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General Pest Control

Save a Burger: Hire a Pest Control Pro

In San Joaquin County, a man heavily sprayed his barbecue for ants one morning. That evening, he used the treated side to cook hamburger. He felt sick minutes after eating the meat. He sought care after vomiting all night. The insecticide label requires users to protect food handling equipment from contamination.

This incident is one of […]

Kids Ask the Best Questions

I was recently contacted by a 6th grader working on a school project. He asked some really great questions about ants and pest control in general. We read too much in the news about failing school systems, but this young man’s thoughtful questions belie those generalizations. I hope they leave you feeling positive too. His questions and my answers […]

New Law Impacts DIY Consumer Pesticide Purchases

Before you head to Home Depot to purchase a can of Raid©, you better have your Certificate of Safe Pesticide Use Training (COSPUT) in hand. A new law requires consumers to present the COSPUT certificate at the checkout counter. No COSPUT, no pesticides or chemicals for you.

To earn the Certificate of Safe Pesticide Use Training, consumers must submit to a fingerprint […]

10 Unusual Mosquito Breeding Grounds

California Needs Water Not Mosquitoes

Warm winter, now (finally) rain, may soon mean more mosquitoes for California. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so most people know to store buckets upside down. What few realize however, is how little water mosquitoes really need. Alameda County Mosquito Abatement puts it best:

“If it can hold water for more than a few days, […]

Bird Control Means Bird Exclusion

We recently saw a cartoon of an adult pigeon and a baby pigeon perched in a telephone wire. The momma said to the baby pigeon, “Wait until a car comes by.” How true!

Pigeons aren’t just a nuisance, they are a major health hazard. Pigeons are capable of spreading diseases transmittable to humans, their droppings are corrosive as well as […]

How to Get Rid of Bugs in Acorns and Pine Cones

We love the look of pine cones and acorns on a fall table. To kill any insects hiding inside, first spread your collection of cones and acorns (not leaves!) on a cookie sheet and bake at 175 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours with the door ajar. Check every 15 minutes to avoid scorching. After the cones and acorns […]

Halloween Party Food: Edible Insects

To celebrate Halloween, this month we’re blogging about edible insects. Edible insects make great and creepy Halloween party food. If you’re not up to preparing live insects for consumption, you can purchase food insects from the sources below. Of course you can always call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control to get rid of the pests in your house…and, no, […]

Halloween Party Food: Escargot AKA Snails

For a savory insect Halloween party food, try escargot – a French recipe for cooked snails. Yes, snails are really mollusks–not insects, but they fall under the category of unwanted pest and great Halloween party food. Since we deal with pest control, this month we’re posting an alternative to traditional pest control: […]

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    Halloween Party Food: Rice Creepy Treats, Carmel Corn Crawlies

Halloween Party Food: Rice Creepy Treats, Carmel Corn Crawlies

The second installment of our Halloween party food posts, again feature edible insects. Since we deal with pest control, we thought we’d offer an alternative to traditional pest control: eat the pests! Of course if these recipes don’t appeal to you, you can always call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control to get rid of your pests in the traditional […]

Halloween Party Food: Scare-amel Apples

This October we’re featuring Halloween party food. Since we deal with pest control, we thought we’d offer an alternative to traditional pest control: eat the pests! Of course if these recipes don’t appeal to you, you can always call Thrasher Termite & Pest Control to get rid of your pests in the traditional manner. Below you’ll find a basic […]

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