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Managing moths at a museum

September 22, 2017 By
Custom Pest Solutions helps solve a Tineola bisselliella infestation at the Betsy Ross House. While performing a residential termite inspection for a recently renovated farmhouse, I learned that the owner, Carol Spacht, is an actor with Historic Philadelphia Inc. She... Read more»
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Check rooftop HVAC units for flies, beetles

August 15, 2017 By
Are small flying insects coming from seemingly nowhere? Check the roof. Flat roofs are famous for collecting water in low spots, and breeding all manner of flies and beetles. When these insects originate under air intakes for heating, ventilation and... Read more»
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Don’t be fooled by Asian longhorned beetle look-alikes

March 17, 2017 By
Since its discovery in New York in 1996, the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis, or ALB) has attacked many valuable native tree species, including maples, birches, poplars and willows in Illinois (1998), New Jersey (2002), Massachusetts (2008) and Ohio (2011),... Read more»

PMP interviews sawtoothed grain beetle

March 6, 2017 By
An interview with a sawtoothed grain beetle (Oryzaephilus surinamensis). Pest Management Professional (PMP): Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to meet with me today. Sawtoothed grain beetle (SGB): I’ve got all the time in the... Read more»

Students release lady beetles for IPM in educational greenhouse

February 21, 2017 By
A group of 4-H students released 1,300 Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis) into a Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) greenhouse in Pagosa Springs, Colo., as part of its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. The GGP is a nonprofit organization that aims to educate the community... Read more»

What to do when overwintering pests emerge

February 17, 2017 By
Overwintering pests, like the multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis) pictured above, can be problematic from autumn through spring. In the fall, clients react when hundreds, or even thousands of insects converge on the south-facing walls of their homes or... Read more»

Stored product pest control measures

February 15, 2017 By
Author’s Note: Information is taken from Truman’s Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations, available online at the PMP Bookstore. Pantry pests, stored food pests — no matter what terminology you use, the panic for your residential customers is nearly always... Read more»
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Waxworm

Web Exclusive: Stored product pest research continues

January 30, 2017 By
In our January issue, we turned our Pest Spotlight onto stored product pests, noting that we’d round up research on this category of pests online. Not wanting to disappoint, we now present: Waxworms chow down on polyethylene: As found online... Read more»
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Video: Tiger beetle featured on Wired’s ‘Absurd Creatures’

January 5, 2017 By
The tiger beetle was featured on Wired‘s “Absurd Creature of the Week” thanks to its ferocious tendencies. The tiger beetle is known for its aggressive predatory habits and running speeds. Adults feed on ants, lady beetles, larvae and other beetles... Read more»
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Stored product pests: Tips for locating source of infestation

December 1, 2016 By
Locating the source of an infestation may be more challenging than expected. To think out of the box, you must start with a bigger picture of the subject. When you’re searching for the breeding source of stored product pests, try... Read more»