• 03Apr

    North Carolina is filled with so much history, emerging jobs, and a lot of really good people.  Unfortunately, it is also infested with a lot of bugs. With so many homes infested with pests, there are a lot of great exterminators in North Carolina.  Here are a few helpful tips to help you as you look for a great exterminator:

    pest spraying

     Make sure the exterminator is licensed and insured. 

     

    • Being licensed will allow the exterminator to come treat your home by state law. It will also show that they carry insurance in case a problem ever does occur. 

    A great exterminator will do an in-wall treatment. 

     

    • A lot of pests will infest the walls of your home, and if not treated the infestation will only grow. An exterminator that does an in-wall treatment will place a product directly inside the walls of the home. The exterminator will do this by taking the faceplates of the outlets, and use a duster. This will help kill any of the pests infesting the inside of the walls. 

    Exterminators that use a power-spray around the foundation of the home know how to get the job done. 

     

    • A lot of the pests will try to get into your home by the j-rail route. What a power-spray treatment will do is place a strong barrier around the foundation of the home. The power coming out of the hose will help penetrate the product under the rocks, and in to soil around the home. 

    Granulate bushes and trees will help the exterminator determine the source of the problem. 

     

    • The main source of the pest problem will be your plants. The pest will eat the roots of the plant, and drink the water from the drippers. When an exterminator places granules in the plants, it allows the granules to be activated by the water. The water will then allow the product to seep in the soil down to the roots and help exterminate the pest. 

    Exterminators that get the job done right will have good reviews. 

     

    • Checking to see how the exterminator rates by some of their customers is a good way to see how people view the service. You can do this by going to Google, Yelp, Better Business Bureau, and Family Pest Control. Choosing the right exterminator will save you money and a headache in the long run.

    Raleigh North Carolina Pest Control

     

    Bulwark Pest Control
    19 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 828-8825
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com
     
    Critter Control of the Triangle
    6108 Redmond Court
    Raleigh, NC27612
    (919) 382-9281
    crittercontrol.com
     

    Charlotte North Carolina Pest Control

     

    Bulwark Exterminating
    1801 North Tryon Street
    Charlotte, NC 28206
    (704) 321-3716
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com   
                             
    A-1 Wildlife Control
    Wilgrove-Minthill Road
    Charlotte, NC 28227
    (704) 334-1922
    a1wildlifecontrol.net 
     
     

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  • 18Mar

    Bread roachThere’s no question that cockroaches are some of the most disgusting pests we have here in Raleigh. They come into our homes looking for food and water, spreading disease as they go. Food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea… They all can be caused by roaches.

    When you start seeing them inside your Raleigh home, do something about it immediately. If these roaches are left untreated, the problem can quickly escalate.

    Here are a couple effective all-natural roach control remedies you can try at home:

    Roach Balls

     

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup borax
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • Fresh, chopped onion or garlic to sent

    Yields 50 Roach Balls

    Directions

    In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients to form a doughy paste. Roll the dough into little balls. Place three balls into a sandwich bag, and leave the open bag where you are seeing cockroaches. Not only will the roaches eat the pesticide balls, they will carry chunks of them back to their friends. They will die out of sight. This is very effective, as the other roaches in the area will chow down on the dead cockroaches; thus ingesting the all natural poison. Keep repeating this process until you no longer see roaches.

    Natural Roach Pesticide

     

    Ingredients

    • 32 ounce bag of powdered sugar
    • 8 ounces borax
    • Tablespoon of cocoa powder
    • 1 ounce of pharmacy sodium fluoride

    Directions

    Mix all four ingredients in a large bucket or mixing bowl. Stir. Sprinkle the natural roach pesticide in the areas of your kitchen and home you are seeing the cockroaches. Repeat as necessary. Since this mixture is sweet tasting, please keep it out of the reach of children and pets.

    Raleigh Roach Control

     

    If you are seeing roaches inside your home, try these all natural roach control methods. If you are not having success with them, it’s time to contact a Raleigh roach control professional!

    Bulwark Pest Control
    19 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 828-8825
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com
     
    Critter Control of the Triangle
    6108 Redmond Court
    Raleigh, NC27612
    (919) 382-9281
    crittercontrol.com
     
    Terminix
    6020 Oak Forest Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27616
    (919) 790-0995
    terminix.com
     
     

     

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  • 10Dec

    termitesOver the past couple of years termite baiting systems have improved quite considerably. The system even the otherwise lowery effective DIY systems are increasingly effective against terminating colonies of termites. This is why many improved systems are used by commercial pest control companies with the only exception being higher efficiency. That being said commercial services are expensive and may just be too expensive if you just want to defeat a small colony of termites or a chronic termite problem. The effectiveness of the system can be increased when combined with liquid soil treatments.

    How the process works?

     

    If you want to try out termite baiting to fend of future termite infestations or eliminate the one you are already dealing with then there are a few things that you ought to consider. The majority of termite bait stations are made from cardboard, paper and termite food which is combined with other slow acting substances that are either natural or artificial aimed at killing termites. There are commercial stations that are designed for subterranean installation, these can be installed out in the lawn, or near feeding sites of the termites. Ideally, you’ll want to install these bait stations near active termite created tunnels after you break the tubes. However, locating these tunnels can be difficult if you’re not an expert or do not know how to recognize the telltale signs of these pests.

    The benefits of termite baiting systems

     

    There are a number of benefits of using DIY termite baiting systems. Below we look at a few of the biggest benefits:

    • Termite baiting using off the shelf natural anti-termite material is very beneficial when it comes to eliminating termites from the basement, lawn, drawing room etc., all of which have lots of wood. It works wonders for homes built from the ground up using wood.
    • The majority of termite baiting items used and sold are natural so it’s an ecofriendly system that does not harm your pets, lawn and yourself. It can also be used as an early termite detection system without the use of chemicals.
    • Termite baiting is a lot cheaper than using commercial pest control techniques.
    • Termite baits can also easily be used in locations where regular liquid termite formulas are not allowed i.e. near water sources, school buildings, hospitals etc. They may also be prohibited for homes of the elderly or buildings where the elderly reside.
    • Compared to soil treatment, structural barriers and other commercial pest control, termite baits are in fact very easy to install. Most people can install them correctly by just reading the instructions.

    Limitations of the system

     

    • The majority of DIY termite baits out there us a natural slow acting toxin or a combination of toxins. This happen to be very slow especially if a large or a few large colonies need to be eliminated. In comparison commercial soil treatment will act faster.
    • Termites may damage the structure of your entire home for a pretty long time until their numbers have been brought under control via the bait system. This can take a pretty long time in the case of large colonies.
    • The baits can become pretty expensive especially if they are multiple termite colonies that need to be eliminated. It can take well up to a year until they are all exterminated.
    • A colony that has been brilliantly suppressed with baits does not mean that it will deter future infestations. If you are near an already infested and abandoned home there is little you can do with these baits except continue baiting and hope they never return.
    • In some cases soil treatments and barrier methods are a lot cheaper and just require monthly inspections. This is true if you have a large home.
    • Termites like all other insects learn to identify the baits. Some termites may not take the bait and so they’ll not die. This can be frustrating for a home owner who does not see progress.

    When to opt for commercial pest control and when to do it yourself?

     

    This is not an easy question to answer because it all depends on the extent of the termite infestation you’re dealing with. As a rule of thumb if you identify more than two termite nests its best to hire a professional for the job. If you see one or maybe two nests then baits will be more cost effective.

    Manu Alias is one of the leading experts on commercial pest control and DIY methods. His pest control techniques are some of the most effective and unconventional. When he’s not eliminating troublesome pests Mark finds himself pouring over domestic schematics planning his next extermination.

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  • 11Nov

    HawkWhen birds cause property damage or leave fouling on a business, owners often look to bird-control services to help solve the problem. These services use hawks to remove smaller bird species.

    Bird pests can become problems for a number of reasons. Birds contribute to both airborne and food-borne illnesses, including E. coli and cryptococcal meningitis, which can land people in the hospital. Also, when birds build nests in homes or businesses, they bring insects and mites along for the ride, many of which bite and irritate humans.

    Bird droppings are very acidic, which can increase the rate at which metals corrode. Other types of property damage include blocked gutters and chimneys and damaged roofing.

    Each bird pest can cause different types of harm and requires a different approach for removal. This article will introduce you to four hawk species that can get the job done:

    1. The Lanner Falcon

    The National Aviary points out that the lanner is one of the oldest species of falcons and has long been recognized as trainable. In fact, falconers have used lanners for more than 1,000 years. Lanners have relatively long wings, but their small build allows them to target bird pests in cramped areas, making them the perfect match for feral pigeons.

    They also are used in wide-open spaces to scare off seagulls. After you let a lanner loose, it will fly high above the targeted birds and circle, quickly causing gulls and other gathering pests to scatter.

    2. The Peregrine Falcon

    Peregrines are the lanner’s larger cousin. Their sizes and wing spans make them especially effective for scattering large groups of pests in areas like landfills and power stations. Also, they have been used by airports to reduce bird-plane strikes.

    Peregrines have enjoyed a long history of falconry, which began approximately 3,000 years ago in Asia. More recently, they were used in World War II to attack enemy homing pigeons. They are most adept at scattering crows, seagulls and rooks.

    3. The Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawks seldom are seen, but if you do notice one hunting in the wild, it likely will be in dense woodland or a garden. They are short-winged hawks that accelerate in short dashes, allowing them to hunt smaller bird types.

    Sparrowhawks have a shorter history of falconry than lanners and peregrines. They have been used for approximately 500 years to hunt migrant birds, such as quail. Today, they help scatter large groups of starlings and sparrows.

    4. The Harris Hawk

    The Harris hawk does not have a long history of falconry, but it has become one of the most popular hawks for falconers. This is because they are easy to train and one of the most versatile species of hawk. In the wild, they hunt everything from insects and lizards to small birds and mammals.

    They can be flown indoors and outdoors. They have a good track record of scaring feral pigeons away from hotels, hospitals, docks and warehouses.

    Although these hawks have been trained for thousands of years, they still are amongst the most effective means of dealing with bird pests. This is a time-tested method of preventing illness and property damage caused by bird pests.

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    Michael Hall is a keen falconer and ornitholigist who is also the founder of Effective Bird Control and sister company Blackwater Falconry. He has been using his prized hawks and falcons to rid property of pest birds for a number of years.

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  • 01Nov

    yellow jacketAs the cool crisp fall weather sets in on Raleigh, a war of sorts is declared by homeowners; against yellowjackets, paper wasps, and hornets. These wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall, as their diets move from the proteins and carbohydrates they enjoy during the spring and summer, to sugar-rich foods like ripe fruit and sweet soda during the fall.

    Fall Wasp Wars

     

    Wasps have a tendency to turn aggressive during the fall months. A single wasp colony may have over 10,000 female worker wasps whose sole purpose is to hunt for nutrients to bring back and feed to the colony. Wasps in search of these sugary sweet nutrients turn potentially aggressive, ruining outdoor activities and bombarding backyard barbecues. The result? Painful stings, sometimes repeatedly, whenever human interaction is present. These painful wasp stings usually happen while shooing them away, walking barefoot near food, or swallowing wasps that have crawled into beverage cans.

    To make it all worse, wasps have a built-in warning system that alerts other wasps when danger is present. All you have to do is merely swat at a yellowjacket, and an alarm pheromone is released that brings out an army of wasps to attack the aggressor.

    It’s important to note that throughout most of the year, wasps keep to themselves and are generally harmless; only exhibiting defensive behavior when their nests are compromised. No matter the time of year, it is recommended that homeowners battling fall wasps not do so by themselves. It’s best to solicit the aid of a pest management professional.

    Such was the case when Morrisville’s own Anna, contacted Bulwark Pest Control last night to help out with her wasp problem. Here’s the glowing review she left Bulwark on Yelp:

    wasp nestExcellent Yelp Review For Servicing Fall Wasps

     

    Yesterday we had a swarm of yellow jackets, wasps and bees surround our home. Tonight is Halloween! I was frantic!

    I called the pest company that has been servicing this house and they told me they would have to charge me extra to come out and help and then “I believe” they accidentally hung up on me.

    I called Bulwark Exterminating and they were so nice and understanding. He understood what was going on. I told him I needed to also sign-up for quarterly service since I was going to be cancelling the service with my current company who couldn’t help me.

    They had a technician, Orlando Council, at my house by 7:30am!!! The next morning! I couldn’t believe it! I was sooo happy to see him sitting outside my house waiting for me!!

    I walked him through our house inside and outside. He immediately got to work finding the source of the insects and did a full house extermination inside and outside for me.

    We are also currently using this company for another house we have.

    They didn’t charge me extra. They didn’t charge me that usual LARGER first bill. He did so much to help us. He solved our insect problem.. so we can have a safe and happy Halloween tonight.

    I can’t tell you how truly thankful I am… that they cared so much for us, to take the extra effort to add us to their already busy schedule… And not charge me extra or an “arm and a leg” for it!

    They only charged me my regular quarterly fee.

    Bless them! Orlando – you are the man!!!!

    Anna C.

    Morrisville, NC

    10/31/2013

    Raleigh Pest Control

     

    If you are seeing a large amount of wasps in your backyard, or are even seeing a wasp’s nest, do not take matters into your own hands. Doing so can be very dangerous. Call or click for Raleigh pest control instead!

    Bulwark Pest Control
    19 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 828-8825
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com
     
    Trapper Dan’s Wildlife and Pest, LLC
    4909 Waters Edge Drive #203
    Raleigh, NC 27606
    (919) 306-7254
    trapperdans.com
     
    Terminix
    6020 Oak Forest Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27616
    (919) 790-0995
    terminix.com
     

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  • 16Oct

    Raleigh Brown Recluse Control

     

    If you live in the Raleigh area, and are seeing Brown Recluse spiders in or around your home, its time to get professional Raleigh Brown Recluse Control! Call or click today!

    Bulwark Pest Control
    19 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
    (919) 828-8825
    bulwarkpestcontrol.com
     
    Trapper Dan’s Wildlife and Pest, LLC
    4909 Waters Edge Drive #203
    Raleigh, NC 27606
    (919) 306-7254
    trapperdans.com
     
    Terminix
    6020 Oak Forest Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27616
    (919) 790-0995
    terminix.com
     
     

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  • 03Oct

    Robber Fly On LeavesRobber flies are one of nature’s predators. This diverse family of flies, also known as Asiladae, is scattered throughout the world, which could explain some of their diversity. Robber flies have insatiable appetites, and glut themselves on a vast number of insects, including wasps, bees, dragonflies, grasshoppers, and some spiders.

    What Are Robber Flies?

    Robber flies, or Asiladae, are a subfamily of “true flies.” They belong to the superfamily Asiloidea, which belongs to the suborder Brachycera. There are currently 7,0003 known species of robber flies spread out around the world, with nearly 1,000 species living in North America alone – and more than 100 of those species reside in Florida.

    What Do Robber Flies Look Like?

    All robber flies share one characteristic: a divot on the top of their head. This divot is located between their prominent, compound eyes. Most robber flies have elongated bodies with tapered abdomens, although some species are long and skinny, much like a damselfly, while others are stout and hairy, mimicking a bumblebee. Adults can vary between 3 mm and 50 mm in size, although most average between 9 – 15 mm in length. Their legs are long and strong in order to aid with capturing prey. Females usually have a slightly broader abdomen than the males of the species. Most robber flies are either brown, gray, or black, although some subspecies are striped like a bumblebee.

    What Do Robber Flies Do?

    Robber flies are what is known as “opportunistic predators,” meaning they prey on other insects that are available within their environment. Robber flies establish a perching zone, which they use to locate potential prey. Perching zones vary depending on the species, but are usually in an open, sunny area. Robber flies swoop in on their prey mid-flight and inject the victim with their saliva, which contains neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes and immediately immobilizes their victim as it digests bodily contents. The robber fly then returns to its perch spot, where it enjoys its liquid meal.

    Robber Fly Car DoorWhere Do Robber Flies Live?

    Robber flies are distributed all over the world, although some groups are unique to certain regions. Most robber flies live in warm, sandy areas, with a large population (consisting of all four subfamilies) residing in Florida. Some species have adapted to desert climate, and very few have adapted to woodland areas, although those that have tend to stay on the outskirts, near grasslands.

    What’s The Robber Fly Life Cycle Like?

    Female robber flies lay white colored eggs on low-lying plants, in grasses, or in crevices within soil, bark, or wood. Egg laying habits vary from species to species, although most lay a bunch of eggs at once. Robber fly larvae live in the soil or decaying organisms found within the environment. Larvae are just as predatory as their adult counterparts, feeding on other eggs, larvae, or other soft-bodied insects. They overwinter as larvae, pupating in the soil, then migrating to the surface as adults. It can take between 1-3 years for complete development, depending on the species and environmental factors.

    Robber flies are rather intimidating insects to contend with, and if you notice an outbreak of them around your home, you’ll probably want to call a pest control professional.

    About the author: Chris is a professional for a baltimore pest control company. He enjoys writing about the quirkier side of the pest control business with fun and interesting things about insects.

     

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  • 26Sep

    Who doesn’t love puzzles?

    That rhetorical question is why the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, who happen to have a branch here in Raleigh, knew they had a hit with the pest word search.

    A word search puzzle, with 13 different pests hiding inside, was published on Bulwark’s Facebook page. The puzzle went viral, with almost 13,000 participants commenting on the puzzle with the first pest that they found.

    Here’s the puzzle:

    The Word Search Puzzle With Pests

     

    Word Search By Bulwark Exterminating

     

    What is the first pest in the puzzle that you see?

    Do you see a lot of this particular pest in the Raleigh area?

    Is this the pest you fear the most?

    List Of Pests Hiding In The Word Search

     

    Make sure you note the first pest that you found in the word search puzzle, so you can compare your results with everyone else’s later.

    Now you can look for all the other pests in the puzzle!

    Find the following pests in the word search:

    • Centipede
    • Scorpion
    • Bedbugs
    • Spider
    • Roach
    • Termite
    • Ant
    • Wasp
    • Gnat
    • Bug
    • Fly
    • Lice
    • Flea

    You can also find these other words in the word search:

    • Cats
    • Rice
    • Soda
    • Cop
    • Ice
    • Ted
    • Toys

    The Pest Word Search Infographic

     

    Now that you have seen the Pest Test word search, you can compare your results with the thousands of others who have also taken a crack at the puzzle with the following infographic:

     

    Word Search Infographic from Bulwark Exterminating

     

    Unfortunately, Raleigh, NC is home to many of the pests found in pest the word search puzzle, and on the infographic. These include: scorpions, spiders, termites, roaches, bedbugs, flies, ants, gnats, lice, fleas, and centipedes.

    If you are seeing any of these unfortunate pests, get Raleigh Pest Control!

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  • 24Sep

    Termites in woodYour home should be your safe haven, free from the burdens of the outside world. Unfortunately, homeowners are often harassed by some pretty unsavory creatures that find their way inside, invade your privacy and leave behind their germs. Identifying these intruders and then formulating a plan to get rid of them is the only way to keep yourself and your residence protected. For serious insect or rodent infestations call a professional pest control company. Don’t let any of these common household bugs and rodents run amuck and end up wreaking havoc that ruins the peace of your humble abode.

    Frequent Indoor Pests

    Pests come and go as the seasons change, and oftentimes, as soon as you think you’ve finally gotten rid of one kind another pops up. Year-round insects to watch out for include bed bugs, roaches and silverfish, while ants, flies, termites, mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, bees, mice and rats keep pest control companies busy throughout different times of the year. Many insects enter a home looking for a dry, warm place to camp out in and others are looking for a source of food.

    Common Pest Hiding Spots

    Of course, both insects and rodents are small and fast enough to move all over a property and can be spotted in most nook and crannies you can think of, but there are a few specific places you should pay extra attention to and take special care to clean on a regular basis. Kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most common rooms in a house to get invaded by pests. Food will always be readily available in a kitchen area, and bathrooms house pipes and drains full of moisture that are accommodating to many bugs. Closets are generally a breeding ground for spiders that like to stay hidden in a dark place. Basements play host to all kinds of pests who prefer damp and dim living quarters, and being that it’s usually a less-visited area by homeowners, infestations can grow quickly. Garages and yards are also easily accessible and provide convenient environments to make nests and build colonies in.

    Pest Prevention and Control

    A pest control expert will work on a prevention and treatment plan specific to your home and infestation problem. You don’t want to try several ineffective methods on your own only to find pests keep coming back undeterred. Having your home inspected a couple of times a year will ensure that new outbreaks are eliminated quickly. In between inspections, homes should be kept as free of clutter as possible and consistently cleaned so as not to harbor an atmosphere that pests are attracted to. Keeping a home well-ventilated and dry also helps to deflect those bugs that favor humid dwellings. Make sure doors and windows are sealed tight to limit entry points and never leave food out unless you want to come back to it and find it half-eaten by an unwanted creature.

    Keep an eye out for any signs of intrusion by little critters because an effective pest control effort often begin with a person’s ability to identify what’s lurking around their home.

    About the Author

    Tiffany Olson hails from beautiful Northern California and spends her working hours informing the public on a variety of topics, including pest control. Some of her favorite off-hours activities are cooking, reading, and making art.

     

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  • 10Sep

    Praying MantisPraying mantises may look creepy with their big, bulging eyes and spindly front legs, but the truth is they’re a helpful insect and don’t really pose a threat to humans. Although they can definitely be intimidating when they come flying at you, they are mostly harmless. They have been known to bite, but since they don’t have any venom it won’t cause you injury.

    Below we’ll take a look at the praying mantis.

    What Are They?

    Praying mantises belong to a very large family of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species spread throughout nine families. These insects live all over the world, in tropical and temperate climates. Most belong to the family Mantidae, which is the insect we all think of when we hear the word “praying mantis.” The praying mantis’s closest relatives are the termite and the cockroach.

    What Do They Look Like?

    The praying mantis gets its name from its prayer-like stance. Praying mantises have two long, grasping forelegs which are called “raptorial legs.” They use their legs to capture and hold their prey. Praying mantises have remarkably flexible heads, which are able to turn nearly 300 degrees in some species. This helps provide a greater range of vision without them having to move their bodies. Praying mantises have compound eyes; the structure of their eyes creates the illusion of them having a small pupil. Praying mantises can be green, brown, or flesh colored so they camouflage with their surroundings.

    Where Do They Live?

    Praying mantises live anywhere where there are bugs. Different species are scattered throughout the world, in both temperate and tropical climates. Praying mantises can also live in captivity, and are often kept as pets.

    What Are Their Eating Habits?

    The praying mantis is a carnivorous predator that survives mostly off of insects, although larger species have been known to eat fish, snakes, birds, and even rodents. They consume anything they can capture, and they usually eat their victims alive. They will even practice cannibalism if hungry enough. The majority of praying mantises are ambush hunters, meaning they sit and wait for their prey to wander close enough before striking and overpowering their meal. Some species will chase their meal down, but most will not.

    What Do They Do?

    Praying mantises are considered good bugs in terms of pest control, meaning that if you have some in your garden they will help keep the insect population down. (A downside to this is that they will also eat other good insects, such as lady bugs.)

    Although their claws may look big and menacing, they don’t actually provide much protection. Praying mantises best form of self-defense is camouflage. When remaining still (which they are experts at) they can blend in with their surroundings. Many species will fan their wings out when threatened, which makes them appear bigger.

    What is Their Life Cycle Like?

    Despite popular belief, female praying mantises do not always consume the head of the male she is mating with, although this does happen on rare occasions. Female praying mantises lay her eggs in a sticky egg case, which she attaches to the underside of a leaf or branch during the autumn months. The egg case won’t hatch until late spring or early summer. Offspring are known as nymphs, and unlike other insects, they do not undergo a larvae stage. They hatch at approximately 4 mm long and look the exact same way adult mantises do, only way tinier. Once they have a little time to adjust to the outside world, they start ambushing and eating prey. Praying mantises molt throughout their life, allowing them to grow bigger.

    Although praying mantises may look creepy, they are actually good insects who help keep bug populations under control. Without praying mantises, there would be way more bugs in the world. In that regard, praying mantises are like nature’s own exterminators.

    About the author: Chris is an associate for a NJ pest control company.

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