Category: Pest Control

Pest Control Tips to Prevent Summer Stings and Bites

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The longer days of summer not only provide us with more time to spend outside, but also give stinging and biting insects more opportunity to attack. The warmer weather tends to send pests out in droves, which can easily lead to mosquito or tick bites and bee or wasp stings. While these stings and bites just cause most people minor irritation and discomfort, there are numerous others that end up having a serious reaction or that contract West Nile virus or Lyme disease. Pest control should be a year-round consideration, but there are several additional steps to take in the summertime to help avoid the risk of being an insect’s meal ticket.

Start With Professional Help

Before you even begin to notice insects taking over your yard or bug bites showing up everywhere, it’s a good idea to call in a pest control professional. This is your best chance at keeping bothersome insects from getting settled on or around your property. Your technician will examine the indoors and outdoors for evidence of nests that need to be removed and determine if there are any conditions that would provide the perfect breeding ground or make your home especially attractive to pests. Once all areas have been assessed, a treatment can be applied to help act as a barrier for your property, significantly reducing or completely eliminating the number of insects you’ll experience.

Make Necessary Changes to Your Property

Your pest control professional will point out certain things that should be addressed, but it will be up to you to make the changes necessary to create a less appealing environment for stinging and biting bugs. Specifically, all standing and stagnant water should be removed to keep mosquitoes at bay, and things like decorative fountains, bird baths, above ground pools, etc. should be consistently replenished with fresh water. Ticks are known to lurk in tall grass, so maintaining your lawn is a must as well. Limit the presence of bees and wasps by making sure all outside trash cans are tightly sealed and screens are free of holes.

Watch What You Wear

What you wear can make a big difference in whether or not insects see you as a target. If you’re in a location that could potentially be harboring ticks, it’s best to wear closed-toe  shoes, long-sleeved tops and long pants. Lighter-colored clothing will help you spot a tick much quicker if one happens to attach itself to you, allowing you to get it off right away.

The same type of clothing should be worn whenever you find yourself outside at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most prevalent. If it’s too hot to keep all parts of your body covered up, wearing a bug repellent (and staying away from sweet-smelling cologne or perfume) can help considerably to prevent bites and stings.

Insect stings and bites are less likely to ruin your outdoor summer fun if you think ahead. Don’t delay in getting professional pest control help, and follow the rest of these pest control tips because taking preventative action is fundamental in keeping your property pest-free.

How to Get Rid of Human Pests

Fed Up Woman

Ever have that annoying relative or intrusive friend who somehow found their way into your home, and just won’t go away? Perhaps you were being nice in allowing them to stay for a bit until they got back on their feet, or maybe they invited themselves over and never left. Maybe your spouse invited them to stay temporarily, and that temporary arrangement ended up being permanent. Sometimes humans can be just as big a nuisance as insect pests, though unfortunately there is no exterminator to call to rid your home of pesky houseguests who have overstayed their welcome. You can, however, employ methods to make your unwanted visitor think that leaving of their own accord is a fine idea.

Make Their Life as Uncomfortable as Possible

Just because someone decided they’re now living with you doesn’t mean you have to cater to them. If they expect you to cook and clean up after them, stop doing those things. Make them buy their own food and cook their own meals. There are no laws stating you have to be nice to unwanted roommates, either – so cut out the nice act and make them feel uncomfortable. Make them ask for everything – never let them think they have free access to anything in your home. Let them know that you’re being put out by having them there. After all, they have no problem making you feel uncomfortable in your own home, so why should you act any different?

Stop Feeding Them

If your unwanted houseguest expects you to provide meals for them, stop. Simply stop cooking for them, or stop inviting them to join you and your family while you eat. Make them buy their own food and prepare it separately. After all, you are not obligated to feed someone just because they decided they now live in your home. Put your foot down and stop catering to them. They’ll start to get the hint – or at least they’ll get the hint that you are not their own personal chef.

Change the Locks on Your Door

If the person in question is not on your lease or mortgage and was never invited to live permanently with you, don’t be afraid to change the locks on your door. Of course, this only applies if you’ve given them a key. Rental laws in some states can be shady, so read up on those beforehand to make sure you’re not breaking any – if the person has been staying in your home for a certain amount of time or has received mail at your address, they could be considered a resident, whether they’ve paid rent or not. However, if you aren’t breaking any laws by doing so, by all means, change the locks on any outside doors and refuse to give the freeloader a key – if nothing else, they’ll be forced to knock before being allowed to enter into your home.

Stop Cleaning Up After Them

If you’ve been cleaning up after a freeloader – doing their dishes, their laundry, picking up their messes – stop. Just stop. This can be difficult, especially if they are a messy person and you are a neat freak, but the longer you continue to clean up after them, the longer you enable them. Force the moocher to be responsible for their own actions.

It can be hard to run off an unwanted roommate, but it’s not impossible. If you ever find yourself in the position where a friend or family member moves in temporarily and ends up overstaying their welcome, you can use these tricks to enact a little human “ pest control” to make them want to leave!

Beetles Crawling In My Carpet

One or two at a time… They begin to appear. Small black beetles crawling in, along, and on top of my carpet. They are especially prevalent along the baseboards where the wall meets the carpet. But what exactly are they?

I call a local San Antonio Pest control company and they tell me I have carpet beetles!

The pest control company informs me the carpet beetles are an easy fix, with a few regular pest control services.

After signing up, I never saw another carpet beetle again!

What Exactly Are Carpet Beetles? 

Dermestidae>Attagenus fasciatus? Carpet beetle...

It starts off by seeing shed insect skins and fecal pellets in your carpet and furniture. Then you’ll start seeing small oval shaped beetles crawling through your carpet. Then you start to see small fuzzy looking caterpillars (larvae) crawling through your carpet. What you’re experiencing is carpet beetles, and their life cycle.

In late spring through early summer, carpet beetles lay their eggs in the carpet, furniture, closets, and even the air ducts in your home. As soon as these eggs hatch, the carpet beetle larvae will begin to eat and damage anything around. Traveling rapidly from room to room, causing hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage to clothing, carpet, and furniture, they become quite the pest control problem.

There are actually three different types of carpet beetles that infest our carpets, our furniture, our clothing, and our homes. These different species include: black carpet beetles, varied carpet beetles, and furniture carpet beetles. The carpet beetles I found crawling in my carpet were the adult black carpet beetles (Attagenus unicolor).

Measuring only about 1/10 of an inch, with some species reaching lengths of 3/16th of an inch, carpet beetles are very tiny. They are especially prevalent wherever dirt, hair, and other dead insects have begun to accumulate; in dark areas of the home, or near windows. Carpet beetles come in a variety of colors and patterns. Some have white or grey checkers, some have yellow or orange markings on their backs and some are a glossy black in color.

How Can I Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles? 

Thirsty carpet beetle

There are a couple steps that homeowners can take to avoid carpet beetle infestations. As it goes with many insect infestations, cleanliness is a major key! Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! When you do, make sure you pay special attention to the baseboards where the carpets meet the wall. These are carpet beetle breeding grounds. The hose extension on your vacuum is great for this. If you are beginning to see signs of carpet beetles in your clothing or bedding, take it all to the dry cleaners. Using moth balls in your closets are also beneficial in combating them in your clothing.

Take these steps to prevent carpet beetles, but if you already have them, your best plan of action is to call a pest control company.

Pest Control For Carpet Beetles

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Like I mentioned before, carpet beetles can cause damage to carpet, fabric, clothing, and other items located inside your home. These beetles have a tendency to roam from room to room in looking for food; leaving a path of destruction behind them. If you are seeing carpet beetles in your home, it’s time for professional pest control!

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Where Do Raccoons Nest In The City?

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Raccoon are a common pest in the GTA area and can cause a variety of problems due to their affinity for digging through human waste to find their meals. Although their natural habitat is deciduous and mixed forests they are also well-suited to living in urban, suburban, and rural areas in close co-habitation with people and other animals. As intelligent, omnivorous, and nocturnal creatures they are natural foragers and their diet of 40% invertebrates, 33% plants, and 27% vertebrates means they are easily able to find what they require to sustain themselves.

Raccoons are distributed all across North America as well as the European main land and Japan due to deliberate introductions and escapes and their adaptable habitat has allowed them to extend their range to mountainous areas, coastal marshes, and urban areas.

Urban Raccoons

Unless they are able to find their way inside a home or building, raccoons will often sleep in nearby wooded or park areas if they are available. Really, raccoons will take up residence virtually anywhere they can find a warm, dry, sheltered, and somewhat secluded spot. Abandoned buildings are a particular favorite but raccoons have also been known to infest sheds, attics, and the space underneath steps or decks in order to raise their young or just find a warm place to sleep.

Raccoons will often stick to a particular home area in which they have a few different places to rest so removing raccoons from a home can be a tricky task: you don’t want to move them too far from their home and introduce them to an area already home to a raccoon. For female raccoons that area is anywhere between 3-40 hectares and for males it can range from 8-80 hectares. In urban settings, with the plethora of free food available to them, home ranges will likely be closer to the smaller end of this range.

Health Concerns

While opinions are mixed about the distinctive creature – some considering their mask and dexterous front paws cute while others despise the intelligent trouble-makers – one thing is for sure: raccoons can be carriers of a variety of dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. The two most common diseases carried and spread by raccoons are rabies and distemper. If you see a raccoon be sure to keep your distance and watch for signs of illness:

Raccoons with rabies will have a sickly appearance and impaired mobility. They are often extremely aggressive and loud with abnormal vocalizations. Symptoms of distemper are similar but often milder than rabies. While distemper cannot be transmitted to humans, dogs can be infected with often fatal results. Rabies can be transmitted to humans and pets alike so if you have an unpleasant run in with a raccoon be sure to see your doctor immediately to inquire about rabies treatments for you or your pet.

If you have a raccoon living on your property, try to establish if they have babies with them. If so and the animals are not in your way or showing signs of illness, it is best not to disturb them while they are raising their young.But if they are showing illness it is better to get rid of them.You can call for raccoon removal services if needed.

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5 Crazy Pest Control Products

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There never seems to be a shortage on new and interesting ways to kill bugs, although some of the products on the market really take the cake. From fly strips that attach to your head, to robot pest killing machines, to carnivorous furniture – some of these inventions are downright insane. Below is a list of the top 5 craziest pest control products.

1. Head Mounted Fly Strips

Ever get tired of pesky flies swarming around your head? Well, now you can defeat them – with the use of some Head Mounted Fly Strips. That’s right, these strips of fly paper literally stick to your baseball cap, turning your headgear into a sticky, disgusting wasteland for anything with wings that has the misfortune to flutter by.

2. The Termibot

The Termibot is a robot designed to target and kill termites. With the use of onboard thermal imaging cameras, this remote-controlled killing machine can detect the heat signatures that indicate the presence of termites. Once the enemy has been detected, it rains chemical death onto their colony. It also has the ability to traverse cramped and narrow spaces that humans cannot reach, upright itself if it happens to flip over, and a probe to sucker-punch any obstacles out of its path. Wood-eating pests don’t stand a chance.

3. The Better Mousetrap

The “Better Mousetrap” is a complex device that delivers its death blow via 40-60 PSI of compressed air. Built with a combination of “electronic controlled circuitry, a pneumatic actuator, and complex solenoids,” inside a cold, steel chassis, the Better Mousetrap employs the use of ultrasonic motion sensors and lasers to detect the approach of any whiskered rodent trespassers. Poor Mickey and Minnie suffer a 102-pound deathblow from this executioner that seems to come straight from a science-fiction movie.

4. The Bug A-Salt

The Bug-A-Salt is a device that uses table salt to blow houseflies away. Inventor Lorenzo Maggiore created this gun specifically to kill flies – and it’s only fatal to flies. A mere pinch of regular table salt delivers deadly blows to the common housefly, while it feels like no more than a pinch to any humans who may find themselves caught in the crossfires. The loader holds enough salt for about 50 shots, meaning that you can annihilate your housefly population with just one round.

5. Carnivorous Furniture

Household furniture that devours living flesh may seem like the things nightmares are made of, but they really do exist. One such table features a hallow leg that mice will be enticed to climb up when going after leftover scraps of food on the top of the table. The mouse will then (theoretically) climb up to a hole in the center of the table, and promptly be rewarded with decapitation by a rotating blade – which is fully visible by anyone seated at the table. The mouse remains are then dumped into a chemical bath, where it’s dissolved and turned into a microbial fuel that provides electrical energy for the table, keeping it completely self-sufficient. While it may be an effective – and horrifyingly entertaining – way to dispose of household rodents, you’ll probably want to avoid having this if you have small pets – such as kittens or small dogs.

Whether you’re looking to wear slaughtered flies on your head like a demented trophy, kill termites using an executioner robot, murder mice using lasers devices, pick off houseflies one at a time with an assault rifle, or feed your household rodents to the furniture, there is certainly no shortage of creative – and completely insane – ways to rid your home of pests. Or, you can always do the sane thing and call a pest control professional.

Chris is a blogger for Excel Termite & Pest Control a Connecticut based pest control company.

Live Brown Snake Found In Toilet

Toilet Snake

Photo Courtesy: Facebook

Most of us don’t see a brown snake in the toilet until after we’ve done our business; so imagine the horror of looking down and seeing a live brown snake wrapped around the toilet bowl, before you’ve done your big job!

That’s exactly what happened to Bruce Ahlswede in a San Antonio Starbucks last week, proving once and for all that toilet snakes do exist!

Toilet Snakes In Starbucks: Would You Like Snakes With Your Coffee?

Toilet snakes in Starbucks isn’t the next B-list Hollywood movie; a follow up to the 2006 hit Snakes On A Plane, but was one’ mans experience at a San Antonio Starbucks.

After a business presentation, Bruce Ahlswede decided to stop in to a San Antonio Starbucks for a latte and a bathroom break. Upon entering the Starbucks bathroom he was utterly shocked when he saw a brown snake curled up around and inside the toilet bowl.

At first the snake appeared to be a fake. A plastic snake used to pull off a prank. Then, the snake slithered, proving that it was indeed real! Upon finding the live brown snake, Ahlswede bolted out of the bathroom and alerted the nearest Starbucks’ employee.

A crowed gathered around the toilet to see what all the commotion was about. The snake must have been shy; slithering around the toilet bowl and eventually disappearing. The above photo was taken by Mrs. Ahlswede, before the snake disappeared, and posted on Facebook so that we all may be aware of the possibilities of brown snakes in the toilet.

What Type Of Live Brown Snake Is Found In A Toilet?

Experts agree that it’s very uncommon to find live brown snakes in your toilet. In the rare chance of finding a live toilet snake; it may give you the runs… you’d run out the door! The live toilet snake that was found in a San Antonio Starbucks’ bathroom appears to be a brown rat snake. These snakes are not poisonous, but can bite if they feel threatened.

It is proposed that the brown rat snake slithered up into the toilet through the pipes; but many experts also suspect that this snake could’ve been somebody’s pet that was abandoned in the coffee shop. If so, what a sick joke!

Next time you use a public toilet, better check for a toilet snake. Better safe than sorry!

Author Bio:

Thomas Bulwark is a lively blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control. After reporting this toilet snake story, I’ll be double checking every public toilet I use from here on out!

5 Low-Maintenance Plants To Keep The Mosquitoes Away

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Mosquitoes can be a real issue, especially during the hotter, more humid times of the year. There’s nothing worse than trying to enjoy the weather or go about your day than being hassled by blood sucking mosquitoes.

There are a number of things that you can do to try and keep mosquitoes from eating you alive, such as using mosquito repellent, turning on your fans and lighting citronella candles. However, these are all short-term solutions. For a long-term solution, you should consider introducing a few naturally mosquito repelling plants.

The following are five plants that are not only mosquito repelling; they are also easy to grow and to maintain:

1. Citronella

Citronella

Many people will use citronella-scented candles to get rid of mosquitoes, so it’s only natural that the citronella plant will do the same – except it won’t burn out after a period of time like a candle will. The citronella plant provides a distinctive aroma that covers up nearby smells that tend to attract mosquitoes, which will make it more difficult for mosquitoes to find you. Citronella can be grown wherever frost does not occur. It’s a perennial grass that grows to between roughly five or six feet. If you do live in an area with frost, you can grow the Citronella in a pot or planter and simply move it indoors during the colder periods of the year.

2. Marigolds

Marigolds

The great thing about marigolds is that they will not only provide your home with a natural mosquito repellent, they will also make the area you plant them in look absolutely beautiful. These annual plants contain Pyrethrum, which releases an odor that mosquitoes hate. Pyrethrum also happens to be used often in many different types of insect repellents. Keep in mind that marigolds need plenty of sunlight and fertile soil in order properly thrive. You can also grow marigolds in pots or planters and place them around the home for additional protection from mosquitoes.

3. Catnip

Catnip

Catnip is a perennial herb that is related to mint, and is also quite easy to grow. According to recent studies, it was found that catnip is actually as much as ten times more effective than the chemical known as DEET, which is used in a large amount of commercial insect repellent. However, catnip only has an effect on mosquitoes within a close proximity. Many people will apply crushed leaves for better protection from mosquitoes. You should also keep in mind that catnip plants do affect cats, which means that if you own a cat you may want to consider using a different plant.

4. Ageratum

Ageratum

Like many of the previously mentioned plants, ageratum contains an element that mosquitoes find incredibly offensive and that is commonly used in insect repellents. This component is known as coumarin. Like marigolds, ageratums boast some especially gorgeous flowers. Its blooms are typically blue, but they come in several varieties that include white, pink and violet as well. Ageratum plants don’t need very much sunlight and can thrive with in full or partial sunlight. You won’t need very rich soil either, which is why they are often used in rock gardens, especially because they are a low-lying plant.

5. Horsemint

Horsemint

Horsemint has the same effect that citronella plants do; they produce a strong scent that tends to mask nearby scents that attract mosquitoes. Horsemint has several positives going for it, including that it grows fast, can grow in the shade, can resist droughts and does well in dryer conditions.

Use some of these plants near your deck, backyard, pool area, or other outdoor areas of your home in order to naturally repel mosquitoes.

Nicole loves her beautiful little home that she shares with her husband. She enjoys learning about anything to do with home improvement, from ways to keep the bugs away to the best decking suppliers in Perth, Australia.

Little Brown Bats In Danger Of Extinction

Little Brown Bat

The little brown bat is one of the most common species of bats in North America, and has been the preferred model organism for bat studies, and research. As well, these insectivores have been widely acclaimed by pest management experts, for their natural insect pest control services.

Little Brown Bats In Danger Of Extinction

Unfortunately, recent studies released have offered evidence that the little brown bat population in the North Eastern United States, is experiencing a steady and hasty decline from exposure to White nose syndrome- a disease caused by exposure to a particular fungus; first discovered in 2006. This infliction could result in the complete extinction of these natural exterminators, and the subsequent increase of insect pest control problems in the North Eastern United States; and throughout the rest of North America.

Concerned American biologists are asking the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, to place the little brown bat, once one of the most common mammals in North America and (to date) the most-affected species, on the endangered species list; until a formal review can be completed.

White-Nose Syndrome

The White-Nose Syndrome fungus was first discovered back in 2006, in the caves of New York. It has since spread to some 28 U.S. States. It’s believed that the fungus was brought over from Europe, where WNS didn’t seem to have the same affect as it has on the 26 different species of hibernating North American bats.

White-Nose Syndrome affects Little Brown bats by altering their hibernation. Essentially, a white fungus will grow on a Little Brown bat’s nose and awaken the bat when it should be hibernating. The bat will use all of it’s energy reserves needed for hibernation, and eventually die off before spring rolls around and the bat can once again hunt bugs. The fungus also affects the little brown bat’s blood pressure, body temperature, and ability to fly and catch insects. It’s estimated that WNS has killed between 7-10 million hibernating bats.

The Little Brown Bat

As this bat’s name would suggest, it’s fur is uniformly dark brown and glossy on the back. The upper body is slightly paler, with greyish fur underneath. This species of bat has thirty-eight, relatively sharp teeth. As is typical for most insectivores, the little brown bat’s canine teeth are very prominent, enabling it to grasp hard-bodied insects; while still in flight. Considered very effective exterminators, a healthy population of Little Brown bats, can consume thousands of pounds of insect pests; each year.

 

How To Get Rid Of Nuisance Crickets

Imagine that your backyard is filled with hundreds of crickets that are chirping in the dead of night. Do you think that you’ll be able to get enough sleep? The repetitive noise that a single cricket makes is tolerable, and it can even be considered as quite enchanting since it is one of those nighttime sounds that call to mind quiet family picnics or barbeques. You might even prefer the sound over the clamor of city noises. But what if your backyard is filled with too many crickets that are all chirping at the same time? That can really be a huge nuisance. But getting irritated by the noise made by these insects is the least of your worries. If you love your garden or if you want to protect your home, you have to take measures to control the cricket population in your area.

Why Crickets are a Nuisance

- Crickets can be noisy.

As mentioned, a hundred or more crickets can create a raucous noise that could disturb your sleeping habits. A cricket problem can be a huge headache especially if you have a child or a baby at home who wakes up at the slightest sound.

- Crickets eat vegetation.

Crickets like to eat all sorts of ornamental plants. Your once lush landscape could die after the crickets have eaten most of your plants. You also need to prevent a cricket infestation if you have garden plants and fruit trees.

- Crickets can invade your home too.

Inside the home, crickets can also do a lot of damage because they also consume many types of textile and paper products. Crickets that have found their way inside your house can definitely cause damage to your furniture, clothes, as well as wallpaper and other fabrics.

How to Get Rid of Them

Before you consider a pest eradication method, you have to be aware that crickets are a vital part of the food cycle. These animals are an integral part of the ecosystem. Understanding their value to the environment will make you realize that you do not have to totally eradicate them. Instead, you can utilize pest control methods that will help in controlling their population. Below are a few suggestions.

1. Using insecticides

There are several forms of bug sprays that are readily available in the market. Most of these are easy to apply — just find your target and spray. But using a bug spray is best if you only see a cricket or two inside your home. When dealing with a serious infestation, ask for help from pest control experts. These people can apply stronger chemicals, such as cyfluthrin, propoxur and pyrethrins. Because these are more concentrated substances, exposure can also pose serious health risks.

2. Using traps and baits

You can create your own cricket bait with molasses, a bowl and some water. For more ideas about how to make a homemade cricket bait, do some research online. You can also use sticky traps to catch the bugs that have found their way into your home.

3. Preventing an infestation

As they say, prevention is better than cure. Cricket can be drawn to your property if your landscape or garden is not well-kept. These insects are attracted to moisture, mulch, dense vegetation, weeds and garbage. By eliminating the features that attract these bugs, you also reduce the possibility of a getting a bad infestation.

Claire Lassiter’s specialty is pest management. She usually discusses the health effects of having pests around, but you’ll find her talking about Bentonville cricket control at times too.

Three of the Longest Lived Insects on Earth

The Earth is home to some 900,000 known species of insect, and probably many more unknown. Most of these insects lead short lives of a few months or a couple of years. However, there are some insects who are much longer lived. These bugs can live almost as long as a human in varying forms, and some live longer than people.

Termites

Termites Interacting

These insects are a pest to homeowners dealing with an infestation, but in the wild they can build some truly magnificent termite mounds. Termite colonies are often hierarchal in nature with workers and soldiers maintaining the colony, while a Queen termite and King termite provide each new generation. Most workers and soldiers only live about two years in captivity. Studies have found that the Queen and King termites can last for decades, up to fifty years or more. Although, most of the colony ends up with a short live span, the royalty can live as long as many humans.

Cicadas

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Another long lived insect are cicadas. These insects have an unusual life cycle during which they spend most of their lives underground before emerging for a brief few months to breed and die. There are over 2,500 classified species of cicada and probably more unknown species. Cicadas are known to live underground as ‘nymphs’ or juveniles for between 13 and 17 years before emerging to begin their adult life cycles. Cicadas are usually harmless with no mouth parts, but they do have a proboscis that they use to suck sap out of trees. These insects are known for the loud mating calls of the male that can cause annoyance to humans in the area.

Wood Boring Beetle

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A wood boring beetle is also a nuisance to homeowners who do not have properly treated wood. These insects spend a large part of their lives as larva, eating wood. This is better done in trees, but sometimes they do make it into a home and live in the wood framing and paneling. There are many species of wood boring beetle, most of which live as larva in the wood for a few months to a few years. However, some wood boring beetles have been found living in wood as larva for up to twelve years, or even thirty years.

These are just three long lived insects. You never know, there may be some insects, as yet unidentified, that live even longer. One creature, called the “Springtail”, is a hexapod that looks very insect like. Springtails can enter a state of suspended animation when dehydrated or under stress and return to life later on. They could ‘live’ indefinitely in this manner. However, this does not mean they are invincible and will die from injury, poison, or even getting eaten like any other creature.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a New Jersey pest control company.

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