Hello, Loyal "dog-blog" fans. Thank you for joining me again this week. It is time for another dose of "K-9 pest control" wisdom. Of course, this is Hunter, Loyal Termite and Pest Control's Certified Termite Detective. Thank goodness; in addition to my termite detection credentials, I minored in general Pest Control. I don't mean to brag, well yes I do; I finished at the top of my class in Pest Control, as well as, Termite Detection. Graduating "Magna Bark Loudly" is an honor I'll always cherish. The gold highlights on my graduation detective shield indicate this special designation. Well, that's enough about me; for now.

I don't know why, but I am extremely interested in all household pests. I guess being the dog of both the President and Vice-President of Loyal Company has given me the desire to be well versed in all areas of pest control. In time, I have acquired the knowledge to be able to understand a great deal about our region's current pest population. The content of this blog series, however; concentrates on pests that are recent arrivals to our region, or are very close and lingering at Virginia's southern borders, soon to make their presence known to all of us. This blog concentrates on a pest that has been in our country since the 1800's but is now starting to show itself to Virginians living near the North Carolina border. Our topic today is The Argentine Ant.

When I sit down to write my weekly blog, "What's Buggin You?" I do my doggone best to inform you Loyal readers about pertinent subjects within the pest control world that may have a direct effect on you and your family now, or in the very future. To be prepared is critical when dealing with the potential hazards associated with certain insect species. I learned this from Daddy Nick and he is very keen about being prepared to confront infestations of new species arriving in our geographical region. He considers it our duty as a responsible pest control company to always be on top of our game, and be ready to provide relief for our customers suffering from the effects of all insect species.

You should know by now that I am Hunter, Loyal Termite and Pest Control's exclusive certified K-9 Termite Detective. Last week I finished what was a 3 part series about the recent arrival of foreign insects and the effect they are having on our American agriculture and local economies. This week is the first of a series about foreign insect arrivals that will have little negative effect on agriculture but will prove to be a huge nuisance to individuals, families, and business. Insects that will prove to be "pests" on steroids and what we can expect when they get here in large numbers. The first insect in this series is the Asian Beetle (AB)

If you recall when I started this series, my interest in these uninvited pest terrorists; came from a conversation I had with Daddy Nick, Loyal's President, in his office. He was reading an internet article about the Kudzu Bug. I had not seen one before. My ears stood up. I wanted to know more. He said, "Hunter, as a responsible pest control company, we, here at Loyal Termite and Pest Control; have to be ready when this species arrives in our region." "It's not if, but when they get here, this bug will arrive in large numbers", he said. "We have to be ready for them, understand their habits, and learn as much as we can about how to control the effect they might have on our Loyal customers. We have to offer a practical solution to eliminate them based on the most current information and treatment methods available. Methods developed through the joint efforts of our government, the scientists, as well as, our pest control partners already attacking local infestations in their particular regions."

Hello once again “dog-blog” fans; welcome back to this week’s edition of my blog, What’s Buggin’ You? As you probably already know, I am Hunter; Loyal Termite and Pest Control’s certified K-9 Termite Detective. I hope you are all doing very well.

One reason I write this weekly blog is to alert and educate our Loyal fans about any new changes or trends happening within our geographic pest environment. As noted in the title of this blog; there are Foreign Invaders slipping into our country and tearing up much of our agriculture. The severity of destruction is dependant on what the pest is and what specific form of agriculture each may prefer to destroy. This always starts at a point where the pest, and its destructive force, is first discovered. Last week in Part 1, I spoke at length about the Kudzu Bug. This week, in Part 2 of this series; I will tell you about The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Again, Happy New Year to all my Loyal "dog-blog" fans. This is Hunter; Loyal Termite and Pest Control's exclusive K-9 Termite Detective, welcoming you back to my weekly blog, What's Buggin' You?

Not too long ago, I was in my Daddy Nick's office and saw him reading an article about a little bug that has been spreading like wildfire throughout the southern United States. He told me the little insect on his computer screen was the Kudzu Bug. He said, "As a responsible pest control company, Loyal has to be prepared for any new insect arrivals that may have a negative effect on the residents or business owners we serve." "We have to understand the latest technical information provided by researchers and Government agencies that are developing practical strategies to combat any detrimental infestations; before their arrival into our region." As usual, my curiosity had me asking him many questions about the Kudzu Bug and any other recent insect arrivals that are currently, or potential threats to our American economy. From those lengthy conversations with Daddy Nick, I am writing this blog series; Foreign Invaders: Recent Insect Arrivals that Threaten American Agriculture and Local Economies. This is (Part 1 – The Kudzu Bug).


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My experiences over several years with Loyal have all been great. Staff is respectful and responsible. Their insect control services have been thorough and effective.

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