PEST KNOWLEDGE

Here are some interesting facts and questions we have gathered from our clients.  See how much you really know.

Rats and Mice

What is the best mouse/rat bait and how should I use it in my traps?

Contrary to popular belief, cheese is not a good bait for mice. Peanut butter and chocolate work well as long as you don't put too much on the trap. Work the bait onto the trap's trigger so that it is hard for the mouse to get it off and it will be forced to climb onto the trigger.

 

How do I get rid of mice?

Mice are best controlled by using traps, either snap traps, live traps, modified cages, paste or a combination of the five. When using snap traps, use different baits (chocolate, peanut butter, etc...) on the traps and place them where the mice are active – but where children and pets can't get to them.  Also, seal exterior cracks and holes and put weatherstrips on doors to prevent new mice from entering. Mice only need a hole 1/4-inch in size to enter. Numerous mice indicate a more serious problem and should be dealt with by a GLOMAC technician.

 

Is it possible to get rid of rats?

Yes, it is possible, but it takes a lot of effort. Traps are best for control because the bodies may be removed. With baits, you run the risk of the rodent dying inside a wall or in a place where you can not remove it, and it may cause an odor. In some cases, you need to use both traps and baits. Rodent bait should be used only in tamper-resistant rodent stations or where animals and children can’t get them. Baits should NEVER be placed unsecured where children or pets could access them. It may be better to hire a professional. You can contact GLOMAC Marketing to get a free estimate of the cost for mouse/rat services in your area.

 

Cockroaches can wreak havoc on your home. To win the war in cockroach control, here’s what you should know:

· Entry: Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes. We even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes, purses and on our person!

· Ideal environment: Your home is an ideal breeding ground most species of cockroaches. With plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, they can remain active all year round.

· Reproduction: Cockroaches reproduce quickly. For every one you see there can be many, many more hiding and multiplying behind your walls.

· Evasiveness: Because cockroaches are nocturnal, if you’ve seen one, you probably haven’t seen them all. The few cockroaches you see by day could mean they were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of severe infestation.

· Allergies/Asthma: The dust created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals.

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Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Cockroaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from insecticides. Without special equipment, materials and know-how, cockroach control can be a losing battle.

 

Cockroaches and "The Bomb"
You've probably heard the story about cockroaches surviving a nuclear war: we die but they live! This is supposed to make you feel better when you have trouble getting rid of these critters.   So, the real truth: radiologists have found that humans can safely withstand a one-time exposure of 5 rems (A "rem" is the dosage of radiation that will cause a specific, measured amount of injury to human tissue). A lethal dose is 800 rems or more (people are exposed to about 16 rems during their lifetime).

Insect researchers have found that cockroaches can tolerate a much higher dose -- really higher! The lethal dose for the American cockroach is 67,500 rems and for the German cockroach it is between 90,000 and 105,000 rems (yikes!). In truth the amount of radiation that cockroaches can withstand is equivalent to that of a thermonuclear explosion. So, show a little respect the next time your chasing one through the kitchen with a spray can in your hand!

 

a cockroach could live a long time, perhaps a month, without its head.

The world's largest roach (which lives in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.

Roaches By the Numbers
6 -- Number of legs on a cockroach
18 -- Number of knees on most cockroaches (at least!)
40-- Number of minutes cockroaches can hold their breath
75 -- Percentage of time that cockroaches spend just resting (how lazy can you get?)

Bad News
Some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives (bummer).
Better Check Those Cracks in the Wall, young cockroaches need only a crack as thin as a dime (about .5mm wide) to crawl into.  Adult males can squeeze into a space of 1.6mm or the thickness of a quarter.

Wanna Race?
Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour. (Hey, it's no marathon, but it's not bad.)

Yuck!
Male cockroaches transfer sperm to females in a "gift-wrapped" package called a spermatophore.  Some males cover the package in a protein-rich wrapping that the female can eat to obtain nutrients to raise her young.
Delicious!

 

 

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Pest - Luzon Point Headed termitePest - Mound Building termite

Macrotermes Gilvus  (Mound Building termite)

mostly on garden

considered as large species

darker in color (abdominal part)

with two sizes of soldiers

 

 

 

 

 

Microcerotermes Losbanosensis (Los Banos termite)

 

smaller in size than coptotermes

species very sensitive

got its name from area where it was discovered

 

 

 

 

Coptotermes Vastator (Philippine Milk termite)

 

workers are white in color

considered as the most destructive of all the Philippine termite species

 

 

 

Macrotermes Gilvus (Mound Building termite)

 

mostly on garden

considered as large species

darker in color (abdominal part)

h two sizes of soldiers

 

 

 

 

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