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Mites and Chiggers, an Unpleasant Reminder That You Live in the Country

Mites are small arthropods. Arthropods are simply invertebrate animals that have an external skeleton (exoskeleton),segmented bodies, and jointed appendages. Arthropods can be insects, arachnids (spiders), myriapods or crustaceans. Mites can be either a member of the subclass Acari or Arachnida. There are literally thousands of species of mites, most of which are so tiny that you will never [...]

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One Motherlode You Never Want to Hit: Silverfish

Silverfish, or lespisma sacchrina, are small insects that measure up to 19 MM in length at maturity. They are slender insects with what appears to be a three pronged tail. Some think that they have a prehistoric look, almost like a horseshoe crab on land. These odd looking creatures are ancient and though they prefer humid, moist areas they [...]

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The Lesser of Two Weevils: Rhyzopertha Dominica

Have you ever opened a bag of flour and noticed little black specks? Those little black specks were most likely Weevils. Rhyzopertha dominica or the Lesser Grain Borer are one of two grain weevils found in the home. These weevils bore into grain and leave nothing but a hull. All it takes is one or [...]

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What You Didn’t Know About Ladybugs

     Everyone has seen the iconic ladybug image, or ladybird if you're English. Bold red with black spots and a tiny white sash. They're seen as cute, harmless little bugs. At times they've even been sold as beneficial insects because, as the story goes, they eat harmful insects such as aphids. The problem with this theme [...]

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4 Ways Pesticides Harm Your Garden

Perhaps slugs and aphids are having a feast eating your lettuce and rose plants and a look around your garden tells you there are more such infiltrators into your garden than you can bear to have. So, what do you do? The best solution for you would be to use toxic pesticides. Think about it, [...]

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How to Keep Ants Away

Are those pesky little critters threatening to invade your home again? Before you resort to using harsh chemicals or calling the exterminator, consider simple eco-friendly solutions which will keep your home ant free, and your sanity intact.Let’s explore 7 viable options you can exploit. Seal the EntrywaysPreclusion is your best bet against ants. Use a silicone sealant to [...]

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Crickets: Learn the Basics

House crickets (Acheta domesticus) are opportunistic omnivores. They reproduce quickly and make loud, high-pitched sounds at night. You know that loud chirping sound in the middle of the night, letting you know that you have a new pet. These sounds are produced when male crickets rub their forewings together to attract females. Research has shown that female house crickets are capable [...]

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What are Centipedes?

Centipedes are quick, mostly reclusive creatures that are sounded by myths, including that they're dangerous to humans and have venom in their feet that can make the skin they touch rot off. Despite their perceived danger to humans, these arthropods live their entire existence as voracious predators, making them beneficial to humankind in reality. Even though the Centipede can be [...]

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What is the Lifecycle of Cluster Flies?

The cluster fly life cycle begins when a female lays her eggs in the soil in late summer or early fall. These eggs hatch within a few days, after which larvae seek to enter the body cavities of earthworms. Cluster fly larvae feed on earthworm hosts for several days, at which time they molt and pupate in the soil. [...]

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House Spiders Lifecycle and Reproduction

Female common house spiders (Parasteatoda tepidariorum) deposit as many as 250 eggs into a sac of silk. These sacs are often brown in color and are flask-like in shape. Females produce up to 17 of these sacs during a lifetime, resulting in more than 4,000 eggs.Within a week, spiderlings hatch and begin to undergo a [...]

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