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The Invasive Asian Tiger Mosquito Is The Number One Pest In Georgia Where It Can Spread More Than 30 Diseases

June 26th, 2019

Many people assume that the deadliest animals on earth must be sharks, bears, mountain lions or some other fierce predator, so many people are surprised to learn that mosquitoes are responsible for the greatest number of human fatalities each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitoes kill around one million people…

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You Won’t Believe Why Georgia Is Home To A Particularly High Population Of Non-Native Ladybug Pests That Often Infest Homes And Cause Harm To Dogs

June 25th, 2019

Georgia is home to an abundance of arthropod pests, including scorpions, yellow jackets, kissing bugs, black widows, cockroaches, stink bugs and an abundance of bacteria-spreading fly species. Residents of the state are well aware of this, but many residents may not be aware that their state is also home to an unusually high population of…

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The Insect Responsible For The Greatest Number Of Medically Threatening Bites Or Stings To Humans In Georgia Is The Red-Imported Fire Ant

June 24th, 2019

Many people will tell you that sustaining a medically threatening insect bite or sting is extremely rare, but the statistics tell a different story. Every year, at least 500,000 people visit the emergency room due to sustaining a bite or sting from a venomous insect species, and this figure is not taking spider bites and…

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Widow Spider Species Are Abundant Around Homes In Georgia, And One Specimen Was Recently Found Feeding On A Snake Beneath A Home’s Porch

June 21st, 2019

The state of Georgia is home to a number of venomous arthropods including caterpillars, scorpions, bees, wasps, yellowjackets, hornets, centipedes, and of course, spiders. Unlike airborne stinging insects, like bees and wasp species, which technically include both yellowjackets and hornets, spiders are not generally considered a medical threat to humans. Public health officials, doctors, entomologists…

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An Artist Illustrates How Termites Can Be Useful For Mining Operations

June 18th, 2019

As far as most people are concerned, there is nothing beneficial about termites. Very few people will claim to have an appreciation for termites. Of course, termites do perform essential ecological duties that help to maintain the proper balance of the ecosystem. As important as termites are for sustaining life on this planet, many people…

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THREE WAYS HOMEOWNERS ARE INVITING TERMITES INTO THEIR HOME

June 17th, 2019

What attracts termites and prevention tips provided by Bug Busters USA This year, Bug Busters USA and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) are working to spread public awareness about termites during Termite Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2019. With spring just around the corner, termites will begin swarming and could seek out your home for their new nesting space.…

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A Historical Structure Was Saved From A Powderpost Beetles Despite Half The House Being Infested, But Are The Wood-Boring Beetles A Threat To Your Home?

June 14th, 2019

Not long ago the Jekyll Island Authority relocated the historic Skeet House to Pier Road in the Jekyll Island Historic District. The structure was formerly located near a wooded area near the Jekyll Island Airport where it had become infested with wood-boring powderpost beetles. The structure, which was originally built in 1930, was once a…

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Local School Board Makes Money On Termite Infested House

June 12th, 2019

Termite infestations are never good, except for the Polk School District. Not long ago, officials with the school board did something most people would never dream of, they purchased a termite-infested house. The termite-riddled house was located next to Rockmart High School, and the school board purchased the house in order to sell salvaged materials…

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How Georgia Residents Can Differentiate Between Formosan Subterranean Termites And Native Subterranean Termites

June 11th, 2019

Formosan subterranean termites have been inhabiting Georgia since at least the 1990s. These invasive termites are known for being tremendously destructive, as their colonies contain millions of individual termites, far more than the usual 50,000 or so contained within eastern subterranean termite colonies. However, some Formosan colonies can grow to contain as many as 50…

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Knowledge of Mosquito-borne Diseases Should be Top of Mind in Summer

June 10th, 2019

Knowledge of Mosquito-borne Diseases Should be Top of Mind in Summer Many people may connect the height of mosquito season, occurring in the summer through early fall, to the irksomely itchy welts that accompany mosquito bites. But, there are far worse associations to make with these blood-sucking pests, such as the health threats they pose…

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