With the approach of fall and winter, we get to enjoy milder evenings, and decreased insect activity. But do you ever wonder where they go? The answer is that some species migrate to warmer climates, but the majority stay put and seek out warm, dark places to hibernate or plant their eggs or larva. And it’s not just insects; other pests such as raccoons, opossums, and squirrels love the warmth and comfort of attics and crawl spaces!
With the change of seasons, cool weather is returning, and homeowners aren’t the only ones looking to keep warm indoors. In fact, many homeowners may start to notice they have unwanted houseguests – rodents – as they, too, seek shelter from the elements. To promote public vigilance against rodents and the hazards they pose, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has declared October 23-29 to be Rodent Awareness Week. The Bug Man, Inc. is joining NPMA in this important effort by educating homeowners on the threat of rodents and how they can lessen their chances of an infestation.
Consumer Reports recently came out with some guidelines for use of mosquito Repellents as well as information on what ingredients to look for to keep your family safe from possibly contracting a mosquito-borne illness. The most effective active ingredients, according to CR, are DEET, Picaridin, Lemon Eucalyptus, and 1R3535.
Mosquitoes have always been a nuisance and they’ve made it back into the news as a public health threat with the emergence of the Zika virus in the U.S., although mosquitoes have always been known to transmit other dangerous diseases as well. In fact, around the world, mosquitoes account for an estimated one to two million deaths annually, with insect control efforts a major undertaking in underdeveloped parts of the world.
At The Bug Man, Inc., we believe our first responsibility is to you, the customer. To meet that responsibility, we adhere to the standards of professional conduct in our industry set out by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).