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Giant hornets! What you need to know…

Giant hornets! What you need to know…

An unwelcome arrival. While the so-called “murder hornet” does not pose a risk in Florida or most parts of the U.S., at least three new specimens have turned up in North America in 2020. The presence of these Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia) were all documented...
Spiders: Venomous Villains?… or Misunderstood Insects?

Spiders: Venomous Villains?… or Misunderstood Insects?

Spiders are blamed for all kinds of things that turn out to be skin infections or some other bug’s fault. Most don’t even have fangs long enough to break your skin. When they do bite, they’re typically harmless. In the U.S., only the black widow and brown...
How to Detect Signs of Termite Activity in Your Home

How to Detect Signs of Termite Activity in Your Home

Nationwide, termites inflict more than $2.5 billion worth of damage on homes each year. Crawling up into sill plates or foundation posts from damp soil, flying into attics or crawl spaces, these relentless insects tunnel into and eat wood, leaving nothing but...
How Insects React to Changes in Weather

How Insects React to Changes in Weather

Flying the Not-So-Friendly Skies Insects in warm climates have a variety of strategies for bad weather, including hiding from the downpour, increasing activity during heat waves, or even using the bad weather to proliferate their species. Heat waves are known to cause...
Controlling those summer fleas

Controlling those summer fleas

Fleas are small (1/16 inch), dark, reddish-brown, wingless, blood-sucking insects. Their bodies are laterally compressed (flattened side to side), permitting easy movement through the hairs on the host’s body. Their legs are long and well adapted for jumping. The flea...
Carpenter Ants Can Be A Big Problem

Carpenter Ants Can Be A Big Problem

A Common Household Pest in Florida Carpenter ants are in the genus Camponotus, which includes over 900 species worldwide. They get their common name, “carpenter ant,” because some species excavate nests in wood. Carpenter ants are sometimes called bulldog ants or bull...

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