Research

Outdoor Cockroach Control

The Turkestan cockroach, the rusty red and the red runner…Blatta lateralis goes by many names. Introduced to California and Texas in the late 1970s, probably hidden within military equipment brought back from the Middle East, the species is now common throughout urban and suburban landscapes of the American Southwest. Interestingly, this cockroach is readily available for purchase online as a popular ...

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Residential Tick Management Practices

Ticks can be serious pests in and around homes and can transmit numerous pathogens that cause disease in humans and animals. In the United States, both ticks and tick-borne diseases have been on the rise over the last 20 years. Cooperation between both homeowners and pest management companies is essential in managing ticks on properties. TICK BIOLOGY AND DISEASE All ...

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5 Key Takeaways from PPMA’s New Consumer Research

How do consumers feel about professional pest control services? Do their thoughts and perceptions vary by generation? For the first time in history, pest control companies are servicing four generations of consumers—the Matures (1925-1946), Baby Boomers (1946-1964), Gen Xers (1965-1980) and Millennials (1981-1996)—all of which have different interests and preferred communication methods. The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), the consumer ...

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Lyme Disease: A Clinical Look at a Multisystem Disorder

When you think of “lime,” your mental picture might be one of a cool beverage with a lime slice for taste. This is a refreshing experience on any summer day. When you think of “Lyme disease,” your mental picture might be one of a very unpleasant and potentially lifelong experience that can begin on that same summer day! Lyme disease ...

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) are invasive insects considered an agricultural pest and structural nuisance. The goal of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of physical exclusion in preventing indoor populations of BMSB. Over a 15-month period, a total of only eight overwintering pests were intercepted. Low trap counts, combined with results from resident surveys, suggest that basic observational ...

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