Pest Concerns Making News


Solving Pest Problems

Work can be an ugly word, but looking at it as problem solving may make it more appealing. That is how one pest expert looks at his work. While he doesn’t enjoy plants being destroyed, he finds great satisfaction in saving them.

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Work is an activity that many of us try to avoid at all cost. If you look at work as a means of problem solving through physical activity or mental effort, you might have more appreciation of your sweat. I mean I would rather solve problems than work. I just feel better about myself being a problem solver than a laborer.

With this philosophy I get a secret enjoyment when glitches occur at work, because problems mean job security. That means in horticulture and gardening when pests occur such as insects, disease, and weeds people will talk with me to solve these problems. So horticulture is like the medical field in the fact that doctors that see their financial bottom line increase as illness increases. If I were a dentist I would make sure that candy and pop companies stayed in business in order to ensure cavity occurrence. Continue reading…

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New Mosquito-borne Illness Concerns Pest Officials

Chikungunya is the newest mosquito-borne illness to make its way to the United States. It appears to have made its way here with travelers from the Caribbean. This disease is very painful and begins with severe joint pain and fever.

Read more from the Augusta Free Press:

A painful, mosquito-borne viral illness has surfaced across the United States, carried by recent travelers to the Caribbean where the virus is raging.

Chikungunya, a viral infection transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, originated in southeast Africa and was first described in Tanzania in 1952. Subsequently, it has spread throughout sub-Saharan Africa and has become well established in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and islands of the Indian and Pacific Ocean.

But it all changed in 2013, when health experts found that sustained transmission of the chikungunya virus had occurred in the Caribbean, meaning people on the islands were starting to become infected by local mosquitos.  Now the virus is widespread, with up to 17 different countries in the Caribbean reporting cases of the disease. Continue reading…

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How To Deal With Pests In The Grocery Business

Pest control is a major concern to grocery store owners. Pest infestations can be the ruin of a business. The best way to protect your supermarket is to understand what draws pests in: food, water, and shelter.

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Pests need three things to survive: food, water and shelter. A well-stocked supermarket contains an overabundance of all three. Due to the large size of stores, intense activity from shoppers, regular food delivery, and after-hours stocking and inventory, pests have ample opportunities to find their way into stores, contaminating food and putting the supermarket’s reputation at risk.

The most common pests found in supermarkets are German cockroaches, mice, flies, a variety of stored product pests and birds. Each of these brings a number of health and property risks. Pest infestations in supermarkets most often occur in the deli sections, bakeries, meat departments, under shelves, loose foods bins, produce sections, employee break areas, loading docks and dumpster and trash areas. Continue reading…

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Preventing Pests This Summer

With the warmer weather comes an influx of pests. The season starts small, with gnats and strawberry flies. But the bugs get bigger the hotter it gets, going from greenhead flies, to black flies, to mosquitos.

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Anyone who has spent any time outdoors has likely encountered some form of insect or Insecta, the scientific name for what we commonly call bugs. It seems as though we have an ongoing rotation of certain species of insects. Let’s review some of them.

Here is my disclaimer. This is only an overview and not a comprehensive list.

Let’s begin with the latest annoying ones. Typically in May and June the gnats or no-see-ums are most prominent. The no-see-um name connotates that we don’t see them; however, we certainly feel them! Everywhere! Merriam-Webster defines no-see-um as a biting midge. The name supposedly originated by the American Indians in 1842. These “midges” cause the most even-tempered of individuals to exclaim harshly “the bugs are awful” or “the bugs are driving me crazy!” You get the point. Continue reading…

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