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Labor Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up

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Labor Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up   Wasp Ruins My Labor Day While enjoying my outdoor Labor Day picnic, I feel this small quiver underneath my blouse. I brush at it, thinking nothing of it at first, when I realize that ‘quiver’ inside my blouse has legs… and a bad temper! More… Take the Bite Out of Labor Day Nothing puts a damper on end-of-summer picnics and camp-outs faster than biting bugs. Unfortunately, mosquitoes and other insect pests come with the summertime territory. You can keep pesky – and sometimes dangerous – bugs from ruining your time outdoors over the long Labor Day weekend by taking three steps for… Read More

3 Pests That Can Ruin Your Fourth Of July

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Among all of your festive Fourth of July BBQ’s, fireworks, pool parties, and parades can lurk unanticipated nuisances that may very well wreak havoc on the day’s festivities (and I’m not talking about your Uncle Roger who drinks too much). I’m talking of course about bugs! Here are three such nuisances, or outdoor pests, that can ruin your Fourth of July holiday: Yellow Jackets One of the most popular Fourth of July activities are family picnics or barbeques. In fact, Last July 4th some 78 million Americans had a barbecue; grilling everything from hotdogs, to hamburgers, to shish kabobs. The sweet watermelon and sticky sodas draw in unwanted pests to… Read More

Top 5 Best & Worst Mosquito Repellants

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Thursday is the Fourth of July! It’s a time we will gather together with our families and friends; celebrating living in the world’s best country. We will commemorate our nation’s independence by waving flags at parades, cooling off in swimming pools, woofing down tons of hotdogs and potato salad at BBQ’s, and cap the day off by lighting or watching vibrant fireworks. With all of the day’s festivities, the last thing you want to worry about is blood-sucking pests like mosquitoes and ticks. One of the best ways to keep these irritating bugs from ruining your holiday is to wear a good insect repellant when you are outdoors. With so… Read More

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Before BBQ Season

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BBQ season is just around the corner, if not in full swing for some families. With hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, and watermelon on the table, it is no wonder that mosquitoes want to be a part of the party. Let your guests enjoy their meal pest free and rid your yard of mosquitoes with these easy techniques that will prove to be a lifesaver. There are many things to briefly eliminate mosquitos such as bug spray and zappers but in order to reduce mosquitos for the entire season, you will probably want to take more drastic measures. Reduce Their Breeding Ground Reduce the amount of mosquitoes… Read More

5 For Friday: This Week’s Link Round-Up

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5 For Friday: This Week’s Link Round-Up   One Bald Face You Don’t Want at Your BBQ Bald Face Hornets are notorious for ruining summer barbeques, and such was the case at a neighborhood Memorial Day BBQ recently in Columbus, OH. Read all about it, and what can be done to prevent/remove these hornets and their paper nests. More.. Debunking Home Pest Control Myths Here are three common pest control misconceptions, debunked by a pest control professional. More… What Works & What Doesn’t When It Comes To Mosquito Pest Control Mosquito season is in full swing, and all of us are clamoring for the best mosquito control methods and products… Read More

5 For Friday: Link Round-Up

Pest Of The Week: The Brown Recluse Spider   The Brown Recluse spider is also known as a Violin spider because of the violin markings found on it’s back. Because of its extremely venomous and deadly bite, the Brown Recluse is one of worst spider pests. These bites are extremely dangerous. There have been reports of lost appendages and even death because of these painful bites. Spider control efforts must be taken to keep these spiders out of your basements, attics, and garages. While the Brown recluse is dangerous, it’s a rather shy spider that will only bite when it feels threatened. Bites occur when a hand is placed unknowingly… Read More

Mosquitoes That Drink Blood By The Gallon: Meet The Gallinipper

If a regular mosquito was a smart car, than the gallinipper would be a Mack truck. It’s the goliath of all mosquitoes. A biting bug that is so terrifying that it has emptied entire schoolyards of screaming children. They are called gallinippers because it is believed they can nip a gallon of your blood. The worst part is that they are expected to invade South Florida in big numbers this mosquito season. What Is A Gallinipper?  We are headed to rainy season, and we all know that that means mosquitoes; and the largest blood sucking mosquito in the U.S. is the ‘Shaggy-Legged’ Gallinipper. The gallinipper, properly known as Psorophora ciliata,… Read More

Links Roundup: Pest Control News For The Week

Links Roundup: Pest Control News For The Week   Insects That Look Worse Than They Are Bugs like the praying mantis, dragonfly, spider, and scarab beetle all look menacing. These insects’ bark is worse then their bite. They are actually quite beneficial. More… Beware The Bug: Fire Ants – The Dangerous Home Invader Fire ants pose a serious health risk, particularly to small children or family pets. They are known to have a strong, painful and persistent sting that often leaves a pustule on the skin. Left untreated, fire ant bites can become infected and in a few extreme cases, have been reported fatal. More… Pest Control Tip: Beware Of… Read More

Pest Control Add-On Services– Boost Your Bottom Line

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Overhead costs in the pest control industry continue to be on the rise, and it’s affecting our bottom line. The increasing prices of insecticides alone are digging into already low profit margins. Some pest control companies are looking to add-on services to help boost these margins and grow their businesses. Here are the most common add-on services used pest control companies today: Wildlife control and relocation Odor control Rodent proofing Mosquito control Mold remediation “Honey do” services Pool care Lawn care HVAC Gutter cleaning Junk removal services   Why Pest Control Companies Offer Add-On Services Profitable Services can be set up on routes One-stop shopping for customers Maximize average revenue… Read More

Cash-Strapped States Needing More Mosquito Control

  The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is growing more and more concerned about the level of mosquito control as state budgets shrink. Cash-strapped states face financial hardships due to the extensive wildfires this summer, leaving many mosquito control districts with a bigger job to do and fewer financial resources.   Mosquito Control Districts Mosquito Control Districts are government agencies that promote health and well being by protecting the public from disease and annoyance caused by mosquitoes. Districts are governed by a Board of Trustees, each representing one of the incorporated cities or counties within the District’s boundaries. Each Trustee is appointed by a City Council Member or by a County… Read More