Woodpeckers and Home Siding

Woodpeckers – Carpenter Bees and Residential Siding Information from Cornell Lab of Ornithology Woodpeckers are 17 to 40 cm (7 to 15 inches) long, have short legs, sharp-clawed toes and stiff tails. Most woodpeckers feed on wood-boring insects, insects on trees and the ground, vegetable matter, berries or tree sap. The northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) …

Termites

A home may appear structurally sound and still be falling apart. That’s because termites – wood-boring insects of just one-quarter inch length – attack wood from the inside out, causing serious damage that can go undetected for years. Homeowners in every state except Alaska are at risk of termite infestation. Each year homeowners pay in …

Insects, Allergy and Indoor Air Quality

By Joseph P. Manfrida, Ph.D., EMLab P&K Technical Trainer and Lean Six Sigma Manager With estimates that the average person spends approximately 23 hours every day indoors or in enclosed environments, it’s safe to make the assertion that indoor air quality is likely to have a dramatic effect on an individual’s overall health1. Insects that …

Indoor Allergens

“Indoor allergens” is a term coined by allergists to include allergens produced by dust mite, cockroach, mouse, rat, pet dander and mold (Diette et al. 2008).  It is a useful term because exposure to most of these allergens occurs indoors.  While mold fungi clearly can grow indoors, most exposure occurs outdoors, so they will not …

How to Address Bed Bugs

Treat Bed bugs Bed bugs are a brownish colored, wingless insect that can survive up to a year without feeding. This insect is very good at hiding so in most cases evidence of this pest is discovered rather than the actual bug itself. Rusty spots on sheets and mattresses caused by a crushed bug or …

Histoplasmosis and Cryptococcus

By Mayo Clinic staff Where the fungus lives Histoplasma capsulatum is primarily found in the temperate regions of the world. It’s very common in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys of North America, where many people have already been exposed to the fungus. Local outbreaks are usually correlated to the disturbance of roosting sites (i.e. …

Dust Mite Management

by Barb Ogg, PhD, Extension Educator House dust mites are found in most homes. They are microscopic, eight-legged creatures closely associated with us, but they are not parasitic and do not bite. They don’t burrow under the skin, like scabies mites or live in skin follicles, like skin follicle mites. The concern about dust mites …

Cockroach Allergens and Testing

One indoor allergen that most do not think about is the cockroach allergen. According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), cockroach allergens were first reported in 1943 and confirmed as a skin allergy in 1959. The cockroach allergen comes from feces and saliva of cockroaches, as well as from pieces of a …