Where Do Insects Go in the Winter?

Insects have a variety of methods for surviving the coldness of winter. Migration is one strategy for escaping the killing temperatures. The Monarch Butterfly is the foremost example of this maneuver, but other insects migrate into northern areas from the southern states in the Spring. Crop pests are the most obvious of these migrants. Overwintering as… Continue reading Where Do Insects Go in the Winter?


By Rachel Murray When people think of rodents, mice are what usually comes to mind. However, more than 2,000 species of rodents exist. The easiest way to identify the types of rodents is by the suborders, such as Sciumorpha (squirrel-like), Myomorpha (rat-like), Hystricomorpha (porcupine-like) and Castorimorpha. These four types of rodents are classified according to… Continue reading LIST OF THE TYPES OF RODENTS

Rat Prevention Tips for the Home

This article primarily deals with my specialty, which is rats in buildings, and inside houses – in the attic, walls, crawlspace, etc. But I do address general outdoor rat prevention tips as well. I should warn you up front that it’s not a quick and easy task. There is no quick-n-easy rat repellent product or… Continue reading Rat Prevention Tips for the Home

Bugs: Five pests to watch for this winter in your home and yard

Five pests to watch this winter:  Termites Believing termites to be strictly hot-weather pests, many homeowners let their guards down during winter months. However, classes of termites are known to swarm during fall months and reproduce in homes until February. Subterranean termites are the most destructive and widespread termite in the United States.  They are… Continue reading Bugs: Five pests to watch for this winter in your home and yard

Bugs and the Real Christmas Tree

Purchasing a real Christmas tree may be a big decision for many people, but fears of introducing unwanted and potentially harmful pests into the home via the tree are unwarranted. Every Christmas tree can harbor insects, mites, or spiders. Some of these may remain on the tree into winter and could become active after being… Continue reading Bugs and the Real Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Pests and Weeds

Pine and fir trees, grown purposely for use as Christmas trees, are vulnerable to a wide variety of pests, weeds and diseases. Many of the conifer species cultivated face infestations and death from such pests as the balsam woolly adelgid and other adelgids. Aphids are another common insect pest. Christmas trees are also vulnerable to fungal pathogens and their resultant illnesses such as root rot, and, in the U.S. state of California, sudden oak death. Douglas-fir trees… Continue reading Christmas Tree Pests and Weeds