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Crape myrtle scales won’t do permanent damage | Neil Sperry … – Bryan-College Station Eagle

Dear Neil: We have a crape myrtle that developed white spots on its bark this summer. Someone told us to spray the spots with alcohol, but that doesn’t seem to have helped. Now there are orange wasp-like insects flying around it. Do you have any idea what is going on?

A: The white spots on the bark might be crape myrtle scale, a relatively new insect first observed in Richardson in 2004. It has since spread to other parts of the state. They look like large mealy bugs, and it’s possible to have many of them on a plant. They exude sticky honeydew which might be attracting other insects, but the scales don’t do a lot of permanent damage. Sooty mold (black) may grow in the honeydew. If it is the scale, the remedy is to apply a systemic insecticide in mid-May. However, I’m not completely convinced that’s what you have just from the description. Take a photo or sample to a Texas Certified Nursery Professional.

Dear Neil: We have bare spots beneath our live oaks. We put new St. Augustine sod in eight years ago and it has gradually disappeared. I understand it’s the competition from the live oaks’ roots plus the lack of sunlight. Thoughts?

A: Your understandings are correct, although I think the scales tilt heavily toward the side of excessive shade. St. Augustine needs at least five or six hours of complete and direct sunlight daily. With less than that it will thin and die. Not only do live oaks spread and cast very heavy shade as they grow larger, they also hold their leaves almost all year so the St. Augustine almost never gets much direct sunlight. It’s probably time to start planning a shade-tolerant groundcover such as mondograss, liriope or English ivy.

Dear Neil: We have two bearing peach trees. However, the peaches disappear literally overnight. Do squirrels do that? How can I deter them?

A: That wouldn’t be squirrels if the fruit are disappearing at night. It sounds a lot more like raccoons or possums. You might try a humane trap at the base of one of the trees. It won’t be easy. Both animals are very cunning.

Dear Neil: These camellia bushes were planted this spring. I have them on a timer that waters them every morning for 90 minutes with a drip irrigation soaker. I was gone for 10 days and came home to find this. Can it be saved?

A: The one in the center is gone. I can’t imagine it can be saved. I can’t speak to the one on the left, but it looks like it is struggling, too. Be sure the soaker hose is watering to the bottoms of the root systems. I would much rather see you watering new shrubs by hand with a water breaker or water bubbler so that you can saturate their soil balls. Then wait until they begin to dry out again (probably a couple of days) before you water again.

Dear Neil: We have a pasture with beautiful bluebonnets and other spring wildflowers. Unfortunately, it also has grassburs. Is there a product we can use to eliminate the grassburs without hurting the wildflowers?

A: That’s a tough question, and the timing is going to be close. Wildflowers germinate in September. You have to apply your pre-emergent weedkiller to prevent germination of the grassburs in early March with a booster shot in early June. Whether that June treatment would be dissipated by early September is the challenge. Try a small area one year to see what happens. Talk to a farm supply dealer or Extension agronomist who works with pastures.

Dear Neil: I am overrun with armadillos, skunks and now moles tearing up my yard. What insecticide can I use to get rid of whatever is attracting them?

A: I have used humane traps very successfully to catch armadillos. I make a wide “funnel” out of chicken wire and extending both directions out from the trap. We place it in the path where we know the armadillos head toward their tunnel. We’ve captured more than 70 over the years. Moles are attracted to earthworms as well as insects, and I’d prefer not to go on record as recommending controls for earthworms (they’re beneficial). Use the traps for the moles. A hardware store or farm supply store can demonstrate how to install them. As for the skunks, I’m going to leave that up to you working with an exterminator or wildlife management specialist. Skunks are efficient carriers of rabies, plus they have one other bad habit. But I don’t think applying insecticide to your entire landscape is going to offer much long-term help.

Dear Neil: I have two goji berry plants. Sometimes they look good, and sometimes they look bad. They do not bear fruit. What information can you provide me?

A: I won’t try to bluff you. I have never grown goji berry plants, nor have I known anyone who has. I find extremely limited information on them online, and it all seems to apply to northern U.S. and Canadian regions. I would categorize them as extremely speculative. Here is a link from Penn State, one of America’s most respected agricultural schools: extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit/news/2014/goji-berry-culture.

If you’d like Neil Sperry’s help with a plant question, drop him a note in care of The Eagle, P.O. Box 3000, Bryan, Texas 77805. Or email him at mailbag@sperrygardens.com.

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White spots on crape myrtle could be scale – San Antonio Express-News (subscription)

St. Augustine needs at least five or six hours of complete and direct sunlight daily. With less than that, it will thin and die, just like this.

St. Augustine needs at least five or six hours of complete and direct sunlight daily. With less than that, it will thin and die, just like this.

The camelia bush in the center is gone, and the one on the left looks like it is struggling, too.

The camelia bush in the center is gone, and the one on the left looks like it is struggling, too.

White spots on crape myrtle could be scale

Q: We have a crape myrtle that developed white spots on its bark this summer. Someone told us to spray the spots with alcohol, but that doesnt seem to have helped. Now there are orange wasp-like insects flying around it. Do you have any idea what is going on?

A: The white spots on the bark might be crape myrtle scale, a relatively new insect first observed in Richardson in 2004. It has since spread to other parts of the state.

They look like large mealy bugs, and its possible to have many of them on a plant. They exude sticky honeydew which might be attracting other insects, but the scales dont do a lot of permanent damage. Sooty mold (black) may grow in the honeydew.

If it is the scale, the remedy is to apply a systemic insecticide in mid-May. However, Im not completely convinced thats what you have just from the description. Take a photo or sample to a Texas Certified Nursery Professional.

Q: We have bare spots beneath our live oaks. We put new St. Augustine sod in eight years ago, and it has gradually disappeared. I understand its the competition from the live oaks roots plus the lack of sunlight. Thoughts?

A: Your understandings are correct, although I think the scales tilt heavily toward the side of excessive shade. St. Augustine needs at least five or six hours of complete and direct sunlight daily. With less than that, it will thin and die. Not only do live oaks spread and cast very heavy shade as they grow larger, they also hold their leaves almost all year so the St. Augustine almost never gets much direct sunlight.

Its probably time to start planning a shade-tolerant groundcover such as mondograss, liriope or English ivy.

Q: We have two bearing peach trees. However, the peaches disappear literally overnight. Do squirrels do that? How can I deter them?

A: That wouldnt be squirrels if the fruit are disappearing at night. It sounds a lot more like raccoons or possums.

You might try a humane trap at the base of one of the trees. It wont be easy. Both animals are very cunning.

Q: These camellia bushes were planted this spring. I have them on a timer that waters them every morning for 90 minutes with a drip irrigation soaker. I was gone for 10 days and came home to find this. Can it be saved?

A: The one in the center is gone. I cant imagine it can be saved. I cant speak to the one on the left, but it looks like it is struggling, too.

Be sure the soaker hose is watering to the bottoms of the root systems. I would much rather see you watering new shrubs by hand with a water breaker or water bubbler so that you can saturate their soil balls. Then wait until they begin to dry out again (probably a couple of days) before you water again.

Q: We have a pasture with beautiful bluebonnets and other spring wildflowers. Unfortunately, it also has grassburs. Is there a product we can use to eliminate the grassburs without hurting the wildflowers?

A: Thats a tough question, and the timing is going to be close. Wildflowers germinate in September. You have to apply your pre-emergent weedkiller to prevent germination of the grassburs in early March with a booster shot in early June.

Whether that June treatment would be dissipated by early September is the challenge. Try a small area one year to see what happens. Talk to a farm supply dealer or Extension agronomist who works with pastures.

Q: I am overrun with armadillos, skunks and now moles tearing up my yard. What insecticide can I use to get rid of whatever is attracting them?

A: I have used humane traps very successfully to catch armadillos. I make a wide funnel out of chicken wire and extending both directions out from the trap. We place it in the path where we know the armadillos head toward their tunnel. Weve captured more than 70 over the years.

Moles are attracted to earthworms as well as insects, and Id prefer not to go on record as recommending controls for earthworms (theyre beneficial). Use the traps for the moles. A hardware store or farm supply store can demonstrate how to install them.

As for the skunks, Im going to leave that up to you working with an exterminator or wildlife management specialist. Skunks are efficient carriers of rabies, plus they have one other bad habit. But I dont think applying insecticide to your entire landscape is going to offer much long-term help.

Q: I have two goji berry plants. Sometimes they look good, and sometimes they look bad. They do not bear fruit. What information can you provide me?

A: I wont try to bluff you. I have never grown goji berry plants, nor have I known anyone who has.

I find extremely limited information on them online, and it all seems to apply to northern U.S. and Canadian regions. I would categorize them as extremely speculative. Here is a link from Penn State, one of Americas most respected agricultural schools: http://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit/news/2014/goji-berry-culture.

Mail questions to Neil Sperry, c/o Features Department, San Antonio Express-News, P.O. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171, or email him at SAENgardenQA@sperrygardens.com.

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Cleveland tenants fight bed bug infestation, city ranked in top 15 for bed bug issues – News 5 Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Tenants living at the Abbeyshire Apartments on Rocky River Drive in Cleveland report they’ve been fighting a battle against bed bugs for the past several weeks.

Rose Mary Long said she’s been a tenant at the complex for three years, and showed us the dozens of bed bug bites on her arms and legs.

Long said she even paid more than $860 to have exterminators treat her apartment, but believes the infestation in multiple units is so bad the bed bugs keep coming back.

“I can’t sleep, I can’t eat half of the time,” said Long. “The scars are from the first round that I had them. They feast on human blood. When I kill them and everything, then the blood splatters.”

Long said apartment management has been aware of the situation since early July, but is now just calling additional exterminators to the scene.

Long said multiple visits by exterminators has so far proven to be ineffective, and she’s hoping apartment management will follow-up on the chronic problem.

News 5 made three phone calls to apartment management about this case, but we are still waiting for a return phone call.

According to Orkin’s annual top 50 list of bed bug cities, Cleveland has repeatedly made it into the top 15.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health reports the problem is so extensive it has launched a bed bug task force.

The board of health said it’s up to tenants to report bed bug issues to their city building department and get inspectors on the case.

The Cleveland Department of Public Health has even put together a guide on how tenants and homeowners should deal with and report bed bug issues.

Cleveland has also launched a bed bug assistance program to help seniors and adults deal with the growing problem.

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Forced out by rats – Burnaby Now

A Burnaby woman whos been sleeping in a tent in her backyard with her 11-year-old son for the last week wants her neighbours to be mindful of attracting rats.

Teresa Anderson has owned her Edmonds area home for more than two decades. She tells the NOW that rats have been a problem in the community for years, with rats breeding out of nearby abandoned homes on 14th Avenue.

Theres a huge problem. You just stand outside and theyre walking in front of you. Its disgusting.

The rodents became a problem in the winter, Anderson adds, when they started to nest in the insulation underneath her floors.

We didnt even know. Then, in November, we started smelling something weird. I blamed it on my husbands riding gear.

An exterminator was called in, but no rats were caught.

Earlier this month, Anderson fell asleep upstairs and awoke to scratching in her attic.

Im staring at the wall, and all of a sudden, a rat from under my sons bedroom area ran down the stairs, she says. I went downstairs and told my husband, Move your car. I gotta get out of here.

For nearly three weeks, Anderson has been sleeping at friends houses, in her car, and most recently, in a tent she pitched in the backyard. One of her sons sleeps there, one sleeps at grandmas house and the other has been told to pack your bags and move into the tent.

Her husband, meanwhile, has taken time off from work to rip out the insulation in the floors.

Due to the smell of urine and fecal matter, the mother of three says shes developed a lung infection and has been put on inhalers and antihistamines.

The thing is, no one is affected here except me, says Anderson.

When she has to go to the bathroom, she says she has to put on a respirator.

Anderson is asking her neighbours to take a really good look at their properties, and make sure garbage isnt sitting out.

Gordon Stewart, Fraser Healths manager of environmental health services in Burnaby, tells the NOW there have been some reported sightings of rats in the Edmonds neighbourhood, but its nothing out of the ordinary.

In an urban area, were going to find rats, theres no surprise. What homeowners need to do is protect their property.

That includes eliminating food sources, he says, such as tending to fruit trees regularly and picking fruit whenever its ripe, to avoid it falling on the ground. The same goes with birdfeeders, and making sure seeds arent dropping down.

If theres bushes they can hide under, if theres woodpiles, if theres sheds, wood foundations, or if theyre concrete, theyve got cracks that rodents can go borrow in there, theyve got to eliminate those hiding and nesting places.

Stewart notes there is a rat baiting program in Burnaby. Folks who have a clean yard, dont have a garden, but still have rats, can contact Fraser Health. Other than that, he says the health authority does educate the public about what it can do to avoid rodent infestation by providing pamphlets and other materials.

Should a neighbour not keep their yard tidy, Stewart says the City of Burnaby does have an unsightly premises bylaw, where people not found in compliance can be fined.

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Township Addresses Rodent Issue in Putnam Manor Area After … – TAPinto.net

UNION, NJ A social media posting on a Union residents site has initiated action by the township regarding a rodent problem in the Putnam Manor sectionof town.

It came to our attention through social media that someresidents in the PutnamManor area have said they are having an issue with rats in their yards, said Tammie Kopin-Espinoza, assistant business administrator. I can assure you that the Township Committee takes quality of life issues very seriously.

Marconi Gapas, Health Department officer, said two complaints were previously received by the Health Department, onein June and one in July. The areas of concern identified in those complaintswere assessed and public areas such as stream beds, retention basins and storm sewers were treated by a licensed exterminator. These areas will be re-evaluated and treated as warranted.

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Gapas, in a letter being delivered today to residents in the area, said, aside from thecomplaints in June andJuly, we have been unaware that this is a growing issue for you and your neighbors.

Gapas letter says, at the time of the previous complaints, the township was able to have an exterminator treat the public spaces around the problem areas to help control the pest problem but unfortunately we are not allowed to treat private property.

The letter goes on to say that in the coming days, the Townships Health Officials will be assessing the area to identify treatable areas. However, controlling this issue involves everyones cooperation. The following tips are provided in Gapas letter:

If this continues to be a problem, or should this issue escalate, please use the Report a Concern feature on our website http://www.uniontownship.com or contact the Township of Union Health Department at 908-851-8507, continues Gapas letter. Please keep in mind that these are the only official modes of communication with the Township and the only certain way to ensure your concerns are addressed in a timely manner.

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Reader takes issue with local exterminator – Circleville Herald

A local pest control company should be ashamed at how they have been stealing money for services they fail to supply. This local company has been servicing our residences and business for many years. However, they lack the knowledge and expertise to effectively eradicate bed bugs from a home or business. But they are experts at taking your money.

Bed bugs have been around since the middle ages. There population has spiked in the U.S. since the EPA changed the type of chemical that can be used to kill this pest. And that is all they are a pest. They dont carry any disease. But a pest is a pest, and this one bites. Before the EPA banned the chemicals of the past, the traditional pest control companies used a carpet bombing approach. Todays EPA allowable chemical requires a more missile guided approach that needs to be applied to the bed bug to kill it. As I mentioned before, our local pest control company has been around for years, and is still using the ineffective carpet bombing style treatment for bed bugs.

Bed bugs are not discriminatory and can be found in multi-million dollar homes, low income homes, public transportation vehicles and any local business. However, this pest does appear more often in our local lower income homes where residences are usually disabled and challenged! Could this be the reason our local pest control company continues to offer a service that fails to eradicate this pest? Free money from the disadvantaged!

There are other approaches to treat bed bugs that are more effective. Heat treatment and the assistance of bed bug sniffing canines to pin point the location of the bug. The canine effectively tells the pest control technician exactly where to apply the chemicals to kill the bug (missile guided). There is a wealth of information on the internet about bed bugs. Visit http://www.centralohiobedbugs.org.

Our local pest control company should cease all bed bug treatment operations, and stop stealing money from our disabled, disadvantaged, challenged and low income residence. Because when it comes to eradicating bed bugs, you truly lack the knowledge and ability! But you are knowledgeable enough to rip off the public for services you clearly are not providing.

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An Invention Eliminates Bed Bug Bites even the Insects Migrate among Apartments – Digital Journal

A bed bug lays up to 300 eggs. Legal chemicals do nothing to those behind a wall. It is foolish trying to kill more bed bugs than new eggs. A patent from Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap LLC eliminates the bites at night no matter how many bed bugs are at home or migrate from other apartments.

Two facts confirm how easy to solve bed bug problem. Bed bugs cant contact a CO2 lure at center of a bed bug trap. The invention enlarges the trap from dish size to bed size and replaces the CO2 lure by a sleeper who exhales CO2. Approximately 99% bed bug blood feeding is at night, which is eliminated when a sleeper is at the center of bed sized bed bug trap. It is also easy to eliminate the remaining 1% daytime feeding because exterminators dont carry bed bugs home.

The invention applies starving strategy. It is not necessary to prove that bed bugs starve in a few of weeks after they search food in futile without dormant. Even bed bugs could live for many years; it solves the problem immediately because the insects are harmless if they cant bite. A good starving method with negligible daily effort confirms success immediately because bed bug population is at the highest level on day one. As comparison, people usually confirm success after month of hard work until all of the bugs have been killed.

Dish sized trap fails if it catches few bed bugs than new eggs. Bed sized trap succeeds even it does not catch any bug due to no bite. Eliminating bed bug bites solves the problem immediately no matter how many bed bugs are at home now. With traditional methods, anyone who expects to kill bed bugs behind wall, under floor, or inside electronics by future treatments after the insects have left the hiding places may continually suffer bed bug bites.

Experts recommend a combination of chemical, steam, vacuum, mattress encasement, diatomaceous earth, CO2 trap, and washing everything to kill more bed bugs than new eggs. This combination suffers endless cycles of killing bed bugs at daytime, feeding them at night, and letting a survived one lay up to 300 eggs. The invention does not need any of these obsolete methods and terminates the killing, feeding, and laying egg cycles immediately as sure as bed bugs cant bite a person who sleeps in a bathtub because the bed sized trap functions better than a bathtub to block bed bug attacking routes. A person who understands why bed bugs cant crawl into a bathtub should also understand why bed bugs cant crawl to a sleeper who is at the trap center. It is difficult for people to search bed bugs without missing a single one. It is easy for every bed bug to detect CO2 from sleepers and die on the way for food without survivor.

Using mattress encasement instead of bed sized bed bug trap is as nonsense as camping outside a tent which has been used as a bush encasement to seal mosquitoes inside a bush. A mattress or a bush does not need any protection if bed bugs or mosquitoes cant bite. Only sleepers need protection from bed bugs by bed sized bed bug trap and from mosquitoes by tent, respectively.

Use of vacuum and steam instead of the invention to kill bed bugs is as nonsense as use of vacuum and steam instead of poison bait to kill ants. Poison bait makes ant control easy. The bed sized trap for bed bugs is far more efficient than poison bait for ants because the invention starves the insects while the poison bait does not.

Some people believe that bed bugs can fall from ceiling to bed. The inventor solved bed bug problem immediately and did not find any bug falling from ceiling. For those who do believe this possibility, the inventors website describes an easy effort to completely eliminate the falling possibility no matter how smart bed bugs are.

A few of bed bug control firms have received heavy penalty from government for using kill-by-residual chemicals which reduce peoples life. If any traditional method is efficient, people would not have spent thousands of dollars to heat entire apartment to more than 120F. Such a heating may still fail if infested electronics cant be heated.

The invention is far more efficient than any well-known services or products because no one is able to list a feasible bed bug attacking route when a sleeper is at top of the bed sized trap. Americans spend $500 million annually on bed bugs. Investors or partners are wanted with a mission to make this pest control revenue drop to zero after bed bugs are extinct when everyone knows how to easily get rid of bed bugs without any methods of chemical, steam, vacuum, mattress encasement, dished sized CO2 trap, and diatomaceous earth.

Media ContactCompany Name: Bed Sized Bed Bug Trap LLCContact Person: Dahai DongEmail: info@bedsizedbedbugtrap.comPhone: 201-566-3521City: Princeton JctState: NJCountry: United StatesWebsite: http://www.bedsizedbedbugtrap.com

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Modesto tenants living in condemned building sue landlord – Modesto Bee

Tenants living in a condemned downtown Modesto apartment building plagued by rotting floors, mold, rats and cockroaches, faulty plumbing, as well as a host of other problems are suing the buildings owners.

California Rural Legal Assistance filed the lawsuit Friday in Stanislaus Superior Court on behalf of seven of the tenants. The lawsuit names Turlock husband and wife Steve and Noma Arakelian as defendants. The lawsuits claims include negligence, breach of contract, and unlawful business practices. It seeks financial damages for the tenants and attorneys fees for CRLA.

CRLA expects the Arakelians will be served with the lawsuit this week.

The lawsuit states the seven tenants paid their rent and honored the terms of their leases while the Arakelians failed to provide them with safe, sanitary and habitable living conditions.

The Arakelians own the two-story building of 27 studio apartments at 624 Ninth St. The on-site manager said last month that about 80 poor people lived in the building. Tenants have said about a dozen children have lived there. Rent is $575 or $585 a month. Modesto has condemned the building.

Steve Arakelian did not return a phone call seeking comment Monday afternoon. He has blamed some tenants for damaging and vandalizing the building, though several tenants have said Arakelian does not make repairs or makes inadequate repairs, such as giving tenants small amounts of rat poison rather than hiring an exterminator for the entire building.

Aurora Thome an attorney with CRLAs Modesto office said the problems started from the time the tenants represented by the CRLA moved in. She said one tenant caught about a dozen mice in the first week of living in the building.

Arakelian has said he does not have the money to repair the building and has put it up for sale. He had notices issued to tenants last month, saying he was terminating their leases and they had 30 or 60 days to leave. Tenants who had lived in the building less than a year were given 30 days, those who had lived there longer were given 60 days.

The notices said if the tenants were not out within 30 or 60 days, Arakelian could take them to court to evict them. Thome said some tenants recently received eviction paperwork. She said CRLA is working with the tenants in the lawsuit who received eviction paperwork but said other tenants who received the paperwork are welcome to contact CRLA to see if it can help them.

Modesto, Stanislaus County and social service providers are working with tenants to find them housing. Some tenants have found homes, while others have been placed temporarily in motels and respite housing. Others still live in the building, including the seven suing the Arakelians.

Modesto is providing tenants who get new housing with relocation benefits, which it expects to be about $1,200 per apartment. The city has provided tenants with the forms to apply for the benefits. The Arakelians are required to provide relocation benefits but failed to do so. The city will seek reimbursement from them for what it pays out.

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6 Critters You Might See This Summer – UC Davis

Consider the Upsides and Downsides of Having Snakes and Bugs in Your Environment

Summer may mean the emergence of some creepy, crawly (and slithery) critters, but that isnt always a bad thing, UC Davis experts say. From many-legged creatures commonly found around your home during the summer to legless animals you might see out on a summer hike, heres what our experts say about the critters of summer and what our wet winter means for many of them.

Hot, dry weather suits Californias only venomous snake, the rattlesnake, just fine. And while a wet winter means lots of tall grass for snakes to hunt and hide in, Associate Professor Brian Todd, who studies the ecology and conservation of reptiles and amphibians, says there have been fewer reports of rattlesnakes this year.

My best guess is that the snakes dont have to move around much to find food, and so the snakes simply aren’tbeing seen like they are in years where they must roam more widely to find food, Todd said, noting a booming population of rodents this year. Its also possible that several years of drought took a toll on snakes and they will need a year or two to recover.

But we are still in the height of rattlesnake bite season, which runs from April to October.

“It’s best to be aware of one’s surroundings and know how to respond when encountering a rattlesnake, saidMark E. Sutter, an emergency medicine physician and toxicologist atUC Davisand theCalifornia Poison Control System.

Sutter recommends hikers wear long pants and boots, stay on trails, be wary of picking up rocks and sticks, and do not touch or disturb a snake, even if it appears to be dead. If you are bitten, seek immediate medical attention, but avoid folk remedies such as tourniquets. UC Davis Health has shared more tips and information on preventing snake bites.

More than 300 people are treated for rattlesnake bites in California each year, and dogs who nose around in tall grass or wood piles are also at risk.

Vaccines are available for dogs, but UC Davis veterinarian Karl Jandrey says thats no substitute for emergency care.

A rattlesnake vaccine doesn’tnecessarily prevent the need for medical attention or treatment, Jandrey said.

UC Davis experts recommend keeping your dog on a leash, staying on trails and using a walking stick to rustle brush along trails to alert snakes of your presence. They dont want to run into you, either. More tips to keep dogs safe from snakes and other summer dangers are available on the One Health blog.

The wet winter meant lots of insects, which now means lots of spiders to eat them. While not everyone enjoys having these arachnids around the house, remember that theyre the good guys that keep down other pests, said Professor Lynn Kimsey, director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology.

Humans love to fear what they dont know anything about, she said, noting that Northern California doesn’thave any dangerous spiders. Even the notorious black widow is extremely unlikely to waste any of its precious venom on a human because it doesn’tsee a human as a likely meal, she said.

You have as good a chance of being hit by an asteroid as being bitten by a black widow, Kimsey said. She said most black widow bites happen when a person unknowingly crushes one, leading the spider to bite reflexively usually without venom.

She said the Bohart museum seeks to teach people to better understand spiders and other insects, so they wont fear them. Shes always happy to see children visit the museum and handle furry, harmless tarantulas.

Kids should be playing with this stuff, she said.

Its too late to do much to control populations of wasps and yellowjackets (traps need to be set out in early spring to keep populations from growing), but its still important to know which ones should cause concern.

Paper wasps have a more slender waist and form open nests in eaves and on walls. They usually ignore humans and aren’t a cause for concern, Kimsey said.

On the other hand, yellowjacket wasps, which have brighter yellow stripes and aren’t quite as thin as other wasps, commonly build nests in underground rodent holes. Theyre sometimes called meat bees for their love of hamburgers and other meat. Theyve been reported in greater numbers this year, according to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District.

If you spot a yellowjacket nest, stay away and call a professional exterminator. While most wasps live in small numbers and are mostly harmless, yellowjacket nests can be home to thousands of aggressive insects.

If you get near a nest, theyll attack in numbers, Kimsey said. Get a professional to deal with it.

Californias central valley would be overrun with mosquitos if not for abatement districts, regional government agencies that work to control the bugs numbers, Kimsey said. Locally, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District culls mosquito populations with insecticide that only affects mosquitos, and by distributingmosquito-eating fish. The agency alsoencourages preventative measures by the public.

Kimsey said the only downside of this arrangement is that when those abatement districts do their jobs well and there aren’tmany mosquitos around, people tend to forget someone is working hard to keep it that way.

Life would be hell without them, she said.

She also said research institutions like UC Davis play a vital role in mosquito control by testing for new species that can stow away in materials and products being shipped to California. If officials only look for species they know are already here, they could miss a new species until its already established a large population, she said.

Another benefit of a hot summer: it keeps down the stink bugs that have started an infestation in Sacramento, according to UC Extension researchers. Brown marmorated stink bugs originate from Asia and were accidentally introduced to the US in the 1990s, becoming a serious agricultural and domestic pest in parts of the country. In Sacramento, they have attacked community gardens, sucking fruit and vegetable crops dry.

But it turns out that spells of triple-digit heat are bad news for the bugs: A few days over 100 degrees put a significant dent in the population. Entomologists from UC Extension and UC Davis are now running lab tests on how vulnerable the bugs are to hot weather.

Cody Kitaura is a content provider and strategist in Strategic Communications. His colleague, science content provider Andy Fell, contributed to this report.

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Pests like rodents, cockroaches, bedbugs, pavement or carpenter ants, wasps, hornets and bees, millipedes, centipedes, spiders, and fruit flies can be the cause of a lot of anxiety and health worries for homeowners in the Toronto area. Out of all of these, cockroaches are definitely one of the top pests that make people’s skin crawl. Here are some reasons to motivate you to put your foot down and consider contacting a Toronto roach removal expert if you have a roach problem in your home.

Any number of pests common in the Greater Toronto can jeopardize your health or damage your home. Bed bugs, while not disease vectors, can lead to anxiety and depression, not to mention sleepless nights. Wasps, on the other hand, are both a nuisance and potentially fatal for anyone with an allergy to their stings. If you have small children or pets, they can easily startle an entire hive located on the ground. If you notice a wasp nest in your backyard, Power Pest Control wasp removal services can safely remove it. Its not a process you want to attempt on your own, as a mistake could be disastrous.

Cockroaches Can Trigger Allergies and Increase Asthma Symptoms

Cockroaches can leave behind feces, body parts, and saliva that are known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma symptoms and, unfortunately, it is a fact that 63% of all homes have cockroach allergens in them. The symptoms of cockroach allergies include, sinus infections, ear infection, skin rash, coughing, wheezing, and nasal congestion, and they can become chronic conditions if cockroaches are not dealt with.

Cockroaches Can Carry Salmonella

Cockroaches can carry and spread 33 different bacterial strains and one of these is the very dangerous bacteria, salmonella. In fact, salmonella can survive in a cockroachs feces for several years. Cockroaches are frequently the cause of salmonella food poisoning in restaurants that dont have rigorous pest control.

Cockroaches Can Sensitize You To Their Germs

As cockroaches spend more time in your home, they sensitize you to the particular kinds of health problems they cause. This means that you not only succumb to the health problems they can cause, but that over time the degree of your reaction can become worst, and you can become highly sensitive to their presence.

Cockroach Exterminators In Toronto

In Toronto, a reputable pest control company like Power Pest Control will offer a free no-obligation quote over the phone, rather than keep you guessing. Another thing to look for in an exterminator is insecticide safety. The chemicals used by Power Pest Control are safe for children, pets, the elderly, and pregnant women. The most trustworthy pest control companies employ technicians who are licensed with the Ministry of Environment and will provide an Ontario extermination card upon request. Last, but not least, the best pest control companies stand by their service and offer a warranty which includes no-charge follow ups for up to a year.

If you are having trouble with a cockroach infestation, you might want to consider seeking out a Toronto roach removal specialist. They can help get rid of nasty pests so that your home remains healthy, clean, and happy.

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