The Bug Lady: Missy Henriksen


A World Without Pests

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Inspection by Pest Professional
From time to time, I hear challenges to imagine life without something. A world without poverty. A world without chocolate. A world without medicine. After hearing one such recent mental challenge, my mind drifted to what a world without my own industry would look like. That is, what would the world look like without pest control?
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Fruit Flies Everywhere!

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The latest topic of my failed teachings? Rotting food in backpacks. Last week, Haley found fruit flies in her room.
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Know the Signs of Anaphylaxis

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While most people will have only mild reactions to insect stings (bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, etc.), here are some of the symptoms that may indicate a severe reaction and warrant immediate medical attention.
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All I Ever Learned About Pests I Learned in Girl Scouts

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After countless camping and hiking trips, I have taken away many teachings that are particularly relevant to my life now as the Bug Lady. In celebration of my retirement, I’d like to share a few lessons I learned from Scouts that are especially timely as we all prepare to spend more time outdoors.
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Pests and Allergies?

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The more I learn about pests, the less I like them! As if rodents and cockroaches aren’t gross enough to look at, and as if it’s not bad enough that they can transmit things like salmonella, E. coli, and Hantavirus, now there’s additional data to validate their role in negatively impacting those with asthma and allergies.
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The Importance of the Pest Management Industry

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In honor of National Pest Management Month, I can think of no better way to illustrate the value of the work our industry professionals do every single day – in homes, hospitals, restaurants, schools, etc. – than sharing excerpts from these materials with you…
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The Season of Love

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So while love is in the air, I thought it would be only fitting for the Bug Lady to recognize some of the most chivalrous expressions of romance in the insect world! Here are the Valentine’s Day superlatives I would offer for some particularly courtly behaviors displayed by male insect charmers.
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January Cold and Bugs

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Since everyone of late is writing about the freezing temperatures, I thought it would be appropriate to chime in with a perspective on what the unusually cold weather might mean in regard to bugs. In general, they don’t like this cold weather very much and a winter like this can only hurt insect populations. However, entomophobes – no rejoicing for you just yet.
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What's That Smell?

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Well, how fitting was it that the first two posts I saw from friends in different parts of the country were about stink bugs? I saw numerous complaints about these fall invaders and lots of misinformation about them, so, thanks to karma, today’s topic is stink bugs!
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Rhonda's Mouse Problem

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As I have mentioned before, friends and acquaintances often entrust me with their secret pest problems. I often “pinky promise” that I won’t reveal their challenges with rodents, roaches, or bed bugs because, all too often, people are embarrassed by their unwelcome invaders. Well, yesterday, I got a panicky call from a friend who had a mouse in her house.
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Repellent All Day Keeps the Bugs Away

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Early season for mosquitoes – Mosquito management
As I have recently watched boastful claims being made about sure-fire home remedies for mosquito prevention, I have been reminded of my naiveté and gullibility in wanting something to work as promised, even when it sounded too good to be true. As we embark upon summer pest season, I urge you to take proper precautions to keep yourself safe against mosquitoes and their bites with products that are proven safe and effective.
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IPM Scavenger Hunt

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Cracks in a Home Can Be Entry-points for Pests Picture - Photos from PestWorld
Why not liven up a summer afternoon by taking your kids on an IPM Scavenger Hunt!?! Not only will they have a great time learning about bugs but they will learn how to locate potential pest problems on your property. The adventure can offer teachable moments about the difference between bugs and the pests they become when they enter your home and things children can do to help keep your home pest free!
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Why NPMA Recognizes National Asthma & Allergy Month

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Why, you might ask, is the NPMA rallying to support National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month? Because, surprisingly to many, cockroaches and other pests are primary asthma triggers in home environments.
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The return of cicadas!

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If you talk to those who have lived in areas plagued by cicadas, they can absolutely, definitively tell you with alarming detail, what they were doing (and in some cases what they did not do) during the last cicada swarm!
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April is National Pest Management Month!

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Missy at National Pest Management Month - [NEWS-&-VIEWS-BLOG-IMAGES] -Pest Media
Often times, popular culture portrays our industry in the most extreme sense – highlighting extreme infestations. While, fortunately, those situations aren’t the norm, they do show the harrowing work our professionals regularly perform in their work to protect us all.
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A Taste of Hollywood

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[First responder movie set]- [NEWS-&-VIEWS-BLOG-IMAGES] -Pest Media
The past several weeks have felt very Hollywood-esque for me. While sadly, there have been no sightings of George Clooney, no time in limos and no strolls down the red carpet, there have been lots of lights, cameras, and action as we develop several new TV spots and web-based videos.
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Bug Nicknames

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[Pill bug]- [NEWS-&-VIEWS-BLOG-IMAGES] -Pest Media
I am a big fan of nicknames. I have gone by one my whole life. My given name, Melissa, just doesn’t seem to be me. (Sorry, mom and dad.) I am definitely a “Missy”. Bugs, too, are often identified by distinguishing characteristics rather than their more formal names.
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Preventing Pests in the Pantry

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Merchant Grain Beetles – Grain Beetles & Other Pantry Pests
I used to think pictures of organized pantries were only circulated to make overly busy moms feel inferior or jealous. Now that I know pests come into our home searching for food, water, and shelter, I now understand organized pantries with contained food are more than just impressive works of art – they serve an essential role in removing pest buffet opportunities!
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Inspect it All Before You Deck the Halls

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Indian Meal Moths – Moth Pest Control
Christmas is my family's favorite time of the year. We generally start the season's festivities the day after Thanksgiving by cutting down our Christmas tree. While I welcome the cozy traditions that come at this time of year, I would be remiss in my Bug Lady duties if I didn't take the opportunity to remind you of a few seasonal pest-proofing tips to help you avoid some of the unwanted creepy crawlies that often emerge during the holidays.
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