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If you have had any involvement with pest control service within the past few years you may have heard the term IPM being thrown around. Lets discuss the actual meaning of IPM; a systematic approach to pest control taking into consideration pest needs of food, water and shelter, establishing a control process that is environmentally sound by utilizing a combination of mechanical, biological and chemical control methods. What this says is that not any one approach should be taken in dealing with pest control. It is important to identify the pests and their needs for food, water and shelter. But it...
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To digest the plants they eat, deer have a four-chambered stomach. Whitetails will eat leaves, twigs, fruits and nuts, grass, corn, alfalfa, and even lichens and other fungi.  Whitetail deer are found in just about every portion of the United States, excluding parts of the western central states to the California coast. The whitetail got its name from the white hair on the underside of its tail. When alerted to danger, they will stick their tail straight up in the air to warn other deer. Whitetails have scent glands on their legs and feet that they use to communicate with...
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Many times you often hear someone say “mice are so cute”, this may be the case if they are living in a cage inside a pet store, but in your home? Inside your attic and walls? All their cuteness will easily go away once you hear of these concerns. In addition to all the health concerns spoke of in our previous blogs, rodents can cause other dangers, risks and destruction of your home. Rats having the ability and need to chew can damage siding and garage doors as they chew to gain access to your home. Rats can dig and burrow...
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1. Seal cracks and repair damages Inspect the outside of your home, seal all cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes and underneath wood fascia with a good quality silicone-latex caulk. Damaged screens on doors and windows should also be repaired or replaced. Don’t forget to check for torn weather-stripping and loose mortar. 2. Reduce moisture sites and properly ventilate Reduce or, if possible, eliminate all moist harborage sites inside the home – specifically in basements, attics, garages and crawlspaces. Check for leaky water pipes under sinks, ensure drains are not clogged and look for signs of moldy wood. If there is...
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Occasional Invaders are pests that mostly exist on the exterior of your home living in gardens, lawns, mulch and similar areas.  Most require an amount of moisture and organic matter to survive. There are general maintenance procedure you can take to reduce the risk of these pests entering your home. Some homes just have an excessive amount of conducive conditions and pest control service is required to help control populations. Exterior control is the best method to stop these pest before they get in.  Visit our Pest Library for more information regarding occasional invaders: http://www.allcountypestcontrol.com/pest-library Spiders Sow Bugs Millipedes Crickets Lady Bugs...
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Blood Type, believe it or not people with Type O blood are more susceptible than people with Type A blood. Most people have no idea what their blood type is, but a mosquito knows !! Carbon Dioxide, mosquitoes have the keen sense of detecting carbon dioxide. Female mosquitoes need the blood meal of a mammal in order to reproduce. People that expel more carbon dioxide on a regular basis will attract more mosquitoes. People walking or exercising or larger people that breath heavy will attract more mosquitoes. This is mostly why small children don’t get bit as much. Exercise, In...
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Anyone can get it The virus is carried in a certain kind of mosquito, the Aedes, but any mosquito can pick it up and transmit it if it bites an infected person. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that it can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, birth and sex, but such cases appear to be rare. It’s extremely difficult to detect According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), only 1 in 5 people infected with the Zika virus become ill, so many do not even know they are carrying the virus. (Yet they can infect others, and it could...
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Have you ever noticed these large, round black bees that fly around your house mostly up high by roof lines, over hangs and deck areas?  You might say “oh that’s just a bumble bee”, well you would be wrongs. These are male carpenter bees, usually showing themselves in late April or Early May. Carpenter Bees have the ability to bore into wood, usually fascia or gutter boards. They can do severe damage as they tunnel out the boards for nesting. Evidence of saw dust or staining on siding from their excrement is a key sign. Sometimes the holes are not visible,...
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Swarming termites look very similar to swarming ants, and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish between the two. Here are some things to look for: Flying Ants Antennae that are bent or "elbowed". Bodies have a thin mid-section. 3 body segments Wings are usually NOT alike in size and shape.       Swarming Termites Antennae that are straight, curved and beadlike. Thicker mid-sections. 2 body segments Wings are very similar in size and shape. Shed their wings       ...
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Ed Binns from All County Pest Control and his Relay for Life team are once again organizing a car wash to raise money for the American Cancer Society. On Saturday May 6th starting at 8:00am, we will once again set out with our team of volunteers to wash cars for a cure. We will be at the Mahopac Volunteer Fire House on Route 6 in Mahopac until 12:00 pm.  This weekend kicks off the “Paint the Town Purple” celebration. Tracy Walsh, director of Relay for Life – Mahopac was looking for someone to take over the car wash and asked Ed...
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Soil to wood contact, anywhere siding or any wooden member of your home comes in direct contact with the soil a.     Door frames, siding, decks and support columns to name a few. b.     should maintain at least 8 inches of exposed foundation between soil and frame of house 2.     Mulch in general holds moisture and is a feeding source. a.     keep mulch away from foundation and siding 3.     Dead trees, tree stumps, logs and wood debris a.     provide a food source for termites b.     should be removed from property 4.     Clogged gutters and underground drainage a.     provides excess moisture around foundation...
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Most often termites go unnoticed and aren’t found until damage has already been done. Termites are frequently found infesting homes and buildings, creating major problems for homeowners and tenants by actively feeding on timber structures like: homes, buildings, telephone poles, and trees. They will feed on almost anything made of wood. A subterranean termite colony lives deep underground and surfaces in search of food. Within a colony of termites, you’ll find members of different social classes, each with a specific task to perform. Each class is reliant upon the other for the continued survival of the entire termite colony. The five...
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Weather plays a very important role in all living things and how it affects their ability to survive or thrive. When we have droughts, we see lawns die, crops don’t flourish and this affects the insect world in their ability to reproduce. In the dry heat of summer most insects are less likely to travel, keeping to cooler damp environments to maintain their existence is key. This is usually in dense brush areas or under rocks, mulch and such. The lack of moisture and water limits insect reproduction and the inability to nurture eggs and young. Most often the type of...
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1.       Experience - All County has been in business since 1963, All of our technicians are state certified and our office staff is trained and versed on all pest control needs. 2.       Residential Experts – All County has found their niche market in residential pest control, with our roots going back to the home inspection industry, we fully understand residential structures and properties and how they relate to pests and controlling them effectively. 3.       Versatile – All County is trained and equip to handle just about any pest problem, with 8 different state licenses, we are able to identify and address...
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At some point in your life, you or someone you know has had the unpleasant encounter with a rodent who has made its way into a home uninvited over the winter. What you may not realize, however, is that rodents can be much more than a nuisance. You may only be concerned about a rodent problem because of the noises they make that might keep you up at night. But rodents, such as rats and mice are associated with a many number of health risks and dangers. In fact, rats and mice are known to spread more than 35 diseases. These...
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Rodents are very smart creatures. Commensal rodents have the ability to adapt to man, such as mice and rats. These rodents basically require the same needs that we do to survive an are very happy to live along side us within our homes. If you sense that you have a rodent problem based on our previous blog, we don’t recommend you try to handle this on your own. Mice and rats can be very deceptive, knowing and understanding their habits is key for their control. These rodents are highly sensitive to new objects and have a high sense of association to...
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During a long and cold winter rodents will find their way into your home looking for warmth, shelter and food. Nesting and infestation may be occurring without you even noticing. Where there is one, there is surely to be lots more. 1.       Droppings in corners of cabinets and shelving areas of basements, kitchens, garages as well as attics a.       Mice droppings – 1/8” black pellet shaped size of uncooked rice b.      Rat droppings – 1/4” black pellet shaped size of puffed rice 2.       Gnaw marks or evidence of chewing: a.       Garage door weather stripping b.      Food packaging 3.       Nesting – made...
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Fall is the time of year when you are most likely to encounter stink bugs and the best time of year for preventing them from entering your home. Every attempt should be made to seal up any cracks or crevices around siding, windows and doors. Repair screens and vents. All homes have some degree of ventilation that just can’t be sealed up. Preventitive exterior applications of a residual pesticide can help control stink buds and reduce the chance that they enter your home.  Once inside they are very difficult to detect and treat. 1.       THEY HAVEN'T BEEN HERE THAT LONG -...
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Deer can do major damage to a beautifully landscaped home. There is no need to not be able to plant and enjoy the various landscape trees and plant that you love. We don’t advise that you attempt to use the over the counter deer repellents, they just don’t prove to be effective. Through a great deal of research and testing there is a commercial grade deer repellent on the market that has been tried and proven. DeerPro, comes in both a Winter and Summer formulation and is a restricted use material available to licensed professionals only. You may or may not...
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Most people don’t realize the health risks associated with some pests. Some are greater than others and some pests effect certain people differently. ·         Mice and Rats spread many diseases with their droppings and urine and have been connected directly to certain diseases.  Some of the most common diseases associated with rodents: Hantavirus, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, tularemia, lime’s disease and plague. Some recent studies are associate in mice and rats with the cause of asthma related illness as well. o   It is important to attempt to seal any  openings that allow rodents to get into your home: §  cracks in foundations or...
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