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Crazy Ant Infestations Are Increasing In Georgia Homes Where They Frequently Cause Power Outages

September 19th, 2019

Crazy ants are non-native insect pests that have been spreading rapidly throughout the southern states for the past decade. Crazy ants originate from South America and they get their common name from the erratic manner in which workers move while foraging. Their irregular foraging movements make crazy ants easy to recognize, but the reddish-brown workers…

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Should Residents Of Georgia Be Worried About The Invasive Formosan Subterranean Termite?

September 18th, 2019

Formosan Subterranean termites were accidentally transported to the United States during the 1960s or possibly as early as the 1940s. Formosan termite colonies were first discovered in the US near a shipping port in southeast Texas, and since then, these most destructive of wood-eating pests have managed to establish a seemingly permanent habitat that spans…

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Which Structural Lumber Treatments Effectively Prevent Drywood Termite Attacks

September 12th, 2019

Several drywood termite species, both native and invasive, inhabit the state of Georgia where they frequently establish infestations within homes. Subterranean termites leave several signs of their presence within a home, namely mud tubes on foundations. Mud tubes are often conspicuous and they alert homeowners of an infestation before subterranean termites inflict serious damage to…

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How Did The Highly Destructive And Invasive Formosan Subterranean Termite Become Established In Georgia

September 5th, 2019

There is no way to know for sure how non-native Formosan subterranean termites (FST) arrived in the United States, but most experts believe that the termite pests were first brought into Texas on military vessels that departed from southeast Asia shortly after World War II ended in 1945. However, Formosan subterranean termites were not documented…

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Why Are Asian Ladybugs Infesting Georgia Homes Georgia And Hurting Dogs?

September 3rd, 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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How Pest Control Professionals Monitor Bed Bug Activity After Homes Are Treated For Infestations

August 29th, 2019

Given the tiny size of bed bugs, one would think that the insect pests cannot cover much ground, but bed bugs are actually fast crawlers, and they need to be in order to avoid being noticed by humans. Nothing can ruin a vacation as quickly as a bed bug infested hotel room, and everyone should…

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

August 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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Footage Of A Cockroach Infestation In A Georgia Aquatic Center Disgusted Residents

August 26th, 2019

Cockroaches are considered major insect pests in most countries around the world, and they are particularly numerous within the United States. Unlike most insects, cockroaches are not necessarily picky about their living conditions. Although roaches prefer to dwell within dark and moist conditions, the insects are able to survive for a full month without food…

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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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