Tag: PestWest Environmental

Photo: Eli Sarnat, PIAkey: Invasive Ants of the Pacific Islands, USDA APHIS ITP, Bugwood.org

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»
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»
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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»
ABCs of Entomology

How ACE and BCE credentials can boost your business

Alphabet soup — ACE and BCE credentials from the ESA (Entomological Society of America) — can be good for the soul and bottom line. “ACE (Associate Certified Entomologist) and BCE (Board Certified Entomologist) credentials can exponentially increase your bottom line... Read more»

Fact vs. Fiction: Ticks

July 14, 2014 By
Fiction: Tick populations die during the winter. Fact: Ticks aren’t as active during cold months, but they don’t die. They still can attach to companion animals and transmit pathogens.   Fiction: If ticks aren’t observed on the companion animal, there... Read more»

Dos and Don’ts: Indianmeal Moths

July 11, 2014 By and
■ Do the applied biology and eliminate the moths through integrated pest management (IPM). ■ Don’t let Indianmeal moth (IMM), Plodia interpunctella, contaminate stored food product. ■ Do observe lighting on or near the structure. Sodium vapor (yellow-colored) lighting has... Read more»

Dos and Don’ts: Pigeons

July 11, 2014 By
An essential part of eliminating pest pigeons is safety-centric, pre-environmental and postenvironmental cleanup of biological waste. Effective interventions result in satisfied customers and recurring revenue. ■ Do incorporate a requirement within any bird management program to periodically inspect for accumulated... Read more»

Dos and Don’ts: Cockroaches

March 1, 2013 By
Cockroaches do expertly survive, changing minimally for 200 million years. If pest management professionals (PMPs) don’t expertly intervene, survival is certain. With more than 4,000 species globally, not all species of cockroaches are pestiferous. Species under the pest classification have... Read more»