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  • Wed Sep 2 2015

    Rentokil to purchase Steritech Group

    Reading, PA Reading-based Rentokil North America has entered into an agreement to acquire fellow pest control company Steritech Group. According to a press release, the purchase of the Charlotte, N.C.-based company will be for $425 million. Rentokil North America, a subsidiary of Camberly, England-based Rentokil Initial, will become the third-largest pest control company in the U.S. and the third largest in Canada. The company said the U.S. market has an overall value of $7.5 billion. Revenue from Rentokil North America is $800 million, which is the largest operation for Rent...

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  • Tue Sep 1 2015

    Dengue fever: How a mosquito infected millions, and not with malaria

    (CNN)A bite from a single mosquito can result in fever, headaches, and pain. Severe cases can experience a multitude of symptoms including bleeding, shock, organ failure -- and potentially death. There is no treatment or vaccine and no real means of protecting yourself in countries endemic for the disease. Though affected countries were once few, today more than 100 harbor the risk of infection -- putting more than half the world's population at risk and resulting in 50 million infections each year. The infection is Dengue -- formerly known as "break-bone fever" because of the seve...

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  • Tue Sep 1 2015

    Food Manufacturers Issue No-Fly Zones - Food Processing

    Zero tolerance may be the goal in insect and rodent remediation in food plants, but a priority list can be useful when deploying limited resources to combat an ongoing concern. Thanks to the good folks at FDA, such a list exists. Created two years ago, FDA’s Dirty 22 is a guidance document that identifies the cockroaches, ants, rodents and flies that are critters non gratae in and around production and storage facilities. The species were flagged by FDA field labs because of their links to foodborne diseases. Given their grazing habits and hairy bodies, filth flies are particularly ...

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  • Tue Sep 1 2015

    TWRC warns against using glue traps for pest control

    Unwanted guests like rats and mice are not always a sign of poor housekeeping but rather a fact of life. There are several things on the market that are used to bait and catch the unwanted guests such as mousetraps, rat poisons and glue traps. Of these options, the most inhumane of all of them is the glue trap. Glue traps are made of a piece of cardboard, fiberboard or plastic that has been covered with an adhesive. Sometimes the adhesive has been treated to smell like food so the animal is attracted to it. Once the animal steps on the trap, it is unable to get free. The animal then dies...

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  • Wed Aug 26 2015

    Doctor says third sting from wasp or hornet could be deadly for some

    As summer gradually winds down, people might notice an increase in wasp and hornet activity. While some people may attempt to remove a nest themselves, experts warn that being careless around these insects can lead to deadly consequences. Michigan State University Educator Jill O’Donnell, with the Wexford County office, said wasps and hornets often become more aggressive this time of year because there are more queens in the nest. She said the queens are the only members of the colony that survive during the winter, and to get them ready for their hibernation, the worker bees are m...

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  • Wed Aug 26 2015

    Grand Co. residents warned of insect-borne disease in Colo.

    SALT LAKE CITY — Residents in Grand County are being cautioned against an infectious animal and insect-borne disease that has affected several people in Colorado this year. The condition, called Tularemia, is picked up by contact with infected animals, eating or drinking tainted food or water, or being bitten by infected insects such as ticks and deer flies. Twenty-seven cases of Tularemia have been reported in Colorado this year through August 14, as opposed to 16 confirmed cases in the state in all of 2014. Two women and one child were infected in Mesa County in recent days, all whi...

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  • Sat Aug 22 2015

    Insects swarm over California communities in huge piles

    LONE PINE, Calif. — The gas station's ground was covered with the small winged bugs. Piles of carcasses, inches deep, sat swept to the sides. On the road, they rained onto car windshields. They flew by the thousands toward even the smallest sour-ces of light, and crept along windows and kitchen tables. Such has been the skin-crawling reality for the past two months in the high-desert communities at the foot of the Sierra Nevada's eastern slopes, where residents have seen an explosion of the black-and-red seed bug species Melacoryphus lateralis. “They're in everything. There's no wa...

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  • Thu Aug 20 2015

    He’s Exterminating Dysfunction in the Pest Control Industry

    As a college student who paid his tuition with summer jobs selling pest-treatment contracts to homeowners, David Royce realized he had a knack for sales. One summer, he sold 900 new accounts compared to the 150 accounts that most of his peers did. He pored over business books to perfect his approach, developed training programs for other agents, and rose in the company ranks to VP of sales while still in college. Royce had his sights set on moving to New York City after graduation from Brigham Young University to pursue a career in investment banking or venture capital. But 11 years afte...

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  • Wed Aug 19 2015

    Mutant lice are probably coming! But first, the hype

    (CNN)Head lice are a lousy part of the school year or summer vacation for an estimated 6 to 12 million children in the United States every year. Infestations can lead to itchy scalp, irritability and poor sleep. To make matters worse, there are hints we could be losing some of our easiest and cheapest defenses against these insect interlopers. Studies suggest many lice may no longer be killed by over-the-counter treatments such as Rid shampoo or Nix rinse. Newer generation lice-fighting chemicals are an option if the usual treatments fail, but they are often more expensive. A number o...

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  • Wed Aug 19 2015

    Pest control experts learn by doing at Texas A&M AgriLife program

    DALLAS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas recently held an inaugural hands-on integrated pest management, or IPM, training class for more than a dozen professionals and paraprofessionals in the business of pest control. The class was the first to be offered using the IPM Experience House, a facility designed to train pest-control professionals how to control pests more safely and effectively. “This was the first time for the center to host a program based on hands-on demonstrations of pest exclusion practices for homes,” said Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M ...

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  • Wed Aug 19 2015

    Vermin watch out: LAX spending on pest control to increase tenfold

    The 70 million passengers hauling personal snacks through LAX each year make it a big buffet for roaches, mice and rats. The restaurants, restrooms, garages, and landscaping also attract unsavory critters. So LAX is hiring the Orkin man. The Board of Airport Commissioners on Thursday is expected to grant Orkin Services of California a $5.2 million pest control contract for the next 7 years. The contract — at up to $750,000 a year — is more than 10 times what the airport is spending on pest control now. The airport has a $70,000-per year contract with a smaller company that runs thr...

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  • Thu Aug 13 2015

    Is America ready for a new wave of tropical diseases?

    (CNN)One rainy Friday morning in March 2015, Dr Laila Woc-Colburn saw two patients with neurocysticercosis (a parasitic infection of the brain) and one with Chagas disease, which is transmitted by insects nicknamed "kissing bugs." Having attended medical school in her native Guatemala, she was used to treating these kinds of diseases. But she was not in Guatemala any more -- this was Houston, Texas. For half a day each week, one wing of the Smith Clinic's third floor in Houston is transformed into a tropical medicine clinic, treating all manner of infectious diseases for anyone who walks...

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  • Thu Aug 13 2015

    Remembering Edith Patch, the First Female President of the Entomological Society of America

    By Amanda Clark When Cassie Gibbs came to the University of Maine in 1971, a photograph hanging in an office captivated her. She was studying it one day when Geddes Simpson, head of the Entomology Department, informed her that the woman was Edith Marion Patch, UMaine’s first female entomologist. From that day forward, Gibbs — UMaine’s second female entomologist — made it her mission to learn all she could about Patch. Simpson fueled Gibbs’ fascination by regularly leaving on her desk letters, laboratory notebooks, and children’s books authored by Patch. The collection grew steadily du...

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  • Wed Aug 12 2015

    Veteran wants to help peers with pest control business

    By SAM STITES Herald Staff Writer HUNTINGBURG — A new pest control business serving Dubois County opened recently, and the owner is looking to gain a foothold in the community by creating an opportunity for veterans to gain employment in a stable environment. Jesse Blessinger, 31, started Veterans Pest Solutions in June after receiving his associate degree in business management and finance. Blessinger’s father, Terry, was owner of a pest control company called Exterm but sold to Action Pest Control of Evansville a couple years ago. Blessinger worked for his father’s company and...

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  • Mon Aug 10 2015

    Why are hornets and yellow jackets so aggressive this time of year?

    I used to think of hornets and yellow jackets as the jerks of the animal kingdom. These stinging, flying wasps ruin countless picnics with their aggressive appetite for candy, fruit, and soda. They sting thousands of Americans every year, killing up to 100 people through anaphylactic shock. And one of them stung me three times on the face as I walked out of a campground bathroom one July. What a jerk, right? As living incarnations of Ayn Rand’s nightmares, these social insects do everything for the good of the colony. Not according to entomologists. Ten years after that fly-by stingin...

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  • Thu Aug 6 2015

    Why this pest control company spends so much on Google-esque perks

    Tech companies aren’t the only ones having fun in the office anymore Alterra LLC in Provo, Utah is a company that sells pest-control services. Their office sports an NCAA regulation size basketball court, a TruGolf simulator, and a 90-inch screen television. They bring in food trucks each month to serve their staff lunch and their fridges are stocked with free bottles of Propel water. Many people are drawn to working at large technology companies like Google because of the perks that they offer. Smaller companies are starting to follow tech giants’ examples to increase their growth an...

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  • Tue Aug 4 2015

    Pantry Pests

    In this column I want to talk about some pests that you can find in your pantry and even in your food. There is one moth that is common and several types of beetles. None of these pests require an exterminator or any pesticides. Indian meal moths (Pyralidae - Plodia interpunctella) There are several species of pantry moths that can infest your home, but the one most frequently encountered is the Indian meal moth. This moth is small and colorful. The wings are gray toward the body and have dark bands near the tip. They will feed on a wide variety of dried foods, including cereals, f...

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  • Tue Aug 4 2015

    Sedan, pest control pickup truck collide

    PHOTOS: A sedan and pest control company pickup truck collided in Ridgewood this afternoon, pushing the truck onto a curb and knocking off its bed cap. No injuries were reported after the Saab and truck collided at the intersection of South Van Dien Avenue and Grove Street shortly before 1 p.m. The pickup was removed by flatbed tow truck.

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  • Mon Aug 3 2015

    FDA Warning Letters: Pests, Drug Residues, Seafood HACCP Issues

    The latest group of warning letters posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes one sent to a food warehouse and repacking facility in Fremont, CA, regarding pest activity. In a July 13, 2015, warning letter to Bharat Bazaar Inc. of Union City, CA, FDA stated that inspectors visiting the Fremont facility this past April found apparent rodent gnaw holes and rodent excreta pellets in areas where flour, moong (mung) beans and cumin seeds were being stored and repacked. Further, the agency told the company that the vacuum cleaner used to clean the flour repacking machin...

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  • Mon Aug 3 2015

    PA School Closes After Venomous Spiders Found for a 3rd Time

    A Pennsylvania school district has closed one of its elementary schools due to an infestation of venomous spiders. WHTM-TV reports this is the third time brown recluse spiders were found at Montgomery Elementary School in Mercersburg. The Tuscarora School District made the decision to close the school Tuesday after officials met with the district's pest control management company. The company found five to six spiders in the school's library in mid-July. They were also found last year at different times in the lunchroom kitchen and the boiler room. Superintendent Dr. Charles Prij...

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