Insects

Julie Miller
How Dangerous Is Lyme Disease?

How Dangerous Is Lyme Disease?

Ticks can carry Lyme disease and Lyme disease can be serious. Here’s what you need to know.

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5 Common Species of Flies

5 Common Species of Flies

Learn about the top five fly species that you’re bound to find in and around your home.

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Do All Ticks Bite? Does Every Tick Carry Lyme Disease?

Do All Ticks Bite? Does Every Tick Carry Lyme Disease?

We’re all afraid, on some level, of getting bitten by a tick. Before we close our shutters and vow to never go out into the woods again, it’s important to understand a bit about these parasites and the harm that they may (or may not) inflict upon us.

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True or False: More Bug Myths Revealed

True or False: More Bug Myths Revealed

The following myths might be unusual. Some of them might not even be true. (You’ll have to read to find out.) What did our ancestors do before there were stitches? Would we have fewer amputees if we’d adhered to the practices centuries ago and used maggots for wound care? Would you use maggots for wound care? Do larvae (of wasps) really produce sugary fluids that the worker wasps drink? Together, let’s explore more about biting ants, tissue-eating maggots, and hungry end-of-season wasps. Myth No. 1: Biting Ants Can Be Used as Sutures This myth is true. Either insects or chemicals extracted from...

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True or False: Bug Myths Revealed

True or False: Bug Myths Revealed

Bugs can be fascinating and strange. Beliefs about them can be fueled by fear or doubt. This article debunks a few of the most common myths that you may or may not have heard (and may or may not believe yourself).

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Fruit Flies vs. Gnats: What’s the Difference?

Fruit Flies vs. Gnats: What’s the Difference?

Fruit flies and gnats are tiny creatures, neither of which are known for a buzzing sound—but both can be extremely annoying and make you feel unwelcome in your own home. How do you know which one is invading your safe place...and how do you get rid of an infestation?

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Do Fruit Flies Eat More Than Fruit?

Do Fruit Flies Eat More Than Fruit?

You see a swarm of fruit flies in your home, but wonder what they’re actually feasting on. Are they after more than just those bananas?

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How to Get Rid of Aphids

How to Get Rid of Aphids

If you see tiny insects with horns (​​cornicles) or notice little white cast skins on leaves or stuck in honeydew secretions of your plant pest, it’s time to take action.

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