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May

Mosquito Season: Facts and Tips to Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites

Mosquito season has begun in the Grand Strand. So, it’s time for a refresher on mosquito facts and tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquito Facts: Big Dangers in Little Bugs While the word “mosquito” means “little fly”, these bugs are bigger dangers than their name implies. South Carolina is …

25
Apr

It’s Just a Palmetto Bug Right? American vs. German Cockroaches

If you’ve ever noticed that our local palmetto bug looks a lot like a really large cockroach, you’ve got a good eye. The American cockroach, more well-known in this area as the palmetto bug, is the largest cockroach species in the U.S. However, this bug is very different from the common German cockroach most people …

28
Mar

Fire Ants! Recognizing and Protecting Against Fire Ants

Fire ants, also known as red imported fire ants (RIFA), are a common insect encounter in South Carolina. While the ants can vary in color throughout their lifecycle, the red color of the upper segments of the body is distinctive, as are the mounds they build. A fire ant mound looks like a pile of …

24
Feb

10 Staggering Termite Statistics

While termites are active all year long, they are less likely to be traveling in search of a new place to call home during the colder months. With the weather warming back up, termites are once again on the move. Termite damage left undetected and untreated can negatively impact the structural integrity of your home, …

31
Jan

Preventing Fruit Flies and Gnats in Your Home

No-seeums, gnats, bitty flies… no matter what you call them, they’re known for being downright annoying. If you’ve recently moved from up north or out west and think there seem to be more of them here, you’d be right. Our area is south of the Gnat Line, according to entomologists (bug experts) – also called …

21
Dec

Hitchhiking Pests: Ways That Bugs Hitch A Ride Into Your Home

Got bugs and wonder where they came from? The answer might surprise you. Different bugs have developed interesting ways to hitch a ride into your home, such as stowing away in electronics, using used furniture for transportation, popping into your purse or hitching a ride… on you. Let’s take a look at common hitchhiking pests …

15
Nov

Eeek! How Did That Mouse Get Into My House?

As the weather turns cooler, mice and other critters are seeking out ways to keep warm. One of those ways is by taking up residence in your house – in the walls, attic or any other space they find cozy and safe. To keep mice from making themselves at home in your house, it helps …

24
Oct

Watch Out! Bugs That Make You Itch!

Even with Fall in full swing, bugs that make you itch are still out and about in our temperate coastal climate. Don’t let your guard down, protect yourself from itchy bug bites year-round. Some bug bites cause more than an itch and can transmit serious illnesses. Here’s our list of top biting bugs to be …

11
Sep

Houseplant Pests: Common Pests and Preventing Them

When we think of pests, we often think of bugs that get into our pantries or bite us or our pets outdoors. Most of us don’t give much thought to the pests that prefer our houseplants. Recognizing common houseplant pests and preventing them is far easier than saving an infested plant. Common Houseplant Pests Houseplant …

15
Aug

August 19th is National Honeybee Day!

The honeybee is a vital part of our everyday lives, even if we don’t realize it. More than 30% of the fruits and vegetables we eat and more than 70% of the agricultural crops used for food (such as grains) are pollinated by bees. Without bees, honeybees in particular, we would be unable to produce …

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