Blog: What’s the POINTE?
Hantavirus is a scary disease spread by mice and other rodents. Early symptoms include; fatigue, fever, and pain in the large muscles of the legs and back. Sometimes patients will also experience chills, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, yet these symptoms only occur half of the time. Real trouble starts in four to ten days. Your lungs begin to fill with fluid and each breath feels as if it’s taken through a pillow. Death occurs in 38% of cases.
How is the virus spread to humans?
Wherever mice go, their pee and poop are sure to follow. The virus is found in their droppings. When people sweep areas laden with urine and feces, hantavirus becomes airborne. The free-floating disease is soon breathed into the lungs and infection begins.
Eliminating hantavirus hotspots
Before you think about moving to a place that doesn’t have mice, just remember … Read More »
Ouch! What stung me? It’s not the easiest question for a parent to answer. From wasps to hornets, there are a lot of insects just waiting to unleash a stinger. Telling them apart can be important, as you look for remedies for stings and infestations. Each type has subtle differences and after a quick perusal you should be able to answer the question with the following information.
If it isn’t a bee, it’s a wasp. There are an estimated 20,000 different types of wasp. From black to metallic green, they come in every color and shape. Many are beneficial and consume pest bugs and grubs that destroy food crops. Like the tarantula wasp, many varieties are solitary and attack a specific creature in which to lay eggs. Other wasps are parasitoids and lay eggs in caterpillars. The larvae take control of … Read More »
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, stars a group of three diverse characters, each with their own particular traits. The first is a handy with a weapon and rarely speaks. The second is pure evil, while the third is just as the title says… ugly. It might sound like a movie, yet these three critters aren’t found on the big screen. They are coming to a yard near you.
Able to use camouflage, the assassin bug is an efficient killer and maybe Clint Eastwood wouldn’t mind the comparison. Referred to as the Masked Hunter, the assassin bug is a predator of other insects. Nothing on six legs is safe. In order to strike its victims the hunter will cover itself with debris and vegetation and quietly wait. Its weapon of choice is a long needle like beak, used to … Read More »
Flip the lights on and off they run. Their little caramel exoskeletons zip across floors looking for the nearest patch of darkness. Cockroaches thrive in the temperatures that we humans enjoy. Meaning, our homes are the perfect year-round environment. Not to mention a fantastic source for food. Roaches will eat everything we enjoy and hundreds of other items as well. Crumbs, pet food, leather, hair, soap, glue, feathers, the left over toothpaste on your brush, everything is on the menu.
Should you be worried if you find one?
Where there’s one, hundreds more lurk under furniture and appliances, even inside your walls. Dead space between wall studs make a perfect hiding place and all your electrical outlets act as miniature doorways. Pest roaches are photophobic, light makes them seek darkness. The only way you’ll ever see a loan roach is when their … Read More »
Some of you may be wondering what the big idea is. We come, we spray, but the bugs are still EVERYWHERE!!! The answer is spring.
I’m sure most of us remember when we were kids, and Bambi taught us a thing or two about ‘that’ time in the spring when everybody starts acting funny:
Flower: (two birds flutter around) Well! What’s the matter with them?
Thumper: Why are they acting that way?
Friend Owl: Why, don’t you know? They’re twitterpated.
Flower, Thumper, Bambi: Twitterpated…?
Friend owl: Yes. Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime. For example: you’re walking along, minding your own business. You’re looking neither to the left, nor to the right, when all of a sudden you run smack into a pretty face. Woo-woo! You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head’s in a whirl. And then you feel light as … Read More »
Spend a few minutes on Pinterest and you’ll be able to find Do It Yourself (DIY) instructions from bathroom remodels to refinishing furniture. A few words typed into a search engine can change an ineffective fellow into a handy man. As amazing as DIY projects can be, there are instances when it changes from amazing to abysmal. Numerous tragedies have been recorded in local newspapers dealing with the misuse of pest control products, often by home owners. Below, you’ll find a list of reasons why applying pest control products should be left to the professionals.
Pest Control Products are Engineered Kill
Whether it’s for the cockroaches eating your food or the dandelions infesting the yard, pesticides are designed to kill. Misapplications can annihilate your favorite rose bushes or even send you and your neighbor to the hospital. Worse, it could end in … Read More »
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina cut a wide swath of ruin and heartache through New Orleans. Causing over 81 billion dollars in damage, Katrina was the most expense natural disaster in United States history. When we think of natural disasters, terrible images come to mind like earthquakes and hurricanes, but not all destructive forces are so massive. Something smaller than a dime costs homeowners billions of dollars every year.
Meet the subterranean termite. Their name tells you that they sneak into your home through underground tunnels and dried mud tubes. Though they prefer areas of high humidity, they can be found throughout the United States except for Alaska. The standard termite worker has powerful scissor-like jaws that can shear through wood and anything else that contains cellulose.
Big teeth aren’t the only problem. Unlike other types of termite, the colonies of the subterranean variety are … Read More »
It’s April, folks! Time to dust off the old gardening gloves for the first time this year and plant some new life. You find them right where you put them, hung up in the shed. You begin to slip them on, when all your fears are realized, and you feel a visitor inside the right index finger of the glove. Instantly, you scream, fling the glove and a little black and red spider crawls out to see what all of the hubbub is about. You ignore your heebie- jeebies and check your finger. Initially there is no sign of foul play, but within the next 30-40 minutes, you know something is definitely wrong. You cringe with discomfort as your mind begins reeling, trying feebly to remember what to do in the event of a black widow bite.
Let’s get one thing … Read More »
Bedbugs ruin a good night’s sleep. Termites destroy the wood in a perfectly good home. Carpet beetles chew up our furniture. Rats spoil food. We live in a world that is full of pests and it seems like anything we hold dear has an insect or rodent that is dedicated to spoiling it. So what about pavement? Is there something out there that is going to destroy our driveway and wreck our walkways?
Meet the Pavement Ant
Take a walk outside in the summer and you’ll see a swarming, writhing, shifting pool of blackness on the edges of sidewalks and driveways. If you take a closer look you will see that the mass is composed of hundreds if not thousands of little black ants. Pavements ants make their nests under cement slabs, rock and paver stones. Cone shaped piles of dirt in … Read More »
Are Carpenter Ants Active During the Winter?
When it’s cold outside there are few things as tasty as a big steaming cup of frothy hot chocolate. On the flip side, there are few things as a nasty as reaching for that hot cocoa tin and finding a pile of wood shavings and dead insect carcasses. You might be looking at a Carpenter Ant garbage pile inside of your kitchen cupboard.
Wait, what’s a Carpenter Ant?
Carpenter ants are large. Some species can be as long an inch, which is as about as long as the tip of your index finger to the first joint. There are many different species of Carpenter Ant and they can be found nearly worldwide. They generally form nests in damp and rotting wood, but can easily tunnel into sound lumber. Unlike termites, Carpenter Ants do not consume wood, … Read More »
In the darkness they wait for their host to silently slip into sleep. They crawl from their hiding places, pierce flesh and suck the blood of their victims. Before the prey awakes, they slink away to wait for the next feeding. You might think this is a summary of a vampire novel and that assumption is not far from the truth.
Bedbugs feed exclusively on blood and their numbers are on the rise. Since 2004, calls for infestation removals have increased 71%. Due to the bedbug’s ability to become resistant to chemicals, the cost of eradication is also increasing. If you frequently travel, there is a high risk of bringing the little blood suckers home. Though they don’t transmit disease, their bites can cause rashes and psychological effects. Imagine knowing that each night your blood will be consumed by hundreds of … Read More »