Identifying, Eliminating & Preventing Termites

Termites are most productive in the summertime, this is when they build their colonies and when they consume the most amount of wood. Subterranean termites live below the ground and in colonies, they tend to feed off trees and dead plants. Termites cost U.S property owners over 5 Billion dollars each year, and around 600,000 homes are affected. Homes in the U.S. are affected by termites all the time, with or without people knowing. Here are some tips to keep your home protected from termites.

Identifying Termites

When looking for termites you should look for termite wings, termite droppings or dead termites. Termites will also leave worm-like mud tunnels that are visible on the surface of walls. People tend to mix up the difference between termites and ants. Termites have antennae’s that are straight where ants have antennae’s that are bent.

You should examine wood in your household for small holes or sawdust-like matter. The sawdust-like matter is known as frass, which is a form of termite excrement. You should knock on non-hollow walls and see if they make a hollow or echoey noise, if so, you may have termites. You can also look for paint that has been cracked, common places where they might be found is by doors, window frames, walls, and baseboards.

Eliminating Termites

There are many ways for you to eliminate termites yourself, one is by creating a barrier around your house using a liquid termiticide. This not only kills the termites in the ground but also prevents them from burrowing into it as well. There is also termite bait that you can use which is a poison and spreads through the whole colony of termites and will eliminate them. If none of these are working, then your best option is to call in a professional to take care of it.

Future Preventions

For future preventions of termites, you can get termite inspections annually done at your house. A professional will generally know where the termites will be before they come. Try to eliminate any wood to ground contact in your house, so the termites won’t be attracted to it. You should try to avoid having cellulose-based debris around your house because that is what termites feed off the most.

Keep Bed Bugs Out of Your Vacation!

Bed bugs are a top concern for anyone that is getting ready to hit the road and stay at a hotel or a rented room. Because of the constant flow of people through hotels and B&Bs, it is very easy to spread nasty germs, diseases, and in some cases, bed bugs. Bed bugs can make for an unforgettable trip, so make sure you follow these steps to make sure that your next trip is one you’ll want to remember.

 

What To Look For:

Bed bugs live off blood as their only source of nutrition. They also need blood to produce eggs and to mature through several stages in their life, hence why they are most commonly found in beds.

 

The first thing you want to check is the bed linens. When looking on and around the bed, two of the most common signs of bed bugs are small blood stains or bed bug feces which will look like tiny black dots. Since bed bugs are most commonly compared to the size of an apple seed, it is important to do a thorough search through all the creases in the linen and the mattress itself.

 

If you do not find anything in the bed area, it is also a smart idea to search through other areas in the room that aren’t easily seen.

For example, some other areas where these critters can hide:

  • Nightstands
  • Behind the headboard
  • Closets
  • Any furniture near the bed

 

Bed Bug Bites: Symptoms and health concerns:

If you follow the steps above and still feel irritated and uncomfortable in the morning, it is possible that you missed bed bugs and it is important to examine yourself for bed bug bites. The bites are usually found in exposed areas on the body, most commonly on your hands, arms, legs, back, and face.

Some people may develop red welts or swelling in the area of the bite, although some may take several days or go completely unnoticed. For those that have irritated bite areas, it is important to not scratch the affected area as it can cause a rash to spread and possibly develop an additional infection.

 

Contact the Hotel Service ASAP:

If you see bed bugs or have these welts and rashes on your body, you should contact the front desk immediately and let them know about the problem. Ask them for another room, make sure that the new room has been recently cleaned and is a safe distance away from your previous room.

 

Final Note: Stay Away from Luggage Racks!

When staying at a hotel, it is extremely important to keep your luggage and valuables safe from bed bugs throughout your stay. If bed bugs make a home inside your suitcase, you can bring these critters back to your home and cause serious mayhem. Since many guests use the luggage rack, all it takes is one unlucky fellow to share bed bugs with everyone that uses the rack. Therefore, keeping your luggage in a different location will significantly decrease your chance of an encounter.

Anticimex SMART

The intelligent pest control system “Anticimex SMART” has been widely used in Europe, Asia, and Australia. So far, over 75,000 Smart units have been installed. Now, the high-tech system is launched in the United States, taking the pest control industry to a new era.

Data-driven solutions are the new standard for pest control, enabling precise solutions and constant control – and Anticimex has the leading solutions. Anticimex SMART is an intelligent system that detects rodents early. By constantly monitoring and immediately alerting, the system prevents costly infestations in an environmentally friendly manner. Anticimex SMART is well-established in Europe, Asia and Australia, where 75,000 units have been installed in over 17 countries. In Europe, it accounts for one-fourth of Anticimex’s sales.

Healthy, rat-free environments are key for cities and businesses to remain attractive and Anticimex SMART is the most precise data-driven solution that fights the problem in all environments, including sub-ground in the sewer system, without using any poison. “It is a much smarter way to stay ahead of rodents,” says Jens Peter Nielsen, Vice President, Anticimex North America.

Where other innovative technologies lack human elements, Anticimex SMART packs powerful AI (artificial intelligence) to detect vermin the instant it breaches a building with a proven pest control solution that gives its users the best of two worlds—automation and expertise. Anticimex SMART provides digital reports to its users continually, showing results such as time and date for activity, as well as trend curves. The reports enable users to stay in control, minimize risks and see the value of their investments.

Soon RJS Pest Management will begin to offer the wildly popular Anticimex SMART pest control system.

How It Will Work:

Step 1: Analyze & Plan

A service specialist will inspect the site and documentation including blueprints and designs and ask you a series of questions. After a thorough analysis, we then define the unique, optimal set-up based on your situation.

Step 2: Install & Connect

A service specialist will install state-of-the-art, multi-purpose technology around the site.

Step 3: We Service, You Relax

Ongoing service includes physical inspections, the emptying and relocating of traps, and analysis. Service specialists act fast when needed — just sit back and relax.

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How to Prevent and Get Rid of Mosquitoes

There’s nothing more frustrating than being outside, trying to enjoy the summer weather, and being attacked by blood-thirsty mosquitoes. The incessant whining in your ears; the painful stabs, and the unrelenting itching are enough to annoy any customer that comes your way. Here are some tips and tricks to preventing and getting rid of mosquitoes.

What Does a Mosquito Bite Look Like?

Female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite. Males get their nutrition from plants and nectar.

Bites can have the following features:

  • A puffy, white and reddish bump that appears a few minutes after the bite.
  • A hard, itchy, reddish-brown bump, or multiple bumps, appearing a day or so after the bite or bites.
  • Small blisters instead of hard bumps.
  • Dark spots that look like bruises.

Signs You Could Have Mosquitoes and How to Prevent Them

Standing water is the largest culprit of attracting mosquitoes. Adult mosquitoes lay their eggs in these puddles of standing water. One female mosquito can lay up to 200 eggs at a time.  Mosquitoes like to linger in dim and shady areas, and usually come out at sunrise and sunset. Any time the sunlight isn’t bright, and the humidity is high, chances are mosquitoes will come out.

If you find mosquitoes indoors, chances are you could have a plumbing problem. A small leak can provide just enough water for mosquitoes to breed.

The key to keeping mosquitoes off your property is interrupting the insect’s lifecycle. Mosquitoes have four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult, so ending one stage before it has a chance to evolve will greatly limit your risk of exposure.

To break the lifecycle at the egg stage, you must find and remove any puddles of standing water around or in your home. If you have a swimming pool, it needs to be properly maintained. If you have a birdbath, then you need to empty it and wipe it out every few days (mosquito eggs will stick to the bottom and they can survive draughts, so you need to wipe it out completely before refilling).

To break the cycle at the larvae stage, you should implement a mosquito management program if you have a rainwater harvesting system. If you have a water garden or small pond, then you will want to add some mosquito-eating fish to them. You can also use biological and chemical options as well.

Adult mosquitoes are the ones that actually bite you, so you will have to be especially vigilant when it comes to avoiding them. Some things you can try include:

  • Keeping your grass and shrubs clipped short (this will give adult mosquitoes fewer places to rest)
  • Keep your windows and screens in good order to help prevent mosquitoes from entering your home

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are attracted to beer. They’ll actually attack people who drink beer first and then go after everyone else. You can take a bottle of beer and place it outside to act as a mosquito trap. The mosquitoes will fly into the beer and die. Just be careful, as mosquitoes rather humans than beer, so they’ll go after you before the beer trap.

The same kind of trap can be used with some warm water and dish soap. Again, you have to stay inside for this trap to work. Anything with dish soap on it will attract these bugs. Place a dot of dish soap on a glue trap and these insects will flock to it.

Another effective method is to use an electronic bug zapper. There are indoor and outdoor bug zappers that can be installed but try to place them where people aren’t going to be.

Mosquito Insecticides:

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  1. Altosid Pro-G Mosquito Larvicide: Put the directed amount of granules in areas such as shrubs or even water where mosquitoes may breed. This also kills eggs and larvae. View on Amazon.

Although these are great tips for keeping your business and property mosquito free, a great mosquito prevention program provided by RJS Pest Management can help in your efforts to get rid of these pesky little insects. Consult RJS about a mosquito prevention program tailored for your business today!

Plants That Keep Bugs Away

The weather is going to start to warm up soon and many flying and crawling insects will start to make their presence known. Many plants have natural insect-repelling qualities, and these plants, in addition to regular pest control, can help maintain a pleasant environment for your workers and customers.

Lemon Grass

Lemon grass is used in citronella oil, which helps ward off mosquitoes and other insects. Citronella oil is a common natural ingredient in most mosquito repellants. The plant has a strong smell, so it works better at keeping mosquitoes at bay than candles and torches. Lemon grass tolerates heat and drought but not frost. So in most areas, it’s best planted in a pot that can be moved indoors in winter. Any citrus scented plants will get the job done, so try any lemon scented plant!

Lavender

Lavender repels a number of insects like moths, flies, fleas, and mosquitoes. Although bees love lavender, all other insects hate. Plant it near entryways to your business to help keep those areas pest free. Not only does lavender keep pests away, but it smells great!

Basil

Basil is an aromatic herb that repels mosquitoes and flies. A pot of basil, or a stalk hung on the window can help chase the insects away from windows. Keeping basil on the terrace is a good idea for hotels in order to keep mosquitoes away from guest rooms!

Although all of these plants have natural abilities to repel mosquitoes and other unwanted insects, they may not always be effective. A light breeze could waft the smell in an opposite direction, defeating the purpose of the plant. Nevertheless, these could be helpful tools used in addition to regular pest control to keep insects at bay!

Keep Your Business House Fly Free

Flies can pose a giant threat to businesses, especially those in the food industries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that house flies are able to transmit at least 65 diseases. Some diseases houseflies can carry and transmit are conjunctivitis, dysentery, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever. It has been discovered that these diseases can be transmitted from a fly walking across a surface, like your dinner.

How Can You Catch a Disease from a House Flies?

House flies feed on rotting and decaying matter, and when they eat these bacteria infested substances, the bacteria and viruses then enter the fly’s esophagus. Unlike other pests, flies can only feed on liquid substances because they don’t have the mouthparts to bite or chew. When it comes to solid food, flies regurgitate a liquid consisting of saliva and digestive juices which breaks down the food into a liquid, allowing them to eat. Due to this feeding habit, any microorganism living in their esophagus will be transmitted to the item they are consuming. This also transmits any bacteria living in a fly’s digestive system. House flies can also pick up particles containing bacteria and viruses on the tiny hairs on their legs and body. When a fly lands on your food, anything that is in the attached particles can easily be transmitted to where it lands. In addition to transmitting pathogens, flies also vomit and defecate on the item whether it is food or not.

Most people contract fly transmitted diseases by consuming food that has been contaminated. It can also be caught by using contaminated cooking utensils and cutlery.

How to Prevent House Fly Transmitted Diseases

Locating and eliminating the food and breeding source is the key to a long-term solution. Flies look for damp areas that contain organic matter. In commercial structures, tiny amounts of organic debris are often found where the legs or feet of appliances, tables or cabinets touch the floor. These tiny spaces can harbor thousands of fly larvae. All small cracks and crevices at floor level need to be inspected and thoroughly cleaned. Cracks should be sealed and repaired. Flies easily follow air currents and usually have several breeding places in any structure.

  • Clean up food messes
  • Store food in airtight containers
  • Disinfect cooking utensils and prep areas
  • Clean and disinfect drains and pipes regularly to avoid build up
  • Keep garbage areas as clean as possible

RJS Pest Management can work with you in order to prevent flies from affecting your business. Make sure you are up-to-date on RJS Pest Management’s Bio-Foam and Drain Cleaning services! Flies can carry billions of harmful microorganisms, so be sure to consult RJS Pest Management about a fly prevention program today!

5 Pest Control Myths Debunked

We have learned that some people have the wrong idea about pest control! People try DIY pest control for their businesses, but ultimately only a professional pest control service can help prevent critters from entering your commercial space. RJS Pest Management wants to make sure no one is tricked into making bad pest control decisions! Here are 5 pest control myths and why they are untrue:

#1 – You should bait traps with cheese.

According to our favorite cartoons, rodents LOVE cheese. Turns out, mice are pretty indifferent to cheese. So what do we use instead? Mice actually LOVE peanut butter! It is recommended to use in small amounts for the best results.

#2 – Rodents feed on bait and rodenticide, and then get thirsty and go outside.

Bait and rodenticide don’t make rodents thirsty. Rodents do need water daily to survive but get most of their water from the food they eat. Mice are not adventurous creatures, and normally only venture out 30 feet from their nests.

#3 – Cockroaches can survive without their heads attached.

Technically cockroaches can survive without their heads, but not forever. Cockroaches do not rely on blood circulation and breathe through holes that are spread out over their bodies. In addition, they have “mini brains” throughout their body that help them function. Roaches do take in food and water with their heads, so without one they would starve to death, but it could take several weeks.

#4 – If you’re clean, you won’t get bed bugs.

Bed bugs are not linked to dirty rooms. As long as there is a host, bed bugs can thrive. They can be found in the most high-quality hotels, regardless of the amount of cleaning done to each room. Bed bugs can exist anywhere you do, so that means they are not confined to bedrooms and beds.

#5 – I don’t see a pest issue, so I don’t need pest control.

There are certain pests that can do a lot of damage without being seen! Proper inspection of your commercial business is necessary for a preventative pest control plan that will ensure your business is taken care of. To avoid an unforeseen and out of control infestation, make sure to contact us today!

Here at RJS Pest Management we want your business to succeed and remain pest-free! Don’t fall for these myths about pest control. Be sure to make informed decisions about what is best for your company!

How to Get Rid of and Prevent Cockroaches

Few pests cause feelings of spine-chilling terror more than the dreaded cockroach. These critters are highly destructive, they carry a wide variety of diseases, and probably worst of all, they’re very hard to kill. If you’re suffering from a cockroach infestation, you probably have already heard all of the horror stories about how impossible it is to get rid of them. But, the truth is, you can get rid of them if you know how and you’re dedicated to the cause. There are five different types of cockroaches: American roaches, German roaches, Oriental roaches, Brown Banded roaches, and Smoky Brown roaches. The two most common roaches in New York City are American roaches and German roaches.

American Roaches vs. German Roaches

  • Appearance: American roaches are the largest species of roach. They have a reddish-brown color. German roaches are much smaller than American roaches and are a light brown/tan color.
  • Ability to fly: American roaches are moderate flyers, while German roaches have wings, but don’t usually fly.
  • Habitat: American cockroaches usually live outside and enjoy moist, humid climates. They can be found near drains, sewers, and trash receptacles. German roaches hide indoors in cracks and crevices, staying close to food pantries.
  • Reproduction rate: American cockroaches can produce up to 800 offspring in one year, while German cockroaches and their offspring can produce 30,000 cockroaches per year. This can cause a major infestation.

Signs You Have American Roaches and How to Prevent Them

  • American roach droppings are so large that some people mistake them for the droppings of a mouse, however, American roach droppings are more rounded and have ridged sides.
  • American roaches can be found in boiler rooms, injector pits, drains, and sewers. Constant construction and broken drain pipes attract American roaches.

To prevent American roaches:

  • Seal all cracks and crevices such as pipe entries and cracked tiles.
  • Maintain drains and make sure they are clear of debris and that they have water in the trap at all times.
  • Periodically walk through areas where there is heat and moisture, such as boiler rooms, to make sure there are no problems.

Signs You Have German Roaches and How to Prevent Them

  • German roaches secrete different oils that can cause a distinct odor. If there is an oily, musty smell in the air, chances are you have a German roach problem.
  • German roach droppings look like ground black pepper and are found in kitchens, in drawers and on countertops.
  • German roaches can be found in kitchens and bathrooms because these areas provide moisture. German cockroaches even eat soap and toothpaste.

To prevent German roaches:

  • Keep kitchens and bathrooms clean and dry.
  • Don’t leave trash out.
  • Keep food sealed.

How to Get Rid of American and German Roaches

If your business is infested with American or German roaches, you can:

  • Gel Bait: Using bait will make sure that the roaches will bring it back to their hiding places and infect other roaches. The roaches that die from the bait are then eaten by their fellow roaches, thus killing even more. Ideally, the traps should be placed in an area where they usually inhabit.

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  • Granular Bait: Similar to gel bait, granular bait will ensure that the cockroach ingests the pesticide and brings it back to infest other roaches. Granular bait is usually placed in basements. One good thing about them is a handful of these can be used to easily cover a large area. If you choose to use granular baits make sure you don’t expose it to water, or moisture.

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We do not recommend using insecticide spray or aerosol to get rid of roaches. Sprays kill roaches on contact, but will not bring anything back to where the rest of them are hiding. This can also deter roaches from traps that are set.

How to Get Rid of and Prevent Water Bugs

What ARE Water Bugs?

Contrary to popular belief, “water bug” is not another name for a cockroach. Water bugs can usually be mistaken for American roaches and Oriental roaches because of their appearance. Water bugs, however, are not the same kind of pest. Water bugs, as their name suggests, live in water and around water. Some use their paddle-like legs to swim, while others create surface tension in order to “walk on water.” The term water bug can refer to water scorpions, backswimmers, giant water bugs, water boatman, and water striders.

Water bugs can be differentiated from cockroaches by:

  1. Habitat: Water bugs are AQUATIC and spend most of their time in the water. They are usually found in humid and hot climates. Cockroaches are land insects and do not live in water. They also prefer warm temperatures.
  2. Appearance: Water bugs are usually much darker in color than cockroaches. Water bugs are also larger than indoor cockroaches. Water bugs are also more aggressive than roaches, as they bite and attack humans while roaches do not.
  3. Food: Cockroaches eat fermenting and decaying food and objects such as dried skin, dead animals, and glue. They even sometimes eat other dead cockroaches. Water bugs on the other hand hunt and kill insects and small animals. They also enjoy foods such as syrup.

4 Ways to Get Rid of Water Bugs

 

  1. Alcohol: Pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and dilute with water. Spray over the affected area. In order to ensure this method works, do this once daily.
  2. Vinegar: Take a spray bottle and fill it with a high concentration of vinegar. Spray over the affected area. In order to ensure killing and getting rid of the water bugs, do this twice daily.
  3. Cooking Oil: This method will help to separate the water bugs from water and make them float to the surface. First, pour cooking oil on the affected area. Use a net to pick up the bugs and put them in a bucket with more cooking oil and cover the bucket. Leave the bucket for a day.
  4. Liquid Detergent: Pour 3 tablespoons of liquid dish detergent into a spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water and mix. Spray over the affected area. This can be repeated as many times necessary. This alters the surface tension of the water and doesn’t allow the water bugs to come to the surface to breathe.

How to Prevent Water Bugs

Cleaning is key to keeping water bugs out of your commercial property. Since water bugs like sweet foods such as syrup, make sure to clean up any spills in kitchens right away and make sure to use soap as to not leave any residue behind.

Always avoid keeping garbage and trash inside overnight as this can attract water bugs and many other kinds of pests.

Keep all floors dry as water bugs are also attracted to moisture. Using a humidifier will help get rid of moisture in carpets.

Check window frames, door frames, baseboards, and pipes for any cracks or openings and seal them immediately.

Clean your gutters and make sure there is no build-up of leaves and debris.

Keep Rodents Out!

Rodents are pesky little creatures that love to hide in the many small spaces cities have to offer. In fact, in 2014 it was found that the rat population in New York City is 20% of the number of humans living there. In other words, there are 2 billion rats roaming around the city. Now that the weather is cooler, rodents become even more of a problem as they try to find food and shelter. Here are some tips on how to keep your hotel, restaurant, or facility rodent free!

Exclusion

The very first step in any rodent exclusion is to do a thorough examination of your facility inside and out. Tiny rodents such as mice or young rats can fit through holes as small as a dime, which means correctly getting rid of these entry points should be your first step.

Some methods to eliminate entry points include:

  • Sealing cracks in the foundation
  • Sealing gaps around utility pipe or electrical wire entrances
  • Covering vents, attic louvers, and air vents
  • Replacing weather-stripping around doors
  • Installing metal kick plates on exterior doors

The next step is to sanitize the facility, eliminate potential food and shelter sources, and do routine inspections of the facility and its grounds.

Monitor

After taking care of all the preventative measures, you should monitor the rodent activity. If you suspect there is still a rodent problem, the sooner you act, the better. One pair of mice can produce 200 offspring in just four months, so it’s easy for a simple couple of mice to turn into a full-blown infestation of rodents.

We suggest placing bait stations around the exterior of the building. These stations are helpful in monitoring rodent activity.

Getting rid of a rodent infestation is only half of the job. If you really want to put an end to your battle against rats and mice, then you need professional rodent exclusion techniques performed at your facility by an extermination company. Work with your pest management professional, such as RJS Pest Management, to determine what type of placements are needed. Mice and rats are prolific disease carriers, so they can be detrimental to a healthy working environment. Therefore, rodent control is crucial for the health of your customers and your employees as well as for your reputation.

Train

While the above is important, it is also crucial to educate your employees on the signs of a rodent infestation.

These can include:

  • Damaged food packaging
  • Gnaw marks on walls and furniture
  • Rodent droppings
  • Grease markings on walls

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