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Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder Bugs

  • Thursday, September 27, 2012
Boxelder bugs usually are found in the yard, on sidewalks, and on the exterior of the sunny side of the house. Only occasionally do they make their way indoors. They are easily identified with the three red stripes on their black bodies, although it can be confused with the golden rain tree bug that we talked about elsewhere. The boxelder bug loves to feed on the seeds of maple trees(the seeds ...
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Wolf Spider

Wolf Spider

  • Monday, September 24, 2012
Have you ever stepped on or touched a large spider, only to see hundreds of tiny spiderlings jump off and run out in all directions? It was probably a wolf spider. Other than carrying their babies on their back for several days, other characteristics of a wolf spider include hunting and pursuing their prey (no webs needed), large and quick, commonly found around home exteriors and garages, and ...
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Sycamore Lace Bug

Sycamore Lace Bug

  • Thursday, September 06, 2012
Here’s an interesting species that I came across today: the sycamore lace bug. A homeowner had these all over their front door and windows, and had traced their source back to the sycamore tree about ten to fifteen feet away. Only about 3mm. long, they feed on the underside of the leaves during the warm months, and overwinter under the bark when it’s cold. They rarely fly far an...
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Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles

  • Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Small, but colorful, these little buggers show up now and then on a pretty consistent basis year around. The most common species we run into by far is the varied carpet beetle, so named due to the paterned color variance clearly visible on the adults (click here for other kitchen/garage beetles). These tiny pests (much smaller than a ladybug) are not harmful to humans, nor the structure of you...
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