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Treating for Biting Pests Without an Identification

Identifying biting pests can be difficult. Clients have a hard time producing good samples to identify. Sometimes they can't produce any samples at all. Or, if they do, some of the pests can be difficult to identify without advanced training in entomology. Sometimes, when faced ...
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A carpenter ant swarmer. Source: Alex Wilde.

Which Bait is Best to Control Ant Swarmers?

Here's a question that I get sometimes: What Gel Bait is Best for Ant Swarmers? First of all, let's take a quick stroll through the ant world to see what a swarmer is, anyhow. Swarmers (technically known as alates) are winged ants. Winged ants are ...
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Common Cockroach Harborages in a Home

I remember treating an apartment for German cockroaches with my Uncle Leonard. He picked up a phone in the kitchen and told me, "Always treat the phone." "Why is that?" I asked. He put the phone down. "Because once I had a callback and I ...
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A makeshift bumble bee nest box.

Bumble Bees: A Time to Kill, and a Time to Build Nest Boxes

I've had a pest problem around my house, and it's been the darnedest thing to try to get rid of. Every year, bumble bees have invaded my subarea. One year there was even three different colonies. I know this because my subarea is divided into ...
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What’s In the Yard? Fleas from the Neighborhood Wildlife.

I just don't understand my cat, Aesun. When I leave the backdoor open and the screen unlatched, to run out the garbage, it seems like it sets off a signal in his kitty command center (which I think is hidden under the coffee table - ...
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Inspecting Incoming Goods is Essential for Keeping Pests Out of Facilities

How often do you talk to your commercial clients about inspecting incoming goods, pallets, packages, and so forth for pest activity? If you are like most of us, probably not enough. (Note to readers from the food processing industry, especially quality assurance managers and  plant ...
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Can you get rid of pests with one treatment?

Can you really get rid of pests with one treatment? This question was posed to me by someone fairly new to our industry. He had heard that a 30 day follow up was needed with most pests. I disagree. You can get rid of pests ...
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How Do IGRs Affect Cockroaches?

How Do IGRs Affect Cockroaches?

I recently had a message come in from someone who wants to better understand how IGR's affect cockroaches, especially the brown banded cockroach, Supella longipalpa. (By the way, the picture currently on Wikipedia for the brown banded cockroach isn't the best.) Ah, not only are ...
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Do You Need to Rotate Your Perimeter Products to Limit Resistance?

I recently got a good question from a pest control technician. Not something I would have ever thought to blog about, but very relevant to our work. His question was: I'm using a pyrethroid for perimeter treatments, and I've been using it for the last ...
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And You Think You Have Problems: Pest Control in Libya

And You Think You Have Problems: Pest Control in Libya

I clipped this out of the March / April 2011 issue of Pest magazine, a British magazine that I read. ... readers will remember (see issue 4 – July & August 2009) that Rentokil is now in the middle of a three-year, £24 million government ...
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