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Bed Bugs: Perfect Parasite, Perfect Storm

December 31, 2014 By
Why is the bed bug the perfect parasite? Look at its profile: ■ While feeding, they inject an anti-itch compound so they feed while you sleep. ■ If you decide to sleep during the day, they’ll alter their feeding pattern... Read more»
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Bird Management: Not as Simple as One Might Think

September 30, 2014 By
To many, bird management equates to merely tackling pigeons, sparrows and starlings. But our industry must foresee myriad other challenges, such as: woodpeckers drilling holes in the marque facing of a country club; seagulls nose-diving near children eating popcorn; and... Read more»
Carpenter ants often hollow out wood for nesting.

Carpenter ants: A worthy foe

July 11, 2014 By
In wooded areas, carpenter ants play a dominant role. Man-made structures in these areas will always attract carpenter ants. Main colonies reside in trees, but the satellite colonies, which invade structures, are another story and have several factors working in... 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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Stinging-Insect Lessons

May 15, 2014 By
I was about 7 years old when I gave my first pest management advice to my 5-year-old cousin. While near a small stream searching for salamanders, a bumblebee perched itself on the tip of my cousin’s nose. With the authority... Read more»
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House Mouse Basics and Biology

April 10, 2014 By
Here’s a list of facts about the house mouse all pest management professionals (PMPs) should consider when servicing accounts: Mice can produce their own metabolic water, but drink when given the opportunity. Mice established in pallets containing dry food might... Read more»
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Austin’s Agenda: Spider Facts & Tips

April 1, 2014 By
The term “spiders” encompasses a wide range of spiders almost as diverse as those in the realm of general insects. They derive their name from the German word “spinthra,”which means someone who spins. In old English, it became “spithra.” Before... Read more»
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Pinpointing Pests at Commercial Accounts

June 1, 2013 By
When you’ve inspected commercial accounts for more than 40 years, you learn how to do them correctly. At one time, I was responsible for examining more than 1 billion cu. ft. of space in a given year. I refer to... Read more»
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Use ants’ predictability against them

March 1, 2013 By
Ants generate more business than any other group of insects. With greater government regulations about how you can use pesticides, particularly residuals, the need for an integrated pest management (IPM) approach becomes more important. Power spraying around a structure’s entire perimeter... Read more»

What makes a pest difficult to control?

February 1, 2013 By
There are many reasons why control of pest infestations can be difficult. If you review the variables and determine which one relates to your specific case, you’ll have a better understanding of how to correct the situation. With that in... Read more»