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27
Sep
2017

Connecticut’s Most Aggressive Wasps

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Before we get into what the most aggressive wasps in Connecticut are, we need to clear up a common misconception we hear quite often: bees and wasps are not the same thing. Even though they both fly and sting, they are two very different species. Bees produce honey, while wasps do not. Bees can only sting you once, while wasps…

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19
Sep
2017

Tackling Pests Post-Natural Disasters: Learning from Harvey

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As Texas comes to terms with the damage and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, there are several issues beyond clean-up and repair that likely have not crossed the minds of residents. The massive influx of water has caused and continues to cause countless issues in itself, and the health hazards of this are immense. Pest issues may not be at…

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19
Sep
2017

Floating Fire Ants in Harvey Floodwaters

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An extraordinary yet frightening phenomenon is taking place in the floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. Residents of Houston and surrounding areas have seen rust-colored clumps floating with the current as massive amounts of rainfall have inundated the streets. These clumps have been identified as fire ant colonies, which are displaying some of the finest survival skills of all insects. In the…

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13
Sep
2017

How Quickly Can Mice Reproduce?

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Mice are commonly found in Connecticut, that is no secret. In fact, we have several species of mice, including the meadow mouse, the white-footed mouse, deer mouse, and the house mouse. However, you may not be aware just how quickly mice can reproduce. That’s why mouse control is so important. Take a look at the rapid reproduction cycle of mice,…

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05
Sep
2017

Pitfalls of Household Ant Control

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Ants may seem innocent enough. After all, they are very small and most of them aren’t harmful. Even so, attempting to provide your own household ant control is very risky. We know it can be tempting to be your own ant exterminator in Connecticut, but we promise you, you will want to call in a professional. Here’s a closer look…

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28
Aug
2017

What You Need to Know About Carpenter Ants and Your Connecticut Home

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Carpenter ants are extremely common in Connecticut, and if you think you have an infestation, you will want to take immediate action. While carpenter ants may not directly eat the wood in the frame of your home like termites do, they will burrow their way through the wood, causing structural damage. Here is a closer look at why you do…

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24
Aug
2017

For Stinging Insects, An Endless Summer

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As summer winds to an end, and the temperatures start to cool, you may think that your issues with stinging insects will be coming to an end for the year. However, late summer into early fall is when these populations are at their highest. After spending the entire summer reproducing, they are now in a frenzied search for food in…

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24
Aug
2017

The Glowing Glory of Fireflies

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If you have ever wondered how and why fireflies, also referred to as lightning bugs, glow ever so elegantly in the summer night, you are certainly not alone. First off, it is important to know some background information on this interesting insect. Fireflies are actually beetles, and not all of them glow! For those that do, they produce the most…

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15
Aug
2017

What to Do About Bed Bugs in Connecticut

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Bed bugs are small, inconspicuous insects that often enter your home without you even realizing it. They may be living in used furniture or mattresses, or find a way into your luggage when traveling. Unlike bees and ants, bed bugs do not have nests. Instead, they live in discreet hiding places in large groups. They prefer mattresses and box springs…

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27
Jul
2017

Stink Bugs: Causing A Big Stink

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Ever step on a strange-looking bug, only to be surprised by a stinky odor in the air? You probably encountered a stink bug, very likely the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. It was not until the early 2000’s that the bugs started to pop up in most Mid-Atlantic states, after they were first discovered invading homes in Pennsylvania in the 1990’s.…

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