It’s January—time to pack up the decorations and look ahead to a brand new year, right? Yes, but in addition to storing your holiday items for another year, make sure that you don’t overlook the perishable materials. Unfortunately, this time of year our customers may find themselves being visited by some very unwelcome six-legged guests in the form of stored product insects (SPI). It should be no surprise, since in the last few months of the year we tend to purchase, prepare, consume, and decorate with countless items that can and often do serve as a food source for these insects. From decorative corn and chocolate treats to the perennial gift we love to hate…the fruit cake, we fill our homes and work places with a veritable SPI buffet.
Many SPI generally feed upon a wide variety of materials of vegetable or animal origin and can infest products at virtually any point in the product’s life, starting from the field and ending in the home or office. Although SPI can migrate indoors, this time of year they are likely introduced on infested products. Most SPI are polyphagous, meaning they can feed on many different types of foods; however they can’t always feed on all forms. SPI are generally grouped based upon their feeding habits. The 4 groups of SPI include internal feeders, external feeders, scavengers and secondary pests. Read More
It’s January—a new year with the same old pests! And while most insects are deep in their happy winter slumber, house centipedes are awake, and keeping quite busy! While they cannot survive the winter outdoors, house centipedes will readily live and reproduce in heated structures. In fact, many house centipedes are generally content to spend their entire life cycle inside houses and buildings, despite the weather.
House centipedes are only about an inch in length, though their long legs give them the appearance of a much larger size. These creatures tend to frighten people, especially when they are spotted darting across floors or walls. But despite being viewed as creepy, house centipedes could be considered beneficial, because their diet consists of small insects and spiders. Also, house centipedes are not considered aggressive and have weak jaws that are not usually powerful enough to break through human skin. Read More
In the beauty contest that is life, insects sometimes get a bad rap. Mental images of hairy, many-legged creatures likely first creep into one’s mind when the word “insect” comes up in conversation. When insects like termites and bed bugs invade our homes or businesses they become destructive and therefore are classified pests. However, the vast majority of insects in the world do not damage our homes or spread disease. In fact, many insects could even be considered quite beautiful.
The wings of a butterfly or the vibrant colors of a honey bee can certainly be appreciated right along with the rest of nature’s creations. At current count there is an estimated 900,000 some different insect species in the world and new species are being discovered every year. Whether it is insects right here in the United States or in one of the planet’s exotic locales, many insect species are a true delight to behold. Below we’ve highlighted 4 insects as especially beautiful and included images for your view enjoyment. Read More
It’s time to get down to the dirty truth about rodents. Rats and mice become highly active indoors in the fall and winter. Seeking food and shelter, rodents will squeeze through a minute gap to enter your property. While it may not be on purpose, we often provide rats and mice ideal living conditions in our homes and businesses. Rodents can quickly infest a space without the property owners even noticing.
Does the simple thought of having a nest of mice living in your basement give you shivers? There’s numerous reasons why it is important to keep your house or building rodent-free. From contaminating your food to triggering asthma, rodents can cause a host of headaches for humans. We created the below infographic “Rats & Mice – Eviction Notice – All Unwanted Guests Must Leave” to highlight all the trouble these beady-eyed creatures stir up on a regular basis. The infographic also features insightful tips on how to prevent rodent problems and infestation signs to look for in your property. Read More