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PEST CONTROL A MUST HAVE FOR MOST WOMEN!

Pest Control Receives Approval By Women

Pest Control, Naturally, gets a “Thumbs Up” from Most Women. Insects can be real pests and most women are ready for the fight.  Yes, even though they are easily scared by a passing bug and will stand on a chair with one leg while screaming at the top of their lungs, they will do anything to get the right pest control company in to resolve the issue.  If you have ever seen a women when a rodent or roach passes by, it is rather comical. Believe me!

In our line of work, we see many bugs and the problems they can create. Ants on the counters, roaches on the floors, mice in the garage. All just a regular day at work here at New Era.

It is interesting to note that 85% of our business comes from women who simply will not stand by and let these critters take over their home.  The more critical issue is the concern for the possible effects of pesticides on their children and pets. When Asked, women prefer a more pest control approach to getting rid of these pests. A more common response from men is “I can do it myself”.

If asked, most women will admit the “man of the house” does not want to hire a professional company.  He will hold his ground and would rather spend more money and time going back and forth to the local Home Depot store to pick up a plethora of sprays or traps to resolve the issue.  In reality  the problem still exists or worsens and the house has an odor of nasty smelling pesticides. Sorry Guys! We know you tried your best!

Don’t take a chance! Isn’t your family worth it? If your looking to get rid of your bug issues without harmful, smelly chemicals, pest control is the way to go! Call New Era Pest Control at 786-462-5912. You will be glad you did!

 

Mosquito Control Zika

Mosquito Control Zika

It’s summer! Heat and humidity are now the norm in Miami.  Something is gnawing on your noggin. As soon as you step outside something bites you. As you’re relaxing outside barbecuing a steak or burger, having a beer or two, the bites continue. One on your arm, then your leg, then your face, what in the world is that stinging sensation? Your natural reaction is to scratch the itch and you look at the area and find a small welt on your skin. The more you itch it, the bigger it gets and the itching seems to get even worse.  Now you finally see this sucker on you and you smash it. Nothing but blood. How gross! What is it?

Mosquito

The word mosquito is spanish for “Little Fly” Mosquitos are insects and have been around for millions of years, biting at will. Mosquitos can sense carbon dioxide and lactic acid from up to 100 feet. Mammals and birds produce these gases as a part of their normal breathing process. It also seems that a certain chemical in sweat attracts mosquitos and those that sweat more attract more mosquito bites. Things that move are likely to be alive, and something that is alive more than likely has blood. Something with blood, is exactly what the mosquito needs. Heat also attracts mosquitos, as they assume its a mammal or bird and a source of blood.  Something this alert seems like a weapon for our military. Thats why its easy for them to locate you and begin to feed on you.  

 

Life Cycle and Breeding habits of the Mosquito

Like all insects, mosquitoes hatch from eggs and go through several stages in their life cycle before molting into adults. Females lay their eggs in water, and the larva and pupa stages live in water. When the pupa change into adults, they leave the water and becoming free flying insects . The life cycle of a mosquito’s vary from one week to several weeks depending upon the species (the adult, mated females of some species can survive the winter in cool, damp places until spring, when they will lay their eggs and die.) Mosquitos lay their eggs primarily on the surface of the water.

Places like tree holes, pools, spare tires, gutters, any place that holds water for a period of time. Eggs typically hatch in the spring. The eggs hatch in to Larva or “wigglers”and live just below the surface of the water, breathing through an air tube like snorkel. Larva molt several stages into pupae for about 1 to 4 days depending on temperature. At the end of the pupal stage, the pupae encase themselves and transform into the adult mosquito. One of the first things that adult mosquitoes will do is seek a mate. They will mate and then feed. Male mosquitoes have short mouth parts and primarily feed on plant nectars. Males do not bite for blood. Only females bite (feed) for a blood meal. Female mosquitoes have a long proboscis used to bite animals and humans to feed on their blood. The blood provides protein that the females need to lay eggs.  Females must have a blood meal in order to lay eggs. Once they feed, the females will lay their eggs. Females continue this cycle and live anywhere fro  days to weeks. They will live longer during cooler periods. The males usually live only a few days after mating.

Why do Mosquitos bite?

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Only Females Bite and Feed on blood!

 

Females must have a blood meal in order to lay eggs. The mosquito lands on your skin, penetrates the skin with her proboscis (very thin sharp and thin) and continues to suck your blood until her abdomen is full. After she has finished feeding, some of her saliva remains in the wound. The protein from the saliva creates an Immune reaction. The area swells up.  The bump around the bite area is called a wheal. As a response provoked by the saliva, the wound itches. In reaction to the itch, you scratch. Eventually, the swelling goes away. The the itch remains until your immune cells break down these saliva proteins. Calamine lotion seems to work well with mosquito bites. Some say if you make an “X” with your finger nail, it stops the itching. Wash with soap and water and refrain from scratching the bite.

Are Mosquitos disease carriers?

Mosquitos have been known to carry diseases caused by bacteria like Dengue Fever, Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, and Malaria. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS cannot survive in a mosquito. Therefore it cannot be transmitted from one person to another through mosquito bites.

Controlling Mosquitos populations around the house

The best way to reduce mosquitoes and their diseases is through mosquito control.

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Place lids on open containers. Believe it or not, some plants hold water and form as adequate mosquito breeders.

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Remove any standing water sources that would form as refuge for eggs evolving into adult mosquitos.

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Empty anything that can hold water, tires hold water and are a perfect environment for breeding mosquitoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One water holder that most people do not think of is the rain gutters. These gutters become clogged with leaves, etc. and hold water very well. Clean the gutters and free yourself from some mosquito headache

Contact the City for Mosquit0 Control

Lastly, contact the city you reside in and ask them when they will be doing the next mosquito fogging. Periodically, the city sends a large fogging machine on wheels to assist in controlling  these blood suckers. Many times they offer a form or database online to let them know who is having the most problem. Once they determine that there are many people calling in from a certain area, they will send the trucks as a control method. In Miami, Florida Clink this link to report a mosquito problem: http://www.miamidade.gov/publicworks/mosquito-control.asp

Keep Mosquito’s from biting you

You can do a few things to reduce the number of mosquito bites that you get while enjoying the outdoors. First, wear clothing that covers most of your body, if temperatures permit. Second, use a mosquito repellent that contains NN-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) at a concentration of 7.5 percent to 100 percent. Lower concentrations are sufficient for most outdoor protection, and a 15-percent concentration is recommended for children. Avon’s original Skin-So-Soft is a weak, short-lasting (less than 20 minutes) mosquito repellent, although there are newer Skin-So-Soft formulations that include EPA-recognized insect repellents. For outdoor protection of the neck and face, you can purchase bee treating head gear. Its like putting a screened patio on your face. Cover doors and windows with screens. The ultimate protection method would be a screened porch.

German Roach Cleanout Preparation

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Prior To Treatment

  • We graciously ask that all children and pets remain out of treatment area. It is recommended that Children & Pets stay in another room while service is being performed.
  • Remove ALL items stored in cabinets (upper and lower), pantries, drawers and storage bins in kitchen and bathroom areas. (place these items in plastic bags. Seal each bag, and place  on outside porch.)
  • DO NOT PLACE BAGS IN DINING ROOM OR IN LIVING ROOM! if the bags are not sealed well, the roaches will escape and an infestation may occur in those areas.
  • Vacuum all areas as you remove the items. This will eliminate roach feces and old carcasses.
  • You can even vacuum up live roaches. BE SURE TO EMPTY BAG OR TRAY IMMEDIATELY!
  • German RoachUnload the dishwasher.
  • Take everything off the stove.
  • Pick up and remove pet food dishes and food from floor. Do not leave food out overnight.
  • Take all garbage outdoors and place away from the structure.
  • Clear all counter space, except microwave ovens, blenders, other electric utensils. Knife blocks should be left on counter as roaches love to hide in them.
  • Clean behind and under refrigerator, stove, or anything else that can be moved in the kitchen.
  • Clean Floors prior to pest control service.

After Treatment 

  • Allow 2 to 3 hours before placing items back into cabinets.
  • Clean up all dead roaches using  paper towels.
  • Remove all EGGS! Roach Eggs Are your worst enemy. 30 – 45 Babies in Each EGG. Thoroughly look through kitchen and remove all egg sacks. You will be glad you did
  • Wipe down, vacuum all counters and floors, including cracks and gaps.
  • German_Cockroach_UthecaWipe down, vacuum all cabinets.
  • Wipe down all appliances.
  • Vacuum again before putting items back into cabinets and storage bins.
  • Be sure to CHECK ALL ITEMS FOR ROACHES AND EGGS before placing them back into cabinets and drawers. This is critical. If you put boxes, etc. with roaches in those boxes you still have roaches.

Keys to keeping your home German Roach Free:

German Roaches require 3 things, Food, Water, and Harborage. Take these away and get rid of roaches.

  • FOOD: Be sure that countertops, stovetops, and floors are free from food scraps. These scraps provide food for these pests. Want to get rid of the roaches? Get rid of the food!
  • WATER: Do not leave any water for these guys! At night, wipe up any excess water. Keep sink area, counters, stovetop, and floors free from water. Keep sink area and counters completely dry. Remember even the smallest drops provide water German Roaches. Want to get rid of the roaches? Get rid of the water!

HARBORAGE: Roaches love cracks & Crevices to hide and lay eggs. Seal all cracks around the kitchen counter. German Roaches will try to stay close to the sink (Water Supply). Seal all cracks with standard caulking. Want to get rid of the roaches? Seal the cracks & Crevices and take away their hiding places.

  • Clean uGerman Roachesp all spilled foods from floors and countertops. We place baits in certain areas for the roaches to eat. If you leave even small crumbs they will not eat the bait.
  • Keep food in tightly sealed containers or ziplock bags.
  • Keep counter space clean of food and water at all times. Make sure floor are free from food remains.
  • Take garbage out every day and keep outside garbage can away from the house.
  • Do not leave pet food or water in a feeding dish overnight. Transfer pet food to a tightly sealed container once it is opened.
  • Run dishwasher regularly.
  • Roaches look for hiding places to lay their eggs. Be sure to clear clutter from countertops, cabinets, pantries. Clutter provides hiding places for roaches. Remove clutter and greatly reduce your roach population.
  • Get rid of all boxes that store food. Your better off with the cereal bag than the box. Roaches love boxes, even ones that appear sealed. They love to get under the flaps. Ideal for laying eggs.
  • Inspect all grocery bags for roaches before storing product. Yes believe it or not. Many times German Roaches come into your home via sources like grocery stores, restaurants and work.
  • Discard any cardboard boxes immediately.

Ant Control Miami – 786-462-5912

Ant or termite?

Is this an ant or a termite?

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Ant control in Miami vs. Termite Control in Miami can be very confusing as these insects look very similar. However, the difference is night and day once you know what to look for. New Era Pest Control receives many phone calls with customers experiencing what they presume to be “Termites” and the end result winds being Flying ants.  Flying winged ants resemble the winged-swarming termite, however, ants swarm in early summer and termites tend to swarm in the spring. Typically, termites and carpenter ants are easily mistaken in South Florida

A very easy way to tell the difference between a carpenter ant and termite is the ant will have the typical pinched waist line, where the termite will have a more one piece body. The antennae of the carpenter ant will be elbowed rather that straight.  The wings of the termite are almost twice the length of the body and are uniform in size. Where the wings of the ant are more proportionate to their body size and the second set of wings are shorter.

Determining whether you have flying ants or winged termites is important in how the problem is treated. 

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Our experiences with carpenter ant Control is one that requires the use of a good detective. Our technicians are trained with those skills in mind. Finding the nests is critical to success and sometimes is rather  difficult one to remedy, unless a complete set of variables are considered. The typical call comes in and we are told that ants are swarming around a light source, let’s say in the bathroom, in a frenzy around  the bathroom light. A number of dead ants are found the next day in the same vicinity. When this call comes in, in the summer we assume it’s an ant issue, and normally are correct.

 Carpenter Ant Inspection

 The most important factor in controlling Carpenter Ants is inspection. Determining if the nest is located outside and foraging inside, or if a colony or satellite colony exists inside the home. Is many cases we  will find that ants are searching for food and water inside the home. Their main colony may exist outside, however the short journey into your home may provide adequate food and water sources to sustain the  colony.  In our findings, most of the time, we find that carpenter ants love moist, shady areas. Very rarely will you find a colony out in the sunlight. So lets say you are having an ant problem on the west side of  the house. My vision of that side of the house may look something like this or close by (Maybe a neighbors home?) 1. Shady 2. Moist 3. The presence of wet, possibly rotted wood, ex. wood chips, rotting trees  touching the structure, rotted wooden fence, old wood stacked on the side of the house, or something similar. These are the areas to begin your search for colonies. The key to this search is you have to search just before sunset. This is when they start their foraging. If you do find roaming ants, DO NOT KILL THEM just yet! Use them to locate where they are going and where they are coming from. Once the nest is located then treatment measures can begin.

Many times the ant colony is located outside and foraging into your home. However, this is not always the case. I have seen where a roof had a water leak and the wood became rotted. Remember carpenter ants like wet, rotted or decaying wood to rear their young. It is possible that the ants may have trickled up a tree touching the structure and started a satellite colony in that area. I have seen many times a nest started in the typical window frame or door frame. I have also seen where water damage has gathered in the corners of a room under the wooden floor or under the carpet tack stripping and moisture just helped out the situation. If those areas are not the culprit, searching wall voids around electrical outlets, cable or phone outlets are a great place to dust to see if you can stir up a colony. Another great place is the attic. Simply dusting the attic may resolve the issue, or a combination of all may be required.

Carpenter Ant Treatment

There are a number of ways to treat carpenter ants. The situation really dictates what treatment method is used. In the attic and wall treatment, using a diatomaceous earth based product with natural pyrethrin would work well. However, spreading a light coat consistently in the attic is clearly the way to go. Clumping the ingredients in certain areas simply, will not work. Wall voids must be treated correctly or killing workers occurs.  Using a series of ant baits can be effective if using the appropriate ant bait and in the right doses, in the right areas. Remember these ants go through a sugar feeding phase, and a protein feeding phase. Knowing the difference will make all the difference in the world.

If your looking for a pest control company that can do the work professionally, and without harmful, smelly pesticides, give us a call! 786-462-5912