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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Fly management in your home
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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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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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Signs of Termites

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(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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American & Brown Dog Ticks

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This is the second blog on ticks and we will discuss the American dog and brown dog ticks. These species are typically encountered outside the home while walking in yards/parks or hiking and are important vectors of some diseases.

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Black Legged & Lone Star Ticks

In this blog on ticks, we’ll review the 2 species that are more commonly encountered and are of greater medical importance to humans. This first group of two species consists of the deer tick (also called the black-legged tick) and the lone star tick. These tick types texas am1are typically encountered outside the home while walking in yards/parks or hiking, and are important transmitters of the organisms that cause diseases affecting humans.

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Christmas Plants - Poinsettias & Mistletoe

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(Credit: Southern Living)

Since this is a concern of many people, it bears repeating Dr. Eric Smith’s blog about Poinsettias and Mistletoe. I was brought up with the belief that poinsettias and mistletoe were very poisonous and that ingestion could be toxic. There was special concern for cats and other animals in particular. Hopefully this post helps clarify some information for you.


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