Rodent Infestation Signs

March 4th, 2015

Here are a few clues that rodents may be present in a home:

  1. Droppings: A trail of rodent droppings is typically found in kitchen cabinets and pantries, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, and in boxes, bags and old furniture.
  2. Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.
  3. Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to the touch and are light colored.
  4. Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they are drawn to areas that are dark and secluded.
  5. Damaged food packages: House mice prefer to feed on cereals and seeds, while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.

Count Mousey?

March 3rd, 2015

Count Mousey?

Recent talks earlier this month involved an extinct rodent, the biggest ever, had front teeth used similarly the way elephants use their tusks.

What? A rodent the size of a bull was said to use its teeth scavenging for food in the ground or warding off predators (obviously). The 20-inch skull of this extinct creature was unearthed in Uruguay on a beach and was well-preserved. Speculations say that the rodent could have grown to weight about 2,200 pounds.

The second biggest rodent species ever found was weighed in to have been around 1,500 pounds. This new discovery beats the second by 700 pounds. Today’s largest rodent, the capybara only weighs in at about 130 pounds. Sorry, capy, but they outdo you.

But then that just inspired all new kinds of nightmares if you have a fear of rodents and finding this fossil of a cow sized rodent doesn’t help at all. Can you imagine, if this creature were carnivorous and it was chasing you down across the prairie?

Never mind, don’t picture that. Don’t chance an anxiety attack.

Scientists are still unsure what they used their front teeth for. But it has been suggested that they had weak chewing muscles and small grinding teeth. Thus had to rely on soft vegetation and fruit. But this is a bit troubling as most rodents have strong bites, and massive specimen wouldn’t have been any different, if not stronger.

The bite force would have been the same as a tigers, estimates say. Scarier is that the force at the incisors and third molar could be three times the amount at 936 pounds force. Talk about taking a chunk of out you and wanting your rabies shot.

So being equipped with such astonishing bite force, what the heck were those front teeth or incisors used for then?

As mentioned earlier in the beginning, foraging in the ground for food is an option and defending its self are still options up for debate that seem to be going nowhere soon. But then what else would the teeth be used for if not for food and defense, really?

http://www.livescience.com/49723-biggest-rodent-teeth-were-tusks.html

Super Mosquitoes?

March 2nd, 2015

Super Mosquitoes?

Over the years, mosquitoes have gained a reputation for being nasty, annoying, blood sucking, and disease carrying pests. While it is true that humanity must remain diligent in its battle to curtail these unwelcomed pests, over the weekend, news articles about the possible release of genetically-modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys not only added to that reputation butm ay have made it needlessly worse.

The Washington Post, for example, managed to use the words “Genetically modified killer mosquitoes” in its headline and later referred to them as “Frankenstein mosquitoes.” The Associated Press, in an article that’s been circulated by many other media outlets, wrote “Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.”

The modified mosquitoes, if approved, would only be used to control mosquito populations without pesticides. The hope is that the chances of Florida residents being exposed to mosquito-borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya will decrease. A similar program called the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) has been used in Florida for years. The state spends roughly $6 million a year using SIT to prevent Mediterranean fruit fly infestations. California spends $17 million a year. SIT was developed in the 1950s and was used successfully against the screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) which was finally eradicated in 1982.

 

According to National Geographic, mosquitoes are carriers of some of humanity’s most deadly illnesses and diseases. They are public enemy number one in the fight against global infectious disease. Mosquito-borne diseases cause millions of deaths worldwide every year with a disproportionate effect on children and the elderly in developing countries. There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes, but the members of three are primarily responsible for the spread of human diseases. It is hoped that by utilizing more inventive methods, that Humans can gain ground in the never ending battle against mosquitoes.

http://entomologytoday.org/2015/01/26/some-fact-about-floridas-genetically-modified-mosquitoes

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/mosquito/

 

 

 

Feb News From bugs Busters USA

February 27th, 2015

Feb News From bugs Busters USA

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Threat of bat endangerment may put plans for pipeline on hold

February 26th, 2015

Threat of bat endangerment may put plans for pipeline on hold

Other than the fact that bats may help reduce the amount of bug bites you have in your backyard at night, there’s nothing too significant about them. Or is there?

Northern Long-Eared bats are one of the most impacted species of white-nose syndrome, according to U.S Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species website. The species has been listed endangered since October 2, 2013. White-nose syndrome is a disease that affects hibernating bats with a white fungus that appears on their muzzle and other parts of their body.

Since the first documented case of the disease in the winter of 2006-2007 in New York, the disease has spread rapidly across eastern United States, and Canada, according to white-nose syndrome website. The disease has killed more than an estimate of 5.7 million bats and 90-100 percent of the hibernacula have died.

This listing of endangerment threatens to stop plans for a new pipeline in the Midwest. This adds to the ongoing list of controversy between animal protection and industrial progress.

The proposed pipeline would be run through the northern long-ear bat’s habitat currently ruined with the mentioned disease. As of January15, 2015, the U.S FWS have proposed a special rule regarding the particular species to be listed as threatened in order to lessen the regulatory burden on the public, according to the news release for the rule on the FWS website.

Taking into consideration that in spring, the bats migrate from the hibernation caves to the forest to roost in the trees, following with the expecting mothers giving birth. While the mother hunts at night, the newborns stay in the trees until they are able to fly.

The pipeline plan would then have to take down some of the trees, the bats call home in spring. Thus if the FWS declared the long-eared endangered or threatened, then plans would be halted to configure a route for the pipeline that will not further damage the declining population from white-nose disease.

The company responsible for the pipeline even launched its own study to examine the habitat, changed its route, but also found something else. They argue that the bats in question are more common than the FWS thought as the nets set out for study caught more long-eared than others. Thus, where their argument of abundance comes from.

The question then becomes, do the bats still need protection after this finding from the company?

http://www.popsci.com/how-tiny-bat-might-interrupt-massive-oil-pipeline

http://www.fws.gov/Midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/index.html

https://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/about-white-nose-syndrome

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/765.html

Information on mosquitoes

February 25th, 2015

Mosquitoes

Previously thought by most Americans to be merely a nuisance, these pests have been at the center of a recent rapidly spreading public health threat – West Nile Virus.  Although currently the most famous, West Nile Virus is just one of many illnesses spread by mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are most likely to be found around and breed in stagnant water. Travelers that are planning to spend time in marshy areas, around standing ponds, or other areas close to unmoving water should come prepared to battle with these pests.

The best defense against mosquitoes is an active offense:

  • Travelers should avoid going outdoors when and where mosquitoes are typically most active. Some mosquitoes are active during the day and others are active at night depending on the area.
  • Insect repellent should be applied on clothing near exposed skin whenever and wherever mosquitoes are most likely to bite.
  • The most effective repellents currently available contain the active ingredient, N, N-diethylbenzamide (DEET), in concentrations up to about 35% (greater concentrations don’t offer better protection).
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long-legged pants, preferably treated with a repellent as well.

Top 5 Most Venomous Spiders

February 24th, 2015

Top 5 Most Venomous Spiders

5. Redback Spider

The Redback Spider resides in the same family as the Black Widow, and is very toxic as well. It normally resides in Australia, and can easily be noticed from the dark red stripe running down its back. Serious symptoms of the bite are known to include seizures, comas, or even respiratory failure.

4. Black Widow

When thinking of venomous spiders, most of us imagine this as the first thing that comes to our mind. However, a quite unknown fact about the Black Widow is that it actually eats its male partner after having intercourse. The Black Widow’s Bite is known to cause lactrodectism, or muscle spasms, throughout the body. It only needs a dosage of 0.0002mg/kg of venom in order to kill its prey.

3. Sydney Funnel-web Spider

This is known as one of the most venomous spiders on Earth. Instead of giving smaller bites, a Sydney Funnel-web Spider is known to always inject a full amount of venom into their victim. Atracotoxin, a chemical in its venom compound, is very dangerous to primates, including humans. One child died within 15 minutes of receiving a bite from this hazardous spider.

2. Six-eyed Sand Spider

Although still very dangerous, this spider is known to not usually live near humans. It’s not very aggressive either, meaning that bites are mostly uncommon. It’s a cousin of recluses, another species of spider, although the venom is much more potent. Their bite is known to cause necrosis, blood clots, and extreme bleeding which may even result in death.

1. Brazilian Wandering Spider

In 2010, the Guinness World Records named this as the most venomous spider on Earth. It is extremely aggressive, and its vicious bite causes breathing problems and eventually asphyxiation. Oddly, its venom also causes priapism, which causes males to have long-lasting erections. Because of this, its venom is being studied in order to possibly combat Erectile Dysfunction Syndrome. Even after receiving an antidote, humans have still been known to perish after being bitten by this dangerous creature.

Article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EaZTxQeQMQ

AMERICAN ROACH PREVENTION TIPS

February 23rd, 2015

AMERICAN ROACH PREVENTION

The best advice for American cockroach control is to practice good sanitation. To prevent American cockroaches from infesting your space, vacuum often, keep a spotless kitchen, seal all entrances around utility pipes and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup. If there is evidence of a cockroach infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the American roach problem.

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February 20th, 2015

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Winter Weather Leaves Homes Susceptible to Termite Infestations

February 19th, 2015

Termites are known as “silent destroyers” due to their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. They cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year – an expense typically not covered by homeowners insurance.

When spring rolls around, termites emerge from their overwintering spots in search of mates and new structures in which to establish their colonies – most often our homes.  Unfortunately, termites can be difficult to spot with the naked eye, so homeowners should routinely inspect the foundation of the home for signs of termites, including mud tubes, cracked or bubbling paint and soft wood that sounds hollow when tapped.”

Bug Busters USA offers are a number of valuable tips to help homeowners prevent termites from inflicting serious structural damage to their biggest investment:

  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and AC units on the outside of the home.
  • Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Replace weather stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Divert water away from your house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil and any wood portions of your home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

Although the winter season isn’t quite over yet, it’s never too early to schedule a termite inspection.  In fact, all homeowners should have their property inspected for termites by a licensed pest professional every one to three years.