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Pest Profile: Praying Mantis

The praying mantis (or mantid) is not one of those insects that we commonly see, but when we do, it is quite the sight. This insect gets its common name for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggest a position of prayer. It is a beautiful insect… Read more »

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Pest Profile: House Centipede

Have you ever come across a creepy crawler with lots of legs that resembles a wild-looking alien? That very well could be a house centipede. These critters sometimes find their way indoors. They are what we refer to as “occasional invaders.” This means that they accidentally come indoors, but they will more than likely not… Read more »

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Centipedes: Friend or Foe?

When I see a centipede, the first thing that I think of is how it looks rather creepy, almost alien-like. Finding these long, many-legged, creepy crawlers in your house may come as a frightening experience for some. As an entomologist, I cannot say that I panic when I find one in my house (nor any… Read more »

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Pest Profile: Fungus Gnats

As colder weather approaches, some outdoor plants are now getting chilly and need to be brought inside. Although moving plants indoors is great for keeping them alive, this can bring in some unwanted house guests, specifically fungus gnats. The fungus gnat is a small fly that enjoys eating fungus and decaying organic matter that often… Read more »

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Pest Profile: Silverfish

Silverfish are in the order Zygentoma. This soft-bodied insect is a voracious feeder on items high in starch, glue, and cellulose. For example, they are common in libraries and museums where paper books and labels are abundant. However, they can also be found outdoors in cool shaded places, such as under leaf litter, under rocks,… Read more »

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