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Ants in the Home

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

In this blog we will be talking about three different types of ants that can get into your home. Two of the three which do not bite you, but are just a nuisance for sure! The three types are: Pharaoh Ant Crazy Ant Ghost Ant     Pharaoh Ant These ants are light yellow to red brown in color, with workers that measure about 1 / 15 to 1 / 12 inches long. They also have three segments in the antennal club. They are found in most localized regions of the United States as well as parts of Southern Canada. They are transported in commerce...

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Roaches

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

There are several different types of roaches, but I am going to tell you about three different ones. Roaches can be a very annoying pest to have in your home. Here you can learn the differences in three common species of roaches.   American Roach               This roach is also known as the water bug, flying water bug, and in some areas of the Southern United States (especially here in Florida!) the palmetto bug. This roach a lot of people like to describe the size as “I could strap a saddle to it...

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Fruit Flies

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Fruit flies are widely distributed over the world. They are both a concern and a nuisance. They can contaminate food as well as be pesky while flying around you home, mostly in kitchens and bathroom around sinks or anything with moisture built up.   Large populations of these flies can certainly build up rather quickly in food service establishments. It takes very little for a fruit fly to claim your kitchen as their home. They only require a moist area of fermenting stuff. These things are, but not limited to: ripened fruits or...

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Springtails

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Springtails are the most common insects in the environment, even though they don’t attract attention and are often overlooked. They are one of the most abundant insects and develop very large numbers when a suitable habitat occurs. There have been sources that estimate there being millions of springtails in one area about 2.5 acres of land. They can certainly be a pest when they start to find themselves in and around homes and other buildings. They can also migrate indoors in great numbers even though they occur mostly...

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Velvet Ant

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

                Velvet ants “aka- cow killers” are very colorful, red and fuzzy. They are rather large in size! They aren’t actually ants but a wasp.The males have small wings that does not allow them to fly around and hunt. The females do not have wings which is what makes them look so much like an ant. The reason thy are referred to as “cow killers” is because their sting is said to be strong enough to do just that, kill a cow! However, this is just a myth, the sting just...

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Bug & Insect Jokes!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

I thought I would take a little break in blogging about information on bugs this week and throw a little fun in. Here are a few fun jokes about bugs and insects I got from Funology’s web page. Hope you enjoy! 🙂   Q. When is a baseball player like a spider? A. When he catches a fly! ———- Q: Why wouldn’t they let the butterfly into the dance? A: Because it was a mothball. ———- A man had a pet centipede. He said, “centipede, go get the paper and make it snappy!” A half an hour later the man went outside and...

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Lovebugs

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Lovebugs are also known as March flies. They are identified by their black, slender body and red thorax. Lovebugs are closely related to mosquitos and gnats. The males are about ¼ inch in length, the females are 1/3 inch in length. There are two types of lovebugs in the U.S. One is a native species while the other is an invasive one. This invasive lovebug first appeared in Southern Louisiana during the 1920’s. This outbreak quickly spread south, crossing deep into Mississippi and Alabama, then finally reaching Florida in 1947. Since then...

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Chiggers

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Chiggers, also known as “red bugs”, are the larvae of mites. When a human is bitten by a chigger, it can cause serious itching as well as small red welts on the skin. An infection can occur from the severe irritation and frequent scratching. Chiggers are not known to transmit any human diseases in Florida.                 Biology There are five main stages of the life cycle of chiggers. Egg, prelarva, larva, nymph and adult. Females will find sheltered areas to lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch...

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Ticks in Florida

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Ticks can usually be found year round throughout Florida, but there are seasons where they become more abundant. Ticks can most certainly transmit any disease they may be carrying no matter what stage of life they are in, so removing them quickly as well as preventing them is very important. The nymphs are dangerous due to spreading diseases much more often than adults. Their small size plays factor in that because they can easily go unnoticed.   Brown Dog Tick This tick will mainly feed on dogs. You will find them mostly where dogs will...

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Slugs and Snails

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

You would think that slugs and snails are friends in your backyard garden, in reality these slimy creatures can leave a snail trail of glistening goo in your path. What is this goo you ask? Feces and mucous. These tiny creatures usually appear after a misty morning, or after a heavy down pour. These bugs love to soak up the good stuff, given that they require so much moisture to survive. Snails are usually identified by the hard shells on their back, usually grey or brown. Their shells are usually 1 to 1 ½ inches long. However, the giant...

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