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Jan

Fleas

Fleas are small, dark, wingless insects that are agile and have piercing sucking mouth-parts perfect for feeding on the blood of their hosts which include dogs, cats, and other mammals, including you. Their hind legs are long and made for jumping. This tiny insect can jump vertically up to 7” and horizontally up to 13.” …

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Jan

Fire Ants

Most of us in South Carolina have been stung at one time or another by the imported red fire ant. In the genus Solenopsis, they can cause serious medical, economic and ecologic problems, not to mention their stings really hurt! They are called imported fire ants because they are native to South America and were …

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Jan

Earwigs

What a strange name for a bug. This name originates from the old English from stories about how this insect burrows into people’s ears to lay its eggs. While this is not a normal practice of the earwig there have been reports of earwigs, spiders and other insects entering people’s ears. The earwig’s flat body …

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Jan

Cockroaches

Roaches are the world’s most dominant indoor pest and The Grand Strand is home to a variety of species. Almost everyone is familiar with the oval, flat bodied insect that hides in cracks and crevices and comes out at night. They are successful survivors because they are cautious, fast-breeding, eat just about anything and can …

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Jan

Clothes Moth/Carpet Beetle

Clothes Moth The webbing clothes moth and case making clothes moth are very similar in appearance and are the most common moths in this group. It is actually the larvae of these moths that feed on and damage fabrics. You may see 100-150 pin head size eggs that have been laid very near the fabric …

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Jan

Centipedes & Millipedes

These long slender insects look like a worm with lots of legs–in fact the name millipede means “thousand feet.” There are many different millipede species and they can have anywhere from dozens to hundreds of legs. Despite their many legs they actually move pretty slowly compared to their cousin, the centipede. The most common pest …

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Jan

Carpenter Bees

If you have a structure with any portions of untreated or unpainted wood in South Carolina you are going to most likely meet the carpenter bee. These robust black and yellow bees resemble bumble bees; however, bumble bees have yellow fuzz on their abdomens while the abdomen of the carpenter bee is black and shiny. …

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Jan

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants are one of the wood destroying insects that can be a serious problem for structures in South Carolina. While these ants provide a needed benefit in forests by excavating and breaking down dead trees, it is not a welcomed visitor in your home as these pests can cause damage as they tunnel through …

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Jan

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 …

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Dec

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 …

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