Weekly Pest Control News
The Brown Widow has been spotted more frequently in territories that are expected to contain black widows, according to study researcher Richard Vetter of the University of California, Riverside. Agricultural settings are still predominately inhabited by black widows, but in urban settings the black widow seems to be displaced by this newcomer.
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To accommodate an ant’s growing colony, they will burrow into wood to create more tunnels and chambers for the nest, which usually leads to hollowed out trees or stumps. Unfortunately, when your house is involved, a hollowed out or weakened foundation compromises the structural integrity, which only becomes more severe as the days go by. Aside from the expensive repairs, the weakened wood could lead to accidents and injury. In some rare cases, the extensive tunneling leads to a collapsed home.
The South American Fire Ant has become an obnoxious pest. The idea is to control the fire ants spread and damage. The other main goal is to protect the native ant species. The solution is simple; place natural enemies into the ecosystem. This is also known as injecting brain eating flies into the ecosystem and allowing nature to take its course. Don’t believe me? Look for yourself:
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The Target Corporation agreed to a civil penalty of $43,850 after a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) investigation revealed the company was selling pesticides banned on Long Island. The company was ordered to remove these pesticides from all stores throughout the region in addition to the penalty.
Researchers at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC hope cockroaches can be put to good use, saving lives in disasters like earthquakes, fires and chemical attacks. These pests are being outfitted with tiny microchips that act as sensors, and are guided around by using low frequency electrical pulses that the insects can pick up with their antenna. Researchers anticipate that the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches will be able to maneuver their way around ruble and fallen debris, after the act of a natural disaster, and find trapped victims.