Sewerology 101: How & Why Bugs, Rats, Snakes, and other Creepy Crawlies Get Into Homes & Businesses from the Sewer

Sewerology 101: How & Why Bugs, Rats, Snakes, and other Creepy Crawlies Get Into Homes & Businesses from the Sewer
This article by Jerry Cates, first published on 7 October 2015, was last revised on 8 August 2021. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 16:10(01): Prepare Yourself for a Little TMI… You know all you ever wanted to know about sewers already, right? The operative word is “want” to know. Hardly anybody wants to know more about the ...

Pest Management & Air-Conditioner Maintenance

Pest Management & Air-Conditioner Maintenance
This article by Jerry Cates, first published on 25 March 2016, was last revised on 13 June 2021. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 17:03(01). Every year in Texas can usually be divided into two very distinct periods. From November through February, we rarely have to use our air conditioners, and have our thermostats switched from “Cool” to ...

A Tribute to Texas Nursing Homes

This article by Jerry Cates, first published on 18 November 2015, was last revised on 20 November 2015. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 16:11(01): —————————- It is the Holiday Season, and nursing homes throughout Texas are once more getting ready to treat their residents to a series of special treats that will make the coming holidays the ...

The Truth about Bird Feeders 2

The Truth about Bird Feeders
This article by Jerry Cates, first published on 21 February 2015, was last revised on 17 April 2019. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 16:02(01): —————————- Bird feeders and other bird attractors make wonderful additions to the landscape. They summon birds to our yards, where we can enjoy their songs and bright colors, and be charmed by their ...

Stopping an invasion of Raccoons, Skunks, Opossums, Rodents, Feral Cats, and a Fox, at a home in Northwest Austin… 1

Stopping an invasion of Raccoons, Skunks, Opossums, Rodents, Feral Cats, and a Fox, at a home in Northwest Austin...
This article by Jerry Cates, first published on 25 January 2015, was last revised on 25 September 2016. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 16:01(01): —————————- Summary: The following chronicles the invasion of a northwest Austin home’s crawl space by raccoons, opossums, skunks, feral cats, a fox, and one or more rodents. It asks and answers why a well-known, reputable ...

Forensic Pest Management: Practical Urban IPM for the 21st Century

Forensic Pest Management: Practical Urban IPM for the 21st Century
This article by Jerry Cates was first published on 25 December 2014, and last revised on 18 January 2015. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 15:12(02): —————————- Summary: The author describes the utilization, by EntomoBiotics Inc., of advanced pest control methods based on modern forensic equipment and techniques. He discusses the history of pest control and Integrated Pest ...

Territorial, Subsocial Spiders in Marble Falls, Texas

Territorial, Subsocial Spiders in Marble Falls, Texas
This article by Jerry Cates was first published on 1 December 2014, and last revised on 23 December 2014. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 15:12(01): —————————- Abstract: The author reports on a group of spiders recently observed in Marble Falls, Texas. They were found at a commercial structure, inhabiting a communal web attached to the ceiling of an exterior vestibule. Individual ...

Bad Bed Bugs in Austin, Texas: Why they’re so Hard to Exterminate… 2

Bad Bed Bugs in Austin, Texas: Why they're so Hard to Exterminate...
Killing Bed Bugs is Hard Work, both Mentally and Physically… Bed bugs are hard to exterminate because the treatment process, which begins with a thorough inspection, is more complicated than for most other insects. Every step, from start to finish, requires skills honed to a degree unmatched in any other field of pest management. Those ...

The Penny Ant (Tetramorium bicarinatum) in central Texas

The Penny Ant (Tetramorium bicarinatum) in central Texas
This article by Jerry Cates was first published on 18 August 2014, and last revised on 13 October 2014. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 15:08(01) —————————- Summary: In this article the author reports on specimens of small (2.7-3.4 mm in length) stinging ants collected from two locations in Williamson County, Texas, members of the Formicidae subfamily Myrmicinae and identified as the penny ant, Tetramorium bicarinatum (Nylander, 1846). ...

Pesticide Exposure implicated in Autism, Developmental Delay

This article by Jerry Cates was first published on 25 June 2014, and last revised on 20 July 2014. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 15:06(01) —————————- My professional work in the field of entomological research began in the early 1960’s. Between 1963 and 1967 I studied the biology of anopheline and culicine mosquitoes in southeast Asia, focusing on the means by which malaria and ...
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