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Hot Weather Prompts Thief Ants To Invade Homes Where They Nest In Woodwork, Hide In Cracks In Wall Voids, And Consume And Contaminate Stored Pantry Food

February 20th, 2020

Solenopsis molesta, or the “thief ant,” is a common ant pest of homes throughout much of the US, but they are particularly abundant and troublesome in the southeastern states. As some insect enthusiasts may have already discovered by this species’ official name, thief ants belong to the same genus as fire ants. Unlike both invasive…

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Australian Cockroaches Are More Prevalent In Georgia Homes Than Many Residents Likely Realize, And They Are Associated With The Spread Of Disease, Food Contamination, And Allergic Conditions

February 13th, 2020

Periplaneta australasiae, better known as the Australian cockroach, is a globally distributed cockroach species that commonly invades homes where they can successfully reproduce, spread disease-causing microorganisms, infest pantries, contaminate stored foods, trigger allergic reactions, and damage wood, cardboard, paper and other materials. While Australian cockroaches are not as well known among the American public as…

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How To Recognize The Two Most Common And Economically Damaging Carpenter Bee Species In The Southeast

February 6th, 2020

The Xylocopa genus is comprised of around 500 documented bee species, including several species that are considered structural pests due to their destructive habit of carving out nesting galleries within structural wood, cosmetic wood, and other types of woodwork. Most bees in the Xylocopa genus excavate nests in both live and dead wood found in…

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Is It, Or Is It Not Possible For Brown Recluse Spiders To Infest Homes In Georgia?

January 29th, 2020

For years, entomologists, pest control professionals, and physicians have claimed that the highly venomous and potentially deadly brown recluse spider species can be found within the state of Georgia. This claim has never been hard to believe, as Georgia doctors frequently treat brown recluse envenomation symptoms after identifying bites sustained by residents of the state.…

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The Filthy Fly Pests Most Commonly Found Within Georgia Homes And What To Do About Them

January 23rd, 2020

Who hasn’t witnessed large numbers of flies congregating on manure, dead animals and garbage? Many people assume that flies do this in order to feed on microbe-rich materials, but this is not necessarily the case; instead, adult female flies deposit numerous eggs on decaying organic matter in order to provide their offspring with a significant…

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The Most And Least Effective Types Of Subterranean Termite Barriers

January 20th, 2020

The southeastern Gulf Coast states see the greatest amount of termite-related property damage of all regions in the United States. This is largely due to the fact that the wet and humid climate in the southeast allows subterranean termite workers to both forage and consume wood at relatively rapid rates. Also, subterranean termite colonies mature…

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Why Asian Cockroaches Often Invade Georgia Homes In Large Numbers, And How Can These Roaches Be Eliminated From The Homes That They Infest?

January 16th, 2020

More than 4,000 cockroach species have been documented worldwide, and the majority of these species can only be found in tropical regions. Surprisingly, of all documented roach species, only 30 are known for being pests of homes and buildings. The United States is home to around 70 documented cockroach species, but only around a dozen…

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Why Asian Cockroaches Often Invade Georgia Homes In Large Numbers

January 8th, 2020

More than 4,000 cockroach species have been documented worldwide, and the majority of these species can only be found in tropical regions. Surprisingly, of all documented roach species, only 30 are known for being pests of homes and buildings. The United States is home to around 70 documented cockroach species, but only around a dozen…

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Which Potentially Dangerous Wasp Species Establish Nests On Or Within Houses Most Frequently In The Southeast

January 2nd, 2020

Many people consider wasps, yellow jackets and hornets to be seperate insect groups, but in actuality, both yellow jackets and hornets two types of wasps. Several wasp species in Georgia are considered potentially dangerous to humans, some of which are well known for frequently establishing nests on residential properties, including the exterior and interior of…

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Which Residential Areas In Georgia Are Carpenter Ant Pests Most Abundant

December 30th, 2019

Carpenter ants are well known for their habit of infesting structural wood within homes. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not consume wood; instead, carpenter ants use their strong mandibles solely to excavate nesting galleries within structural wood, causing infested lumber to weaken and possibly snap under pressure. The most destructive species of carpenter ant in…

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