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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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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»

Q&A: Cigarette beetles, moth damage and palmetto bugs

July 29, 2016 By
Q: A homeowner has a cigarette beetle infestation in her pantry. She buys large quantities of organic food and stores them for months. In one glass container, I found cigarette beetles along with tiny, black, wasp-like insects. In the container... Read more»

Fabric pests: What’s in a name?

July 8, 2016 By
The common name of some fabric pests can be misleading for pest management professionals (PMPs) battling persistent infestations. In most accounts, one is less likely to find carpet beetles and clothes moths in floor coverings and garments than in other... Read more»

Moths & Misplaced Affection

April 19, 2016 By
A new method to curb moth populations involves some pheromone-based bait-and-switch trickery that confuses the male moth’s primal urge — the urge to mate. Last year scientists unveiled a new pheromone treatment which interferes with the sex lives of moths,... Read more»
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Time is Money: IPM for IMM

July 17, 2015 By
A client with a large warehouse facility calls complaining of moths fluttering around. When asked to describe them, he says they’re small, about 0.5- to 0.75-in. long. Some looked like they had two colors on their wings. Once you arrive at... Read more»
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Stored Product Pests: Some Pantry Pests Go Against the Grain

November 18, 2014 By
For decades, grain or pantry pests have been pigeonholed into one of four categories, under the assumption it helps pinpoint where they’re breeding. For example: 1. Internal feeders are supposed to breed in whole grain. 2. External feeders are supposed... Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Erythraeid Mites, Pyrethoids and Moths

September 30, 2014 By
Q: We service a hospital that has what looks like clover mites entering rooms on the third floor. The nearest grass is on the other side of the building, more than 100 yds. away from the affected area. No mites... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Indianmeal Moths

September 18, 2014 By
Fiction: I froze my foodstuffs, but I still have Indianmeal moths (IMM) flying around my cabinets. Fact: Freezing stored products (grains, cereals, spices, dried fruits, nuts, etc.) for a minimum of three days will kill eggs, larvae and adults. If... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Plodia interpunctella

July 11, 2014 By
“Cleptoparasitic stored product pests are guilty of contaminating up to 10% of global grain supplies. Stored product pests can originate at the time of product production but drastically escalate during storage and transport.” — Dr. Ted Granovsky As Stored Product... Read more»