April 26, 2010 by Jeff · Comments Off on spiders
Control of spiders is obtained not only through pest control but also by keeping homes clean of clutter and harbor areas. Cleaning up spider webs and food sources will help keep numbers down. Pest control will only help keep numbers down, not eliminate every spider.
There are several species of bed bugs in the U.S. Florida has a strain called the tropical bed bug. Bat bugs are the same as bed bugs but prefer bats as the main host of feedings. Swallow bugs are usually found in bird nests and around birds. They are slightly smaller and can bits humans. Fumigating attics and wall voids after evicting these animals is an effective way of killing these bugs.
Sawtoothed Grain Beetles
The larvae are wormlike and off white. It is one of the most prevalent invaders of grocery stores all over the world. Preferred foods include: macaroni, dry grains, tobacco, nuts and fruit. If discovered, all infested items should be thrown out and other items sealed in containers
Red Flour Beetle
Red Flour Beetles is red in color. They are 2-4 mm long and larvae are off white. They prefer flour and similar products. Grain, rice, dry pet food, pasta and similar products. Red flour beetles will infest pantries and areas where the food supply is abundant. Control is done by getting rid of infested materials and sealing all other grain products.
Larder beetles are found worldwide and attacks cured meats and other products. They are brown or black and about 5-7mm in size. They have a yellow strip across the back. They attack hides and skins which is main sign of infestation. Larder beetles will bore into wood to and then cover up the entrance hole. The beetles will feed on cheese, dry fish, meats, ham, bacon, hair and feathers just to name a few.
Larder beetles prefer to breed in pantries and other areas with food sources. All infested items should be discarded. Store all other items in sealed containers. Eliminating all sources of infested areas is the only way to combat these beetles.
Stored Product Pests
These pests can be responsible for damaging up to %10 of the worlds grain and crops every year. There are numerous types of these pests but most are a type of beetle.
Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown Recluse spiders are also called fiddle backs. They get the name from their reclusive behavior and fiddle shaped design on their back. Adults are generally about the size of a quarter. They have long legs and hold themselves up high off the ground. Brown recluses are light brown in color. They do not make webs but prefer dark, moist, undisturbed areas like crawlspaces, attics and closets. If provoked, they will bite and it can be painful.
There is no cure for infected areas other than removing skin and areas that are dying. If left alone, infected areas spread all over. Medical attention should be sought if bites are suspected. Outdoors they prefer shingles, unused boxes, woodpiles, or clutter in garages for shelter. Pest control is recommended for houses with these spiders.
Weevils are also located all over the U.S. and are usually about 1/8-11mm long. Generally black in color they mainly feed on plants and can invade structures when food sources are no longer available. Removal of plant debris and decaying vegetation is one of the only ways to control weevils. They are harmless to humans other than being an annoyance.
Thrips are very small about 1/64 of an inch in length and black colored. Thrips are found all over the U.S. and can actually bite people. They generally congregate in gardens and around flowers but can invade homes. Thrips can also transfer diseases in plants and flowers destroying them. Several applications of pesticides can be necessary to control thrips where they are prevalent
Pill bugs are found all over the world and in the U.S. When disturbed they will roll up into a ball and many people refer to them as “rolliepollies”. Pill bugs are about ¼ inch long and black colored. Pill bugs are not actually arthropods and not insects. They are confined to high moisture areas, thick vegetation, and under rocks, boards and structures. Pill bugs feed on decaying plant and animal matter and are harmless pests. Control can be achieved by removing grass clippings, mowing regularly, raking leaves and spraying on a normal basis.