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Pest Myths vs. Pest Facts

As summer pests are a natural part of the outdoors and typically viewed simply as a nuisance, many believe that they have a full understanding of the risks associated with such. Yet, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that there are a multitude of myths about summer insects that homeowners subscribe to – most of which wrongly minimize the threats of stinging insects, mosquitoes and ants.

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Apr 2012
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Crane Flies

Crane flies look similar to large mosquitoes, and are often confused for them. They are mostly harmless, their larvae have been known to cause damage to gardens, yards, and in other areas where grass plants commonly grow. Crane fly larvae are considered to be pests, but once they are full grown, they are considered to be more of a nuisance.  Click here to learn more…

Crane Fly

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Apr 2012
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More is not always better

I have been “The Bug Lady” for three years now. Before that time, I am embarrassed to say that I lived completely in the dark about all the diseases and dangers of pests. I didn’t realize that mice could spread salmonella or that the ants that sometimes made themselves comfortable in my kitchen could contaminate our food!  Until I wised up, my husband was in charge of anything creepy crawly in our house.  I gave him free reign.  That meant when he came home from the store armed with cans, bottles and jars of products that promised to kill things I didn’t want in my house, I didn’t ask any questions, even when he covered our kitchen counter with impressive looking quantities of stuff he found at the store.

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Apr 2012
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April Designated As National Pest Management Month

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management Month, an observance that has been taking place for more than 30 years. National Pest Management Month honors the professional pest control industry for playing a key role in protecting both health and property from significant pest-borne threats.

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Variety of Insects

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Apr 2012
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Indian Meal Moths

Have you ever found creepy crawlies in your pantry? More than likely, they are Indian Meal Moths. They feed on dried fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, chocolate, candies, bird seed, dog food, powdered milk, dried red peppers and candy. Indian Meal Moths are attracted to the light, these bugs are found worldwide in areas where food is stored, such as grocery stores and even your pantry. They infest foods and can contaminate food products. Dried food products should be inspected thoroughly for signs of moth infestations. Discard infested foods in outdoor trash bins. Clean infested cupboards thoroughly with a vacuum and soap and water. Store food in sealed containers.

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Mar 2012
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Carpenter Bees

by Mike Potter, Extension Entomologist

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

 

carpenter beeIn the late-spring and early summer, homeowners often notice large, black bees hovering around the outside of their homes. These are probably carpenter bees searching for mates and favorable sites to construct their nests. Male carpenter bees are quite aggressive, often hovering in front of people who are around the nests. The males are quite harmless, however, since they lack stingers. Female carpenter bees can inflict a painful sting but seldom will unless they are handled or molested.

 

Carpenter bees resemble bumble bees, but the upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black; bumble bees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings.

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Mar 2012
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Ants: The Spring House Guest No One Wants, But Nearly Everyone Gets

Springtime is ant time as ants march into homes in search of food. With more than 700 species of ants in the U.S. and about two dozen classified as pests, many homeowners will likely encounter these unwelcome visitors.

“Ants are more than a nuisance. They can contaminate food, bite when threatened and damage our property,” noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association. “However, which species of ant invades can depend on geography.”

Here are some species homeowners should lookout for this spring:

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Mar 2012
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