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  • Thu Aug 28 2014

    Pest Control company, owner sentenced for illegal pesticide use

    Steven A. Murray, 54, of Pelham, Ala., and his company, Bio-Tech Management Inc., were sentenced today in federal court in Macon, Ga., after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy, unlawful use of pesticides, false statements and mail fraud in connection with the misapplication of pesticides in Georgia nursing homes, announced Sam Hirsch, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Michael J. Moore, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. / MGN Online MACON, GA -- The following was released by the United Sta...

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  • Thu Aug 28 2014

    Pest Controller Encounters ‘Most Amazing Sight’ He’s Ever Seen in His 40-Year Career Inside Woman’s Room

    A U.K. pest controller on a routine call encountered the “most amazing sight” of his 40-year-old career inside a woman’s guest bedroom. John Birkett of Longwood Services Pest Control said he was called to a home and directed to the home’s second floor when he immediately spotted the problem. “When I went upstairs and went into the room, It was the most amazing sight I had ever seen,” he told Sky News. ”There was a nice quilt on the bed and the woman wanted me to save it but when I pulled it, the nest split in half.” “Inside, there were layers and layers of grubs being produced. The...

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  • Thu Aug 28 2014

    What ever became of Ghostbusters' Janine Melnitz? Actress Annie Potts, now 61, imagines her former character as a modern-day pest control manager

    Ms Potts played a sassy redhead secretary in the 1984 cult classic She is now a drama professor and a mother-of-three | Updated: 19:56 EST, 27 August 2014 It's been 30 years since Annie Potts played Janine Melnitz in Ghostbusters, but the 61-year-old actress has a good idea of where her sassy character might be today. According to Ms Potts, Janine - a secretary for the Ghostbusters - would have given up on fighting ghosts, and would probably now be running a pest control company instead. 'You know, snakes, squirrels, racoons... trying to get little bats out of the attic,' the...

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  • Fri Aug 22 2014

    Retired NYPD Bee Expert 'Tony Bees' Returns to Remove 50K Insects From Home

    ELMHURST — You can't keep Tony Bees away from the hive. The NYPD's recently-retired bee expert and another apiarist teamed up Thursday to remove more than 50,000 bees that had taken up residence in an unsuspecting condo owner's ceiling. Anthony "Tony Bees" Planakis and Larry Stone, the "Honeybee Helper" at Stoneridge Apiaries who specializes in removing bee colonies from residences, spent hours Thursday morning tracking down and removing more than 50,000 bees living in a ceiling at Gregory Hall Condominium on 51st Avenue and 90th Street. The duo, who work out at the same Rego Park ...

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  • Thu Aug 21 2014

    Ancient amber depicts war between ants and termites

    Amber that contains insects is a rarity. Amber that contains two species of ancient insects engaged in a life-and-death struggle is a phenomenal find. David Coty, Romain Garrouste, Frédéric Legendre, André Nel from the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France and colleagues are the first to describe termites and ants in battle preserved in a piece of amber. The discovery was published in the journal Public Library of Science on Aug. 20, 2014. The amber was found in the Totolapa deposit in Chiapas, Mexico. The amber depicts a battle between Azteca ants and Nasutitermes termit...

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  • Thu Aug 21 2014

    Busting Myths About Ticks

    K-State veterinarian and expert on ticks talks common myths about the pests and provides advice for protecting yourself and your pets. Newswise — MANHATTAN, Kan. – A walk through the woods, a fishing trip, or an evening playing in the yard with your children are situations with the potential to encounter dozens, even hundreds of blood-sucking pests known as ticks. Ticks can be a problem year-round, but they pose the most threat in warmer summer months. These disease carriers could be harmful to humans and pets alike. Michael Dryden, D.V.M, Ph.D., is a university distinguished professo...

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  • Thu Aug 21 2014

    Pest control finds pockets of bed bugs in Lodi theater

    LODI, Calif. (KCRA) — A pest control agency found pockets of bed bugs Wednesday in a Lodi movie theater after the theater shut down to investigate reports from movie-goers, officials said. Clark Pest Control said it discovered small pockets of bed bugs in limited areas of the Lodi Stadium 12 Cinemas and took care of the issue on site. Officials said Clark was completing the eradication and found no live bed bugs during a follow-up inspection. "We are battling bed bug infestations in many places in California's Central Valley and are confident in the service that we are providing th...

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  • Thu Aug 21 2014

    Pimco clears part of New York office over 'insects'

    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) - Money-manager Pimco is fighting "an isolated issue with insects" in its New York office. "As a precautionary measure the firm is fumigating certain areas of the office space," the unit of Allianz SE ALV, +0.18% said in a statement Wednesday. "During this period our employees are working remotely and we expect to resume full on-premises staffing over the coming days. This is an issue that is far from uncommon in New York City." Pimco didn't identify the bugs, but Fox Business Network's Charles Gasparino reported it was an infestation of bed bugs, citing traders. Bed ...

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  • Tue Aug 19 2014

    After Bed Bug Complaints, Lodi Theater Closed Until Thursday To Eliminate ‘Insect’ Problem

    LODI (CBS13) — The Lodi Stadium 12 Cinemas closed Monday while pest control trucks investigated moviegoers’ complaints bed bugs bit them while they sat in the theater. The movie theater released a statement saying the theater would be closed until Thursday after “limited evidence of insect activity” was found inside some auditoriums. Clark Pest Control technical director Darren Van Steenwyk can’t confirm if his crews found any evidence of bed bugs, but said he’s seeing more cases of bed bugs in the valley. “Hotels, dorms, office buildings, coffee houses, buses, airplanes, and airpo...

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  • Tue Aug 19 2014

    Utah beekeepers say fewer of the insects died last winter

    If results of a Utah Department of Agriculture and Food survey are any indication, there’s a lot of buzz going on in Utah’s backyards. Beekeeping has increased as a hobby and as a second source of income, the department said in a report on the Overwintering Survey 2013-2014, posted this summer on its website. Of the 303 beekeepers who responded to the survey last spring, 52 percent did not own hives the previous year. The agriculture department also said that fewer colonies died last winter than the winter before. Of survey respondents, 12 percent reported having more losses than t...

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  • Mon Aug 18 2014

    North Country insects might be able to predict first frost

    Over the past few weeks in my neighborhood I've heard an argument through the open window almost every night as I drift off to sleep. The bickering is always about the same thing, and it seems to be fraught with baseless accusations—a real “he said, she said” kind of thing. It doesn't keep me awake or anything, but I wouldn't mind some resolution. I mean, what is it, allegedly, that Katydid? Katydids are similar to their close cousins the grasshoppers in size and shape, except that they're bright green and have long wispy antennae. Both the male and the female call to find mates, an unus...

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  • Fri Aug 15 2014

    Just in time for school: New pest control calculator now available for maintenance professionals

    School News DALLAS – Maintenance professionals gearing up for the start of school now have a new tool to help defend students from the inevitable summer influx of undesirables roaming the halls. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new integrated pest management website, http://ipmcalculator.com, offers school staff members in charge of pest control a wealth of practical information on managing rodents, birds, cockroaches, ants and a plethora of other unwelcome denizens, said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management program specialist at Dallas. “The cost c...

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  • Fri Aug 15 2014

    Only 10 Midges Needed to Make a Swarm

    Nature To most people, a cloud of midges is an annoyance. To Nicholas Ouellette it is the key to a mysterious animal behavior — the swarm. Ouellette, who works on complex systems at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and his colleague James Puckett, have found that swarms of these insects become self-organizing when their numbers reach just ten individuals. Their paper, published on 13 August in Journal of the Royal Society Interface, is part of a small but growing area of research producing data from real swarms to inform models of this behavior. Ouellette and Puckett s...

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  • Thu Aug 14 2014

    Counting Cockroaches

    A Virginia Tech researcher looking for ways to improve pest control techniques in public housing projects turned to the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. She found fertile ground for her tests. “We found the largest, most spectacular infestations I have seen in my career. There are sanitation problems, water issues, clutter and the cockroaches have a lot of access to food,” Dr. Dini Miller, a professor of urban entomology, told Pest Control Technology Magazine for their annual cockroach issue, published last month. RRHA houses 10,000 people in 4,000 units. Before testing n...

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  • Thu Aug 14 2014

    Five questions (and answers) about skunks in Calgary

    Removing a skunk from around your house is no easy task, as pest-control experts in the city will tell you. Photograph by: BARBARA SAX , AFP/Getty Images They’re black and white, notoriously smelly, and they seem to be running rampant in the city. Calgary Herald reporter Annalise Klingbeil gets the scoop on skunks from some local pest control experts. 1. Where do they live? Skunks are nocturnal scavengers that tend to be particularly active in Calgary during the summertime. Nicholas Holland, owner of Peregrine General Pest Control Inc., says the critters adore living under a hom...

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  • Thu Aug 14 2014

    Look Before You Sit: Video May Show Bed Bugs on CTA Red Line Train

    A video circulating on social media this week shows insects -- possibly bed bugs -- crawling on the seat of a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train, but a transit agency spokeswoman said there have been no confirmed sightings. "We've never had a bed bug," CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase told NBC Chicago, adding that even a report of a bed bug warrants a vehicle being taken out of service, inspected and fumigated. "We take that stuff seriously." Chase said the CTA has used dogs trained to detect the odor given off by bed bugs and has never had a positive match. All buses and trains ar...

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  • Thu Aug 14 2014

    The patient complained of insects crawling on her skin. Then she handed me a glass jar

    Bug's life: a woman tends to a shelf full of cockroaches in jars in a lab, c.1955. Photo: Getty Erica was hugely frustrated. “I’ve had the council round several times, they’ve fumigated the whole place twice, and still I’m getting bitten.” I peered at her lower legs. There were scattered red lumps and lots of scratch marks. The pest control officer, having exhausted his insecticidal repertoire, had sent Erica along to me. The commonest reason for someone being eaten alive in their own home is the death of a cat. Fleas live in carpets, hopping on to the resident pet when in need of foo...

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  • Thu Aug 14 2014

    This extreme Antarctic insect has the tiniest genome

    A female (left) and male (right) Antarctic midge mate. These animals are the only true insects native to Antarctica, and they have the smallest genome ever sequenced.Richard E. Lee, Jr. The Antarctic midge is a simple insect: no wings, a slender black body and an adult life span of not much more than a week. So perhaps it's fitting the bug is now on record as the owner of the tiniest insect genome ever sequenced. At just 99 million base pairs of nucleotides (DNA's building blocks), the midge's genome is smaller than that of the body louse and far more miniscule than the human genome, ...

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  • Tue Aug 12 2014

    Battling High Food Prices One Bug at a Time

    Before you bite into your dinner, do you know where it came from? What might have hitched a ride along with it? Tisha Thompson shows you how a small army is trying to protect the price of your dinner by standing guard at the border. He's cute, fuzzy and saving you thousands of dollars every year: Hudson the Beagle is trained to hunt down what travelers may be hiding. Hudson is looking for pests that could hitch a ride into the U.S. on an airplane, clinging to food or plants shipped into the country or even carried on in luggage. And that means he is a big part of keeping the U.S. food...

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  • Tue Aug 12 2014

    Big stink: Calgary skunk calls rising steadily

    Local pest control say they’ve been increasingly earning their skunk removal stripes. It’s an honour some, like Matthew Gosselin, say they could do without. “It’s not our favourite call ... sometimes they spray inside our trucks, so it’s a messy job,” said Gosselin, who owns Elite Pest Control. But it’s a call Gosselin and his competitors say they’re receiving more often these days. “We are getting quite a few calls for skunks this year, for some reason,” he said, adding his business receives four or five skunk complaints a week. “It’s kind of all over town.” On Monday, Go...

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