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Scorpions In Florida: What Homeowners Should Know

scorpions in florida

There are things you worried about when buying your home in Florida. You knew you’d have to protect against hurricane and flood damage, for example. Maybe you had a passing thought about crossing paths with an alligator.

No one told you about the scorpions, though. You also never got the memo about how many of them have venom in their stingers that can be poisonous. How, even when there’s no venom, those stings hurt like crazy.

Just looking at a scorpion, you can tell that they’re formidable, at least as far as bugs are concerned. If you’ve heard any of the stories about how painful the stings can be, the encounter is likely to scare you, even if the scorpion doesn’t do much of anything.

In this post, we’re going to give you an overview on scorpions in Florida, including how to identify them, which types are most common here, why more people … Read Full Post »

Bed Bugs And Dryer Sheets: A Deadly Combination?

Bed bugs and dryer sheets

Bed bugs and dryer sheets aren’t two things we normally hear together. But with endless lists of household hacks flooding our inboxes and social media feeds, could they be connected in some way? The short answer is that although dryer sheets are on a list of home remedies to combat bed bugs, unfortunately, many of these tactics are ineffective in controlling this very persistent pest.

Despite our insistence that our home could never have bed bugs, these pesky critters do sometimes find their way in. And when they do, many of us are left to wonder how we can efficiently extinguish these bugs. You might wonder if bed bugs could survive a round in the washing machine. Are there products and methods that can kill both bed bugs and their eggs? If bed bugs are living in my home, what are the chances they are hiding in the folds of my … Read Full Post »

Repelling Squirrels From Your Home and Yard

Repelling Squirrels

Squirrels can provoke strong feelings in homeowners—mostly negative. Although these animals may look cute and furry, squirrels can dig up your yard, raid your bird feeder, chew through electrical wires, damage your insulation and leave droppings in your attic.

A squirrel’s incisor teeth grow continuously, and because the rodents chew on everything, they can damage your deck, siding, hammock, fencing and electronics. If they gnaw their way into your attic, squirrels can expose your belongings to the elements, including rain. Over time, this nuisance pest can even cause structural damage to your home.

Let’s discuss how to deter squirrels from your house, what signs to look for to indicate they are inside, how to keep them from eating from your bird feeder and tips to remove squirrels from your home.

How To Deter Squirrels From House

The most common types of squirrels are ground squirrels, tree squirrels and flying squirrels. Ground squirrels eat … Read Full Post »

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 the food we store inside our pantries. Grain mites, or flour mites, as they are also called, are typically pale whitish-gray pests. They are small, the biggest measuring just a quarter of an inch, but they can cause significant damage when they infest pet food, horse feed, cereals, rice, dried vegetables, cheese, corn, cornmeal and dried fruit. A female grain mite can lay up to 800 eggs, so these pests can spread rapidly throughout the infested food source.

Although this pest largely affects bulk grain storage, grain mites can be found in your home. So, what should you do if you see signs of grain mites in your home and kitchen, is it bad if you unknowingly eat them and how do you get them out of your house? Keep reading to learn more about … Read Full Post »

Can I Get Mold Spores Bites? What To Know About Mold Mites

mold spores bites

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. That is why some individuals may believe they have gotten mold spores bites when they have actually been in contact with a mold mite. In some cases, what may feel like a bite or sting is actually a skin irritation linked to an allergic reaction to mold growing inside your home. … 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 »