Pest Control: Your Friday Links Round-Up

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Fall Wasp Wars

Every autumn, homeowners wage war against wasps and hornets. These flying pests grow excessively aggressive as their preferences move from proteins to sweets. Learn more about these wasp wars.

How to Get Rid of Bugs in Acorns and Pine Cones

Many of us use pine cones for holiday decorations every year, but unknowingly bring pests into our homes by doing so. Here’s a step by step guide to getting rid of these unwanted bugs so you may continue using acorns and pine cones for decor. More…

Plants Enlist Aid From Birds For Pest Control

When trees or plants are under attack from insects, they can emit certain scents that attract birds. The birds in turn then gobble up many of the plants-munching bugs. More…

Tips to Pest Proofing Your Home This Fall

With the change of season comes a different challenge for homeowners because it is also a peak time for pests to make their way indoors. Learn to protect yourself, here.

When Are Carpenter Ants Active?

Click here, to learn more about the most active times of year for carpenter ants.

Carpenter BeePest Of The Week: Carpenter Bees

Measuring almost an inch in length, Carpenter bees get their name for their love of all things wood. They will build their nests in building frames, dried wood, tree stumps, and bamboo by chewing through it. They can be destructive pests, despite their ability to beneficially pollinate.

These bees look almost like bumble bees, but are a little bit smaller and have a glossy, hairless, black abdomen. Throughout the spring and summer months, female Carpenter bees gather nectar to transform into their “bee bread” which they feed to the rest of the colony.

There’s more good news (other than beneficial pollination) about Carpenter bees… The males that one usually sees buzzing around the hive cannot sting.

Pest Control Links Round Up: Halloween Edition

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Scary Pest Facts – Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, we wanted to share a few creepy facts about pests that can be pretty scary! More…

Creepy Halloween Movies – Tarantula

Clark Pest Control gives a few insights on the 1955 classic movie, Tarantula! More…

Have A Safe, Happy & Pest Free Halloween

Take a minute and enjoy a Halloween roach video. More…

The Scariest Spiders in the World

Nothing gets people on-edge quite like spiders. A popular rumor states that no matter where you are you are usually about eight feet from a spider. More…

Vampires In Your Bed

Bedbugs are like vampires but you can’t use garlic to defeat these bloodsuckers. Here are some tips:

Little Brown BatPest Of The Week: The Little Brown Bat

What better pest of the week for the week of Halloween, than the Little Brown Bat. While these bats are pest control agents of their own, eating millions of pounds of insects every year, they can also be pests of their own; nesting in attics, voids, and chimneys of homeowners.

The Little Brown Bat, with dark brown fur as its name suggests, is one of the most common bats in the United States. This bat’s fur glossy brown on the back; with an upper body that is slightly paler; with a grayish fur underbelly. Compared to other species of bats, the Little Brown bat is smaller in stature.

Over the last decade, it has been reported that Little Brown bat numbers have significantly declined due to White Nose Syndrome. This disease, which affects cave-dwelling bats, causes a white fungus to grow on the bat’s wings and nose. This fungus disrupts the bats hibernation pattern, causing them to wake up too early and eventually die of starvation.

Read more about Little Brown bats being in danger of extinction.

 

Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control Links

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Halloween Party Food: Edible Insects

Edible insects make great and creepy Halloween party food. Here are a few that might wet your appetite. More…

Mole Crickets in Trinity, FL

Mole crickets are becoming an increasing problem in some states; damaging lawns. They tunnel through the surface layer of the soil which damages the grass roots. Eventually the grass is uprooted and dries out. There are solutions to dealing with Mole crickets.

Don’t Forget About Fall Termite Treatments

Many homeowners don’t realize that October can actually be one of the worst months for termites. Wondering why? The simple truth is that termites are attracted to moisture, and that’s typically plentiful during October. More…

Why Do Rodents Keep Getting Into My House?

Learn more about the most common places that rodents get in through, here.

How To Reduce The Risk Of Pests In Your Home

There are a few steps you can take this fall that will help protect your home from intruders like mice and rats when the cold weather sets in. Learn more here…

Pest Of The Week: The Australian Cockroach

Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach)
Periplaneta australasiae (Australian Cockroach) (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

While common in Australia (hence the name Australian cockroach) the Australian Cockroach is also very prevalent in the southern United States. Because of their large size and similar coloring, the Australian cockroach is often times confused for the American cockroach. Both are a reddish brown in color, but the Australian roach has a yellow stripe that runs near the side of its wings. The Australian is also a little bit smaller, compared to the American roach, with average lengths of 1.2 to 1.5 inches; which is still rather big for a roach species.

Unlike a lot of species of roach, the Australian cockroach prefers the outdoors. Since they cannot tolerate colder weather, they will usually only enter homes when it suddenly gets cooler. Another unique characteristic of this roach is that is quite vegetarian; feasting mainly on organic materials like plants and veggies. Although this is their preferred diet, they also seem fond of starchy substances like the glue of book bindings. Like any other species of roach, professional roach control techniques can manage the Australian cockroach populations near a home or property.

Friday Links Round-Up: Pest Control Articles

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Kissing Bug – Everything You Need To Know About This Dangerous Pest!

Kissing bugs are blood sucking insects that are known to attack humans for their food. A major reason these insects are called “kissing bugs” is because they tend to bite around the mouth and eye region while you sleep which is definitely pretty creepy. To make matters worse, these pests have the ability to transmit a dangerous disease called “Chagas” that can cause all sorts of health complications and can sometimes even be fatal. More…

Pre Treatment Bed Bug Advice

There are a few things you need to know and a few steps that need to be taken before a bedbug treatment. Learn more here.

Creepy Movies With Creepy Crawley Bugs!

Curl up on the couch this Halloween with a few good horror flicks featuring bugs! More…

The Why & The How of Termites In The Home

This article, complete with illustrations, offers a few fairly simple explanations about termites, including “why are they in my home?” More…

Yellow Jacket Sting

This article is one of the most comprehensive pieces of literature I have found about yellowjacket stings. It’s awesome, and a must read!

 

Ghost AntsPest Of The Week: The Ghost Ant

With Halloween just around the corner; what better pest to feature as our pest of the week than the Ghost ant. Ghost ants garner their name because of their translucent legs and abdomens. These tiny ants, measuring a mere 1.3-1.5 mm, are found throughout the tropical areas of the world. In the United States you can find Ghost ants in Oregon, Hawaii, Iowa, and Texas. These ants are not fond of cold weather climates.

Ghost ants enter our homes usually to forage for foods like sweets and grease, but will also feed on living or dead insects. Serious Ghost ant infestations require professional ant extermination.

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control News

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Bed Bugs Could Be The New Cockroaches!

“Bed bugs are what cockroaches were several decades ago and it is a concern.” More…

Pest Control And Stink Bugs

Stink bugs are invading homes in record numbers this fall. Learn how to deal with this invasion here.

Ways to Know if You are Bitten by Bed Bugs

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to indicate if you have been a bedbug’s latest meal.

Interesting Facts About Bees, Wasps and Hornets

It’s hard to tell the difference between bees, wasps, and hornets when you’re running away from them! Most people don’t care what the difference is because they just want to avoid a getting a bee sting. That’s understandable. But with a little more information you’ll know how to handle each of these pesky insects better. More…

Arizona Blonde Tarantulas: Are They Dangerous?

If you live in the Southwest United States, chances are you’ve seen a western desert tarantula crawl across your path. While they look intimidating, you were likely wondering if it was dangerous. Here’s what you need to know. More…

Huntsman SpiderPest Of The Week: The Huntsman Spider

They come in many names. Wood spiders. Cane spiders. Giant Crab spiders. Some people even confuse them for small tarantulas.

Huntsman spiders are big, brown and hairy. The way their legs come off their bodies, and the way they move sideways, is much like a crab… Hence the name Giant Crab spider.

Huntsman spiders are found throughout all of the United States, and varieties are common throughout much of the world. They like woody places, like forests and wood piles, and are most often found hiding under rocks and tree bark.

Huntsman spiders garner their name because they are hunters; hunting insects like crickets and cockroaches. It’s because of this, they are considered to be very beneficial.

Huntsman spiders are not generally regarded as a serious pest control problem, although they will occasionally wander inside your home. They are more frightening in appearance than anything; given their size. The do inflict defensive bites, but these bites are not hazardous to the bite victim.

Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control Articles

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What is a Vole?

Often confused for mice, voles can be equally as troublesome. Lean more about voles, here.

Facts About Bed bugs Appearance, Bites and Behavior

What do bed bugs look like? What do their bites look like? What should you do if you have bedbugs? Get the bedbug facts here.

Where Did All Of These Stink Bugs Come From?

It’s that time of year again. The cooler fall months mean that stink bugs will be swarming near your home, perhaps in record numbers. See how these pests have spread across the United States, and learn what you can do about them, here.

Do Ultrasonic Bat Repelling Devices Really Drive Bats Away?

Check out the stats on bat repelling devices, here.

Bed Bugs Shut Down University of Arizona Main Library

Bed bugs hit yet another library. This time, the target was that of the University of Arizona. More…

 

German RoachPest Of The Week: The German Cockroach

Of all the species of cockroach found in the United States, the German cockroach just might be the most common. These roaches measure a little smaller than other cockroach species; about ½ inch in length. They are sometimes confused for Asian cockroaches, because of their similar appearance and presence of wings; but unlike their cockroach cousin, German roaches very rarely fly.

These dark brown colored German roaches enter our homes because they are not very tolerant of the weather. They are also always on the lookout for sources of food, including: sweets, starches, proteins, glue, soap, trash, and even toothpaste. Look for German cockroaches in your kitchens and bathrooms, as they like moisture as well. They will quickly dart away if you turn on the lights, as these roaches prefer the cloak of darkness.

Professional roach control treatments are needed to exterminate serious German cockroach infestations.

Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control News

Friday Links Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control News

Pest Control LinksDiatomaceous Earth Pros and Cons

There is such a mixed sentiment out there about diatomaceous earth, leading to a lot of confusion. People are left wondering if it really does kill pests, and if so, how effective it really is. Learn more about the pros and cons, here.

Higher Temperatures Are Bringing Out The Wasps

Have you noticed an increase in wasp activity this September? Apparently, the recent hot spell is bringing out wasps in full force in some areas of North America. More…

Keeping Bed Bugs At Bay – Even In College

College dorms are quickly becoming one of the most frequent areas becoming infested with bedbugs. While away at college, know what to do to keep from getting bit by these tiny, miserable bloodsuckers. More…

Thief Ants Will Steal Your Sanity

The Thief ant’s persistent pesky behavior makes them difficult to control once they make their way indoors. More…

Tips To Keep Pests Out Of Your Home This Winter

As the weather cools, and with winter right around the corner, pests are making their way inside your home; looking for places to overwinter. Here’s what you need to know. More…

Little Black AntPest Of The Week: The Little Black Ant

Frequently found in the Eastern United States, as well as Southern California, the little black ant is known for being quite the nuisance. Their name adequately describes this ant species, as it’s little (measuring only about 1/16 of an inch), and a glossy black. In fact, when compared to most other ant species that are commonly found in the US, little black ants are extremely small. Their queens usually reach the same size as other ant species; measuring about 1/8th of an inch long.

One unique characteristic the little black ants have is that they are unable to chew food. Instead, these ants simply suck out the liquid nutrients found in the foods they eat and leave behind the solid. The favorite meal of the little black ant is the honeydew that aphids produce. Additionally, these ants will also consume insects, sweets, vegetables, and greasy foods. Like most other ant species, the little black ant forages in trails and can carry about 20 times its body weight. Impressive!

Little black ants do not cause structural damage to homes, but are considered to be an annoyance. Serious little black ant infestations or nesting should be professionally treated by an ant control specialist.

 

Labor Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up

Labor Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up

 

wasp stingingWasp Ruins My Labor Day

While enjoying my outdoor Labor Day picnic, I feel this small quiver underneath my blouse. I brush at it, thinking nothing of it at first, when I realize that ‘quiver’ inside my blouse has legs… and a bad temper! More…

Take the Bite Out of Labor Day

Nothing puts a damper on end-of-summer picnics and camp-outs faster than biting bugs. Unfortunately, mosquitoes and other insect pests come with the summertime territory. You can keep pesky – and sometimes dangerous – bugs from ruining your time outdoors over the long Labor Day weekend by taking three steps for complete protection. More…

The Beesness of Bees and Wasps

Hopefully the bees and wasps didn’t give you the “beesness” this Labor Day. More…

West Nile Numbers On The Rise, But Is It As Bad As Last Year?

How many of you where at all worried about mosquitoes and West Nile Virus over the weekend? Did you need to be? See how the mosquito and WNV numbers compare to last year’s. More…

Stay On Guard For Mosquitoes Over Labor Day Weekend

Officials are warning us about mosquito activity over the Labor Day weekend. More…

 

Sweat beePest Of The Week: The Sweat Bee

Found throughout most of the world, with the exception of Southeast Asia and Australia, the sweat bee is a beautiful flying pest. This native North American bee are commonly metallic in color; a metallic green, yellow, red, or combination of all three. A few types of sweat bees can be a boring brown or black in color as well.

Many people are scared at the sight of a sweat bee because of their intense appearance. Rest easy folks, as these bees are actually quite docile and will not sting you unless you go out of your way to handle one of them.

These bees happen to get their names from one particular trait… They love sweat! They are drawn to human perspiration; something the sweat bee gets important nutrients from. Sweat bees frequently nest underground, or in dead or rotting wood. Although they are solitary bees, sweat bees have been known to work together and share nests and tunnels.

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Information

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Information

 

Pest Control Links10 Reasons Why People Are Afraid Of Spiders

Why are people so afraid of spiders? Why does even the thought of one give most of us the heebie-jeebies? Here are 10 reasons. More…

Home Remedies for Itchy Insect Stings

It’s inevitable… We all get stung every now and again. Whether the culprit is a bee, wasp, fire ant, or any other stinging pest, there are some remedies available. More…

The Proper Way to Conduct a Bed Bug Inspection

Make sure you get all the facts before you hire a bed bug inspector. You don’t want to have to deal with these tiny blood-sucking pests, again and again. There’s a proper way these inspections are done. More…

Top Tweets: Bed Bug Control Horror Stories

FMC Pest Wire shares some of their best pest control and bedbug tweets for the month of August, in this tweet round-up of sorts. More…

Scientists Shut Down Reproductive Ability, Desire In Pest Insects

If we take away insect’s desire to reproduce, have we essentially solved the world’s insect pest problems? Read more…

Pest Of The Week: The Thief Ant

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English: Profile view of ant Solenopsis molesta specimen casent0005936. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the most crafty and sly insects found on this planet happens to be the thief ant. These tiny ants, measuring about 1.5-2.2 millimeters in length, are adequately named because of their sneaky “kidnapping” like activities. Thief ants will steal the larvae of other ant species, and of other insect larvae, to eat. They will also steal food form other ant nests, and supply the colony with sustenance.

Sometimes referred to as grease ants or sugar ants, thief ants love greasy things. Some of their favorite foods include: sugary sweets, soda, meats, cheeses, nuts, and peanut butter. These yellowish-brown thief ants are also so tiny, that they commonly gain access to packaged human foods. This behavior is a huge deal in the food industry because it can transmit dangerous pathogens to humans.

Thief ant colonies are not very big when you compare them to other ant species. A typical colony will have a couple queens, with only a few hundred worker ants. Their nests are built outside in the ground; in decaying wood or under rocks.

 

Friday Links To Pest Control News

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Black Lighting Scorpions For Scorpion Control

Are you the adventurous type, always looking for something to do at night? Try something new… Try black-lighting scorpions. It’s a fun nighttime activity that can also help keep your home and property free from stinging scorpions. More…

Avoiding Mosquito Problems in the Summer Months

For some tips on how to keep mosquitoes from breeding, and how to keep these blood-sucking pests from biting you, click here.

Austin Bats In Danger?

Every year some 100,000 plus people visit Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge to witness one of nature’s marvels. During summer evenings, upwards of 1.5 million bats emerge from the crevices of the bridge. It’s a magnificent sight; a sight that many are worried may be no more now that White-Nose Syndrome has hit the state of Texas. More…

Squirrel Damage

While observing squirrels on your property, be weary. These pests can cause some serious damage. More…

5 Tips To Control Colorado House Spiders

House spiders are some of the biggest and ugliest home invaders out there; and apparently they are a big problem in Colorado. Here are a few tips on keeping House spiders out of your home. More…

Western Honey BeePest Of The Week: The Western Honey Bee

Our pest of the week this week really isn’t much of a pest at all; but is considered quite beneficial to our ecosystem. I’m of course referring to the Western Honey Bee. These bees are sometimes referred to as European Honey Bees, because they were introduced from Europe. Most of us just call them honey bees because they create sweet honey—a multi-billion dollar industry here in the United States. Honey bees make their honey when they regurgitate nectar, adding an enzyme. In addition to making honey, Western Honey bees also pollinate flowering plants.

Generally speaking, Western Honey bees measure ½ inch to ¾ inch in length. They have banded abdomens, covered in a very fine hair, and are a combination of yellow and black. A single colony of Western Honey bees can reach numbers of 100,000 members; gathering in a hive. Each hive consists of a caste system with the queen, drones, and workers. The queen lays the eggs, the drones mate with the queen, and the worker bees feed the colony. It’s these worker bees that most of us encounter as they’re gathering pollen. These encounters can sometimes result in painful stings, leading some people to believe the Western Honey bee to be a pest.