5 Ways to Check for Termites, and What to Do If You Have an Infestation

Termites together outside.

Termites are one of the most destructive pests homeowners can come across. Known as “silent destroyers,” these insects feed on dead trees and plants, including wood. And their aggressive appetite can lead to significant damage to your home – both inside and outside. But we’re not here to talk about what termites eat and their …

Read more5 Ways to Check for Termites, and What to Do If You Have an Infestation

Silverfish 101: 8 Interesting Facts & 4 Things That Kill It

Three silverfishes with different postures on the whtie.

Silverfish are small, wingless bugs that are silver or blue in color. These insects are interesting because they almost have a fish-like appearance, and they have a movement that is best described as odd – almost like a fish.

Fun facts and information about silverfish

Most people will have Silverfish in their home or apartment at one point or another. And while a nuisance, these nocturnal insects are not harmful. Let’s take a look at a few fun facts and information about these insects.

Read moreSilverfish 101: 8 Interesting Facts & 4 Things That Kill It

Termite Treatment Cost: What’s the Average?

Single termite on the ground.

After a thorough DIY inspection, you think you might have termites. You’ve seen the mud tubes. You hear the creaking when you walk across the floor. Mysterious cracks are appearing in the walls.

Read more about Termites

If you think you have termites, you have no time to lose.

These destructive pests can cause extensive, costly damage to your home and property. The first step is to get a professional inspection. The next step? Treatment.

How much will all of this cost you? Probably a lot more if you do nothing. Let’s take a closer look at the average cost of exterminating a termite infestation.

Read moreTermite Treatment Cost: What’s the Average?

Stink Bugs 101: What Do Stink Bugs Look Like? (Plus 8 Facts)

Stink Bugs

If you’ve come across a large, oval-shaped insect invading your home, there is a chance that it may be a stink bug. A lot of scientists describe a stink bug as “oval-shaped,” but there are a lot of bugs that fit into this description.

We’re going to take a closer look at this bugs so you can identify a stink bug quickly and easily.

Read more about Stick Bug

1. What Do Stink Bugs Look Like?Close-up the stinkbug isolated on white background.

This depends on the stage of life a stink bug is in. In terms of size, the average stink bug can reach 2cm in length, and they’re similar in width. What’s unique about these bugs is that they have large legs that extend from their sides that make them look a lot bigger than they really are.

A stink bug’s life cycle begins when they hatch from their eggs as a nymph.

Read moreStink Bugs 101: What Do Stink Bugs Look Like? (Plus 8 Facts)

How to Kill Stink Bugs (Naturally) and Keep Them Away?

Stink bug isolated on the white.

A group of stink bugs on white background.Spring is here, which means longer days, warmer temperatures and stink bugs. Yes, stink bugs.

They’re everywhere this time of year, and that’s because like most of us, these buggers are waking up from a long winter’s nap.

There are more than 4,700 stink bug species on the planet, and 250 of them are found in the U.S. and Canada. The marmorated stink bug is the most common in the U.S., and it gets its name from the marble pattern displayed on its back. They’re about 3/4 of an inch in length, and have a shield-like shape.

And when they emerge in the spring, they can cause homeowners a serious headache.

Read moreHow to Kill Stink Bugs (Naturally) and Keep Them Away?

Asian Beetles Vs Ladybugs: A Close Family Resemblance

Asian beetle isolated on yellow leaf.

When you try and differentiate Asian beetles vs ladybugs, you’ll come across a startling fact: Asian beetle pictures look a lot like the pictures of ladybugs. This is because they’re from the same family known as Coccinellidae.

Read more about Ladybugs

This is a family that is seen across the world in:

  • North America
  • South AfricaA 3D picture of Asian lady bug.
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • Pakistan

Also called ladybirds or lady beetles, depending on the region, the main difference between these two insects is  the size of the two bugs. Asian ladybugs are larger in size. Ladybugs have a head that is all black with little white cheeks. Their Asian counterparts have more white on their “cheeks” and are more of a deep orange color rather than a red.

Read moreAsian Beetles Vs Ladybugs: A Close Family Resemblance

How to Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs (Indoors or Outdoors)

Boxelder bug isolated on white background.

Several boxelder bug on the ground.You probably never heard of boxelder bugs until you started seeing them skitter across the floor. And while these bugs aren’t damaging to your home, their feces can do some serious staining to your furniture and linens (gross).

Have no fear – we’re here to help you get rid of these unsightly bugs once and for all. But first, a little education on what these bugs are, where they nest, and their lifecycle.

What Do Boxelder Bugs Look Like?

Boxelder bugs are winged insects that are black in color with red lines that run along their sides and thorax. Their wings are red and flat, and most are between 11 and 14 mm in length.

Nymphs are a bright red color.

Read moreHow to Get Rid of Boxelder Bugs (Indoors or Outdoors)

Fruit Flies Vs Gnats: 4 Ways to Kill Gnats & 3 Ways to Kill Fruit Flies

Close up of a fruit fly.

You’re seeing a small bug, or several small flying bugs, concentrated around the fruit in your home. Bananas are a common delicacy that will attract fruit flies. And while you’re sure you have a fruit fly problem, you’re also wondering if these flying pests may be gnats.

We’re going to compare fruit flies vs gnats, so you can easily tell which bug is invading your space.

Fruit Flies Vs GnatsClose up macro of small sand fly gnat on green leaf.

People have confused fruit flies and gnats for so long that some people question are fruit flies and gnats the same thing?

These little fliers are similar in the fact that they’re small and fly, but they come from different families of insects.

Read moreFruit Flies Vs Gnats: 4 Ways to Kill Gnats & 3 Ways to Kill Fruit Flies

4 Fast Ways to Treat Gnat Bites & How to Prevent Infection

Gnat isolated on food close-up.
A black gnat is biting somebody's skin.
Source: http://healthzene.com/

Gnats are a pain – literally. Some bite, others suck blood – and others just munch away on plants. What most people call “gnats” are actually fungus gnats or fruit flies, and some can be a serious nuisance.

If you’re bitten by one of these tiny winged creatures, you’re dealing with gnats and not fruit flies.

What should you do if you get bit? What’s the best way to get rid of the bite? Here’s everything you need to know about gnat bites.

Read more about Gnats and Fruit Flies

Do Gnats Bite?

Gnats are tiny flies, and they’re sometimes called midges or blackflies. Similar to mosquitoes, these insects prefer warm, moist places where they can lay their eggs. They also need blood to survive.

Read more4 Fast Ways to Treat Gnat Bites & How to Prevent Infection

6 Powerful Easy Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish Completely

Silverfish on white background.

If you have a silverfish infestation, the first thing you’ll want to know is how to get rid of silverfish bugs. These pests are not cute and cuddly, and just thinking of them is enough to give a person goosebumps.

Before we even go into silverfish treatment, we’re going to discuss preventative measures as well as the cause for your infestation.

How to Prevent Silverfish

Anyone that already has a full blown infestation didn’t do everything they could to prevent these bugs. And the truth is that there are so many bugs, you’ll never be able to prevent them all.

Read more6 Powerful Easy Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish Completely