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Big News Coming Soon!
Monday, November 17, 2014 | Daniel Molina

Start the buzzzzz that: Because of clients like you, we have outgrown our present facility and will be moving soon! Details to come!!!!!

Who You Gonna Call?
Friday, October 31, 2014 | Daniel Molina

While chances are you will never need a ghost removed from your home, there will probably come a time where some other variety of pest will need taking care of. Be sure to give the Bug Busters at Mid-Cities Pest Control a call!

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The Bug Dude is Now on Thumbtack
Friday, August 01, 2014 | Daniel Molina

To better serve you, our valued clients, The Bug Dude is now on Thumbtack!

By utilizing this tool, we will be able to quickly, and easily connect with you; providing prompt customer service. You can also read about other jobs we have completed, and write reviews to let us know how we are doing.

We hope that this service will make it easier for you to find great pest control services in your area!

Rat Island Restored to Original Name
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 | The Bug Dude

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Nearly a year and a half after Rat Island was declared "rat-free," the U.S. Board on Geographic Names on May 10 officially restored its original Aleut name. Hawadax Island, reflecting the island's true traditional name and celebrating the successful removal of invasive rats from this important seabird sanctuary.

Located in the Aleutian chain 1,300 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska, this remote island in 2008 was the largest rat eradication endeavor to date in North America and the third largest in the world. Some 25 tons of a brodifacoum bait, manufactured by Bell Laboratories, were aerially broadcast on the 10-square-mile island to purge it of rats, once and for all.

Rats were first introduced to the island when a Japanese fishing vessel ran aground in 1778 and they had thrived ever since, preying on the eggs and chicks of nesting seabirds. By the time research staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy,and Island Conservation of Santa Cruz, Calif., initiated the Aleutian Seabird Restoration Project in 2004, the island was "eerily quiet" for lack of birds.

But, that's all part of the island's history now that non-native Norway rats were successfully eradicated and, in their place, native seabird species, such as the Leach's Storm petrel, are rebounding. Restoring the island's original name puts closure to that chapter.

Community Connection to the Land

For Gregg Howald of Island Conservation who worked on the project, the name change also attests to the deep bond between the people and their land. "For me, the name change gives us an insight into the impact of the work we do beyond the ecological recovery, and demonstrates the connection the local communities have to the land, and the necessity for strong partnership for sustainability of these restoration programs and projects long after we are down the road to the next island."

"Island Conservation congratulates the people of the Aleutian Islands and Alaska for embracing the removal of rats from Hawadax Island and, with this formal name change, the symbolic return to an earlier time."

Historic Aleut Name

Hawadax Island, the name petitioned by the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) in Alaska, which represents the Unangan/Unangas, was chosen after extensive research of historical Alaskan records, the Aleut dictionary and other Aleut sources.

"Hawadax (pronounced ha-wa-thah) is the oldest name we could find that did not refer to rats," said Karen Pletnikoff, APIA's environment and safety program manager who spearheaded the name change.

"Hawa, the root word," she explained, "is directional, meaning "over there" and dax means "those two," a fitting description of the island's geography, referring to "two round knolls on the island that are so large, so prominent you can see them from the water."

Although uninhabited now, the island was used for millennia by Aleut, who relied on seabirds for clothing, protein, and ceremonial garb. The arrival of rats and their decimation of native seabirds likely negatively impacted what was once a large community. "

The loss of those birds would have been a real driving force on where people could live," Pletnikoff pointed out. Similarly, anything that would damage their seal-skinned kayaks, whether a rocky shore or a gnawing animal, was a threat to their survival because kayaks were essential for hunting and transport.

Some Aleut speakers in the village of Atka, located 300 miles from the island, still referred to it as Hawadax. Rat Island was the name given to it by a Russian explorer in 1827 for obvious reasons.

In the future, maps put out by the US Geological Service and the Coast Guard will reflect the restored name. And, although there were no ceremonies marking the return to its original name, the change had full support of the APIA and The Aleut Corporation that provided input to the historical preservation office.

"Every comment was positive and supportive of the change," said Pletnikoff. "It took well over a year, plus two years to determine that the island was rat-free. It was well worth it to restore the historical name and highlight the successlul removal of an invasive species that had such detrimental effects on the island.

"Seabirds are essential to our ecosystem. Any temporary loss of high-population-level birds was fair trade-oil to get back such an important habitat for threatened and endangered species," she added.

"The general numbers of returning seabirds is very impressive. Early reports about recovery of the rare and endemic Giant Aleutian subspecies of Song Sparrow are very exciting."

Since the bait drop in 2008, researchers have monitored the island for signs of rats and bird recovery and will return in 2013.

Peter Martin, Bell's director of research and development, said Bell was proud to apply its expertise to developing an aerial bait that was used successfully to remove rats from this important seabird sanctuary.

"We are certain that Hawadax will become a symbol in the international conservation community of how a dedicated group of individuals were able to turn back the pages of time to a day where endangered and threatened bird and animal species can again flourish in a pristine environment," Martin added.

Bees, Wasps and Dirt Daubers
Friday, May 25, 2012 | The Bug Dude

Wasps and bees are beneficial insects, although they are generally considered to be pests because of their ability to sting. People often mistakenly call all stinging insects “bees”. On their own bees are perfectly harmless and do good for their surroundings playing a big role in the pollination of flowering plants. Wasps, in particular, can become a problem in the autumn when they may disrupt many outdoor activities.

bee-wasp-removalIt is important to distinguish between these insects because different methods may be necessary to control them if they become a nuisance. The first step a successful treatment is to correctly identify the insect and locate its nesting site. Mid-Cities Pest Control, Inc. has the knowledge, tools and correct measurements to provide you peace of mind, Plus a warranty for any recurrence.

Contact us at 800 310 BUGS, or www.thebugdude.com

Found Pests
Thursday, May 24, 2012 | The Bug Dude

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We found this dog donning a Mid-Cities Pest Control, Inc. shirt and sniffing out pests all around Dallas/Fort Worth.

Remember, when working with a pest control provider, the first step is to undergo a thorough inspection.

Be sure to contact The BUG DUDE for all your pest control needs. At the www.thebugdude.com or at 800-310-BUGS

You Want Those Critters Gone? The Bug Dude Can Help!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | The Bug Dude

Don’t kill him, just get him out of my yard !!

It is absolutely unmistakable. That awful, penetrating odor that seems to just cling to everything near the source of it. When you drive past a dead one on the the highway, seemingly no matter how long it has been there, the car is filled with the smell, and everyone in the car gets the blame. You pray that your curious dog doesn’t discover one in the backyard, and come galloping into the house to share his misery with the whole family. Even worse, you hope one of them does not discover the doggie-door itself, and come into the house to wander around and possibly leave the terrible problem on the carpet or furniture. This, of course, just has to be skunks.

Summer is coming and you want to be able to enjoy your yard in private. Skunks, opossums, rats, squirrels, raccoons and snakes love your yard too !!!

Most of the pests in your yard are nocturnal, sleeping during the day in underground burrows and emerging around dusk to search for food. Skunks are the primary carrier of rabies. So, as cute as skunks are made to appear in children’s cartoons, clearly these are not animals we care to co-exist with.

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No space is to small no animal is too large for the mighty technicians at Mid-Cities Pest Control, Inc. Scott Henry made it under an 18” deck to capture an unwanted house guest.

HERE ARE SOME STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO DETER UNWANTED CRITTERS

  • Keep pet food indoors and do not leave food of any kind outside.
  • Cover trash containers and secure lids.
  • Don’t leave plastic trash bags outside.
  • Change automatic sprinkler settings often.
  • Eliminate garbage, debris, lumber piles that critters could hide in or under
  • Block off entry to areas below decking, porches, or outside sheds using hardware cloth or wire fencing. This wire should go into the soil extending away from the structure.
  • Install motion-sensitive spotlights in garden areas, as the sudden bright light alarms the animals.
  • Eliminate turf pest insects such as white grubs, to reduce food supply to skunks on your property.

We can capture your all garden critters, skunks, raccoons, possums, and more. Time to relocate an unwanted pest from your yard ? Give us a call: 1.800.310.BUGS (2847)

Tick Season Is Coming: They'll bug you this spring!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | The Bug Dude

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Because of the extra-mild winter this year, early spring could bring an unwelcome guest: the tick. Be warned: The warmer weather is good news for people and pets who want to be outside, but beware of an uptick of the hard-to-detect pest. The basic reason is that the eggs will hatch sooner. “Eggs are already in the ground, but this time is the time that they will be coming out in great numbers,” said Pollie Rueda, an entomologist stationed at the Smithsonian and Walter Reed Army institute of Research.

Did You Know … that tick season is from May through August, but with 70-degree temperatures in some places, the ticks may get a jump on the season ?

The big concern for humans, according to the CDC, is that most tick infections occur during the “nymph” stage. Those recently hatched ticks are the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Because they are essentially invisible, preying on a host can easily go undetected.

—The Bug Dude

Think of Ticks As the Arachnid Form of Vampires

Since 1992, the cases of Lymes disease have doubled, according to the CDC, and more than 21,000 cases are reported every year.

Let thebugdude.com solve your tick problems with a yard spray to reduce the incidence of human disease.

Mid Cities Pest Control is now a proud member if the Community Associations Institute. CAI provides information and education to community associations and the professionals who support them in order to promote professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship.

Mid Cities Pest Control is an active member of CAI, and is excited to support the building of stronger communities.

Mid Cities Pest Control Saves Historic School Building
Friday, May 18, 2012 | The Bug Dude

Mid Cities Pest Control was featured on the Southlake Historical Society's website, for treating the termite infestation at the historic 1919 Carroll School.

Mid Cities Pest Control is helping us save the 1919 Carroll School

Termites were endangering the 1919 Carroll School, and Mid Cities Pest Control of Bedford treated it for termites on Monday, May 16. FANTASTIC! Special thanks to the personable and knowledgeable Jennifer Collins, who worked with us to plan an effective treatment, gave us a great price and did much of the work. Also key were Alan Miles and Daniel Mumford. Find Mid Cities Pest Control at www.thebugdude.com or call 817-354-5350. For more information about the school (pictured above in the early 1920s), see "This Place Matters" at right. Help us spread the word to every Dragon fan about how important this historic schoolhouse is to our community.