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May 31, 2018

Prevent Pavement Ants With These Simple Tips

This spring, take a look outside at the sidewalks - there may just be a war going on.

The main belligerents: Tetramorium caespitum, also known as Pavement Ants. Although active all year long and with really no down period throughout the seasons, springtime is a particularly active period for Pavement Ants. When the weather warms, colonies head out in search of new areas to conquer, and that can range anywhere from a trip into your kitchen to an all-out assault on a neighboring colony for control of the territory.

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August 31, 2017

Why Stinging Insects Are Much More Active During Late Summer

You may have noticed wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets buzzing around all summer long, generally keeping to themselves and not causing much trouble. The truth is, even these fearsome flyers are relatively laid back through the early spring and summer, focused mostly on nest-building and colony-raising and not all that interested in humans. Late summer, however, is a different story - and it only takes one off encounter with an especially-active hive to know the difference.

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August 22, 2017

What To Do When You Find A Bat In Your House

Finding a bat in your house can be a frightening experience, but in reality the bat is likely more scared than you are in that particular situation. But while the bat is highly unlikely to cause the occupants in your home any direct trouble, the presence of a bat in your home can bring on a host of other potentially serious issues - and that’s why it’s critical to remove and prevent bats before the problem gets out of hand.

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July 26, 2017

Honeybee Swarms: What To Do When You See One

It’s a warm spring or summer day and you’re walking outside when you see it, maybe hanging off a tree branch or gathered on a fencepost: a huge swarm of honeybees.

For those unfamiliar with the ways of bees, swarms can seem frightening and unpredictable. It’s not uncommon for a single swarm to contain anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred individual bees, and the size can often frighten homeowners into taking drastic action - often to the detriment of the hive itself.

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July 19, 2017

How To Handle Hornets

When it comes to cousins of the otherwise-harmless honeybee, few make more enemies each year than hornets.

These large pests are some of the biggest vespines in North America and although they tend to avoid conflict if possible, hornets are generally not afraid to sting when threatened. Plus, since hornets tend to be more aggressive when there’s food around, stumbling on a nest unexpectedly always brings a bit more danger to dealing with hornets on your property.

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