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Rollins, Inc. Named to Top 50 Green Fleet List – Johnson City Press (subscription)

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ATLANTA, July 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL), a premier global consumer and commercial services company,has been named #17 on Automotive Fleet's 2021 list of Top 50 Green Fleets, making it a company with one of the largest "green" vehicle fleets in the U.S.

"We are committed to increasing our numbers of alternative-fuel vehicles to be better stewards of the environment," said Chris Gorecki, Vice President of Operational Support for Rollins, Inc. "We're consistently assessing new solutions that generate sustainable efficiencies for the business. We are proud of how far we've come but know there is still much to be done across our large fleet."

The Automotive Fleet's 2021 list represents more than 92,000 vehicles everything from compressed natural gas (CNG), propane autogas and flex fuel to hybrid electric, electric, biodiesel, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles.Automotive Fleet's listing offers a full breakdown of all the alternative vehicles operated by each company on the list as well as the total number of green vehicles in each fleet.

As Rollins moves forward in the 21st Century, sustainability, stewardship, and shareholder engagement are at the core of our business. We constantly strive to uphold our values in sustainability, while making innovations to improve our service programs through new technologies and processes. Our annual sustainability report is available here.

About Rollins

Rollins, Inc. is a premier global consumer and commercial services company.Through its family of leading brands, Orkin, HomeTeam Pest Defense, Clark Pest Control, Orkin Canada, Western Pest Services, Northwest Exterminating, McCall Service, Critter Control, The Industrial Fumigant Company, Trutech, Orkin Australia, Waltham Services, OPC Services, PermaTreat, Rollins UK, Aardwolf Pestkare, and Crane Pest Control, MissQuito, the Company provides essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects to more than two million customers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia from more than 700 locations. You can learn more about Rollins and its subsidiaries by visiting our web sites at,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, http://www.missquito.comand You can also find this and other news releases at http://www.rollins.comby accessing the news releases button.


Certain statements in this release constitute "forward-looking statements." These statements are based on management's current opinions, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or projections regarding future events or future results. These forward-looking statements are only predictions, not historical fact, and involve certain risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions. Actual results, levels of activity, performance, achievements and events could differ materially from those stated, anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements. While the Company believes that its assumptions are reasonable, it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and, of course, it is impossible to anticipate all factors that could affect actual results. There are many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements made herein including, most prominently, the risks discussed in the Company's periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be made that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

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Condivergence: Termites of the economy – The Edge Markets MY

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Most of us think about termites negatively. They eat up all the wood in our house and things fall apart. We spend money poisoning them and may end up poisoning ourselves.

A fiscal expert whom I have admired for a long time, Dr Vito Tanzi, formerly the head of the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund, has written a brilliant book called Termites of the State: Why Complexity Leads to Inequality (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Vitos book is actually an analysis of the economic role of the state since the Second World War, but he uses the term termites to describe how complexity has created corruption and inequality for the majority of the population.

There are three types of economic termites. Termites of the state are various elements that enter into the political system and that corrupt, or distort, the legitimate economic role that governments try to play. Termites of the market distort the legitimate function of the market. Then regulatory termites enter into the passing and in the application of the laws, and in the functioning of the public administrations after policies have been enacted, creating governance problems and contributing to administrative abuses including corruption.

Today, we recognise that markets are ecosystems and economic termites are part of the economic system, just as real termites form part of the biodiversity of nature. All systems decay and grow at the same time. Termites help to hasten the decay of dead plants and, at the same time, build very complex nests or mounds that even have their own air-conditioning systems. They have been around for a long time because they have a symbiotic relationship with the environment. Thus, can economic termites be totally eradicated, or do we just need to make sure that they do not eat up the whole system?

Humanity created institutions to solve social problems. But all institutions grow and decay. There is an Asian saying that family businesses do not usually last more than three generations the grandfather builds the business, the father holds the business, and the children eat or destroy it.

This is similar to an iron law of state-owned enterprises. The first-generation managers work with dedication and integrity to build it, the next generation maintains it, and the third generation corrupts it. Then the cycle of organisational transformation begins anew. We see this in politics. Politicians who stick around long enough often find their legacies fall apart before their eyes.

Moving from local to global, things become even more complex in scale, scope and speed. Nation-states have grown in number, population and complexity. In 1945, there were only 51 members of the United Nations with a population of two billion, mainly because many territories were part of colonial empires, which gobbled up disparate tribes and less-defined states.

Today, there are 193 countries with a population of 7.8 billion, because democracy has allowed countries to split up into smaller states. Quite a few are failed or failing states that cannot be economically viable. On the other hand, we all recognise that there is no global government to provide global public goods, so we have a very imperfect system of national governments trying to cope with global public bads such as pandemics, global pollution, terrorism, illegal migration, international crime and climate change.

Even at the national level, complexity has created inequality and corruption. Free markets and widespread technology have not solved inequality. Growing the size of government from roughly 10% of GDP around 1900 to 30%-35% of GDP today has not solved these problems either. Many politicians and civil servants think that social problems can be solved by passing more laws and regulations.

Using the US Federal Register as an example, the number of pages of federal laws and rules has grown from 15,932 in 1951 to 185,984, with roughly 7,000 to 8,000 significant rule changes every year. That excludes laws and rules passed by local governments. I challenge any serious banker who claims to have read Basel III regulations fully. All CEOs of banks and financial institutions delegate these to specialist lawyers and compliance officers, many of whom are hired from the financial regulatory agencies.

The scale of complexity has made the public more confused, ignorant and distrustful of the political and social system. There are those who think that technology is the solution, but who owns Big Data and has the money to invest in artificial intelligence (AI)? Only the big companies and big governments. In the US, the private sector has to fill up 23,000 federal forms alone, not counting state government forms. Growing bureaucracy is a systemic issue also for private companies.

The American systems-thinker R Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) invented the concept of Spaceship Earth in which humanity struggles with a critical path between mutually assured nuclear destruction on the one hand, and climate warming and environmental collapse on the other. In his last book, he felt that the world is being controlled by a Grunch of Giants (1983), which stands for GR-UN-C-H, or annual Gross Universe Cash Heist, that receives annual dividends of over one trillion dollars.

In todays terms, the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report 2020 showed that global household wealth grew to US$399.2 trillion from US$117.9 trillion in 2000, averaging 6.6% growth per annum. The top 1% of the worlds population owned 43.4% of total wealth; the top 12.4% owned altogether 83.9%; whereas the rest (87.6%) owned less than 16.1%. This is a very unfair and skewed world.

How unfair can be seen from the power of these giants and the harm caused by them. According to the Carbon Majors Report 2017, just 100 fossil fuel companies have accounted for 71% of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. These companies spent billions in lobbying and campaign funds denying climate change. According to, the top 100 global companies are worth US$44.4 trillion in market capitalisation in 2021, equivalent to roughly half of world GDP. Companies are controlled largely by institutional investors, but 10 of the largest asset management companies manage US$31.8 trillion in assets, so even if the shares are owned by millions of investors, the actual management is by a handful.

Thus, global problems are not those of the majority, but a tiny minority who control the military, industry, finance and media levers of the world. This is true at the national as well as global level. I do not personally believe that there is a conspiracy of global Illuminati (secret elite), but these economic termites control the system without necessarily acting together. Just as termites do not have a central mind, they collectively act in a way that seems coherent in terms of pattern. Small wonder why so many people believe in conspiracy theories because the outcome is that a small minority is getting richer and the rest feel that the system is rigged against them.

The collective action trap that we all have is how do we collectively act to protect ourselves from the elite that is supposed to protect us from such predatory action? Until the arrival of US president Donald Trump, it was assumed that bipartisan electoral democracy had all the checks and balances. Today, with the US struggling to control its own political damage and with the Europeans trying to cope with more and more fractured politics resulting in complex coalitions, it is not surprising that faith in democratic politics has been shaken.

In essence, do we live with termites as a fact of life, or can we eradicate them? Since real termites are probably going to outlive humanity, this suggests that we should try to control them rather than aim for eradication. Healthy trees are more immune to termites. Old and dying trees are eaten by them. So how do we keep the trees (metaphorically our society and economy) healthy?

This is the Big question that no one has a good answer for yet. If the best economies and political systems are also struggling, it is not surprising that each society will have to find its own answer. There is no longer a first best model to copy.

My personal view is that we need to be more open-minded and have a bottom-up social conversation to see where we can find the social consensus on how to keep our society and nation-state healthy. How to engineer this is another story.

Tan Sri Andrew Sheng comments on global issues from an Asian perspective. The views expressed are wholly his own.

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Volunteers spend the day restoring the Ronald McDonald House – KERO 23ABC News

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) It's home to families of sick children, offering the opportunity for parents and siblings to access specialized treatment even if it's hundreds of miles away. The Ronald McDonald House has dedicated years to caring for others, but today it needs a little care of its own.

On Saturday, volunteers from Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts will spend the day restoring the house. Scarlett Sabin, the director of the house, says over the years the house has a sustained some water and termite damage. On top of that, it is going to get a fresh coat of paint and some new greenery for the landscape.

The whole thing with Ronald McDonald Houses across the world is we try to create a sense of normalcy for a family during a really difficult time," Sabin said.

The Bakersfield RMH serves around 500 kids a year, allowing families to stay in the home in order to be near hospitalized children at little to no cost.

Were just excited to have it rehabbed so that when we do have kids here, they can play and enjoy it, said Sabin.

The project to restore the RMH is being funded by Bakersfield East Rotary. Sabin said all the supplies cost around $2,000.

After a decade of service to the community, thanks to the help of these volunteers and organizations, this household will be able to continue to provide a home to families in need.

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Fairhope trying to save damaged oak – Gulf Coast News Today

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By Guy Busby

FAIRHOPE Arborists are working to save a massive Fairhope oak that has stood near Mobile Bay since before the city was founded but has been damaged by recent hurricanes and termites.

City officials recently discovered that that the trunk of the live oak at Bayfront Park had split, Richard Johnson, Fairhope public works director, said.

It is a multi-trunk, very, very large mature live oak, Johnson said. The large trunk that basically branches toward the north has, a fissure has occurred, meaning that the bark is broken and there is a visible rip where it connects to the main part of the trunk. That may have been prompted by Hurricane Sally and followed by Zeta, we do not know. It could be part of the natural process and life cycle of the tree, but when the different arborists looked at it, a couple of issues became apparent.

Issues included an infestation of termites feeding on the damaged wood in the injured areas of the tree, Johnson said.

It seems to be we have a little vector issue. Some termites have taken up residence in that tree and they may be going after any of the wood that is compromised in it, Johnson said. The recommendation was not only to treat for the vector issue, but to trim the tree to lessen the chance of a complete fracture of the trunk and the associated limbs as well.

The City Council voted Monday, July 12 to hire arborist Chris Francis to repair the tree at a cost of $9,589.

Johnson said the tree has been a landmark in Fairhope for decades.

Its just really a nice specimen of a live oak and the location is very prominent, he said. Ive been reminded that many folks have gotten married under that tree.

Councilman Kevin Boone said he recalled seeing the tree when he was a child in Fairhope. He said the oak should not be lost to future generations.

I grew up with that tree, Boone said. I spent my entire life tearing trees down doing construction work, but this one really bothers me. That tree means something to me.

Council President Jack Burrell said the oak is worth the cost of preservation for the future.

Its a lot of money to save a tree, but if you amortize that over the next 300 years, $300 a tree over the next 300 years, Burrell said. A pretty good investment.

Crews will secure the tree using steel cables, plates and braces. Johnson said a similar project on a live oak in Centennial Park in Daphne was done more than 10 years ago and has worked well.

The process will allow the Fairhope tree to heal and gives the oak its best chance of survival, Johnson said.

Frankly our two choices are, we can do nothing and maybe the tree heals on its own and it continues to move on, and we dont ever have a problem, or we could end up having a failure of that tree and that challenge is the cost of cleanup may be more than the immediate efforts that were proposing here, Johnson said.

Francis said after the council vote that he felt the city made a good decision to spend the money to save the oak.

I just didnt want to wind up seeing that tree cut down because somebody thought it was more feasible to just remove it rather than invest some money in it, Francis said.

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | Maintain, repair and use safer pressure-treated wood – Ventura County Reporter

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by David Goldstein

Last week, following publication of my column about disposal solutions for wood treated with preservatives, a colleague reminded me that I had ignored the best alternative to disposal.

Recycling pressure-treated wood is not possible in local programs because toxins must be kept out of mulch and compost, and reuse is limited by concerns about breathing toxic dust from cutting and sanding treated wood. But reducing discards should be the top priority.

Rather than removing and replacing pressure-treated wood, first consider repairs. If the framing is still strong, problems like warped, cupped, split or splintering wood can be fixed with some effort, while problems like loosening nails or faded luster can be fixed more easily.

The simplest aesthetic repair is power washing and wood staining. Over time, foot traffic, weathering and the suns ultraviolet rays will affect woods surface. For unpainted treated wood, you can bring back the beauty of the original wood grain. Manufacturers suggest applying a clear or semi-transparent stain containing a UV inhibitor and water repellent every year or two to maintain the beauty of outdoor wood.

The easiest structural repair is replacing loose nails with screws. Screws have more holding power and can fix minor warping, cupping, or curving. Sanding can reduce high edges of weather-worn wood, but sanding treated wood requires a dust mask, safety goggles, and a shower afterward. An alternative to sanding may be turning over the board.

Use building code-approved, corrosion-resistant fasteners and connectors suitable for use in pressure-treated wood, such as hot-dipped galvanized fasteners or stainless steel. Coastal areas of Ventura County, especially with saltwater spray, should use code-approved stainless steel fasteners and connectors.

Treated wood available in local home improvement stores is likely to be infused with copper azole. Copper prevents soil fungus from attacking the lumber and deters insects, including termites. Copper azole, manufactured by Viance, LLC, was standardized by the American Wood Products Association and is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It has taken the place of wood treatments of the past.

In contrast, treated wood from over 18 years ago likely contains arsenic or creosote, and some wood still sold for industrial use contains these toxic treatments. Creosote-treated wood in your garden should definitely be replaced, and wood treated with chromated copper arsenate also raises concerns, according to in its online Issue 15, which summarizes technical studies on the subject. Inorganic arsenic accumulates in living tissues, and the study cited shows arsenic migrated from the wood into surrounding soil. Although only samples less than three inches from the edges of the wood showed higher than background levels of arsenic, and uptake of arsenic into the edible parts of vegetables was also limited, concern remains because soil from various parts of a raised vegetable bed often spread during gardening.

For a non-toxic alternative, Accoya, sold by Chino-based Sierra Forest Products and Royal Plywood Company in Cerritos, treats wood with acetic anhydride. It releases only vinegar into surrounding soil, according to Daniel Trebelhorn, an Accoya spokesperson.Trebelhorn also claimed in an email to me that the product offered superior dimensional stability, resistance to rot/decay and warranties for 50 years above ground and for 25 years if in ground or freshwater contact.

Ventura County Building Official Ruben Barrera noted not all alternatives are standing approved options. He said options would be researched and approved if appropriate in response to a proposal seeking a permit. Many uses, such as raised beds, do not require permits.

Non-toxic wood treatments are more expensive than conventional treatments, priced closer to redwood, another alternative to treated wood. Trex and other composite decking manufacturers also provide alternatives for wood decking. Although more expensive than treated wood, composites are long-lasting and made from recycled products such as wood fiber from cabinet and door manufacturers, carpet fiber, and film plastic from bags. As an added benefit, some of the plastic bags used by Trex at their Nevada factory are collected from Ventura County.

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David Goldstein, Environmental Resource Analyst with Ventura County Public Works Agency, may be reached at or 805-658-4312.

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Vinyl siding came in second again to stucco when it comes to residential exteriors – Plastics News

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Vinyl siding came in second again to stucco among the primary types of exterior wall materials put on new U.S. single-family houses in 2020.

Even though the number of houses built increased to 912,000 up from 903,000 in 2019 little else changed in this year's survey of construction by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Once again, stucco clad 27 percent of the new houses compared with 25 percent for vinyl siding, which had enjoyed a 25-year run as the top exterior material until 2019.

Fiber cement remained the third-most-popular exterior wall material, gaining a percent of use to 22 percent of new homes while brick remained in the fourth spot, dropping a percent to 19 percent.

The fifth-most-popular material, wood, has been installed on 5 percent of new homes since 2013. And other materials, such as concrete block, stone and aluminum siding, were used as the primary material on 2 percent of newly built homes.

Use of vinyl siding peaked in 2002, when it was the primary material installed on 40 percent of 1.325 million new houses for single families.

Depending on the area, vinyl siding is growing at or just below the market average so the rate of its share erosion has slowed, according to Casey Olson, a senior industry analyst at Principia Consulting LLC.

The Malvern, Pa.-based firm puts vinyl siding's share of exterior wall space by volume in 2020 at just over 27 percent, taking into account installations as a primary, secondary and replacement material, the latter of which includes the hot home remodeling market.

By volume, vinyl siding still leads among exterior materials, followed in descending order by fiber cement, engineered wood, brick, stucco, wood, masonry veneer, polymer composites and others, Olson told Plastics News.

"Vinyl's share erosion is expected to slow slightly through 2023 as remodeling and construction activity pick up in the Midwest and Northeast," she added. "Vinyl has [a] strong share in these regions."

To maintain and increase installations, vinyl siding manufacturers have been introducing new colors, profiles and composites as well as addressing environmental issues related to its recyclability and sustainability.

A pilot program called the Northeast Ohio Vinyl Siding Recycling Coalition was launched this month to increase post-consumer recycling of the building product in Cuyahoga County, according to Matt Dobson, vice president of the Vinyl Siding Institute, an Alexandria, Va.-based trade group.

"We're trying to get our manufacturers and their distributors to work in concert with recyclers in this area, which has both strong industry and strong recycling programs," Dobson said in a phone interview. "We will do this for a year and what we learn may become a model to show how people are successfully working together."

The manufacturers most involved in the coalition include some of the biggest companies in the industry: Cornerstone Building Brands Inc. (formerly PlyGem), CertainTeed Corp. and Alside Inc.

With $2.29 billion in profile extrusion sales, Cary, N.C.-based Cornerstone ranks No. 2 among North American plastic pipe, profile and tubing extruders.

Malvern, Pa.-based CertainTeed ranks No. 7 with estimated extrusion sales of $700 million.

And Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Associated Materials LLC, the parent company of Alside, ranks 15th with estimated extrusion sales of $335 million.

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Terminix to Announce Second-Quarter 2021 Results – Business Wire

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Terminix Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TMX), a leading provider of residential and commercial pest control, today confirmed its plan to release its unaudited second-quarter 2021 financial results after 6 a.m. central time (7 a.m. eastern time) on Thursday, August 5, 2021. The company will hold a conference call to discuss its financial and operating results at 8 a.m. central time (9 a.m. eastern time) on Thursday, August 5, 2021.

The company invites all interested parties to join Chief Executive Officer Brett Ponton, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bob Riesbeck, and Vice President of Investor Relations, FP&A and Treasurer Jesse Jenkins for an update on the company's operational performance and financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021. Participants may join this conference call by dialing 877.256.3282 (or international participants, + Additionally, the conference call will be available via webcast. A slide presentation highlighting the companys results will also be available. To participate via webcast and view the presentation, visit the companys investor relations home page at

The call will be available for replay until September 4, 2021. To access the replay of this call, please call 800.633.8284 and enter reservation number 21995995 (international participants: +1.402.977.9140, reservation number 21995995). The webcast will also be available on the companys investor relations home page.

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Terminix Global Holdings (NYSE: TMX) is a leading provider of residential and commercial pest control. The Company provides pest management services and protection against termites, mosquitoes, rodents and other pests. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., with more than 11,500 teammates and 2.9 million customers in 24 countries and territories, the Company visits more than 50,000 homes and businesses every day. To learn more about Terminix, visit, or

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Quarantined spaces are everywhereand they’re much more influential than you think – Fast Company

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Quarantine is uncertainty in built form, according to authors Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley. Throughout historyand likely into the futureuncertainty about the safety of people, objects, plants, and animals has required architectural responses to keep the world protected. Long before COVID-19, a wide range of structures and systems were devised to isolate that uncertain risk. And as Manaugh and Twilley show in their new book Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine, containing risk is a process unfolding all around us.

[Image: courtesy of the authors]Out July 20 from MCD/Farrar Straus and Giroux, the book has been in the works for years, and the current pandemic has only increased its relevance. Manaugh is author of the long running BLDGBlog and A Burglars Guide to the City, a book about architecture and urbanism through the eyes of crooks. Twilley is cohost of Gastropod, a podcast about food through the lens of history and science, and a contributor to The New Yorker. Spouses, the two have been interested in the spaces and systems of quarantine for more than a decade. Its a topic they explored in what became a 2010 exhibition at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City, but half a decade later they decided to dig even deeper into how quarantine remains surprisingly important in the modern world.

After several years of traveling to ancient Black Plague quarantine fortresses built on the Adriatic Sea, and visiting modern isolation and quarantine facilities for people, plants, pathogens, and spacecraft, their book had the last-minute addition of one real life quarantine-inducing pandemic. Through a mix of globetrotting journalism, narrative nonfiction, and a deep historical look at how quarantine has been used over centuries, Manaugh and Twilleys book shows how quarantines are likely to continue to be part of our world, even in the unlikely event this is the last pandemic we see.

Geoff Manaugh and Dr. Luigi Bertinato don plague gear from different eras: Manaugh in 21st century personal protective equipment and Dr. Bertinato in the costume of a Black Death-era physician.[Photo: by Nicola Twilley]Fast Company: Given the situation were in, its tempting to ask what you learned about how we should be using quarantine more effectively than we have in the past. But since you started this book years before COVID-19, maybe a better question is why were you even thinking about quarantine back then?

Geoff Manaugh: An origin point for the book was seeing a quarantine station that had been converted into a hotel when we were traveling in Australia in 2009. Quarantine had always sounded like this really strange thing that they used to do, a historical process or activity that really had no place in the modern world. Quarantine hospitals were now in ruins, or theyd been converted to other uses, or theyd just been torn down altogether. And even the idea that you would have to quarantine instead of getting a quick shot or a vaccination just seemed so obsolete. Initially our interest was to look at what happened to quarantine. What was this thing that produced architecture all over the world? And that led to the design and construction of facilities and hospitals and these really strange buildings in really remote places. What was that activity of quarantine, and where did it go.

Of course literally within instants of asking questions like that you realizeand this is what inspired the belief that we could do an entire book on this topicquarantine didnt really go anywhere because it went everywhere. Now you can see its not just in hospitals or port cities, its in the food supply, its in the way that astronauts return to earth from the International Space Station, its in how we deal with global pandemics like COVID-19. The original impetus to explore it was the realization that something we thought was obsolete and historical was in fact ubiquitous and incredibly important.

Old lazaretto on Manoel Island, Malta. [Photo: Geoff Manaugh]Dating back to some of the first quarantine and isolation sites, theres this recurring tendency of them being built for the previous epidemic, and then being obsolete in the face of new diseases before they can even open. How did you see that in some of the sites you visited?

Nicola Twilley: That is something you see again and again. One place we saw it was Ancona, which is a port on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It was the Popes free port on that side, and they built a spectacular lazaretto, or quarantine facility. Its still an astonishing building today, sort of a giant pentagon with this incredible faux temple structure in the middle. Obviously quite an investment, and they thought it was going to be a great way to protect the city from the plague. But by the time it opened up, there were no more major outbreaks of the plague and it was never really used for its purpose. And that was a story we heard again and again.

I think one of the most striking examples was, in early 2019, we went and visited the first federal quarantine facility that had been constructed in the U.S. in more than a century, in Omaha, Nebraska. And it had 20 beds. Super interesting design from an engineering perspective. All the separation and engineering controls that in the past would have been accomplished by putting a quarantine facility on an island, now allowed quarantine to take place in the middle of the country. But for only 20 people. And thats because it was designed thinking that in the future we would only need to quarantine people coming back from a place where there might be an Ebola outbreak or something like that. And the architecture reflects that. When we caught up with Ted Cieslak, who runs that facility, during COVID-19, it was clear that no one had really thought through what mass quarantine would look like for a respiratory disease that spreads much more easily. So its a constant, designing for the last pandemic, and you get these buildings that were produced for the disease before them. They embody how to control the last disease.

Its probably common right now to think of quarantine for people, but its used more often for pathogens and plants or cropsthings like wheat rust or cocoa plants or suspicious houseplants at state border crossings. How do those spaces and processes differ from human-related quarantines?

NT: Part of our goal with looking at these other forms of quarantine was to say, what can we learn from quarantine by seeing how it operates in these other contexts, detached from the human ideas we bring to it? With plant and animal quarantine, you really see the calculus of the potential risk and the potential harm to trade spelled out in very stark economic terms. At its heart, quarantine was an attempt to preserve the economic benefits of trade while not all dying. So in the plant world that calculus plays out much more stripped of the concerns we have about human life, because youre just talking about plants. To see how these decisions are made in different fields, how the spaces are constructed, what the overlaps are, it allows you to see the underlying assumptions and calculations that go into quarantine decisions stripped of some of the layers of human history and assumptions that might otherwise cloud your vision.

The other piece that I think is just super fascinating is how other animal species quarantine and what we can learn from them. And thats an emerging field right now, but just as ants and termites and so on have been building architecture longer than us, theyve also been social species dealing with the risks, the tradeoffs, the benefits of mobility and disease. So it seems possible that we can learn to isolate and quarantine from them also.

A photo collage from 1902 shows three quarantine and isolation facilities in New York City harbor: Ellis, Swinburne, and Hoffman Islands. [Photo: courtesy U.S. Library of Congress]One of the somewhat worrying things that comes up in the book is that in any quarantine or isolation situation inevitably there will be a breacha failure, people breaking in, or, in the case of nuclear waste containment, time passing so long that theres no way to ensure structures will last or future societies wont open the hatch. How do we need to think about quarantine beyond just buildings?

GM: A lot of it comes down to questions of communication and trust. If you dont have trust in authority or in expertise, its very difficult to maintain anything like quarantine or zones of safety because people wont believe you that the risk is real. And we saw that during COVID-19 where huge sections of the population didnt necessarily believe that it was a real disease, and then didnt believe that the vaccine was real. So if you dont trust the experts saying dont open this or dont go in there, then youll never be able to maintain a site of quarantine effectively. Even in the Black Death, communicating that this is a site of risk or this is a place of danger, referring to a quarantine house or a house that had disease in it, was not easy. Burglars or people who had recovered from the plague and were immune to it took that to mean that they should actually break into that house because nobody was there and it would be easier to get in. Those are major challenges that are beyond architecture.

NT: One of the things that I still personally find hard to recall is that quarantine is inevitably leaky and yet it still works. In fact, you should know its leaky going in and still impose it and follow the rules. That was one of the things that came very clearly out of the research that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) had done, that a quarantine is always leaky and it still works because youre reducing interactions. Its not an all or nothing thing, and thats what makes it hard. Its this gray space. It doesnt have the charm of certainty and thats what makes it so slippery and also so fascinating.

Theres also a somewhat disturbing technological angle here about the future of quarantine being programmed into the built environment. What would that be like, and what is it already like?

GM: Differential access to infrastructure is already a kind of quarantine and certainly lends itself well to quarantine. On an urban scale, I think youre already seeing a kind of filtering of who can go into particular spaces at different times as a form of social distancing or quarantine. But what we tried to show in the book is its going to become more or less indistinguishable from the smart homes of the future. If Google is already tracking what youre searching for online and they also own the company that runs your thermostat and they know youre searching for flu remedies and youre also cranking up the heat in your house, theres a pretty good chance that you might have the disease that happens to be passing through that region. So it doesnt seem like much of a stretch when Google also owns the company that runs your front door lock, that there might be an opportunity for public health and big data and algorithmic health care to overlap in this strange, Id say quite ominous, world where your house can make the decision that its going to quarantine you whether you want to stay home or not.

NT: This trend is not new in history. You can trace the ancestors of todays passport, which is a piece of paper that restricts or facilitates your mobility, that has its origins in a health passport which was an invention during the Black Death to help people avoid having to spend time in quarantine. These things have hardened into place before, so its not paranoid to think that they will again.

GM: It sounds very dystopian and pessimistic, but on the opposite approach, it was really interesting to talk with Todd Semonite, who is the former chief engineer at the Army Corp of Engineers, about the possibilities of building quarantine into our infrastructure, into our sports stadiums, into our hotels, our convention halls, our dormitories, even our private homes. We have an opportunity to make quarantine less onerous in that our houses can already do it. So its not that were just going to get locked in by Google, but that the air conditioning systems in hotels can be tricked into operating in a particular mode that allows us to not be contaminated by the person in the room next to us. Our dormitories can be converted into quarantine facilities so that we dont all have to leave campus the minute a virus breaks out. Airport hotels can simply turn into places for medical isolation so that cities or countries dont have to rely on what we saw during COVID-19, where military hospital ships were being sent to New York City or U.S. citizens were being held on military bases as a way to prevent them from going home after they got off a cruise ship. So the positive version of this is that quarantine will just be sprinkled throughout the built environment and it wont be something we have to panic about.

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Although they share specific characteristics, termites and ants are two different types of insects. They each present their own problems and require different treatment services. When it comes to termites vs. ants, one can be commonly seen in the open, while the other is more discreet but causes severe destruction to the home. Whether you need to get rid of flying ants or call in a termite exterminator, its advised to recognize the following differences before taking action.

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You can look closely at the antennae of the species youre trying to identify to determine whether its an ant or a termite. While ants have elbowed or bent antennae, termites have straight antennae. Although this may seem like a subtle difference, its enough to tell the insects apart so you can proceed with extermination or other services should you need them.

Once youre close enough to compare the bodies of termites to ants, youll likely see that the abdomen on a termite has no defined waist. Unlike ants, which have a well-defined, pinched body, termites are rectangular. If you can inspect both insects closely, this difference can help you determine which pest is present.

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Since ants typically dont eat wood, they likely arent the cause of any significant structural damage to your home, should you have any. On the other hand, termites consume mainly wood, paper, and other cellulose-rich substances and can wreak havoc on a home. If you notice wood damage on your property, you may need to call in an expert to determine if termites are to blame. Piles of sawdust or wood pellets are other indicators that theres likely a termite infestation, and the problem needs to be treated.

Ants are omnivores, which means their diet consists of food from both plants and animals. Theyre also attracted to debris from food, which is why you might have seen a line or group of ants surrounding waste from a public trash can or near a pet food bowl. Termites, however, strictly consume cellulose-rich items such as wood and paper. Theyre more likely to be found in drywall, cardboard, insulation, wood, and other materials that contain the cellulose they seek.

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The life cycle of an ant consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Although queen ants can live for years, the typical worker ant usually only lives for a few months. The termite life cycle, however, is much longer. Queen termites can live for decades, while common termites survive for a couple of years. Termites have more life cycle stages than an ant: egg, larva, nymph, molting, and full maturity. Because of this extended life cycle and the colonys social order, termites live longer than ants.

Although both flying ants and winged termites have four wings, the appearance of their wings can help you determine which one you may be dealing with. Termites have wings that are equal in length and are longer than their bodies, while flying ants wings are unequal in length. An ants back hind wings are shorter than its front fore wings, and they are pretty proportional to their bodies. Termites also have very fragile wings that can fall off easily, and if you see fallen wings in your home, this can sometimes indicate an infestation.

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If youve spent a decent amount of time outdoors, its safe to assume youve seen ants either in your yard or in other outdoor settings. If so, youve seen their dark-colored bodies. Ants are often dark red to black in color and can be frequently seen in the open as they gather and look for food. On the other hand, termites are translucent and light-colored or white, and they tend to avoid light. Its unlikely youve seen them outside unless youve been actively searching for them, as they tend to congregate in dark places.

Both ants and termites can require the help of a professional exterminator or pest control expert to eliminate the problem and ensure your home is free from potential damage. But since termites can cause structural damage that isnt always immediately noticeable, its best to consult a professional once youve identified them. Fire or carpenter ants can also be hard to eliminate on your own, so its wise to seek help if the pesky insects continue to infiltrate your home, whether theyre outdoors or inside.

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Unipest Pest Control Wants In To Help Get The Bugs Out – KHTS Radio

Posted: July 5, 2021 at 1:55 am

For the Santa Clarita Valley, there is one place Santa Clarita residents turn to when an infestation takes place in their homes: Unipest Pest Control.

Unipest Pest Control is the place Santa Clarita residents know puts an end to the bugs and termites infesting their homes.

Whether you have general ants and spiders that need extermination, or more grievous pests like termites, bed bugs or German cockroaches, Unipest has an eco-friendly pest control option for you, the Santa Clarita pest control business states.

Unipest began its journey as a father-son pest control project out of a garage in Valencia, with plans to be a new type of Santa Clarita pest control company for families and companies who wanted a modern approach to pest control.

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Our first service vehicle was the family SUV and our first secretary was our mother on summer vacations, the Unipest website reads. Since these humble beginnings, Unipest has grown to be the premiere pest and termite control company in the Santa Clarita Valley, specializing in eco-friendly and organic options for both Termite and Pest Control throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

This Newhall pest control center has had huge success due to its ability to provide homes with, among other services, bed bugs and heat treatment, termite control, beehive removal and bird barriers.

Unipest does not only focus on residential pest control; it also devotes a large part of its services to commercial pest control for local businesses.

Businesses keep our economy moving forward and nothing puts a halt to production and progress like a pest infestation, the Unipest website reads. Whether its German cockroaches in a restaurant, filth flies in a food production facility, dry-wood termites in an apartment building or roof rats infesting a storage warehouse, commercial pest control is a MUST for any business owner in Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County.

This pest control service provider operates in Santa Clarita, Canyon Country, Saugus, Newhall, Valencia, Castaic, Stevenson Ranch, Fillmore, Los Angeles, Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, Studio City, Pasadena and Ventura.

The Newhall pest control business is located at 23638 Lyons Avenue, # 105 Santa Clarita, California 91321.

To hear about a free consultation with Unipest, call their office at (661) 284-7575.

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