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Stink Bugs
Brett Madden

Stink Bugs

We have all heard the distinctive buzz click sound in our houses and know that a stink bug has come to room with us and is buzzing around our computer monitor or lights, looking for light and warmth. Luckily, they do not lay eggs or reproduce inside; they wait to mate until they can do it outside when it’s warmer. Nor do they eat household food or sting or bite. In fact, they are really the perfect house guest. So why are we usually so eager for them to leave? Well, they received their descriptive name for a reason- they emit an extremely, well, stinky smell when they are scared, disturbed or squashed. Even though fairly inoffensive guests, they can be found in dresser door, behind the drapes, crawling in cracks in window frames, hiding in vents, and even crawling on your trusty toothbrush. Anywhere there is an opening, there’s...
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Fleas & How They Are Attracted To Your Homes & Pets

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WHAT ARE FLEAS? Fleas are pesky little ankle biters - literally. They are small but they pack a mean punch when they bite into your flesh or into your pets flesh particularly. They live and feed off of blood, using their mouth to pierce into skin. Fleas are wingless creatures, and there are several different species of fleas, but the most common are the cat flea, dog fleas and human fleas, as well as some more not named. The most common fleas that infest our homes and animals are the cat flea and the dog flea. The human flea is rare, but is still one that affects many humans today. THE CAT FLEA: One of the most abundant and widespread species of flea in the whole world. Adults range from 1-2 mm long and are a reddish brown color. The cat fleas’ primary host is the domestic cat, but can...
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Winter Pest Elimination Suggestions & Treatments
Brett Madden

Winter Pest Elimination Suggestions & Treatments

As winter approaches, the colder weather prompts us to find warmth, but we are not the only ones who are looking to stay warm and dry. Rodents, such as mice and rats, are looking for warm and comfy places to nestle out of the cold, and if they can get into your house to do it, they will! You are probably wondering how to stop them from taking up residence. Just like you would do with other pests, two main principals stop them: eradication and cleanliness. The best way is one that will keep health risk for humans and the environment as low as possible while ensuring the method works. Did you know that a regular house mouse needs less than a dime's circumference to get inside? That isn't a lot of space! Knowing this, you will want to rodent proof your house as best as possible, and close of...
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German, American & Oriental Cockroaches in the Kitchen
Brett Madden

German, American & Oriental Cockroaches in the Kitchen

When we hear the word cockroach, we can just about feel our skin crawling and we feel the need to clean and disinfect every surface of our homes. Bugs of any kind are generally disgusting when it comes to our everyday lives, but cockroaches make the top of that list, especially when it comes to restaurants and commercial kitchens. Many restaurants will experience a bug problem at least once, but knowing what to look for, the types of roaches that primarily invade and how to get rid of them will aid in keeping them at bay and your kitchen will be cleaner and healthier for all. The three most common types of roaches that are found in commercial kitchens and restaurants are German cockroaches, American cockroaches and Oriental cockroaches. What are the differences and how can you figure out which one is which? German cockroaches are between one and one...
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Let’s Talk Carpenter Ants

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When you think of all the different insects and rodents that can come and lay claim in your home, which is the one that makes you the most squeamish? Is it finding a large web with a large, menacing spider staring down at you? Or opening a cupboard door and finding a feather duster-made bed with a family of mice all snuggled inside? What about when you get up to get a glass of water in the middle of the night, flick on the light switch and hear lots of scampering as your eye catches cockroaches running to their hiding spots. Actually, all of those situations are pretty off-putting. But on your list of the most unwelcome guests, do carpenter ants make the top of your list? If they don’t, they should, because carpenter ants can infest the wood in your walls, your floors, your ceilings until you seem to...
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The Importance of Pest Control

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The Importance of Pest Control Whether you're a homeowner, running a business, or work in the agricultural field, pest control has taken on a greater importance in recent years. Pest control is crucial to the ongoing care of any structure you own, as they will seek shelter anywhere that can provide their basic necessities. Insects, rodents, even squirrels and raccoons have been known to be found anywhere with water and food supplies. Advances in pest control have been linked to our increased quality of life. Life expediencies continue to rise, due to the effect of pest control on the development of vaccines and pharmaceuticals. Scientists are able to test the effects of these medicines on insects before administering them to human subjects. It is a common misconception that pest control only refers to the eradication of insects. However, the proliferation of rodents is another reason why pest control is so...
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Subterranean Termite Pre-Treatments

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Subterranean Termite Pre-Treatments When laying down a foundation for a new home or structure, termites are always an issue. It's always best to perform a pre-treatment before the project is fully under way. There are several layers or steps involved in the process as well as two types of subterranean termite pre-treatment that we will be looking at today. Initially, it is better to treat the soil under where a structure is to be built in order to prevent as much of an infestation as possible. A chemical barrier is formed within the soil to deter pests early. Typically this is done by a professional, as the equipment needed tends to be rather heavy-duty (Up to 100-gallon tanks, roller pumps, treating tools, etc.). Homeowners are normally not suggested to attempt the treatment themselves. You should always make the professional performing the pre-treatment is properly licensed. This is a process performed...
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Smokey Brown Roaches and Pennsylvania Wood Roaches

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Smokey Brown Roaches and Pennsylvania Wood Roaches The smokey brown roach is a roach species that is primarily found in the southeast region of the United States, mainly in eastern and central Texas. However, they can be located in northern states, such as North Carolina and in the Midwest, in Indiana or Illinois. Named smokey brown because of its brown and black coloring, an adult smokey brown roach can reach lengths as long as 33 millimeters. Pennsylvania wood roaches are a common roach species that are mostly found in the central and eastern regions of North America. Male Pennsylvania wood roaches have a distinct dark brown coloring, while their thorax and wings have a yellow coloring around their margins. Adult males can grow anywhere from 0.6 inches long to almost a full inch. Females tend to be shorter, growing from 0.5 to 0.7 inches. About Smokey Brown Roaches and Pennsylvania...
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Mosquitos - What They Are and How to Prevent Them

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Mosquitoes They're a common insect that has the ability to keep people indoors and for others to avoid getting out of the house altogether: mosquitoes. In this article, you'll learn how exactly they live, how they interact, and what you can do to prevent their bites, and even their presence, for good. Commonly recognized as one of the most nuisances of any insect, Mosquitoes is a blood-sucking pest that many have encountered and unfortunately live with.  Mosquitoes are a member of the nematocerid flies known as the Culicidae. Mosquitoes closely resemble crane flies and chironomid flies. Because of this, casual observers are hardly able to distinguish the difference. Female mosquitoes are the blood-sucking pests we're all familiar with. However, most species of mosquito don't even feed on blood. Furthermore, there are mosquitoes that do not transmit diseases, nor are they responsible for transmitting the same diseases. And, despite what we...
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Using Heat to Treat For Bed Bugs

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Using Heat to Treat For Bed Bugs Bed bugs can be extremely frustrating and difficult to eliminate. Once one item gets infested, your entire house is at risk. Killing the adult bed bugs isn't enough to guarantee that your house is bed bug free. You will also need to destroy any eggs laid by the bed bugs. The problem can become so severe that you will need a professional exterminator. If you notice the first bed bugs soon enough, though, you may be able to eliminate the infestation by yourself. First, make sure that the insects you are dealing with are actually bed bugs. Other insects, such as fleas and ticks, look similar to bed bugs, but they present different risks and may need different cleaning methods. Once you are certain that you have a bed bug infestation, try to determine how much it has spread. If the bed bugs...
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The Eternal Pest: Bed Bugs

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Although many people have experienced Bed Bugs at hotels or other temporary accommodation, Bed Bug infestations in the home are becoming more and more common. Bed Bugs, tiny oval-shaped insects that live on blood sucked from people or pets, can be found anywhere in the home, not just beds; they can be found in furniture, rugs or curtains as well. They are nocturnal creatures and often bite at night, targeting any available area of skin-usually the face, neck, hands and arms. Initially, the bite is not noticeable; later, small welts on the skin may appear and lead to redness, swelling and itching. Because of these symptoms, Bed Bug bites are often mistaken for a mosquito bite, a rash or allergy-related reaction; standard rash or allergy treatments, however, do not work; usually no treatment is necessary for Bed Bug bites. If the itching becomes difficult to bear, steroid creams or antihistamines,...
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Ticks

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Ticks Most ticks belong to the Ixodidae family, but they vary in color and size by species. Adult ticks range in size from smaller than a sunflower seed to over one centimeter long when engorged with blood.  The larvae of a tick can be less than one millimeter in length.  Ticks are often found in highly vegetated or wooded areas.  Some species require moisture to survive.  Males and females of most tick species feed on the blood of birds, mammals, and reptiles.  A tick’s lifecycle has four stages: an egg, a larval, a nymphal and an adult.  During their larval stage, ticks only have six legs.  Once they reach the nymphal and adult stages, the tick has eight legs.  Ticks consume blood for nourishment during all stages of their lifecycle.  A tick can carry pathogens—which cause diseases in other animals—throughout the stages of its lifecycle. Common problem ticks in the...
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Some Information about Little Brown Bats.

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Some Information about Little Brown Bats What little brown bats look like is they have a dark color, almost black on their backs and upper half of their bodies. They have small ears, their weight isn't very heavy. They are estimated at no more than half ounces which is pretty light. The little brown bats are able to live up to seven years. The things that eat them and they have to watch out for are birds and snakes. Young bats if they fall to the ground are caught by these predators. The way they've been dying off lately is purely accidental. Mostly they are killed off by flooding during the time they hibernate, causing them to drown. Little brown bats hibernate in dark places like caves or used mines. Seems like any dark place they'll hibernate in. They will hibernate up to six months. Half the year, this is...
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The Cockroach

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The Cockroach One of the most common of indoor pests is the cockroach.  There are several different species of cockroaches, including the American Cockroach (Periplaneta Americana), the Brown-Banded cockroach (Supella Longipalpa), the German cockroach (Blattella Germanica), and the Oriental Cockroach (Blatta Orientalis). Cockroaches have been known to reach lengths of over 50 cm, with those found in tropical climates tending to be the largest.  Most adults are variations of a tan or light brown color, while the young are darker, often appearing almost black.  Cockroaches are all equipped with two antennae and six legs, while some also have wings.  Male and female American winged cockroaches can fly; however, German winged cockroaches prefer to run as they cannot fly particularly well. Where Are They Found? Cockroaches are often found in the kitchen (no doubt looking for food) or near deposits of waste (also looking for food).  Cockroach infestations can also occur...
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How Bad Ticks & Lyme Disease Are Going To Be This Season

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How Bad Ticks & Lyme Disease Are Going To Be This Season First of all, what is Lyme disease? Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease, starting with a rash, and then moving on to headaches, fevers and chills. Lyme disease can also be followed by arthritis and even neurological issues and cardiac disorders. All of this is caused by ticks and be a horrid disease to be diagnosed with. The name “Lyme” actually derives from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, located in Connecticut. This is where several cases of diseases had been identified during the year 1975. The Significance of Ticks in relation to Lyme disease It should be noted that not all ticks carry the bacterium that transmits Lyme disease and their bite doesn't necessarily mean the development of the disease. Usually, the Deer tick (an infected one, of course) would be the insect that would most...
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About Mosquitoes

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Information About Mosquitoes Appearance and Behavior Belonging to the same group as flies (Diptera), mosquitoes have one pair of wings in addition to a prominent appendage protruding from their heads which used for feeding, and long, thin legs.  This prominent appendage is what separates mosquitoes from flies, and mosquitoes are usually larger on average.  Adult mosquitoes range in size from three to nine millimeters and have wings and bodies covered in miniature scales. Mosquito adults, both male and female, feed primarily on flower nectar.  The adult mosquito is mostly nocturnal, but will become active in shady, dark areas, or during days with significant cloud cover.  Sunshine can cause the mosquito to become desiccated and perish, which is why mosquitoes are not active during sunny periods of the day. Reproduction and Development Males locate females for mating using its feathery antennae.  Only female adult mosquitoes engage in the notorious behavior of...
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Types of Ant That Can Invade Your Home

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  Types of Ants Meet the Odorous House Ant If you want to know how Odorous House Ants earned their unfortunate name, simply crush a few and your nose will provide the answer.  This type of ant comes in various shades of brown, with worker ants of this type reaching approximately one-tenth of an inch in length.  The odorous ant is particularly fond of sweets, especially honeydew melon.  They also will dine on other insects.  If it cannot satisfy its sweet tooth outdoors, the Odorous House Ant will move indoors in search of sweets, meats, and other foods. Odorous House Ants will nest indoors or outdoors, depended on where an opportunity presents itself.  Odorous House Ants can nest indoors beneath floors, near heaters, behind water pipes, under carpets, in wall crevices, and even behind paneling.  Odorous House Ants like to build shallow nests in logs, mulch, and debris, under rocks,...
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How Bad Are Mosquitoes Going To Be This Season & What You Can Do About It

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General Overview of Mosquitoes It seems as if the sunny season has just begun, however, like many people, you have likely encountered one of the most frequent and devastating scourges of summer. Specifically, the mosquito is coming. Just like a lot of other bugs, mosquitoes have made any early entrance out upon the scene after a light winter and a wet and rain soaked spring. This coming summer could be one of the worst yet for mosquitoes, so says the NPMA (National Pest Management Association). So have your mosquito repellent at the ready. Worldwide, the disease borne by these summery pests kills more individuals than anything else on the planet. Elevating them from the status of an annoying pest to a deadly force of nature, so do not underestimate them. One of the main factors that leads to death from mosquito bite is malaria. Mosquitoes however are carriers for more...
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It's Stink Bug Season, Here's What You Need to Know

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs Stink bugs are pests characterized by a shield-like shape, straight antennae, and piercing, sucking mouthparts.  These bugs mostly eat fruits, vegetables, and other plant matter, although they can occasionally be predatory.  One of the most frequently encountered of this order of pest is the Halyomorpha halys, or brown marmorated stink bug.  While first recognized as an agricultural pest in China, Japan, and Korea, this Asian stink bug can now be found across the United States. An adult brown marmorated stink bug can be anywhere from 12 to 17 millimeters long.   As is common with stink bugs, the brown marmorated stink bug has a body which is nearly as wide as it is long.  As its name implies, an adult of this species has a mottled brown color, with lighter bands on its antennae and dark bands on its front wings. A nymph, or immature stink...
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Meet the Carpenter Ant

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One of the largest types of household ants in the Northeast is the carpenter ant.   Several species can be found infesting buildings and homes.  The worker ants are typically red or black.  Worker ants can be anywhere from three-eighths to one-half inch long, while the winged queen ants can be up to 1 inch in length.  However, sizes of workers and queens can vary; therefore, size alone is not a good identifier.  Unlike other types of ants, carpenter ants have one node on their waist, and their thorax has an upper surface which is evenly rounded.  Proteins such as meat and sugars such as syrup are all desirable sources of food for carpenter ants.  While they can cause damage by creating tunnels in wood, they do not actually eat it. Most often, the detectable signs of an infestation are the carpenter ant workers and swarmers (winged ants) themselves.  Carpenter...
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