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What Is Secondary Kill?

What Is Secondary Kill?

  • Thursday, October 31, 2019
If you’ve done some research about pest control options, you may have encountered the term “secondary kill” – but what is it?  Many insecticides work only when the target pest makes direct contact with them. This contact may involve simply touching a surface with the insecticide, while other insecticides, such as baits, require ingestion by the pest in order to work. Insecticides that wor...
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Avoiding Spider Bites

Avoiding Spider Bites

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
As the Raleigh weather cools down to comfortable conditions, you may be finding yourself cleaning the garage or doing last minute yardwork before winter arrives. In either case, you may be handling some typically undisturbed items (e.g., boxes, rakes), exposing yourself to spider bites. Here are some tips to help you avoid being bitten this season.  Wear gloves. Many spider bites occur on...
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Science Fair Season

Science Fair Season

  • Monday, October 21, 2019
Science Fair season is again upon us! Here’s an idea for an easy (and informative!) project using a common house pest–the termite! Termites are social insects, meaning that they live in large groups with a division of labor (just like ants and bees). Worker termites leave the colony to forage for food. In order to communicate to each other about paths to rich food sources, termites lay down ch...
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All About Silverfish

All About Silverfish

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Most Raleigh-area homeowners are familiar with silverfish. Let’s learn more about these common house guests, including how they got their silly name! What are silverfish? Silverfish are extremely primitive insects. Like all insects, they have six legs. Their overall body plan and appearance is very different from most other common insects, however, due to their primitive nature. You have likel...
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Why am I finding Stink Bugs in my Home?

Why am I finding Stink Bugs in my Home?

  • Monday, October 14, 2019
What are stink bugs? There are several types of stink bugs in Raleigh, North Carolina, but the one you are likely seeing in your home is the brown marmorated stink bug, or BMSB for short. A lot of locals comment that they don’t remember seeing this insect years ago and they’re right! BMSB are a relatively new agricultural pest in the United States and are thought to have been first introduced t...
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All About Camel Crickets

All About Camel Crickets

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
We know you’ve seen (and probably been startled by) them! Camel crickets are frequently found in homes across the Triangle. Here are some tips on how to identify camel crickets in your home.   What’s a camel cricket? Camel crickets are in the insect order Orthoptera, along with field crickets, mole crickets, and even grasshoppers. Like these other Orthopterans, camel crickets have back le...
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