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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!

 

Ghost Ants

Ghost Ants

The dreaded Ghost Ant!  Image provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture.

Ok, so you have ghost ants. You’re not alone! Ghost ants are the #1 complaint we receive. These tiny, tiny spider looking ants trailing around your kitchen and bathrooms. Across the countertops, around the sinks, where they go, nobody knows.  It seems like they are everywhere! So you grab the can of pest control spray and blast them in hopes of them dieing, never to return.  That works for a short while, only for them to return, seemingly healthier, and more plentiful. Those trails of ants are driving you nuts! You keep the counters clean. You take out the trash regularly. Your at your wits end! What do you do?

Ghost Ants Require Professional Knowledge

  1. Pest control pros know and understand the feeding habits and food requirements of ghost ants
  2. They know the life cycle of ghost ants
  3. They know ghost ant nesting habits and where they are typically located
  4. They understand ghost ant mating and nesting habits.
  5. They understand Pheromone trails and how ghost ants follow those trails back to a water or food source
  6. They are armed with the knowledge of how to best treat and eliminate a ghost ant infestations

Hiring a Ghost Ant Professional

Let’s face it! You have done a good job trying to get rid of the problem, however hiring someone with all this knowledge sure will save you a bunch of trial and error and many days with even more ants than what you started with. Now that your friendly pest control professional has come to the rescue, he’s going to come in and wave his magic wand and the problem will magically disappear, right? Wrong!

Most customers don’t truly understand what it takes to get rid of a ghost ant problem, they just want them gone, and we get that. We truly do! We also don’t want to preach about ants, but we do like to educate our customers, so they know what to expect. Remember, you did not acquire these ants overnight, and even though your technician is a master at getting rid of ghost ant infestations, he is not armed with that magical touch we all wish they possessed. Ghost Ants require time and patienceTypically 3 to 5 weeks. This time frame is not always the case, depending on the level of customer participation, and involvement. With customers assistant this time frame could be significantly less.

Its easy to grab a can of Raid and blast these ants into kingdom come. Please remember if you choose to do so, you may be creating your own nightmare!

Don’t Kill The Messenger!

Killing those trailing ants is only going to make the problem worse! Here’s Why!

  • Ghost ants are one of very few ants that have multiple queens
  • The Worker ants duties are to care for the queens and the nest
  • They collect food and water for the nest
  • You see the (worker) ants maybe on the counter or sink area in the bathroom. You spray and kill them with whatever means you have. (Insecticides?)
  • The queens realize their workers are not returning with the food and water expected
  • Now, under stress, the good of the colony becomes the main focus. Survival mode kicks in
  • One of the queens leaves the colony to start a new colony. A phenomenon known as “Budding” The splitting of the colony occurs
  • 1 colony splits into 2. And 2 into 4, and 4 into 8, etc. etc. And now you will see more ants than ever.
  • Ultimate result is simply put “Ants all over the place”

Ghost_BaitedThe proper way to treat these types of ants is a professional baiting program. The concept is to supply a series of baits that will attract the ants. The ants will carry the baits back to the colony and feed the queen(s) and the brood (colony) and die. Killing the entire colony is the ultimate goal and this concept brings forth a much more effective result! Yes, you can buy products from home depot that are boric acid rich. These baits (Terro) contain boric acid. The true downside to this product is, by the time the ghost ant worker consumes the liquid sugar based bait, and carries it back to the nest, the workers die from the boric acid. Creating the same dilemma. Dead workers and stress on the colony.

One more thing to consider. Ghost ants can be finicky eaters. Ghost Ants prefer sweets and is the reason they are found surrounding sugar based goodies. Cookies, candy, sugar, etc. However, they are also known to be attracted to protein based foods. Meats, carbs, grease, etc. There are many times when professional technicians will offer sugar based baits, yet the workers will pass right by this type of bait, in search of the proteins they crave. The trick is to know when to offer sugar based baits or protein based baits. Knowing which to offer greatly increases your chance of success.

Many times, this ant species lives outside and will easily sneak inside for search of water and food. In turn these ants will set up camp in a wall void, making it virtually impossible to find. Locating the nest is key indoors, but can take some time to find. Were sure you don’t want us to start ripping your walls apart in a desperate search to locate a nest of ants, so a more methodical method of baiting or dusting is usually preferred. These methods also require time to perform. Time and patience are required when dealing with Ghost Ants!

Now that were here! Here are some things that you can do to assist in the removal of ghost ants

  • Check all flowerpots for ghost ant nests. This is very common! Bringing in flower pots from outside is a main reason for ghost ant infestations. Check under flowerpots on the exterior as well.
  • Trim all trees from the structure. Any tree or shrub touching the structure, will create a bridge for them to cross over into the house. They then find small hole/crack and enter the home.
  • Be sure to remove any clutter surrounding the home. Rocks, construction material, mulch, bricks, bags of mortar, fire wood, etc. Removing these will help dramatically!
  • Inside of the home, keep all sink and countertops dry. I know that’s hard, especially with kids but is a must, especially at night during the baiting program
  • Leave all countertops and floors, free from food particles. Even the smallest morsel will provide an abundance of food for ants. Wipe counters then sweep the floors in that order on a regular basis.
  • Remove trash regularly
  • If you leave something out with sugar, they will find it. Keep all sugar based items in sealed containers and wipe the outside of container to remove any sugary residue.
  • Clean and wipe out all shelves in cabinets, or pantry with household cleaner so that they are not attracting ghost ants.
  • Clean the sides of your stove! Nobody ever thinks of this, but when in protein feeding phase, the grease accumulated on the side of the oven offers some great protein treats for these ants.
  • In the bathroom, during treatment phase, place toothpaste and toothbrushes in sealed plastic bags. Ghost ants love bathroom sinks. They get sugar from toothpaste and water from the sink.
  • Ghost ants on your tables, desks, nightstands? Clean up all water, even water rings from a glass and food morsels, and you will not attract them.
  • Remember even the smallest drop of water or food looks like a mountain to them. Imagine a steak the size of Mount Rushmore. You could feed a lot of people with that!
  • We encourage the feeding of ants with our bait products. Please do not clean them up. Wiping counters is ok. But refrain from any major cleaning of the backsplash area, window sills, under the lip of the counter. Etc., as our baits are close by. Wiping them up only ruins an opportunity for the ants to find them.
  • LASTLY! DO NOT INTERRUPT THE ANTS TRAILING ACTIVITY! THEY ARE TRAILING TO A FOOD SOURCE. WERE EXPECTING THAT IT IS THE BAIT PROVIDE

Remember, Time and Patience is key when dealing with Ghost Ants in Miami

Good Things Take Time

 

Together, we can get rid of your ghost ant issue, but please remember, this process of baiting takes more time to deliver the active ingredients to the queen and brood. Due diligence will shine through as a reward for your patience. The ultimate goal is an ant free home.

Thanks for reading this information and use it to your benefit! Have a pest free day!

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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 under kitchen sink, including pots, pans, cleaning chemicals, etc. leaving that cabinet empty.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Before service is provided, we must remove any food crumbs, food items, etc. so that our baiting program is effective. Clean under refrigerator and stove completely, as food scraps tend to work their way under these devices and provide a great source of nutrition for German Roaches. Also, clean the sides of the stove and Refrigerator, as grease collects on the sides and is an excellent source of protein for these pests.  Please remember if you are providing food for these roaches, our baits will not be attractive to them. The idea is to get rid of any food they may come in contact with, so the only thing to eat are our baits.
  • Vacuum all areas of the kitchen including shelves, counters, floors, etc.. This will eliminate roach feces, dead carcasses, and roach eggs.
  • You can even vacuum up live roaches. BE SURE TO EMPTY BAG OR TRAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING VACUUMING!
  • German RoachUnload the dishwasher.
  • Remove all food from stovetop, countertops, top of the refrigerator.
  • Pick up and remove pet food dishes and food from floor. Do not leave food out overnight. This is a source of food for roaches
  • Take all garbage outside and place in sealed containers on the exterior of the home, preferably in the heat
  • Clean all counter spaces. Remove any food crumbs from microwave ovens, blenders, and other electric utensils. Knife blocks are a great hiding place for roaches. Take a look down the slots some time. Roaches love to hide in those cracks.
  • 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 

  • You may notice very small dots of our bait throughout the kitchen. PLEASE, DO NOT CLEAN UP THE BAIT! This bait will ultimately be what kills the problem. We will not place baits in obvious places, and will do everything we can to keep them hidden, however there may be some placements that can be seen. Please, dont clean up these baits and let them do their magic, feed the roaches.
  • Remember, you did not get German roaches overnight and you will not get rid of them overnight. German Roach removal takes time and patience. You will notice after the first 7 to 10 days, that dead roaches will begin to appear. As these roaches begin to die off, they will drop their ootheca (egg), which has up to 45 babies inside. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMOVE THE EGGS IMMEDIATELY! THIS WILL STUNT THE GROWTH OF THE POPULATION!
  • Physically go through all boxes, containers, that may hold roaches. Roaches love cardboard boxes, so go through any open containers that may hide these roaches and their eggs. Discard immediately!

 

  • VacuGerman_Cockroach_Uthecaum or sweep up all EGGS! Roach Eggs Are your worst enemy. 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. Keeping all food residue away from foraging roaches.
  • Wipe down all appliances.
  • Vacuum again before putting items back into cabinets and storage bins.
  • Be sure to check drawers, cabinets, floors, etc. for dead roaches and their eggs. Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum. Sweep, Vacuum. Remember to empty bag after vacuuming. Any roaches left alive inside the vacuum bag, will re-infest if left in the bag.

Keys to keeping your home German Roach Free:

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

  • 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 floors 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?

 Ant Control Miami

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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Ant

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Pest Control – Safe For Kids And Pets!

Natural Pest Control – Safe For Kids And Pets!

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Natural Pest Control is quickly becoming the preferred exterminating method in Miami, Palmetto Bay, and West Kendall.
Using harmful, smelly chemicals, is no longer the way to treat insects. There is a choice!
Isn’t your family worth it? Treat them to a pest control service you can trust. One that is effective in removing those nasty pests, without those smelly, dangerous chemicals. Safe for kids and Pets!
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How to Remove a Tick

How to Remove a Tick

Tick_RemovalIn South Florida, it is a good possibility that you will sooner or later, run into a tick or two.

Removing a tick may become necessary at one point or another.

Anyone who loves animals has experienced this bloodsucker before.

If you find a tick attached to you, it’s ok, don’t worry. Removing it is rather easy.

All you need is a plain old set of  tweezers and you can remove a tick quite effectively.

How to Remove a Tick Properly

  • Use a set of  tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible.
  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this will
  • cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the tick’s skin.
  • If this does happen, remove the mouth-parts with fine tweezers. If you are unable to
  • remove the mouth easily with clean-fine tweezers, leave it, and let the skin heal over it.

tweezers pulling a tick away from the skin in an upward motion

  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands, with rubbing alcohol, or soap and water.
  • Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet.
  • Don’t crush a tick with your fingers.
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Follow-up

See a doctor if rash or fever occurs within a few weeks of the tick encounter.

Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where

you most likely picked up the tick.

Natural Pest Control Tips – Think Outside the House!

Pest Control Barrier

Creating a pest control barrier around your home.

 

Natural Pest Control Tips

One of the most common areas of focus is the outside or exterior of the home. Pest control performed the natural way is really an easy concept. Using common sense, knowing the insects eating habits, and applying knowledge really goes along way in ridding your home of these pesky pests.  Think about it, if we can control the exterior by ensuring all areas are sealed using exclusion, or pest proofing techniques the interior would be of no concern. Bugs, no doubt come from the outside and are attracted to food and water and the cool conditions inside the home. So if we take a look around the outside of the house, we can surely find plenty of ways to keep those pesky pests from entering the structure.

 

Seal Cracks leading into the structure
Whether you’re experiencing an ant infestation or encountering mice or rodents, one of the best ways to put an end to this problem is to seal off the entry point. A tube of silicone goes along way in sealing those entry points for ants and common insects. Seal windows, doorways, and make sure all screens are snug fitting and in working condition. Air conditioners, water hoses, water filter systems, etc. are run from the outside to the inside of the house. Make sure these are sealed and keep lizards, ants, and smaller insects out. Door thresholds are a common problem in most homes. Check all doors.  If you can see daylight coming through the bottom of the door, that means the insects will too! Also check Garage Doors and the same principle holds true. A mouse can fit through a gap the size of a dime and a rat through a hole the size of a quarter.

 

Pest Control Companies will recommend the use of  steel wool to seal holes 2 inches or less and brings great results when sealing holes for rats and mice. As they gnaw on the steel wool, it gets in their intestines and really reaks havoc.

 

Keep exterior of structure clear
Insects, especially ants and roaches, love to hide in debris that is commonly laid or left around the immediate structure. Clean up those piles of wood, old tires and unused items that are just sitting along the outside of the structure and watch your insect problem get better overnight. Some like to use mulch around the perimeter. New Era Pest Control does not recommend mulch, as it holds moisture and houses ants, millipedes, roaches and other insects, making the pest control technicians job a much greater one.. Instead use small rocks or pebbles approximately 18 to 24 inches from the structure.

 

Cut trees away from the structure
Pest Control technicians will tell you that one of the most common things we see when visiting homes are trees in direct contact the the house. If you have trees touching the structure, insects and rodents find it very easy to use that as a bridge and will follow it right into the structure via gaps/cracks on the roof or eaves.  Trim all branches approximately 2 to 3 feet away from touching the house and keep these pests off the house.

 

Food is one of the main things that lures those critters into your home. Make sure you clear floors and counter tops of food debris after cooking and eating. Wiping down surfaces can go a long way toward keeping your home pest free!

 

4. Food and Water
Remember, insects and rodents do not want to make your life miserable. They are simply looking for the basic necessities to survive. Water, food, and harborage.   If you leave food and water easily available for these pests, they will come looking for it. If they find it they will not stop until they exhaust the demand or supply. Outside, taking the harborage elements away, we now only need to limit the food and water that is left behind for our pest friends. Try to dry up all water on countertops and sinks before going to sleep. Ensure that the floors are swept nightly to make sure that those cookie crumbs you left behind are not left for the bugs to enjoy as well. Outside,  remove any standing water. Standing water is ideal for the production of Mosquitos.

 

5. Misc Tips
It is NOT a good idea to keep garbage in the garage. As the heat builds up in the garage, so will the temperature in the garbage cans and are ideal conditions for breeding flies.

 

You, Be The Pro! Take a walk around the house and look for any holes, cracks or crevices that insects or rodents may use to gain access into your home. Jot them down! Either, give that list to the husband, or seal those entry points on your own, using calking, steel wool, or other sealing methods.

 

ANTS – Summer, means Ants, and More Ants! To reduce the ant population, taking care of the exterior foliage is just the right thing to do.  Ants, typically live outside and have survived for millions of years without human food, water and harborage. We, as humans make it easy for ants by making food and water too easily available. If ants locate a food or water source in your home, It could be a long road to eliminating these pests. Ants, depending on the species, love sweet nectar like producing plants. Typically, this is where you will find them or close to this type food source. There are other sources as well but for this example we talk about exterior foliage. Ants also adore and protect aphids, which produce a sweet nectar as a food source for the ant. The ants protect the aphids from other predators in return for the food favors. Removing the ants from the foliage on the exterior of the home, will reduce greatly the amount of ants that will continue to seek forage in your home.

Fleas – How to Get Rid of Them Naturally


How to Get Rid of Fleas Using Your Vacuum

Getting Rid of Fleas in the home is a difficult chore. Anyone who has had a flea infestation in the past, can surely tell you that fleas in the home are no fun to deal with.  People with this problem are willing to do anything, including a flea removal program, to get rid of them. Do you have dogs or cats? Experiencing bites on the legs, scratching, even the welt’s that can occur from scratching flea bites? We sympathize with you as we have seen this problem many times at New Era Pest Control. Being a Natural Pest Control Company, many ask how to get rid of fleas without the use of harmful, smelly chemicals. Two factors come to mind when trying to eliminate fleas.

How to get rid of fleas

Understanding the flea cycle can greatly reduce your flea problem

 

Stop the egg laying cycle and the problem will disappear

1. Stop the egg laying cycle and the problem will disappear – If we can stop the larvae from developing into full fledge, egg laying adults, then our job is much easier than coming in and spraying pesticides all over in an effort to kill blood sucking fleas. Female fleas need a blood meal in order to lay eggs. Without that blood meal, they will die. So using an Insect Growth Regulator designed specifically for fleas will eventually destroy the infestation. This process does take some time to resolve the problem with fleas, but working on the cause of the problem will yield much greater results. Break the life cycle of the flea and gain greater control.

Adult Fleas Feed on your dogs blood, leaving flea feces that contain these partially digested blood meals and then they mate. Within 48 hours, the females start laying eggs. Around 27 eggs per female per day drop off of the host animal and onto its surroundings. The fleas continue to lay eggs for approximately 10 days. Just a bit more than a week later the pupae will emerge from their cacoons due to some sort of vibration and movement. These young fleas will immediately jump onto a host aminal. Depending on the temperature of the lifecycle takes from 3 weeks up to 3 to 4 months.

Vacuum Flea Problems away!

2. Using your vacuum is a very important tool used in conjunction with a professional flea control program to eliminate fleas. Using your vacuum can make a huge difference to flea populations before the flea control service is performed. Remember the effectiveness of using a vacuum is that it be used properly and there is a proper way to use a vacuum to control fleas.

Upright vacuum cleaners seem to be the best choice in the battle of flea Control, and not the pull behind versions. Some sellers of vacuum’s will argue that this is simply not true, when all evidence points to uprights taking the win 4 to 1. Some 79% of those with flea infestations, have a pull behind version of vacuum cleaner. The pull behind versions do not work as they do not incorporate rotating brushes. These brushes agitate the carpet fibers, where the fleas, flea eggsflea pupae and flea larvae exist. The flea eggs wind up buried deep in the carpet fibers, making it difficult to effectively remove them. Using agitation brushes on vacuums enhance the ability to suck up cat fleas with more success. Also the vibrations of the rotating brushes encourage any maturing fleas to hatch from their pupae. Once hatched they will jump onto a host for a blood meal, but will be met with a tremendous sucking power and be taken to the holding tank of the vacuum.

Vacuums with clear plastic cylinders allow you to see the fleas captured from room to room. This could assist in finding the source of a flea infestation, as paying particular attention to the amount of fleas in each room will be a dead give away. (Empty the cylinder after each room is vacuumed into a black plastic bag and seal). You can also put a little Diatomaceous Earth in the clear tray. As the fleas, pupae, larvae and eggs come into contact with the isomers of the DE, they will gradually penetrate the extoskeletal system of the flea and they will die from dehydration, as the flea is mostly water. Penetrating its skeletal system is sure death.

When using your upright vacuum, pay attention to areas that are undisturbed for periods of time where dust and debris are allowed to gather. Also pay attention to furniture that the animals are allowed to frequent, and yes I do mean couches, chairs, beds where they sleep at night (Maybe Your  Bed?) Using an extension, you can vacuum cracks and crevices where flea eggs are typically laid. Vacuum base boards along the floor, vacuum and wash dog beds. Vacuum cat climbing toys and areas where they like to sleep.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO EMPTY VACUUM COMPLETELY OF ALL FLEAS, AFTER EACH USE. PLACE IN PLASTIC BAG AND SEAL. REMOVE BAG FROM INSIDE YOUR HOME

If you are experiencing a flea problem, a vacuum cleaner goes along way in getting rid of the problem. If you do not have a vacuum, it is recommended that you purchase one as soon as you can. This great tool will definitely help your flea infestation.

If all of this is too much and you need a professional Flea Control Specialist, Call New Era Pest Control. We guarantee flea removal 100%

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Break the life cycle of the flea and gain control of fleas

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Break the life cycle of the flea and gain control of fleas

GET RID OF ANTS IN YOUR HOME

How to Keep Ants From Taking Over

Follow these tips to keep ants outside where they belong

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Ants are frequently seen in the kitchen where food and water are available

Sooner or later, living in Miami means that you will encounter a battle with ants. If you haven’t, the chances are high that you will. Ants are the number 1 complaint here at New Era Pest Control, and are the number one pest problem in the United States. There are over 700 species in this country and with some 20 or more known ants to infest your home or business. Pavement ants in the garage, ghost ants on the kitchen counters, carpenter ants (Bull Ants) around the perimeter of your home, are all very common problems to deal with. However, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of unknowingly inviting ants into your home.

 

1. Pay close attention to where you most frequently see ants

You will notice that in most cases, that ants typically frequent the kitchen or bathrooms. Think like an ant (or other pests), and you will wind up in these areas. Think about it. Ants need food and water to survive. They are not in your home to “Drive You Crazy” on purpose! To survive, they MUST have food and water. Kitchens and bathrooms provide a great water source and the kitchen also provides an endless food supply.Bedrooms, living rooms, basements, inside walls, and in/around air conditioning and heating units are also known to attract ants.

2. Remove water sources

Reducing moisture and standing water around your home, can really assist you in preventing ants. In the kitchen area, after washing the dishes, make sure to dry up any water on the counter. Repair leaky pipes, and regularly check under sinks for areas of moisture.

3. Eliminate food sources

Keeping your kitchen clean will help to discourage ants from coming indoors. Wipe down countertops and sweep floors on a regular basis to remove crumbs and residue from spills. Store food in sealed pest-proof containers, and keep ripe fruit in the refrigerator. Wipe down sticky jars, especially any containing honey, syrup, soda or other sugary sweets. Finally, use a lid on trashcans and dispose of garbage regularly.

4. Don’t forget your pets

Cats, dogs and other pets can invite ants into your home. Their food and water bowls are an attractant for ants, so be sure to keep pet bowls clean and clean up any spilled food or water quickly. Store dry pet food in sealed plastic containers rather than the paper bags they often come in. Ants can easily get into bags of dog food, no matter how tightly you roll the bag up. Inspect dog/cat doors to ensure that pests cannot get through. Ants can fit through even the smallest openings.

5. Seal, Seal, Seal

Take time to inspect the outside of your home for any easy access points. Window screens are a good place to start. Make sure window screens are tight fitting and in good repair. Another little secret is to pay close attention to the pressure release flaps on the exterior of your windows. Many homes in South Florida are equipped with some type of hurricane resistant windows. To allow the pressure in the home to equalize, these windows are equipped with flaps that will open to allow pressure to escape during high pressure. In some cases, when the windows are installed, the installers will not install the flaps, in order to save time during installation. This allows ants and other insects to easily enter through those holes. Trees and bushes should be trimmed away from the home, as branches can provide highways indoors for ants. Seal any cracks and crevices on the outside of the home with silicone caulk, paying special attention to areas where utility pipes enter.

6. Don’t Fight the Problem Alone

Without the proper training and tools, battling ants can be an uphill battle. What’s worse, an infestation can continue to grow if it is not properly treated. Spraying insecticides in a futile effort to gain control can in some cases create a larger problem. This is true! Spraying the ants you see only kills the worker caste of the ant. These ants have a specific job. That job is to seek out food and water. Once it is found, their job is to take it back to the nest to feed larvae, other ants in the nest and the QUEEN. When the queen realizes the nest is under stress due to non returning worker casts, the nest may split up into smaller nests in other areas of the home, creating an even larger problem. This phenomenon is known as “Budding”. Some species of ants can cause serious property damage (like carpenter ants) and others (like fire ants) can pose health threats to your family.

Even species that are considered nuisance pests (like odorous house ants) can contaminate food. So if you do find ants in your home, contact us immediately, and we will get you scheduled for an appointment. We can easily identify the ant species, spot likely entry points, and determine an effective course of treatment.