Lovebugs

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...

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Chiggers

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...

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Ticks in Florida

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...

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Slugs and Snails

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...

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Yellowjackets

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

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Rats & Mice

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...

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