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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Black Legged & Lone Star Ticks



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In this blog on ticks, we’ll review the 2 species that are more commonly encountered and are of greater medical importance to humans. This first group of two species consists of the deer tick (also called the black-legged tick) and the lone star tick. These are typically encountered outside the home while walking in yards/parks or hiking, and are important transmitters of the organisms that cause diseases affecting humans.

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Christmas Plants - Poinsettias & Mistletoe

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(Credit: Southern Living)

Since this is a concern of many people, it bears repeating Dr. Eric Smith’s blog about Poinsettias and Mistletoe. I was brought up with the belief that poinsettias and mistletoe were very poisonous and that ingestion could be toxic. There was special concern for cats and other animals in particular. Hopefully this post helps clarify some information for you.


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Down Through The Chimney With Lots Of...

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(Credit: Humane Society)

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(Credit: Humane Society)

There are many ways that wildlife can get into our homes, but one that will get overlooked is the chimney. Unfortunately, more than Santa comes down to pay us a visit. With the colder weather approaching, many of us will be using our chimneys more and potentially either allowing an animal into our homes or putting those animals at risk. We will review some of the animals that commonly come down a chimney, their risks, and some ways to help prevent an unhappy holiday season.

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Helping to save the Honey Bees

(Credit: Bayer Bee Center)

I was recently at the Bayer CropScience North American Bee Care Center where I received a training session on the current health of honey bee, colony collapse disorder, and ways we can help them move in the right direction. If you do not know, European honey bee populations have been impacted greatly over the past several years, with little progress. There has been a lot of speculation as to the reason for this reduction, but there has been no conclusive scientific research showing the cause(s) for the population crash.

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Preventing Head Lice

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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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