Alliance Pest Blog

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Brett Madden

Birds That Can Be a Problem in Homes and Buildings

PigeonIn a bid to find a new place to call home and create a nest, many birds would migrate from the south especially in the springtime in search of places that can protect their young and provide ample shelter from the elements of weather. As a matter of fact, this so-called “home” can mean bird damage to your chimney, shed, garage, deck, attic, soffit and other areas on your property where birds can easily get into. Just so you know, bird damage can become extensive and very expensive to repair if left untreated. Depending on the location, there are many different types of birds that take up residence around a property which can turn out to be a very serious problem. Most common birds that can be a problem in homes include starlings, sparrows, pigeons, hawks, swallows, and ravens. Here is a list of some common damage-causing birds. Owl Owls are rar......
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Bed Bugs in Public Places Where Your Health Is an Issue

Bedbug 2It is natural to come across bed bugs in the home. This can happen from time to time when there are animals in the house or when they begin to gather in the furniture and the mattresses. Homeowners begin to notice this, and they are able to take action. However, when you see bed bugs in the office, in a restaurant or at your desk in work environment, it can be health risk. They can cause people to develop various types of diseases. This especially becomes a problem with young children. When someone has been bitten, it can cause additional risks. Why bed bugs have become a problem in public places There have been many instances over time where people have come across numerous of these bugs while they were out and about. This can happen at schools, in offices, in public toilets or shopping centers. Few moms will be happy......
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Getting Ready for Fall with Pest Proofing

bgresidentialIt may be a relief that Summer is over in a way. You got rid of the pests that come with this season. However, you will now have to be aware of the pests that are associated with the cooler months of the year. Some of these pests can be difficult to get rid of. However, when you are prepared, the chances are that you can avoid these problems. Types of pests to expect over fall There are certain types of bugs you will find that are specific to this season. There are less flies and stinging instincts, but the crawling insects are looking for warmth. In saying that, there are a couple of stinging insects that are no longer active during this time. For example, bees will need to find a sheltered spot where they can stay during this time. The attic is a common place to find such pests.......
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Where Rodents Go During the Winter Months

rodentRatEveryone has probably heard those undesirable scratchy noises in the attic or in the ceiling. This is a sure sign that there is a rat of a mouse in the home. Your home doesn’t have to be dirty or messy for a rodent to come inside and take advantage of your cozy environment. Often, they are looking for a little warmth. They don’t have to fend for themselves. There is always something that they can nibble on in the kitchen. They can easily hide away for quite some time without anyone realizing it. This can particularly happen in the winter months when rodents are looking for a warm environment to hide away in. How rats and mice get inside the home These rodents are intelligent. Although rats can appear to be large in size, they are able to squeeze into the tiniest of openings. It can be difficult to prevent this fro......
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A Brief Guide to Stink Bugs

Stink BugStink bugs are usually not popular in the garden or in the home. There are a couple of different varieties of these bugs which attack plants and vegetables and this needs to be controlled. They will also attack crops and farmers will often have a great deal of problems controlling this. It is essential to know how to cope with this because when these bugs multiply, large amounts of fruit trees and vegetables can vanish in a short space of time. They can enter the home as well and begin to multiply. This obviously problems in the long run. What are stink bugs These particular pests are from the family, pentatomidae. The name is relevant, as they leave an unpleasant odor behind which is produced from a chemical. This originates from glands in the abdomen. It can be seen as a defense when they are trying to protect themselves from predators......
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Ticks and The Damage They Cause

Wood tickTicks are under the scientific classification known as Arachnida, which is a class of joint legged invertebrate like mites, spiders, scorpions, etc. They have been in existence for 90 million years according to fossil records. They are small arachnids with a complex life cycle, and they need blood meals to complete this cycle. This life cycle includes; nymphs, male tick, female ticks, eggs, and larvae. The Life cycle of the Tick Egg The female tick lays a maximum of 8000 eggs all at once then dies. The eggs which are brown are then hatched into Larva after a period of 3 weeks. Larva The Larva of a Tick has a pair of three legs and feeds on a host (blood meal) before it can become a nymph. It takes a period of 3 to 13 days before a Larva becomes a Nymph. Nymph The Nymph has a pair of four legs......
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Carpenter Bees and The Damages They Can Cause

carp beeCarpenter bees are often categorized into two genera- Xylocopa (large carpenter bees) and Ceratina (small carpenter bees). These two genera do not have the same size, and this is probably the most obvious characteristic used in differentiating between both of them. While Xylocopa is around 12-25 mm long, Ceratina is less than 8 mm long. Carpenter bees derive their name from the fact that they build their nest in woods. Large carpenter bees have the same size and appearance as bumblebees. However, the top of their abdomen has a somewhat glossy look as they lack the visible hair that is found on those of bumblebees. Unlike Ceratina, Xylocopa infestation is easier to detect because they make their presence known through property damage. The insects can be black, purplish blue, metallic blue or greenish black. Yellowish hairs can be found on the legs, abdomen, and thorax of both the male and female......
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Fleas and Your Pet: Diagnosis, Prevention, And Protection

Introduction and Overview Fleas are one of the rampant external parasites that infest pets like cats and dogs. These blood sucking parasites are not only limited to dogs and cats but infect other mammals too. Severe health and skin issues result from minor flea infestation in pets and other mammals. But this can become life-threatening in cases of major infestation in animals. The infestation of fleas if left unchecked in the home will make such home a breeding ground. This leads severe cases of infestation from the continuous hatching of eggs. Managing such situations via treatment is very frustrating and tasking. In pets such as dogs and cats, the foremost root of skin problems is sensitivities to fleas. The truth is; pets like cats and dogs can painstakingly remove fleas from their body. They groom themselves in this manner. This reduces the number of fleas in the bodies of animals suffering......
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Having Your Yard Sprayed Prior To Having A Party, Wedding, or Event

Mosquito 5 960No doubt, it can be all fun and games to throw a backyard party but that’s when there is no swarm of blood-thirsty mosquitoes around, dining on you and your guests. These days, quite a good number of people have suddenly discovered the need of having an efficient spray work against mosquitoes in their backyards. Of course, no outdoor party would be complete without a reliable bug spray. If you are planning on organizing an entertaining outdoors party or wedding this summer, here is what you need to do to prevent those pesky mosquitoes from ruining your special event. When it comes to preventing mosquitoes in the backyard, there are certain preliminary actions you might be required to perform, such as Checking the bird bath Mowing tall grasses               Eliminating standing water, etc. However, have you ever thought of what to do when the mosquitoes are already there? Do you know that y......
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How to Prevent and Control Ant Problems in The Home

Ant 10The problem of ants around the home can happen during specific seasons or sometimes all through the year. There are various species of ants; some species often construct their nests outside the house whereas other builds theirs inside the house. However, whichever it is, their presence in the home poses huge problems for home owners and resident alike, particularly if the colony of ants involved are those that enter and build their nests in the insides of buildings, thus becoming permanent residents in such buildings. This is mainly because ants as insects are social in nature and therefore they live in colonies, which depending on the specie could comprise of several hundreds to millions of ants. However, the species of ants that belong to the latter group and invade homes include odorous, thief, acrobat, pharaoh, carpenter, and pavement ants. Been in a position of constantly dealing with ants in the home......
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What You Should Know About Zika Virus

The Zika virus is the latest mosquito-borne illness to spread across the world. This disease is caused by ZIKA virus which is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, there are studies that verify the occurrence of sexual and perinatal transmission, and the possibility of transfusion transmission. The Zika virus was identified in a few parts of the world, especially in Africa. And it is called Zika in honor of a forest in Uganda where the virus was discovered. It was detected in 1947 in monkeys for the first time. The contamination in humans occurred in Nigeria in 1954. However, it was in Brazil, especially in the Northeast, that it was disseminated with more intensity. "The scientists believe that the virus can mutate. Although there is still a plausible explanation that the virus is in Brazil due to the influx of tourists during the World......
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Understanding Bird Mite Infestation and Control

Bird MiteBird mites are mostly found where birds (including pigeons, sparrows, starlings, and poultry) reside (where their nests are situated).In the first weeks after the birds have left their nests, these bird mites will go on to infest living homes in their search for a suitable blood meal from humans. Bird mites predominantly occupy warmer regions (including Australia). Although there are quite a number of species of bird mites out there, the most common species that affect humans is the Starling mite, also known as Ornithonyssus bursa and comes from the Macronyssidae family. Bird mites are tiny creatures and measure less than 1mm in length with eight legs. They are very mobile creatures and are semi-transparent in color (at least until blood has been ingested they tend to appear reddish or blackish). They are oval in shape and have a sparse over their short hair. This article attempts to establish some facts......
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The Powassan Virus: Signs, Symptoms, And Treatment

Dog TickThe Powassan virus is a flavi-virus that is transmitted by ticks. This infection or disease was named after a town called Powassan in Ontario, where it was first identified in a young boy who died eventually following health complications from it. Powassan is an uncommon tick-borne disease which is caused by a virus. It can cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and also in the membranes around the spinal cord and brain. (Sometimes called meningitis). Only about 78 cases were reported in the U.S. over the past ten years. Experts warn that the disease could start to spread faster now than it is being transmitted by the deer tick. Another statistics shows that every year in the US, there is an average of 33,000 cases of Lyme disease (a major complication from the Powassan virus) reported to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Experts believe that the actual number......
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Stinging Insects

Bumble beeStinging insects such as yellow-jackets, wasps, hornets and bees, are pests that are common in summer periods which their stings can be very painful. Those who are allergic to stings are at higher risk, although someone can suffer if a large number of them swarm and sting at the same time. One way to protect yourself and your family from types of stinging insects, such as wasps and hornets this summer, is to ensure your properties are free of hives and nests. On a regular basis, go around outside your home, giving special consideration to the ledges, eaves, the bottom of the porches and the deck for nests. If you found a nest on your property, did not grope to remove it yourself. The colony can become a defensive and mass attack. Instead, contact a qualified pest control specialist who will be able to safely remove the hive. Types of Stinging......
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Mosquitoes and Zika: Best Ways to Protect Yourself

Mosquitoes and Zika: Best Ways to Protect Yourself Mosquitoes are pests, there’s no denying that. But is there anything worse than a pest spreading a deadly virus? Well, that’s what the Aedes aegepyti is, a species of mosquito responsible for spreading yellow fellow, dengue fever and know Zika virus. The effects of the Zika virus (babies with abnormally small heads) has been all over the news especially in places like South America. With the latest report of the Zika virus spreading to the shores of the United States, it becomes that much more crucial to know how to protect yourself from this disease. How to Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus As of now, there are no treatments or vaccines to combat the Zika virus and considering how quickly it spreads, added to the numerous birth defects it has caused, it’s safe to say everyone would want a way of protecting thems......
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Bird Control for Commercial Buildings

Pigeon isolated on white with reflectionFor commercial buildings, the prospect of bird infestations is enough to keep owners awake at night. While there are some who believe the presence of birds is nothing to worry about, experienced owners know better. If a bird infestation is allowed to flourish without professional assistance, the damages that can be done to commercial buildings are dire. Warehouses, airports, hospitals, transportation and shopping centers are all equally susceptible to the damages that are caused by pest birds and those who own commercial buildings would do well to read on and learn more about the multitude of issues that are associated with their mere presence. Nest Damage Birds who reside in commercial buildings tend to build their nests in particularly problematic areas. Rain gutters and roof corners are common refuge areas and when birds are allowed to live on the rooftops of warehouses and other commercial structures, they can cause collapses and......
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Signs That You May Be Experiencing a Bat Infestation in Your Home

BatWhile most of us would prefer not to experience a bat infestation in our homes, they tend to take place more often than we might have hoped. If you are under the belief that you are currently experiencing a bat infestation, you will want to read on and learn more about all of the telltale signs, so that you can remedy the problem as soon as possible. Bats Flying Around Home Bats that are residing in and around your home tend to be most visible during certain times of day, so if you are consistently seeing bats flying around your house during sunrise or sunset, this is a sign that you have a bat problem. They are nocturnal creatures that sleep during the day, so you will never see them while the sun is actually out. The Scent of Ammonia Have you ever found yourself wondering why a home that has......
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Reasons to Hire Pest Control Services

Family of Four on Lawn with Beautiful Home in BackgroundPest control is one of the yardsticks for determining the quality of man’s life. Most homeowners do not prevent pest invasion at first. This negligence results in the infestation of homes by pest such as bugs, carpenter ants, crickets, earwigs, spiders, fleas, mites, roaches, rodents and others. Since these organisms not only destroy food and belongings but some are also vectors, it is crucial to protect human beings from them. Proper pest control involves killing the pests as well as preventing them from entering or reoccurring at homes. Though some individuals may try DIY pest control, but not when the house is invaded by rodents, termites, stinging insects, ground beetles and centipedes. Hiring an expert in pest management becomes imperative. These professionals will ensure that individuals have a pest-free environment. They will block the entry points of these pests into spaces and kill those that have entered. They can also check h......
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Some Effective Treatment Options for Termite Infestation

termites 4Termite infestation can cost you a lot if you don’t prevent it or nip it in the bud. There are several effective pest control methods. One of the commonest methods is to invite pest control experts to inspect the infected areas. They can deploy monitoring stations which are placed within soil of infested areas. When the infestation is confirmed, bait stations are used to replace monitoring stations. Thereafter, worker termites will be attracted by the baits and they will feed the bait to other members of their colonies and they will all be killed. In fact, several generations will be killed. This method is highly effective but it is very slow. The slow pace gives termites enough time to cause more damages. The longer the termites remain alive the more damages they will cause. Another method is the application of liquid insecticides. It is also advisable to reduce or completely eliminate f......
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What Is The Relationship Between Moisture And Pest Infestation?

little silverWhat’s more annoying than trying to make dinner and having your ceiling drops of water fall on you? Or worse hearing a guests’ scream from the bathroom because he or she saw an insect in the guestroom. Ideally, you want your home to be your sanctuary and personal domain. It is where you sleep, eat, entertain, and carry out any other activity you choose. It is also where you'll create some of your precious memories and grandest dreams. After investing a lot of time, effort and money into your home, you want it as close to perfection as it can get. So, having to deal with moisture and pest problems can ruin your home. How Excess Moisture Leads to Pest Problems One of the many purposes of a home is to provide you with protection from the elements of weather. But sometimes, moisture gets into you home through leaking roofs, clogged and......
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