Running for a Cause: O’Daly’s Green Dress Run 2015

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Once again, Bugmaster is inviting you all to come out and join us in another event benefiting the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile (CAC) . O’Daly’s Green Dress Run is one of the best 5K’s Mobile has to offer, especially since it is to aid the CAC in helping victims of child abuse in the area. Let’s run together for a good cause!

When:
Saturday, March 14th
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Course Info:
• 5K (3.1 miles)
• Course starts at O’Day’s Irish Pub at 564 Dauphin Street in Downtown Mobile
• Runs through parts of Midtown
• Finishes back O’Day’s Irish Pub at 564 Dauphin Street

Where to Register:
Register in person until 12:00 noon on March 12th at:
McCoy Outdoor
Springhill Plaza
3498 Springhill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608

Run-N-Tri 
Piccadilly Square
6345 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL 36608

Running Wild 
214 Fairhope Ave
Fairhope, AL 36532

Register online at until 4:00 AM March 13 at:
eventbrite.com

Race Day Registration:
• O’Daly’s Irish Pub on Saturday, March 14th (day of race) from 2:00-3:30 PM

Registration Costs:
Adults:
$25 (plus $2.37 fee)
Includes shirt and Post-Race Party ticket*

Children (12 and under):
$15.00 (plus $1.82 fee)
Includes shirt and Post-Race Party ticket*

*To guarantee a race shirt for the race day, you must submit your application by March 8th.

Packet Pick-Up Time:
• O’Daly’s Irish Pub on Saturday, March 14th (day of race) from 2:00-3:30 PM

Awards:
• Top Male and Female Overall, Masters, Grandmasters, Senior Grandmasters, and Race Walker.

• Top three male and female in age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.

Post-Race Party/Awards Ceremony:
There will be an awesome Post-Race Party and Awards Ceremony at O’Daly’s Irish Pub following the race. More info to come.

For more information, contact:
Matthew LeMond
Email: Lemond@odalysirishpub.com
Phone: (504)701.2589

Also, visit and like O’Daly’s Facebook Page for event info and updates.

We hope you can come out and join the Bugmaster family in this fun benefit for our community. Put on your green dress, and let’s run!

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New Look. Same Great Local Pest Control And Wildlife Service.

Change is never easy, but it’s a necessity. Realizing we have had the same logo since 1995, we had a wild hair and decided to create a new and improved look for BugMaster. So, if you see something a bit different on our vehicles around town or on the BugMaster website, Facebook page, or mail – you are not seeing someone new – it’s just something new about the same company. New look and all, BugMaster is still the same locally owned, customer centric, pest control and wildlife experts we have always been.

BugMaster then & now.

BugMaster then & now.

We are so proud that this is our 40th year protecting and serving the residences and businesses in Mobile and Baldwin County. Thanks so much for your continued trust and support. We are looking forward to being there for you and your family for the next 40 years and beyond.

Let us know what you think about our new look.

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Cooking for a Cause in Mobile – Downtown Cajun Cook-Off

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As you may already know, we at BugMaster are actively involved in supporting  The Child Advocacy Center of Mobile and assisting them in their efforts to help victims of child abuse. This year, the CAC is proud to announce the very first Downtown Cajun Cook-Off presented by Cunningham Bounds, LLC. All proceeds benefit the CAC to help fund their many services to the community, and we are a proud sponsor of this event.

What:
Gumbo, Étouffée, crawfish pies, boudin balls, jambalaya, crawfish bisque, maque choux — you name it. All of these will be featured samples from 20 of our area’s restaurants. During sampling hours, you will enjoy music from local and regional acts and feast your eyes on beautiful works of art from local artists.

At 2:00 p.m., Jason Smith, Honorary Chairman from WALA FOX10 News, will take the stage to announce the winners of the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off

When:
Saturday, March 21st
10:00am – 2:00pm

Where:
Cathedral Square
Downtown Mobile, Alabama

Tickets & Donations:
Tickets will be available for $10 in advance at http://www.cacmobile.org/buynow.shtml and at the following locations:

Child Advocacy Center
1351 Springhill Ave. – Mobile, AL

Mellow Mushroom
5660 Old Shell Road – Mobile, AL
2032 Airport Boulevard – Mobile, AL

BugMaster
619 Azalea Rd – Mobile, AL
2520 US Hwy 98 – Daphne, AL

Support:
If you would like to become involved as a sponsor or on the committee, please email ehenderson@cacmobile.org or call Elaine Henderson at 251-432-1101.

Join the Facebook event page here to stay posted on the latest announcements and to invite your friends to join in.

We hope you can join us for food, fun, and a good cause!

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When it Rains, It Doesn’t Have to Pour: How to Keep the Critters Out on Rainy Days

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Did you know that Mobile is famous for more than being the originating city of Mardi Gras? We are also famous for something that’s, well, not so fun. With over 5 feet of rain annually, Mobile has been dubbed the rainiest city in the country. While most of us prepare for this weather by having our umbrellas and rain boots handy, we may not think about how Mother Nature’s critters adapt to this wet environment.

Pests like snakes, cockroaches, and ants can easily adapt by finding a drier place to live—like your home.

Snakes commonly slither into dry places with a minimal amount of human interaction or where they can easily hide, like crawl spaces and garages.

Cockroaches have a bit of a different approach. Cockroaches live in larger colonies, so when one cockroach discovers a dry home with a place to live, it tells its cockroach buddies. Then before you know it, you have a cockroach infestation on your hands.

What about ants? When the rain comes pouring down, the ants come marching in to a place with higher and drier ground. And then they begin searching for food and water. That’s why you mostly see them in your kitchen and bathroom during the rainy weather.

To keep these critters from crawling in and making themselves at home, here are a few helpful tips to put into action:

1. 

Keep your home tidy. 

Keep your home tidy.

Cockroaches and ants are drawn to leftover food on unwashed dishes, garbage that is not sealed, and small puddles of water/spills. The cleaner your house, the less these critters will have to eat, and they’ll take their search elsewhere.

2.

Take your recycling pile to the recycling station frequently.

Take your recycling pile to the recycling station frequently.

Cockroaches and snakes like to live in hidden areas, and cardboard boxes make safe homes. Also, little bits of leftover food can attract cockroaches to your recycling bin.

3. 

Check inconspicuous areas in your home regularly. 

Check inconspicuous areas in your home regularly.

If you have a nook in your carport where you never go, there’s a good chance snakes or cockroaches will go there first. Check the places regularly to keep them clean and pest free.

4. 

Barricade and seal your home.

Barricade and seal your home.

Any nooks and crannies that are open to the outside of your home are a welcoming entrance for pests to come in. Since cockroaches are small and ants are even smaller, the tiniest crack can be an entryway for these pests. Use caulk to seal doors, windows, and any other cracks these critters can crawl through.

5. 

Call a professional for help.

Lastly, if you find an infestation of these pests in your home and know that you are not able to handle the situation yourself, call a professional to help you. Cockroaches carry bacteria and allergens and can harm your health. Snakes are sometimes not so easy to identify, and encountering a venomous snake would make a not-so-good situation really bad. And while ants aren’t as harmful to your health (unless they’re the biting kind), they are still a nuisance and are thieves when it comes to your kitchen pantry.

Don’t let pests take over your home and put you out in the rain. Handle infestation situations quickly, and be sure to call BugMaster if you have any problems.

Visit BugMaster.com or call us at 251.666.4402 if you need to speak to one of our local pest pros or schedule an appointment.

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Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile,_Alabama

http://blog.al.com/live/2013/02/mobile_-_not_seattle_-_the_rai.html

https://www.combatbugs.com/bug-files/ants-and-rainy-weather

http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Ants-Coming-Into-Your-Home

http://www.science20.com/lessons_bugs/blog/practical_advice_about_ants_your_house_ask_bugman_answer

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Don’t Let Pests Ruin Your Meal and Restaurant Reputation

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No restaurant wants to be known as “the place where that guy found the fly in his soup.” Even more so, no one wants to be “that guy.” If you’re in the food industry, your main goal is to keep your guests happy and healthy, and maintaining a clean and pest-free facility will definitely contribute to the satisfaction of your customers. Let’s take a look at common restaurant pest problems and how to keep them under control.

CHALLENGES
Let’s face the facts— restaurants are especially attractive to rodents and bugs for the same reason they are to us: the grub. And because of the fast-pace work environment in a food facility, something like a small critter crawling into the food processor may go unnoticed. Pleasant thought, right?

Also, most of us prefer to ingest things that are not doused in chemicals and pesticides. This is one of the reasons getting rid of pests in food facilities can present a bit of a challenge. If not handled properly, some pest control management can pose a health risk to guests because of the dangerous chemicals that can penetrate the air and come into contact with food preparation spaces. And having insect catchers or traps lying around the building isn’t the most comforting site for your guests to see.

SOLUTIONS
Staff Education: Make sure all of your employees are “in the know” when it comes to the risks of pests. They need to know what pest infestation signs to look for such as eggs, feces, and dirt tracks and also that it is crucial that these sightings are reported.

Sanitation: This is the biggest part. Food residue is to critters as that cake sitting on the kitchen counter is to us— very tempting. Keep everything clean, especially soda dispensers, food prep areas, and floor drains. Limit cardboard boxes— you never know what may be hiding in there. Seal any cracks and put weather stripping and sweeps on the doors. Also, make sure everything is off the ground so that the entire floor can be mopped properly.

Be Proactive: The last thing you want is a shutdown. This will ruin your restaurant’s reputation and will make it harder to stay in business after you reopen. Make sure you are putting pest control on the top of the priority list.

HOW BUGMASTER CAN HELP
Along with our regular commercial Pest Control services, we also offer drain cleaning to keep your restaurant as sanitary as possible. Our expertly trained technicians will also provide consultations and tips to keep your business critter-free. No job is too big or too small for us.

Visit BugMaster.com or call us at 251.666.4402 if you need to speak to one of our local pest pros or schedule an appointment.

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Resources:
http://www.loyalpest.com/Blog/pest-control-in-restaurants-common-challenges-effective-methods.html

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No Scuttlebutt: USS ALABAMA BATTLESHIP PARK Turns 50

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50th anniversary day of the Battleship Memorial Park
January 9th, 2015 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission: FREE with Alabama driver’s license (plus, three others can enter the park free of charge)

Local World War II and movie star, the USS Alabama and the Battleship Memorial Park,  was opened to the public in 1965. Kicking off a one year celebration,  the park is having a 50 th anniversary day on Jan. 9th. According to al.com:

The park’s opening came just a few months after the battleship made its way into Mobile Bay Sept. 14, 1964, thanks to school children’s donations and statewide support that saved the war ship from the scrapyard.

Click here to see the tentative 2015 Battleship Memorial Park celebration calendar.

Happy 50th Anniversary USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park! You are a great asset to Mobile, Alabama and you make us proud. We are looking forward to visiting you for the next 50 years.

Visit the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park website.

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A Gift Certificate for Pest Control?

BugBlog-GiftCard-TWIT-HeaderRunning out of holiday gift ideas this year? A BugMaster Gift Certificate is that unique gift that many of your loved ones and friends can benefit from. We think a BugMaster Gift Certificate is one of the smartest gifts you can give this year.

Who would love a BugMaster Gift Certificate?
- New homeowners
– Business owners
– Home improvers
– That person who seems to have everything (and is so hard to buy for)

What services can a BugMaster Gift Certificate be used for?
A BugMaster Gift Certificate is essentially a credit that can be used towards any of our services or products, such as:
– Pest Control Service
– Wildlife Control Service
– Termite Service
– Sentricon Colony Elimination Baiting System
– Tap Insulation
– Leaf Defier Gutter System
– Do-It-Yourself pest control products found in-store or online at bugmasterdiy.com- Can be used to pay BugMaster account balances

To purchase a BugMaster Gift Certificate, call (251) 666-4402, or email customerservice@bugmaster.com.

Thanks for shopping local and Happy Holidays from the BugMaster family!

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