Hello "dog-blog" friends and fans. Hunter here, reporting from sunny and muggy Florida. I mentioned in my column, "Hunter's Backyard" in the July '13 Edition of The Loyal News newsletter, that Bill Whitstine, owner and operator of this renowned K-9 Training Academy; surprised me July 4th weekend by inviting back my Termite Detection graduating class. Well, we all had a blast. While the handlers and dog parents enjoyed their social time, we K-9's chowed down on all the good food and treats brought in by the participants. It was great to frolic, run, and sniff around with my old pals. We played Frisbie and all kinds of competitive fetch games. It is important to note; the Academy provided a continual water source for us, so we were all well hydrated and free to let it all hand out in our games and free play. Remember; please keep your dogs well hydrated!

I can't remember when I've had so much fun. Thank you to Bill, for making it all happen and having this special event in my honor. What he said about me at the Saturday Night banquet; "the most intelligent, hard working, and naturally talented detection dog to ever graduate from the Academy"; made me a bit embarrassed; however, I am very proud of my accomplishments down here. All the dogs in attendance barked, "Hunter, Hunter", repeatedly. It was quite a scene. The whole weekend was great fun! I just wish Daddy Nick and Mama Gena could have been down here; however, Mama Gena's ankle brake kept them from attending. I miss them a bunch.

K-9-DetectivesThank goodness Daddy Nick gave me this new IPad before I left Richmond. Not only have I been able to email Daddy Nick and Mama Gena daily, but it also enables me to continue writing my weekly blog, “What’s Buggin’ You?” Before I left Richmond on this 9 week adventure to Florida, many of my “dog-blog” fans wrote in to our website, www.loyalpest.com, requesting I report back on my blog what is going on down here and give a weekly progress report. Well, I’m not one to let my fans down, so with a little jawboning to Daddy Nick; he ended up springing for this IPad, and surprised me with it at the airport before I left. I’m still getting use to it but I like it a lot. Thanks again, Daddy Nick!

Our daily physical routine down here is relentless. In order to be a master at Bed-bug detection, a K-9 has to be in top physical form. A dog’s senses are enhanced if he is in top shape and our job depends on our keen senses.

As I said last week; Daddy Nick gave me a nice list of our regional household pests that I have been following along and writing about weekly in my “dog-blog”. Although I am very well educated about the insect world in general, with termites being my specialty, Daddy Nick has exposed me to new species’ that we barely touched on in Termite Detective School.

Hello Loyal friends and “dog-blog” fans; welcome back to my blog “What’s Buggin’ You?” It has been nearly two weeks since I left Richmond, my loving family the Lupinis’, and all my good buddies who work at Loyal Termite and Pest Control. The photo above is me anxiously looking at Daddy Nick at the Richmond Airport before my flight departure for Florida. I’m not much of a flyer. I think that shows in this photo. 

If you read my monthly column, “Hunter’s Backyard” in Loyal’s June 2013 edition of our company newsletter, The Loyal News, you know that I am now in Florida on a 9 week adventure. I’m feeling déjà vu all over again being down here at the Florida Canine Academy where I studied and received my certification as a Certified K-9 Termite Detective. Bill Whitstine, who owns the academy, is a Certified Master Trainer (CMT). He is the person responsible for rescuing me from a local Florida pound, taking me in to his renowned academy, training me to sniff out termites while I learned about the world of household pests, and finally making arrangements for me to be adopted by Daddy Nick and Mama Gena Lupini to begin my new life dedicated to my family and their business, Loyal Termite and Pest Control.

As I said last week; Daddy Nick gave me a nice list of our regional household pests that I have been following along and writing about weekly in my “dog-blog”. Although I am very well educated about the insect world in general, with termites being my specialty, Daddy Nick has exposed me to new species’ that we barely touched on in Termite Detective School.

Being Loyal Termite and Pest Control’s exclusive K-9 Termite Detective has been a challenge; however, I wouldn’t trade my experience working here for all the dog bones in China. Part of the excitement is learning about something new almost every day. When I bark a question to Daddy Nick or Mama Gena, they are always eager to explain in detail the answers to my questions, as they do our clients. This information has been invaluable in my continuing education and provided me with interesting subject matter for my blog “What’s Buggin’ You?

 Hello friends and Loyal “dog-blog” fans. Welcome back for another brief blog session, with me, Hunter, Loyal Termite and Pest Control’s K-9 Termite Detective. Here you will learn and, hopefully better understand, another member of our regional household and commercial pest community. Generally, these are the critters our hard working salesman and inspectors discover; and then our talented and certified technicians treat and eliminate; for our very concerned commercial and residential customers. This week my focus is on a pest that, if left undetected, can be very destructive; not to people or property, but to a variety of stored foods. This little monster is the Indian-meal Moth.

The Indian-meal Moth (IMM) is among the most important and common stored-product pests in The United States. The infestations of IMM are not limited to pantries inside homes; they can also thrive in grocery stores, food processing plants, grain storage facilities, and other areas where food is available. Although the adult moths do not feed, they reproduce and lay eggs on various food materials, including but not limited to: flour, cereal grains, seeds, dried fruits, pet food, spices, and ornamental products.

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