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Nuisance Bugs – the Box Elder

For most of us living in the northeast this bug needs no introduction.  The Box Elder is about 1/2 inch long as an adult, black, with three red lines on the thorax, a red line along each side, and a diagonal red line on each wing. Box elder bugs feed on a variety of plants,…

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Silverfish

One of the creepiest and ugliest bugs you could find in your home would be the Silverfish.  These small, teardrop shaped insects are flat bodied, bluish-silver and have long antennae. They move in a wiggling motion that resembles the movement of a fish. They come out mostly at night and move extremely fast.  So basically…

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Raccoon

If you have ever watched a raccoon in the wild, you will realize quickly that they are highly intelligent animals who are fiercely protective of their young and uniquely outfitted in a “bandit mask.”  While these animals are interesting to observe in their natural environment, they could become a homeowner’s worst nightmare if they decide…

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Skunks – a Stinky Situation

Even before you can spot the unique black and white pattern of this critter,  you usually can smell the powerful, pungent odor alerting you to the presence of one of the most hated pests around – the dreaded skunk!  Believe it or not, skunks are not all bad. The skunk is important when it comes…

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The Eastern Gray Squirrel

The Eastern Gray Squirrel can be described by many as furry, gray and adorable to watch recklessly jumping from branch to branch in the woods. Most of us can watch their crazy antics collecting food for the winter from the comfort of our home.  In your observations of these critters, you may have also noted…

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Groundhog Issues

Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) are the celebrity members of the rodent family.  These meteorologically savvy critters keep thousands of Americans sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting their debut every February 2nd.  The sight of their shadow as a weather predictor makes them either a villain or a hero.  While weather fans happily…

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Rat Mites

If rats aren’t enough to make your skin crawl, rat mites might just send you right over the edge.  Rat Mites!  What are they?  How do you know if you have them?  Most importantly, how do you get rid of these?  Let’s examine the findings of a fall 2014 New York City study on Rat…

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Common Winter Bugs

While there is no doubt that the spring and summer months are considered prime pest season,  the winter months can also have their share of bothersome bugs and rodents.  In the summer, homeowners worry about mosquitoes, flies, bees, ants as well as rodents such as mice and rats. . .  but what about the winter?…

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Bat Facts

Finding out that there are bats in your house can be alarming!  Due to scary movies and a lack of education, bats have gotten quite a bad reputation over the years.  Concerns such as the spread of rabies or blood sucking bat varieties may make you run in terror at even the thought of a…

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What Happens to Insects over the Winter?

Have you ever wondered where all those pesky insects go during the winter months?  Do they hibernate like the bears, rabbits and groundhogs?  Do they fly south for the winter like the geese and ducks?  What exactly happens to the mosquitoes, beetles, ants, termites and the numerous other bugs that we so fervently avoid through…

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