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  • Wed Jul 27 2016

    Pest-control company sues Macedonia over door-to-door sales ban

    AKRON, Ohio — A pest-control company is suing the city of Macedonia, claiming an ordinance forbidding door-to-door sales is adversely affecting its business. Aptive Environmental says in a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Akron that the Macedonia ordinance is unconstitutional because it violates the free-speech and due process rights. The lawsuit is one of two the Utah-based company filed in Ohio on Monday, with the other being against a township in southwestern Ohio. Jeremy Fielding, a Dallas attorney representing the company, said Tuesday that the lawsuits are a last reso...

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  • Wed Jul 27 2016

    Waukesha Police Solve Case of Suspicious Pest Control Solicitor

    WAUKESHA -- Waukesha police made contact with a door-to-door pest control solicitor on Monday, after the worker was reported as suspicious by multiple Waukesha residents earlier in the month. According to the report, police responded to the 2700 block of Chatsworth Circle just after 6 p.m. Monday, on a report of the pest control solicitor in the area. Within 20 minutes of the reported incident, police made contact with the man, a 30-year-old male with a white shirt, black shorts and shoulder-length hair. According to police, the man works for Adaptive Pest Control out of New Berlin...

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  • Sun Jul 24 2016

    Man, 84, evicted for bedbugs in block plagued with pests

    Ben Trimble’s Vancouver apartment block has had a bedbug problem for several years. So when a pest-control inspector arrived to look over his apartment, he let him in. “He pulls out a flashlight just bigger than a penlight [and shines it at] a crack along a chair, and within two seconds says you’ve got bedbugs,” Trimble said. “What am I supposed to say, no? [That] I’m surprised? I mean I’ve had six inspections. So I probably said something like: ‘Oh yeah, sure.’ “He goes back to management and tells them that I knew I had bedbugs. Well Christ, I was born at night, but it wasn’t las...

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  • Thu Jul 21 2016

    Forget mosquito repellent! Sleeping next to a CHICKEN will keep the blood-sucking insects at bay

    If you're tired of slathering yourself with smelly chemical mosquito repellent and want a more natural way to avoid being bitten, sleeping next to a live chicken might help. Scientists have found that the smell of fowl sends the blood-sucking bugs packing. And while the method may sound bizarre, it could save the lives some of the 3.2 billion people at risk of malaria, for example. Scientists have found that the smell of fowl (stock image)sends the blood-sucking bugs packing. And while sleeping next to a chicken may sound bizarre, it could save the lives some of the 3.2 billion peo...

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  • Wed Jul 20 2016

    Scents from Bed Bugs’ Shed Skin Affect the Pests’ Behavior

    Researchers find shed skins of bed bugs emit pheromones that could help combat infestations of the insect RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have discovered the shed skins of bed bugs retain the “obnoxious sweetness” smell often associated with the pests, a finding that could potentially be used to combat infestations of the insects. Bed bugs shed their skins, known as exuviae, as they grow. Four pheromone compounds known as aldehydes are consistently found in the shed skins. The UC Riverside researchers found that the shed skin...

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  • Tue Jul 19 2016

    The Truth About Using Pesticides to Stop Zika

    When he visited Puerto Rico earlier this year, Tom Frieden, M.D., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), saw something that concerned him: Zika-carrying mosquitoes that were completely resistant to some very powerful pesticides. “I saw very effective insecticides with mosquitoes flying happily around an hour later,” he said. “It doesn’t affect them whatsoever.” Fortunately, there were other pesticides that could knock the same mosquitoes out “within 15 minutes,” he said. But figuring out which mosquitoes are resistant to which chemicals is a huge challenge. “Wh...

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  • Mon Jul 18 2016

    Vancouver becomes largest city to outlaw bee-killing neonicotinoids, instead opting for natural pest control

    (NaturalNews) Last week, the Vancouver city council cast a unanimous vote to issue a citywide ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids, or neonics for short, are a group of pesticides first introduced into large scale agriculture in the 1990s, and are believed to be one of the leading causes of recent honeybee die-offs. Initially presented as a safer alternative to DDT pesticides, neonics have been widely used on Canadian crops by industrial farmers for more than two decades. Since their introduction, British Columbia has experienced 12 to 38 percent losses in honeybee ...

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  • Sat Jul 16 2016

    Are cats the ultimate weapon in public health?

    These cats are on rat patrol For a couple of years in a row, pest control giant Orkin playfully named Chicago the "rattiest" city in the country. But it's no joke to residents who've seen far too many. A mild winter meant more breeding time. A recovering economy brought new rat-disturbing construction that sent the critters scurrying for new rodent real estate. Rats, in addition to being, well, "icky," are, as anyone who remembers fourth grade history will tell you, disease carriers of the civilization-ending variety. "Black death" may now be more manageable with modern pharmace...

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  • Sat Jul 16 2016

    Threat of voracious Japanese beetles persists

    Another beetle was found in June in Carmichael, one of three treatment areas State ag department keeps up aggressive campaign to keep this pest out of California Residents grateful that spraying has stopped, for now, with switch to less toxic pesticide Just one is too many. The find of a single Japanese beetle in June means at least three more summers of orchestrated pest fighting in the Sacramento suburbs. But when it comes to these voracious insects, officials say, the stakes are too high to surrender any California turf, including drought-parched lawns in Carmichael or Fai...

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  • Fri Jul 15 2016

    Genetic roots of insect's waterproof coating could lead to innovative pest control

    An international team of scientists led by University of Hawai'i at MÄ?noa researcher Joanne Yew may have discovered a new and effective way to control insect pests that are a threat to agriculture and humans. Yew and her team identified a gene in vinegar flies responsible for the insect's waterproof coating, which provides them protection from microbes and environmental stress. They nicknamed the gene spidey and announced the findings in a recently published study in PLOS Genetics. "When we knocked out spidey in adult flies, the flies exhibited several striking features: their lifespan ...

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  • Fri Jul 15 2016

    Selby mansion getting termite tent care of a gardening buff

    The Christy Payne Mansion at Marie Selby Gardens is being fumigated by a Bradenton business founded the same year that construction began on the well-known historic house. Cloud Termite and Pest Control, which was founded in 1934, says it is donating its services to rid the mansion of termites before works from artist Marc Chagall arrive. The art will be unveiled during a Feb. 2017 exhibit of international works that have a botanical background. The house will also get historic prints and rare books from the 1700 and 1800s for a library collection to be released Aug. 26. The Vik...

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  • Thu Jul 14 2016

    Malibu Follows Topanga Example of Eliminating Pesticide Use

    In 2013, Caltrans pledged to discontinue herbicide use on its Topanga Canyon Boulevard right-of-way as part of the Topanga Canyon Boulevard Partners Project. Now, the Malibu City Council has committed to follow Topanga’s example and work with Caltrans and Southern California Edison to eliminate pesticides from Pacific Coast Highway. The announcement was made at the end of the June 27 Malibu City Council meeting, where the council unanimously agreed to eliminate pesticide use on all city property, including the coastal community’s five municipal parks—Las Flores Canyon Park, Legacy Park, ...

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  • Wed Jul 13 2016

    You Asked: Why Are Cockroaches So Terrifying?

    You’re minding your own business, cleaning your bathroom, when an unwelcome guest scuttles out of nowhere. Few among us wouldn’t recoil in disgust—or flat out run away—from the dreaded cockroach. And why shouldn’t we? Roaches are big and slick and thrive in the dank, dark areas of our homes that most of us find repellent. Cockroaches have also been around since the age of the dinosaurs. Their apparent indomitability adds another layer to their creepiness: evidence suggests that roaches can survive nuclear fallout. But in terms of the danger they pose to human health, our response t...

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  • Tue Jul 12 2016

    Wayne County egg farm causing pest issues for neighbors

    WOLCOTT, N.Y. (WROC-TV) VIDEO Neighbors say a Wolcott egg farm, Wayne County Eggs, is causing an influx of flies and other pests. After the farm changed owners several years ago, they say it's gotten worse. Melissa and Steven Wood have several pets. A few cats and dogs – and recently, a whole lot of flies. “They’re horrible. They’re all over. I swat and spray Raid three or four times a day and they still come in the house,” Melissa Wood said. Melissa said she spends time each morning sweeping up dead flies from around her house. She and her husband say it's become more than j...

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  • Mon Jul 11 2016

    American Pest Control announces scholarship winners

    Five graduating students who are the children of American Pest Control employees were recently awarded Gene Higginbotham Memorial Scholarships in honor of the man who founded the company in 1971. The scholarships honorees were: • Colby Chance, son of Kitty and Donald Chance, who is an advanced placement scholar and graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at North Oconee High School. He will be attending Georgia Tech University. • Michael Miller, son of John and Kelly Miller, who graduated from Oconee High School and will be attending the University of North Georgia in the fall. Micha...

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  • Mon Jul 11 2016

    FDA warning letters: Pests, mold found in food storage warehouses

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently sent warning letters to owners of two food storage warehouses — one in Minneapolis, MN, and one in Chester, PA. Lavella Brothers FDA’s Philadelphia District Office told Lavella Brothers in a June 23 warning letter that “significant violations” of Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations were noted during a May 4-26 inspection of the company’s multiple food warehouse at 723 W. Third St., in Chester, PA. These violations included not using safe water of adequate sanitary quality on food and food-contact surfaces and for oth...

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  • Sun Jul 10 2016

    Zika concern has more Palm Beachers using mosquito spraying companies

    The threat of Zika has boosted business for area pest control companies. Workers have treated significantly more Palm Beach homes against mosquitoes this summer than in previous years, according to at least two companies that frequently service the island. Native Pest Management has about 60 town clients. Owner Luke Lewis said his team treats 30 of those properties for mosquitoes. “We’re getting calls every week,” he said. “It’s a huge part of our program this year compared to last year. A year ago we received minimal interest in mosquito control in town, but now we service about half...

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  • Sat Jul 9 2016

    Pest control complaints skyrocket at Toronto restaurants

    You might get more than what you ordered at Toronto restaurants this summer. That's because compared to the first six months of 2015, as the Toronto Star reports today, Toronto Public Health has seen the number of rat, or rodent-related complaints increase by 50 per cent. Some attribute this boom to our mild winter, which might have allowed the rat population grow. Others are more skeptical and think the proliferation of smartphones now makes it easier for patrons to submit these types of complaints. Whatever the reason, the TPH has received 113 complaints about rodents in restaurants...

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  • Thu Jun 30 2016

    Mounds of moths emerge from May's tent caterpillar outbreak

    REGINA, SASK : June 30, 2016 Thousands of wet moths filled the air and covered the ground at Regina Honda as Quinn Miller, armed with a pressure washer, attempted to escort the unwanted pests from the premises on Thursday. Many Regina residents spent at least some time the past few days removing tent caterpillar moths from their property, after the species emerged from their eggs this week. “I got a call this morning that said there was tons of moths at Honda … I did not expect this. I thought maybe 10 or 12 on the wall, and that’s it. But, no. This is tens of thousands all over th...

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  • Tue Jun 28 2016

    Zika worries help drive business for insecticide firms

    Zika had barely cracked the national consciousness last year when the Katyals had their McCandless yard sprayed for pests. After one of the kids came down with Lyme disease, their worry was ticks. They wanted the disease-prone parasites to be gone. Now the family has an extra reason to cheer the commercial insecticide treatments, said Tricia Katyal, whose lawn and garden took another misting Friday from Mosquito Joe of Suburban Pittsburgh. The year-old franchisee doubled its business from last fall to this spring, propelled largely by worries about Lyme disease and Zika, according to ...

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