Not all pest control providers are considered equal when it comes to bed bug control. Dr. Mike Merchant, an urban entomologist from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, has co-authored a publication explaining what to look for when you’re about to make that phone call to a pest control company to get rid of bed bugs.
This post was taken from the November 2011 School IPM 2015 newsletter. Although the article mentions schools specifically, the tips can be used for any building and grounds, whether residential or commercial.
Designing, maintaining and operating buildings and grounds with pest prevention in mind is an enormous time and money saver! Here we focus on doors, windows, exterior lighting and landscaping in new construction and existing school buildings.
The flu and other bacterial infections are hard enough to live through, but when antibiotics don’t cure them, they’re even more miserable. Many of us have read stories of “superbugs”—bacteria that resist some of the common antibiotics like penicillin and erythromycin. However, few of us have probably considered the possibility that the pesky household fly or German cockroach could contribute to those superbugs. According to a new study, some of the most common household pests spread not only bacteria, but antibiotic-resistant bacteria as well.
I just returned last night from a few days in Washington, DC, and as usual, I scouted my mattress for bed bugs. I know I’m not the only person who is edgy about the pesky little critters, as they were a primary topic of conversation nearly all week. However, as creepy as the thought of bed bugs makes me feel, it doesn’t have that effect on everyone.