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Many of us are very familiar with the random screeching sound of a summer night’s Cicada. As a kid, one year (1979 according to the brood II map) I remember collecting dozens of molted Cicada shells from the trunks of the pecan trees in our New Hope Road yard in Belmont, North Carolina. Reminiscent that year of my childhood in 1979, the Year of the Cicada is once again upon us. After residing underground for 17 years, these periodical cicadas known as Brood II will emerge in North Carolina over the next few weeks. Often in the year of the cicada, these insects reach densities up to over a million per acre. Cicadas are grouped into geographical broods according to where and when they emerge. There are several species of Cicadas and one species (M. septendecim) even has bright red eyes.  Here is the Brood II map.  Even though these fascinating Rip Van Winkles of the insect world don’t bite or sting, they can be a major urban nuisance. Their sheer abundance can wreak havoc at Spring and Summer outdoor events such as weddings, cookouts, etc. They are known to inadvertently fly into people’s hair and land on most anything convenient to them. Another issue with Cicada is the overpowering noise they make. The high decibel levels that emanate from male cicadas may be unbearable in years where cicadas re-emerge.

A shell from a Cicada like the ones I collected as a kid in 1979

A shell from a Cicada like the ones I collected as a kid in 1979

 

Red Eye Cicadas (M. septendecim)

Red Eye Cicadas (M. septendecim)

But wait, if Cicadas emerge every 17 years, then what was it I saw in Edgemoor SC in May of 2011?  That year when answering a pest control service call I witnessed something as I can only describe as something out of a science fiction move. The sky in Edgemoor on May 25 2011 on a rural residential road ( I looked up Edgemoor on our Google Calendar Service Schedule) was literally almost black and noise unbearable on a sunny May afternoon. All due to millions of Cicadas in the Edgemoor SC sky. My  first thought when I first heard about this years emergence was how could another brood emerge just two years after I witnessed Cicada hell in 2011.  After a little research, I learned that I had actually experienced the Brood XIX emergence in 2011, aka one of the 13 year Cicadas. 2011 Brood XIX Map  As far a control options, there are none as far as we at Envirosafe Termite & Pest can do for you, but be aware that these insects are most active in the evening hours. Plan outdoor activities accordingly.

 

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Cicadas on trees in Charlotte North Caroliona

Cicadas on trees in Charlotte North Caroliona

I remember back in the early 1990’s a trip to Kure Beach in which we were absolutely ran off the beach by “biting flies”. The numbers of these flies were incredible and they would bite fast and hard. After some research this week, I was at a loss trying to figure out what fly is could have been since they were much smaller than horse flies. Additionally, I was a little confused since at first I thought that the trip was taken at Easter, a time in which fly populations have not yet developed. Suddenly though, I remembered the beach trip that year was taken Labor day weekend, a time when fly populations are peaking. Then, after narrowing my search to a small biting fly similar in size to that of a house fly I discovered that the stable fly was the only possible fly that bites and is small in size similar to a house fly. Ironically, according to the Mallis Handbook of pest control, the stable fly, which is often encountered around farms and stables, is also referred to as a “beach fly” since it’s also commonly a pain inflicting nuisance on costal and beach areas. . So, if you’re overwhelmed with annoying biting flies towards the end of summer while vacationing on a beach, the culprit is the Stable Fly. House flies are often vectors of filth pathogens, however, they do not bite. The  stable fly infestations are often numerous and armed with non retractable piercing proboscis that inflicts painful bites.

 

Blood sucking stable flies

Blood sucking stable flies

 

Stable flies bite fast and hard, inflicting pain.

Stable flies bite fast and hard, inflicting pain.

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Here we go again. This time it’s Edmund Stammers who disagrees with me. I welcome those disputing my blog posts but please be ready to back up your opinion with substantive facts. My creative pest control blog posts and dialogue are spawned from the industry’s most respected reference book. Pretty civil discussion, but again, I’m right, you’re wrong. Mr. Stammers asserted “any entomologist worth his/her salt” would disagree that humans can contract tapeworm from swallowing a flea. Not sure sure if there’s a more celebrated entomologist on planet earth than Dr. Nancy Hinkle, but I’m certain Mr. Stammers credentials don’t come close to matching those of Dr. Nancy Hinkle, Ph.D. and the author of the material I referenced. She’s arguably the most renowned entomologist in the World.  Here is the discussion generated by my blog post from two days ago about the same subject.

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Happy Holidays from Envirosafe Temite & Pest

Happy Holidays from Envirosafe Temite & Pest

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Yes, I know! It’s lame to argue on the internet. Even more lame to argue about the size of turds. BUT, discussion forums are a shortcut to notoriety for me. Not in the sense that I’m getting my name out for potential clients but a much bigger goal of getting in key words and back links for a few of my websites which in turn makes my domains relevant to google, bing, and yahoo SEO, and therefore; rank on the first page at the top spot. Which in turn makes our phones absolutely ring of the hook. I.E. this link to my Environmental Business. Google Charlotte Asbestos Removal and you’ll find me somewhere on the first page. As you will find all twelve of my websites ranked first in the organic listings and or the map listings, or both.

Anyway, for the second time in two days I’ve had internet pest control operators argue their opinion against my facts. Their source? Obviously their imaginations. My source; the horse’s mouth, aka “Mallis Handbook of Pest Control”.  It’s hard to argue with the Bible of the Pest Control Industry and its obvious this Texan representing McGrath Pest Control out of Texas hasn’t seen the size of the American Roaches roaming the Carolinas.  Maybe American Roaches are Cowboy fans and left Texas back when America’s Team Sprinted into eternal irrelevance (Circa 1996). Regardless, this Cowboy from McGrath Pest Control was wrong. (You’re welcome for the backlink Mr. McGrath). Please reciprocate – Envirosafe Termite & Pest

I’ve posted the dialogue from the discussion. Please feel free to chime in with your thoughts or questions.

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Happy Holidays from Envirosafe Temite & Pest
Happy Holidays from Envirosafe Temite & Pest

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This past summer a customer of ours in Lake Wylie, South Carolina had us come out to her home to perform a flea treatment in her yard for a moderately heavy infestation of fleas. The fleas were everywhere in the yard area. Their lot is nestled on a wooded lot in River Hills on a cove partially overlooking the lake. There is abundant wildlife including racoons and opossums that frequent her yard. Additionally there are squirrels and feral cats that roam her property. She has no pets.

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The lady’s child had contracted tapeworms (flat segmented worms that live in the intestines of some animals and grow up to 50 feet long) she was curious as to whether her little girls exposure to the fleas or flea bites may have been causative of the tapeworms. Tapeworms are commonly contracted by humans through consumption of undercooked beef or raw fish. According to the mother, this little girl had not eaten any undercooked fish or beef.  After researching the internet, I found this dialogue where someone asks if you can contract tapeworms by accidentally swallowing a flea. Yahoo Answers.Com. This place made me embarrassed to have my computer plugged in to a telephone line. A sorry collection of slope-browed bottom feeders, all gathering to vomit their two cents worth oblivious to the fact they haven’t a clue. I almost chimed in but didn’t really want to interact with these people more than humanly possible, as I felt it would only increase the revulsion I had for these mouth breathing tools to the point where I actually vomited onto my keyboard. See the stupidity below for yourselves….

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After losing a few IQ points from the likes of Pelle K, who claims to be a Doctor, I decided to to a little more research to see if anything more substantial could be found on this issue. Unbelievable, but after reading through the Ectoparasite section of pest control‘s most revered reference book, “Mallis Handbook of Pest Control”, there it was in the first paragraph on page 519. “Flea larvae consume tapeworm eggs and tapeworm development occurs within the flea. If a tapeworm-containing flea is consumed by a dog or a cat during grooming, the tapeworm breaks out of the flea in the animal’s gut and attaches to the intestinal wall. Similarly, humans can be infested by inadvertently swallowing fleas, as might happen with small children.”

So, the answer is obviously yes! It is a most definite possibility that this little girl accidentally swallowed a flea while playing in the yard and contracted tapeworm.

For more information about our pest control programs please visit us online at Envirosafe Termite & Pest, or Charlotte Location at Charlotte Pest Control, Cramerton Pest Control, Belmont Pest Control, Gastonia Pest Control, Lake Wylie Pest Control or Rock Hill Pest Control.

Happy Holidays from Envirosafe Temite & Pest

Happy Holidays from Envirosafe Temite & Pest

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The time of year has come for us to breakout the Christmas Decor. Those of us who live in Belmont, North Carolina  are reminded of this by Belmont’s fine annual tradition of a Christmas parade right through the middle of what was once a thriving textile town nestled betweenst two rivers. Many of us men are summonsed to the attic by our wives to dig out boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations. With Thanksgiving gone, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit and make our homes festive with our Christmas Trees and decor! As a healthy holiday reminder, let me remind everyone to remember those stored boxes in the attic could have provide harborage and a home to miscellaneous pests during the past few months. Be aware that when you unpack the Christmas tree ornaments, you could likewise be unleashing infestations.

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While there is an unlimited number of pests that may have found harborage in your decoration boxes, or may hitchhike in on a fresh cut tree, there are several likely suspects everyone should be made aware of and lookout for.

Spiders – Most spiders are not going to cause harm but they do leave unsightly webs and tend to cause quite a scare if they suddenly appear in your box of decorations. Spiders will bite if they feel threatened and some species such as the black widow can leave venomous bites that require medical attention. Spiders could be hiding in your boxes of decorations or within the branches of your Christmas tree.

Silverfish – Mostly a nuisance pest, silverfish can infest your decorations and other personal belongings in large numbers. They seek out moist places, which makes your basement, attic or wherever you store your decorations a great place for silverfish to thrive. Thought they do not bite, they are hard to get rid of.

Mice – A more serious threat to your holiday season is an infestation of mice. These rodents have a constant need to gnaw and can easily damage your decorations and other personal belongings. Their droppings and urine will also contaminate surfaces and can spread bacteria and other harmful pathogens to you and your family. If they happen to gnaw on electrical equipment like your holiday lights, there is also a risk of a fire starting.

In order to prevent unpacking a pest infestation right in the middle of your home, it is best to bring your decorations outside where you can sort through the boxes and inspect for any pests or their damages. Toss out broken or damaged decor and if you happen to find evidence of mice or any other nuisance pest issues, then give us a call at Envirosafe Termite & Pest . Our pest control technicians  are ready to get rid of Christmas pest issues so that you can enjoy your Christmas as it is meant to be – with NO pests.

Envirosafe Termite & Pest along with HomeSpectors provides service in Belmont North Carolina,  Charlotte, North Carolina, , Gastonia, North Carolina, Rock Hill, South Carolina, Lake Wylie, South Carolina Pest Control, Cramerton, North Carolina, Mount Holly NC Pest Control, as well as pest control throughout Gaston, Mecklenburg, and York County as well as most of North Carolina and South Carolina. Contact us today to find out how we can help you enjoy a pest free home this holiday season and throughout the year!

Envirosafe was called out to this facility which is rumored to have been built over an ancient Indian burial ground, and according to one of the staff members, “all kinds of unfortunate things have happened on this property”,  including the mysterious mold on the walls of the office. The office manager’s explanation is that she thinks they’re cursed. We at Envirosafe are looking for a more scientific explanation, such as water events, humidity issues, moisture problems in crawl space, or an HVAC unit that may be too big for their office which in turn blasts hot/cold air and knocks off quickly creating excess humidity. Updates on our finding to follow in future blog posts, but for now, two of the office employees are complaining diligently because they are experiencing symptoms such are breathing difficulty, respiratory infections, headaches, and eye irritation. Symptoms which they say subside when they leave the building. To learn more about mold and our remediation process, go to our website at www.charlotteasbestosandmoldremoval.com or www.pestcontrolcharlotte.net.  The short video below is shows the mysterious mold. Unfortunately, I could not get the rest of my interview with the building occupants to upload.