Siani Pest Control Services https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com Berks | Lancaster | Allentown | Lebanon Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:02:24 -0500 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 Pantry Pest Control https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/11/pantry-pest-control/ https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/11/pantry-pest-control/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 15:02:24 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=2051  Siani Pest control clean kitchen

Thanksgiving is almost here and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably spending a lot more time in the kitchen; it seems that so many holiday traditions involve making and eating special foods. As you dig into your cupboards to pull out the powdered sugar and pie plates, you don’t want to find that invading insects have been feasting on your favorite recipe ingredients. 

There’s a long list of bugs that would find your flour, sugar and chocolate appetizing, but you’re most likely to see Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles. Neither of these bugs carry any diseases that will make you sick, but no one wants to pick bugs out of the fruit cake (we’re busy enough just picking out the fruit! What *are* those green things?). 

Cockroaches, however, are another story. They can carry over 30 kinds of bacteria including salmonella and E.Coli and will eat almost anything including glue and toothpaste! Roaches multiply rapidly and are difficult to eliminate. When you see one roach, you can safely assume there are a lot more crawling around where you can’t see them. Call a pest control professional (like Siani Pest Control!) and have your home treated, then keep everything clean and those roaches will have to find another place to eat. 

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Mice can enter your home in a space as small as a dime and just love anything grain based like oatmeal, pasta, and crackers but they’re not picky and will chow down on whatever’s handy (even those green things in the fruit cake). 

How can you prevent pantry pests from ruining your pumpkin pie? Read on!

Siani Pest Control holiday baking

Inspect the packaging  That’s right, pest control in the pantry begins in the store! Before buying bags of sugar, flour, chocolate or nuts, pay close attention to the seams of the bags and look for any holes or tiny tears. If there’s an opening, don’t buy it!

Store it right  Once you get the food in your house, ensure that you have the appropriate storage containers to keep it. Don’t expect a bag clip to keep enterprising (and hungry!) grain beetles out of that bag of flour. Invest in a proper set of canisters or get some plastic containers with secure lids. 

proper food storage to prevent insect infestation

Deck the halls  If you’re getting a live tree, wreath or garland, look over it carefully for any signs of insect activity. This goes double for the wood pile. If you have a fireplace, check your woodpile regularly for insects and rodents and look closely at the wood you’re bringing in to the house to make sure it’s not hiding bugs! 

Clean it up  Don’t let spills, particularly anything sugary or fatty, sit. If the whole family is gathered around the tv watching football games or binge watching your favorite shows (or putting cookies out for Santa!), make sure to clean up crumbs, because the kitchen isn’t the only place bugs find food! 

The takeaway from all this is if you suspect any kind of infestation in your pantry or anywhere in your house, call Siani and get your home treated. Then keep your counters, floors and furniture clean and crumb free and you’ll make your home an inhospitable place for bugs. 

 

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Happy Halloween! https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/10/happy-halloween/ https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/10/happy-halloween/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2019 14:59:13 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=2027 Sinai pest control happy halloween

 

Both spiders and bats are associated with all things scary and creepy, and while we do get calls about both of them here at Siani, we think they kind of have a bad rap. We’re going to bust some myths and provide tips to rid your home of these two pests, if you’ve got them. 

Siani Pest Control bat image

If there’s any animal that is consistently associated with all that’s scary, spooky and creepy it’s the bat. It’s tempting to think of the bat as a mouse or a rat that flies, but this isn’t the case. There are lots of myths and folklore that surround the bat so let’s dispel some myths and get the facts. 

Bat myth #1: they are blind. 

Bats can see, but they use a sonar system called echolocation to target insects in total darkness. In fact they can sense something as fine as human hair! Which brings us to myth #2.

Bat myth #2: they love to fly into your hair.

Not true, we’re not even sure how this got started but no, they don’t. See Myth #1. 

Bat myth #3: Bats have rabies!

Bats have the same chance to get rabies as any other mammal, and while there ARE rabid bats, many are not. Just to be safe, do not ever handle any bat, particularly one that can be easily approached, as it may be sick and may bite. 

Myth #4: Bats are mice or rats with wings. 

Bats aren’t rodents at all and in fact scientists have put them in a class by themselves. 

Bat facts: Bats are mammals that leave their roost at nightfall to find insects to eat, returning before dawn (like vampires!). While bats may be sort of scary looking, they’re pretty good at pest control. Bats eat up to one third of their body weight in insects every night, including mosquitoes, beetles, ants, wasps and flies. Many bats live in caves or other natural protected spaces (like dead hollow trees, another Halloween favorite!) and most migrate someplace warmer or hibernate in the colder months. But they can get into your attic or in your vents or chimneys. Bats *can* carry rabies, and their droppings, called guano, contain fungi that cause the lung disease histoplasmosis. We’re going to emphasize this because it’s important: You should never go near any accumulation of guano; call a professional to disinfect the area and remove the droppings. They also carry bat mites and bat bugs which, despite their names, aren’t picky and will bite humans as well as bats. 

If you see guano or have other evidence of bats in your attic or anywhere else inside your house, do not engage, as rabies can be transmitted through saliva or even coming in contact with a bat (so no chasing them with garlic or trying to put a stake through their hearts!) Again, call a pest professional to thoroughly disinfect the area where there are droppings and remove the animals. 

Bats are a protected species, so you cannot interfere with them while they are flying or hibernating. But once they’re inside, it’s up to the homeowner’s discretion to have them removed. Early fall (September-October) is a great time to bat proof your home. Pick an evening and do a “bat watch” and see where bats, if any, are flying out of your house at night. Screen your chimneys and vents and any other openings large enough for bats to enter. 

Siani Pest Control spider

Spiders, like bats, are creepy looking, and the webs are frequent Halloween decorations. What’s a good haunted house without some spider webs in the corners? But they are also good at pest control! Their webs trap flies and other insects on which the spiders subsist. 

Spider myth #1: Spiders are insects. 

Spiders are, like bats, in a class by themselves. 

Spider myth #2: Spiders are aggressive. 

Spiders are as freaked out by us as we are of them. If it seems like the spider is rushing at you, the poor thing may have poor eyesight and is just really trying to get away. Spiders, even black widows and brown recluse, won’t bite unless provoked. 

Spider myth #3: you are never more than 3 feet from a spider

If you’re outside in your yard, then you probably *are* within 3 feet of a spider. But in your car? A parking lot? Your house? You might be we’ll give even odds that you’re not. 

Spider facts: They eat insects like mosquitos and roaches, as well as moths, which is obviously helpful, and help to lessen the spread of diseases caused by those pests. They will also kill other spiders. But as beneficial as they can be, you do NOT want an infestation of spiders in your house. First off, if you’ve got spiders, you probably have other insects which are providing a steady food supply for the spiders, so those smart spiders might be the least of your worries! If you’re seeing a lot of webs in your attic, basement or any where else in your house, call a pest control professional to assess the spider situation and help to figure out what other insects you’ve got that are providing food for them. 

Happy Halloween!

http://www.batcon.org/why-bats/bats-are/bats-are-misunderstood

https://extension.psu.edu/bats

https://animals.howstuffworks.com/arachnids/10-myths-about-spiders10.htm

https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/spiders/house-spiders/

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Mice and squirrels and raccoons, oh my! https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/10/mice-and-squirrels-and-raccoons-oh-my/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 21:30:46 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=1978 Days are getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to turn and pumpkin spice *everything* is everywhere. With the accompanying cooler temperatures we’re starting to get, some of the wildlife outside may start thinking about coming inside. Read on and we’ll give you info on what animals to look out for and some tips to make sure they don’t find a way inside your house. 

mice, rodents, pest control

Mice

These tiny creatures (each only 1-2 inches long, not including tails) are said to be the most common mammal in the entire United States. Despite their diminutive size, the common house mouse can cause BIG problems. Not only do they reproduce at an alarming rate (up to 12 babies every few weeks!) but they are known to carry up to 200 human pathogens, including salmonella and Hantavirus. Mice will enter your home through holes no larger than a dime, so each crack and crevice is an open invitation to mice: “Come on in and set up house!” When they’re outside, they eat cereals, seeds, nuts, fruit and sometimes insects. When they’re inside, they’ll eat almost anything. 

How can you tell if you have mice? Look for the tiny brown droppings (they eat all day long so there will be plenty!) and micro-puddles of sticky, smelly mouse urine. They’ll also leave lots of gnaw marks where they’re trying to get to food. If you see one mouse, as with most pests, there are definitely more you can’t see. 

What can you do? Start now sealing up cracks and openings in your home. Pay special attention to the areas around pipes going in and out. Steel wool works great to close these up, as well as spray foam and caulk. If the mice have already made it inside, there are a number of kinds of traps and poisons. If you’ve got a real infestation, please call a professional. 

squirrel rodents pest control

Squirrels

That tell-tale scurrying sound you hear is not your house being haunted, it’s more likely you’ve got squirrels in your attic, chimney or vents. Squirrels can get in through uncapped chimneys and can gnaw holes in your siding to try to get in to your house. They may look cute but don’t forget that they’re rodents, the same family as mice and rats. And like mice and rats, squirrels always need to be chewing on something, whether it’s wood beams in your house (which can lead to structural damage), your siding or roof as they try to get inside, or electrical wires (which can start a fire or cause other injury if you come into contact with a bare wire). It’s estimated that rodents’ chewing causes up to 8% of the 1.6 million house fires in the US every year! 

How can you tell if you have squirrels? You’re hearing rustling and scurrying sounds coming from your walls or attic space in the morning or evening. Squirrels are usually in their nests around these times. Look around for droppings, they’re black or brown and about the same size as a rat dropping. Do a Google search for images if you’re not sure what kind of poop you’re looking at.  You’ll likely also notice a terrible odor from the droppings and urine as well as a musty odor if there is a nest in your house. Evidence of gnawing is another good indicator of squirrel activity. 

What can you do? As with mice, seal up cracks and holes in your house’s walls, around doors and windows and in your roof. Put screens over vents and over your chimney. Cut any tree limbs that could provide easy access to your house away, at least 6 to 8 feet is recommended. Squirrels can become aggressive if they are cornered (they are rodents, after all); they also carry fleas and lice, so it’s always a smart idea to call in a pro to handle this nuisance wildlife. 

raccoon raiding a trash can

Racoons

Raccoons are not, as many people believe, rodents, but are more closely related to some wild cats. They are largely nocturnal and generally like to be near water and leafy, wooded areas but are very adaptable to new environments. More recently, raccoons have been spotted in growing numbers in urban areas, including major cities. In one study, urban raccoons were able to remove the lid from a trashcan and raid it for food, something their rural counterparts in the study could not. This ingenuity is fascinating to see, but not so great when your home is the target. 

How can you tell if you have a raccoon problem? Known as Nature’s Bandit because of the black mask around their eyes, raccoons are easily identifiable in appearance alone. If you see a raccoon on your roof or near your house, you have a raccoon problem. Other signs a raccoon has set up camp on your property? Garbage strewn around, birdfeeders raided and presence of droppings. 

What can you do? You know the drill by now, right? Seal up cracks and holes and cap or put mesh in your chimney and vents. Keep garbage tightly sealed in a heavy duty container, and remove bird feeders and bird baths. Also, remember they’re highly adaptable, so regularly check your property to make sure they haven’t figured out a way around your preventative measures. It’s never a good idea to engage with wildlife, and raccoons are no exception. Don’t try to corner it or chase it with a broom, as they may choose to attack to defend themselves. If you see a raccoon during the day, be especially cautious as they are known to carry rabies.

TL;DR? Don’t wait until nuisance wildlife, rodents and vermin become a problem! Use this time in early fall to inspect your property, seal up openings and trim trees within 8 feet of your roofline. And as always, call in a professional animal removal specialist who is trained to remove rodents and other nuisance wildlife. 

Sources: https://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/raccoons-moving-through-northeast-neighborhoods/

https://www.propertycasualty360.com/2017/07/05/vermin-rodents-raccoons-and-other-homeowner-wildli/?slreturn=20190816112612

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Spotted Lanternfly Threat Continues https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/10/spotted-lanternfly-threat-continues/ Wed, 02 Oct 2019 14:30:16 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=1959  

Spotted Lanternfly adult

If you are anywhere in our service area, chances are good that you have at least heard of the Spotted Lanternfly, if not encountered it at some point in its life cycle this spring and summer. Now that we’re heading toward the end of summer, the Spotted Lanternfly is mature and getting ready to lay eggs in the fall. We get lots of questions about the Spotted Lanternfly and thought it might be helpful if we answered some here.

What does the Spotted Lanternfly eat? Unlike other insects that feed on the leaves, or termites that eat the cellulose from wood, Spotted Lanternflies eat the sap from trees by sucking it out. They are greedy little guys and ingest way more than their body can process, excreting the rest. This excreted substance is called “honeydew” and is a sugary material which in turn attracts other insects and also encourages black mold, both of which can also harm trees. They love fruit trees and vineyards are especially susceptible to Spotted Lanternfly damage as damage in one part of the vineyard will spread to the rest, independent of insect activity. It’s not just the adult that causes damage, the nymphs have the same diet. One bright spot is that the nymphs will climb up and down the tree they are feeding on, so they can often be trapped with something like fly paper placed around the tree. Sadly this does not work for the adults. 

What trees/plants are immune to the Spotted Lanternfly? At first it was thought they only liked the Tree of Heaven, which is itself an invasive plant, but it seems now that there are many trees that the Spotted Lanternfly will feed on. They prefer smooth barked trees and have not been known as yet to feed on fir trees but they certainly will lay eggs on them. Remember the Spotted Lanternfly has only been in our area since 2014, so even though they’ve been studied extensively, there’s a lot we don’t know. 

What do trees look like that have been a host to Spotted Lanternfly? Trees that have been hosts to Spotted Lanternflies can be observed to have curling, wilting leaves and twigs and limbs. They will be oozing sap and may also exhibit the honeydew from the Spotted Lanternflies and/or the black mold that results. Trees can also show dieback, which means that the tree begins to die from the tips of its limbs. 

Does the Spotted Lanternfly have a natural predator? Will birds eat them? So far, the Spotted Lanternfly has no natural predators. While birds and some spiders have been known to eat them, they are not doing so in sufficient numbers to put a dent in the Spotted Lanternfly population. 

Can’t we just wait for them to die in winter? While the adult insects will not survive the winter, the same cannot be said for their eggs, which can and will survive the harsh central Pennsylvania winter. The adults will continue to lay eggs from around July to as late as November. 

Is there anything I can do to protect my property? If you see Spotted Lanternfly eggs on trees, scrape them off and dispose of them, but be very careful not to transport the eggs. The PDA is asking that anyone in the quarantine area check their vehicle for Spotted Lanternflies before driving to any other areas outside the quarantine. Something as simple as buying a lawnmower or other piece of outdoor furniture or machinery at a yard sale within the quarantine zone and bringing it to an area outside the quarantine zone can potentially spread this bug. In fact, businesses operating in the quarantine zone need permits to move goods and equipment in and out of the zone. Check out the quarantine in the map below or the checklist on the PDA website. 

Spotted Lanternfly quarantine map from PA Dept of Agriculture

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Map

Got more Spotted Lanternfly questions? Let us know! 

Sources: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly /Pages/default.aspx Penn State Extension https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly

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Dog Days of Summer Fleas https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/08/dog-days-of-summer-fleas/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:32:10 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=1831 Dog Days of Summer Fleas

According to the Farmer’s Almanac the term “dog days” was originally coined by the ancient Greeks for the position of Sirius, or the “dog star” in the night sky.

We now use this phrase for those summer days between early July and late August when it’s just so dang hot it’s “not fit for a dog.” Either way, the dog days are definitely here. And if there is one pest associated with hot summer weather and dogs, it’s the flea.

This time of year is prime time for fleas, as they thrive in temperatures between 75-85F and like lots of humidity and moisture. Fleas are small and brownish red in color, they don’t have wings and so they can’t fly but they can jump: as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally. They can jump from dog to dog or from dogs to you. And while we are in the midst of the dog days of summer, we want to mention that they’ll also gladly feed on the family cat, birds, rabbits, and humans. As with mice or any other pest, there’s never just one. If you see one flea on your dog or cat, assume there is more. Fleas are known to multiply quickly and a few can turn into a full blown infestation if you’re not careful. Whether you decide to treat your flea problem yourself or call in a professional, successfully eliminating fleas is a process requiring meticulous attention to detail, preparation and follow up.

Dog Days of Summer Fleas
Flea bites are not fun for anyone! Photos: Michael Voelker / Thomas Galvez

  • The first step is to treat all pets in the house. Even birds, hamsters, gerbils and ferrets can keep a flea infestation going. Bathe your pets in a good flea shampoo, and follow up with a flea collar or other treatment. You can also see your vet for prescription strength products. All the pet bedding must also be washed thoroughly.

Dog Days of Summer Fleas
See your vet for ongoing flea treatment for your four-legged friends.

  • All floors must be treated as well as bedding and upholstered furniture. Wash your bed sheets and covers in hot water. Remove everything off the floors, including inside your closets and under beds. Mop laminate, tile or hardwood floors in your house with a bleach based detergent.
  • Check your animals for signs of fleas or flea dirt especially after they’ve been outside. Just like ticks, fleas like longer grass, so keeping grass short in your yard will help discourage flea infestations on your property.
  • Cover any fish tanks and remove your pets when you do the actual treatment.
  • Once you’ve treated the fleas inside or had a pest control company treat your house the next step is to vacuum floors and furniture. Don’t mop the treated areas, wait at least a week. You should ideally be vacuuming once a day for a solid week, then three times a week for the next 4 weeks. Change the vacuum cleaner bag or empty the canister EACH time you vacuum, and dispose of the contents away from the home, as fleas can survive, escape the bags and re-infest your home.

This process is time-consuming but, if followed carefully and in tandem with either professional or treatment, will rid your home of fleas. You’re probably wondering how you can avoid having a flea problem in the first place. Here are some ideas:

  • Vacuum and keep your home clean.
  • Inspect your pets regularly for signs of fleas. Use a flea comb when the coat is wet. See your vet for flea prevention treatment.
  • Keep your lawn grass short and free of rodents who carry and spread fleas (rats, mice, raccoons and opossums). Siani has a trained wildlife technician who can help with these critters. Bonus tip: Chrysthanthemums, spearmint and lavender either in pots or the soil around your yard/garden may act as a natural flea repellent. Plus they smell great! Win-Win!
  • Flea eggs hatch within 2 to 12 days, so even after you’ve treated, you may see new fleas in this time period. Don’t panic, if you’ve called us to treat your home, the new hatchlings will die off.

As always the Siani Pest Control crew is well trained and ready to help rid your home of fleas or any other pest, so you and your best friend can enjoy the waning dog days of summer.

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Avoiding the Yellow Jacket Sting https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/07/avoiding-the-yellow-jacket-sting/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:05:59 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=1702 Avoiding the Yellow Jacket Sting

If you want to avoid a sting from a yellow jacket and other insects, we’ve got some ideas. Read on!

Benjamin Franklin once said, “The honey is sweet but the bee has a sting,”. He knew that getting stung by a bee is no fun. In fact it’s so painful that over 500K people a year are treated in ERs for stings and that’s not counting the folks for whom bee stings trigger a severe allergic reaction.

Yellow Jacket Pest Control
Image: PestControl.org

Yellow jackets are very common in our area and are usually recognized by their yellow and black markings. But despite their names, some species have black and white or red coloring. They’re pretty versatile when it comes to nest building, too, and you’ll find them in the ground, in shrubs, or on the outside of buildings. They may sting, sometimes aggressively, and sometimes more than once. If they feel threatened they are more likely to sting, so if you see a nest don’t approach. We’ve got a variety of ways to defeat the yellow jacket, as well as other wasps and hornets, which include nest removal, treating the ground nests with pesticide or an aerosol spray to treat a nest that is high off the ground.

Yellow Jackets

What can you do until the Siani truck pulls up to rid your property of stinging insects? Follow these tips!

●  Keep your decks and wooden porches painted or stained. This will keep out carpenter bees. Only female carpenter bees sting, but we still don’t like those odds.

●  When eating outside, keep food covered, especially sweets!

●  Make sure your trash is securely bagged in a covered container.

●  Pay attention to your hair, skin and soap products and what scents they have. Sweet and strong scents will draw bees, wasps and other insects to you.

●  Wasps are known to be aggressive, and can sting unprovoked. Sometimes the colony can be home to over 15,000 insects so give them wide berth and call a pest control specialist.

●  Bonus tip: We like the feeling of grass between our toes as much as the next guy but wearing shoes is a great way to avoid the stinging insects that may be lurking in your grass.

Despite being super careful, it’s inevitable that someone will get stung this summer, but we hope we’ve at least given you a fighting chance to avoid a sting!

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Beetle-Mania is Back https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/07/beetle-mania-is-back/ Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:30:06 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=1714 Meet the Beetles, and read on to find out what other damage they can do to your lawn!

Now that we’re in July you may have noticed some of your garden plants have leaves that are mere skeletons. This is the handy work of the adult Japanese beetle. It may sound like the Japanese beetles are picky eaters, only consuming the leaf and not the veins, but in reality they feed on the leaves of 300 plant species! In comparison to some other summer pests (stinging wasps, destructive ants, disease carrying ticks) they are relatively benign to humans but can wreak havoc on your flower and vegetable gardens. The adults are active now and will begin mating any day.

Japanese beetle

Meet the Beetles! The adult Japanese beetle lays eggs throughout late spring and early summer and in July (right about now!) they begin to hatch. The grubs are munching away on your grass and plant roots for the second half of the summer, until they dig deep below the freeze line in your lawn to spend the winter. They make their way back up as the soil warms in spring and by April they are again munching away on your grass and plant roots. You probably won’t see the damage until it’s too late and large swaths of your lawn are brown and dead. To make matters worse, the grubs are a favorite food of crows, starlings, moles and skunks. Yes, if you have skunks in your yard, they may be drawn by the presence of grubs in your turf.

So what to do about the Japanese beetle? There are lots of brands of “beetle bags” that claim to attract and trap the beetles, but mostly this just draws them from the surrounding area to your yard. If you want to be a hit in your neighborhood, get some beetle bags, your neighbors with Japanese beetles will thank you for it! If you want to get rid of your Japanese beetles, call us and we’ll treat the problem at its source, your lawn, to rid it of grubs.

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Summer Vacations May Cause Bed Bug Infestations https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/06/summer-vacations-may-cause-bed-bug-infestations/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 13:53:19 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=1677 Summer Vacations May Cause Bed Bug Infestations
Image: PestWorld.org

Bed bug infestations reach their peak in the summer vacation season and are arguably the most difficult pest to treat.

If you’re hitting the road for summer travel and want to learn about bed bugs and how to avoid them, read on!

Bed Bugs Quick Stats
Image: PestWorld.org

Like to think of yourself as a well-seasoned traveller? The bed bug has you beat. They can hitch a ride on clothing, in luggage, they can even migrate through pipes and survive being sucked up in a vacuum cleaner. In fact, bed bugs can live for up to a year without a meal! And don’t let the name of this tenacious pest fool you, bed bugs can lurk in plenty of places besides beds, such as chair and sofa cushions, on buses, trains and movie theater seats, behind electrical outlets, and even in electronics! They are rarely if ever seen out in the open, so that hotel room may *look* spotless, but it may be hiding something.

Thankfully, bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans. But while some people report that they are unaware of being bitten, others have intense itching and red welts. Excessive scratching of the bites can lead to additional skin irritations or even an infection.

Bed Bug Skins
Photo of bed bug skins. Image: PestWorld.org

We hope we’ve convinced you that bed bugs are a serious pest! Now follow these tips to ensure the only things you’ll bring back from your vacation are memories:

  • Check the sheets, then pull back the sheets and check the mattress, then pull back the mattress and check under it for signs of bed bugs. You’re looking for small flecks of blood, feces, shed bed bug skins or what looks like sprinklings of black pepper.
  • Pack a small flashlight – it doesn’t take up much room in your suitcase and can help with visual inspections.
  • Bring a large plastic trash bag and keep your suitcase in it during your hotel stay.
  • Keep clothes in plastic bags in your suitcase after wearing and wash everything as soon as you return home.
  • Vacuum your suitcase inside and out, focus on the little seams where the bed bugs might hide.

Baby Bed Bug Fecal Spots
Photo of baby bed bug and fecal spots. Image: PestWorld.org

Want more info? Check out this video:
 

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Is Your Backyard Ready for Summer? https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/06/is-your-backyard-ready-for-summer/ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:52:01 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=1660 Is Your Backyard Ready for Summer?

Whether you’re planning a BBQ for the entire neighborhood or just chilling by the fire pit with a few friends, you’ll want to be sure your lawn is healthy, looks its best and is safe for everyone.

We offer a range of services to get your lawn summer-ready including weed control, insect control, and some treatments that can even help your trees to grow stronger and healthier.

Worried about ticks? It’s another banner year for ticks in our area and if you’re concerned about kids and pets out playing in the grass, there are treatments available that can eliminate or significantly decrease the ticks (and fleas!) on your property.

Tick Pest Control

Stinging insects are also plentiful this season, so if you have a hornet’s nest under your eaves, please do NOT try to knock it down with a broom. Hornets can fly faster than you can run and their stings are very painful. Carpenter bees buzzing around your wooden deck? Yellow jackets in your yard? We can safely and completely remove them all.

Bees Pest Control

Now let’s talk about trees for a minute. We can treat for insect problems (especially the very
destructive Spotted Lantern Fly!) in your trees, of course, but we also can assess deficiencies in the soil that may be affecting your trees’ growth as well as help combat some common tree diseases. We also offer an eco-friendly solution for some treatments and fertilizations.

Here’s how our lawn and tree service works: we’ll come out to your property and do an
assessment; we’ll take a close look at your lawn and/or trees and determine what kinds of
issues, if any, are present, insect and otherwise. Then we’ll get to work on a plan to fit your backyard AND your budget. Your lawn can start showing improvements in the next month!

Ready to get started? Give us a call at (610) 589-4091 or click here to contact us!

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Spring is Termite Season! https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/2019/06/spring-is-termite-season/ Tue, 04 Jun 2019 20:40:36 +0000 https://www.sianipestcontrolinc.com/?p=1650 Spring is Termite Season!

Who doesn’t love spring? The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and the termites are swarming. Wait, what?

Spring is mating season for more than the birds and the bees, unfortunately, it’s when termite swarms can occur. Many homeowners never even see a termite, until they start seeing the damage, and unfortunately that’s too late. Want to learn what the signs of termite infestation are and how to keep termites out of your home? Read on!

You can identify a termite by the way they look: long cylindrical black bodies with two sets of wings; from the damage they cause, or the mud tubes they travel through near basement joists and floor boards. Termites eat the cellulose in wood and this includes paper (found on drywall), and many insulating products including foam. In fact, these other food sources are easier to access and digest than wood and can cause infestations to grow quickly. An infestation will be more likely to occur in your home if you have wood near the home that is in contact with the soil, or a water source of poor drainage.
 

Here are some tips to safeguard your home from these insects:
  • Termites, like carpenter ants, need water to survive. Keep water from pooling near your property with downspouts and other diversions.
  • Look for mud tubes around your foundation. These tubes are how the termites travel and how they’ll get into your home.
  • Keep firewood away from direct contact with your home.
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    If you see what you think is a termite, don’t try to treat the problem yourself and don’t wait to see if they just go away! Termites can do extensive (and *expensive*) damage to your property (if you don’t believe us, look at this video!), so call an experienced pest control expert (like Siani!) and have the situation assessed.
     

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