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  • Fri Nov 21 2014

    City to double its rat-control patrols

    Officials plan to nearly double the size of Baltimore's rat-fighting crew in the coming weeks, a move they say will cut in half the time it takes exterminators to blanket the city — and give them a chance to keep up with the rapid reproductive cycle of the prolific creatures. Expanding the "Rat Rubout" program from eight workers to 15 will allow them to visit each of the city's 12,250 alleyways once every 20 days. That's often enough to catch young rodents before they are old enough to reproduce. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake directed the city's Public Works Department to re-evaluate...

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  • Thu Nov 13 2014

    Mosquitoes evolved from harmless animal-biting insects into deadly vectors of human disease due to their love for human body odour!

    New York: One reason why mosquitoes transitioned from harmless animal-biting insects into deadly vectors of human disease was their love for human body odour, says a new research. "They have acquired a love for human body odour and that is a key step in specialising on us. It was a really good evolutionary move," said Leslie Vosshall from the Rockefeller University in the US. "We provide the ideal lifestyle for mosquitoes. We always have water around for them to breed in, we are hairless, and we live in large groups," she added. Scientists had earlier observed two distinct populati...

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  • Tue Nov 11 2014

    How End-to-End MDM Leaves Rollins With One Less Pest to Control - CIO

    For many enterprises, a mobility strategy means fine-tuning customer-facing apps. Other companies, however, aim to take their in-house mobility management to the next level. Rollins, an Atlanta-based company that provides pest control services through 10 subsidiaries, including Orkin, recently selected a service provider to provide end-to-end mobile device management. The partnership with Bethesda, Md.-based Digital Management Inc. (DMI), announced in October, goes beyond traditional management approaches that focus mainly on tracking devices. Bryan Larrieu, managing director of IT custo...

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  • Tue Nov 11 2014

    Stryker Pest Control Announces Its Second Holiday Hugs Instead of Bugs Program

    Stryker Pest Control has teamed up with Reed's Pest Control to bring bed bug relief to families in need this holiday season. Stryker Pest Control, a Columbus-based extermination company, has recently announced on its Facebook page their latest holiday initiative of free bed bug extermination for families in need. This effort is also supported by Reed's Pest Control Company, which will actively participate in the so-called "Holiday Hugs Instead of Bugs" program. The program targets families in need that suffer from bed bugs. As bed bug infestations continue to spread and grow throughou...

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  • Tue Nov 11 2014

    Wildlife and pest control companies see spike in calls about rats in Kansas City area

    Pest companies are noticing an increase in the number of calls for rats in the Kansas City area. Steve Painter of Catch-It Wildlife and Pest Control said they’ve seen a spike in the past couple of weeks. It happened in the Brookside area where the Water Department recently smoke-tested the sewers. “You're going to disrupt that population within that sewer line, and they're going to evacuate because they can't breathe through the smoke. They're going to go, but once that smoke clears up, they'll go back,” Painter explained. The water department explained the smoke is nontoxic, non-s...

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  • Mon Nov 10 2014

    Bed bug dispute in Farmington

    FARMINGTON — A reported bed bug infestation at a Farmington homeless shelter has been dealt with, its director said. “We had an incident, but we took care of it,” said Jonna Sharpe, executive director of People Assisting The Homeless, which has a 72-bed facility. Sharpe said she paid $1,000 for Absolute Commercial Pest Management Inc. to kill the bed bugs this week. She said company workers wanted to spray only the one room that was infested, but she insisted they spray all four rooms, which included 28 beds in an area for single women. The pest control company’s owner, Jack Miller...

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  • Mon Nov 10 2014

    FDA Warning Letters: Food Made Under Unsanitary Conditions

    In its latest round of warning letters to food processors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent letters to three food processors who were found to be producing without proper food safety plans and therefore producing under insanitary conditions. Los Angeles-based International Marine Products, Inc. was found to not have hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) plans for its canned crabmeat and marinated anchovy fillets. By the FDA’s definition, those products were considered to be made under insanitary conditions. The FDA found Old Mill Bread Company of Seattle h...

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  • Mon Nov 10 2014

    Global ‘tree of life’ study shows insects ruled Earth 400M years ago

    A new study involving more than 100 researchers from 10 countries, including the University of Florida, has reconstructed the insect tree of life and found, among other things, that insects ruled the land 400 million years ago. The cover story in Friday’s issue of the journal Science answers many long-held questions about the evolution of the world’s largest and most biodiverse group of animals, information essential to understanding the millions of living insect species that shape our terrestrial living space and support and threaten our natural resources. The new tree of life incorp...

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  • Mon Nov 10 2014

    Home Magazine Those other pests

    Those other pests Features - Weed/Disease/Insect Control While you are getting rid of pests in your customers’ lawns, a logical upsell could be treating the area for fleas, ticks and other nuisance bugs. LCOs have plenty of experience with pests in lawns and plants. So it could be a natural transition to take care of ones that fly through the air or crawl up your customers’ legs while they are enjoying time in their backyard. We talked to a few companies who offer nuisance pest services to find out what providing the service entails. Annual service agreements. Having customer...

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  • Mon Nov 10 2014

    Toronto's Union Station reno triggers rat 'spillover'

    CBC - Toronto's Union Station reno triggers rat 'spillover' It appears commuters aren't the only ones being displaced by the $1-billion renovation of Toronto's downtown Union Station. All the digging during the massive project has displaced countless rats from their long-established burrows, said a pest control expert who appeared on CBC Radio's Metro Morning on Monday. As a result, the rats are looking for new places to live. "What we're seeing is a lot of spillover," Steve Graff of Abell Pest Control told Metro Morning host Matt Galloway on Monday. "Rats set up their own te...

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  • Sat Nov 8 2014

    Bedbugs found in State Highway Administration's Baltimore headquarters

    BALTIMORE —Bedbugs have made their way into two State Highway Administration buildings in Baltimore. pest control company will be treating the SHA's headquarters on North Calvert Street Saturday morning because of the presence of bedbugs, small insects that feed on human blood. "It's a big thing and it's a growing thing," said Jeff Hauf, of Regional Pest Management. According to an email sent to SHA employees, a security guard found bedbugs on two chairs at the Madison Street security desk on Oct. 21. SHA officials said that desk is unoccupied. The email also stated a pest contr...

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  • Fri Nov 7 2014

    Pest Control Man Accused of Planting Bugs Instead of Exterminating Them

    A Red Oak woman tells police when Aaron Johnson, 38, came to her apartment she thought he was there to exterminate bugs. Instead, she now believes he planted them, after she found an audio recording device in her bedroom. The recording device she found was under her bedroom TV box. When Red Oak police did a search, they found a second audio recording device behind her bed on the floor. Police quickly narrowed the crime down to one suspect, Johnson. They executed a search of his home after getting a warrant and found more audio recording devices and several firearms with ammunition. (T...

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  • Thu Nov 6 2014

    Bats identified as hosts of Bartonella mayotimonensis

    The modern sequencing techniques have shown that bats can carry a bacterial species previously been shown to cause deadly human infections in USA. When the research group of Arto Pulliainen at the Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Finland, analyzed an array of bat samples from Finland and UK, one class of identified bacteria turned out to be exceptionally significant. Multilocus sequence analyses of clonal bat Bartonella isolates demonstrated that bats carry Bartonella mayotimonensis. This species has previously been shown to cause deadly human infections in USA. "We ...

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  • Thu Nov 6 2014

    Bedbug Battle: Landlord May Face Jail Time for Pests

    A Concord landlord accused of failing to take care of a bedbug problem at an apartment building may face jail time. The city attorney's office said it is working to get an arrest warrant for the landlord of the 20-unit building at 2175 California St. for not addressing the issue. "The city attorney's office filed a criminal case against the property owner based on habitability issues that alleged to violate the Concord Municipal Code and specifically involve bedbugs," said Lance Bayer of the Concord City Attorney's Office. A man interviewed by NBC Bay Area and who did not want to b...

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  • Thu Nov 6 2014

    Man convicted of killing Kansas exterminator

    MANHATTAN, Kan. —A Kansas man has been found guilty in the death of a pest control worker more than six years ago. A Riley County jury on Wednesday found 58-year-old Howard Barrett guilty of reckless second-degree murder in the death of 48-year-old Thomas James of Clay Center. James was doing extermination work when he was stabbed and beaten in Barrett's Leonardville apartment in February 2008. Barrett's trial was delayed when he was ruled incompetent to stand trial in 2009 after experts said he suffered from schizophrenia. A judge ruled in 2010 that Barrett could stand trial. K...

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  • Wed Nov 5 2014

    Asthma relief might be as simple as ridding the house of roaches and mice.

    Researchers from the city Health Department and Montefiore Medical Center are recruiting low-income Bronx children with the respiratory ailment for a new study to test if pest control could deter asthma. Roughly 103,654 Bronxites suffer from the ailment, according to a state controller report released earlier this year. It was the leading cause of emergency room visits at North Central Bronx Hospital in 2013, records show. Cockroach droppings and mice urine — most common in the Bronx than any other borough — become airborne dust that can trigger an attack, experts say. “Indoor c...

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  • Wed Nov 5 2014

    Pest control work reveals marijuana plants in apartment, police say

    A North Little Rock man was arrested Tuesday after an employee conducting pest control services in his apartment noticed marijuana plants inside, authorities said. William Bailey, 54, was booked into the Pulaski County jail on a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance. He was no longer listed as an inmate there Wednesday morning. According to a North Little Rock police report, an apartment complex employee was in Bailey's unit at 2500 Willow St. "for pest control services" when she found a pot in the bathroom with "several" marijuana plants in it. That address returns to the Wi...

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  • Tue Nov 4 2014

    Customs agents find destructive insect pest in shipment at Lewiston-Queenston Bridge

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge recently discovered live khapra beetle larvae, one of the world’s most destructive insect pests, inside a shipment of rain ponchos from China. On Oct. 28, an ocean container being hauled by a commercial tractor arrived at the Lewiston Bridge and was referred for further examination. During a physical inspection, agriculture specialists discovered three live insect larvae. The container was sealed and the pest was forwarded to USDA for identification. On Thursday, a USDA Animal and Plant...

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  • Mon Nov 3 2014

    Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey bees

    "Honey bees are exposed to hundreds of pesticides, while they are foraging on flowers and also when beekeepers apply chemicals to control bee pests," said Christina Grozinger, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, Penn State. "Our study demonstrates that exposure to non-lethal doses of at least two of these pesticides causes large changes in the expression of genes involved in detoxification, immunity and nutrition-sensing. This is consistent with results from previous studies that have found that pesticide exposure compromises bees' immune systems. Fur...

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  • Mon Nov 3 2014

    Insects arrive from around the state for campus researchers

    Every year at the end of September, OU gets insects in the mail. The bugs are sent from elementary schools across Oklahoma to be photographed and judged for The Oklahoma Microscopy Society’s Ugly Bug Contest. Winning schools receive a high-quality microscope and a science demonstration. This is the contest's 18th year, and OU research scientists Scott Russell and Greg Strout have been there for all of it. Russell said the competition started when the Oklahoma Microscopy Society decided to organize outreach experiences. Nanotechnologist Paige Johnson of the University of Tulsa came ...

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