General Crawling Insects

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a pest control practice in which two or more methods are utilized in order to achieve the desired control of a target pest or pests.  In general, IPM provides effective control of the target pest(s) through monitoring of pest levels in which a threshold level has been established in […]

One Time Application vs Pest Control Maintenance – How do you know which to choose?

Clients frequently ask how they know what pest control service they need since Mug-A-Bug, Inc. offers both one time applications as well as maintenance agreements.  The most honest answer is that ever situation is different; however, there are many aspects that can be considered in order to find the best resolution for each client.

 

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Crickets

Colorado is home to more than 10 species of crickets.  Occasionally, crickets wander into homes and although they do not reproduce inside of homes, during times of high activity their chirping can be a nuisance to homeowners.  Only the male crickets “sing”, attempting to attract attention of the females and during their courtship.  They will […]

Springtails

As their name indicates, springtails have the ability to jump several inches in the air due to an appendage tucked under their abdomen that functions as a spring-like mechanism thrusting them into the air.  This mechanism is typically utilized to escape danger or when they are disturbed.  Springtails jumping action often causes them to be […]

Silverfish and Firebrats

Look-alike household pests, silverfish and firebrats can at times be difficult to tell apart.  There are subtle differences in appearance as well as the habitats in which they tend towards. Silverfish are a shiny, silver or pearl gray in color and ½ to ¾ of an inch in length.  They tend towards warm humid areas […]

Harvestmen – a.k.a Daddy-Longlegs

Although they belong to the same class as spiders, harvestmen or daddy-longlegs as they are more commonly called are not spiders at all.  These arachnids lack both fangs and venom.  Yes, that alone dismisses the urban myth that they are the most poisonous spiders in the world but have fangs that are too small to […]

Colorado’s Scorpions

Three species of scorpions call Colorado home: common striped bark scorpion, northern desert hairy scorpion and northern scorpion.  One of the most recognizable of the arachnids, scorpions have elongated bodies that taper into a tail-like abdomen armed with a stinger.  Their enlarged appendage-like pedipalps form claws that are utilized to grasp prey.  The smaller chelicerae […]

Solpugids – a.k.a Sunspiders or Windscorpions

Relatives of arachnids like true spiders and scorpions, solpugids (or sunspiders as they are more commonly called) have 4 pairs of legs, large jaws and long, leg-like pedipalps (mouth parts used for manipulating food and climbing smooth surfaces).  Their oversized jaws and quick movements tend to frighten those that encounter them.  Sunspiders powerful jaws are […]

Common Native Colorado Spider Species

Many species of spiders are native to Colorado.  Some are easily recognizable while others are a bit less likely to be recognized.  In general, spiders are beneficial arthropods that consume many other insects in and around homes and gardens.  Colorado spiders typically have a lifespan of a single year; however wolf spiders and widows can […]

Spiders around the House – What you Should know and How to Decrease Activity

Although spiders can provide excellent insect control in and around the home, not many residents are willing to share their home with the little arachnids.  This often comes from fears brought on by stories and myths about spiders or simple by their unique appearance.  With eight legs and six to eight eyes depending on their […]