Insects And Spiders Around Our Homes

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  • + Ant Lions and Doodlebugs
  • + Ants Around the Home and Landscape
      Ants: Interesting Facts

      For such tiny bugs they sure have amazing lives and abilities. Here’s a chance to learn more about the bug we love to hate.

      Red Imported Fire Ants

      For those who have lived around this fire ant you know very well why it has that name. The bad news is that it is rapidly increasing its range in the U.S. How to deal with it is discussed in this article.

      White-footed Ant

      A tiny ant with a big nuisance value, so far a problem for homeowners in only a few of our states. Control of the white footed ant may be much harder than for all other ants, due to some strange differences in its lifestyle.

  • + Arachnids – The Spiders and Other Non-Insect Bugs
      A Spider in the Toilet

      Is it Fact or is it Fantasy? This scary story makes the rounds every few years on the Internet, and separating truth from fiction can be important for your peace of mind.

      Black Widows

      Do spiders give you the creeps? If so, then this spider likely is one that can send the biggest shiver up your spine, with it's long legs, shiny appearance, and terrible reputation. Learn about the habits and hazards of black widow spiders.

      Jumping Spiders

      Perhaps the most advanced spiders of them all, you likely have watched them watching you. Jumping spiders are common, pretty, and very beneficial.

      Scorpions: Are They Dangerous?

      Scorpions have the ability to scare people very badly. They definitely are venomous and yes, some of them are dangerous to us. This article discusses these otherwise beneficial critters and helps you understand how to deal with them.

      Spiders: Interesting Facts

      Spiders are the object of many movies and scary accounts that make you shiver, but they are some of the most fascinating animals in Nature. Here is a list of many of their strange feats and abilities that may help you appreciate them a bit more.

      Sun Scorpions: Camel Spiders

      Another scary story that makes the Internet airwaves, driving fear into the hearts of those who read about it. But, did you know we have Camel Spiders all over the U.S.? A fun article about a very interesting predator.

      The Violin Spider (Brown Recluse)

      Once more the reality is not nearly as interesting as the legend that has grown around a bug. Do you have violin spiders in your home? Are you at risk of losing limbs to their bites? Read here and find out.

  • + Assassin Bugs
      Kissing Bugs

      Such a romantic name for such a terrible insect, and one that does its dirty work in the dark. Read about these blood suckers that are responsible for tens of thousands of human deaths each year.

      Nature's Assassins: Assassin Bugs

      Another dramatic name for an insect, but one given to it due to its manner of surviving and eating. These insects may be one you want to be able to identify and avoid. Their bite can be a problem.

  • + Beneficial Insects – the Parasites and Predators
      Helpful Beetles

      When you see that bug scurry across your carpet or your toes when you are working in the garden, do you know if it’s friend or foe? Can it hurt you? Is it desirable in the garden? Here we’ll cover a few of the common ones that you do want around.

      Lacewings

      You have some help in your garden in your effort to keep bugs off your prized plants. Many insects feed on other insects such as aphids, but we are often limited in our knowledge of insects and don’t know how to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Lacewings are the Good Guys, and you can learn about them and how to identify them here.

      Ladybugs

      The subject of nursery rhymes and movies these colorful little beetles are one of the most desirable kinds to encourage in your garden. They also have another side to

  • + Collembola Mites?
  • + Flies – Pest Flies and Beneficial Flies
      Beneficial Flies

      We think in terms of how “pesky” flies can be, but the bad ones are giving the good ones the wrong reputation. Most kinds of flies are actually very helpful to us and pose no problems at all. Here is a short article to cover a few of the common kinds.

      Flies: Interesting Facts

      While we may hate them we still have to admire their abilities. From big to small, most to least, here are some interesting bits of trivia on flies.

      Gnats in the Home

      Have you ever been pestered by that tiny bug that keeps flying around your face. Several little flies are common in homes, and figuring out how to solve the problem begins with understanding the critter.

      Midges By The Millions

      You may think you are being overwhelmed with mosquitoes, but many other little flying gnats can enter your home that do not bite and pose no danger to you other than being a nuisance. These may be “midges”, and several families of these mosquito-like gnats can be found around your garden and home. Learn a little bit about them in this BugInfo article.

      Parasitic Flies

      While the word “parasite” may conjure up images of nasty and undesirable organisms, in the world of insects the parasites can be some of our most important allies. Parasitic flies are among the leaders in the battle against the bugs.

      The Flies That Ambush: The Robber Flies

      For Nature Watchers it’s fascinating to stand back and observe the action. You might not even see the robber flies until they make their ambush on some unsuspecting bug that flies by. These are large and interesting animals.

      Why do Cluster Flies Cluster?

      Our home is our castle, and may also be home to many other kinds of animals. Cluster flies are one of those that uses our homes as their winter habitat, and could suddenly appear by the thousands. In here you can understand why.

  • + Insects and Other Bugs – Predators
      Ant Lions

      These fascinating insects are all around us, and you very likely have walked past evidence of them many times without realizing what they were. Hollywood seems to have used them as the model for some of their futuristic ideas. Another helpful animal in the incredible world of insect diversity.

      Eating Insects

      While we in North America might never knowingly eat bugs, in many countries of the world they are considered important parts of the human diet, perhaps even delicacies. Take this fascinating tour through the world of Insects As Food, and learn more about the topic.

      Predatory Mites

      Not all mites are bad, although it is easy to think they must be, given the many kinds that feed on your plants or on your blood and skin. But, this large group of arthropods has an equally diverse number of life styles, including some common and noticeable kinds that prey on other mites.

  • + Insects And Other Bugs – the Backyard Invaders
      Beetles: Interesting Facts

      The beetles comprise perhaps the largest and most diverse group in the entire insect world, so it stands to reason they offer some of the greatest oddities. From glow worms to wire worms, rhino beetles to blister beetles, you’ll learn a lot of little facts about them.

      Bugs in the Pool

      If you can’t go to the local swimmin’ hole, perhaps the swimmin’ hole can come to you. Your backyard pool can be visited by a number of insects that stop by for a cool respite, and perhaps hang around a few days. What can you do about this party?

      Butterflies & Moths: Interesting Facts

      Possibly the loveliest and most cherished of the insect groups, these symbols of springtime also offer interesting tidbits on their lives and habits. Stop here for more insect trivia.

      Click Beetles

      An odd but very descriptive name for an interesting family of beetles. These insects can jump, but oddly they do so when they are upside down and seemingly helpless. Some kinds even light up like flying sparks. Read about click beetles and why you may see them in the home.

      Earthworms

      You can love them or you can hate them. Earthworms are highly beneficial for the health of our soil, but they also can create annoying problems, with their piles of dirt and their bodies all over the patio. Learn why they do what they do, and explore solutions here.

      European Paper Wasp

      Have you noticed some unusual wasp activity around your home lately? Perhaps your yard is now being invaded by one of the newest imports to the United States, a paper wasps species from Europe that has rapidly spread across the country. Read how this wasp can impact your landscape and our environment.

      Fireflies & Lightning Beetles

      Everyone easily forms the picture in their mind of a child with a jar full of summertime fireflies. But where does the light come from and why? Is it really a “fly”. Where do we find them. Fun article about a wonderful insect group.

      Identification of Insects

      With well over 1 million different kinds of insects already described, and estimates of maybe 10 times that still waiting to be discovered, how do you go about finding someone to tell you what kind of bug you have found in your yard or home? Here are some hints to make it easy on you.

      Sharing Your House for the Winter

      Once upon a time there was a cave, and insects found refuge in the cave for their survival of winter weather. The modern day caves are our homes, and a whole procession of bugs may find their way in. Here are many of the common ones for you to learn about.

      Strange Worms

      When we think of a “worm” we picture the useful earthworm, but Nature has provided far more than this for us to find in our yards. Perhaps you’ll find the answer to your question here, of “what the heck is that thing?”

  • + Insects That Can Sting
      "Killer" Bees

      Myth or Reality? The news media and Hollywood have made great use of these insects, and now the truth is told about just what a “killer” bee is, where they are found, and how to deal with them if they are living in your area.

      Bees & Wasps: Interesting Facts

      The group of insects that includes bees and wasps is a very large one, with many thousands of different kinds, and including some of the most important insects in Nature. Once again, their trivia and tidbits are fascinating.

      Honeybees

      The honeybee has been one of mankind’s workhorses, and has been so important for food and food production that humans have carried it with them as they migrated around the world. They also can be pest problems, and you’ll see why in this article.

      Stinging Caterpillars

      Nature is filled with toxic things, and in many plants and animals it is their way of keeping from being eaten. The “puss” caterpillars are lovely to behold but terrible to touch, and you’ll learn about them here.

      The Solitary Wasps

      Not all wasps pose a threat to you or your family, even if they are creating their nests right there in your backyard, or under the eaves of your house. We can learn to appreciate the benefits of having many wasps living with us.

      Yellowjackets: Where's the Meat?

      “Meat bees” are a common and potentially dangerous insect to have around us, and they gladly will create their huge colonies in our homes. How to deal with them safely is discussed in this article.

  • + Insects That Feed on Humans – the Blood Suckers
      Bed Bugs – Preventing The Problem

      The resurgence of an old enemy – The Common Bed Bug – is now a well known fact in North America, and with the reoccurrence of this pest comes an onslaught of false information about it. Learn the truth about some of these myths in this BugInfo article.

      Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

      Maybe you’ve read about them in the news yourself, but Bedbugs Are Back. After a 60 year virtual absence in the U.S. we now are finding these blood suckers commonly throughout the country, and your options for preventing them and dealing with them are discussed.

      Fleas: Flea Control

      We can call them “cat” or “dog” fleas, but for the hungry flea a meal is a meal, and people are going to work just fine. There are many options for control, and working closely with a professional may give you the best answer for eliminating them.

      Fleas: Interesting Facts

      Once again we hate them, but cannot help but be impressed by the things they do, including the human death toll they are responsible for. A number of interesting aspects of their lives and capabilities are in here.

      Mites: So, You Think You Have Mites?

      Something is biting you? Well, maybe and maybe not, for our imaginations are powerful things. There certainly can be mites, but there are many different kinds. Do you have them or not?.....here are some hints.

      Mosquitoes: Biology & Prevention

      Without a doubt one of the most terrible tragedies of humans throughout our history has been the untold millions who have died from diseases spread by mosquitoes. It is more important now than ever to understand these insects and how to prevent them in your yards and homes.

      Mosquitoes: Interesting Facts

      For such tiny little critters mosquitoes sure spread a lot of misery. These efficient animals have some amazing capabilities, and you’ll better understand why they can do what they do with this information.

      Mosquitoes: West Nile Virus

      A disease that has swept across North America in just a few short years, killing millions of birds, thousands of horses, and a great many humans. Where did it come from, how is it spread, and how can we prevent the disease for ourselves and our family?

      People and Lice

      How lucky can we be, having three of our very own kinds of lice to feed on us? The problem is in knowing exactly what to do when you are diagnosed with these parasites, and how to decide what steps are and are not needed in controlling them.

      Ticks: Lyme Disease

      One of several “new” diseases spread from bugs to people, Lyme Disease can cause serious health problems that persist and worsen for years. An understanding of the ticks and avoiding being bitten is a first line of defense.

  • + Moisture Lovers
      Springtails

      These tiny insects are frequently found in the kitchen, perhaps in the sinks or bathtub. Many times you will encounter them in the garden or on the patio outside. What is the significance of Springtails, and what steps can you take to prevent them in the home?

  • + Pests That Eat Our Food and Our Clothing
      Carpet Beetles

      Mother Nature has a very efficient house-keeping crew that recycles all the leftover stuff. Animal hair is not very nutritious for most insects to eat, but carpet beetles have found a way. Unfortunately, a lot of our fabrics also are made from animal hair, and we aren’t done using them yet!

      Clothes Moths

      You found a hole in your sweater and wonder how it got there. You have a moth flying around your reading light and wonder if there is a connection. Could it be you have moths eating your clothes? Read this article to unravel some of the mystery of these tiny little creatures with that big reputation.

      Cockroaches: Interesting Facts

      Any critter that has survived unchanged for over 300 million years must be pretty remarkable. Cockroaches are exactly that, and as much as they disgust us and potentially harm us, you still have to admire what they can do.

      Cockroaches: Keeping Them Out

      You can do a great deal to prevent or eliminate cockroaches without even using pesticides. If they can’t eat, drink, or find a place to hide you can keep them away. Some thoughts are offered here.

      Cockroaches: Ultrasonic Repellers

      You see them advertised everywhere, promising to rid your life of all manner of unwanted pests. But, do they really work? This article offers you the truth from many university experts.

      Moth Pests of Our Food

      Bugs may be part of the diet in some parts of the world, but not here in the U.S. When you find critters enjoying the foods in your cupboards what should you do? How bad can it get? What else can they feed on?

  • + Predatory Mites
  • + Recycling – the Role of Insects in Nature
      Beetles in Dead Trees

      While we often hear of the terrible damage beetles can do when they bore into trees, insects also play a vital role in turning dead trees into useful nutrients. Here we discuss these beneficial insects and help you identify the ones you might see.

      Good Bugs, Bad Bugs?

      With thousands of different kinds of bugs living around us, how do we tell the good ones from the pesky ones? The helpful roles of some common insects are covered so you can make the right decisions when you see them.

      Roadkill Cafe & Its Guests

      What could be more disgusting than a mass of writhing maggots? Still, these insects have a job to do, and without them and their feeding activities we’d have a serious problem in Nature. Humans have also found maggots to be pretty useful in some unusual ways.

  • + Wood Damaging Pests of Structures
      Carpenter Ants

      They are big, they are busy, and they work at night, roaming through your home and chewing into the wood in the walls. Carpenter ants are some of the largest ants you may see in your home and yard, with the potential to cause damage you want to avoid. Learn about them in this article.

      Scary Horntail Wasps

      Ever have that big bug flying around in your home, and wonder where it came from. Sometimes they come out of the wood your home is made from, and now the question is – should we be worried? Good information on these big wasps is presented here.

      Termites: Interesting Facts

      These busy little bugs work non-stop, 24 hours each day, gathering food materials for the benefit of their growing colony. They may be destructive to our homes but they live fascinating lives too.

      Termites: Termite Baiting for Control

      Like all industries the pest management industry enjoys new advances and technologies, and eliminating termites with bait products has become a common practice. It also is subject to a lot of misunderstanding, which we hope to clear up with this article.

      Termites: The Drywood Termite

      They come in a variety of names, but a lot of termites seem determined to eat your most important investment – your home. These termites are a major reason you see homes covered with colorful tarps, and now you can read about the reasons for this.

      Termites: The Formosan Termite

      One of the many imported insects now established in the U.S., this termite species is well known for its potential to destroy our homes in rapid fashion. You’ll get a better understanding of what it is, what it can do, and how we can control it here.

      Termites: Understanding Termite Basics

      The key to making good decisions begins with understanding the enemy, and termites are very secretive in their habits. We discuss the different kinds that your home may face, how they live their lives, and what this means to you when you are told you have them in your home.

      Wood Mulch and Termites

      Are you afraid to buy mulch products for your garden? Perhaps you read the frightening scenario that terrible termites are being sold in wood mulch products. Read the truth about yet another internet hoax traveling around the electronic airwaves.