DO GROUNDHOGS HIBERNATE?

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WHAT'S BUZZING

Cluster Flies In Your Home

If you’re like many homeowners, you’ve dealt with annoying flies ruining your summer barbecues and outdoor dinner parties. You may have even become accustomed to whipping out the flypaper and heavy-duty bug zappers the minute you hear the familiar buzz of a fly. These annoying pests are likely house flies, which can pose significant health risks to you and your family. But have you ever seen large, sluggish flies loitering inside your home in the autumn and winter? They may be cluster flies.

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DIY

Repelling Mosquitoes Naturally

If you are prone to mosquito bites and interested in natural versus chemical repellents, various essential oils may be options to consider. Read what studies have found about using essential oils as mosquito repellent below.

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EDUCATION

Ticks vs. Bed Bugs: The Big Difference

You never want to see a tick on your body or a bed bug in your home. And especially when it comes to the latter, seeing one usually means there are others around. On the surface, ticks and bed bugs might seem similar: They are both pests that like to bite and feed on blood. But in fact, there’s more than one difference between these two creatures

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SCIENCE & NATURE

What Do Centipedes Eat?

Although not terribly common, these insects are capable of finding their way inside houses. Centipedes are known for their multiple sets of long legs and their characteristic alien-like appearance.

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BUG FACTS

Giant Desert Centipede

Scolopendra heros, commonly referred to as the giant desert centipede, is the largest centipede in North America. This desert centipede can be found throughout the southern United States and into Mexico. Learn more about the giant desert centipede below.

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HOME & GARDEN

How to Help Prevent Mosquito Bites

Itchy bites and illness may occur after exposure to some arthropods such as mosquitoes and ticks. The bites can cause discomfort and, in some cases, transmit pathogens (bacteria, viruses and protozoans) that can cause a variety of diseases. Some examples of diseases that are of concern in the United States include: (mosquito) chikungunya, dengue, La Crosse encephalitis, West Nile fever, Zika; (tick) Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The good news? There are many precautions you can take to help avoid bites from mosquitoes and ticks.

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