Moths vs Butterflies

Moths and butterflies. Butterflies and moths. These are common, non-threatening, flying insects that are seen around the globe. Moths and butterflies are both categorized in the order Lepidoptera, with 125 families of moths and 5 families of butterflies. With strikingly similar physical features and a countless number of these flying insects around the world, it is [&hellip…

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Illinois Fall/Winter Pest Forecast

With colder weather coming our way, more pests are seeking shelter in our homes. The amount of pest populations coincide with local weather patterns of the spring and summer seasons. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual Bug Barometer, predicting anticipated pest pressure across the U.S. for Fall and Winter 2016. How do [&hellip…

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5 Bug-Themed Horror Films

Are you struggling to think of a scary movie to watch on Halloween this year? Well, if you are in the mood for an bug-themed horror film, then we have you covered. From giant ants, to gigantic spiders, to a man-fly hybrid, these frightening films are sure to keep you up at night!   1. [&hellip…

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Yellow Jackets in the Fall

Now that October has arrived and everyone is thinking of the cold weather ahead, don’t forget that yellow jackets are still quite active and more aggressive! Although their yellow and black stripes are similar to those of bees, yellow jackets are not bees. Yellow Jackets are wasps. They are very social creatures, living in colonies that [&hellip…

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Why do moths eat your clothes?

Have you ever taken a sweater out of your closet, only to find it destroyed with holes? Who are the culprits? Moths. Of course, you want to deal with   the problem before it gets out of control. But it is important to understand the root of the issue before learning how to deal with it. [&hellip…

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Head Lice: Preventing and Treating Tips

The school year is well on its way, and that means the head lice are getting around! School brings lots of young, active children together in close quarters which makes a lovely breeding ground for lice. In the United States, it is believed that about 6 to 12 million children between 3 and 12 years [&hellip…

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What Makes An Insect An Insect?

“What kind of insect is that?” We have all done it, asking what creepy crawler is passing by us on the sidewalk. But sometimes, we are simply asking the wrong question, because it may not be an insect at all! It is an insect? Is it an arachnid? Who knows?! So what makes an insect [&hellip…

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Ants Ants Everywhere

Ants are the most common pest problem reported, especially in the summer months! These tiny invaders will enter your home looking for moisture and an accessible food source. Some ants can cause damage to wood and fabrics. Others might contaminate food and bite or sting. Usually when there is one ant there are many more nearby. [&hellip…

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Bugs You Will Find In or Around the Water

Are you planning on going swimming this summer? Whether in a lake or a pool, cool water sure does feel refreshing in contrast to the hot summer sun! But be careful, because certain bugs like the water too! You may have some bugs as company as you swim, but thankfully, the most common ones are [&hellip…

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Tips for DIY Pest Control

       1. Home Protection: Having a clean kitchen won’t make your home completely immune to infestations. Many insects and rodents are attracted to food, but open bags of chips and dirty dishes on the counter aren’t the only things they are after. Water plays a big role in the attraction of pests. By [&hellip…

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