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Pest Control Technician Of The Year Award

Pest Serviceman

Does one of your pest control technicians have what it takes to be this year’s tech of the year? Does he or she go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of your customers? Are they passionate about what they do? If so, PCT is looking for nominations for their annual technician of the year award. This award recognizes standout pest control service professionals in three categories: commercial pest control, residential pest control and termite control. For 17 years, PCT’s Technician of the Year award recognizes the contributions of those frontline pest professionals working to protect food, health, property and the environment. The award is sponsored by BASF Pest… Read More

What You Need To Know About Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants

What are Argentine ants?  The Argentine ant is very small ant, only growing to be about 1/8 of an inch. They can, however, grow to be a huge problem if they infest your home. What does the Argentine ant look like? The Argentine ant will range in color from a dull gray-black, to a gray-brown color. They will have three different body segments call nodes; and will have six long skinny legs that come off the nodes. On the head there will be two long antennae. What will the Argentine ant eat?  The Argentine ant’s main food source is honeydew made from different bugs. They also like to eat foods… Read More

Brown Recluse Or Wolf Spider?

Cornered Wolf Spider

For those living in spider infested areas, the first thing that comes to mind when we see a spider is, “It’s gonna kill me!” The reality is that most spiders can’t kill you. One of the common venomous spiders around is the brown recluse. This spider is easily confused with the wolf spider, but we are here today to make sure you know just what kind of pest you’re dealing with. Physical Differences Their Basic Stuff These spiders differ substantially in size and color. Measuring from ½ an inch to 2 inches in length, the wolf spider is much larger and more robust than the brown recluse which measures from… Read More

7 Bug Super Skills

Green Praying Mantis

1. Spider Silk Spider silk stronger than steel?!?!?! Maybe, maybe not?! The answer to this question is one of those that may never be answered. Comparing different factors of the two materials, it really is a toss up in regards to who comes out on top. The mere fact that a spider can produce anything that is comparable is simply extraordinary. Mass producing spider silk is extremely difficult. A spider normally only makes the amount of silk it requires and nothing more. 2. Beetle Super Strength Dung beetles are known for their love of feces. Most dung beetles will roll up the feces and hide it away for their feast.… Read More

Women In The Bug World

Female Pest Control

In much of the labor force women are the minority. In the pest control industry, finding a female technician or sales representative is no easy task. According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2011 only 3.7 percent of the employees working in pest control were women, easily categorizing this as a non-traditional occupation for women. Donna Milgram, executive director of the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science has spoken about the issue and offers valuable insight in regards to the situation. Female Recruitment Recruiting women in the pest control industry should be a key focus. It is also important for companies to encourage female referrals… Read More

10 Super Famous Bugs

Here are 10 creepy crawlies named after famous celebrities: 1. Arnold Schwarzenegger   First discovered in 2002, the Agra schwarzeneggeri is a carabid beetle discovered in Costa Rica. It is named after Arnold for the beetle’s physique. It has bicep-like legs which remind scientists of Schwarzenegger. 2. Marilyn Monroe    Trilobites are extinct marine arthropods. The Norasaphus monroeae was named after actress Marilyn Monroe for its hourglass-like shape resembling the actress. 3. Bill Gates   The flower fly Eristalis gatesi is found in the Costa Rican high montane cloud forests and is named after Microsoft founder Bill Gates because of his great contributions to the science of Dipterologvy. 4. Angelina Jolie   … Read More

Top Five Pantry Pests To Watch Out For

rice weevil

Waking up in the mornings to a bowl of cereal is a wonderful part of everyone’s morning routine, but finding bugs in your cereal is definitely nothing close to wonderful. So many bugs find their way into our pantries; it hurts to toss your favorite box of almost full cereal just because of these annoying bugs. While they may all look like just bugs, the following are the most common pests that invade our pantries. 1. Indianmeal Moth The indianmeal moth’s favorite meal is cereal. It will also feed on grains, seeds, dried fruits, nuts, and dry pet food. Adults are about 9 mm long and vary in brownish and… Read More

Tarantula vs Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Tarantula

Tarantula! Probably the world’s scariest looking spider is the large, hairy and supreme tarantula, but the tarantula has a natural arch nemesis; the Tarantula Hawk Wasp. Up against a tarantula, the Hawk Wasp really has no competition; it’s like child’s play for the wasp. This particular wasp has one of the most painful stings to man, so imagine what it can do to a tarantula. So let’s compare these two insects. Let’s Start With The Underdog: The Tarantula   The tarantula is one of nature’s top dogs. It’s one of the largest species of spiders. The tarantula lives in dry deserts and grasslands. Its home is underground in borrows and… Read More

Pest Control: The Label Is The Law

Insecticide spray

What’s in a label? For pest control operators there is much more to find in a label than just words; there is law. Each and every chemical used in pest management has certain purposes and conditions that companies must follow when handling. These policies are sustained to maintain the safety of clients and proper extermination. Labels carry strict, unbendable outlines for usage, and along with this strict adherence of policies come many implied expectations and qualities. Standards: Purpose & Trust When a pest control operator is solicited, its purpose is to regulate chemicals according to their labels. Anyone can smash a roach with a sandal, but mass extermination and the… Read More

Bed Bug Liability For Rentals

Bedbug waste

Bed bugs are infesting themselves into people’s lives but for those with lease agreements it’s difficult to figure out who’s responsible for the bugs and their damages. Arizona law (for example) makes it very clear that upon discovering bed bugs renters and landlords are expected to mutually cooperate. Here are some basics to the laws regarding bed bugs. Bed Bugs: The Law The landlord is financially responsible for exterminating pests. The law expects them to answer quickly, within 7 days, to a tenant’s written complaint by hiring a professional and having the unit already inspected within those 7 days. Tenants are expected to stay in the unit and cooperate with… Read More