Wednesday, June 3, 2020

CDC Warns About "Aggressive" Rats as Coronavirus Shuts Down Restaurants


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people may see an increase in "aggressive" rodent behavior since lockdowns and restaurant closures have forced the animals to search for new sources of food.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Ask the Pest Professor: Strength of Ants


How are ants able to carry such large crumbs? Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association, explains.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

How to Properly Remove a Tick


Ticks will be out in full force this summer. Watch this video for a step-by-step guide to properly remove a tick from the skin.

Monday, May 25, 2020

How Ants Are Used For Agriculture in Thailand | BBC Earth


Ants in Thailand are used on farms as natural pesticides to protect their harvest and fruits from other bugs.

Friday, May 22, 2020

How to Pest Proof a Pantry


Moths, beetles and other pests are known to infest pantry items. Watch this video to learn the proper way to pest proof a pantry.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The 411 on Cockroaches in the Home


The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) developed a news video on cockroaches that discusses cockroach prevention and control around the home.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

What to Consider When Picking a Pest Control Provider


Are you having problems with unwanted bugs or rodents making themselves at home on your property? If you've set up some basic traps yourself, but haven't seen any positive results, it might be advantageous for you to call for a pest control service. Paying for a professional to do the job may seem like a pricey investment, but it's the best method to ensure that you won't have to deal with any unwanted animals crawling around in the future. If you are going to call for an extermination service, you'll need to make sure you're getting your money's worth. There's a lot to consider when picking the right person or group of people to take care of your pest problem.

What should you consider when picking an exterminator? If you flip through a phonebook or check the Internet, you'll discover that there are several pest control services in your area that are willing to get the job done. Keep in mind, that all companies are not the same. You'll have to do a little bit of homework to discover who can fit your needs the best. First, see if they have a good reputation. If you have a friend or family member who has used the same company in the past, chances are they'll do a good job for you as well. Look for positive online reviews. Does the company actually specialize in the removal of unwanted insects and rodents? You probably shouldn't do business with a company who considers their animal extermination to be a secondary ability and not their specialty. Do they train their employees? It takes more to remove unwanted bugs and rats than just grabbing some spray and putting on a suit. See if the company employees have been certified through an extensive training program. Do they guarantee their work and will they offer you money back if unwanted critters reappear? You'll want to feel reassured that you're entitled to work done free of charge if it isn't done right the first time. A guarantee also means that the company is willing to put their reputation on the line to give you the results you desire.

Try your best to learn how the pest control company's current status is with the state. Are they properly licensed and accredited? Are they financially able to back up any promotional guarantees? You don't want to have to deal with a business that closes up shop soon after completing their job with you. You also want to make sure that the company is in good standing. See if they properly screen their employees as well. You'll have strangers walking around your house doing contract work, so it's good to know you can trust anybody who has access to your house, even if you're going to be home. Finally, if the pest control company indicates to you that they have a solid knowledge about current regulatory issues in their industry, it's a good sign they take their job and your situation very seriously.

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