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Halloween Roach Bits: Tricky Roaches Are No Treat

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This Halloween, as you’re carving your jack-o-lanterns, watching your scary movies and handing out bowls of trick-or-treat candy to all of those superheroes, princesses, ghosts and goblins that come ringing your doorbell; be on the look-out for Halloween intruders! Watch the horror unfold as one of these Halloween intruders is caught red handed: Halloween Roach Bits: Tricky Roaches Are No Treat     Cockroaches are notorious consumers of anything sweet or starchy; and all of your Halloween favorites fall into this category. Your Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, your fun size Snickers bars, and your miniature Hershey’s bars are all vulnerable. This Halloween, don’t share your trick-or-treat candy with cockroaches! Get… Read More

PestWorld 2013 Day 3

Stephen Dubner

 It’s Day three (October 24, 2013) here at PestWorld in Phoenix, AZ, and what an event filled day it has been. The day kicked off with the pest control industry rewards, followed immediately by the general session. The general session featured Freakonomics author Stephen Dubner addressing the 3,300 pest management professionals in attendance. After the general session, we all headed over to the exhibit hall to gander at all of the latest and greatest products and services for our industry. Our afternoons were spent in education sessions, in which I was able to attend three. Here are a few of the highlights from day three of Pest World 2013: General… Read More

PestWorld 2013 Day 2

Jordan Belfort at PestWorld 2013

Day two of PestWorld 2013 (October 23, 2013) got off to an enthusiastic start as the 3,300 attendees got the privilege to hear from Jordan Belfort, “the Wolf of Wall Street.” After his remarks all of us pest professionals spent the rest of the morning checking out the pest management exhibits in the exhibit hall, while we mingled and networked with pest management professionals from all over the world. The afternoon was spent sitting in on some concurrent educational sessions, learning about some of the latest pests and pest technologies. During these sessions, much emphasis was also placed on PMP marketing, business management, and industry related training. Here are a… Read More

Guide To The Brown Recluse Spider Infographic

Brown Recluse Infographic

One of the most feared spiders in the United States, also has the worse reputation. I’m referring to the Brown Recluse spider, and unfortunately this bad reputation is well deserved. The Brown Recluse is dangerous. The Brown Recluse is very venomous. Yes, it bites and one of these Brown Recluse spider bites is very painful and may result in disfiguring skin ulcers. Although rare, these bites can even lead to death. It’s because of the dangerous outcomes of the bites, many homeowners are very cautious when is comes to any spider that even resembles that of a Brown Recluse. This fear, has lead many of homeowner to jump to conclusions when… Read More

How to Prevent Bed Bugs in College Housing

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  Bed bugs are an introduced pest and a persistent problem in campus housing and in many Greek houses. Your room may have already been infested with bed bugs when you moved in, or they may crawl over from the room across the hall. You also put yourself at risk anytime you bring in used furniture, get a new roommate, or let a friend stay for the night or weekend. VIDEO: Protect Yourself from STBBs (Socially Transmitted Bed Bugs)   The two keys to bed bug control in college housing are prevention and early detection. We’ll discuss prevention in moment. First, it’s important to understand bed bug habits and signs… Read More

How to Keep Your Home from Becoming a Winter Pest Resort

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Sunday is the first day of Autumn. Summer has come and gone and the winter months will soon be rolling in. But that doesn’t mean that pests should be rolling into your house for shelter. As it gets colder outside, take these precautions while you still can to keep unwanted visitors from showing up at your holiday parties. Keep Your Home Tidy Around the holiday season you should just be keeping your house tidy in general, especially to prepare for all of the guests that you’ll be having over. A messy house might ward off human guests, but it will draw in an extra number of crawling creatures. Uncovered food… Read More

Patriot Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up

September 11th Tribute

Patriot Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up   12 Ways To Honor 9/11 September 11, 2001 will always be a tragic day in American history, but in the years since the attacks, it has become a day to honor the victims and survivors by doing good. We’ve proven as a country, that good things can come after disaster. It’s been 12 years since that tragic September day, so here are 12 ways we can honor the victims of 9/11. More… Bed Bugs: What To Do If You Get An Infestation From A Hotel Bed bugs can and will ruin your vacation. And, if you bring them home accidentally, it is… Read More

Oregon Police Called In To Exterminate House Spider

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“Whatcha gonna do?! Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Bad boys, bad boys!” And Oregon teen recently found a intruder in her house. Instead of thieving and looting her home like most intruders do, this one was actually relaxing on her couch. He didn’t seem to be doing much, other than enjoying an opportunity to put his feet up. Unfortunately, this teen felt otherwise. Forest Groves native Makenna Sewell was able to get to a phone fast enough to called the authorities, unbeknownst to the invader. The call went a little something like this… Yeah, you heard that right. The police were dispatched and sent to a home… Read More

If Insects Were Basketball Players

Bug Basketball

Basketball is a popular American pastime. In fact, it is so popular and makes so much money that a special National Basketball Association (NBA) was established to create rules to standardize the game. If we lived in a world where insects were also interested in basketball, the game would be very different. Let’s take a look at some of the key points of basketball to see just how it insect might play the game. The Basketball The NBA requires that basketballs be 30 inches around, and nine inches in diameter. This means that the basketball is about 12.5 percent the size of an average man standing at six feet tall.… Read More

Friday Links To Pest Control Information

Western Desert Tarantula

Friday Links To Pest Control Information Bless The Bats Of Agriculture Bat appetites for insect destruction translate to about $3.7 billion worth of pest control in North America each year, but the bat has been dying off because of a deadly disease called White-Nose Syndrome. More… Top 10 Most Bizarre Pest Control Remedies These pest control remedies are just plain crazy. Wouldn’t it be easier to just hire a reliable and effective pest control company? You have to see these remedies. More… Problems Caused by Bird Nests and Preventive Measures for Commercial Buildings Birds can become pests when they create noise, damage property, cause fires, block ventilation systems, and spread… Read More