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Pest Prevention Tip for January

Whether stripping does more than just keep out cold air—it can also reduce the number of pests coming in. Apply new (or replace old and brittle) weather-stripping around all exterior doors, including garage doors. Caulk cracks and other openings…

New Wood-Eating Cockroach Found

A new species of wood-eating cockroach was recently discovered in China. Entomologists found a colony of more than 100 cockroaches when a rotten log was split open. This is not the first cockroach discovered that eats wood. So far 55 species…

Bigger Bugs in Human Habitats

Have you ever wondered if our urban areas produce bigger bugs? Well, we now know the answer is, 'Yes!' While some bugs don't do well around our homes and other buildings, other species thrive in this environment. The size of the pest is one…

Bean Weevils Date Atlantis Eruption

Many people believe that a massive volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini is what inspired the legend of Atlantis. It is thought that the eruption occurred sometime between 1627 and 1600 B.C. While the exact year of the eruption…

Bed Bugs Are Now Confirmed Disease Carriers

Despite all the pain and anguish bed bugs cause, it was believed at least they didn't transmit any diseases. A new study changes all that. The study found that bed bugs can both transmit to mice the parasite that causes Chagas disease—they…

A Top Concern

Survey after survey shows that more people have problems with ants than any other pest. It hasn't always been like this, but ants have emerged in recent years as the most common pest plaguing homes. That's not surprising considering how numerous…

Watch for Termite Swarmers!

One way homeowners discover they have termites is when they see winged reproductive termites, called swarmers. During swarming season, hundreds of termites with wings will make a mass exodus out of a colony and take to the air. Usually this…

Pest Prevention Tip for March

Get rid of all standing water in plant saucers, plugged rain gutters, and anywhere else in your yard. Not only can mosquitoes breed in these, but rodents and other animal pests come and drink from them. Change the water weekly in bird baths…

Spiders in Bananas

Are poisonous spiders being imported in shipments of bananas and other international cargo? A recent study in the Journal of Medical Entomology looked into this scary problem. The study found that the spiders most often seen in bananas imported…

Sensitivity Varies to Bed Bug Bites

It is well known that some people show no reaction to bed bug bites. Others may develop redness in the area bitten, or itching without the welts, or the characteristic itchy red welts. The largest survey ever conducted about bed bug bites was…