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What is a Stink Bug?? -Birmingham, MI

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Blog, Bug Identification, Featured, Tips | 0 comments

Its finally Fall here in Birmingham Michigan, and some of our customers have been calling because they have these strange looking bugs in their homes. It has been turning out that they have Stink Bugs!!!! What is a STINK BUG you ask? Well let me give you a little history on them first……..Once upon a time long long ago, in a far far away land, Stink Bugs hitched a ride and came over to the United States to make a new home in Eastern Pennsylvania. This was way back in 1998 when they were first discovered. And now in 2014 they have...

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Box elder bugs-How to keep them out!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Box elder bugs-How to keep them out!

Do you have a Box elder, Maple or Ash tree in your yard? If you do you may start to see Box elder bugs outside and maybe even inside your house now that the weather is cooling down some. They typically live in the trees during the warmer weather months but when it cool down they migrate to warmer areas such as the inside your house. Don’t worry though as they will not cause any damage to your home. They only eat leaves from trees. They also do not reproduce or lay eggs if they end up in your house. You may notice on warm sunny days when...

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Don’t let the Holidays BUG you!

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Services, Tips | 0 comments

It is officially Winter here in the Mitten, snow days on the West Side of the State, a couple of inches of  snow for us in Oakland County. THANKSGIVING is NEXT week!!! If you haven’t already it is time to start thinking about the upcoming Holiday Season. If you have been living under a rock the last couple of weeks and don’t already know the local radio stations have been playing Christmas music for a while now!! Stores are decked out in green and red Holiday decorations and of course are offering discounted deals. If you are...

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Tips for Prevention When Spring Finally Arrives. -Farmington HIlls, MI

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Everyone who is ready for Spring raise your hand!!!! This has been a rough winter here in Oakland County this 2013/2014 season. The weathermen are forecasting that in the near future we should be above freezing for a couple of days….only in Michigan do people get excited for above 30 degree weather.  Hopefully the snow will be able to melt some during this time and we will be able to see what kind of damage it has caused to our houses and yards. Hopefully not to many of you have had leaks from their roof like I had this year. Water...

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What is that little red bug? Is it a spider? An Ant? -West Bloomfield MI

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Clover Mites | Comments Off on What is that little red bug? Is it a spider? An Ant? -West Bloomfield MI

Do you have little red bugs all over your side walk? Or on the side of your house? If you do, you could possibly have Clover Mites. What are Clover Mites? Clover mites are not insects but are in fact a relative of spiders and ticks, which makes them an arachnid. They are very small and are red to a reddish brown. They leave red stains when crushed, this is not blood but just their coloration. Clover mites are easily recognized from other mites that may be around your home by that their front legs are as long as their bodies. Clover mites feed...

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Who knew earwigs had wings?? -Walled Lake, MI

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Earwigs | Comments Off on Who knew earwigs had wings?? -Walled Lake, MI

WHAT IS AN EARWIG? Earwigs are characterized by the cerci, or the pair of forceps-like pincers on their abdomen; male earwigs have curved pincers, while females have straight ones. These pincers are used to capture prey, defend themselves and fold their wings under the short tegmina. Many earwig species display maternal care, which is uncommon among insects. Female earwigs are known to take care of their eggs, and even after they have hatched as nymphs will continue to watch over offspring until their second molt. WHERE DO EARWIGS LIVE?...

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Honey bees

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Bees, Bug Identification | 0 comments

Honey bees

Honey bees Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees in the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax. Honey bees are the only extant members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis. Currently, there are only seven recognized species of honey bee with a total of 44 subspecies, though historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognized. Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the approximately 20,000 known species of...

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Clover mites

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Bug Identification, Clover Mites | 0 comments

Clover mites

Clover mites The Clover mite, Bryobia praetiosa, is a type of mite best known for the reddish stain left on surfaces after being crushed. Clover mites are 1/30 inch long, oval shaped arachnids with a pair of long legs pointing forward often mistaken for antennae. They are reddish-brown; the younger ones and the eggs are a bright red. Habits Clover mites feed on sap from grasses and clover, and are especially numerous in lawns with a heavy growth of succulent, well fertilized grass. They do not cause any apparent harm to turfgrass; however,...

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Common Clothes Moth

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Bug Identification, Clothes Moths | 0 comments

Common Clothes Moth

Common Clothes Moth The caterpillar larvae of this moth are considered a serious pest, as they can derive nourishment from clothing – in particular wool, but many other natural fibers – and also, like most moths of its relatives, from stored produce. Webbing Clothes Moths are small moths whose adults grow to between 1 and 2 cm in length. Their eggs are tiny, most being under 1 mm long and barely visible. A female will lay several hundred during her lifetime; egg placement is carefully chosen in locations where they will have the best chance...

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Carpenter Bee

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Bees, Bug Identification | 0 comments

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter bee Carpenter bees are traditionally considered solitary bees, though some species have simple social nests in which mothers and daughters may cohabit. However, even solitary species tend to be gregarious, and often several will nest near each other. It has been occasionally reported that when females cohabit, there may be a division of labor between them, where one female may spend most of her time as a guard within the nest, motionless and near the entrance, while another female spends most of her time foraging for provisions....

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