Labor Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up

Labor Day Week Pest Control Links Round-Up

 

wasp stingingWasp Ruins My Labor Day

While enjoying my outdoor Labor Day picnic, I feel this small quiver underneath my blouse. I brush at it, thinking nothing of it at first, when I realize that ‘quiver’ inside my blouse has legs… and a bad temper! More…

Take the Bite Out of Labor Day

Nothing puts a damper on end-of-summer picnics and camp-outs faster than biting bugs. Unfortunately, mosquitoes and other insect pests come with the summertime territory. You can keep pesky – and sometimes dangerous – bugs from ruining your time outdoors over the long Labor Day weekend by taking three steps for complete protection. More…

The Beesness of Bees and Wasps

Hopefully the bees and wasps didn’t give you the “beesness” this Labor Day. More…

West Nile Numbers On The Rise, But Is It As Bad As Last Year?

How many of you where at all worried about mosquitoes and West Nile Virus over the weekend? Did you need to be? See how the mosquito and WNV numbers compare to last year’s. More…

Stay On Guard For Mosquitoes Over Labor Day Weekend

Officials are warning us about mosquito activity over the Labor Day weekend. More…

 

Sweat beePest Of The Week: The Sweat Bee

Found throughout most of the world, with the exception of Southeast Asia and Australia, the sweat bee is a beautiful flying pest. This native North American bee are commonly metallic in color; a metallic green, yellow, red, or combination of all three. A few types of sweat bees can be a boring brown or black in color as well.

Many people are scared at the sight of a sweat bee because of their intense appearance. Rest easy folks, as these bees are actually quite docile and will not sting you unless you go out of your way to handle one of them.

These bees happen to get their names from one particular trait… They love sweat! They are drawn to human perspiration; something the sweat bee gets important nutrients from. Sweat bees frequently nest underground, or in dead or rotting wood. Although they are solitary bees, sweat bees have been known to work together and share nests and tunnels.

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Information

Friday Links Round-Up: Your Weekly Pest Control Information

 

Pest Control Links10 Reasons Why People Are Afraid Of Spiders

Why are people so afraid of spiders? Why does even the thought of one give most of us the heebie-jeebies? Here are 10 reasons. More…

Home Remedies for Itchy Insect Stings

It’s inevitable… We all get stung every now and again. Whether the culprit is a bee, wasp, fire ant, or any other stinging pest, there are some remedies available. More…

The Proper Way to Conduct a Bed Bug Inspection

Make sure you get all the facts before you hire a bed bug inspector. You don’t want to have to deal with these tiny blood-sucking pests, again and again. There’s a proper way these inspections are done. More…

Top Tweets: Bed Bug Control Horror Stories

FMC Pest Wire shares some of their best pest control and bedbug tweets for the month of August, in this tweet round-up of sorts. More…

Scientists Shut Down Reproductive Ability, Desire In Pest Insects

If we take away insect’s desire to reproduce, have we essentially solved the world’s insect pest problems? Read more…

Pest Of The Week: The Thief Ant

English: Profile view of ant Solenopsis molest...
English: Profile view of ant Solenopsis molesta specimen casent0005936. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the most crafty and sly insects found on this planet happens to be the thief ant. These tiny ants, measuring about 1.5-2.2 millimeters in length, are adequately named because of their sneaky “kidnapping” like activities. Thief ants will steal the larvae of other ant species, and of other insect larvae, to eat. They will also steal food form other ant nests, and supply the colony with sustenance.

Sometimes referred to as grease ants or sugar ants, thief ants love greasy things. Some of their favorite foods include: sugary sweets, soda, meats, cheeses, nuts, and peanut butter. These yellowish-brown thief ants are also so tiny, that they commonly gain access to packaged human foods. This behavior is a huge deal in the food industry because it can transmit dangerous pathogens to humans.

Thief ant colonies are not very big when you compare them to other ant species. A typical colony will have a couple queens, with only a few hundred worker ants. Their nests are built outside in the ground; in decaying wood or under rocks.

 

Pest Control Information- Friday Links Round-Up

Pest Control Information- Friday Links Round-Up

 

Pest Control Links Round-Up
Pest Control Links Round-Up

Bedtime Stories For Pest Control Enthusiasts

Have your parents ever told you to “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”? Thinking about it… isn’t this scary – especially for children? More…

Termite Facts To Chomp On Infographic

Here is an awesome infographic about termites. Get all the termite facts here.

Problems with DIY Pest Control

Does DIY pest control really work? Use caution and read about all of the problems that can occur here.

Stinging Insect Classification: Wasps, Bees and Hornets

Controlling any pests starts by knowing the type of pests that are inside the premises. Learn about all the different flying and stinging pests here.

False Widow Spiders

False Black Widow Spiders have round, bulbous abdomens. The males body is thinner and more elongated than the females, however, the color pattern is similar. More…

Pest Of The Week: The Striped Scorpion

 

Striped ScorpionThe most widespread species of scorpion found in the United States is the Striped scorpion. They vary in color and pattern, with scorpions from Kansas and Oklahoma appearing darker with light orange striping; compared to the Striped scorpions found in West Texas that tend to be more pale with lighter yellow striping.

Striped scorpions measure about an inch to inch and a half in length, making them smaller then other scorpion species. They can be found living together in large numbers under rocks. These scorpions are especially hardy and have the ability to survive for extended periods of time in below freezing weather.

Striped scorpions have a powerful sting that feels comparable to that of a wasp’s sting. The pain and symptoms of a sting can last for several hours, and it is advised that scorpion control measures should be taken to ensure homeowners avoid these painful stings.

 

Stinging Insects Infographic

Stinging Insect Pests Infographic: Know The Difference

Summer barbecues, pool parties, picnics, and other outdoor activities can be accompanied by stinging pests. Some of these stings are mild, and other can really pack a punch. Here’s an excellent infographic, brought to you by Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, informing us all on how we can distinguish among these stinging insects, and what steps to take to control and prevent them respectively.

Stinging Insects Pest Control: Know the Difference - Comparing Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Hornets and Honey Bees

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

Pest Control Information- Weekly Links

Pest Control Information- Weekly Links

Yellow JacketFirst Aid Treatment for Yellow Jacket Stings

You’ve been stung by a yellowjacket… Now what? Here’s a step by step first aid guide to treat these painful stings. More…

What Do Gopher Tunnels Look Like Underground?

Here is a fascinating look at what gopher tunnels look like under the soil. The burrow system can cover an area of 200 to 2,000 square feet. More…

5 Most Common Las Vegas Pests

Las Vegas is home to some serious pests (and no, we’re not talking about the smut peddlers on the Strip). Here are the top five pests found in the Las Vegas area. More…

How Termites Can Ruin Your Home

When termites move in to your home, it’s time to get concerned. Here’s what you need to know. More…

Pest Of The Week: The Leafcutter Ant

leafcutter antCommon in Central to Southern Texas, and as far east as Louisiana, the Texas Leafcutter ant is an ant known for harvesting plant leaves. These ants will chew, or “cut” circular pieces out of leaves and use these pieces as fertilizer to feed a fungus. In return, this fungus will feed a leafcutter ant colony. It’s quite a remarkable process to see.

It’s because of this process, that leafcutter ants are considered a nuisance and a severe ant control problem. It has been reported that these ants can completely strip a citrus tree of all it’s leaves in under 24 hours. They are not to be taken too lightly. A colony of Leafcutter ants can attack crops, farmland, trees, shrubs, etc. if left untreated, permanently damaging the greenery. Nest-building activities have also been shown to damage roadways.

 

Pest Control Information- Your Links For The Week

Pest Control Information- Your Links For The Week

 

Scorpion StingerTop 5 Reasons To Fear Scorpions

As if we didn’t have enough reason to fear scorpions, here are five more. More…

Bees & Wasps Facts: Which Colors Will Attract Them?

This summer, amongst all of your pool parties and barbecues, lurks stinging pests like bees and wasps. Learn what colors attract them, and which colors repel them here.

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes In San Antonio

Summers in San Antonio, TX are filled with swimming, sunshine, and fun, but sadly, mosquitoes always like to crash the party. The season of sun creates perfect conditions for skeeter snack time. We all know of just how much harm mosquitoes can have on us, but the Asian Tiger Mosquito definitely steps that up a level. More…

Keep Fleas Under Control

Fleas can spread rapidly if given the chance, and if they aren’t paid the proper attention you may begin to see fleas on your furniture, in your carpet, and other places. More…

5 Tips for Getting Rid of Ants

Ants are quite the nuisance, especially this time of year. Here are five much needed tips from Dugas Pest Control to keep these pesky pests away from you and your home. More…

Good Year For Tent Caterpillars In Arizona

Caterpillars are a docile, and calm creatures, but in Southern Arizona, they’ve aggressively began to take over the desert. More…

 

Pest Of The Week: The Brown-Banded Cockroach

 

Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach
Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach (Photo credit: cdresz)

Another common cockroach distributed throughout most of the United States is the Brown-banded cockroach. This species of cockroach is smaller than other common cockroach species, measuring about ½ of an inch long. The Brown-banded cockroach gets its name from the two light colored bands that run along the roaches abdomen and wings. Like most species of U.S. roaches, the Brown-banded cockroach is a light brown or tan color.

The Brown-banded cockroach thrives in both warm and dry locations. Look for these roach pests inside your cabinets and pantries, along with near your refrigerator. Actually, these roaches can be found just about anywhere inside a home. Brown-banded cockroaches love to eat glue or paste. This makes mobile or refurbished homes particularly susceptible to these roaches, as many areas of these types of homes are assembled with glue. In addition to glue, Brown-banded cockroaches eat most organic material, like foods, and have also been known to chew on non-food materials, such as nylon stockings; presumably for the residues of body oils and skin flakes.

Severe Brown-banded cockroach infestations in the home require an effective roach control strategy provided by a competent pest control operator.

Three Superheroes Inspired by Insects

Superheroes are a big part of our culture. Comic book and movie fans love to see someone come into the scene and just decimate the bad guys. Superheroes get their abilities from a number of different sources, including the insect world. These three superheroes are among the more widely known and popular of the bug-inspired superheroes of the comic world.

The Human Fly

The Human Fly

Not well known by anyone other than long-term fans of the Marvel Comics Universe, the Human Fly is actually two characters. One is a super villain who paired off against Spiderman, and the other is a Superhero who starred in his own comic book series from 1977 to 1979. The Human Fly had developed most of his abilities after a car accident that left most of his skeletal structure replaced with steel. He endured years of physical therapy and training to recover his strength. In the process he developed extra strength, the ability to withstand hard falls and blows, and became a master aerialist, gymnast and expert in hand-to-hand combat. The Human Fly’s name comes from his great skill in the air.

Spiderman

Spiderman

The Spiderman is perhaps one of the most popular and well-known superheroes with insect abilities. This character was first introduced in 1962 and has enjoyed a long, almost continuous career fighting villains ever since. Spiderman developed his abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider in a University research lab. His abilities include increased strength, speed, stamina, and endurance, increased ability to regenerate, ability to cling to walls and ceilings with ease, increased intellect, a precognitive ability called, “spideysense”, and the ability to spin and shoot webs from glands in his wrists. The Spiderman’s most notable wall clinging and web spinning abilities are where he gets his name.

 

Wasp & Ant-man

The Wasp & Ant-Man

Fans of the Ant-man know that the Wasp is his girlfriend and eventual wife in a number of Marvel Comics including, Avengers and Marvel Features. She received her powers from Ant-man who had developed a formula capable of giving humans the ability to shrink and grow to almost any size. The pair had a long and troubled relationship fraught with danger and emotional difficulties. Both derived their names from the ability to shrink to a very small size, and the ability to communicate with insects and get them to do their bidding. The Wasp also grew wings when she shrunk to the size of a wasp and could fly. The Wasp could also emit bio-electric shocks to stun others, similar to a kind of wasp’s sting. Both retained their human strength even at small sizes.

These few heroes are not the only ones in the comic book world to get their inspiration from insects. The three above are among the more popular heroes with abilities directly related to insects. Lots of heroes have tried their hands at insect names and strengths from the Mosquito, to the Black Widow.

About the author: Chris is a marketing manager for a connecticut pest control company.

 

Published By Thomas Ballantyne

Pest Control Links Round-Up: Fourth Of July Edition

Pest Control Links Round-Up: Fourth Of July Edition

 

FireworksFour Top Pests For The Fourth Of July

Mosquitoes, ants, stinging pests and flies can interrupt our parades, flags, cookouts and fireworks as we celebrate the Fourth of July and our country’s 237th birthday. More…

Managing Bees & Wasps

Bees and wasp’s love of man-made structures and food sources bring them into contact with people during July 4th activities; creating the opportunity for a painful sting. More…

Declare Your Independence From Pests This July 4th

Are you currently being oppressed by a nasty regime of pests; much like the colonists were back in 1776? If so, it’s time to declare your independence from these malevolent pests. More…

Keep Pesky Fleas At Bay This Summer

The last thing you want to be doing this summer is battling fleas. Here are some great tips from Hopper Environmental Services. More…

West Nile Virus Activity Increases Throughout Sacramento & Yolo Counties– Protect Yourself This Fourth Of July Holiday

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District announced that more evidence of West Nile virus activity has been detected in widespread areas throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties as 24 mosquito samples and 3 birds tested positive for the disease today. More…

 

Pest Of The Week: The Jumping Spider

 

Jumping Spider Eating CricketJumping spiders are one of the easiest spiders to identify because of their four pairs or eyes arranged in three different rows, their erratic rapid movements, and their ability to jump. Jumping spiders also have unbelievable speed, which is accomplished by a well-developed internal hydraulic system; which extends their limbs by altering the pressure of body fluid. This hydraulic system enables jumping spiders to jump almost forty times the length of their own body.

Jumping spiders are also very unique, in that they do not rely on their webs to catch their meals. These spiders actually stalk and hunt their prey much like a jungle cat does. Their incredible speed and eyesight makes these spiders natural born killers of insects. While jumping spiders do possess venom that can paralyze its prey, they are not considered to be dangerous to humans. Excessive numbers of these spiders found inside your home may require professional spider control.

 

 

3 Pests That Can Ruin Your Fourth Of July

Fourth_Of_July_Family

Among all of your festive Fourth of July BBQ’s, fireworks, pool parties, and parades can lurk unanticipated nuisances that may very well wreak havoc on the day’s festivities (and I’m not talking about your Uncle Roger who drinks too much). I’m talking of course about bugs!

Here are three such nuisances, or outdoor pests, that can ruin your Fourth of July holiday:

Yellow Jackets

Wasps_On_Watermelon

One of the most popular Fourth of July activities are family picnics or barbeques. In fact, Last July 4th some 78 million Americans had a barbecue; grilling everything from hotdogs, to hamburgers, to shish kabobs. The sweet watermelon and sticky sodas draw in unwanted pests to your barbeques or picnics… Stinging pests!

Feeding on foods rich in sugars and carbohydrates (fruits, flower nectar, and tree sap), the Yellowjacket wasp also feeds on proteins (insects, meats, fish, etc.). So that means that just about anything you’ll eat on the Fourth of July can draw in yellowjackets. Building their nests in trees, shrubs, or in protected places such as inside human-made structures, yellowjacket nests expand rather rapidly with as many as 5,000 stinging wasp members. The worst thing about these flying pests? All female members of the species are able to sting multiple times, causing incredible pain to anyone who has been stung.

Be on the lookout for their nests before you set out the day’s yummy food. If you do find a nest, keep away, and get a professional wasp removal service.

Fire Ants

Hands In Ant Nest

“The Red Coats are coming!!!”  “The Red Coats are coming!!!”

On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere rode from Boston to Lexington and Concord, screaming “the Red Coats are coming,” warning patriots that the red clad British army was marching. Some 238 years later a different kind of Red Coat is coming; a Red Coat that is malicious and spiteful just like a British soldier.

I’m talking, of course, about the Red Imported Fire ant and if you live anywhere in the Southern United States you are very familiar with their tactics. Their mounds can be huge, and if disturbed, hundreds of these stinging ants can come pouring out looking to violently defend their queen (much like the British Army did back in 1775). These extremely painful stings will cause welts on the skin and in rare cases even cause death. To top it all off, these ants may be on the move this July Fourth, looking for your food.

If you have Fire Ant mounds in or around your home or property, get professional Fire Ant control.

Mosquitoes

Many mosquitos on skin

The most prevalent Fourth of July pest is the blood-sucking mosquito, and they just happen to be the most active during the dawn and dusk hours; the exact times you will be outdoors for parades and fireworks. Female mosquitoes feed on the blood of the living, and can transmit extremely harmful or even deadly diseases like West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever. Some authorities even argue that mosquitoes are the most deadly animals on earth.

Since September 2012, the Center for Disease Control reports some 3,142 cases of the West Nile virus disease in people, including 134 deaths. These numbers continue to grow. Don’t add to them this Independence Day. Make sure you wear mosquito repellant with DEET while you are outside celebrating.

Happy July 4th!

All of us bug guys here at blogpestcontrol.com and Bulwark Exterminating would like to wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day! Spend some time with family and friends, eat way too much potato salad, marvel at the stunning firework shows, and reflect on all of the blessings that are bestowed upon us as we live in the greatest country on Earth! Happy July 4th!

 

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.