Top pests in hotel and commercial kitchens

Pests are a public health and business risk. They can cause damage to buildings, fittings, furnishings and food products, transmit disease, cause unsightly marks and smells. They affect customers in several ways, including causing illnesses, irritating bites, bad feeling, which can be expressed in many social media platforms and review sites, and loss of custom.… Continue reading Top pests in hotel and commercial kitchens

6 Most Common Fleas that Affect Dogs and Cats

Siphonaptera Species that Affect Dogs and Cats You are probably aware of the fact that fleas are the most common (and annoying) type of pest, responsible for the discomfort of our dogs and cats (and us). But did you know that there are over 2,000 species of fleas that exist around the world, and that… Continue reading 6 Most Common Fleas that Affect Dogs and Cats

Christmas Tree Pests and Weeds

Pine and fir trees, grown purposely for use as Christmas trees, are vulnerable to a wide variety of pests, weeds and diseases. Many of the conifer species cultivated face infestations and death from such pests as the balsam woolly adelgid and other adelgids. Aphids are another common insect pest. Christmas trees are also vulnerable to fungal pathogens and their resultant illnesses such as root rot, and, in the U.S. state of California, sudden oak death. Douglas-fir trees… Continue reading Christmas Tree Pests and Weeds

Vegetable Garden Pest Control

Even in the best-managed vegetable gardens–ones with soil rich in compost, and a diversity of plants to encourage natural predators–certain pests will occasionally get out of hand. There is a nugget of truth in the old maxim that insects are most likely to gang up on plants that are already unhealthy because of a soil… Continue reading Vegetable Garden Pest Control

Keeping Kitchens Pest-Free

Kitchens have always been a gathering place in the home; however, there are some unwelcome visitors homeowners would rather not gather in the place where we store, cook and eat our food – pests! Cockroaches, rodents, fruit flies and pantry pests can all easily find their way into kitchens contaminating foods, spreading bacteria and ruining… Continue reading Keeping Kitchens Pest-Free

Look Out: Cicadas to Swarm Southeast in Spring 2017

Residents of the Southeast, get ready! Brood IV of the 17-Year cicadas is expected to emerge this spring for the first time since 2000. The largest numbers are anticipated in portions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia (with the potential for a smaller group to emerge in Wisconsin and Ohio). Periodical cicadas emerge from… Continue reading Look Out: Cicadas to Swarm Southeast in Spring 2017