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Grain Mite: Is That What’s In My Pantry?

Grain mite

Never heard of grain mites? You aren’t alone. This small pest can have a big impact on crops, workers and in our homes. Winter grain mites, which are dark brown to black in color, and the more common grain or flour mite, can cause extensive damage to crops by eating the germ of the plant, other parts of the kernel and mold that can grow on grain. This activity can cause the plants to have stunted growth or not produce at all. These microscopic pests can also spread fungal spores throughout stored grain and from storage bin to bin.

Grain mites are also sometimes referred to as the “straw-itch mite” and can be blamed on a condition called grocer’s itch. This ailment can cause allergic reactions and severe dermatitis among workers handling infested grains.

Winter grain mites have reddish-orange legs and are associated with damage to oat, wheat and barley … Read Full Post »

Mold Mites: What Are They and Why Does It Matter To Me?

Mold Mites

Most of us are familiar with mold. In addition to this fungus that can grow on food, plants and areas where you have moisture or high humidity, you may run across tiny creatures called mold mites. These microscopic white or tan colored mites feed on mold and fungi and are part of the larger species of mites, including cheese mites, flour mites and grain mites.

Mold mites are wingless, smooth and so small that they don’t cause structural damage, and they don’t bite humans. However, these soft-bodied pests do have long “hairs” which can cause an allergic reaction in some people. These creatures can also affect your air quality. Most importantly, the mold that these animals feed upon can pose health risks which can result in coughing, throat irritation, wheezing and nasal stuffiness, particularly in individuals with compromised immune systems. One in three people can experience an allergic reaction to mold. When … Read Full Post »

Mealybugs: A Complete Guide To This Lawn Pest

mealybugs

Have you ever found something on a houseplant that you first thought was a tiny piece of cotton, but then you realized was a living thing? Mealybugs can ruin the appearance of your indoor and outdoor plants and can cause a significant amount of damage. When left unchecked, mealybugs can eventually kill a plant. For such small creatures, mealybugs can be surprisingly hard to remove. They are found in warm, moist climates and can be introduced to your home and yard by new plants, tools or other materials.

Mealybugs: A Complete Guide To This Lawn Pest

In this post, we will tell you everything you need to know about mealybugs, including what they look like, their favorite hiding spots, their impact on our green spaces and, perhaps most importantly, what you can do if you find them feasting on your plants.

Tiny White Bugs On Plants Can Be Harmful

Those tiny white bugs you noticed … Read Full Post »

Grasshoppers vs Crickets: What’s the Difference?

grasshoppers vs crickets

There’s no doubt about it: Many insects look alike. That’s even truer when the two insects at question belong to the same family. Take crickets and grasshoppers, for example. There’s been much discussion about grasshoppers vs crickets, so let’s talk about some of the differences between the two species. 

Grasshoppers vs Crickets: What’s the Difference?

At first glance, the two insects look very similar. Their bodies are similarly structured, and they both have antennas. That said, there are several ways you can tell these hopping creatures apart.

Family Ties

Both the cricket and the grasshopper belong to the Orthoptera order. Another member of this family is the locust. While crickets and grasshoppers share a common ancestry, they belong to different suborders. Grasshoppers belong to the Caeliferans suborder, while crickets belong to the suborder called Ensifera. There are more species of grasshoppers—11,000—compared to the number of cricket species: over 900.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Though the … Read Full Post »

Cankerworms: What Are They?

Cankerworms

Have you heard of cankerworms? If you haven’t, you’ve undoubtedly seen them, especially in the spring, swinging from tree to tree as they defoliate large groups of trees at a time. What are cankerworms exactly? What does it mean for you, as a homeowner? And how can you get protect yourself and your trees against these creatures if they are causing a problem?

Cankerworms: What Are They?

Cankerworms, also known as “inchworms,” are spring caterpillars which are light green to brown in color. They’re different from normal caterpillars in that they have fewer legs than most, with only two feet on their abdomens, resulting in their odd form of movement.

Cankerworms hatch just when the trees are starting to bud in the spring. They feed on broad-leaf trees, such as elm, oak, boxelder, maple and ash. They can defoliate a large swath of trees, but you’ll only notice it if the trees they’re … Read Full Post »

Types of Mosquitoes in Florida

Types of Mosquitoes in Florida

Your new house has a problem. You knew this before you bought it. The place is absolutely gorgeous inside and out. Lots of open space. A lush yard. A patio that has a top-of-the-line grill. A bar. It’s what the patio doesn’t have that is the problem: screens.

Unlike many Florida patios, the previous owner decided not to enclose the space which means bugs, which also means bug bites. More specifically, mosquito bites.

What You Need To Know About The Different Types of Mosquitoes in Florida

You thought that this would be a minor problem, that you could just avoid the busiest mosquito times and enclose the space when you had enough money. Except that there doesn’t seem to be a time when mosquitoes aren’t around. And you can no longer tell where the bug bites end and your skin begins.

Is there anything you can do to protect yourself from mosquitoes? Absolutely. It starts with learning … Read Full Post »

Jadera haematoloma: What You Need to Know About This Bug

Jadera haematoloma

“Unknown insect – Jadera haematoloma” by Eugene Zelenko is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

If you’re like most people, the term or phrase “Jadera haematoloma” means nothing. There’s even a chance you’ve never even heard it before. As with most insects, the bug connected with this term is known more often by its common name and not the scientific name. Instead, most people refer to this bug as either the red-shouldered bug, the goldenrain tree bug or simply the Jadera bug. Do any of these names ring a bell?

Jadera haematoloma: What You Need to Know About This Bug

Found across the United States, the Jadera bug is easily identifiable and quite common. But because of this name confusion, we thought it would be a good time to dive deeper into the facts about this species, to understand a bit more. Let’s explore together.  

First, What Do They Look Like?

As you can … Read Full Post »

Does Lime Keep Snakes Away?

Does Lime Keep Snakes Away

If you’ve ever encountered a snake in your backyard, you already know it’s a frightening sight. The truth is, spotting a snake in your backyard or garden is more common than people think. So how can you avoid this situation and keep snakes out of your yard? 

Does Lime Keep Snakes Away?

In this post, we’ll debunk a few myths, explain what to do if you find a snake on your lawn and we’ll give you methods you can use to prevent them from coming back. Before diving into various methods for removing a snake from your yard, it’s important to understand which snake species you’re more likely to encounter and why they might be attracted to your yard in the first place.

What Kind of Snake is it?

One of the most common snake species you’ll find in your backyard or garden is the garter snake. You might also know them as a garden snake. … Read Full Post »

Check Out ABC’s Ultimate Orlando Lawn Care Guide [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Orlando Lawn Care Guide

Keeping your grass, plants and trees healthy and well-maintained can be a challenge. First, you have to have the time to dedicate to your lawn. You also need to make sure you have the right equipment and that it is all in working order. Finally, you need the expertise to know which types of plants work best in which environments, how often to water and how to spot signs of lawn pests and diseases. For homeowners in southern states, the warm climate, lack of rainfall and intense sun make it even more difficult to care for your outdoor spaces.

ABC’s Ultimate Orlando Lawn Care Guide

ABC Home & Commercial Services is dedicated to making homeowners’ lives easier. Our team of pest control pros has compiled their best advice and tips into the Ultimate Orlando Lawn Care Guide. This 8-page downloadable PDF resource includes sections on:

  • Lawn Care Seasonal Calendar
  • What Kind of Grass is Best For My Lawn?
  • All … Read Full Post »

The Ultimate Lawn Care Tips Guide From The Experts at ABC [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Lawn care tips

Keeping your grass, plants and trees healthy and well-maintained can be a challenge. First, you have to have the time to dedicate to your lawn. You also need to make sure you have the right equipment and that it is all in working order. Finally, you need the expertise to know which types of plants work best in which environments, how often to water and how to spot signs of lawn pests and diseases. For homeowners in southern states, the warm climate, lack of rainfall and intense sun make it even more difficult to care for your outdoor spaces.

ABC’s Ultimate Lawn Care Guide

ABC Home & Commercial Services is dedicated to making homeowners’ lives easier. Our team of lawn care technicians, landscaping experts, pest control pros and sprinkler system specialists have compiled their best advice and tips into the Ultimate Lawn Care Guide. This 8-page downloadable PDF resource includes sections on: