What is a Carpet Beetle?

Carpet beetles, which belong to the family of beetles known as dermestids, are bug you might find in warehouses, homes, museums, and other locations where suitable food exists. They like undisturbed places that they can find their food sources. Food comes in the way of dead animals or bugs. Or, as their common name indicates, they…

What Makes Black Widows Poisonous?

In our area we find two of the three venomous spiders in the United States, the brown recluse and the black widow. We talk often about the brown recluse, but what makes black widows poisonous? With recently released study results we have new insights into the chemical cocktail that the black widow uses to debilitate its prey.…

Bed Bug Pictures

Bed bugs are becoming an increasing problem in our area. With the travel industry here in the Smoky Mountains we have the potential for people to bring these “hitch hikers” into our area and hitch a ride to our home through varied means of contact. But what does a bed bug look like? And how…

Bed Bug Tips

We found these bed bug tips from Dr. Tedd Mitchell of Texas Tech University to be particular helpful for the winter months. Bed Bug Tips Check your bed frequently. Look for the small reddish-brown bugs with a flashlight at night. Newly hatched bugs are smaller than a stitch hole and may not be seen with…

Treating Houseplants for Bugs

The weather outside is frightful (well, some days it is) and your have some garden plants that you want to bring inside to keep growing strong. The big problem we find is with the bugs that come in with those outside plants, now houseplants. You can use various house pesticides to kill off bugs on the…

Winter Wildlife Prevention Tips

Although rodents are often considered the most common wintertime pest, nuisance wildlife like raccoons and squirrels can also frequently invade homes during the colder months. Wild animals are more apt to wander closer to human environments this time of year as they search for shelter from the winter elements. While they may seem cute and…