Prevent Flying Insects from Swooping In

Prevent Flying Insects from Swooping InMany of the pests that we deal with, as far as insects go, often have wings. Insects such as bald-face hornets, carpenter bees, cluster flies, yellow jackets, all have one thing in common: they can fly.

While some people are often afraid of “creepy-crawlies,” such as spiders or beetles, others are terrified by the insects that can swoop in and swarm in circles around you.

Luckily, there are some precautions that you can take to prevent flying insects from swooping into your home.

Eliminate Lights When Possible

We understand that you need some outdoor lights in order to get in and out of your home safely, and to protect your home as well. However, only use what outdoor light you need. Outdoor lights attract mosquitoes and months and as soon as you open the door they can easily get in. If you do have several outdoor lights, it has been said that yellow tinted bulbs are best at keeping bugs away.

Be Mindful of Outdoor Garbage

If you have outdoor garbage or trash cans, keep them several feet from your home. Insects are often attracted to heat and odors, both things that garbage cans possess in the summer. The smell of spoiled food, as repulsive as it is to us, is a bed of roses for insects. Keep your garbage shut and make sure you wrap or seal any food that you throw out. You should also rinse out your garbage cans regularly to prevent them from sitting in spoiled foods or liquids.

Secure Possible Entrance Points

Most flying insects get into homes through doors, windows, vents, and any other open gap that they can find. If there is an opening that isn’t somehow shut off from the home, they will find it and get into the home through it. If you want to leave a door or window open to let fresh air in, make sure your screens have no holes are secured. Don’t leave doors open when bringing in groceries, let it close between each trip to prevent unwanted insects from slipping in unnoticed.

If you find that you have pest or insect issues, contact Comfort Pest Control take care of it for you.

Don’t Allow Bald Faced Hornets to Take Up Real Estate On Your Property

Bald Faced Hornets Chances are you’ve heard of the term “a bald-faced lie,” which is one that is obviously a lie to those hearing it. The phrase comes from 17th-century British usage referring to those without facial hair as being seen as acting in an unconcealed or open way. You probably have not heard of the bald-faced hornet, though.

The bald-faced hornet is not actually a hornet. It’s a yellowjacket and it builds nests in bushes and trees and on the outside of buildings. These nests look like grey paper in the shape of a football.

Will you find them in Dunkirk and other areas of Southwestern New York? Definitely. Indeed, bald-faced hornets are found all over North America.

If you were to view one up close, you’d notice ivory-white markings on the face, as well as white markings on the thorax, legs and abdomen.

Fertilized queens stay in protected places such as hollow trees or attics in buildings during the winter, waiting for springtime. Come spring, they begin to build a nest using cellulose from rotting wood. The queen chews the wood and her saliva makes it pasty, such that the papery material can be used to build the nest. Meanwhile, she’ll deposit some eggs in the nest, feed the larvae, and then her first brood become the worker bees who continue to build the nest, collect food, feed larvae, and protect the nest. Over the spring and summer months, this colony of bald-faced hornets can grow to house up to 300 individuals!

If you see what looks like a grey football shaped papery “nest” in your yard, up to two feet tall and one and a half feet wide, you probably have a bald-faced hornet nest. These insects help pollinate flowers and generally don’t annoy humans. However, if their nest is “too close for comfort” to your house, you might want to call Comfort Pest Control to remove it safely and properly.