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General Pest Control

Five Signs You Should Fire Your Pest Control Company

By |August 25th, 2014|

cockroach party

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 poor quality pest control, it may be time give your […]

What to do When Boxelder Bugs Swarm

By |August 11th, 2014|

Boxelder Bug Thrasher Termite & Pest Control

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 not there is a […]

Bill Murray was Right about Gophers

By |June 6th, 2014|

gopher mounds

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 of plastic explosives may start looking like a good idea. (It’s […]

Save a Soda: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |June 2nd, 2014|

Save a Soda

DIY Pest Control Fails #7

In Riverside County, late at night a woman walked in the yard of a home she shared with her children. She found a soft drink bottle in a shed and drank from it. It tasted bad, so she assumed it had “gone bad” and […]

We delight in the beauty of…Maya Angelou

By |May 29th, 2014|

butterfly maya angelou

“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 staff member’s teenage son. Ms. Angelou wrote often about transformation. […]

Save a Beer: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |May 26th, 2014|

Save a Beer

DIY Pest Control Fails #6

In San Joaquin County, a 23-year-old man spotted a fly on his beer can, and sprayed an insecticide on the can. Later, as he drank from the can, his lips began to tingle.

None of these “blunders” — compiled from DPR’s Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program […]

Save a Grandma: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |May 19th, 2014|

save grandma

DIY Pest Control Fails #5

A Los Angeles County homeowner saw a bug in her bathroom and sprayed it with a pesticide. As the bug kept moving, the 66-year-old woman kept on spraying — until the fumes overwhelmed her, and she immediately sought medical attention.

None of these “blunders” — compiled […]

Save a Cat: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |May 12th, 2014|

Save a Cat

DIY Pest Control Fails #4

An elderly Fresno County woman entered her house to look for a cat after her son-in-law set off several insect foggers to rid the residence of roaches. She inhaled the fogger mist and began coughing. Her son-in-law called for an ambulance to take her […]

Save a Puppy: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |May 5th, 2014|

save a puppy

DIY Pest Control Fails #3

In Orange County, a dog owner with asthma hugged her one-pound puppy shortly after it received a liquid flea control treatment from the woman’s veterinarian. It was later determined that the puppy was treated with a dosage meant for larger dogs. The owner experienced […]

Save a Customer: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |April 28th, 2014|

Avoid Pesticide Misuse

DIY Pest Control Fail #2

At a San Bernardino County fast-food outlet, a customer at the drive-through window bought iced tea and noticed a foul taste, followed by a burning throat and nasal passages. The cup apparently contained some sanitizer from an improperly rinsed tea machine. (Similar case reported […]