In recognition of the invaluable impact the pest control industry has on our everyday lives and well-being, MGK is joining the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) in celebrating World Pest Day on June 6. This annual worldwide observance raises awareness among about the important role that the pest control industry plays in protecting health, food, property and the environment from pest health threats.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are scared of water loss. The need to conserve water is why you find them in groups. When a cluster of bed bugs is all together in a small area, it increases the local relative humidity. They create a microenvironment so they can conserve water. Now that’s how you conquer your fears.

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Cattle Grubs

The cattle grub is a species of bot fly. Adults do not have functioning mouthparts and only live for a few days. Most of their life is spent in the larval or bot stage, in the tissues of the host cow. Cattle will sometimes panic (gadding) when female flies approach to lay eggs. With fully grown larvae approaching an inch long, who can blame them?

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Submitted by Anna Hansen

 

Horn Flies

Horn flies are an economically important filth fly to cattle producers but identifying them from other flies can be difficult. Not only are horn flies generally smaller than muscid relatives, they can also be spotted by the way they stand on a cow’s back. Horn flies rest with their heads pointed to the ground and their wings held at a 45-60 degree angle from their body. It’s thought this position helps them to take a blood meal as they stand in line with the natural hair pattern of their bovine host.

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Indianmeal Moths

Unlike most pest species you can’t simply “spray and pray” if you want to control indianmeal moths. The best way to get them under control, especially in large food processing or warehousing environments, is to use pheromone traps to quickly locate and remove infested items. Big data meets pest control.

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Mites

Some mites that are pests of your ornamental and greenhouse plants can hitch rides on whiteflies, another pest of your ornamentals and greenhouse plants to spread the population and damage further. TAXI! (if you don’t know what that is, it’s like an Uber or a Lyft, 😀 ) Talk about double damage!

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Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes suck! Not really, they actually feed via capillary action. Think of when you were a kid and the doctor pricked your finger and they used a small glass tube that filled with blood but there was no suction or pump. Same principle here, a liquid flowing in narrow spaces without external forces such as gravity or pumps.

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