April’s Pest of the Month – Carpenter Bees

carpenter bee-uga websiteCarpenter bees are often mistake for bumble bees because of their similarity in size and color.

Habits

  • Often found under decks or porch railings and under the eaves of a house.
  • Make nests by tunneling into wood.
  • Leave a trail of sawdust as they discard of the wood to build partitions within the tunnels.
  • Feed on plant nectar, not wood.

Threats

  • Homes with wooden decks, eaves, or other areas of exposed wood are likely targets for carpenter bee damage.
  • Males do not have stingers but can be aggressive to other bees, animals, or people near the nest.
  • Females can sting but rarely do unless they are agitated.

Prevention

  • Treat or paint all exposed wood surfaces.
  • Each nest hole should be treated individually if bees are inside.
  • Seal or paint nest holes if bees are not inside.

Other Pests to Look Out For:

For more information on carpenter bees you can visit our PEST ID page or call Northwest Exterminating at 888.466.7849.

 

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3 New Cockroach Species Discovered

Source

NBCNews.com has reported that researchers found three new cockroaches to add to a list of more than 4,000 living species in the world. These yellow-bodied creatures are the first of the genus Pseudophoraspism to be found in China.

In the United States, there are about 70 cockroach species, with German cockroaches being the most common.

Experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourage homeowners to practice good sanitation to prevent a cockroach infestation. Specifically, people should keep garbage in sealed containers, check under appliances and sinks for moisture, properly ventilate crawl spaces and seal cracks around the outside of the home.

- http://www.pestworld.org/news-and-views/pest-news/news/three-new-cockroach-species-discovered/

For more information on common cockroaches found in the US, visit out PEST ID page by clicking HERE.

 

 

Common Ants

Properly identifying pests is such an important part of pest control prevention and management.  Professionals and homeowners both need to be aware of what pest they are dealing with so they know what actions need to be taken to properly get rid of and prevent the pest from returning.

Ants are a common concern in both residential and commercial dwellings.  Knowing what kind of ants you have will help in knowing the best course of action to treat the property.  Our Pest ID page gives 5 common ants that can be found in properties in the southeast: fire ants, carpenter ants, argentine ants, acrobat ants, and odorous house ants.  To find out more information about any of these types of ants, visit our Pest ID page or click on a picture below.

Acrobat Ant

Acrobat Ant

Odorous House Ant

Odorous House Ant

Argentine Ants

Argentine Ants

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants

Fire Ant

Fire Ant