How To Tell A Spider Bite From A Mosquito Bite | Bug Tip Tuesday

When mosquitoes bite, they make one hole. Some saliva is injected, and then they drink up blood straight from the capillary. The bite can swell and itch, or not be noticed. Some mosquitoes spread rather dangerous diseases, like malaria or dengue fever. Spiders inject venom from one or two... more
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Why Do Squirrels Bury Nuts?

If you live in a rural area, or near a park, you’ve probably observed this unique squirrel behavior. When the weather catches a chill, these bushy-tailed creatures begin what looks like preparation for a wide-scale scavenger hunt. In great numbers, these squirrels begin to bury nuts! Squirrels... more
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Lyme Disease Awareness

Lyme disease is an infection that is caused from an infected deer tick. The deer tick is very small – about the size of a small freckle. Lyme disease occurs mostly in the Northeast, upper Midwest and Pacific coast areas in the United States. Only infected deer ticks that attach to the skin can... more
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Yellow Jacket behaviors

Yellow jackets share much behavior and ecology with their relatives the European hornet. Females usually spend the winter in protected locations outdoors and start new colonies in the spring. These colonies can be underground, within voids in walls or man-made structures such as sheds or old cars,... more
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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, brown, and flat-bodied bugs that feed on human or animal blood. They are about the size of an apple seed and after they eat, their bodies turn more bloated and red in color. These small bugs can move quickly by crawling. Though they do have wings, they... more
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Tick bite awareness | Bug Tip Tuesday

If you develop any symptoms within a few weeks after a tick bite, such as a rash, fever or body aches, see a board-certified dermatologist. Make sure you tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred and where you most likely acquired the... more
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Symptoms of a Sick Squirrel

A normal, healthy squirrel is famous for its perky nature, healthy-looking fur, a high level of energy, speed, and precision. Although squirrels can carry disease and show absolutely no visible symptoms, noticing some changes in usual squirrel appearance and behavior can indicate that the creature... more
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Autumn Yellow Jackets

Autumn is the season that yellow jacket workers become quite aggressive. At the Labor Day picnic yellow jackets battle for hamburgers or barbecued chicken to feed the developing queens back at the hive. Yellow jackets also are common around sweets such as fallen fruit or open cans of soft drinks.... more
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Bed bugs are difficult to treat

Bed bugs have become more prevalent in the last decade, making them a larger concern for many residents, travelers, business owners, and other organizations. They infest many different spaces, including: Hotels Apartments Motels Shelters Day care facilities Nursing homes ... more
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Do stink bugs bite or cause damage?

The good news is that stink bugs don’t bite. They also don’t harm people or pets, nor do they spread disease. However, some people are allergic to the compounds released by the stink bug. Symptoms of this allergy can include a runny nose and, if you come in contact with crushed bugs,... more
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