26
Jan

A Lesson in Rodent Habit

Week two was a short week that afforded Jess and I an opportunity to cast our focus on the organizational side of things and gave me a chance to ask a lot of questions. Because a week like this did not give me the opportunity to see a pest problem, it was important for me to ask about some common ones we might see down the road, in order to better prepare myself.

This time of year, many of our clients are dealing with mice and other rodent visitors. With cooling temperatures, they are often looking for food and shelter, bringing the animals indoors and closer to residential and commercial areas. Jess talked to me about the cleverness of these animals and their ability to quickly establish familiarity with their surroundings by frequently backtracking through their route of entry to establish muscle memory. This habit of making short trips, turning back to their starting base and then re-tracing their steps with slight extensions until they reach their goal, reassures them that the area is safe and allows them to navigate the route quickly on trips that follow.

There is so much literature out there to help expand one's knowledge and understanding of common (and not-so-common pest species). Fortunately I'll have the chance to borrow a lot of the great books that have been published on the matter to help supplement what I observe in the field.

26
Jan

The Royal Internship Begins

 

Webbing Clothes Moth

Webbing Clothes Moth

Here begins my first blog post as a Royal Pest intern. First to introduce myself, my name is Amanda and I'm a recent graduate from the University of Delaware with a bachelors degree in Entomology. For the next several months I will be working alongside the professionals at Royal Pest Solutions with a focus on how their staff entomologists, Jess and John, work together with the technicians and operational staff to provide the best pest management for their clients.

On my first week on the job, I had the pleasure of meeting many members of the team and was able to witness behind-the-scenes meetings and work one-on-one with clients in our care. And our first pest? Webbing Clothes Moths! Or, scientifically recognized as Tineola bisselliella. The caterpillars of these little guys can do serious damage inside homes, feeding off of natural fibers such as wool. Jess and I worked to pinpoint the problem and help to reassure this less than happy homeowner, that Royal could help to eliminate this problem with the cooperation of their family.

My first week showed me how important it will be for me to familiarize myself with all sides of pest control. Having expertise as an entomologist is better utilized when there is a full understanding of the operations and sales sides to the business. Caring for clients is essential and, because they are sometimes stressed by a bombardment of critters, it is important to know how best to reduce their concerns and eliminate any standing issues.

 

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