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Bats

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 by pelican

Pest Stats

Color: Varies in shade from tan to black

Legs: Four legs used for crawling; Front two are used as wings

Shape: Body covered with hair; Two wings and very large ears

Size: Depending on the species, adult bats average 2 3/16” to 7 ½” (5.5cm – 18.8 cm) in length from nose to end of tail. They have a wingspan of about 6” to 15” (15.2cm – 38 cm).

Antennae: No

Region: All, with the exception of colder regions beyond the limit of tree growth

There are more than 980 species of bats worldwide with about 40 species found in the United States. The three most common species that enter structures are the little brown bat, the big brown bat and the Mexican free-tailed bat.

For centuries, bats have been the subject of folklore and myths, often associated with witchcraft, haunted houses and evil. These myths still exist today and cause unfounded fear in many people.

Habits

Bats are nocturnal flying mammals that leave their roosts at dusk to feed and return to secluded dark places just before daylight. Most species are active during the warmer months and hibernate and/or migrate for the winter season. However, they do not fly in rainy or unseasonably cold weather.

Big brown bats: Female big brown bats form nursery colonies in the spring and are joined by males in late summer. They leave their roost at dusk in a slow, fluttering flight to find food. They feed close to the ground on various insects including beetles, ants, wasps, flies and mosquitoes.

Little brown bats: This species forms nursery colonies in early spring, then migrates south in autumn and hibernates in irregular clusters from September through April. They feed on insects, primarily flies and moths, and alternate their feeding with rest periods during which time they hang to digest their food.

Mexican free-tailed bat: This species migrates to Mexico for the winter, usually leaving in late October and returning in March. They feed on insects, eating up to 1/3 of their body weight each night.

Habitat

Different bat species living across the United Stated roost in dark secluded areas of buildings and in naturally protected areas like caves.

Big brown bats: This species commonly roosts in attics and church belfries, and behind shutters and loose boards. During the winter months, colonies travel short distances seeking hollow trees, rock crevices, drainage pipes, caves, mines and buildings to hibernate alone or in small groups.

Little brown bats: This species roosts in tree cavities and crevices during the warmer months and seeks shelter in caves and mines to hibernate.

Mexican free-tailed bats: This species usually lives in huge colonies where the young are raised. In the southeast and on the west coast, these bats can be found hiding in structures, but from Texas to Arizona they seek shelter in caves.

Bats can pose a serious health threat to humans if they are found inside a structure. Fungi that harbors in bat droppings can cause the lung disease, histoplasmosis. An accumulation of droppings should be professionally decontaminated and removed.

A small percentage of bats are also infected with rabies, but may not show symptoms. Rabies can be transmitted when saliva or even the body tissue of an infected animal comes into contact with another animal or human. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention if you’ve had any unprotected, physical contact with a bat.

In addition, if an infestation develops, it is important to treat the area for bat mites and bat bugs, which will bite humans.

http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/nuisance-wildlife/bats/

Africanized Honeybee

Posted on: November 7th, 2012 by pelican

Description

Africanized “killer” bees look so much like a regular honeybee that the only way to tell the two apart is by measuring their bodies. Africanized bees have different wing measurements than honeybees.

Pest Facts

Color: Golden yellow with darker bands of brown.

Legs: Six

Shape: Oval; bee shape

Size: 1/2 inches

Antennae: Yes

Flying: Yes

Region: AZ, CA, NM, NV, TX

Habits

These bees defend their colony and attack when threatened.

Habitat

Africanized bees have small colonies, so they can build nests in unique places. They have been known to live in tires, crates, boxes, and empty cars.

Threats

Their venom is no more dangerous than regular honeybees-they just tend to attack in greater numbers, which causes more danger to humans.

Prevention

Because of the aggressive nature of these pests and the enormity of their nests, a pest control professional or beekeeper must address an infestation. If you are chased by Africanized honeybees, run in a zig zag pattern and seek shelter in a house or car.

 

*FOR MORE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE AFRICANIZED HONEYBEE,

CHECK OUT DEREK ROACH’S LINK: http://www.propacificbee.com/infographic/AHB/infographic.php

 

http://www.npmapestworld.org/pestPedia/article.cfm?id=608

Varied Carpet Beetles

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by pelican

Description
Varied carpet beetles get their name from the rainbow of color on their back surfaces.
Color: Black centers, with white, brown and yellow patches in an irregular arrangement Shape: Round, Size: 1/16 inches, Legs: Six, Antenna: Yes, & Flying: Yes.
Habits
These pests enjoy dining on carpets, woolen fabrics, dead insects, furs, hides, feathers, horns, hair, silk and bones. It can take 249-354 days to three years for varied carpet beetles to grow from an egg to an adult.
Habitat
Varied carpet beetles are found in homes in attics, Oriental carpets, tapestries and wood-based wall-to-wall carpeting.
Threats
Varied carpet beetles feed on dead insects, but also feed on upholstery and carpet, so they can damage those materials. They can also damage clothing fabric.
Prevention
As with moths, to avoid varied carpet beetle infestations, store clothing in plastic containers. Dry clean clothing thoroughly before storing for long periods of time.

Springtails

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012 by pelican

Color: Black
Legs: 6
Shape: Segmented, oblong
Size: 1/16″
Antennae: True
Region: Found throughout U.S.

Certain species of springtails are referred to as “snow fleas” when found in winter, but they are not fleas at all. Springtails are found year round, but because of a special protein that acts like anti-freeze, this type of springtail is able to survive in cold winter temperatures. Springtails don’t have wings, instead they get around by jumping, using a unique catapult system. Their jumping is especially noticeable in winter when they are contrasted against white snow.

Habits

Springtails are very common around pools with nearby vegetation, around air conditioning condensate drain lines and other moist areas. In winter, snow fleas emerge on sunny days and gather in large numbers around bases of trees where snow has melted. Because of their small size, they look like flecks of pepper or ashes on the surface of the snow. Snow fleas feed on decaying plant matter.

Habitat

Snow fleas prefer damp soil, leaf mold, decaying logs and fungi.

Threats

Snow fleas do not cause any structural damage and should not be of concern to homeowners. In addition, snow fleas are not a threat to family pets as they are not a flea at all. Their sole diet consists of rotting plant food.

Prevention:

None

Source: http://www.pestworld.org/

Fruit Flies

Posted on: September 28th, 2012 by pelican

COLOR: Tan/ light abdomen
LEGS: 6
SHAPE: Small oval
SIZE: 1/8 of an inch
ANTENNAE: True

 

Fruit flies feed on decaying fruits and vegetables.
Habits
Fruit flies feed on decaying matter, especially fruits and vegetables.
Habitat
Fruit flies are small pests that are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed.They are found on moist, decaying matter that has been stationary for several days.
Threats
Fruit flies are found in unsanitary conditions, so they are a potential heath concern, especially when present in health facilities.
Prevention:
Fruit flies are best prevented through vigilant sanitation practices. Remove kitchen trash daily, and keep counter surfaces clean.

 

Source: http://www.pestworld.org/

Cicadas

Posted on: July 17th, 2012 by pelican

The pictures below were featured on FMC Pest Wire website.

 

http://www.fmcpestwire.com/2012/07/in-focus-featuring-the-best-pest-management-photos-2/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=focus%2B2%2B&utm_campaign=pest%2Bwire

 

Interesting Facts

Cicadas don’t bite or string, but that doesn’t mean they can’t bug your ears.

The insect, which emerges from its underground habitat once every 13 years to shed its shell, has a hiss so loud that one university professor is warning Tennessee locals about the potential hearing damage the cicada chirping can cause.

“They’re in the neighborhood of 90 decibels or above, if you get real close to them,” Todd Ricketts, associate professor of hearing and speech at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, recently told WSMV Nashville.

“Annoying, irritating and you have to shout to talk over them,” said Ricketts.

According to Rickets’ measurements, the cicadas on the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville, Tenn., measured at roughly 86 decibels. 85 decibels is the volume where the threat of hearing damage begins, and federal work standards stipulate that sounds exceeding that level should not be heard for more than a four hour period.

Depending on proximity, the cicadas’ hiss stacks up to a 85 decibel bustle of heavy city traffic, a 90 decibel hum of a lawnmower or a 95 decibel rumble of a New York City subway train.

And good luck avoiding them. Nancy Hinkle, a University of Georgia entomologist managing Georgia’s first statewide study on periodical cicadas says there are “bazillions.”

Source: Cicadas’ Chirp Could Cause Hearing Damage, Professor Says. http:weirdnews.aol.com, May 26, 2011. Online. Available: http://weirdnews.aol.com/2011/05/26/cicada-noise_n_867407.html. May 30, 2011

 

Boxelder Bug

Posted on: June 29th, 2012 by pelican

 

Pest Stats
Color: Black with reddish or orange markings on dorsum
Legs: 6
Shape: Elongate-oval, somewhat flattened with head narrower than pronotum
Size: 1/2” (11-14 mm)
Antennae: Yes
Region: All

Boxelder bugs get their common name from the fact that they are often found on and around boxelder trees. This species is native to the western states, but can be found from eastern Canada throughout the eastern United States, and west to eastern Nevada wherever boxelder trees are found.
Habits
The boxelder bug population lives and thrives on maple and seed-bearing boxelder trees during the warmer months where they lay their eggs and feed on leaves, flowers and seeds. Occasionally, they will feed on the fruits of plum and apple trees.
Habitat
In autumn, boxelder bugs become gregarious and congregate on the south side of rocks, trees and buildings where the sun hits. After large masses gather, they migrate to nearby buildings or homes to overwinter. These pests tend to hide in small cracks and crevices in walls to insulate themselves from the cold winter temperatures. In late March to early April, adults leave their overwintering sites to return to their host trees for the warmer months.
Threats
Boxelder bugs are not known to bite, but their piercing-sucking mouthparts can occasionally puncture skin, causing a slight irritation and producing a red spot similar to a mosquito bite. When crushed or handled roughly, boxelder bugs may leave a reddish orange stain from their fecal material that can result in discoloration of curtains, drapes, clothing, etc.
Prevention
In order to prevent boxelder bugs from invading homes, repair holes in window and door screens, seal cracks and crevices with a good quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk and install door sweeps to all exterior entrances.
If boxelder bugs have already entered a home or building, no attempt should be made to kill them in wall voids because dead insect bodies can attract dermestid beetles. Rather, using a vacuum cleaner to remove them may provide temporary relief. The bag should be removed to prevent the bugs from escaping.
If an infestation is suspected, a licensed pest control operator should be called to evaluate and assess the problem.

 

Source: http://www.pestworld.org/

Earwigs

Posted on: June 15th, 2012 by pelican

Description
Earwigs got their name from the myth that they crawl into sleeping people’s ears and tunnel into their brains. The long cerci, or clippers, on their backsides easily identify an earwig.

Color: Dark Brown, Shape:1 inch, Size: Long, Narrow, Legs: Six, Antenna: Yes, & Flying: No.

Habits
Earwigs hide during the day and feed on leaves, flowers, fruits, mold and insects at night.

Habitat
These insects live together outdoors in large numbers. They can be found under piles of lawn debris, mulch or in tree holes. They gain entry to a structure through exterior cracks.

Threats
Contrary to folklore, earwigs do not crawl into ears and eat people’s brains at night. They do not spread diseases, but their menacing appearance can be alarming to a homeowner.

Prevention
Remove harbor-age sites such as leaf piles, mulch piles or other vegetation. Seal cracks and crevices well to prevent structural entry.

 

Source: http://www.pestworld.org/

Did You Know………..

Posted on: June 5th, 2012 by pelican

Bees must collect the nectar from 2,000 flowers to make 1 tablespoon of honey.

 

Source: http://www.pestworld.org/

Silverfish

Posted on: May 31st, 2012 by pelican

Pest Stats
Color: Silver to brown
Legs: 6
Shape: Oval, elongated
Size: ¾ inches
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout U.S.

 

This insect gets its name from its silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape and movements. Silverfish have no wings, but are able to run very fast. They tend to hide their presence from humans which means any damage they have caused could go unnoticed as well.
Habits
Silverfish tend to feed on paper items, glue, clothing and food items, such as flour and rolled oats. Silverfish can live up to a year without food, but require a high humidity environment. They move fast and are typically nocturnal.
Habitat
Silverfish are found throughout the U.S. and are typically seen in moist, humid areas in the home, such as bathrooms, basements, and attics.
Threats
While silverfish are mainly a nuisance pest, they can contaminate food and damage paper goods such as wall paper and books.
Prevention
Consider a dehumidifier for your home, repair leaky pipes and drains and eliminate or repair any moldy or wet wood. Don’t keep old books and magazines in areas where silverfish are usually found like basements, attics and garages. It’s also important to keep food items such as flour and sugar in tight containers.

 

http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/occasional-invaders/silverfish/

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