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In Idaho, there are myriad common spiders in and out of your homes. Click on the various species listed below to read more about how to identify the spiders you’re seeing around your home. We’ve also provided articles you can go to to learn more about some myths regarding spiders.

Spider Biology & Behavior
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Bees, Hornets, & Wasps

Below are common bee and wasp species found in our area, including one that is rumored to be coming. While each belong to the Hymenoptera Order, each species has distinct characteristics and habists. Wasp species are categorized as social or solitary. As their name implies, social wasps live in colonies, which may numver in the thousands. Solitary wasps live alone and rarely build nests. Some wasps are aggressive species, which sting when threatened.  Unlike honey bees, wasps are capable of stinging multiple times.

Click the links below to learn more about each species to read more about identification and specific dangers.

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Ants are located all over the world and are destructive to food and property. They can also bring diseases and health risks in your home. In some parts of the world, ants can even sting and be dangerous. PestEx has the ant control treatment options you can rely on to get rid of ants found around your property and in your home.

The first step in eliminating an ant infestation in your home is to identify the species of ant. Not all ants are created equal; therefore understanding their biology and the specific species’ differences is critical in developing the proper control strategy – which leads to success in eliminating the ants from your home. Do-it-yourself ant control methods usually don’t produce the desired result and sometimes make the problem worse. PestEx can help with ant control and recommend the best solution for your specific ant problem.

Ant Behavior & Biology
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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a nasty problem, but like most problems, early detection and proper treatment are the keys to eliminating the problem. According to the CDC, the best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for the signs of an infestation. Why not a bite? Bed bugs are similar to many other insect bites and cannot be identified with any degree of regular accuracy. Also, reactions vary greatly from person to person – from no reaction to large welts. So, inspecting for bed bugs is the best way to catch them early.

Bed Bug Behavior & Biology
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Whether Mice, Rats, Voles, or Gophers, rodents are an unwelcome visitor to your yard or home. They chew up the grass, small trees, flower bulbs & roots, and leave unsightly mounds or yellow trails in the grass. They also carry and spread disease through their urin and feces. Fortuntately, PestEx is skilled at eliminating these unwanted intruders and establishing deturants to help keep them away.

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First thing to know about earwigs is that they do NOT crawl into human ears to make nests or lay eggs or pinch your ear drum as my older brothers told me. They also do not bite or pinch people. In fact, bug literature about earwigs states that they are harmless to people. The earwig name was intended to be “earwing” but the “n” was dropped for some reason and the myths grew.

There are people that insist they have been bitten or pinched, but this is highly unlikely. The pinchers are used for defense, in battles to win a mate or to ward off predators. The pincers also help the earwig fold its wings to close them. Yes, they have wings, but don’t panic they rarely fly.

Earwig Behavior & Biology
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