The Asian giant hornet has been grabbing headlines for months now. Since July of 2013 these creatures have injured over 1,000 people and killed 42 in China. With their huge size (these hornets are roughly as big as a human thumb), deadly venom, aggressiveness and tactics, these hornets seem like a serious threat. Is that the case though, or is it blown out of proportion in the name of headlines and public attention?
While a body count of 42 people is severe enough, truly understanding the capacity these hornets have to do harm to people is important for judging the situation. These hornets are more aggressive than other insects, often swarming people and attacking en masse to bring down someone much larger than themselves. In addition to their aggressiveness and tactics, they have more venom than smaller hornet varieties. This makes their stings much deadlier, especially with multiple hornets all attacking a single victim. For those who are allergic, swelling can choke off airways. Even those who aren’t allergic to the hornets may suffer from organ failure due to the sheer quantity of the venom that is pumped through their veins.
The world is full of deadly creatures, but not all of them are a real threat to people. These hornets, however, seem to be a genuine problem for humans. They attack other insects, feeding them to their young and wiping out competition in the area. Additionally, these hornets can breed up to 2,000 offspring in a single season, which makes their numbers quite large. This sort of problem can become a huge issue for the people living near them, particularly given that these insects actively invade human areas and attack them. Whether it’s farms, schools, or other areas, these hornets are drawn to sweet smells, alcohol and sweat, but they’re drawn even more by people who try to run away from them.
The Chinese government has dispatched police and volunteers to help eliminate the threats of these hives. Over 700 hives have been removed by these brave men and women, and the equivalent of over a million U.S. dollars has been sent to the areas ravaged by the hornet stings. However, this work could be seen as just a band aid that isn’t addressing the real problem.
There are a huge number of reasons why these hornets’ populations have grown bigger and more aggressive. The climate in the area has grown steadily drier for instance, and these conditions have made it easier for these hornets to grow larger. The march of human progress has also moved people into areas that they didn’t used to be in, which has brought the hornets into conflict with people. Additionally there has been a noted decrease in the hornets’ natural enemies, such as birds and spiders, which has allowed them to grow more unchecked than in the past.
While these hornets are dangerous, and even deadly, that doesn’t mean that people can’t protect themselves. The hives, which are made of gray paper and are roughly the size of basketballs, should be avoided and dealt with only by professionals. People who are too close to these hives, or who react poorly to the presence of hornets, may trigger an attack response from the swarm. Swarms will chase off anything they see as a threat, following people for over 200 meters in many cases. Therefore, avoidance techniques are the best way to stay safe.
Asian giant hornets are certainly something that entomologists will be keeping their eye on. Hopefully, continued efforts to manage the populations will be more effective in the coming months and years.
Morgan is a blogger for Fox Pest Control, an extermination company located in Texas. When Morgan isn’t writing, she enjoys reading and traveling with her family.
Renting or owning your own home is a fantastic feeling that most people chase after for years. But living in your own property can be full of surprise problems such as pests, especially if your house, flat or apartment is in a city rather than a smaller town or village.
There are many pests found in our cities but here are the worst offenders to watch out for.
Surprisingly, foxes really can be a pest in cities. Over the last fifty years foxes have adapted well to life in cities and are now found across many urban locations. Foxes love cities because there are plenty of food sources available and they find shelter in gardens and other open spaces. As an example of numbers, there is an estimated 10,000 foxes currently living in the city of London.
Inner-city foxes can cause a wide range of problems for residents, from raiding through your rubbish bags and spilling the contents all over your property to digging up your lawn and garden searching for worms. Foxes also leave scents to mark their territories using strong smelling urine and droppings which can also be a nuisance to city residents.
Foxes can carry diseases which can be transferred to domestic cats and dogs. The animals often also carry fleas and parasites such as worms.
Rodents such as mice and rats are rife in cities and urban environments, mainly due to these places offering the most food and protection. Rats and mice consistency gnaw at things to keep their teeth filed down and often cause damage by chewing furniture and fittings. Besides chewing their way through electrical cables (possibly causing electrical fires), rats also carry parasites and diseases, which can be harmful.
Cockroaches are another common pest in urban environments because they love to hide away in rubbish and waste is plentiful in cities. Besides their unsightly physical appearance, cockroaches are a nuisance to city residents because they also carry harmful diseases and can be found tucked away in the strangest of places including furniture, wall and ceiling voids.
Bedbugs are another troublesome pest found in cities. Incredibly small and flat as a sheet of paper, bedbugs are a nuisance because they can fit into the smallest gaps of pretty much anything, from furniture to fittings. This makes them incredibly difficult to spot let alone remove. Bedbugs are particularly rife in cities because they are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide, of which there is plenty in urban communities.
Last but not least we have fleas. Fleas are a troublesome pest because they carry diseases and they lay eggs whilst they are on animals, which are then transferred around the home. These eggs eventually hatch into larvae which feeds on two things that are found all over homes: dead skin and dust. These larvae will then turn into fleas which in turn repeats the cycle again.
If you live in a city and believe you may have a problem with one or more of the pests mentioned above, it is strongly advisable that you visit your local council website for more information about how you can remove them from your home. If needs be, hire a private pest control company with a proven track record for complete peace of mind.
Tony Bond is the director of North London Pest Control, a company which specializes in removing pests from properties in the city.
With the summer of 2013 now officially at an end, I thought I’d ask the exterminators at Bulwark Pest Control in St. George what pests they were receiving the most phone calls about this past summer.
These are the top three pests in St. George:
Cockroaches can cause so many different health problems, spreading bacteria, parasites and worms. In fact, germs that roaches pick up from consuming garbage and sewage are actually protected by a roaches’ body and can remain alive and active for weeks; allowing the dirty bugs to spread germs. It should come as no surprise, that roaches are called about quite frequently in St. George. In addition to being dirty disease spreading bugs, roaches are also very hardy and multiply like crazy. When you start to see a few of these inside your home or kitchen, it’s best to call a St. George roach exterminator before the problem grows.
Despite the fact that spiders are beneficial, gobbling up millions of Southern Utah pests by injecting a chemical that liquefies their victims; nobody wants to find one in their bedroom. Of all the different species of spiders found in St. George, the Black Widow spider is the most infamous. With her shiny black abdomen marked underneath by a bright red hour glass, the Black Widow spider is unmistakable. When a homeowner finds a few in his or her home, they know that they are dealing with this venomous spider. Frequent sightings of Black Widow spiders require professional St. George spider control.
A nation-wide survey was recently done by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) in which participants were asked what pests they are experiencing the most. The number one response was ants. Those findings were equally shared by the residents of St. George, UT; as ants were the number one called about pests.
Carpenter ants, Field ants, Pavement ants, and Fire ants are all found in St. George. With St. George’s dry weather and moderate winters, it allows these ants to multiply and spread very rapidly. Serious infestations of these ants require professional St. George ant control.
If you live in Southern Utah, and are frequently seeing roaches, spiders, or ants of any kind, it’s time to call a St. George exterminator!
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If there’s anything more unpleasant than being confronted by flies, bugs and other unpleasant creepy-crawlies around the house, we’re not sure what it is. Because of this, we’ve put together this article so that you can take the necessary steps to keep those unwanted visitors (far) away!
If there is one room in the house that represents a real breeding ground for pests, it’s the kitchen. The sheer amount of stains, food and dirt that passes through this room during the day makes it an absolute party location for flies and other bugs. Fortunately, the most effective way to avoid those nasty bugs coming into the kitchen is quite a simple one. Simply ensure that any waste is disposed of immediately, and that the surfaces in the room are regularly wiped down using a strong bacterial cleaner. It’s worth remembering that because it’s such a key location in terms of pest removal, keeping your kitchen sparkling clean is almost half the battle.
Other substantial cause of bugs in or around the house are wet-spots and damp. Therefore, if you spot any areas of excess moisture, try to dry and clean them as soon as possible. Some common causes include dripping radiator pipes, water leaking down the sides of a bath or shower, as well as small gaps appearing in the roof. Regularly inspect your attic for moisture, too, as holes in the roofing are a common cause.
Another breeding ground for bugs, an overgrown garden is a sure-fire way to increase the risk of those unpleasant inhabitants getting into the house. Fortunately, there are a few ways to ensure your green space works with you rather than against! Firstly, make sure that you take the time to rake away dead or decaying leaves, as well as grass clippings: these all provide a perfect ecosystem for insects and other bugs to breed. Also, if you’re growing your own compost (which is not a bad idea in itself), keep it in a sealed storage item such as an upright plastic bin. This means that even if the bugs do find it, they’ll at least be trapped in the one area.
Over time, gaps will naturally appear in almost any home; it’s just a consequence of natural wear and tear. However, failing to seal these gaps up runs the risk of bugs and other insects using them as entranceways. A range of different rooms are susceptible to openings, including both the basement and the roof, areas where pipes access the house, laundry or air vents. You should also regularly check the weather stripping on doors and windows, as these are susceptible to cracking in the long term.
A much lesser known cause of bugs and insects is actually your pet. Yes, it’s true: your beloved four legged friend is on the side of the pests! Fortunately, it’s in quite an indirect way. Anyone who’s accidentally left a pet food bowl on the floor for a day or two will know that the meaty, fatty chunks in there are like catnip to ants and flies. Ensure that you always keep your faithful companions bowl clean, and change the food regularly. That way, the contents of the dish won’t lie there for anymore than a few hours at once!
As a general rule it’s important to make sure that you always maintain a high standard of cleanliness. Always throw out trash at the earliest possible opportunity, and make sure that you wipe down surfaces regularly.
Tony Bond is the founder of Essex Pest Control Ltd, a well-established pest control company with a great deal of experience in removing unwanted guests from both domestic and commercial properties.
The following infographic is an excellent resource for identifying a Brown Recluse; and what to do in the unlikely event of being bit by one of these dangerous spiders.
While the Brown Recluse spider is not commonly found in Southern Utah, there are other dangerous spiders that lurk. Some of these include the Black Widow Spider and the Desert Recluse. Even if the spider is not venomous or dangerous, like in cases involving Wolf spiders and common House spiders, you don’t want them in your St. George home, scurrying across your walls and floors.
If you are frequently seeing spiders inside your St. George home, or on your property, it’s time you solicit the help of a spider control professional. Get St. George spider control today!Bulwark Exterminating
Boxelder bugs may not bite, sting, or transmit diseases, but they certainly are a nuisance. Although they don’t cause much damage to homes or plants, their feces has the ability to stain light-covered surfaces, not to mention that smashing them can release a rather foul stench.
So what, exactly, are boxelder bugs? They are black-and-red bugs that attracted to the box elder tree, hence their name. They also are drawn to maple and ash trees. Boxelder bugs are considered a nuisance bug, as they swarm in droves and can find their way inside your home, although they mostly tend to stay outside during warmer weather. They tend to invade buildings during the autumn, in order to find a place to overwinter.
Adult boxelder bugs narrow, elongated, flat-backed insects that are about Â½ inch long and 1/3 inch wide. They are a dark, brownish-black color with three red strips going lengthwise from the area behind their head. Their heads are black with an reddish-orange proboscis, or beak. They have four segmented antennae that are long and thin, and are usually half as long as their body. Their wings are membranous on top, while being thick and leathery at the base. Boxeleder bugs have red veins in their wings, and their abdomens are red beneath the wings. Nymphs, or baby boxelder bugs, closely resemble adults, except they are rounder, smaller, wingless, and completely bright red.
During the autumn, boxelder bugs must seek shelter for overwintering during the cold, harsh months of winter. They are attracted to lights and often fly in through open windows and doors. When they are outdoors during the hot, dry summer months, they are usually found on the sides of trees or buildings. They reemerge during the warm months of spring, relocating from their hiding places into living spaces.
During warm spring and summer months, boxelder bugs feast and reproduce upon female box elder trees. They consume sap by sucking it from the leaves, tender twigs, and developing seeds. Occasionally they will also feast and reproduce on male box elder trees, which can cause minor deformities of fruit and leaves, as well as yellow leaf discoloration.
Since boxelder bugs mainly feast on box elder trees, the obvious solution for these nuisance insects is to remove the source of the problem. By taking out the trees they like to populate, you would be dramatically decreasing the boxelder bug population. Some towns have outlawed these types of trees, although adult bugs can fly up to 2 or more miles in search of another place to live.
Boxelder bugs are a nuisance, which is why you really don’t want them hanging around. They could ruin your curtains of furniture with their fecal matter, and they will literally stink up the place upon death. If you’ve noticed a large population of boxelder bugs in your area, you should consider contacting a pest control professional.
About the author: Chris is a blogger for a odessa pest control company. His wife has appointed him as official bug remover of the home, and regardless of what he is doing he drops it and takes care of the spider, beetle, or other creepy crawly.
Bugs are not only annoying, but can also pose a threat to the health of our families. With that in mind, using harsh chemicals to repel or kill bugs can also be dangerous, especially around children or pets that don’t know any better. This is why it’s important for families to try natural methods before they resort to unsafe and/or expensive chemicals. While it’s also important to keep in mind that neglecting to address an infestation that needs professional attention can pose an even bigger threat to your family, there are things you can do to avoid this from happening to you in the first place. After making sure that you’re keeping your home and yard clean and tidy, there are plenty of things you can do to repel or kill bugs with items and natural ingredients you already have at home. Here are some of our top suggestions.
Using strong smelling essential oils is a pretty common method of repelling many different kinds of insects, including spiders, bees, ants, and more. And it smells good, too! You can use this method by filling a spray bottle almost completely with water, but with enough room to add about 5 drops of liquid dish soap, and 10-15 drops of the essential oil. Depending on your scent preference, the essential oil that you use is up to you. Typically, the stronger the smell is, the more it will work. Tea tree, peppermint, lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and cedar wood scents are all great ideas for this recipe. Spray it on all entrances, as well as the perimeter of your house, and any other areas that they are attracted to. Planting these herbs outside your home will also help steer them away.
Other scents that have been known to deter insects: citronella, vinegar, garlic, pepper, cinnamon, and catnip. Keeping your surfaces clean and sanitized regularly will also help steer them away, as well as wash away the territorial scent that they may leave behind.
Get a cat! They are natural hunters and are pretty good at catching bugs. Most times they will just kill it, but they have been known to eat them, so make sure you’re not dealing with any poisonous spiders.
Many different insects are attracted to syrupy, sugary substances, such as ants, bees, wasps, and flies. The homemade bait trap is simple and can be altered to target the specific bugs you’re having an issue with. The basic idea is to create a trap with a container filled with a sugary liquid that will attract them. Cover the container with a lid, cut a hole just big enough for them to enter, and add oil to the inside walls to prevent them from crawling back out. Place the trap in an area where the insects are usually found. They’ll try to drink the liquid and will get stuck in there and die. You can use mason jars, 2-liter soda bottles with the tops cut off, buckets, or whatever you have on hand that is an appropriate size for your needs.
The liquid that you put in the trap can also be altered, depending on what type of bug you’re trying to trap. Sugary water will generally attract most insects, but some may be even more attracted to something else. For example, sweet juices, such as berry or mango, can be used to attract more cockroaches.
For mosquitoes: mix one cup of sugar and one cup of very warm water, then stir in one teaspoon of active dry yeast until bubbly and frothy, then stir in an additional cup of room-temperature water and pour into the desired container you’ll be using for your trap, but don’t put the lid on quite yet. Cover the top loosely with plastic wrap and place in a dark, warm, and humid place for about a week so the yeast will ferment. Then place the lid on with the hole and hang in the problematic area.
For fruit flies: add a big spoonful of jam to the bottom of the container first, and then fill with equal parts of fermented liquid such as wine or beer, and water. Finish off with a half-teaspoon of oil and seal the top with plastic wrap and a rubber band, and poke lots of tiny holes with a toothpick.
When all else fails, you may have to result to a pest control company. Be sure not to underestimate the problem, however, some insects can cause a lot of damage in a pretty short amount of time. Good luck!
Family Home Pest Control is proud to bring you a series of helpful articles that will help you find environmentally friendly ways to help reduce the bugs around your house.
Are looking for more to do in St. George?
Are your bored with the St. George nightlife?
If so, why not try black lighting scorpions… It can make for a very entertaining nighttime adventure that can also keep your home and property scorpion free.
If you are a St. George area resident, you are all too familiar with the stinging Bark scorpion. You see these scorpions scurrying across your tile floors in the bathroom, climbing your walls in the kitchen, and even hiding in the bed sheets in your bedroom. If you are worried about these scorpions stinging you or your family, its time to take action! It’s time to buy a black light flashlight.
Your first step is to go to your local hardware store, and pick up a LED black light flashlight. That same night, as the sun goes down, turn out all the lights in your home and around your property. Head outside with your newly acquired black light flashlight. Shine the black light in the areas you have been finding scorpions. Outside, look along the edges of your home, paying close attention to where the stucco or siding meets your home’s foundation.
Upon doing this, you will know when you spot a scorpion. They glow a bright greenish-blue, and pop out among the St. George landscape. If you have wood piles or concrete walls on your property, examine these areas closely with your black light flashlight as well. These areas tend to be a hotbed for scorpion activity because the scorpions feed on the crickets and other insects that hide out there as well.
If you wish to exterminate scorpions that you find while black light hunting, do so with caution. Scorpion stings can be very painful and can even lead to hospitalization. When exterminating scorpions, have a shovel handy or wear thick soled shoes to squash the pinching, stinging arachnids. If you plan on picking up the scorpions you find, do so with a paint stick or ruler wrapped with tape (sticky side out).
Save yourself some trouble of having to go scorpion hunting, and hire a professional St. George scorpion control professional. Let a scorpion exterminator take your scorpion worries away.Bulwark Exterminating
West Nile Virus has become a serious matter in the United States. Over 5,600 cases alone were reported by the CDC in 2012 – a scary number when taking in consideration that it can potentially lead to death. West Nile may be a rapid spreading epidemic that’s difficult to control, but you can take safety precautions to ensure you don’t contract it.
Mosquitos are the main transmitters of West Nile Virus, so you’ll want to make sure that your house is mosquito-proof. Mosquitos are attracted to cool areas, which is why they come flocking indoors. Be sure to implement the use of window screens and citronella candles to ward of these blood suckers. If all else fails, call an exterminator.
Children and elderly people tend to suffer the most mosquito bites, so it’s vital that you take precautions before sending them outside. Spray-on bug repellent helps keep mosquitos at bay, so you and your family members of all ages can enjoy the outdoors during the summer.
When possible, wear clothing that covers your arms and legs when going outside, especially if you plan to be near water. West Nile is, unfortunately, most prevalent in the hotter parts of the U.S. – from the southeast to Texas – so covering your skin will be uncomfortable. Although it’s tempting to lose the layers, it’s important to cover as much skin as possible when outdoors during the summer months in order to discourage mosquito bites.
It is imperative that you make your yard as unattractive to mosquitos as possible, especially if you and your family spend a lot of time outside. The best way to do this is to remove all standing water from your yard – that means bird baths, full flower pots, koi ponds – and yes, even swimming pools. There is nothing more than blood that mosquitoes are attracted to besides bodies of standing water, which is where they lay their eggs.
You can also repel mosquitoes from your yard by bringing in a few bird feeders or plants that birds are attracted to. Mosquitoes naturally stay far away from birds, since birds will just as soon east them as look at them.
Bug zappers are devices designed to attract and then kill insects, such as mosquitoes, so it’s a smart idea to have some hanging around the outside of your home. If you don’t wish to purchase a bug zapper, consider making one yourself as a DIY project.
Although mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus, not all of them do. Mosquitoes can harbor a variety of diseases that wouldn’t be pleasant to catch. Not everyone who contracts West Nile Virus will experience symptoms. Out of everyone who catches West Nile, only 5 percent will actually get sick, although 5-10 percent of people infected will die from the disease. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been infected, seek medical treatment immediately.
There is no vaccine for West Nile Virus, so it’s important to take precautionary measures in order to prevent mosquito bites. For more information regarding the mosquito population where you live, call your local pest control professionals.
About the author: Chris is writer for an El Paso pest control company.
Maybe you have stuffed your house with fabulous decorations and furniture pieces to make it look presentable and appealing to visitors. However, the elegance of your home can be ruined because of a termite infestation. These annoying creatures eat anything that is made of wood and can damage or destroy your valuable furniture pieces.
If you do not want this to happen then you should do your best to protect your home from termites. Here are some tips on how to prevent termite infestation.
If you want to prevent termites from colonizing your home, then you should do regular inspections, especially the wooden items in your house. You must check whether there is sawdust near your wooden furniture pieces, since this is one of the symptoms of termite infestation.
You must also check all the areas in your home, including corners, lumber materials, voids, attics, so forth. It is also advisable to pay attention to moist areas in your home because insects love these places due to the abundance of water. By doing regular inspections, you will be able to take action while the infestation is still at its early stage.
You must also do maintenance tasks in your home. If there are rotten or damaged wood structure in your home. Not fixing or replacing them is one way of inviting termites to your house, since they can build their colony on the damaged parts of the wood.
You can also prevent termites from damaging your wood structures by having them treated. There are many types of coating and paints available in the market, which can serve as a termite repellent. By sealing cracks and holes in your walls, you will block any openings that these insects can use to gain entrance to your home.
Cleaning your home is one of the preventive measures that you should take if you want to avoid termite infestations. If your house is full of trash and garbage, then it will be a suitable place for termites to colonize. Remember, paper, cardboard, and cartons come from wood and serve as good food for termites. Therefore, if you do not want termites to invade your home, clean your house every day. You should also dry any moist areas in your home.
It is advisable that you hire the services of professional pest controllers. Pest technicians have access to strong pesticides, which they can use to kill the termites and free your house from infestations. They know how to use chemicals the proper way, so that no harm will be done to your house. Furthermore, they can identify the termite risks in your house and advise about the actions that you should take, to prevent termites from infesting your home again.
You need to make sure that your house will be free from pests, especially termites because they can destroy or even destroy your properties. By following the tips mentioned above, you will be able to protect your home from termite infestation.
The author, who had once worked as a termite treatment Brisbane technician, has immense knowledge on termite and pest control. Ask him for all your pest control needs!