More things to worry about. An interesting read from the New York Times. Armadillos Can Transmit Leprosy to Humans
Rodent Damage In Insulated Wall
Added new Page under Thermal Imaging/Rodent Damage In Insulated Wall
Mattress retailers end exchange policy due to bed bug concerns
From the Globe and Mail: Mattress retailers end exchange policy due to bed bug concerns
NYC to Bust Bedbugs With New Regs
FYI New York Legislation on bed bug NYC to Bust Bedbugs With New Regs
I’m glad I’m not a landlord as the cost of this will be passed on to the tenant. I really don’t know what to say!
Flies Indicate a Plumbing Problem
There are several flies within a structure that may indicate that you are experiencing a plumbing problem or a moisture problem.
Today we finally got to a solution of a Phorid fly problem. Phorid flies are also known as Coffin flies, Scuttle flies, Hump back flies, Drain flies. The correct term in my opinion is a Phorid or Scuttle fly so that there is no confusion on the insect one is talking about.
This is an image I took with a digital microscope
These are small flies that run more than they fly. They breed in areas that other insect do not breed in. The breeding medium is typically in an anaerobic mess of organic matter that is high in moisture. This breeding medium in my experience is disgustingly odourous.
A problem of Phorid flies is indicated typically with large numbers of these flies. The Phorid fly will travel to light, you will usually find them on window sills or in a Fly Light Trap.
Fly light Traps are they only method of managing the problem without fixing the problem that caused them to be present . Fly Light Traps only catch the adults.
When a facility encounters Phorid flies one would experience a high number of them daily and they would be visibly annoying. If fly light traps are present in the Fly management program in your facility there would be allot caught. Insect monitors that are present in the pest management program you have would also catch some adults.
In order to to resolve the problem the breeding medium needs to be found. Having a sewer camera service is essential in locating broken sanitary lines under the floor. Once a break in the sanitary line has been located cutting open the floor and excavating is required. Upon excavating you might realize that you require a sucker truck service in order to remove the contaminated substrate. In all cases of Phorid fly and Moth fly issues we have found a substantial amount of grey water under the slab, it needs to be removed.
The following images give you a pretty good idea what needs to be done.
Not so cold for February 2011
Reached a high 12deg C today, saw Box Elder bugs sunning themselves on buildings today. Also saw sow bugs and Cluster Flies.
Nuclear Contaminated Rabbit Fecal matter
Attack of the rats
Heres an interesting phenomenon Attack of the Rats. Very interesting! Forgive me but I’m glad it doesn’t happen here in Niagara.
Mashed up cockroach brains kill E. coli, study finds
Now this is very interesting. I know people that have had meningitis and one had passed on due to having it. MRSA is not a fun thing to have and I know people that have had occurrences with MRSA.
Read this Mashed up cockroach brains kill E. coli, study finds from Healthzone.ca
Finding New Weapons to Kill Bed Bugs
This is an interesting short video from the Washington post on how products are researched and the time for them to come to market place. Finding new weapons to kill bedbugs