Mysterious and exciting, the world of pests challenges us to understand what attracts them to our homes and yards. Test your pest knowledge and skills with these insect and bug games for kids of all ages! BUG BUILDER Just like humans, all insects have unique characteristics that set them apart from one another. Now you […]
The Three Most Dangerous And Commonly Managed Yellow Jacket Pests On Both Residential And Commercial Properties In Southern California The group of wasps known as yellow jackets are notorious for attacking humans in response to inadvertent nest disturbances, even seemingly minor nest disturbances. Accidentally bumping into a yellow jacket nest hidden in shrubs, or stepping […]
How To Recognize The Difference Between American And Smokybrown Cockroaches, And Where In Homes Do Smokybrown Cockroaches Commonly Hide?
Some cockroach species have been living in close association with humans for centuries, and today it is well known that indoor cockroach pests negatively impact human health in several ways. Worldwide, more than 3,500 cockroach species have been documented, most of which are non-pests that inhabit tropical regions. Surprisingly, only 70 cockroach species have been […]
Believe it or not, stinging insects send more than 500,000 Americans to the emergency room every year, Pests such as hornets and yellow jackets are aggressive if disturbed and can cause painful, and sometimes life-threatening stings. There are many steps homeowners can take to avoid stinging insects from congregating on their property, but if an […]
Which Insect Pests Are Known For Infesting And Damaging Fabrics, Books, Boxes And Other Items Commonly Kept In Storage?
It is well known that certain insects are considered pests due to their habit of eating away at fabrics, particularly animal-based fabrics. These insect pests include multiple carpet beetle and clothes moth species that naturally feed on an organic compound known as keratin. Keratin is the key structural protein that makes up hair, nails, hooves, […]
Which Cricket Pests Are Known To Invade Homes In Large Numbers, And Can Any Cricket Species Dwell Within Homes Indefinitely?
Most insects that are commonly referred to as “crickets” belong to the family Gryllidae, and they are closely related insects the family Tettigoniidae, or “katydids,” as they are commonly known. Crickets and katydids both belong to the Orthoptera order of insects, which also includes grasshoppers and locusts. While crickets and katydids are both well known […]
There are multiple mosquito species that pose a disease threat to residents of Ventura County, but most mosquito species in the area are either a biting nuisance or are non-pests. The most prevalent mosquito species in the county are Aedes taeniorhynchus and multiple species in the Culex genus, specifically Culex tarsalis, Culex quinquefasciatus and Cx. […]
A recently discovered fossilized scorpion is now understood to be the oldest known organism that successfully transferred from a marine habitat to a terrestrial habitat. Amazingly, laboratory analysis revealed that this organism crawled onto earth 437 million years ago, but this massive ancient creature looked nothing like the small, yet intimidating scorpions that are commonly […]
The Different, But Equally Hazardous Medical Threats Posed By Filth Flies And Biting Flies, And How To Prevent Indoor Fly Infestations
Along with ants, cockroaches and bed bugs, flies are the most commonly encountered insect pests within homes in all areas of the US. According to claims made by numerous pest management professionals working throughout the country, house flies, fruit flies, drain flies, phorid flies, and blow flies are the most commonly controlled fly pests within […]
Tribolium confusum and Tribolium castaneum are two beetle species that are known to infest stored food within grocery stores, kitchen cabinets and pantry shelves. These two species are more commonly known as “confused flour beetles,” and “red flour beetles,” respectively, and are both nearly identical in appearance. Along with “sawtoothed grain beetles,” and “indian meal […]