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July 30, 2015

Bat Exclusion Guidelines For Your Home Or Business

bat exclusion strategyBats can be a nuisance when they decide to use your home or business for roosting or rearing young. As nocturnal creatures, bats are active during the evening hours and can sneak their way into a structure without the human occupants ever realizing. Often times, bats are forced into finding shelter in man-made structures as they lose their natural homes in trees and caves. To prevent bats from entering your home or business, you should know the steps needed to evict them quickly, humanely, and safely.

Bat Conservation International created a guide outlining best practices for bat exclusion including:

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July 28, 2015

Are Your Employees Helping or Hindering Your Pest Control Strategy?

train staff in integrated pest managementIt is widely recognized that commercial and business establishments should have an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program in place to ensure the health and safety of both staff and customers. IPM is a practical, more environmentally sound strategy of pest management that is based on behavioral knowledge and a common-sense approach.

A solid IPM program utilizes a broad approach that helps avoid extreme consequences, such as shutting your business down for extended periods and suffering damage to your reputation.

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July 23, 2015

Steps For Preventing Bed Bug Infestations In The Hospitality Industry

bed bug infestation preventionHotels and other businesses in the hospitality industry rely on many things to attract and keep customers, but a solid reputation is one of the most important. Even just one run-in with bed bugs in the hospitality industry can easily ruin an otherwise perfect business reputation. Working with a reliable pest control company is crucial in order to prevent and quickly control an infestation before it causes damage to your bottom line.

Make sure that all of your staff members, particularly those in housekeeping, are able to identify bed bug and signs of activity. Their bodies are oval-shaped, small, and flat. They have two antennae and six legs that appear striped due to their golden body hair. An adult bed bug is  between 5 and 6 millimeters long and reddish-brown in color, although they become darker and engorged after feeding. Nymphs (immature bed bugs) are typically golden or white and  between 1 and 4 millimeters long.

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July 21, 2015

7 Facts About The House Centipede

centipede factsChances are, at one point or another you’ve seen a centipede scurrying across your floors. Centipedes are classified as arthropods, meaning they are invertebrate animals with both an exoskeleton and a segmented body. Centipedes have a set of legs for every segment of their body, so the longer the centipede, the more legs they have. The largest of these insects have up to 300 sets of legs! While their appearance may creep you out, these insects don’t pose any threats to humans.

Check out these little-known facts about the house centipede:

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July 16, 2015

5 Tips for Better Pest Management in Schools and Universities

pest management in schoolsPests harbor diseases and can trigger allergies, particularly in young children. It is therefore critical to keep pests out of schools. When parents, school faculty, and property maintenance personnel keep the following tips in mind, they can significantly enhance the effectiveness of their pest management program.

1. Eliminate exposed food and drink in the classroom

Students should always bring food in sealed containers (Tupperware, plastic bags, etc.). Even a few small crumbs can attract pests. Any kind of food incentives should also be stored in sealed containers. Make sure that recyclable food containers are immediately removed from the classroom, as they may harbor residue that could attract pests.

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