Mosquitoes Chikungunya Disease

With spring weather comes the fun of mosquito season. For years we have been hearing and watching out for West Nile Virus. In addition to West Nile virus, a new disease carried by mosquitoes that local authorities are warning about is Chikungunya disease. For mosquitoes chikungunya disease has its origins in the Caribbean. Since last…

Are You Prepared For Spring Bugs?

This April we are proud to celebrate National Pest Management Month, a public observance formally recognized each year by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to acknowledge the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health and property from household pest threats. Additionally, as spring is an especially busy time for pest-related activity,…

How to Get Rid of Fleas

I just noticed the other day that my dogs have started scratching. They are doing that scratching that can only mean one thing, fleas. So how to get rid of fleas so they stay gone? Generally it is not that difficult. Unfortunately fleas can be a tough battle for many of us in East Tennessee. When…

What Are Carpenter Ants?

Carpenter ants are one of those bugs that can be mixed up when trying to identify them. Many times people will confuse a carpenter ant with a termite, especially when they are swarming. So What Are Carpenter Ants and What Should We Know About Them? First and foremost, carpenter ants are,.. well, ants. The carpenter…

Do You Wanna Eat Some Termites?..

So if you are planning some travel in the coming weeks, or maybe in the summer. You might want to prep yourself for some really unique foods that you could experience in your travels. But, hopefully you wouldn’t get so unique that you’d need to figure out how to cook termites. Though, apparently they are…

Why Termite Awareness Week?

This week is Termite Awareness week. There seems to be a day and week of awareness for just about everything, so why not termites. Entomology today has a really great interview with our friends at National Pest Management Association about the why of Termite Awareness Week and what you expect with termites. Termites Awareness Week…

Termite Identification

Do you need help with termite identification? Here are some handy pictures and graphics to help accurately identify termites. Subterranean Termites Subterranean termites are the most commonly encountered termite in Tennessee. Subterranean termites create their colonies in the ground and move around trying find food sources for the colony. If a colony gets close to…