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Bed Bugs

Adult bed bugs are about ¼ inch long, broadly oval, reddish-brown, with small wings that look like small pads. They do not fly. Their body is very flat, and they possess long, slender legs and antennae. They have a long, segmented proboscis (beak) that extends forward when it is feeding. Immature bed bugs are known …


8 Tips for Keeping Bugs Outside in the Winter

The cold temperatures of the winter months make your warm home all the more inviting to bugs. In South Carolina, bugs that like to come in for the winter include palmetto bugs (American cockroach), termites, carpenter ants, earwigs, stink bugs and kudzu bugs to name just a few. The key in preventing infestations of any …


The Velvet Ant (aka Cow Killer): Have You Ever Seen One?

Have you ever seen a large furry-looking orange and black ant? If your answer is “yes,” then you have seen a velvet ant. You may be wondering why this furry bug is also called a cow killer. The truth is that this fuzzy ant is not an ant at all – it’s a wasp! And …


Insects and Flooding: What to Expect After a Flood

In coastal areas in the Southern United States, flooding is an unfortunate part of life. Hurricanes, the humid semi-tropical climate and low-lying areas along the ocean create optimal conditions for flooding. When a flood event happens, most people are focused on property damage and don’t give any thought to how flooding influences pest control. Flood …


Ant Problem: Why Do Ants Like the Inside of My Home?

Ants. When you see one marching across the kitchen floor hoisting a crumb of food nearly the size of his whole body, you know there are more where he came from. And soon enough, you find a trail of them marching through your home. Why? Why do they love the inside of your home so …


Edible Bugs: A New Trend in Food?

While the idea of eating bugs may remind you more of extreme game shows than a tasty dinner, an estimated 2 billion people worldwide eat bugs as one of their primary food sources. And with more than 2,000 species of edible bugs across the globe, there are lots of options. In the United States, entomophagy …


Pantry Pests – What’s Hiding in Your Pantry?

Particularly in Myrtle Beach, when you think of pantry pests, the first insect that comes to mind is likely the palmetto bug, or American cockroach. The truth is that there are other pests far more likely to be searching for a snack in your pantry. Moths, weevils, mites and beetles love a nice dark and …


Bed Bugs on the Grand Strand: 5 Tips To Avoid them

The word “bed bug” makes a person’s skin crawl just hearing it. The thought of tiny blood-sucking parasites coming out of the shadows in order to prey upon you while you sleep is a thought that no one wants to become a reality. However, the reality is that bed bugs are living in every state, …


Has Anyone Ever Told You About The birds and the Carpenter Bees?

Every spring love is in the air for the Carpenter Bees as they emerge out of their winter slumber. It’s an exciting time of life—it’s mating season. Male bees will tussle with each other head butting and sometimes tumbling in air as they wrestle for dominance. The male of the species acts pretty tough often …


Somebody’s Been Eating My Carpet…. And There They Are!

In South Carolina Carpet beetles are an occasional pest which means they don’t do harm when they stay where they are supposed to, but occasionally they come inside and become a pest. Outside the adult beetle feeds on pollen and nectar and the larvae eat organic material such as feathers, fur, horns, animal skin, dead …

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