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Tips for preventing pests at spring picnics, barbecues and other outdoor events

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Bug Busters USA offers the following tips for preventing pests at spring picnics, barbecues and other outdoor events:

  • Before the party, check all window screens and screen doors and repair any holes. As guests come in and out of your house, make sure the doors close behind them.
  • Remove or drain any sources of standing water in your yard that could serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths and garden ponds.
  • The majority of mosquito species are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are planning an event before sunset, make sure there is plenty of insect repellant on hand containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin. Placing citronella candles on decks and patios can also help to minimize the presence of mosquitoes during an event.
  • Stinging insects, especially yellowjackets, are attracted to sugars and proteins. Provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are convenient hiding places for stinging insects.
  • Keep all food and beverages in sealed coolers and containers to avoid contamination from ants and flies, and keep garbage cans sealed and away from guests.
  • Immediately clean up any spills or crumbs from tables and other surfaces, and bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the meal.

There’s Snow Place Like Home

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

There’s Snow Place Like Home

Cold weather pests including rats and raccoons can cause structural damage to walls and electrical wires as they search for food or a place to stay warm. Mice and cockroaches can carry diseases such as Hantavirus and Salmonella that can make family members sick. Keeping these pests outside is the best way to stay safe and healthy while spending the season indoors.

There are many precautions homeowners should take based on weather conditions specific to their area. And it’s important to note that Ice, snow and wind can all negatively affect homes, so homeowners should be sure to check vulnerable spots in the home such as doors and the roof for damage after harsh weather.

Snow

When the temperature drops and snow starts to accumulate, rodents including mice, rats and squirrels will be searching for warmth indoors. Rodents can squeeze through small cracks and crevices that might get overlooked, especially where pipes and wires enter the home. Once inside, they can cause structural and electrical damage and spread disease.

Ice

One issue to be on the lookout for is ice dams. They form on roofs and can prevent snow from melting. The moisture backup from ice dams can cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and drywall. This can attract a number of pests that love moisture such as carpenter ants.

Wind

Strong winds can cause damage to roofs shingles. Cracked areas in the roof and siding are perfect places for nuisance wildlife including raccoons and bats to gain access to the home. Periodically check the roof for missing shingles and be sure to fix damage right away.

Rain

Homeowners should check trouble spots for any leaks or areas of moisture caused by rain or melting snow. Pests such as termites are attracted to moisture and are often unseen as they build nests and grow their colonies inside homes. Be sure basements and attics are dry and clear of water damage after heavy rain to avoid pests making the damage worse.

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Un-bug A Friend Save $50 from Bug Busters USA!

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Un-bug A Friend Save $50 from Bug Busters USA!  

Simply refer your friends or family members to Bug Busters USA through our Un-Bug A Friend program. When they sign up for either a Home Service or single Application Service from Bug Busters USA you can receive up to $50 toward your next service!
  • $10 credit for single Application Service
  • $50 credit for Annual Home Pest Control  Service

There are Three Ways To Un-Bug Your Friends!!!

  • Call your local Bug Busters USA office with your friend’s contact information.
  • Print & Mail the completed form located here
     to your local Bug Busters USA office or simply hand it to your Bug Busters USA Technician.
  • Online, complete this form and press ‘Submit’.

Invasive Pests

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), a nonprofit organization committed to the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, encourage homeowners to also be on the lookout for the following invasive species:

Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) – RIFAs were brought to the United States in 1930 from South America and are mainly found in the southern region of the country. When disturbed, they are known to swarm and sting humans, often causing painful welts on the skin.

Asian Tiger Mosquito – Originating from Southeast Asia, the Asian tiger mosquito is now found throughout the eastern, Midwestern and southern states. This mosquito species can cause an irritable bite and spread several diseases, including Dengue fever, West Nile virus and Japanese Encephalitis.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Likely introduced from Eastern Asia, stink bugs are most prevalent in the northeast. While stink bugs don’t pose any health threats, they can produce an unpleasant odor when crushed.

Formosan Termite – Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most aggressive subterranean termite species. They are capable of consuming wood at rapid speeds, posing a serious structural threat to a property if left untreated.

Due to the health and property risks posed by invasive species, homeowners should frequently inspect the home for signs of an infestation and contact a licensed pest professional to treat any potential pest problems.

For more information on invasive pests, please visit www.bugbustersusa.com

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Monday, August 19th, 2013

More on spiders: http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/s…
Spider bites can be painful, but a spider’s venom is the real concern.

Thankfully, most spiders don’t bite, and 98% are harmless.

Don’t Take Pests lightly!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Don’t Take Pests lightly!

Are there steps a restaurant or food service facility can take on their own to prevent/control pest populations?

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Are there steps a restaurant or food service facility can take on their own to prevent/control pest populations?

  1. Seal up any cracks and holes on the outside of the facility including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
  2. Make sure vents are screened and gaps around windows and doors are sealed.
  3. Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed.
  4. Inspect boxes, bags and other packaging thoroughly to curb hitchhiking pests.
  5. Don’t allow food to sit on counters or shelves in open containers.  All food and water sources should be kept sealed unless currently in use.
  6. Clean all food spills regularly.
  7. Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  8. Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.
  9. Never store food on the floor.  Always lift it up on shelves so that rodents and insects do not have easy access.
  10. Comply will all regulations regarding pests in food service facilities.
  11. A licensed and qualified pest professional is your best resource to ensure these steps are completed properly.

One Of ‘Most Destructive’ Pests Intercepted In Atlanta

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Destructive Khapra Beetle Pest Intercepted at Atlanta Airport

ATLANTA  – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport recently intercepted a destructive pest in the luggage of two international passengers arriving from India.

CBP agriculture specialists inspecting a small bag of dried beans noticed a very small beetle larva slightly larger than a pinhead. The captured larva was sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for identification.

Entomologists confirmed the insect was the khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium), one of the world’s most destructive pests of stored seed and grain products. CBP agriculture specialists confiscated and destroyed the beans to prevent the insect from entering the country.

CBP agriculture specialists protect American agriculture and the food supply by preventing harmful pests, plant and animal diseases, and biological threats from entering the country. “Discovering this significant pest and stopping it from entering the country further emphasizes the importance of our mission” said Parris Hawkins, CBP Chief of Agriculture.

An outbreak of khapra beetle in the U.S. could cost tax-payers millions in clean-up efforts. If the khapra beetle became established in the country, the damage could lead to tremendous economic losses to seed and grain producers since other countries would likely impose quarantine restrictions on contaminated exports of U.S. grain. The first outbreak of the beetle occurred in California in 1953 and led to years of eradication, costing an estimated $15 million to clean up.

“We can best prevent the economic impact to our agriculture producers and taxpayers by the joint effort with CBP to stop these pests from ever entering the country,” said Carlos Perez with the USDA.

The last khapra beetle interception at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport occurred in 2006.

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