Education and Prevention

Identifying Dangerous Spiders Around Your Home

dangerous spiders

As humans, our collective fear of spiders has become so sensitive that we shriek at even a semblance of a spider, such as a balled up piece of string hanging from a freshly washed shirt, or a small black speck on the carpet. Despite our fears, not every spider is dangerous and needs an immediate…

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Is It Safe to Use Bug Spray While Pregnant?

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As a newly pregnant mother, you want the absolute best for your soon-to-be-here bundle of joy. This means taking only the best prenatal vitamins, eating the best diet, and using the best skincare––no exceptions. When it comes to bug spray, there can be a lot of misinformation, skewed data, and bias about which bug sprays…

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Murder Hornets: What You Need to Know

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The neighborhood is buzzing––quite literally––over the hype of murder hornets! But before we all get into our bunkers, we wanted to make it clear that no actual murder hornets have been found in Alabama. However, in the Pacific Northwest, the detection of Asian giant hornets are causing beekeepers some sleepless nights. Asian giant hornets, or…

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6 Unexpected Reasons Termites Are Attracted to Your House

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As the weather warms up, termites will quite literally start crawling out of the woodwork. By now, you’re probably well aware that termites love wood, and that a termite infestation can cost a great deal of money and stress—but how much more do you really know about these wood-destroying insects? Probably not as much as…

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Can You Treat Wood to Prevent Termites?

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Termite control keeps us very busy in the spring and summer months––where the warm and humid Southeast hosts the perfect environment for termites to thrive. Of the termite species likely to live in the South, the subterranean termite is the one found most commonly here in Alabama.  Annually, termites cost billions of dollars in damage…

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Bugs We Love: Which Bugs Can Be Your Pets?

bugs as pets

Pets have become a part of the family in many households––they bring a lot of joy into our homes. In fact, according to a recent poll, approximately 62% of family homes include a pet or two. Of those, 95% consider their pet part of the family.  As expected, the majority of people own a cat…

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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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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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How To Remove Bugs From Your Car

During the winter bugs are looking for any possible shelter they can find, and your vehicle could be the perfect spot. The warm engine could attract them, and vehicles that rarely get driven are an even better home base for overwintering pests. Bed bugs, ants, roaches, spiders – just about any insect can get through…

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