Conducive Conditions

Black widow. Photo: iStock.com/Schiz-Art

Conducive Conditions: Black Widow Spider Gathering Place

August 26, 2015 By
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 a quick smoke and a cup of coffee. While this... Read more»
Photo: Jeff McGovern

Conducive Conditions: The Tiny Jungle

July 23, 2015 By
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 visible now will be concealing the perfect pest harborage developing... Read more»
This article is tagged with , and posted in Conducive Conditions, featured, Technical
Photo: Jeff McGovern

Conducive Conditions: The Treetop Superhighway

June 18, 2015 By
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 will reach at maturity,  however. Sometimes they end up growing... Read more»
Photo: Jeff McGovern

Conducive Conditions: Shutting Down the Cockroach Condo

June 8, 2015 By
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 relatively clean, the clutter and access to structural cracks and... Read more»
Photo: Jeff McGovern

Conducive Conditions: Back Off On the Foam

May 15, 2015 By
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 weather well, shrinks and crumbles as it dries out, and... Read more»
Photo: Jeff McGovern

Conducive Conditions: Get Down and Look

April 14, 2015 By
Whether it’s a residential or commercial kitchen, what appears to be clean might not be clean at all. That gleaming kitchen floor and polished countertop may serve only to distract the pest technician in a hurry to complete his route.... Read more»
This article is tagged with , , and posted in Conducive Conditions, featured, Technical
Conducive Conditions

Conducive Conditions: The Last Straw (or Cigarette)

March 26, 2015 By
You have completed a facility assessment for a potential client. Cleaning, sanitation and maintenance are all lacking, and you know without cooperation, pest management efforts will fail. For all the good intentions the clients insist they have, however, the overflowing... Read more»
This article is tagged with , and posted in Conducive Conditions, featured, Technical

Conducive Conditions: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

February 10, 2015 By
As a pest management professional, you should be on the lookout for potential problems in and around the areas you treat. Can you spot what’s wrong with this picture? 1. Boxes and trash are piled right outside the kitchen door. It’s... Read more»
This article is tagged with , and posted in Conducive Conditions, Technical