Small Creatures are Carpet Beetle Larvae, Not Silverfish

A reader found carpet beetle larvae in her home. As most of our site visitors know, we write about carpet beetle larvae every week, and we are confident that our reader can say goodbye to these unwanted visitors with some dedicated cleaning. Continue reading [...]

Carpet Beetle Larvae Lurk Near Dog’s Kennel

A reader found a few carpet beetle larvae near her dog's kennel and in her mud room. We have provided some steps to take in order to get rid of these larvae. Continue reading [...]

Caterpillar on Lime Tree is Giant Swallowtail

One of our readers found a caterpillar on her lime tree. She wants to know what kind of butterfly it will mature into. We believe this is a Papilio cresphontes larva, or a giant swallowtail caterpillar. A giant swallowtail caterpillar can also be referred to as an "orange dog" or "orange puppy. These butterflies and larvae are found mostly in the United States and Canada, and are especially abundant in Florida. They are also found in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Jamaica, and Cuba. Here is the photo she sent us:As you can see from the photograph, the giant swallowtail caterpillar has very interesting brown and olive green markings. Their camouflaged look allows them to hide in plain site on foliage and tree bark, disguised as bird droppings. These caterpillars feed on plants Continue reading [...]

Inchworms Gather on Windowsill

One of our reader sent us a photo of an organism that she found in her bedroom on the windowsill. We believe the creature is an inchworm, or geometer moth larva. Continue reading [...]

Tiny White “Worms” In Bathroom Faucet are Drain Fly Larvae

A reader found small white "worms" in her bathroom faucet. We think these "worms" are probably drain fly larvae. Continue reading [...]
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Lyme Disease Information

This post provides some information about Lyme Disease for a curious reader. Continue reading [...]
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