Archive for January, 2012

The following blog post was written for Bug Off Pest Control Center by Sandy “Ladybug” Honess, OwnerLadybug Pest Management, Inc.

Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.  What is considered a playful nursery rhyme to most of us has become a nightmare for many others.

In less than a year of Ladybug Pest Management’s start-up we have investigated at least four large infestations of bed bugs in single-family homes in Sussex County, Delaware and Wicomico County, Maryland.  All four homeowners were on fixed incomes and/or unemployed and could not afford the cost for bed bug treatment.

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This was a presentation not to be missed. Paul Bello is an authority on bed bugs. His experience, knowledge and passion regarding bed bugs and their impact on our society are what inspired him to write his book, The Bed Bug Combat Manual. The book was released just before the 2011 New York Pest Expo and signed, specially priced copies became available for the first time in New York at this great event. For those of you who missed the show, the book is still available through Bug Off Pest Control Center for only $50.00.

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At this year’s New York Pest Expo we were honored to have Dr. Bill Robinson of B&G Equipment share with us his insights on the Biology and Control of Household Spiders. He helped us learn more about the common species known to inhabit homes.

Spiders are everywhere and may be a health threat because every spider is venomous to a degree. Every spider can bite and will inject a foreign protein.  They are difficult to control because spiders don’t have tarsal pads like a cockroach and, therefore, a residual insecticide may not affect them.  Spiders are also seasonal. They are more prominent in the spring and fall.

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Paul Hardy celebrated his 50th year in the pest management industry in 2011. If there is anyone who can guide us through the evolution of termite control it’s Paul. That’s why Bug Off Pest Control Center asked him to speak at the 2011 New York Pest Expo on November 11, 2011.

First and foremost, Paul reminded us that termites are still a problem. Even though they have not been swarming as much as in past decades, they are still active and are still causing damage. We need to stay on top of the newest treatment options when clients start to call again.

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