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Getting to know the Fruit Fly

10/28/2017

The most common small fruit fly is Drosophila melanogaster, and it and D. simulans are known for their large, bright red eyes. A newer pest is the dark-eyed fruit fly (I am seeing more and more of this one, but manly in commercial kitchens), actually a group of related flies, including D. repleta, with darker…

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Wood to ground contacts

10/26/2017

When landscaping a property it is important to understand things that could cause unwanted insects or termites. Soil or Mulch Buildup – Excessive soil or mulch against brick walls or siding at the foundation provides a protected gateway for termites to enter a structure by bypassing the treated soil beneath. Raised Foundation Planters – Landscaping…

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Fall Invaders

10/25/2017

Occasional invaders is one term that we use to describe those pests that enter structures periodically, and only under certain circumstances. They are not permanent indoor residents that are able to successfully reproduce indoors. Most occasional invaders are normally outdoor pests. Some are foundation pests found in mulch, woodpiles, and plants around the perimeter of…

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Bed Bug Bites, More than you wanted to know…

10/24/2017

Although bed bugs will feed on other animals if they have to, they prefer human blood. All active stages of bed bugs feed on blood: nymphs, and adult males, as well as Although bed bugs will feed on other animals if they have to, they prefer human blood. All active stages of bed bugs feed…

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How to kill Bed Bugs by Washing

10/23/2017

When doing bed bug work, we tell customers that they need to clean or launder their clothing and linens to kill any bed bugs present. Bed bugs don’t live in clothes like body lice but they will hide in clothes or shoes. And it’s very likely that some bed bugs will be found on bed…

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Pest Proof Exterior Doors to keep Rodents Out

10/23/2017

Just like people, mice and rats commonly use doors to enter buildings, but they typically go under them rather than through them. To rodent proof a door, you can install door sweeps and thresholds at the bottom, and weather seals or weather stripping around the sides and top. There are weather seal door kits for…

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The why of Termite Swarms

10/23/2017

Why Do Termites Swarm? A reproductive swarm is one way that termites start new colonies. Budding or splitting a colony into smaller pieces is another way. In a mature termite colony, sexually mature winged reproductives (or alates) are produced. When the time is right (see below), these future queens and kings leave the colony, flying…

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Myths On Yellow Jacket Stings

10/23/2017

I have had a few Yellow jacket calls in the last couple weeks. I figured I would share some things I read. After a recent Interstate Pest Management Conference in Maryland, yellow jacket researcher Dr. Al Greene presented practical research debunking much of what we think we know about yellow jacket stings. MYTH #1 –…

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Landscape Modification For Helping Pest Control

10/23/2017

Excluding Pests Through Landscape Modification Landscape modification is not the only solution to to keep all pests away, but modifying a landscape to make it less conducive to pest infestation will go a long way to keep out the pests. Most people enjoy a beautiful home environment full of trees, shrubs, landscape beds and other…

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