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Orkin Bed Bug ProAct® FAQ

Bed bugs are no stranger to the hospitality industry, which is why we’ve developed Orkin Bed Bug ProAct® with you in mind. To help you decide if this breakthrough bed bug solution is right for your business, we’ve answered the most commonly asked questions about bed bugs and our proactive bed bug se …

What Does Exclusion Include?

Got pests? It’s likely you could, since they don’t exactly ask your permission before they encroach on your business. Keeping them out requires exclusion tactics that help limit pest access into your building. Effective pest management starts with identifying signs of a pest infestation, monitoring …

LEED and IPM: Stay on Track with Orkin’s USGBC Course

Location isn’t the only thing that matters in real estate. Discerning tenants search for space with an ever-growing list of amenities in mind. One of those sought-after qualities is the environmental sustainability of a building and its operations. This consumer expectation has resulted in more buil …

Top 3 Ways Cockroaches Are Threatening Your Business

You may think cockroaches are common enough to be ignored, but the threats they pose can have significant business implications. Cockroaches possess intense survival skills that allow them to live headless for a week*, hold their breath underwater 15 times longer than the average human** and even su …

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What’s That Smell? Controlling Odors Makes Scents

What’s That Smell? Controlling Odors Makes Scents When you think of Orkin, what immediately comes to mind? Most would say pests, and they’re right. However, we know about much more than pest control alone – the odor control solutions we offer aid in helping businesses keep pesky pests away, too. …

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Can You Name The Most Harmful Pests?

The Most Un-Wanted List of pests that could be invading your business is quite long. From foul flies and ruthless rodents, to blood-sucking bed bugs and crafty cockroaches, these pests can be harmful and threatening to many commercial business environments. While there are no goo …

Should You Outsource Your Pest Control Program?

Given the specialized knowledge Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requires and the potential risks for any pest-related downfalls, many businesses outsource their pest control programs. While in-house pest control programs may appear to be more cost-effective on the surface, they often cost more t …

Rodent Round Up: Rats vs. Mice

Fall is the start to rodent season. With their quick reproductive habits, rodent sightings at your business can bring unwelcome consequences if not dealt with quickly. The first step in evicting these pests once they infiltrate your business is to identify them accurately. Rats and mice are diffe …

Got a Mouse in Your House? Five Most Common Rodents

We’re not the only ones that cozy up indoors when cold weather looms. Rats and mice also shack up inside during the winter months. By the time spring flowers bloom, these speedy breeders may have already taken over your business. Before you begin preparations for the fall and winter months, you n …

Do’s and Don’ts of Rodent Control

Rats and mice are experts at sniffing out food and shelter. So, how do you keep these dirty and destructive pests from squeezing through the door? Instead of playing the same game of cat and mouse, it’s time to build a better mouse trap. (To find out why you should avoid rodents like the plague, dow …

Six Facts to Help Prepare Your Rodent Defense

Rodents are some of the most disgusting and destructive pests, and they have a pretty impressive rap sheet to prove it. Extremely adaptable and quick to reproduce, rodents can be difficult to control, making them a nightmare for your business. (To learn why the Orkin Man recommends avoiding rodents …

Do You Know the Rodent Red Flags?

Do you smell a rat? Don’t let these sneaky pests fool you. From stock rooms and break rooms to suspended ceilings and wall voids, rodents have no trouble finding sources of food, water and shelter at your business. And they know how to stay out of sight. To help catch the problem early, it’s importa …

Three Rodent Threats That Bite into Business

Rodents can scurry, climb, squeeze – and even swim! – into your business. Unlike Mickey Mouse, these pests aren’t here to cheer you up. From structural damage and product contamination to a ruined reputation, these dirty and resilient vermin can really take a bite into your bottom line. (To learn wh …

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7 BrilliANT Facts about Ants

Small but mighty may not describe anything more fittingly than ants. Often disregarded for their tiny size and perceived harmlessness, it’s hard to imagine ants as the number one pest problem in the United States*. But the reality is that they are the top pest problem – it takes guts, gu …

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Ant Hot Spots You Should Know

No matter where you’re located, there are ants that have carved out territory in your region. Despite their small size, these pests are difficult to control and can cause big problems for your business. When ants go marching into your facility, they can damage structures, transmit pathogens, cause e …

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4 Steps to Help Identify Ants at Your Business

The last time you saw ants crawling around your business, you pulled out a magnifying glass to count their antennae and inspect their thorax, right? Probably not. (And we don’t blame you.) Even so, partnering with your pest management provider to identify the ant species at your facility is cr …

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Common Ants Invading Commercial Properties

With their massive colony size and sophisticated methods of communications, ants could be launching an attack on your business. As one of the most resourceful pests, they can sneak into buildings through the tiniest cracks, and once they find food, they don’t hesitate to share the directions with th …

3 Ways Ants Endeavor to Outsmart You

Ants can seem like a relatively small problem when it comes to operating your business, but don’t underestimate them due to their size. From transmitting pathogens to compromising structural integrity by building massive colonies within your facility, their tiny size is no indication of the great ha …

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Scrub Out Small Flies

Some of the smallest flies can cause the biggest problems for your business. These pests love eating and breeding in those hard-to-reach places like drains where food, grease and other organic matter build up. If you have a fly infestation, you could risk lost business, food contamination and possib …

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The Buzz on Why Flies are Bad for Business

A couple of flies is no big deal, right? Unfortunately, these pests are more than just a nuisance, and you shouldn’t let them fly under your radar. In business environments, flies can quickly evolve from an annoyance to a serious threat to your bottom line. Read our free Comprehensive Guide t …

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Got Flies? 5 Questions to Ask Your Pest Control Provider

There’s more to fly control than you think. Inspection, exclusion, sanitation and mechanical control should make up the full package to help keep your facility fly-free. That’s why it’s important to work with your pest management provider to come up with a comprehensive plan for helping manage – and …

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What Can You Do to Fend Off Flies?

If you see flies in your facility, don’t turn a blind eye. These filthy pests not only disgust customers but can also contaminate food and other surfaces and cause illness. Our free Comprehensive Guide to Flies & Fly Control Strategy breaks down the top concerns for the flies that are the bigges …

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6 Most Common Flies: Do You Know the Difference?

When you’re seeing flies, you’re seeing the signs of an underlying problem – and it’s not one you can just swat away. Knowing the type of fly you’re dealing with is half the battle. Different flies have different preferences for food and breeding sites, so identifying the species is critical to help …

5 Pests Commonly Mistaken for Bed Bugs

If you saw the pests from the list below and had to identify which was a bed bug, what would you say? Harder than you think, right? If you’re stumped, you’re not alone. University of Kentucky research found that more than 2/3 of people in the U.S. could not correctly name a bed bug if they saw on …

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are peculiar. It’s not surprising these creepy creatures sparked panic among their human hosts, who found themselves fed upon in the dark of the night while seemingly safe in their beds. For a time, people felt like they could escape the pests by the light of day. That’s until bed bugs star …

Most Read on Field Notes in 2016

A new year means a fresh start. But before 2017 gets rolling, here are the three most read stories on Field Notes from 2016. See how you can work these helpful tips into your pest management plan this year. Fight the Fly 5 Reasons Summer is the Season for Pests 5 Ways to Prepare for Pest Intrud …

5 Reasons Summer is the Season for Pests

With summer in full swing, it’s likely you’ve noticed increased pest activity. Why is it that most pests like the summer season best? Orkin’s Dr. Ron Harrison dives into the top five reasons why pests like ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes and spiders thrive during summer months: 1. Temperature Te …

Fight the Fly

This time of year, flies are a frequent sight at commercial establishments. And like many other pests, flies are more than just a nuisance — they are a symptom of a greater problem. Left unchecked, they can damage your reputation and potentially threaten the health of your customers and guests, sinc …

LEED Your Pest Management Program By Example

“It’s not easy being green.” While Jim Henson’s lovable Muppet character may be right, it is possible to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits using “green” pest management practices. But earning this nationally accepted benchmark for sustainable building practices req …

Bed Bugs and Dogs

Question: What types of dogs can be used to detect bed bugs? Answer: The dog’s breed is actually less important than his or her drive and ability to learn. Training typically starts when a dog reaches a year and a half to two years old, and it takes between six and eight weeks to complete. Whil …

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Outsourcing Pest Control

Question: My company previously handled pest control in house, but now we are looking to outsource it. How can I make sure I choose the right provider for my pest control program? Answer: Choosing the right pest management provider is critical to protecting your business and ensuring the …