Did You Know Insects Create Their Own Antifreeze?

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In last week’s blog we wrote about some of the patterns of behavior that insects use to stay alive during colder winter months. In some instances, the bugs migrate to warmer climate, in other instances they hibernate or more technically, participate in diapause which is a long term state of suspension triggered by a specific set of stimuli to the insect, such as the reduction of daylight hours. Diapause synchronizes the insect’s life cycle with seasonal changes in its environment, including winter conditions.  Prior to diapause, insects begin adding extra layers of fat and reducing the amount of water in...
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What Happens to Insects During the Winter Months

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Each year, as the weather changes and temperatures get colder in Western North Carolina, the bug population seems to dwindle and disappear. So where do they all go? Are they leaving or hibernating? They seem to come right back once the winter thaws, so what’s the deal? Insects have a variety of methods for surviving the coldness of winter. Migration In some instances bugs do migrate to warmer climates. While most people don’t consider this species as a pest, a primary example of this is the Month butterfly. Monarchs in the eastern United States and Canada fly up to 2,000...
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Tips For Pest Proofing Your Home


No matter the season, bug infestations can occur. In the summer months, pests seem to be everywhere, but even in the cooler months, they can infiltrate your home looking for food and shelter. The bad news is that even with vigilance and following tips to bug proof your home, you may still end up with bugs because they are particularly resilient. That’s when you should call Gibson Pest Control for help in getting your home back! In the meantime, here are a few more tips for protecting your home. As the winter months are just around the corner, many of...
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Insect Communication Patterns

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Like humans and animals, bugs communicate with one another and the environment around them. While they may communicate, their reasons and methods for communicating vary greatly from humans. Why Do Insects Communicate? There are many different types of insect communication styles and purposes, but these can all be broken down into three main categories. Mating One of the main reasons bugs communicate is to locate and identify members of the opposite species and to facilitate a courtship or mating ritual. Predatory Often, bugs communicate to deceive or mimic predators and to express threat or submission.  Similarly, they also communicate to...
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Keep Bugs Out of Your Home

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Bug proofing your home can seem like a losing battle. Especially when you consider that there are more than 10 quintillion bugs in the world. How many zeros is that exactly? 10,000,000,000,000,000,0000. In Western North Carolina, we have our fair share, especially in the warm summer months when ants, fleas, flys, mosquitoes, and bees and wasps seem to be everywhere. So how do we safeguard our homes against bugs before a serious infestation occurs? First we have to consider that while it might sound a little creepy, bugs are a lot like us! They need food, water, and shelter to...
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