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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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22
Nov
2016
Pantry Pests
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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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30
Aug
2016
Why Proofing a Structure is Important
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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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19
Jul
2016
Managing light, the key to reducing night-flying insects
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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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14
Jun
2016
Fly management in your home
Flesh fly University of Arksansas
Flesh Fly
(Credit: University of Arkansas)
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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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19
Apr
2016
Emerging Wasps
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European Paper Wasp
Credit: (University of Minnesota)
Paper Wasp Nest
Credit: (Univeristy of Minnesota)

With spring finally upon us, we will begin to see many more insects. One of the insects that always gets a lot of attention are wasps. This time of year, you will see a few larger than normal wasps. These are the queen wasps that are emerging from their overwintering location. These queen wasps are looking for new locations to take up residency, build a nest and start laying eggs.

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30
Mar
2016
Signs of Termites

termites va tech

(Credit: Virginia Tech)

Termite tubes VT

(Credit: Virginia Tech)

Hearing the word termites brings fear to many homeowners. The thought of their home being destroyed and the costs associated with resolving the issue bring shivers to wallets across the country. I am going to review the signs of termites so you can hopefully catch the problem early.

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