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Ants

What are ants? Ants are social insects and live in colonies, so similar to termites there are different groups of ants that perform different tasks within the colony. The colonies comprise of a queen and workers. There are over 700 types of ants in the US, although the number which infest homes are dramatically less and only around 20-30. Unlike termites the body shape of an ant is identified by its head, thorax and abdomen…

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Bed Bug Control

What are bed bugs? Bed bugs are a small wingless bug which feed on blood, normally at night. They prefer human blood but will also feed on other warm blooded animals. Bed bug pest control is not recommended for do-it-yourself methods. Signs of bed bugs have started to re-appear across America and are now a widespread problem. Why do I have bed bugs? Bed bugs are transported about on their host either on their clothes…

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Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

What are stinging insects? Bees, wasps and hornets are beneficial insects as long as us humans make it a point to disregard them. Which isn't always possible especially when their nests are built in close proximity to our homes, or even inside our homes. Bee stings, as well as wasp and hornet stings can be a painful experience, the consequence for a few individuals can be much more serious resulting in severe reaction of anaphylactic…

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Beetles

What are Beetles? Beetles are the largest and most diverse variety of insects on the planet. Beetles fall into two different categories, there are structural beetles such as powderpost beetles and non-structural beetles such as carpet beetles or grain beetles. Powderpost beetles lay eggs on the surface of the wood. When the eggs hatch the larvae bore into the wood and eat the soft grain of the wood. Upon exiting they leave a pinhole with…

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Centipedes

What are centipedes? Effective centipede removal comes from understanding the animal. Centipedes are elongated animals with a pair of legs on most of their body segments. Legs will vary from between 10 to 100 depending on the species. The front legs are fang like and connect with their poison glands which is used to kill or stun their prey. Centipedes eat insects as well as spiders and other small creatures. Centipede bites Does a centipede…

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Cockroaches

What are cockroaches? Cockroaches are one of the oldest insects around having been around for around 300 million years. Wherever humans survive, so can some cockroaches. Over the thousands of species, less than a hundred live close enough to humans to be seen by them. Cockroaches range their habitats from moist, dark areas to relatively warm and humid environments. North Carolina and Virginia cockroaches are one of the largest. As well as being a social…

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Crickets

What are crickets? Crickets in North Carolina and Virginia are similar to grasshoppers and katydids but can be distinguished by the way they carry their wings folded over their body. Adult males are the chirpers or singers. They do so by rubbing their wings together. Young crickets and females can't chirp. Depending on the species, sizes range from 1.25" to 2". Apart from being annoying with their constant chirping, crickets can damage clothes and other…

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Earwigs

What are earwigs? Earwigs get their name from a widespread superstition that they crawl into peoples ears when they are asleep and bore into the brain. Earwigs are brownish to black in color and have long narrow bodies ranging between 1/4 to 1 inch in length. Adult earwigs can be winged. There are over 2,000 species worldwide and of these 22 are found in the US. Common to the areas and the European and Seaside…

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Fleas

What are fleas? Fleas are a small, wingless insect, flattened from side to side that infest on the hair coats of mammals or the plumage of birds. Adult fleas have piercing mouth parts which they insert on to their host and feed on their blood. There are more than 2,400 species of fleas worldwide. However only a few infest dogs, cats or rodents. Fleas are capable of transmitting disease such as plague, murine typhus, bartonellosis…

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Mice and Rats

What are mice and rats? Mice and rats are rodents and are amongst the most successful mammals in North Carolina and Virginia. They are able to adapt and colonize on many different types of land masses. They also have the ability to reproduce quickly and feed on many different types of food. Common types of rodent The most common types of rodent is the House Mouse, Norway Rat and the Black Rat (otherwise known as…