keep Indian meal moths from sneaking their way inside.
  • Unique fact: The Indian meal moth was given its name after a scientist found one feeding on cornmeal, also known as Indian meal.

If you suspect an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional. Pantry pests can reproduce quickly to take over your kitchen, and what may initially seem like a small problem can quickly turn in to an infestation. To learn more about how to prevent merchant grain beetles and Indian meal moths inside the home, watch thisvideo on keeping pests out of the kitchen.

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It’s Fall, and Boxelder Bugs Want In

Nov 25, 2014, 9:14 AM ET

 

Batten down the hatches. It’s that time of year when boxelder bugs are snooping around looking for a winter home. Your home and mine, that is.

You know these bugs. They are about a half-inch long and charcoal gray, with three red stripes on their thorax and red veins on their wings. Viewed objectively, they might be pretty as individuals or clustered on the south wall of your home some warm fall or winter day. But viewed subjectively? Yuck.

Boxelder bugs are “true bugs.” That is, they are in the insect order known as Hemiptera, commonly known as true bugs, a group to which flies, bees, mosquitoes and aphids do not belong. Some identifying characteristics of true bugs are two sets of wings, the rear ones shorter than the front ones, wings at rest held flat on their backs, sucking mouthparts and a beak at the front of the head.

Another characteristic of many true bugs is their scent, which is bad. As a gardener you may have experienced this scent from another true bug, the squash bug. Stink bugs also are true bugs. Boxelder bugs are actually among the scentless true bugs.

ALL THEY WANT IS SOMEWHERE COZY

In their search for a cozy, dry spot in which to spend the winter, boxelder females will sneak into cracks in a home’s foundation and around windows and doors, even gaps beneath siding. From there, some might accidentally find their way inside.

Come spring, the females will be out and about, eager to lay eggs. The eggs hatch into bright red nymphs who resemble their mothers, except they have small or no wings. The nymphs go through a series of molts to reach adult size, each time shedding their old, undersize skeletons, climaxing in the emergence of the fully developed adult in July. Given enough time, the cycle from egg to adult might be completed again before winter sets in.

NO THREAT TO PLANTS

While the insects are growing, they are, of course, eating, and their food of choice is their namesake, boxelder. The tree, like the insect, is ubiquitous over much of the country.

The bugs will eat boxelder flowers, fruits, leaves and small twigs. They actually do little harm to boxelder trees, which many people consider little more than weeds ? weak-wooded trees with muddy yellow leaves in autumn.

If pressed by hunger, the bugs also will feed on ash trees, other maple species (boxelder is a species of maple) and fruit trees.

Boxelder bugs also do little harm if they get in your house. They might take an occasional taste of some houseplant, but they don’t eat clothing or food.

The worst that can be said of them is they’re a nuisance, perhaps enough so to warrant some human intervention. This does not mean dousing them with pesticide, although oil, insecticidal soap, and pyrethrum or rotenone are allegedly up to the task. Within walls, silica aerogels, such as Drione, kill the bugs by absorbing their waxy coating and causing dehydration.

A better approach, besides just ignoring the bugs, is to avoid the problem in the first place. Prevent their entry by caulking openings in your home’s foundation and around windows and doors, and screen vents, such as the one from a clothes dryer. (All this has the added benefit of making your home more energy-efficient.)

Finally, cut down boxelder trees near your home, especially the female ones whose flowers are a particular delicacy to boxelder bugs. I cut down a large boxelder near the south side of my home and the boxelder bug problem is no more.

Not so for Asian multicolored lady beetles, which also seek shelter in fall and inadvertently wander indoors ? but that’s another story.

Will water bags at this restaurant in San Miguel, Mexico really protect guests? 
Photo courtesy of John Wood

Restaurants Use Bags of Water to Keep the Flies Away

Restaurants swear that hanging water bags keep flies out of the food. Or do they??? Read on…

Can a bag of water keep flies away?

by  – HowStuffWorks.com

Perhaps you’ve visited a restaurant and seen clear, water-filled bags hanging on the doors or cinched up in the outdoor dining area. You might ask, “What’s all this about? Some crazy new way to control temperature? A scheme to save money on water pitchers?”

While any effect on temperature is purely accidental, these hanging bags are all about driving pests away. People hang these bags outside their homes, businesses and even in their barns to drive fliesaway.

Various takes on the water-bag practice exist. Some advocates insist the bag must have flakes of floating tin foil; others say a single penny. A couple of industrious Web sites even offer commercial takes on the concept, selling specially designed water bags to be used as repellents.

Flies spend much of their time buzzing around such germ havens as dumpsters, carcasses and animal droppings. Then, loaded down with germs, these flies swarm around your chicken sandwich — it’s only natural that you’d want to keep them away. After all, flies aren’t just annoying, they carry diseases.

But how can a bag of water help? Does it even work? Experts and amateurs alike are split on the question. Here, we’ll examine both sides of the issue.

Why Flies and Water Bags Just Can’t Get Along

The common housefly boasts an incredible array of eyes which allow it to see in almost every direction. ©iStockphoto.com/Tomasz Pietryszek

The common housefly boasts an incredible array of eyes which allow it to see in almost every direction.
©iStockphoto.com/Tomasz Pietryszek

The water bag method of flyrepellant has many supporters, from restaurant owners to backyard grill-masters. Many success stories ranging from the mild to the miraculous litter the Internet.

So how does the method drive flies away? Some insist the flies perceive the clear liquid as the surface of a body of water. Others claim the insect flies away at the sight of its own magnified reflection. But the most popular reasoning that pops up among entomologists and patent-filing entrepreneurs is simple light refraction.

Refraction takes place when a clear or opaque object, such as a piece of glass or a bag of water, alters the course and velocity of light. The rays of light, which normally travel in a straight line, bend. This effect is responsible for a number of optical illusions, such as mirages, that occasionally baffle humans as well. For more information on refraction, read How Light Works.

In theory, refraction can be just as confusing for some species of insect, especially the housefly. It boasts a highly sensitive array of eyes which allow it to see in multiple directions at once.

The insect’s head mostly consists of a pair of large complex eyes, each of which is composed of 3,000 to 6,000 simple eyes. These eyes can’t move or focus on objects like human eyes, but they provide the fly with a mosaic view of the world around them. Each simple eye provides one small piece of the puzzle, much like the way a screen’s pixel delivers one detail of the larger picture.

A housefly bases its sense of direction on the direction sunlight comes from. Some entomologists believe that when these complex, sensitive eyes experience refracted light, the insect becomes confused and flies away.

While some supporters claim water bags keep all kinds of flying insects away, most report success with complex-eyed insects, like houseflies.

Not convinced? You’re not alone. Read the next page to explore some of the doubts about optical fly repellent.

Debunking the Water Bag Myth

There are plenty of people who don’t think water bags can repel flies. Critics often classify this theory in the realm of old wives’ tales and modern superstition. They chalk success stories up to confusion between correlation and causation.

Imagine a traveling salesman offers you an irresistible bargain: For only $19.95, he’ll give you a belt buckle that can prevent shark attacks. You wear it for a week and, sure enough, no shark bites. Does this mean the magic belt buckle works? Is there an actual correlation between wearing the belt buckle and avoiding sharks? Is one the cause of the other? To properly measure this, you’d have to consider how often sharks attacked you prior to wearing the buckle, and the various other reasons sharks may be leaving you alone.

If all the factors are not taken into account, hanging water bags used to repel flies may seem to work due to the placebo effect. In medical terms, this is when people who think they’re being treated for a condition feel better, even if that treatment treats nothing at all. The same effect could occur for people who think they are treating a pest problem.

But what if the situation is even worse? What if the placebo actually increases the problem being treated? When Mike Stringham, professor of entomology at North Carolina State University, investigated the use of clear plastic water bags as a fly deterrent, he encountered just such a situation.

Stringham conducted a 13-week field trial by installing commercial, water-based optical fly repellants on two egg farms. Stringham measured the fly activity based on the spots of regurgitated material the flies left after feeding. He concluded that areas equipped with water bags actually experienced higher levels of housefly activity.

However, the study was not conducted under natural lighting conditions. Its purpose was to determine whether the water bags could be used to decrease fly populations on egg farms. The study didn’t explore the possibility that direct sunlight increased the water bags’ efficiency.

So do bags of water lower the number of houseflies around homes and restaurants? There are reasonable explanations that argue yes and significant evidence that proves no. Regardless, you can still find water bags hanging near restaurant patios and backyard porches across the globe.

 

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Just saw ANOTHER stink bug?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

 

NPMA explains where this pest came from & why they are a concern

 

If you reside in the Northeast or the Mid-Atlantic regions of the country, you are likely familiar with stink bugs, especially in the fall and spring months.  Although stink bugs don’t present a health threat to people, the fact that they look to our homes as a winter vacation spot makes them a major nuisance this time of year.

What Are Stink Bugs?

Adults are approximately three-quarters of an inch and brown, gray or dark green in color and are shaped like a shield. They have alternating light bands on the antennae and dark bands on the thin outer edge of the abdomen. The stink glands are located on the underside of the thorax, between the first and second pair of legs.

These pests typically produce a single generation per year, but warm spring and summer conditions could push them to produce two or three generations. During warm months, female stink bugs attach large masses of eggs to the underside of leaves and stems. After hatching, the wingless nymphs go through five immature stages before becoming full-sized, winged adults.

Adult stink bugs are most active from spring as they emerge from their overwintering spots to late fall, seeking shelter from the cold. In many cases, their shelter is also our shelter and homeowners begin to see these pests hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes.

Where Did Stink Bugs Come From?

The brown marmorated stink bug, native to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea, was first discovered in the United States in eastern Pennsylvania in 1998.  Since then, the stink bug has migrated to other states such as: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

In recent years, there have been reported sightings in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Why Are Stink Bugs A Problem?

Although simply a nuisance pest for homeowners, stink bugs have become a serious problem for the agricultural industry in the United States due to the damage they cause to crops and plants.  Stink bugs typically attack apples, peaches, figs, mulberries, citrus fruits, corn, tomatoes, green peppers and persimmons as well as ornamental plants, weeds, soybeans and beans grown for food production. Because they use their piercing and sucking mouthparts to feed on plant juices, they end up damaging the crop permanently. This damage results in a characteristic distortion, referred to as “cat facing,” that renders the fruit unmarketable. Some growers have lost their entire crop to these pests and the agricultural industry as a whole has incurred millions of dollars in losses. As an invasive species, the stink bug doesn’t have any natural predators and scientists are feverishly working on finding ways to combat this destructive pest.

What Is That Smell?

The problem more familiar to homeowners who encounter this slow-moving, armored-looking pest – is the smell. When handled or disturbed, stink bugs are able to secrete a bad-smelling, bad-tasting fluid from pores on the sides of their bodies. This secretion protects stink bugs from predators .And, to them that’s what we are – tissue-wielding, newspaper-swatting, foot stomping predators.

The reason stink bugs end up in our homes is because they are looking for a spot that will keep them safe from harsh winter elements such as rain and snow. Some you see, but many more will manage to hide in attics, basements or other parts of the house.

These stinky visitors will once again make an appearance in the spring as they seek a way outside to find a mate. Preventing them from coming into our homes is the best way to avoid the “ewww, stink bug!” shrieks that emanate from home after home in the spring and fall months.

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Lurking in Your Chutes: What you don’t know CAN hurt you

Servicing trash chutes is key, especially when you consider tenants disposing of their trash improperly, in torn or leaking bags, or none at all. In light of this, it’s hard to believe that proper trash chute hygiene and maintenance is often overlooked until there is a violation or a blockage.

In the heat of summer, the breeding environment in compactors and chutes is particularly suitable for pests to flourish. Sludgy chutes are breeding grounds for bacteria and a major source of nourishment for roaches and rodents who carry their own diseases and germs. Anyone unfortunate enough to cut themselves on a trash chute door, or to touch a door with an open wound on their hand, can end up with a dangerous infection.

Additionally, these unkempt chutes are highly combustible because they contain grease. A small trash room fire can turn into a major conflagration, leaving residents homeless, if not hurt. The chute acts like a chimney, sucking flames and smoke upwards. Trash chute doors that don’t self-close and self-latch allow the fire and smoke to escape into the corridors of the building, spreading the danger.

Don’t wait another day – call us now to find out how our chute cleaning services can give you peace of mind.

We service your chutes with a customized blend of detergents and enzymes to ensure long-lasting disintegration of organic material. Our dusting method protects from pests and our exclusive disinfectant withstands odors long after treatment. Our refuse and linen chute doors are fabricated entirely of 304 stainless steel, a locking T-Handle and rubber baffles for refuse doors. All makes and models installed, repaired and maintained.