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Insects: Most Popular Articles

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What Are These Tiny Red Bugs in My House?
Help! I have hundreds of tiny red bugs on my windowsills and curtains. When I squash them, they leave nasty red stains on everything. What are they and how do I get rid of them?
10 Fascinating Facts About Ladybugs
Is there a more adorable arthropod than the ladybug? From kindergartners to gardeners, everybody loves them. Here are 10 cool facts about ladybugs.
How to Control Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are beneficial insects, but they can sometimes be a nuisance to homeowners. These large bees excavate tunnels in lumber, making holes in decks, porches, and other wood structures. Learn when it's time to take action, and how to control carpenter bees effectively.
Help! What Are These Tiny Black Bugs in My House?
I keep finding tiny black bugs crawling on my floors and walls. What are they, and what do I do to get rid of them?!
Make a Vinegar Trap to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Are you battling fruit flies in your kitchen? Once they get in, it's hard to get rid of fruit flies. This simple vinegar trap works wonders on a fruit fly infestation.
Ground Bees
Ground bees may be a nuisance in the lawn or garden, but they're also an important beneficial insect. Learn to identify ground bees, and how to control ground bee nests.
10 Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
Are you waging a fruitless battle against fruit flies in your home (pun intended)? Try following these 10 tips for getting rid of fruit flies.
What Good Are Wasps?
They build nests in our lawns and on our houses, they sneak into our soda cans, and worst of all they sting! Exactly what good are wasps? Do we really need them?
What Good Are Mosquitoes, Anyway?
You probably can't think of one good thing to say about mosquitoes. They're annoying, they bite, and they carry deadly diseases. But they must be good for something, right? What good are mosquitoes?
10 Fascinating Facts About Cockroaches
A few pest cockroaches have given these insects a bad reputation. Read these 10 facts about cockroaches, and I think you'll agree that they're actually amazing creatures.
Venomous or Poisonous?
The terms venomous and poisonous are often used interchangeably, but incorrectly. There is, in fact, a difference between a venomous insect and a poisonous insect.
Do We Really Have Bugs Living in Our Eyebrows?
Has anyone ever told you there are bugs living in your eyebrows and eyelashes? Did you believe it? Here's the truth about face mites.
10 Fascinating Facts About Pillbugs
A pillbug goes by many names -– roly poly, wood louse, armadillo bug, potato bug – but whatever you call it, it's a fascinating creature.
Can I Get My Dog's Fleas?
Fleas live on cats, dogs, and other furry animals. But can fleas live on people?
What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage.
Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
When it comes to mosquitoes, it's not the bite that's the problem. It's the annoying itch that persists for days after the mosquito has finished its meal. Why do mosquito bites itch, anyway?
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
As bed bugs make headlines around the country, people are wondering what causes bed bugs. Here's what causes bed bugs, and what doesn't.
Effective Mosquito Control
Nothing takes the fun out of an evening barbecue outdoors like a bunch of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. In addition to inflicting a painful bite, mosquitoes can transmit diseases. You can keep your local mosquito population under control by limiting their habitat on your property, and avoid their annoying bites by using the right barriers and repellants. This article also teaches you what oft-touted mosquito controls do NOT work.
Why You Shouldn't Plant Butterfly Bush
Planting a butterfly garden? Don't plant butterfly bush! Learn why butterfly bush is bad, and what you can plant instead of butterfly bush.
10 Fascinating Facts About Butterflies
Everyone is familiar with butterflies, but how much do you really know about these insects? Here are 10 cool facts about butterflies.
10 Fascinating Facts About Fireflies
Fireflies are amazing insects! Learn 10 cool facts about fireflies.
Where Do Fruit Flies Come From?
People once thought insects like fruit flies appeared by magic overnight, a theory called spontaneous generation. While it might seem like this is the case, fruit flies do come from somewhere. Learn what causes fruit flies.
Get Rid of Ants with Homemade Ant Bait
Are you battling ants in your kitchen? Learn how to make and use homemade ant baits that will get rid of those ants quickly.
How to Tell the Difference Between Wasps,...
The social wasps of the family Vespidae include paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets, all of which will defend their homes vigorously should you disturb them. Worse yet, they have a tendency to build their homes in the places we like to spend our time, so there's a good chance you'll encounter them.
10 Myths About Bed Bugs
There's a lot of misinformation about bed bugs out there. Make sure you know the facts about these blood-sucking pests.
10 Fascinating Facts About Mosquitoes
Here are 10 things you didn't know about mosquitoes.
Do Flies Really Vomit and Poop When They Land...
You've heard this before, haven't you - flies vomit and poop on you when they land on you. Do you want to know if it's true?
10 Common Myths About How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Before you wage war against bed bugs, be sure you know which bed bug treatments work, and which don't. This article outlines the top 10 myths about treating bed bugs.
4 Reasons We Can't Live Without Ants
Can't stand the ants invading your kitchen? Don't dare go in your backyard barefoot, thanks to the fire ants that moved in? Although ants may cause some trouble now and then, as a group, they provide invaluable services that keep the ecosystem healthy. Learn 4 reasons we can't live without ants.
10 Ways to Guarantee You'll Get Mosquito Bites
We all know a human mosquito magnet – the one person in the group who seems to get all the mosquito bites. Want to know how they do it? Here are 10 ways to guarantee you'll get the most mosquito bites at your next outdoor party.
10 Fascinating Facts About Ants
The complex, cooperative societies of ants enable them to survive and thrive in conditions that would challenge the individual. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ants that just might convince you they're superior to us.
12 Flowers That Will Bring Butterflies to Your...
Want to bring butterflies to your backyard? Butterflies need good sources of nectar, and these twelve perennials are butterfly favorites. Choose a few of these easy-to-grow plants, and start a backyard butterfly garden this year.
Do Bug Zappers Kill Mosquitoes?
People swear that bug zappers make a big difference in their backyard mosquito population, but research proves otherwise. Find out why bug zappers don't work to control mosquitoes.
How to Get Rid of Chiggers
Prime chigger habitat includes overgrown lawns, ground covers, leaf litter, weedy areas, and densely planted shrubs or trees.
How to Keep a Caterpillar
These tips will help you provide the proper food for your caterpillar, even if you aren't sure what kind of caterpillar it is. Page 3.
10 Fascinating Facts About Caterpillars
How much do you really know about caterpillars? Here are 10 cool facts about caterpillars.
Do Bees Die After They Sting You?
You've probably heard that bees die after they sting you, but that isn't always true. Learn which bees can only sting once, and why bees die after stinging.
10 Fascinating Facts About Praying Mantids
People like praying mantids because they look a bit like humans, with their expressive faces and long arms. Here are 10 facts about praying mantids that you might not know.
Is It a Mosquito...or Something Else?
Are you sure it's a mosquito? Some insects that look like mosquitoes don't bite at all. Learn to tell the difference between mosquitoes, midges, and crane flies.
10 Fascinating Facts About Tarantulas
Hollywood directors like to use tarantulas in horror flicks, because these huge, furry spiders look intimidating. But tarantulas have been given a bad rap. These 10 cool facts about tarantulas should make you think differently about these docile and fascinating spiders.
How Do Ticks Get on You?
Learn the science behind how ticks sense and locate their hosts. Knowing how a tick gets on you can help you avoid them.
What Are These Tiny, Black Bugs That Jump?
There are tiny, black bugs in my house and they jump when I get near them! What are they, and how do I get rid of them?
10 Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites
Ever had chigger bites? If you have, you'll never forget them. Chigger bites are probably the itchiest bug bites you'll ever experience. These 10 tips will help you avoid chigger bites.
10 Fascinating Facts About Honey Bees
No other insect has served the needs of man like the honey bee. Here are 10 facts about honey bees you might not know.
Do We Really Swallow Spiders While We Sleep?
True or false? The average person swallows 8 spiders per year while sleeping.
Are Daddy Longlegs Spiders, or Not?
People often mistake the daddy longlegs, also called the harvestman, for a spider. Though they are both arachnids, the daddy longlegs is quite different from a spider in several ways.
10 Fascinating Facts About Grasshoppers
Learn 10 fascinating facts about grasshoppers.
10 Tips to Avoid Getting Stung By a Bee
Being stung by a bee or wasp is never fun, and for people with bee venom allergies, it can be life-threatening. In most cases, bee stings are entirely avoidable - just don't attract them or put the bees on the defensive. Here's 10 tips to help you avoid bee stings.
How to Know When to Use a Bug Bomb
Are you sure a bug bomb is the best choice for your pest problem? Bug bombs don't work well on all insects. When used incorrectly, these home pesticide products can be hazardous, too. Learn how to weigh the risks and rewards of using a bug bomb, before you choose to use one.
The Life Cycle of Ladybugs
Learn about the life cycle of ladybugs, and what happens in each stage of life - egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
How Wasps Build Wasp Nests
Paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets all make paper nests, though the size, shape, and location of their nests differ. Paper wasps build umbrella-shaped wasp nests suspended underneath eaves and overhangs. Hornets construct large, football-shaped nests. Yellowjackets make their nests underground. In general, though, the process of constructing all wasp nests is the same.
10 Tips to Avoid Tick Bites
Finding an engorged tick on your body is never fun. Ticks do carry diseases, and your first line of defense is avoiding their bites. Follow these 10 tips to avoid ticks, and more importantly, tick bites, when you head outdoors.
How to Control Paper Wasps
Paper wasps will defend their nest aggressively. When their nests are located in close proximity to people, some control measures may be required. Learn the safest time and method to remove problem paper wasp nests.
10 Fascinating Facts About Dragonflies
Have you ever spent a summer day watching dragonflies flying around a pond or lake? Learn more about the biology and behavior of these incredible insects. Here are 10 cool facts about dragonflies.
What Good Are Ticks?
Ticks drink our blood, and often transmit disease when they do. Did you ever wonder why we need ticks, or what purpose they serve? What good are ticks?
How Do You Know Insects Feel Pain?
Scientists, animal rights activists, and biological ethicists have long debated this common question: do insects feel pain? It's not an easy question to answer. We can't know for certain what insects feel, so how do we know if insects feel pain?
What Does Termite Damage Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 9.
10 Fascinating Facts About Stick Insects
Stick insects live on every continent except Antarctica, though most of the world's stick insects inhabit the tropics. You may know stick insects for their camouflage, but there's a lot more to Phasmids than that. Here are 10 cool facts about stick insects you might not know.
15 Ways to Bug Proof Your Home
Do you hate finding bugs in your house? You can't keep every insect or spider outdoors, but you can make it difficult for bugs to find their way into your home. Here are 15 ways to bug proof your home.
How Do Bees Make Honey?
Honey bees use their stores of energy-rich honey to get them through lean times, including winter. Worker bees gather nectar from flowers and convert it into enough honey to keep the colony alive. How do bees make honey from nectar?
10 Fascinating Facts About Centipedes
How much do you know about centipedes? Check out these 10 fascinating facts about centipedes.
The Most Effective Ways to Get Rid of Fleas in...
Got fleas? If you find a flea on your dog or cat, don't despair. Flea control isn't impossible, it just takes the right flea treatment product and some persistent and thorough housekeeping. Here are my tips for getting rid of fleas.
10 Fascinating Facts About Millipedes
Millipedes are ancient creatures. Learn fascinating facts about how millipede bodies, behaviors, and history.
How to Control Flies in Your Home and Yard
Flies are common pests in the home and yard, but they do pose a health risk. A single house fly can carry over one million bacteria on its body. Control of filth flies involves good sanitation practices supplemented with barriers and traps.
Why Are Cicadas So Loud? How Do Cicadas Produce...
Cicadas calling for mates produce a deafening sound. How do cicadas produce such a loud sound? Male cicadas use their species-specific calls to attract female mates.
What Are Chiggers?
I once endured chigger bites so itchy I would have given state secrets to the enemy to make the itching stop. So what are chiggers, and where do they hang out?
Do Bugs Really Crawl in People's Ears?
Feel something moving inside your ear and wonder if it's a bug? It just might be. Find out which bugs, and what you should do if a bug crawls into your ear.
What Causes Insects to Go Towards the Light?
Did you ever wonder why so many insects circle around your porch light?
Are Daddy Longlegs Venomous?
Myth or fact? A daddy longlegs has deadly venom, but cannot bite humans because its fangs are too short to penetrate the skin. Here's your answer.
Bee or Wasp?
Bees and wasps belong to the order Hymenoptera, and are similar in many ways. However, there are some important differences. This article outlines the major distinctions between bees and wasps.
What Do Caterpillars Eat?
Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths. What do caterpillars eat?
5 Worst Ways to Remove a Tick
If you find a tick on your skin, it's important to remove it as soon as possible to minimize your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness. Don't waste time trying these tick removal methods! These are the 5 worst ways to remove a tick.
Stinging Caterpillars
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them.
Where Do Mosquitoes Go in Winter?
Mosquitoes are nowhere to be found in winter, but reappear in force each spring as if by magic. Where do mosquitoes go in winter, and how do they reappear so quickly in spring?
10 Fascinating Facts About Spiders
From jumping spiders to tarantulas, spiders all share certain traits. These 10 facts about spiders will teach you what all spiders have in common.
10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your...
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.
Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate once they've established themselves in a dwelling. What makes it so hard to get rid of bed bugs?
How Do You Use a Bug Bomb Safely?
Before you use a bug bomb product to eliminate a pest problem in your home, read these important directions and safety precautions. Each year people misuse bug bombs, resulting in damage to property and serious health impacts for family members. Don't become a statistic.
How Do I Control Eastern Tent Caterpillars?
I have eastern tent caterpillars in my trees. Will they kill my trees? How do I get rid of them?
18 Kinds of Ants You May Not Know
Ants may be the most successful insects on Earth. They've evolved into sophisticated social insects that fill all kinds of unique niches. From thief ants that rob from other colonies to weaver ants that sew homes in the treetops, ants are a diverse insect group. This article will introduce you to all kinds of ants.
Do Insects Have Brains?
How does an insect make sense of the world, move from place to place, or breathe, eat, and mate? Something must control all of these vital functions. Do insects have brains?
How to Tell the Difference Between a Centipede...
Centipedes and millipedes tend to get grouped together, but they're quite different creatures. Though both are arthropods, that's where the similarities end. Here's how to tell which is which.
5 Lies About the Brown Recluse Spider
More lies are told about the brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, than any other arthropod in North America. Public hysteria about this shy spider has been fueled by media hype and medical misdiagnosis. It's time to set the record straight.
Diagram of the Parts of a Caterpillar
Caterpillars come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Some caterpillars are quite hairy, while others are smooth. Regardless of these varied features, all caterpillars share certain morphological features. These common features are labeled and described in this caterpillar diagram.
10 Fascinating Facts About Beetles
With over 350,000 species of beetles already described, the order Coleoptera is the largest insect group by far. How much do you know about these insects? Here are 10 fascinating facts about beetles.
10 Insects That Are Great for Your Garden
Beneficial insects prey on the pests gardeners detest, keeping insect populations in check. You should learn to recognize these top 10 beneficial insects in your garden.
How Do Insects Breathe?
Insects require oxygen to live, and produce carbon dioxide as a waste product, just as we do. Insects, don't have lungs, so how do insects breathe?
Habits and Traits of Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees nest in bare, weathered wood, and often take up residence in porches and decks. While this can be a nuisance, carpenter bees are important pollinators and rarely pose a threat to people.
Life Cycle of Fireflies and Lightning Bugs
Learn about the life cycle of fireflies, also known as lightning bugs. There are about 2,000 species of fireflies - over 150 species in the U.S. and Canada.
12 Worst Vegetable Garden Pests
This group of garden pests are the stuff of nightmares for vegetable gardeners. This dirty dozen represents the 12 worst vegetable garden pests to combat. Along with pictures and descriptions, you'll find practical and effective ways to control these tiny terrors, without using chemical pesticides.
Schmidt Pain Index of Insect Stings
How much do insect stings hurt? Justin Schmidt, a researcher from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, can tell you from personal experience.
What Do Tarantulas Eat?
Tarantulas are carnivores. Here's more information on what they eat, and how they catch their prey.
How to Avoid Bed Bugs in Hotel Rooms
Before you settle into your hotel room, take a few minutes to look for any signs of bed bugs. Learn what to look for, where to look, and what to do if you find bed bugs in your hotel room. Page 3.
Is It Illegal to Kill a Praying Mantis?
At some point in your life, you've probably been told it's illegal to kill a praying mantis. Is this true or false? Are mantids really protected by law?
Got Bed Bugs? Save Your Mattress with a Bed-Bug...
If you've got a bed bug infestation, it pays to install a bed bug mattress cover on both your mattress and box spring. Learn what a bed bug cover does, and how to use it.
Which Caterpillar is Eating My Landscape Trees?
Caterpillars that defoliate trees in your home landscape can be reason for concern, and sometimes require control measures. Three well-known caterpillars – eastern tent caterpillars, gypsy moths, and fall webworm – are often misidentified by homeowners trying to solve defoliation problems.
Ant or Termite?
People often confuse ants and termites. Both insects live in social colonies, and may take up residence in or near your home. Take a closer look - there are some distinct differences.
Internal Anatomy of an Insect (Color Diagrams)
Insects have a single vessel that functions as the heart and aorta, pumping hemolymph through the body. The insect circulatory system is an open system, where blood flows freely inside the body cavity without the aid of veins or arteries.
Does Nail Polish Kill Chiggers?
I've heard that if you get chigger bites, you should put clear nail polish on them to kill the chiggers. Is that you?
10 Fascinating Facts About Dung Beetles
Dung beetles are some of the most fascinating critters on the planet. Learn how dung beetles navigate, care for their young, and cool off on hot summer days.
How to Tell the Difference Between a Dragonfly...
Though both dragonflies and damselflies belong to the order Odonata, there are features that separate the two groups into suborders. Knowing whether a mystery odonate is a dragonfly or damselfly will help you identify it. This article outlines the differences between dragonflies and damselflies.
9 Insects People Think Are the Most Annoying
Even for people who love insects, some bugs can be really annoying. Through a very unscientific poll, I have compiled this list of the nine most annoying insects of all.
Aphids
In moderate numbers, aphids don't do as much harm to garden plants as one might think. But once you start seeing sooty mold or curled leaves, it's time to act. Page 5.
7 Fascinating Facts About Painted Lady...
Are you raising painted lady butterflies in your elementary school classroom? Do these familiar butterflies visit your yard? Here are 7 fascinating facts about painted ladies.
Which Insect Has the Most Toxic Venom?
Among the venomous insects, some possess only mildly toxic venom, while others pack a serious punch capable of taking down a threat as large as a person. Which insect has the most toxic venom of all?
Important Facts About Bed Bugs (Including Where...
Bed bugs were thought to be a pest of the past, but these parasites have made a resurgence in recent years. Learn to recognize bed bugs, and understand their life cycle.
When Will Cicadas Emerge Near You?
Each population of cicadas that emerges in the same year is called a brood. These brood maps identify the approximate locations where each of the 15 periodical cicada broods emerge. The maps combine the data of C. L. Marlatt (1923), C. Simon (1988), and unpublished data. Broods I-XIV represent 17-year cicadas; the remaining broods emerge in 13-year cycles.
If You Touch a Butterfly's Wings, Can It Still...
Many people believe that if you touch a butterfly's wings, it will no longer be able to fly, and will die. Is this true or not?
Cowgirl Ants and Aphid Cattle
Ants and aphids have a mutualistic relationship. Ants feed on the honeydew excreted by the aphids, and in exchange, they protect the aphids. Some ants take their jobs as aphid caretakers pretty seriously.
What Happens During the 4 Stages of a...
Butterflies and moths, all members of the order Lepidoptera, undergo complete metamorphosis with four stages - egg, larve, pupa, and adult. In each of these four life cycle stages, the insect looks and behaves quite differently from the others.
Will the 17-Year Cicadas Damage My Trees?
Periodical cicadas, sometimes called 17-year locusts, emerge from the ground by the thousands every 13 or 17 years. The cicada nymphs cover trees, shrubs, and other plants, and then molt into adulthood. Adult males congregate in loud choruses, and fly together in search of females. Homeowners may be concerned about damage to their landscapes or gardens.
10 Fascinating Facts About Termites
Termites live in social colonies and are important decomposers and soil builders. How much do you know about termites? Learn more with these 10 cool facts about termites.
12 Things You Can Do to Help Native Bees
Whether we know it or not, we've declared war on our native bees. Habitat destruction, overdevelopment, and shrinking plant diversity all impact native bee populations. Here are 12 things you can do to help native bees thrive.
Exploding Honey Bees (Sexual Suicide)
Honey bee mating involves one of the most dramatic examples of sexual suicide in the insect world.
How to Sample Your Yard for Chiggers
This quick and easy sampling method will help you determine if you have chiggers in your yard. Chiggers are parasites that feed on human tissues. Their bites cause extremely itchy skin reactions.
Flea Beetles
Flea beetles are tiny pests that take tiny bites, but collectively they can do some damage to garden plants. Page 9.
Butterfly or Moth?
Butterfly or moth? Learn the 6 physical or behavioral traits that will help you tell the difference between butterflies and moths.
Why Do Box Elder Bugs Invade My House Each Fall?
Box elder bugs are seldom noticed during the summer, but when cooler temperatures start to take hold, they aggregate for warmth. These red and black bugs often make their way indoors, where they can become a nuisance in the home.
Grasshopper or Cricket?
Grasshoppers, crickets, locusts, and katydids all belong to the same order - Orthoptera. Within this group, the grasshoppers and locusts are separated from the crickets and katydids by certain characteristics. These are the major differences between the two suborders of Orthoptera.
Cucumber Beetles
Two kinds of cucumber beetles are poised to eat your seedlings. Worse yet, they transmit bacterial wilt. Page 6.
Ladybugs - Family Coccinellidae
Ladybugs, or ladybirds, are neither bugs nor birds - they're beetles. Gardeners love them because they're predators of aphids and other plant pests.
What Do Dragonflies Eat?
Learn what adult dragonflies and dragonfly nymphs eat, and how they catch their prey. Their flying maneuvers are truly impressive.
What Makes an Insect an Insect?
The most basic definition of an insect is an organism with three pairs of legs and three body regions – head, thorax, and abdomen. Entomologists, scientists who study insects, might also add that insects have a pair of antennae and external mouthparts. As you learn more about insects, you will find there are some exceptions to these rules.
Asparagus Beetles
Both the common and spotted asparagus beetles feed on asparagus plants, though the common variety does more damage. Page 11.
Do Insects Sleep?
It's hard to tell if insects sleep the way we do. They don't have eyelids, for one thing, so you'll never see a bug close its eyes for a quick nap. So what's the answer - do insects sleep?
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a...
A tarantula can make a great pet, but it's not the pet for everyone. Please don't make an impulsive tarantula purchase at a pet store unless you understand your responsibilities as a tarantula owner. A tarantula is an animal, not a toy. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you get a pet tarantula.
10 Simple Questions to Help You Identify Any...
Have an unknown insect that you want to identify? Use these questions to collect information about your specimen, before you try to use a key or field guide.
What Do Killer Bees Look Like?
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Should I Purchase Ladybugs to Release in My...
Organic gardening catalogs sell ladybugs that you can release in your garden to control aphids and other pests. Do ladybug releases work, and how do you release them?
Habits and Traits of Carpenter Ants
Carpenter ants recycle our forests by excavating nests in dead or decaying trees. Occasionally, they establish colonies within the structural lumber of people's homes, and then they become pests.
Do Grits Kill Fire Ants?
This home remedy for killing fire ants gets passed around the internet quite a lot. However, does it actually work?
Characteristics of Spiders
Most people can recognize a spider, but do you know what characteristics make a spider a spider? Learn more about their habitats, families, and more.
How to Rid Your Home of Stink Bugs
Got stink bugs? Brown marmorated stink bugs from Asia were accidentally introduced in North America. These exotic, invasive insects can be a real problem for homeowners, as the stink bugs like to spend the winter in people's homes. Learn how to get rid of stink bugs.
Tomato and Tobacco Hornworms
A late instar tomato hornworm can chew a good-sized tomato plant to the ground overnight. Page 12.
Squash Bug
Squash bugs suck sap from squash, pumpkins, melons, and other cucurbits in the home garden. Page 8.
Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots?
Why does the ladybug have spots, and what do they tell us? Learn more about spots and coloration and why they might be necessary to the ladybug's survival.
How Dragonflies Mate
Have you ever seen two dragonflies entangled together, each one seeming to grab the other's tail? Find out just what was going on between those dragonflies.
European Corn Borer
Though named for its impact on corn, the European corn borer will feed on a huge variety of crops, and has a particular preference for peppers. Page 10.
How to Identify Fire Ants
Wondering if you've got a fire ant problem? Learn how to identify fire ants before you reach for a pesticide unnecessarily.
10 Native Bees Every Gardener Should Know
Though honeybees get all the credit, native pollen bees do the bulk of the pollination chores in many gardens, parks, and forests. Here are 10 native pollen bees every gardener should know.
Squash Vine Borer
Squash vine borers can wipe out the entire year's harvest of squash, pumpkins, or zucchini. Page 7.
Insect Larval Forms
If you need to identify an insect larva, you will first need to recognize its larval form. There are 5 types of insect larvae, differentiated by body form.
Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck in Their Webs?
Many spiders build webs to ensnare prey, and then sit and wait for a hapless insect to fly into the sticky silk trap. Why doesn't the spider get stuck?
What Are Sawflies?
If you've seen a sawfly, you might not know it. Adult sawflies look like flies, but aren't. Immature sawflies resemble caterpillars, but aren't. So what are sawflies?
Eastern Tent Caterpillar (Malacosoma americanum)
Eastern tent caterpillars are best recognized by their characteristic silken tents in the crotches of cherry and apple trees. These moth larvae may be confused with another spring caterpillar, the gypsy moth, or by another tent builder, the fall webworm. Get to know the eastern tent caterpillars characteristics and habits.
Brown Recluse Spider, Loxosceles reclusa
The brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, has a bad and largely undeserved reputation. Across the U.S., people fear the bite of this spider. In truth, the brown recluse is just that - a recluse. It's range is limited to one section of the country, and its bite is rarely life threatening.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Insect...
Insect poop, or frass, is pretty important stuff. It keeps ecosystems in balance, feeds insect young - even helps some bugs defend themselves.
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
The Painted Lady inhabits backyards and meadows throughout most of the world, and is the most widespread butterfly species.
Would Cockroaches Survive a Nuclear Bomb?
Can cockroaches really survive a nuclear blast? You might be surprised.
6 Ways to Make Your Yard Firefly-Friendly
Firefly populations are in decline, mainly due to human impacts. Here are 6 ways you can help fireflies.

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