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First Termite Swarm of 2012!

First Termite Swarm of 2012!

  • Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday afternoon (Feb. 24th) I found a small termite swarm in a condo unit in Raleigh. It’s pretty early in the year for swarmers but the conditions were perfect. A recent rain and warm weather due to this mild winter we’ve been having tricked the colony into thinking Spring had arrived. Swarming is an annual event for most termite colonies. In the Spring of the year a portion o...
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Tiny Beetles in my Kitchen/Garage

Tiny Beetles in my Kitchen/Garage

  • Sunday, February 26, 2012
Among the stored product pest catagory, the two most common are moths and beetles. To find out about stored product infesting moths scroll down to the next post. Today we’ll be talking about the beetles (“Love Me Do” is now playing inside my head!). The two most commonly found in the home are the cigarette beetle and the sawtoothed grain beetle. First, these beetles are ti...
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What are these little moths in my kitchen?

What are these little moths in my kitchen?

  • Friday, February 17, 2012
Daily sightings of little moths in the kitchen probably means you have an infestation of a stored product pest; in this case of the winged variety. The three most common types of these moths are the Mediterranean meal moth, Indian meal moth, and the Angoumois grain moth. Often confused with clothes moths, all three are found mainly in the kitchen or wherever grain or grain products are stored. ...
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Drain Fly or Phorid Fly?

Drain Fly or Phorid Fly?

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A common homeowner complaint: “I have these tiny things flying around in my kitchen/bathroom/basement etc… they are a little bigger than a gnat and are about to drive me crazy. What are these things?” Well, if they have red eyes and are hovering around exposed fruit then they are fruit flies. We’ll talk about them another time. If their eyes are not red then drain ...
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What Kind of Worms Are These??

What Kind of Worms Are These??

  • Thursday, February 02, 2012
This was found in one of the shower stalls at a local fitness gym. Water tended to pool in one area that wasn’t draining properly and these “worms” had been found on two different occasions. Once the specimens were placed under a microscope it was quickly apparent that these were not worms at all but larvae. About 1/4” long (the photo to the left has been magnified), ...
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