Building a Bat House in Your Yard

Bat in the tropical rainforest Malaysia Langkawi. Bats have really gotten a bad wrap. Thanks to horror movies and fear of rabies, most people mistakenly believe bats are out to swoop down and attack a person, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The vast majority of bats want nothing to do with humans and…

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Alabama Pests: All About Catalpa Worms

Alabama’s insect population includes thousands of bugs. Some of them are common while others are completely unknown to the general population. One bug that many locals have seen before but know little about is the catalpa worm, which actually isn’t a worm at all. Today, we’re giving catalpa worms the attention they deserve. Some people…

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Why You Shouldn’t Trim Your Bushes in the Summer

As the electric hedge trimmer whirs to life, the only thing on your mind is shaping your bushes so they don’t look like an unruly mess of leaves. You’re already envisioning how immaculate they’ll be when they’re trimmed down and perfectly manicured. What you may not realize is there’s something just beneath the outer edges…

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Plan Your Fall Garden: Plants That Ward off Pests

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for Alabama residents to start planning their fall gardens. If you plan things right you can use plants to keep garden pests under control. It’s a process known as companion planting. Gardeners can put certain plants in and around their garden to deter specific bugs that are…

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How to ID Alabama Bugs: Spiders, Snakes & More

You’ll find a lot of insects in Alabama, but do you know what they are? At Vulcan Termite and Pest Control Inc., insect identification is an important part of our business. Before one of our technicians put together a custom pest control plan, they have to know what they’re up against. Below are a few…

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5 Ways to Celebrate Summer (Without Biting Bugs)

It may have felt like summer a month ago, but June 21st is Summer Solstice, the official start to summer. We’re getting geared up for tons of fun in the sun, which includes getting insects under control and taking a few extra precautions. Here are some of our top tips on how to keep bugs away…

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Amazing Ants: Why Are Ants so Strong?

Ants are one of the most resilient animals on the planet. For their size and weight, they’ve often been cited as one of the strongest living creatures. Ants are so powerful they were the inspiration for Stan Lee’s iconic comic hero Ant-Man. But how are ants able to lift objects 50+ times their own weight?…

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7 Pests That Thrive in the Summer

It’s insect season! Which bugs are you most likely to see creeping around during the hottest months? The short answer is, just about every one of them if you live in Alabama. In the steamy climate of the southeast, we get more than our fair share of summer insects. Below is a list of the…

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The World’s Deadliest Bugs

During the warm summer months, people are more likely to come in contact with wildlife and suffer the consequences. It’s common to hear stories about shark attacks or violent bear encounters, but much smaller animals pose a much bigger threat during the summer. Insects will kill more people this summer than all other animals combined.…

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How to Prevent Chigger Bites This Summer

Sometimes it’s the smallest insects that are the biggest pains. Case in point: chiggers. If you’ve ever come in contact with chiggers you may have been left with an insanely aggravating itch. Chiggers feed off of hosts, but unlike mosquitoes, ticks and fleas they don’t suck your blood. Instead, chiggers like to nibble on skin. When…

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