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December 2012

New Operations Manager

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Pratt Pest Management is proud to announce the appointment of Jerry Murphy as our new Operations Manager.

Jerry Murphy is a long time veteran of the Structural Pest Industry. He graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Entomology (with distinction) in 1977.

Jerry has spent many years in the service, manufacturing and distribution segments of the industry. He has spent the last 10 years studying and developing protocols for Fly Control and is considered one of the pest industry’s foremost authorities on the subject.

Jerry Murphy has consulted with many pest control companies and comments: “I’ve known Pratt Pest Management and the owner, Dana, for years. It is an honor to be associated with one of the best “Technical” companies in the entire Northwest.

Jerry welcomes the return back to the service part of the structural pest industry: “After many years in the distribution and manufacturing side of the business I am enjoying being back on the front line – where the pests meet their maker”.

Jerry lived in Woodinville, WA. For 14 years but relocated to California 6 years ago. “It’s great to be back in the Northwest: Can’t wait for summer”.

Fire Ants Identified in Seattle

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The European fire ant (Myrmica ruba) has recently been found to be established and thriving in Seattle. The European Fire Ant (EFA) should not be confused with the imported Fire Ant species (Solenopsis spp) that has gained such notoriety in the Southern United States yet the sting delivered is no less painful. As with other stinging insects the EFA may cause severe allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock to sensitive individuals. The EFA does not create the typical mounds of other fire ants, but rather prefers living in areas of high humidity such as soil at the base of trees and shrubbery, under logs, rocks and natural debris. Even though the EFA is thought to be currently isolated near the University of Washington Arboretum they have the potential to become a major pest in the Pacific Northwest in the years to come. European fire ant workers are reddish-brown ants about 1/5 inches long. The body is covered with fine hairs. The head and thorax are sculpted with ridges and grooves and appear somewhat dull, while the abdomen is shiny. EFA workers have two backward-pointing spines on the back of the thorax and a distinct, two-segmented pedicel or “waist.” If you suspect an infestation EFA, feel welcome to drop off a sample and we will provide a free identification from one of our two staff entomologist.