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Why Roaches Are Bad

Why Roaches Are Bad

Cockroaches are extreme survivors.  They’re the oldest surviving insect form on the planet and have been present on Earth for nearly 350 million years.

There are approximately 3500 identified cockroach species that roam the earth.  Cockroaches come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors and are found in almost every environment on the planet.  The general shape of a cockroach is oval and flat-bodied, which allows them to squeeze into all types of cracks and crevices.

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Common Winter Insects

Overwintering Pests

Although we are currently enjoying the warm days of summer, in just another month or so, many insects will begin to prepare for the cooler months ahead.  Insects that survive the winter as adults must locate a suitable shelter in which to overwinter. Many times, the preferred suitable shelter for an adult insect to overwinter is a home or a building.

The insects that seek shelter in buildings during the cooler months are commonly referred to as overwintering pests. Overwintering pests generally become pests in the fall, winter and spring, because this is when they are using a home or building as harborage.

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End of Summer Pest Tips: Bed Bugs and Yellow Jackets

Bed Bugs and Yellow Jackets

It’s almost back to school time again, which means those lazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end.  Parents and children are busy preparing for the work that awaits them in the months ahead.

But people are not the only industrious beings this time of year, as insects are also hard at work.  Yellow jackets are preparing for the cooler months that lie ahead, while bed bugs are hitching rides to return to campus too.

Yellow jackets are in a frenzy during late summer and early fall, trying to gather as much food as possible for their hive.  This food is needed to help the newly produced queens survive the winter, while the rest of the hive members will die off with the first frost.

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Top 10 Cartoon Bugs

Top Cartoon Insects

Animated movies and T.V. shows bring us back to our childhood, whether it be watching movies with our parents when we were children, or watching them with your children now. The characters in these movies have been stood the test of time, whether it be Mickey Mouse or Shrek. Quite often cartoon characters are some sort of an animal that portray a common theme.

Insects are one of the most popular types of animals that are featured by cartoonists. Most of the time, insects are portrayed as hard working protagonists that have to overcome an obstacle (mostly a larger animal) to accomplish their goal. Just like in real life, these insects are very cunning and wise and are able to find a solution to almost any hurdle and prevail in the end.

Check out our list of insects that have made the cut to be considered the best cartoon insects of all time.

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Ratzilla: Pest or Hero?


Some of you may have read about sightings of giant rats, dubbed by one paper as ‘Ratzilla’. These are allegedly just well fed Brown Rats (Rattus norvegicus), but did you know there are larger rat species around the world and some of them are considered heroes rather than pests?

Rat that is used to help detect the presence of landmines.

Rat that is used to help detect the presence of landmines.

The African Giant Pouched Rat (Cricetomys Gambianus) is native to most of Sub-Saharan Africa and weighs in at over 2 lb, two or three times bigger than a Brown Rat. With Non-Government Organization funding, a group called APOPO was set up 20 years ago to train these rats to detect landmines. Weighing roughly 2 lbs, the rats are not heavy enough to set off the mines. Starting in Mozambique, the program now operates in six countries in Africa and Asia. Read More »

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