Beware of your mails!

The transport of goods from one place to another has undoubtedly been a boon to everybody directly or indirectly. It makes a lot of activities easier for people. These packages and parcels are more often than not shipped via airways and waterways to reach their intended destinations.

However, sometimes on the way, these packages unintentionally pick up something undesirable along with the actual contents. That in itself is a scary thought. But what it actually picks up is scarier. Bugs and pests! Especially pesky little bed bugs and other similar insects. Though the thought of it might seem weird, it is not all that uncommon. A lot of the items that are to be transported are stored in warehouses at different stages of the shipping process. These warehouses are crowded and have many, many packages in them. If even one of the packages has insects on them, it spreads throughout the place very soon. After the warehouses, the packages are transported and even during this stage, a lot of packages come in contact with each other. Infestation can spread way too quickly if an infested package or item is exposed to others.

Many such incidences of bugs and insects arriving via mail and packages have been brought to light in the recent past. Some of the reports are listed below.

Is it possible to catch bed bugs from Amazon packages?

Yes, it is 100% possible to find bed bugs in Amazon packages.

Many people consider cheap motel rooms and public laundromats to be the sole source of bed bug infestations but, unfortunately, this is far from true. Bed bugs can be picked up just about anywhere, including fitting rooms, second-hand stores and even from your latest Amazon order.

These vampiric bugs love dark, enclosed spaces, and the cozy, insulated environment of a cardboard box is especially appealing. Bed bugs will happily stow away inside shipping packages that come into contact with infested items, only to be carried, Trojan-horse style, into your house. Once inside, they can easily be transferred to other items in your home and, if they reach your bed, it’s game over.

Mattresses and bedding are the preferred environment of the bed bug, as it gives them prime access to their favorite food source (i.e. your sleeping body).

The worst thing about bed bugs isn’t even their bite, it’s their persistence. A bed bug infestation can be very difficult to eradicate, and the process can be incredibly distressing (and itchy) for their victims.

Wayfair Class Action Says Headboard Infested with Bed Bugs

A Wayfair class action lawsuit claims that consumers were exposed to bed bugs in infested headboards and mattresses knowingly sold and shipped by the company.

The Wayfair class action lawsuit says the online retailer continued to sell infested furniture items to consumers despite their knowledge of the bed bug infestation,

The lead plaintiff argues that the company did nothing to eradicate the bed bugs or to warn consumers about the problem, ultimately selling the affected items for two years after the defendant became aware of the problem.

The Wayfair bed bug class action lawsuit also states that the infested items are still for sale.

As pointed out in the Wayfair class action lawsuit, bed bugs are insects that feed on human blood.

Can Insects Come in the Mail?

Everything from car seats to cat food can now be delivered to our doorsteps. But in addition to the item you ordered, what else may be lurking inside the packing box? Shripat Kamble, former director of the certification program for the Entomological Society of America and a professor of Entomology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, scratches the issue.

A bug in a box can be a hardy traveler. Cardboard is a good insulator for small critters, even if it is cold outside, says Dr. Kamble. “Climate doesn’t have a whole lot to do with survival, since the inside temperature doesn’t get that cold.” And a lack of food isn’t an issue either. “We have known bedbugs to survive 30 to 40 days with no food,” he says.

For the most part, says Dr. Kamble, the creatures you may find in the foam peanuts—besides mice—are live adult specimens and egg cases of common insects like roaches, moths, beetles, spiders and bedbugs. But the list, he says, goes on and on.

Tolerance for creepy crawlies on the receiving end varies, says Dr. Kamble. In warm-weather climates, where people see bugs all the time, they may not be too bothered by a few ants or roaches. “But if you go way up North, where you rarely find any insects, you’ll find people’s tolerance is very low,” he says.

Boxwoods shipped to Tennessee may contain invasive pest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s animal and plant health inspection service confirmed the presence of box tree moth, cydalima perspectalis, in the United States, and Tennessee is a state that may have received infested boxwood plants.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture was notified that boxwoods shipped to a distribution center in Memphis from Ontario, Canada between August and April may have been infested with box tree moths. APHIS believes six other states may be affected.

“We are monitoring the box tree moth with traps in the Memphis area,” said Commissioner Dr. Charlie Hatcher. “Tennessee imports boxwoods from Canada, and once the pest was detected in Canada last year, TDA placed traps in West Tennessee and in other high-risk areas. Fortunately, there have been no box tree moths detected since that time. Based on the latest information from APHIS, we will place additional traps in West Tennessee.”

Once the unwitting recipient of the packages accepts them and takes them inside their homes to open the parcels, that’s when all hell breaks loose. Now the pesky insects have direct access to the house, an infestation inside the house is bound to occur. Clothes, books, beds and mattresses, pictures and even sofa covers and insulations, everything becomes a large feast for the bugs and the entire apartment is now infested.

What can be done to stop this invasion from happening? Surely one cannot stop accepting their packages and mails, right? A better and effective solution needs to be devised.

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It implements a six-pronged technique that is highly effective in preventing damage from cockroaches, bedbugs, and other insects.

Termirepel™ is a blend of green chemistry and smart technology. It does not kill and only repels the pests. It is environmentally friendly and does not affect insects, humans, or the ecosystem in any way.

Termirepel™ is available in various forms such as masterbatch, liquid concentrate, lacquer, wood polish additive and spray.

The racks, shelves and all other polymeric materials inside the storage houses or the warehouses can be incorporated with the masterbatch. This will prevent infestation inside the warehouses.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed with paint in a predetermined ratio and can be applied to the walls of the warehouses. It can also be applied on the interior and exterior walls of houses and apartments so that no insects are able to survive there.

The lacquer is a topical application and compatible with most surfaces such as wood, polymer, concrete, metal, etc. It can be directly applied on floorings, metal racks, etc. inside the storage houses.

The wood polish additive can be blended with wood polish and applied directly on wooden shelves, racks, and cabinets to protect them from bedbugs as well as other wood damaging insects such as termites, ants, etc.

The ready-to-use Termirepel™ spray can be sprayed directly on any infested area to prevent the damage caused by insects. It can be sprayed onto the packages as well, before and after shipping.

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Infestation by the Moths

Moths sure look like harmless insects flying around doing their business, but many-a-times, they come in huge numbers and the destruction such an infestation causes can be major. While it is true that most moths are attracted to light, certain types of moths like the common clothes moths like to nest in dark and dingy places. Other than that, all moths lay eggs and hatch them in dark places as well.

The moths are commonly found in the backside of closets and pantries, where they mate and lay eggs. Clothes moths are specifically attracted to fabrics like wool, fur and even silk and leather. They feed on these clothes and more often than not damage them by chewing holes in them. They also leave behind their waste in the closet and the areas around. These moths also chew on the carpets and curtains around the house.

Other type of moths, the food moths, are very attracted to stored food grains as well as packaged and processed foodstuff. All types of moth eggs, upon hatching, produce small moth larvae. These larvae are very destructive as they contaminate the food and the area around with faeces, cocoons, and web-like material.

Some instances about such moth infestations have been listed below.

Revenge of the clothes moths: as numbers boom, can they be stopped?

When Janine Christley moved into her new house, she thought buying woollen carpets would be the sustainable option. She had the stairs and two floors of her cottage carpeted, at a cost of thousands of pounds. Then the moths moved in.

She first noticed them about four years ago, just a few at first. But then they started devouring the carpets, creating big bare patches. Gradually, Christley has had to rip them up and replace them with synthetic carpet. “I’ve still got woollen carpet in my room and the front room, but there are big holes where they’ve eaten it away,” she says. To a family of moths, it turns out, a wool-carpeted house is essentially an all-you-can-eat restaurant.

“Of course, they’re into clothes as well,” she says. They have eaten woollen jackets and gorged on the bags of wool she keeps for felting projects – as well as the finished works themselves.

Irish homes struggle to manage moth invasion as insects wreak havoc

Moth infestations across Ireland have more than QUADRUPLED, as householders and business owners struggle to cope with an invasion of the winged insects.

The lengthy lockdown, coupled with unseasonable spring weather, have created ideal breeding conditions for moths and sparked a huge surge in numbers.

According to pest control experts, carpet moths in particular have been wreaking havoc and causing irreparable damage, leaving beleaguered homeowners and business owners with hefty bills.

Trevor Hayden, who runs nationwide company ‘Complete Pest Control’, said: “Moths are something we’ve always dealt with in the past, but in small numbers. However, the numbers have exploded over the past few months. We’re now getting up to 20 calls a day about moth infestations, whereas previously we’d only have got about three to four calls at the very most. So we’re probably doing four to five times as many moth jobs as we would normally at the moment.

“In many cases the infestations have been in buildings like offices, restaurants or other commercial premises which haven’t been in use during the lockdown, but which people are now starting to open up again or clean up ahead of restrictions being eased.

“Carpet moths have thrived since we first went into lockdown, because they find their way into empty buildings and unused indoor spaces. Once things get back to normal, I’m sure their numbers will go right back down again.

“Although these pests don’t bite, the infestations are likely to end up costing a fortune, because their larvae will destroy carpets, curtains and upholstery, all which will need to be replaced.”

Aside from the rise in cases of moth infestations, rats remain the biggest headache for homeowners.

Town of Oakville taking action to control gypsy moth infestation

Based on population surveys conducted in 2020, Oakville faces extreme levels of gypsy moth infestation this year that could affect 102 hectares (252 acres) of town woodlands and result in a significant loss of trees if no action is taken.

“The town’s tree canopy is one of our greatest assets,” said Mayor Burton. “Oakville and our neighbouring municipalities successfully conducted aerial sprays in targeted areas in 2008 and 2018. We will continue to protect our urban forest from these damaging invasive insects before they cause irreparable damage.”

Gypsy moth is a non-native insect that is considered a major destructive pest in North America. These insects can be a concern because the larvae (or caterpillar stage) feed voraciously, mostly on the leaves of leafy trees such as oak. When populations are high, they can eat all the leaves on a tree in a short amount of time. When leaves are lost in successive years, trees can die.

Various pest control methods have been tried to stop the menace caused by these insects. But these methods have not offered any fool proof and long lasting method to combat the nuisance of these pests.

What is needed is a solution that is effective, eco- friendly, easy to use and long-lasting.

The unique product Termirepel™ manufactured by C Tech Corporation is an insect and termite aversive which repels them.

Termirepel™ works on the mechanism of repellence. It temporarily inhibits the mating cycle of the insects. The product impairs the ability of the insects to reproduce, that is the insects will not lay eggs or the laid eggs will be infertile. The product causes feeding disruption in an insect by triggering an unpleasant reaction within the insect which might try to feed on the application.

The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of the vital hormones for growth.

Termirepel™ is an extremely low concern, low toxic, low hazard, non-carcinogenic and non-mutagenic insect aversive. It does not kill or cause harm to insects as well as to the environment which indirectly helps to maintain the ecological balance.

Termirepel™ wood polish additive can be mixed with the wood polish and applied on the wooden surfaces like the closets, pantries, bookshelves, wardrobes, and other furnitures, etc.

The product available in the form of liquid concentrate can be mixed in paints in a predetermined ratio and be applied on the interior and exterior of the buildings and structures to keep the moths and moth larvae away from these places.

Our product in the lacquer form can be applied topically to the applications. The lacquer is compatible with the surfaces wood, concrete, metal, polymer, ceramic, cables, wires which are already installed, etc. The lacquer can be applied on the cupboards, shelves, wardrobes, installed wires, and cables, etc. thus protecting it from damage. The product is also effective against other pests thus protecting the trees from other pest attacks.

Termirepel™ is available in the form of the masterbatch, which can be incorporated into polymeric applications like polymeric wires and cables, pipes, etc.

Termirepel™ insect repellent spray can be sprayed on the infected area to repel the pests.

Termirepel™ does not kill or harm the insects but repels them. It is RoHS, RoHS2, RoHS3, REACH, APVMA, NEA, EU BPR compliant and FIFRA exempted.

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