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BUG U: Where experts learn how the bugs creep in

(WMC-TV) - You're never more than ten feet away from a spider, maybe even closer depending on which study you read online.

When a pest control expert comes to your home , he or she looks high and low in spots you might not think to look.  

Odds are good he's been trained at a one-of-a-kind "University" - to track down - where bugs hide.

Apparently the key to pest control is to think like the pest.

That's what they do in this 30,000 square foot Orkin University training center near downtown Atlanta.

Even competitors come here, it's where many of the pest control people who visit your house - learn how pests creep in.

It allows students to get on their knees and look under areas where pests might be present.

There are plenty of bugs at the university, even jars of hungry bedbugs!

Workers train in fake hotel rooms, kitchens, restaurants even a pretend supermarket - with phony soda spills under the shelves.

Out back there's a house in various stages of construction - they call it the termite pavilion.

"They will build a tube to get into the house," said entomologist Ron Harrison.

And there are plenty of spots where bugs can hide.

They demonstrated many ways pests can get from outside to inside the house.

"They would be feeding on this wood and then of course the next step is the house," said Harrison.

Then it's time to get a look inside the bug house - one just like anyone else's - built to code.

More bedbugs were in the house.


"They love to be high on this pillow top area.  That's all the fecal smears and old eggs that used to be there," said Harrison.

Sections of the walls are cut out - covered with plexiglass - to show what we can't normally see.

And in the pantry - there are bugs everywhere - going after food that isn't properly sealed.


"Spiders are a great indicator of where bugs are. In fact if you have spiders around your doorways, you have air coming in. Insects are probably coming through there," said Harrison.

Everything here shows pest control experts, where to start looking - and they say you should start looking for cracks, gaps, hiding spots and holes in your home now.

"This fall, stopping them is the goal, so they do not get established inside your home. it's the next spring or late winter when they come back out and think they are going to go eat and they come inside your house or down from the attic. That becomes a problem," said Harrison.

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