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For States Dealing With the Spotted Lanternfly, the Policy Is No Mercy – The New York Times

August 28th, 2021 by admin

Most pesticides will kill them, and they are easy to catch and smash. They also die easily when heat or frost arrives. The most aggressive and effective way to stop their spread is to remove one of their favorite food sources: the tree of heaven, which is also an invasive plant, Professor Urban said.

The lanternflies best defense is in their ability to reproduce. They breed in huge numbers, laying 30 to 50 eggs at a time. Their eggs, which can be laid virtually anywhere, including on trees, trucks and the tops of railroad cars, take eight months to hatch, Professor Urban said.

That gives them time to be transported via humans travel, she said.

Despite its name, the lanternfly is a plant-hopper, not a fly. It first appeared in the United States in September 2014, most likely from China, Professor Urban said.

The insects were spotted on imported stone at a landscape supply center in Berks County, Pa., she added.

Since then, lanternflies have spread across the northeastern United States. In Delaware, the state Department of Agriculture is monitoring and trying to eradicate five satellite populations, said Stacey Hofmann, a spokeswoman for the agency. Reports of sightings keep coming from two counties, and the state is worried that a third may have become infested.

People may not realize that the insect has fallen into the bed of their truck, hopped into their car or is on an R.V. or boat, Ms. Hofmann said.

In New Jersey, eight counties have been designated quarantine zones, which means in part that residents should inspect their vehicles before they travel. In Pennsylvania, where there have been 18,000 reported sightings of the lanternfly, 34 counties are under similar restrictions.

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Bugs That Look Like Roaches (But Aren’t) | Cockroach Facts

July 5th, 2021 by admin

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No one wants to find cockroaches in their home. But when you see a bug on the floor, its hard not to panicwas that a cockroach? You desperately hope its something else. And since there are a few bugs that look like roaches (but arent), you might actually be in luck.

A handful of easy-to-use products can solve most cockroach problems.

So, what bugs look like cockroaches? Turns out, there are quite a few, from beetles and water bugs to crickets and termites. Well help you find out if your creepy crawler is a cockroach or just an impostor. With the right information, you can come up with the best plan to get rid of it.

Our first cockroach lookalike is the beetle. Although there is a huge diversity of beetles (over 400,000 species), some of them are similar to roaches in shape, size and coloring. A few species of ground beetle and a type of scarab beetle called the June bug tend to look an awful lot like roaches. So, how do you know if its a beetle or a cockroach?

First, cockroaches tend to have longer legs and antennae than beetles. Further, their wings, which come in two pairs like those of beetles (a top and bottom pair), are leathery on top, unlike the beetles which are hard.

Ground beetles (of which there are over 2,000 species) have small heads, hard wings, and eat garden pests. The black ground beetle is often confused with the Oriental cockroach, which has a downward-pointing head and shorter wings.

June bugs (also called June beetles or May beetles) are reddish-brown to black, rounder than cockroaches, and eat plantsmainly tree leaves. Some have fringed antennae that resemble eyelashes.

Theyre attracted to light, while most species of cockroach tend to avoid light. Further, June bugs are pretty clumsy in comparison to the swift and agile cockroach. You might catch June bugs bumbling around on the ground or flying into walls.

While some beetles bite, a bite from a cockroach is rare. Most cockroaches dont even want to approach humans. Youre also unlikely to find a beetle in your homethey prefer to live outside.

Cockroaches, as you probably know, love to find ways into homes. Unlike cockroaches, which emerge from their eggs as tiny versions of adults, beetles start life as larvae, some of which are called grubs.

This section might at first be confusing. Isnt a water bug a type of cockroach? Thats a common belief that, it turns out, is actually a common mistake.

You may have heard Oriental cockroaches or smoky brown cockroaches referred to as water bugs . In fact, there are quite a few insects that are called water bugs (e.g., water striders, water boatmen, water scorpions), but theres only one type that rightfully carries the name.

True water bugs (family Belostomatidae) live in water, unlike cockroaches. Roaches prefer moist areas but cant survive in water . And the differences between a roach and a water bug dont stop there.

Some water bug species most notably the giant water buggrow to be as long as four inches. Meanwhile, the only cockroach species that even approaches the water bugs size is the American cockroach, which can approach 3 inches in length. However, American cockroaches have a distinctive yellow pattern on their heads that resembles the number eight.

Water bugs two front legs have pincers adapted to catch prey, and they lack antennae entirely. They have strong beaks and have been known to bite humans. Unlike roaches, they are attracted to light. Water bugs are predators; their diet consists of small aquatic animals like fish and tadpoles.

In contrast, cockroaches will eat pretty much anything. Theyre best known for eating garbage and scavenging for crumbs. Like beetles, water bugs are mostly found outside and rarely venture into homes.

The next time someone asks, Is a water bug a cockroach? you can tell them all about the various distinctions between water bugs and roaches.

Whats the difference between a cockroach and a palmetto bug? Thats a trick question. Because there isnt one.

American cockroaches and smoky brown cockroaches are both called palmetto bugs. So is the Florida woods cockroach. And sometimes the wood roach, too. The Florida woods cockroach got this nickname because it likes to hide beneath palmetto leaves.

The American cockroach got it because polite southern folks preferred not to admit to having a cockroach in their house.

And the smokybrown cockroach got it because, well to be polite you might as well not admit to having any cockroach in your house.

Of the three, the American cockroach is the most common, the one most frequently referred to as a palmetto bug, and as a result of their large size and disgusting nature the one most generally despised. Other nicknames for the American cockroach include flying waterbug, Bombay canary, southern cockroach, and flying cockroach.

Bed bugs are sometimes mistaken for cockroach nymphs especially baby German roaches. Both are typically reddish-brown in color (the German nymph only at a certain stage), lack wings, and have an oval shape.

Youll probably have to collect one to make a clear distinction between a baby cockroach and a bed bug because theyre both so small. Bed bugs adults are typically less than 0.2 inches long and cockroach nymphs- particularly the tiny German species- can be similar in size.

However, bed bugs are usually shorter and rounder than cockroaches, which have more oval-shaped bodies. Theyre also a reddish brown as opposed to the German cockroaches tan or golden brown color, and have shorter antennae.

Cockroaches and termites are pretty different in appearance and habits. However, theyre very closely related. In fact, researchers recently discovered that a termite is actually a type of cockroach.

Termites are small (between 0.16 to 0.59 inches long) with soft bodies and short antennae. In the U.S., there are about 40 species of termites, ranging in color from white to light brown. Cockroaches are typically larger, with harder bodies and long antennae. Cockroaches are only white when they have just molted (read more about the albino cockroach), but its rare to see them during this vulnerable time.

Cockroaches are solitary creaturesthey dont form colonies. Termites, on the other hand, are social and live in large colonies with a queen and a king. These two insects also behave differently indoors.

Termites prefer to live inside walls, where they have plenty of space to build their colonies and a ready food source. Termites eat mainly cellulose, which is obtained from wood, grass, and leaves. Cockroaches, on the other hand, will eat just about anything. Theyre most often found in kitchens or near other reliable food and water sources.

Crickets (family Gryllidae) are sometimes mistaken for cockroaches but there are important differences between the two. Crickets range in color from brown to black, much like some cockroach species. They also have long antennae. However, cockroaches bodies are flattened and oval-shaped, while crickets have a more cylindrical body.

Crickets also have very long rear legs, modified for jumping, which they do when disturbed. A cockroachs six legs, which are basically the same length, are used to crawl, run, and sometimes climb. Like beetles, crickets are unlikely to enter your home in large numbers.

Recommended for all cockroaches.

Used to measure and monitor a cockroach infestation and provide some supplemental control.

P.I. is a pyrethrin-based spray insecticide that kills roaches fast. Best when used as a supplement to other treatments, its not inexpensive, but far more effective than off-the-shelf sprays.

Recommended for German cockroaches and Brown banded cockroaches, as well as American cockroaches (Palmetto bugs, Water bugs, Tree roaches, Sewer roaches), and Oriental cockroaches when they enter in large numbers.

CimeXa is an effective indoor crack and crevice treatment. For best results, use alongside Advion Gel Bait and Gentrol IGR.

Insecticidal dusts like CimeXa work best when applied with a duster tool. This inexpensive diatomaceous earth duster works fine with CimeXa, Delta Dust, and other recommended dusts.

Advion first poisons the roaches that eat it, then others in a secondary kill. For the most effective indoor treatment, combine with CimeXa insecticidal dust and Gentrol IGR.

Gentrol is an insect growth regulator (IGR) that interferes with roach reproduction. Its most effective used alongside Advion Gel Bait and CimeXa insecticidal dust.

Recommended for American cockroaches (Palmetto bugs, Water bugs, Tree roaches, Sewer roaches), Oriental cockroaches, and Smokybrown cockroaches.

When used on exterior foundations, entries, and walls, Suspend insecticidal liquid stops outdoor roaches before they get in. It requires a separate sprayer (see below), and works best alongside a granular outdoor bait like Intice and an outdoor crack and crevice treatment like Delta Dust.

Liquid pesticides require a separate sprayer. This inexpensive pump sprayer works fine for smaller jobs.

InTice is a granular bait that kills roaches outdoors and in spaces like your garage or attic. Used alongside a spray treatment like Bayer Suspend and a crack and crevice treatment like Delta Dust, it can protect the entire perimeter of your home.

Waterproof and long-lasting, Delta Dust is a crack and crevice treatment effective in high-moisture areas such as attics, exterior walls, and plumbing lines. Delta Dust is regulated and unavailable in some areas.

The first step toward tackling a pest control problem is to find out what kind of pest youre dealing with. Cockroaches are very dangerous pests that can contaminate food and spread disease. Quite a few insects indeed resemble cockroaches but you can use the information in this article to differentiate between cockroaches and some of their less dangerous lookalikes.

Proper identification is important because different pests require different management strategies. After reading about the six types of bugs that look like roaches (but arent), you can make a more informed decision about how to control the pests. Armed with this new knowledge, youll be better prepared to go out and do battle against whatever pesky insect has invaded your domain.

Most household roaches range in color from the dull yellowish brown of the German cockroach to the dark brown, almost black of the Oriental cockroach. Other roaches will be varying shades and tones of brown.

Though some cockroaches may resemble some beetles, theyre a different type of insect. Cockroaches are actually much more closely related to termites than to beetles.

When you see a very large cockroach, its typically an American cockroach (the largest common cockroach at up two inches long or longer), an Oriental cockroach, or a smoky brown cockroach.

All pest cockroaches have oblong bodies, short spiny legs, and long antennae. There are a few small cockroaches to be on the lookout for, though. The German cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, and any baby cockroach whose presence can indicate an infestation.

Written by Andrew Martin. Reviewed by Rae Osborn, PhD.


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Dr. Rae Osborn holds Honors Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology and Entomology, and a Master of Science in Entomology from the University of Natal in South Africa. She holds a PhD in Quantitative Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington, where her research was in Entomology. You can learn more about our contributors here.


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Poop, blood, bedbugs and needles: Report reveals how filthy NYC subway is – indy100

June 21st, 2021 by admin

The New York subway system saw a spike in filthy train cars last month, after five months of an overall decline in truly gross rides, according to internal reports from the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

The New York Post reports that May 2021 saw 132 isolated incidents of soiled train car interiors, up from 118 in May 2020, when high Covid rates in New York City decreased ridership.

It includes 27 reports of trains covered in poop, 26 trains with vomit inside, 21 soaked in urine and six cars with blood, according to MTA records.

There were, of course, previously fewer people on the subway in 2020, but as New Yorkers and tourists make their way back, the trains are likely to experience turbulence as people readjust to the daily commute.

Last month, soiled cars resulted in more than 25 hours of delays, per the internal documents.

Beyond human waste, trashed cars and Covid-19 cleaning amounts for the pulled trains. At least 19 of the 132 reports on cars also mentioned either homeless of unruly subway riders, according to the Post.

One train had needles scattered across the floor, while another had an apparent bed bug infestation.

Workers recorded a total of 1,090 soiled cars in 2021 through June 14, the MTA said.

New York saw a sharp increase in homelessness during its heightened pandemic year, and the reality facing many without shelter continues, even as the city returns to form around it. Increased presence of unhoused people on the subway, which provides shelter for many, is thought to be a symptom of this wave.

The unruly behavior is also troubling, and something to address, according to a statement from MTA spokesman Andrei Berman.

Incidents like this are unfortunate. Theyre unsanitary for our customers and deeply unfair and disturbing for transit cleaners, he said. Theyre also a reminder of the need for more mental health outreach and social service support in the city and throughout the system.

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Have a Severe Reaction to a Bug Bite? It Could Be Papular Urticaria – msnNOW

June 5th, 2021 by admin

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Nobody likes bug bites, but people with papular urticaria have an especially good reason to hate them.

Papular urticaria is a hypersensitivity to bug bites. The condition causes a bump or red welts on the skin in reaction to an insect bite or sting.

In people with papular urticaria, these bites cause long-lasting, red, raised, itchy bumps to develop on the skin. It can also cause small blisters (called vesicles) to form on the skin, sometimes in clusters.

This condition is common and mainly impacts children, though anyone can develop it at any age.

A 2017 study published in the World Allergy Organization Journal suggests these severe bug bite reactions may affect around 20 percent of children aged one to six. Because much of the research is conducted in children, the prevalence in adults is unclear.

Here's what you need to know about papular urticaria, including how to identify and treat it.

People with papular urticaria develop raised, red, hard bumps (called papules) after being bitten by a bug. Typically, each papule has a small tip or raised point.

Papular urticaria can also cause blisters that contain fluid, which might be clear, yellowish, or dark-colored.

Papules and blisters caused by papular urticaria also tend to:

In very young children, symptoms may develop very quickly after the child is bitten.

With age, the reaction often takes longer to develop, or becomes delayed. In these cases, it can be nearly impossible to tell where the initial bite occurred and when.

(These are the bug bite symptoms you shouldn't ignore.)

When an insect bites and breaks the skin, it introduces foreign protein into the skin, explains Walter M. Ryan III, DO, an osteopathic doctor and allergist with the Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care in Boca Raton and Coral Springs.

Our immune cells do not recognize these foreign proteins, which spark an inflammatory process known as an allergic reaction. The body's goal: to destroy and remove the unknown proteins.

This inflammatory process is usually triggered by the release of a chemical called histamine from specialized immune cells known as mast cells.

"When histamine is released after insect bites, it makes our skin turn red, activates itch sensation, and often leaves elevated bumps called papules," says Danilo Del Campo, MD, a dermatologist with the Chicago Skin Clinic.

Most people develop some minor, temporary itchiness, redness, and a bit of swelling from bug bites.

But in people with papular urticaria, regular bug bites cause an exaggerated immune response and symptoms that are more severe and long-lasting.

Researchers believe that papular urticaria is a hypersensitivity, or increased sensitivity, an allergic reaction to bug bites, says Dr. Del Campo.

(These are the bug bites that need medical attention now.)

The bumps and blisters associated with papular urticaria tend to last for days to weeks. In some cases, they may even stick around for several months.

Someone may also continue to develop new clusters or crops of bumps and blisters for monthseven yearsafter the reaction first started.

Thankfully, the reaction tends to lessen over time.

As children grow older, their immune systems gradually become less sensitive to bug bites. So over time, the average child with papular urticaria will react less severely to bug bites, and the reaction will take longer to develop.

While adults can develop papular urticaria, most people become less sensitive to bug bites by age seven.

Hives, or urticaria, are round, red, raised, solid bumps that are very itchy. Press on hives, and they'll blanch (turn white in the center).

Despite its name, papular urticaria does not cause real hives. "Papular urticaria is not actual urticaria," says Dr. Ryan.

True hives cause welts or bumps that last for less than 24 hours. Papules and blisters associated with papular urticaria last a matter of days or weeks.

All biting insects can cause a papular urticaria reaction, but flea and mite bites are the most common triggers.

Other bugs that are known to cause papular urticaria reactions include:

A doctor will diagnose someone with papular urticaria by examining their skin and areas with symptoms.

They will also ask questions about:

A doctor may also take a biopsya small sample of affected skinto examine under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis. Most bug bites create specific microscopic patterns.

Experts say that despite how common it is, papular urticaria can be difficult to diagnose and often goes overlooked.

That's why it is important to seek care from a skin specialist like a board-certified dermatologist.

"Any MD can diagnose this condition, but board-certified dermatologists are most familiar in diagnosing and treating this condition," says Dr. Del Campo.

He suggests that people use the American Academy of Dermatology's Find a Dermatologist tool to location a board-certified doctor nearby.

Treatment options for papular urticaria tend to focus on reducing the size and itchiness of bumps to relieve symptoms and make someone less likely to scratch and worsen the reaction.

Products or medications may also help prevent infection or keep the skin from drying out and becoming itchier.

"In general, avoiding scratching at the bumps, getting relief from itching, and avoiding further insect bites are the key factors in management," says Dr. Del Campo. "Dermatologists often prescribe a topical medication to assist in relieving symptoms since chronic itching can lead to skin infections, broken-down skin, and impaired sleep due to itching."

The best treatment, or combination of treatments, depends largely on how severe someone's symptoms are. But some common treatment options for papular urticaria include:

These creams or ointments contain compounds, such as hydrocortisone, that reduce inflammation. They may also make symptoms go away quicker.

Apply topical steroids to affected areas of skin as soon as symptoms develop. You can get them in over-the-counter strengths, or by prescription.

These medications prevent the release of histamine when taken daily. They're often taken to reduce existing symptoms or as a preventative measure during times of the year symptoms tend to occur.

Most antihistamines are available over the counter, though stronger prescription versions exist.

These creams contain compounds that kill microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi that can cause infection.

Microorganisms can enter the skin through tears or cuts or when someone scratches their skin with their fingernails.

Antiseptic creams are readily available over the counter but can come in prescription strength.

Applying moisturizing creams, gels, or ointments to impacted areas of the skin a few times daily, especially after bathing, can help reduce dryness and itchiness.

Moisturizers are available over the counter or in prescription strength.

Certain creams, gels, ointments, or other formulas contain compounds that prevent itchiness by temporarily cooling or numbing the skin. One such soothing treatment is calamine lotion.

Dr. Ryan suggests using anti-itch products with menthol, camphor, or pramoxine.

Some pain-relieving products may also create a sensation such as warmth, cooling, or slight burning to distract someone from itchiness.

Most of these products are available over the counter. Do not apply anti-itch or pain-relieving creams to broken skin or open sores.

Bumps and blisters caused by papular urticaria can leave behind dark spots on the skin once they heal.

Keeping these areas covered with sunscreen whenever they are in the sun will help these dark spots heal and fade quicker.

Make sure to use unscented sunscreen; those with heavy scents can attract bugs.

(Here are more ways to treat common types of bug bites and stings.)

Experts claim there is really only one way to prevent papular urticaria: prevent bug bites.

This may be easier said than done, especially for those who love the outdoors. But there are plenty of ways to reduce the likelihood of getting a bug bite.

Use insect repellant sprays or lotions when outdoors. Look for products with the insecticide DEET, a bug-killing chemical. Or try other bug-repelling products.

Remember to wear long-sleeved shirts, socks, and full-length pants in areas where bugs are very active. Tuck your pant legs into socks and closed-toed shoes or boots.

Avoid spending time outdoors during times of the day when bugs are especially active, such as dawn and dust. If you do go outside during peak times, wear protective equipment, such as a hat with mosquito netting.

Lastly, be sure to avoid areas with standing water, such as marshes, ponds, and other wetland environments.

Stay on cleared paths or trails when hiking or going for a walk. Avoid going around places bugs are most active or looking to attach to clothing or skin, such as around trees, flowers, shrubs, bushes, wood or leaf piles, or tall grass.

Be sure to avoid going in the deep woods in the warmer months of the year.

When outside, try not to brush up against plants.

If bugs come near or swarm around you, remain calm. Walk away from them to prevent scaring them and increasing the risk they will bite or sting.

Keep an eye out forand avoidbug nests, mounds, or hives.

Lastly, make sure you check clothes, footwear, and equipment for bugs before bringing them into the house.

Check the whole body for bug or bug bites after being outdoors. In particular, look in places like the backs of your knees, around your waist, in your hair, in your armpits, and between your legs.

At home, regularly check bedding, carpets, and other fabric surfaces or wood furniture for bugs or signs of bugs, like biting or chewing marks, burrowing holes, or feces and dead skins/shells.

Treat household pets for fleas and mites using solutions applied to the animal's skin, sprayed on its fur, or in the form of a collar. Treat household pets for ticks and other parasites if they go outdoors.

For pets with bug infestations, be sure to seek veterinary care.

If you're treatingminor bug infestations, use household insecticides. Be sure to get an exterminator service to handle more severe infestations.

When at home, use screens on windows and doors, and keep household doors and windows shut if they are not screened. Watch for signs of biting insects like bed bugs to catch potential infestations as soon as possible.

Also, try to avoid eating and drinking outside in areas where bugs are common. Food can attract bugs to you even more.

Following the above tips and tricks can help you lessen your chances of getting bug bites.

Next, learn about the "harmless" bugs you didn't know could bite you.

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Even Bed Bugs Fled NYC In The Past Year –

June 5th, 2021 by admin

NEW YORK CITY Even the bed bugs left New York City in 2021.

As the COVID-19 pandemic raged and thousands fled the city for Long Island, Florida and other less-affected areas, the insects hitched rides out of town too, according to experts at the pest control company Orkin.

In January 2020, NYC was the sixth most infested city in the nation for the pests. This year, it doesn't even make the top 10. The ranking places the city in 12th place.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where the company performed the most residential and commercial bed bug treatments between Dec. 1, 2019, and Nov. 30, 2020, the company said.

Most infested was Chicago, with Washington D.C. and Los Angeles making the top 10 too.

See the full list of top cities for bed bugs.

The human exodus from NYC might well have caused the drop. Bed bugs are widely associated with travel, hitching rides with people. But they could also just be lying in wait in empty city homes.

"Bed bugs can survive for several months without a blood meal and could be hungry if they have survived unnoticed after decreased travel amid the pandemic," Cindy Mannes, executive director of the Professional Pest Management Alliance, said.

The insects are tiny just under a quarter-inch long, according to Orkin. They're usually dark brown or red in color and are hematophagous, meaning blood is their only food source. Bed bugs take blood meals from sleeping humans and can travel from place to place with ease, stowing away in things such as luggage, purses and other personal belongings.

If you plan to travel this summer, there are a few things you can do to prevent bed bugs from coming home with you. Orkin recommends people follow the "SLEEP" method to crack down on possible bed bug infestations:

If you need more guidance on eliminating bed bugs from your home, the Environmental Protection Agency has a step-by-step guide for evaluating and treating the infestation.

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The care and feeding of a canine division – Pest Management Professional magazine

April 28th, 2021 by admin

MMPC working canine Dexter inspects a couch for bed bugs. PHOTO: ROB TANNENBAUM PHOTOGRAPHY

The return on investment for a working canine varies by market, as well as whether your dogs are detecting the scents of termites, bed bugs or rodents. Timothy Wong, president of M&M Environmental Services (doing business as M&M Pest Control, or MMPC) in Queens, N.Y., notes the New York City bed bug scent detection market has become somewhat saturated in the past decade. Whereas 10 years ago, the expected annual profit margin was about 55 percent, he says, today its closer to 25 percent. The percentage can vary, too, of course, by how much marketing value the division brings.

Robert Gallo

Robert Gallo, who has owned Round the Clock Pest Control, Santa Clarita, Calif., for 18 years, says that while marketing is important, the focus should be kept on the technical, and how accurate the working canines can be. Gallo also is on the board of directors for the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA). He got involved because it is a third-party certifying organization that helps ensure that the highest of standards for working canines are upheld, and as a pest management professional (PMP), I wanted to help guide and educate people on the importance of third-party certification for the integrity of the industry.

Gallo became a canine handler 12 years ago, and currently his firm has three handlers and working canines. Over the years, I have seen a lot of pest control and canine scent detection companies go out of business, and I have rescued some dogs from companies that have gone under, to keep them active and working, he says. We have also had much success subcontracting with other PMPs.

Gallo says PMPs need to keep in mind that starting a canine division isnt going to bring instant success. It takes time and patience to get it up and running, he continues. Purchasing a dog and going through the training is just the start of the new endeavor. It takes time for the dog to acclimate itself and get comfortable with its handlers, its new environment, and all the overwhelming love and attention they will receive from colleagues and clients once taken out into the field.

Scott Mullaney

Scott Mullaney agrees. It took us two years to start up our canine rat scent-detection and abatement service, and about a year for the mouse detection service, says Mullaney, co-owner of Unique Pest Management, Woodbridge, Va. We conducted business viability studies to get a bearing on what type of service would be provided on what type of properties. You also need to expect to carry the costs of the program for at least four to six months while it gets up and going.

Because many working dogs have been rescued from animal shelters, Gallo says, they have a second chance at life and excel because they are given a purpose. That said, its important to emphasize the reward for a positive scent with food or a toy. If someone is out sick or quits, or we have to change handlers for any other reason, any of our other certified handlers can pick up the leash and work with that particular dog, he explains. In addition, a handler can treat his or her partner as a pet but only to a point.

During training, certified handlers learn of the limitations. Gallo offers hiking trips as an example of something not allowed with a working canine. Such an activity would take the dog off its regular routines and environment, he says. If the dog were to get hurt or bite someone, for example, it would be a huge liability to both the company and the handler. Hiking could also result in the dog getting injured or worse.

Wong advises PMPs to not underestimate the initial investment. Although the direct cost of basic bed bug scent detection training at an academy is around $15,000, if you factor in all of the other expenses involved, such as adopting and raising the canine, hiring and training handlers for the canine, getting both the canine and the handlers certified, as well as all of the other necessary expenses relating to training, such as travel, food, lodging, insurance, equipment and so on, that initial investment is actually closer to $30,000, he says.

In addition, consider ongoing expenses such as handler salaries, medical insurance, vehicle and transportation costs, canine food and supplies, routine training, ongoing certifications and general overhead.

Deanna Kjorlien, ACE

Another consideration is whether you will have enough appointments to keep the dog(s) working. Deanna Kjorlien, ACE, co-owner of Green Dog Pest Service in Gig Harbor, Wash., points out that canine teams maintain their training better when they are in the field working consistently. Make sure you can consistently book a minimum of 20 hours a week of inspections for the dog. If not, she says, perhaps a canine detection subcontractor is a better bet. Many third-party contractors also are willing to help consult on a division start-up or refresh, too.

They can help find and evaluate trained detection dogs, structure pricing, train handlers and advise on sales tactics and marketing, she adds. I absolutely love helping people with this line of business, it feeds my serial entrepreneurial spirit and my passion for detection dogs and pest control.

Andy McGinty, CEO of LIPCA Insurance, Baton Rouge, La., notes that if you go the subcontracting route, you still need to check with your insurer first. Make sure your company is listed as an additional insured under the canines insurance policy. That is usually free to request. If you can get listed as a Primary Additional Insured, that is even better. Ask your agent. Sometimes there is a small charge to be listed as the Primary Additional Insured on a certificate, but canine service overall has been a very effective and profitable tool for the pest control industry.

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Nationwide survey reveals New Jersey’s most hated bug – New Jersey 101.5 FM

April 14th, 2021 by admin

It seems as if there is a list for everything (and I often get suckered into writing about them), and now a pest control company has put out a list of every states most hated bugs.

How did they determine such a specific thing? They conducted a survey, of course. So, which bug is New Jerseys most hated? According to PestProSearch, it is the spider. There were five other states hating on the spiders which put the pest in third place nationally. The site says if you are looking to live a spider-free life, youd need to either live in the ocean, at one of the poles or at the top of a very tall mountain.

Common cobweb spiders in New Jersey are the Triangulate House Spider and the Common House Spider.

Nationally, the most despised bug is the cockroach, coming in number one in by far the most states: 29. You just hear the word cockroach and the image of dozens of them scattering when you turn on a light comes to mind. Pest Strategies says their resilience makes them a formidable foe as they can survive without food for a month, without water for two weeks and without a head for 7 days.

In between cockroaches and spiders is another critter whose name makes your skin crawl: the bed bug, which was number one in seven states. Mosquitoes were fourth and honorable mention went to ticks and centipedes. About centipedes, the site says these creepy crawlers are aggressive and potentially dangerous as their bite contains venom that can cause skin inflammation and even gangrene.

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The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle. Any opinions expressed are Bill Doyle's own.

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Pandemic Adds Roach Infestations To Its List of Living Nightmares – Gothamist

February 20th, 2021 by admin

Most people have a place where they keep their masks handy. A nightstand. A glove compartment in a car. For Luke Pyenson, it's a plastic hook stuck on the wall by his front door. But last week, as he went to grab his mask to accept a delivery, he spotted a big cockroach snuggling right where his mouth and nose would have gone.

I was going to say I gasped, but my girlfriend wanted it to be on record that I did scream, said Pyenson who lives in Crown Heights.

Living in New York City means making peace with encountering the occasional cockroach, but over the last year or so, some residents say they've witnessed more roaches in their homes than ever before. Like 24-year-old Piper Fialkoff, who noticed an explosion of roaches in her parents' Upper West Side apartment over the summer. She said it started with tiny cockroaches showing up in their bathroom, but then the situation escalated.

The real kicker was one night we were watching TV, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something very large flying through the air, Fialkoff said.

Even though some New Yorkers may have been unpleasantly surprised to discover new six-legged squatters, exterminators around the five boroughs say they had a feeling that they would be doing business with residents spending more time at home. Fida Abass, the owner of Best At Pest Exterminating in Kensington, Brooklyn, was expecting to get more calls as a result of people eating at home more, generating more trash than usual, as well as delaying pest treatments due to concerns about exposure to COVID-19.

Even if some person has issues with roaches, mice, bedbugs, most of the people are not even willing to have people come into their house, Abass said. He said exterminators are following COVID-19 protocols during visitswearing masks and social distancingbut bedbug treatments can take a long time, which might dissuade some customers.

Anthony Devito, the general manager and entomologist for Magic Exterminating in Flushing, Queens, said hes seen a (perhaps expected) shift in business away from commercial buildings and offices, while his teams now spend more time treating apartments and houses.

"If you've had an apartment house and say you have 200 people and generally we get about 10 percent of the clients or maybe 20 clients who sign up for service or have problems, Devito said. We probably have to spend, you know, an extra maybe 20 or 25 percent of time on an account simply because more people are signing up for service."

Still, some experts think its less of a question of if there are more bugs around, and more that people are spotting the ones that were already there. Dr. Jessica Ware, an associate curator of invertebrate zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, believes it might be similar to early in the pandemic, when a lot of people stuck in their homes reported hearing more birdsong and seeing new animals out and about. Outdoor (and now indoor) wildlife havent come alive, so much as were just noticing it more.

The pandemic has kind of allowed a lot of introspection and a lot of time to just kind of stare at the wall and notice hey, there's a cockroach there, said Ware.

Only instead of nature healing, people quarantining were just paying more attention to the ecosystems that were there all alongboth outside with the birds, and inside with the bugs.

Meanwhile, over in Brooklyn, Ky Platt said he has been helping his girlfriend battle a recent roach infestation in their home in Prospect Lefferts Gardensthe first she has ever had to deal with pests since living there.

In 12 years she's never had to use the exterminator, if that kind of gives you a sense, Platt said.

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This City Has the Worst Bed Bug Infestation in America – AOL

February 13th, 2021 by admin

This is one superlative no one wants their city to win. Pest control company Orkin recently released its Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, compiled with data of the places where Orkin performed the most treatments for bed bugs from December 2019 through November 2020. The reality is that bed bugs have shown up in cities and towns all across America, from mansions to cramped apartments. Theyve been increasing in number in the United States since the turn of the century due to increased travel and limitations on certain insecticides, but numbers have been especially high in these cities. Theres not too much you can do to stop them; early detection is critical because there is no foolproof way to keep them out of your home. Here are the warning signs youre about to have a bed bug problem.

Taking first place on the list was Chicago. Clearly, bed bugs love the Windy City. Rounding out the top (bottom?) five, in order, were Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Detroit; and Columbus, Ohio. Chicago moved up from being third on the list last year and swapped with Washington, D.C., which took the top spot in 2020. Chicago also took the top spot for the most rat-infested city. Yuck!

Cities six through ten were Cleveland; Indianapolis; Cincinnati; Los Angeles; and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Grand Rapids, at spot ten in 2021, jumped a whopping eight spots from last year. Los Angeles moved down five spots from last year and New York, a city you think would come in much higher on the list, moved down six spots from last year, coming in at number 12. No matter where you are, beds arent the only places youll find these peststhis is how to spot bed bugs in your airplane seat.

So if you live in or are visiting any of these cities, its wise to be a little more vigilant about your susceptibility to bed bugs and maybe stock up on a bed bug killer like this. According to the CDC, bed bugs often come into contact with people by way of luggage, bags, clothes, bedding, furniture, or anywhere they can easily hide and hitch a ride. Always inspect hotel rooms or any place you might be stayingheres a guide to how to do so properly.


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