Riley Pest Management
We specialize in commercial non-profit organizations and small businesses

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General news from the pest management world can be found at this link:

http://www.nifa.usda.gov/newsroom/pest.html

 

Rats Through History!

We have two main rat species in the United States: Norway rats, which occur nationwide, and roof rats, which infest the West and Southeast. It's hard to imagine life without these rats, but neither one is a native here. In fact, it wasn't until 1927 that rats were recorded in every state. These rats originated in Asia (as did the common house mouse), and spread slowly across Europe. Roof rats, and the biting fleas they carried, were responsible for spreading the plague known as the Black Death, in which 25 million people were killed.

Roof rats were the first rats to invade the United States, arriving as stowaways on the very first ships that sailed here from European ports. Norway rats came on ships much later, apparently around 1775. Because Norway rats are larger, more highlydeveloped, and more aggressive than roof rats, they drove out roof rats wherever they became established, except in the warmer areas of the country. Today rats are a major hazard in this country. They not only eat and contaminate huge quantities of stored food—they also gnaw through pipes and electric wires, causing fires. But even this destructiveness is minor compared to the hundreds of diseases they transmit, including plague, murine typhus fever, trichinosis, food poisoning, rat bite fever (from rat bites), and many more. They also are a severe environmental problem because they eat bird eggs and chicks, and many other native and endangered creatures.

If you have problems with either rats or mice, or know other people who do, let them know they can call us for expert control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Prescription for a Healthy Home

Pest management professionals are increasingly being recognized as "Protectors of Health & Property".Regular pest control not only means fewer encounters with nuisance pests, less pest-caused filth in our homes, and less damage to our homes and possessions—it also means a healthier place to live.

It is now well established that pests can cause allergy problems. The National Institutes of Health estimates that up to 15 million people have allergic reactions to cockroaches. Fleas, rodents, and a variety of other pests can also cause allergic reactions. Pests can also affect our health by their biting and stinging, and by carrying and spreading diseases. Various bees, wasps, ticks, mosquitoes, ants, fleas, and spiders bite or sting us, injecting their venom or saliva, or sucking up our blood. In doing this they transmit everything from West Nile Virus to Lyme disease. Also, many pests spread diseases such as common food poisoning by simply crawling on our food or our kitchen counters.

By controlling these pests, we make your life easier and more enjoyable, and help guard your health. We also eliminate the need for you to handle and store most pesticides, adding to the safety of your home. This is  specially important when severe weather or other natural disasters strike.

So thank you for trusting us as we take a vital role in protecting you and your loved ones!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pest Prevention Tip of the Month

Edible landscaping” is becoming more popular. Just remember—when planting a landscape, don't choose plants that produce fruits or nuts unless you plan to harvest and eat them. Unused fruits and nuts attract and provide food for a variety of insect, rodent, and animal pests.

 

     

 

 

   

New Bed Bug Findings

It is well known that some people may be bitten by bed bugs and not even realize it because the  characteristic red welts don't show up. A recent study found a person's age is a big factor in his or her sensitivity to bed bug bites.

This comprehensive study was conducted in seven large cities around the U.S. Residents in dwellings known to be infested with bed bugs were asked if they had experienced bites from these pests. There were no differences by ethnicity or gender, but only age—a whopping 42% of people over 65 years old said they had not been bitten, compared to only 26% of people aged 11 to 65 said they had not been bitten. The assumption is that all of these people had actually been bitten. (About 20% of the general population does not show any reaction to bed bug bites.) Other studies, using allergy skin prick tests, have confirmed these types of differences—a greater percentage of older people have no reaction to bed bug bites than younger people.

The majority of people who react to bed bug bites have itchy red welts. About half experience redness and discoloration at the bite site, and some may have itching but no welts. The study also showed that people who have bigger reactions to mosquito bites also tend to have bigger reactions to bed bug bites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Illness-Causing Bacteria Found on Flies

Common house flies can carry literally hundreds of different disease-causing organisms. One would think that this had been studied so well that we wouldn't find any additional serious pathogens on flies. That's why a study that just came out in the June issue of the Florida Entomologist is so unsettling, because once again, it shows we know far less than we think we know—especially about serious diseases that flies can transmit. When ordinary house flies (Musca domestica) were collected near the rear entrances and around dumpsters of just four restaurants in north central Florida, eleven different bacteria were found on them—including five species of bacteria that had never been recorded on house flies before. Even more alarming is the finding that most of the eleven kinds of bacteria collected, including E. coli, Shigella, three kinds of Staphylococcus, and Cronobacter, are very serious pathogens of humans. They are known to cause such diseases like meningitis, food poisoning, diarrhea, abscesses, bloodstream infections, and hemorrhagic colitis —nothing any of us wants!

 There are several factors which make flies serious transmitters of disease-causing organisms. Flies can easily pick up all kinds of pathogens because they are attracted to decaying animal matter and feces where pathogens are common. Some of these germs may be on the "feet" of flies, but even more germs multiply inside their bodies. These germs are spread when flies land on a surface, regurgitate food, secrete saliva, or defecate. When flies land on our food or food-preparation surfaces, they place these pathogens directly where we come into contact with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Solar Panels Fool Bugs

New research shows that solar panels strongly attract water-loving insects. Solar panels, like glass-clad buildings, are strong sources of polarized light. Over 300 species of aquatic insects, including mayflies and caddisflies, mistake these areas for shiny, dark surfaces of water. Water-loving bugs fly toward the panels and apparently are so convinced they have found water that they even try to lay eggs on them. Scientists were able to greatly reduce the attractiveness of the panels by adding nonpolarizing white grids to break up the polarized reflection of light. However, the grids reduced the effectiveness of the solar panels by about 1.8 percent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You!

We want to take this opportunity to once again thank all our valued customers. Whether you are new or a longtime client, we deeply appreciate your business and your referrals. We wish you and yours a healthy, bug-free, and prosperous new year!

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