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New Mosquito-Borne Virus

Chikungunya is a mosquito-transmitted virus that has the potential to become a nasty disease in the U.S. It is already near us—it has been spreading recently in the Caribbean and Central and South America. Since 2006 there have been an average of 28 annual reported cases of the disease in the U.S., but all the […]

Unwanted Holiday Visitors

For a variety of reasons, many homes will experience increased pest problems during the holidays and the months ahead. Regular pest control is important during this time of the year because of the numerous pests that people encounter. Here are just a few of them. Fall and winter invaders are pests that actively look for a […]

Move in Time for Mice Rats

In the fall and winter mice and rats invade homes in record numbers, looking for food and a more comfortable place to spend the cooler months. The question many people ask us is, “How do mice and rats get in?” The short answer is, “Very easily!”  Mice and rats have an amazing ability to squeeze through […]

New Viruses found in New York Subway Rats

A team of scientists captured 133 rats at various places in New York City’s subways, and used DNA sequencing to catalog the pathogens they were carrying. They found an alarming number of disease causing bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, but what was most alarming was the viruses they found — 18 viruses that are entirely unknown to […]

The Future of ‘Jurassic Parks’

Ever since Michael Crichton published Jurassic Park in 1990, followed by the classic Spielberg film three years later, there has been a popular urban legend that blood-engorged mosquito fossils are common and that a real Jurassic Park is possible someday. In fact, fossilized mosquitoes are fairly rare, and even rarer are fossils of mosquitoes or […]

Trap Jaw Ants are Spreading

The trap jaw ant (Odontomachus haematodus), originally from South America, was first recorded in Alabama 50 years ago. Although this ant is known to be aggressive and invasive, it was thought that the species hadn’t spread much. However, new surveys show that trap jaw ants have been on the move in recent years and have […]

Live safer & Healthier Lives

More and more, licensed professionals that provide regular pest control services are being recognized for what we do every day, as “Protectors of Health”. Why? Because our customers have far fewer encounters with biting and stinging pests, and the venom or diseases these pests may transmit. Fewer pests also means fewer germs are being spread around […]

Yuck! Its a Cockroach!

For many of us, when we see a cockroach or even think of one, we are repulsed. They are gross! This reaction is quite natural because cockroaches are often found in sewers and other unsanitary places where germs abound. Another study showed that roaches in apartment buildings harbor an average of three different kinds of […]

Pest Prevention Tip for January

Whether stripping does more than just keep out cold air—it can also reduce the number of pests coming in. Apply new (or replace old and brittle) weather-stripping around all exterior doors, including garage doors. Caulk cracks and other openings in exterior walls, including where pipes and wires go through walls.

New Wood-Eating Cockroach Found

A new species of wood-eating cockroach was recently discovered in China. Entomologists found a colony of more than 100 cockroaches when a rotten log was split open. This is not the first cockroach discovered that eats wood. So far 55 species have been identified, in various places around the world. Very little is known about […]