05-28-2020

Do Earwigs Bite?

If you shudder a little when you think about earwigs, you’re probably not alone. They’ve developed quite a nasty reputation, thanks to urban legends (mostly false) that have been circulating for years. But are they harmful?

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05-09-2020

"Murder Hornets" – Facts About the Asian Giant Hornet

In December 2019, a dead Asian giant hornet was found and positively identified for the first time in Washington state. Until then, there had only been documented reports of Asian giant hornets in British Columbia, so this was the first documented and confirmed report in the United States.

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05-08-2020

Are Garter Snakes Poisonous? It’s Time to Shed the Falsehoods

Have you ever happened upon a small snake slithering through the grass? There are more than 50 species of snakes living in the United States, and while a number of dangerous snakes can be found sneaking around homes, many snakes found in backyards belong to the garter snake species, which don’t pose a threat. Garter snakes are one of the most common snakes found in North America and they appear throughout most regions of the United States and Canada. In fact, many are sold and kept as pets.

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05-05-2020

The Life Cycle of a Honey Bee

There are thousands of species of bees, found all over the world—but only about seven species of honey bees. Of those seven species, the western honey bee is the most common species, and it can be found on every continent except Antarctica. The western honey bee is domesticated, and beekeepers tend to them for honey production and crop pollination. Like many insects, honey bees have four major life stages: The egg stage, larval stage, pupal stage, and adult stage. Keep reading to learn more about the honey bee life cycle, and what occurs in each stage.

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05-05-2020

How to Identify a Fire Ant Mound

Fire ants are more than just annoying insects that may leave itchy stings—they can also be destructive. The red-imported fire ant, often referred to as RIFA, is an invasive species and has been known to prey on other native insect species as well as plants, with some fire ants even preying on small mammals many times their own size. Their invasive and destructive behaviors are why it’s important to know how to recognize both the ants themselves and where they reside.

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04-27-2020

Top Bed Bug Hiding Places

Bed bugs are cryptic pests. They can hide among your everyday belongings and bite you in the night, which may cause painful red welts to appear on your hands, arms, and even face. Because these tiny pests grow no larger than ¼ of an inch long, they’re able to hide within nearly every hidden crack, crevice, and corner available in your home.

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04-27-2020

Bed Bug History: Origins of the Pesky Pests

“Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” We’ve all heard the phrase before, probably not paying too much attention to it when it was said. As the bed bug populations have stabilized and they continue to move around, you may encounter bed bugs more frequently, giving the phrase more weight. Bed bugs are known for hitching rides in various ways, such as resting on objects like books and suitcases and going where those objects’ owners go. Keep reading to learn more about bed bug history, and how they became the pests they are today

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04-27-2020

7 Different Types of Moths That Will Surprise you

When you think of a moth, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not a pretty, colorful winged creature like what comes to mind when you think of a butterfly. But in fact, there are many brightly colored moths that could give butterflies a run for their money. So while there are many differences between moths and butterflies, an attractive appearance is not one of them. There are thousands of different species of moths, all across the globe, many with interesting appearances and interesting abilities. Below are seven striking types of moths that will probably surprise you.

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04-22-2020

Why Are Bees Important?

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Save the bees” in the last few years. But you might not know why it’s a detriment that our bee population is in danger—or why bees are so important in the first place. Bees are small after all, most around half an inch in size. How could one insect smaller than a quarter contribute so much to life on earth? But even if it seems improbable, bees are that important, and they are a valuable species in many different ecosystems. Keep reading to learn why.

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04-22-2020

The Ins and Outs of Fly Light Traps

Be it flies, moths and some beetles, a large number of pests are drawn toward lights. Though pests like some species of cockroaches, such as smoky-brown cockroaches, are highly attracted to light, most flying insects will surround a light source. While this can be a nuisance during a relaxing evening out on the porch, light can also be used to trap and kill these annoying pests.

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