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July 30, 1993 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-07-30

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Invasion Of The Earwigs

Ugh...Those creepy bugs are harmless.
But they are boosting area business for exterminators.

BY JENNIFER FINER JEWISH NEWS INTERN

W

hile the earwig does
not come out of peo-
ple's ears like the
myth suggests,
these ugly critters are
crawling around local homes
in numbers that are aston-
ishing — yet profitable —
for local exterminators.
Glenn Sidder, general
manager of Eradico Services
Inc., and Mark Wagner,
president of Pest Arrest
Inc., say 1993 is the sum-
mer of the ugly, but harm-
less, earwig.
"Earwigs are the number-
one bug of the season," said
Mr. Wagner, whose compa-
ny is averaging 40 calls a
day for earwigs. "They are
outdoor insects who really
don't want to be inside, but
this weather is forcing them
in."
In fact, the earwigs are
out in such force that Mr.
Wagner says his company is
running almost a week
behind schedule and his
business has virtually dou-
bled since last summer.
Mr. Sidder estimates ear-
wigs account for a 10-15
percent increase in calls to
his six Michigan offices.
"It seems like every year
you always get some insect
that exerts greater pres-
sures," he said. "It's just
something that happens in
our industry."

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certain glands lining s) n. The
ike se
n of
the canal of
w the outer ear.

ear•wigs

(ir'wig') n. can be distin
h insects
all oter
guished from
which h are shaped like
bye forceps.
Earwigs are small to medium sized (1/8 3/4 o
an inch long) and brown or blackish into
f
color .
Though many species have fully developed wings,
earwigs seldom fly. They are scavenger
s and
plant
eaters for the most part, active mainly
at night.
They
sometimes
feed
on
cultivated
plants.
Female
earwigs lay their eggs in b
urrows the ground or
in debris,
and guard them until in
the nyhs htch.
The
18
North American species of ear
widespread, and some are abundant. mpwigsa are
Earwigs do not (at least as a rule) climb into peo-
ple's ears. But they can pinch
P
secrete a
with their "tails" and
liquid if disturbed.

ave led

m ake the

week.
Mr. Rosenfeld made a
conference call to some 30
to 40 U.S. investors to
explain the situation that
has led to the more than a

CPI Up 0.2 Percent

third of the year.

onomists expected a
ex knowing that
tors, such as
itifai /ac
prices of fruits and vegeta-.
ich fell 3.6 percent,
Rlea
ease inflation.
is warned that
, 6my may stall if
srael fails to
ower
er

earwig

ease (ez) n

teir confi
x, said one
viv analyst.
The reason for the fall
was a Scitex report that it
expects its earnings to fall
below analysts' estimates
for the second quarter.

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discomfort. 2.
Freedom from pain, worry, r
Freedom from constraint or aw o
w r ess• nat uralness.
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Because of all the rain
and humidity, the earwig
has been the most talked-
about bug of the summer.
They are especially preva-
lent around homes with
dirty gutters, wood piles
and outdoor garbage cans.
Both compa-
nies have differ-
ent methods of
spraying for the
pests. Eradico
Services' pre-
ferred method
of treatment is
spraying out-
side the home.
"When they
are inside your
home, they
aren't going to
survive. You
want to treat
around the
outside," Mr.
Sidder said.
"Your real
source is
outside so
you try to
stop their
entry points
around the
house."
M r .
Wagner
prefers
spraying
organic chemi-
cals inside.
Mark Wagner sprays for earwigs.
"Even though

the chemicals we use are
odorless and organic, not
everyone wants his house
sprayed," Mr. Wagner said.
"So we give callers free
advice and we'll walk them
through the steps."
What does Mr. Wagner
tell his customers?

Because of rain
and humidity, the
earwig has been
the most talked-
about bug of the
summer. They are
prevalent around
homes with dirty
gutters, wood
piles and outdoor
garbage cans.

"Inside your house you
can do a number of things to
get rid of earwigs, ants and
even spiders, such as paint-
ing baseboards with odor-
less vinegar to kill them or
spreading cucumbers to
repel them," he said.
Mr. Wagner also suggests
pouring bleach down the
drain once a month to pre-
vent bugs from breeding.

reflecte

industry, t
in the continui
construction. The
from abroad for

Israel Aircraft Wins Contract

Israel Aircraft Industries
Shahal plant announced it
has been awarded a con-
tract potentially worth $5
million by American air-
craft manufacturing giant
Boeing.
Shahal, a member of
IAI's Technical Division,
has been selected to supply
various landing gear
hydraulic sub-systems for
150 of Boeing's new B-
777s.
The contract, which was

officially awarded a num
ber of weeks ago, is for
supplying the systems for
the aircraft's main and sec-

ondary landing gears,
according to an IAI official.
The B-777 is a wide
body, double-engine corn-
mercial plane being built
to carry more than 300
passengers. The plane,
according to the IAI, is
scheduled to make its first
flight in 1994.

Burger King Attracts Interest

Six to seven serious par-
ties have expressed inter-
est in competing for the
franchise to operate the
Burger King chain in
Israel.
Joy
Among them:

Properties; Clal group, a
group headed by business-

man Alfred Akirov; Nachi
Laor, the founder of the
Apropo restaurant chain;
Mario Laznik construction
company; and business-
man Yair Tamir — who up
until last week managed
the Pizza Hut chain, which
is owned by. Clal.

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