How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

If you’re planning a nice summer barbecue, then you’re not the only one who’s planning a feast. Mosquitoes will also feel invited to your summer gathering. These pests are among the most dangerous pests in the world because they spread deadly diseases. Plus they’re just simply annoying. Mosquitoes do need human blood to develop fertile eggs, but you can avoid their bites if you protect yourself properly. These pests smell their dinner from a distance up to 50 meters, so you better protect yourself the best you can. Here is some advice on how to avoid mosquito bites during warm summer evenings.

The Deadly Truth Behind Bottle Flies in Your Home

Bottle flies — also known as blow flies — generally feed on decomposed meat, garbage, and even on the wounds of live animals. When you notice bottle flies in your home, it usually means you have a dead animal or bird somewhere in your home. So, it’s important to know some things about these pests. How to Identify Bottle Flies Bottle flies are similar in size to house flies, but they’re easily noticeable due to their metallic blue-green color. These pests are usually 6-14 mm long. They have clear wings with brownish wing veins, dark legs and antennae, and large reddish-colored eyes. READ MORE »

Pantry Pests & How to Get Rid of Them

Pantry pests is a term used to describe a group of pests that like to feed on stored foods. There are hundreds of different species of these annoying insects, but the most common include grain moths, rice weevils, grain beetles, granary weevils, and rain bores. If you don’t want to open a bag of flour and notice something crawling inside, you should know how to prevent pantry pests. Identifying Pantry Pests Moths Moths vary in appearance and size depending on the species, but most pantry moths are smaller than two centimeters. They have two pairs of wings, are covered in scales, READ MORE »

Big Black Ants or Carpenter Ants? How to Tell the ...

The presence of big black ants sometimes means that your home is invaded by carpenter ants. If this is the case, you don’t want that since they can literally eat through parts of your house if you don’t notice them on time. People sometimes assume every big black ant is a carpenter ant, which can bring an instant panic; however, not all big black ants are carpenter ants. In order to identify them properly, all you need to know is a little basic biology. Since carpenter ants can cause significant structural damages, you need to know how to recognize them when compared READ MORE »

Why are Honeybees so Important?

There are around 25,000 different types of bee species worldwide and almost 4,000 of those can be found in the United States. They’re divided into more than 4,000 genera of bees, with only nine families of bees. The Apidae family is the most well known, with members that include the carpenter bee, bumblebee, and honeybee. These species play an important role in our ecosystem and our lives would be much different if they didn’t exist. Not all bees need to be exterminated. In fact, there are laws in place that restrict honeybee extermination—a professional beekeeper is called in to relocate a READ MORE »

All About Earwigs

Earwigs frighten many people because of superstitions about how they crawl into the ears of people while they sleep. Fortunately, this is just a common misconception and it almost never happens. They also seem frightening because of the pincers on their abdomens, but they only use them for self-defense. This is also why they’re known as pincher bugs. There are 22 different types of earwigs in the United States and more than 1,000 species all over the world. Here is some basic information about earwig control. Earwig Appearance Their size depends on the species, but they usually vary from 5-25 READ MORE »

How to Treat a Horsefly Bite

The horsefly is known by many different names, including clags, deer flies, breeze flies, or gadflies. They pose a serious threat since they may transmit parasites and diseases among its victims. A female needs proteins before reproduction, so they tend to bite anything they can. Knowing how to treat a horsefly bite can reduce pain and also stop a potential infection. But first of all, it’s good to know how this insect looks like exactly so you can avoid them entirely whenever possible. Appearance Horseflies are blackish or yellow-brown in color. Their 20 to 25mm long body is covered in hairs. Some READ MORE »

FAQs about the Zika Virus

The Zika virus was first identified in Uganda in 1947. The virus was found in monkeys by a team that monitored yellow fever. Five years later, it was identified in humans and outbreaks of this virus were recorded in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific. The first large outbreak of disease caused by Zika virus was reported in 2007. As you can see, this virus isn’t something new, but still, it raises a lot of questions. What is Zika virus? Zika is a flavivirus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. It belongs to a family that includes other well-known viruses READ MORE »

The 5 Most Harmful Pests for Pets

With the warmer weather comes long walks and plenty of time spent outside. Your pet once again enjoys running in the grass and exploring shrubs and trees. You should be aware that warmer weather also brings annoying and harmful pests. Proper pest control is important for humans, but it’s also just as important for your pets. Here are the pests that are most harmful for pets! 1. Fleas The soft fur of your dog or cat provides the perfect environment for fleas. These pests feed on your pet’s blood and can cause serious health problems ranging from allergic reactions to READ MORE »

8 Ant Control Methods That Don't Work

A lot of homes have problems with ants. These insects can be a real burden. Once an ant enters your home it leaves a scent trail that invites other ants to follow. They are hard to exterminate, especially if there is an infestation. It’s fine to try out some of the DIY methods as an ant control, but if anything, they’ll only kill a few at best. Ants are social insects and they always live in colonies, so the ant control treatments should effectively kill the entire colony. If you’re looking for ways to get rid of ants, here are a few ant control methods READ MORE »

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