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Odorous House Ants

Tapinoma sessile is a species of small ants that goes by the common names odorous house ant, sugar ant, stink ant, and coconut. The colony consists of multiple nests with many queens for reproduction purposes. These creatures have different strategies in their food-gathering habits depending on environmental conditions. The odorous house ant has become one […]

Pavement Ant

Pavement Ants

Pavement ants get their name because they make nests in or under cracks in the pavement. The Pavement Ant is dark brown to blackish, and 2.5-4 mm long with a wingspan of approximately 3 inches wide by 4 inches tall (2” x 5”). A colony includes workers, alates, females that have only had one mating […]

Japanese Beetle

Japanese Beetles

Japanese beetles were first found in this country in 1916, after being accidentally introduced into New Jersey. Until that time, this insect was known to occur only occurred Japan where it is not a major pest. This pest has the ability to destroy roses and grapes while adults are 1/2 inch-long metallic green and bronze […]

Fungus near window

Fungus

Fungus is any group of spore-producing organisms feeding on organic matter, including molds and yeast. While they are either classified as mushrooms or toadstools, there’s one that you don’t want at your next dinner party: the toxic Amanita Muscaria mushroom which can be distinguished by its red cap with white spots.

Black Widow Spider

Black Widow Spiders

Black widows are found in North America and the United Kingdom. They are most recognized for their infamous red hourglass pattern on the underside of their abdomen, which is often depicted as a warning sign to avoid being bitten by these fabled spiders. They primarily feed on other insects, especially soft-bodied flying ones such as […]

Argentine Ant Control

Argentine Ants

The Argentine ant is the most common species of ants in Southern California. They are a small, dark-colored ant about 3 mm (1/8 inch) long and invade homes looking for food and water. The Argentinians have a peculiar preference for sweets but will feed on anything they can find including other insects or plants. These […]