Faith Debugged

Spiritual Insights from an Exterminator

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September 13, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How To Keep Birds Away (Cheap)

Do you want to know a cheap way to keep birds from building nests on your porch?

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October 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s Alright To Be Little Bitty

Today I got called out to an account that we had been having problems with ants all summer. the customer wasn’t upset she had been paying for pest control and not getting any relief. Upon arrival, I walked into her kitchen and found quite a few ants invading her counters.

When I get called to an ant account, I literally like to sit and watch them. I’ve found many of hideouts and entrances by just observing. One lady couldn’t understand why she had ants going over her door way into her cabinets where the M&Ms were but I found out why by sitting and observing their trailing. They weren’t coming from the outside. They were shacked up in a potted plant sitting on her microwave. Problem solved.

So this account, I just sat there. Finally they showed me where they were entering. Between the stove and the counter, I followed them half way down the wall and then they tucked in behind the counter where I couldn’t access. So I went outside and found two trails. One coming from a tree branch and the other coming up from a bird bath leaned against her house.

After further investigating, I found they were beginning to group up underneath the vinyl. I baited all areas outside and used phantom aerosol on the inside. Problem solved. Here’s a short video I took to show the customer what I had found and how I treated. I edited a little to make it fun for the blog.

September 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

10 Things You Might Not Know About Spiders

  1. Spider bodies consist of two parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen
  2. With the exception of one family, all spiders are venomous
  3. All spiders are predators
  4. Spiders can’t digest solid foods
  5. All spiders produce silk
  6. Not all spiders spin webs
  7. Male spiders use modified appendages called pedipalps to mate with females
  8. Male spiders risk being eaten by their female mates
  9. Spiders use silk to protect their eggs
  10. Spiders don’t move by muscle alone

 

source: http://insects.about.com

July 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Friday Funnies: David Letterman

David Letterman Top Ten signs New York has a bed bug infestation

April 15, 2011 Posted by | Friday Funnies, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Termites

This is some footage I shot of some termites I had to treat for in a house on a monolithic slab.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Termites, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Exterminator’s April Fool’s

The office sure knows how to play April Fool’s. The secretaries decided to tape change to the floor so when someone walked by and saw the change, they’d try to pick it up but it would be taped to the floor. They didn’t glue them because they didn’t want them to be permanent.

So to get them back, we have some spider specimens in a case and the boss man told one of the techs to get the biggest spider and put it in the file cabinet on the “E” folders. He later asked the secretary to grab for him John Elles’ file. She did and she also screamed and almost crapped her pants before learning it was dead.

I like watching everyone play April Fool’s but I’m not a big advocate myself. I can’t take a joke very well. Even if I could, I suck at pay backs.

Fun stuff.

What did you do, if anything, for April Fool’s?

April 1, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How Far From The Structure

(Excerpt from PCT magazine February 2011 edition )

Article written by Dr. Michael Potter

The question often arises at what distance from the structure a treatment might be necessary. While there is no industry “regulation” on such occurrences , the NPMA (National Pest Management Association)  is of the opinion that termites found in areas outside of the structure should be mentioned in the comment section of the inspection report, but should not be reported as active within or infesting a structure.  (NPMA 1999)

There is no minimum distance from the foundation that if termites were discovered, treatment would be required by industry standards or practices.

In other words, if their not found in or on the structure, it’s not required by state law nor NPMA standards to treat a structure for termites.

So says the scroll!


March 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Exterminator’s Bible

Every once in a while I come across a verse that would fit well in the Exterminator’s bible (if it existed). This one is…

Malachi 3:11 (NEV-New Exterminators Version)

I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord of exterminators!

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

White Fungus (video)

This is a video I shot under a house while we were treating it for termites. The white powder your seeing is white fungus. It’s in the early stages at the moment but over time it will begin to do damage to the floor joists making them crack and brittle. You will notice on one joist that it’s already starting to darken.

I tried to narrate the video but I couldn’t get it to work. Hope you enjoy.

March 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment