When I sit down to write my weekly blog, "What's Buggin You?" I do my dog gone best to inform you Loyal readers about pertinent subjects within the pest control world that may have a direct effect on you and your family now, or in the very future. To be prepared is critical when dealing with the potential hazards associated with certain insect species. I learned this from Daddy Nick and he is very keen about being prepared to confront infestations of new species arriving in our geographical region. He considers it our duty as a responsible pest control company to always be on top of our game, and be ready to provide relief for our customers suffering from the effects of all insect species.

You should know by now that I am Hunter, Loyal Termite and Pest Control's exclusive certified K-9 Termite Detective. Last week I finished what was a 3 part series about the recent arrival of foreign insects and the effect they are having on our American agriculture and local economies. This week is the first of a series about foreign insect arrivals that will have little negative effect on agriculture but will prove to be a huge nuisance to individuals, families, and business. Insects that will prove to be "pests" on steroids and what we can expect when they get here in large numbers. The first insect in this series is the Asian Beetle (AB)

If you recall when I started this series, my interest in these uninvited pest terrorists; came from a conversation I had with Daddy Nick, Loyal's President, in his office. He was reading an internet article about the Kudzu Bug. I had not seen one before. My ears stood up. I wanted to know more. He said, "Hunter, as a responsible pest control company, we, here at Loyal Termite and Pest Control; have to be ready when this species arrives in our region." "It's not if, but when they get here, this bug will arrive in large numbers", he said. "We have to be ready for them, understand their habits, and learn as much as we can about how to control the effect they might have on our Loyal customers. We have to offer a practical solution to eliminate them based on the most current information and treatment methods available. Methods developed through the joint efforts of our government, the scientists, as well as, our pest control partners already attacking local infestations in their particular regions."

Hello once again “dog-blog” fans; welcome back to this week’s edition of my blog, What’s Buggin’ You? As you probably already know, I am Hunter; Loyal Termite and Pest Control’s certified K-9 Termite Detective. I hope you are all doing very well.

One reason I write this weekly blog is to alert and educate our Loyal fans to any new changes or trends happening within our geographic pest environment. As noted in the title to this blog; there are Foreign Invaders slipping into our country and tearing up much of our agriculture. The severity of destruction is dependant on what the pest is and what specific form of agriculture each may prefer to destroy. This always starts at a point where the pest, and its destructive force, is first discovered. Last week in Part 1, I spoke at length about the Kudzu Bug. This week, in Part 2 of this series; I will tell you about The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Again, Happy New Year to all my Loyal "dog-blog" fans. This is Hunter; Loyal Termite and Pest Control's exclusive K-9 Termite Detective, welcoming you back to my weekly blog, What's Buggin' You?

Not too long ago, I was in my Daddy Nick's office and saw him reading an article about a little bug that has been spreading like wildfire throughout the southern United States. He told me the little insect on his computer screen was the Kudzu Bug. He said, "As a responsible pest control company, Loyal has to be prepared for any new insect arrivals that may have a negative effect on the residents or business owners we serve." "We have to understand the latest technical information provided by researchers and Government agencies that are developing practical strategies to combat any detrimental infestations; before their arrival into our region." As usual, my curiosity had me asking him many questions about the Kudzu Bug and any other recent insect arrivals that are currently, or potential threats to our American economy. From those lengthy conversations with Daddy Nick, I am writing this blog series; Foreign Invaders: Recent Insect Arrivals that Threaten American Agriculture and Local Economies. This is (Part 1 – The Kudzu Bug).

First of all, I hope you all had a very Happy Holiday, chock full of presents and cheers. I also hope you were able to spend a lot of quality time with your loved ones, family and friends. As usual, my family, Daddy Nick and Mama Gena Lupini had tons of food and goodies for everyone; and that includes lots of goodies for me and my “brother” dog Murdoch.

We had home and home visits with Nick’s parents (Patriarch and Matriarch), PaPa Joe and Ms. Peggy; sister Kim Lupini Williams and her husband Chris; and many of the extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. If you remember, I am a rescue pet (RP) and unfortunately have no known K-9 family. I am thankful the Lupinis’ adopted me and have given me a warm and loving home. This time of year, especially, is when we all should reflect on our good fortune, family, and the love around us.


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First, your staff took my call this morning and managed to indeed have someone come by my home this afternoon! I did not get your dispatcher's name but he was very "can do" in trying to help.

Even more impressive, was the fact that Gretchen was the member of your staff that re-worked her schedule in order to fit a service call to our home into her schedule today.

She showed up at the time she said, and then she insightfully diagnosed our exact pest issue like a veteran detective!

I strongly suspect you get many accolades about Gretchen's expertise and customer support. You can certainly add us to that list. She is an outstanding representative of your company!

- Kurt