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What's the Difference Between Honeybees and Africanized Honeybees?

The honeybees with which Americans are most familiar are European honeybees that began arriving in the New World with the Spanish explorers. In the centuries since, honeybees from the Old World have comprised virtually all of the bees kept for pollination and honey production. In the 1950s, a research scientist in Brazil imported some bees from Africa to breed with European honeybees. African bees displayed greater resistance to disease and produced more honey than their European cousins. The researcher's goal was to create a cross-bred bee that would be productive under tropical conditions. However, 26 swarms, including queens, were accidentally released into the wild. The bees began breeding with native honeybees, and their descendants quickly expanded northward. Africanized bees were first discovered in California in 1985, in Texas in 1990 and in Arizona in 1993. A study of trapped bees conducted in the Tucson area in 1994 found that 15 percent...
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The Difference Between Termites and Carpenter Ants

Termites and carpenter ants share a love of wood that can result in extensive damage to a structure. Both are adept at concealing their presence, so they sometimes have years to work undisturbed before they are detected. Furthermore, since termites and carpenter ants appear quite similar to the untrained eye, many people frequently mistake one for the other. However, there are some differences in behavior and appearance that can make it easier to determine whether the invading pests are termites or carpenter ants. Differences in Behavior Termites can digest cellulose, so they actually eat wood. Carpenter ants do not eat wood; they remove it to create a hollow area for a nest or gallery. Although both species may establish a gallery inside the walls of a structure, some termites prefer mud mounds for shelter; these mounds can be below or above the ground. Of the two pests, only termites build mud...
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Don't Bring Bed Bugs Home From Summer Vacation

At Termagon, one of the pests we encounter most are bedbugs. These brown, oval-shaped parasites have been making a comeback since the 1990s, so it wouldn't be surprising if your suspicions turned out to be right and you actually found them in your home. How Bedbugs Get In Despite the stigma that attaches to a property with bedbugs, these pests don't discriminate between low-class and high-class establishments. No matter how clean or well-maintained a home is, bedbugs will get in as long as the home provides food and warm shelter. They can squeeze through almost any crack in the exterior. More often, though, they dwell in hotels and motels and latch onto occupants' clothing and luggage, especially warm electrical devices like laptops; in this way, they infiltrate homes without any effort whatsoever. Once they're inside, they migrate to tight spaces like cracks in the walls and baseboards and to cluttered areas...
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Why Customers Have Trusted Termagon Since 1995

Since 1995, Termagon Inc. has proudly served customers throughout Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties with all of their pest control needs. A family owned and operated business, we are dedicated to prioritizing customer service and are rated as number one in customer satisfaction. We offer both commercial and residential services to meet your needs, and we are fully licensed and insured. Our expert technicians work closely with our customers to develop plans of action that will help to rid their homes and businesses of pests while also preventing their return. All of our staff and managers are up-to-date on the latest advancements in pest control technologies. We ensure that they complete all of the required state education courses for pest control and prevention. We use a combination of chemical and nonchemical approaches to help to eliminate pests and to prevent recurrences of the problem. We help homeowners with controlling...
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The Difference Between Bees & Wasps

For most people, the differences between a wasp and a honey bee are not as important as escaping them whenever they fly too near. However, while they are both stinging insects, their differences are important when it comes to receiving proper pest control. This post will help you determine whether you are seeing wasps or honey bees and the proper steps to take for pest control. Body Type The easiest way to tell which insect you're dealing with is to look at the shape of its body. Luckily, honey bees and wasps look different enough that you should be able to tell which one you're looking at without getting too close. Honey bees have furry, rounded, fat bodies and fuzzy, flat legs. Wasps, on the other hand, have sleek, thin bodies and slender, hairless legs. Wasps also have a telltale curve to their torso, which makes them a bit easier to...
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