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Pests 101, Photos, Profiles and Signs of Infestation

Pests can and do invade every aspect of our lives, whether they are insect, mammal, plant, bird. or pathogen. This category identifies pests through photos, examines their biology and behavior and guides the reader in deciding whether their home, garden, farm, school or workplace is infested.

Learning About the Pest - Important Facts About Mice and Rats
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.

Termites: Identification and Management
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.

Winged Ants On the Move: Swarming to Mate and Form New Colonies
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.

Four Easy Steps to a Head Lice-Free Scalp
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.

Romancing the Rose - Growing Trophy Roses Organically
Roses can be grown organically in the home garden through planning, timely, informed and continued efforts. Pests can be controlled and disease minimized, leaving time to enjoy blooms on the bush or trellis or in the vase. Step inside to learn how.

Got Mice? Fast Facts of Prevention and Control
Because mice produce large litters in a short period of time, an infestation can equal big trouble for any home, school or business owner. Rodent experts say that the infestation of mice will continue to grow as long as competing species, shelter and food will allow. Fortunately for humans, most mice in the wild do not survive three months due to heavy predation.

Scales: Slow Movers but Definitely Big Shakers
Scales generally are not as harmful to plants as they are unsightly and as a cause for secondary pest problems such as black mold that grows on the honeydew that certain scale species exude. In this article, both "Armored" and "Soft" scale varieties are described, as well as their respective plant damages and control tips are offered.

Wasps and Yellow Jackets: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
wasps can be as beneficial as well as pesky pests so if they are just hanging around and not bothering anyone, let them be. They can help pollinate and rid the garden of other pests. If however, they have located their nest too close for human comfort, leave the toxic chemicals on the market's shelf and follow the non-toxic tip you will read here.

Controlling and Preventing Lawn Pests with Organic Methods, Part 2
A beautiful lawn that is as easy on the eyes and barefeet as it is on the environment is a matter of planning and follow-through. This article identifies some common insect pests that plague lawns and suggests organic control methods.

Controlling and Preventing Lawn Pests with Organic Methods,Part 1
A beautiful lawn that is as easy on the eyes and barefeet as it is on the environment is a matter of planning and follow-through. This article identifies some common insect pests that plague lawns and suggests organic control methods.

Tomato Hornworms: Identification and Control in the Home Garden
Tomato hornworms dine without remorse on nightshade vegetables,( tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplants) in the home garden, even killing young plants. However, they can be controlled with least-toxic pest control methods such as hand picking, attracting/releasing parasitic wasps or by spraying Bacillus thuringensis, variety kurstaki, onto the garden soil as caterpillars emerge to feed.

Citrus Mealybugs: Their Role & Control in Home & Commercial Flower ...
Citrus mealybugs, first identified in the U.S. in 1879 can infest and destroy greenhouse and outdoor crops of plant hosts such as Tulips, Cannas, Begonias, Narcissus and Coleus. Although absolute control is difficult, beneficial insects such as Mealybug Destroyer beetles can devastate pest populations when released into greenhouses or outdoors in temperate areas or during the warm seasons in colder climate zones.

Lawn Ornaments Run Amok - Deer Mow Down Flower Gardens and Shrubs as We Sleep
If deer have become pests in your yard and garden, 8 foot high fencing can be used to enclose your garden or yard's perimeter along with motion activated sprinklers and aromatic natural repellants. Also, outdoor dogs are helpful guards within a fenced area and deer resistant plants will serve to allay Bambi and friend's appetites.

Fleas - Fast Facts and Methods to Make Them Flee
Fleas, although a very small insect can bedevil rodents, skunks, cats, dogs and humans and are a carrier of the Bubonic Plague. In addition, their saliva causes dermatitis on Fido and Fluffy's coats while their feces can harbor tapeworms which are passed onto pets. So, pest control of fleas in the yard, home and on pets is very important and easily accomplished by frequent vacuuming, clearing the yard of litter and debris and by establishing a regular bathing and grooming schedule for pets.

Bed Bugs - Identification, Life Cycle and Natural Pest Controls
Bed Bugs are oval, wingless and round-bodied, rusty-red insects about 1/5 inch long. They are the only blood-sucking insects with round bodies and wingless adults. In addition to humans, bed bugs also feast on the blood of bats, birds and rodents. These nocturnal insects hide in crevices of mattresses and upholstery during the day and feast on victim's blood while they are sleeping. Simple, natural pest controls include frequent vacuuming, reducing clutter and sealing cracks and crevices.

If You Leave it Out, They Will Come - The Life and Times of German Cockroaches
Pests in homes, schools, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, and offices, cockroaches contaminate food and eating utensils, stain and defile surfaces, destroy fabric and paper products. Why worry? German cockroaches are believed to transmit disease-causing organisms such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, hepatitis virus and coliform bacteria. Also, asthma associations suggest that up to 60% of urban residents are allergic to the feces, saliva and urine of cockroaches.

Safety First When Applying Pesticides
Some home, garden, school and workplace pest populations may be controlled with pesticides when all reasonable pest control efforts have been exhausted. However, safety precautions, like reading and heeding the product labels and wearing protective equipment must always be the first priority of any applicator.

Imported Fire Ants-Important Fast Facts
Found in densities ranging from 20-800 mounds per acre, imported fire ants are expected eventually to colonize at least 25% of the continental United States, their rampant spread tempered only by their cold weather sensitivity.

Common Outdoor Pests
Ever have a picnic and not have been under seige by flies? If you picnic they will come. Plus while you are sitting there enjoying your beans and franks, ticks may leap or fall on your clothing and crawl to skin where they will attach. Yes, they can cause Lyme Disease, which while rarely fatal to humans can cost sensitive individuals a long hospital stay. If you live near woods, you may encounte…

Photos of Common Household Pests
Common household pests such as rats, mosquitoes and carpenter ants will move from your home surroundings when you physically bar their entry, eliminate their chosen habitat and dry up or remove all food and water supplies.

Termite Identification, Biology, Behavior and Signs of Infestation
Although nearly 4,000 species of Termites exist, with 400 of these classified as Pests, the primary species affecting humans are Subterranean and Drywood. The primary difference between the two is that Drywood species can live with only the moisture inherent or trapped in wood, while Subterranean termites require added moisture from the soil or from water leaks.

Playing Possum with a Pro
You might find one of these opportunistic feeders rummaging through your garbage can or see a mother slowly waltzing across the road after dark, her young hitching a ride on her back.

Pigeons, Pigeons and More Pigeons
Pigeons are the most common and perhaps insidious pest bird, not only a defiler of statues but a carrier of pest insects and a transmitter of human diseases.

Control of Insect Populations with Natural Pathogens
Microbial insecticides may be effective in limiting a population of target insects by slowing growth, preventing reproduction or by shortening the insect's life span.

Managing the Moth Fly
A common household pest, moth flies are most often seen buzzing around drains - thus their common name: drain fly. Though they can become quite a nuisance, they can be managed.

Tiny, Red-Eyed Flies Flitting Around Your Fruit?
The fruit fly (often called a gnat) is one of the most common, and one of the smallest flies found in the home. Find out what attracts it and how to control it.

Controlling the Exasperating Cluster Fly
Cluster flies can invade your home in the winter. What they are and what you can do.

What Do Insects Do in Winter?
Many insects survive the winter by overwintering in various ways. Find out how and why insects do this and what problems can be caused when they emerge.

Winter Bugs, Rats and Mice
Although pests are less active in the winter, they don't go away completely. In fact, when it is cold outside, pests are more likely to come into your home.

Where did bed bugs come from? Why did they disappear, more importantly, why...
Where did bed bugs come from? Why did they disappear, more importantly, why did they reappear? And what is their status today? A brief history of bed bugs in the U.S.

All About Rats and Mice
Rats and mice are year round pests. They can be incredibly frustrating to understand and control. But they can be both understood and controlled. These articles on rats and mice can help you in your efforts.

Mice, Rats and Cockroaches in Restaurants
What are the rules for pests in food service facilities? Who regulates them? And what do you do if you do see a cockroach, rat, mouse or other pest while you are eating out?

Something Is Stealing My Mouse Bait!

Top 5 Fall Pests

20 Questions about Bed Bugs

20 Questions about Bed Bugs, Part 2

Bed Bug Facts

Guests Bringing Bed Bugs?
Don't let guests who have bed bugs in their home bring them into yours

Pest Control: There's an App for That! Page 3
Find iPhone, iPad, iPod apps on Pest Control. Includes a selection of identification, reference, education, professional resources and games.

Find iPhone, iPad, iPod apps on Pest Control. Includes a selection of identification, reference, education, professional resources and games.

To control pests like a professional, start with the inspection. Here's how.

The "Professional" Guide to DIY Pest Control
You can control pests like the professionals. Here's how.

Insect Zoos and Museums across the U.S.
Visit insect zoos and museums across the U.S. to learn about, see, and touch these creepy crawlers. And help your pest control efforts!

15 Q&As on Termite Control
What do you really know about termite control? What do you need to know. Find out 15 of the most common questions (and answers) about termite control.

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