Paper Wasps and Yellowjackets

It’s summer, and along with the miserable heat waves, we also have an explosion of wasps around our schools and homes. Wasps pose a serious threat to public health due to their ability to sting when threatened. Sensitive environments, such as schools, need…

Pest Proofing for Ants

SPRING SHOWERS = ANT PROBLEMS Spring! It’s finally here! All winter we dreamed of warmer weather and flowers blooming, what we didn’t see in our dreams was hordes of ants invading our homes and our schools! With the spring rains, we have increased…

“Spider!”

Pest Highlight: Spiders “Spider!” When many of us hear that word, we run from the room with quickness that rivals Usain Bolt. Often, the spiders we encounter are completely harmless and actually beneficial. However, there are a few species that pose a human…

Tips for a Pest-Free Holiday

It’s December, a time when we get together with family and friends to celebrate and reminisce about the past year! In order to make sure that the holiday season is the best it can be, we need to make sure we take some…

Keep Fall Invaders Out

When the temperatures get cooler in the fall, the people of the South rejoice, “Hooray! We made it though the summer sizzle!” However, these cooler temperatures can also bring unwelcome pests into our homes, schools, and businesses. This month we will highlight some…

Stinging Caterpillars

As if fire ants and wasps aren’t enough, we also have to worry about stinging caterpillars! In August, the warm temperatures mean that we are bombarded with many different types of stinging pests. In this issue, we will go over some common stinging…

Ick! A Tick!

Tick-vectored diseases are on the rise in the U.S., making these pests very important to human health. As we enter the summer, it is important to take steps to limit your contact with these pests. In this issue, we will cover the tick…

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are of concern in the school environment because many species are painful biters and/or are capable of transmitting diseases. All mosquitoes undergo complete metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, and adult (see the lifecycle of the mosquito on the right). Mosquitoes require water for…

The Ants in the Details

In March, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, however, if ants are in your house, classroom, or school, you may be feeling anything but lucky. This month we will discuss some common ant pests and give tips on how to prevent and treat infestations.…

Share the Love, Not the Head Lice

Adult Head Louse Pediculus humanus capitis  Photo by Dani Barchana In January it’s important to remember: share love, not head lice!  Because of children’s play activities and close contact, head lice are a major pest that schools deal with every year. The head louse,…