Library Updates

Spider Management for the Pest Control Operator

We can all sleep, literally and figuratively, a little better since outhouses have mostly disappeared in the United States. Aside from the inconvenience and disruption to sleep by wandering outside at midnight, the advent of indoor toilets greatly reduced bites from black widow spiders. The midnight venture to unsound structures, with many gaps and holes, invited spider mischief before housing ...

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2021 Asian Giant Hornet Update

The Asian Giant Hornet (AGH), Vespa mandarinia, gained notoriety in 2020 as the “murder hornet,” a name referred to by multiple media outlets throughout the United States. The AGH was discovered in 2019 in British Columbia, Canada, and then again discovered in not only Canada but also in Northwest Washington state in 2020. The AGH is an invasive wasp that is ...

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Annual and Cicadas Periodical

There are two different types of cicadas, periodical and annual. While both are cicadas, their lifecycles and appearance are drastically different. Annual cicadas typically emerge every year throughout the United States and may vary from green, brown and black in appearance. Periodical cicadas are found in eastern North America and have either a 13-year or 17-year lifecycle, emerging at different ...

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Using Electronic Monitoring for Integrated Pest Management

There are currently a lot of different manufacturers producing electronic, remote monitoring devices with many focused on rodent monitoring. However, as the technology continues to advance, there are a variety of devices rapidly being produced for insect pests as well, such as adaptations for flying insects and pheromone traps. Electronic monitoring is a rapidly growing technology that allows pest management ...

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: OSHA Safety: Understanding the Silica Rule in the Pest Control Workplace

To limit exposure to silica, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued standards in 2018 for both construction and general industry to help protect workers and requires that employers comply with the standard. Exposure to silica in the pest control industry would primarily occur during termite treatments that require drilling into concrete, brick, mortar, or ...

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Elm Seed Bug

INTRODUCTION The elm seed bug is a relatively new introduced pest species in the United States that originates from the Mediterranean region of Europe. This pest was first discovered in the United States in Idaho in 2012 but has since been found in several states in the Western U.S., including Colorado, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Washington, as well as farther ...

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Library Update: The Longhorned Tick

Introduction The longhorned tick, also called the East Asian tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, is not native to the United States. It was first found in the U.S. in New Jersey on a sheep, but identification of archived samples of ticks have shown it may have been in the U.S. as early as 2013. As of August 2018, the tick has been ...

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