THE DRUGSTORE BEETLE (Stegobium paniceum)

Is Your Food Pantry Safe?

The drugstore beetle was most likely named as such because it was found infesting early pharmacies where dried herbs and other plants were used to compound medicines. Today they are known as pantry pests eating almost any dry foot product consumed by humans. Unlike many other food pests (excluding moth species) these robust tiny beetles are excellent fliers and move about our homes with ease.

So if you find drugstore pests where you story dry food products be prepared to throw them away. Even then you will likely need the assistance of a professional pest management firm to control and/or eliminate these pests.

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What’s all this Hullabaloo about “GREEN” Pest Control Companies?

Do your research before hiring a “Green” pest control company

The truth is there is no simple list of “green” products. While it might seem remarkable any marketer can call their product “green”. Be careful when you hire a pest control or lawn service!! Ask questions. Be sure you are getting what you are paying for.

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DECAY IN TREES CAN BE DANGEROUS! – Consult with your Local Arborist

ISA Recommends Yearly Tree Inspections

A sound tree becomes potentially dangerous when the trees woody structure is weakened by one or more defects including decayed wood, cracks, weak branch unions, cankers, poor tree architecture and dead tree tops and branches.

Healthy well maintained trees growing on suitable sites will be able to lessen the extent of decay and other defects. Trees that are stressed have reduced energy reserves and therefore have less ability to deal with wounds and ensuing decay.

Tree failure is a major cause of residential property damage. Home owners worried about their large trees should consult with a certified arborist. In fact the International Society of Arboriculture recommends you have large trees inspected by a certified arborist at least once per year in any case.

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Moth Fly, Drain Fly or Sewer Fly – Which is it?

Get Rid of Moth Flies in Detroit, Michigan

The moth fly, drain fly and sewer fly are really all the same fly, they are hairy, tiny little flies that breed and inhabit our buildings. Although usually thought of as nuisance pests, there have been cases where inhalation of their body parts caused bronchial asthma.

Moth flies appear delicate and fuzzy when seen close up. They are yellow to black in color. Moth flies are poor fliers and are usually found near their breeding sites which include floor drains and any moist organic matter. Treatment usually requires professional help but if you can find the breeding source sometimes sanitation can correct the problem.

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EPA “Mega Suit” Pesticides and Endangered Species

The Environmentalist Activist Groups are at it again

We at American consider ourselves environmentalists in fact it’s part of our logo. But now, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is threatening to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to consider the effects of almost 400 pesticides on more than 800 endangered species that live throughout the United States. This “Mega Suit” will cost us tax payers millions and millions of dollars even though most of these pesticides have been in use for many years with no evidence that they affect “endangered” species.


Bee, Hornets and Wasps Season in Michigan

It’s that time of year again!

Late summer and fall is the time to be careful about stinging insects. In spring bees, hornets and wasps are pollinators in search of sweets and other carbohydrates. Late in the year they begin to search for proteins such as insects which the place in their nests to feed next years brood. They become aggressive especially around their nests.


Never try home remedies for stinging insects. Wear light loosely fitting clothes. DO NOT use perfumes i.e. under arm deodorants etc, when around bees, wasps and hornets. My best advice is leave them alone but if its necessary to remove them call a licensed pest management professional. If you are allergic to bee stings be sure to carry one of the benedryl type treatments with you.

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Cockroaches pose a serious threat to human health. They, cockroaches emit allergens that worsen asthma symptoms and transmit disease pathogens that cause diarrhea, typhoid fever, dysentery and food poisoning among other ailments. Cockroaches are also loathed by most people and evoke a stigma that creates the perception that infested homes and businesses are dirty and disgusting. This reputation can have a devastating effect on restaurants, apartment houses’ and homeowners self esteem.

Types of Cockroaches

There are six important cockroach species and many more that are not usually significant to us.

German Cockroach

The German cockroach (Blattela germanica) is the most important. This cockroach is ½” to 5/8” long, usually tan to light brown with two (2) dark stripes on it pronotum (the area directly behind the head). The female may have an egg capsule protruding from the end of her abdomen, each egg capsule contains thirty to forty (30-40) young which can become adults in only fifty (50) days. No wonder they become so numerous in a short time. They are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms.

American Cockroach

The American cockroach (Periplanta Americana) is quite large measuring 1 ¼” to 2 1/8” long this cockroach is also known as the waterbug or palmetto bug. They are found in the north and in the south where they thrive outdoors. American cockroaches are usually a light mahogany color with a light horizontal stripe behind the head on the pronotum. They prefer dark moist areas near food sources.

Australian Cockroach

The Australian cockroach (Periplantea australasiae), typically grow up to 1 ¼” long. They resemble the American cockroach in size and color but they have pale yellow stripes at the base of the wing pads and the forward margin of the pronotum. It is not commonly found indoors but will invade when temperatures are high, it can be brought indoors on house plants.

Oriental Cockroach

The Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis) grows up to 1” long and is a shiny dark brown or black; it cannot fly and is a poor climber on smooth surfaces. Oriental cockroaches are very susceptible to dehydration and are usually found in basements and crawl spaces.

Smoky Brown Cockroach

The Smoky brown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa) is 1 ¼” to 1 ½” long and dark uniform mahogany in color, they are found outdoors in the south, hiding in mulch, leaf litter and ground cover. The smoky brown cockroach is sometimes found dead in houses likely due to dehydration. They typically enter homes through attics and other open spaces.

Brown Banded Cockroach

The Brown banded cockroach (Supella longipalpa) average 5/8” long and are similar in size and appearance except they have two horizontal brown bands on their wings. Brown banded cockroaches inhabit homes across the United States. They prefer warm climates but can be found in structures in any area. Unlike German cockroaches, brown banded cockroaches are usually NOT found in kitchens, they prefer furniture, behind picture frames, light fixtures and dropped ceilings.

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Flying Squirrels – Northern and Southern Squirrel Species

Glaucomys sabrinus & Glaucomys vocans

There are two species, the northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) and the smaller more aggressive southern flying squirrel (G. vocans). Both species are nocturnal. Although they usually nest in trees, flying squirrels sometimes enter structures where they can cause serious damage to wiring and structural wood. There can be as many as 20-30 squirrels living in one structure. Their nocturnal activities can make living with them nearly impossible. Both species are active year round. The northern species has one litter of three (3) and sometimes four (4) young per year. The southern species may have two litters per year.

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Michigan Lawn Care – Detroit Metro Lawn and Grass Services Company

Grass is more than something to mow

Lawns are beautiful whether in parks, town squares, school yards or at your home. They add peace and tranquility to our lives but they are more than that. Lawns gobble up carbon monoxide and other emissions through photosynthesis and oxygen replenishment.

Lawns are a natural air conditioner that reduces temperatures and sound. Lawns filter dust and keep it out of little noses and big engines. The root and thatch zone is a water purifier. Water percolates better through a lawn root zone than through compacted soil which reduces the chance of standing water, a mosquitoes dream home.

So remember grass is more than something to mow, soil stabilization, air and water purification, stress reduction and just plain good looks are all part of grass.

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What is the White Suede-like Substance Covering My Sycamore Leaves?



I have a sycamore tree in my backyard. The leaves started emerging earlier this month, but several have fallen off. There is a white suede-like substance covering the ones that have fallen. Any idea what this could be?

- Carolyn G.

Doc’s Answer:

This disease is known as sycamore anthracnose. It attacks most sycamore species and is considered a chronic disease. It attacks the tree especially in cool moist springs.

If your tree is vigorous it will likely re-leaf in time for summer.

Repeated defoliation over the years can cause the trees decline. There are several therapies and medicaments available to control this disease. Often a simple fertilization is all that is needed.

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