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Month: July 2015

Mosquito Repellent Information

There are all sorts of bug repellants in the stores these days.  With dozens of products to choose from, it is a good idea to know a little about what actually works, and what doesn’t.  Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before applying a repellent to skin.  Some repellents are not suitable […]

28 Jul
2015
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What to do When You Find Termite Damage

Living in the Melbourne, FL area, we have a higher population of insects due to the tropical weather.  There are no hard freezes to help keep populations down.  This includes the destructive species of termites.  Termites pose a direct threat to your home.  Knowing how to find termite damage, and what to do if you […]

17 Jul
2015
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Tiny Terrors

One of the most common bug infestations in the United States comes from one of the smallest culprits, tiny ants. These micro sized marauders, Solenopsis Molesta, also known as thief ants, get their name from their instinct of nesting close to other ant colonies, from which they steal food. Colloquially referred to as grease ants […]

16 Jul
2015
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Florida Citrus Trees – Common Pests, Diseases, and Disorders

One of the greatest satisfactions is enjoying freshly picked fruit from your own yard. Keeping your citrus trees healthy and free from bothersome pests is the secret to luscious fruit. The most common pests of yard citrus plants include aphids, whiteflies, fire ants, mites, scales, plant bugs, and chewing insects like grasshoppers, katydids, and caterpillars. […]

16 Jul
2015
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Everything You Need to Know About Fleas and Ticks

If you are a pet owner, then you know the importance of keeping your pet flea and tick free.  Not only are they a harmful nuisance to your beloved fur baby, they can plague you and even make you severely ill.  Most places only need to worry about these pests during the late spring and […]

15 Jul
2015
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Armadillos Are, In Fact Considered a Pest

Most people think of a different state when they think about an armadillo.  The truth is that they are a very invasive species here in Melbourne, Florida.  They are considered a digging animal and can ruin a yard in no time.  They are affecting our undergrowth and taking a chunk out of our low-browse vegetation.  […]

14 Jul
2015
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Grasshoppers in Florida

Floridians has some pretty spectacular insects.  You have to go looking for most of them, but it’s hard to miss the Eastern Lubber grasshopper. The Eastern Lubber or Romalea Guttatta is probably the most well-known grasshopper in the Southeastern United States and is the largest variety.   Even though their colors can vary, they usually have […]

11 Jul
2015
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How Do Grasshoppers Produce Sound?

Male grasshoppers will make a singing sound by rubbing a hind leg against one of their hard forewings. The rough leg causes the wing to vibrate and make a sound, almost like a bow playing a cello. Grasshoppers and orthopterans in general, produce sounds to attract mates or protect their territories. Grasshoppers can be identified […]

09 Jul
2015
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Relative Paradigms (Grasshoppers continued)

Like all insects the grasshopper has six legs, a head, thorax, and abdomen.  Molting several times during its lifespan, it also has an exoskeleton which is a hard outer surface that protects its softer insides in an overlaying fashion similar to armor plating.  A combination of two compound and three conventional eyes allows them to […]

08 Jul
2015
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Evolutionary steps towards this species becoming a locust in a distant future (cont.)

Some grasshoppers can be major crop pests, such as the two-striped grasshopper, which is prevalent in North America and can completely destroy crops during a swarming outbreak. Similar to the foreboding locusts warned about in the Bible, grasshoppers can also swarm, wiping out entire crops in agricultural areas and devastating farming economies. According to the […]

07 Jul
2015
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