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1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 450 (426)

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition
1950-51 Theatre Catalog
1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 450
Page 450

1950-51 Theatre Catalog, 9th Edition, Page 450

Typical insect pests: Flea, Bedbug, Clothes Moth, Carpet Bettle, and Cockroach. The relative sizes to which each grows is given in the line scale under each.

A SKILLED PROFESSIONAL EXTERMINATOR sprays a seat lip (above) and under the arm (below) to destroy pests. He uses a pressure sprayer which ejects a powerful insecticide from the nozzle.

astrous than the insect itself. The Writer recalls a foolish theatre operator who was faced with over 300 lawsuits entered by patrons ailiicted with burns of the arms and legs from Wet seats sprayed with an inferior compound only a short time before the first show.

Body lice, although they are not so generally encountered nowadays, still constitute a menace in some sections of the United States and should be guarded against. Often carriers of disease, they should be stamped out by the same methods used to destroy other pests of similar habits.

Cockroaches-A well-known pest and a constant visitor to theatres, the cockroach family also includes waterbugs, croton bugs, and beetles. The most common domestic type, the German cockroach, invades theatre restrooms, seats, furniture, drinking fountains, dish premium and candy cartons, refreshment stands, and vending machines. The largest of the species, the American cockroach, frequents portions of the basement, such as the boiler room, coal bin, sump pit, refrigeration machinery sites, and other damp surfaces. Other types, such as the Australian or brown-banded cockroach, may be present in Various sections of the country.

Cockroaches of any kind can become very troublesome, and Vigorous measures must be taken to control them. Standard liquids or powdered insecticides of the newer residual type will prove extremely effective when properly applied to spots where roaches appear. Treatment may have to be repeated at regular intervals to insure lasting control.

Fleas and TickseThese vociferous pests enter the theatre through open exit doors, broken windows, coal chutes, etc., or they are carried in by dogs, cats, and rodents. Once established in the pleasant atmosphere of a dark, warm theatre, eggs dropped by fleas and ticks fall to the floor, and the larvae feed on any material found under the carpets and matting, or in the fioor and seat cracks. When full-grown, they will attack any convenient patron.

Control of iieas and ticks is best effected by rodent eradication, removal of cats and dogs, and the complete vacuum cleaning of carpets and upholstered furniture. Chemical treatment with a good insecticide, or the dusting of affected areas with naphthalene flakes or paradichlorobonzine crystals, is also helpful.

Moths, Flies, and MosquitoeseSince the re-weaving of unsightly moth holes in carpeting can be expensive, a careful

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