Archive for October, 2012

Our Yorkie-Poo, “Snickers” has passed the dumb dog test and I’m begging the question, “will that dog hunt”? As in “hunt” for bedbugs.

Training a pedigree is one thing but sinking a couple grand in a “designer dog”, (fancy name for a mongrel mutt), is definitely a risk. I’ve worked with Snickers and he seems to be a fast learner. I like that he’s small enough to get up under beds and such and have decided to send him off to get a doggieedumacation and earn his own keep by being our company bedbug detection dog.  If he fails, he’s still cute enough to be the Envirosafe Mascot. Wish us luck!!!!

Snickers the Bedbug dog???

Snickers the Bedbug dog???

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Rest in peace. This mouse died quickly and painlessly.

 

 

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One of the most common spiders here in Gaston County are the Carolina Wolf Spiders. See picture below of the one I found in the floor of my home. ..

Carolina Wolf Spider on the floor of my home

Most people are not concerned with these scary looking creatures because many folks are under the misconception that the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse are the only two spiders that produce venom; and therefore believe they are the only two spiders that will bite. WRONG!  Many spiders will bite you, and ALL SPIDERS are venomous!!!  Notice the difference between the markings on the Carolina Wolf Spider compared to the more venomous Brown Recluse Spider. Picture below in order are the Brown Recluse Spider, Picture of a Brown Recluse Bite, and picture of a common black widow we found in a rodent station box here in Belmont.

Brown Recluse Spider – Notice the fiddle shaped marking on TOP

Brown Recluse Bite – Severe damage because tissue is killed by the venom and will not hill back

Black Widow Spider – Notice the orange hour glass on the BOTTOM of the abdomen. Much unlike the Brown Recluse which has identifying markings on TOP

Fact is most all spiders produce venom. We are lucky that many of the smaller spiders with small mouth parts are not capable of piercing our skin. However, most all spiders with an abdomen bigger than the size of a pea can and will bite us and inject venom with those bites. Most literature on spiders claim than these “non deadly” spider bites are similar in nature to a pin-prick or bee sting and state that the venom usually is not dangerous to humans. Out of curiosity, I decided to let a large carolina wolf spider bite me to see how the sting compared to what BASF’s Spider Guide suggested was similar to a pin prick. HOLY HELL, the bite was analogous to being stabbed with a dagger and the ensuing pain was way worse than any bee sting I’ve ever encountered. And trust me when I say that I’ve had a ton of wasp, yellow jacket, and hornet stings. I’ve even let non poisonous snakes bury their fangs in my arm and  NOTHING compares to the pain of this spider bite!!!! Throbbing, high intensity punishment that brought tears to my eyes!!!!! The venom seemed to kill only my top layer of skin and below is a picture exactly one week after I let the spider bite me.

Fall is the time when many outdoor species including that Carolina Wolf Spider make their way into our homes for overwintering harborage. Be aware that any spider is capable of biting you especially those larger size spider species and remember ALL spiders have venomous poison. Something else to be aware of is even though my Carolina Wolf Spider bite healed relatively  fast, many folks with hypersensitivity could have nasty wounds that may or may not heal over time. Another concern would be that bacteria could be injected with and compound the severity of the spider bite. … SEE BELOW, AND Check out our seven websites for more information on my firm, Envirosafe, and the services that we offer. Spider calls this month have been incredible and our service technicians perform several preventative jobs a day for spiders to protect property and health.

My spider bite from a Carolina Wolf Spider after one week – notice how only the outer skin died from the venom

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It’s been years since any significant portion of our business has been Termite Pre-Treatments on new construction. Since the housing market nose dived several years ago, the business we get from Pre-Treatments has been few and far between. For example, in 1999, Envirosafe performed over $60,000 in Soil Pre-Treatments for builders. Compared to a dismal $9,000 in 2010. Additionally at one time, we performed all the treatments for modular home row on Hwy 21 in Rock Hill. These businesses were Oakwood Homes, Luv Homes, and several others. All have since went belly up vacant lots stand where these businesses once stood. Thankfully today the Environmental Business we do including asbestos, radon, lead paint, mold, underground storage tanks etc, more more than makes up for the business we lost when the housing market crashed. Residential and commercial pest control accounts continue to thrive for us, but we have not recovered in the area of soil pre-treatments for termites. However, reports from the National Pest Management Association look promising and today we did a 12,000 square foot building in Lancaster South Carolina. Pre-treatments are easy money and good repeat business. It felt good getting back to what got us on the map in the first place. I left out at 6:30 this morning because the builder needed us there early. Nice fall morning doing work we haven’t seen much of over the past couple years. Hopefully this portion of our business will come back like it was in our glory days of doing several pre-treatments a week.

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Today, I found a dead black crow in my backyard. I recalled reading somewhere that this is a bad omen. A sign of death or something to that effect. I decided to google “Dead Black Crow Meaning” and found out amongst superstitions, seeing a lurking  Black Crow is considered by some a sign of evil and bad things to come, BUT, finding it dead is good. Meaning your guardian angel or protector saved you. Another site suggested finding a dead crow represents an old witch doctor searching for souls while another website dedicated to the Wiccan Religion suggested a dead crow means a curse has been put on your family.
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Fortunately for me, I’m a realist and look for more scientific reasons a big black bird decided to take a permanent dirt nap in my backyard. As an accredited Asbestos Abatement Contractor, I receive email bulletins from the North Carolina Health Hazard Control Unit in Raleigh. Additionally as a member of the National Pest Management Association I’ve obtained many of my continuing education units from mosquito certifications. Therefore I am very aware that West Nile Virus is epidemic here in North Carolina with two deaths occurring earlier this summer in Cabarrus County and a confirmed case on a little girl here in Gaston County as recently as September 8, 2012. See Story at the link below..<br><br>
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Now, we as humans are dead end hosts meaning that the West Nile Virus is not known to be transmitted by mosquito to other humans or animals from mosquitoes biting us. However, birds, especially Crows and Jays are a primary path of transmission of these diseases from bird to human by means of mosquito vectors. (Source Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Operations, page 355). Additionally, Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Operations goes on to state, “Mortality in Crows and Jays serve as a warning that the virus (West Nile) may be active in an area. This may serve as a practical scientific answer to the reason this black crow was found belly up in my backyard and indeed a danger sign of possibly things bad to come and way worse than anything a witch doctor could curse me with.
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With danger lurking, I’m taking a proactive approach. Firstly I’m eliminating all breeding sites of mosquitoes from my property especially the rain barrels, numerous flower pots, standing water in the bottom of my hot tub, etc. Additionally, I’m going to treat all the vegetation around our pool. My backyard is like a tropical oasis and the favorite resting spots of adult mosquitoes is vegitation. Notice in the picture below the dense tropical vegetation in the pool area of our back yard. (Bailey Allman smiling)  Coupled with our irrigation system, this creates a conducive breeding ground for mosquitoes.
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Likewise the first line of treatment after larvaciding in mosquito control is to treat the vegitation which is a breeding oasis for them. I’m also sending this Dead Crow off to the North Carolina Health Hazard Control Epidemiology Lab for testing to find out if indeed this Crow is infected.
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Upon routine pest inspection of a Charlotte NC rodent station, we discovered a secondary drain fly infestation actually breeding inside the exterior rodent station. Check out the video

 

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Sadly, this funny video of a termite letter being forged has happened to us when a Charlotte Real Estate Agent forged one of our (WDIR) Wood Destroying Insect Reports in an attempt to update a six month old report. We thought this video to be hilarious and thought we would share it with the pest control industry and followers of our blog.

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