All About Carpenter Bees

Have you ever seen a bee make a hole in wood? That sounds like a carpenter bee! This lesser discussed bee is prevalent in the Capital District and packs a double whammy – it can damage structures and it can sting. Let’s take a look at how to identify carpenter bees, how to know when… Read more »

5 Ways to Help Prevent Mosquitoes

Let’s start off by making one thing clear: mosquitoes are annoying! They buzz in your ear, bite you, and leave you itchy. Mosquitoes can carry diseases as well, making them not just annoying but potentially dangerous. Summer in Upstate New York is primetime for mosquitoes, so let’s take a look at a few ways you… Read more »

All About Cockroaches

Yuck, cockroaches! They are dirty, nasty and unwelcome pests…but they show up anyways. Cockroaches are a common pest, so if you find them in your home, don’t feel ashamed. The important thing is to quickly and completely exterminate them. The Basics Cockroaches are brown, flat and oval shaped with wings and six legs. Female cockroaches… Read more »

4 Common Stinging Pests

Summer is here and so are stinging pests! Stings are painful, unpleasant, and sometimes dangerous. Let’s take a look at four common stinging pests so that you know what to stay away from this summer. Yellowjackets Yellowjackets have a yellow and black face and a yellow and black banded abdomen. Their nests are commonly found… Read more »

Save the Honey Bees

Honey bees are incredibly important members of our ecosystem. Of course the honey they produce is delicious, but their work as pollinators is absolutely critical to our food supply. Without pollinators who transfer pollen between the male and female parts of a plant, seeds and fruit wouldn’t be produced. Colonies of honey bees have been… Read more »

The Bugs of Summer

Summer 2020 officially kicks off on June 20th. Summer means swimming, BBQs, gardening…and bugs! That’s right, summer is primetime for bugs in the Northeast. So what should we be on the lookout for here in Upstate New York? Stinging Insects A variety of stinging insects will be buzzing around this summer. Wasps, yellow jackets, carpenter… Read more »

All About Mosquitoes

There are a lot of wonderful things about summer. Mosquitoes aren’t one of them. One small bite can leave you unpleasantly itchy. Today we’re going to teach you all about mosquitoes, so that you can reclaim your backyard and enjoy your summer mosquito free. The Basics There are 3,000 species of mosquitoes in existence. Only… Read more »

All About Stink Bugs

The not so lovely Stink Bug! Squish one and you quickly learn how they got their name. Despite their unfortunate stench and uncanny ability to find their way indoors, these pests are relatively harmless to humans. Aside from wreaking havoc on plants, they’re unlikely to do anything other than gross you out. How to Identify… Read more »

Resources for Kids to Learn about Bugs

Hey Moms and Dads, we know schools are closed and you’re trying to keep the kids occupied, entertained, and most importantly educated. Bugs and insects are a cool and fascinating subject kids find interesting. Here are some fun projects to try at home, free materials, and computer labs to do with the kids. Some of… Read more »

Keeping You Safe

Family Pest Solutions is all about keeping you and your family safe in and around your home. Many common pests can cause damage to your home, or may bite, sting, or carry disease harmful to your family. Spring brings the emergence of several unwelcome pests. During this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic while many of you may… Read more »