In short - yes!
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?
Most of the people in the U.S. affected by the Zika virus have contracted the virus by traveling to South American and Central American countries. This virus is predominately being spread by mosquitoes. Human cases have been reported in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Texas. The latest case in Texas shows that it is not even necessary for mosquitoes to bite a human in order for this terrible disease to spread.
WHY IS IT SERIOUS?
Zika virus is considered a global health emergency at this point. What we know about the virus so far is that it’s a mild, short-lasting virus. Some people can have the virus and not even realize it, or not get very sick at all. What’s difficult about some of the Zika virus symptoms is that they can seem like another virus or illness but is also linked to an alarming spike in babies born with abnormally small heads. There are number of countries recommending their pregnant women not to travel to countries with reported virus issues. There are currently no approved vaccines or medicine to help combat this pathogen.
COULD ZIKA VIRUS APPEAR IN MARYLAND?
We can't speculate on the virus and it's potential to spread but it is important to know that this virus can be spread by both Aedes aegypti and the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) commonly found in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP PREVENT THIS VIRUS?
Pest Czar is monitoring the situation closely and will try to help educate the public about mosquito prevention, mosquito protection and mosquito treatment. Here are some basic things you can do to minimize mosquito exposure and help battle this major world disease outbreak:
While most of us are thrilled to see warmer weather is here, springtime gives many pests the climate they need to thrive. Ants are some of the first insects to appear this season, but soon bees, wasps, spiders, crickets, mites and beetles will be popping up too. Pests can create problems for business owners and home owners alike, and should be dealt with swiftly to prevent the issue from worsening.
Before the official start of spring, we already received numerous calls for ants and even a few for stinging insects. Now is the time to prevent pest invasions before they get out of control.
Inspect your property for stinging insects: Check the exterior of your business, home, shed and garden for wasp and bee nests. Stinging insect nests can be found low in the ground or high in your attics or gutters. Rafters and vents are very common places for wasps. If you discover a nest, call a pest control company to remove it safely. Nest treatment and removal is best done early in the morning or later at night.
Look for cracks and crevices: Cracks and holes along the foundation or windows of a building are common entry points for pests. Ants are especially good at finding ways in and can become a real problem once they find a way into your property. Seal any cracks you find.
Cut trees and shrubs from structures: Plants near your home or business can encourage insects to live closer to your structure and enter it more easily. Tall grass near a structure's foundation can provide shelter to insects that can eventually invade your property. Clear plants away from your property better prevent pests.
Maintain a clean kitchen and store food properly: Wipe kitchen surfaces, wash dishes, sweep and mop floors, and make sure your food containers are sealed tightly. Prompt cleaning and storage can go a long way, as crumbs and open containers are very attractive to pests. Pet food should also be stored properly and thrown away promptly if not eaten.
Use a tight fitting lid on trashcans: Discarded food will attract pests-make sure garbage is stored properly. Also pet waste should be thrown away immediately.
Move firewood away from buildings: Firewood can act as food or shelter to many insects, especially termites. Keep it away from your buildings and off the ground if possible.
As part of our Exterminator on a Mission community initiative, Pest Czar will donate 10% of our proceeds to the Stroup Kids for Kids Foundation when homeowners mention Tri to Help! Pest Czar will also donate a portion of any new commercial contracts that mention Tri to Help. Donations to the foundation will benefit those with epilepsy and seizure disorders,
Tri To Help is a national indoor triathlon that raises money for epilepsy research. The next Tri to Help events in Maryland will be held in Baltimore and Towson on February 28. Click here for more information and to register!
Yesterday we performed the perfect squirrel trapping job where we got a call from a customer and caught his squirrel in the same day. Here's a summary:
8:30am: A customer let us know they had a squirrel in the living room of his rental property. He had tried trapping it himself, but had no luck. He wanted help as soon as possible. We were able to send our pest expert Sasa there around 9am.
9am: Sasa inspected the property and found entrance points to the house. He gave recommendations on sealing them and also set up a live trap for the squirrel. There were several differences between the homeowner's trapping strategy and ours. First, our trap was bigger and therefore slightly more inviting. Second, our pest expert did not touch the bait (basically peanut butter and sesame seeds) with his bare hands. Touching bait for squirrels or other pests with your bare hands leaves a human scent on the food which can repel the animal. Third, our pest expert placed a little water in the trap since there didn't seem to be an easy source of water for the squirrel inside the home. Fourth, our pest expert placed the trap in a spot where the squirrel was more likely to enter it.
10:30am: Sasa finished setting the trap and educating the customer on how to protect his home against squirrels. Sasa let the customer know he would return later that day to see if the squirrel had been caught.
6pm: Sasa returned to find the squirrel inside the trap. He carried the trap out of the house and released the squirrel safely 5 miles away.
And that's how you perform the perfect squirrel trapping job.
Have yourself a pest-free little Christmas,
Let your house be right,
From now on your pests will be out of sight.
Have yourself a pest-free little Christmas,
Make the Pest Czar’s day,
He’ll make all the mice and roaches go away.
There we were in our better days,
Happy pest-free days, for sure.
All our friends who were near to us,
Will come near to us once more.
This Christmas, we all will be together
Since Pest Czar came ‘round,
Without him, we’d have to muddle through somehow,
So have yourself a pest-free little Christmas now.
Happy Holidays from Pest Czar!
Today is the last day of Rodent Awareness Week, and we have a special video to share on the pervasive rat problem in Baltimore. Yesterday, during a follow up visit, Pest Czar discovered the largest rat that we've ever caught with a mechanical trap. The customers were grateful we were able to work on their issue.
Warning: this video depicts dead rats.
It's hard to believe there is such a thing as Rodent Awareness Week, but this time of year, it is important to talk about rodent prevention. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has designated this week, November 16-22, as Rodent Awareness Week to help property owners understand the health and building risks that come with rodents.
Though plenty of people may be scared or disgusted by the sight of a rat or mouse, they often don't realize how dangerous they can be. Rodents carry diseases and urinate frequently, which can contaminate foods and surfaces in areas like the kitchen. They also are constantly chewing and travel along walls and hidden areas; if a rodent starts chewing on wires, property owners may experience dangerous and costly electrical fires. Rodents have also been known to damage cars or boats by climbing in and chewing.
Pest Czar will be posting rodent prevention tips throughout the week on our Facebook page. but here are some basic reminders:
Got a rodent question? Feel free to contact us or leave a comment here.
It was Halloween night
and all through Baltimore,
critters took flight,
across floors, under doors.
There were rats on the street,
and mice scratching in walls,
cockroaches at your feet,
and in the attic, bat calls.
The bed bugs were silent
but waiting to strike,
no pests were compliant
to do what you like.
Then Pest Czar appeared
with equipment on hand,
and the rats disappeared,
following his command.
The mice tried to hide,
but not for too long,
they soon ran and cried,
"We got to get gone!"
The roaches ignored
the danger they were in.
Pest Czar found their horde,
and crushed them with a grin.
The bats in the attic,
they knew what to do,
they flew out like magic,
far away, into the blue.
The bed bugs plotted
and schemed to keep preying,
but they were soon spotted,
and Pest Czar started spraying.
So when you hear
the bumps in the night,
grab those you hold dear,
and hug them tight.
Then call Pest Czar
to stop the creeping and the crawling,
he'll find where the pests are,
and they will start falling.
So to those in Maryland,
we have this to say,
enjoy your Halloween and
keep those pests at bay!
Happy Halloween from Pest Czar!
As of this month, Pest Czar became an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau! The BBB is a nonprofit organization that helps people find and recommend the businesses, brands and charities they can trust. It helps consumers and businesses in a number of ways, including setting standards for ethical business behavior, evaluating business advertising, and coaching businesses on how to build more trusting relationships with its customers.
Click here to view our profile. Pest Czar is committed to outstanding business practices, expert pest knowledge and services, and ensuring the highest customer satisfaction. We look forward to working with the BBB and customers in our area for years to come!