Cockroach Allergy and Asthma

Can Cockroaches Cause Allergic Symptoms?

Cockroaches are big business for your local exterminator. They have the ability to shut down restaurants, businesses and can invade your home. Asthma and allergies are the most common diseases associated with cockroach infestations. Some people develop allergy symptoms when they are around cockroaches.

Additionally one in five children in the USA has severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens which increase the severity of asthma symptoms according to the National Institute of Environmental Heath Sciences.

Symptoms can include a stuffy nose, skin rash, coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath.

How to Treat a Cockroach Allergy

Visit your doctor to see if medicine such as antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays or eye drops can help relieve your symptoms. Your allergist may prescribe asthma medicine for asthma symptoms or even allergy shots. Also make sure to contact a pest control professional to get rid of the cockroach infestation.

For help with a cockroach infestation, contact American Pest Control today for a consultation.

Citrus Fruit Disfigurement – Are They Safe To Eat?

Unsightly Fruit and Vegetables

Disfigurement of fruit is caused by temperature, nourishment, fungus and water supply. Even though the fruit may appear unsightly, there is no danger when you consume the fruit.

The French supermarket chain Intermarché has even gone to the lengths to make shoppers see the inner beauty in scarred, disfigured, or otherwise odd-shaped fruits and vegetables. The message: Why throw away perfectly good produce just because it doesn’t meet arbitrary cosmetic criteria — especially when so many families can’t afford to eat the five daily portions of fruits and vegetables recommended by nutritionists? They claim the product is as good, tastes the same, but is 30 percent cheaper.

Here is a link to a video explaining the idea behind the campaign:

Florida Dooryard Citrus – Protect Your Plants from Huanglongbing (Citrus Greening)

Treatment for the Asian Citrus Psyllio Insect

Huanglongbing (citrus greening) is a bacteria spread by the saliva of an insect called the Asian Citrus Psyllio. This disease can also be known as yellow dragon disease and is one of the most dangerous citrus plant diseases in the world. Treatment for your dooryard citrus will require several applications a year including but not limited to systemic pesticides, foliar pesticides, regular fertilization and treatment for root disorders.

Don’t wait to have your citrus treated as greening can be fatal to the plant! Call us today for more information or to setup.


Tree Accidents and the Law – Know your Rights

Lawsuits Ready-Set-Go!

Despite what you may think, lawsuits involving trees are pretty common. Unfortunately their are cases every year of people being injured or even death. Below is a list of just a few of the accidents briefs that were published in the October 2013 issue of Tree Care Industry.

  • Man injured from fall
  • Climber seriously injured in fall
  • Homeowner dies after 50’ fall
  • Tree worker injured from fall off roof
  • Climber shocked from touching wire
  • Tree worker killed in fall

Our expert, Doc Pickhardt has been instrumental in successful outcomes on over 100 cases from simple trespass to accidental death. For more information about Doc Pickhardt’s expert witness services visit:

You can also give us a call to discuss your case in detail.

Prevent Rodent Infestations this Fall in Michigan

Cold Weather Brings Unwanted House Guests

Rodents, such as mice, infest about 21 million homes each year when cold weather forces these pests to seek refuge. A few reasons this happens is your home provides heat and shelter in the colder temperatures and food sources become scarce outdoors for them to feed on. This again will be no different this fall in Michigan.

Now is the time to start thinking about preparing your home for the cold weather. If you have had rodent infestations in the past or are interested in a consultation on prevention methods, don’t wait. Remember, rodents are much easier to prevent than to get rid of.

If you currently have a rodent infestation or would like to setup a consultation to discuss steps you can take to prevent rodents from entering you home this fall, please give us a call.

Danger!! Snake Oil Being Sold to the Public for Bed Bugs

Don’t be Fooled by Snake Oil for Bed Bugs

A host of shysters are peddling snake oil to the public for bed bugs. Most are ineffective and some are dangerous. Find a knowledgeable professional for good information to control bed bugs.

If you are located in the Metro Detroit area and would like more information on how to control your bed bug infestation please give us a call.  We would love to answer your questions.

Rodent Infestations as Cold Weather Approaches

Rodents infest about 21 million homes each year when cold weather forces these pests to seek refuge.  To find out more about preventative steps you can take or about removal options give us a call.   A critter control specialist is waiting to guide you through your options.   Also for additional information on rodents and critters please visit the following link:


Landlords Beware of Bed Bug Lawsuits

Landlords beware of bed bug lawsuits – Jeff White of “Bed Bug Central”, who is an expert on bed bug litigation, says during the next two years it’s going to be a complete circus when it comes to bed bug litigation and property management. Passing the cost of bed bug treatment via the lease is a legal ticking time bomb for property managers.

Some states have already passed legislation placing the responsibility for bed bugs directly on property managers.  Beware, talk to someone who knows your rights and responsibilities.

Dayna Recchia with BI Worldwide

To Whom It May Concern:

I had a visit from one of your employees a few weeks ago from the Michigan branch. Her name was Mary. She was the most professional, personable, genuine and sincere person I have ever met.

We inquired with many companies about our tree and shrub problems. Mary was the most knowledgeable, earnest, and authentic and one of the most incredible people I have ever spoke with. She took the time to completely explain in technical and laments term everything from beginning to end with almost every tree and shrub on our property. We do not have a small piece of property. She never made us feel stupid or uneducated. In fact, she offered choices, options and solutions from the cheap to the most expensive. She did not talk at us, she talked with us.

She took her time and went through everything with a fine tooth comb. Including digging down into roots, climbing into the shrubs, walking the property and investigating anything and everything possible to get a correct annalist of our trees and shrubs. She felt like a member of the family when she left. I and my family cannot say enough good things about Mary. She really cares about the environment, the earth and us as customers.

Thank you for having such wonderful employees as Mary. We have passed along your business information to friend and family and that is all due to Mary and her professionalism and her all around being a good person.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,
Dayna Recchia
Production Coordinator
BI Worldwide