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What Are Bed Bug Heat Treatments?

Instead of simply spraying down the rooms of your house that have bed bugs, a different approach is taken. One that is much safer and healthier for you and your family. More… 

Pest Control Tips after Storm or Flood Damage

After hurricane Sandy, homeowners have been dealing with a lot of pest. Here are five steps to help control the pest population. Steps include: chemical barriers, dealing with leaks and moisture, making use of traps, and covering entrances. More… 

Pest Control: Fall Check List

Here’s a checklist to better control pests this fall:

http://www.mcdonaldpestcontrol.com/tampa-pest/pest-control-fall-check-list/

Carpenter Ants…Still Active In The Winter

When most people think of ants invading their home, they assume that the invasion will happen in the spring or summer months as this is the time when ant nests are working in full swing and quite visible. Despite what people think, some ants will enter your home during the winter if they choose. More…

Stink Bugs Return with a Flash

The signs of fall being here are everywhere: beautiful leaf growth, football season, hikes
and picnics and unfortunately, stink bugs. This has become an annual staple as th
ese bugs have become the bane of many homeowners all across the United States. More… 

Pest Of The Week: Boxelder Bug

 

Adult Box Elder Bug
Adult Box Elder Bug (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Boxelder bugs are a North American species of true bug, also commonly known as the zug, or maple bug. It is most often discovered on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees. The adults are about a half an inch long, with a dark brown or black coloration, red wing veins and markings on the abdomen.

If disturbed, this true bug will release a pungent and bad-tasting compound, that is highly effective in discouraging predators and allows them to congregate; without being preyed on. However, their congregation habits and associated odor can annoy people, earning them the distinction; of a common pest and household nuisance.

Although boxelder bugs may occasionally pierce plant tissues while feeding, they are not known to cause significant damage to gardens and farmer’s crops, and therefore are not widely considered to be an agricultural pest; or significant bug control problem. However, during the cooler Fall months, boxelder bugs may invade houses, dwellings and structures, seeking a warm place to spend the Winter.

 

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Pest of the Week: Emerald Cockroach

Ampulex compressa, commonly called Emerald Coc...

Wasp

The Emerald Cockroach wasp has a metallic blue-green body, with the thighs of the second and third pair of legs being red. The female is approximately 22 mm long. The male of this species is smaller, and does not have a stinger.

Also known as a jewel wasp, the Emerald Cockroach wasp is best known for its unusual reproductive behavior, which involves stinging the cockroach; and then using the body as a living-host for its larvae.

The female Emerald Cockroach wasp will sting the cockroach twice, paralyze the front legs of the victim; and disable the escape reflex. Then the wasp leads the cockroach to a burrow, by pulling one of the roach’s antennae; similar to a leash. Once they reach the burrow, the Emerald Cockroach wasp lays a white egg, on the cockroach’s abdomen.

Adults live for several months. Mating takes about one minute, and only one mating session is necessary, for a female wasp to successfully parasitize several dozen cockroaches; making them an unlikely source for natural roach control.

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Rodent Control Tips

For a few tips on keeping mice, rats, and other rodents out of your house check out:

http://www.bugs.com/blog/index.php/2012/10/rodent-control-tips/

Squirrel Goes Nuts – Attacks Woman

A Florence, South Carolina woman was attacked in her yard by a squirrel last Saturday. Joyce Linton was in her front yard, minding her own business, when a squirrel ran up her leg and bit her. More…

The Invasion of the Stinkbugs

For most homeowners, stinkbugs are merely a nuisance. They don’t bite or sting, and they’re not known to carry any disease. Their worst offense is the foul odor they emit when killed. We all run for a shoe or newspaper when we see a bug in our house; but for stinkbugs, that’s not such a good idea. Many people resort to vacuums or homemade traps, but these pose risks of leaving the lingering odor behind, as well. The best way to deal with stinkbugs is to somehow shoo them out of your home or prevent them from ever entering in the first place. More…

Boxelder Bug Control Home Remedy

To get rid of this home pest, don’t squash them this only releases their odor, which will in turn attract more stink bugs. Instead, knock them into soapy water, where they’ll drown. Another option is using EcoSMART’s organic pesticides, which will kill stink bugs on contact safely and naturally without releasing their smell. Watch the how-to video here.

Creatures of the night: Bats!

So why do people fear bats so greatly? While only a small percentage of bats carry it, rabies is a very serious disease, and could be fatal. Bats can also carry insect parasites, which can be left behind in their nests and could pass on to human hosts. More…