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Beetles Can Pose Problems on Farms and Gardens

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Beetles Pose Agricultural Threats, Especially During Summer

Many species of beetles can prove damaging to humans, especially in an agricultural sense. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. While some species are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while some other species, such as the ladybug, often prove beneficial to humans by killing harmful insects.

Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found all throughout the world. Some species are long and slender while others are rounded or oval shaped. They have firm antennae and chewing mandibles, and are characterized by their very firm, hard wings, which are often mistaken for their outer shell.

They fold their front pair of wings over their back pair, which are waterproof and protect the beetle from damage and dehydration. Interestingly, despite their two pairs of wings, beetles are poor fliers.

beetlesFlour and grain feed on food products in homes, and have also been known to damage food production/storage facilities and stores. June beetles, on the other hand, attack lawns and landscapes and attack the roots of grass, which might necessitate costly replacement in the long run.

During the fall and winter, these insects may become an even more prevalent pest to homeowners, because they’ll constantly be trying to make their way inside your home to escape from the cold weather. During these periods, you may be able to spot hundreds of beetles clustering around the outside of your home as they try to spot an opening.

In general terms, they can be divided into three different categories, which allows pest control experts to more accurately identify and exterminate the offending species. These categories include food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles, and fabric-infesting beetles.

Some kinds of beetles can be removed simply by using a vacuum of a broom, but your pest control profession will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside the home or business. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white lightbulbs to the less enticing yellow lights.

beetlesIn the summer months especially, it’s important to remove food or compost that supports beetle development and reproduction. Likewise, moisture control is an important step in controlling beetle infestations. Make sure that areas like basements, bathrooms, and attics are kept as moisture-free as possible.

Some popular removal methods that pest control companies may choose to employ include using a pheromone-based beetle trap, which will effectively attract and immobilize the beetles. This will serve to determine the location of ingress and help you to administer insecticides effectively.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas beetle control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If beetles have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced beetle removal experts.

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Maintaining a Beetle-free Lawn During Summer

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Homeowners can take a variety of steps to keep beetles off their property

Many beetles can cause economic damage, especially in agricultural environments. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. Some species of beetle are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while other species, such as the ladybug, often prove beneficial to humans by killing harmful insects.

Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found all throughout the world. Some species are long and slender while others are round or oval shaped. They have firm antennae and chewing mandibles, and are characterized by their very firm, hard wings, which are often mistaken for their outer shell. They fold their front pair of wings over their back pair, which are waterproof and protect the beetle from damage and dehydration. Interestingly, despite their two pairs of wings, beetles are poor fliers.

Species like the carpet beetle eat natural fibers and feathers, which can prove problematic if they make their way inside your home. These insects can damage woolen material and various fabrics. If these insects manage to get inside your home, they can cause serious damage to wooden furniture and even structural supports.

beetlesFlour and grain beetles feed on food products in homes, and have also been known to damage food stock in production/storage facilities and stores. June beetles, on the other hand, attack lawns and landscapes and attack the roots of grass, which might necessitate costly replacement in the long run.

During the fall and winter, these pests may become an even more prevalent pest to homeowners, because they’ll constantly be trying to make their way inside your home to escape from the cold weather. During these periods, you may be able to spot hundreds of beetles clustering around the outside of your home as they try to spot an opening.

In general terms, beetles can be divided into three different categories, which allows pest control experts to more accurately identify and exterminate the offending species. These categories include food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles, and fabric-infesting beetles.

Some species can be removed simply by using a vacuum or a broom, but your pest control professional will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside homes and businesses. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white lightbulbs to less enticing yellow lights.

beetlesIn the summer months especially, it’s important to remove food or compost that supports beetle development and reproduction. Likewise, moisture control is an important step in controlling beetle infestations. Make sure that areas like basements, bathrooms, and attics are kept as dry as possible.

Some popular removal methods that pest control companies may choose to employ include using a pheromone-based beetle trap, which will effectively attract and immobilize the beetles. This will serve to determine the point of ingress and help you to administer insecticides effectively.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas beetle removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If beetles have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced beetle removal experts.

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Beetle Removal in Winter

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Beetles Still Pose Problems for Homeowners During Winter Months

Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found all throughout the world. Some species are long and slender while others are rounded or oval shaped. Beetles have firm antennae and chewing mandibles, and are characterized by their very firm, hard wings, which are often mistaken for their outer shell.

Some species of beetles can prove damaging to humans, especially in an agricultural sense. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. While some species are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while some other species, such as the ladybug, often prove beneficial to humans by killing harmful insects.

Flour and grain feed on food products in homes, and have also been known to damage food production/storage facilities and stores. June beetles, on the other hand, attack lawns and landscapes and attack the roots of grass, which might necessitate costly replacement in the long run.

Beetle removal experts suggest that during the fall and winter, these insects may become an even more prevalent pest to homeowners, because they’ll constantly be trying to make their way inside your home to escape from the cold weather. During these period, you may be able to spot hundreds of beetles clustering around the outside of your home as they try to spot an opening.

In general terms, experts can divide these pests into a number of categories, which allows beetle removal experts to more accurately identify and exterminate the offending species. These categories include food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles, and fabric-infesting beetles.

Some kinds of beetles can be removed simply by using a vacuum of a broom, but your pest control profession will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside the home or business. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white lightbulbs to the less enticing yellow lights if you want to exercise a thorough beetle removal regimen.

In the summer months especially, it’s important to remove food or compost that supports beetle development and reproduction. Likewise, moisture control is an important step in controlling beetle infestations. Make sure that areas like basements, bathrooms, and attics are kept as moisture-free as possible.

Some popular beetle removal methods that pest control companies may choose to employ include using a pheromone-based beetle trap, which will effectively attract and immobilize the beetles. This will serve to determine the location of ingress and help you to administer insecticides effectively.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas beetle removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If beetles have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Identifying and Removing Beetles in Suburban Environments

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Homeowners Are Especially At Risk of Beetle Infestations During Spring and Summer

Many species of beetles can prove damaging to humans, especially in an agricultural sense. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. While some species are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while some other species, such as the ladybug, often prove beneficial to humans by killing harmful insects.

Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found all throughout the world. Some species are long and slender while others are rounded or oval shaped. Beetles have firm antennae and chewing mandibles, and are characterized by their very firm, hard wings, which are often mistaken for their outer shell.

They fold their front pair of wings over their back pair, which are waterproof and protect the beetle from damage and dehydration. Interestingly, despite their two pairs of wings, beetles are poor fliers.

Species like the carpet beetle eat natural fibers and feathers, which can prove problematic if they make their way inside your home. These insects can damage woolen material and various fabrics. Species like the powderpost, feed on hardwood and bamboo. If these insects manage to get inside your home, they can cause serious damage to wooden furniture and even structural supports.

Flour and grain feed on food products in homes, and have also been known to damage food production/storage facilities and stores. June beetles, on the other hand, attack lawns and landscapes and attack the roots of grass, which might necessitate costly replacement in the long run.

During the fall and winter, these insects may become an even more prevalent pest to homeowners, because they’ll constantly be trying to make their way inside your home to escape from the cold weather. During these period, you may be able to spot hundreds of beetles clustering around the outside of your home as they try to spot an opening.

In general terms, they can be divided into three different categories, which allows pest control experts to more accurately identify and exterminate the offending species. These categories include food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles, and fabric-infesting beetles.

Some kinds of beetles can be removed simply by using a vacuum of a broom, but your pest control profession will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside the home or business. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white lightbulbs to the less enticing yellow lights.

In the summer months especially, it’s important to remove food or compost that supports beetle development and reproduction. Likewise, moisture control is an important step in controlling beetle infestations. Make sure that areas like basements, bathrooms, and attics are kept as moisture-free as possible.

Some popular removal methods that pest control companies may choose to employ include using a pheromone-based beetle trap, which will effectively attract and immobilize the beetles. This will serve to determine the location of ingress and help you to administer insecticides effectively.

If beetles have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Beetles in Agricultural Areas

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Many types of beetles can pose agricultural threats

Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found all throughout the world. Some species are long and slender while others are round or oval shaped. They have firm antennae and chewing mandibles, and are characterized by their very firm, hard wings, which are often mistaken for their outer shell. They fold their front pair of wings over their back pair, which are waterproof and protect the beetle from damage and dehydration. Interestingly, despite their two pairs of wings, beetles are poor fliers.

Many species can cause economic damage, especially in agricultural environments. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. Some species of beetle are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while other species, such as the ladybug, often prove beneficial to humans by killing harmful insects.

Species like the carpet beetle eat natural fibers and feathers, which can prove problematic if they make their way inside your home. These insects can damage woolen material and various fabrics. Species like the powderpost beetle feed on hardwood and bamboo. If these insects manage to get inside your home, they can cause serious damage to wooden furniture and even structural supports.

Flour and grain beetles feed on food products in homes, and have also been known to damage food stock in production/storage facilities and stores. June beetles, on the other hand, attack lawns and landscapes and attack the roots of grass, which might necessitate costly replacement in the long run.

During the fall and winter, these pests may become an even more prevalent pest to homeowners, because they’ll constantly be trying to make their way inside your home to escape from the cold weather. During these periods, you may be able to spot hundreds of beetles clustering around the outside of your home as they try to spot an opening.

In general terms, beetles can be divided into three different categories, which allows pest control experts to more accurately identify and exterminate the offending species. These categories include food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles, and fabric-infesting beetles.

Some species can be removed simply by using a vacuum or a broom, but your pest control professional will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside homes and businesses. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white lightbulbs to less enticing yellow lights.

In the summer months especially, it’s important to remove food or compost that supports beetle development and reproduction. Likewise, moisture control is an important step in controlling beetle infestations. Make sure that areas like basements, bathrooms, and attics are kept as dry as possible.

Some popular removal methods that pest control companies may choose to employ include using a pheromone-based beetle trap, which will effectively attract and immobilize the beetles. This will serve to determine the point of ingress and help you to administer insecticides effectively.

If beetles have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Beetles and Their Diets

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Many Species of Beetle Present Agricultural Threats

Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found all throughout the world. Some species are long and slender while others are rounded or oval shaped. Beetles have firm antennae and chewing mandibles, and are characterized by their very firm, hard wings, which are often mistaken for their outer shell. They fold their front pair of wings over their back pair, which are waterproof and protect the beetle from damage and dehydration. Interestingly, despite their two pairs of wings, beetles are poor fliers.

Many species of beetles can prove damaging to humans, especially in an agricultural sense. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. While some species are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while some other species, such as the ladybug, often prove beneficial to humans by killing harmful insects.

Species like the carpet beetle eat natural fibers and feathers, which can prove problematic if they make their way inside your home. These insects can damage woolen material and various fabrics. Species like the powderpost, feed on hardwood and bamboo. If these insects manage to get inside your home, they can cause serious damage to wooden furniture and even structural supports.

Flour and grain feed on food products in homes, and have also been known to damage food production/storage facilities and stores. June beetles, on the other hand, attack lawns and landscapes and attack the roots of grass, which might necessitate costly replacement in the long run.

During the fall and winter, these insects may become an even more prevalent pest to homeowners, because they’ll constantly be trying to make their way inside your home to escape from the cold weather. During these period, you may be able to spot hundreds of beetles clustering around the outside of your home as they try to spot an opening.

In general terms, they can be divided into three different categories, which allows pest control experts to more accurately identify and exterminate the offending species. These categories include food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles, and fabric-infesting beetles.

Some kinds of beetles can be removed simply by using a vacuum of a broom, but your pest control profession will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside the home or business. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white lightbulbs to the less enticing yellow lights.

In the summer months especially, it’s important to remove food or compost that supports beetle development and reproduction. Likewise, moisture control is an important step in controlling beetle infestations. Make sure that areas like basements, bathrooms, and attics are kept as moisture-free as possible.

Some popular removal methods that pest control companies may choose to employ include using a pheromone-based beetle trap, which will effectively attract and immobilize the beetles. This will serve to determine the location of ingress and help you to administer insecticides effectively.

If beetles have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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The Most Destructive Pest Swarms, Part II

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When these pests swarm, destruction is sure to follow.

It’s time now for a continuation of last week’s post about the costliest and most destructive pest swarms around. We had some very strong contenders last week including the savage, all-consuming Mormon cricket, and perhaps the king of all invasive species, the fire ant. The destructive capabilities of these pests lie in their numbers, and when they begin to swarm, your humble author suggests staying well out of the way.

Yellow jackets:

Most of us are probably familiar with the yellow jacket because of its characteristic yellow and black markings that run the length of its body. Likewise, we’re all probably somewhat familiar with just how aggressive yellow jackets can be when aggrieved. They will defend their nest with their lives and, unlike bees, are able to sting repeatedly. Speaking of nests, yellow jackets have the ability to build their nests to incredible size, although the scarcity of resources generally means that they’re content to keeps their nests small and well protected.

Emerald Ash Borer:

Yet another invasive species on this list, the emerald ash borer was originally a native of northeastern Asia. This pest was fist sighted in the U.S. in 2002, now a severe menace to the ash trees of the American northeast. Ash borer larvae get under the bark of the trees and begin eating away at the live plant tissue, eliminating the trees’ ability to transport water and other nutrients to the upper branches.

Japanese beetles:

These pests are, as you might intuitively assume, originally from Japan, but were brought the states in 1916. They’ve since developed quite a taste for roses, crepe myrtles, and the leaves of various fruits and vegetables; so much so, in fact, that as of the 1972 USDA animal and plant health inspection, they had spread to over 22 states east of the Mississippi. Japanese beetles are incredibly difficult to get rid of and have been know to wreak ecological and agricultural havoc on farms and in gardens.

Bedbugs:

As I’ve commented on this same blog, the number of bedbug infestations have taken a sharp uptick in recent years. In many, many metropolitans areas on the east coast, as well as the American heartland and even in more southwestern areas, like Dallas and Houston, Texas. Interestingly, bedbugs only feed on human blood and, as such, prefer to take refuge in the cracks and cervices of bedframes and in the tiny stitching of mattresses. Many times, the victim of the infestation won’t even know they’ve been bitten, allowing the bedbug population to grow unchecked until things really get out of hand.

Stinkbugs:

Stinkbugs are, of course, known for the noxious odor they produce when disturbed or crushed. Their natural tendency to stink up the place as homeowners try to get rid of them means that proper extermination is a real nightmare. Infestations typically occur in the autumn, which means that they also take a drastic toll on agricultural production in some areas of the United States.

If swarming pests like termites, bedbugs, and yellow jackets have made an unsightly appearance in your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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The 10 Most Destructive Pests

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Those zany kids at the National Pest Management Association are at it again with this list of the ten most destructive pests. In terms of both property damage and health risks, these household pests have been known to wreak havoc on even the most well protected homes.

Termites:

Like ants, termites are among the most successful groups of insects on earth, in as much as they’ve managed to colonize most landmasses, apart from Antarctica. Hundreds of species of termite are economically significant and can cause severe damage to buildings, crops, and forests.

Ticks:

Ticks are actually small arachnids that feed on the blood of mammals. That said, the principal threat that ticks pose is health-related. Ticks are dangerous vectors for Lyme disease (especially on the Eastern seaboard) and various other viruses and bacteria. Some ticks, such as the Australian paralysis tick, is intrinsically venomous and, as the name implies, can cause paralysis.

Carpenter Ants:

Like termites, carpenter ants are known for causing serious structural damage to buildings. However, carpenter ants don’t actually eat the wood they bore through. Rather, they drill elaborate tunnel systems for nesting and breeding purposes. Carpenter ants favor wooden structures with water damage, compounding an already serious and potentially fatal problem.

Aphids:

Aphids pose a mostly agricultural threat, as they feed on the fluids inside plants. Like ants and termites, aphids are hugely successful insects from a zoological standpoint, which is largely due to the fact that they can reproduce asexually. If left unchecked, the honeydew that aphids produce can turn into a mold fungus and can transmit viruses to other plants.

Yellowjackets:

Yellowjackets, along with hornets, paper wasps, and other stinging insects, are responsible for upwards of half a million ER visits every year. Yellowjackets, known colloquially as “wasps,” are known for their characteristic coloring, their occurrence only colonies, and their distinct side-to-side flight pattern prior to landing. Despite the threat they pose to humans, wasps are actually important predators in their own right, commonly hunting other varieties of household pests.

Moles:

These strange creatures like to feed on worms, grubs, and other insects beneath the surface of your lawn. Like many other destructive pests on this list, the mole is perfectly suited to its environment—that is, underground. For example, moles have been known to tolerate higher levels of carbon dioxide than other animals because of a special protein in the blood, allowing them to breathe underground with ease.

Deer:

As your author can attest, deer love to snack on expensive flowers and other outdoor ornamentals. Besides tearing up landscaping, deer can also carry deer ticks, which, in turn, can carry Lyme disease. In some parts of the US, deer populations have escalated unchecked, and have now reached pest-levels.

Mosquitoes:

We all know about the health risks posed by mosquitoes: malaria, west Nile virus, yellow fever, dengue fever, filariasis, and other arboviruses, making them one of the deadliest animals in the world. Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a bottle-cap’s worth of standing water, meaning that homeowners should diligently check their property for potential mosquito breeding locations.

Slugs:

Like worms, slugs play an important role in the ecosystem by eating and decomposing dead plant and animal matter. That said, they’ll just as soon eat live plants as dead ones, and frequently present agricultural problems for farmers and gardeners. Slugs can destroy plants faster than they can grow and bore holes in fruits and vegetables, making them unfit for sale or consumption.

Japanese Beetles:

As the name suggests, Japanese beetles are invasive pests that were initially found in the US sometime in the 1910s. They feed by skeletonizing plants, meaning that they consume only the leaf material between the veins, while leaving the veins themselves relatively untouched.

Hercules Beetles

 Hercules Beetles

A cousin of the dung beetle, Hercules beetles are one of the largest beetles in the world. Thought to be different species, the male and female Hercules beetle differ greatly in appearance.  The male Hercules beetle is a smooth, shiny, spotted olive green that grows to 17 cm long.  They are also equipped with horns atop their head to combat other males over mating with the most desirable females.  The females, however, are not equipped with horns and do not fight.  They have beaded wing casings that are engulfed in layers of red hair.  Despite the fearsome horns, male Hercules beetles are harmless to humans.

After mating, the female lays her eggs in soil.  When the eggs hatch, they are called larvae.  The larvae, still underground, moult several times throughout a period of nine months.  The soft, creamy colored larvae turn into pupa and emerge from the soil as adult Hercules beetles after six more months.

Found in the jungles of South America, the Hercules beetle eats primarily fallen debris such as leaves and bark.  They are, however, omnivores as they feast primarily on plants but also on insects.  Meanwhile, they are hunted by birds, rats, bats, and other reptiles.  Unfortunately, the Hercules beetle’s habitat has been subject to deforestation.

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