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St. Louis Pest Control – Weird Bug Laws

I found an article on a friends blog about weird pest laws that are still on the books in states around the country.  Here is a list.

• In California you may not set a mouse trap without a hunting license.
• Los Angeles law forbids hunting moths under a street light.
• Molesting butterflies can result in a $500 fine.
• It is illegal to mistreat rats in Denver.
• Florida law forbids rats to leave the ships docked in Tampa Bay.
• Galesburg: There is a $1,000 dollar fine for beating rats with baseball bats.
• Kirkland: Bees are not allowed to fly over the village or through any of Kirkland’s streets.
• All bees entering Kentucky shall be accompanied by certificates of health, stating that the apiary from which the bees came was free from contagious or infectious disease. -KRS 252.130 (Passed in 1922; Repealed in 1948)
• You may not tie an alligator to a fire hydrant.
• In Maryland thistles may not grow in one’s yard.
• Minnesotans are forbade from teasing skunks.
• According to Ohio law, it’s against the law to kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church without a license.
• Cleveland: It’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting license!
• In La Crosse you cannot “worry a squirrel.”

For the complete article go to www.pestcemetery.com.  For more St. Louis Pest Control related information go to www.bluechipexterminating.com and schedule your first service online.

St. Louis Pest Control – Bed Bugs

To answer the first question everyone always has, Yes Bed Bugs really do exist, and they do bite.  Our generation has not had to deal with them really as they were mostly eradicated since the 1950’s and 1960’s.  They still existed even then, mostly in third world countries, and with more global travel and the ability to get from Cincinnati to India in a day has made it possible for Bed Bugs to piggy back on our luggage from these remote parts of the world to our own doorstep.

This article is mostly about what you can do to inspect for and prevent bringing back Bed Bugs from your travels.  The first thing you can do is look online for ratings of hotels.  There are even entire sites devoted to Bed Bugs like www.bedbugregistry.com among others.  Here are some other steps upon checking in to inspect for in your hotel.

  1. Pull back the sheets on the bed.  This is not always a problem area since most hotel sheets get changed regularly, if not everyday and that is typically too much activity for the bed bugs to get comfortable.  Even so, check along the edges and along the gap between the mattress and the box spring.  You are looking not only for the pests, but mostly for droplets of blood which will look like dots of rust on the fabric.
  2. If you are comfortable with doing so, get a friend or call hotel maintenance and remove the headboard, or at the very least, pull it away from the wall to inspect behind it.  This is the most common area that we find Bed Bugs in hotels as it is close to the meal (you) and is relatively protected and doesn’t get a lot of activity or attention.  Here again you will look for the Bed Bugs themselves as well as their dropping or even egg cases.  Pay attention to cracks, crevices, and even screw holes, or the bracket where the headboard attaches to the wall.
  3. Next up would be the furniture next to the bed, either the nightstand or desk whichever are closest.   Pull out the drawers and look along the corners of the drawer itself, and inside the furniture again looking at corners, cracks and screw holes.  You may notice the Bed Bugs, their droppings or egg casings in this area.  Also check clocks or other electronics nearby as the heat the generate is inviting to the Bed Bugs.

 

If you don’t find anything in any of these three areas you are probably all right to stay there.  If you find something suspicious at all I would ask for a different room and tell them why, they should certainly accommodate you if not even move you up a room grade for the inconvenience and their own embarrassment.  No hotel chain is above suspicion as Bed Bugs have been found in 1 to 5 star hotels all around the country.  Typically there are found more prevalently in cities that are hubs for international travel like New York, Chicago, Dallas, etc., but I have found them in several hotels here in the St. Louis area.

The next step to prevent them from hitchhiking back home with you is relatively simple.  Check your clothes and bags before you leave.  Before you put your clothes back look along the seams of your luggage.  Also check your clothes themselves if you placed them in the drawers of the hotel.  This is a bit of a moot point if you inspected before settling in, but nonetheless still a good idea.  If you happen to find something on your bags upon leaving don’t panic, you can still prevent them from making it home with you.  I would suggest that you get some plastic bags from the hotel and place your clothes in the bag and seal it off before placing it in the suspect suitcase.  This should prevent the Bed Bugs from getting into your clothes or vice verse if you found something on your clothes and not your bag.

Upon arrival at your house, leave the bags outside, if it is cold that is even better.  Take your clothes out and I would suggest going to a laundromat to do your laundry.  Dispose of your plastic bags there and use a basket or something else to bring your clothes back home.  Any temperature water and detergent will kill the Bed Bugs.  As far as your bags you can do two things.  If it is below freezing, leave your bags outside, maybe inside a plastic bag for a week, and the cold temps should kill the Bed Bugs.  The other option would be to place the luggage into plastic bags, and treat them with a material like Pyrethrin (PT 565 at our stores) to kill the bugs, but leave a residue all over your bags.  After treating seal the bag for about 24 hours and you should be fine to re-use the luggage.

Don’t forget that Bed Bugs have also been found in college dorms, apartments, and nursing facilities so check all of these before moving in.  Also if you buy any used furniture or mattresses, make sure to check all of them very thoroughly especially mattresses, sofas, and bedroom furniture.

I hope that these tips help you on your future travels, feel free to let me know if you have any questions about Bed Bugs or other pests.  You can reach me at www.bluechipexterminating.com anytime.

St. Louis Pest Control Information – Roach Plane?

I have heard of getting delayed by weather, but never by roaches.  This story was just too good to not share.  Needless to say for roaches or other pests in St. Louis go to www.bluechipexterminating.com for pest control in the St. Louis area.

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) — We’ve heard about airline delays causes by a number of factors; mechanical issues, weather problems, traffic gridlock at the airport. But earlier this month, one DC resident and regular flier faced a type of airline delay she has never encountered before.

Miami to Reagan National Airport, an American Airlines flight Alissa Kempler says she will never forget. She says “At the end of the day I think it ended up being an hour and a half delay.”

The flight crew was dealing with a group of unwelcome passengers, an unusual delay: Delayed by roaches.

A stewardess told Kempler “There are roaches on the plane.” She found out “there are actually 50 roaches and they found a colony on a curtain between first class and the pilots.” Kempler says “we spent the next two and a half hours or at least I did, curled up in my seat thinking ‘how many cockroaches are going to be in my bag when I get out?'”

American Airlines’ spokesman Tim Smith tells 9NEWS NOW that “infestations are very rare but not unprecedented.” Smith says all of the planes are treated regularly by pest control companies. The planes have outside panels removed once a month to give maintenance crews better access and if a problem is detected, it will be treated during the next lay-over.

Unfortunately, it’s hard for airlines or any service that opens its doors to the public to guarantee a cockroach-free environment. Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management Association says the places you’d most likely see cockroaches on board include “in the bins that hold the luggage or just around the humans that are traveling on the airliner. But they’re also going to be looking for food sources so it would not be uncommon to find them in the galley where the meals are being prepared.”

And of course roaches are notoriously hard to kill. Henriksen says, “They can live for up to a month without their heads.”

Not only are cockroaches nature’s little tanks, these unwanted stowaways can also pose some potential health hazards. Henriksen says ” cockroaches create allergens that then can cause asthma attacks in children and adults.” She says they can also transmit E coli and salmonella.

When Kempler got home, she had some help unpacking. Alissa says “everything was fine. I have a little Westie, thankfully, who was ready to go in case something was there. She was very inquisitive, so I made sure she was interested in the bag in case something would run out.”

If you are worried that a cockroach or other pest could have invaded your luggage, the National Pest Management Association recommends these steps:

When you get home, take all of your clothes out of your luggage and wash them in hot water.
Also take a close look at your suitcase. If you see any kind of pest or dropping, vacuum out your suitcase, including the pocket area.

Written by Jessica Doyle
9NEWS Now & wusa9.com

WUSA 

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St. Louis Pest Control – Fruit Fly Prevention Tips

Fruit flies are an annoyance for lots of homes and businesses around the area.  They breed rapidly and are attracted to a variety of sources that are all over our kitchens and homes.  Some of the things that will attract fruit flies include:

  1. Fruits such as bananas, lemons, apples, or anything with a high sugar amount.
  2. Onions, potatoes and other foods high in starch.
  3. Garbage disposals
  4. Trash cans and recycle bins

All of these things are commonly found in almost every kitchen.  With a few simple steps you can help prevent their ability to live inside your home.  Here are some suggestions:

  1. Keep fruits and vegetables stored in the refrigerator.  If you let bananas or other fruits sit too long, they start to break down and release sugars.  Same goes for potatoes and onions, both of which are high in sugar / starch.
  2. Clean your trash cans and recycling bins on a regular basis.  It only takes a few drops of soda or beer to provide a breeding site.
  3. Rinse cans, bottles or plastic containers before placing in trash or recycling bins.  If a soda can sits for more than a couple of days with soda inside, it can become a breeding site.
  4. Clean your garbage disposal.  The tablets that you grind up in your disposal are a good first step.  Unfortunately the biggest breeding site is the underside of the rubber drain cover.  Most will pop out, soak it in hot water then run it through your dishwasher.  If you cant get it out, get a glove and use your finger to scrape the gook off the underside.
  5. Mold especially on bread can also be a source as it releases the sugars in the bread and attracts flies.  One piece that fell behind the stove or fridge can cause major problems.

True control of fruit flies is done through breeding site elimination.  Sprays and traps will help to knock down adults, but a new crop will hatch out tomorrow and start the process all over again.  As hard as it is, you just have to keep looking.  If you get to a point where you can no longer take it, then give us a call or go to www.bluechipexterminating.com to schedule a service.  We have been providing St. Louis pest control services since 1959.

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