Pest Control Blog

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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Pantry Pests
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Indianmeal Moth
(Photo: U of Arkansas)
Flour beetles
(Photo: Canadian Green Commission)
Warehouse beetle
(Photo: U of Nebraska)

As the holidays approach, more and more people will be cooking for family gatherings and discover new friends in their pantry. Discovering bugs in your food may seem disgusting, but it isn't unusual. I want to take a moment and explore some of those pests, what they can do, and some methods that can be used to eliminate them. There are many types of pests that can infest our food, but we will only concentrate on a few of the most popular pests that are found in our stored food items. These pests can include small beetles, moths, and worm-like creatures that can cause a person to have an intense reaction to even see inside their food products. Several of these pests are pictured in the Dodson Pest ID Guide elsewhere on this web site that Dr. Eric Smith had created.

How do we get these pests?

These pests are usually brought into the home in food items purchased at the grocery or pet supply store. These pests can be successful just about any place that bulk foods and pet food and supplies can be found. This does not mean that these locations are dirty or unsanitary. Usually these stores will receive product that is already infested without their knowledge. Most of these stores have pest management services that will respond when alerted to the issue to eliminate the problem.

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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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Why Proofing a Structure is Important
Door Sweep
headlice hair
Wall Crack Repair

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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Preventing Head Lice
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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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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