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Posts Tagged ‘Pest Cemetery’

30 days to nothing, the saga of a mouse…

30 days to nothing, the saga of a mouse…

   OK to be candid with you I almost decided not to publish this dribble! Really the entire story just makes me sick and not because of the mouse but    what some people will do to cash in on a lawsuit. Remember that lady with the McDonald’s coffee years back, she put the coffee cup between her legs and it spilled and burned her. Well my point is you can’t fix stupid, I mentioned that often here but for God’s sake you know its HOT and you put it between your legs – please!!!

So as the story goes “Mountain Dew Can Dissolve a Mouse“, I think most of us have heard of Pepsi or Coke and how it can dissolve a penny. So grow and realize that most of these beverages are made of acidic materials. I drink Mountain Dew and will continue to because I like it and just because some guy thought he could pull a fast one doesn’t stop me from enjoying a Dew. Now I’m not an expert in the bottling industry but having seen some shows, bottles (if they even use them anymore) are washed out, upside down, rinsed and thoroughly disinfected and filled and closed with minutes, cans and plastic bottles are new even if recycled. I don’t think there is any opportunity for anything the size of a mouse to get into a production line these days.

So anyway don’t believe everything you hear, don’t worry about PepsiCo or Coca Cola (Coke). Read my recent blog about Food Safety.

Here is another take on the Mouse versus the Dew from EHS Eco-Sensitive Pest Solutions from NorthEast USA.

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Top Pest Control Blogs by a Group by (link here)

These pest control experts show you how to understand a pest problem like a pro in their  blogs.

    1. The Pest Cemetery
    Also known as The Bug Doctor, Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and A.C.E. (associated certified entomologist) with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. With a pest control operation in Florida, his goal is to safely guide others through their pest control needs. Popular entries include a rat quiz and three easy homemade mouse traps. 2. ProBest’s Blog
    This blog stands out for often including videos and photography of pest control issues. Located in Arizona, the blog also offers useful information and online coupons. A recent entry is on how home owners can practice DIY pest control.3. Truly Nolen
    Based in Phoenix, these pest control experts have locations across the nation. They are a must visit for advice such as a seasonal pest guide and how to think like a bug. The blog is full of everything from lawn care advice to sending in your own pest questions.

    4. Pest Control and Bug Exterminator Blog
    Pest control jargon and terms are just one of the reasons to check out this blog. They also offer specialty sections such as all natural pest control and scorpion control. Posts such as why to use baits instead of sprays and what to look for in a pest control technician are also standout features.

    5. Pest Control Blog
    The pest control experts at JP McHale Pest Management Inc. are located in New York, but you don’t have to live there to take advantage of their blog. Categories include every pest from bed bugs to wasps. Popular posts are on bed warming services and best repellents.

    6. Hearts Consulting Group LLC.
    The goal of this blog is to inform interesting perspectives on both pest and people control, but mostly pests. In addition to the usual pest management posts, they also post on the business and policies surrounding it.

    7. Pest Control Information and Facts
    Get information about roaches, bed bugs, ants, bees, wasps, mice, rats, and creatures of all kinds with a visit here. Billy Mac includes topics such as bed bugs, bees, mice, and others. One of the most recent was a guide to see if you have termites.

    8. Adam’s Pest Control, Inc.
    Serving the Minneapolis and surrounding areas, Adam’s Pest Control is designed to help both current and prospective clients. With a goal of protecting both health and property, you can get tips on the dangers of some pest control products and allergens. Some of the latest posts tackle the bed bug.

Billy the Exterminator – Is he who you want representing the industry?

So have you seen this show “Billy The Exterminator”?  Have you seen the Isotech team in California “Verminator’s” show?  Boy are they different in so many ways!

  • Billy’s show is from Louisiana and Mike’s show is from California.
  • Billy’s company is called “Vexcon” and his brand is the skull and crossbones and he uses words like Vexations when there are infestations and Mike’s company is called “Isotech”
  • Billy wears studded black clothes, cowboy hat, black thin sun glasses, spikey hair and half gloves – Mike wears a uniform which always looks neat and pressed.
  • Billy doesn’t wear a bee suit, generally he wears a black trench coat and skull mask, while Mike and his team always wear bee suits on bee calls.
  • Billy often does some things that I believe are TV influenced, while Mike does everything by the book (the way I see it).
  • Billy wrestles alligators and snakes, Mike doesn’t like snakes but he will get right into it to help out his team.
  • Both Billy and Mike are dedicated to their Profession.
  • Both Billy and Mike seem to care about animals and the families that are dealing with issues.
  • Billy brings his family into the mix and not always in a  good light and Mike only works with his staff.
  • Billy really should read the labels and watch where he is spraying the product (my opinion), he uses Eugenol Oil, Mike and his team are always follows the MSDS labels.
  • Billy proudly displays his “Associate Certified Entomologist” badge and most of the staff at Isotech are certified in California.

A while back I wrote an article (link here) on what people may call me – Bugman, Pest Dude, Exterminator and I believe my quote was “I don’t care what they call me as long as they call me.” I think a gimmick is a great thing but I draw the line at safety and I also believe that the Label is the Law.  My concern is that by not properly wearing the right equipment you put yourself at risk. I also teach that to my employees, I don’t want anyone hurt. ProBest supplies bee suits because the bees here in Arizona can be nasty most of the time and the time to find that out is not after you have ticked the bees off.

A recent posting to Facebook by Frank Silver – Wed 10 Nov 12:02 via Facebook

“Went to a job today that was very interesting, had a woman tell me yesterday she could not take a day off of work to meet me at the house that I would have to meet her daughter instead, WELL I get there and she is there so I ask why, she said she did not want some guy like the one on TV showing up without her home……WONDER WHO THAT COULD BE????? ”

So here is the question – Does Billy represent the Pest Control industry in a good light? Is that the kind of company you want coming to your home or would you rather have the Verminator Team showing up to solve your pest problems?

I found these photo’s on a google search of Billy the Exterminator from and Verminator’s picture from

Pest Cemeteries – Part 2

Pest cemeteries created deliberately by Guest Author Jerry Schappert

 Some pests actually bury their dead but not in a way which you and I might think of. Carpenter ants and Drywood termites aren’t sentimental per se but they do have a way of sending their loved ones on to the next life. Its usually in the form of bits and pieces because a dead nest mate still may offer some nutrition so after getting what they can out of the fallen brother the left over parts are discarded. These pests use a window in the nest which is used to kick out debris, bodies of the dead and helps keep the nest clean. Professional techs are always on the look out for frass and cemeteries of this sort as it can lead you right to an otherwise invisible nest location. Bees also discard dead colony members and a small pile can sometimes be spotted beneath the hive.

 There is some research on Argentine ants that suggests an actual morgue inside the depths of the nest which fallen ants are quickly taken to after dying. Disease and unwanted pathogens can be a real problem for any insect nest and it is said this process protects the rest of the colony from any such outbreak.

 While pest cemeteries might not be as fascinating to most as a living insect trailing up your counter. You can learn from the lifeless bugs and in most cases find where the living ones are or how they got in. Much like a tombstone that gives just a scant bit of information of a life passed by, with a little investigative work you can learn all you need to know to provide live bugs around your clients home, a pest cemetery you’ve created.

Pest Cemeteries – Part 1

Pest Cemeteries by Guest Author Jerry Schappert

 When we see an ant trail along the sidewalk we know that if we follow them long enough we can find their nest. Finding larvae of a certain bug like maggots clues you in that youll have flies soon unless you take some protective measures. We know a lot about bugs because of how they live, behave and grow. We use this information from alive insects to improve our control techniques and serve our clients by providing them dead bugs or no bugs at all and at that point our job is done and we rarely give it anymore thought at all.

 Recently Keith wrote an article Hobbies-Part in which he discussed how tombstones and the stories behind them were fascinating to him. Of course he ties it nicely into his blogs subject and this got all 3 of my brain cells thinking, what can we learn from dead insects? 

 Pest cemeteries created by predators or conduciveness

 Dead bugs can be very vital clues for your ongoing pest control efforts but some collections of dead insects are not in that species control. For instance if you suddenly have pharaoh ants in your home where you’ve never had any before. A simple check of the exterior window sills might clue you in as to why they were attracted in the first place. Pharaoh ants are famous for scouring areas where dead bugs collect looking for food and from the window ledge its an easy route for these tiny ants to make their way inside. The window area attracts bugs of all sorts and many brought to the area die for various reasons creating a cemetery on the ledge.

  Ever have a collection of dead bugs behind the couch? Chances are youve got a little spider whose set up shop back there and this pest cemetery is littered with past meals and when shes done with the carcass they are simply cut out of the nest to fall to the floor. The keen technician will also use this information to make note that this may be a nice little runway for pests and an entry point may be near by.

 Are you seeing carpet beetles? The chances are in today’s homes with our synthetic materials its not your carpets their after. This beetle is notorious for showing up where dead insects lay. A build up of cluster flies or lady bugs in your walls will always attract the carpet beetle. Mud dauber nests, abandon or treated bees nests and God forbid even your prized butterfly collection can also be a prime reason for this bug invading. The carpet beetles you see may be alive but they are a definite clue there’s a cemetery near by.

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