Posts Tagged ‘IPM’

Terminex Wants to Scare You About Bedbugs, So It Put Us #10 on the 2011 “Most Bedbug Infested Cities” List

Friday, May 27th, 2011

I don’t know, does it mean anything to put a bunch of big cities on a most bedbug infested cities list and then talk about how it’s not just big cities what get bedbugs?

I don’t think so.

Anyway, enjoy this recent list from the people who fight bedbugs, and then check out a retread post from last year:

“Annual List Identifies Where Bedbugs Bite Most Across U.S. New Terminix Top 15 Ranking Shines Light on Critters That Hide in the Dark

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 25, 2011 – New York maintained its spot atop the Terminix Most Bedbug Infested Cities ranking, released by the company today. The rest of the list saw both the reshuffling of some cities that appeared on the company’s initial 2010 list as well as a couple of locations making an appearance for the first time. Terminix, the country’s largest provider of pest control services, has seen an increase in the prevalence of bedbugs in most states during the past year. The company expects bedbugs to continue to plague the nation this summer as travelers and homeowners encounter the tiny pests.

The 2011 most bedbug-infested cities include:

1. New York
2. Cincinnati
3. Detroit
4. Chicago
5. Philadelphia
6. Denver
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Los Angeles
9. Boston
10. San Francisco
11. Columbus, Ohio
12. Dayton, Ohio
13. Baltimore
14. Louisville, Ky.
15. Dallas”

And here’s the post from last year and the rest of what Terminex has to say after the jump.

Sleep tight.

 

I don’t know, seems this map from BedBugRegistry.com might not be the most reliable, ’cause some of the cases I’ve heard about over the years were from the Richmond District yet there are no recent reports for the entire west si-iiide of The City. I’m a little puzzled.

Anyway, it’s amazing how concentrated these red map welts are – you can see a bunch in the Tenderloin, but also the TenderNob and Nob Hill proper.

(Feel free to not watch this short, graphic video from National Geographic.)

Can The City help you if your landlord won’t? Maybe. Assuming your building is “infested,” you’ll get an inspection within four days via 311.

But you victims out there could have it worse. One woman who stayed at San Francisco’s Ramada Plaza Hotel (currently known as Hotel Whitcomb)  at 1231 Market Street not too long ago got a $71k settlement after suffering numerous bites that led to skin conditions.

Is your future address on this list of Latest Reports?

Hope not. Sleep tight.

Latest Reports:

850 Geary St, San Francisco
Apr 04: 343 Walnut St, San Francisco
Mar 31: Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 30: 334 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 640 Clay St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 655 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 14: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 13: 1105 Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 530 Stockton St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 11: 701 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 08: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 45 Mcallister St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 05: 1544 California St, San Francisco
Mar 04: 430 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 840 Geary St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 3398 California St, San Francisco
Feb 23: 761 Minna St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 5 Isadora Duncan Ln, San Francisco
Feb 18: 160 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 645 Stockton St, San Francisco
Feb 17: 1029 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Feb 16: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 775 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 14: 922 Post St, San Francisco
Feb 13: 1890 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
Feb 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 06: 85 5th St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 381 Turk St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 507 Missouri St, San Francisco
Jan 30: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 29: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 18 Latona St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 665 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 27: 925 Geary St, San Francisco

 

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Breaking the Code: Why are These Colorful Marks All Over San Francisco Sidewalks These Days?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

It’s a Mystery…

Click to expand

[UPDATE: It’s no longer an mystery – it’s all about mosquito abatement, per Bill in the Comments section. So cyclists drop a pill or whatever they drop and then leave a colored mark to show the job was done.

As they say, Mors Ab Alto (Death From Above). Thanks Bill!]

Launch of MosquitoSF.com – Home of the Mosquito Abatement Bicycle Courier Team

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Believe it or not, this fellow is On The Job. His job is to ride his bike around San Francisco killing mosquito babies. Read all about it at MosquitoSF.com, home of the Mosquito Abatement Courier Team.

Deets below.

 Mors Ab Alto, Death From Above:

Click to expand. Bombs away, but we’re O.K.

Mosquito Abatement Bicycle Courier! Mosquito Abatement Bicycle Courier! Mosquito Abatement Bicycle Courier!

Leaving you with words from Michael Millican, site admin for MosquitoSF.com:

“In honor of Earth Day we are launching MosquitoSF.com. This web site will act as the hub for the San Francisco Mosquito Abatement Courier Team, which is an ongoing project of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and powered by Pestec Integrated Pest Management Providers.

The SF MAC Team is a group of dedicated Bicyclists and Walkers who work throughout the mosquito season to reduce the risks mosquitoes pose to the City and County of San Francisco. The program is unique to San Francisco. Using carbon neutral methods the SF MAC team inspects the 22,000 catch basins throughout the City and County of San Francisco for conditions conducive to mosquito life. These include catch basins blocked with debris, standing water, broken or missing grates and mosquito activity itself. The Team tracks the catch basins with GPS markers and a dot of paint, to ensure that every catch basin in the city is inspected multiple times over the mosquito season stretching from February to November. (See our Routes page for a selection of San Francisco’s catch basins. You may need to download a plugin to view the google earth application.) Last year the team performed approximately 222,000 catch basin inspections during the season.

The goal of reducing mosquito activity is to help maintain a higher quality of life for the residents of the City and County of San Francisco. Mosquitoes are vectors for multiple diseases, and the SF MAC Team was created 5 years ago as a response to the rapid spread of the West Nile Virus. By keeping mosquito activity to a minumum, the SF MAC Team is decreasing the mosquito’s ability to spread dangerous diseases. The use of Vectolex is intended to reduce the risk of pesticide exposure to any organism that is not a mosquito. A bio-diverse and healthy San Francisco is the ultimate goal of the SF MAC Team, and our use of alternative/carbon-neutral transportation methods is part of achieving that goal.

If you see any of our Bikers out working, feel free to say hello! We are here to serve the San Francisco public, and we think we have one of the best jobs in the city.”

San Francisco Bed Bug Google Map – Did YOUR Neighborhood Make This Registry?

Friday, April 9th, 2010

I don’t know, seems this map from BedBugRegistry.com might not be the most reliable, ’cause some of the cases I’ve heard about over the years were from the Richmond District yet there are no recent reports for the entire west si-iiide of The City. I’m a little puzzled. 

Anyway, it’s amazing how concentrated these red map welts are – you can see a bunch in the Tenderloin, but also the TenderNob and Nob Hill proper.

(Feel free to not watch this short, graphic video from National Geographic.) 

Can The City help you if your landlord won’t? Maybe. Assuming your building is “infested,” you’ll get an inspection within four days via 311.

But you victims out there could have it worse. One woman who stayed at San Francisco’s Ramada Plaza Hotel (currently known as Hotel Whitcomb)  at 1231 Market Street not too long ago got a $71k settlement after suffering numerous bites that led to skin conditions.

Is your future address on this list of Latest Reports?

Hope not. Sleep tight.

Latest Reports:

850 Geary St, San Francisco
Apr 04: 343 Walnut St, San Francisco
Mar 31: Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 30: 334 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 640 Clay St, San Francisco
Mar 27: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 655 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 23: 25 Mason St, San Francisco
Mar 14: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 13: 1105 Larkin St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 530 Stockton St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Mar 12: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 11: 701 Taylor St, San Francisco
Mar 08: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 45 Mcallister St, San Francisco
Mar 06: 225 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 05: 1544 California St, San Francisco
Mar 04: 430 Hyde St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 840 Geary St, San Francisco
Mar 02: 3398 California St, San Francisco
Feb 23: 761 Minna St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 20: 5 Isadora Duncan Ln, San Francisco
Feb 18: 160 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 405 Taylor St, San Francisco
Feb 18: 645 Stockton St, San Francisco
Feb 17: 1029 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Feb 16: 1050 Franklin St, San Francisco
Feb 16: 775 Geary St, San Francisco
Feb 14: 922 Post St, San Francisco
Feb 13: 1890 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
Feb 12: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Feb 06: 85 5th St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 381 Turk St, San Francisco
Feb 04: 507 Missouri St, San Francisco
Jan 30: 380 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 29: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 18 Latona St, San Francisco
Jan 28: 665 Eddy St, San Francisco
Jan 27: 925 Geary St, San Francisco

Get Paid to Ride Your Bike! Become a Mosquito Abatement Courier, Fixies Need Not Apply

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Hey cyclists – here’s a job for you. Get paid to ride your bike all day long on the Streets of San Francisco (if you’re willing to stop and stoop over hundreds of times a day to kill skeeters, that is.) Why don’t you become a Mosquito Abatement Courier?

$15 big bucks per hour plus benefits for this full-time gig that starts next month and lasts until late 2010. (Remember, you hate mosquitos and you love riding your bike anyway – the cash and the dental benefits are just gravy, baby!)

Oh yes, you need to live in San Francisco and your bike has got to have more than one gear ratio – that means no fixies, no single-speed bikes of any kind are allowed.

If this is your only bike, consider one of the lower-paid walking-only mosquito gigs.

simondbarnes via Flickr

This job is you. Say it over and over again: Mosquito Abatement Courier, Mosquito Abatement Courier, Mosquito Abatement Courier!

See you Hell, larvae. Fire in the hole…

Just email job-j5dge-1573270539@craigslist.org today.

Help to Fight the Bite. (Nice URL there, sfmosquito.org/)

Posted today:

Mosquito Abatement Courier

Pestec IPM providers, an environmentally responsible pest management firm is recruiting new team members for our Mosquito Abatement Courier (MAC) team. We have multiple positions open including cyclists and walkers.

Job Summary:
The MAC is responsible for inspecting all city catch basins for standing water and making reduced-risk larvicide treatments. The MAC team member must exhibit and maintain a high level of efficiency and dependability, while working independently in this casual and cooperative environment. Job duties are performed either by bicycle or by foot. This position is seasonal, beginning in mid February and ending in the late fall.

Responsibilities:
• Prepare supplies and route for the day
• Cyclists ride approximately 15-20 miles a day
• Walkers will walk approximately 10 miles a day
• Inspect sources of mosquito breeding and treat for the prevention of mosquitoes
• Report activities by GPS enabled phone

Requirements:
• Must be able to ride or walk carrying a 10 lb. pack
• Must be able to bend down 250-350 times
• Cyclists must have a bicycle in good working order and keep maintained outside of work hours
• Must be punctual and reliable
• Must be a resident of San Francisco
• A background check will be carried out prior to starting
• Must be drug free and healthy

Notes:
• Bicycle MUST have gears, no single speed or fixed gear bikes
• Rack and panniers are highly recommended
• Basic bicycle repair knowledge is a must
• MUST own their own helmet and basic repair equipment (i.e. hand pump, tire lever, etc)
• Walkers must have comfortable, suitable shoes
• Ability to perform repetitive actions on a daily basis (i.e. bending down hundreds of times a day)

Compensation:
• Cyclists – $15/hour
• Walkers – $11.54/hour
• We provide medical and dental benefits, and PTO.
• Positions are full time

To Apply:
• Respond with “Mosquito Abatement Courier” in the email title
• Specify which position you are applying for (Cyclist, Walker, or Both)
• Cite why you are qualified for this position
• BRIEFLY tell us what your thoughts are about our company, our business certifications and why you believe you are the right candidate for this position. Please site specifically any information you refer to. You may go to www.pestec.com to learn more. This requirement is to learn about you, how carefully you have read and understood these instructions, and how interested you may be in working with us.