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Your Homes Curb Appeal Could Be Attracting Pests It’s important to pay attention to what implications your home’s curb appeal and landscaping can have for your yearly pest prevention. Here are some helpful landscaping tips to deter pests: http://www.westernpest.com/blog/your-homes-curb-appeal-could-be-attracting-pests/ Preventing Ants Is An Ongoing Task Check out these helpful tips from our Rose exterminators to prevent ant problems in your home: http://www.rosepestsolutions.com/blog/post/preventing-ants-is-an-ongoing-task Carpenter Bees Damage Wood These bees are known as wood destroying insects, because they make their nests inside of wood and cause a host of problems for home owners as a result. If left unchecked, carpenter bees can cause structural damage. Learn more: http://www.permatreat.com/carpenter-bees-damage-wood/ Pest Control Tips to… 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

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

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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

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

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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

The Buzz about Bees: 5 Incredible Facts About Nature’s Little Wonders

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Most people don’t give bees a second thought. These little winged insects, however, are actually very important to the economy and the environment. Bees pollinate our fruits and vegetables (for free!), a job that would be nearly impossible for farmers to do on their own. In addition, these helpful, amazing little creatures are actually much more complex than they appear. The following five facts will change the way you look at bees forever. 1. Bees recognize faces. Have you ever been outside, enjoying the fresh air, when a bee suddenly starts circling you? You move, only to find that the bee continues to move with you. It’s not a coincidence;… Read More

Become Your Own Insect Farmer

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If you are growing and raising your own insects for personal consumption, does that make you a farmer or rancher? Regardless, that’s exactly what designer Katharina Unger at Farm 432 has envisioned with a counter-top insect breeding system for your kitchen. Counter-Top Insect Breeding System- Become Your Own Insect Farmer Are you the adventurous type who is looking for a higher quality protein; a protein that has fewer calories, and less fat than other “more traditional” proteins? With the recent Paleo diet, and thousands of people becoming more and more obsessed with returning to the roots of food, some are turning to eating insects. While the thought of popping a… Read More

Strange Bug Facts: 5 Cool Things You Never Knew About Insects

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Most homeowners are familiar with a variety of pests, but how much do you really know about the little creatures you see each day? Insects are actually quite intelligent, and there is a lot about them that might surprise you. These five facts will give you an inside glimpse into the secret world of bugs and other pests. 1. The animal that has killed more humans than any other is the… mosquito. Mosquitoes may be tiny, but their bite packs a punch; they transmit parasites from one human to another, causing diseases like malaria. More than one million people die each year from mosquito bites, and the tally has grown… Read More

7 Bug Super Skills

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1. Spider Silk Spider silk stronger than steel?!?!?! Maybe, maybe not?! The answer to this question is one of those that may never be answered. Comparing different factors of the two materials, it really is a toss up in regards to who comes out on top. The mere fact that a spider can produce anything that is comparable is simply extraordinary. Mass producing spider silk is extremely difficult. A spider normally only makes the amount of silk it requires and nothing more. 2. Beetle Super Strength Dung beetles are known for their love of feces. Most dung beetles will roll up the feces and hide it away for their feast.… Read More

Pest Control News: Valentines Day Edition

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Valentines Day Bugs There are two bugs that have names synonymous with Valentines Day; and coincidentally, one is our pest of the week. Here’s what you need to know about two Valentines Day Bugs; the Lovebug and the Kissing bug… Read More Book Lice Or Psocids’ My wife loves getting books for any special occasion, and I’ll admit that sometimes I’ll get her a book from a used book store. This Valentines Day, don’t give your significant other Book Lice… Read More New England’s Most Invasive Insects If you live on one of these New England states, be on the lookout for these three invasive insects this Valentines Day… Read… Read More