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Welcome to A1 Exterminators’ Uninvited Guests blog! Here we talk about anything and everything bug related. Big and small, from ticks and bed bugs to roaches and termites; from bugs and insects to mice, rats, squirrels and rodents. Follow us to keep track of the new pests you should be worried about in your area. Get the latest news on pests, tips on how you can keep pests away from your home and business, and some other fun and interesting tidbits about bugs.

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Protecting Your Home from Pests

Humid weather may not make for a great hair day, but it’s the perfect environment for pests like cockroaches, mosquitoes and termites to thrive. Be sure you’re properly protecting your home from these pests.

 

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Real-Life Example of Termite Damage

Has the thought of protecting your home from termites ever crossed your mind? Given we’re in the heart of termite season, knowing how to spot an infestation is a must! Check out real-life examples of termites damaging wood.

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Ant Repellent

Ants do not like the smell of vinegar, so it’s a natural ant repellent. Spray vinegar at their point of entry and they’ll stop coming into your home.

Just like vinegar, ants hate the smell of mint. Lay mint tea bags at the ant’s point of entry to your home and they’ll stay outside too.

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Do You Have A Termite Story

The spring and summer seasons are synonymous with increased termite activity across the U.S. Have you ever had a termite infestation? Comment with the story of how you first realized you were faced with termite troubles.We would love to hear your story!

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Science Behind Fireflies

Things You Didn’t Know About Lightning Bugs

Running around the backyard on warm summer nights in an attempt to catch fireflies is a fun pastime. These insects, also known as lightning bugs, can light up the night with their magical glow. But, what actually makes them flash? Read on to learn about the science behind this dazzling summer bug. You might be “enlightened!”

  • Fireflies aren’t flies at all! They’re actually beetles. Fireflies are nocturnal members of the Lampyridae family. The name comes from the Greek “lampein,” which means to shine. Oh, the irony! Some fireflies are diurnal, but they typically don’t glow. Most fireflies are winged, which distinguishes them from other luminescent insects of the same family, often referred to as glowworms. The name “glowworm” can indicate many different species, including fireflies.
  • Fireflies are efficiency superstars. Fireflies have light organs that are located beneath their abdomens. Although more than 2,000 species bear the name “firefly,” not all fireflies glow. Those that do mix oxygen with a pigment called luciferin to generate light with very little heat. The enzyme luciferase acts on the luciferin in the presence of magnesium ions, a chemical called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and oxygen to produce light. The light that some fireflies produce is extremely efficient. In fact, it’s the most efficient light in the world! Nearly 100% of the chemical reaction’s energy becomes light. The light that fireflies produce may be green, yellow or orange in color.
  • Firefly flashes can be as romantic as a dozen roses…sometimes. Fireflies flash in patterns that are unique to each species. Each blinking pattern is used to help them find potential mates. Male fireflies typically fly through the air in search of a female by emitting a species-specific flashing pattern. Some fireflies only flash once, while others do so up to nine times. The females sit on the ground and wait until they see an impressive light display. They show their interest by responding with a single flash, timed to follow the males’ characteristic flashes in a species-specific manner.
  • Fireflies use their light to ward off predators. Speaking of predators, firefly blood contains a defensive steroid called lucibufagins, which makes them unappetizing to potential hunters. Once predators get a bite, they associate the unpleasant taste with firefly light and avoid attacking the lightning bugs in the future.
  • Some fireflies eat other types of fireflies. The larvae of most fireflies are predaceous, beneficial insects that feed on snails, slugs and worms. When they become adults, fireflies may eat pollen, nectar or nothing at all! The few species that remain carnivorous through adulthood eat other types of fireflies. Talk about a strange diet!
  • Humans are contributing to fireflies’ decline. If you don’t see as many fireflies this summer as you have in the past, it’s because these lightning bugs are on the decline. Light pollution, development of fireflies’ habitats and harvesting are all leading to a decrease in the number of fireflies. When their habitat is overtaken, fireflies do not relocate. Instead, they just disappear.

If you live in a place where fireflies are common, look out for the patterns and habits discussed here. If you want to catch fireflies, keep them safe by placing a wet paper towel in the bottom of a glass jar. Pierce holes in the jar’s lid so that the fireflies can breathe. Don’t forget to release them after a day or two!

 

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Protecting Your Home from Pests

Humid weather may not make for a great hair day, but it’s the perfect environment for pests like cockroaches, mosquitoes and termites to thrive. Be sure you’re properly protecting your home from these pests.

 

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Real-Life Example of Termite Damage

Has the thought of protecting your home from termites ever crossed your mind? Given we’re in the heart of termite season, knowing how to spot an infestation is a must! Check out real-life examples of termites damaging wood.

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Ant Repellent

Ants do not like the smell of vinegar, so it’s a natural ant repellent. Spray vinegar at their point of entry and they’ll stop coming into your home.

Just like vinegar, ants hate the smell of mint. Lay mint tea bags at the ant’s point of entry to your home and they’ll stay outside too.

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Do You Have A Termite Story

The spring and summer seasons are synonymous with increased termite activity across the U.S. Have you ever had a termite infestation? Comment with the story of how you first realized you were faced with termite troubles.We would love to hear your story!

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Science Behind Fireflies

Things You Didn’t Know About Lightning Bugs

Running around the backyard on warm summer nights in an attempt to catch fireflies is a fun pastime. These insects, also known as lightning bugs, can light up the night with their magical glow. But, what actually makes them flash? Read on to learn about the science behind this dazzling summer bug. You…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | How to Repel Garden Pests with Irish Spring Soap

How to repel garden pests with Irish Spring Soap.

Supplies needed:
Irish Spring Soap
Cheese grater

Basically you can just start grating. This stuff is really soft and takes little to no energy to grate it.

The amount you grate will depend on how much space you wish to cover. You will find that this is a reasonably priced soap, so if you have…

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