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September 21, 2018

Lady Beetles: When To Keep Them, and When To Keep Them Out

Lady beetles, ladybugs, ladybird beetles - although known by many different names, this little red-and-black spotted insect may be among the most well known across the United States.

Small, usually deep red, and a favorite among children and gardeners everywhere, lady beetles hold an envious position among common insects in a number of ways. Besides being one of the least feared insects most homeowners run into, lady beetles actually bring a whole host of benefits along with them just about wherever they go.

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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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