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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

Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control Links

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Halloween Party Food: Edible Insects Edible insects make great and creepy Halloween party food. Here are a few that might wet your appetite. More… Mole Crickets in Trinity, FL Mole crickets are becoming an increasing problem in some states; damaging lawns. They tunnel through the surface layer of the soil which damages the grass roots. Eventually the grass is uprooted and dries out. There are solutions to dealing with Mole crickets. Don’t Forget About Fall Termite Treatments Many homeowners don’t realize that October can actually be one of the worst months for termites. Wondering why? The simple truth is that termites are attracted to moisture, and that’s typically plentiful during… Read More

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Articles

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Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Articles   Rodents Don’t Like Cold Weather Either Now that summer is on the way out and winter is fast approaching, it is once again time to fortify your home against the coming invasion of mice, rodents, and bats. More… The American Cockroach: What You Need To Know Those who have the misfortune of dealing with roaches are left with more questions than answers. What do American cockroaches look like? What do they eat? Why are they attracted to my home? How can I get rid of them and prevent them from returning? Get answers to those questions and more, by clicking here.… Read More

Pest Control Legislative Day 2013 Highlights

Every year, pest control professionals ascend on our nation’s capital to raise awareness with their legislators about important issues impacting the pest control industry. National Pest Management Association (NMPA) Legislative Day 2013, in Washington DC, offered pest control professionals the opportunity to build stronger relationships with a new-look Congress. NMPA Legislative Day 2013 In Washington  March 17-19 2013 marked NMPA Legislative Day in Washington DC; and some 400 pest control professionals attended to make sure their voices were heard by Congress. Important business and tax issues were discussed, including issues surrounding the PESTT Act, paperless reporting, and the use of Sulfuryl Fluoride on food. Those who attended got to listen… Read More

Sniper Rat Control

If you think the rat problem in New York City is bad, it’s got nothing on Tehran, the capital city of Iran. In an effort to combat the city’s massive plague of mutant super rats, rats that are resistant to pesticides, the Tehran environmental agency has deployed ten teams of rifle equipped sharp shooters to take out the hard-to-kill rodents. Sniper Teams Assembled To Control Rats Pesticide resistant super rats, which have grown to be almost as big as the common house cat; have been running amuck throughout much of Europe and the Middle East. In order to better control these rats, the environmental agency of Tehran, Iran has deployed… Read More

Top 10 Bands Named After Pests

Katydids

I recently had a lot of fun putting together a Spotify playlist of popular bug songs. While putting it together, I found several bands that also shared their names with pests. Here is my top ten bands named after bugs or pests: 10. Katydids The Katydids reached stardom briefly in the early 90’s before guitarist Adam Seymour left the bad to play with The Pretenders. Before splitting, The Katydids released two moderately successful albums entitled Katydids (1991) and Shangri-la (1991).   Katydids, also known as long-horned grasshoppers, are best known for their appearance that mimics that of a leaf. 9. Adam and the Ants Adam and the Ants, led by… Read More

Weekly Pest Control Videos & Links

This Week’s Pest Control Videos & Links   Harlem Shake ( bed bug inspection edition) Harlem shake videos have been the craze as of late, and even bed bug inspectors have caught on. See for yourself: Winning the Roach & Ant Battle We all know how much of a nightmare dealing with ants and cockroaches can be. Here are a few tips on winning that battle from Suburban Exterminating in Long Island, NY. More… Liquid vs. Bait Termite Treatment Termites are one of the leading causes of damage to your home. Dealing with them can be tricky at times, but fortunately there is help. Here is a good discussion on… Read More

Mutant Super Rats

Mutant super rats is not the title of the next straight to DVD Hollywood horror flick; but rather a real problem plaguing cities in Britain and much of Europe. A Plague Of Mutant Super Rats Researchers claim in a recent study that a new breed of super rats are invading English cities, like Henley, and are completely resistant to pesticides because of years of genetic mutation. Authorities have adequately labeled theses rats as “mutant super rats.” Spotting A Mutant Super Rat Unfortunately, there are no discernable features that allow us to distinguish the super mutant rats from their brown rat non-mutant counterparts, despite the freaky picture below. The only way to… Read More

Pests Caused The Super Bowl Power Outage?

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Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans was full of twists and turns as the Baltimore Ravens edged the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 34-31. One of the most memorable twists to the game happened to be when the power to half of Mercedes-Benz Superdome, including the scoreboard, went dark with 13:22 left in the third quarter. The game was literally stopped as the players, announcers, and fans where all left scratching their heads. After nearly 35 minutes of head scratching, wondering what had happened to the power, the game resumed. The San Francisco 49ers, who were down 28-6 just before the blackout, staged a monumental comeback, only to… Read More

What Odors Do Rodents Like?

If you’ve had rodent problems before, then you are probably aware about how challenging it is to get rid of these destructive critters. Rats and mice are the most common types, but another rodent that is also known to wreak havoc to properties is the vole. Once any type of critter has set up house in your property, it becomes a battle. You need to defend your home from these creatures that damage property and possessions. More importantly, you have to get rid of these animals because they can also bring dangerous diseases. Because you do not want to have rodents around, you should seriously consider what sort of preventive… Read More