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Insects in your wood pile

Insects in your wood pile

  • Friday, December 20, 2019
This time of year, your stack of firewood is likely being put to good use, but did you know that is may be home to several common wood pests? What pests might be in my wood pile? Termites. These notorious wood-eating insects may be found in your wood pile, especially if logs are wet/moist and have been stacked for an extended period of time. If wood is touching the ground, termites will ...
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Pest Spotlight -- Booklice

Pest Spotlight -- Booklice

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019
This month’s pest spotlight is on booklice. These pests are not uncommon to find in Raleigh homes, so let’s learn more about them! What are booklice?  The first thing to note is that booklice are NOT the same thing as body lice. Booklice will not infest your hair or body. Rather, booklice get their name because they are often found feeding on book bindings. More on that in a minute....
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Trap Door Spiders

Trap Door Spiders

  • Monday, December 16, 2019
Have you ever found a spider in the Raleigh area that resembled a tarantula? If so, it was probably a trapdoor spider. Let’s learn more about these interesting spiders! What is a trapdoor spider and where would I find one? Trapdoor spiders frighten many homeowners during the spring and summer months while gardening. Unlike your typical spider, trapdoor spiders do not form large, suspended webs...
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Where do insects go during the winter?

Where do insects go during the winter?

  • Friday, December 13, 2019
As the weather gets colder, you’ll likely notice fewer insects outside. Where did they go? The answer to this question depends on the insect species.  Migration Some insects, such as the famous monarch butterfly example, migrate to warmer climates during cold months. When temperatures rise in the spring, migrating insects will return to the Raleigh area. Monarchs are not the only insects...
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Pests in Your Christmas Tree

Pests in Your Christmas Tree

  • Monday, December 09, 2019
Fa la la la eww! Why are there bugs in my Christmas tree? Nothing beats the woodsy smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree, but sometimes these trees bring little surprises with them from the tree farm. The most common organisms you may find in your tree are spiders and aphids.  Spiders The size and types of spiders you may find in your tree will vary immensely. While finding spiders can be u...
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Boxelder Bugs in your home

Boxelder Bugs in your home

  • Friday, December 06, 2019
Tis the season . . . for boxelder bugs? Let’s learn more about these occasional pests.  Many homeowners are surprised to see insects in their homes during the winter—especially unfamiliar insects like the boxelder bug. This blog post was inspired by my own observation of one of these insects crawling in my home’s entryway this past week.  What is a boxelder bug? Boxelder bugs are red...
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