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.

Could Robot Bees Be Our Future?

Robot bees swooping in and saving the day sounds like something straight out of a science fiction novel, but it may actually be closer to a reality than you think.Could Robot Bees Be Our Future?

The artificial bees of the future could come in the form of drones, complete with an innovative sticky gel and horsehair. The features of these tech hybrids would enable them to help pollinate flowers, aiding the important job of dwindling bee populations and other pollinators are tasked with.

Bees are critical to pollinating and ensuring increasing crop yields.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, “three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce.”

“Pollinators are essential to the production of food, and in the United States, honey bees pollinate an estimated $15 billion of crops each year, ranging from almonds to zucchinis,” said Dr. Ann Bartuska, deputy undersecretary for research of Education and Economics at the USDA in a May 2016 statement.

A May 2016 USDA survey saw an 8 percent decrease in honey bee colonies from January 1, 2016 compared to the year prior for operations with five or more colonies.

Researchers from Japan are behind this proof of concept innovative design, which comes down to the iconic liquid gel. The discovery was actually a byproduct of another failed experiment.

However, there’s a long way to go before this innovation becomes a reality. The project is still in its early stages and faces challenges like high production costs and a short battery life. Only time will tell if this innovation will become a viable solution to the pollinator decline.

For more about bees and other insects, visit Comfort Pest Control.

Preparing for Spring Insects

Spring is almost upon us. Not onlyPreparing for Spring Insects does spring bring a lot of things to look forward to, like warmer weather and sunshine, but it also inevitably brings some uninvited guests that are not welcome: insects.

But don’t fear, there are several things you can do to help prepare for these uninvited house guests. Follow these simple steps to prepare for your unwanted guests and to evict them for good.

Spring Cleaning

As temperatures begin to rise, insects become more active, which is primetime for these creepy, crawly critters to look for a nice warm and moist place to crash. When trying to avoid such squatters, plan to give your home a thorough clean. Pay special attention to cabinets, basements, garages, closets and window screens. Also, make sure any food waste has been properly cleaned up and all garbage has been thrown away promptly.

Time to Declutter

Another key element to address to prepare for the possibility of spring insects is decluttering your home. As items accumulate, they become prime spots for insects to congregate and take refuge in. By decluttering your home, you will eliminate some problem areas that could be a higher threat for spring insects.

Inspect For Potential Problem Areas

Insects can invade your home in several ways, so make sure to inspect and address any potential problem areas that could make that invasion easier. As you do your spring cleaning, make note of areas that need to be addressed like cracks, holes, leaky faucets or wood damage. In order to save yourself more time, money and headaches in the long run, it’s best to get these issues fixed promptly.

For more information on how to prepare yourself for spring insects and other pest control needs, visit Comfort Pest Control.

Insects Affected By Warming World

Scientists are discovering that global warming is having an effect on many major parts of our environment, especially insects.Beetle

Insects are primarily pests and they do cause great deal of annoyance to our daily lives.

From damaging the foundations of our homes to infesting our kitchens, insects result in issues.

However, we also must acknowledge that through extensive research, it is clear that insects do play a critical role in the environment. However, the recent decline in global warming could pose as a problem for insects.

Insects are failing to reproduce because they are unable to move from extremely heated environment as juveniles.

Being unable to travel great distances as juveniles thus prevents them from mating and reproducing.

Researchers have indicated that many insect species that are in the juvenile stage are unable to move away from their immediate environment due to being larvae or small nymphs without wings. This equates to these insects virtually being stuck where they are.

If insects are unable to reproduce, the results would severely damaging and changing our ecosystem.

When a study was conducted on two species of fruit flies, the study was put into place to examine the effect of increased ambient temperature rises on two populations of fruit flies. The two types of fruit flies included in the study were one from Spain and another from Sweden.

The findings of the study showed that the Swedish fruit fly evolved in a colder temperature and were less resistant to extreme weather changes. The southern Spanish fruit flies, however, were more resistant to the extreme heat.

More research is needed in order to provide further information on how the rising temperatures affect insects but it has been made clear that increasing temperatures are playing a direct role.

Comfort Pest Control has reliable and safe ways of removing pests from your home. If you are finding insects to have invaded your home, contact us today and we will set up a consultation with you.are

Insects Put Sky at Full Capacity

When we think of migration, we typically think about birds that are desperately escaping bad weather or eagerly seeking good weather.

 

However, a very spectacular migration happens every single year: the great insect migration.

Although we as humans cannot see this migration the words we can see birds soaring through the sky, a recent study that was published in the journal “Science” revealed that over three trillion insects migrate to south-central England each year.

Massive amounts of insects migrate for the same reason that massive amount of birds migrate: to seek warmer weather when the climates changes.

If human could see this migration, it would be alarming and appear almost an infestation. Entomologist at the University of Exeter, Jason Chapman, and his team studied the migration of insects for over ten years in England.

Chapman and his team closely monitored the seasonal movement of thousands of insect species. Using specialized tools, which include narrow beams of radar that point straight up, they can spot the biggest insects. In order to track smaller insects, nets that are sent up into the sky on small blimps.

These methods used to track insect migration allow researchers to see what insects are flying high and how they manage to travel with fast-moving air currents.

The research team discovered that the most insect migration happens during the daytime hours and overall, the northward movement was done in the spring months.

Scientists want to continue to research these insect migrations patterns across the globe in order to map how insects move around the world and how they carry nutrients and diseases with them.

Insects are very important to the environment, and although we prefer them to stay outside where they belong, studying their migration patterns will help us gain more information on how they might impact us.

If insects affect you in a negative way, contact Comfort Pest Control today.

Possible Poinsettia Pests

During the holiday season, many pPoinsettia Pestseople purchase a poinsettia plant for their home. They are festive and a true indication of the holiday season for many people. However, a poinsettia plant can carry pests and insects into your home.

There are many parts of a poinsettia plant that can help feed and nourish pests which is why many pests rely on the plants. From the grower of the poinsettia to the greenhouse they are harvested in, these plants are often carrying a variety of bugs and insects.

Common pests found within poinsettia plants include whiteflies, thrips, adphids, leafminers, and fungus gnats. Here is some of the damage these pests can cause:

Spider Mites

These pests will suck the sap from the leaves, making the leaves of the poinsettia plant appear stippled with a white web of silk around them. 

White Flies

White flies will consume all parts of the poinsettia plants, specifically the leaves, causing the plant to turn yellow and dry out.

Adphids

Adphids often leave behind a sticky liquid residue on the underside of the plants leaves that will cause the leaves to have dark and black mold on their underside.

Caterpillers

Pests such as poinsettia hornworms often chew small holes through leaves or web the leaves together to form protective tunnels.

Before you purchase a poinsettia plant from the store, you should inspect the underside of your poinsettia leaves to make sure that your house poinsettia is not infected by pests prior to purchasing.

If you do notice a sign of infestation on your poinsettia plant, shake your plant around outdoors to dislodge any pests that might be lingering within it. You can also dampen a cloth or sponge with water and dish soap to clean off the leaves to remove any potential pests.

If you do notice pest issues in your home this winter, contact Comfort Pest Control to take care of it for you.

Where Insects Go During the Winter

In the warm summer months, insects are often buzzing around our heads, circling our picnic tables, and hovering around our ankles. However, as winter settles in, insects seem to slowly disappear. The question is: where do they go? Where Insects Go During the Winter

Most insects manage to survive, although they all survive winter in different ways. Some insects survive as eggs, some insects survive as larvae, and some insects survive just as they are, and some insects don’t survive at all.

Many Insects Travel

Many insects survive the cold by doing whatever they can to escape it. Many butterflies and dragonflies migrate south when cool weather approaches, similar to how people often vacation in winter months. North American Monarch Butterflies actually travel to Central Mexico each winter to seek out warmer temperatures, traveling many miles to get there. Some insects travel underground. A variety of aquatic insects choose to spend winter at the bottom of ponds. The water does not freeze at the bottom and they can remain warm.  Other insects burrow deep into soil, far under the frost. 

Many Insects Stay Put

While many insects do put a plan of action into place as temperatures start to drop, other insects don’t do anything at all. Some insects just continue to live as they always have. These insects often burrow into the snow in search of a warm place next to a leaf or a patch of grass.  Some insects just linger and rest on the surface of snow. These insects manage to survive the winter and are very much alive throughout the season. Other insects seek shelter, such as our home, and spend the winter months there unless we discover them.

Many Insects Freeze

Many insects go into something referred to as “diapause.” Diapause is when an insect remains dormant in a semi-frozen state until it is able to thaw out in the spring. This survival method is a bit rarer than the others, but it is done. These insects survive freezing temperatures by essentially freezing themselves. These insects have a high concentration of glycerol in the blood which sort of serves as an antifreeze.

Many Insects Die

For many insects, the winter is a cold reminder that their life is coming to an end. Many insects die in winter months, leaving eggs behind. These eggs replace the old insects with a new generation in the spring. Many insects, such as crickets, lay eggs in the soil around winter time and die out and then those eggs hatch in the spring replacing the previous cricket population.

All insects do a variety of things to survive the winter and some do not survive at all. If you face a pest problem this winter, contact Comfort Pest Control and we can take care of it.

Keep Mice Out of Your Home this Winter

It is no secret that winters in Chautauqua County can be tough. We face freezing temperatures and piles of snow from November through March. Local pests will do whateveKeep Mice Out of Your Home this Winter r they can to get out of the elements and into our homes. Mice are commonly discovered inside of homes during winter months. Mice are desperate to escape the winter weather and will persistently fight to get into a warm house.

Although mice are small creatures, they can do significant damage inside of a home with very little time. It is important to prevent mice from getting in to your home and you can do so by following these simple suggestions.

Shut Them Out

Mice can fit through extremely small openings, making it easy for them to gain access into our homes. Any crack, gap, or hole in a wall or window of your home is a wide open doorway for a mouse. Make sure you are sealing these points to prevent mice from using them as an entrance. If the area is smaller than a quarter inch you can caulk it. You can also use copper wire mesh or hardware cloth to fill openings. These materials are too thick and too hard for mice to chew through and will prevent them from chewing their way back in after you seal the hole shut.

Put Food Away

Mice are drawn to food and they will eat just about anything. If they find that food is readily available to them, they will do whatever they can to remain in that space and fight to stay there. Make sure you are washing dishes right after using them and don’t leave dirty dishes on the counter. You should be putting food away cupboards and shutting the cupboards as well. Any food should be sealed shut from chip bags to cereal boxes. You should also be vacuuming and cleaning floors and counters regularly to get rid of crumbs.

Clear Away Clutter

Mice will hide wherever they can to get away from the cold weather. They will hide, unseen, in pile of wood, garbage, or scrap metal. If you have any of these things piled up outside in your yard, you should make sure they are a good distance away from you home.  If they are leaning up against your home, you have an increased chance of the mice getting into your home. You should be keeping your home clutter free. Mice will hide under piles of dirty laundry or that pile of clothes you have been meaning to donate.

By following these simple suggestions, you’ll be a few steps closer to preventing mice from coming into your home and getting comfortable.

If you do find that you have a mice infestation that you cannot handle, call Comfort Pest Control. We can handle it for you.

Why Insects Fear Winter’s Arrival

In the summer, ants always come marching into your home. Your summer picnics probably had several unwanted guests in attendance, wings and all. Insects thrive in the summer weather with plenty of food, sunlight, warmth, and water to support them. However, winter provides cold temperatures and harsh weather, leaving insects desperate for an escape plan from the great outdoors.

Hibernate
Many insects in the colder portions of the United States avoid winter all together by hibernating. These insects choose to go dormant in the winter. Most become either freeze-susceptible or freeze-tolerant. If they are freeze-susceptible, they are able to use antifreeze compounds within their body to supercool their body fluids above freezing point. Insects that are freeze-tolerant do not freeze but the fluid around their living cells does. When insects hibernate, they often slow down their metabolism to conserve all of their energy into a deep sleep. When temperatures warm again, they will wake.

Migrate
Some insects choose to migrate in the winter months. Many people that live55410367 - pink butterfly in the northern part of the country choose to go to Florida in the winter months and bugs are no different. Insects leave their homes when cooler temperatures kick in, seeking warmer temperatures before the first snowfall. Monarch butterflies are known specifically for their migration habits. The entire colony migrates and lives the remainder of their lives in a warmer climate, although they do not live very long. Insects often migrate to warmer climates and different bugs, born to the previous insects during the winter, return in their place in the spring.

Invade

Many insects choose to stay in their designated environments all year round, must to humans disgust. Since the insects can’t stay outside and survive in the winter, they choose to come inside and make themselves at home in our homes. Many insects including ladybugs, cluster flies, and spiders will force themselves inside as temperatures cool. They seek shelter and warmth within walls, attics, basements, and living rooms. Many of us find ourselves killing bugs frequently in the winter as well, and this is because those bugs have settled in the corners of our homes.

If you start to discover that many insects chose the “invade” option, contact Comfort Pest Control and we will help you kick them out.

Don’t Fall for Autumn Insects

Our world is filled with little creatures searching for protection as the temperatures outside get colder. It is important to know what insects to watch out for as the season changes and the insects seek shelter, often times in our gardens and our homes.

1) Yellow Jackets – Yellow jackets are notorious for surfacing in autumn. They spend the summer building up their colony and as the weather cools, they are forced to abandon their nest and that is why we see so many of them as temperatures drop. They are eager to gather food and they aggressively prepare for winter. However, the majority of the worker bees don’t make it through winter months. Some of the queens will last through the winter if they find appropriate shelter in buildings or tree bark, which is why it’s important to keep them away from your home.

2) Bagworms – Bagworms are a type of caterpillar that become plentiful in the fall, especially in gardens. They are only about 2.5 inches long and brown or black in color. They typically find refuge in evergreen branches or hanging onto the bottom of porches once autumn hits. They spin a spindle-shaped bag around themselves as a shield to protect them from predators and elements.

63089055 - brown stink bug in kyoto, japan3) Stink Bugs – Stink bugs exist throughout the summer months but they start searching for shelter when the temperatures drop, as many insects do. In the fall, they are constantly seeking out homes and hiding places. They seek shelter within the walls of houses and they go after soft fruits and produce, which are typically found in our kitchens making the kitchen a big target for stink bugs. Stink bug infestations increase when crops have been harvested, which is why they start to invade in the fall.

4) Slugs – Slugs become a pressing issue in the fall, especially for gardens.  Slugs lay sixty percent of their eggs in the fall, making them an active insect as the seasons change. They seek out fruits, vegetables, and pansy petals. Slugs desire dark and moist places, otherwise they would die from getting dried out. Water your garden earlier in the day so it is not inviting for slugs once night falls.

These are just a few of the insects that give us issues in the fall. If you believe that you have an insect or pest problem and need assistance handling it, contact Comfort Pest Control and learn how we can take care of it for you.