People have been eating bugs for centuries but in the last few decades the Western world has seen dining on pests as a novelty, something to squeal about at a dinner party. But on many parts of the globe people eat bugs for nutrition when they lack better options…everything from grasshoppers to roaches can be prepared to be edible by someone who knows what they’re doing.
Homeowners in America spend billions of dollars annually to keep their homes free from pests and there are hundreds of pest control companies across the country. Across the pond however, Britains are learning a thing or two about using pesky bugs to their advantage and noted chefs and home cooks alike are figuring out ways to make insects delicious. Continue reading
Though spiders may seem ominous and are feared by most, the majority of arachnids in the United States are completely harmless. However, there are two spiders commonly found throughout the country that are venomous and should be treated with extreme caution; the black widow and the brown recluse.
There are a few different species of black widows that can be found in the US. The southern, northern and western black widow are all prevalent. These spiders are most frequently found in southern and western areas.
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When most people think about black widows they think of the red hourglass shape known to characterize these critters. Continue reading
Ever noticed that winter brings a lot of unwanted pests into your home? Just like humans, these critters look for ways to stay warm as the temperatures drop. Unlike most animals, insects don’t have body fat, which provides a great deal of warmth. Therefore, their insides can easily freeze as the temperatures drop significantly. Some species migrate south for the winter, but for those that remain in the same area year round, they have to find ways to survive the winter. Burrowing into logs or underground is one way to ride out the winter, but if a warm, heated house is nearby, this is the ideal lodging place for many pests. Every species handles the winter differently. Some insects actually have anti-freeze chemicals in their bodies; others face the winter in larvae or cocoon stage. There are a few key pest control practices that will help keep these critters from joining you inside for the winter. Continue reading
Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests and arguably the most detested by homeowners. These pests are invasive and have no problem making themselves comfortable inside your home. Cockroaches are more than just an unpleasant nuisance to have around, as they can also spread diseases, aggravate asthma problems and emit unpleasant odors. If you develop a significant roach problem in your home, you will most likely have to seek professional help to eliminate these pests. However, there are several steps you can take around your home to prevent and alleviate cockroach problems from occurring. Continue reading