Maryland has Snakes?!

Maryland has Snakes?!

Beautiful, fascinating or frightening … snakes are able to increase the heart rate of many that come face to face with them; however history gives a different perspective. Snakes and humans have had a strong and connected relationship throughout the ages! The Ancient Greeks believed snakes to have a mythical healing power. The Pharaohs of…

Top Most UNWANTED Countdown

Top Most UNWANTED Countdown

Although all of these could be number one to any of us, depending on our personal feelings, all of them are definitely worthy to be awarded this distinguished honor!  10:    Yellow Jacket – These wasps are the most aggressive when defending their colonies. Their stings are not only painful, but they can and will sting you…

Vampire Bats

Vampire Bats

There are three species of bats that can claim the name ‘Vampire Bats’; they are the only ones that feed solely on blood and it is believed that all three have a common ancestor. The vampire bat aka common bat is found in Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The vampire bat lives in large colonies in…

Yellow Jackets Last Stand

Yellow Jackets Last Stand

Yellow Jackets are among the most aggressive stinging insects in the state of Maryland and need little provocation to come after you! It is the Eastern Yellow Jacket that is native to Maryland and surrounding areas. They have a wide array of places that they deem appropriate for a nest. Unlike honey bees there is…

Halyomorpha Halys AKA Stink Bug

Halyomorpha Halys AKA Stink Bug

‘Halyomorpha Halys’, better known as the “Stink Bug” is a smelly little pest that until September 1998 was not seen in the United States! Yes, it is an invasive species. Originally found in China, Japan and Taiwan, it is thought that these stinkers hid out in crates that came into port! By 2012 these stink…

Busy Summer’s End

Busy Summer’s End

Staying true to our grandfather and founder’s vision, ‘The Golden Rule’, we have had quite a busy summer. On August 23rd we had the opportunity to take part as a business in supporting and sponsoring the ‘Randy DeCampli Benefit’ held at Mike and Nicks Sports Bar. Randy suffered a traumatic brain injury on June 6th,…

Mouse, Mouse … Is there a Mouse in the House?

Mouse, Mouse … Is there a Mouse in the House?

The following mice are welcome here: Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mighty Mouse, Fievel Mouse, Stuart Little, Speedy Gonzales and Miss Bianca. All others KEEP OUT!Although there are people who actually enjoy living with mice running through the house, most of us do not! Just the thought of them scurrying around the house and into everything…

Rain Gutter Balancing Act

Rain Gutter Balancing Act

In many areas of the United States, home owners really have no real problems with rain gutter malfunction or cleaning. They will never know the sheer thrill that is felt while balancing atop a 15 foot ladder, relying on their spouse or a friend to keep the ladder steady. Living in Maryland and surrounding areas,…

Weatherization

Weatherization

Many of the homes that are occupied have been built before 1980, of which according to the U.S. Department of Energy only 20% of them have adequate insulation! To help home owners, the federal government, utility companies and others often offer a variety of tax credits, rebates and other incentives to weatherize homes. There are…

13 Most Poisonous Caterpillars

13 Most Poisonous Caterpillars

There are many kinds of caterpillars that are harmless and can be good in your garden because they will eat other types of undesirable insects like aphids. However, caterpillars of many species can cause irritation to humans by their hollow body hairs that detach easily and can be poisonous if ingested. The caterpillar has actually…