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Ask the Expert: Wasps, Beetles and Fruit Flies

December 5, 2013 By
Q: Large wasps are digging in bare soil in a playground, so we dusted the holes, but there were more wasps than ever the next day. What’s the correct name for them, and how can I treat without a problem... Read more»
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Operating by the book

December 5, 2013 By
Pest management professionals (PMPs) must have a playbook ready at all times. Several years ago, I created our Daily Operations Guide. This idea isn’t original. I saw how other companies put standard operating procedures (SOPs), systems for sales/service and other... Read more»
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Stop complaining, start optimizing

December 5, 2013 By
It seems the vast majority of pest management professionals (PMPs) I’ve spoken with are disappointed with their SEO rankings. When incoming Internet leads slow down, owners look for reasons. The ranking criteria search engines use are closely guarded secrets. They... Read more»
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Business boosting apps

December 5, 2013 By
Many of us have used our mobile devices for downloading free or cost-based applications, or apps. There are apps for everything from buying Starbucks coffee to checking into a flight from your kitchen table. It’s estimated mobile marketing will contribute... Read more»
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Ride of his life

December 5, 2013 By
After a week of work, most people like to kick back, relax and enjoy a couple of well-deserved days of rest. Not Rhett Halpin. Halpin spends his weekdays working for Bio Bug Pest Management based in Bellingham, Wash. But on... Read more»
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Pests and pollinators

December 5, 2013 By
The dual role of stinging insects. In September, a 13-year-old boy was stung by fire ants, resulting in his death at a football game in Corpus Christi, Texas. The death was attributed to anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction in response... Read more»
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It’s an insect, it’s a stored product pest, it’s … spider beetle!

December 5, 2013 By
by Frank Meek Of all the insects and arthropods that can be classified as a stored product pest, the spider beetle (Ptinidae, a subfamily of Anobiidae) is unique in appearance and diversity. This insect group is found throughout the world;... Read more»
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Why are cockroaches on the rise?

December 5, 2013 By
The general consensus throughout the country, German cockroaches are making a vigorous comeback. There are two significant factors driving this: In low-income housing, where pest management budgets are stretched thin, many resources have been redirected to manage bed bugs. Something... Read more»
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dos & don’ts: bed bug sops

December 5, 2013 By
Dr. Stuart Mitchell – Technical Editor Incompetence is lacking the necessary skill set to carry out a task. With an increasing potential liability of bed bugs and a public health significance, it’s mandatory pest management professionals (PMPs) have detailed, written,... Read more»
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Doc Mitchell earns eighth degree

December 5, 2013 By
SARASOTA, FLA. — Dr. Stuart M. Mitchell, principal technical specialist for PestWest Environmental and technical editor of Pest Management Professional (PMP) magazine earned a doctorate in psychology, his eighth post-secondary academic degree. Mitchell now holds the following degrees: ■ Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine ■... Read more»
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