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Tampa homebuyer asks state to investigate realtor for contradicting inspections, undisclosed termites – WFLA

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on November 19th, 2021

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) A pair of termite inspections offered opposite assessments for a Tampa home, and a disgruntled homebuyer claims the results from the first one were never disclosed.

The second inspection of the split-level on East Osborne Avenue was conducted by unlicensed exterminator Jose Joe Mendoza, who is now facing four felonies connected to falsified and forged wood-destroying organism (WDO) reports.

Realtor Laura Keyes, her broker Dalton Wade and the home seller Darlene Allen are being sued by Jonah Huggins, who bought the home for his family in April.

Huggins, an Army veteran who recently served in Afghanistan, has also filed a complaint against Keyes with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, alleging she committed fraud.

Our game plan was to get married, go on our honeymoon, come here and start our family and everything was going to be perfect, Huggins said. Problem with it is after a couple of days, termites started swarming from everywhere.

There are contradicting inspections tied to the property.

One from January indicated visible evidence of wood-destroying insects. Shortly after that inspection, a deal to buy the home fell through. A home inspection from that failed sale also stated there were signs of termites in the attic.

Another report from April indicated no visible signs of termites.

Records show Keyes was the sellers realtor during both inspections and requested the second one that was conducted by Mendoza.

In his lawsuit, Huggins claims the termite issue was never disclosed. When asked why that wasnt disclosed, Keyes was silent before driving away.

According to the Mendoza arrest warrant, text messages showed that Mendoza worked multiple other jobs for Keyes, including the home Huggins bought. According to a court document, Keyes said she did not know Mendoza was not licensed.

Huggins attorney Alex Mindrup alleges the sellers and Keyes purposely concealed the termite issue.

They know if they disclose, theyre not going to be able to sell it for more or even be able to necessarily sell it, Mindrup said.

Keyes, Wade and Allen deny the allegations in their response to Huggins lawsuit and have filed a motion to dismiss. Huggins is seeking damages and has asked the court to order the seller to buy the home back from him.

In addition to the claims about the termite issues, Huggins also alleges the seller did not disclose the bottom floor of the home was connected to a failed septic system. According to Huggins, connecting the home to the city sewerage system has cost close to $20,000.

Defense attorney Shawn M. Yesner said in an email, given that this litigation is currently pending, I am unable to comment further.

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How to get rid of roaches and keep them out – Insider

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on November 6th, 2021

You probably know the feeling the stomach-dropping moment when you hear a faint scuffle on your floor and look up to see a large, dark roach scuttling across your room or kitchen. No bug infestation is a particularly fun experience, but roaches somehow take things to a whole new level.

According to Scot Hodges, vice president of technical services for Arrow Exterminators, cockroaches fall into two categories: domestic or peridomestic. Peridomestic roaches live in our surroundings but will typically migrate indoors once the weather gets colder. Domestic roaches, on the other hand, tend to coexist with humans in homes all the time.

Because of this difference, Hodges likes to classify the arrival of peridomestic roaches as either an infestation or invasion. An invasion is when roaches have only just sought refuge in a house, like when you open your garage door and see a roach scuttle across the concrete. Invasions are easier to manage by identifying how and why they arrived in the first place, then closing up entry points to a house and eliminating the few that have already entered.

An infestation, however, is when the roaches are living and completing their entire life cycles in a house. "Once they move in, they do not move back out. You either have to kill them, or live with them," Hodges says.

Quick tip: If you're afraid that stepping on a roach will release all the eggs being carried on its body, worsening a roach problem, then fear not. According to Hodges, the moment a roach is killed, then all the egg capsules will die along with it.

Hodges says there's no singular silver bullet approach that will completely eliminate roaches from a house, but rather a combination of many to help deal with the problem. These methods help mitigate small invasions. An exterminator should be called in the event there's a larger issue.

The first line of defense when combating roaches is to "use the pest's biology to outsmart it," according to Amy Cross, the project coordinator at the National Pesticide Information Center. In other words: eliminate any causes for why they might be entering the house, such as leaving food out or leaks, and then close up points as many points of entry as possible. This could include affixing a door sweep to cover the crack between the bottom of a door and the ground, or sealing up any holes in the foundation of a house.

This is what Cross calls exclusion, doing this will help to keep roaches out. Hodges also says to maintain clean gutters, and to keep a vegetation-free zone with your landscaping by eliminating any foliage hanging over a house and not adding mulch when it's not necessary.

Glue strips are one of the safest and most effective solutions for killing roaches, says Hodges. Glue strips are sheets or tubes covered in a sticky substance and they can quickly catch cockroaches within 24 or 48 hours. While Hodges says these won't work for large infestations, they can help with monitoring the severity of a roach situation and indicate the severity of an issue. If the glue strips catch a bunch of roaches, you have a large infestation and should consider calling in a professional exterminator.

Boric acid is a stomach poison that roaches don't have any resistance to. A roach must consume the boric acid for it to work. However it does come with a few caveats, as both Cross and Hodges point out. First off, Hodges explains it's a slow-acting agent and takes a while to actually kill roaches. On top of that, Hodges states people often panic and more than necessary.

"The rule that we use when applying any type of a dust insecticide is that if you can see it, you've put out too much," Hodges says. "If the roach sees that big old pile [of boric acid], they're just going to walk around."

Hodges also encourages people to exercise caution, as boric acid can be toxic in large doses according to the National Pesticide Information Center, and to make sure they're following the instructions on the label when it comes to application.

Diatomaceous earth works as a scratching agent or abrasive meant to get spread out on a surface that insects will then run across. The diatomaceous earth will then damage or stick to the exoskeleton, causing them to dry out. Similar to boric acid, this option is slow working and oftentimes is applied by people in overly large quantities or incorrectly. According to Hodges, using too much can sometimes cause itchy or sore throats with homeowners, and Cross also points out that overapplication can render diatomaceous earth ineffective since the roaches will see it and just crawl around it.

Important: Cross advises against using bug bombs or foggers for roach removal. This is because, when the mist is released, it often doesn't get into the small spaces and crevices where cockroaches are hiding.

Hodges says, being able to identify different roach species, as well as if they're domestic or peridomestic, will help you understand how and why roaches might be entering your house in the first place.

While it's better to leave large roach infestations to the professionals, there are certainly mitigation techniques that can be used to eliminate roaches and keep them from returning to a home. Closing up cracks in a house and getting rid of anything that might be attracting roaches in the first place is the best line of defense, and glue strips are also a highly recommended option when it comes to efficiently catching roaches.

Megan Wahn

Home & Kitchen Reference Fellow

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If You Notice This When You Breathe, Call an Exterminator Immediately – Best Life

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on November 6th, 2021

More than 50 million people living in the U.S. experience allergy symptoms each year, making them the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the nation. However, there are still some types of allergies that are virtually unheard of, despite wreaking havoc on our health. Experts say there's one type of allergy caused by pests in the homeand many people don't realize that an infestation could be the root cause of their symptoms. In more severe cases, this can cause a range of serious respiratory symptoms that can wreak havoc on your health. Read on to find out when it's time to call an exterminator.

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According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), many people suffer from cockroach allergies without realizing it. The symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, itchy nose or throat, post-nasal drip, skin rash, and cough. In more severe cases, the allergy can trigger asthma symptoms, including difficulty breathing, chest pain, wheezing, and sleep apnea. Unlike seasonal allergies, these symptoms tend to persist year-round when a cockroach allergy is to blame.

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As the AAFA explains, protein from the bugs' "body parts, saliva and waste" can become airborne or settle into your dust-trapping fabrics, causing an allergic reaction. You're most likely to come into contact with these allergens in areas of the home that support an infestation. Because cockroaches are most comfortable where there's food and water, the kitchen often contains the highest concentration of allergens. Your bedroom and other places where you come into direct contact with contaminated fabric are also hot spots for cockroach allergens.

However, you don't need to have a noticeable infestation to experience the allergy, according to the American Lung Association. "Cockroaches don't need to be present for there to be cockroach allergen in your home," says the organization. "One in five homes with no history of cockroach infestation has a significant level of allergen in dust and fabrics." In other words, if you're sensitive to these allergens, you don't need many roaches to cause a problem.

While it is often difficult to distinguish between cockroach allergies and dust mite allergies, your doctor can help assess the cause underlying your symptoms. To get to the root of the problem, they may give you a physical exam, ask questions about your home hygiene, or order a skin prick test or IgE blood test, the AAFA says.

It may be especially important for children presenting with these symptoms to be assessed for a cockroach allergy. The AAFA notes that researchers are currently evaluating evidence which suggests that early exposure to cockroach allergens may actually "cause asthma to develop in preschool-aged children;" the ALA adds that "children who are allergic to cockroaches, and are exposed to them, need to go to the hospital for asthma more often than other children with asthma."

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Experts say there are several things you can do to minimize your risk of a cockroach allergy. First, if you know for certain that your home has an infestation, it's time to call an exterminator.

Next, make your home less hospitable to a future pest infestation by cleaning it thoroughly. This means keeping your kitchen free of any food scraps, never leaving dirty dishes in the sink, sealing your garbage cans, and scrubbing areas like the stove or refrigerator where food residue might build up.

Finally, focus on fabrics that are known to collect allergens. The ALA suggests removing any unnecessary fabrics such as carpeting, curtains, and upholstered furniture, and regularly washing your bedding and clothing in hot water. Use a dehumidifier to keep the fabrics in your home from trapping moisturethis is the pests' preferred environment. Whether roaches or other allergens are to blame for your symptoms, making these changesand speaking with your doctor about additional interventionsshould significantly improve your outcome.

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Pest control – Wikipedia

Recommended by Dikshit Aryal, Published on November 6th, 2021

Control of species that are harmful to health, economy or ecology

Pest control is the regulation or management of a species defined as a pest, a member of the animal kingdom that impacts adversely on human activities. The human response depends on the importance of the damage done and will range from tolerance, through deterrence and management, to attempts to completely eradicate the pest. Pest control measures may be performed as part of an integrated pest management strategy.

In agriculture, pests are kept at bay by cultural, chemical and biological means. Ploughing and cultivation of the soil before sowing mitigate the pest burden and there is a modern trend to limit the use of pesticides as far as possible. This can be achieved by monitoring the crop, only applying insecticides when necessary, and by growing varieties and crops which are resistant to pests. Where possible, biological means are used, encouraging the natural enemies of the pests and introducing suitable predators or parasites.

In homes and urban environments, the pests are the rodents, birds, insects and other organisms that share the habitat with humans, and that feed on and spoil possessions. Control of these pests is attempted through exclusion, repulsion, physical removal or chemical means. Alternatively, various methods of biological control can be used including sterilisation programmes.

Pest control is at least as old as agriculture, as there has always been a need to keep crops free from pests. As long ago as 3000 BC in Egypt, cats were used to control pests of grain stores such as rodents.[1][2] Ferrets were domesticated by 500 AD in Europe for use as mousers. Mongooses were introduced into homes to control rodents and snakes, probably by the ancient Egyptians.[3]

The conventional approach was probably the first to be employed, since it is comparatively easy to destroy weeds by burning them or ploughing them under, and to kill larger competing herbivores. Techniques such as crop rotation, companion planting (also known as intercropping or mixed cropping), and the selective breeding of pest-resistant cultivars have a long history.[4]

Chemical pesticides were first used around 2500 BC, when the Sumerians used sulphur compounds as insecticides.[5] Modern pest control was stimulated by the spread across the United States of the Colorado potato beetle. After much discussion, arsenical compounds were used to control the beetle and the predicted poisoning of the human population did not occur. This led the way to a widespread acceptance of insecticides across the continent.[6] With the industrialisation and mechanization of agriculture in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the introduction of the insecticides pyrethrum and derris, chemical pest control became widespread. In the 20th century, the discovery of several synthetic insecticides, such as DDT, and herbicides boosted this development.[6]

Biological control is first recorded around 300 AD in China, when colonies of weaver ants, Oecophylla smaragdina, were intentionally placed in citrus plantations to control beetles and caterpillars.[5] Also in China, ducks were used in paddy fields to consume pests, as illustrated in ancient cave art. In 1762, an Indian mynah was brought to Mauritius to control locusts, and about the same time, citrus trees in Burma were connected by bamboos to allow ants to pass between them and help control caterpillars. In the 1880s, ladybirds were used in citrus plantations in California to control scale insects, and other biological control experiments followed. The introduction of DDT, a cheap and effective compound, put an effective stop to biological control experiments. By the 1960s, problems of resistance to chemicals and damage to the environment began to emerge, and biological control had a renaissance. Chemical pest control is still the predominant type of pest control today, although a renewed interest in traditional and biological pest control developed towards the end of the 20th century and continues to this day.[7]

Biological pest control is a method of controlling pests such as insects and mites by using other organisms.[8] It relies on predation, parasitism, herbivory or other natural mechanisms, but typically also involves an active human management role. Classical biological control involves the introduction of natural enemies of the pest that are bred in the laboratory and released into the environment. An alternative approach is to augment the natural enemies that occur in a particular area by releasing more, either in small, repeated batches, or in a single large-scale release. Ideally, the released organism will breed and survive, and provide long-term control.[9] Biological control can be an important component of an integrated pest management programme.

For example: mosquitoes are often controlled by putting Bt Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. israelensis, a bacterium that infects and kills mosquito larvae, in local water sources.[10]

Mechanical pest control is the use of hands-on techniques as well as simple equipment and devices, that provides a protective barrier between plants and insects. This is referred to as tillage and is one of the oldest methods of weed control as well as being useful for pest control; wireworms, the larvae of the common click beetle, are very destructive pests of newly ploughed grassland, and repeated cultivation exposes them to the birds and other predators that feed on them.[11]

Crop rotation can help to control pests by depriving them of their host plants. It is a major tactic in the control of corn rootworm, and has reduced early season incidence of Colorado potato beetle by as much as 95%.[12]

A trap crop is a crop of a plant that attracts pests, diverting them from nearby crops.[13] Pests aggregated on the trap crop can be more easily controlled using pesticides or other methods.[14] However, trap-cropping, on its own, has often failed to cost effectively reduce pest densities on large commercial scales, without the use of pesticides, possibly due to the pests' ability to disperse back into the main field.[14]

Pesticides are applied to crops by agricultural aircraft, tractor-mounted crop sprayers, aerial spray by modern aircraft or as seed dressings to control pests. However, successful control by pesticides is not easy; the right formulation must be chosen, the timing is often critical, the method of application is important, adequate coverage and retention on the crop are necessary. The killing of natural enemies of the target pest should be minimized. This is particularly important in countries where there are natural reservoirs of pests and their enemies in the countryside surrounding plantation crops, and these co-exist in a delicate balance. Often in less-developed countries, the crops are well adapted to the local situation and no pesticides are needed. Where progressive farmers are using fertilizers to grow improved crop varieties, these are often more susceptible to pest damage, but the indiscriminate application of pesticides may be detrimental in the longer term.[15]

The efficacy of chemical pesticides tends to diminish over time. This is because any organism that manages to survive the initial application will pass on its genes to its offspring and a resistant strain will be developed. In this way, some of the most serious pests have developed resistance and are no longer killed by pesticides that used to kill their ancestors. This necessitates higher concentrations of chemical, more frequent applications and a movement to more expensive formulations.[16]

Pesticides are formulated to kill pests, but many have detrimental effects on non-target species; of particular concern is the damage done to honey-bees, solitary bees and other pollinating insects and in this regard, the time of day when the spray is applied can be important.[17] The widely used neonicotinoids have been banned on flowering crops in some countries because of their effects on bees.[17] Some pesticides may cause cancer and other health problems in humans, as well as being harmful to wildlife.[18] There can be acute effects immediately after exposure or chronic effects after continuous low-level, or occasional exposure.[19] Maximum residue limits for pesticides in foodstuffs and animal feed are set by many nations.[20]

Pest control can also be achieved via culling the pest animals generally small- to medium-sized wild or feral mammals or birds that inhabit the ecological niches near farms, pastures or other human settlements by employing human hunters or trappers to physically track down, kill and remove them from the area. The culled animals, known as vermin, may be targeted because they are deemed harmful to agricultural crops, livestock or facilities; serve as hosts or vectors that transmit pathogens across species or to humans; or for population control as a mean of protecting other vulnerable species and ecosystems.[21]

Pest control via hunting, like all forms of harvest, has imposed an artificial selective pressure on the organisms being targeted. While varmint hunting is potentially selecting for desired behavioural and demographic changes (e.g. animals avoiding human populated areas, crops and livestock), it can also result in unpredicted outcomes such as the targeted animal adapting for faster reproductive cycles.[22]

Forest pests present a significant problem because it is not easy to access the canopy and monitor pest populations. In addition, forestry pests such as bark beetles, kept under control by natural enemies in their native range, may be transported large distances in cut timber to places where they have no natural predators, enabling them to cause extensive economic damage.[23] Pheromone traps have been used to monitor pest populations in the canopy. These release volatile chemicals that attract males. Pheromone traps can detect the arrival of pests or alert foresters to outbreaks. For example, the spruce budworm, a destructive pest of spruce and balsam fir, has been monitored using pheromone traps in Canadian forests for several decades.[24] In some regions, such as New Brunswick, areas of forest are sprayed with pesticide to control the budworm population and prevent the damage caused during outbreaks.[25]

Many unwelcome animals visit or make their home in residential buildings, industrial sites and urban areas. Some contaminate foodstuffs, damage structural timbers, chew through fabrics or infest stored dry goods. Some inflict great economic loss, others carry diseases or cause fire hazards, and some are just a nuisance. Control of these pests has been attempted by improving sanitation and garbage control, modifying the habitat, and using repellents, growth regulators, traps, baits and pesticides.[26]

Physical pest control involves trapping or killing pests such as insects and rodents. Historically, local people or paid rat-catchers caught and killed rodents using dogs and traps.[27] On a domestic scale, sticky flypapers are used to trap flies. In larger buildings, insects may be trapped using such means as pheromones, synthetic volatile chemicals or ultraviolet light to attract the insects; some have a sticky base or an electrically charged grid to kill them. Glueboards are sometimes used for monitoring cockroaches and to catch rodents. Rodents can be killed by suitably baited spring traps and can be caught in cage traps for relocation. Talcum powder or "tracking powder" can be used to establish routes used by rodents inside buildings and acoustic devices can be used for detecting beetles in structural timbers.[26]

Historically, firearms have been one of the primary methods used for pest control. "Garden Guns" are smooth bore shotguns specifically made to fire .22 caliber snake shot or 9mm Flobert, and are commonly used by gardeners and farmers for snakes, rodents, birds, and other pest. Garden Guns are short-range weapons that can do little harm past 15 to 20 yards, and they're relatively quiet when fired with snake shot, compared to standard ammunition. These guns are especially effective inside of barns and sheds, as the snake shot will not shoot holes in the roof or walls, or more importantly, injure livestock with a ricochet. They are also used for pest control at airports, warehouses, stockyards, etc.[28]

The most common shot cartridge is .22 Long Rifle loaded with #12 shot. At a distance of about 10ft (3.0m), which is about the maximum effective range, the pattern is about 8in (20cm) in diameter from a standard rifle. Special smoothbore shotguns, such as the Marlin Model 25MG can produce effective patterns out to 15 or 20 yards using .22 WMR shotshells, which hold 1/8 oz. of #12 shot contained in a plastic capsule.

Poisoned bait is a common method for controlling rats, mice, birds, slugs, snails, ants, cockroaches, and other pests. The basic granules, or other formulation, contains a food attractant for the target species and a suitable poison. For ants, a slow-acting toxin is needed so that the workers have time to carry the substance back to the colony, and for flies, a quick-acting substance to prevent further egg-laying and nuisance.[29] Baits for slugs and snails often contain the molluscide metaldehyde, dangerous to children and household pets.[30]

An article in Scientific American in 1885 described effective elimination of a cockroach infestation using fresh cucumber peels.[31]

Warfarin has traditionally been used to kill rodents, but many populations have developed resistance to this anticoagulant, and difenacoum may be substituted. These are cumulative poisons, requiring bait stations to be topped up regularly.[29] Poisoned meat has been used for centuries to kill animals such as wolves[32] and birds of prey.[33] Poisoned carcasses however kill a wide range of carrion feeders, not only the targeted species.[32] Raptors in Israel were nearly wiped out following a period of intense poisoning of rats and other crop pests.[34]

Fumigation is the treatment of a structure to kill pests such as wood-boring beetles by sealing it or surrounding it with an airtight cover such as a tent, and fogging with liquid insecticide for an extended period, typically of 2472 hours. This is costly and inconvenient as the structure cannot be used during the treatment, but it targets all life stages of pests.[35]

An alternative, space treatment, is fogging or misting to disperse a liquid insecticide in the atmosphere within a building without evacuation or airtight sealing, allowing most work within the building to continue, at the cost of reduced penetration. Contact insecticides are generally used to minimize long-lasting residual effects.[35]

Populations of pest insects can sometimes be dramatically reduced by the release of sterile individuals. This involves the mass rearing of a pest, sterilising it by means of X-rays or some other means, and releasing it into a wild population. It is particularly useful where a female only mates once and where the insect does not disperse widely.[36] This technique has been successfully used against the New World screw-worm fly, some species of tsetse fly, tropical fruit flies, the pink bollworm and the codling moth, among others.[37]

Laboratory studies conducted with U-5897 (3-chloro-1,2-propanediol) were attempted in the early 1970s for rat control, although these proved unsuccessful.[38] In 2013, New York City tested sterilization traps,[39] demonstrating a 43% reduction in rat populations.[39] The product ContraPest was approved for the sterilization of rodents by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in August 2016.[40]

Boron, a known pesticide can be impregnated into the paper fibers of cellulose insulation at certain levels to achieve a mechanical kill factor for self-grooming insects such as ants, cockroaches, termites, and more. The addition of insulation into the attic and walls of a structure can provide control of common pests in addition to known insulation benefits such a robust thermal envelope and acoustic noise-canceling properties. The EPA regulates this type of general-use pesticide within the United States allowing it to only be sold and installed by licensed pest management professionals as part of an integrated pest management program.[41] Simply adding Boron or an EPA-registered pesticide to an insulation does not qualify it as a pesticide. The dosage and method must be carefully controlled and monitored.

Several wildlife rehabilitation organizations encourage natural form of rodent control through exclusion and predator support and preventing secondary poisoning altogether.[42] The United States Environmental Protection Agency notes in its Proposed Risk Mitigation Decision for Nine Rodenticides that "without habitat modification to make areas less attractive to commensal rodents, even eradication will not prevent new populations from recolonizing the habitat."[43] The United States Environmental Protection Agency has prescribed guidelines for natural rodent control[44] and for safe trapping in residential areas with subsequent release to the wild.[45] People sometimes attempt to limit rodent damage using repellents. Balsam fir oil from the tree Abies balsamea is an EPA approved non-toxic rodent repellent.[46] Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha root emits chemical compounds that repel animals including rats.[47][48]

Insect pests including the Mediterranean flour moth, the Indian mealmoth, the cigarette beetle, the drugstore beetle, the confused flour beetle, the red flour beetle, the merchant grain beetle, the sawtoothed grain beetle, the wheat weevil, the maize weevil and the rice weevil infest stored dry foods such as flour, cereals and pasta.[49][50]

In the home, foodstuffs found to be infested are usually discarded, and storing such products in sealed containers should prevent the problem from reoccurring. The eggs of these insects are likely to go unnoticed, with the larvae being the destructive life stage, and the adult the most noticeable stage.[50] Since pesticides are not safe to use near food, alternative treatments such as freezing for four days at 0F (18C) or baking for half an hour at 130F (54C) should kill any insects present.[51]

The larvae of clothes moths (mainly Tineola bisselliella and Tinea pellionella) feed on fabrics and carpets, particularly those that are stored or soiled. The adult females lay batches of eggs on natural fibres, including wool, silk, and fur, as well as cotton and linen in blends. The developing larvae spin protective webbing and chew into the fabric, creating holes and specks of excrement. Damage is often concentrated in concealed locations, under collars and near seams of clothing, in folds and crevices in upholstery and round the edges of carpets as well as under furniture.[52] Methods of control include using airtight containers for storage, periodic laundering of garments, trapping, freezing, heating and the use of chemicals; mothballs contain volatile insect repellents such as 1,4-Dichlorobenzene which deter adults, but to kill the larvae, permethrin, pyrethroids or other insecticides may need to be used.[52]

Carpet beetles are members of the family Dermestidae, and while the adult beetles feed on nectar and pollen, the larvae are destructive pests in homes, warehouses, and museums. They feed on animal products including wool, silk, leather, fur, the bristles of hair brushes, pet hair, feathers, and museum specimens. They tend to infest hidden locations and may feed on larger areas of fabrics than do clothes moths, leaving behind specks of excrement and brown, hollow, bristly-looking cast skins.[53] Management of infestations is difficult and is based on exclusion and sanitation where possible, resorting to pesticides when necessary. The beetles can fly in from outdoors and the larvae can survive on lint fragments, dust, and inside the bags of vacuum cleaners. In warehouses and museums, sticky traps baited with suitable pheromones can be used to identify problems, and heating, freezing, spraying the surface with insecticide, and fumigation will kill the insects when suitably applied. Susceptible items can be protected from attack by keeping them in clean airtight containers.[53]

Books are sometimes attacked by cockroaches, silverfish,[54] book mites, booklice,[55] and various beetles which feed on the covers, paper, bindings and glue. They leave behind physical damage in the form of tiny holes as well as staining from their faeces.[54] Book pests include the larder beetle, and the larvae of the black carpet beetle and the drugstore beetle which attack leather-bound books, while the common clothes moth and the brown house moth attack cloth bindings. These attacks are largely a problem with historic books, because modern bookbinding materials are less susceptible to this type of damage.[56]

Evidence of attack may be found in the form of tiny piles of book-dust and specks of frass. Damage may be concentrated in the spine, the projecting edges of pages and the cover. Prevention of attack relies on keeping books in cool, clean, dry positions with low humidity, and occasional inspections should be made. Treatment can be by freezing for lengthy periods, but some insect eggs are very resistant and can survive for long periods at low temperatures.[54]

Various beetles in the Bostrichoidea superfamily attack the dry, seasoned wood used as structural timber in houses and to make furniture. In most cases, it is the larvae that do the damage; these are invisible from the outside of the timber but are chewing away at the wood in the interior of the item. Examples of these are the powderpost beetles, which attack the sapwood of hardwoods, and the furniture beetles, which attacks softwoods, including plywood. The damage has already been done by the time the adult beetles bore their way out, leaving neat round holes behind them. The first that a householder knows about the beetle damage is often when a chair leg breaks off or a piece of structural timber caves in. Prevention is through chemical treatment of the timber prior to its use in construction or in furniture manufacture.[57]

Termites with colonies in close proximity to houses can extend their galleries underground and make mud tubes to enter homes. The insects keep out of sight and chew their way through structural and decorative timbers, leaving the surface layers intact, as well as through cardboard, plastic and insulation materials. Their presence may become apparent when winged insects appear and swarm in the home in spring. Regular inspection of structures by a trained professional may help detect termite activity before the damage becomes substantial.;[58] Inspection and monitoring of termites is important because termite alates (winged reproductives) may not always swarm inside a structure. Control and extermination is a professional job involving trying to exclude the insects from the building and trying to kill those already present. Soil-applied liquid termiticides provide a chemical barrier that prevents termites from entering buildings, and lethal baits can be used; these are eaten by foraging insects, and carried back to the nest and shared with other members of the colony, which goes into slow decline.[59]

Mosquitoes are midge-like flies in the family Culicidae. Females of most species feed on blood and some act as vectors for malaria and other diseases. Historically they have been controlled by use of DDT and other chemical means, but since the adverse environmental effects of these insecticides have been realized, other means of control have been attempted. The insects rely on water in which to breed and the first line of control is to reduce possible breeding locations by draining marshes and reducing accumulations of standing water. Other approaches include biological control of larvae by the use of fish or other predators, genetic control, the introduction of pathogens, growth-regulating hormones, the release of pheromones and mosquito trapping.[60]

Birds are a significant hazard to aircraft, but it is difficult to keep them away from airfields. Several methods have been explored. Stunning birds by feeding them a bait containing stupefying substances has been tried,[61] and it may be possible to reduce their numbers on airfields by reducing the number of earthworms and other invertebrates by soil treatment.[61] Leaving the grass long on airfields rather than mowing it is also a deterrent to birds.[62] Sonic nets are being trialled; these produce sounds that birds find distracting and seem effective at keeping birds away from affected areas.[63]

Guidelines and legislation regarding the usage permitted methods of application and the storage conditions of pesticides and chemicals vary from country to country, often being legislated by each state of territory.

Environment Protection Act 1997 ACT[64]


Pesticides Regulations 2003 SA Pursuant to Controlled Substances Act 1984 SA[67]

Health (Pest Control) Regulations 2002 Vic pursuant to the Health Act 1958 Vic[68]

Health (Pesticide) Regulations 1956 WA pursuant to Health Act 1911 WA[69]

The Insecticides Act 1968[70]

Pesticide Act 1974[71]

Control of Vectors and Pesticides Act[72]

Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949[73]

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N.Y.C. Rats: Theyre in the Park, on Your Block and Even at Your Table – The New York Times

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Brittany Brown and her friends were finishing an outdoor dinner in Chelsea recently when, from the corner of her eye, she thought she saw something move near the edge of their table.

Moments later, she thought she saw it again.

Then she made eye contact with a man sitting nearby, and he confirmed what worried her: A rat had been on the table. If that werent icky enough, one skittered through the restaurant shed as she left.

Its gross and its kind of unnerving, said Ms. Brown, a copy editor who has lived in Manhattan for four years. She did not want to name the restaurant and single it out for what she considers a bigger issue.

This is the worst Ive ever seen it, she said.

Rodents are among New Yorks permanent features. But across the city, one hears the same thing: They are running amok like never before.

Through Wednesday, there had been more than 21,000 rat sightings reported to 311 this year, compared with 15,000 in the same period in 2019 (and about 12,000 in 2014). The rate of initial health inspections to uncover active rats signs nearly doubled in the latest fiscal year. There have also been 15 cases this year the most since at least 2006 of leptospirosis, which can cause serious liver and kidney damage and, in the city, typically spreads via rat urine, according to health officials. One case was fatal.

So add a plague of rats to everything else New York faces in trying to rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic. By some measures, the problem may have eased slightly before the coronavirus came. But the rodents have roared back since, thanks to a confluence of factors.

The spike is mostly in areas long known as infested, health officials insist. In one such area, Manhattans East Village, it was evident on a recent Friday night.

Jean OHearn, a lawyer, said she had never seen so many rats on her block, East Third Street between Avenues A and B, in 28 years there. As if on cue, one raced out from under a white S.U.V. about eight feet away and crossed the sidewalk.

Oh, there they are! exclaimed a neighbor, James Gilbert, as the rodent wiggled through a side door into a courtyard behind Ms. OHearns building. Seconds later, two more dashed from the street toward several trash bags.

Theyre everywhere, Mr. Gilbert said.

Another neighbor, Maria Cortes, chimed in: Theyre everywhere and theyre fat! Ms. Cortes, a 45-year tenant of the building, said she jangles her keys when she approaches the front door to clear rats from her path.

According to experts, exterminators and city officials, the perfect-pandemic-storm scenario behind the surge goes like this:

When restaurants closed, rats had to scavenge outside more. They found gutters and street-corner baskets clogged with trash because of cuts to the Sanitation Department budget last year. Illegal dumping increased. With most people stuck at home, so did residential waste.

A few months after the city shut down, construction, which drives rats into the open and had been halted like everything else, returned with gusto. Outdoor dining expanded as restaurants struggled to survive.

Along the way, inspectors who typically hunt for evidence of rats were assigned elsewhere, including to mass vaccination sites and to restaurants to ensure that they were requiring vaccination proof.

A wetter-than-usual summer, coupled with other effects of a warming climate that have helped rats thrive, heightened the problem, health officials said. By October, the animals, which breed prolifically, had reached their annual population peak in the city, said Jason Munshi-South, an associate professor of biological sciences at Fordham University.

Now, as temperatures drop, rats may be somewhat less visible. But they will re-emerge en masse in spring, ready to feast.

When they do, critics say, the restaurant sheds that helped save an industry will be potential feeding grounds. Abandoned ones are already rodent playpens.

In a lawsuit filed last month in a bid to block the permanent expansion of outdoor dining, a group of city residents cited the structures rat appeal among their objections.

One plaintiff, Marcell Rocha, who lives on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, said he often walks in the street to avoid rodents.

I never remember there being that much garbage, Mr. Rocha said of the neighborhood, a popular nightlife destination.

Edward Grayson, the sanitation commissioner, acknowledged that the sheds, especially those that spill past the curb, complicate the departments work and create more responsibilities for restaurants, which he expects they will meet.

Youre not going to eat somewhere thats disgusting, Mr. Grayson said in an interview.

Last years budget cuts have largely been restored, he said, and the department was doing everything we can to keep the streets clean.

But Antonio Reynoso, a City Council member from Brooklyn who leads the sanitation committee and is the incoming borough president, said those efforts were lacking.

The city feels dirtier, Mr. Reynoso said, expressing a widely shared view.

In Bushwick, the fourth-ranked neighborhood in rat sightings this year, Anjali Krishnan said that one of the most disgusting things she had seen was a moving garbage bag going down the street and realizing theres a rat inside.

The craziest was someone stepping on a rat, Ms. Krishnan said in an interview at Maria Hernandez Park, where rodents could be seen hustling around near the bushes as people enjoyed games, music and food.

I think I heard the rat and the persons scream, Ms. Krishnan said of the episode.

Rashanna Lee said she had been struck by the rats boldness.

I just saw a rat when we were walking down to the park, and it was still daylight, she said. And I was like, damn, thats audacious.

Andy Linares, the president of Bug Off Pest Control Center in Upper Manhattan, said rats had undoubtedly become more brazen in their quest for food and harborage. He described watching one appear from under a dumpster and saunter across the street before slipping down a sewer grate.

It was jaywalking, said Mr. Linares, who has operated the business for 40 years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned last year that rats might exhibit unusual or aggressive behavior during the pandemic. But a health department spokesman said there was no evidence they were behaving differently than usual.

Daniel Barber disagreed.

Mr. Barber, the citywide leader of New York City Housing Authority tenants associations, recently led a reporter and photographer on a midday tour around the Andrew Jackson Houses complex in the Bronx.

Around the same time the day before, Mr. Barber said, a pregnant rat had run through a garden near a group of men playing dominoes.

She was huge, he said.

No rats were visible this day, but there was ample evidence of their presence: burrows and tree pits jammed with rocks to prevent nesting a futile exercise, experts say.

New Yorks most recent anti-rat initiative, a $32 million program in 2017, targeted what Mayor Bill de Blasio said were the three most infested parts of the city: the Grand Concourse area of the Bronx; Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn; and a section of Manhattan encompassing the East Village, the Lower East Side and Chinatown.

Much of the money was earmarked for improving conditions in public housing, and some data suggests the program hit its goals for reducing rat activity in those areas by 2019. Now, with rodents ascendant again, the programs future is unclear.

Stuffing dry ice into burrows is one way the city now fights the war on rats. Mr. Linares, the exterminator, said that poisons, bait boxes and other devices remained popular and that sales had increased during the pandemic. (The website The City reported last month that rat poison had killed at least six birds found dead in local parks since January 2020.)

Eric Adams, the next mayor, has previously touted what he described in an October radio interview as an amazing device: a toxic dunk tank that drowns rats in a deadly soup.

Were going to see about deploying these rat traps throughout the city, Mr. Adams said in the interview.

Mr. Linares said the device was not new. Professor Munshi-South said it would do little to solve the problem. Both agreed that urgent action was needed, particularly in limiting rodents food supply.

As for the sheds, Andrew Rigie, the executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, a trade group, said most restaurant owners had been diligent in keeping the structures clean and were prepared for strict sanitary measures to be imposed should outdoor dining expand permanently.

Maybe it will be the catalyst for New York to change how it deals with its garbage, he said.

In the meantime, Ms. Brown cannot shake the memory of a rat joining her at the dinner table.

It made me feel, she said, like maybe Im over it with outdoor dining for now.

Michael Gold, Matthew Haag, Chelsia Rose Marcius and Talia Smith contributed reporting.

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Bronx tenants say rats have infested apartment building, climbing through walls – News 12 Bronx

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News 12 Staff

Nov 04, 2021, 9:21pm

Updated on: Nov 04, 2021, 9:21pm

People living in an apartment complex in the Bronx say they are fed upwithratsthathave infested the building.

AureaColon says rats have made their way through the walls of her apartment on Crotona Avenue and into her kitchen.

"I sleep like five or10minutes and that's it, I wake up because I'm scared because he's running in my room too,saysColon.

Colon took a video that shows five rats on her living room floor. Next door, AilynAgostosays she is also on edge because of the rats.

"You can hear them like playing around, playing around on the floor and everything. A lot of them.I keep on putting theBrillosin the holes to see like if they don't come around,but they still do, said Agosto.

Neighbors say the problem with the rats started at the beginning of this year,butthe problem has only gotten worseas time has gone on.

News 12 reached out to the propertymanagerL.D. Property Management, which said ithasbeen tryingitsbest to get a handle on the situation--listening to complaints and sending an exterminator to the apartment building three times a month.

L.D. Property Managementbelievesnearbyconstructionis to blame for the issue.

Colon tells News 12 a Section-8 inspector is scheduled to visit her apartment on Friday.

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Get Paid $2000 to Live in a Pest-Infested House – – The Nation Newspaper

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It youre looking for a creative way to make extra money, how does $2,000 for a month of doing almost nothing sound? Before you say hell, yes, heres the catch: You have to already live in a house with an active pest infestation and let the infestation continue untreated for part of the month-long job.

The unique employment offer comes from the The Safer Pest Control Project, a company dedicated to Reducing Health Risks and Environmental Impacts of Pesticides and Promoting Safer Pest Control Alternatives. They are looking for a household that is infested with pests to test how this infestation affects their health and wellbeing. So theyll regularly check in to ask how much it itches, and whether you have gone mad.

Along with the two grand, SPCPs new employee will also receive a professional (presumably non-pesticide based) treatment to rid their home of the plague-moles, fire-wasps, death-chiggers, or other parasitic horrors that infect it.

Should you get the gig, I assume there wouldnt be anything stopping you from hiring a Dale Gribble-stye, kill-them-with-chemicals exterminator once your employment ends, if the alternative-extermination doesnt prove effective.

Just being infested with a colony of bed bugs is not enough for you to get the job, though. You have to apply for the gig, and the ideal candidate must be fluent in English, with access to the internet and strong written and verbal communication skills. A masters degree or higher is preferable (OK, I made the last one up.)

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Can you imagine how terrible youd feel if you applied for this job and didnt get it? Like they pass you over for someone with a better writing skills, in spite of the giant ant colony that lives in your coffee table?

The whole endeavor got me thinking about which pests listed on the companys helpful guide to pests would be worth living with for two weeks in exchange for $2,000.

Ants: Depends on the kind of ant. Cute ones like in the move Antz? Yes. Stinging fire ants? No.

Roaches: Oh please. Roaches are nothing. Bring on the $2,000.

Bed bugs: There is no amount of money that would be worth a bed bug infestation. Except $10 million.

Spiders: Spiders kill other bugs and keep to themselves, so Im cool with them. Yes.

Termites: My landlords problem, not mine. So yes.

Ticks: Nope. Ticks are not good at all.

Raccoons: Id pay $2,000 to have natures little bandits living in my house. Adorable! Im choosing not to worry about rabies.

Chiggers: Oh, god. Chiggers are too small to see and they bite. No.

Vampire moths: These little guys can bite through thick animal hides to drink blood. They are living proof that nature is bad and must be eliminated at once. No.

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New Orleans Ranked As One Of The 50 Rattiest Cities In America – News Radio 710 KEEL

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Pest control company Orkin knows a thing or two about rats. I mean, they're one of the best known exterminator brands in America for a reason. These guys list everything from bed bugs to flies, and spiders to rodents on their list of enemies.

So when Orkin puts out their list of "Rattiest Cities" in America list, we pay attention.

Obviously this is a list about the actual rodent. They come up with their list based on the number of "new rodent treatments" performed in each metro area. This includes both residential and commercial, according to their posting.

On the 2021 list, Chicago is #1 for the 7th straight year. Other "usual suspects" land high on the list too. Including Los Angeles at 2, New York City at 3, and San Francisco at 5.

There are some surprises on there too. Honestly I've never thought of Denver as a big "rat" city, but they land at #9. San Diego is another city that doesn't feel like it has a "rat" reputation, but they're at #17. Others that shocked me were Hartford, CT (#21), Miami (#23), Nashville (#35), Grand Rapids, MI (#32), Burlington, VT (#39), Green Bay (#45), and Portland, ME (#38).

Louisiana had one city land in this year's Top 50, and it was New Orleans.

NOLA came in at #33 on this year's list, which is actually better than last year. New Orleans actually had the biggest drop in the Top 50, going down 12 spots from last year's ranking at #25.

Based on the information included in Orkin's rankings, that's a pretty impressive move for New Orleans too. The company says that different aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for increased calls for rodent problems. Here's what they posted:

"During an unprecedented last year, the visibility of rodents increased, creating concern for homeowners and business owners alike. The pandemic-driven closure of restaurants forced rodents to find new food sources. Without food waste to consume, these pests were seen scavenging new areas and exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior. The presence of rodents became so relevant that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Rodent Control guidance on ways to keep rats and mice out of homes and businesses."

They even pointed to a report in Bloomberg that suggested rodent complaint calls surged over80% in New York City in March of 2021.

So as other metros had an increasing rat problem, it appears New Orleans was improving.

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Valley Voices: Critters in the shower –

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Mary Kay Howell| Special to the Victorville Daily Press

My friend Marjory is a 94-year-old adventuress who tootles around on a fancy electric wheelchair referred to in our senior world as a mobie. She can only take two steps, but those two steps will often get her into trouble, or, rather, cant get her out of trouble once she gets into it.

According to Marjory, she has critters in the shower. She tootles her mobie into her bathroom, takes her two steps to sit on the throne, and really isnt expecting any visitors critters or otherwise.

The first visitor was a rather large black cockroach. He came out of the shower drain and crawled across the shower floor toward Marjory. She is, as you can surmise, rather defenseless and can barely stomp her foot. The cockroach paused, looked at her, weighed his options and decided on retreat. He then returned to the shower drain, disappearing down the drain pipe into that mysterious land below the floor.

The next day, the cockroach made another appearance. When Marjory and I discussed this second event, we figured he was doing it on purpose, and was lying in wait for her appearance on the throne. Maybe he liked her? Now, Marjory does not have a pet, so she adopted the cockroach and named him Oscar.

Oscars visitations went on for a few days until he appeared with a companion in tow. Marjory assumed she was being introduced to Mrs. Oscar. They adhered to the same watchful ritual and disappeared down the drain. Shortly thereafter, Oscar appeared with his wife and, according to Marjory, several tiny critters following along.

Marjory and I conferred and decided it was time to report this to our buildings maintenance manager. The exterminator came and did his job. That was the last we saw of Oscar and his family.

That, however, is not the end of the story. A few weeks later, while again sitting on the throne, Marjory was visited by a slender young lizard. He was obviously doing reconnaissance. Marjory and I named him Fred.

Fred, who lives in some flashy, multicultural neighborhood in the mysterious land below the floor, was missing his neighbors, the Oscar family. He came to investigate their disappearance. Surveying the prospective battlefield, and Marjorys presence, Fred wisely retreated back down the drain.

As Marjory shares this ongoing adventure with me, our imaginations take flight. We figure she has not seen the last of Fred. He is obviously taking his time to bulk up and recruit a special forces team skilled in invasion. This is a little scary for Marjory. She hopes his team doesnt include spiders and snakes. Well see!

Mary Kay Howell lives in Apple Valley.

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5 Best Pest Control Companies | Money

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Theres no doubt about it: Pest infestations are a nightmare. Whether its ants, cockroaches or bed bugs, these uninvited little tenants can wreak havoc in your home. And, if youve already tried the DIY methods without much success, it might be time for professional help.

So, which pest control company should you call?

Weve done the homework and have some answers read on for our list of the best pest control companies of 2021.


Orkin's employees are trained in a full-size house training facility the Rollins Learning Center.


47 states including HI does not operate in AK, WY and SD

Services Offered

Termites, Bed Bugs, Moths, Crickets, Fleas, Spiders, Ticks, Hornets, Roaches, Mice, Scorpions, Centipedes, Carpenter Ants, Earwigs, Silverfish, Mites, Beetles, Wheel Bug, Springtail, Mosquitos, Bird Control, Rodents


Orkin's employees are trained in a full-size house training facility the Rollins Learning Center.


47 states including HI does not operate in AK, WY and SD

Services Offered

Termites, Bed Bugs, Moths, Crickets, Fleas, Spiders, Ticks, Hornets, Roaches, Mice, Scorpions, Centipedes, Carpenter Ants, Earwigs, Silverfish, Mites, Beetles, Wheel Bug, Springtail, Mosquitos, Bird Control, Rodents


Orkin's employees are trained in a full-size house training facility the Rollins Learning Center.


47 states including HI does not operate in AK, WY and SD

Services Offered

Termites, Bed Bugs, Moths, Crickets, Fleas, Spiders, Ticks, Hornets, Roaches, Mice, Scorpions, Centipedes, Carpenter Ants, Earwigs, Silverfish, Mites, Beetles, Wheel Bug, Springtail, Mosquitos, Bird Control, Rodents

With over 400 locations across the country, Orkin is one of the largest residential and commercial pest control companies. They treat more than 25 common household pests, including bed bugs, termites, mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, cockroaches, rodents and some wildlife. In addition, they offer some home maintenance services, such as attic insulation, lawn care and moisture control.

What sets Orkin apart from other pest control companies is their extensive training program, which has won them a spot in Training Magazines Top 125 list for over 13 years. Their full-size house training facility has more than 50 learning stations (including a termite pavilion and a garden center) where pest technicians trainees practice for over 160 hours during their first year. Technicians also participate in a variety of learning and personal development activities throughout the career.

Orkins service is backed by multiple guarantees, including a 30-day money-back and a satisfaction guarantee. This means that if youre not satisfied with their service after 30 days you can request a refund. Additionally, if a re-infestation occurs theyll treat the area again for free.

They also offer a 60-day guarantee specifically for food and hospitality businesses. This means that, if the business has been an Orkin client for at least 60 days, Orkin will repay any expenses incurred if a customer sees a rat, mouse or cockroach during their visit or stay.


Terminix covers treatments for termite infestations or repairs from new damage.


45 states (does not operate in MT, SD, ND, VT, and AK)

Services offered

Termites, House Ants, Spiders, Cockroaches, Earwigs, Mice, Rats, Moths, Mosquitoes, Crickets, Paper Wasps, Silverfish, Centipedes, Millipedes, Scorpions, Bed bugs and some wildlife such as Raccoons, Opossums, Squirrels and Skunks


Terminix covers treatments for termite infestations or repairs from new damage.


45 states (does not operate in MT, SD, ND, VT, and AK)

Services offered

Termites, House Ants, Spiders, Cockroaches, Earwigs, Mice, Rats, Moths, Mosquitoes, Crickets, Paper Wasps, Silverfish, Centipedes, Millipedes, Scorpions, Bed bugs and some wildlife such as Raccoons, Opossums, Squirrels and Skunks


Terminix covers treatments for termite infestations or repairs from new damage.


45 states (does not operate in MT, SD, ND, VT, and AK)

Services offered

Termites, House Ants, Spiders, Cockroaches, Earwigs, Mice, Rats, Moths, Mosquitoes, Crickets, Paper Wasps, Silverfish, Centipedes, Millipedes, Scorpions, Bed bugs and some wildlife such as Raccoons, Opossums, Squirrels and Skunks

Terminix has been in business for more than 90 years offering residential and commercial pest control. Its long history and (almost) nationwide availability have made them one of the most well-known names in pest control.

While it might be famous for its termite control services the company was one of the first to obtain a termite control patent Terminix also treats a variety of common household pests such as cockroaches, spiders, centipedes, ants, bed bugs and some wildlife like skunks, raccoons and opossums.

Like most pest control companies, Terminix offers customized pest control treatments tailored to your specific needs and the severity of the infestation. Some of its termite treatments include baiting systems, subterranean liquid and home fumigation.

In addition, Terminix has one of the best guarantees for termites in the industry, covering treatments or repairs from new termite damage for as long as you keep a plan with them. Do note, however, the guarantee isnt available in some areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.


Aptive donates a portion of their profits to the United Nation's Nothing But Nets campaign, aimed at stopping the spread of malaria in different countries.


30 states (does not operate in AL, AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, IA, LA, ME, MI, MT, NV, NH, NM, ND, RI, SC, SD, VT, and WY)

Services offered

Crickets, Cockroaches, Millipedes, Snails, Pillbugs, Earwigs, Aphids, Ants, Spiders, Rodents, Stingers, Biters, Pantry Pests


Aptive donates a portion of their profits to the United Nation's Nothing But Nets campaign, aimed at stopping the spread of malaria in different countries.


30 states (does not operate in AL, AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, IA, LA, ME, MI, MT, NV, NH, NM, ND, RI, SC, SD, VT, and WY)

Services offered

Crickets, Cockroaches, Millipedes, Snails, Pillbugs, Earwigs, Aphids, Ants, Spiders, Rodents, Stingers, Biters, Pantry Pests


Aptive donates a portion of their profits to the United Nation's Nothing But Nets campaign, aimed at stopping the spread of malaria in different countries.


30 states (does not operate in AL, AK, AR, CT, DE, HI, IA, LA, ME, MI, MT, NV, NH, NM, ND, RI, SC, SD, VT, and WY)

Services offered

Crickets, Cockroaches, Millipedes, Snails, Pillbugs, Earwigs, Aphids, Ants, Spiders, Rodents, Stingers, Biters, Pantry Pests

Aptive is available in 30 states and provides environmentally friendly services against common household and garden pests including roaches, ants, spiders, snails, pantry bugs, stinging insects and rodents.

Aptives year-round protection plan includes a revisit after the first visit and four quarterly service appointments. In the first visit, technicians perform an initial inspection where they assess your residence and all risk areas to develop a customized treatment for your infestation. Like most pest control companies, Aptive offers free revisits if the pest returns in between treatments.

New customers can request a quote online whereas existing customers can create an account on Aptives online portal where they can check service bills and set up payments. In addition, Aptive offers a $50 reward whenever your referrals sign up and receive their initial service.

Aptive is a member of the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Pesticide Environmental Stewardship, a program that aims to reduce pesticide risk in agricultural and non-agricultural settings. They also donate part of their profits to the United Nations Nothing But Nets campaign in an effort to stop the spread of malaria mosquitoes in different at-risk countries.

While Aptive gets good reviews overall, do note that some customers mention aggressive sale tactics. Additionally, in 2019, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General alleged Aptive failed to provide consumers with copies of their service contracts and to cancel services agreements when consumers asked.


Offers pest solutions to a wide range of businesses in the service industry.


46 states (does not operate in AK, HI, MT or ND)

Services offered

Bed bugs, Rats, Termites, Birds, Cockroaches, Flies, Ants, Wasps, Mosquitoes, Spiders and others


Offers pest solutions to a wide range of businesses in the service industry.


46 states (does not operate in AK, HI, MT or ND)

Services offered

Bed bugs, Rats, Termites, Birds, Cockroaches, Flies, Ants, Wasps, Mosquitoes, Spiders and others


Offers pest solutions to a wide range of businesses in the service industry.


46 states (does not operate in AK, HI, MT or ND)

Services offered

Bed bugs, Rats, Termites, Birds, Cockroaches, Flies, Ants, Wasps, Mosquitoes, Spiders and others

Rentokil offers commercial pest control and disinfection services to most business sectors, including food, retail, hotels, pharmaceutical and healthcare facilities.

Available in 46 states, Rentokil provides services tailored to each business pest control needs and can handle a wide variety of pests including bed bugs, flies, fleas, rodents and birds. In addition, they offer on-site sanitation and disinfection services, including COVID-19 disinfection through fogging and the use of drones for large venues.

Rentokil also provides residential services around the country through their different pest control brands which include Ehrlich, Western Exterminator, Anderson Pest Solutions, Presto X and Oliver Exterminating. Together these four subsidiaries cover almost the entire mainland and Puerto Rico.


Removes a wide range of wildlife animals.


37 states (does not operate in AK, AR, CT, HI, ID, MN, MT, ND, RI, SD, VT, WV, or WY)

Services offered

Bed bugs, Raccoons, Rats, Bats, Squirrels, Badgers, Armadillos, Moles, Opossums, Otters, Rabbits, Shrews, Skunks, Weasels, Mountain Beavers, Chipmunks, Gophers, Marmots, Porcupine, Birds, Iguanas, Snakes, Bees, among others


Removes a wide range of wildlife animals.


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