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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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  • 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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  • Wed Mar 8 2017

    Mouse Arrest: Pest Control No Better Than Do-It-Yourself Allergen Reduction Efforts

    In a study, the findings of which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on March 6, the researchers found that a professional pest management intervention was no better in decreasing asthma symptoms in children allergic to mice than teaching families how to reduce the level of allergens shed by mice in the home on their own. Researchers compared professional pest management treatments In the study, the researchers compared professional pest management treatments plus education with education alone and found no significant differences in asthma symptoms or m...

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  • Sat Feb 25 2017

    Pests! is a fun new light strategy tabletop game that launched on Kickstarter this week.

    At a glance: In Pests!, players take the role of an exterminator who specializes in one particular type of pest. They are among several who have been hired by a homeowner to rid a large house of vermin, but the homeowner is only going to pay the first exterminator to get rid of their particular type of pest. The game is for 2-6 players. The box says that it’s for ages 14 and up. The prototype I was sent definitely had some small pieces, but I plan to play the game with my 11-year-old when he gets back from visiting his grandparents and I’m not worried that he might not be able to handle ...

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  • Fri Feb 24 2017

    Don't bother petting these cats -- they're working

    About five years ago, Chicago resident Paul Nickerson turned to a trio of cats to deal with a rodent infestation after higher-tech pest-control methods failed. He figured he had nothing to lose. “It got to the point where my neighbors and I couldn’t walk out of our back doors to throw the garbage out at night because rats would be running over our feet,” Nickerson said. The cats came from a Tree House Humane Society program that places animals that aren’t suited for life as house pets in places where their native talents as hunters are needed, such as warehouses and breweries. In N...

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  • Wed Feb 22 2017

    Health Canada to Ban On-line Sales of Unregistered Pest Control Products Blog Environmental Law Insights

    In a move which will affect international on-line retailers of various types of personal pest control products such as common insect repellants, Health Canada formally given notice of its intention to prohibit the importation of even limited quantity pest control products through regulatory changes to Canada’s Pest Control Products Act (PCPA). Unregulated Small Quantity Imports Targeted Currently, consumers in Canada may import limited quantities of pest control products for personal use without their registration under PCPA, which requires assessment, approval and ongoing reporting o...

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  • Mon Feb 20 2017

    Pest ant control improved with water-resistant bait

    Annapolis, MD; Feb. 13, 2017 — Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers with the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). A comparison study soon to be published in Journal of Economic Entomology shows a water-resistant ant bait offers a significant advantage over currently available baits, which break down when wet. The red imported fire ant and the little fire ant are just two species of invasive ants that have thrived since their introduct...

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  • Fri Feb 17 2017

    California Will Label Roundup a Carcinogen

    Using pesticides and other chemicals in your garden is controversial. Some want to be organic, others want to eliminate weeds and other pests. Roundup, a heavy duty weed killer made by Monsanto is a product that many have had concerns about. The chemicals it contains have long been suspected of being carcinogenic. It's main ingredient, glyphosate, is definitely good at killing weeds but there is an increasing amount of research to suggest that it could cause cancer. The most recent research, was a report issued by the World Health Organization that reported the substance is "Probably carcin...

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  • Wed Feb 15 2017

    Letting bedbugs bite -- because science

    When the very mention of your work causes people to recoil in horror, you develop coping mechanisms. “Sometimes I lie,” concedes Brittany Campbell, a doctoral student of entomology at the University of Florida. “Depending on the day, whether I feel like talking about it, I might be a manager at Target.” In reality, her job is bedbug research, a topic some can’t discuss without “freaking out.” “People don’t even want to talk to me,” she says. “I scare them.” Campbell’s work is an essential part of fighting the country’s decade-long bedbug resurgence. Once nearly eradicated in the...

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  • Thu Feb 9 2017

    Unusual conditions: delusional infestation with insects or spiders

    Insects often scare or disgust us. But a small proportion of people don’t just experience normal fear. They live with the terrifying and unshakeable belief that insects have invaded their body despite medical evidence suggesting otherwise. This is called a delusion of infestation, or delusional infestation. Delusions of infestation feature in popular films like Bug and A Scanner Darkly. These detail the extreme emotional distress, preoccupation and conviction with which the characters believe insects have infested them. Although delusional infestations of insects are most commonly rep...

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  • Wed Feb 8 2017

    West Nile Outbreaks Driven by Drought: Study

    Logic might lead you to believe that a mosquito-borne illness like West Nile virus would spread during rainy conditions, as the bugs need water to breed. But a new study demonstrates the opposite is true. Researchers found that the severity of West Nile virus outbreaks spike during dry times. This came as a surprise to researchers at UC Santa Cruz, Stanford University and the New York State Department of Health, who thought other climate variables like precipitation and temperature, including days below freezing, played a more significant role. “But we found that the primary driver...

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