Summer has all but faded for good. The early chill of autumn has ushered in sightings of yellowbird school buses, crossing guards and excited children eagerly on the go with lunch pails in hand and book bags in tow. Perhaps now seems like an ideal time to enjoy a good book from that inviting hammock. But wait, hold off on that nap in the hammock. Unless, you’ve already taken the time to check for the threats of overwintering insects.
It is the time of the year when overwintering insects are determined to enter your home. Kudzu bugs (aka globular stink bugs) and brown marmorated stink bugs are just two types of pests to contend with when the weather changes. There are also cluster flies, western conifer seed bugs, boxelder bugs and multi-colored asian ladybugs. These are the significant overwintering pests threats. Read More
For many in the United States, September means summer’s end, football games and the first falling leaves of autumn. However, in the pest control world, the month signifies something different – high season for the dreaded Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (or BMSB for short).
Native to Asia, the quick-spreading insect has become a highly active pest in the U.S., especially in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Fall foliage is a sight to behold as temps grow cooler and kids return to school. Bat sightings will proliferate likely instilling a modicum of fear to all who are near. Do not fret just yet. Bats’ history is largely a mystery as they have been widely misunderstood. A single little brown bat can catch 1,200 mosquito-sized insects in an hour, and that’s really cool!
A big brown bat is a farmer’s best friend, during the warmer months, consuming some of America’s most significant crop pests like leaf hoppers, stink bugs, cucumber beetles, June and Bark beetles, corn earworm moths, cutworm and armyworm moths, ants, termites, roaches, crickets and assassin bugs. Bats are also pollinators.
However for all their good work, no one wants a bat problem in their home.
There are many tiny things that crawl, fly, buzz, sting, bite and hop around in the backyards of homeowners everywhere. One bug in particular, the brown marmorated stink bug, has dramatically increased in numbers and has become a major pest, for both homeowners and the U.S. agriculture industry.
The brown marmorated stink bug originated in Asia and is commonly found in China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea. In less than fifteen years, since it was first spotted in Pennsylvania, the stink bug has spread to nearly 40 U.S. states. “The brown marmorated stink bugs are heavily concentrated in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania,” said Ames Herbert, an extension entomologist at Virginia Tech. Read More
The common brown rat (Rattus norvegicus- also referred to as the Norway rat or sewer rat) is a highly destructive mammalian pest found in and around rural and urban settings alike worldwide. Fairly significant in size, weighing approximately 11 ounces and reaching lengths of 13 to 18 inches, including tails that range anywhere from six to eight 1/2 inches.
Their fur is coarse and mostly brown with scattered black on the upper regions and a yellowish-white to gray underside. Evidence of their presence can be seen by their droppings or signs of fresh gnawing as they need to continuously gnaw in order to keep pace with the rapid growth of their incisors. Burrows and runways are typically visible next to buildings, along fence lines as well as under low vegetation and debris wherever they are present. The have bald ears, small beady eyes and a scaly tail that is shorter than the length of their head and body. Read More