Fleas & Ticks

Ticks: Powassan virus can kill in 15 minutes

June 29, 2017 By
Doctors and hikers alike are on high alert with the expansion of the Powassan virus, a potentially fatal infection spread by ticks in the Great Lakes region. This virus can be tricky because the first warnings are simply flu-like symptoms,... Read more»

Q&A: PMP chats with a cat flea

June 22, 2017 By
An interview with a cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) Cat Flea (CF): [singing] Oh, there’s food around the corner, food around the corner, food around the corner, for me — bump, bump de bump bump bump bump… Pest Management Professional (PMP):... Read more»
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Pest Spotlight: Fleas, ticks and other ectoparasites

June 8, 2017 By
Author’s Note: Information is taken from Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, available online at the PMP Bookstore. Chapter 12 of the Truman’s Guide is devoted to “Fleas, Ticks and Other Ectoparasites.” Because our previous Spotlight focused on ticks,... Read more»
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Rentokil sees high increase in flea calls in UK

May 11, 2017 By
Rentokil saw an 87 percent increase in flea calls between February and March in the U.K., according to the Sun Online. Experts say the increase is due to a mild winter, which provided a longer period of ideal conditions to... Read more»
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Truman’s take on ticks

April 28, 2017 By
Editor’s Note: Information is taken from Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, available online at the PMP Bookstore. Chapter 12 of the Truman’s Guide is titled “Fleas, Ticks and Other Ectoparasites.” While its coverage ranges from cat fleas to... Read more»

Q&A: Security systems, phorid flies and a flea infestation

April 7, 2017 By
Q: A commercial customer just installed a new security system with cameras under the eaves of his building. This system also includes high-intensity lights under the eaves. Now he is complaining about the flying insects attracted to the building at... Read more»
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Lone Star tick expands its horizons

October 5, 2016 By
A tick’s range can change and expand over time, particularly with migrating birds, and deer that have been relocated or restocked. The distribution and abundance of white-tailed deer, the primary host for the Lone Star tick species (Amblyomma americanum), play a major role in the increase of ticks. Read more»
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Q&A: Leafroller moths, residual insecticides and flea bites

August 10, 2016 By
Email your questions about insect identification and pest management technologies and techniques to Dr. Mampe. Your questions most likely will be printed and answered in one of Pest Management Professional’s upcoming Ask the Expert columns. Q: Moths are being found... Read more»

Flea Bites vs. Bed Bug Bites – Schooling Your Customers

July 21, 2016 By
You’ve probably received calls from customers complaining of a flea infestation, only to arrive on the scene to find that the invader responsible for the bites the customer indicates as evidence, is something more serious: bed bugs. You’ve also likely... Read more»
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21 interesting facts about springtails

June 29, 2016 By
Springtails are members of the order Collembola. They do not bite, sting or transmit disease, nor do they damage food, clothing, furniture or structures. Moisture control is the most effective way to eliminate springtails. Here are more facts about these... Read more»
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