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Thirteen-lined ground squirrel facts Posted on 15 Sep 2016 in the featured & Rodents & Squirrels & Technical categories.

Thirteen-lined ground squirrel [Ictidomys tridecemlineatus] Aliases include the leopard ground squirrel, squinney and striped gopher. Description: Body length of 6.75 to 12 in. long (up to 16 in. with tail).... Read more»

Yellow fever (Aedes aegypti) mosquito: What you need to know Posted on 22 Jul 2016 in the featured & Mosquitoes & Stinging Insects & Technical categories.

Aedes aegypti is known as a daytime biter. Description: Adults are approximately 0.15 to 0.25 in. with white scales on the thorax (top-side) that resemble a violin. Tarsal segments of... Read more»

Tempering the risk of mosquito-borne illness Posted on 07 Jun 2016 in the Mosquitoes & Most Wanted & Pest Talk & Stinging Insects categories.

With Aedes aegypti in the news at nearly every turn, it’s important for pest management professionals (PMPs) to take the longer view about the true risk of a mosquito-borne public... Read more»

Eastern subterranean termite life cycle, unusual behaviors Posted on 01 Jun 2016 in the featured & Technical & Termites categories.

(Reticulitermes flavipes) These pests are criminally cryptic and dastardly damaging. Description: Workers are less than 1/8th in. long, soft-bodied, and creamy-to-grayish white. They have round heads and are blind and... Read more»

The citronella ant: A subterranean saboteur Posted on 01 Apr 2016 in the Ants & featured & Technical categories.

Citronella ant (Lasius interjectus) Formerly Genus: Acanthomyops, this larger yellow ant is a subterranean saboteur of structures. Description: Workers are polymorphic, 0.10- to 0.15-in. long. They’re yellow and emanate a... Read more»

Most Wanted: Turkestan cockroach Posted on 22 Feb 2016 in the Cockroaches categories.

This pestiferous peridomestic is pushing into the United States.   Description: Adults are about 1-in. long. Females are wider than males, dark-brown or black, and slightly yellow-tinged on the pronotum with... Read more»

Most Wanted: Drugstore beetle Posted on 17 Dec 2015 in the 1215 & featured & Most Wanted categories.

DSB is a pharmaceutical feeder of consumables. ⦁ Aliases: DSB, biscuit beetle, bread beetle (paniceum means “made from bread” in Latin). ⦁ Description: Adults are 1/10- to 1/7-in. long and... Read more»

Most Wanted: Crazy Ant Posted on 16 Nov 2015 in the 1115 & featured & Most Wanted categories.

Also known as the longhorn crazy ant, this Formicid crowds and contaminates.  ⦁ Description: Workers are monomorphic and 0.08 to 0.12 in. in length. The head, thorax, petiole and gaster... Read more»

Tips & Tricks: Identifying Spider-Attracting Factors Posted on 22 Oct 2015 in the Spiders & Tips and Tricks categories.

There are several insect-attracting (and thus, spider-attracting) things you can count on at many accounts. They include improper lighting on buildings and in parking lots, negative building pressures and pest... Read more»

Dust in the… where? Posted on 08 Oct 2015 in the 0915 & featured & Technical categories.

In recent years, improper use of dust formulations has resulted in a significant increase in litigation. Are your techs properly trained in this technique? One statement regularly heard from dusting... Read more»