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  • Mon May 22 2017

    Thriving bobcats becoming backyard pests in urban areas

    CONCORD, N.H. -- As someone who has studied bobcats for almost four decades, wildlife ecologist John Litvaitis remembers many times returning from the field without spotting a single one of these solitary and shy creatures that often hunt at dusk. But bobcats are less elusive now as their numbers rise and they become more comfortable around humans. Joining the likes of foxes, coyotes and even mountain lions in rare cases, bobcats are making a home in small towns and suburbs -- and realizing there is plenty to eat in the cities. They have turned up in recent years in such places as Man...

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  • Tue May 16 2017

    Brian Kelly Of East End Tick & Mosquito Control: Nothing Bugs This Entrepreneur For Long

    Almost two decades ago, there was something that was bugging East End Tick & Mosquito Control (EET&MC) owner Brian Kelly, and he decided to do something about it. As a tree care specialist, he observed how mosquitoes and ticks permeated the environment throughout the East End of Long Island, so he got busy researching and instituting his philosophy that prevention is better than a cure. As the owner of EET&MC, Kelly began his quest to protect the East End, while also protecting the well-being of residents and visitors. A family-owned and operated company, EET&MC "Specializes in tradition...

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  • Mon May 15 2017

    Federal judge rules EPA did not consider potential impact of neonicotinoids on insects besides bees

    A Minnesota beekeeper has won a round against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a protracted lawsuit over a class of insecticides implicated in the decline of honeybees and other wild insects. A federal judge in California ruled … that, in doing a regular review of the pesticides, the EPA failed to consider the potential impact of neonicotinoids on insects on the federal Endangered Species list, as required by law. “The EPA pretty much admitted that it had failed to do that in this case, so it was pretty hard for the judge to rule in their favor,” said Steve Ellis, a M...

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  • Fri May 12 2017

    United Airlines passengers are now being attacked by SCORPIONS

    A United Airlines flight was delayed for several hours in Texas after reports of a scorpion crawling out of a passenger’s clothes. Passengers say United Flight 1035 was evacuated on Thursday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston following the scorpion sighting. The flight, which was headed for Quito, Ecuador was delayed for three hours. News of the scorpion incident got out when passengers started tweeting about the ordeal. ‘The captain of my flight just told us it’s a scorpion on the plane???!!!!! Good job United!’ Daniel Dueñas tweeted. Another passenger claime...

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  • Wed May 10 2017

    Pests or Pets? Domesticated Raccoons Becoming Increasingly Popular in Russia

    VIDEO Raccoons are often considered pesky mischief makers that like to steal food whenever they get a chance, but Russians are starting to look at them more as adorable and intelligent animals that deserve to live in the house with their human. Eccentric animal owners brought their pet raccoons to a festival dedicated specifically to the fluffy rodents in St. Petersburg last weekend, showing potential owners that keeping a raccoon is cool and how to best care for the domesticated animals. Raccoons are becoming increasingly popular as pets in Russia, and so the festival is designed to hel...

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  • Tue May 9 2017

    Barn Owls Can be an Effective Control for Rodents and Gophers

    Wildlife pests are an inevitable challenge for any operation. In addition to traditional management methods — repellents, deterrents, and fences — recent research suggests raptors are an effective option for growers. The researcher checking into using barn owls as a natural form of vertebrate pest control, Sara Kross, Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis’ Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, conducted her studies in California’s Central Valley. Why Owls? Kross focused on barn owls because they have a wide range of habitats, are capable of nes...

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  • Mon May 8 2017

    Action Pest Management Is 30 Years Strong

    READSBORO, VT. — After 30 years of busting bugs and wrangling critters, Action Pest Management continues to protect homes throughout Berkshire County and Southern Vermont from uninvited guests. Siblings Shanah and Caleb Miner are part of a family business. But instead of running a cash register at the family store, they are exterminating termites and chasing bats out of steeples. Caleb said his father, William Miner, was a bit of an entrepreneur and in the mid-1980s, after visiting a friend in Boston in the pest control business, he started his own practice back home. "I remember w...

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  • Wed May 3 2017

    Attorney checking into complaint of bed bugs at Cinemark 16

    The woman who believes bed bugs bit her at Cinemark 16 has engaged an attorney to investigate, while a spokesman for the movie theater says the company employs professional services monthly to keep pests away. “Currently, we’re not aware of any issues with pests in our theater,” said James Meredith, who heads communications for Cinemark, headquartered near Dallas. “If we determine there is an issue, we are certainly going to rectify it.” Kiln resident Miranda Rester, who penned a Facebook post about being bitten at Cinemark that went viral, has asked Gulfport attorney Aaron Hommell to...

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  • Thu Apr 20 2017

    Truly David Nolen: Tucson Pest-control pioneer dies at 89

    Truly David Nolen, who built a family company into one of the biggest pest-control companies in the nation, died Tuesday at his Florida home. He was 89. Nolen headed Tucson-based Truly Nolen of America — probably best known for its fleet of yellow cars with mouse ears and tails. He founded the company here in 1955 and later merged it with the company his father started in Florida in 1938. Nolen died of natural causes at his home in Naples, Florida, said his daughter, Michelle Nolen Senner. Services will be Friday in Florida. Though his children had assumed most executive roles at t...

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  • Wed Apr 19 2017

    Termite control: Purdue develops insecticide and fungus combination, could be more effective

    A new Purdue University-developed technology concept could provide pest control companies with a more effective way to control termites and prevent associated damage. The technology works by targeting the termite’s resistance genes that help the insect fight off a known fungus that can effectively eliminate termites. “Termites damage approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. each year,” said Michael Scharf, an associate professor and the O.W. Rollins/Orkin Chair in Purdue’s Department of Entomology, who developed the technology. “Understanding the small, wood-destroying insect’s biology an...

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  • Tue Apr 18 2017

    Green iguanas become pests in Florida

    SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. -- Perched in trees and scampering down sidewalks, green iguanas have become so common across South Florida that many see them not as exotic invaders, but as reptilian squirrels. Native to Central and South America, green iguanas that escaped or were dumped as pets have been breeding in the Miami suburbs and the Keys for at least a decade without making headlines like other voracious invasive reptiles such as Burmese pythons or black-and-white tegu lizards. They've been considered mostly harmless because they eat plants instead of native animals. But their burr...

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  • Sat Apr 15 2017

    Pest control companies using drones against mosquitoes

    PLACER COUNTY, Calif. (KOVR) -- This summer, pest control companies in California plan to use a new technique to fight mosquitoes—drones. According to CBS affiliate KOVR, Placer County's Mosquito and Vector Control will target mosquitoes by flying drones over 400 feet into the air and spraying the area below. This technique will allow them to reach areas that they could not in the past. According to the Mosquito and Vector Control in Placer County, some drones can do more than just fly into the sky. Many of them can measure weather conditions, and some can even land in water, allowing...

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  • Fri Apr 14 2017

    AgriLife Extension community fire ant control program a template for success

    Long-term effort in Texas neighborhood employs ‘two-step’ method ROUND ROCK – For more than a decade, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management program specialist Wizzie Brown has been engaged in a community-wide battle against one of the state’s most persistent pests – the fire ant. Since 2005, Brown and residents of the Wood Glen community in Round Rock, north of Austin, have collaborated in a neighborhood fire ant program to control the proliferation of fire ants, eliminate their unsightly mounds and keep them from biting area residents. Fire ants and their...

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  • Tue Apr 4 2017

    CEO of Truly Nolen Pest Control, Scott Nolen Discloses the Secret of His Successful Management Style

    The respected chief of the industry-leading pest control firm reveals the basic tenets of his management style – building increased satisfaction levels among employees and clients According to the PR Director for AchieversTalk, the interviews are conducted in informal settings, encouraging casual conversation, and allowing the interviewee to speak freely about the keys to their successes in business as well as life. Nolen graciously agreed for the interview primarily as a way of telling his story so that the younger generation of entrepreneurs could be inspired – not by his level of perf...

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  • Mon Apr 3 2017

    Pest control worker who fell to his death identified

    VIDEO ESCONDIDO, Calif. -- A pest-control worker who died in a job-site accident in a residential North County neighborhood was identified Saturday by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office as a 66-year-old Guatay man. Jack Rafael Ruiz was found by a co-worker lying unconscious on the ground with a bleeding head wound outside a home in the 1400 block of Oak Hill Drive in Escondido on Thursday afternoon. Medics tried in vain to revive Ruiz before pronouncing him dead at the scene. Family members have set up an online fundraiser to help cover funeral: https://www.gofundme....

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  • Wed Mar 22 2017

    Accidental therapists: For insect detectives, the trickiest cases involve the bugs that aren’t really there

    EW HAVEN, Conn. — Gale Ridge could tell something was wrong as soon as the man walked into her office at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. He was smartly dressed in a collared shirt and slacks, but his skin didn’t look right: It was bright pink, almost purple — and weirdly glassy. Without making eye contact, he sat hunched in the chair across from Ridge and began to speak. He was an internationally renowned physician and researcher. He had taught 20 years’ worth of students, treating patients all the while, and had solved mysteries about the body’s chemistry and how it cou...

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  • Tue Mar 21 2017

    Pest service ranks Mobile No. 1 in nation ... for termites

    Turn out the lights, shutter the windows, bar the doors and try, as much as possible, to separate your house from contact with the planet: Terminix has ranked Mobile No. 1 on a new list of termite-troubled cities. Suddenly spring doesn't seem so attractive, does it? Not as one remembers that the swarms are coming. Actually, though, the Terminix study doesn't focus on Formosan termites' annual aerial diaspora. And calling it a "study" might be giving it a scientific sheen it doesn't deserve. The company says the results are based on "termite-specific data from more than 300 Terminix br...

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  • Sun Mar 19 2017

    Do Bugs Poop?

    Don't think too hard about this on your next picnic, but yes, bugs poop. Insect poop is called "frass," and it can actually be a useful source of information for entomologists and biologists. New species have even been found in frass. And insects themselves use their poop for some pretty strange things, from inoculating their babies with symbiotic organisms to signaling others in their species to come hang out. So first, the frass basics. Insect guts are roughly similar to human guts, inasmuch as they usually start with a mouth and end with an anus. The insect digestive system is divi...

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  • Thu Mar 16 2017

    Why bed bugs traps may be useless: Some of the creatures have special leg pads that help them climb out

    Some bed bugs are better at getting between your sheets than others, reveals new research. The study suggests many leading traps used by pest management firms are ineffective at getting rid of the little critters. Researchers found that tropical bed bugs are better able to use small pads on their legs to grip the surface of the trap and scale the inner wall. The study, published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, has shown that the tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus, can readily climb out of smooth-walled pitfall traps. The researchers tested four leading traps, all designed...

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  • Wed Mar 15 2017

    Why Are Some Insects Attracted Towards Light?

    The old saying “like a moth to a flame” describes someone with an unswerving yet self-destructive attraction. We all know that bugs are even worse at night when the street lamps come on or the front porch light. So why are bugs attracted to light? Unfortunately, scientists haven’t been able to pin down one simple explanation for this behavior in moths, flies, and many other insects. They have, however, developed several theories that might provide some insight into why certain insects seem to be attracted to lights. A phenomenon called phototaxis explains how organisms respond to ligh...

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