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They Won’t Build Anything, But Carpenter Bees Will do Plenty of “Remodeling” Work For You!

Are Carpenter Bees Causing A Problem Around Your Des Moines Home? Carpenter bees are often mistaken for bumblebees which are also large, hairy and distinctive with their black and yellow coloring. The difference may be hard to see since we usually don't want to get too close to a bee, but their "tail" is actually black and shiny, a trait that differs from their doppelgänger, the bumblebee. Another difference? While the workers in a bumblebee colony will sting if provoked, it's rare to be stung by a carpenter bee. Anyway, as you may have guessed by their name, it's not their sting you have to worry about. The well-being of your house is another story, however, but not for the reason you might think. How Carpenter Bees Damage Wood Carpenter bees often live by themselves in nests inside wood. Using their strong jaws, they'll tunnel into a tree limb, a beam, your deck, a porch railing, or any other wooden structure they find handy. Rather than eating the wood they bore through, they use the particles to construct individual cells. (They actually feed on pollen and nectar just like honeybees.) If you spot a large bee going in or coming out of…
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Have Your Pet’s Fleas Infested Your Des Moines Home?

 Are Fleas In Your Des Moines Home? Fleas are one of the most difficult household pests to live with -- and to get rid of! One of the reasons is that they multiply so quickly. Female fleas are capable of laying more that 5,000 eggs throughout their lifetime (which is a relatively short 2-3 months on average), meaning that if you start seeing a flea here and there, brace yourself, because you'll soon be seeing many more! The Four-Stage Life Cycle of Fleas: egg larva pupa imago (adult) Eggs The number of eggs a female flea lays depends on its species, with some laying as few as two eggs and some laying as many as two-three dozen at a time. Many varieties lay their eggs on their "blood host" (i.e., your cat or dog), whereupon the eggs drop to the ground or the floor of your bedroom, living room, or wherever your pet frequently lies down to catnap or rest. Once laid, flea eggs take anywhere from two days to two weeks to hatch, again depending on the species. Larvae The larvae emerge from the eggs and proceed to feed on any organic material they can find, such as dead…
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Interesting Facts About Fruit Flies We Bet You Didn’t Know

Fruit Flies In Des Moines When the weather changes, so does the level of pest activity. With colder weather, we would expect pest activity to slow down. This is not necessarily true with fruit flies. With a food source and somewhere to set up shop, fruit flies can even thrive during winter months. The fruit fly has proven an interesting study, providing important information related to the evolutionary process of sexual selection. Reproduction in Fruit Flies According to an article found in Science Daily, fruit flies produce over 2-inches of sperm, 23 times longer than its body, and over 1,000 times longer than human sperm. Now, that is some extreme sperm. Yet it wasn't always that way. Sexual selection due to female promiscuity increased competition among males, which became the stimulus for the lengthier sperm. The length of the sperm was found to be influenced by the female's preference for larger, more robust males, thus augmenting their evolutionary progress. Smaller fruit flies with smaller sperms were rejected. A perfect example of "survival of the fittest." Since the sperm is usually smaller than the eggs, males could produce more of them increasing the likelihood of successful fertilization, especially when the females mate with several…
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Signs You May Need a Termite Inspection In Des Moines Iowa

Termites typically live in colonies in the ground underneath your home, and will enter the structure of your home from underneath. This will most commonly happen in the spring and summer after the ground thaws, when termites will look to reproduce and start new colonies. This makes it critical that you know the signs indicating there is a termite infestation in your home, so that you can have these termites eradicated before they cause extensive damage throughout your home. Here are a few of the signs you can lookout for this summer which indicate that you are likely in need of a termite inspection in Des Moines. Swarm of Termites One of the clearest signs that it's time to have your home inspected for termites is if you witness a termite swarm. A termite swarm will generally occur on a warm day during the spring or summer, when termites come out of the ground to reproduce and start their own colonies. This swarm may take place around your home, such as near a tree stump or a pile of dried out firewood, or it may actually occur inside your home. No matter where it happens, if you see a termite…
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Common Spiders in Des Moines and What to Do About Them

They may be crucial to the ecosystem of the world, but humans have always had a bit of a bad relationship with spiders. They are creepy, they occasionally invade our personal space, and worst of all, some of them are poisonous, even deadly. They say that you are never more than six feet from a spider, whether you are hanging out in your garden or sleeping in your bed. So just what could you be sharing your house with? Common Spiders in Des Moines Iowa is pretty lucky since the deadly spiders native to North America are actually pretty rare in our fine state. However, there are still over 40 different varieties that call it home. Common House Spider As their name suggests, these are the most common type of spider that you will find in your house. House spiders like enclosed areas like buildings as the adjoined edges that make up corners are the perfect place to weave their webs. Their small size and brown color allow the common house spider to go majorly unnoticed by most. Black and Yellow Garden Spider While their striking black and yellow coloring may suggest they are poisonous, they are actually harmless. If…
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