Ants in the Pants: The Habits of the Household Ant

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The truth is that ants aren’t really all that smart. From a physical and physiological standpoint, there isn’t much in the way of space for an overly developed brain. And yet, when they decide to make a target of your house and home, they act like highly sophisticated, highly coordinated beings that go about their business with such amazing precision and efficiency ...

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Out of House and Home: The Indian Meal Moth Threat

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Food is such an essential and important commodity, that anything that threatens it is certainly considered a threat. The Indian meal moth is one such threat.  These pests prey upon dry food stuff—especially those of vegetable origin, like cereals, pastas, rice, bread, flour, a range of spices, nuts, and dried food. They’ve also been known to infest cocoa beans and chocolates, cookies, and even coffee ...

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Silent, Deadly Pests: The Danger of Mosquitoes to the Average American Family

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When you think about them, the mosquito is such a little thing that doesn’t seem to be much of a threat. You barely see it or even feel it and you can go an entire day or week barely aware of having encountered one. In fact, they’re most commonly heard rather than seen because of the unique acoustic properties of their tiny ...

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The Stinging Truth: Wasps as Pests in Modern America

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It is estimated that roughly four to eight out of every 1000 people in the world are at risk for a serious wasp sting. Everyone else would probably just shake off the effects of a sting rather quickly. There is that 10% however who will experience what are called “large local reactions” that cause visible skin reactions and irritation and pain. A smaller 3% ...

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Snakes on a Plain: The Hidden Danger in America’s Backyards

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Of all the animals in the world, there are few that elicit a deep primal revulsion and fear like the snake does. There is something about its slow, purposeful, and quiet slithering, its sleek, efficient appearance, and the deadliness underlying its small frame that make people distrust it and even recoil away in fear. It’s an evolutionary response for a good reason and people ...

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The Hidden Dangers of the Common House Flies and How to Deal With Them

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 Most of us don’t imagine the common house fly to be dangerous. Sure, they buzz around annoyingly like big, black flying micro pellets, but no one is particularly terrified of them. After all, they don’t bite or sting you in any way, they don’t really poison you, and no news will ever report any deaths by house fly. Even an entire swarm of them ...

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Don’t Let the Beg Bugs Bite: Tips to Sleeping Tight

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Unlike most pests, bed bugs aren’t too much a concern for most people. They aren’t large enough to freak people out, nor are they particularly dangerous to elicit a fear response. But anyone who has suffered an infestation of these little critters will tell you that they’re insanely annoying and can cause sleepless nights and annoyed and itchy mornings. 

Know Your Enemy

Bed bugs ...

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Five Reasons Why Your Fear of Insects and Rodents is Valid

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Humans generally fear insects and rodents. This fear is often coupled with feelings of disgust.For years, there has been a long-standing fear of rats, spiders, cockroaches, wasps, bees, and other insects. The site of cockroaches and rats can make people run, as if they are being chased by monsters.  Some people may also cringe at the site of a colony of ants on walls and countertops. ...

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Seven Natural Ways to Treat Mosquito Bites

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You know you’ve been bitten by a mosquito when a spot on your skin starts to feel suddenly itchy and look red and bumpy.Now, you may ask why mosquitoes bite people and feed on human blood. Mosquitoes, particularly female mosquitoes, bite to be able to produce eggs. They need an amino acid called isoleucine, which is found in human blood, for reproduction. They can produce ...

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Natural Anti-Ant Strategies You Can Employ Today

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Among the hierarchy of pests out there, the ant doesn’t rank all too high up. They’re not particularly viscous or disgusting and don’t carry any diseases or any such thing. But if you’ve experienced a whole invasion of them across your kitchen countertops or in your dining area, they’re pretty annoying little things that can get on your nerves. They seem to sprout out from nowhere at all, are legion ...

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