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Did you know they are almost all female, the original wasp builds the first paper nests and starts laying eggs. The initial generations then start helping Mom, they tend to all the duties and Mom is available to just lay eggs. I will tell you that I think they are the most vicious in general of the stingers out there. They always seem to give you that look, if you get close. I’ve encountered Bald-faced Hornets (ground type) and even they weren’t as nasty. I also think the toughest wasps are those in bushes, you can’t see them and they attack without warning. A friend in Ireland had some issues with wasps, check it out?

Did you know?

  1.  Only the females have stingers.
  2.  Wasps can sting multiple times, not honeybees.
  3.  They hunt and eat almost every kind of insect.
  4.  No they don’t create honey, they feed their young meat.
  5.  They eat a lot of insects that might damage agricultural plants, the food we might eat.
  6.  No matter how many wasps are in a nest, only 1 is the Queen.
  7.  Wasps are social insects like ants.
  8.  Near the end of summer some eggs start forming into fertile Queens with some males, they then over winter and start again
  9.  There are over 120, 000 species of wasp worldwide.
  10.  They come in lots of colors.


What is Anaphylactic shock?

What is Anaphylactic shock?


Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. After being exposed to a substance such as bee sting venom, the person’s immune system becomes sensitized to it. It is estimated that more than 400 people die each year in the U.S. from bee stings.  This reaction can lead to difficulty breathing and shock ultimately leading to death.

  •  A single bee sting, for example, may not cause an allergic reaction the first time.
  •  Another bee sting may produce a sudden, severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock.

Experts say that between 1% to 15% of the US population is at risk of having an anaphylactic reaction if exposed to at least one allergen – they add that these figures vary according to various definitions of a reaction. Approximately 1% of those with anaphylaxis may consequently die.

Only a very limited portion of the population (one or two out of 1000) is allergic or hypersensitive to bee or wasp stings. The average person can safely tolerate 10 stings per pound of body weight. This means that although 500 stings could kill a child, the average adult could withstand more than 1100 stings.

If you are unsure – call 911 immediately or Poison Control 1-888-222-1222 for more information.


Pest Control – bed bugs, scorpions,black widow spiders, rattlesnakes – we have it all

Pest Control –  bed bugs, scorpions,black widow spiders, rattlesnakes – we have it all!


I know I have probably said this before but I love my job, every day is new and exciting and you never know from one day to the next what you will be doing. A typical day in the life of Dr. Bug may consist of inspections for bedbugs, termites and wildlife issues.

  • Today for example I started out investigating the root cause of where the termites were entering the building, this is a unique example of building construction allowing gaps and possible entry points for termites into that structure. This coming week I’ll have a chance to look at the problem via the roof and use a brand-new termiticide called Termidor dry. Typically when treating for subterranean termites it is essential to get the material into the ground where they live, this product allows for the introduction of a dry formula into tubes and galleries with the potential for distribution into the colony.
  • I have been working with Channel 3 for a bedbug story and we finally have located a family deserving of some special care, stay tuned for an update from both Channel 3 and progress on some bedbug work.
  • The next stop was another bedbug dilemma, I really feel bad because in most cases the family or person who has the bedbugs wasn’t the one who brought them into their home. The problem with bedbug work is that it is time-consuming and labor extensive.
  • I may get two e-mails from people supplying me with pictures of various bugs, or I may get several calls asking for my opinion about various pest situations. it may be spiders on a tower, or what type of spider is in my home. It’s all in the day of the Dr. Bug.

Now my everyday may not be as exciting as “Billy the Exterminator” or that guy from “Call of the wild” but I’m dealing with everyday people with everyday lives with everyday problems and trying to solve them one day at a time in an efficient manner to the benefit of that customer. So all I can tell you is stay tuned because everyday isn’t boring in the life of the bug guy.


No matter the locale, wildlife continue to work their way into our homes…

(answer to yesterday’s what is it – false chinch bugs – straight from the AZ IPM Site)

No matter the locale, wildlife continue to work their way into our homes…

Howling Coyote Wildlife Services of Ft Worth, Texas

Nuisance Wildlife Removal and Animal Damage Control Specialist. Howling Coyote Wildlife Services of Dallas/Fort Worth has been your leading specialist in Humane Wildlife Control Methods. We are known and respected In the Greater DFW/Arlington and surrounding areas such as Mineral Wells, Trophy Club, Waco for our thoroughness and Customer Satisfaction. We eagerly strive to make our customers MORE than happy with our services. Whether it be a Odor Removal Treatment, Wildlife Proofing, Consultation or a simple Humane Animal Extraction. Respecting our Texas clients homes and property is our #1 priority. We know how hard the times have gotten and we expect our customers to demand top notch service. Give Cory Sandy a call at 817-330-9453 if you need a critter removed and taken away, or if you need some wildlife repairs done. We also want to thank Cory for taking all the pictures and sharing them with us. I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with some great wildlife and pest professionals through FaceBook and just want to give a shout out to those men and women that fight the good fight with bugs and wildlife each day. Hopefully we will have some pictures, because this week another raccoon family got stuck in a pipe and its wonderful to see the action that takes place.
So if you live in Cory’s service area, give him a call 817-330-9453

Top 10 Evil Animals – What made Time Magazine’s list?

Top 10 Evil Animals – What made Time Magazine’s list?

Hands down, without a doubt it has to be “The Bed Bug” and I was right. Top 10 Evil Animals and it might surprise you about #2 and I think 5 – 6 are right up my alley in the way of pest control.

So check it out and hey if you have any opinions please let me know. Comments are welcome.

Just in case you might have been thinking about it, I wasn’t on the list.. Haha

I can be a pest though…

Why don’t you “Do It Yourself” pest control?

Why don’t you “Do It Yourself” pest control?

OK I’m going to tell you my secret to pest control, wait for it, wait – You have to know your bug! Anybody can spray, anybody can use a compressed sprayer and anybody can throw granules out and about. But that isn’t how it happens, the bugs just don’t walk about like you and I. They hide and frankly they are very good at it. I’ve used this analogy often – I take my fleet of trucks to BrakeMaster’s, the reason I do that is because I don’t think I’m good enough at changing my brakes and I want to stop at your home. Yes I could change my own oil but why, I could have done a termite job and had more fun. Some people are into cars or music, but I’m into bugs and I’m damn good at what I do! I love what I do and everyday is exciting and different. Whether I’m investigating where the Bed Bugs are hiding or how the Roof rats got into the house. There are people are there that have spent years in college and are good at their profession just like me – 20 years at interpreting clues and signs and that is the real reason you should call ProBest Pest Management. I’m different and there is no doubt about it, I have a Post office and Zoo at my place. I love to talk with groups like the classes I teach at Chandler Environmental Center at Veterans Oasis Park and frequently host Merit Badge classes.

Honestly isn’t that someone you would rather take care of those bug issues for you, maybe that honey do list will be done once or twice and then forgotten. Not with ProBest, we will put you on a revolving schedule – we won’t forget! Does your significant other really understand those bugs, Dr. Bug does and he love what he does.

So please just make that simple call to ProBest Pest Management at 480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176. Do what you are good at and let ProBest handle those ugly littler bugs. It’s what we do every day. Bugs don’t like us but just check out our reviews on at – 75+ people love us won’t you? By the way we do more than bugs – we do customer service and we love it.

By the way I’m Keith V. Birkemeyer and I approve this message…..

Alert – Snake Alert…

Alert – Snake Alert… Arizona

Within the last 2 weeks ProBest Pest Management has received 2 rattlesnake calls and STINGER the snake expert did his duty. Snake 0 and STINGER 2, both relocated and hopefully safe and sound.

Rely on the snake removal experts at ProBest Pest Management for all those close encounters.

480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176

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