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The Mystery Of The German Cockroaches

Friday October 31, 2014

Pest management can, at times, be a mind-numbingly repetitive profession. Each day brings calls about ants in the kitchen, which are usually treated the same way. Mice in the garage, drug store beetles in an old box of pancake mix, clover mite

About Those Fruit Flies…

Sunday September 28, 2014

They can visit your home during any of the warmer months, but there’s a good chance that you’re experiencing a fruit fly invasion right now, as summer gives way to autumn. Fruit flies can be frustrating, because their source is often difficult

Japanese Beetles

Monday July 28, 2014

Last week I asked our Facebook friends to suggest topics for this month’s blog post. The first response: Japanese beetles. Good one! We talk about ants, spiders, roaches, and bed bugs all the time, but have never posted an article about Japane

Flea Season Is Here!

Monday June 30, 2014

If you have pets, you probably already know — flea season is here. Few pests are more annoying or more difficult to eliminate, although insecticides designed for flea treatments are getting better all the time.

Fleas are tiny ins

Is it An Ant, Or A Termite?

Saturday May 31, 2014

At this time of year, hardly a week goes past without phone calls from nervous homeowners who aren’t sure whether they’re finding winged ants or termites in and around their home. “They look like ants, but they have wings,” they say. “What

Stink Bugs Emerge On Warm Spring Days

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Spring is here — at least for the moment — and the recent warm weather has brought an unusual pest out of hiding in many neighborhoods. The brown marmorated stink bug originated in Asia, but appeared in Pennsylvania in the 1990s. N

Lady Beetles

Saturday November 02, 2013

One of the best-known insects, the “lady bug” — or lady beetle, or ladybird beetle — is also one of the most beneficial. Lady beetles eat a variety of pests, including garden-destroying aphids; one can eat as many as 5,000 aphids i

The Ghost Spider

Wednesday October 30, 2013

Here’s a ghostly pest, just in time for Halloween — but don’t worry, it’s no more scary than any other spider.

The ghost spider, which is one of many kinds of sac spiders, is common throughout North America. It is about 4-8 mm in size

German Cockroach Basics

Friday October 11, 2013

There are approximately 4,500 species of cockroaches in the world. In our service area, we typically deal with five of them: the German, Oriental, American, Brown-banded, and Pennsylvania wood roach. Each has different characteristics and

The Brown Recluse Spider

Wednesday September 25, 2013

Visitors to Delmarva often ask about the brown recluse spider. “Are they really that dangerous? Is it safe to allow my children to play outside? And how can I identify a brown recluse?” The fact is, there are brown recluse spiders on the Delma

Mystery Of The Hawaiian Wood Carving

Thursday September 12, 2013

Sometimes, responding to a call about an unidentified bug can be a bit like solving a mystery. It can be hard enough to figure out where a particular pest is coming from, much less when the pest in question is nowhere to be found — or so

Bats!

Wednesday September 04, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, bats are related to neither rodents nor birds. They’re mammals of the order Chiroptera, and their webbed wings make them the only mammals able to fly. (Flying squirrels can only glide for short distances.)

No

The Mice Are Coming

Thursday August 29, 2013

Fall is just around the corner — in fact, we’re holding our annual fall meeting tomorrow morning — which, in our neighborhood, means that hundreds of thousands of acres of crops are being harvested and hundreds of thousands of rode

Ear-whats?

Wednesday August 21, 2013

We don’t run into earwigs very often, but when we do, people have a lot of questions. These unusual insects are about 5/8 inch long, brown in color with reddish heads. They are easily identified by their large pincers, located on the end of th

Field And House Crickets

Wednesday August 14, 2013

Autumn hasn’t arrived yet, but you could be forgiven for thinking it did this week, as temperatures dropped into the 60's and Thanksgiving suddenly seemed a lot closer. The cool weather might not be here to stay — yet — but sum

Fly Control Basics

Sunday August 11, 2013

Few pests are more difficult to control than the common house fly, which is found all over the world. Between the seafood industry and the poultry industry, Delmarva has more than its fair share of flies. They enter structures, buzz around, la

Pesticides 101: Banned Insecticides

Sunday August 11, 2013

Many people have a negative reaction to the word “pesticide,” usually because of what they’ve heard about synthetic products that haven’t been used in 20-40 years. (Ironically, the same people sprinkle two potent pesticides on their food: salt

The Mud Dauber Wasp

Wednesday August 07, 2013

It’s not uncommon, at this time of year, to find small nests of dried mud on exterior walls, especially in the corners of porches. Most people are aware that they are wasp nests, and tend to be concerned about the possibility of getting st

Preventing Pantry Pests

Saturday August 03, 2013

It can happen at any time of year. You haven’t visited the beach house in a while, and when you finally do, you discover tiny bugs all over the kitchen and pantry. Further inspection reveals that one box of pancake mix, in particular, is sever

The Crab-Like Orbweaver

Tuesday July 30, 2013

There are many species of spider on the Delmarva Peninsula, but the subject of this post is possibly the coolest-looking of them all — and oddly similar in appearance to another Delmarva critter (and delicacy), the crab.

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The Brown Widow Spider

Sunday July 21, 2013

When I first heard about someone’s garage being full of dangerous brown widow spiders, I was skeptical. “Don’t you mean brown recluse?” I asked, assuming that the names of two venomous spiders, the brown recluse and black widow, had gotten mix

Camel Crickets

Wednesday July 17, 2013

If you’ve never gone under a house (something that everyone ought to experience at least once), it’s possible that you’ve never even seen this pest, though there could be thousands of them in your neighborhood. Commonly known as “those wei

Spider Basics

Friday July 12, 2013

Spiders. They’re in and around practically every home and business, yet 50% of women and 10% of men are afraid of them.

Everyone knows a spider on sight. They’re sometimes mislabeled “bugs” — spiders are arachnids, not insects —

Cicada Killer Wasps

Sunday July 07, 2013

Each summer we’re asked about lawns being marred by numerous sandy hills. Sometimes they’re thought to be anthills, though most people connect them to what seem to be large bees or hornets buzzing around nearby. If this sounds familiar, there’

Wacky Wheel Bugs

Wednesday July 03, 2013

Few people have ever heard of the wheel bug, though it’s fairly common on Delmarva. It is large, about 1.5 inches long, but is well-camouflaged, being a dark gray or brown in color. And, though it flies, you might mistake it for a grasshopper

Millipede Madness!

Sunday June 09, 2013

If you live in or around our service area, there’s a good chance that you’ve already noticed millipedes around your home in the past week or so, and maybe even found one inside, probably dead.

The name “millipede” is a bit of an exa

5 More Bed Bug Myths

Sunday June 02, 2013

In our last post we debunked five common myths about bed bugs, but those are far from the only misconceptions about the frequently misunderstood pest. Here are five more myths we frequently run into, plus the facts.

“Bed bugs tr

5 Bed Bug Myths

Thursday May 30, 2013

Many Americans never knew that bed bugs were real until they began making a comeback just a few years ago. Consequently, these tiny blood-suckers are probably the most misunderstood pest. We run into myths and misinformation all the time; here

Snake Basics

Sunday May 26, 2013

There are approximately 3,000 species of snakes in the world, ranging in length from four inches to a whopping thirty feet. Locally, the typical snake is about three feet long, though it’s not unusual to run into black snakes twice that long h

The Rich Man’s Cockroach

Friday May 17, 2013

Silverfish are silver-colored insects, usually an inch long or less, which move with a fish-like motion and occasionally infest structures. They should not be confused with centipedes, which look somewhat similar. In some regions, they are cal

The Pennsylvania Wood Cockroach

Sunday May 12, 2013

Each year, from late spring through summer, we receive dozens of phone calls from concerned homeowners who are certain that they’ve found a cockroach. “Our house is clean,” they usually insist, but some friend or relative works in a restau

Midges

Sunday May 05, 2013

Last week I responded to a call about UFIs — unidentified flying insects — which had surrounded a house to the point that they were getting inside every time a door was opened. They looked like mosquitoes, but weren’t biting anyone

Meet The Centipede

Wednesday May 01, 2013

Spring has a way of drawing us out of our homes, into lawns and gardens, just looking for something to do out in the fresh air and warm sunlight. Perhaps you’re relocating leftover firewood, or cleaning out the flower beds, or preparing the ga

Wood-Destroying Carpenter Ants

Sunday April 28, 2013

There are more than 12,000 species of ants worldwide, but locally we only encounter a few of them, including odorous house ants, pavement ants, and carpenter ants. Many species behave similarly, and are treated similarly, so some exterminators

Clover Mites: Startling, But Harmless

Tuesday April 23, 2013

They start appearing in early spring, after a bit of warm weather, crawling on the window sills: Tiny red bugs, so small that some people mistake them for dust. What are they? How are they getting in? How can they be stopped?

Th

The Ants Are Back In Town

Thursday April 11, 2013

A few years ago, during an exceptionally dry summer, I told a customer that the ants in his kitchen and bathroom were seeking water. The following spring brought a lot of rain, and I found myself back in his kitchen, explaining that the la

The 15-Minute Bed Bug Inspection

Tuesday April 09, 2013

Now that spring is beginning to feel like spring, you’re planning to visit beautiful Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach, or one of the many other beach towns on the East Coast. Or, it’s time to open up the beach house and prepare for the two dozen fam

Four Common Wood-Infesting Beetles

Thursday September 01, 2011

When we use the term wood-destroying insects, most people think of termites immediately. After a moment of thought, some might remember carpenter ants and carpenter bees. But did you know that there are several species of wood-infesting be

Pesticides 101: The Lingo

Thursday July 28, 2011

Every industry has a unique lingo, its own language, that seems unintelligible to the layman, and pest control is no exception. Brasure’s technicians try to talk to homeowners in a way that is easy to understand, leaving technical terms to the

Pesticides 101: A Brief History

Thursday July 21, 2011

This is the first of several posts intended to educate readers about pesticides. This week we’ll focus on their history. In future posts, we’ll take a look at different kinds of pesticides, how they work, safety tips, myths and misconceptio

Carpenter Ants FAQ

Thursday June 16, 2011

What do carpenter ants look like? What distinguishes them from other ants?

Carpenter ants are large, ranging in size from 3/8 to 1/2 inch in length, and are usually dull black with fine yellow hairs on the abdomen. From a

Know Your Roaches

Thursday May 19, 2011

Unlike nuisance pests that are unsightly but harmless, bacteria-carrying cockroaches pose a threat to public health and require serious attention, particularly in the restaurant industry. They’re good at hiding, good at reproducing, and able t

New Study Shows Bed Bugs Can Carry MRSA

Thursday May 12, 2011

When bed bugs began making their comeback several years ago, they weren’t taken very seriously. Exterminators scoffed, and many homeowners reacted with amusement. Bed bugs, once a serious nuisance pest, had been wiped out with the help of chem

A Brief Introduction To Bees And Wasps

Thursday April 28, 2011

Bees and wasps are considered beneficial insects, but that’s of little comfort to the homeowner who is severely allergic to stings. And, allergies aside, no one enjoys being stung. In this post, we’ll take a brief look at several types of bees

Copperheads Vs. Garter Snakes

Thursday April 21, 2011

Agkistrodon contortrix, better known as the copperhead, is a kind of pit viper that can be found in the eastern half of the United States, including the states of Delaware and Maryland. Every so often a customer (usually a visitor from an urba

Increased Termite Activity Expected Throughout 2011

Thursday April 14, 2011

A number of professional sources are predicting increased termite activity across the United States this spring and summer, primarily due to recent weather conditions.

A cold winter followed by a warm, wet spring is likely to prompt win

Completing PPP Treatments On Rainy Days

Monday October 04, 2010

Brasure’s Pest Control, Inc., completes Premium Protection Plan treatments between April and November each year, and while summers on Delmarva are often hot and dry (a good thing for pesticide applicators, if not for farmers), it is inevitable

Inspecting Your Hotel Room For Bed Bugs

Monday September 20, 2010

Bed bugs are back, and everybody knows it. One can hardly watch the news these days without seeing a story about bed bugs, and they have become the number one money-maker for many pest control companies, particularly those which service resort

Welcome back, Wheel Bugs!

Monday September 06, 2010

With the cooler weather that accompanies the final weeks of summer on Delmarva comes a rather unusual visitor: the wheel bug.

The gray-brown wheel bug reaches up to 1.5 inches in length, and is easily identified by its dorsal armor, which i

Little-Known Facts About DDT

Monday August 16, 2010

DDT stands for Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane.

In 1939, Dr. Paul Muller discovered that DDT killed a number of insects (including mosquitoes), and patented it in the U.S. in 1943.

10% DDT dust was used by the U.S. Army in 1943 to

Red Velvet Ants

Sunday August 08, 2010

Dear Brasure’s,

I have been finding large, fuzzy, red ants in my yard. They’re almost an inch long! What kind of ants are these? Should I be concerned?

Jim
Ocean View

Thank you for the email,

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Squash Bugs

Monday July 12, 2010

This photo of insects on the underside of a squash plant leaf were sent to Brasure’s Pest Control, Inc., by Scott in Berlin. Note the eggs on the right. What are they?

Appropriately enough, they are called squash bugs (pictured are squ

Bed Bugs FAQ

Monday June 07, 2010

What is a bed bug?

Bed bugs are reddish-brown nocturnal insects, about 1/8 inch long, which feed solely on the blood of humans and animals. They normally go a few days between feedings, but can survive for up to 18 mon

A Bit Of Info On Termites

Monday May 24, 2010

What are termites? What do they do?

Termites are insects, about the size of ants (though not closely related to them), which feed mostly on dead plant material, including wood. For this reason, they can cause s

Ants: Frequently Asked Questions

Monday May 10, 2010

At Brasure’s, we’ve been asked a lot of questions about ants since we first started doing business in 1971. While it would take a book to list and answer all of them, here are a few of the most common ones.

Which kinds

Clover Mites Q & A

Thursday April 15, 2010

“Last week, I started seeing hundreds of tiny bugs on my window sills. What are they?”

They arrive in great numbers in the early spring, entering homes through doors and windows, where they quickly become a nuisance. Cl

Mouse-Proof: Keep The Rodents Out This Winter

Monday November 23, 2009

Of Mice and Men might have been a great American work of literature, and the two go well together in the book title, but the same doesn’t apply to our homes. In this post we’ll discuss how to take preventative action by mouse-proofing

Termites Vs. Flying Ants: Know The Difference

Saturday August 01, 2009

One of the most commonly misidentified pests is the flying ant, which is frequently confused with the termite. These two insects can be about the same size and color, and possess similar wings. The difference? Several hundred dollars or more,

Mosquitoes – Not Just A Nuisance!

Friday July 10, 2009

We’ve all tried to enjoy a summer evening outside, only to be discouraged by hordes of biting mosquitoes. These pests can be a bit more difficult to effectively control than others, but the extra effort required is necessary. In addition to be

Ants – Common Characteristics & Control

Wednesday July 08, 2009

Wet weather and warm days in early April mark the start of ant season on Delmarva. Whether it’s lines of foraging ants marching across your kitchen counter, or a lawn marked by anthills, these little insects often prove to be a nuisance that i

Greetings From Brasure’s Pest Control – Fenwick Island DE

Wednesday June 24, 2009

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