Posts Tagged ‘Bed Bugs’

Envirosafe Termite & Pest

Today, I traveled up to a Lincolnton North Carolina Farm house to give a gentleman a price on Termite Protection for his home. After I performed an inspection, he took me out to his barn to show off a couple of old tractors. Immediately catching my eye on an old work bench was anachronistic blast from the past.

There it was, an unopened bottle of DDT. (See images below)  DDT  was Banned in the United States more than 30 years ago, and  it remains America’s best known toxic substance. Like some sort of rap star, it’s known just by its initials; it’s the Notorious B.I.G. of pesticides. And much like the Notorious B.I.G., it has been put to rest. Many scientist blame the thousands of deaths from malaria on the ban of DDT. Most industry leaders and media publications agree it’s common knowledge that the ban of DDT is the sole reason for the resurgence of a pest species which was almost extinct.

Envirosafe Termite & Pest

Yes, Bed Bugs are back with a vengeance and epidemic in Belmont, Gastonia, and Charlotte, North Carolina due to the fact persistent pesticides like DDT have been banned forever.  We pride ourselves at Envirosafe Termite & Pest in offering organic pest control methods such as heat treatments, steam treatments, and Pest Control that is safe for you family, home, and pets. Business is booming here at Envirosafe Termite & Pest and we are thankful for the demise of DDT in more ways than one.

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

A decade ago calls in our office for Asian Needle Ants, Bed Bugs, and Kudzu bugs were non-existent. These days, we’re finding all three in abundance. Asian needle ants are like fire ants on steroids except instead of building mounds they nest sporadically under rocks and throughout the landscape making homeowners more susceptible to encountering on of their highly toxic stings. I’ll save Bed Bug discussions for another blog post and elaborate more on the Asian Needle ant later, but for now, this blog post is to discuss the invasion of the Kudzu bug.

The Kudzu Bug is classified as an occasional invader. Similar in terms of being a general nuisance to that of box elder bugs, and lady bugs. They are proliferating here much like the namesake Kudzu vine. We first got a call about these in 2009 when a customer brought them in to the office for Patty to identify.  An insect most everyone here at Envirosafe had never encountered. Thanks to Paul Johnson at Clemson, we were able to identify this insect, which in 2009 was relatively rare. In 2010 we became well acquainted with the Kudzu Bug as calls increased exponentially about them.

Even my grandmother’s house was covered with Kudzu bugs that year (see photo above at her Gastonia NC Home). 2011 was the year of the Kudzu bug explosion though.  All summer we treated them and found out a repellent wettable powder (Demon WP) was the most effective treatment for Kudzu bugs.  The map below was published by the NPMA which is obviously flawed since we were getting calls apparently two years before they got the memo.

We just purchased a high powered microscope for positive identification of pest species. I’m looking forward to this year and discovering what new pests will be creeping into our customer’s homes.

-Rodney Allman

CIE, Envirosafe Environmental Services,

HomeSpectors Termite and Pest Control

1800 Camden Rd

Charlotte NC 28203

704-392-2241

www.pestcontrolcharlotte.net

Envirosafe termite and pest
1800 Camden Rd #1071
Charlotte NC 28203
704-392-2241
http://www.pestcontrolcharlotte.net