Pest Control Blog

David MooreOur staff entomologist (bug scientist) and Pest Detective, David Moore, writes about topics related to keeping your home pest free.

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Down Through The Chimney With Lots Of...

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(Credit: Humane Society)

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(Credit: Humane Society)

There are many ways that wildlife can get into our homes, but one that will get overlooked is the chimney. Unfortunately, more than Santa comes down to pay us a visit. With the colder weather approaching, many of us will be using our chimneys more and potentially either allowing an animal into our homes or putting those animals at risk. We will review some of the animals that commonly come down a chimney, their risks, and some ways to help prevent an unhappy holiday season.

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Why Encapsulate Your Crawl Space?

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The basic principle of a crawl space encapsulation is to completely cover the ground of the crawl space with a heavy vapor barrier. In some instances, it is a good idea to install the vapor barrier up the walls to block any moisture that might come in through the concrete blocks. The moisture that gets trapped in the crawl space invites mold and rot which can deteriorate the structure or potentially put your family at risk for a health issue.

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Helping to save the Honey Bees

(Credit: Bayer Bee Center)

I was recently at the Bayer CropScience North American Bee Care Center where I received a training session on the current health of honey bee, colony collapse disorder, and ways we can help them move in the right direction. If you do not know, European honey bee populations have been impacted greatly over the past several years, with little progress. There has been a lot of speculation as to the reason for this reduction, but there has been no conclusive scientific research showing the cause(s) for the population crash.

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Preventing Head Lice

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With school coming back in session, we here at Dodson want you and your family to be aware of what head lice look like, how to help prevent them, and what to do if you discover a child has contracted head lice.  If you suspect that someone in your family has head lice, you should report this to a medical doctor who can diagnose this issue.  There is very little a pest management professional can do for a true head lice infestation, so contacting a primary physician should be your first priority. 

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Dangers of Ticks

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While enjoying the outdoors this year, make sure you are taking steps to prevent bites from ticks. Ticks can infect humans with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause serious illness. Reduce your chances of getting a tick-borne disease by using repellents, inspecting yourself for ticks, and showering after being outside. If you have a tick bite followed by a fever or rash, seek medical attention.

Why should I care about ticks?

Ticks are considered to be second worldwide to mosquitoes as vectors of human diseases. There currently are no vaccines against disease agents transmitted by ticks available to the public. Ticks can carry and transmit a number of pathogens such as bacteria, spirochetes, rickettsiae, protozoa, viruses, nematodes, and toxins.

Ticks are among the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly when sucking blood, feed slowly, and may go unnoticed for a considerable time while feeding. Ticks can take several days to complete feeding on a host. Here is a quick snapshot of some of the most common diseases that ticks transmit in the Mid-Atlantic Region:

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