Does a male mosquito bite you? Nope. The female mosquito of the species is the one that bites (males feed on flower nectar), because she requires blood to produce eggs. Her mouthparts are constructed so that they pierce the skin so she can suck the blood out. Her saliva lubricates the opening. It’s her saliva plus the injury to the skin that creates the stinging and irritation we associate with mosquito bites.
Are cicadas coming to Ohio in 2021? Yes, they are, and not just in Ohio! One of the largest broods of periodical cicadas in the nation, Brood X will emerge this spring in 15 states: Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C.
Will cockroaches go away in the winter in Charlotte NC? Nope, sorry. Cockroaches love warm, moist areas, so winter is an ideal time for homeowners to take the time to cockroach-proof their homes and, in turn, help reduce illness and potential household allergy triggers for themselves and their families.
Are there black widows in Durham NC? Sorry. Yes there are. THE BLACK WIDOW SPIDER is active when the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, but can survive lower temperatures with the right conditions. The black widow spider spins irregular webs, which is built at night near ground level. Once complete, these spiders hang upside-down in their webs. Read More
Are kissing bugs in NC? Yes, sadly, they are. Kissing bugs are found in North Carolina and other southern states of the U.S. The raunchy little critters are also known as assassin or cone-nosed bugs. Like mosquitoes, kissing bugs feed on blood from animals or people. The bugs get their name because they crawl around your face while you sleep and bite around your eyes and lips.
Are fleas a serious problem in Nashville? They can be! Fleas are small, wingless insects that feed on the blood of animals and people. Fleas do not normally live on humans, rather on cats, dogs and wildlife. They do however bite people who handle infested animals. Fleabites cause small, red, itchy bumps, and are most often found on the ankles and lower legs of humans. For relief from itching wash with soap and water, then apply ice.
What stinging insects are in Chattanooga? They may not have been invited, but stinging insects are inevitable guests to most outdoor gatherings. These fun-stealers send more than 500,000 people to emergency rooms each year and are especially active during the second half of summer and early Fall when the colonies forage for food that will sustain their queens during the winter. It is during this time that most people fall victim to the physical and financial sting that these nasty critters pose. Read More
Why are stink bugs so bad in Knoxville? Fall is just around the corner and the shorter days and falling temperatures motivate stink bugs to run for cover. If they sheltered beneath tree bark or mulch, that would be one thing, but they prefer moving into your home over winter, piling into cracks and crevices by the thousands. Yuck.
Mosquitoes thrive in moist, humid environments and the warm, temperate environment in North Carolina is a perfect place for these dangerous biting pests.
Can camel crickets hurt you? This group of crickets is classified as an occasional invader and a nuisance pest. They don’t pose any health threats to people. Camel crickets can overwinter in homes, normally as nymphs or young adults. Females lay their eggs in early spring and they hatch during April.