Mouse facts!

It seems like everyday we’re getting calls about mice; it’s that season after all!  Here are a few facts you may not know about mice.  Each winter, mice and other rodents invade an estimated 21 millions homes in the United States. In most cases, mice enter our homes between October and February, looking for food, water and shelter from the cold.  Speaking of food, mice eat between 15 and 20 times a day.  Despite their small bodies, they pack a big appetite!  They usually prefer to build their homes near a food source for easy access to snacking!  Because mice love READ MORE »

War Against Bedbugs

This is an interesting article on New York Times that was brought to our attention.  Could a deworming pill hold the key to killing bedbugs?  This doctor seems to think so! 

Those painful, sickening stings. Crawling Insects: ...

Centipedes are pests with elongated, segmented bodies and are brownish in color. The difference between centipedes and millipedes is that the former have flattened bodies and a single pair of legs supporting each segment. Centipedes vary from one to six inches in length and they move with rapidity. These creatures bear no harm to human property and instead are beneficial because they eat spiders and other insects. However, they do cause annoyance indoors because of their tendency to bite for self defense. The front legs of the insect are used for this purpose and although they haven’t found to be READ MORE »

The thousand leggers. Crawling Insects: Millipedes

Millipedes are worm-like animals with an elongated, brownish, segmented body with each segment supported by two pairs of legs. They vary in size from half to two inches in length and they have a tendency to coil up while resting. They generally live in damp outdoors, in areas with planting, in mulch or decaying leaves. In the dry season, they have a tendency to migrate indoors in large numbers. While they are not known to cause any harm to humans, their sheer presence inside the house becomes a nuisance. They don’t bite either. In fact, their presence in the gardens READ MORE »

Those Blood Hounds! Crawling Insects: Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are about half a centimeter long with a flattened, oval shaped body and are light brown in color. They are nocturnal insects that hide in cracks and crevices in the walls, in the seams of mattresses and under, behind and in cracks in the furniture. Dark stains at the edges of the mattress, caused by the bed bug excreta, accompanied by unpleasant odor are a sure sign of infestation. Bed bugs can be very dangerous pests considering their blood-feeding nature. Although they do not carry any diseases as such, constant bug bites are not only annoying but also READ MORE »

Get ready to have your house invaded. Crawling Ins ...

These are tiny, poppy seed sized reddish arachnids that can be found all over the U.S. They thrive in warm humid structures around homes. The problems with clover mites started to take surface during the years post World War II. With the great housing boom on the go, residents started including landscaping and plants in their houses to add a nice, warm look to their homes. While this did work on the aesthetic side, it also introduced environments susceptible to infestation by insects and other creatures. Clover mites are considered as pests for a number of reasons. They live in READ MORE »

Not just blood, they suck the life out of you. Cra ...

While they are commonly mistaken to be insects, ticks are actually arachnids, similar to spiders, mites and scorpions. They have eight legs and do not have antennae. Because of their blood-sucking nature, ticks are considered as major pests. They feed on the host blood slowly without being noticed for long periods. They generally sit on shrubs and tall grasses, waiting for the host and when any person or animal brushes by, they quickly climb on. The greatest dangers that ticks cause is the spread of some deadly diseases like Lyme’s Disease. More than 15 species of ticks are known to READ MORE »

You think only you eat your food? Crawling Insects ...

Grain beetles are about 1/10th of an inch in length and have a reddish-brown, somewhat flattened body with six projections that look like saw-tooth on either side. As the name rightly suggests, these insects are regarded as pests mainly because they feed on stored food, especially grains. They infest almost everything you keep in the pantry. Grain beetles can chew into unopened cardboard boxes by making their way through the plastic and cellophane wrapping the packages. Once they reach inside, rapid multiplication continues to devour all the stored food and debris that accumulates in the corners, crevices and cracks. While READ MORE »

Bookworms, literally. Crawling Insects: Silverfish

Silverfish are insects with long, flat bodies that have scales covering them. On their heads, they carry two long and slender antennae and at the back are three slender appendages. The long antennae and the thin, long legs give these creatures the nickname of ‘bristletails.’ Silverfish are around half an inch in length are pearl-gray or silver in color. They are major household pests because of their tendency to devour paper, book bindings, fabrics, wallpapers, leather and even wheat flour. They take shelter in the cool, damp places of the house, like the laundry room and basement. While sanitation can READ MORE »

RIP my little garden plants. Crawling Insects: Ear ...

These are burrowing insects which are about half an in inch in length and have a reddish-brown color. Essentially, earwigs are nocturnal and although they are active all through the year, they are generally seen during the summer months. Their sharp pincers located towards the rear of the abdomen are a distinguishing feature. While these pincers do not cause any danger to humans, they could cause some pain on pinching. Earwigs are regarded as garden pests because they feed on plants leaving them with holes in the leaves and in some cases, even eat them up to the extent of READ MORE »

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