Posts Tagged ‘insects’

The 16th edition of the New York Pest Expo is appropriately titled Transitions. It wouldn’t be complete without hearing Lou Sorkin share his knowledge on the marvels of holometabola, one type of metamorphosis exhibited by insects

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Race for the Bait

NYS DEC Credits: 7A – 2.0, 7F – 2.0, 8 – 2.0

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Dr. Bill RobinsonIt was great to have Dr. Bill Robinson present again at the New York Pest Expo. Pest harborages were the main focus of his talk. He shared with us how proper pest identification leads to locating the precise harborage site which in turn leads to effective control with a minimum use of chemicals.

Simply put, once a harborage site is located we can treat and kill the pest. A harborage is not just a “hiding place;” it’s a protective fortress where the pest can gain access to food and water. Harborage provides shelter and often offers an ideal location for breeding.

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Most bugs we encounter are harmless. However, deadly insects and other creepy crawlies are a very real threat. Here are some of the most dangerous spiders and insects in North America and how to spot them.

1. Scorpions

With a crab-like appearance, scorpions are predatory and often come out at night. Scorpions like warm, dry climates and are often found in deserts. Take precautions when hiking and camping by keeping shoes, blankets, and towels secured indoors. Stings can feel much like a Honeybee sting with mild swelling or a rash, or may be more serious.

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Earlier, PCT Magazine published Becoming a Pest Investigator. The article introduced us to the tools all technicians should have at all times. Now in Becoming a Pest Investigator Part 2, they point out the tools we should have readily available and highlight some specialized tools to consider having. So, please enjoy their follow up article. Let us know what you think here or on the Bug Off Pest Control Center Facebook page.

Let’s start back up with the tools you should have easily at your disposal, but need not always carry with you:

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