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Earwigs hide during the day and feed on leaves, flowers, fruits, mold, and insects at night. These insects live together outdoors in large numbers, and can be found in piles of lawn debris, mulch, and tree holes. They gain entry to a structure through exterior cracks. Earwigs do not spread diseases, but their menacing appearance can be alarming to a homeowner. A few measures to prevent them are to remove harborage sights such as leaf piles, mulch piles and other vegetation. Sealed cracks and crevices will help prevent these unwanted guests and others.
Most any type of ant on a property is a nuisance, especially if it the ant is known to swarm in masses and sting anyone unfortunate enough to stumble into its hive or foraging paths. The fire ant has a well-earned reputation as a dangerous and invasive species of pests. In addition to its painful bite, it has and continues to display many native species of insects and the animals that feed upon them. Fire ants range in sizes from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch and are a deep red with a darker abdomen. Once one of them has been provoked, it releases a pheromone that signals the rest of the ants to reportedly attack the next moving thing. They will eat almost any organic matter from leaves to meat and can nest in almost any landscaping. There is no benefit from this insect to people or the environment. Because fire ants nest deep in the soil, it can be difficult to control them. Using the correct insecticide and bait are crucial.
House crickets are constant source of annoyance for just about every homeowner in this part of the U.S. The house cricket is a prolific and companion. It prefers temperatures between 80 and 95 degree and can go from egg to adult in a little over two months. Because they feed on almost any type of organic matter, crickets will find food within the cleanest of homes. Everything from sawdust to trash to paper is fair game when it comes to crickets, and every homeowner obliges. Because of this, management of this pest can be difficult an ongoing. Even if they are eliminated completely from the home, chances are they will come from neighboring fields and properties within a matter of months and begin breeding again. Ongoing pest control is an effective tool when it comes to dealing with crickets.