8 facts about bed bugs

The holiday season is upon us and increased travels can mean bringing bed bugs home for some. Here are the top 8 things you should know about bed bugs. Continue reading

Bed bug webinar available online

The recorded webinar “Lowering Costs with an In-House Bed Bug Preventions and Management Plan” is now up online here: http://stoppests.org/vtechbedbug

On that same page you will find a link to the questions and answers asked during and after the webinar, the slides from the presentation, and other helpful links.

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Tick Safe Schools via Integrated Pest Management

Join us for a Webinar on September 30

Dr. Thomas Mather, Professor and Director of the University of the Rhode Island Center for Vector Borne Diseases, will discuss tick borne diseases and prevalence, the identification, inspection and removal of ticks, followed by the “Tick encounter” web resource. Dr. Marcia Anderson, Environmental Protection Specialist from the EPA, will review passive prevention via landscape design, sanitation, maintenance the EPA role in tick IPM and on how to incorporate Tick IPM into your School IPM plan. Dr. Kathy Murray, Coordinator of the Maine SIPM program, Maine Dept. of Agriculture, will discuss the importance of monitoring, repellants, active prevention via pesticidal tools, research, and additional resources. They will be followed by a Q & A session. Continue reading

Is it a tick? Is it a bed bug? Some resources to help

Since writing the post on bed bugs and ticks in April, I have noticed that “bed bugs vs ticks” seems to be the top search term every day, and that post has been the top rated one every day since that date. Since many of us will travel over the holidays or have travelers in our homes, I’m going to give you a list of resources that have photos and contact information, so if you wake up one night and find something crawling on the back of your neck, you will be able to know whether you need to go to the doctor the next day, or to start washing everything you have in hot water.

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The difference between bed bugs and ticks

When I check out the stats on our blog, I often look at the search terms that people use to find our blog. A couple of days ago, I noticed that someone searched for “the difference between bed bugs and ticks,” and I thought, that’s a great question! So I’m going to try to answer it.

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