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Honey Bee colonies consist of a Queen, Worker and Drones. Bees communicate with each other by movement and pheromones. They are responsible with pollinating approx. 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the US. Honey bees are the only insects that produce food for humans.

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They get their name from the paper like materials that they use to construct their nests. The comb nests are hung from twigs and branches, porch ceilings, soffits, caves, window and doorframes and almost any protected area. They are usually not aggressive and more of a nuisance insect.

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Ticks tend to live in areas of brush, tall grasses and woods.  They are blood feeders and must consume a blood meal to lay eggs.  All life stages of the tick feed on blood.  They can be carrier of diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and so on.

There are lots of species of ticks.  Luckily, they all look alike for the most part except for some markings and colorations.  Most tend to be brown to black in color.

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These pests breed in ponds, lakes, and any standing water. They have a short reproductive cycle which allows them to become a problem very quickly. They are most active around dusk, and are strongly attracted to light, body heat, and Carbon Dioxide. Only the female mosquito actually bites, and that is right before she is about to lay eggs. These pests are carriers of many diseases and other parasites, most notably the West Nile Virus.

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Hornets are black and white stinging insects. They are approx. 1/2 – 5/8″ in size. They make aerial nest in tree limbs and on the side of structures.

They are a very aggressive social pest. If you get to close to the nest or accidently disturb it, they will swarm you in numbers and aggressively sting you.

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These fleas will attack all types of animals, cats and dogs especially. Once they feed on a host they will then lay 4 – 8 eggs after each feeding, up to about 500 in their lifetime. These eggs hatch in approximately 7 – 10 days. These fleas can transmit disease and tapeworms.

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