Tag: Dr. Stuart Mitchell

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Tempering the risk of mosquito-borne illness

June 7, 2016 By
With Aedes aegypti in the news at nearly every turn, it’s important for pest management professionals (PMPs) to take the longer view about the true risk of a mosquito-borne public health crisis. For yellow fever mosquitoes to cause an outbreak... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Drugstore beetle

December 17, 2015 By
DSB is a pharmaceutical feeder of consumables. ⦁ Aliases: DSB, biscuit beetle, bread beetle (paniceum means “made from bread” in Latin). ⦁ Description: Adults are 1/10- to 1/7-in. long and tubular. Generally brown in color, adults have rows of hairs... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Crazy Ant

November 16, 2015 By
Also known as the longhorn crazy ant, this Formicid crowds and contaminates.  ⦁ Description: Workers are monomorphic and 0.08 to 0.12 in. in length. The head, thorax, petiole and gaster are dark brown to black. Antennae are 12-segmented without a... Read more»
Brownian motion is the random motion of particles suspended in a liquid or gas resulting from collisions with the quick atoms or molecules in the liquid or gas.

Dust in the… where?

October 8, 2015 By and
In recent years, improper use of dust formulations has resulted in a significant increase in litigation. Are your techs properly trained in this technique? One statement regularly heard from dusting experts and regulatory officials in dust application lawsuit claims is... Read more»
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The roof rat is making an unwelcome return to Indiana after more than 165 years. Photo copyrighted by photographer177 / www.fotosearch.com

Most Wanted: Roof Rats

September 23, 2015 By
Whether by roof, burrow or sewer, attacks by roof rats (aka black rats and ship rats) cause poor public heath and economic damage to food commodities, landscapes and structures. LIFE CYCLE: Survives nine to 12 months in the wild; averages... Read more»

Dusting equipment basics

September 3, 2015 By
[Andy McGinty also contributed to this blog entry.] Over the last two years or so, we have observed that while in the pursuit of structural pests such as bed bugs, fleas and other influential insects, inappropriate or counter-labeler use of... Read more»
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Tips & Tricks: Understanding Stored Product Pests Key to Elimination

August 27, 2015 By
Managing and eliminating stored product pests (SPPs) requires an understanding of their biology and behavior. It’s also important to identify the species, to understand and predict its behavior: Larvae of internal feeders develop and consume within whole grains, kernels or... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Black-Legged Tick

August 24, 2015 By
Black-legged ticks (Ixodes scapularis, aka bear tick, deer tick) greedily engorge on the blood of hosts.  DESCRIPTION: These hard-bodied ticks are dark brown or black with long mouthparts. The female is orange or red behind the scutum (shield), which has no... Read more»
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Pest Pressure: House Flies, Coyotes, Illegal Wildlife Trade

August 10, 2015 By
What? House fly, Musca domestica Where? Sprawling urban areas Why? Few fly species interact with humans. Species that do, however, can become destructive pests. House flies spread diseases to humans and domesticated animals and contaminate food and packaging. Increasing international... Read more»
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Most Wanted: Bald-Faced Hornet

July 15, 2015 By
Aerially articulate but potentially punitive, bald-faced hornets (Dolichovespula maculate) build abodes that can result in attacks on victims deemed too close for comfort. Description: Workers are 0.5 to 0.625 in.; queens are 0.75 in. The head is much shorter than it... Read more»
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