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California 2018 Summer Mosquito Trap Guide

Posted by Molly Paws on Jun 07, 2018

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What is summer without some fun? Summer is all about relaxing by the pool, barbecues, drinking a refreshing tropical drink or just relaxing in a lawn chair and catching up on your favorite book. Summer may have a lot to offer, but when Mother Nature turns up the heat, we’re not the only ones who like to go outside and play. Along with summer also comes the annoying buzz of mosquitoes. Just when you’re relaxed, all of the sudden WHAM there’s a giant red hill forming on your arm. Mosquitoes are a real drag on any fun time.  Which is why we want to give you the latest tips and best mosquito trap products to help you get through summer.

West-Nile

Not only are mosquitoes annoying, but they can also be extremely harmful as well. With over 150 species in the United States alone, mosquito bites are attributed to over 7-million deaths worldwide every year. They travel from person to person, biting as they go, but if someone happened to have a disease or was sick, the mosquito carries it right along and transfers it to its’ next victim. More common is the spread of the West Nile virus. If lucky, a victim of the West Nile virus will exhibit symptoms and seek treatment quickly.

Only about twenty percent of people infected will show signs of the West Nile virus. Most of the time, those who have been bitten manage to build a tolerance to the virus. Those with weakened immune systems and especially those over the age of fifty may have greater cause for concern. If left untreated, the virus can lead to the brain swelling or life-threatening nervous system complications such as meningitis or encephalitis.

Mosquitoes also transfer heartworm disease to pets and livestock. Heartworm disease is caused when a mosquito that carries the parasite bites a dog, cat or another animal. Much of how the West Nile and other virus are transmitted, each bite can spread the disease from one animal to another. A heartworm can make a home in your pet’s heart or lungs and major arteries. They can also grow up to a foot-long. A heartworm infestation can lead to heart failure, lung damage and potentially other life-threatening issues.

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Malaria

Malaria is yet another nasty disease mosquitoes spread. Half the world’s population is at risk from Malaria with nearly a million people dying every year. In the U.S. we don’t concern ourselves with Malaria as much as we should. As many as 2,000 Malaria cases are reported in the U.S. every year.

Prevention

How do you stop these annoying little insects? First, look around your home. Mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs in standing water. Once a mosquito lays an egg, depending on the weather, it can take only ten days for a brand new blood-sucker to set out on the prowl.

You can prevent many mosquitoes from laying eggs around your property by:

•    Cleaning out your pet’s water dish every night.

•    Dump out any excess water from any “junk” sitting around your property. Look inside old tires, trash bins, and planters.

•    Run fountains and fish pond pumps to keep water moving.

•    Check your plants’ saucers for standing water.

•    Empty out spas or small pools that aren’t being used.

Your Mosquito Trap Solution

Those were ways to prevent them, but what about the means to get rid of them entirely? You could start with mosquito traps. Mosquito traps use the mosquitoes’ sensory abilities against them by tricking them. By simulating the CO2 odor humans produce coupling it with heat they lure mosquitoes inside, trapping them in containers where they die.

Traps can be very effective if used correctly. They’re best used in shaded areas located between where mosquitoes come from and where people gather in the yard. The best idea is to try it in different places until you find the right area. You’ll also need to experiment with a variety of attractants to see which ones appeal most to your local mosquitoes. Some of the best traps are:

•    Nontoxic fly and mosquito bag traps are one of the cheapest alternatives to keep mosquitoes from buzzing around your home. The trap is made out of a bag with liquid inside that draws insects within and traps them.

•    Ultrasonic pest repellers are also a good alternative. A bit more costly, but these devices not only repel mosquitoes and flies, but they also keep other creatures out of your homes such as roaches and mice.

•    Sticky traps such as fly paper. This is best used away from where people congregate because it actually attracts insects to it.

Alternative Solution

If your mosquito problem is keeping you up at night, then it’s time to call a professional. AIPM are experts in insect control and know exactly how to handle any situation and how to best minimize any further property damage. Receive a free estimate today! Contact us here.

AIPM is owned and operated by University graduates who majored in Biology and Pest Management. They know how to handle all types of buggy insect problems. They can eliminate the threats to your property while setting up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face the same type of infestation again.

https://www.mosquitomagnet.com/articles/backyard-mosquito-control

https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/structural-pest-control/mosquitoes-disease

https://www.mosquitomagnet.com/advice/mosquito-info/mosquito-borne-diseases/heartworm

https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/about/facts.html

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Can Honeybees Survive Cooler Temperatures?

Posted by Ruger Ruff on Mar 07, 2018

“Where have all the flowers gone?” This song by Peter, Paul, and Mary may just sum up exactly how a honeybee feels when winter approaches. When the flowers disappear and long warm days drift silently into long cold nights, honeybees thoughts turn to their home and their family. Well, sort of.

Honeybees Work Together

It’s the dead of winter, how can a hive of honeybees survive the extreme cold? They hunker down in their hives for the winter ahead, keeping warm within the hive and dining on the honey they all gathered during the spring and summer months. A typical honeybee nest can maintain a constant temperature of 93 degrees year round. During the winter, honeybees gather together really, really close to maintaining body temperatures. They cluster around the queen to keep her nice and toasty and still producing eggs. Yes, it can get a little cramped, but it’s far better than freezing to death.

To maintain their energy, honeybees nibble on the honey they gathered throughout the year. When they become really cold, honeybees begin to shiver just like humans. Worker honeybees create a shivering vibration on the outside areas of the hive to keep those within from freezing. They also help guard the outside of the hive against the weather reaching within. When the shivering honeybee becomes too cold themselves, they move to the middle of the hive to get warm again and other bees take his place and so on.

Learn How to Handle Bee Stings Here

Temperatures

On an interesting note, if it gets a little too warm, hives come with their own air conditioning. Well, how about an insect equivalent? When it becomes too warm, thousands of little wings begin to flutter to cool down the hive.

Depending on the size of the hive, there are times honeybees are unable to move during the winter. If honeybees can’t move, they can’t reach the honey to sustain their energy. Also, the outside honeybees can freeze. In both cases, the hive will lose a lot of honeybees and possibly die off altogether. Now, on average, a honeybee hive can produce up to three times the honey necessary, approximately sixty pounds, to keep the hive alive and happy during the winter. It’s only when a hive can’t produce enough honey, or too much honey is stolen from them, could there be a major issue.

On a warm, spring day, a honeybee can visit up to 2,000 flowers, giving truth to the term, busy as a bee. That is taking into account that the bee stops off by the hive every fifty or so flowers. Bees are notoriously hard workers, which can take a major toll on their bodies. A typical worker bee only lives about three weeks. The queen, however, can produce up to one million new bees in her hive during her lifetime, which equals about 1,500 a day. No wonder she never leaves the hive. It must bee exhausting.

Not Always a Threat

With spring fast approaching, you’re bound to find a few busy honeybees buzzing around your garden. Try not to disturb them. They’re only doing their job. If you do happen upon a swarm in your yard, don’t attempt to go near them. If you can, contact your local beekeeper or your local animal services and enforcement and they will safely remove the swarm from your property.

Honeybees may be good for the environment, but there are times when they make their hives just a bit too close to your home to feel comfortable. That’s when you need to call a professional. AIPM is owned and operated by University graduates who majored in Biology and Pest Management. They know how to handle all types of buzzing insect problems. They can eliminate any threats to your property while setting up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face the same type of issue again.

https://www.thoughtco.com/fascinating-facts-about-honey-bees-1968071

https://www.thoughtco.com/how-honey-bees-keep-warm-winter-1968101

It’s Flea and Tick Season: What You Need to Know

Posted by Molly Paws on Feb 28, 2018

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It’s Flea and Tick Season!

Ah, spring. That wonderful time of year when the flowers are blooming, the days are warmer and your pets start scratching.  A little itch can quickly turn into an all-out flea and tick invasion. For most pet owners, the arrival of spring not only makes your skin crawl, but your wallet weep as well from vet visits. No furry pet is immune to these little bloodsucking insects, but there are ways to keep fleas and ticks from invading your home.

Were you aware that a flea can lay between 30 and 50 eggs a day? That is a very busy little flea. It’s a wonder how she can take the time out to nibble on anything, let alone feast on your pet. But, with that many eggs lying about, there’s bound to be just as many fleas ready to hatch. When they hatch, these fleas are going to be hungry and you better believe that you and your pet are on their menu.

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Both Pose a Threat

Now, it wouldn’t be so bad if fleas and ticks simply took a little nip and were on their way. No, ticks especially are notorious for spreading Lyme disease to its victims.  Lyme disease is one of the most commonly spread diseases from tick bites. And not only can your pet be affected by Lyme disease, you can be too. It can cause lameness that could be accompanied by a fever, lethargy and possibly extreme weight loss.

Ehrlichiosis is another disease that is spread by tick bites. It too can cause you and your pet a lot of medical issues. Ehrlichiosis attacks and kills your white blood cells. Without white blood cells, it’s harder to fend off diseases. It can also cause weight loss, anemia, enlarged lymph nodes and spleen.

If that isn’t enough to cause your skin to crawl, try Meningoencephalitis on for size. It may look like a mouthful to say, but this tick born disease can prove deadly. You may know it better as meningitis. It’s an inflammatory disease that infects the brain and spinal cord. The infection causes a loss of nervous system functions and is often fatal if left untreated.

Okay, that’s just ticks. Fleas are harmless, right? WRONG! Fleas pose the same kinds of threats to your pets as ticks. Have you ever heard of cat scratch fever? It’s more than a catchy song from 1977. Its’ scientific name is actually Bartonella, a parasite, and is transmitted by both fleas and ticks. Those nasty creatures are ganging up on us! The parasite invades red blood cells and uses the cell’s membrane as protection while multiplying. Clever, but not very nice. It can cause Lymphoma, eye issues, brain disorders, inflammatory bone diseases, and possibly death.

The Upside

The upside of fleas, they can transmit tapeworms. Upside? What good comes of a parasite that causes nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and vitamin and mineral deficiencies? Well… the fact you may never know you or your pets have one unless one happens to appear in a bowel movement. Like other parasites, they too can cause a lot of medical issues to your liver, eyes, heart, and brain. So, there really is no upside to any type of parasite, regardless if you notice them or not.

Prevention

Enough, already! Fleas and ticks are simply bad news. So how can you prevent them from invading your home and keep them far away from you and your pets? For starters:

•    Clear away any dead or tall grass from around your property. Fleas and ticks love to hide in dark areas.

•    Keep tight lids on trash cans to prevent wild creatures from entering your yard. Rats, squirrels, raccoons and other wild animals often carry fleas and ticks.

•    Use flea and tick sprays around the outside and inside of your home.

•    Talk to your vet about medications that can prevent your pet from being attacked by fleas and ticks.

•    Limit your pet’s interaction with other people’s pets.

If blood sucking insects are really ticking you off, then it’s time to call a professional before you’re forced to flea from your own home. AIPM is owned and operated by University graduates who majored in Biology and Pest Management. They know how to handle all types of skin-crawling insect problems. They can eliminate the threats to your property while setting up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face the same type of infestation again. Click here to request a free estimate today.

https://www.fleabites.net/flea-and-tick-season-is-here-be-prepared/

https://www.cuteness.com/article/flea-season

https://www.vetinfo.com/7-diseases-spread-by-fleas-and-ticks.html

https://www.columbia-lyme.org/patients/tbd_bartonella.html

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/nervous_system_disorders/herpes_meningoencephalitis_134,27

10 Steps to Controlling Ground Squirrels

Posted by Ruger Ruff on Feb 21, 2018

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What happened to all the oranges on the tree? What could have left such tiny teeth marks on the tomatoes? Why are there so many holes along the backyard fence? If you have asked any of these questions, then there is a good chance your yard is being terrorized by ground squirrels.

Okay, terrorized may be too strong of a word to use when talking about cute little fuzzy squirrels, or is it? You may not realize just how destructive a ground squirrel can be to your property. They can go way beyond stealing fruit off your trees or nibbling a carrot in your garden. Not only can they carry diseases like rabies, they’ve been known to hold their own in battles with pets. There has been many a pet owner who has had to pay a small fortune for stitches for their cat or dog because of a scuffle with a squirrel. Also, think of the holes that a ground squirrel creates. These holes can cause havoc on your property by weakening the ground and possibly even causing your home’s foundation to crack or sink in areas.

Yes, they might be cute, but these little marmots have got to GO! Here are ten tips on how to take back your yard from ground squirrels.

ONE: Throw some water on the situation

Ground squirrels are much like gophers. They make their dens underground to hide from predators and the elements. What they don’t plan for is water. Use a water hose and fill up their holes. This especially works well with drier climates. They won’t risk their holes filling up with water again and will most likely hightail it out of there. You don’t, however, want to do this if the hole is within close proximity to your home, just in case the squirrel’s hole happens to extend under your slab.

Two: Here squirrel, squirrel, squirrel

Face it, you know they’re cute, they know they’re cute, but they still have to go! There are many types of humane traps on the market that will allow you to trap an animal and relocate it somewhere else. Keep in mind, there is a good possibility that your problem squirrel will return. Releasing the squirrel at least ten miles away from your home might do the trick, but then it is rather horrible for the squirrel to be dropped off in the middle of nowhere. If you do plan on catching and releasing, check with your local authorities if it is legal to do so or you might end up paying a rather hefty fine.

Download this helpful field guide to ground squirrels here.

Three: Keep a lid on things

Squirrels are scavengers and like most scavengers, trash cans are the perfect place to find a good meal. By keeping your lids securely on your trash cans, you can prevent many types of scavengers from intruding onto your property, not just squirrels.

Four: Expand your garden 

One of the best ways of keeping ground squirrels out of your garden is by adding plants that they hate. Try using plants like Geraniums, which are easy to grow, quite hardy for both warm and cool environments, and add a splash of color. This flower’s scent repels squirrels. This also holds true with Lily-of-the-Valley, Hyacinth, Fritillaries, and Alliums. If you also have a problem with deer in your area, you can try planting Daffodils which both squirrels and deer can’t stand

Five: Your yard really stinks!

Oh, don’t worry, this is a good thing. If your yard smells like a ground squirrel’s predator, such as dog or wolf urine, they won’t stick around. If you already have a dog, great! Encourage Fido to do his nightly business near the squirrel holes. If you don’t have a dog, you might want to encourage your neighbors to let their pets stop by.

Six: Singing in the rain

Three words: Motion Activated Sprinklers. There’s no varmint alive that won’t make a run for the fence when faced with a wall of water upside the head. This is mighty helpful too if you happen to have a neighborhood cat that won’t stop whining under your window late at night.

Seven: Do you hear that?

Thankfully no, but you know those ground squirrels certainly did. There are several ultrasonic devices on the market that emit a low frequency that only vermin, such as ground squirrels, can hear. The sound sounds as irritating to them as fingernails on a chalkboard is to humans. Would you stick around if you had to listen to that?

Eight: Strong fences make good neighbors

This goes for ground squirrels as well. Ground squirrels burrow under the ground to make their tunnels and their dens. But, by installing a fence a foot or two into the earth, they will be less likely to want to invade your yard. If it isn’t easy, then they won’t bother.

Nine: Other Dining options

Like humans, we all enjoy good quality food. Sometimes we’ll even go out of our way for our favorite restaurants. Ground squirrels are similar and are more than happy to find a more delicious food source somewhere else. If you have a large yard, you may consider setting up a squirrel feeding station with “gourmet” offerings like peanuts to lure the squirrels away from your home. Sometimes it’s better to keep the peace than to go to war.

Ten: Get down and dirty

If you’ve tried everything, but those pesky squirrels won’t leave your property alone, then it’s time to go to war. Set up gopher traps within the holes of the squirrels. What’s good to capture gophers is good to capture squirrels. If you are a bit squeamish, you may want to use this as your last, dire option because it can be a bit gruesome.

If ground squirrels are exhausting you and you can’t keep them off your property, then it’s time to call in a professional. The AIPM team of professionals are experts in pest and vermin control. They know exactly how to send your squirrels and other pest packing. Give them a call and see how they can set up a plan that will keep your home or business pest and vermin free once and for all. Download this guide to ground squirrels here. Don’t forget to receive your free consultation today. Click here to fill out your form.

How Roach Bait Stations Work

Posted by Molly Paws on Feb 14, 2018

Are you afraid to turn on the lights at night? As soon as the lights turn off, from the shadows appears those horrible roaches, like little villains in an old black and white film. The tiny crumbs you accidentally left behind from dinner suddenly become the main dish featured at their new Cockroach Nightclub. You need to put a stop to their terrorism, but how? It’s time to break out the bait station and take back your night.

There are multiple types of bait stations. The most common come with an outer plastic container, the actual station, which helps keep children and pets from reaching the poison or insects within it. The station is designed so that only roaches and insects the same size can enter and take the bait. Some trap the roach inside while others allow the roach to take the bait back to their nest.  With all of your choices for roach pest control on the market, the bait stations are the safest to use around your family. No matter which one you choose though, it is advisable to keep any bait station far from the reach of children and pets.

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Choosing The Right Roach Bait Station

There are multiple types of bait stations on the market. Often times the only real difference in them is the manufacturer and their mix of bait and pesticides. Some of the more common bait stations are:

  • Discs
  • Hotels/Traps
  • Sticky paper

Disc Bait Stations

are one of the more common and are the easiest to use. They come in multiple sizes from a few inches wide to the size of your hand. The smaller sizes are perfect for placing under furniture or in closets without being too noticeable. The larger stations are great to use in the garage or the front or backyard. Roaches enter the bait trap and nibble a little of the bait. Then roaches take it back to their nests to share. Typically it’s nice to share, but in this case, sharing is deadly. Nice for you, but not so nice for the unsuspecting roaches. Ah… too bad.

The poison within a roach bait station is typically low in toxicity but should be kept away from children and pets. When placing bait stations, roaches tend to follow close to the walls, so consider placing them in the corners of your rooms for the best result.

Roach Traps or Roach Hotels

are a roaches worst nightmare. A roach is lured inside the trap by the tantalizing smell of something delicious. All of the sudden there’s no way out. As tricky and smart as a roach is, they can’t break free of these types of traps. One by one, roaches follow their friends inside to see if they can get of piece of whatever smells good, only to find out that they too can’t escape.

The upside of this trap is you don’t have to use any poisons. The bait is whatever you choose to use inside. The trap is reusable, so you don’t have to keep buying more bait traps, like the bait stations or sticky traps. The downside is you have to kill the roaches yourself once they’re trapped inside, or you can keep them inside until they are dead.

This particular trap might be a healthier option since you don’t have to use pesticides if you don’t want but keep in mind roaches are one of the main carriers of Salmonella, Shigella, and Cryptosporidium parvum bacteria that causes diarrheal diseases. Although the roaches are contained, you still want to keep these traps far from the reach of children and pets just to be on the safe side.

Sticky Traps

are used for all types of pest control issues. Sticky traps are a little more cumbersome to use. When using these types of traps, be sure to keep them far out of the reach of children, pets… and feet, definitely feet. Once they catch you, you’re stuck. The upside is anything that crosses one also becomes hopelessly stuck, so they’re also great for any other pests that drop by your home uninvited. They are environmentally safe, so you don’t have to worry about any poisons.

All three traps are good options. Choosing one depends on your situation. Yet if roaches are just too disgusting to deal with on your own, then you might want to consider calling a professional. The professionals at AIPM know how to send your roaches packing. Their expert team of exterminators can remove all of your unwanted pests and vermin without you having to worry. Don’t let roaches drive you buggy, call AIPM and schedule an appointment today. Don’t forget to request a free estimate today!

Links

https://www.pestcontrolmanagement.org/what-are-roach-baits.html

https://www.gopetsamerica.com/diseases/diseases-spread-by-cockroaches.aspx

https://www.amazon.com/Cockroach-Killer-Reusable-Non-Toxic-Eco-Friendly/dp/B0746LG1G7/ref=sr_1_30?ie=UTF8&qid=1518458648&sr=8-30&keywords=cockroach+bait+station

https://www.amazon.com/Combat-Month-Roach-Killing-Station/dp/B000KL1LDE/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1518456797&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=cockroach{2826c07b6f4c4abef453b0625b0fb4df9de0809e618000c38c4505a4b921a3ac}2Bbait{2826c07b6f4c4abef453b0625b0fb4df9de0809e618000c38c4505a4b921a3ac}2Bstation&th=1

https://www.amazon.com/Cockroach-Non-Toxic-Eco-Friendly-Spiders-Busters/dp/B01MRRU9B8/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1518459047&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=cockroach+glue+traps&psc=1

5 Quick Tips How to Effectively Set Gopher Traps

Posted by Ruger Ruff on Feb 07, 2018

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There goes another carrot! Ah, there’s nibble marks on your prize-winning tomatoes. Not again. Are pesky gophers ruining your garden? It never fails, as soon as your garden is planted, up springs a hungry gopher looking for a free lunch. If left to their own devices, these little twitchy-nosed plant stealers can wipe out your entire garden within days with not so much as a thank you note for your excellent hospitality.

It’s relatively easy to tell if you have a gopher problem. They’re not really secretive about where they live. If you suddenly notice large dirt mounds in your lawn that weren’t there before, then it’s a good indication you have a new unwanted neighbor. The upside to gopher holes though, you know where their front door is located. All you have to do is go over, knock and ask them to leave. Oh, if it were so easy.

Actually, gophers tend to create multiple fronts, back and side doors in case they are met by a predator such as a snake, who will slither down a gopher’s tunnel to find a delicious baby gopher meal. It can be difficult to tell just which hole is the one it’s currently using the most. A good indication is how fresh the dirt is built up around it. If the dirt is fresh, then your little pest is probably not too far away.

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TRAPS

He gnawed on your rutabaga? This means war! It’s time to use a good gopher trap and be rid of him once and for all. There are a lot of good traps to choose from on the market.  The three best traps you could choose from are:

Wire Traps

Consider this trap as a “builds a better mousetrap” trap. They are spring operated, much like a snapping mousetrap, and when triggered they snap around your gopher, killing him instantly. They’re effective, but a little gruesome.

Box Traps

Similar to the wire traps, box traps lure the gopher inside and snap it. The upside of this trap is you don’t have to see any mess inside.

The Black Hole

This particular trap emulates the inside of a tunnel. An unsuspecting gopher happens along, believing it’s just another part of the ground and *SNAP*, no more gopher.

All three traps are effective to remove gophers from your property. Before using them though, you first need to know how to properly install them.

#1 – Choose Your Trap

Choosing the right trap may be determined by the location of your gopher mound. If it isn’t a highly trafficked area, such as an open field, you may consider a wire trap. If it’s in your garden where pets nose around, a more secured “black hole” trap may be more in order.

#2 – Take Precautions

It doesn’t matter what kind of pest or critter you’re dealing with, if it has teeth, they can bite. If they can bite, then they can carry diseases such as rabies. Gophers are no exception. When working with traps, use protective gloves and wear long pants to keep from being bitten.

#3 – Purchase Multiple Traps

As mentioned before, gophers seldom only have one hole. For better odds of trapping it, purchase 2-4 traps and set them up in each hole you find.

#4 – Gather Equipment

When setting a gopher trap, you will need:

Shovel

Chain or wire to secure the traps in place.
Stake (metal is better than nibblable wood) to hold the chain or wire in place.

Something to cover the hole to help block light out such as wood or plastic. Keep in mind the type of material you use. Material such as cardboard would disintegrate quickly if exposed to moisture.

#5 – Use a Tall Container

Most of the time, once a trap is tripped the gopher is dead. On occasion, only a piece of the gopher is trapped and when you go to pull the trap out of the tunnel, WATCH OUT! That gopher will not be a happy critter, that’s for certain. If that happens, be prepared by having a garbage can or barrel nearby to toss him into. Once he’s no longer a threat, you can *wack* him with a shovel.

If gophers are making you want to tunnel for the hills, then it’s time to call a professional. The pest control professionals at AIPM will handle all your carrot snatching, rutabaga nibbling, creature concerns. The professionals at AIPM are university trained and know exactly how to handle any pest or insect related problem. Contact us today for a free consultation. 

Sources:

https://www.garden-counselor-lawn-care.com/gopher-traps.html

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-trap-a-gopher/

How to Handle Carcass & Animal Removal

Posted by Molly Paws on Jan 31, 2018

Carcass & Animal Removal: How to Properly Dispose of Them

What is that smell? It isn’t from the wastebasket. It’s not the garbage disposal either. UGH! Where is that horrible smell coming from? Your nose knows. Just follow it and… oh, my! It’s coming from the pantry walls. How could something so nasty smelling come from inside a wall? Looks like you have a dead rat.

All types of vermin can sneak into your home. Often you won’t even know they’re there unless something happens… like a nasty rotting smell. If you’re lucky, the animal died outside your home, and you remove it with little or no problems. Other times, though, you may have a major issue on your hands.

It doesn’t matter how many times you see a dead animal, it’s always a tinge shocking. Whether it’s a dead rat, squirrel or coyote, they need to be disposed of the correct way without harming you, your family or your pets. Just because an animal is dead, doesn’t mean it no longer poses a threat. Diseases, such as rabies, can remain within a dead animal up to two days after it’s died. But what is the best way to remove an animal carcass from your property?

First, you’re going to need a few tools:

  • Gloves (leather, rubber, or latex gloves)
  • Airtight bags
  • Face mask
  • Shovel

The face mask will help protect you from any airborne diseases the animal might be carrying. Always double bag the carcass to contain any potential hazardous diseases. If you happen to have any direct contact with the carcass such as urine or blood, wash the contaminated area immediately.

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Disposing of Small Carcasses 

Smaller animals can be wrapped in an airtight bag and safely tossed in the garbage. These animals are:

  • Rats, Gophers & Mice
  • Squirrels & Chipmunks
  • Small Birds
  • Snakes

Disposing of Large Carcasses 

Larger animals should be disposed of per your city’s legal requirements. Some cities allow the carcass to be wrapped in plastic and buried at least four feet deep to keep scavengers from digging it up. If you have the ability, it’s best to incinerate them immediately. If neither burning nor burying is an option, contact animal control or a local pest control company. They will come to your home and safely remove the carcass. This concerns larger animals such as:

  • Opossums
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Coyotes
  • Large Birds

Now, what about that smell in the attic? Often, animals such as mice, rats, and raccoons will gain entry to your home through roof vents. Your attic is the perfect place to cuddle up in during the cold winter months. Many times they become trapped in an attic and starve or simply die of natural causes. All of which often leaves you stuck with a rather nasty smell in your attic or even in your walls.

If the smell is coming from your attic or from the crawl space under your home, then you may be in luck. Well… luckier than having one stuck in a wall. Crawling into a confined space to find the rotting carcass is not a pleasant task, that’s for certain. In either case, you definitely want to wear a face mask. Working within a closed environment like an attic or under a house can make you sick. In situations like these, it’s best to call in a professional to remove your problem pest.

After Disposing

If your smell is coming from a wall, you may be faced with a rather expensive repair bill. You can find the source of the odor from the attic and attempt to pinpoint the exact location of the dead animal in your wall. At that time, you will need to cut into the wall to remove the rotting carcass.

Okay, the carcass is gone. Now, what about that smell? It can take a long time before your home will entirely be rid of the horrible smell left behind by your dead critter. There are some ways you can quicken the process. For one, if the animal died in your attic, you may want to consider removing and replacing any wood or insulation under and around where the animal died. Keeping windows open also helps considerably. Venting the area is one of the best ways to eliminate the smell. You can try bleaching the area, but only if it is well ventilated.

If the smell of rotting rodent is driving you out of your house, then it’s time to call in the professionals. An expert team of professionals, like those at AIPM, will take care of all your pest control and removal needs. The professionals at AIPM are university trained and know exactly how to handle any pest problem from roaches running amok in your kitchen to opossums terrorizing your fruit trees. They have it under control! Contact us to receive a free consultation here.

Sources:

https://www.aaanimalcontrol.com/Professional-Trapper/howtogetridofdeadanimals.htm

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Laboratories/Wildlife-Investigations/Monitoring/Protocols

www.vetinfo.com/crabies.html

https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/32131.html

Which Common Pests Hibernate During the Winter?

Posted by Ruger Ruff on Jan 24, 2018

which common pests hibernate during the winter?

Winter, that time of year when you bundle up to stay warm, contend with tons of traffic on the freeway (because nobody seems to know how to drive in the rain), and musty air throughout your home that no air freshener can diffuse.  There is one thing about winter. However, that is nice… the lack of bugs!

How many bugs do you see around during the winter? Hardly any! Because they’re just like us, hunkered down and trying to stay warm and dry. There are many insects and pests that sleep throughout the winter months, leaving humans alone to drink hot cocoa and eggnog by the fire.

Mosquitoes

Many insects happily sleep through the winter months. Unfortunately, many are the ones we enjoy like butterflies and lady beetles. But others, like mosquitoes, we would be happy if they never woke up. Sadly, like all hibernating creatures, they do wake up, typically around late January to early February. And when they wake up… watch out! These insects are starving and are in a mad frenzy to create the next generation.

Ants

These industrial insects like to keep a low profile during the cold months, like underground low. They don’t exactly sleep through the winter though. What they do is move much slower during the cold months, which was they can conserve energy. Ants gather food during the months when food is plentiful and store it away underground, where it is warm. That way, they don’t have to search outside the colony for food when it’s cold outside. That’s smart for an insect.

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Flies

Have you ever noticed there are a lot fewer flies buzzing around your home in the winter? Who knew flies hibernated? Actually, they don’t. The lifespan of an average fly is about 10 days, leaving the idea of them hibernating well… out in the cold. They do, however, lay eggs that can last until spring. As soon as the temperature starts to rise, so do flies.

Bed Bugs

These little bloodsuckers are a bit tricky. They don’t exactly hibernate. They can seem like it, but the circumstances have to be perfect. Bed Bugs are well adapted to warm climates. They’re perfectly happy wearing Bermuda shorts. Drop the temperature below 60 degrees though, and they enter a semi-hibernation state. If they’re not warm, they’re not happy. Aw, too bad. But if you turn up the furnace in your home to above 60 degrees, well to them it’s time to break out the pointed hats and streamers – it’s time to party.

Beetles

The only good beetle is one with a guitar or possibly a set of drums. Okay, that might be going too far. There are many types of beetles’ who burrow away for the winter months. You can find them in places that are warm and dry like in a tree’s bark or hiding underground around the base of your home. Sometimes they can even find their way into the walls of your house. As soon as the temperatures start to warm up, watch out!

Bumble Bees

Lastly, bumble bees. These insects are both a blessing and a curse. Without bees, we wouldn’t have fruit or vegetables. But, if you happen to be allergic, bees can be your worst nightmare.  Unlike honey bees, who continue to stay active during the winter, bumble bees die. The queen bumble bee will burrow underground and stay warm throughout the winter. When it’s warm enough, she flies off to start a new colony, just hopefully not in your backyard.

If bugs are keeping you from hibernating this winter and you’re concerned you may have an insect or pest problem, it would be a good idea to call in a professional to check it out. The team at AIPM will rest your mind at ease. AIPM is owned and operated by University graduates who majored in Biology and Pest Management. They know how to handle all types of insect and pest issues. They can eliminate the threats to your property and set up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face the same type of infestation again. Contact us to receive a free consultation.

10 Cockroach Facts, Myths and Misconceptions Explained

Posted by Molly Paws on Jan 17, 2018

10 cockroach facts, myths and misconceptions explained

COCKROACHES! There are a few people in the world who do not cringe at the thought of those vulgar insects. It wouldn’t be so horrible if they kept to their own space, but no… they have to invade ours. There are, however, a lot of misconceptions about cockroaches that many of us have taken as truth, yet in actuality, they are entirely made up. Others, however, are very true.

Here is a list of the top ten myths about cockroaches that are both interesting and quite disturbing:

#10 – Stepping on a roach will release its babies – FALSE 

Let’s just say for argument’s sake the average person weighs 150 pounds, whereas an average cockroach weighs just over an ounce (so you have to add an extra stamp if you ever wish to mail one). To us, it would be the equivalent of being squashed by an elephant. Could you survive?

Now let’s take an ostrich egg, which is about the equivalent of two dozen chicken eggs. Do you think it would crack under the pressure of an elephant’s weight? Oh, you bet! By stomping on a pregnant cockroach, any eggs she might be caring are as good as scrambled. Now… there have been cases where a cockroach was only half-stomped from the head up, and she still released her egg pouch. When stomping, be sure to give any cockroach a proper smashing just to be certain.

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#9 – Cockroaches only live in dirty homes – FALSE

No matter how clean you keep your home, as long as you prepare or store food, it will always be on a cockroach’s interest list. Cockroaches don’t really care how clean you keep your home, just as long as they can find food. Often cockroaches will enter through the walls of your home and grab pieces of food where you had no idea there was any. Take for instance, when was the last time you pulled out your stove or your refrigerator and cleaned? They’re not places we often think of, or can even get to, but tiny tidbits of food do fall under appliances and between cabinets. Where there’s a hungry bug, there’s a way.

#8 – Do Cockroaches fart? – TRUE 

This is a rather interesting fact, cockroaches actually do pass gas.  In the US, cockroaches release up to 35g of methane a year. That’s quite a lot considering that’s more than 43 times of their average body weight! Cockroaches do tend to release gas more if they have a high fiber diet, so make certain to keep your oatmeal and apples in a place a cockroach won’t find them, or else you’ll be wondering what that noise is in the kitchen.

#7 – A Cockroach can live without its head – TRUE

If King Henry the 8th married a cockroach, she just might have survived beyond the ax… well, for a little while. Cockroaches can live up to, and possibly beyond, a month after being decapitated. A cockroach doesn’t require a mouth to breathe. They breathe through spiracles, which are located on each segment of the body. Also, cockroaches don’t need much food to survive, so their body simply uses what it has previously stored up.

#6 – Do Cockroaches bite? – TRUE

Cockroaches are omnivores. What does that mean? They can and will eat anything they can, which includes humans! Don’t get too worried yet. Keep in mind just how large their mouth is. Tiny bug, tiny mouth, right? There are very few species of cockroach that could actually break the skin of a live human. (Dead on the other hand, well.) Cockroaches typically only eat things that have rotted or have been sitting around a while. And if one did happen to bite you, it’s doubtful you would feel it or even know.

#5 – Can Cockroaches survive a nuclear explosion? – FALSE

In the unfortunate event that a nuclear bomb exploded, you would be happy to know that cockroaches won’t survive. They’re quite resilient to many things, but a nuclear explosion is not one of them. Though, to their benefit, they will survive a tinge longer than humans. A cockroach can survive up to a 125 percent higher dosage of radiation than humans. They will die… eventually.

#4 – Light causes Cockroaches pain – FALSE

Cockroaches are crafty little creatures. They know most of their predators venture out during the daytime like birds, reptiles… humans. Light to them represents danger, that’s why they’re primarily nocturnal. If they can be seen, they’re more apt to be eaten or face the shoe. When the light appears, it’s their signal to hightail it to safety.

#3 – Envelope glue attracts cockroaches to lay eggs. – FALSE

This is one of the more bizarre urban legends floating around. It usually starts with a secretary having licked a few dozen envelopes. She realizes one day her tongue has swollen up. She goes to the doctor to find out what happened, only to find that she has been incubating a cockroach egg sack in her tongue.

First off… EW! Whoever thought up this was really trying to scare the dickens out of someone in their office. Although cockroaches do love to nibble at glue, not just envelope glue, there is no way a cockroach egg sack could get stuck in your mouth, let alone be incubated. Cockroaches carry their eggs in a firm-walled brown sac about the size of a dried bean. Something that size could not get inside a small cut in a tongue, lip or into the gum line. There’s nothing to worry about. Besides, who licks envelopes anymore?

#2 – Can Cockroaches fly? – TRUE

This little fact will make you keep the bug spray close at hand. Yes, some adult cockroaches do have wings and can fly… a limited distance. It’s more like a hop-glide to the ground, but neither the less still frightening. They don’t tend to fly, and they’re more likely to rely on their fast legs (up to 3 miles an hour) to carry them where they want to go.

#1 – Cockroaches carry disease? – TRUE

You bet those pesky insects carry disease. Look at where they come from. They’re known for living in sewers, under wood piles, in the garbage. They eat anything and everything, dead, alive… rotting!  One of their favorite meals is rotting rodent under filth. It goes to figure they’re one of the major spreaders of disease. If you suspect a cockroach has been nibbling at your food, toss it out immediately.

If you suspect cockroaches are taking over your home and you’re up to your ears in bug sprays that won’t work, then it’s time to call in the cockroach specialists.

The pros at AIPM will put an end to your cockroach problems once and for all. AIPM is owned and operated by University graduates who majored in Biology and Pest Management. They know how to handle all types of insect and pest issues. They can eliminate the threats to your property while setting up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face the same type of infestation again.  Contact us to receive a free consultation!

Pest Control: Are You Truly Using Green Methods?

Posted by Ruger Ruff on Jan 10, 2018

pest control: are you truly using green methods?

You try to do your part for the environment. You compost when you can, buy organic fruits and vegetables, and you even go out of your way to purchase pesticides that claim to not harm the environment. We only have one earth, and you want to do your part to preserve it. Good for you. But is everything you are doing truly “good” for the environment? Or green methods?

Green Methods

First off, what exactly does it mean by “going green”? Green products help keep harmful toxins from leaking into the ground, contaminating the soil and our drinking water and, well, causing havoc with the environment. Recycling and using recycled products is another way to help reduce the amount of garbage we toss into the landfills. Going green also means effectively managing your power consumption as well, including your need for fossil fuels, as in the gasoline used in your car.

Going green is tough. You constantly have to watch what you’re purchasing, making certain the labels on your products read Green Certified or Environmentally Friendly. But in many cases just because the labels claim to be one thing, they may be something else entirely.

Now, no one person can go completely green, but there are many ways to help the environment. When it pertains to your garden, often times doing nothing is the best method. There’s only between 5 and 15 percent of bugs out there that are harmful to your plants. The other 85 percent are actually helpful. By spraying pesticides on your garden as a whole, you risk killing the good bugs that are actually helping your plants survive and strive. The best way to help your garden is to pinpoint your pest issues and counteract them. Here are a few tips for some of the more sinister bugs you may find in your garden.

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Horn Worms

These worms are just nasty! And boy, don’t let them sting you. They’re well known to eat a full-grown tomato plant in a matter of hours. If you happen to find one Horn Worm, there’s bound to be many more just waiting to start nibbling once your back is turned. The best way to combat them is to find a good OMRI listed pesticide that contains Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis. Bt is deadly to Horn Worms. There are many organic, environmentally friendly pesticides that contain Bt. Thankfully, Bt itself is harmless to the environment. Also, at the end of the season, rototill the ground to prevent Horn Worms from returning the next year.

Aphides 

There are few things sadder than seeing your plants covered by aphids. Thankfully, one of the best ways of getting rid of aphids is actually quite fun. Combat aphides by purchasing Ladybugs or Ladybird beetles. By releasing ladybugs into your garden, they will not only snack on your aphids, but they also happen to have an appetite for many other harmful pests in your garden. You can’t go wrong with nature’s natural defenses.

Rats

Can you say “meow”? Okay, maybe not all of us happen to like cats, but when it comes to small vermin like rats and mice, a cat is the best way of truly going green. The added bonus is you get a furry lap warmer. But if owning a cat isn’t an option, you can invite your local owls to stop by for a midnight snack by installing a nesting box.

No owls? No problem. There are many natural green products on the market that you can shake around your garden to make rodents think there is a predator nearby. If you happen to have an outlet nearby, you can also use an ultrasonic pest repeller which not only will help keep pests from your yard but many other creatures as well.

Ultimately, reading labels is the best method when choosing green products for your home.  When choosing a product, take the time to research it online, see how others who have purchased the products in the past have faired and whether or not the product has the “green” approval rating. When it comes down to it, no chemicals and using only natural remedies are the best way to help the environment.

There may be times when green methods are making you red in the face, and nothing you do seems to work, then it’s time to call the professionals. AIPMs team of highly trained professionals know how to get rid of every type of pest problem you may have. Their advanced techniques will leave your home or office pest free. They can even set up a plan to ensure that you never have to deal with any pest problem again. AIPM also offers green methods. Learn more here.