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The life cycle of a carpenter ant.

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Carpenter ants build nests inside wood. They construct galleries where the wood has been chewed out. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. They remove it to make their colonies. Commonly carpenter ants are identifiable by the small piles of shavings found outside their nests. Carpenter ants prefer dead or damp wood, so places like decks are favourite hiding spots for them. They are are a nuisance to homeowners because carpenter ants can cause significant structural damage to wooden buildings.

The life of a carpenter ant begins with the nuptial flight.

Occurring in late spring or early summer, the carpenter ant’s nuptial flight is dependent on the seasonal weather. They will take a mating flight. Male carpenter ants, or swarmer, mate with winged females. After mating, females shed their wings and males die.

After, the female ants search for a new site to build their colonies. The queen will often seek small cracks in wooden structures. She will enter this space and lay her first batch of eggs. The queen stays in her chamber until the first batch of eggs becomes adult workers. Fat revers and wing muscles provide the queen with nourishment. Food is given to the young by the queen’s salivary glands up until the workers are capable of foraging. The queen will be the main caregiver for the first brood of carpenter ants. After that the initial brood will look after the growth of new generations.

A larger and stable colony takes about 3 to 6 years to develop.

A carpenter ant will live between 6 to 12 weeks from egg to adult. Cold weather can contribute to making the development time longer. It can add about 10 months. Queens only have one role. To lay eggs. As soon as workers mature they take on responsibilities of the colony. They will forage for food, tend to eggs, larvae and pupae, and excavate galleries to grow the nest. There are two types of workers. Major workers act as soldiers and protect the colony. Minor workers forage for food and take care of the young.

After about two years the queen starts to produce males and females who begin to leave and start other colonies. Usually in a carpenter ant colony there i only one queen. Once the males and females leave their first colonies the process begins over again.

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Signs of a carpenter ant infestation.

      • Damage to woods that are damp, old or decaying. So, your inner walls and structure work in your home are prime targets.
      • Finding small piles of wood shavings around large carpenter ant colonies. Finding ‘frass’ is a major indicator of larger infestations.
      • Carpenter ants make a creeking or tapping noise in wood. Listen for these sounds.
      • Spotting carpenter ants. Winged ants means there are major problems.
      • Carpenter ants are nocturnal. Spotting them by flashlight.
      • Carpenter ants travel far to forage. You might have to follow them quite fa to find the nest.

Carpenter ant prevention.

The best way to stop carpenter ants is by sealing entry points into your home. Don’t give them access to your wooden structures. Walk around the outside of your home and make sure all windows and doors are properly sealed. Ants can easily enter through tiny holes in the outer walls of your home. Stop the problem before it even begins.

Merrickville carpenter ant removal.

There are many different species of ants. Determining the type of ant can be difficult. If you find an evidence of carpenter ants, make sure to contact Truly Nolen Pest Control.

What is Halifax doing to combat rats?

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Downtown Halifax has a rat problem. There are multiple reasons this might be occurring. Maybe it’s the mild winter weather. Or the commotion caused by excessive downtown construction. Halifax is a port town so they have always had problems with rats. The tons of moving ships from all over the world carrying different materials and objects. It’s simple for rats to stow away in large ships.

It appears to be larger than a couple of rat holes in the wall. People are actually avoiding downtown and restaurants are feeling the brunt of it. It’s not good for businesses, tourism or anyone’s health. People are afraid. Especially tourists. It’s not as if rats are dangerous, but they can startle people or given the impression of unsanitary surroundings. It’s not very becoming of one of Canada’s major cities.

Professionals predict to be about 40 to 50 rats per square Halifax city block.

The city has been taking steps to try and control the problem. The municipality has been setting traps in major rat hotspots such as Victoria Park, the Central Library and Grafton Park. However, these traps are are struggling to deal with the numbers of rats around Halifax. Other ideas are being explored such as the dry ice technique. An approach taken by many U.S. cities. The premise is to drop dry ice into rat nests and smoke out the inhabitants.

How rats can affect your business.

Restaurants offer the top three needs for rats: food, water and shelter. Rats are common pests in the hospitality industry. They can really affect the reputation of your restaurant. Online reviews and blogs can fly around the web and soon enough your business can be drowning in negativity. When the weather gets cold rats are looking for a cozy place to hideout. Rats eat anything. So, left over food makes perfect meal for rodents.

Rat infestation communicates an unsanitary environment to others, which can be a huge negative to restaurants. Also, dirty kitchens and dining areas can result in certain shutdowns and costly rodent removal. Rats can also threaten food safety. They can cause damage to your property by gnawing wires and other soft materials. Also, they contaminate food areas with droppings.

Prevention is much less costly than removal.

Regularly check outdoor walls and roof for entry points or materials than can be manipulated by eager rats. Holes in foundation, soffit and shingles can be an invitation for rats to easily gain access. Make sure all these areas are properly sealed off. Use wire screen to block off areas rats can get in. A tough material will make it difficult for rats to chew their way in. They can chew and climb almost anything.

Keep areas clean. Especially in restaurants make sure nothing goes overlooked. Properly sanitize all surfaces and clean all crumbs. Any small pieces of food can be a reason for rats to start building nests and living in your restaurant. It sounds simple, but in a restaurant lots of things can go unnoticed. There’s food everywhere.

Signs of rat infestation

      • Rat droppings. Dark brown pellets like a grain of rice.
      • Bite marks. Rats chew on everything especially things made of plastic and wood.
      • Rub marks. Grease and dirt on their bodies leaves smudges.
      • Scratching noises. You may hear scratching sounds of rts scurrying or climbing.
      • Rat holes. Rats often build elaborate nests and burrows.
      • Rat nests. Some materials will be strewn around the area.
      • Footprints. Rat foot marks in dust and dirt.

Halifax rat control.

If any of the tons of rats in Halifax start to live in your building make sure to determine the level of the infestation. Learn as much as you can and contact Truly Nolen Pest Control.

 

What are citronella ants?

Citronella ants look like ants, but the workers are yellow and 4 mm long. Queens are about 8 mm long. The ants have a strong lemon smell when crushed that gives them their name citronella ant. The nest under soil, in logs and rocks, and landscape timbers. As for your property they also nest beside foundations and inside crawlspaces. Citronella ants make mounds of soil while digging galleries. Often they nest under slabs and porches. Sometimes they will push soil up through a crack and homeowners mistake this as a sign of termite damage.

Citronella ants often build nests in wood that has already been damaged by termites or fungus. In your home the ants nest in areas with lots of moisture. If you discover a significant amount of citronella ants it might be a sign that moisture is a problem. Finding the moisture should be a top priority.

Why moisture is bad for your home.

Too much moisture in your home can lead to a collection of issues for your health. Bacteria grows in moisture. Bacterial colonies grow on damp organic matter such as wooden boards. Higher moisture can increase mouse and cockroach allergens into the the air. And these pests flourish in damp environment. Dust mites thrive in damp and warm environments. Dust allergies are quite common. Worse of all mold can make you severely sick when spores are inhaled from contaminated air.

Citronella ants reproduction.

A queen will produce new workers, winged males and females called swarmers. All of this takes place in their nest. The winged ants fly out the nest and mate. Males die soon after mating and mated females move-on find new colonies as the queen.

Signs of infestation

Lots and lots of ants especially foraging workers and swarms of winged reproductives are the most likely sign of an infestation. Also, see the earth moved from cracks in concrete could be another sign. Often citronella ants become a pain when winged ants leave the colonies to try and mate. Winged ants emerge through a crack in slab or basement can be very bad for the homeowner. Most of the time these ants will not damage anything. And a vacuum cleaner is the most effective way to remove the ants.

The life of a Citronella ant.

There’s little known about the inner working of these colonies. The ants are believed to spend most of their time collecting honeydew they excrete. They usually do not forage for other foods. Nests are found in open woods, pastures and fallow fields, gardens, lawns and next to house foundations. Swarms can occur in and around homes at any time of the year. Most commonly it occurs in mid-summer to late summer.

Goderich ant removal.

Citronella ants might not do much damage to your home, but they can become a nuisance due to their pure numbers. If you have a mass amount of yellow ants on your property contact Truly Nolen Pest Control.

Why do centipedes live in basements?

Have you seen a centipede? They’re creepier than you think. Check them out. There might even be some in your basement. Nobody wants the creepy crawler running out from under something.

What is a centipede?

Centipedes are long bugs with a pair of legs per body segment. They have a lot of legs, but no centipede has exactly 100 legs. Their size ranges from a couple millimetres to about 30 cm. Centipedes are found in many different habitats, but are drawn to moisture. Their colour usually is a mixture of browns and reds.

All over the world there is an estimated 8,000 species of centipedes. With so many species their geographical range stretches to the many corners of the globe. Centipedes can even be found in the Arctic Circle. Their environments range from rainforests to deserts. Centipedes are attracted to moisture because they lack the waxy cuticle of insects causing them to rapidly lose water. Commonly they are found in soil, under stones and wood, and inside logs.

So, why do they live in your basement?

Centipedes like your basement because a lot of the time it’s an area that has significant moisture. Basements can have a collection of moisture for a variety of different reasons. There could be water from rain or ground-water, interior moisture sources such as humidifiers, laundry, bathroom, cooking and left in concrete from construction, and water can come from exterior humid air. These dark moist corners are places a centipede would most likely be situated in the house. They could be hiding under large flat objects that resemble the log, stong or soil from nature.

In avoiding centipedes in your basement it’s important to identify sources of moisture coming into your basement. Inadequate grading of the house’s foundation can lave opens for water to enter your home. Missing or broken gutters and downspouts can see overflow water collect near the bottom of the house. Poorly designed window wells could have collecting water that enters through basement windows.

Signs of centipedes.

It’s difficult to determine any major infestations unless you stumble across an actual living centipede. They hide under different items and their flat bodies makes it easy for them to go unnoticed. However, in some cases centipedes may bite humans. Most of the time it’s harmless and smaller centipedes won’t even pierce the skin. But, some species can be hazardous to humans. Bites can be painful and may cause severe swelling, chills, fever and weakness. Centipede bites are rarely fatal. They can be dangerous in children or individuals with an allergy.

Controlling centipedes.

To help control any larger populations it’s important to reduce their food source. Many centipedes eat small insect. It’s a good idea to identify any other insect problems you might have in the house. Larger populations of small bugs can mean a bigger food supply for centipedes. Centipedes can move very fast and bite when handled. For common house centipedes sticky traps might work in controlling populations. It can also help find their points of entry. Sealing any entry routes will keep centipedes out. Reduce moisture in basements by figuring out where the water might be coming from.

Sudbury centipede removal.

If you find any creepy crawlers in your home it’s good to control the problem right away. Don’t let it get out of control. At first sign of centipedes contact Truly Nolen Pest Control.

Top 4 signs of bed bugs.

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Bed bugs are parasitic insect that feed only on blood. The bed bug is famous because it prefers to dine on human blood. The name bed bug comes from their preferred habitat in house especially near or inside beds and other sleeping areas. Bed bugs are not nocturnal, but do most of their activity at night. They usually feed on their hosts without them even knowing.

Bed bug bites can be seen as red and itchy bumps on the skin. It can also result in skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic effects. Bed bugs aren’t known to spread disease or pathogens. The best sign of bed bugs is spotting an adult bug. The insect has had a relationship with humans for thousands of years. Over the last century they have become more prominent due to their resistance to chemicals, government control of pesticides and international travel.

Feces and Fecal Stains

Just like most living things, bed bugs defecate after feeding. So, after snacking on a host’s blood they will leave signs of fecal matter in the area. Bed bug feces resemble dark stains that look like black felt tip marker stains. Stain often bleed into the fabric. These markings can be found in the bed, on your pillow and mattress. Droppings can also be found around harborages where bed bugs are hiding when they’re not busy feeding.

Blood Smears and Stains

Blood spots may appear on your sheets or mattress. This comes from the bed bugs being crushed while feeding. This is a result of the host rolling onto the bed bug during the night. Although these stains are mostly found on bedding you might also spot blood on your pajamas and pillowcases. However, this isn’t a guarantee that you have any sort of bed bug infestation. Determining any issues takes a collection of clues.

Shed/Cast Bed Bug Skins

Baby bed bugs shed their skins as they approach adulthood. They will shed their skin up to five times before reaching maturity at each developmental stage. The shells and casing looking like a larger and more transparent bed bug. But, it’s not moving. It looks like a shell. A large collection of shells are most likely to be found around a bed bug harborage or their nest like home.

Eggshells

Empty egg shells are a certain sign of a growing bed bug population. They’re about 1mm in length, but you can definitely see them with your naked eye. They look like dried out casings and are somewhat flattened. Egg shells will be found in places where bed bugs hide especially in rough surfaces like fabric or wood.  

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Identifying a bed bug

Bed bugs have small, flat and oval shaped bodies. They have six legs and two antennae. Bed bugs have golden coloured hair that make their bodies looked striped. Before eating bed bugs are approximately 5-6mm in length, but after feeding they can swell up to 10mm and get darker.  

Preventing bed bugs

      • Inspect strange beds like in hotels.
      • Understand how bed bugs can get into your home.
      • Check luggage while unpacking from a trip.
      • Clean all your clothes after vacation.
      • Take care of furniture that your bring into your home.

Bed bug removal Hamilton.

Bed bug infestation can be almost impossible to get rid of. They’re small and do a lot of their activity in the dark. So, they can be hard to spot. If you discover any hints of bed bugs make sure to contact Truly Nolen Pest Control.

 

Why are cockroaches linked to asthma?

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Asthma affects the airways of the lungs. It’s a long-term inflammatory disease characterized by recurrent symptoms such as reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm with episodes of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. It can be worse in different individuals and come out a couple times a day or week.

Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. For example, an exposure to air pollution and allergens, medications such as aspirin and beta blockers. Asthma is diagnosed by the frequency of symptoms and how they affect the individual.

Cockroach allergy.

Cockroaches can easily trigger asthma attacks. Children who are allergic to cockroaches and are exposed to them need to visit hospitals for asthma related occurrences more often. Cockroaches are famous insects that raise a lot of fear in people around the world. Although they’re relatively harmless cockroaches are gross and are signs of an unclean environment. Cockroaches have quickly adapted to human lifestyles and are a common factor to living in urban and suburban areas.

A cockroach allergy can be explained by the amount of protein they contain. The excess of protein is an allergen to many people. Allergens cause allergic reactions in people often triggering asthma attacks. Body parts, saliva, waste and dead bodies of cockroaches can cause an allergic reaction.

Symptoms to a cockroach allergy.

      • Sneezing.
      • Runny nose.
      • Itchy, red or watery eyes.
      • Stuffy nose.
      • Itchy nose, mouth or throat.
      • Postnasal drip (a flow of mucus from behind your nose into your throat).
      • Cough.
      • Itchy skin or rash.

When the allergy triggers asthma you may also experience difficulty breathing, chest tightness or pain, a whistling or wheezing sound when breathing out, and trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing.

Cockroach allergy diagnosis.

In most cases to determine a cockroach allergy a doctor may give you a physical exam and discuss your symptoms. If the think you’re allergic to cockroaches the doctor might perform an allergy test.

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Avoiding cockroach exposure.

There’s many signs to a cockroach infestation. They’re common without the homeowner even realizing the problem they have. To avoid having an infestation you must:

      • Tightly cover all trash cans.
      • Store food in glass sealable containers.
      • Clean up the kitchen after use including dishes.
      • Sweep food crumbs from counters, stove top, tables and floor.
      • Avoid leaving pet food out.
      • Fix leaky pipes.
      • Seal crack in walls and floor.
      • Call a professional and remove the infestation.

Cockroach allergy treatment.

The best way to avoid cockroach allergy is by keeping your distance from the insect. But, there may be circumstance when you need medication to control the symptoms. Always consult a doctor for which strategy best works for you.

      • Antihistamines are pills, liquids and nose sprays used for most allergic reactions.
      • Nasal corticosteroids is a nose spray that reduces swelling in your nose. They also block allergies.
      • Leukotriene receptor antagonists prevent the actions of chemical messengers involved in allergic reactions.
      • Cromolyn sodium is a nose spray that blocks the spread of chemicals that are part of allergic reactions.
      • Decongestants are common to help reduce congestion as a result of allergic reaction.

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There are many different species of cockroach found throughout the world. All these infestations can grow at alarming rates. If you find any signs of cockroach infestation contact Truly Nolen Pest Control.

What do roaches eat?

 

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Cockroaches are attracted to dirty environments. They like to hide in the dark corners of unfinished or unclean kitchens. Roaches wait for the lights to go out and swarm the floors looking fro grub. But, what exactly do roaches eat?

The short answer is cockroaches eat about anything.

Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers. So, basically they will eat everything available for their consumption. However, they prefer sweets, meats and starches. And are known to even consume hair, books and decaying matter. Cockroaches will eat whatever food source is available to them. Roaches that live in sewers eat sewage. Roaches that live in dead trees eat decaying wood.

Cockroaches don’t need food every day to survive. If they have water cockroaches can survive for months even without eating once. Left with no water, cockroaches are limited to a few days to a week. But, deprived of water and only access to dry food cockroaches will die much quicker.

Most cockroach species have adapted to human lifestyles.

We leave a lot of food for cockroaches. Our homes are pretty much one giant food sources. American cockroaches are commonly found in food storage or prep areas. So, basically kitchens, restaurants and grocery stores. Cockroaches prefer moist environments and will flock to the basement during winter. They hide in cracks only setting out for food at night.

Will a cockroach bite a human?

There have been cases where humans are bitten by cockroaches. However, it’s rare if there’s other food sources available. There have been recorded incidents of cockroaches biting living and dead humans. They’re not looking to take a large piece of flesh, but more likely to bite fingernails, eyelashes, feet and hands. Bites can cause irritation, lesions and swelling

Extreme infestations where numbers are so large gives the highest possibility of cockroaches biting humans. If cockroach problems are not dealt with the population might begin to outgrow the food supply. And the insect is forced to forage for things they might not usually consume.

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Signs of cockroach infestation.

      • Fecal droppings. Once you start to find cockroach feces is a sure sign you have a problem. Smaller cockroaches will droppings behind that look like coffee grounds. The more droppings you discover the worse the infestation.
      • Egg casing. Cockroaches produce egg cases which hold tons of eggs. Finding even one hatched or not means that you probably have a significant cockroach infestation.
      • Odour. A large number of cockroaches omit a certain odour. A small infestation might not be noticeable, but larger groups will certain stand out. The smell is described as oily and musky.
      • Dead roaches. They’re nocturnal so seeing them during the day is difficult. Finding dead roaches under your sink, in your cabinets, under your stove and around your fridge means a big problem.
      • Roaches during the day. The only reason you might see them in the day is if the number is so huge that they get pushed from the nest.

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Cockroaches can come and go with no one even knowing. And before you realize there’s a huge infestation. If you see anything that might mean cockroach infestation make sure to contact Truly Nolen Pest Control right away.

How bed bug moats work.

We all know about bed bugs. They’re greatly feared. It can be a huge ordeal to remove large infestations. That’s why it’s important to try to discover any potential infestation. Early detection starts with bed bug moats.

What are bed bug moats.

These are commercial products designed to monitor bed bugs and help prevent infestation. Mainly, they protect you from bed bugs, captures bugs, cost effective, discreet, and uses no chemicals.

Moats are small square trays that hold legs of furniture. Usually they’re about 12 cm by 12 cm on the outer moat and the inner moat is 10 cm by 10 cm. Early detection is crucial to keeping bed bugs out of your home. Bed bug moats are designed to give early signs of potential problems. They’re mainly used as a preventative measure before major infestation concerns. Even after treatment the moat can show success in bed bug removal.

There only needs to be one bed bug to start an infestation. They can easily get into your home by hitchhiking on luggage and clothing that were in contact with contaminated areas. Removing large infestations can be very costly. Sometimes waiting until blood spots on your sheets is too late. Using the bed bug moat as a monitor is a cheap way to stay on top of any issues. The moat captures bed bugs trying to make their way to the bed. Then, they cannot get out of the hyper polished moat.

How to use the bed bug moat.

Bed bug moats should be placed under each leg of furniture where people sleep or spend lots of time. The leg should rest in the centre of the moat. Make sure your bed is an island. Move it away from the wall and clear all nearby furniture. Don’t let anything touch the floor like hanging sheets or clothing. Leave the moat in place for a minimum of 30 day, but it’s recommended to keep them for as long as you suspect infestation. Regularly check the moat for bed bugs. Remove bugs using cotton balls with a small amount of cornstarch. It’s important to handle to moat with care. It likely has living bed bugs. Place it in several plastic bags. Remove it from your area and dispose in a sealed garbage container.

Signs of bed bugs.

    • Blood stains on the sheets, mattress or pillowcase.
    • Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses.
    • Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide.
    • An offensive, musty odor from the bug’s scent glands.

    Bed bug prevention.

    It’s important to be aware of potential bed bugs in hotels especially rooms that appear unclean. Inspect questionable hotel rooms starting with the mattress and bed. Make sure your luggage is far from the bed. A lot of the time bugs can hitch on luggage or other clothing and materials that have contacted infested areas. They will easily make their way back to your space searching for your bed or other furniture. When returning home put all clothes in the laundry and place luggage in a plastic bag.

    Bed bug bites are good early detectors of an infestation. The bugs feast on your blood during the night. Bites usually swell red and are irritatingly itchy. They appear as most other insect bites. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between bed bugs, mosquito or flea.

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    Bed bug control can be very expensive. At the very first sign of infestation make sure to contact Truly Nolen Pest Control.

Everything you need to know about bed bug bites.

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Staying at a hotel can be scary enough. Especially if you are unsure if the place might have bed bugs. The small insects can easily transport back to your home on your luggage. One of the first signs of bedbugs is being bitten. First, you’ll have to be able to identify if it’s a bed bug bite or not.

What do bed bug bites look like?

Mostly, bed bug bites are red bumps similar to many other types of bug bites. It can be difficult to determine the likelihood of bed bugs compared to mosquito or flea bites. Everyone’s body reacts differently to insect bites. One person’s bed bug bite might look like a mosquito bite. While the other individual’s insect bites look different. In most cases bed bug bites appear in small groups in a single place usually found in a line. Multiple areas of bites means you could have a large infestation.

Where do bed bug bites appear?

      • Head and face.
      • Neck.
      • Arms.
      • Legs.
      • Other places not covered by bedding.

Do bed bugs bites itch?

Swelling is the biggest indicators to bed bug and other insect bites. Swelling usually results in very itchy and irritated skin. Sometimes red welts can also develop. For some people bed bug bites don’t even leave a mark or itch.

A bite might feel like a slight burning around the area. This is usually early very soon after you’ve been bitten before bites develop red coloring as well as swelling and itchiness. In severe cases some victims might develop an allergic reaction to bedbug bites. This can cause a rash also known as papules or wheals. It can result in drastic swelling and blister-like skin inflammation.

What happens when a bed bug bites you?

Bed bug bites can vary depending on how the bug decides to bite you. Mostly, a bed bug pierces the skin with its elongated beak. Sucking your blood for about 3 to 10 minutes until they are full. A bed bug may also inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant during the initial biting. This reduces itchiness while the bed bug is dining on your blood. Also, the anticoagulant stops the blood from clotting. You begin to feel itchy once the anesthetic wears off.

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How to treat bed bug bites.

Mostly, bed bug bite treatment is quite simple and usually can be treated by applying an ice pack helping to reduce swelling. Also, taking an antihistamine. However, there are plenty of home remedies to help reduce uncomfort.

        • Calamine lotion is used quite commonly in treating bug bites. It is a relief from itchiness and helps dry rashes helping to protect skin as it heals.
        • Mix baking soda and water helps remove swelling. Applying it directly to the bite.
        • Apple cider vinegar works well with most insect stings. It controls the itching.
        • The menthol from toothpaste helps soothe any burning and relieve itching.
        • Witch hazel contains a mild anesthetic effect calming itchiness.
        • Aloe vera has active compounds and amino acids to easy burning and itching.
        • Lemon juice dries out rashes, reduces itching, redness and swelling.
        • Banana peel contains oils that help control itching and redness.
        • Peppermint oil is similar to toothpaste. It works best to add a couple drops to a hot bath.

Signs of bed bugs.

          • Blood stains on the sheet and pillow case.
          • Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets, mattresses, bed clothes and walls.
          • Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide.
          • A bad musty odour coming from the bug’s scent glands.

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Bed bug infestations can quickly get out of control. They can come into your home attached to fabric such as your suitcase, clothes or bedding. If you discover any signs of bed bugs in your building make sure to contact Truly Nolen Pest Control.

How to get rid of drain flies.

 

There are more than 4,700 drain fly species worldwide. Drain flies are small true flies with short, hairy bodies and wings. They resemble small moths and even given the nickname moth flies. Most common in humid tropic countries the drain fly is also found around home drains and sewage systems. They’re not harmful, but really annoying.

Larvae are nearly transparent usually 4 mm to 5 mm long. They can sometimes be seen moving along moist edges of shower stalls, bathtubs or submerged in toilet water. Adult flies only live for about 20 days, but true infestations become a nuisance once they start laying eggs. In their short life they only breed once, but often within hours of emerging from their pupal casings. Females can lay between 30 and 100 eggs usually above the water line inside drains. Within two days the eggs will hatch. It’s important to find fly problems before they start to reproduce. Here’s some methods of drain fly removal.

Start by finding the problem.

Look at all your building’s drains and any areas with standing water. Somewhere with the highest concentration of drain flies is likely the problem. Drain flies rarely leave small areas so it’s infestations don’t spread.

Dry all drains before treatment.

This helps in verifying the problem. There might be other types of flies infesting the area. They might be attracted by rotting fruit or other food sources. Be sure you’re dealing with drain flies before taking the steps to remove them.

Put a strip of clear plastic tape over every drain.

Stick the tape over the drain the sticky side down. Don’t completely cover the drain. It can prevent flies from flying up and you will have no evidence.

Check the tape over the next few days.

The flies will stick to the tape giving you the opportunity to verify your infestation. If you’re suspicious of drain flies make sure to repeat the process if you don’t initially find any stuck.

Destroy the breeding ground.

Clean the hair catcher in shower drains. It’s essential in destroying their breeding grounds to remove all hair, grime and debris the flies lay their eggs in. Thoroughly rinse the hair catcher or filter.

Use a pipe brush.

Extend a metal pipe brush into the drain pushing it as far as it can go. Slowly move the brush up and down twisting it to remove grime from the sides of the pipes.

Use plumbing snake for grime further down.

Inset the plumbing snake and twist it as far down as it goes removing grime that’s too far for the brush.

Pour a cleaner into the drain.

There’s commercial products for cleaning drain pipes. Pour the cleaner around the edge of the drain. This allows it to coat the sides of the pipes. Gel cleaners are made to get rid of organic matter. However, there are plenty of home remedies such as vinegar, boiling water and bleach or baking soda and vinegar.

Finish by plunging the drain.

After the cleaning products have worked their magic plunge the drain to expel any leftover grime. Use warm water to flush through the pipes.

Killing flies.

      • Squash adult flies using a swatter.
      • Destroy breeding grounds to prevent eggs from being laid.
      • Use an insect spray.
      • Keep the area clean and clear of hair and grime.
      • Regularly pour gel cleaner down the drain.
      • Use an insect growth regulator.

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If drain fly problems persist after trying to keep the area clean make sure to contact Truly Nolen Pest Control.

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