When planning what you want to bring with you on your summer vacation this year, don’t forget what you don’t want to bring back: bed bugs. The common bed bug had almost disappeared in the United States, but has made a strong comeback over the past decade.
Natasha is a board-certified entomologist and a member of the Entomological Society of America. She earned her bachelor’s degree in entomology at the University of Florida in 2009 and received her master’s degree in entomology at the University of Arkansas in 2013. Natasha says as long as there are humans, they will need pest control.
The days and nights are beginning to warm, and with the help of April showers, the outdoors in New England are coming back to life. Unfortunately, this also means an increase in one of the most prevalent pests – ants.
The arrival of spring not only provides a fresh start for you, but for a range of undesirable springtime pests such as ants, termites, mice and fruit flies.
Termites cause more damage each year than fires. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that residents spend between $1-2 billion on termite control and repairs each year.
The end of summer and onset of fall is the height of flea season and pets are often plagued by and carriers of these unwanted wingless creatures. The first wall of defense against a flea infestation is to protect your animals with a flea prevention treatment.
This summer there has been a lot of Zika buzz (pun intended). Whether we are talking about the Olympics or the dangers inherent in attending a garden party, Zika is a topic of conversation. This is even more true if you work in the pest control industry.
A few weeks ago we wrote about the many impacts of the mild winter and early spring and said we would touch base soon about what it means if you see carpenter ants in your home in early April. Carpenter ants will gradually begin to emerge from their dormant state, and when they do, they will be hungry.
Each year we receive queries from local media outlets seeking advice and commentary relating to (choose one from each category) wet winter/dry winter, cold winter/warm winter, short winter/long winter. Because we never want to miss an opportunity for free publicity, we do our best to help.
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Jeff and Dan White from Bed Bug Central, a highly respected organization in our industry. Jeff, the Technical Director of Bed Bug Central, holds a MS in Entomology from the University of Florida and has been featured as a bed bug expert on a number of national news programs.
A couple of weeks ago we offered some fall rodent prevention tips. In the post we discussed some of the health and safety reasons why you do not want to co-exist with mice.