PPMA Reveals New Pest Education Platform For Kids

Managing pests can seem like a primarily adult endeavor. After all, children aren’t often worried about property damage, home values, or environmentally friendly pest control at work or at school. However, pests can definitely impact kids and it’s important to provide at least a little pest education so children are prepared to approach pests safely. One such tool has recently …

The Truth About Termites – Termite Control for Homeowners

Many homeowners quickly become aware of the threat termites pose to their property. After all, these pests are notorious for damaging a home’s deepest infrastructure, causing structural weaknesses and other foundational issues that can not only reduce property value but also increase safety risks. Termites can cause billions of dollars in damage every year, and it behooves the homeowner to …

Scientists gain better understanding of mosquito reproduction!

Mosquitoes are often considered the bane of picnickers, hikers, or anyone who just enjoys being outdoors, especially during the warmer months. Not only are they an annoyance, though, but they are well-known for spreading a wide variety of diseases–some of which can be quite deadly, such as malaria and West Nile virus. Some even consider mosquitoes to be the most …

Chicago Listed as the Top Bed Bug City 3rd Year in a Row

Throughout 2014, Chicago was often on the news for reports of widespread bed bug infestations in everything from public transportation to office buildings to public institutions such as schools, libraries and movie theaters. Now, in a nationally published list, Chicago has received the dubious distinction of being listed as the country’s top bed bug city, making it the third year …

Investigating the Accuracy of Bed Bug Canine Teams

Earlier this month, the ABC national news show 20/20 aired a two-part series investigating the accuracy of various bed bug-detecting canine teams. In this show, a false homeowner invited 11 canine pest detection teams to a house and had them check for the presence of bed bugs. Following this, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) drew up an industry guidelines …

What Does Ant Man have to do with Pest Control?

Lately, Marvel released a new movie trailer highlighting the upcoming Ant Man property. While highly entertaining, it’s important to remember that (unless you have a superhero on your side) ants can actually be highly damaging to your home. Ant Man is certainly heralded as an entertaining feature, but ants in your home are no joke when it comes to pest …

New Habits that Keep Pest Problems Under Control

Within the New Year, it is often traditional to create a list of resolutions or habits one wishes to employ in order to have a healthier, happier year. Often these are focused on issues such as diet, exercise, relationships, or other such personal matters. What many overlook, however, is the opportunity to establish new habits that help you keep pest …

The Necessity of a Year-Long Pest Control Plan

Many homes and businesses do not give pest control or pest management services much–if any–consideration until a pest problem has actually been detected. This is troublesome, because by the time pests are evident to building residents, it likely means they’ve become deeply embedded in the infrastructure or have a flourishing population that cannot be overlooked. At this point, pest control …

Growing Pest Control Problems in Older Buildings

Older buildings and historic properties are often valued for their level of character or the cultural significance they can play. Unfortunately, because of their aged nature, they often are also noted as possessing more pest control problems than modern buildings. The longer a building has existed, the more time pests have to burrow into its infrastructure. This also comes from …

The Essentials of Chicago’s Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

Currently, the city of Chicago is suffering from an extensive pest infestation with an exotic beetle known as the emerald ash borer (EAB). Believed to have been introduced to the United States via shipping containers back in 2002, the EAB now has become a truly invasive issue, primarily because the ash trees it uses for its life-cycle comprise over 17% …