Posts Tagged ‘beetles’
Cockroaches are known to carry such diseases as polio, typhoid, gastroenteritis and hepatitis.
Africanized bees live in colonies with as many as 80,000 other bees; they are quick to get excited and attack in great swarms.
A scorpion can have up to 12 eyes.
Ladybugs aren’t really bugs at all, they’re beetles!
Insects are cold blooded and do not have lungs.
Many types of plants, including fruit and vegetable crops, depend on animals for pollination. Although honey bees are often first thought of as pollinators, many other types of animals pollinate crops and wildflowers, including wild bees, ants, beetles, wasps, lizards, birds, and bats. The EPA is concerned about declines in pollinator health, and is working to protect bees and other pollinators from pesticide risks through regulatory actions, voluntary changes to pesticide use by registrants and research programs aimed at increasing the understanding of factors associated with declining pollinator health.
What are some ways to discourage insects trying to enter your home?
One of the things that Pest Management Professionals try to utilize are IPM or Integrated Pest Management techniques. These basic ideas include using non-chemical methods to reduce the bug population around your home.
- This can be as simple as removing firewood from close to your home to maybe next to a block wall and making sure its not directly on the ground.
- Trimming trees to prevent ants and other crawling pests from just walking right on it.
- Using yellow lighting or sodium vapor lights on structures or businesses will help to reduce flying insects.
- Keeping stone or dirt away from the stucco of your home so you can clearly see the foundation.
- Sealing up any cracks and crevices where bugs love to hide, this may include those block wall bump-outs.
- Keep trash cans away from doors where people come and go often.
- Check your property often and stay ahead of the insects.
As the season approaches and you begin the work to set up all those decorations we thought we should share a few tips on decorating:
- If you stored anything in your attic, check those boxes before you bring them into your home. I suggest opening them in your garage and unpacking before distributing them throughout your home. (Rodents, roaches, scorpions and all types of nasty critters could be making a home within those boxes).
- Check that Christmas tree before bringing it into your home, bird and bugs could be living within those branches. Some bugs lay eggs or egg cases on trees and plant, so take care. Also check any wreaths or homemade type of decorations for insects or eggs.
- If your putting up lights or decorations outside, check for signs of infestations such as birds nesting in eaves and honeybees going in and out from a hole or crack.
- If you are putting decorations on you roof (be careful) but check for any signs of infestation. Rodents and wildlife may be scratching or clawing at wood or shingles trying to gain entry, this is a great time to check for any type of activity.
- If your putting lights on shrubs or trees, check for signs of nesting such as pack rats and other types of birds.
- If you bring in firewood, only take in what you re going to use right away. Some beetles lays eggs in wood and if it is warmer in the home they may decide it’s summer time and exit the wood.
Merry Christmas to all our friends may you enjoy a peaceful and enjoyable pest free holiday season and just remember we are but a phone call away.
ProBest Pest Management
425 W. Guadalupe Road #110
Gilbert, AZ 85233
480-831-9328 or 623-414-0176
Successful strategies to prepare your home for winter:
The key in my book is to keep an eye out throughout the year. If Africanized Honeybee’s have taken up residence and you didn’t notice it for a year you will have more problems because of the time involved to build more colony and honey storage. So here is my list:
- Check your home outside for any holes that may have developed over the past year – seal them, I suggest copper wool (won’t rust) or steel wool. Check for signs of termites, such as termite tubes or tunnels or damage. This can also be damage from water as well.
- Check inside your home, look for baseboard or paint that seems to be cracked or crinkled which might suggest termite activity.
- Only bring in enough firewood that you will use immediately, firewood can bring in pests like spiders, beetles or termites.
- Repair any screens that have been damaged.
- The winter is also a great time to check your attic, it’s cooler. Check for animal signs like feces or nesting materials. Check the roof for signs of water staining or damage, if capable check the roof from the outside – check shingles or tiles for any damage.
- If this is a cabin, drain the water lines and clean up. This will allow you to notice things on your return visit, remember HantaVirus and the clean up procedures.
- Now is also a good time to call your local Pest Management Professional for an inspection, especially here in Arizona because of the monsoon and the rains which make termites more active.