Fleas & Ticks

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The best use for flea collars: Selling Tool?

September 9, 2015 By
I regularly stumble across columns online warning of how flea collars aren’t always the best bet for your cat or dog. I had my own personal experience with this and was even chastised by my vet when I (as a... Read more»
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Dusting equipment basics

September 3, 2015 By
[Andy McGinty also contributed to this blog entry.] Over the last two years or so, we have observed that while in the pursuit of structural pests such as bed bugs, fleas and other influential insects, inappropriate or counter-labeler use of... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Black-Legged Tick

August 24, 2015 By
Black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis, aka bear tick, deer tick) greedily engorge on the blood of hosts.  DESCRIPTION: These hard-bodied ticks are dark brown or black with long mouthparts. The female is orange or red behind the scutum (shield), which has no... Read more»
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Callback Cures: Focus Flea Efforts on Immature Stages

April 20, 2015 By
To troubleshoot flea callbacks, focus on the life stages that are most abundant. It’s estimated only about 5 percent of a flea population is made up of adult fleas. The other 95 percent consists of pupae (10 percent), larvae (35... Read more»

Fact vs. Fiction: Tropical Rat Fleas

November 17, 2014 By
Fiction: Any flea affecting rats can carry bubonic plague. Fact: Bubonic — as well as septicemic and pneumonic plague — depend on the propagation and spread of Yersinia pestis bacteria. Y. pestis is able to aggregate in the gut of... Read more»
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Adult deer tick. PHOTO: Scott Bauer/USDA ARS

Ask the Expert: Ticks, Carpet Beetles, Wasps and Snakes

October 20, 2014 By
Q. Some companies in my area are spraying lawns for tick control, which I don’t think is necessary. I concentrate on vegetation next to the house and brush areas on the perimeter. Do you think it’s necessary to spray lawns... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Ticks

July 14, 2014 By
Fiction: Tick populations die during the winter. Fact: Ticks aren’t as active during cold months, but they don’t die. They still can attach to companion animals and transmit pathogens.   Fiction: If ticks aren’t observed on the companion animal, there... Read more»

What Makes Ticks Tick

June 12, 2014 By
The mistake many technicians make with fleas and ticks is lumping the two together as parasites and trying to use one product to control both. The term ticks refers to a group of species. The same is true with fleas.... Read more»
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Flea Control: It’s All in the Details

May 15, 2014 By
On Feb. 2, more than 111 million viewers tuned in to watch the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Aside from being disappointed by the Broncos lackluster game, many people criticized the performance of the Red... Read more»
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Tips and Tricks: Control Fleas, Ticks by Breaking Reproduction Cycle

April 10, 2014 By
Fleas and ticks can be difficult to control with general pest control methods and can disrupt the health and well-being of customers. To control these pests when they’re most vulnerable, break their reproduction cycles by using an insect growth regulator... Read more»
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