Stung? There’s a Cure for That

Home is where we feel the safest – until stinging insects move in. Next thing you know, you feel the sting of an angry insect that doesn’t want a neighbor. For most people it’s a painful annoyance, but 0.8% of children and 3% of adults are allergic to insect stings from bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and fire ants. An allergic reaction…

Read More

4 Things That Attract Scorpions

Scorpions may not do damage to your property, but they are still a hazardous nuisance around your home. Scorpions are one of the 12 bugs found on the Children’s of Alabama’s list of poisonous insects. Researchers at the Regional Poison Control Center at Children’s of Alabama found that in 2014, brown scorpions stung people more than any other insect in…

Read More

Outdoor Lighting Options That Won’t Attract Bugs

You can take steps to prevent insect infestations, but there’s one thing many homeowners do that actually directs pests right to the front door: if you leave the front porch light on at night it’s like a beacon for bugs. Since leaving the porch lights on is recommended for home security, the best solution isn’t…

Read More

How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Jack-o-Lantern

One of the most time-honored fall traditions is carving a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern. It’s something that kids, adults and insects look forward to as soon as the leaves start changing colors. After hours laboring over every detail, the last thing you want is a swarm of hungry bugs feasting on your Halloween decor. The…

Read More

Are Bugs Attracted to Holiday Lights, Too?

We all know bugs like lamps and bright lights. All you have to do is look up at a streetlight after sunset to see a swarm of insects gather. Typically, you only have to worry about the porch light, and even then, there are outdoor lighting options that won’t attract bugs. But there’s one time of…

Read More

Showing Thanks for Helpful Bugs

As you gather around the table for Thanksgiving, you’re probably thankful for having a pest-free home to enjoy with family and friends. It’s a thought that also gives us exterminators a feeling of warm thanks. But we also have to give thanks for the beneficial bugs that help us keep yards healthy. In fact, we should all be…

Read More

What is the Lifespan of a Termite?

Being the termite experts that we are, we get asked a lot of questions about the wood-devouring pest. A question that we hear often is, how long does a termite live? That question doesn’t have a straightforward answer. There are a number of variables that affect the lifespan of a termite. But generally speaking, termites…

Read More

Can Bugs Get Diabetes?

During Diabetes Awareness Month a lot of attention is put on the increasing rate of illness among Americans. Our love for sugar, among a number of other factors, has made type 2 diabetes spike in the country. It made us curious about how other animals react to sugar. Many insects are notorious for their sugar…

Read More

Alabama Insects That Become Active in Colder Weather

Summer is traditionally known as the high season for most insects. But in Alabama, it sometimes seems like there are more bugs around in the fall when things cool off. There’s a good chance your eyes aren’t deceiving you. For starters, what’s cold for us down in Alabama is considered warm up north by many…

Read More

Beware of Bugs Hiding in That Leaf Pile

Leaf piles just beg to be jumped in. But beneath the pillowy cushion of the leaves there are a lot of things you don’t want to be rolling around in for even a second. In addition to mold, fecal matter and debris, bugs could also be hiding in the leaf pile. If you want a…

Read More