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Wood Destroying Ants: What You Need to Know

Carpenter ants

A carpenter ant infestation can come out of nowhere, and unlike regular ants, they often cause significant damage to your home’s structure. Carpenter ants do not eat wood. However, they do like to nest in it. Damage occurs as they build their nest or add to their colony. If you are concerned about these little pests, the following tips will help you ward off an infestation. Carpenter Ants and Termites Carpenter ants and termites can both have wings. They look a lot alike, so it is often hard to determine what type of pest you are dealing with. Examine the body to figure out what you have. Carpenter ants are… Read More

Bugs for Dinner? 4 Surprising Foods that Contain Insects

In some parts of the world, bugs are considered a healthy source of protein. Many don’t think twice about popping a cricket or worm into their mouths when they want a quick snack. In the United States, however, we generally shy away from consuming insects. What you may not know, however, is that the FDA’s position is that some bugs in food are perfectly acceptable, as long as you can’t see them. In fact, for every 100 grams of food, up to 60 insect parts are considered “safe” to eat. As a result, you probably eat way more bugs than you ever realized. The following foods are sure to surprise… Read More

Mosquitoes, Bed Bugs and More: How to Identify Common Bug Bites

Fire ant sting

The heat of the summer provides the perfect breeding ground for insects, particularly those of the biting and stinging variety. Some bites, like those from mosquitoes or ants, are just a nuisance and take time to get over. Others, like bed bug bites, indicate a potential infestation that might require the services of a pest control specialist. And, there are other bites that are quite serious and could require medical attention, like those from a black widow spider. Understanding what different bites look like and being able to identify where they came from will help you know what steps you need to take to remedy the situation. Black Widow Spiders… Read More

Wood Destroying Insects: What You Need to Know About Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bees are quite the nuisance, causing damage to homes all over the country. These creatures are known as wood destroying insects, because they make their nests inside of wood and causing a host of problems for home owners as a result. If left unchecked, carpenter bees can cause structural damage. The following information will help you learn more about these little pests. What Do Carpenter Bees Look Like? Carpenter bees actually look a lot like bumble bees. However, to tell the difference, look closely at their hair. Bumble bees have a hairy abdomen. In contrast, carpenter bees have a bare abdomen. In addition, bumble bees have yellow bands on… Read More

Keeping Pests Out: 5 Tips to Ensure Your Home is Bug Free

Dirty Cockroach Kitchen

When it comes to pests, mice, cockroaches and ants top the list as the most irritating (and unwelcome) household “guests.” How, then, do you keep these little creatures from invading your space? These five tips should cut back on the frequency of your pest sightings. Eat in the Kitchen This tip sounds almost too simple, but keep in mind that many families snack throughout the house or enjoy dinners in front of the television every once in a while. To limit your pest sightings, keep food in the kitchen and dining room only. You’ll have an easier time cleaning up after meals, and establishing this habit ensures that crumbs don’t… Read More

6 Fun Facts about Mice

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Spotting a mouse scurrying through your home is many people’s worst nightmare. Because mice are so common, however, the likelihood of an infestation happening in your home is quite high. However, mice are actually quite surprising little creatures. They are smart, social and actually very clean. While you probably still don’t want them taking up residence in your living space, these six facts about mice may change the way you think of these “pests.” 1. Mice are cleaner than some humans. A common misconception about mice is that they are dirty little pests. However, the reverse is actually true; mice are very clean animals. Their homes are organized into different… Read More

5 Things Your Pest Control Technician Wants You to Understand

There are a lot of misconceptions about what pest control is and what to expect from your technician. No one wants to see bugs or rodents on their property, particularly if they have made their way indoors. However, it is important to stay calm and listen to the expertise of the technician that comes out to service your property. They can help you understand how to prevent future problems and address current issues. To get you started, the following tips will clue you in to five things that pest control technicians wish their customers understood. 1. A technician is not an “exterminator.” What do you think of when you hear… Read More

The 4 Scariest Insects in the World

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There are hundreds of thousands of insects in the world. Generally, these creatures are pretty small, so you may wonder why anyone would ever be scared of them. Believe it or not, some bugs can really hurt humans, and there are a number of them that can even kill you. The following four insects are some of the scariest in the world. Japanese Giant Hornets The Japanese Giant Hornet is quite small, only about the size of your thumb. However, you don’t want to underestimate this little creature, because it releases extremely potent venom into its unfortunate victims. Not only that, but the poison attracts other hornets from the hive… Read More

The Extraordinary World of Insects: 5 of the Strangest Organisms Inhabiting the Earth

Giant Shield Bug Elvis

Nature is truly amazing. While extolling its virtues, many often neglect to focus on insects, the small living organisms that share our world. There are more than a million species of these creatures, and while some are fairly ordinary, others are nothing less than extraordinary. The following insects are all remarkable in their own way, whether it be for their looks, their mannerisms or their general oddities. Pipevine Swallowtail  How can something so beautiful start out as something so ugly? Found in both North and Central America, the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly is known for its incredible shade of blue. However, all butterflies first start as caterpillars, and in this case,… Read More

Spring Bugs Getting You Down? Give These Unusual Treatment Methods a Try!

Bee swarm

After a bitterly cold winter, many people are looking forward to spring and the promise of warmer weather. However, along with the change in temperature comes an increase in the bug population. Roaches, stink bugs, ants and bees seem to come out of the woodwork in the spring and summer. Homeowners have two options: call in the professionals or try and get rid of the infestation themselves. There are a number of unusual home treatment methods circulating the web; the following creative remedies are certainly worth a try in the battle against the bugs! Roaches There are very few bugs that upset homeowners more than roaches. If you’ve seen a… Read More