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Tag: Kate McGovern

Western subterranean termites

Did You Know: Western Subterranean Termites

September 1, 2015 By
Did you know these facts about Western subterranean termites (Reticulitermes hesperus), or WST? ⦁ WST are a native American species found in the western third of North America. ⦁ WST are attracted especially to Douglas fir trees, attacking the internal sections... Read more»
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Conducive Conditions: Black Widow Spider Gathering Place

August 26, 2015 By
This electrical transformer unit is not an unusual sight just outside the back door of a commercial kitchen. Its location makes it a popular meeting place for employees to have a quick smoke and a cup of coffee. While this... Read more»
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Did You Know: Africanized Honey Bees

July 27, 2015 By
African honey bees (Apis mellifera scutella) were first brought to Brazil in the 1950s to increase honey production. In 1957, 26 swarms escaped and headed north, mating with established colonies of European bees (A. m. ligustica and A. m. iberiensis). The... Read more»
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Photo: Jeff McGovern

Conducive Conditions: The Tiny Jungle

July 23, 2015 By
From the street or sidewalk, this newly refurbished office building appears well landscaped and free of pest problems. However, as plant growth accelerates during warmer months, the problems just barely visible now will be concealing the perfect pest harborage developing... Read more»
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Photo: Jeff McGovern

Conducive Conditions: The Treetop Superhighway

June 18, 2015 By
In North America, we usually soften the architectural lines of our homes and buildings with landscape plants and shrubs. Rarely is consideration given to the size the plants and shrubs will reach at maturity,  however. Sometimes they end up growing... Read more»
Photo: Jeff McGovern

Conducive Conditions: Shutting Down the Cockroach Condo

June 8, 2015 By
This is a common sight in homes and businesses — an area for snacks to enjoy while taking a moment of rest during a busy day. Even though it appears relatively clean, the clutter and access to structural cracks and... Read more»

Did You Know: Meadow Mouse

May 25, 2015 By
The meadow mouse, Microtus pennsylvanicus, isn’t a mouse, it’s a vole. It’s also known as the field mouse and meadow vole. The common name is misleading because the morphology of the animal classifies it as a vole. Meadow voles don’t... Read more»
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Bird Ride Along

Ride Along: Big Box Store Bird Control

May 22, 2015 By
Today I join my husband, Jeff, aka “the Pest Coach,” in a ride along to revisit a bird control account he helped manage several years ago. A lot has happened since his last visit: The store has changed general managers... Read more»
Photo: Jeff McGovern

Conducive Conditions: Back Off On the Foam

May 15, 2015 By
Expandable foam is a great household product for quick, inexpensive repairs for air and some water leaks. However, as a crossover product for pest exclusion, it’s not great. It doesn’t weather well, shrinks and crumbles as it dries out, and... Read more»
Photo: Jeff McGovern

Did You Know: Phorid Flies

May 14, 2015 By
The phorid fly is also known as the humpback fly and scuttle fly because it has to make a running start before takeoff. The family includes a species known as the coffin fly (Conicera tibialis) and the world’s smallest fly,... Read more»
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