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Removing a cabinet kickboard can reveal extensive pet food debris, aka a food source for mice and stored product pests. PHOTO: MARK VANDERWERP

Kitchen secrets, Part II: Mice and SPP

February 3, 2021 By
Upon finding a rich supply of food, mice carry it off piece by piece and store it in a hiding place, where stored product pests may later find it and infest. Read more»
People rarely clean the bottoms of their garbage disposals’ splash guards, but the build-up can support several species of small flies. PHOTO: MARK SHEPERDIGIAN, BCE

Kitchen secrets, Part I: Vinegar flies

December 2, 2020 By
When you look below the surface and around the corners, you’ll find the kitchen is full of surprises — including the source of vinegar flies. Read more»
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Mouse trouble? Up your game

November 20, 2020 By
Have you had more trouble than usual with house mice (Mus musculus)? If we see mouse behavior change, our own behavior will need to change accordingly. Read more»
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PHOTO: MARK SHEPERDIGIAN, BCE

Investigating the clues that bed bugs ‘drop’

March 7, 2020 By
Bed bug droppings reveal a little bit about the bug and sometimes a little information reveals a lot. Learn more about investigating the clues. Read more»
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What you capture on an insect monitor can provide plenty of information. PHOTO: MARK SHEPERDIGIAN, BCE

Fresh traps give fresh information

February 4, 2020 By
Effective control of the German cockroach starts with accurate information about the cockroach population from insect monitors and fresh traps. Read more»
The possible sources of these Dermestid beetle larvae found in a customer’s kitchen cabinets are as diverse as they are numerous. Fortunately, you likely will not need to look far. Photo: Mark Sheperdigian, BCE

Ask the Expert: The link between Dermestids and rodents

December 4, 2019 By
Q: Little insects keep showing up in the kitchen cabinets of a home I service. The home is spotless, and the owners just moved in, so there isn’t much food in the home yet. What’s the best thing to do?... Read more»
PHOTO: MARK SHEPERDIGIAN, BCE

Identify the source to prevent bed bug re-introductions

May 3, 2019 By
Helping tenants prevent a reintroduction is as valuable as getting rid of the bed bugs in the first place. Tenants often cannot imagine how they became infested. We know how important it is to prevent bed bug reintroductions. If customers... Read more»
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5 tips to finding cockroach harborages in commercial kitchens

March 4, 2019 By
Improve your inspection skills for finding cockroaches in commercial kitchens. Read more»
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Making treatments near a community garden

January 4, 2019 By
Q: I’m considering bidding on a hotel that has a community garden right next door. What should I be concerned about? —APPREHENSIVE IN OMAHA A: There may be fewer concerns than you think. Of course, there are always visions of wild-eyed, torch-bearing... Read more»
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You know it’s going to be a bad day when you see this at an account. PHOTO: MARK SHEPERDIGIAN, BCE

5 steps to avoid a German cockroach crisis

December 6, 2018 By
When cockroaches show up, your response is crucial. Take these five steps to avoid a crisis. Read more»