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David MooreOur staff entomologist (bug scientist) and Pest Detective, David Moore, writes about topics related to keeping your home pest free.

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19
Oct
2014
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

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Stink Bug
(Photo: Rutgers Univ.)

The Brown Marmorated stink bug is an invasive agricultural pest from Asia and first discovered in Pennsylvania in 1998. Since then, stink bug populations have exploded and spread in over 17 known states since they have no natural predators in North America. Although North America has many native stink bugs, the brown marmorated stink bugs can be identified by the following distinguishing marks:

  • Alternating dark and light bands on the antennae
  • Alternating dark and light banding on the exposed side edges of the abdomen

They acquired their name because they have small glands located on their thorax that are capable of emitting an
offensive odor.

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17
Sep
2014
Why Proofing a Structure is Important
headlice
Door Sweep
(Photo: diynetwork.com)
headlice hair
Wall Crack Repair
(photo: hgtvremodels.com)

If you have had a pest management professional at your home, you may have heard them speak about proofing a structure to prevent pests from harboring inside of it. This is important for commercial and residential locations and can have far reaching implications if basic maintenance is not sustained.

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20
Aug
2014
Preventing Head Lice
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Head Lice Size
(Photo: CDC)
headlice hair
Head Lice - Hair
(Photo: CDC)

With school coming back in session, we here at Dodson want you and your family to be aware of what head lice look like, how to help prevent them, and what to do if you discover a child has contracted head lice. If you suspect that someone in your family has head lice, you should report this to a medical doctor who can diagnose this issue. There is very little a pest management professional can do for a true head lice infestation, so contacting a primary physician should be your first priority.

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17
Jul
2014
Tick Prevention and Removal
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Tick Types
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Tick Life Cycle
Tick Types
(Photo: Texas A&M)
Tick Life Cycle
(Photo: CDC)

Since it is summer, it seems that everyone is out having fun camping, hiking, or cleaning up their yards.  As much fun as it is to play outdoors, people and their pets might find themselves being exposed to environments that could harbor ticks.  Ticks carry a variety of disease causing organisms in North America including: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, eastern equine encephalitis, Lacrosse encephalitis, and a few others.  Additionally, ticks can cause paralysis if it attaches in the right spot on the human body.

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19
Jun
2014
Fly management in your home
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House fly
(photo: Univ. of Nebraska)
Green blow fly
(photo: Cleveland Museum of Natural History)
Flesh fly
(photo: Univ. of Arkansas)

Warm weather is here and along with it comes many flying insects, including large filth flies.  The most common of the larger flies that bother us are the house fly, blow or bottle flies, flesh flies.

How can I tell which is which? 

  1. House flies (Musca domestica,  Muscidae) are about 1/8-1/4" long at adulthood.  They are dull with 4 narrow black longitudinal stripes on its back (thorax).  Just for perspective, house flies account for about 91% of all flies in human habitats throughout the world. 
  2. Blow or bottle flies (several species, family Calliphoridae) are about 1/8-5/8" long at adulthood and they are metallic blue, green, or dull brassy in color.
  3. Flesh flies (several species, family Sarcophagidae) are about 1/4-7/16"long at adulthood.  The top of the thorax has 3 black longitudinal stripes, and the tip of the abdomen is usually red or pink.
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