Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity

Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity Commensal bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tracts of cockroaches lace the insects’ feces with chemical cues that mediate social behavior, according to a study. The microbiome isn’t just important for digestion and immunity; it may also have a hand in social relationships among animals. At least that seems to be [...]

By | February 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Texas Administrative Code TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Texas Administrative Code TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PESTICIDES STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL SERVICE TREATMENT STANDARDS Subterranean Termite Post Construction Treatments (a) All pesticide applications must be made in accordance with the directions and precautions specified on the labeling of the pesticide used. (b) A treatment of less than the entire structure will be permitted to accommodate [...]

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Poisons Used to Kill Rodents Have Safer Alternatives

Poisons Used to Kill Rodents Have Safer Alternatives A second generation of ultra-potent rodenticides creates a first-class crisis for people, pets, and wildlife. Clinical assistant professor Maureen Murray of the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in central Massachusetts was doing a good job of keeping her emotions under wraps as she clicked through photos of her recent [...]

By | January 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Termites, What you need to know.

Termites Termites, sometimes known as white ants, are a group of eusocial insects usually classified at the taxonomic rank of order, Isoptera. Termites feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter or soil, and about 10% of the 4,000 odd species (about 2,600 taxonomically known) are economically important as pests [...]

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Fire Ant Frequently Asked Questions

What are red imported fire ants? What makes them different from Texas native ants? Red imported fire ants or Solenopsis invicta are medium-sized red and black colored ants that build mounds of soft soil. Mounds are rarely larger than 18″ in diameter. In cold, dry areas such as the High Plains of Texas, mounds are usually much [...]

By | January 24th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

ABOUT BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS

Black widows are notorious spiders identified by the colored, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. Several species answer to the name, and they are found in temperate regions around the world. Venom This spider's bite is much feared because its venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's. In humans, bites produce muscle [...]

By | January 24th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Top 10 things about brown recluse spiders

It’s soon to be brown recluse spider season. That’s the spider with the violin markings on its back – sometimes called the fiddleback spider, brown fiddler, or violin spider. Brown recluse spiders are rather shy and nonaggressive, but they have a powerful poison. Occasional bites happens because people and brown recluses often share the same [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What Are Silverfish?

What are They and What To Do About Them? A house-dwelling insect, the Lepisma saccharina, more commonly known as the Silverfish or bristletail, derives its name from several characteristics such as its silver/gray exoskeleton and fish-like habit of moving at a rapid pace, interspersed with short intervals of stopping or pausing. The scientific name (Lepisma [...]

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