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Give The Gift Of Insect Candy This Christmas

Insect CandyChristmas is right around the corner, which means it’s that time of year to load up on candy, either to munch on yourself or to gift as stocking stuffers. But why stick to the traditional chocolates and peanut brittle? To add a fun little kick to your Christmas candy this year, consider giving your loved ones candied insects. There are many types of bug candies to choose from, whether you want to give your family and friends chocolates, brittle, suckers, or other insect snacks.

Insect Suckers

Insect suckers have long been a favorite among children, tweens, and teens, making it a great choice as a stocking stuffer this holiday season. These colorful suckers actually contain a real insect in their center. You can choose from a variety of colors, flavors and insects, including grasshoppers, crickets, ants, worms, and scorpions. Flavors include toffee, apple, banana, blueberry, grape, strawberry, orange, tequila, and watermelon.

Chocolate Covered Ants

Chocolate covered ants are another long-time favorite, with many forms of this treat to choose from. Likewise, you can also choose from chocolate covered crickets. This would be the perfect gift for an adult relative who’s got a sweet tooth, or an older teenager.

Amber Brittle

Peanut brittle has always been a popular delicacy during the holiday season, so why not spruce it up this year by giving out amber brittle with insects inside? This ribbon-style toffee-flavored candy houses insects and a fern inside, and is designed to look like fossilized amber. How could anyone NOT want this in their stocking?

Chocolate Covered Scorpion-on-a-Stick

Scorpions are a popular treat in many parts of the world, and one of the more popular ways to enjoy these critters is on a stick… dipped in chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. The appeal of a chocolate covered scorpion is that it still maintains its shape, all the while making a delicious snack. This would be a great gift for the adventurous eater in your family, or for that relative you don’t like.

Butterfly Candy

While butterfly candy isn’t made from real butterfly, this ribbon style flavored hard candy does feature a real insect, along with edible flower petals to simulate the appearance of an actual butterfly. This candy is available in blueberry and strawberry flavor, and would make a delightful gift for anyone on your Christmas list.

Ant Candy

Ant candy is a hard candy that is designed to look like an ant farm. It contains real black ants, and is available in a variety of flavors, including chocolate, apple, and cherry. Your family members are sure to get a kick when they find one of these in their stockings this year. One thing’s for sure – Christmas will be a lot more interesting if you hand out insect candy instead of the normal Christmas fare. Your loved ones are guaranteed to get a kick out of receiving these exotic candies – or they will run screaming from you. Which would be a good thing if they are a relative you don’t necessarily enjoy.

Chris is a blogger for Excel Termite & Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

The Tell Tale Signs Of Mice

Uninvited guests are a nightmare, especially when those guests are disease carrying, smelly rodents with a penchant for working their way through your food and rubbish and leaving a trail of destruction. Here are the tell tale signs that mice have been in your home.


A strong smell of ammonia, almost musky will follow the mice as they mark their pathways and territories with urine. Cats and dogs are likely to notice the odor before you do and will express this through excitement where the mice are most active. If you see them take interest in particular cupboards or skirting boards then take a closer look for the other signs of an infestation.  It could just be that there is a rogue toy or treat that had previously gone unnoticed, however if there are other signs then you have mice. Such is there habit of urinating you may notice yellow trails building up along their trails.


Mice pellets are around 5 mm in length and dark in color  where you suspect the mice have been there will be a number of them.  Check under the sink, in the dark corners underneath and inside drawers and around food containers and rubbish bags.

Scratching & Squeaking

Mice are noisy creatures and due to their poor eyesight and danger from predators they will move around the crevices and pathways around your walls and cupboards. They are nocturnal creatures so you will be able to hear their high pitched squeaking and the scurrying and scratching noises of their paws in the silence of the night.


Bite marks, or more accurately little nibble marks where they have happily gnawed through food packaging, wood, plastic or even cables. Mice have teeth that are always growing so will chew through most hard surfaces to relieve this. If you fear you have mice ensure food packets that have been opened are re-sealed and kept in air-tight containers .Food debris such as bread crumbs or cereal, or food left out is what attracts them in the first place. Ensure that food waste is put in a rubbish bin that is routinely emptied or has a strong lid.

Finally you may see a mouse, in which case it is likely there will be more nearby. Mice are quite small in size and of a light brown or grey color with a thin tail. They also have soft skeletons that allow them to fit through spaces just quarter of an inch thick making gaps in floorboards and cupboards ideal.

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Thanks to James from Terminex pest control in London for writing this post.