Tips and Tricks

Identifying spiders vs. ticks

January 17, 2019 By
The easiest way to identify a tick is by the number of legs it has. Like other arachnids, ticks have eight legs in the nymph and adult stages, but only six legs in the larval stage (the so-called “seed tick”... Read more»

Thorough inspections for small flies

January 14, 2019 By
As with so many other pests, identification is of paramount importance in small fly management. A newer small fly is becoming a big problem in many commercial accounts – the dark-eyed fruit fly. Often confused with phorid flies, as well... Read more»
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Maintaining distance when spraying stinging insect nests

January 10, 2019 By
The two keys to spraying any wasp or hornet nest are maintaining distance and timing. The farther away you can be from the nest while spraying, the better. Most wasp and hornet colonies are active during daylight hours, and become... Read more»
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Control tactics for spiders

January 8, 2019 By
All spiders are predators — and the majority enter structures unintentionally. The probability of being bitten by one is very rare; in fact, most claims of bites probably were not from a spider. Control tactics for spiders are universal for... Read more»
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2 simple steps to control scorpions

January 3, 2019 By
Stinging pests are as much a part of summer as barbecues and flip-flops. Customers often call when these pests threaten their homes, and few stinging arthropods instill more fear than scorpions. There are two simple steps a PMP can take... Read more»
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Tips when approaching stinging insect nests

December 31, 2018 By
September is the time of year that is abuzz with call after call from customers contending with yellowjackets, fire ants, hornets and all the other seasonal insects that bite, sting and generally make a nuisance of themselves. Because most stinging... Read more»
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Adapt baits for stinging insects changing diets

December 27, 2018 By
There are many commercially available traps for wasps, hornets and yellowjackets. I recommend using a trap that is baited with both protein- and carbohydrate-based attractants, to appeal to their changing dietary needs throughout the season. Make sure to place traps... Read more»
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6 simple steps for spider control

December 21, 2018 By
Spider control can stump even the most experienced pest management professional (PMP). Effective control, however, can be framed with six simple steps: 1. Identify. Other than cases involving medically significant spiders, it usually is not imperative to meticulously identify spiders... Read more»
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Take time to evaluate stinging insects before treatment

December 19, 2018 By
When it comes to taking out stinging insects, it can be easy to get caught up in protecting the public — and forgetting that our product choice and application method need to be a part of the equation. I am... Read more»
J.B. Howell, Technical Services, MGK

8 control strategies for spiders

December 13, 2018 By
Successful spider control requires a multi-pronged approach, including inspection, identification, non-chemical controls, sanitation, exclusion, insecticide applications and addressing exterior lighting issues that attract spider food. If you’ve identified a need for spider control, some key non-chemical control strategies to start... Read more»
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