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.

Don’t Let Stinging Insects Spoil Your Summer Fun

beehiveWinged insects like bees, wasps, yellow jackets and hornets are some of summer’s most common pests, all of which can go from moderately annoying when buzzing around your dinner plate to downright dangerous when they sting someone with an allergy to insect stings. And since summer is the time of year that we all want to spend outside in our backyards, the presence of a flying insect nest on your property can be extraordinarily stressful.

Your first reaction to any nest – whether it is in your yard, the walls of your home, or the attic – will probably be to eliminate it yourself, but we at Comfort Pest Control would like to caution you against this plan. There are a wide variety of mistakes you can make when attempting to remove one, most of which can result in your injury. And there is always the chance that you will not fully eliminate the problem pest.

Instead of trying to face a hornet, bee, wasp or yellow jacket nest on your own, please call Comfort Pest Control at 716-366-2120 to handle your summer insect pest control problem. Not only do we have years of experience dealing with flying pests like these, but we also are trained to work in small spaces (like attics and basements) and use professional products that are not available to the general public. This will help to ensure that your insect problem is handled correctly and completely the first time, allowing your summer fun to continue without further interruption.

Based out of Dunkirk, New York, our technicians are available 24/7 to assess your situation.

Maintaining the Exterior of the Perimeter of a Structure

family enjoying pest free yardMaintaining the area around your home or business is a key component of keeping carpenter ants, spiders, millipedes and several other invading pests at bay.

The bushes and limbs that touch a structure allow an avenue for pests to enter the building, so keeping a nice three foot barrier of low cut grass and removing all debris and weeds should be a starting point of your regular spring and summer maintenance.

Insects thrive in moist, shady areas, so use natural elements to your benefit, creating a dry, sunlit, brush-free area around the foundation of your residence.

The drainage coming off the home should be directed at least five or ten feet away, and don’t be afraid to use long gutter extensions to direct that water from the roof further from your home. Water is great for growth but not when it is standing along the perimeter of the structure. The spread of many diseases is associated with standing water and it can be a breeding ground for harmful, sometimes deadly mosquitos.

Along with a good pest control maintenance program, these tips will allow you to enjoy the outdoors without being bothered by unwanted, creepy crawly guests this summer.

Have a question about your seasonal pest control maintenance? Give Comfort Pest Control a call at 716-366-2120. We are always happy to help keep your home safe from bugs!