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Killing Bed Bugs Needs Strategy, Not Chemicals

As far as parasitic pests go, bed bugs are pretty far down in terms of danger. Unlike ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas, bed bugs don’t transmit any know diseases. They don’t dig into your skin like ticks, they don’t attack you while you’re standing around outside like mosquitoes, and half of all humans don’t even react to bed bug bites, which means no welts or itchiness. Still, “at least it’s not fleas” is cold comfort when you discover you’re sharing your bed with hundreds of tiny bloodsucking insects. Continue reading

5 Tips For Keeping Ticks Away From Your Home

Lyme disease has been spreading for some time now, and by a recent estimate over half of all counties in the United States have deer ticks infected with it. Lyme disease isn’t the most dangerous illness out there, but it can be a serious condition without proper antibiotic care. As such, it’s better to avoid it altogether. Continue reading

A Quick Guide To Identifying Your New Burrowing Yard Neighbor

A lot of smaller mammals like to dig out burrows and nests where they can safely hide and raise their young where predators can’t reach them. Doing this is fine on its own, and it helps aerate the soil, but it can become a problem when a burrower makes a nest in your yard. Many of them eat roots, making them bad for recently planted trees and bushes, plus a burrow can undermine a foundation and create a path for water to get into your basement or crawlspace. Continue reading

Termites Can Attack From Outside

There are all kinds of pest insects that can invade a home. Ticks fleas, ants, bed bugs, and cockroaches are just a few of the more obvious examples. Still, no insect brings on quite as many panic attacks in home and property owners as the termite. Once you find termites, the property value goes down, and you can wind up paying quite a lot to get it back up. Continue reading

4 Deadly Fates A Cockroach Can Survive

Cockroaches have a strong reputation as survivors, and they’ve certainly earned it. Roaches have the ability to survive under some very harsh conditions and in some very small spaces on very little food, and so it should be no surprise that they can live through the following situations. Continue reading

Why Do Stinging Honey Bees Die?

Stingers are not all that uncommon among insects. Having one is part of the definition of a bee, and both wasps and hornets come with stingers of their own. However, out of all the different species out there with stingers, including almost every species of bee, the honey bee is the only one that has to die after stinging an enemy. So why is that? Continue reading

Build A Better Mousetrap Yourself

As the old saying goes, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” What this means is that a lot of people want something that’s just a little better at catching mice, and if you can invent it, you can become rich. Continue reading

Termites And Waterproofing

Different pest insects find different ways of getting into your home. Some can squeeze through cracks in the foundation, particularly brick-and-mortar foundations that don’t use solid concrete for the basement walls. Others hitch a ride on the clothing, skin, or luggage of the building’s inhabitants. Still others will hunt down weak spots in the windows, door frames, and weatherproofing strips. But however they get inside, one fact remains true: if they can’t get access to water or moisture, they won’t survive for long. Continue reading

Is A Millipede Indoors Worth Worrying About?

Of all the Maryland insects and pests that can find their way indoors, millipedes are just about the last things you need to worry about. All those hundreds of tiny legs may look disturbing, right along with the glossy black shell, but all it eats is decaying plant matter. In fact, millipedes die quickly indoors thanks to a lack of food and water and its only real defense is that it leaves behind a bad smell when you smash it. Even centipedes and spiders are more dangerous, and cicadas and crickets are more annoying. Continue reading