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How To Keep Crawl Spaces Dry In Order To Prevent Termite Infestations

August 22nd, 2019

Termites infest homes in all states within the contiguous US, but the amount of termite activity, as well as the number of termite species is particularly high in the southeast US. This is because the humid subtropical climate in the southeast provides termites with ideal living conditions, and the relatively mild winter temperatures in the…

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How A Recently Discovered Termite Species Will Make Termite Pests Within Homes Easier To Identify

August 15th, 2019

During 2012, University of Georgia entomologists described a new species of termite that had been collected from Sapelo Island. This newly described species was named Reticulitermes nelsonae, making it the fifth subterranean termite species documented as inhabiting Georgia and other eastern states. Surprisingly, this species is likely more abundant in Georgia than the eastern subterranean…

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Are Modern Homes Always Made Of Structural Lumber That Has Been Treated To Resist Termite Attacks?

August 7th, 2019

Since termite pest activity in the United States causes billions of dollars in damage to structural wood each year, it seems reasonable to make lumber resistant to termite attacks. For the past several years, many studies have aimed to determine which timber species naturally repel termites. Many tropical timbers have been found to effectively repel…

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An Extremely Aggressive Non-Native Trap-Jaw Ant Species That Inflicts Painful Bites And Excruciating Stings Have Invaded Georgia

August 1st, 2019

Some of the most dangerous non-native ant species have established an invasive habitat in Georgia. The most well known of these ants, the red imported fire ant, can be found in every county within the state. Most invasive ant species in the southeast are native to South America, and they wind up in the US…

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A Horrifying Brown Recluse Infestation Was Discovered On The First Day A Family Moved Into Their Newly Purchased Home

July 31st, 2019

The brown recluse spider species can be found in a little more than a dozen US states, and unfortunately, Georgia is one of them. These spiders have largely replaced black widows as the spiders to fear in America, and a brown recluse bites are more likely than black widow bites to become medically significant. The…

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Jump Start The School Year With PestWorldForKids.org

July 31st, 2019

Bug Busters USA and the National Pest Management Association are sharing educational activities to help kids get ready for the year ahead   With the school year fast approaching, children everywhere are savoring the last days of summer before homework replaces some of their favorite activities. For a fun and educational way to ignite some…

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Millipedes Can Be A Nuisance Within And Around Homes, And They Can Also Burn Human Skin

July 25th, 2019

Millipedes in North America are understudied arthropods. Several species inhabiting the eastern US have been described, but many more undocumented species exist in all regions of the US. It is somewhat surprising that millipedes are understudied in the US considering that many species are well documented as infesting homes in large numbers. Perhaps even more…

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Why Experts Struggle To Maintain An Accurate Number Of Termite Pest Species Within Georgia?

July 24th, 2019

There exists much confusion concerning the termite species that have become established within Georgia. This is understandable for many reasons. First of all, subterranean termites dwell within a habitat that is located beneath the ground’s surface and within natural or structural wood sources. This makes termites extremely difficult to observe, and in the termite-friendly southeast,…

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Regularly Inspecting A Home For Sources Of Moisture-Retention Can Be Enough To Prevent Termite Infestations

July 19th, 2019

Some insect pest species are more difficult to eradicate from homes than others. In some infestation cases, pests may invade homes in order to gain easier access to food sources. Ants, peridomestic cockroach species, and flies often establish a lasting-indoor presence solely because the home’s occupants allow dirty dishes, discarded food items, and garbage waste…

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Why Do Centipedes Commonly Infest Georgia Homes? And How Can Infestations Be Eradicated?

July 18th, 2019

With the possible exception of the most passionate entomologists and perhaps a few bug-nerds, spotting an arthropod pest within a home is never exciting. Unfortunately, one of the most common indoor arthropod invaders in the United States is an exceptionally ugly species known as Scutigera coleoptrata, or the “house centipede,” as the species is more…

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