The Battle With Fire Ants After Rain

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Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: pest control

The Battle With Fire Ants After Rain

There’s no question that fire ants are a problem in the south. The invasive species costs Texas more than $1 billion in damage a year, according to a recent Texas A&M University study. Fire ants can cause damage to electrical equipment, harm birds and livestock, and they are very aggressive when disturbed. Fire ant bites can be painful and for some the bites can lead to an allergic reaction.

Fire ant mounds can appear after periods of heavy rainfall as Texas and much of the south recently experienced. While the mounds may be the first sign of fire ants, the ants lived down in the soil before the rain. Extended periods of rain or downpours fill their underground tunnels with water and force the ants to build the mounds above ground.

Identifying Fire Ants

Once a mound is discovered, it is important to know specifically what type of ants live in the mound. Each type of ant requires a unique method of pest control for the most effective result.

Fire ants are rust colored and range in hue from lighter reds to darker browns. Worker fire ants can be as small as 1/16 of an inch up to ¼ of an inch. They prefer dry fields and sunny areas where the ground is frequently churned since they use the churned material to build their dome-shaped mounds. If the mound is left untreated, it can grow up to 24 inches in diameter and 18 inches tall. These colonies can contain between 100,000 and 500,000 worker ants and up to 60 queen ants.


A bite and sting from a fire ant gives them their common name. A bite can feel like you have been burned. The fire ant bites and then it moves its stinger into the skin. The result is a red bump on the skin and if no treatment is administered, the bump can turn into a white pustule that carries a risk of infection. An infected pustule can leave a scar.

The key to preventing a fire ant bite is to eliminate a fire ant colony as soon as it is discovered. Contact our team of experts at Pest Management, Inc. who understand the cause of a fire ant infestation plus the method that will result in the fastest removal of the problem.


Managing Bed Bugs Takes a Team of People and Bed Bug Dogs

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Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: bed bug dogs


It takes a team to put the heat on bed bugs and eliminate them from a property. Naturally, a trained bed bug exterminator manages the pest control process, but in many cases it begins with a skilled bed bug detection dog sniffing for every possible location where bed bugs may be hiding.

According to the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association, there are more than 100 dogs currently working as bed bug detection dogs in the United States. Working dogs have already been used for a variety of purposes, including drug and bomb detection by law enforcement. Those same skills are being applied in bed bug detection.

Why Dogs Are Used to Sniff Out Bed Bugs

Bed bug detection dogs are working dogs that are trained to sniff out pests. It’s not easy for the human eye to detect bed bugs with their tiny size, plus bed bugs are known to hide. With a sense of smell 1,000 times greater than humans, dogs can sniff out the odor from bed bugs. It’s often described as spoiled raw beef or a sweet, musty odor.

Just like working K-9s in law enforcement, there is some preference to certain breeds such as Beagles and Labrador Retrievers, but the most important factor over breed is the dog’s ability and personality to become a well-trained detection dog.

How Bed Bug Dogs Work

Success with bed bug detection dogs depends on the ability of the dog and the handler to work together. The handler also goes through training to work with the detection dog.

Bed bug detection dogs are the key to knowing exactly where any bed bugs are hiding in a property. Once the dog has alerted to the locations the handler or bed bug exterminator, can begin treating the area to eliminate any live bed bugs and any eggs. Bed bug detection dogs can alert to eggs that are difficult for human eyes to spot.

If you have seen a bed bug in your home or office, contact the highly trained bed bug detection team at Pest Management, Inc. to inspect your property and apply our eco-friendly thermal remediation treatment that is proven to be 97 percent effective in the control of bedbugs.

Breaking the Mold in a Male-Dominated Pest Control Industry

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Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: pest management

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If you think about contacting someone at a pest control company, you probably think of speaking to a male. While men still dominate the industry, more women are not only working in pest control, but many of them also hold high level positions within their companies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women count for only about four percent of employees in pest control, but that percentage has gradually increased over the years.

One woman in that small percentage is Sarah McElwee, director of business development at Pest Management, Inc. Growing up, McElwee never thought she would work in the pest control industry, but today she is a trailblazer for the company taking on a wide range of tasks from focusing on the growth of the company to taking care of pests herself on a call at a home or business.

McElwee was recently featured for her role in the company in the October issue of Austin Woman. The article, “Dirty Jobs,” features McElwee and three other hard-working and successful women who have taken on unique careers that are typically consider a “man’s job.” In the article, McElwee says, “I show up at homes to do pest control and people look at me like, ‘Where’s the tech?’ “ McElwee says she’s worked diligently to learn as much as possible about the industry to prove she understands the pest problems and can provide the best solution.

McElwee is not only unique in the pest control industry, but she is the first in Texas to join an elite class of technicians who hold the National Institute of Decontamination Specialists (NIDS) environmental disinfection certification. This means in the event of an environmental hazard, the expert team at our affiliate company, GermLogic, can manage the complete decontamination and clean-up process.

At Pest Management, Inc. we focus on diversity and encourage all of our employees to strive hard and achieve their desired goals. Every day, it is our goal to eliminate pest issues in your home or business. Contact our team of men and women experts today to learn more about our specialized services such as bedbug, mosquitoes, termites, and wildlife control.

Take the Mosquito Bites Out of Fall Activities with Pest Control

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Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: pest control

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With the fall season comes plenty of outdoor activities, such as sporting events, camping, or just simply enjoying the cooler outdoor temperatures. However, the temperatures are not cold enough yet for mosquitoes to hibernate or die. With recent rain across the south, that means mosquitoes are still flourishing outside.

In recent weeks, new cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Because mosquitoes are known to transmit viruses like West Nile, chikungunya, yellow fever, and encephalitis it is important to protect yourself with professional pest management to prevent mosquito bites this fall.

What You Can Do to Prevent Mosquito Bites

While some adult mosquitoes have a life span of only four days, other mosquitoes survive the entire winter to lay eggs in the spring. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on our planet and that is why protection is necessary. If you plan on being outdoors for a length of time, use a spray repellent and wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to keep your skin from being exposed to mosquitoes. A citronella candle can also help send mosquitoes away from your area. Also, get rid of any standing water around property that can attract mosquitoes.

If there are a significant number of mosquitoes around your property, a more powerful step to eliminate the pests may be needed to protect you and others from bites that could lead to a harmful virus.

Amplify Mosquito Protection

Unless you live in Iceland where they claim to only have one mosquito, it’s likely you have at least a few mosquitoes in your area. However, if simple measures such as repellant isn’t enough and there are numerous mosquitoes in the area, a stronger protection method is needed. The most rapid and effective pest control methods are administered by trained pest control professionals.

If you have a mosquito infestation around your home or business, contact the expert team at Pest Management, Inc. Our highly trained technicians will inspect the property and discuss treatment options to keep you and others around you safe from mosquitoes this fall.

Debunking Bed Bug Myths

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Archive For: November 2016

Category Name: bed bugs


We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” There is truth to that saying and bed bugs really do bite. But what about other bed bug tales? Naturally, when we think about any type of bug, we associate it with unsanitary conditions and if you were bit by a bug you would know immediately.

Knowing the true stories about bed bugs will make a difference if you do spot bed bugs in your home or while travelling. Our expert bedbug technicians have narrowed down just a few of the many common myths surrounding bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Only Live in Dirty Places

This is not true. While bed bugs tend to hide in clutter, like any other insect, it’s not dirt that attracts these pests. Bed bugs seek carbon dioxide, blood, and warmth. Bed bugs can be found in the cleanest homes and establishments.

They Only Live in Beds

This is not true. While they are frequently found in bedding, bed bugs can be found on any surface such as furniture, walls, carpeting, and even on your luggage when you travel.

No Food for Months

Bed bugs can live for months without feeding, so this is true. One study showed that bed bugs can live as long as 550 days and not feed on anything.

This is one of the many reasons why it’s important to consult a professional pest control technician as soon as you spot bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Fly

This is not true. Bed bugs do not have wings which prevents them from flying. Bed bugs can only crawl.

Bed Bug Bites Show Up Right Away

This depends on the person. With some individuals, a bite mark from a bed bug will appear soon after the bug bites. But in some cases, a bed bug bite can take up to two weeks to appear.

When you do discover a bed bug bite, check your surroundings to determine where the bed bugs are located and then consult a professional pest control technician to eliminate the bugs.

If you have concerns about bed bugs in your home or business, contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. We will provide a comprehensive treatment with our bed bug detection dogs and thermal remediation to control bed bug issues. Give us a call today to manage the fight against bed bugs.