It goes without saying, that the Brown Recluse spider is one of the most feared pests in the United States. There are, however, some preventative measures that you can take today, that will decrease your chances of getting bit by one of these dangerous spiders… Read More
Brown House Moth
Here’s what you need to know about this common household pest, including: appearance, lifestyle, habits, and control… Read More
Preventing a Bed Bug Infestation
Learn more steps you can take to help control and prevent bed bug infestations with this great infographic… Read More
Learn to Eliminate Biting Flies From Your Yard
Biting flies can transmit disease, including West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease. This elevates them from a backyard pest to a serious problem. Some easy residential lawn care and outdoor tips can help prevent bites… Read More
Keeping the Rodents At Bay In the Cold Weather
Rodents do some pretty significant damage to both property and the food supply across the United States. What’s worse, though, is that they have the ability to spread disease and create a serious risk to you and your family… Read More
Pest Of The Week: The Velvet Ant
They go by many names. They are often confused for bright, hairy, ants. They are Velvet ants, and technically, they are actually wasps. These wasps are known for their incredibly painful stings; so painful in fact, that they have been rumored to take out an animal as big as a cow. That’s how they garnered the nickname, “cow killers.”
Velvet ants come in a variety of colors including: black, red, orange, yellow, and white; or a combination of these. Their bodies measure up to an inch in length, and are covered with bright colored hairs that give them their velvety appearance.
Male and female Velvet ants vary not only in size, with the males being smaller, but also with the presence of wings. Male Velvet ants have wings and can fly, while females lack wings. Additionally, it’s only the female Velvet ants that sting… And boy do they ever! If you see a Velvet ant, it’s best to admire their bright colored beauty from a distance to avoid being painfully stung!