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Become Your Own Insect Farmer

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If you are growing and raising your own insects for personal consumption, does that make you a farmer or rancher? Regardless, that’s exactly what designer Katharina Unger at Farm 432 has envisioned with a counter-top insect breeding system for your kitchen. Counter-Top Insect Breeding System- Become Your Own Insect Farmer Are you the adventurous type who is looking for a higher quality protein; a protein that has fewer calories, and less fat than other “more traditional” proteins? With the recent Paleo diet, and thousands of people becoming more and more obsessed with returning to the roots of food, some are turning to eating insects. While the thought of popping a… Read More

Friday Links Round-Up Of Pest Articles

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Three Natural Pest Control Methods for Ants Wage war against these pesky home invaders with these natural pest control methods… Read More How To Get Rid Of Carpenter Ants One of the most common pests to infest Massachusetts homes each spring is carpenter ants. These insects are capable of causing extensive wood damage, which is why people are always asking the question, “How do I get rid of carpenter ants?” Here’s how… Skunks and a Recipe for that Smell!! Did you know when they spray they can spray between 10 and 15 feet? If one does happen to get you, here’s an easy recipe to deal with the smell… Read… Read More

Could You Be Using Pinterest For Marketing?

Small businesses are often wary of using Pinterest for marketing because it doesn’t seem as rewarding or straightforward as Instagram. Admittedly, Pinterest won’t work for all brands, but some companies can benefit enormously from including the image-pinning site in their social media marketing plan; including pest control companies. Here’s how to decide if Pinterest is for you, and if so, how you can use it: Is Pinterest right for your business? Some companies won’t get anywhere using Pinterest, and that’s fine — but you don’t want to be spending time getting to grips with the site if it isn’t going to benefit you. Work out whether it’s right for your… Read More

Strange Bug Facts: 5 Cool Things You Never Knew About Insects

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Most homeowners are familiar with a variety of pests, but how much do you really know about the little creatures you see each day? Insects are actually quite intelligent, and there is a lot about them that might surprise you. These five facts will give you an inside glimpse into the secret world of bugs and other pests. 1. The animal that has killed more humans than any other is the… mosquito. Mosquitoes may be tiny, but their bite packs a punch; they transmit parasites from one human to another, causing diseases like malaria. More than one million people die each year from mosquito bites, and the tally has grown… Read More

Pest Control: Friday Links Round-Up

Bee Blossom

Funny Fridays In need of a good laugh this Friday? Check out these pest memes… Read More Spring Bug Guide Here’s a spring bug guide for homeowners in the upper Midwest… Read More Crazy Ants Explained! Here are a few helpful pointers about the Rasberry Crazy Ant… Read More Arkansas Exterminators Offer Spring Pest Control Tips Stinging insects, ants, and many other critters are busy in the spring. With just a few steps you can help limit your exposure to them… Read More  Spring Ahead. Are Ants and Termites Headed Your Way?  Ants and termites start to appear with the warm weather. Both of these pests can cause significant damage to… Read More

Understanding A Pest Control Non-Compete- The Employee Perspective

Choose your own way, concept

As a pest control technician, you labor long hours in often times uncomfortable, dirty, and hot conditions. You work hard! You build rapport with many of your customers. You learn your trade inside and out. After years of working for a pest management company, you’re done lining the pockets of “the man.” You decide to take your pest control knowledge, skills and abilities and start your own pest control business. Your plan has just one kink. Upon initially becoming a pest control technician, you signed a non-compete agreement with your former employer. Before you start your own pest control business, first you must understand the non-compete agreement or clause you… Read More

Understanding Pest Control Non-Competes- The Employer’s Perspective

Ethical vs. Legal

As pest control operators, you spend years building your companies. Blood, sweat, frustrations, and tears go into building relationships with your customers, and your employees. What if one of your employee technicians decides that he or she wants to quit and start their own pest control business? Are you protected? Many pest control companies utilize non-compete agreements or clauses in their businesses. What exactly are pest control non-compete agreements? Do they work, and how are they enforced? Are there any drawbacks to using these clauses in the employee hiring process? What about legal issues that come up? Many questions arise when it comes to pest control non-competes. In part one… Read More

Friday Links Round-Up: Pest Control Information

Rat Bread

Boy Dies from Rat-Bite Fever A boy died from a bacterial infection recently in San Diego, apparently from his pet rat. The San Diego County medical examiner’s office ruled that the cause of death was streptobacillus moniliformis infection, commonly known as rat-bite fever, after exposure to an infected rat… Read More Dust Mite Treatment Tips There are only two recommended ways to deal with dust mites – prevention and cure. Lets take a look at both of these methods… Read More Examining the Health Risks Associated with a Rodent Infestation In addition to the structural damage rodents can cause, they also present a serious health risk to you and your… Read More

3 Pests Often Confused For Scorpions

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With the dreaded scorpion season just around the corner, many of us will be on the lookout for these stinging pests inside our homes. Seeing one of these malevolent scorpions scurry across our bathroom floor is enough to send us running to the nearest telephone to call a local scorpion exterminator. Sometimes the creepy-crawlies we see inside our homes or on our properties are not scorpions at all; just pests that closely resemble a scorpion. They’re still ugly, and they still look dangerous; even though they are generally harmless. Here are three pests we commonly confuse for scorpions: 1. Whipscorpions  A pest control technician from Bulwark Exterminating in Mesa recently… 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

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