Archive for August, 2012

Here is an article on holistic pest management with an emphasis on biological source reduction from our friends at Pest West.  Don’t miss Pest West’s  Dr. Stuart Mitchell’s presentation on “Advanced Flying Insect Control” at the New York Pest Expo on November 8, 2012.

Holistic environmental pest management is a process based on the acquisition and analysis of data to formulate a treatment regimen specific for an individual facility. Pest treatments in the past few decades have been chemical based, through an application of material to specific targets. This approach works in general, for a short duration and is dependent on a number of factors, many beyond the control of the applicator.


Here’s a great article from PCT Magazine written by our friend Jeff McGovern and his wife Kate, as well as, Dr. Jeffrey Brown. Jeff McGovern will be presenting the bed bug talk at the 10th edition of the New York Pest Expo on November 8th!

Let’s face it: Bed bugs may be getting the headlines, but in the background roaches are staging a comeback. We have sprayed, fogged, bombed, baited, trapped, heated, fumigated — and still we fight this difficult pest. As roaches have become resistant to current toxicants and government and public pressure for less toxic chemicals increases, we appear poised to lose the battle. Heat treatments are fine, in some places, but usually require evacuation and aren’t always the best answer for the client. Now we have another tool in our pest control toolbox — Cryonite. So just what is Cryonite and how can it improve your roach accounts? Let me show you how Cryonite (new school) in conjunction with spatial/forced monitoring (old school) creates a chemical-free, effective program that can be used anywhere, anytime.

Everything old is new again as we learn in this article written by By Phil Koehler and Roberto Pereira and published in the July 2012 PCT online magazine. For more please refer back to the original article.
FLEAS ARE BACK: Are You Ready?

Flea control needs to be an integrated program that includes customer cooperation, veterinary treatment of pets and treatment of infested premises by pest management professionals.

Fleas are extremely important pests. They can thrive on pets, like cats and dogs, and they can be very irritating to humans. Some flea infestations are severe, to the point that they can cause anemia, especially for kittens and puppies.

The most prevalent veterinary problem that they cause for some pets is “flea allergy dermatitis” or FAD. FAD is caused when the flea punctures the skin for a blood meal and injects saliva. The flea saliva sets up a severe allergic reaction in the pet. As a result, the pet is severely irritated and causes self-inflicted trauma. Bacteria invade the wounds, causing pustules. The fur falls out, the wounds scab over and the pet really looks terrible. This sequence of events can be caused by a single flea bite on severely allergic animals. Because your customers feel their pets are part of their family, they will be asking your company for solutions.


the following post was provided to Bug Off Pest Control Center by: Sandy “Ladybug” Honess and Frank C. Honess, III of Ladybug Pest Management, Inc. in Delmar, DE  (302) 846-2295