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Setting up office cubicles at Schopen Pest Solutions this summer are, from left, Leeza Trainor, Jason Chaples and George Cochran. PHOTO: PETE SCHOPEN

Where are you in the business owner life cycle?

October 20, 2020 By
Like most owners of small to midsized pest control companies, I wear many hats. When I first started Schopen Pest Solutions, I was the sales team, billing department, scheduler, route tech, mechanic, janitor, etc. As the company grew, I hired... Read more»
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Halloween, spiders and wide-eyed babies

October 20, 2020 By
Every October, people across the United States pull boxes of spooky decorations down from their attics to prepare for Halloween. Spiders are frequently encountered decorative items in the run-up to the “scariest” holiday on the American calendar. But what makes... Read more»
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An interview with a Norway rat

October 20, 2020 By
Built for survival: Get to know the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus). Pest Management Professional magazine (PMP): Well, we finally get to interview one of the most feared and loathed pests in the history of mankind. Norway rat (NR): And we’re... Read more»
IMAGES: THE NEW ORLEANS MOSQUITO, TERMITE AND RODENT CONTROL BOARD

A model rodent surveillance program ramps up in New Orleans

October 20, 2020 By
Several factors converged this year that dramatically affected the pest pressure in many U.S. cities, New Orleans, La., in particular. Shelter-in-place strategies to protect its citizens from spreading COVID-19 resulted in a sharp decline in the Big Easy’s economy, which... Read more»
Aedes aegypti is a known carrier of dengue fever, Zika virus, and other illnesses. PHOTO: LOVESILHOUETTE/ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS/GETTY IMAGES

EPA’s plan to use genetically modified mosquitoes faces opposition

October 19, 2020 By
In an effort to help stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases and viruses, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved on May 1, an experimental plan to reduce mosquito populations in Florida and Texas using genetically engineered yellow fever (Aedes... Read more»
PHOTO: DR. BOBBY CORRIGAN

City rat colonies in the time of COVID-19

October 19, 2020 By
Cities around the world have undergone dramatic changes in human behavior this year, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the shelter-in-place dynamic and commercial store/restaurant closings associated with the anthropause. (Author’s Note: See the end for more on this... Read more»
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Gain rodent control as building reopen

October 19, 2020 By
As buildings reopen this year, you may find large rodent populations firmly established, or you may find rats and mice springing up in totally new areas. Read more»
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Learn EPA’s 4-tier system for bait application

October 16, 2020 By
Being familiar with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s tier system is a great start to selecting the appropriate bait station for each application. Read more»
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PHOTO: CDC

There’s a new tick in town

October 14, 2020 By
The Asian longhorned tick was first identified inside the United States in 2017. Populations spread quickly because females can lay viable eggs without mating. Urban pest management is largely the practice of controlling introduced species — and it appears another... Read more»
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PPMA delivers pest control message to consumers

October 14, 2020 By
At a time of such uncertainty and change, one thing remains the same: Professional pest control has played, and always will play, an integral role in protecting public health from threats posed by pests. As the unifying voice and advocate... Read more»