In this issue…
- Video: Cockroaches
- The Plentiful Pests of Summer
- Pest Prevention Tip
- True Amphibious Insects Discovered
- Invasion of 8-Foot Lizards
The Plentiful Pests of Summer
In summertime the pests are abundant—multiplying like crazy as the weather warms. Here are some of the many summer pests that can become problems.
Stinging and Biting Pests: Bees, wasps, hornets, yellowjackets, scorpions, and certain ants and spiders pack stings that can be painful and even dangerous. Other pests suck our blood, usually without us knowing it while it is happening. These include fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting gnats and flies, and others. Bed bugs are nightmarish blood-suckers that have returned with a vengeance, after being free of them for decades.
Food Contaminating Pests: Stored food moths and beetles find their way into many foods we keep for ourselves or our pets. Cockroaches, ants, flies, rats and mice can be problems anywhere food is stored, cooked, or served—and often throughout our homes. Watch your pet food to make sure you aren’t feeding bugs or other creatures at night.
Fabric Damaging Pests: Clothes moths and carpet beetles favor wool, but also damage other fabrics. Silverfish, crickets and other pests will occasionally damage fabrics as well as papers.
Wood Destroying Pests: Termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, powderpost beetles, and decay fungi all eat wood for food, and carpenter ants chew into wood to create space for their expanding colonies. Either way, these pests cause serious damage.
Occasional Invaders: Hundreds of different pests may invade a home occasionally, and just be a nuisance and clean-up problem, or even cause allergic reactions.
With our professional services, you can enjoy a great, pest-free summer!
Pest Prevention Tip
Watch your pet food. Ants, cockroaches, other insects, plus rodents and other wild animals may all be feeding on pet food if you leave it outside overnight. Also store bags and boxes of pet food and bird seed in sealed containers. Use up the food first that you’ve had the longest, to prevent flour moths and beetles from multiplying in it.
True Amphibious Insects Discovered
There is always a new and exciting discovery in the insect world!
In Hawaii’s freshwater streams, 14 new species of amphibious caterpillars have been found. While many insect larvae live in streams and lakes, these are the first truly amphibious insects (they are equally at home in water or on land) that have ever been discovered, anywhere in the world.
It is still not understood how the caterpillars, which grow to be small moths, can breathe under water. A clue may be that they only live in fastmoving streams. The water in these streams have high oxygen levels, so somehow they may be absorbing oxygen by a process not yet understood.
Invasion of 8-Foot Lizards
The Nile monitor, a lizard native to Africa, has been thriving and spreading in various areas of Florida since about 1990. The giant lizard sometimes grows up to 8 feet long. It will eat anything it can catch that is smaller than itself, including pets and wild animals.
How did this giant get started in Florida? Some people keep Nile monitors as pets and eventually may end up letting them free in the wild because either they have grown too large to keep, or they require too much food. The problem with releasing exotic pets is that when they get hungry they may become very efficient at finding and eating native animals and birds and their young. Some of these are key native creatures that may be on endangered lists, so they can cause a lot of havoc to an ecosystem.
Don’t let pets loose into the wild—like the Nile monitor and many other exotic pets, they may multiply and become serious pests!