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Did You Know: Western Subterranean Termites Posted on 01 Sep 2015 in the did you know? & featured & Technical & Termites categories.

Did you know these facts about Western subterranean termites (Reticulitermes hesperus), or WST? ⦁ WST are a native American species found in the western third of North America. ⦁ WST are... Read more»

Conducive Conditions: Black Widow Spider Gathering Place Posted on 26 Aug 2015 in the Conducive Conditions & featured & Spiders & Technical categories.

This electrical transformer unit is not an unusual sight just outside the back door of a commercial kitchen. Its location makes it a popular meeting place for employees to have... Read more»

Did You Know: Africanized Honey Bees Posted on 27 Jul 2015 in the Bees & did you know? & featured & Stinging Insects & Technical categories.

African honey bees (Apis mellifera scutella) were first brought to Brazil in the 1950s to increase honey production. In 1957, 26 swarms escaped and headed north, mating with established colonies of... Read more»

Conducive Conditions: The Tiny Jungle Posted on 23 Jul 2015 in the Conducive Conditions & featured & Technical categories.

From the street or sidewalk, this newly refurbished office building appears well landscaped and free of pest problems. However, as plant growth accelerates during warmer months, the problems just barely... Read more»

Conducive Conditions: The Treetop Superhighway Posted on 18 Jun 2015 in the Conducive Conditions & featured & Rodents & Technical categories.

In North America, we usually soften the architectural lines of our homes and buildings with landscape plants and shrubs. Rarely is consideration given to the size the plants and shrubs... Read more»

Conducive Conditions: Shutting Down the Cockroach Condo Posted on 08 Jun 2015 in the Cockroaches & Conducive Conditions & featured & Technical categories.

This is a common sight in homes and businesses — an area for snacks to enjoy while taking a moment of rest during a busy day. Even though it appears... Read more»

Did You Know: Meadow Mouse Posted on 25 May 2015 in the did you know? & Rodents & Technical categories.

The meadow mouse, Microtus pennsylvanicus, isn’t a mouse, it’s a vole. It’s also known as the field mouse and meadow vole. The common name is misleading because the morphology of... Read more»

Ride Along: Big Box Store Bird Control Posted on 22 May 2015 in the Birds & featured & Ride Along & Technical categories.

Today I join my husband, Jeff, aka “the Pest Coach,” in a ride along to revisit a bird control account he helped manage several years ago. A lot has happened... Read more»

Conducive Conditions: Back Off On the Foam Posted on 15 May 2015 in the Conducive Conditions & featured & Technical categories.

Expandable foam is a great household product for quick, inexpensive repairs for air and some water leaks. However, as a crossover product for pest exclusion, it’s not great. It doesn’t... Read more»

Did You Know: Phorid Flies Posted on 14 May 2015 in the did you know? & featured & Flies & Technical categories.

The phorid fly is also known as the humpback fly and scuttle fly because it has to make a running start before takeoff. The family includes a species known as... Read more»