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13 Different Types of Ants that Commonly Invade Homes

Quicklist: Types of Ants Acrobat Argentine Carpenter Fire Black Garden Odorous Red Wood Yellow Meadow Asian Needle Wood Dark Rover Scout Ghost   Life Cycle of an Ant homestratosphere.com   We’ve had a few nasty ant outbreaks in our house. We have these French doors from the family room to the patio where the rubber …

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8 Different Types of Bugs that Look Like Earwigs

Earwigs are beneficial insects despite their scary look. According to colonialpest.com, earwigs help to clean up the environment by feeding on dead decaying organic matter. They also feed on live and dead insects, controlling the number of bugs in your garden/yard. Over and above that, they are harmless to people, pets, and even crops. However, there …

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5 Bugs You Want to See on Your Strawberry Plants

Fruiting plants in the garden like strawberries will naturally attract pests. Some pests want to get to your strawberries before you do, and they could wreak havoc if not controlled. However, completely wiping out any and all bugs from your strawberries plants can be equally detrimental. There are a number of bugs that will not …

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7 Different Types of Bugs that Look Like Leaves

Mimicry, that is, looking like something other than what you are, is one of nature’s most wonderful defense strategies.  If you, an insect, look like a leaf, then predators that eat insects, but not leaves, are far less likely to eat you – if they can even see you. Leaf mimicry is an exceptionally clever form …

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Can Mice Chew Through Drywall? How to Prevent It?

Mice chew through drywall, insulation, wood, and other building materials. This creates an entry point for other mice to visit and leave behind their droppings. Mice are drawn to home for three reasons: houses are safe, warm, and stocked with food. When mice infest your home, they generally hide in the darkest passages like crawl …

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What Do Carpenter Ants Look Like? Pictures of Carpenter Ants, Larvae, House Damage and More

Here are close-up photographs showing what a carpenter ant looks like: As you can see, a carpenter ant is comprised of three body parts, six legs and large mandibles.  Up close, it’s a fierce-looking insect.  Imagine standing directly in front of one that’s 20 feet tall. Related: How to Get Ants Out of Carpet | How …

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12 Different Types of Spiders From Around The World

Different Types of Spiders Overview Brown Recluse American House Spiders Tarantula Goliath (biggest in the world) Camel Wolf Spiders Black Widow Hobo Spiders Golden Silk Jumping Redback Spiders Brazilian Wandering Spiders Continue below to learn more about each spider and for photos of each spider type. There are many different types of spiders around the …

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Why Ladybugs are Good for Your Garden? How to Attract Them

A friend once told me that my spirit animal was a ladybug, and I am confident in the fact that I have never and will never be so flattered for all my days. Ladybugs are nothing but a good omen. People say that if ladybugs are following you around, it’s because things are about to …

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How to Keep Spiders Out of Closets?

It’s probably everyone’s nightmare to be combing through your closet, looking for a shirt or pair of pants to wear, only to be met with the terrifying sight of a spider scurrying across the floor or (worse) planted on your favorite piece of clothing! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had spiders in …

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How To Get Rid of Moths in Closets

Moths can be mildly irritating in the summer when they swarm around your porch light. They become more than a mild irritation when you switch your closet for the season and find that moths have gotten into your sweaters. While moths aren’t particularly dangerous and are even kind of cute, the last thing you want …

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What Do I Do if My Yard Gets Overrun with Cane Toads?

Welp, the world seems to be getting all of these things in Biblical proportions lately: a massive plague, giant hornets, locusts, and now CANE TOADS! As Home Stratosphere’s resident crazy toad lady, that last one is the kind of thing that would make me jump for joy. We’ve been through so much, that a rain …

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How to Get Rid of Earwigs from Your Home

Among those insects commonly encountered in North American gardens and homes, not many are quite so fearsome-looking (or off-puttingly named) as the earwig. These guys pose no bodily threat to people despite the impressiveness of their rear-end “pincers,” more technically called cerci (and source of the common nickname “pincher bug”). And in fact, earwigs can …

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How to Get Rid of Spiders from Your Home

Spiders will undoubtedly take over your indoor or outdoor living spaces, turning your house into a cobwebby maze full of eight-legged freaks. Arachnophobia aside, some species of dark corner loving spiders such as the brown recluse or the black widow spider are poisonous and therefore, must be eliminated using the most effective methods available. Instead …

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How to Get Rid of Crickets from Your Yard and Home

Crickets can be charming in literature. Think of Walt Disney’s Jiminy Cricket or Charles Dickens’ “Cricket on the Hearth”. Some cultures, such as many Native American tribes, even consider crickets to be good luck. However, today’s reality is that crickets can be a nuisance. Not only is their constant chirping noisy, but they can bring diseases and …

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How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs In and Around Your Home

When it comes to home pests, most people are wary of the usual suspects. Rats, cockroaches, and ants are all par for the course. However, one of the worst pests to have inside is the aptly named stink bug. Unlike other critters, these insects are hard to remove the old fashioned way, assuming that you …

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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies (7 Different Methods)

Fruit flies can be a terrible nuisance around the home. They are drawn to fruit that is just becoming fully ripe and luscious. They swarm around drains and garbage cans. They land on cleaning rags and mops. They are unwelcome guests on salads and fruit cups and even soft drinks and iced tea. Fruit flies …

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How to Get Rid of Fleas from Your Home (and How to Prevent Them)

Fleas are an intrusive and unwelcome houseguest for any homeowner. More than becoming a disgusting nuisance, however, they can damage the health and wellbeing of your beloved pets and take months to eradicate completely. Fleas consume blood from their host, and they like to be near their food source. When you’re talking about a flea …

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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches from Your Home

Cockroaches are at the top of the list of “pests you don’t want”. They invade your home, are very good at hiding, reproducing and surviving most attempts to eliminate them. The most common roach, the German cockroach, carries bacteria that can make household members sick, create a foul odor when their population is large enough, and cause …

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How to Get Rid of Mice in Your House (DIY, Traps, Eco-Friendly and Hiring Professionals)

Ah, the humble mouse is an interesting creature. I find it so interesting that such a small creature can insight such a variety of reactions from any human it encounters. Reactions vary from jumping on the closest chair screaming to the adoption of a new pet ideology. Personally, I had not had much to do with mice, …

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Nature’s Insecticide: How to Attract Toads to Your Home and Garden!

Toads aren’t just really cute amphibians: they’re a gardener’s best friend! You’ve bought your dream home and are ecstatic that it comes with a yard with enough space for a garden. Maybe your new yard already came with a premade garden allotment, or if you’ve been in the same home for a while but have …

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10 Different Types of Grasshoppers

Quicklist: Types of Grasshoppers Katydid Meadow Grasshopper Cone-Headed Grasshopper Shield-Back Katydid Spur-Throated Grasshopper Eastern Lubber Grasshopper Locust Slant-Faced Grasshopper Band-Winged Grasshopper Pygmy Grasshopper What is a Grasshopper? Is a Grasshopper an Insect? When we think of grasshoppers, nostalgic childhood memories usually kick in: searching for the source of chirping sounds on a warm summer day, …

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6 Different Types of Lice (Plus Tips to Avoid Them)

The louse is the singular form of lice and has over 5000 species of wingless insects. They are completely parasitic which means that they live as external agents on warm-blooded hosts. These hosts can include almost every single species of mammals and birds. The most common habitats for lice include feathers and hair of the …

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6 Different Types of Silverfish

You might have come across this insect at least a handful times in the course of your life. These insects found scurrying about old books are commonly known as silverfish while their scientific name is Lepisma saccharina. Silverfish have evolved greatly over the passage of time, adapting well to the changes throughout the millennia that …

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14 Different Types of Dragonflies

Insects rarely ever make in their place in anyone’s list of “favorite creatures.” The animosity towards these creepy-crawlies doubles when it comes to flying insects. Why is that so? That’s because flying insects are down-right annoying, and they can buzz and bite at any given time of the day. But that’s not all. Some of …

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7 Different Types of Crickets

Quicklist: Different Types of Crickets Camel Cricket The Mormon Cricket Jerusalem Cricket House Cricket Parktown Prawn or the King Cricket Roesel’s Bush Cricket Australian Field Cricket What is a Cricket? Is a Cricket an Insect? Crickets are fairly common insects that you may have encountered many times in your home or backyard. Most memories of …

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6 Most Common Types of House Flies (Plus Vital Facts)

Each one of us is familiar with house flies. How can one possibly not know what a housefly is? These are the flying, buzzing, and a disgusting nuisance at our homes that sit on our bodies, foods, and wherever they feel like. They keep coming back no matter how many times you hush them away. …

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13 Most Common Types of Moths (that can be a pest)

The word “moth” is likely to draw a very hideous image in your mind and you probably might end up picturing drab brown, terrifying insects. However, what you don’t know is that these flying insects have a lot more to them than what normally meets the eye. There is a great number of moth species …

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2 Types of Bed Bugs Plus Everything You Need to Know About These Disturbing Pests

When the very comfort of your safe, warm bed is violated, you are bound to feel upset. Yet, your frustration with bed bugs will do nothing to deal with the problem. They have been around as pests for over 3,500 years and we still have not been able to get rid of them for good. …

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9 Different Types of Wasps (plus how they’re different than bees)

Neither ant nor bee, the interesting insects that we call wasps appear to be a combination of both. Although their slender, segmented bodies, their stings, and living habitats are similar to those of bees, their pointed lower abdomen, slender waists, and legs with fewer hairs set them apart. One more important difference we must understand …

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4 Main Types of Cockroaches that Make You Grateful Pest Control Companies Exist

Cockroaches are unwelcomed pests that are nothing but a nuisance to people. They are extremely creepy and resilient insects that can survive in freezing temperatures and can live for a week without their head! It’s hard to believe, we know! Related: Types of Termites | How to Get Rid of Cockroaches | Types of Spiders …

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13 Different Types of Termites Eating Houses All Over the World

By looking at a single termite, one wouldn’t expect it to be even remotely close to being dangerous or menacing; however, massive colonies of termites have been found to inflict serious structural damage in a lot of people’s homes. They have also been given the title of “silent destroyers” due to their unbelievable ability to …

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28 Common Types of Rodents In and Around Your Home

Rodents are mammals that are characterized by a single pair of front teeth that keep growing throughout their lifetime. They make up 40% of all mammal species. They can be found in large numbers in six continents excluding Antarctica. Due to their survival instincts that allow them to survive in the wild and in human-made …

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24 Types of Insects Commonly Found In and Around the Home

Do you want to know all about the kind of insects that might be crawling around in your home? Are you curious about the different types of insects you see wandering around in your garden? Are you worried about the pests that may damage your property? We have just the guide for you so that …

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32 Plants & Flowers that Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Watching butterflies as they flutter their little wings around your garden, flying from one plant to another, can be an effective way to just relax and de-stress. But first, you need to make your garden more attractive to these colorful winged creatures. You can fill your garden with specific garden plants that can entice butterflies …

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