Rodents Seek Shelter from the Cold in Your Home

Deer Mouse CDC

The weather has taken a brisk turn lately in East Tennessee, with temperatures dipping below freezing. This is going to chase pests of all varieties indoors as they look for a warm place to ride out the winter. Among those critters seeking refuge from the cold will be rodents. The term “rodent” is a bit […]

Scary Pests—Black Widow Spiders

Black Widow from University of KY (scaled)

Halloween is just around the corner, and in keeping with the spirit of the season, we thought we’d talk about one of the pests usually associated with the fright season—black widow spiders. Black widow spiders are easily identifiable by their black body and large, bulbous abdomen that is emblazoned with a red hour glass-shaped marking. […]

Scary Pests—Centipedes

house centipede scutigera_coleoptrata (scaled)

Halloween is just around the corner, and in keeping with the spirit of the season, we thought we’d talk about one of the more frightening pests out there–centipedes. Centipedes are creepy-looking creatures, and they can cause quite a shock when you catch sight of them. They have an almost extraterrestrial appearance with so many legs […]

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 […]