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Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic Diseases

  • Monday, April 27, 2020
“Zoonotic disease” is a term you may have heard on the news in recent weeks. What does it mean and what does it have to do with pest control? The term “zoonotic disease” refers to any disease that is spread from animals to humans. Some diseases are transferred directly from a sick animal to a human, such as in the case of rabies. Others, like Lyme disease or the bubonic plague, are transmitted...
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Are garden pests a threat to my home?

Are garden pests a threat to my home?

  • Monday, April 20, 2020
Are all pests created equal? If a pest attacks my garden plants, will it invade my home? Read on to learn more! With your garden plants blooming in full force, you may be wondering whether the same pest insects that you see in your garden will infest your house. I have good news! The answer is generally no. Insects are specialized in many ways. Some are adapted to eat certain foods, while oth...
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Protecting yourself from insects while outdoors

Protecting yourself from insects while outdoors

  • Monday, April 13, 2020
Spending more time outside? Here’s how to protect yourself! If my neighborhood is any reflection of the rest of North Carolina, it’s safe to say that you are probably taking a lot more walks lately. Nothing can ruin the fun like some biting insects. Here are some tips to protect yourself while outdoors:  Bug spray. Have you looked at the bug spray options lately? It’s a bit intimidating. ...
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Beneficial Insects

Beneficial Insects

  • Thursday, April 09, 2020
In light of current events, let’s focus on some insect positivity! I think we could all use a little positivity in our lives right now, so let’s talk about some insects that benefit us in some way. Bees. You cannot talk about beneficial insects without discussing bees. About 80% of our crops in the United States are pollinated by bees. Bees also produce delicious honey, which is the favored s...
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What Is This Insect?

What Is This Insect?

  • Monday, September 30, 2019
Raleigh is home to hundreds and hundreds of different insect species, many of which will make you take a step back and say “What is that?!” Every day, we and other entomology professionals receive photos from homeowners intrigued or concerned about the identity of a particular insect . . . and rightfully so! Many insects in the Raleigh area are pests of agricultural crops, households, and stor...
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Are Most Insects Pests?

Are Most Insects Pests?

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
With so much discussion of pest species in the news, on television, or in online blogs (guilty!), it may make you wonder if all (or at least most) insects are pests. The answer? No! In fact, not even close.  Insects are some of the most diverse organisms on Earth. So far, about a million insect species have already been described, but some estimate that there are still millions more to be...
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