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Identify a spider: How to tell if a spider is venomous and the risks.

 

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Termites are often called the “silent destroyer” because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home without any immediate signs of damage. Unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, are susceptible to termite infestation. I’ve posted a picture and a video below of an actual infestation near Charlotte North Carolina in which termites ravaged a structure and destroyed it beyond repair. Compare the real photos to the humorous Terminix photo at the bottom of the page and you will see there isn’t much difference. For more information on termites and our control programs, please visit our websites at www.pestcontrolcharlotte.net, www.belmontncpestcontrol.com, www.rockhillpestcontrol.com, www.gastoniapestcontrol.com, www.charlotte-pest-control.com or www.charlottebedbugcontrol.us

Storm Davis reveals what’s left of a Termite Ravaged Structure

 

Should have called Envirosafe Termite & Pest

Envirosafe is much more than an environmental pest control firm. We protect home, health, and the Environment with services including radon mitigation, asbestos abatement, lead paint abatement, toxic mold remediation and even demo and underground storage tank removal. Our website for Environmental Services other that pest contol is www.charlotteasbestosandmoldremoval.com  otherwise our general website for pest control is www.pestcontrolcharlotte.net or www.charlotte-pestcontrol.com

Very often our services will overlap. Case in point this project in Locust, North Carolina where, as you guys can see in the video, Jarrod Goforth of Home Spectors demonstrates significant termite damage to a structure. This damage was revealed after our firm removed all the asbestos siding. Mold, Carpenter ants and oddly enough, an infestation of fleas from vermin entering the crawl space. The fleas were so bad, they were getting underneath our tyvek suits and making meals out of our environmental workers. Below is the video we made at the project to demonstrate just how badly termites can damage a structure. For more information on Termites and our control plans, please visit us online at www.gastoniapestcontrol.com or www.rockhillpestcontrol.com.

Today I was called out to investigate a little mold problem. Wow, toxic mold has engulfed this apartment and Envirosafe was called upon to clean it up. I’ve posted part of my video walk-thru, and yes, it is as bad as it looks. There was also secondary infestations of American Cockroaches, (aka waterbugs and palmetto bugs) and also phorid flies by the thousands.

 

 

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Our Envirosafe pest technician was frightened and confused by this bizarre and mysterious moving creature. We don’t really have a clue what the hell it is, and are not so sure we want to find out but I presume it’s the pupal stage of some ginormous arthropod readying to break out and cause biting and or stinging chaos. Please post your guess as to what this grotesque nightmare might actually be when it hatches from it’s metamorphic stage.

 

 

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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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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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