Tips and Tricks

Identify signs of bed bug infestations

August 16, 2017 By
Simply checking bed bug monitors for activity is not enough. Nearby surroundings often reveal earlier signs of bed bug infestations, such as fecal staining, cast skins or tiny instars. Monitors are designed to capture foraging insects, and serve to remind... Read more»
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Insect bites: 4 tips to addressing customers who ask for diagnosis

August 9, 2017 By
Customers turn to pest management professionals with delusionary parasitosis, skin conditions, mosquito bites and worse — suspecting every one is a bed bug bite. Tips to help overcome this include: Give yourself time to perform a thorough inspection. Use monitors... Read more»
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Don’t limit bed bug detection areas

August 2, 2017 By
In today’s bed bug world, detection is just as important as remediation — in that the latter is much more effective when the former is used. However, using bed bug detection on just the bed in the room you are... Read more»
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Proper termite identification is imperative

July 26, 2017 By
Termites have been swarming in some areas of the country since early spring. Depending on where you live and what species you have present in your area, these swarms may extend well into the summer. One of the questions I... Read more»
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Termites quickly sense environmental disturbance

July 19, 2017 By
Termites are able to detect the smallest amount of disturbance in their environment. In fact, it is not uncommon to place a log on the ground in a wooded area and have subterranean termites present within 24 hours. This behavior... Read more»
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Train technicians to recognize termite activity

July 12, 2017 By
Regardless of whether termite services function as a separate division within a pest management business, all technicians should receive regular, basic training about termite biology, behavior and control. Technicians who haven’t been trained how to recognize termite activity might be... Read more»
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Termite inspectors are a house’s ‘doctor’

July 5, 2017 By
A good way to train new inspectors is to have them understand that they are the house’s “doctor.” Doctors use all the tools available to find the exact location of the problem. Their next step is to explain what was... Read more»
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Use silica dust for drywood termite prevention

June 28, 2017 By
Drywood termites commonly enter structures through attic or foundation vents, or under eaves or shingles. Unlike subterranean termites, they don’t require a connection to damp soil, so they don’t construct mud tubes over concrete. The appearance of tan to reddish-brown... Read more»
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Deprive termites of moisture source

June 21, 2017 By
Besides swarms, a common sign for subterranean termites is the presence of mud tubes. These tiny tunnels are built and used by the pests to travel to food sources. Termites feed on cellulose-based plant materials with a mouth capable of... Read more»
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Think like a termite to become an expert

June 14, 2017 By
Over the years, we have been taught to “think like the pest” we are trying to control. Termite control, on the other hand, is simple, right? We dig a trench around the outside and inside foundation walls, then flood them... Read more»
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