Pest Identification: Fleas

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Nobody likes discovering fleas in their home. While they are often brought inside by the family pet, fleas enjoy feasting on any warm-blooded body and leave little red bites to prove they were there. If you’ve experienced a flea infestation in your home, learn more about these pests, including what you can do to get rid of them and how to keep them from coming back.

What Are Fleas?

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of ...

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Top 10 Invasive Species in Tennessee

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Invasive species are animals, insects, plants, or diseases that rapidly take over and have the potential to harm existing ecosystems, human economy, and even human health. These species are usually, but not always, non-native to the area. They disrupt by dominating a region’s wilderness area or habitat.

Tennessee is home to several invasive pests threatening the local habitat. The following are the top ten invasive insect species to watch out for.

Southern Pine Beetle

The southern pine ...

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How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles

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Discovering adult carpet beetles and crawling larvae in your home is never a good sign. While carpet beetles can be common in homes, they are persistent pests whose feeding habits can damage your property if not remedied early. Learn more about the nature of carpet beetles and how to get rid of them.

What Are Carpet Beetles?

There are two main groups of carpet beetles:

  1. Black Carpet Beetles: Adult beetles are ...
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Pest ID: What are Clover Mites and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

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While their name resembles that of luck, there’s nothing lucky about finding clover mites in your home. These tiny insects can quickly become a big nuisance when discovered indoors. Learn more about what makes these little insects tick and how to avoid them.

What Are Clover Mites?

Clover mites are oval-shaped, dark reddish-brown pests smaller than a pinhead. They have eight tiny legs with two front legs longer than the other six legs. Their long legs are often confused as the ...

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Pest Identification: What is a Silverfish Bug?

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Have you ever woken up to a silverfish in your bathroom sink? Or have you ever moved something and a silverfish darted across your floor? Though small, silverfish are fast and creepy enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies.

But what exactly are silverfish and can they cause harm? Learn more about this interesting insect and what to do if you see them in your home.

What Are Silverfish?

Silverfish are small, wingless insects that get their name from a silvery light grey coloring ...

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Understanding the Difference Between Insects and a Pests

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Do you have a pest infestation problem? Or are do you have beneficial insects around your home? And more importantly, how can you tell the difference?

While there is some relationship between pests and insects, not all insects are pests. Some insects are beneficial to our ecosystem and to humans whereas pests are not.

What Are Pests?

In the dictionary, a pest is defined as a destructive insect or animal that attacks crops, food, livestock, etc. Pests ...

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How to Prevent, Control, and Eliminate Stink Bugs in Your Home

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Fall has officially arrived when the leaves change, the mornings are crisp and cool, and the seasonal smells of pie and cinnamon fill the air. The downside of this season is when the weather cools and stink bugs arrive. These pests can be an unwelcome addition and an odorous nuisance in the home.

Stink bugs frequently enter homes when the weather gets colder in search of a warm place to stay through the winter. When they find ...

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10 Beneficial Insects You Don’t Want to Get Rid Of

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Not every insect is bad. In fact, our world and ecosystem wouldn’t be the same if insects didn’t exist.

Many insects offer inherent value to our ecosystem through pollination and even pest control. Before you grab the swatter, don’t forget these ten beneficial insects serve a good purpose in your yards and gardens.

Ladybugs

Ladybugs are commonly known by their red shell and black spots. They are helpful at fighting harmful agriculture pests such as aphids ...

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Stinging Insects You Need to Be Concerned About

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Stinging insects are concerning not only for the pain of their sting, but also because they can cause severe allergic reactions for some people. If a reaction occurs, visit an emergency room immediately and always carry epinephrine.

In Tennessee, we have a range of insects known for their sting. Learn about the top stinging insects you need to be concerned about in Memphis and our best tips for how to handle them:

Paper Wasps

Tennessee hosts several ...

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10 Fun Facts About Termites

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Have you ever found the world of insects interesting, or even frightening? While termites can cause great damage to homes or property, they lead an interesting life and serve an important role in the outdoors.

Get to know a little more about the fascinating life of termites with these 10 fun facts.

1.    Termites Play an Important Role in the Circle of Life

While we don’t want them in our homes, the great outdoors is a better ...

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