General Pest Control

Insects Named After Presidents

By |February 13th, 2015|

In honor of President’s Day, a…
List of Insects Named After Presidents
Can you match the president to the insect?

Fill in the blanks below with: a. lincolnanna, b. roosevelti, c. bushi, d. barackobamai

1. ANT: Pheidole __________

2. BEETLE:  Stenomorpha __________

3. BEETLE: Agathidium __________

4. SPIDER: Aptostichus __________

5. WASP: __________ malpighii

Yes! One lucky president has TWO insects named […]

Thrasher Named One of the Top Rated Pest Control Companies

By |February 2nd, 2015|

Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc. is one of the top rated pest control companies according to a Consumers’ Checkbook survey, as reported in Bay Area Consumers’ Checkbook Magazine Fall 2014/Winter 2015 issue.
Consumers’ Checkbook compiled consumer ratings of pest control companies […]

Backyard Chickens Attract Pests

By |January 26th, 2015|

How to Keep Backyard Chickens from Attracting Pests
A well built coop and good sanitary habits will keep your backyard chickens from attracting pests. Our clients with backyard chickens complain that their coops are magnets for rats, mice, and flying insects. Rats […]

Things You Absolutely Do Not Want To Know About Pumpkin Pie

By |November 17th, 2014|

Some of the ingredients in pumpkin pie are not found on any label–for good reason. WARNING! Do not read further unless you are ready to be grossed out. 

As a pest control company we wondered what, if any, pests would be […]

Dangerous Things for Sale on Craigslist

By |November 10th, 2014|

Sandwich baggies of rat poison, old containers of insecticides with missing labels, illegal pesticides smuggled in from China and Latin America, and products containing EPA regulated chemicals have all been found on Craigslist. These items are dangerous and all belong either […]

Five Signs You Should Fire Your Pest Control Company

By |August 25th, 2014|

Do you know the five signs you should fire your pest control company?
Unless you understand best practices in pest control, you might not realize you’ve been receiving sub-par work. If you’ve noticed any of the following five warning signs of […]

What to do When Boxelder Bugs Swarm

By |August 11th, 2014|

During spring and summer, western boxelder bugs (Boisea rubrolineata) primarily feed on the leaves, flowers and seedpods of female boxelder trees, but these distinctive ½ inch long black and red bugs may be found throughout your California garden, whether or […]

Bill Murray was Right about Gophers

By |June 6th, 2014|

To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit – ever.  –Carl Spackler, Caddyshack
If your yard has ever been pockmarked by gophers or moles, Carl’s desperate use […]

We delight in the beauty of…Maya Angelou

By |May 29th, 2014|

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”–Maya Angelou
It’s quite fitting that the image accompanying this post shows a butterfly alighting on the head of a Thrasher […]

Kids Ask the Best Questions

By |April 9th, 2014|

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 […]

10 Unusual Mosquito Breeding Grounds

By |February 13th, 2014|

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 […]

Bird Control Means Bird Exclusion

By |November 20th, 2013|

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 […]

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