The Critter Buster’s Blog

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

Myth of the Brown Recluse Fact, Fear, and Loathing

Rick Vetter Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA This website presents evidence for the lack of brown recluse spiders as part of the Californian spider fauna. Unfortunately, this contradicts what most Californians believe; beliefs that are born out of media-driven hyperbole and erroneous, anxiety-filled public hearsay which is further compounded by medical misdiagnoses. … Continue reading Myth of the Brown Recluse Fact, Fear, and Loathing

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

In our busy lives, it’s easy to forget about the tiny predator that hunts humans: The mosquito. As you know, we no longer have a mosquito season; Mosquitoes can remain active throughout the year. Luckily, there are many ways to combat these insects, especially the invasive Aedesmosquitoes. Did You Know… …more than 10,000 mosquitoes can … Continue reading How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Keep Bugs Away from Your Labor Day Festivities

As Labor Day draws near, you are undoubtedly anticipating a long weekend, picnics, and BBQs with friends and family. Pests should not mar your holiday weekend, so in addition to learning the tricks for making a perfectly grilled burger, you need to learn how to keep bugs away this Labor Day. Here are some tips … Continue reading Keep Bugs Away from Your Labor Day Festivities

Why Cockroach Populations Explode During The Warm Months

There is no doubt that cockroaches are among the most disgusting creatures on the planet. Whether you see one scoot across the breakfast table, just missing your bagel, or crawling out of your shoe, just as you go to put it on, any of these things is equally disturbing. If you are like most folks, … Continue reading Why Cockroach Populations Explode During The Warm Months

Termites are nature’s most amazing skyscraper engineers…

While we are lucky that we don’t have to deal with this species of termites here in Southern California, these guys show just how adaptable a termite is to its environment. Their towers even have central air. The Namibian savanna is dotted with 13-foot-tall towers of sandy soil. Built by termites just a fifth of … Continue reading Termites are nature’s most amazing skyscraper engineers…

Don’t Let it BUG You!

West Nile Virus, which is the most common infection transmitted by mosquitoes, became evident in the U.S. 1999. Mosquitoes also carry other dangerous viruses, such as Zika—which is still a threat in some areas of the U.S.—and dengue fever. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and several other serious infections that are on the rise— … Continue reading Don’t Let it BUG You!