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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1993
The Medfly quarantine area in the San Fernando Valley has been expanded to 93 square miles, state agricultural officials announced Monday. A restricted area of Granada Hills will now include all of Pacoima and parts of Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills and Sun Valley, said Cato Fiksdal, chief deputy for Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner and Weights and Measures Department. Medflies were captured outside the quarantine area last week, he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1999
Los Angeles city park workers in three aerial-lift trucks scattered cupfuls of ladybug beetles onto branches of 75-foot eucalyptus trees late Tuesday in the first experiment to combat an infestation of foreign bugs attacking trees at Valley Village Park. Destructive insects--Australian redgum lerp psyllids--were first discovered in El Monte last year and have now spread through much of the state. The infestation at the park is considered one of the worst in Los Angeles.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1999
Los Angeles city park workers in three aerial-lift trucks scattered cupfuls of ladybug beetles onto branches of 75-foot eucalyptus trees late Tuesday in the first experiment to combat an infestation of foreign bugs attacking trees at Valley Village Park. Destructive insects--Australian redgum lerp psyllids--were first discovered in El Monte last year and have now spread through much of the state. The infestation at the park is considered one of the worst in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1995 | ED BOND
The battle against those blood-hungry black flies with a taste for San Fernando Valley golfers has started early this year. "It was already getting out of hand," said Mike Shaw, superintendent of the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control district, which last week began spraying to kill the larvae of the black fly, also known as the buffalo gnat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1995 | ED BOND
The battle against those blood-hungry black flies with a taste for San Fernando Valley golfers has started early this year. "It was already getting out of hand," said Mike Shaw, superintendent of the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control district, which last week began spraying to kill the larvae of the black fly, also known as the buffalo gnat.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1988 | KEITH BRADSHER
Homeowners are the best customers of Los Angeles exterminators, said Carl J. Doucette, former president of Pest Control Operators of California and manager of Western Exterminator's Los Angeles office. They account for about half of the local industry's overall sales, he said, with apartment houses making up 25%, restaurants and food handlers 20%, and warehouses and factories the remaining 5%.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1988 | KEITH BRADSHER, Times Staff Writer
After working a quarter century for big pest control companies, Dale J. Terry set up his own exterminator business in 1975. Within 10 years, B&T Pest Control in Salinas, Calif., had 15 employees and $500,000 in annual sales. Terry abruptly sold B&T to Western Exterminator in March, 1985, and became Western's local branch manager. The cost of pesticides had tripled in a decade, equipment had doubled in price, regulations had proliferated and competition was becoming cutthroat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2003 | Emmett Berg, Special to The Times
Robert Garnica has been going where coyotes go for 15 years as a full-time trapper for the Los Angeles County agriculture commissioner's pest management division. He drives overgrown paths and walks concrete storm ditches near hillside homes where backyards beckon with fruit trees, dog-food dishes, cats and children. "I cannot advertise what I do," Garnica said during a recent dawn patrol in Diamond Bar. "People are against what we do. What can I say?
NEWS
October 3, 2000 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was a time, a simpler time, when Aimee Walker and the ants were practically friends. When the insects came calling, as they invariably did, she'd put an "offering" bowl of sweets and other goodies for her guests by her back door. "I thought it would be good karma," said Walker, 36, a Silver Lake resident. But then there was the time the ants crept into her second-story bedroom. Then there was the time they swarmed over her indoor garbage can.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1993
The Medfly quarantine area in the San Fernando Valley has been expanded to 93 square miles, state agricultural officials announced Monday. A restricted area of Granada Hills will now include all of Pacoima and parts of Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills and Sun Valley, said Cato Fiksdal, chief deputy for Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner and Weights and Measures Department. Medflies were captured outside the quarantine area last week, he said.
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