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  • Tue Mar 24 2015

    As funding to combat invasive pests grows, Florida finds success battling giant snails

    Two Giant African Land Snails are held by a Florida Department of Agriculture worker searching for the pests in Dade County on Sept. 5, 2012. FLORIDA DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE Among other major projects – In California, $4 million has been dedicated for an exotic fruit fly survey, as well as more than $3 million for “detector dog” teams. – In Hawaii, $2.2 million has been dedicated to responding to detection of the coconut rhinoceros beetle. – In Pennsylvania, $1.5 million will go to eradicating the spotted lantern fly. WASHINGTON — Federal agriculture officials are spending ne...

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  • Tue Mar 24 2015

    Bee behaviour mapped by tiny trackers

    Technology reporter, BBC News A tiny new tracker designed to monitor bee behaviour is being tested by ecologists at Kew Gardens in London. It is made from off-the-shelf technology and is based on equipment used to track pallets in warehouses, said its creator Dr Mark O'Neill. Readers, used to pick up a signal from the kit, are connected to Raspberry Pi computers, which log the readings. The device has a reach of up to 2.5m (8.2ft). Previously used models were restricted to 1cm (0.4in). The tracker consists of a standard RFID (radio frequency identification) chip and a special...

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  • Mon Mar 23 2015

    Wolbachia Bacteria Can Control Mosquitoes with Fewer Chemicals

    By Erin Weeks Imagine that a strain of bacteria living in your body had the power to protect you from deadly viruses, render you sterile, or even help give rise to a new species of human. For insects, it’s not just fantasy — one widespread variety of bacteria possesses all of these powers, and many more bizarre qualities. Scientists across the globe are now learning to commandeer those bacteria for human benefit in hopes of combating disease-spreading mosquitoes. And judging from recent efforts in Kentucky, the future of our partnership with the microbe Wolbachia looks bright. Wolbach...

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  • Sun Mar 22 2015

    Terminix® Announces Acquisition of Two Canadian Pest Control Companies

    MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - March 19, 2015) - Terminix®, the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States, has announced the acquisitions of two more Canadian pest and wildlife control companies, Excel Pest Control and Cabot Pest Control. Excel Pest Control was established in 1999 by Greg and Shelly Ricker and is located in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The residential, commercial and industrial pest control company is regarded for providing effective, efficient pest control and customer care. In addition to pest control, Excel offers services such as infrared...

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  • Fri Mar 20 2015

    Rentokil North America Acquires Eradico Pest Services

    READING, Pa.--(Business Wire)--Rentokil North America, one of North America’s largest pest control companies, today announces it has acquired Eradico Pest Services, based in Novi, MI. Eradico is ranked as one of the top 60 pest control firms in the United States by revenue and significantly expands Rentokil’s existing presence in the Detroit metropolitan area and much of Michigan. The acquisition was finalized March 2, 2015. Eradico, which was founded in 1931, has been a leader throughout the region in providing residential and commercial pest control services. The company employs 96 peo...

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  • Thu Mar 19 2015

    Neonics: Highly Valued and Critically Needed in the Green Industry

    MADISON, Wis., March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In their final report evaluating the socio-economic value of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Green Industry, independent researchers reveal that these products are critically important in maintaining safe, healthy and sustainable landscapes. The research shows that the benefits contributed by neonicotinoids are highly valued by consumers and that these products have become the cornerstone of successful integrated pest management (IPM) programs used by turf and ornamental professionals to protect plants, people and property from destructive and...

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  • Thu Mar 19 2015

    Urban Pest Management Conference Set for March 25

    Daylong annual conference will take place at UC Riverside Extension Center RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Urban pests can be a nuisance. Some are disease vectors, others structural destroyers. Certain moth larvae can chew holes in your clothes; some mosquito species vector West Nile virus and other diseases; and drywood termites will chew into your wood-frame house. As a result, the effective control of urban pests is a topic of much interest to professionals in the pest control industry. The University of California, Riverside is hosting the 24 Annual UC Riverside Urban Pest Management Conferen...

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  • Wed Mar 18 2015

    Spiders Weave Their Webs Based on Dietary Needs

    Spiders can customise their webs to make sure they get the diet they need, new research suggests. In response to their diet, they optimise the size, strength and stickiness of their webs for catching whatever prey is around, say researchers today in the Royal Society journal Open Science. "When a fly or cricket hits a spider web, the web has to intercept the prey and hold it there until the spider comes and feeds," says Dr Sean Blamire, an evolutionary biologist at the University of New South Wales. But different prey strike the web with different forces and vibrate it in different...

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  • Tue Mar 17 2015

    California and Texas Hold Top Spots in Terminix Ranking of Most Termite-Ridden Cities

    MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - March 16, 2015) - Terminix®, the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States, today released its annual ranking of the most termite-infested cities in the country. Cities in California and Texas dominated the list, earning six of the top 10 spots. This announcement comes during the National Pest Management Association's (NPMA) Termite Awareness Week, March 15-21, 2015, during which the NPMA will educate consumers on termite damage and pest prevention. The 2015 list of most-infested cities include: 1. Los Angeles, Calif. ...

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  • Tue Mar 17 2015

    Pest control company brings its services — and mouse cars — to Charlotte

    Yes, that car has mouse ears and a tail. Pest control company Truly Nolen — and its easily recognizable fleet of bright yellow vehicles — has moved into Charlotte. The franchise opened its first location in North Carolina earlier this year at 701 East Blvd. The location is owned and operated by Chris Mehalic, Kevin Robison and Chris Schwab, all of Charlotte. "The significant rebound in Charlotte's housing market over the past two years, combined with the fact that the environment for pest control is highly fragmented, affords us the right opportunity to pitch our unique value an...

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  • Tue Mar 17 2015

    Stored-Product Entomology at Kansas State Surpasses 100 Years

    MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas, known commonly as the “Wheat State,” generally produces the largest amount of hard red winter wheat in the United States, which is used for flour and bread-making. Many people work to ensure that flour is at its highest standard for consumers. Just trace the grain from the farmer to the grain elevator, processors and retailers before it makes it into consumers’ homes. Consider the many commodity organizations and governmental agencies involved in grain production and preservation. And, don’t forget about the researchers looking for ways to solve problems and imp...

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  • Mon Mar 16 2015

    Become a Pest Control Specialist

    Oh, to have Arnold Schwarzenegger help you battle the pests that infiltrate your building and back yard! But wait a minute - he’s “The Terminator!” You need a pest exterminator. Better still, how about making a career of pest control? Not for the squeamish, this occupation is full of interesting real-life encounters and has its own rewards. Increased urbanization, construction, and congested living conditions are driving demand for well-trained pest exterminators. In addition to ridding buildings and grounds of roaches, rodents, flies and termites, they deal with other pest categories - ...

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  • Mon Mar 16 2015

    Chitin Discovered In Vertebrates

    Chitin is a molecule that forms hard structures like fungal cell walls and the exoskeletons of invertebrates such as insects and crustaceans. It forms a strong and pliable material that is made even stronger when complexed with other materials (such as proteins and minerals) to form the protective outer shells of insects and crustaceans. Chitin is used in agriculture, industry and medicine. It naturally induces anti-fungal defense responses in plants, has been used in agriculture to protect against fungal infections and as a fertilizer. In addition, due to the malleable nature of the chi...

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  • Sun Mar 15 2015

    FDA Shuts Down San Francisco Tofu Company

    A California-based food company has been forced to cease operations until it can show to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that it complies with federal food standards. On February 9, 2015, a federal judge in California approved a decree of a permanent injunction against Fong Kee Tofu Co., a soy-based food distribution company. According to a press statement released by the FDA, the company repeatedly violated food safety standards, operating in unsanitary conditions (1). FDA inspectors found the food factory was violating hygiene and safety standards in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2...

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  • Sat Mar 14 2015

    Cockroaches Accumulate Light to See in the Dark

    The household pests achieve night vision by pooling light signals over time Scientific American Volume 312, Issue 3 Cockroaches could inspire superheroes if they weren't so repulsive. Some species can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes. Others can survive blasts of strong radiation, subsist on paper and dried glue, or live for weeks without a head. Recently researchers discovered another superpower: the nocturnal creatures can see in near–pitch black by pooling light signals over time, like time-lapse photography. Physicists at the University of Oulu in Finland—where it i...

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  • Sat Mar 14 2015

    Local exterminator acquired by national company

    Honolulu-based Diversified Exterminators has been purchased by Terminix, the national pest control company announced Friday. Terms were not disclosed, and no specific information was given about impact to Diversified employees or management team members. Diversified was established by the late Mohinder Maan in 1972 and is the largest locally owned pest control company on Oahu, according to the Terminix statement. "The acquisition of Diversified Exterminators expands our already strong footprint on the Hawaiian Islands," said Bill Derwin, president of Terminix, in a statement. "We c...

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  • Fri Mar 13 2015

    It's still there! Shia LaBeouf continues to sport a rattail after a pest control company offers him $10,000 to chop it off

    He's been offered $10,000 for the charity of his choice if he cuts off his rattail but Shia LaBeouf appears unmoved by the challenge. The 28-year-old actor nipped out for his daily coffee fix on Wednesday still sporting the look that was fashionable back in the 1980s. The Fury star has paired the long thin plait with an eyebrow piercing despite pleas from pest control company Terminix to avert a plague of copycat rattail hair styles. On Monday, Terminix referred to Shia's hairstyle on its page along with a graphic of the back of a head with a rat on it and the rat's tail going down...

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  • Fri Mar 13 2015

    Sprague Pest Solutions Professionals Earn National and Company Recognition

    TACOMA, WA--(Marketwired - March 12, 2015) - A quartet of Sprague Pest Solutions service professionals have earned recognition for their dedication and professional prowess in solving their clients' pest management problems. Technical Director Jeff Weier, National Accounts Manager Ray Mannello and Service Technician Jeremy Lesser were honored recently as Operations Manager, Salesman of the Year and Technician of the Year, respectively, at the Copesan annual meeting in St. Augustine, Florida. Copesan is a national pest management service provider that sells and service national commercial...

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  • Thu Mar 12 2015

    Picnic pests large and small: Scientists show how nature controls animal size

    MONTREAL – Canadian scientists have managed to double the size of experimental ants by unlocking the mystery of how an animal’s environment affects how big it grows. “It’s kind of making big news,” said Ehab Abouheif of McGill University’s evolutionary and developmental biology lab and co-author of a paper published Wednesday in Nature Communications. Abouheif and his fellow researchers, who include a team at California’s Stanford University, started by looking at ant colonies and asking: Why are some ants of the same species big and other ones small? They headed out to ant colo...

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  • Wed Mar 11 2015

    Bizarre experiments gluing tiny magnets to fruit flies shows insects' ability as 'fly-by-wire'

    A bizarre experiment in which fruit flies carrying tiny magnets are forced to roll in the air has demonstrated the insects' ability as "fly-by-wire" master aviators. Scientists wanted to study how the flies manage to fly so well when their small bodies and fast-beating wings make them inherently unstable. Tiny magnets attached to the flies made it possible to upset the insects by zapping them in mid-flight with brief magnetic pulses, forcing them to roll like out-of-control aircraft. But the flies did not stay out of control for long. Instead they applied lightning-fast corrective ...

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