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.

Japan Fights Insect Pests with the Agri Drone

droneA new way to fight off the insect pests that plague farms across Japan, the Agri Drone was developed by OPTiM IT firm and Saga University. Capable of spraying pesticides and using a suspended bug zapper, this drone has recently completed its first round of test.

The idea behind the drone is to use fewer pesticides on crops, spraying them only where – and when – they are needed. During the first round of testing Agri Drone was launched in the evening hours to protect soy and potato crops from congregating swarms of insects. Infrared and thermal cameras are employed to find these pests and then targeted doses of pesticides are used to eliminate them.

For farmers that want to avoid pesticides entirely, Agri Drone can even be equipped with a suspended bug zapper. It will then spot swarms of insects and fly above them, lights attracting them into the electrical current.

Throughout these early tests the drone was successful in finding and exterminating 50 different insect pests, showing just what a powerful tool it has the potential to become.

We at Comfort Pest Control are always interested to see what advancements are being made in the pest control field, and we look forward to seeing this drone make its mark in agriculture.

For Dunkirk, New York area homeowners experiencing insect pest problems this summer, we are just a phone call away. From carpenter ants to hornets, we can find and exterminate whatever pest you are facing. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 716-366-2120.

Kissing Bugs in the United States

kissing bugs in the USIn recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk about the Latin American triatomine bug, more commonly known as the “kissing bug”. This creature is causing quite a panic, as many people learn for the first time about these cockroach-like bugs that can cause Chagas disease in humans and other mammals. While news stations are portraying the kissing bug as something new to the United States, Wired has shared some information that will help you to sleep easier at night. Kissing bugs have been in the United States for at least 12,000 years and there is no evidence that infections are increasing in the country.

What is Chagas disease?

A chronic heart disease that is caused by a blood parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, Chagas disease has infected less than 40 people in the US since 1955. While it is possible for kissing bugs to transmit Chagas disease, it is rather unlikely that you will come in contact with one, let alone become infected.

Coming in Contact with a Kissing Bug

Kissing bugs are found across the Southern half of the country, but they typically live in wooded areas, meaning that unless you are camping there is very little to worry about. Wildlife like raccoons and opossums are much more likely to become infected than people, which is why the CDC recommends that pets sleep indoors and their outdoor resting areas are checked regularly for bugs.

While kissing bugs are not found in Dunkirk, New York, there are plenty of other insects and rodents that you may come in contact with this winter. For all your pest problems, contact Comfort Pest Control at 716-366-2120.