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Micke Grove Zoo's Howl-O-Ween Event

 

Micke Grove Zoo Present's Howl-O-Ween, This event is Saturday October 27th from 11-3, Adult admission is $4.00, children $2.00 and the little ones under 2 are free. Activities include: Arts, Crafts, Creepy critter encounters, costume parade and much more. Be sure to bring your trick or treat bag as trick or treating will be in full effect!

The Clark Pest Control Bug Zoo will be out showing some of their creepy crawley critters such as; Tarantula's, Scorpions and rocaches. The roaches are very friendy so handling is allowed! Our Bug Zoo Keep will be doing handling demo's with both Tarantulas and a Scorpion. Hope you join us at this creepy event!

 

 

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Clark at Best in the West Rib cook-off this weekend! - Sparks NV

 

The ribs are back and so is Clark Pest Control

Clark, an official sponsor of the Best in the West Rib Cook-off 2012. Stop by one of our 2 booths, or both. Like always we are giving away fun goodies, photo opportunities, Meet your local Reno Clark branch representitives and more! 

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About Best in the West

The country's favorite free rib festival is back! The 24th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off will run Wednesday, August 29 through Monday, September 3, 2012. Come out and enjoy the country's best rib competition and enjoy the Best Ribs in the West!

Once again transforming the Labor Day holiday on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks into a must-attend culinary, music, craft, and family end-of-summer affair.


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Argentine Ants - The making of super colonies!

 

By: Jackson Griffith
Clark Pest Control Corporate 

 

Super Colonies From San Diego to the San Francisco Bay

Imagine a giant, thriving city along the coastal half of California that stretches over 600 miles, linked by subterranean tunnels from San Diego in the south all the way to Ukiah 115 miles north of San Francisco, with a population of billions. A future scene from a dystopian science-fiction narrative?

No.  According to some scientists, that city exists today. However, it’s populated by ants, not humans – specifically, Argentine ants (Linepithema humile), an invasive species thought to have entered America at New Orleans on coffee ships from South America in the late 19th century. L. humile then spread westward to California via railroads and other modes of transportation.argentine ant

What makes Argentine ants different from most other ant species is that individual ants hatched from one queen’s eggs will cooperate with ants from another queen. Most ant species will fight ants from another colony, because each colony’s ants carry a unique chemical marker that signals they are family to ants from their own colony, but an enemy to same-species ants from a neighboring colony. However, Argentine ants from two different queens won’t have such conflict with each another, because their chemical markers are similar enough for a match, and so they and their sisters – worker ants are invariably female – will team up to drive out whatever native ant species is still crawling about the neighborhood.

These large cities of Argentine ants were described by a team led by biologist Neil D. Tsutsui, then at University of California San Diego, as supercolonies. Three have been identified: in coastal California, in Europe along the Mediterranean coast, and in western Honshu, the largest and most populous island of Japan. The former two have Mediterranean climates; western Honshu is subtropical. And even those are related: When researchers mixed ants from the different supercolonies together in a laboratory setting, they didn’t square off for battle, but got along like long-lost sisters.

Not all scientists agree with the concept of a supercolony, however. At Stanford University, researchers disagreed that the California supercolony is more diverse genetically, and ants around the state don’t seem to spring from a common set of parents; what appears to be a supercolony is really a large grid of interlinked colonies. In either scenario, though, the ants would rather cooperate against a common enemy than fight among themselves. We could learn a lot from Argentine ants.

In California, where one in every four ant infestations reported by pest management professionals involves Argentine ants, it means that if you’re experiencing an ant problem at home, there’s a 25-percent likelihood that L. humile is at cause. In many areas, that likelihood jumps to 100 percent. Your Clark professional will be able to identify the species of ant that’s giving you trouble, and then use the principles of integrated pest management (IPM) to restore your home to a pest-free state. 

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Bobby Corrigan - Live from the 25th annual Educational Conference

 

Bobby is leading off with how he found his way into the pest control industry, his first job working below ground (the sewer). Bobby looks at pest control as a living experiment and refers to it as "cool science". 

Rodents

Looking at New York City, Setting the rat traps, customers always ask what the best bait...

The Rat is capable of cognitive thinking, this means the rat can plot and plan. 

Bobby refers Pest control as "Deep Science" its a fine line the pest controller walks, is it a business or a science.

Norway and Roof rats are nocturnal as well as mice, working under the cloak of darkness.

NYC is the #1 Pestropolis - due to density of humans (about 14 million). with that many people producing that much trash!

Bobby is now talking about how he followed a Norway rat through NYC as the rat is thinking how many muscle movements it will take to get to a local fast food establishment. Bobby tells how as he followed this little guy he snapped photos. The Norway rat after 5 minutes out of the sewer he finally makes it to the fast food's trash area.

Daily foraging of the Norway rat in exterior city enviroment 90-450 ft. from nest. 

60 lb bag of trash - 1lb feeds 22 rats per night (10 adults, 12 Juveniles)

One NYC restaurant waste bag; one night can feed 1.320 rats

 

Rodents 2011 Updates in biology, behavior and control

(roof rats, Norway rats and the house mouse)

4 hairs on the front portion of the head that detects low objects such as pallets, when they detect they begin to dig with their front paws.

The tail is used for balance and asks as a sensor. The tail is also used for aggression.

How long can a rat live in the real world? depending on conditions, ideal would be up to 3 years for the rat, although most do not live past a year.

Roof Rats (Rattus rattus) are cleaver and secretive - originated from southeast Asia the roof rat loves lines

1. active and tyravels in areas of dense heavy cover

2.feeds more like a mose and not a rat

3.bushes filling in fence corners or covering fence supports (lines) 

fresh rub marks - how to tell...if it has hair in it, still oily and can be either shiny or dull.

new smudge marks can be scratched old is just a stain.

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Halloween Pests

 

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THE TRUE GHOULS OF HALLOWEEN

Bedbugs, Spiders, Bats and Other Pests Give Homeowners Nightmares During the Halloween Season This Halloween, vampires, ghosts and goblins will not be the only ghoulish creatures haunting the night; bedbugs continue to make a startling resurgence in U.S. residences, spider infestations are up, and wildlife pests such as bats plague homeowners across the country.

Scary movies aren’t the only thing giving homeowners nightmares this season. As temperatures begin to plunge, pests everywhere begin to seek respite in the very areas you want them the least – your home.

Pests such as bedbugs are actually very similar to one of our favorite Halloween characters – the vampire. A nocturnal creature, bedbugs are bloodsucking pests. As they bite human skin, they inject an anesthetic-like liquid that numbs the skin and allows them to bite undisturbed. In fact, humans don’t usually wake up when they are being bitten; however, they do find themselves scratching circular, red, itchy welts in the morning. Luckily, a bedbug bite doesn’t transform you into a bedbug; the way a vampire bite makes you a vampire. In fact, the only good news about bedbugs is that their bites do not transmit disease to humans. Other ghoulish pests cannot make the same claim.

Bats are the culprits behind 72% of rabies cases in the U.S. between 1990 and 2002; and various species of spiders found in the United States pose serious health threats and require vigilant control procedures. “Homeowners have an easy way of waking up from this type of house nightmare,” commented National Pest Management Association Vice President of Public Affairs Missy Henriksen. “Pest professionals have the training and expertise to assist homeowners through this type of home horror.”

For further information on these nightmarish pests visit www.pestworld.org.

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Visit Clark at the Lodi Grape Festival!

 

Visit Clark Pest Control at the Lodi Grape Festival, Our booth is located in the Cabernet exhibition hall. Stop by and enter to win a year of pest control service, sign up for a free inspection and speak to one of our pest and termite specialists ready to answer all and any questions.

Saturday we have a special treat, The Clark Pest Bug Zoo will be out from 12-5. Watch the Bug Zoo keeper handle some really cool bugs like Tarantulas, Vigaroons, Giant roaches and even a Giant African Millipede! We will also be giving be doing tattoo's for the kids and activity books! 

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Salinas California - Toxic Strawberry Fields Forever?

 

Pests may be the the least of California's worries

By CAITLIN MATALONE

It's a pesticide so toxic, many chemists refuse to handle it. But soon, it could be sprayed on California strawberries in fields around Salinas and Watsonville.

State regulators are set to approve the use of methyl iodide -- a highly toxic, potentially cancer-causing pesticide that is injected into fields before crops are planted.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation hopes to use the chemical to replace methyl bromide -- a pesticide that drifts into the atmosphere and damages the ozone layer.

The chemical is already licensed in 47 states and will become legal in California fields after a statewide 60-day comment period ends on June 29.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved methyl iodide under the Bush administration in 2007.

Researchers told the San Francisco Chronicle that 11 states have used the pesticide at least once -- mostly on strawberry, tomato and pepper fields.

So far, no problems have been reported, but researchers say that may be because very few studies have been held.

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Invasive Pests - Moth threatens Fresno County grape and fruit crops

 

European Grapevine Moth  

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The European Grapevine Moth has been found in Fresno County. The pest lays its eggs in the tiny, newly emerging grape berries. The larvae grow with the grape, eating it from the inside out. Each moth lays dozens of eggs, one on each grape, destroying entire bunches. But while these pests can eventually damage a whole crop, the steps necessary to stop the moth's from spreading cause an immediate problem.

Manuel Cunha of the Nisei Farmers League said, "Right now the real issue for us is going to be the quarantine area."

Grapes and other fruit crops in the 92 square mile area must be sprayed with additional pesticides, then monitored and inspected before they can be transported or marketed. At least eight hundred growers, along with packers and processors will be impacted. There's also concerned the quarantine will damage the image of all of Fresno County's crop production, and cause foreign buyers to look elsewhere.

"Some foreign states like Mexico may not buy anything from Fresno County right now because it's from the quarantine area in Fresno County, they don't want to deal," said Cunha.

Cunha says only two moths have been found in the affected area so far. Hundreds of traps have been placed to see if there are more moths in the area. Even if none are found the quarantine could last at least a year because of the moth's lifecycle.

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Should You Hire a Pest Exterminator? | Clark Pest Control

 

by Amanda Joyce

More Details about Clark Pest Control San Diego here.

 Rodents and other pests are common problems for San Diego home owners. Discovering a pest control problem is every home owner's worst nightmare. Ridding your home of insects and/or rodents can be very a costly and time consuming process. So what do you do if you are faced with a pest control problem? Contact an Experienced Pest Exterminator!

Why You Should Contact an Experienced Pest Exterminator ?

Cost

Many homeowners attempt to deal with a pest control problem on their own. In most cases the homeowner is attempting to save money by tackling the problem themselves. Unfortunately they often end up spending money on chemicals, rodent traps, etc. and in the end still have to hire a professional.

Safety

Pest control chemicals are very potent and can be hazardous to humans. Therefore you should only trust a trained pest control professional with these chemicals around your home and your family. If you are dealing with a rodent problem, many of them carry diseases and again it is best to depend on a trained professional to handle and dispose of them.

Efficiency

Dealing with a pest infestation of any kind without the proper training and equipment will likely take hours of time. Save yourself the headache and your valuable time, hire an expert.

These are just a few of the many reasons you should hire a trained exterminator to handle your pest control needs. At Clark Pest Control, the nation's largest family-owned pest control company, we serve clients throughout the California and Reno, Nevada. As one of our largest markets, we have been providing San Diego Extermination services for years. If you are in need of San Diego Exterminator, contact us today.

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Dangerous beetle lands at Port of Oakland

 

U.S. Customs agents have found a potentially devastating insect that came through the Port of Oakland. The pests were in wood pallets coming in on container ships from international ports.

 

This member of the beetle family does its damage in the larvae stage, boring through wood like a drill bit. Our forests, eucalyptus trees, maples, elms, and willows are among the vulnerable trees.

U.S. Customs Agriculture specialist John Machado is looking for an invader from a foreign country. His only tools are a flashlight, a hammer and chisel.

Tiny holes in wood pallets are his only clues that one of the larvae might be inside. He found two live ones and one dead over the last week. It turns out they are from the Cerambycidae family, also known as a long-horned beetle, potentially devastating to forests and agriculture.

"If I find something, I safeguard the shipment, I take the pest and submit it to our government identifiers and then they get back to me and say this is an actionable pest," says Machado.

That means the shipment is quarantined and will be turned away from the port, sent back where it came from. These pests were international hitch-hikers, coming in on pallets with shipments of foil from Spain for wine bottles, travertine from Turkey, and tile from Italy. All of the pallets had stamps indicating the wood was treated to kill these kinds of bugs.

"The HT means heat treated, the MB means ethyl bromide, and there's some irradiation type of stamps, and those are international standard," says Machado.

Customs can only inspect a fraction of the containers. It's a reality that sends shivers down the spine of Christian Cobbs, a landscape designer and horticulturalist at Berkeley's Magic Nursery.

 
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