• Ants

    15 Aug 2018 | Get Rid of Bugs
    Ants

    Ants are a social insect related to wasps and bees, they are easy to tell apart from wasps because of their antennae and lack of wings. Some species of carpenter ants do have wings and shouldn't be mistaken for wasps. If you think you have carpenter ants you can go to the University of Minnesota Extension website they have a good identification page for winged carpenter ants. Ants form colonies that range from dozens to millions of individuals. Ants are often found in undesirable ...

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    Wasps & YellowJackets

    There are over one hundred thousand species of wasps all around the world. Wasps spend most of their time gathering food or building a nest for a colony with one egg laying queen and many non-reproductive workers.  Wasps become pests when their numbers are excessive or they become annoying to humans. People are often stung by wasps in late summer when wasp workers start searching for sugary food and come into contact with humans. Stings are usually painful and in some cases ...

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    Asian Lady Beetles

    The Asian lady beetle resembles a North American ladybug and gets its name because it is actually a different species that was artificially introduced to North America from Asia to control aphids. Asian lady beetles have become common in the Minnesota since the year 2000. The species is considered to be one of the world's most invasive insects. Asian lady beetles release an unpleasant smelling pheremone that attracts other Asian lady beetles, allowing them to invade homes over winter ...

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    Spiders

    15 Aug 2018 | Get Rid of Bugs
    Spiders

    Spiders have eight legs and fangs that inject venom into their prey or they can also use their fangs to bite predators. Most spiders native to Minnesota do not have antennae or extensor muscles to move their limbs and instead they use hydraulic pressure to walk. Spiders can produce silk to build spider webs which they use to catch insects. It's estimated that spiders will feed on 10-30 times their weight in insects each year. Common spiders produce tangled cobwebs, whereas orb weavers ...

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    Centipedes & Millipedes

    The house centipede is typically a yellowish-grey centipede with up to 15 pairs of legs. Centipedes like to hide in dark corners, under rocks, or in decaying brush piles, and otherwise seek cool damp places to live. Centipedes can be found in basements and bathrooms which tend to be humid, and they are most likely found in the spring or in the fall when they are seeking food or shelter to overwinter. Centipedes can startle homeowners because they are surprisingly fast. According to the United ...

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    Earwigs

    15 Aug 2018 | Get Rid of Bugs
    Earwigs

    Most earwigs are nocturnal and inhabit small cracks and crevices, living in rubbish, piles of debris, or fallen logs. Earwigs that are blind have been fond living in without exposure to sunlight in caves. Earwigs can squirt foul-smelling yellow liquid in the form of jets from scent glands of their abdomen. It aims the discharges by revolving the lower part of its body, a maneuver that enables it simultaneously to use its pincers in defense. Earwigs feed on plants and insects and can cause ...

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    Box Elder Bugs

    Boxelder bugs almost entirely feed on the developing seeds of boxelder, maple, and ash trees. Boxelder bugs will release a fould smelling odor when disturbed to discourage predators. Boxelder bugs are primarily active in the fall while they are displaced from agriculture crops after harvesting. These boxelders can become a nuisance to homes in large numbers in the fall while seeking plant debris, human inhabited structures for protection, or other suitable structures to stay warm in ...

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    Silverfish

    15 Aug 2018 | Get Rid of Bugs
    Silverfish

    A silverfish is a small grey wingless insect, it gets its name because its movements resemble a swimming fish. It takes four months after hatching for silverfish to reach adulthood when it will get its full silver and grey coloring. Silverfish eat pantry food such as grains, carbohydrates, and starches. Silverfish are nocturnal and known for their speed, even faster than centipedes, they can outrun most of their predators. Silverfish are also known as bristle tails because of their ...

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    Pill Bugs & Sow Bugs

    The diet of pill bugs is largely made up of decaying or decomposed plant matter such as leaves and wood fibers. Pill bugs will also eat living plants, especially in wet conditions. Pill bugs are known to eat many kinds of crops especially in areas prone to heavy rain and flooding. Pill bugs aren't the cleanest insect, besides their appetite for decaying plant matter some species also feed on decaying animal flesh and feces. Pill belong to the family of woodlice and are called roly polies because...

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