DATE POSTED: May 29, 2020
Despite their menacing appearance, spiders are one of the most beneficial types of pests to have in the world. However, some are quite venomous and thus dangerous if they bite you. Luckily for us in southern Maine, the two species of spiders in the United States that are dangerous to humans (black widows and brown recluses) are not native to the area. That means it is highly unlikely that you will…
DATE POSTED: May 27, 2020
Don’t look now, but these ants aren’t just marching two by two – they're arriving in the tens of thousands in your southern Maine backyard! Ants of all shapes and sizes will be waking out of hibernation this spring season, bringing a host of troubles for home and business owners. Here in the southern Maine area, there are at least seven different types of ants that will be…
DATE POSTED: May 25, 2020
The sight of a bee on your backyard flowers is a cherished sign of spring, but these bumbling creatures are much less welcome than their honey-making friends. Unlike beneficial honeybees, carpenter bees are physically destructive insects in the bee family. At a rounded 1 inch at full maturity, carpenter bees are identified by their fuzzy yellow thoraxes and shiny black abdomens.
DATE POSTED: May 21, 2020
When it comes to avoiding these nefarious backyard pests, you may try to run, but you certainly can’t hide. The tick problems here in Maine are increasing. With more and more species spreading into the northern states each year, the threats related to bites and tick-borne illnesses are on a steady rise
DATE POSTED: May 19, 2020
Reemerging from their winter slumbers as if on cue, these hideous blood-sucking beasts are no actors – and they have no intention of waiting for a curtain call.
DATE POSTED: May 15, 2020
Stinging insects are some of the world’s least favorite backyard pests. With short stingers and even shorter tempers, the pain inflicted from these insects will be remembered for years after the incident. Here in the New England area, there are several different types of common stinging insects.