When you suspect you have drain or fruit flies in your house, follow these tips!
Every summer, as it gets hotter and humid, drain flies become a big issue in almost every house, every restaurant, and every food processing business. Drain flies like to hatch their eggs in the drain and feed on the scum and bacteria that has collected in the drains. A good way to control these flies is to hit them at that source in the drains.
Controlling drain flies can start with a home owner by having Boric acid and treating the drains with it. Please wear protection such as masks and gloves when handling any chemicals. Another good way is to use bio-foam that eats bacteria and scum that's in the drains. Thus removing the drain fly's food source. Another way is to regularly clean the drains in intervals of at least once a week with a bucket of scolding hot water and two caps of Clorox. And slow pour the buckets into the drains. Please don't use the product as not intended.
If you repeat these steps during the summer months, you will begin to see drain fly activity decrease when you attack them at their reproductive source.
And a bonus tip, cover all fruits and vegetables and keep your house clean.
1. You found a few live ones.
- In the very beginning of the infestation, bed bugs will be hard to find. Live bed bugs are especially hard to find, unless you have a pretty serious infestation. Bed bugs are mostly nocturnal.
Also, 90% of the infestation will be either on your bed or directly adjacent to your bed. Often, they are found between the carpeting and the baseboard, window sill cracks and any furniture adjacent to the bed.
Best tip: GET A SAMPLE of a bed bug that’s dead or alive. Save it in a Ziploc bag and that will help the inspector diagnose the issue and how far along the problem is.
Like a doctor, an inspector will look at the symptoms of your situation to diagnose it and come up with a good treatment plan.
2. You found shed skins.
- Bed bugs go through various life stages during their lifespan. In order for them to pass from one life stage to the next, bed bugs will shed their exoskeleton. That, inadvertently, helps us to diagnose the problem.
3. You found bloodstains.
- You found little red blotches on your sheets, pillow and some clothing. These stains are from a bedbug biological process. DON’T WASH THE SHEETS. These stains are another way to help the inspector piece together the extent of an infestation. So put the sheets aside and save them.
4. Fecal spots.
- Fecal spots look different from the blood stains. Fecal spots look like a dab of ink and are usually on the mattress seams where bed bugs are hiding. Furthermore, fecal spots can also be found in crevices of furniture.
Documenting the signs of bed bugs will help the inspector to properly and thoroughly identify a bed big infestation and its scope.
Up until recently, the pest control industry was primarily focused on rodent trapping and rodenticide baiting as the spear head in combating and controlling an ongoing rodent infestation. Ongoing being the operative word. Although these are not budget breaking means of controlling an ongoing rodent problem they are more akin to slapping a bandaid to a problem that is likely to reoccur again and again.
Let's be honest in acknowledging that rodents are crafty creatures that have shown great ability to conquer obstacles to get to the food, shelter and water that all creatures need to live. But also to reproduce if an abundance of resources is readily available. Sometimes they can even vex seasoned pros with their ability to exploit structures and establish an infestation in large numbers. This of course requires inspectors and technicians to think outside of the box.
Rodent Exclusion entails inquiring via inspection and experience of where rodents are likely to find and exploit a gap in the structure and thus gain entry. By sealing noted gaps and denying rodents and small animal access clients can feel even more confident that the rodent issue won't likely occur again.
Exclusion work is all about strategy, making the structure a fortress within means and reason. It is work that is detailed and at times dangerous. Access points will likely be on the roof as well as at ground level. Also every structure is different and requires thoughtful planning that takes into account aesthetics and architecture of a structure in regards to what exclusion material can be effect without being so unsightly.
Of course the level of protection will also be determined by the proper identification of the species of rodent. Each species has its own unique traits and areas of a structure they'll likely be found at. Level and extent of infestation will not be the same. So options become imperative in the long game.
Therefore, it is always wise to take in all the pertinent information and formulate a plan that best fits the situation, structure, budget and the desired results of clients. This will help both client and Galindo Exterminator to find success together.