Pest Control Blog

David MooreOur staff entomologist (bug scientist) and Pest Detective, David Moore, writes about topics related to keeping your home pest free.

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Emerging Stinging Insects
Honey Bee European Paper Wasp Bald-Faced Hornet
Honey Bee
(photo: North Carolina State University)
European Paper Wasp
(photo: University of Georgia)
Bald-Faced Hornet
(photo: Purdue University)

It’s that time of year where many insects will begin to wake up and start flying around. This time of year is when overwintering bees, wasps, and hornets will begin to emerge from their shelter where they hid all winter and start new colonies. Soon their nests will be thriving with life and many times these insects are found in areas frequented by people. Although many of these insects are beneficial to the environment, we should look at ways in which we can limit our family’s exposure to them. Since spring seems to be defying the groundhog this year and has come a bit early, some of these emerging insects might be seen sooner rather than later.

There are many types of bees, wasps, and hornets that can cause you and your family harm. All stinging insect issues should be approached by a pest management professional due to any potential health hazards that could be associated with the issue. How severe a stinging insect reaction will be varies from person to person.

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Landscape and Termite Renewal
termites va tech termite damage virginia tech
Credit: (Virgnia Tech University)
Termite Damage
Credit: (Virginia Tech University)

If you have had a termite treatment, then you know they are an investment in your home. Not only to remedy your current problem, but to help prevent future intrusions and property damage. It is important to keep up your termite warranty to continue your coverage after the treatment has been completed to maintain your home’s coverage.

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Pantry Pests
Indianmeal moth U of Arkansas red flour beetle adults michigan state

Indian Meal Moth
Credit: (University of Arkansas)

Red Flour Beetle
Credit: (Michigan State University)

As the holidays approach, more and more people will be cooking for family gatherings and discover new friends in their pantry. Discovering bugs in your food may seem disgusting, but it isn't unusual. I want to take a moment and explore what some of those pests are, what they can do, and some methods that can be used to eliminate them. There are many types of pests that can infest our food, but we will only concentrate on a few of the most popular pests that are found in our stored food items.These pests can include small beetles, moths, and worm-like creatures that can cause a person to have an intense reaction to even see inside their food products. Several of these pests are pictured in the Dodson Pest ID Guide elsewhere on this web site that Dr. Smith had created.

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Why Proofing a Structure is Important
31 house mouse stink bug on blind

Credit: (National Pest Management Association)

Credit: (National Pest Management Association)

If you have had a pest management professional at your home, you may have heard them speak about proofing a structure to prevent pests from harboring inside of it. This is important for commercial and residential locations and can have far reaching implications if basic maintenance is not sustained.

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Managing light, the key to reducing night-flying insects
moth u of f moths light vc

Credit: (University of Florida)

Credit: (Vasar College)

By reducing the amount and/or changing the color of outside light, you can drastically reduce the attraction of insects and other pests to home. One of the three most common long-distance attractants to insects is lighting. Night flying insects navigate by moon and star light, so out exterior lighting tricks them. These insects navigate by keeping themselves aligned at a certain angle relative to a light source.

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Fly management in your home
Flesh fly University of Arksansas
Flesh Fly
(Credit: University of Arkansas)
house fly-Nebraska
House Fly
(Credit: University of Nebraska)
Green blow fly-Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Green Blow Fly
(Credit: Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

Warm weather is here and along with it comes many flying insects, including large filth flies.  The most common of the larger flies that bother us are the house fly, blow or bottle flies, flesh flies.

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