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tiny black bugs

Tiny Black Bugs at Home? 9 Biting Types (How to Get Rid of Them)

No one likes tiny black bugs in their home, but before you grab a broom or a bottle of bug spray, it pays to know what you're fighting. Different species have different eradication methods. Let's talk about small, black pests ...
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sugar ants

Sugar Ants Guide (4 Types) How to Get Rid of Sugar Ants

Ants can be a real headache for homeowners, especially when they're sugar ants. To get rid of sugar ants, you'll need to know what they are, how they scavenge, and which extermination methods are most effective against their species. Here's ...
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banana spider

Banana Spider Guide: 5 Types, Bite, Size, Venomous

Banana Spider Guide Known for their striking yellow color, banana spiders are found throughout the jungles of Central and South America as well as some regions of Asia, Australia, and the US. While most of them are harmless, there are ...
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insect predators

12 Insect Predators: Beneficial Insects, Spiders, Other Arthropods

You may be surprised to learn that most bugs and other arthropods living in your yard do not feed on nor harm plants. Most insects pass by on a pilgrimage or simply have innocuous behaviors. Other insects will even eat ...
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hover flies

Guide to Hover Flies: Syrphid Flies (Pollinator & Predator)

Syrphid flies are beneficial garden insects. Their larvae eat both insects and fungi, depending on the species. And adult hover flies are proficient pollinators around the earth. You will commonly see this tiny fly collecting nectar on flowers in your ...
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tachinid fly

Tachinid Fly vs Monarch: 9 Things to Know (Eggs, Larvae)

The tachinid fly is one of many beneficial insect predators in your garden. But they are also harmful to monarchs. But if you are raising monarch caterpillars, the tachinid fly is an enemy. Tachinid flies lay their eggs on monarch ...
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Asian Lady Beetle vs ladybug

Ladybug vs Asian Lady Beetle vs Japanese Beetle: 4 Differences

Ladybugs are beetle members of the Coccinellidae family. There are thousands of species, and it's easy to confuse the native ladybug with other beetle species. Like the Asian lady beetles and the Japanese beetle. Here's how to tell them apart: ...
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milkweed bugs

Guide to Milkweed Bugs (2 Types) Good/Bad? Facts & Photos

What are those bugs in your milkweed garden? Are milkweed bugs 'good' or 'bad' bugs? Why are they only on milkweed? If you found long red and black bugs, then you probably found one of two types of milkweed bugs ...
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monarch caterpillar instars

Monarch Life Cycle: 4 Stages / 5 Instars (Photos + Video)

How long does the metamorphosis from monarch egg to adult butterfly take? In this guide, you'll learn about the four stages and the five instars of the monarch life cycle. The images and descriptions will help determining the instar of ...
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monarch eggs vs ladybug eggs

Monarch Eggs vs Ladybug Eggs: Photos (Larva, Risks, Milkweed)

Ladybug larva has often been confused as a harmful pest, especially when spotted on a milkweed plant. Sometimes the furry ladybug caterpillar gets squished, thinking that it is dangerous to garden plants. Monarch eggs are distinctive from ladybug eggs. Monarch ...
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types of wasp nests

6 Types of Wasp Nests: Identification, Photos, 6 Things to Know

Wasps are incredible architects that rid our yard of harmful pests and help pollinate our plants. But it is concerning to find a wasp nest. Here are 6 types of wasp nests and which species make them. Photos to help ...
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Bee vs Wasp vs Hornet

Bee vs Wasp vs Hornet: 15 Ways to Identify (Differences Compared)

When you see a bug flying around near you, you might worry about it stinging you. Wasps, bees, and hornets are similar, it's often hard to figure out which ones are around your home. An easy way to tell the ...
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ground hornets

Ground Hornets (Cicada Killer Wasps): 15 Things to Know + Get Rid of Them

Cicada killers or ground hornets are wasps that make their homes in the ground. These wasps have the scientific name Sphecius speciosus. Their primary benefit is that they maintain control over the cicada population. Because of this, they live near ...
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common house spiders

9 Common House Spiders in the United States (Photos, Differences)

When you see a spider nest around your home, you might freak out and start looking for exterminators. Most of these spiders are not dangerous and have some benefits. When you know what type of spiders you have on your ...
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sand flea types

What are Sand Fleas? 3 Common Kinds (14 Things to Know)

You're on the beach. It's a beautiful day. Suddenly, you realize that you've been scratching your ankles a lot, and you look down to see some tiny black dots on your skin. Are they sand fleas? What are sand fleas? ...
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How to Get Rid of Palmetto Bugs

How to Get Rid of Palmetto Bugs (3 Types) 8 Ways to Kill Large Roaches

Your home is your castle, your domain--the place where you can keep everything just as you want it. That’s precisely why it’s so frustrating to get any pest--especially when they’re the little monsters known as palmetto bugs. All three types ...
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cockroach eggs

Cockroach Eggs: Homeowner Guide (16 Things: Size, Appearance, Hatch)

So you found what looks like cockroach eggs? In this post, you'll learn what roach eggs look like, including size, color, location, and volume. And how to get rid of them. Everything homeowners need to remain roach free. Cockroach eggs ...
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baby roach

Baby Roach Guide: 6 Cockroach Nymph Features, Comparison Photos

Did you just see a baby roach? They have a distinct appearance to mature cockroaches. In this post, you'll learn the six key features of baby cockroaches. These include lack of wings, beetle-like appearance, small cerci, different coloring, and smaller ...
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roach poop

Roach Poop Guide: Pictures, Identify, Compared, 6 Things to Know

Cockroaches are almost universally despised, and poop is one of the grossest substances you can discover in your house. If you found something that looks like roach poop, this guide will help. I'll guide you through everything you need to ...
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bugs that look like cockroaches

9 Bugs That Look Like Cockroaches: Beetles, Water Bugs, Termites Compared

The last thing you want to see when your turn on a light is scurrying bugs. Was that a cockroach or some other bug that isn't invasive? Or maybe another pest that you need to get rid of right away? ...
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types of cockroaches

4,600 Types of Cockroaches: Guide to Different Roach Compared

Learn about all the types of cockroaches. This complete guide covers every order and family of this very large group of cockroaches, which also includes termites and mantids. Full list by order and family. Plus list of the most common ...
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6 legged insects

6 Legged Insects (ID Guide) 12 Examples, Photos

How many legs do insects have? Do all insects have 6 legs? Knowing how many legs is an important step to identifying the animal you've discovered. In this post, you'll learn about 6 legged insects, with examples and photos. Insects ...
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are bugs and insects the same

Are Bugs and Insects the Same? 3 Key Differences

If you thought bugs and insects were the same things, you’re not alone. A lot of people use the two words interchangeably, but they don’t have the same meaning. You may even hear a scientist using the word bug as ...
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camel cricket

Camel Cricket Guide (23 Things to Know) Cave & Spider Crickets

Curious about camel crickets? These silent, harmless crickets are found around the world and in most moist habitats. They get their names from their appearance and traits: They have a camel-like hump (camel crickets) and spider-like legs (spider cricket) and ...
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do fleas have wings

Do Fleas Have Wings? How Fleas Get Around (+7 Bugs That Look Like Fleas)

Fleas are one of the worst pests for pet owners. Do fleas have wings? Let's see how these tiny parasites get around. Plus some flying bugs that look like fleas. Let's start with: Do fleas fly? Fleas do not have ...
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brown recluse spider

Brown Recluse Spider: 27 Things to Know (Size, Locations, Venom)

The brown recluse spider is commonly found in the southern United States. It goes by a few nicknames and has a bite that is potentially fatal to humans. Learn more about these spiders and their venom along with what happens ...
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spider beetle

17 Spider Beetle Facts (Is This a 6-Legged Spider?)

Is it a spider? Is it a beetle? This is the question posed by people who see the spider beetle creeping around their kitchen, and to be sure, it's a funny little critter. Let's talk about spider beetles and how ...
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brown recluse vs wolf spider

Brown Recluse vs Wolf Spider: 12 Key Differences Compared

Did you find a brown recluse or a wolf spider? While similar, they have key differences. This brown recluse vs wolf spider comparison is a good way to find out what you need to do next. We compare what you ...
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chiggers vs jiggers difference

Chiggers vs Jiggers: 9 Key Differences (Biting Fleas & Mites)

Despite the similarities of their names, chiggers and jiggers are very different. They don't even belong to the same class of animals in the animal kingdom! Before you get them confused, let's learn more about chiggers vs jiggers. One is ...
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spider legs how many

Do Only Spiders Have 8 Legs? 11 Types of 8-Legged Animals (Complete Guide)

Most people know that spiders have 8 legs. And if an animal has six legs, it's an insect, not an arachnid. But do other animals also have eight legs? Do all spiders have 8 legs? It is a myth that ...
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bugs that look like silverfish

9 Bugs That Look Like Silverfish: Identify These Home Invaders

Silverfish are pesky home invaders that have hairy legs and long bodies in soft silver color. Though you might find them living in different parts of your home. Before you look at how to get rid of these bugs, make ...
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