Bugs In My Firewood?

Seriously, bugs in firewood? “How can their be bugs in my firewood?” you ask. It can be a huge problem that even local park authorities are reaching out to alert everyone to the potential damage that can be done by moving invasive species of bugs into new habitats through ordinary firewood. Non-native, tree-killing insects and…

Pantry Bugs to Watch This Thanksgiving

As the holiday season ramps up, families will soon be spending more time in the kitchen, cooking turkey dinners and baking pumpkin pies. However, we want to remind everyone to check their cabinets and seldom-used ingredients for pantry bugs that can become a hassle during this joyous time of year. (You might want to check expiration dates…

Can Bed Bugs Transmit Diseases?

Up until this point we’ve been under the assumption that bed bugs, though gross and psychologically freaky, do not pose a danger to humans by transmitting any diseases (unlike mosquitoes or ticks). With a new research release, through the University of Pennsylvania, it seems that bed bugs can transmit parasites that cause Chagas disease.  The…

Mice Rats and Rodents Oh My!

It is definitely getting cold around the mountains here in Sevierville and Knoxville areas. With the cold air comes all the rodents. Mice, rats, and other rodents will be looking for warmer places to call home than their current outside housing. Be on the lookout for evidence of mice, rats, or other rodents and take…

West Nile Virus Facts

**Article originally published at CNN.com West Nile virus is an illness spread by infected mosquitoes. More than 1,700 people have died of West Nile virus in the United States since it was first detected in New York City in 1999. West Nile Virus Facts: Symptoms of West Nile infection include: fatigue, fever, headache, body aches,…