Posts Tagged ‘pest’
Pest Control = is the regulation and/or management of a species defined as a pest, usually because it is perceived to be detrimental to a person’s health, the ecology or the economy.
Public Health = science and practice of protecting and improving the health of a community, as by preventive medicine, health education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary measures, and monitoring of environmental hazards.
We have often talked about the things that have killed more humans than anything else – #1 mosquito = malaria, dengue fever and fleas = bubonic plague.
What is up with flies and dead things?
- The life cycle of flies play an important role in the decomposition of dead bodies and in nature this is how dead animals etc are turned back into soil and nutrients.
- It’s not just flies but beetles and other bugs help to turn flesh into soil nutrients.
- Blow flies are most often associated with dead things.
- Blow flies can find dead flesh within minutes.
- A fly maggot mass can reduce the body weight of a dead animal by 50% in a few weeks.
- The study of this is called Forensic Entomology and concerns the time and manner of death.
“Why self-storage operators should use Professional Pest Management services“. Excellent article from the National Pest Management Association on the truth and myths of storage facilities. Here are few ideas that I had in regards to this topic:
- I’ve actually used a few storage facilities over the years and I must say that the ones I have used have been extremely clean and well kept. But with that being said you never know what someone can or will bring in.
- If the building is older – when was the termite work done. Termite treatments don’t last forever and something popping in and damaging someone’s personal possessions can account for some serious agony.
- Each unit is maintained by the person storing the stuff and each person is different in how and what they see or don’t see. I’m sure you’ve seen the hoarders, so sometimes they may or may not see the problem until it spills out into another unit.
So my advice if you are using a storage unit, keep an eye out for possible pests and advise management if or when you see something strange. Maybe it won’t be anything and then on the other hand it may be something serious.
My all time most useful tool is the compact Bellows Hand Duster, I still believe I could solve most issues with this handy tool. The next best tool in my opinion could be the Insider (see below).
Not everyone within the Pest Industry has any idea of these but I keep them on hand for those hard to reach jobs or places where I like to dust from time to time.
Remember it’s not just killing the bugs, who have to use tools which work the best for the customer.
I always loved the idea of having a Bat phone or a Red phone Hotline – my version of the Bat Signal maybe – that looked like it could call that one person you really might need or they might need you ASAP. By the way you know how difficult it was to find a red phone and it has a rotary dial not push buttons? Cool right?
OK its really for show, but hey it could connect me to the one person I might really need in an emergency -pondering who that could be. Here is that list:
- National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Jim Fredericks (he is the staff Entomologist).
- Dr. Paul Baker – my colleague from University of Arizona, Tucson.
- My Pest Industry friend Fred – he knows just about as much as I do about bugs… just about I said.
or maybe they would call me
4. The President of the United States (I’m going to behave myself) when that giant spider or giant bed bugs gets loose and ravishes the Country.
5. What if the Sheriff of Maricopa or Pinal County called for my help? Hey I’m just saying!
Who would be on your list?