Dos & Don’ts

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Dos & Don’ts: Eastern Subterranean Termites

October 17, 2014 By
■ Do eliminate termites, particularly the commonly encountered Eastern subterranean species, Reticulitermes flavipes, though integrated pest management (IPM), an environmentally benign process. ■ Don’t misidentify the termite species. Above all, avoid misidentifying ant alates as termite alates). Every step after... Read more»
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Dos & Don’ts: American Cockroaches

September 17, 2014 By
Don’t let American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana, invade and contaminate structures and threaten public health. Control cockroaches by counting on integrated pest management (IPM). Do correctly identify the cockroach species because every other step after a misidentification will be ineffective. Don’t... Read more»

Dos & Don’ts: Odorous House Ants

August 20, 2014 By
Do the applied myrmecology. Don’t  let the odorous house ants (OHA), Tapinoma sessile, invade structures and offend inhabitants. Do eliminate them though the environmentally benign process of integrated pest management (IPM). The IPM process can be defined as inspection and investigation,... Read more»
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Dos and Don’ts: Indianmeal Moths

July 11, 2014 By and
■ Do the applied biology and eliminate the moths through integrated pest management (IPM). ■ Don’t let Indianmeal moth (IMM), Plodia interpunctella, contaminate stored food product. ■ Do observe lighting on or near the structure. Sodium vapor (yellow-colored) lighting has... Read more»

Dos and Don’ts: Pigeons

July 11, 2014 By
An essential part of eliminating pest pigeons is safety-centric, pre-environmental and postenvironmental cleanup of biological waste. Effective interventions result in satisfied customers and recurring revenue. ■ Do incorporate a requirement within any bird management program to periodically inspect for accumulated... Read more»

Dos & Don’ts: Paper Wasps

June 12, 2014 By
Do the applied biology and don’t let Polistines or paper wasps, Polistes spp., nest within architectural features that place inhabitants at risk of stings. Eliminate wasps through an environmentally benign process of integrated pest management (IPM). Do explain to your... Read more»
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Dos & Don’ts: Blatella Germanica

June 12, 2014 By
Do the applied biology, and don’t let German cockroaches, Blatella germanica, spread pathogens and allergens that cause environmental exposure and illness. Instead, eliminate cockroaches though an environmentally benign process of integrated pest management (IPM). Do understand German cockroach resiliency results... Read more»
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Dos & Don’ts: Myrmecology

May 15, 2014 By
Do the applied myrmecology and don’t let black carpenter ants, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, damage structures. Eliminate ants through integrated pest management (IPM), which is environmentally benign. Do understand that in temperate regions, intrusive worker ants foraging from outdoor formicaries (nests) begins... Read more»
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Dos & Don’ts: Tropical Rat Fleas

April 28, 2014 By
Do the applied siphonapterology Don’t let the tropical rat flea (sometimes known as the Oriental rat flea) become a danger as disease vectors. Its scientific name, Xenopsylla cheopis, roughly translates to pharaoh’s flea guest. But like all pests, it must... Read more»
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dos & don’ts: Hymenopterology

February 21, 2014 By
Do the applied hymenopterology and don’t let the German yellowjacket, Paravespula germanica, envenomate people. Eliminate yellowjackets through integrated pest management (IPM). Do define IPM as inspection and investigation, identification, establishing threshold levels, implementing two or more control measures (cultural, physical,... Read more»
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