• Vacuum and clean all areas – including offices, hallways, lobbies, kitchens, storefronts and public bathrooms on a daily basis.
  • Regularly inspect all areas of business for signs of bed bugs infestations at work. Pay close attention to the seams of furniture and upholstery for telltale brownish or reddish spots. Also beware that these pests have been known to inhabit electrical sockets, surge protectors and behind picture frames.  Vigilance by all employees is key!
  • Eliminate clutter as best as possible – especially in storage areas as this provides excellent hiding spots for bed bugs in the office.
  • When unpacking new inventory or receiving shipments, carefully inspect all items and packaging for signs of bed bugs before bringing them into your business.
  • Encourage employees to report suspicions of bed bug activity immediately, and always contact a pest professional to investigate each claim.
  • Have a policy in place for employees who may suspect a bed bug infestation at home.  Many times, employees unknowingly bring these bed bugs into the office.  By having an open dialogue and official policy on these pest infestations, you may be able to help remove any concern of honest reporting.
  • If a bed bug infestation is found, work with a professional pest control company to treat the infestation and perform follow-up inspections.
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • Call a qualified pest professional for additional advice and treatment if necessary.

 Harmful nature of Africanized Bees

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One might wonder what Africanized Bees would be doing here in the U.S. in a home as its reputation for violence precede it. Yet, thousands of these bees were found in a hive in an Arizona home that killed one landscape worker and injured others.

KOLD-TV in Tucson, Az reports that the call for help came in around 10:30 on Tuesday morning in the beginning of October 2014. Upon arrival, the team found several people stung by bees and two were taken to the hospital. However, the landscaper who was 32 years old was stung thousands of time went into cardiac arrest, according to a witness.

The victims were attacked from a range of 300,000 to 800,000 bee in Douglas, Az. After all was said in done, seven people were stung by bees including those who came to help. It was fortunate that an exterminator was working near the scene during the attack and helped to assess the hive.

According to the exterminator the hive housing the bees was massive and was two feet wide and six feet long in the rafters of the ceiling and attic. The hive was around ten years old. Even more horrifying was that according to KOLD-TV and Jesus, the hive was so outgrown by the bees that the bees were building another hive ten feet away from the original.

How did a hive stay that long unnoticed, especially with such a vast number of bees?

When Jesus Corella, the exterminator, went in to assess the hive, the bees went on the attack. Corella said the aggression of the bees wasn’t helped with the loud noise of the lawnmower the landscaper had just turned on when the attack started.

The home where the hive was located was home to a 90 year old who was safely escorted from the home without a sting by firefighters. While the Douglas fire chief said they are prepared to hand calls about bees, there hadn’t been anything like this call before.

“We’ve never, ever experienced anything of this magnitude,” Novoa said, the fire chief.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/10/09/horror-as-800000-africanized-bees-go-on-a-rampage-and-kill-a-man-in-arizona/

http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/26740337/landscaper-killed-by-swarm-of-bees-hive-of-800000-bees-in-attic-of-house-in-douglas

Citrus Pest on the Move

The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) or Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, is a very prevalent pest in southern Asia. The insect is of importance in several countries because it is a carrier of a serious citrus disease called greening disease or Huanglongbing. This disease is responsible for the destruction of several citrus industries in Asia and Africa. Until recently, the Asian citrus psyllid did not occur in North America or Hawaii, but was reported in Brazil.

In June 1998, the insect was detected on the east coast of Florida, from Broward to St. Lucie counties. By September 2000, this pest had spread to 31 Florida counties. The ACP is destroying trees in many countries and states. It’s been estimated that this insect and disease has cost the Florida citrus industry $1.3 billion in losses. The situation has become so bad that some citrus growers have abandoned their fields leaving their trees untended, which can have dire consequences for neighboring growers.

A recent article published in the Journal of Economic Entomology by Florida entomologists shows that the ACP can travel at least two kilometers in a twelve-day period, and they are able to traverse potential geographic barriers such as roads and fallow fields.  Little is known about ACP long-range dispersal capabilities or the seasonality of their flight behavior. In order to learn more, researchers used an ‘in situ protein-marking technique along with traps placed in managed and abandoned groves.’

“One marks the insects by spraying a benign protein onto the crop—for example milk or soy protein—and the insects pick it up as they walk across the residue, so they are marked directly in the field,” said Dr. Lukasz Stelinski a co-author of the study. “Then they are recaptured and tested. If you mark area A and you catch a marked psyllid in area B, then you know with 100% certainty that it moved from A to B. It’s like the insect version of tagging an animal and tracking its movement.”
http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/citrus/acpsyllid.htm

http://phys.org/news/2015-02-area-wide-asian-citrus-psyllid.html

Arizona Pest Control Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

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Arizona Pest Control has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

Company President Bruce Tennenbaum said, “it’s an honor to receive such an honor because we work so hard to create a successful business and impact our community”

“Only about 5 percent of the Pest Control companies in Arizona have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s  a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

 

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Are you interested in Arizona Pest Control’s Fun Facts Coloring Book for your kid(s)? It is filled with educational information about desert pests! If you would like a book simply email us at ctennenbaum@azpest.com with the subject line “Coloring Book” and make sure you include your mailing address in the message content. We will send you the coloring book for free #Tucson #Sahuarita #Vail #OroValley #GreenValley #Marana #Saddlebrooke #Community #Education Or if you leave your email address in the comments section we will contact you! *Must reside within service area*

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How Termites Are Able to ‘Hear’ Trouble

Termites normally keep to themselves, working on building a colony. They don’t really focus on starting fights with other neighbors. But when danger approaches, these termites only do one thing – bang their heads on the walls.

Slamming your head against a wall may not seem very helpful, but it’s actually the vibrations that the banging does which alerts the rest of the colony. The noise travels downwards throughout the tunnels at approximately 430 feet per second, meaning that an average 3 foot tall mound would be alerted almost immediately. Termites ‘hear’ these vibrations through their legs. The leg closest to the vibration picks up the sound first, and the farthest leg picks up the noise last. It was found that termites were able to tell which leg felt the vibration first, which allowed them to learn which direction to head to.

Scientists began to wonder exactly how short the gap could be for termites to feel the vibration in between their legs. The answer? 0.20 milliseconds. In literally less than a blink of an eye, termites were able to decipher which way they should be heading – whether it be to battle, or to hide. Soldier termites would immediately head towards the vibrations in order to protect their horde, while worker termites would begin to retreat back down into their cave system in order to protect themselves. When all is said and done, the remaining termites either go back to working on their nest, or begin constructing a new mound, had they lost the battle.

Article: https://student.societyforscience.org/article/how-termites-%E2%80%98hear%E2%80%98-about-trouble

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New Scorpion Fossil Discovered

A new fossil find suggest that ancient scorpions may have crawled out of the seas and onto land earlier than previously thought. The new scorpion species was found fossilized in the rocks of a backyard. The discovery could turn the scientific understanding of these stinging creatures upside down. According to researchers, the fossils dates back some 430 million to 433 million years, which makes them only slightly younger than the oldest known scorpions, which lived between 433 million and 438 million years ago.

The new species “is really important, because the combination of its features don’t appear in any other known scorpion,” said study leader Janet Waddington, an assistant curator of paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Previously, the earliest scorpion fossils found had come from rocks deposited in the water. This lead paleontologists to believe that the animals evolved on the seafloor like crabs. Later on, they became land dwellers. “Ancient scorpions had legs like crabs with a tarsus, or foot segment, that was longer than the segment preceding it. This arrangement, Waddington said, would have meant the creatures walked on their “tippy-toes,” such as crabs do today.”

Scorpions are members of the Arachnida family.  They are closely related to spiders, mites, and ticks. Considered desert dwellers but most, they also live in Brazilian forests, British Columbia, North Carolina, and the Himalayas. They are strong and very adaptable arthropods. They have existed for hundreds of millions of years. There are nearly 2,000 scorpion species, but only 30 or 40 contain strong enough poison to kill a person.

According to Paddington, what that discovery means is that the first adaptations that scorpions developed for life on land could have appeared much earlier than researchers once believed. first believed. “Our guys are really, really old,” Waddington said. “They’re vying for the second-oldest [scorpions] known.”

http://www.livescience.com/49451-ancient-scorpion-fossil-land.html

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/bugs/scorpion/

World’s Second Longest Insect Discovered in Vietnam

You think small spiders or itsy bitsy mosquitos are bad? How about this 32cm long insect? That’s more than a foot long! Those tiny bugs seem quite small in comparison, don’t they? When fully extended, this ‘little’ guy can reach up to 52cm long, just a little under two feet!

In Vietnam, biologists travelling through the thick jungles have discovered two new species of Phasmatodea, also known as ‘Stick Insects’. The newly found species, Phryganistria heusii yentuensi, is the second longest insect known to date! In first place is another species of stick insect called Phobaeticus chani, found in Indonesia, who currently measures a whopping 36cm in length.

Stick insects have been around for about 40 million years as shown by the fossil record, and have over 3,000 different species. They are closely related to cockroaches and mantids, and even to simple grasshoppers and crickets. They usually live in tropics and subtropics, where they spend their lives as herbivores, living off of the leaves of trees or shrubs. They’re very slow moving, and when attacked instead of fleeing they’ll instead stop moving and play dead. A few variations of species are able to shed their legs in case they need to escape, and have them grow back over time.

Stick insects camouflage extremely well within their surroundings, and can often be exceedingly difficult to spot. Can you spot the stick insect in the following picture?

Article: http://www.sci-news.com/biology/science-phryganistria-heusii-yentuensis-worlds-second-longest-insect-vietnam-02363.html

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