First of all, I hope you all had a very Happy Holiday, chock full of presents and cheers. I also hope you were able to spend a lot of quality time with your loved ones, family and friends. As usual, my family, Daddy Nick and Mama Gena Lupini had tons of food and goodies for everyone; and that includes lots of goodies for me and my “brother” dog Murdoch.

We had home and home visits with Nick’s parents (Patriarch and Matriarch), PaPa Joe and Ms. Peggy; sister Kim Lupini Williams and her husband Chris; and many of the extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. If you remember, I am a rescue pet (RP) and unfortunately, have no known K-9 family. I am thankful the Lupinis’ adopted me and have given me a warm and loving home. This time of year, especially, is when we all should reflect on our good fortune, family, and the love around us.

bbblogoI have learned a great deal about the science of pest control and pest management, both; while in Termite Detection School and since, while doing my day to day activities as a K-9 Termite Detective here with Loyal Termite and Pest Control. I know that pest control practices use to be a lot different; effective, but much more dangerous, where pests were doused with chemicals and pesticides. This practice was very harmful to the surrounding environment, and the local inhabitants both human and pets.

Today, I’m happy to bark; Pest Control professionals will assess the magnitude of the infestation and from there create a plan to effectively yet safely remove the pests. That is what we do here at Loyal. Because we are Quality Pro certified, we are committed to only do what is required to take care of the problem using the safest materials available in the market today.

If you haven't been counting, this is the 40th blog in my "dog-blog" series, What's Buggin' You? This is also the 4th blog I have written dedicated to our Loyal employees and the superior service they provide our new and existing clients.

If you recall, my plan is to share customer testimonials with you every 10th blog. The customer comments that come into our office are frequent and are very inspiring. I post them in my blog for a couple of reasons; (1), to reinforce to our existing clients and potential clients, that Loyal Termite and Pest Control really cares about all of the customers we serve; residential, commercial, and industrial. And (2), to let our hard-working employees; inspectors, technicians, and administrative personnel know the Lupini family appreciates their day to day efforts to be the best that they can be at what they do. By posting these testimonials on my blog, the world can be witness to their dedication and hard work. Here is just a small sample of our Loyal customer comments:

"Sandy" was a devastating storm that caused massive destruction to hundreds of homes and businesses along the eastern portion of New Jersey and New York. As millions of pounds of debris is being removed and homeowners begin painstaking repairs; the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is calculating the effects the storm had on pest populations in the region.

According to the NPMA, communities devastated by the storm will likely experience an increase in pest encounters due to displacement and destruction caused by flooding. From the delay in sanitation services caused by power outages and road blockages to the widespread structural damage and increased number of people staying at shelters, hotels or with family and friends, there are a number of ways Sandy will affect a variety of pest populations both short-term and months after the storm.

I am sure you are now aware that there are a variety of little critters who want to spend this next cold winter in the coziness of your home. I guess I don't blame them; I am very happy being a Lupini living in a nice warm comfortable home. The purpose in my writing this 6 part series is to make sure this wintering nuisance group of household pests is avoided entirely, or at least kept down to a minimum. If this is your first "dog-blog" read; I am Hunter, Loyal Termite and Pest Control's exclusive K-9 Termite Detective. That's me in the center of my "Magna Bark Loudly", first in class, graduation shield. Anyway, to end this series I will cover the bug that is most frequently found in everyone's home; the House Spider.

You may see house spiders all year round; however, they are also not very comfortable in the cold outdoors, and would much rather be in the comfy warmth of inside. This means if spiders are allowed to have an easy access into your home, the numbers and variety will definitely increase over the winter. There are several spider types that thrive in our region. I will name a few you may, or may not, be familiar with. In any case, if you have a better understanding of the spider types, you will know what you are dealing with and how to respond.


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