Where do spiders come from? A tiny, prehistoric ‘almost spider’ offers clues.

Using X-ray computed tomography scans, scientists have produced a 3D model of a spiderlike arachnid that lived some 305 million years ago. But it is missing one crucial feature shared by all modern-day spiders. By Story Hinckley, Staff March 30, 2016 Scientists have described a 305-million-year-old fossilized creature that looks exactly like a modern-day spider. But it is not… Continue reading Where do spiders come from? A tiny, prehistoric ‘almost spider’ offers clues.

Common Kitchen Pests

Room by Room sponsored by Zoecon Here’s a quick rundown of the types of pests you’re likely to see in kitchen settings: Cockroaches Types: German (by far the most prevalent), American, Oriental What attracts them: Food debris, grease, moisture, clutter (especially cardboard), heat How they access the kitchen: Hitchhiking on deliveries or crawling through cracks,… Continue reading Common Kitchen Pests

Bed Bug Detection Dogs

CRUISER made four house calls on a recent rain-soaked Tuesday. There were two happy endings and two unhappy ones, a fairly typical outcome for a typical day in the life of a bedbug-sniffing puggle. “Except that there’s nothing typical about this business,” said his handler, Jeremy Ecker, 35, whose six-month-old company, the Bed Bug Inspectors,… Continue reading Bed Bug Detection Dogs

Look Out: Cicadas to Swarm Southeast in Spring 2017

Residents of the Southeast, get ready! Brood IV of the 17-Year cicadas is expected to emerge this spring for the first time since 2000. The largest numbers are anticipated in portions of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia (with the potential for a smaller group to emerge in Wisconsin and Ohio). Periodical cicadas emerge from… Continue reading Look Out: Cicadas to Swarm Southeast in Spring 2017

Spring Pest Control Tips

Spring is on our doorstep, and temperatures are warming in much of the country. For homeowners (and soon-to-be homeowners), this means spring cleaning! While there are many good articles offering spring cleaning tips, another task goes with spring cleaning and is often overlooked: spring pest control. Spring pest control begins inside your home Warm spring… Continue reading Spring Pest Control Tips

How to Get Rid of Spiders from Your Home Safely and Permanently

Spiders can be a nuisance in and around your home.  While spiders may not do as much damage to your property as some pests do, they can certainly be annoying and even dangerous.  Certain spiders are venomous, and their bites can cause severe reactions.  These reactions are usually most severe in children or the elderly,… Continue reading How to Get Rid of Spiders from Your Home Safely and Permanently