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Posted by Lindsay On December 19th

 
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Cold Weather and Pests – Asthma and Allergy Sufferers

Posted by Lindsay On December 15th

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Cockroaches and rodents can trigger allergies and asthma attacks during the fall season

South Florida – Although ragweed and dust mites are often blamed for runny noses and itchy eyes as the seasons change, Adam’s Pest Control, a pest management company servicing South Florida, warns that cockroaches and rodents can also pose a health threat to those who suffer from asthma and allergies.

“Exposure to all types of indoor allergens is higher during the colder months because pests and people alike are forced to spend more time indoors,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist for Adam’s Pest Control. “Practicing good sanitation is key to eliminating indoor allergens, so we encourage homeowners to take proactive steps to keep the home free of pests over the next few months.”

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) cautions that these pests can contaminate food and transmit disease, in addition to triggering allergies and asthma. In fact, cockroaches are known to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens.

Adam’s Pest Control recommends the following tips to safeguard the home against allergy-causing pests:

  • Seal cracks and holes around the outside of the home.
  • Properly ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Keep counters free of crumbs and vacuum floors often to reduce the accumulation of allergens.
  • Keep garbage in a sealed container and dispose of it regularly.
  • Pay extra attention to kitchens and bathrooms, as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.

If you suspect you have an infestation, contact a licensed pest professional who will be able to recommend a course of treatment. For more information, visit www.adamspest.biz or give us a call at 888-600-7843.

 

Bed Bug Prevention During Holiday Travel

Posted by Lindsay On December 12th

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South Florida – It’s the holiday season, which means many families are traveling to spend time with their loved ones. However, before hitting the road, Adam’s Pest Control, a pest management company servicing Jupiter, Tequesta, Abacoa, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Stuart, and Port Saint Lucie, encourages travelers to learn and practice bed bug prevention tips to help avoid bringing home these unwanted souvenirs.

“Bed bugs can turn a relaxing vacation into a nightmare, especially if they return home with you,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist at Adam’s Pest Control. “Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to control, but taking precautions, such as inspecting hotel rooms, rental homes and cabins prior to settling in, is a critical first step in helping travelers avoid coming into contact with these blood-sucking pests.”

Keep these tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) top-of-mind when traveling this summer:

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire hotel room or rental before unpacking, including behind headboards, and around the bottom of cushions and seams of other furniture.
  • Pull back bed sheets and inspect mattress seams and box springs, particularly the corners, for pepper-like stains or shed bed bug skins.
  • Use a large plastic trash bag or a protective cover to store your luggage during your stay.
  • Do not place luggage on upholstered surfaces. The safest place is typically in the bathroom in the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.
  • If any pests are spotted, notify management and change rooms or properties immediately. If staying in a hotel, be sure your new room is not adjacent to the possibly infested room.
  • When you return home, inspect and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly before bringing them into the home. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs.
  • Wash all your clothes – even the items not worn – in hot water or dry on high heat.

“If you suspect that bed bugs may have hitchhiked a ride into your abode, contact a licensed pest professional to recommend a course of treatment,” advised Tulp. For more information, please visit www.adamspest.biz

We hope everyone has safe travels during the holidays!

Pest-Free Holiday Decorating

Posted by Lindsay On December 9th

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South Florida - It’s that time of year again! We know you are all busy enjoying the holiday season, but let’s not forget that pest infestations still occur in this area due to the lack of wintry months. It is especially important to take extra measures when bringing in real, live greenery, stored decorations from the garage or attic, or firewood into your home. Here are some ways to ensure that your home is pest-free this holiday season:

Live Greenery. Do you remember the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation where the family is frightened by a squirrel jumping out of their tree, causing comical chaos? Don’t let this happen to you! Spiders, mites, and moths are also important to look out for, as they like to nest inside trees, garlands and wreaths. Be sure to inspect these types of decorations before bringing them into your home.

Inspecting and Properly Packaging. Most decorations have probably been stored in attics and garages where pests are likely to inhabit. Try taking the boxes outside first to inspect them, making sure they are free from insects and rodents before decorating the inside of your home. Once it’s time to pack up the decorations after the holidays, place decorations in sturdy, plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes to ensure that pests cannot access them.

Keep Firewood at a Distance. Although the use of firewood is not as likely in our area due to the warmer weather, it is important to know that firewood can be a way for pests to easily hitch a ride inside your home. In particular, watch for spiders, ants and termites.

These tips will help keep your home pest-free this holiday season, but if you should have any issues, please contact Adam’s Pest Control at 772-878-3002. Happy Decorating!

 

Rodent Awareness Week

Posted by Lindsay On November 16th

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South Florida – As temperatures continue to cool across the country, rodents will begin to seek shelter from the elements, most often in homes and other structures. To promote public vigilance against rodents, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recognizes November 16-22 as Rodent Awareness Week. Adam’s Pest Control is proud to take part in this observance by educating homeowners about the threat of rodents and the possible signs of an infestation this winter.

“Rodents may be small, but they pose a number of threats to human health and property,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist at Adam’s Pest Control.  “Roof rats are most likely to cause problems in South Florida this time of year, so it’s important for homeowners to be on the lookout for signs of these destructive pests in and around their property.”

Aside from being a nuisance, rodents are vectors of a vast array of diseases, such as Salmonella, murine typhus, infectious jaundice, rat-bite fever and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. They can also chew through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for fires.

Here are a few clues that rodents may be present in a home:

  1. Droppings: A trail of rodent droppings is typically found in kitchen cabinets and pantries, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, and in boxes, bags and old furniture.
  1. Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.
  2. Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to the touch and are light colored.
  3. Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they are drawn to areas that are dark and secluded.
  4. Damaged food packages: Roof rats prefer to eat fruits, seeds, vegetables, and eggs.

“We encourage homeowners to complete a thorough inspection of their property before the winter weather strikes. They should look for cracks or holes in damaged screens,” added Tulp. “No crack or hole should be overlooked as mice only need an opening the size of a dime to find a way inside.”

For more information on rodents, please visit www.adamspest.biz.

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South Florida – As the holiday season ramps up, families will soon be spending more time in the kitchen, cooking turkey dinners and baking pumpkin pies. However, Adam’s Pest Control reminds South Florida residents to check their cabinets and seldom-used ingredients for pantry pests that can become a hassle during this joyous time of year.

Moths, beetles, and ants are among the most common pantry pests found in kitchens. They contaminate stored ingredients that are typically used to bake delicious holiday treats, such as flour, dried fruit, nuts and chocolate.

“Pantry pests don’t pose serious health or property threats, but because they can infest an area in a short amount of time, it’s important to stop a problem before it begins,” advises Michael Tulp, Entomologist for Adam’s Pest Control.  “One of the easiest ways to prevent an infestation is to routinely clean out pantries and cabinets, and sift through common stored products like flour and spices.”

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recommends some additional tips to keep pantries pest-free during the busy holiday baking season:

  • Store food in Tupperware-type containers with secure lids.
  • Add a bay leaf to canisters of dry goods. The herb’s pungent scent repels many pantry pests.
  • Make it a habit while grocery shopping to carefully inspect food products in cardboard packages for signs of damage prior to placing it in the cart. Only purchase items that show no sign of damage.
  • Keep kitchen counters, floors and sinks clean because crumbs and spills quickly attract pests.
  • Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Seal cracks or holes around the stovepipes and water pipes.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.

“If homeowners discover any pests in the pantry, they should thoroughly clean the shelves with a vacuum and discard the infested food in an outdoor trash bin,” added Tulp. “It’s important to consult a licensed pest professional if an infestation has already taken root.”

For more information on pantry pests, visit our website.

Spider Wreath Kid’s Craft

Posted by Lindsay On October 31st

Are you looking for a fun Halloween craft to do with the kids? Check out this video tutorial on how to make a Spider Wreath from Missy Henriksen at National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

 

South Florida – While it’s normal to see bats, spiders and other creatures invade your front doorstep on Halloween in the form of trick-or-treaters or spooky décor, Adam’s Pest Control advises people to be on the lookout for real-life ghoulish pests this fall.

“Halloween is a fun celebration of all things creepy and crawly, but it also serves as a reminder that actual pest infestations can cause quite the fright,” said Michael Tulp, Entomologist, for Adam’s Pest Control. “In the spirit of this spooky holiday, we are reminding homeowners to take preventative measures to keep pests from taking up residence indoors.”

Here’s a guide to some common critters that may spook homeowners this fall, along with tips to prevent them from turning the home into a haunted house.

Rats – One of the most reviled pests, rats can contaminate food, spread dangerous diseases and create fire hazards by chewing through electrical wires. Before homeowners bring boxes of pumpkins and faux cobwebs inside to decorate for Halloween, they should inspect them for signs of an infestation such as gnaw marks and rodent droppings.

Bats – Bats are frequent carriers of rabies, which can be fatal if left untreated. They often enter homes through attics, belfries and under fascia boards. Homeowners should screen attic vents, and install door sweeps this fall to keep bats out of the home.

Spiders – Some species of spiders, mainly the brown recluse and black widow, can administer a painful bite when disturbed. Homeowners can avoid coming in contact with spiders by wearing heavy gloves when moving items that have been stored for a long period of time and shaking out shoes before wearing them.

Bed bugs – Bed bugs are similar to vampires in that they feed off of human blood, typically at night. These elusive pests do not transmit disease, but they can leave red, itchy welts on the skin. Before dressing up in a costume that came from a rental or second-hand store, make sure to inspect it for bed bugs.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers some additional tips to prevent a pest infestation this Halloween season:

  • Seal cracks and crevices around the home’s exterior using caulk and steel wool. Pay close attention to where utility pipes enter the structure.
  • Keep attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Keep kitchen counters clean, store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed.
  • If you see signs of an infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional.

For more information on common household pests and how to protect your home, visit www.adamspest.biz.

Why Choose Adam’s Pest Control?

Posted by Lindsay On October 22nd

 

Our team has been environmentally aware since 1990. As stewards of the environment, our goal is to safeguard the environment as well as protect you and your family from unnecessary chemicals. You’ll find our pest prevention programs and lawn services are safe, convenient, and cost effective. Enhance your property and gain peace of mind when you hire our team. Join us and we’ll donate to plant a tree through an environmental conservation organization! For more information, give us a call at 888.600.7843 or visit us online!

Dragonflies Help with Pest Control

Posted by Lindsay On October 20th

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Did you know that Florida contains more than 150 species of dragonflies? They favor warm, wet environments. They begin as nymphs, living in water for months or even years before transforming into a dragonfly. Even as they live in water, they feed on mosquito larvae, tadpoles, and small fish. Once they grow into larger dragonflies, they continue to prey on unwanted pests such as mosquitos, flies, ants, and wasps.

You can distinguish males from females due to their color difference. Males tend to be more of a red color, while females tend to be yellow. You may have noticed that dragonflies have very large, distinct eyes. They prey relying mostly on their sight, which is also why you will see them more often during the day. You may find them near water, such as ponds, streams, and drains. Because of Florida’s warm climate, you will find dragonflies to be “in-season” year-round.

So, next time you see a dragonfly, think about the benefits it provides in pest control. Feel free to share your questions and comments below! Your input is valuable to us, this blog, and information seekers everywhere.