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How Landscape Management Can Contribute to Effective Pest Control
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Gardening

How Landscape Management Can Contribute to Effective Pest Control


Turning your rocky backyard into a lush garden with verdant trees and flowing fountains can provide more than a huge street-side impression. Done right, landscaping can help you repel the nasty intruders that take over your property in the warm season and force you to seek cover indoors.


Pests can find an optimal environment in your landscaping elements, as they usually provide the food and moisture they need for reproduction and growth. The longer they go unnoticed and are free to spread throughout the property, the greater the chances they will eventually find their way inside your home. Reviewing your landscaping design is often a much cheaper yet often overlooked method of preventing insect pests from entering your facility than waiting to treat an actual infestation. Let’s take a look at some of the measures you can apply to beautify your property without harboring pests.


Choose Vegetation and Mulch Carefully


One effective way to fight back against mosquitoes, slugs, flies, and gnats naturally is planting selected flowers, shrubs, and herbs in your garden or on your patio.

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New Study: Cockroach Allergens Increase Glaucoma Risk
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Cockroaches

Cockroach Allergens Increase Glaucoma Risk


A recent study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology has reconfirmed that close contact with cockroaches can significantly increase the risk of disease. This time, researchers from the University of California have established that allergens from cockroaches may have certain biochemical and physical properties that target the optic nerve, enhancing the development of glaucoma.


In the study, sufferers of glaucoma exhibited significantly higher levels of a specific type of allergic antibody called immunoglobulin E (lgE), produced by the body in response to cockroach and cat allergens.


Data was collected from 1,678 participants, aged between 50 and 60 years, who were previously tested for allergies caused by dust mites, rodents, cockroaches, cats, and dogs. While 5.1 percent of the people analyzed were diagnosed with glaucoma, 14.3 percent showed significantly elevated levels of lgE to cats and 19.1 percent to cockroaches. Researchers believe that their findings may reinforce the possibility that the immune system plays an important role in the development of glaucoma.

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Damp: Home Problems that Invite Pests Inside
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

Damp - Home Problems that Invite Pests Inside


Damp is a silent enemy that moves slowly but surely to destroy your property, wreak havoc on your health, and make your home an open site for pests. It can appear immediately after flash flooding or it can be slow to emerge, sometimes taking years before becoming visible. The usual signs of dampness include, but are not limited to: musty odors, stains on ceilings and walls, mold and mildew, forming particularly in rooms with excess moisture such as kitchens and bathrooms, rotting wood in the structure of the house, and damp and moldy clothes and fabrics.


Once spotted, most homeowners start looking for a quick fix for their moisture problem, when there’s seldom a silver bullet for damp elimination. Treating moisture problems depends primarily on the type of damp affecting your home (because yes, there is more than one) and should be carried out only after detecting the source of the problem.

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3 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know about Urban Ants
Posted By: Daniel Mackie
Category: Ant Control

Toronto Ants


Ants are some of the most prevalent pests in urban environments.Click To Tweet


They invade homes, gardens, parks, restaurants, hospitals, schools, and offices – any environment that provides food and water is good enough for the little critters. Once set up, the intricate colonies are tremendously difficult to eliminate and constitute a serious challenge for residential and commercial property owners.


However, urban ants are not all that bad. In fact, the diversity of the total ant species in an ecosystem can accurately indicate the overall environmental health, keeping the entire ecosystem in balance. They are soil makers, seed sowers, and nutrient recyclers, and they are sometimes as interesting as they are troublesome. Here are three fascinating things you probably didn’t know about urban ants.


#1. They Love Junk Food as Much as Humans Do


Ever dropped an ice-cream cone or a piece of doughnut on the pavement and didn’t bother to pick it up?

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Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities: Challenging, Yet Crucial
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities - Challenging, Yet Crucial


Aside from areas where medical procedures are performed, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities are made up of an extended network of non-medical office and service buildings. Kitchens in hospitals are very much alike large commercial kitchens in restaurants, operating similar equipment and being governed by much of the same safety guidelines. In terms of design and organization, patient rooms are no different than hotel rooms, while the vending machines, lobbies, locker rooms, and gift shops found in hospitals can also be found in several other types of buildings.


And just like restaurants, hotels, and other commercial facilities, healthcare facilities provide all the necessary conditions – food, water, and shelter – for insects and rodents to thrive.


Risk Factors


Environmental factors that facilitate the entry of pests in healthcare facilities include:


  • The incoming flux of new patients


  • Hospital employees living in infested homes who bring pests through their clothes and personal belongings


  • Service staff that move between different hospitals or service buildings


  • Contact with infested food and gift shop items, such as flowers


  • Improper garbage collection areas


  • Improper landscaping that can attract pests and nuisance birds


Environmental factors facilitating the survival of pests include:


  • Improper storage of foodstuffs


  • Spills in patient and employee rooms


  • Organic waste and bodies of standing water


  • Cracks and crevices that act as harborages for pests to live and breed


Environmental factors that encumber the eradication of pests include:


  • Busy schedules in most medical facilities that prevent infested areas from being available for sanitation and cleaning services


  • Improper pest control programs that only deal with existing infestations


  • The use of chemicals and infective treatments that disperse instead of eliminate an infestation


  • Restricted access in patient areas (such as intensive care units)


  • Lack of funds and staff ignorance regarding the risks of infestation from pests


Most Problematic Pests


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While there may be a wide range of pests, rodents, and arthropods commonly associated with the health care industry, there are no unique hospital pests.

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