Some insects are good for the environment; they eat other nuisance bugs and do helpful things like pollinate plants and fertilize soil. But other bugs seem to do more harm than good, spreading dangerous diseases to animals and humans alike. So which bugs are notorious disease-spreaders? We’ve put together a short list of the four most frequent offenders when it comes to nasty insects… Continue reading
Cockroaches have a reputation for being some of the filthiest pests on the planet. Researchers at NC State University, however, actually say roaches are impeccably clean and spend vast amounts of time each day “grooming” themselves to stay that way. Years of research has led the scientists to hypothesize about ways fast-acting pest treatments could use this information to kill them more effectively.
It turns out roaches spend hours each day grooming their long, forward-facing antennae. The grooming process actually involves spreading a thin waxy film over the antennae themselves which helps the roach keep out water and harmful contaminants. The NC State scientists found that too much of the wax, however, led to impaired sensory abilities for the roaches leaving them confused and less able to defend themselves. Continue reading
Whether you’ve moved to a new area, bought your first home, or even noticed an infestation you’re just not sure how to tackle, hiring a pest control company is a big decision to make. As any seasoned homeowner will tell you, securing regular pest control maintenance is good for the life of your home as well as your peace of mind. There’s nothing worse than being caught off guard by pests when you’re unprotected.
If you’ve begun the process of interviewing pest control companies for home monitoring and treatment services, keep in mind these few questions you should be sure to ask. Continue reading
As I was getting ready for work this morning, I had the unpleasant experience of seeing a cockroach scurry out from underneath my desk and dart across the floor. My first reaction was a squeal and a jump, before my more effective response kicked in, which was to grab a shoe and smash it. After disposing of this wretched creature, it got me wondering what exactly had attracted this pest into my room and what species it was. Because roaches are so common in the United States, this is an experience that occurs far too frequently for many of us. To give you a better idea of what kind of roaches you may face in your home and what they look for, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most common species of cockroaches in the United States. Continue reading