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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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Pest Spotlight: House Flies

Pest Spotlight: House Flies

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019
How many times have you left the door open while carrying groceries only to discover you let a fly in the house? While many different species may find their way into your home, the most common you likely encounter is the house fly, Musca domestica.  How can I tell if it’s a house fly? House flies have an alternating pattern of black and white stripes on the region right behind the head (i...
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Millipedes in the Home

Millipedes in the Home

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019
North Carolina’s humid summers bring more than just bad hair days . . . sometimes they bring unexpected pests into your home! If you are like many Raleigh homeowners in the area, you may be wondering why you’re suddenly finding millipedes in your home. What are millipedes?Millipedes are classified as diplopods, not insects. Millipedes have two pairs of legs on each of their many body segme...
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The Different Types Of Ants

The Different Types Of Ants

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019
There are over 12,000 known species of ant, each varying in shape, size, and color.  The good news is that only a handful of these species are considered home invading pests. The primary cause of ant infestations in homes is poor sanitation (dirty dishes, crumbs on the floor, full trash cans, etc.).    An important step in ridding your home of ants is determining the types o...
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Five Things to Know About Bat Bugs

Five Things to Know About Bat Bugs

  • Tuesday, June 04, 2019
Ever heard of a bat bug? Yeah, not many people have. These guys may sound like a fictional creature from Halloween films, but they’re real. Although they are mostly found in the Midwest, they could be anywhere that bats live and are often confused for bed bugs.Here’s what you should know about bat bugs:Similar look to bed bugs. Because they are ‘cousins’ bed bugs and bat bugs look similar ...
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