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Yellowjackets

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Truman's Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations (seventh edition)

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Rats & Mice

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

The origin of the word commensal is interpreted as “sharing one’s table”. Quite an appropriate  term being as rats and mice have been trying to”share” our food and shelter  for many years. Another word we may very well find fitting for this species is kleptoparasitic. This term means that rodents are parasites of humans by stealing from us. The origin of the word rodents means “to gnaw”. Like all rodents, mice and rats possess an upper and lower pair o teeth thasts are chiseled incisors and they...

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Subterranean Termites

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Subterranean termites cause the majority of termite damage that happens here in the states. These termites are very destructive. They will damage building timbers and contents, fence posts and utility poles and occasionally living plants. The Formosan subterranean termite is the most aggressive and important species of termite, and has been reported to cause more damage to structures in Hawaii than any other wood destroying insect. This termite represents an extreme economic hazard in all areas where it becomes established. Although...

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Mosquitoes

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

There are 80 species that are known of in Florida that have been found, more than any other state. Out of those 80, there are 33 that can cause pest issues for man and animal. They are found anywhere from the tropics to the artic regions. They are the only known cause of natural transmission of the casual agents of malaria, yellow fever, types of encephalitis, dengue and filariasis. Most of these have been common in the United States in the past.             Mosquitos can be distinguished easily from other flies...

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Chinch Bugs

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Chinch bugs are the number one pest when it comes to St. Augustine grass. They can be associated with open and sunny areas and there can be up to 150-200 insects per square foot. They can go unnoticed for quite some time due to their small size and their color which can blend them in with the turf. Periods of drought are when they thrive the most. They tend to appear in May and continue throughout the summer. The faster moving bugs can be seen scurrying about in the bottom of the turf around the stems, in large groups. Chinch bugs will suck...

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Centipedes

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Unlike most centipedes, these generally live its entire life inside a building. It is a common pest in many parts of the United States. The body is 1 to 1 ½ in. long at the most, but its 15 pairs of delicate, long legs make it seem much larger. The body is grayish yellow with three dark stripes extending along the full length of the back. The legs are quite long in proportion to the body, and have alternate light and dark bands running around them. The centipede prefers to live in damp and undisturbed areas, such as cellars, closets,...

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Earwigs

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Earwigs are insects that are readily recognized by the pinchers or forceps-like appendages at the end of the abdomen. They sometimes build up to large numbers in warm weather and then may invade homes or other structures. They are active at night, and some species are attracted in large numbers to lights. During the day they usually find shelter beneath stones, boards and debris. They are often transported great distances in potted plants, nursery stock or other plant material. The European earwig is an introduced species that has become an...

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Silverfish

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Their bodies are flattened, long and slender, broad at the front and tapering gradually toward the rear. The antennae are long slender. All Silverfish are wingless. The young look like small adults, and their development takes place by gradual metamorphosis. They are most active at night and can run very swiftly. Silverfish can be found almost anywhere in a house, but they are usually found in areas of high moisture close to their source of food. They are unable to reproduce or even to survive in buildings where winter heating and moisture...

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Millipedes

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

Millipedes are commonly known as “thousand leggers” and they normally live outdoors in damp places. Some examples are under decaying leaves and in mulch around outdoor plantings. They eat damp and decaying vegetable matter. They are worm like, cylindrical animals with many body segments and most body segments bearing two pairs of legs. Millipedes tend to coil up tightly when disturbed and some species can secrete a foul smelling fluid.   Occasionally after it rains or during cold weather, large numbers of millipedes may migrate into...

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Pantry Pests

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Bug Blog | 0 comments

There are many different species of stored food pests found at various times in food pantries. Most of these pests are introduced into our homes in infested foods.   If food is left unused or exposed to a dark corner of a drawer for too long, there is none that won’t become infested by some sort of pest. All items are likely too, even spices, hot pepper, ice cream cones, as well as cereals, grits and cake mixes. Some other things that can harbor infestations are dried flower arrangements and stuffed furniture and toys. These insects are...

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