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How to Catch a Lightning Bug

Suburban Exterminating experts tell all!

Have you seen Lighting Bugs or Fireflies in your backyard? In my Smithtown backyard, I've spotted a few lightning bugs and I hope that you have, too!

Blinking Bugs

These bugs are actually beetles with 2 pairs of wings.  Fireflies like low-hanging trees and marshy wet areas.

Fireflies use their lights to communicate. If you want to catch one, start your search in a dark corner of your yard or turn your outside lights off.

Once you've caught your firefly, keep it in a cup or jar with plenty of air, some grass and a damp paper towel. These bugs like the moisture!

Let Them Go

If you keep them longer than a day or two, the fireflies may die. Instead, let them go back into your dark backyard so you can catch many more!

Bug Experts

Suburban Exterminating are experts in insect and pest control. We are always looking for fun ways to share our expertise with fellow Long Islanders! Contact us in Nassau or Suffolk County at 864-6900.

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