Coming to a Home near You—Stink Bugs

Adult Stink Bug from NPMA

As autumn gets more brisk, pests are going to be seeking warmer confines, and your home provides the perfect shelter from the cold. One pest that is notorious for shacking up with people during the colder months is the stink bug. We’ve already seen some cold temperatures in East Tennessee, and there’s a chance that […]

Russell’s Pest Control is a proud sponsor of Susan G. Komen


If you’ve watched a football game or seen someone sporting a pink shirt, you’ve probably noticed that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This cause is very near and dear to our hearts at Russell’s Pest Control. Breast cancer victims, survivors and their families are brave people who have had to face a terrifying disease, […]

Kudzu Bugs are Invading East Tennessee

Kudzu Bug by Dow AgroSciences

A new pest has been making its way to East Tennessee over the past couple of years—one you might have seen it mentioned on the news: kudzu bugs. These small beetles came from Asia to North America only within the past few years. They are primarily found in the Southeastern United States, but have been […]

Wolf Spiders: More Bark than Bite

Wolf Spider face by Robert Kraft

Have you ever been in your kitchen, minding your own business, when you see a large, hairy spider dart across the floor? If so, then you’ve probably encountered a wolf spider. Wolf spiders are common in East Tennessee. Unlike other spiders, they don’t use webs to catch prey. Instead, wolf spiders chase and pounce on […]

Lady Bugs: More Naughty than Nice?

Asian Lady Beetle by Marlin E. Rice, IA State U (scaled)

Who doesn’t like ladybugs, with their cute little polka-dot wings? They’re a welcome sight for gardeners since they feed on aphids. However, these bugs change from appreciated guardian to annoying pest when they move indoors. Like many other insects and pests, once the temperatures drop in the fall, ladybugs will seek out warm confines for […]

Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Continue to Bite as Summer Draws to a Close

Mosquito by James Gathany

Summer is nearing its end, but that doesn’t mean mosquitoes will disappear when cooler weather arrives. We urge people to remain cautious of mosquitoes, as they are known to flourish well into the fall months, continuing to pose a health risk. “Although mosquitoes are often associated with the summer heat, they also thrive during the […]

Expert Advice for a Bed Bug-Free School Year

Bed bug

Summer vacation is coming to a close, and soon all the schools and universities will be back in session. While shopping for school supplies and a new wardrobe might take precedence, Russell’s Pest Control encourages parents and students to also spend some time brushing up on bed bug-prevention tips. “Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and […]

Earwigs—the bugs nightmares are made of

European Earwig by University of Nebraska (scaled)

They look like something you’d find in your nightmares or in a scary movie, but the earwig isn’t the product of a Hollywood studio. It’s something that might actually be living in your very own home. The earwig name is derived from the myth that claimed they would crawl into people’s ears in the middle […]

Pest-Proof Your Pantry

Not all pests scurry around in search of food before hurrying back to their nests. In fact, some pests such as Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles can settle right into food supplies, commonly infesting grains and sweets. “There is nothing worse than preparing to bake some cookies or cake and finding that pests […]

It’s Yellow Jacket Season

Yellow Jacket from Duke

We’re in the dog days of summer, which means the peak of yellow jacket season is near. You’re probably familiar with yellow jackets, as they are very common in both East Tennessee and across the U.S. Yellow jackets are wasp-like insects that are easy to identify due to their yellow and black-banded abdomens. They typically […]