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Study Confirms Cockroach Bait Alone Improves Asthma Outcomes

Cockroach Bait Alone Improves Asthma Outcomes, New Study Shows

Recently a study was published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology  and found that by putting cockroach bait in homes, it reduced the amount of pests significantly and children had almost 50 fewer days with asthma symptoms a year.

The study followed 102 children with moderate to severe asthma living in the greater New Orleans area for a year. Most families (92%) had a household income of less than $25,000. In homes that were being treated with cockroach bait, technicians would visit every two to three months and place bait in the kitchen, living room and the child’s bedroom.

“Cockroach exposure is an important contributor to asthma disparities which, despite an overall trend for stabilization in prevalence, continues to rise among the poor,” said Felicia Rabito, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. “Identifying interventions that result in clinical benefits and that are affordable, and feasible for low-income families are urgently needed.”

Children in homes being treated had better health outcomes. On average, they had 47 fewer days with asthma symptoms over the course of a year. Conversely, children with a cockroach allergy in untreated homes were significantly more likely to miss school and have unscheduled emergency department visits.

American Pest Control offers treatment for roaches of different kinds, inside and outside your home. Contact American Pest Control to have a certified technician inspect your home for any infestations that could be detrimental to the health of you or your family.  To learn more, access the study “Single Component intervention for cockroach control reduces cockroach exposure and asthma morbidity in children.”

reference: http://www.pctonline.com/article/cockroach-bait-improves-asthma-outcomes/

Wildlife Facts Cont. P.2

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Common Wildlife In Georgia

Snakes

Unfortunately, snakes are a vastly prevalent nuisance in Northeast Georgia. While it is smart to be weary of snakes if you are unfamiliar with them, there are far less venomous snakes than non-venomous in Georgia. If you find a snake on your property, ensure any pets stay away from it and call America Pest Control to send a wildlife removal specialist to your home. While snakes can be a problem if they take up residency within your home, they do keep away other pests like mice and rats.

Common Snake Species in Georgia

Venomous: Canebrake Rattlesnake, Pigmy Rattlesnake, Diamondback Rattlesnake, Copperhead, Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin), Elapidae (Coral Snake)

Non-venomous: Black Racer, Northern Water, Corn Snake, Eastern Garter, Eastern King, Black Rat, Milk Snake, Yellow Rat, Southern Ringneck

 

Opossum

Fun fact: opossums are nomadic, solitary, and nocturnal animals. However, sometimes they will take up lodging in building structures. They are most commonly found in winter and early spring. They pose the threat of structural damage as well as seeking out food sources like trash and pet food.

 

Armadillos

Also nocturnal animals, armadillos may cause issues on your property because they burrow during the day, and they may do it right under your foundation! Armadillos typically grow to be 12-16 pounds and live up to 15 years!

 

Rats

The two most prevalent rat species that inhabit Georgia are the Roof Rat and the Norway Rat. Rats are a huge issue, primarily due to the various diseases they could be carrying: Rat-bite fever, Eosinophilic Meningitis, Murine Typhus, and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Additionally, rats can cause serious issue with you home by chewing through wood and electrical wires. Rats are nocturnal rodents who colonize, so if you see one, you are likely to find more!

Ant Facts: Visual Aid

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Bed Bugs Facts

Bed Bugs have become a huge issue in the United States over the past 20 years. For many, you may go your entire life never having an issue with bed bugs. But American Pest Control knows that for those who have been affected, there are almost no worse infestations to endure than that of bed bugs.

We have observed an influx of bed bug infestations and continue to provide our pest control services in the Northeast regions of Georgia. Our bed bug treatment method is outlined on our main website.

Bed bugs are nocturnal, which is convenient for them since the time people spend in bed is most commonly during the night! They feed on blood and they leave behind irritated and itchy bite marks. They are typically around 3-5mm long with a flat, oval-shaped body. When they are hungry (unfed) they are a rusty brown color but grow in size and turn more red-brown after feeding. Bed bugs can reproduce rapidly.

Wherever there is a host for them to feed from, you can find bed bugs, literally. In homes, you can typically find them near pipes, seams of furniture, tags of mattresses and box springs, and in the cracks on the bed frame and head board. Where there are severe infestations, bed bugs are found in the seams of chairs, between couch cushions, in the folds of curtains, in drawer joints, under loose wall paper… the list goes on.

Bed bugs are attracted to heat and the carbon dioxide given off by potential feeding sources. The most common time they feed is between 1 and 4 AM. After feeding, they retreat to their hiding places to digest and usually feed every 5 to 10 days. Bed bugs are typically brought into a home by hitching a ride on suitcases, furniture, and clothing and disembarking once in the home.

Ticks

Just like in our American Pest Control Flea article, we believe it is the smallest pests that scare people the most. Ticks, for example, are another kind of pest that freak people out to no end. However, there are steps that can be taken to help someone with a tick problem in their home or on their property.

Ticks are parasites that feed off of the blood of mammal hosts and are a serious problem because they often carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis, Colorado tick fever, and more.

While ticks are found across the globe, they are particularly present in warm and damp climates. When in wooded areas, be sure to be cautious and check your skin after leaving. If you see a tick, carefully remove it with tweezers and disinfect the area.

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Lone Star Ticks

Lone Stars are distinct in that they have a silver spot on their oval-shaped, blackish brown bodies. They also attack more humans than any other kind of tick in the southeastern parts of the United States and are most often found in damp, dark areas. Lone Star ticks are carriers of tularemia and cause tick-paralysis. They have also been known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever and lyme disease.

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Deer or “Blacklegged” Tick

Named for their distinct black legs that do not match their lighter-colored, orangish-brown body, the Blacklegged tick prefers the white-tailed deer as a host to feed on. Found across the eastern and mid-atlantic states, these ticks are found primarily in vegetation along transitional areas like forest edges. Deer ticks carry Lyme, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis.

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American Dog Tick

You guessed it: these ticks are found exclusively in North America and they prefer to feed on dogs. However, they are most often found on dogs and humans. Oval shaped, brown, and speckled with light grey markings, the American Dog tick also carries Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Fleas

Sometimes the scariest, most stressful pests are the smallest ones. Maybe it’s because we can’t see them as easily, so we can’t know for sure if there are just a few or a colony of them.

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Fleas in particular are a problem for homes, especially ones with pets or in rural farm areas. Fleas are known for leaving bites in their wake, but they also can carry several diseases so keeping an eye out for them is definitely advised.

When it comes to what American Pest Control can do to help with your flea issues, treatment includes managing wildlife around your home and property, treatment of your pets as well as any indoor and outdoor pesticide treatment necessary.

Cat Fleas

The most domestic flea is the Cat flea. While the name suggests otherwise, cat fleas dwell on both cats and dogs. They appear brownish black and can jump up to a distance of 6 inches. Cat fleas are known to carry the plague and tapeworms.

Dog Fleas

Also suggesting otherwise, dog fleas dwell on both dogs and rabbits! They look very similar to cat fleas, being mostly black and brown colored. Found primarily around where animals live, dog fleas do not need to enter a home on another animal. Also like cat fleas, dog fleas can carry the plague, tapeworms, as well as the typhus disease.

Human Fleas

The human flea is found primarily on humans living in poor sanitary conditions. However, they can also infest pets and other domesticated animals. Reddish brown in color, human flea bites are found on the body other than on the lower legs, where other flea bites are typically found. These bites can cause dermatitis and allergic reactions.

Oriental Rat Fleas

Notorious for transferring the bubonic plague from rats to humans, oriental rat fleas are found all across the world and in the United States, particularly in seaports and areas where international shipments are processed. Also reddish brown in color, like the human flea, but they favor rats as their primary food source.

Spiders

Most spiders are harmless and just feed on other insects. However, there are two spiders that are considered dangerous to humans: Black Widows and Brown Recluses.

Here we will discuss these two spiders as well as House Spiders and Wolf spiders!

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Black Widow

The name sounds ominous because it is thought that Black Widow females will eat the male after mating, but this only rarely happens. Black Widows have round, spherical bodies that are black with a red, hourglass shape on it. Young Black Widows are mostly orange and white and grow darker with maturity.  They are most commonly found in sheltered areas like under rocks, in wood piles, under decks, in rodent holes, and occasionally in dense foliage. If found indoors, they are usually seen in cluttered garages and basements.

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Brown Recluse

Named for its size and color, the Brown Recluse grows only to be about 1/4-1/2 an inch with a tan to dark brown body, with a darker mark on its neck. They feed on small, live insects and are found under rocks, boxes, woodpiles, etc. If inside, they are usually dwelling in secluded areas among boxes, papers, clothing, and crevices.

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House Spider (Southern house)

While the house spider is not dangerous, they are nuisances because of their webs, and are usually found indoors. They vary in color from off white, to yellow brown, to black, with stripes. Their webs are mostly found in humid, secluded and inactive areas of the home like garages, barns, upper corners, and under furniture. Their webs can easily be removed with vacuums.

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Wolf Spider

The Wolf spider may be scary looking and sounding – they are big and hairy – but they cause no real threat to humans. They are dark brown with grey marks. Unlike most other spider species, the Wolf spider actually hunts and chases their prey, usually at night. They dwell in sheltered areas like burrows, wood piles, decks, etc. They might get in to your property while chasing prey, and might not be eager to leave once they’re inside. Glueboards placed along walls, furniture, and doorways helps get rid of Wolf spiders.

Rodents

Think you may have a rodent problem on your property. Not to worry… give American Pest Control a call and we will help you with all of your pest issues!

In the meantime, here are some facts about various kinds of rodents you may find in or on your property.

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Norway Rat

The biggest of all the rodents, the Norway rat can damage your property, eat and spoil your food, and are known for carrying diseases. Growing to be up to 7-9.5 inches long, they generally have brown-black fur. Signs of infestation: gnaw marks, droppings, burrows, damaged goods, etc. While they enjoy meat and dry foods like cereal and dog food the best, they will eat anything. Nests are commonly found around embankments, sewers, basements, and less commonly, attics.

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Roof Rat

Roof rats are essentially very similar to Norway rats but are commonly smaller. They differ in that roof rats are nocturnal and live in colonies. Nests are found in the upper ares of trees and buildings. They also eat most anything, but prefer nuts, seeds, berries, and insects.

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House Mouse

The most common house pest, house mice, also damage materials, eat and contaminate your food, and carry diseases. They grow to about 3 inches and are a brownish grey with a white belly. With the same signs of infestation as the above rodents, they also prefer to eat seeds and insects. They nest in dark, secluded places because they are nocturnal.

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White-footed Mouse

Primarily causing structural damage, white-footed mice are primarily found in rural and wooded areas. They are nocturnal and can carry hantavirus. They are known to enter homes and garages during the coldest months, nesting in sheltered nooks and crannies.

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Deer Mouse

Like the house mice, deer mice are structural pests and are most commonly found in rural areas or suburban homes near woods. They also carry the hantavirus and should be considered a medical risk. Typically 3 or 4 inches long, they are pale grey to red brown. Nocturnal creatures, deer mice nest in trees, logs, abandoned nests, storage boxes, furniture, cabinets, corners, and attics, They eat insects, seeds, nuts, fruit, and other small animals. They also cause damage to the structure in which they inhabit and to whatever is inside said structure, like food and other goods.

Ant Facts

Ants inhabit every household. Sometimes they go unnoticed and do not cause any problems for homeowners. However, this is unfortunately not always the case.

If you’re experiencing an ant infestation or noticing an influx of ants in or around your home, you may want to contact American Pest Control to aid in the extermination and prevention of your problem.

Here are a few different kinds of ants you may be seeing around your home and property:

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Argentine Ant

Also known as the Linepithema humile, this ant is native to, you guessed it, Argentina (as well as Brazil and Uruguay). Mostly prevalent in the American South, these insects come in a variety of  shades of brown and do not have a stinger. These ants’ nests are most commonly found in damp places, like under shady plants and rocks. When weather conditions are too cold, wet, or dry, these ants migrate into buildings (usually in large numbers) to seek shelter.

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Odorous House Ant

Given its name from the odor that is expelled from the insect when crushed, the Tapinoma sessile, or the odorous house ant is a pest you do not want invading your home. Brown to black in color and without a stinger, these ants invade the structures and buildings across the entire United States. A typical colony contains thousands of ants and are often found under objects like wood and bricks. Also, a colony of odorous house ants will move their nest if rain affects them, and when their food supply is low, they will move to another home.

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Little Black Ant

This dark, tiny ant, or monomorium minimum, is found throughout the United States. Nesting in woodwork, masonry, and wooded areas outside, these teeny ants build trails wherever they go, often found along the foundation of a home or on sidewalks. Feeding primarily on grease, meats, produce, and sweets, these ants are huge pests in the warmest seasons.

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Acrobat Ant

Crematogaster spp, or the Acrobat Ant, refers to a group of ants found across the United States. They primarily nest themselves in moisture-rich, decaying areas like wooded areas, Styrofoam insulation, and other deserted insect homes. Feeding on both live and dead insect carcasses, these ants also enjoy sweet and high-protein food.

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Termite Facts

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We hear the word “termite” and automatically envision our homes encased in a plastic bubble with men in HazMat suites informing us that our home is condemned and we can’t go in and get our things because everything is covered and being eaten by termites.

Of course, termites usually do not cause such an upheaval, but they are not something you want in your home!

It’s important to be informed about all things that are affecting your home. Therefore, here are three kinds of termites and the necessary information you need to know about them:

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Native Eastern Subterranean Termites

These are the most common type of termites in North America. Their bodies are brown-black and about 10 millimeters long. Their colonies are usually located in the ground. Despite their size, they can eat up to about five grams of wood per day. The best treatment for native eastern subterranean termites is chemical treatments and baiting systems.

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Southeastern Drywood Termites

Just as the name says, these drywood termites are primarily found in the southeast of the United States. They come either yellowy brown or reddish brown with 11 to 12 millimeter long bodies. These termites actually fly around to find exposed wood on your home and infest the areas. These termites are best treated with fumigation and direct wood treatment.

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Formosan Termites

These are the real scary ones. Hailing from China, these termites are large, live in huge colonies, and are able to consume a great amount of wood. They come about 14 to 15 millimeters long and are light brown in color. Nesting both above ground and inside homes, trees, and timbers, formosan termites eat away at wood in layers. Chemical treatments, in-ground baiting systems, and direct wood treatments are necessary to rid a home of these pests.

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