2011 Archives

Befriending Moths

July

01

2011

Our Technical Director, Jeff Weier, was hunting bugs this week in Nevada when this Sphinx Moth befriended him. Yes, this is what board certified entomologists do for fun, folks.

Have a great weekend, and a Fourth of July! We'll see you next week!

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Tags: entomologists  |  bugs  |  funny

In The Battle Against Bed Bugs, Early Detection Is Key

June

30

2011

Early detection is the key to winning the war against bed bugs and there is no better way to detect bed bugs early than with the use of bed bug dogs.  Dogs have been used by military and law enforcement agencies for years to successfully sniff out drugs, bombs and even missing people and now those noses are being put to work by pest control companies all across the country including right here at Sprague Pest Solutions.

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Preparing for Bedbugs

June

28

2011

A great little write up by Diane Dietz of The Register Guard mentioned Sprague and our company-wide preparation for bedbugs and the solution to removing them. Her words are below.


Sprague Pest Solutions, a regional pest management company based in Tacoma, bought $500,000 worth of room-heating devices with temperature probes so that the company would be prepared for the arrival of bedbugs, Eugene branch Manager Mike Mulloy said. Sprague invested in three dogs with handlers at a cost of id="mce_marker"0,000 each. And the company hired one additional employee in Eugene, three in Portland and 10 in Seattle just to deal with the demand for bedbug services.

“We get calls (saying) we need the dog here today,” Mulloy said. “They say: ‘Help us. Help us. Bail us out. We hear you’ve got heat.’ ”

When Sprague’s first dog, April, got too busy, the company added May and June, who all started out as mutts in an animal shelter, Mulloy said. Now the company is evaluating whether to add a new dog, Julius, to meet the demand. The Eugene branch averages a call a day about possible bedbugs and about 80 percent of them are confirmed upon inspection, Mulloy said.


Thank you to The Register Guard for the mention!

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Tags: bedbugs  |  bedbug dogs  |  The Register Guard

How To Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

June

28

2011

Don’t let bed bugs interfere with your travel plans this summer.  If you have a get-away planned, we have a few tips on how to  avoid run-ins with bed bugs while on vacation, what to do if you do encounter these biting insects and what you can do to prevent bringing these pests home. 

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Tags: bed bugs  |  Sprague Pest Solutions  |  Bed Bug Registry  |  how to avoid bed bugs  |  summer vacations  |  hotel reviews for bed bugs

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