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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

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 world, …

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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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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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