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Washington DC, NYC & Chicago Overrun By Rats

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jun 2, 2015 2:02:00 PM

Summer is just around the corner and temperatures are starting to rise. As much as everyone loves fun in the sun, summer in big cities means more than weekends at the beach. It means hot steamy days and garbage baking in the sun. And where there’s garbage, there’s rats -- lots and lots of rats -- scurrying through the streets and into subway stations.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage, Rodent Control

NYC Declares War on Rats and Chicago Predicts Summer Pest Problems

Posted by Rita Stadler

May 13, 2015 4:32:00 PM

Summer is just around the corner and temperatures are starting to rise. As much as everyone loves fun in the sun, summer in big cities means more than weekends at the beach. It means hot steamy days and garbage baking in the sun. And where there’s garbage, there’s rats -- lots and lots of rats -- scurrying through the streets and into subway stations.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage, Rodent Control

If You Build It, They Will Come..."They" Meaning Rats that is!

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jan 30, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Which came first, the rat or the steamroller? Sounds like a silly question, but for Chicago residents living near Wrigley Field, which is undergoing renovations, rats have become a real problem.

“We’ve had rats almost on a daily basis walking all around the neighborhood. In the streets, on the sidewalks, on people’s porches,” one resident reports. The rats began appearing soon after construction started. This isn’t the first incidence of construction causing a spike in rat problems. Some people may be quick to blame the arrival of the rats on the renovations, but the truth is, the rats were always there. When noisy construction equipment moves into an area and starts disrupting the rats’ food supply and tearing up their burrows, they are forced to move. Neighbors who had never noticed the rats before will begin having problems.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage, Rodent Control

Top 10 Reasons Vogue Needs Stay Away® Rodent

Posted by Becky Smith

Nov 25, 2014 3:58:00 PM

You may have heard the news that Vogue's new digs in 1 World Trade Center has a rat problem. If you haven't yet, check it out in this Gawker article: Vogue's Shiny New Office Has a Big Rat Problem.

New construction can disrupt a rodent's home, pushing them into new areas to live. Whatever the case for rats on the 25th and 26th floors of this brand new building, we have compiled a list of the most important reasons Vogue HQ needs Stay Away® Botanical Rodent Repellent.

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Topics: Pest Coverage

The Importance of Preventing Rodent Related Diseases

Posted by Rita Stadler

Nov 19, 2014 3:00:00 PM

 

Diseases carried by animals can be scary. We may feel like we have some control of things spread from person to person. After all, we can avoid sick people, or crowded public spaces, or just practice good hygiene and frequent hand washing. Animals are another story. Wild animals will come and go as they please, they never wash up with hot, soapy water, they urinate and defecate wherever they see fit instead of only going in appropriate places, they don't cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and they can spread all kinds of germs.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage

Brown Recluse Control and Prevention

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 24, 2014 3:43:00 PM

What would you do if your home was infested with poisonous spiders? It sounds like a horror movie plot, but that is exactly what happened to a family in Missouri. After buying a beautiful, golf course home, the family found out it had thousands of brown recluse spiders living inside. Although brown recluses have a venomous bite, they aren't aggressive by nature and play an important role in their ecosystem. All the same, they probably don't make good roommates!

Brown recluse facts:

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage

Black Widow Control and Prevention

Posted by Rita Stadler

Oct 22, 2014 5:05:18 PM

Black widows are notorious. The female's poisonous bite and reputation for killing and eating her mate serves not only as a health and safety concern, but also makes for interesting relationship dynamic. Black widow venom is 15 times more toxic than a prairie rattlesnake's venom and can result in death, particularly if young children, elderly or people with compromised immune systems are bitten. However, the black widow is not an aggressive spider and will only bite if disturbed.

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Topics: Pest Control, Pest Coverage

Ants Attack Florida Beach

Posted by Rita Stadler

Sep 16, 2014 3:51:18 PM

Ant infestations can be especially troublesome during the summer.  A Florida beach community is contending with hordes of ants on the beach.  The Florida Times Union reports, “Ants are overrunning beach walkovers, leaving more than a few city residents beleaguered, bothered and bitten.”

While ants don’t generally pose a serious health threat (unless they are fire ants), they can still lessen people’s enjoyment of the outdoors.  Keeping ants away from outdoor spaces is virtually impossible, and not necessarily desirable since they are a “beneficial pest” that eats other nuisance pests. 

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Topics: Pest Coverage