Ants are the most abundant of all social insects, with an estimated 1 Quadrillion (15 Zeroes), of them on earth at any one given time. They live in colonies with 3 distinct castes: workers, Queens and males, each with specific functions within the colony.
Look for two distinct characteristics when you look at the Carpenter Ant in profile. First, carpenter ants have a smooth, rounded back with no humps and secondly, carpenter ants have a tiny pyramid or pedicel at their waist. You may be wondering how to catch such a quick insect and get it hold still while you examine it. Flick the ant into a small plastic or glass container with a lid and place it in the freezer for a few minutes.
Termites have six well defined legs, straight antennae and thick waists. Subterranean species feed on wood, eating between the grain and filling the void with dirt. They require moisture and their nest must contact the soil. Conversely, drywood termite species live above the ground, cut across the grain of wood and do not fill the void with dirt.
Cockroaches eat everything that humans do, some things that humans will not touch. They live in moist, warm and dark environments, so good sanitation is always the first method of cockroach control.
A primer on cockroaches (or “German roaches”) -- what they look like, where to find roaches, how to kill cockroaches, and roach prevention tips.
A primer on bed bugs (or "bedbugs") -- what they look like, how to recognize bed bug bites, how to detect bed bugs, how to kill bed bugs, and bed bug prevention tips.
Head Lice are tiny, ( 1/10") parasitic insects without wings, that bite and suck blood from the scalp of the host and lay eggs or nits, on hair strands. For Head Lice infestations, shampoo with coconut oil shampoo and comb the hair in sections, removing the nits with a fingernail. Repeat this process daily until no more nits are found.
Rats may be associated with squalor and poverty but the truth is that they can flourish as well in a penthouse as they can in an outhouse. Some scientists speculate that mice evolved from rats to fit situations that did not require ferocity or large size, but instead offered shelter entered through small holes.
Sweet, ornamental, field, Indian and popcorn are just a few types of this annual vegetable that we know for large ears of kernels. Practicing crop rotation, or NOT planting in an area where it has been grown in the past two years is one of the first steps in corn pest prevention. There are various pests that affect corn seedlings, corn leaves and corn ears and the following is a discussion of one of the more common corn pests: Corn Earworms.
Many lizard species feed exclusively on insects and other invertebrate pests, including slugs and snails. They can be encouraged to be permanent residents of the home garden by taking a few simple steps. To learn more, step inside.
Thrips are tiny insects, seen as slightly animated lines that run with veins on the underside of plant leaves. Plant damage caused by the thrip's scraping of the leaves and their fecal spots are usually more visible to the naked eye, than the insect. Thrips are often seen in the same areas as aphids and whiteflies so are often killed with their fellow pest insects when insecticides are used. So, because of that, thrips indoors may often go completely unnoticed.
Woodchucks prefer to live on stream banks and gullies or on the edge of forested areas that border open land. Burrow entrances can be located by looking for excavated holes with dirt or rocks pushed to the side, although side entrances may be much more well hidden. Woodchucks enjoy a varied vegetarian diet from orchard fruit to field grasses like clover and alfalfa and garden staples like corn, beans and peas.
Do your squash leaves have pale green patches, with older patches that are turning brown while the vines themselves are wilting? If so, Squash Bugs are probably to blame. Step inside to learn how to control them, Squash Vine Borers, and Cucumber Beetles.
Ants are social insects that form colonies and nests, either indoors or out. At certain times of the year, male and female winged ants leave the nest to mate and form new colonies. Winged ants are often confused with winged termites but there are at least three distinguishing features between the two. Learn more here.