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Pests are never a welcome sight, but that statement holds particularly true when it comes to areas of the facility where food is served. There are three common pests that often make their way into food service areas. And it is important for custodial...

All termites are social insects and raise their young as a group.

The total weight of all of the termites in the world is more than the weight of all the humans in the world.

Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a...

The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), also colloquially known as the waterbug, but not a true waterbug since it is not aquatic, or misidentified as the palmetto bug (see Florida woods cockroach for the differences), is the largest species of...

House mice are said to be the most common mammal in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that many homeowners report dealing with infestations at one time or another. Because mice are so common, you may think you already know all there is to know about this...

Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified...

How do I get rid of fleas?

Use carpet spray - Spray carpets and upholstery in the home. Fleas love dark places, so spray under furniture and in crevices. Fog your house - Some foggers are effective up to 7 months, long enough to kill all the...

Eyes

This jumping spider's main ocelli (center pair) are very acute. The outer pair are "secondary eyes" and there are other pairs of secondary eyes on the sides and top of its head.

Most spiders have four pairs of eyes on the top-front...

Most people associate cockroaches with filth and unsanitary conditions. However, cockroaches also can invade well-kept homes. Cockroaches haven't been associated with any major disease outbreaks in the United States. But they can cause allergic...

A variety of different insects attack cereals, flour, herbs, spices, chocolate, dried fruits and similar items in our homes. A few of these insects may be present but go unnoticed. The pests are usually not noticed in the home until they become...

Distribution and habitat

Cockroaches are abundant throughout the world and live in a wide range of environments, especially in the tropics and subtropics. Cockroaches can withstand extremely cold temperatures, allowing them to live in the...

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