Pest Control News: Weekly Links Round-Up

Pest Control News: Weekly Links Round-Up

 

Green Lacewing
Green Lacewing

What is that little red bug? Is it a spider? An Ant?

If you have little red bugs all over your side walk, or on the side of your house, you could possibly have Clover Mites. More…

A Different Approach to Pest Control

Smart pest control begins with prevention. There are a lot of ways you can make small changes to your home that will help keep pests out. More…

Masonry Bees

Here is some information from Graham Pest Control about Masonry bees; including appearance, biology, and importance. More…

How to Keep Cicada Killers or Digger Wasps Away

Here’s a great video on digger wasps of Cicada killers that includes the best ways to prevent them. More…

How Did I Get Fleas And What Can I Do So I Don’t Get Them Again?

The most common way you get fleas is from stray cats and opossums. As they run through your yard, they drop off fleas and flea eggs. Then while spending time in your yard the fleas jump on you or your pet, and are unwittingly brought into your home. More…

Brown Recluse Infestation: Extreme Spiders Require Extreme Measures

Brown recluse spider bites are well documented to be very horrific. There are treatment methods that exterminate these dangerous spiders. They include: direct contact treatment, exterior treatments, crack and void treatments, and spot treatments. More…

Pest Of The Week: The Green Lacewing

 

Green Lacewing
Green Lacewing

This week’s pest of the week is not actually a pest at all, but a very beneficial insect. The green lacewing is an all natural exterminator that feeds on garden pests like mites, aphids, and lace bugs; exterminating as many as 100 a week. In addition, these beautiful flying insects also feed on plant nectar, pollen, and honeydew. Gardeners prefer green lacewings because they offer a safe, non-chemical alternative for naturally controlling garden and plant pests.

Green lacewings are usually bright green to greenish-brown in color, with compound eyes that are noticeably golden in most species. The wings of the green lacewing are translucent, with a slight iridescence. Some may have green wing veins, or a cloudy brownish wing pattern. These insects are also nocturnal; extremely active at night.

 

5 For Friday: This Week’s Links Round-Up

5 For Friday: This Week’s Links Round-Up 

 

Rasberry_AntClearwater Crazy Ants 

Crazy Rasberry ants are becoming more and more of an invasive pest throughout much of the south and in Texas. They are even driving out the much dreaded fire ants. These ants go everywhere, invading homes and nesting in walls and crawlspaces, even damaging electrical equipment by swarming inside appliances. More…

Mobile Pest Control Software 

With a huge demand for pest control software right now, here is mobile pest app by Beevio that is worth looking into. More…

The History of Pest Control 

Here is an interesting read about the history of pest control; from the 1800’s until today. More…

Gear Up For A Busy Tick Season In Maine 

Ticks will be in full force this summer throughout much of New England. Here are a few deer tick prevention tips from the pest control professionals at Modern Pest Services. More…

Bugs are Pretty Too! 

Not all bugs are creepy, crawly, ugly, and slimy. They can be beautiful creatures. They can be works of art. More…

 

Pest Of The Week: The Soldier Beetle 

A soldier beetle (Cantharis livida). The soldi...

Extremely sought after by gardeners as a natural pest exterminator, adult Soldier beetles are an effective natural predator of garden pest insects; like aphids.

The Soldier beetle is sometimes referred to as a leatherwing, and is found worldwide. The insect got it’s name from it’s resemblance to a British soldier or “red coat.” Species in Britain are bright red. Typically, soldier beetles are black in color with orange highlights.

This beneficial insect will also eat nectar and pollen, along with it’s diet of aphids. If homeowners would like a healthy population of Soldier beetles to feed on aphids, just plant some nectar and pollen producing plants into your garden.

 

Headless Ladybugs

A New Discovery of Rare ‘Headless’ Ladybug

It is said that if a ladybug lands on you it is a sign of good luck. This old myth proved to be accurate when a Montana State University student discovered a new species of ladybug that appeared to be headless.

Ross Winton made the discovery in a trap he set at a sand dune in southwest Montana. The MSU entomology graduate student was rather perplexed when he first saw the insect, thinking it was some kind of headless beetle. As scientists further examined the specimen, they were able to determine that the insect was actually a ladybug. The scientists also discovered the ladybug actually does have a head, but it’s hidden inside it’s thorax, much like a tortoise with it’s head tucked into it’s shell.

There have only been two specimens of the tan, pinhead-sized ladybug ever collected, with another female ‘headless’ ladybug found 90 miles away in Idaho. Scientists say that this ‘headless’ ladybug is the rarest species in the United States, and is quite an accomplishment considering the ladybug isn’t much larger that a grain of sand.

Scientists generally use male species to catalogue and name new discoveries, so Ross Winton was given the naming right to the rare ladybug. He decided to name it Aleenius Iviei after one of his Montana State University professors. It’s common name will be “Winton Labybird Beetle.”

English: A ladybug, (Coccinella sp., probably ...

Using Ladybugs as Natural Pest Control

Ladybugs are quite amazing creatures. Aside from being a favorite insect among young children, ladybugs are a favorite among homeowners and gardeners as well. They are considered beneficial insects, because many species feed on aphids, spider mites, and mealy bugs that traditionally wreak havoc on crops and destroy gardens.

Some homeowners and gardeners have a lot of success introducing beneficial insects into their gardens, flower beds, and property. These natural exterminators can provide a very useful pest control service. By providing appropriate living conditions, which require very little support, homeowners can encourage the growth and development of ladybugs and other beneficial insects.

Keep Your Eyes Open

The discovery of this new ‘headless’ ladybug is quite exciting news for pest control operators and insect enthusiasts alike. Scientists predict that humans have only discovered 20 percent of the world’s insects. Next time you’re out camping, or even in your front yard, keep a look out for any bug that appears to be out of the ordinary… You might discover a new species and get to name it!

Weekly Pest Control News

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 Beware the Emerald Ash Borer This Fall 

The larva of the emerald ash borer tunnel under the ash trees bark and block the systems that transport food and water. Without those systems working, the tree eventually starves to death. When this happens, the damage caused to cities, property owners and industries can range in the millions of dollars, and our ecosystems can be damaged permanently.

Bell Introduces Two Soft Baits at PestWorld 

Once rodents eat FINAL Soft Bait, its single-feed active ingredient, brodifacoum, goes to work controlling even difficult-to-control mice. The Lumitrack in both products aids PMPs in identifying and tracking rodents by making rodent feces glow bright neon green under UV lighting. More… 

Frugal Dad’s Top Pest Control Blogs 

For an excellent compilation of pest control blogs, check out:

http://calipestcontrolblog.com/2012/10/15/frugal-dads-top-pest-control-blogs/ 

Bed Bug Services: How Do Bed Bugs Spread? 

For a very informative read regarding bedbugs, including how they are spread, the progression toward home infestations, and what you can do to prevent their spreading, check out:

http://www.resteasypestcontrol.com/blog/bid/231671/Bed-Bug-Services-How-Do-Bed-Bugs-Spread

Florida Tightens Regulations for Those Experiencing Bee Infestations 

Florida recently decided to begin enforcing a law that prohibits beekeepers from eliminating or relocating live bee colonies. The law requires infestations to be removed by a certified pest control expert, and many beekeepers lack the required license to continue relocating hives that are a nuisance to residents. More…

Tragedy During a Roach Eating Contest 

Edward “Eddie” Archbold is seen in the above video grabbing handfuls of roaches, and tossing them in his mouth like peanuts. The 32 year old resident of South Florida passed away earlier this month after eating several dozen of those roaches. The man was competing in a roach-eating contest with the hopes of winning an ivory ball python from a local reptile store. More…

Pest of the Week

English: Macro shot of Opiliones Harvestmen
English: Macro shot of Opiliones Harvestmen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harvestmen 

Harvestmen are more commonly known as “Daddy Long Legs,” and are not true spiders; but are very close relatives. They are dark brown with one body section (about a 1/2 an inch) and have long, thin legs; spanning up to 2 inches. Harvestmen do not bite or sting, they do not possess venom, and they do not create silk.

Very active at night, and often found in large numbers around structures and inside buildings, Harvestmen spiders are active hunters and provide excellent pest control services, to help homeowners eliminate insects, aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers, beetles, flies, mites, slugs, worms, spiders and other harvestmen.