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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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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»
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Check the bugs for bugs

August 30, 2018 By
⦁ Freshly hatched bed bugs can hide inside cast skins. ⦁ Vacuuming all evidence, as well as live bugs, is worth the effort. Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) can’t fly, but they do have some surprising tricks. A common refuge for... Read more»
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SHEPerspective: Bed Bugs

January 18, 2016 By
  Human behavior: Bed bugs are counting on it When people don’t know any better, they’ll try the easy answer first. The solution to bed bug ignorance is education — and there’s no one better to provide it than the... Read more»
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SHEPerspective: Crane fly

December 15, 2015 By
The green, green grass of home. Sometimes turf pests become household pests. European crane flies have begun to colonize North American turf. Most homeowners love their lawns. They spend an incredible amount of time and energy maintaining them. From an... Read more»
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SHEPerspective: Invasive Species

November 23, 2015 By
Are you able to perform an invasive procedure? ⦁ Invasive species may start off making headlines, but often level off in a few years. ⦁ The brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive species that can upset customers and frustrate... Read more»
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SHEPerspective: Bed Bug Mating

November 2, 2015 By
Should I stay or should I go? ⦁ Female bed bugs have shorter lives because of frequent mating. ⦁ Bed bug dispersion may have more to do with population density than with mating frequency. As you may know, bed bugs... Read more»
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Bed bugs prefer harborage that has had previous bed bug activity

SHEPerspective: Bed Bugs

September 29, 2015 By
What we have here is a failure to eradicate. ⦁ Live bugs found after a heat treatment survived the treatment or were reintroduced. ⦁ Making sure the occupants are prepared, and then properly managing the heat, will avoid most “failed”... Read more»
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Sheperspective: Which Bed Bug Treatment is Better?

August 28, 2015 By
Heat treatments provide advantages against heavy, widespread infestations in cluttered environments. Manual pesticide treatments can eliminate contained infestations quickly and economically. It continues to be the subject of many bed bug discussions: Which is a better management method, heat or... Read more»
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Sheperspective: The Scoop on Mouse Poop

July 30, 2015 By
Mouse droppings are as important to PMPs as they are to mice. If you clean up the droppings now, the droppings you see on your next visit will have more meaning. We call them droppings because the mouse drops them.... Read more»
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