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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 17:51

Residential

Durelle Pest Management provides expert Pest Management Services to our clients. We know that controlling the pests in and around (the outside) of your home is of primary concern to homeowners, Durelle Pest Management will work with you to control nature’s pests. We can do so in a safe family and pet friendly manner.

Durelle Pest Management provides exceptional residential pest management for all of your pest control concerns. Each service call begins with a thorough inspection of your home and a custom designed program to solve your current pest problems.

Pending the results of the inspection our service professionals will recommend a service plan to you. This may include a one time guaranteed service or a suggestion that we include you in our home protection pest management program. All ‘one time’ service calls come with a written service guarantee.

Our residential home protection program includes service for your current needs, at least two scheduled services per year; once in the spring and once in the fall. Additional service can be integrated into your personalized pest management program upon request. The plan covers stinging insects, rats, mice, ants, roaches, earwigs, sow bugs, silverfish fleas, ground beetles and spiders.

Monday, 14 January 2013 18:05

Bee vs. Jumping Spider

Monday, 14 January 2013 18:03

Bed Bugs

Monday, 14 January 2013 18:01

House Mice

Latin Name:

Mus musculus

Appearance:

House mice are covered in short hair that is light brown or gray to black in color, with lighter bellies. Their ears and tail also bear hair, although much less than their bodies. Adult mice weigh approximately 40 grams and can grow up to eight inches from the nose to the tip of the tail.

They are small and slender, three to four inches long, with large ears, small eyes and pointed nose. Light brown or light gray. Droppings are rod-shaped.

Habit:

House mice are nocturnal and build nests in sheltered locations; usually nests within structures and burrows. Establish a “territory” near food sources that are generally 10 to 30 feet from nest. Inquisitive, but very wary. Excellent climbers.

They are extremely territorial. Males may be aggressive, while females tend to remain in the nest, protecting their young.

Diet:

Omnivorous, but prefers cereal grains.

Reproduction:

Prolific breeders by two months of age. Can have litters as often as every 40 or 50 days, with four to seven young per litter. Live up to one year.

House Mouse Information

The house mouse is remarkably well-adapted for living year-round in homes, food establishments and other structures. Homeowners are especially likely to notice mice during winter, following their fall migration indoors in search of warmth, food and shelter. Once mice become established inside a home, they can be extremely difficult to control.

Although most people consider mice less objectionable than rats, mice are more common and cause significantly more damage. Mice are prolific breeders, producing six to ten litters continuously throughout the year. The greatest economic loss from mice is not due to how much they eat, but what must be thrown out because of damage or contamination. Food, clothing, furniture, books and many other household items are contaminated by their droppings and urine, or damaged by their gnawing. House mice gnaw through electrical wiring causing fires and failure of freezers, clothes dryers and other appliances. Mice also can transmit diseases, most notably salmonellosis (bacterial food poisoning) when food is contaminated with infected rodent feces. Other diseases include rickettsialpox, lymphocytic choriomenigitis, leptospirisis, ratbite fever, tularemia, Lyme disease and dermatitis caused by the bites of mites from the mice. Hantavirus (pulmonary syndrome) is another danger becoming more common.

Monday, 14 January 2013 18:00

Cluster Flies

As many people living in the country have learned the hard way, flies that gather in windows, buzz around the lights and fall spinning to the floor are cluster flies.

Their presence solicits anything from mild annoyance to putting a for sale sign on the front lawn. To understand the problem, it helps to know a little bit about the habits of these flies.

Cluster flies are different from most of the other flies that we encounter.

First, they are parasitic on earthworms, their life cycle taking place in the soil of fields and lawns.

Second, they are long lived, over wintering in various places or structures such as homes and emerging in the spring. Females lay their eggs in the soil and the larvae ( maggots) seek out and penetrate earthworms.

After 15 to 20 days the maggots leave the worm, move near the soil surface and pupate. The cycle can be completed 3 or 4 times in a season.

The adult flies feed on the nectar of flowers.They simply enter structures in the fall in order to try and over winter. Once inside, while it is cold they remain dormant. Unfortunately on sunny days, even in winter, they will become active and end up coming out inside the house.

They are often found at windows because the light from outside is attracting them. Late fall and early spring are when the flies tend to be most numerous in homes. If you think your problem is bad, one structure was reported to have a quarter of a million flies. That's a lot of vacuuming!

Monday, 14 January 2013 17:59

Carpenter Ants

Latin Name:

Camponotus

Appearance:

Among the largest ants, from 1/4- to 3/8-inch long. The most common species is black, but some have reddish or yellowish coloration. Workers have large mandibles.

Habit:

Resides both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut “galleries” into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. Can leave “sawdust” behind that provides clues to nesting location.

Diet:

Does not eat wood, but will feed on nearly anything people eat—particularly sweets and meats. Will also feed on other insects.

Reproduction:

Queen lays 15 to 20 eggs the first year and up to 30 eggs the second year. Eggs complete their life cycle in about 60 days. Worker ants can live up to seven years, while a queen may live up to 25 years.

Carpenter Ant Facts

Ants of the genus Camponotus are known as carpenter ants because they prefer to establish their colonies in galleries excavated from damp or damaged wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood as termites do, but instead remove wood and deposit the debris outside of their nests in small piles.

Carpenter ants clean their nesting sites, and their galleries are not lined with mud or moist soil as termite galleries typically are. Carpenter ant workers keep their galleries as smooth as sandpapered wood.

Carpenter ants vary in size, ranging from two to 20 millimeters in length. One carpenter ant colony can contain different sizes of ants depending on caste and responsibility. The color of carpenter ants also varies between species, ranging from jet-black to dark brown, red, black, yellow, orange, yellowish tan or light brown. They are most commonly black, but some carpenter ants exhibit both red and black coloration. They are common in many parts of the world.

Because the size and color of carpenter ants vary between species and even between individuals within a single colony, these characteristics are not used in identifying carpenter ant infestation. Identification of carpenter ant species can only be made through careful observation of specific physical characteristics.

In natural environments, carpenter ants dwell in both dead and living trees, stumps and rotting logs. However, they may also establish their nests inside of homes and buildings where wood is found. Carpenter ants prefer to establish nests in areas where wood has been exposed to severe moisture.

Carpenter ants build two types of nests: parent colonies and satellite colonies. Parent colonies consist of a queen, her brood, and workers. Satellite colonies consist only of thousands of workers. Workers create satellite colonies when the parent colony lacks sufficient space or when there is a suitable supply of food or water. Satellite colonies are typically located within 20 to 40 feet from the parent nest. There may be several satellite colonies associated with a parent colony.

Monday, 14 January 2013 17:57

Bed Bugs

Latin Name:

Cimex lectularius L.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are insects that, as adults, have oval-shaped bodies with no wings. Prior to feeding, they are about 1/4 inch long and flat as paper. After feeding, they turn dark red and become bloated. Eggs are whitish, pear-shaped and about the size of a pinhead. Clusters of 10-50 eggs can be found in cracks and crevices. Bed bugs have a one-year life span during which time a female can lay 200-400 eggs depending on food supply and temperature. Eggs hatch in about 10 days.

What do bed bugs feed on?

Bed bugs prefer to feed on human blood, but will also bite mammals and birds. Bed bugs bite at night, and will bite all over a human body, especially around the face, neck, upper torso, arms and hands. Bed bugs can survive up to six months without feeding. Both male and female bed bugs bite.

How do bed bugs get into my home?

Bed bugs are often carried into a home on objects such as furniture and clothing. If you think you have a bed bug problem, check for live bed bugs or shells in the following areas:

  • Seams, creases, tufts and folds of mattresses and box springs
  • Cracks in the bed frame and head board
  • Under chairs, couches, beds, dust covers
  • Between the cushions of couches and chairs
  • Under area rugs and the edges of carpets
  • Between the folds of curtains
  • In drawers
  • Behind baseboards, and around window and door casings
  • Behind electrical plates and under loose wallpaper, paintings and posters
  • In cracks in plaster
  • In telephones, radios, and clocks
  • Bed bugs can also travel from apartment to apartment along pipes, electrical wiring and other openings. If the infestation is heavy, a sweet smell may be noticed in the room.

What can I do if I have bed bugs in my home?

The best method to deal with bed bugs is Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which combines a variety of techniques and products that pose the least risk to human health and the environment.Consult with your local health department or a professional Pest Control operator.

What to do while travelling?

Step 1:

  • Leave all your belongings at the door or place in bathtub.

Step 2:

  • Most hotel rooms headboards can be removed easily; remove from wall and lay it on the bed for inspection. This is important as its where we most often find these bugs in hotels.

Step 3:

  • Remove all bed coverings and inspect mattress and box spring, paying close attention to seams of mattress and the plastic corner protectors on the box spring.

Step 4:

  • If you find signs of bugs, don't panic. Bugs in one room DOES NOT mean the whole hotel is infected. Inform the front desk and ask for another room away from your previous room and repeat steps 1 to 4 in your new room.
Monday, 14 January 2013 17:06

Exterior

Monday, 14 January 2013 17:06

Gardens

Monday, 14 January 2013 17:06

Homes

Durelle Pest Management provides expert Pest Management Services to our clients. We know that controlling the pests in and around (the outside) of your home is of primary concern to homeowners, Durelle Pest Management will work with you to control nature's pests. We can do so in a safe family and pet friendly manner.

Durelle Pest Management provides exceptional residential pest management for all of your pest control concerns. Each service call begins with a thorough inspection of your home and a custom designed program to solve your current pest problems.

Pending the results of the inspection our service professionals will recommend a service plan to you. This may include a one time guaranteed service or a suggestion that we include you in our home protection pest management program. All 'one time' service calls come with a written service guarantee.

Our residential home protection program includes service for your current needs, at least two scheduled services per year; once in the spring and once in the fall. Additional service can be integrated into your personalized pest management program upon request. The plan covers stinging insects, rats, mice, ants, roaches, earwigs, sow bugs, silverfish fleas, ground beetles and spiders.

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