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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

One of the most time-honored fall traditions is carving up 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 work of…

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Fall Landscaping Essentials to Kill Yard Pests

In the fall, there’s nothing like snuggling up with a book on the hammock or relaxing by the fire pit. Until the bugs start buzzing. Here in Alabama and many other areas of the country, insects are still active well into autumn. You can’t speed up the first freeze, but you can use a few…

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Can Roaches Come in Through Air Vents?

It’s safe to say that cockroaches are one of the most hated insects on the planet. Even though they aren’t poisonous and don’t pose a threat in most cases, many people have a true fear of cockroaches. The official name for the phobia is katsaridaphobia. We know that roaches can squeeze through cracks and crevices that seem…

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7 Signs It’s Time for Fall in Birmingham

The crisp late afternoon breeze. The summer foliage that’s all but gone. It seems that fall is setting in throughout Birmingham. If you see the signs below, you know autumn has arrived. Arrival of the Stink Bugs One sure sign that fall is here is the arrival of the stink bugs, also known as kudzu bugs because…

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