Indian-meal Moth – Not a Pleasant Discovery!
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.
Powder Post Beetles – Hole-y! Mole-y!
Hello, Loyal friends and "dog-blog" fans. Thank you for joining me this week for another dose of bug wisdom; brought to you by Loyal Termite and Pest Control and me, Hunter, Central Virginia's exclusive K-9 Termite Detective.
I mentioned in an earlier blog, I was sitting in Daddy Nick Lupini's office one day, when I asked him to help me think of fresh subject matter or content, if you will, for my weekly blog. In my past blogs, and in all my future blogs to come; I want to continue to provide you with interesting termite and pest control information. Information that should help you better understand the various household pests found in our Central Virginia Region. Daddy Nick said, "Hold on a minute, Hunter". He then began to write down a nice long list of ALL of the bugs, insects and other critters our highly trained technicians go on service calls, daily, to get rid of for our clients. It's from that list that I discovered we service for the Powder Post Beetle. Enjoy!
The Loyal Team All-Stars – All Star Review (6)
Welcome back, Loyal readers of my “dog-blog”. If you remember from my first few blogs; I promised that every 10th blog I will give homage to the very talented, dedicated, hard-working employees of our company. Loyal Termite and Pest Control has been on a consistent growth spurt the past few years and with that comes the need to hire more technicians, office staff, inspectors, and sales representatives. The Lupini family has been very careful to hire only individuals with impeccable backgrounds, who display a desire to perform their designated duties with care, precision, and dedication to our Loyal customers.
Each Friday Daddy Nick reads customer comments or (testimonials), about their positive experiences dealing with our Loyal employees while they perform their daily pest control duties. He then passes them on to me to post in my blog. This is the 60th blog in my series What’s Buggin’ You? Therefore, welcome to the 6th edition of The Loyal Team All-Stars – All Star Review.
Clover Mites: “Strength in Numbers” is their Mantra.
About 3 months ago I sat down in front of my Daddy Nick Lupini, President of Loyal Termite and Pet Control, and we had a long talk and bark session about my blog and what I should be writing about. This is the 59th Hunter’s Blog, “What’s Buggin’ You?
Since I’ve slowed down a bit working in the field, sniffing out termites, I’ve decided to spend more time concentrating on my blog. It is very important to me that my “dog-blog” fans tune in each week and find some worthwhile value in the subject matter that I write about.
Daddy Nick gave me some sound advice, he said, “We are a pest control company that is very proud to serve the pest control needs of our customers. This geographical region, Central Virginia; is ripe with many, many, different varieties of household pests.” “Hunter, he said, “You’ve done a great job writing about any and all subjects relating to pest control and pest control management. Just stay the course. I’ll give you a list of pesky critters that are on our hit list that you haven’t written about yet. Why don’t you just start with this list? It should keep you busy for several weeks and your readers will continue to enjoy learning everything that is important to know about being a responsible household pest manager.” I always listen to my Daddy Nick. Why? Because I know what side of the bread is buttered? He buys my food and treats, Frisbees and balls! Of course, I listen to my Daddy Nick!
Cockroaches: Species Common to Our Central Virginia Region Part #1 – American Cockroach
I can't believe I've been writing my Loyal Termite and Pest Control "dog-blog" for over a year now; and have not once featured, in detail, America's number #1 pest, Cockroaches. Last week I did introduce this series by talking about cockroaches in general; however, now I'll be getting into some specifics. As you already know (I hope) this is Hunter, Loyal's exclusive K-9 termite detective and blog writer, welcoming you back for another round of interesting pest control facts.
Earliest cockroach fossils date back as far as 300 million years ago. It is sometimes said that cockroaches will "inherit the earth" after humanity destroys itself. To say that this bug is a survivor is an understatement. They can hold their breath for up to 45 minutes, go without food for up to a month, and has the ability to slow down its heart rate. They also have a very high resistance to radiation; 6 to 15 times higher than man. Strangely, they can even live over a week without their head! Now that's amazing.
There are approximately 4,000 different species worldwide with 50 to 60 species thriving in the United States. There are 5 species that are most common to our central Virginia region. They are the American cockroach, the German cockroach, the Oriental cockroach, the Wood cockroach and the Brown Bandit Cockroach. As for this blog, I am concentrating on the particular characteristics and facts about the American Cockroach.