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 »

Dos & Don'ts for Summer Pest Control

Summer means fun in the sun, splashing around in the pool, and backyard barbecues. Summer also invites a whole lot of pests in your yard as well as inside your home. The only way to practice effective summer pest control is to learn about the types of pests that trouble you and the different options that are available to control specific pests. Summer Pest Control Dos Sometimes pest infestations are simply a stroke of a bad luck, but you can avoid most annoying pests with by practicing proactive pest control. Start utilizing these methods of a summer pest control as early as you READ MORE »

9 Tips for Successful Tick Removal

Knowing how to remove a tick is a useful thing for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors or who owns a pet, especially during flea and tick season. The truth is that there are specific tick-borne diseases, like Lyme disease, and this is one of the main reason why you should watch out for these pests. Here are some things you should and shouldn’t do for successful tick removal! Tick Removal Best Practices The best thing you can do for yourself and your pet is to prevent ticks from biting in the first place. Wear long pants and sleeves when you’re spending READ MORE »

8 Best Mosquito Repellent Options

Whether you’re camping in the deep woods or having a BBQ in your backyard, mosquitoes can easily ruin everything. When you’re planning to spend any amount of time outside in the warmer months, especially later in the day, it will benefit you greatly if you protect yourself with some mosquito repellent. A mosquito repellent is a substance that’s applied to human skin or other surfaces in order to prevent these annoying pests from biting or coming around. How to Use Mosquito Repellent Mosquito repellents don’t kill these pests, they just help to make you or an area unattractive to mosquitoes. You should apply READ MORE »

How to Remove a Wasp Nest

Yards and homes are not suitable environments for a wasp nest, especially since wasps can get disturbed easily and sting. This is why it’s for your best to remove a wasp nest if there is one in or around your home. Here are some tips on how to remove a wasp nest effectively! Identifying a Wasp Nest Before you do anything, make sure what you’re dealing with is in a fact a wasp’s nest. Before you tackle the nest, it’s important to know what species of wasp are you dealing with. Paper wasps are large with long legs and bodies. Their bodies READ MORE »

The Ant Identification Guide

Ant control can be difficult, but if you know a few things about different ant species and their behavior it can become easier. There are more than 12,500 species of ants that have been classified, and colonies can number up to 300,000–500,000. Worker ants may live seven years while the queen may live for 15 years. They nest almost anywhere in and around your house, so proper ant control is important during warmer months. Pavement Ants Workers are about 2.5–4 mm long and vary in color from dark brown to black. They have antennae and paler legs. Pavement ants are noticeable READ MORE »

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