Pesticides and Us Pesticides have, for many years, been a mixed blessing. When DDT was first developed, it seemed to be the answer to the spread of malaria and other dangerous diseases. But over time, harmful impact on the environment, particularly birds, led scientists and governments to ban its use. Today, many pesticides are in … More
Bedbugs have plagued humans for a long time—at least 3,000 years. DDT and other insecticides introduced in the wake of WWII knocked down their numbers to the point where these pests were largely ignored, forgotten for a couple decades. But now they are back, resistant to many of the tried-and-true methods people have relied on … More
Relocating your family or your business is a complicated process and there are many things to keep in mind as you look at properties. Something you shouldn’t neglect is the possible presence of “roommates” waiting for you in the form of insects, spiders and rodents already in residence. Experts say that at least some of … More
Continuing our recent discussion of bedbugs, we offer an interesting recent study on the movement of those notorious insects. Despite considerable research in recent years, certain behaviors of the bed bug remain poorly understood. While their movement between apartments in a multiplex has long been suspected, it has never been empirically proven. However, a research … More
For some time now, our featured blog entry has been, “Bedbugs Are Occupying the Bay Area.” We first posted that in June of 2012. What has changed in the time since is not so much the reality of the invasion, but the response to it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the … More
In March, California legislators voted to ban rodenticides statewide as of July 1. While animal rights activists hailed the ruling, Reckitt Benckiser, the UK-based company that markets a popular over-the-counter rodent killer, sued the state. The suit claims that the state’s action puts residents at risk in two ways: forcing them to use more potentially … More
INTRODUCTION TO BED BUG WORKSHOP Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, 5019 Imhoff Place, Martinez April 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
No sooner had Richard Estrada finished making another presentation to the Master Garden Class at Indian Valley College in Novato about Integrated Pest Management than he got a call from Tanya Drlik, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator of Contra Costa County, requesting that he address a group of Environmental Health Department inspectors. Ms. Drlik is herself … More
Bedbugs have been discovered in public library books. How serious is the threat, and what can be done about it? Owner Richard Estrada provides the insights and the answers.
Bedbugs, while not dangerous from a disease standpoint, nevertheless have a devastating psychological effect when they infest a space…