Some Bugs Might Save Wine

Some Bugs Might Save Wine Dealing with pests inside of your home is no fun; it’s an invasion. Bugs don’t belong inside of our homes, but even we can agree that not all insects are bad because some of them are responsible for saving wine vineyards.

According to WineEnthusiastNetwork, some bugs are vital in the production of grapes and ultimately, wine.

If you’ve ever dealt with a wasp nest near your home, you know that they are ruthless. They have a very painful sting and they are a danger to children and pets. They have no place in or around our home.

Wasps

When out in the vineyard, wasps work as a natural pesticide by laying their eggs into the eggs of other insects that might be harmful to the crops. Many pesticides can be harmful to crops and our environment, however, the wasps eggs are not.

Mites

Predatory mites also act as a natural alternative to pesticides; the hungry bugs feed on spider mites, which eat the sap from the vines and cause damage to the leaves and shoots of the vine.

Bumble Bees

Bumble bees are also an important factor in some vineyards. The bees help to pollinate the crops, which is what helps the crops flourish. Without bumble bees, grape vine crops wouldn’t grow.

Earth Worms

You can’t have a healthy crop without good soil, which is where earthworms come in. Earthworms help keep soil healthy by degrading plant matter. Without earthworms to keep the soil healthy, it would be impossible to grow healthy grape crops in the soil.

Although we don’t love insects inside of our homes, we do appreciate the work that they put into our vineyards.

If you have a pest problem, call the experts at Comfort Pest Control.

Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Along for the Ride

Most people cringe at the worAvoid Bringing Bed Bugs Along for the Rided “bed bug” and the majority of people fear having an infestation of this pest, rightfully so. You have to have your entire home treated if you end up with bed bugs.

If you’re careful, there are lots of ways you can lower the risk of transferring bedbugs from an infested building into your home.

 

However, following these tips might help you to avoid bringing bedbugs along for the ride.

If you travel often for leisure or for work, staying in hotel rooms is unavoidable. Even if you are staying in a five star hotel, bedbugs can still happen. If you are worried that a hotel might be infested, or you just want to be cautious, pack your belongings in trash bags inside your suitcase, keeping them closed during the day. That will prevent anything from hitching a ride home with you on your clothes.

When you check into a hotel, check the bed for signs of bedbugs: this might include seeing the bugs (they’re usually the size of apple seeds or smaller so that can be hard to do), check around the corners of the mattress where they tend to gather, and inspect any spots that might look like dirt or ground pepper.

If you see anything suspicious, ask to change rooms immediately, and go at least two floors away. If you see bugs and are certain of it, leave the hotel.

Keep your luggage on a table, away from any bedding while you’re inspecting the room. You can also leave it in the bathroom, since bedbugs don’t typically venture into them because they have no upholstery.

Store your suitcase in the garage, attic, or basement after a trip. Do not leave luggage under your bed where it is close to your mattress.

If you think you have bedbugs in your home, you should immediately call an expert. Contact Comfort Pest Control to handle the situation 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.

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.

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.