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Pest Solutions | Common House-Hold Pests | Speciality Pests | Argentine Ants
Argentine ant colonies can grow to monumental size. Their colony borders sometimes cover entire habitats. Argentine ant queens also assist with foraging for food. The ant gives off a musty odor when crushed. Worker argentine ants are about one sixteenth of an inch long. Queen argentine ants are one eighth of an inch to one quarter of an inch long. Colonies can have many Queens.
Pest Solutions Bees
Honey bees are social insects found all over the world. They are an extremely important beneficial insect because of their role in pollination. Honey bees pollinate more than 100 crops in the U.S. Honeybees do sting, but they only sting once. The sting can be extremely painful if the stinger is not immediately removed from the sting. Persons allergic to insect stings will have a more severe reaction.
Pest Solutions Roaches
The German cockroach is by far the most important and usually the most common of the cockroaches. In addition to being a nuisance, the German cockroach has been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people. This species has worldwide distribution. German cockroaches can be found throughout structures but show a preference for warm and humid places. They are usually found in kitchens and secondarily in bathrooms, but infestations often occur in rooms where people eat and drink.
Pest Solutions Fleas
Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body. The most common species is the cat flea, which often feasts on cats, dogs and humans. Fleas transport themselves on rodents and other mammals. They infest both household pests and wild animals. Fleas use their powerful legs to jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally. Fleas are the most common transmitter of the rare Bubonic Plague.
Pest Solutions Rats
Roof rats get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are color blind. They do have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. Roof rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods. Roof rats can be found in the upper parts of buildings, and can also be found under, in and around structures. They only need a space of one-half inch to get into buildings.
Pest Solutions Mice
The house mouse is the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. It can breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions. House mice can breed throughout the year and can share nests. House mice live in structures, but they can live outdoors. Micro droplets of mouse urine can cause allergies in children. Mice can also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your home.
Pest Solutions Spiders
Black widow spiders are most recognized for the red hourglass shape under their abdomen. Contrary to legend, female black widow spiders rarely devour the male black widow spider after mating. Black widow spiders spin their webs near ground level. They often build their webs in protected areas, such as in boxes and in firewood. Black widow spiders are often found around wood piles and gain entry into a structure when firewood is carried into a building. They are also found under eaves, in boxes, and other areas where they are undisturbed.
There are other common spiders such as the House spider. Control treatment is virility the same. Controlling a spiders’ food source (general pest) will help control spiders.
Pest Solutions Bed Bugs
The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius Linnaeus 1758) is an ectoparisite insect (a parasite which lives on the outside of the body of the host) of the family Cimicidae. Bed bugs feed only on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. Although they have a cryptic behavior and can conceal themselves in tight cracks and crevices, bed bugs are often found in bed parts, such as mattresses and box springs, hence the common name.
Pest Solutions Stored Food Pest
“Pantry pests” are insects that tend to gather around food often stored in pantries and cabinets such as flour, dry cereals, spices, candies and chocolate. Common pantry pests include Indian meal moths and Merchant Grain Beetles.
The Indian Meal Moth was given its name after an insect scientist found it feeding on corn meal, also known as Indian meal. From wing tip to wing tip, adult moths measure from five-eighths of an inch to three-fourths of an inch long. These moths like to feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy.
Merchant Grain Beetles are typically not found in grain products, but instead like to attack cereals, cake mixes, macaroni, cookies and chocolate. Merchant grain beetles are dark brown and have six saw-like teeth on each side of their bodies. They can grow to be one-eighth of an inch long and have very flat bodies. The merchant grain beetle’s body shape allows it to crawl into packaging to eat, live and have babies.
Our Pest Control team cares about your family and the environment. We will determine your pest level threshold and customize a pest solution to your needs. We will utilize the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to pest control, which means more than just applying pesticides, but allows our licensed and trained technicians to utilize all available tools and control methods to establish the desired level of control. IPM is a partnership between you and us. Ask about our Environmentally Smart product solutions and services.
• Inspection and identification
We offer a FREE pest inspection by one of our Licensed/Experienced technicians, we will inspect your property and provide you a solution to your pest problem.
When you call on us for a FREE inspection, we will visit your property to determine the source and extent of your pest problem. Then we’ll give you a quote. If you accept the quote, we will treat for your pests and provide follow-up services.
To learn how we can help you solve your particular pest problem, just give us a call. Request a free inspection.
Our office has been designed to be both kid and parent-friendly. Even more importantly; Our professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. The latest technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.
At our office, we encourage parents to accompany their children during the first visit and routine cleaning appointments.
From the time you and your child walk through our office door, the staff has already started understanding your child’s needs, thereby starting to formulate a visit that will bring out the best in your child. Each child’s visit is specifically tailored for your child. Find more information here
Our approach is one of maintaining calmness and reassurance to both the child and the parent. A technique of “Tell Show Do” is our main behavior modification process. We believe the trust and comfort your child feels in their first dental experience will follow your child for a lifetime.
We try to keep your child in motion so that he or she can become familiar with our office and staff. There is time for play, learning, dental care and rewards. Each person that you meet will greet you and introduce themselves to you and your child. You may be pleasantly surprised to know that the doctor will always introduce themself to you. We know that each parent and child is special.
Parents know their child the best, but we recommend that you keep the description of the visit to the dentist as light hearted and routine as possible; just make it matter of fact. Depending on the child’s age, we may use silly terms or words to say what we are going to do. Relax and enjoy it! Let our experienced staff do what they are specially trained to do.
All paperwork including health histories, HIPPA forms, insurance forms, copies of insurance and ID cards, legal guardian papers or any court documents, must be completed before we see your child. We suggest that you download the forms from our website, fill them out at home and bring them in to our office completed, or arrive approximately ten minutes early for your first appointment to complete the paperwork at that time. If there is information that you prefer to keep from your child’s “little ears” please inform us.
Distracted, or inattentive driving, is on the rise. It seems like there is no end to the electronic toys available to pull us away from that oh-so-boring task of keeping our eyes on the road. It’s become enough of a problem that the U.S. Department of Transportation has a website dedicated just to this problem – www.distraction.gov.
There is an archived summit webcast on the site that informs us:
States continue to recognize the problem and create laws specifically designed to ticket cell phone users and other types of distraction offenses.
Distracted driving killed more than 5,000 people last year and is blamed for 1.5 million injuries.
Between 2005 and 2009 there was a 10 to 16% increase in fatalities associated with distracted driving, while overall fatalities fell to the lowest level since 1950.
Those under 20 are much more likely to drive distracted.
The take home message seems to be that cars in general are becoming safer, but some drivers are getting dumber. If dumber seems too strong, remember these people are traveling up to 70+ miles per hour and trusting to luck. It has to be luck, because for those seconds (as many as five or ten) they are not paying attention, no one is really driving
How far does a car travel at even 60mph in five seconds? The car travels 440 feet; more than a football field. Now add to that the time it takes to stop when they realize there is a problem… no wonder the statistics are up.
It isn’t just an expressway danger
Low speed and tragically stupid accidents are a consequence of distracted driving as well. Even at relatively low speeds. One car maybe stopped at a light or a stop sign, completely legal and seemingly safe… and another car just runs right into them. Another distracted driver on a cell phone; or doing their makeup; or even changing outfits – the ways we come up with to cause an accident are amazing.
Next time you are out in city traffic take a look at all the other drivers chatting away or eating lunch while they drive. Billings is a good place to look because Montana has no distracted driving laws on the books.
If you are a passenger in a distracted driver situation, offer to answer calls or switch places so the driver can chit-chat, eat, or do whatever it is that is putting both of your lives in danger. If you don’t act, you are agreeing to ride in a car where, in essence, no one is really driving at all. Good luck with that. More information here: