General Pest Control

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Save a Soda: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |June 2nd, 2014|

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 […]

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 […]

Save a Beer: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |May 26th, 2014|

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 […]

Save a Grandma: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |May 19th, 2014|

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 […]

Save a Cat: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |May 12th, 2014|

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. […]

Save a Puppy: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |May 5th, 2014|

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 […]

Save a Customer: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |April 28th, 2014|

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 […]

Save a Burger: Hire a Pest Control Pro

By |April 21st, 2014|

DIY Pest Control Fails #1
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 […]

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 […]

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