Moths Attack: Worst Nightmare Coming True

posted by Prof. McFly on August 26, 2014

Here is a story, about your worst nightmare coming true. A father-of-three who felt a moth fly into his ear one night had it buzzing around inside his head for three whole days!

Rob Fielding, from Aylesbury Buckinghamshire ended up seeking medical attention for a 90 minute operation to remove a moth from his ear canal. The dad of three, was laying in bed August 8 when he felt the moth land on his glasses, he tried to brush it away but instead pushed it closer into his ear canal. He hoped it would fly out, but instead had to endure three painful days of buzzing inside his head.

According to Rob’s story, every time the moth made a movement he himself would jump out of his skin. When doctors took a look at what happened, all they could see were the legs of the moth wiggling around.

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Cockroach Championship

posted by Prof. McFly on August 25, 2014

Which is the toughest cockroach species to knock out: American or German?

In one corner, we have the American cockroach, bigger and stronger. In the other corner we have the German cockroach-quick and elusive. So what can be said about these two insects facing off in the battle zone?

In the left corner we have…

The German Cockroach
Nickname: Steam fly and Croton bug
Size: .5 in to .63 inches in length
Color: Light brown or tan. Two dark longitudinal markings will appear on their backside.
Eggs: Yellowish to reddish-brown the eggs are carried by the female until ready to hatch. Typically 30-48 eggs will be hatched in each capsule.
Time to maturity: From hatch to reproductive adult it usually takes about 36 days.
Preferred Habits: Many times, the German cockroach is found is cooking areas close to food and moisture sources. Any moist or warm location they will aggregate toward. This includes pipes, under sinks, in base cabinets, stoves, and hot plates, and behind refrigerators.


In the right corner we have…

The American Cockroach
Nickname: Water bug, Palmetto bug
Size: 1.5 inches or longer
Color: Reddish-brown to tan
Eggs: Reddish-brown to black, deposited in various locations. There are typically 12-16 eggs in one capsule.
Time to maturity: From hatch to reproductive adult it usually takes about 400 days to 2 years.
Preferred Habits: Many times, the American cockroach is found in damp areas such as basements, crawlspaces and service ducts. They also live in sewers and sometimes enter structures through pipes and drains. They are most often found in toilets, bathroom sinks, and cabinets.

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How to avoid termite infestations

posted by Prof. McFly on October 15, 2013

Below is a list of proposed several tips to avoid termite infestations:

  • As most termites are attracted to moisture, avoid water accumulation near your home’s foundation. Divert water away with property functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Quickly repair house damage from a leaky roof or window as termites can thrive in this moisture
  • Never bury wood scraps or waste lumber in the yard, especially near the building. Remove old tree stumps and roots around and beneath the building
  • Most importantly, eliminate any wood contact with the soil. Maintaining a 1 inch gap between the soil and wood portions of the building is ideal
  • Recognizing the destruction termites can cause, it is important to be aware of infestation warning signs:
    • Swarming of winged forms in the fall and spring-termites can easily be confused with flying ants.
    • Evidence of mud tunneling in, over and under wood structures.
    • Wooden structures exhibit darkening or blistering.
    • Damaged wood becomes extremely thin and can be easily punctured by a knife or a screwdriver.
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Two kinds of homes: Those with termites those without

posted by Prof. McFly on October 8, 2013

There are two kinds of homes: those that have had termites and those that will get them. And termites are nearly impossible for homeowners to treat on their own. So what should a homeowner look for when selecting a pest control operator? Review our list below.

  • A qualified and licensed pest management company that is a member of national, state or local pest management associations.
  • Ask friends and neighbors to recommend companies they have used successfully.
  • Buy value, not price.
  • Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest to be controlled, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
  • Find out if the company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment.
  • If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing prevention and management are necessary.
  • ***It needs to be noted though that if you hire a pest control professional you are not guaranteed a pest-free home. Pests and pest conditions constantly change around a home, so pests can come back. If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep in it force, and what kind of continuing prevention and management are necessary. Follow us: @nwexterminatin1 on Twitter | Northwest Exterminating Facebook

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Tucson Fire and Northwest work Together

posted by Prof. McFly on October 3, 2013

Southern Arizona Buffelgrass

Recently, the SABCC (Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center) reported this newsletter article about Northwest Exterminating, the best in bufflegrass removal.


“Tucson Airport Authority contracted with Northwest Exterminating/Northwest Landscaping to perform the work on the airport property, no small task.  Northwest hired off-duty firemen from Tucson Fire and Drexel Heights Fire to do the backpack spraying.  Groups of 8 to 10 canvased the ground, identifying and treating any buffelgrass that they found.  They had a boom truck and an ATV with a mounted hose sprayer for backup and for large contiguous patches of buffelgrass. Northwest’s strategy proved to work well and they finished treating the airport well ahead of what was expected.

SABCC held three certification class for Northwest, training nearly 45 people on Buffelgrass rules and regulations, history, identification and management techniques.  Northwest put the certification to the test on TAA property.  The Buffelgrass Mitigation Certification course is available for your landscape contractor.  Please, contact SABCC to find out how and why your contractor should become certified.

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR)  had to wait a little longer for the rain and as a result buffelgrass green-up on the west side of town was a little slower.  NRPR handled their herbicide treatments in-house using a combination of trailer mounted hose spraying and backpack spraying to complete the treatments around the Mission Road Complex.

Post treatment monitoring has begun at both areas and effects of the herbicide treatment are evident.  Surveys will be performed, starting now, to assess the effects of the herbicide treatment, and next summer to assess for mortality and for new plants from the seed bank.


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