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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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Hungry Fleas

Hungry Fleas

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2012
A common scenario this time of year: You come home from a week long relaxing vacation, you walk through the front door, and then you notice the black dots that have accumulated on your white socks or khakis. Fleas!! And they’re awfully hungry! How did your house get infested with fleas when you weren’t even home? Hmm… Well, the answer is that your house was already infes...
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Chigger or clover mite?

Chigger or clover mite?

  • Monday, July 16, 2012
This summer I received a frantic call from a customer who thought his steps and sidewalk were being invaded by chiggers (sometimes called red bugs). After listening to some more details I was able to diagnose over the phone that it was not chiggers but clover mites. Let’s go over the distinctive characteristics of the two. The adult chigger is .4mm long. This is too small to be seen b...
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Millipede Invasion!!

Millipede Invasion!!

  • Wednesday, July 11, 2012
“Where are all these millipedes coming from?!” The short answer is the soil. Garden millipedes prefer cool moist soil, and when the weather conditions are right they will be happy and content to stay there throughout their life span of several years. But too much rain (or irrigation) will run them out in search of dry areas such as your house. On the other extreme, drought cond...
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Odorous House Ants

Odorous House Ants

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2012
“These ants are everywhere!” We’ve been hearing a lot of this lately. Spring is always a good time for ants, but this year seems to be even worse than before. In my own yard I have found them trying to nest in: the nozzle of my water hose, the wheels of my daughter’s scooter, under a piece of plastic, and inside my mailbox. The easiest way to identify the odorous ho...
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Ant or Termite?

Ant or Termite?

  • Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Normally ants and termites are pretty easy to differentiate. Ants have color (black, brown, red, gray, tan, and combinations of all of the above), while termites are white; with enough light you can almost see through them. Another big difference is that termites avoid light and stay hidden either in wood or in the soil. You will not see a white termite walking around in the open. Ants of c...
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