Laurel Hansen Ph. D. is an Instructor in Biology from Spokane Falls Community College and is in my opinion one of the USA top research experts on Carpenter ants or probably ants in general. Some new words from this last weeks PestWorld conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Polygyne – many Queens or describing a hive or colony (social insects) that has more than one active queen.
Polydomus – many homes or living in more than one nest, as certain ant colonies.
She presented a very instructional PowerPoint on Tramp Ants - a diverse group of invasive ant species which have become established widely across the globe. As we travel, move or just transport certain things across the country we may accidentally transport certain bugs or other stuff into an Eco-system which might not do to well with a new species. One of those species has created some real problems in various places in the U.S. like the Crazy ants or Rasberry crazy ants
They are taking down the booths and all the exhibits and they are shipping them back to corporate headquarters and the folks are heading home, so was it any fun?
I always have fun when I’m at a bug conference, I enjoy meeting or seeing people I haven’t seen in awhile. I love attending the classes on leadership, marketing and of course new bug stuff. But again I love seeing my ole friends and share the tales of the bug issues we faced since last year. This year my task was to meet up with the people that either read my blog or share FaceBook stuff or maybe people that ask questions.
FaceBook has opened the world or maybe a better explantion is that it has made the world smaller. I get asked questions about how we do business in the U.S. and get asked questions about the different types of bugs etc.
Maybe we can all learn something here about the pest industry and world issues. maybe we can all get along and quit complaining about things. Anyway to all my friends that I got to see this last week and the others who couldn’t make it to Phoenix for “PestWorld 2013″ thanks for the fun and maybe next year we will see you in Orlando, FL. Here are a few pictures I took of all the fun.
Thanks to David H. for the pictures, I just love these black-light pictures.
Boy the scorpions this year have really been on the bad side of things, lots of calls and lots of scorpions getting into homes. Maybe its the rain or maybe the heat but these scorpions are crawling towards your home and eventually they will get in. A home-seal is really the best move towards keeping them out. Here is my list for keeping them out.
- Home-seal including the garage door seal.
- Reduce harborage, that’s where they live and hangout like block walls and any crevice or crack.
- Reduce their food, pest control.
- Black-light them at night and remove them – less equals a good thing.
- Don’t let trees touch the house, super high-way for all kinds of bugs.
- Don’t clutter the foundation, don’t put sheds against the house – leave a space.
- Don’t think that a one time anything will work – you must stay be consistent with all the above.
The quest for knowledge continues at our Bug Zoo at the Chandler Environmental Education Center. I really enjoy teaching the kids about the bugs and wildlife. It is gratifying to learn that one little one learned about Bark Scorpions and got Mom or Dad to catch the little interloper inside the home and dispatch it to to scorpion heaven.
Check the schedule on the side panel calendar and stop by for our Bug Zoo at Chandler Environmental Education Center.
There are those days when we all think we are good at what we do and along comes somebody to put us in our place. I’m often reminded that you are only as good as that weakest link, so training is important for everyone involved. The Entomological Society of America continues to update their certification programs.I’m thrilled that I had a chance to complete this process way back in 2010. No excuses but I should have spent my early years going to college but like many I had no idea what I really wanted to do.
Back in 1992 I found my cause and that was Pest Control, while not a clamor job it suited me fine. I quickly started learning everything I could about bugs because I knew I was more than a bug guy I am a Pest Management Professional.
My previous job was great, I worked for FMC Corporation as a Technical person and I loved it. I had finally got my wish to be able to talk with people around the world about bugs. Now with ProBest Pest Management I get to talk with people in my neighborhoods about things that are pestering them. But everyday I’m alive I learn things and get a chance to help people.
God I love my job!