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Even with social distancing PMPs can stay close to pesky rodents

Even with social distancing PMPs can stay close to pesky rodents. By Dr. Stuart Mitchell With the unprecedented events and challenges that COVID-19 is placing upon public health, and the designation of pest management services as essential, pest management professionals are now, more than ever, on the front lines to protect public health, the food supply, home, and structures. With social distancing as the primary way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, unprecedented logistical challenges emerge pursuant to accessing facilities to conduct ongoing pest control services. However, even with social distancing PMPs can stay close to pesky rodents. With the Xignal Remote Sensing System, facilities can be remotely monitored for movement and capture of mice, rats, and urban wildlife, opening and closing doors, and even temperature and humidity. With a one-time deployment of the Xignal System, real-time monitoring of pest activity without physical presence within a facility is established. This provides the PMP critical decision-making information to determine if service is necessary (maintaining social distancing), and provides the facility client assurance that pesky rodents do not threaten sensitive operations. The Xignal Remote Sensing System Detect:...
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Do you know the Three Es of IPM?

Do you know the Three Es of IPM?

Do you know the Three Es of IPM? Do you know the Three Es of IPM? IPM is the Three Es Effectiveness (how well does the method work?) Economics (how much does the management cost?) Environment (including non-target organisms) All pest management systems are a balance of these three. Both the effectiveness of operations and the environmental considerations should be more important than the economics of any operation. However, as in any business activity, keeping costs down is always an important factor. Assessment The basis of IPM is the correct assessment of existing pest pressures and forecasting future pest problems in a given situation. Assessment is based upon a suitable pest survey, correct identification of pest species, practical knowledge of pest biology and behavior, and both the effectiveness and risks associated with all the available control methods. To carry out an assessment, there must be an understanding of the relationship between hazard and risk. Hazard is the potential to cause harm. Harm can be a skin rash, a cough, or in extreme cases, death. Risk is the likelihood that the hazard will actually cause harm. Assessment Assess the scope of the...
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Pesky Flies

Pesky Flies 6.0

Flies are flying infections, contaminating every surface landed upon. Understanding both the life cycles and habits of filth flies is the first step in solving these pestiferous problems.
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Something about house fly

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A significant public health pest, House fly, Musca domestica (meaning “household fly”), Order Diptera, Family Muscidae, are urbanized, synanthropic (together with humans), and multivoltine (many generations or turns in a year).
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Neither you nor fluorescent lamps should be left out in the cold!

Neither you nor fluorescent lamps should be left out in the cold!

With the recent onset of record frigid temperatures over much of the US, don’t be left out in the cold with UVA lamps that will not light-up. Read on to learn UVA lamp characteristics that will warm your customer relationships! Florescent lamps have operating characteristics based upon rated life, burning cycle, frequency, lumen maintenance, humidity, and especially temperature.
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The American Psychotherapy Association Award

New prestigous award for Doctor Stuart Mitchell

The American Psychotherapy Association, the nation’s leading organization in the profession of counselling, has awarded Dr Stuart Mitchell of West Des Moines, IA the prestigious Fellow status. Fellow status is reserved for individuals who meet the strict standard of training, education and experience.
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Making Sense of Senses

Making Sense of Senses

Making sense of a rodent infestation requires a sense of a rodent species’ senses. A sense of a rodent species’ senses requires making sense of the stimuli rodents can sense.
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