The Critter Buster’s Blog

Wasps Are Forming Massive ‘Super Nests’

Because Life Just Isn’t Scary Enough Hail the new insect overlords. Wasps are forming massive “super nests,” with thousands of insects ready to sting, according to agricultural experts in Alabama. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System warned of nests the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, with as many as 15,000 wasps inside ― up to four times the … Continue reading Wasps Are Forming Massive ‘Super Nests’

A Swarm Of Ladybugs So Huge, It Showed Up On National Weather Service Radar

National Weather Service meteorologists noticed something puzzling on their radar screens in Southern California on Tuesday evening — a big green blob. “It was very strange because it was a relatively clear day and we weren’t really expecting any rain or thunderstorms,” Casey Oswant, a NWS meteorologist in San Diego, tells NPR. “But on our … Continue reading A Swarm Of Ladybugs So Huge, It Showed Up On National Weather Service Radar

How to Keep Raccoons and Opossums Away From Your House

Fuzzy pests don’t belong in your trash. Major cities are being overrun by raccoons, but the “trash panda” isn’t the only invader. As opossums, skunks, and other furry pests make homes in our neighborhoods, it’s important to know how we can respect nature without letting it ruin our yards. What attracts raccoons and other fuzzy … Continue reading How to Keep Raccoons and Opossums Away From Your House

Rabid animals don’t always foam at the mouth — here’s what to look out for instead.

Rabies is rare in the United States, but the threat isn’t totally gone. Recently New York City’s Department of Health alerted residents of six confirmed cases of rabies in raccoons living in and around Inwood Hill Park in upper Manhattan. According to local news reports, the animals that tested positive for the virus weren’t foaming … Continue reading Rabid animals don’t always foam at the mouth — here’s what to look out for instead.

7 Ways Pests Are Taking the Sweat Equity Out of Your Home

By Bob Vila, home improvement expert If you’re like so many other property owners, you put a great deal of time and energy, money and thought into your single biggest investment, your home. Better than anyone else, you know that there’s more to do before your home reaches its full potential, yet slowly but surely, one weekend … Continue reading 7 Ways Pests Are Taking the Sweat Equity Out of Your Home

What Is Eating My Carpet?

Unfortunately for homeowners, many bugs can crawl around, in, or under, your carpets. Thankfully, most of them will not harm your carpets. Carpet beetles are a whole different story; they can cause significant damage to your carpet. If you are finding carpet damage in your SoCal home, it is possible that carpet beetles have found … Continue reading What Is Eating My Carpet?

Up to 25,000 bugs could be on your Christmas tree.

Here’s how to stop a home invasion The bugs are creepy, they’re crawly and they could be living on that freshly-cut Christmas tree you plan to bring into your home.  Oh, and there could be hundreds or thousands of those bugs on your real tree. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach says “several hundred” baby insects … Continue reading Up to 25,000 bugs could be on your Christmas tree.

The nightmarish Asian longhorned tick has invaded the U.S.—and it can reproduce without mating

When officials from the CDC first encountered longhorned ticks, there were so many crawling in the grass that the investigators found the bugs crawling all over their pants within a few minutes. Thousands of them filled the sheep paddock inspectors were there to examine, where a single ewe lived along with thousands of tiny roommates. Longhorned … Continue reading The nightmarish Asian longhorned tick has invaded the U.S.—and it can reproduce without mating

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Fall Pests to Look Out For

There are a few things you can be sure of when fall comes to Southern California: the beaches become less crowded, the air cooler, and creatures will start crawling into your home. You can probably live without that last one. Fall is inevitable, but pest infestation is not. You can protect your home and your … Continue reading Fall Pests to Look Out For