August 5, 2010 by Jeff · Comments Off on Bats in Your Attic?
Here’s the video and story that ABC-5 ran on Pesky Bats Seeking Shelter in Homes.
Remember, with so many mosquitoes and insects to feast on this time of year, bats follow the food and love the humid air. They don’t need a big opening to find a place of residence in your attic.
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
Centipedes can be a nuisance when they invade homes. Turning on lights at night and seeing a large centipede sprint across the floor can be intimidating. They can reach lengths of up to 6 inches long. Centipedes are usually yellow or tan in color. These insects feed on flies and or spiders and can bite when handled. Bites can be painful.
Control is usually obtained by spraying and removal of decaying vegetation, rotting wood and other harbor areas around the structure.
Spraying these insects with soapy water will kill them but this is usually not practical. Insecticides work well for keeping numbers down on a more permanent basis. Sealing all cracks and holes on houses can help keep them from invading the living area. Some houses can be completely engulfed in these annoying bugs in the summer
This insect is a pest of boxelder trees which is how they got the name. Boxelders used to only inhabit the western portion of the U.S. but have now spread all over. They usually congregate on the warm sides of houses in the spring and summer. In winter, they will over winter in attics, wall voids, and warm areas of homes. Adults are black and red, younger boxelders are completely red.
Bed bugs are extremely hardy insects and can live in extreme conditions. Adults can live up to a year without feeding in buildings that don’t even have heat. This is also a reason why they can spread so efficiently to other areas, waiting for someone to give them a ride from place to place. Humans are the preferred hosts but bed bugs will feed on cats, dogs, birds, and rodents if desperate. They mostly feed at night when people are asleep but can feed during the day if conditions permit. Places like hospitals, theaters, and hotels may allow for daytime feedings.
Bats that are staying in house attics and walls will remain inactive but can still move around on warm days. The more movement a bat makes the more energy they use which can kill them. Bats can actually mate during the winter if temps reach higher levels. Colonies can reach levels of 50 up to 1000. Young bats can reach maturity frequently in as little as 3 weeks. Mother bats can distinguish there own young by smell and sound.
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.
These pests got the name from the fact that they infest tobacco products. They are found all over the world. Cigarette beetle adults are about 2-3 mm long and brown in color. Females lay white colored eggs and adults will fly to reach food and breeding areas.
The cigarette beetle will infest such things as: coffee beans, cigarettes, pet food, paprika, and spices just to name a few. If discovered, all food or infested items should be discarded. Remaining food items should be placed in sealed containers. Grocery stores where products were purchased should be notified.