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Dallas Termite Services

Dallas Termite Services

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How are Dallas termite services combating the spread of the Formosan termite?

Of the many termite species that make their homes in the warm, dry regions of the southern United States, none is more dangerous and costly than the Formosan termite. Originally from East Asia, Formosan termites were inadvertently brought to the United States after World War II. After establishing colonies in and around port cities, they soon spread to other parts of the country, particularly the American south. Houston, Fort Worth, and Dallas termite services are fighting hard to combat the rampant spread of these insects.

Formosans are social insects that live in large colonies. The individuals in these colonies are broken into three distinct castes, each with their own occupation and purpose within the insectoid hierarchy: with reproductive alates (which may or may not have wings), the soldiers, and the workers. Formosan alates and workers are very similar in appearance to those of other termite species, so many pest control experts will look to the soldiers in order to facilitate correct identification.

That said, Formosan termite soldiers have oblong heads, whereas other species indigenous to North America tend to have more rectangular heads. Likewise, Formosan termite soldiers are markedly more aggressive when defending their colonies from attackers than indigenous species. When the soldiers engage a threat, they release a white liquid that is used for defense.

Formosan termites are a mostly subterranean species and prefer to build their nests beneath the soil. They commonly invade and begin to consume wooden structures that are in contact with the ground. However, they’ve also been known to construct tubes made of mud which extend off the ground, allowing them to reach otherwise unattainable heights in relative safety. Likewise, Formosan termites build carton or honeycomb-like structures that help retain moisture, enabling them to build nests that don’t require them to return to the surface for water.

Termite colonies can grow to incredible sizes with individuals sometimes numbering in the millions. Termite queens can often lay over 1,000 eggs per day. In late spring or early summer, Formosan termite colonies will produce swarms of winged males and females. These insects will, with luck, find a mate and some will proceed to found new colonies.

When termites infest a wooden structure, whether it’s a tree or a wooden support beam inside the home, they consume cellulose and extract nutrients from it, leaving behind smooth-sided galleries. If you suspect that termites might be present in your home, keep a sharp eye out for sagging walls or ceilings, as these might be signs of severe and far-advance infestations.

The Formosan termite alone is responsible for upwards of $1 billion in damages in the United States every year. Their voracious appetites for wood mean that property damages are on the rise all across the south.

Dallas termite services help to ensure that your home is protected against these tiny yet destructive bugs.

If termites have made an unwanted appearance 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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Bedbugs in Hotel Rooms

bedbugs will, with luck, be burnt alive

How should one combat bedbugs in a hotel room?

People who travel internationally are much more likely to transmit bedbugs to their own homes than those who don’t. Thanks largely to their tiny size, they can easily hide in luggage, shoes, and other personal items. Generally speaking, people who unwittingly bring bedbugs home with them have no idea that they actually have a problem until weeks or even moths later. Unfortunately, that means that the population may have grown to such an extent that the infestation may have spread to other parts of the house.

Among those afflicted with bedbug infestations, they all have one thing in common: the bedbugs were all brought back from a different location after a business or holiday trip. For those paranoid about unknowingly staying in a hotel room populated by bedbugs, it’s possible to use an LED flashlight to carefully inspect the area surrounding the mattress, headboard, pillows, sheets, and box spring set. Usually, you can purchase one of these flashlights for around $10.

Also, if you’re quite concerned about avoiding the bedbug threat in your hotel room, consider placing your luggage inside of a large garbage bag once you enter, so that bedbugs won’t be able to climb inside. Moreover, if you suspect that bedbugs have already infested your clothing or other person items, you can keep them reasonably contained by placing them inside another bag. Thanks to the plague-like spread of bedbugs, particularly in areas like Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth, Texas, commercial luggage wraps are now widely available to deal with such a threat. Should you discover bedbugs in your home, a common question is if you should proceed to spray their home on your own to prevent their further spread. Of course, the decision to administer pesticide in a residential environment is wholly up to you.

Generally speaking, when homeowners apply pesticides on their own, they are not beholden to regulations that pest management professionals must comply with. In some states, however, there may be regulations restricting the application of certain pesticides by property managers or landlords. It may be necessary, however, for property maintenance staff to take a test in order to become certified to apply pesticides on these properties. Naturally, there are some liabilities and pitfalls associated with the application of pesticides, especially when attempting to get rid of bedbugs on your own. Remember: pesticides are specifically designed to kill, and they can certainly to the same to a human in high enough doses.

For the most part, while we all wish to maintain a pest-free environment, we also wish to limit or avoid any unnecessary exposure to pesticides and related liabilities within our homes, properties, and the environment, if possible. Remember to be very careful when deciding whether or not to use pesticides and consider implementing some of the non-chemical-dependent preventative measures for getting rid of bedbugs to avoid, or at the very least curtail, pest control problems before they really get out of hand.

If bedbugs 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 Anopheles Mosquito

pitiless mosquito undoubtably transits hideous diseaseAnopheles is a genus of mosquito that was first described in 1818 by J. W. Meigen. About 100 species of Anopheles mosquito have the ability to transmit malaria to humans, of about 460 species total. It’s rather humorous to note that Anopheles is translated from the Greek for an meaning “not,” and óphelos meaning “profit,” and literally translates as “useless.” Some species of Anopheles can be vectors for canine heartworms, and some recent research suggests that a certain species of Anopheles has the ability to transmit a virus or other pathogen that could cause a brain tumor. Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are only found within the genus Anopheles, though other genera can serves as vectors for myriad other diseases.

Like all mosquitoes, Anophelines go through a series of four life cycle stages: egg, larvae, pupa, and imago. The first three stages of this life cycle are aquatic, and can last anywhere from 5 to 14 days, depending on the species in question as well as the surrounding temperature. When the Anopheles reaches the imago stage, the female has the ability to transmit malaria to humans. In the wild, however, her lifespan will likely not exceed two weeks.

Adult females can lay up to 200 eggs at a time. They are laid one at a time directly onto the water. Mosquito eggs are resistant to drying and will usually hatch within 2 to 3 days. However, in colder climates, they can sometimes take up to 2 or 3 weeks to hatch.

After the eggs hatch, the larvae consists of a well-developed head for feeding and a nine-segment body. It has no legs at this point in its life, so it spends most of its life feeding on algae, bacteria, and other microorganisms. Larvae have the ability to dive below the surface of the water, but usually only do so when they are disturbed. Larvae develop into pupae in four different stages called instars. During each instar, the larvae molt, shedding their exoskeleton. When the larvae eventually grow into pupae, they form into a comma-shaped, almost cocoon-like structure. After about two or three days, the adult mosquito emerges.

Like all adult mosquitoes, Anopheles have a long, slender body that’s divided into three sections: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The head is the home of a series of specially adapted eyes, as well as the highly sensitive antennae. These antennae are vital for detecting host odors and locating other mosquito nesting spots. And, of course, the head is also the location of the elongated proboscis with which the mosquito feeds on its host. The thorax, meanwhile, is specially adapted for locomotion, housing three sets of legs and a pair of wings. The purpose of the abdomen is to aid in food digestion and egg development, as it’s able to expand to many times its original size with ease.

If mosquitoes have made an unsightly appearance on 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 Rasberry Crazy Ant

an ant colony is highly organized despite the lack of any discernible leadership

The crazy ant: keep your eye out for these quickly-spreading pests.

The crazy ant is yet another invasive species, this time originating from South America, and is known for its erratic and lightning-fast movements. The crazy ant is also sometimes known as the “Rasberry” crazy ant, so called in honor of the Texas exterminator Tom Rasberry, who was the first to notice that the ant populations were increasing in 2002. Then, in 2014, it was inexplicably discovered that the crazy ant covers itself in formic acid as an antidote to the fire ant’s venom.

Interestingly, this instance is the first known example of an insect being able to neutralize another insect’s poison. Experts suggest that this defense mechanism was originally developed in South America, where the two species had to share that same close environment. Likewise, crazy ant colonies have more than one queen, which contributes to the survival of the population in question. As of 2012, crazy ants have established colonies in every state in America covering wide geographical areas, especially in Texas, including Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth.

Crazy ants are slightly smaller than fire ants (about 3 millimeters) and are covered with reddish-brown hairs. Colonies generally live underneath large stones or piles and have no centralized nests, beds, or mounds. Like many other ant species, crazy ants tend aphids for their honeydew, feed on other small insects, and forage on plants. Crazy ants tend to prefer sweet, sugary foods and warm climates.

In Cambodia and other South American countries, crazy ants are massive pests and have essentially displaced all other ant species in the area. These ants have been known to asphyxiate chickens and other poultry and attack larger animals like cattle and oxen around their eyes, nostrils, and hooves. Vast grasslands have all but dried up because of the increase in aphids, which the crazy ants routinely cultivate.

When they themselves are attacked, crazy ants can bite but not sting. Since they have no natural venom, the ants will excrete formic acid through an opening in their abdomens. This acid, in lieu of venom, causes a mild irritation to humans, but will quickly fade.

Crazy ant infestations inside the casings of outdoor electrical equipment have been known to cause short circuits, mainly because the ants chew through the insulation. It’s not uncommon for overheating, corrosion, and various other mechanical failures to become manifest as a result of the accumulation of dead ants and pieces of nest inside inner machinery. Interestingly, if an ant is electrocuted in this way, it will release an alarm pheromone, which will cause the other ants in the colony to rush over and search for attackers. If enough of these support ants are congregating in one place, clogging the inner machinery, it can short out the electrical systems.

If ants have made an unsightly appearance on 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 Dangers of the Formosan Termite

termite on damaged wood

What makes the Formosan termite such a serious threat?

The Formosan subterranean termite is a particularly nasty invasive species from China that has since spread throughout the U.S. and their destructive capability raises economic concerns in places like Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth, Texas. The Formosan termite was originally transported to the United States from China and has quickly thrived despite its new living conditions.

The Formosan is sometimes called the super-termite because of its incredibly destructive capabilities, which in part has to do with the incredible size of their colonies and the rapid rate at which they consume wood. The number of individuals in a colony can vary, of course, but they can easily number in the millions given optimal access to resources. A mature Formosan termite colony has the ability to consume upwards of 13 ounces of wood a day, and they can forage up to 300 feet in any direction through soil.

Naturally, the presence of a colony poses a serious threat to nearby manmade structures, and they can cause irreparable structural damage in as little as three months. It’s interesting to note that once established in a particular area, a colony of Formosan termites has never been successfully eradicated. These termites have been known to infest a variety of structures including boats and high-rise condominiums and, along with various other species of termite, routinely cause massive treatment and repair costs. However, it’s most common to see Formosan termites in the southern areas of the United States, because their eggs will not hatch in temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Formosan termite is far and away one of the most destructive pests in the United States. Experts estimate that it costs homeowners upwards of $1 billion annually in order to prevent and redress issues caused by termites. In New Orleans alone, for example, somewhere between 30-50% of the city’s historic oak trees are likely infested with termites, which costs the city about $300 million every year in upkeep costs. In an effort to control the ever-expanding populations of these pests, the use of pesticides has raised costs for consumers and led to negative effects on the environment like the contamination of water supplies due to runoff.

Formosan termites will eat nearly any object made of wood, including other materials containing cellulose, like paper and cardboard. Although these insects feed mainly on wood, they’ve also been known to chew through foam insulation boards, thin lead and copper sheeting, plaster, asphalt, and some plastics.

The queen of a Formosan termite colony has a life span of about 15 years and can produce up to 2,000 eggs per day. Workers and soldiers have a life span of around 3 to 5 years.

If termites have made an unsightly appearance on 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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Mice in the Home

example of common brown mice

What are the sure signs of mice in the home?

Mice are amazingly successful and adaptable creatures, and can be found on nearly continent and region on earth. They can thrive in nearly any geographical terrain, including grasslands, forests, mountains, deserts and urban areas—including a recent uptick in mice infestations in areas like Houston, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas. In the wild, mice typically construct underground burrows to protect them from predators like foxes, hawks, snakes, cats, and wild dogs.

Most mice are nocturnal, meaning that if there happens to be an infestation in your home, you’ll likely hear them scratching around during night hours, especially towards twilight and dawn. Wild mice tend to be very timid around humans and other animals, but are actually quite sociable around other mice; they have the ability to communicate with other mice through ultrasonic and normal sounds, and use the scent of their urine to mark their territory.

Contrary to the common misconception, mice don’t actually eat cheese. Rather, they mostly eat a mixture of fruits, seeds, and grains—basically whatever they can get their hands on. Mice are omnivorous, meaning that they will eat both plants and meat, and when food sources become especially dire, mice in a given population have even been known to eat each other. Mice metabolize incredibly quickly, so under ideal circumstances, they’ll eat about 15 to 20 times a day. Despite their voracious appetites, mice rarely venture far from the nest, and will therefore opt to settle down in locations with abundant food supplies.

A common indicator of mice in the home is the appearance of chewed up boxes, wood, books, and insulation. Mice aren’t eating these items, though—they’re usually taking pieces of them and adding them to their nest. These nests are often centrally located and have ready access to food and water. Another sure sign of the presence of mice of an abundance of droppings and urine stains around the entrance of the nest.

Moreover, mice are amazingly fast breeders. At around 4 to 7 weeks old, a female mouse will find a mate and breed. She’ll usually carry her young for about 19 to 21 days and give birth to anywhere from 4 to 12 babies. Recent studies have found that mice can have new litters every three weeks.

Of course, with every mouse infestation comes the risk of disease. Even the smallest traces of mouse urine can trigger allergic reactions, especially in children, since their immune systems are not fully developed. Mice are also vectors for the particularly destructive hantavirus, which is spread through contact with a mouse’s feces. Mouse droppings should be removed with extreme caution, which means that vacuuming and dusting are not usually viable options for removal. For more information on mice and the diseases they carry, click here.

If mice have made an unsightly appearance on 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 Bedbugs

unwitting bedbug will, with luck, be burnt alive

How do I know if the bedbugs are really gone?

Once a room—or series of rooms, as the case may be—has been ostensibly rid of bedbugs, how can one be sure that the pests are gone for good? Research carried out by the University of Florida suggests that bedbug-detecting canines are about ninety-eight to ninety-ninety percent accurate. In fact, some pest control professionals rely exclusively on canine scent detection inspections to help determine if rooms are truly free of bedbugs. Once a common problem in more eastern regions in the United States, travel and trade have facilitated the spread of bedbugs across the country, where they’ve made an especially potent resurgence in areas like Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth, Texas.

That said, why is it, exactly, that dogs can detect even the most tenuous traces of bedbugs when human can’t? References indicate that the average dog has about 250 million receptors and that Blood Hounds have about 350 million. Humans have about 35 million. There are, however, certain “high tech” electronic bedbug traps that can be utilized in conjunction with the canine element. However, you can also build an effective bedbug trap that utilizes carbon dioxide for fewer than ten dollars as well. Heat-based traps have also been proven to draw out bedbugs from their hiding places.

Bedbugs can not climb smooth surfaces such as clean glass or smooth plastic. Use this to your advantage and at least isolate your bed and furniture from bedbugs by using products such as the Insect Interceptor ClimbUp or glass jars that prevent bed bugs from being able to climb up your bed or furniture to bite you as you sleep. There are also other bed bug blocking-type devices that are now commercially available. These devices place a non-climbable surface between the bed bug and the bed or furniture. The may not capture the bed bugs as the ClimbUp does, however.

Do bed bug traps work? There are new bed bug traps being introduced to the pest management professional market and my suspicion is that such traps will soon be marketed to the general public. Those traps that emit certain bed bug attractants, including heat, carbon dioxide, octanol, and other materials, have demonstrated high attractiveness to bed bugs. Simple trap designs, such as the ClimbUp Interceptor unit by McKnight, that rely on the bed bugs’ inability to climb smooth surfaces have also demonstrated effectiveness and are economical. Researchers have recently published data indicating that both heat and carbon dioxide may attract bed bugs in a relatively equivalent manner.

Apart from traps, there are some other, albeit more expensive methods for dealing with bedbug infestations. Heat treating supposed infestations is probably the most effective method for dealing with these pests, as it’s been observed that they can scarcely survive even the mildest of heat treatment. Those homeowners beset by bedbug infestations will be best served by contacting their local pest control professionals and inquiring about heat treatment services.

If bedbugs 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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Mosquitoes and Malaria

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What makes mosquitoes so dangerous?

It’s fairly common knowledge that mosquitoes are among the deadliest animals on earth. The threat doesn’t come so much from the bite itself as the myriad horrible diseases that the mosquito could potentially carry. Mosquito-transmitted diseases are especially common in developing nations where healthcare is often inadequate and the prevention of such diseases is not widely practiced. Among the deadliest of mosquito transmitted diseases are malaria, chikungunya, dengue fever, and yellow fever. Likewise, certain species of mosquito, including those originally native to Mexico and various countries in Central America, have been inadvertently transported to the states, and are now appearing in greater numbers all throughout the American southwest, including cities like Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth, Texas.

Malaria was probably first documented in ancient China about 2700BC and slightly afterwards by the ancient Sumerians around 1700BC. The disease’s common name, malaria, is derived from the Italian mal, meaning “bad,” and aria, meaning air; thus mal + aria translates roughly to “bad air.” The disease was initially thought to spread via contact swamps and rivers, and particularly from the noxious gas emanating from them.

Research during the 1880s up through the 1900s revealed that approximately forty percent of earth’s population is susceptible to malaria, especially in tropical and sub-tropical regions such as south America and central Africa. Thanks to the proliferation and widespread use of pesticides like DDT in the twentieth century, malaria has largely been eradicated in more temperate regions. Likewise, various technological advances such as air conditioners and window screens have helped curtail the spread of malaria in tropical regions as well, but the disease still presents quite a clear and present threat to public safety in those regions.

On a global scale, malaria afflicts around three hundred to five hundred million people annually. Moreover, it’s been reported that malaria, especially in the aforementioned developing nations, kills one child every forty seconds. In the United States, on the other hand, malaria was essentially controlled along the east coast by the 1940s, albeit with a minor resurgence in the late 1960s and early 1970s that coincided with American marines returning to the states from Vietnam.

Minor outbreaks of locally-acquired malaria occur sporadically in the United States, but have been quickly controlled by aggressive mosquito control measures. The influx of south and central American immigrants as well as returning tourists may eventually trigger more infrequent outbreaks in the future. Antimalarial drugs have been available for more than fifty years and, recently, scientists in Britain and the United States have cracked the code of the malaria parasite genome, a step that may help boost the campaign against the disease.

Ultimately, the global eradication of malaria and its incredibly destructive capabilities will rely upon unilateral cooperation between governments. An eventual cure for malaria is, of course, possible, especially considering the new scientific advances that are being made every day in medical industries. Mosquitoes aren’t going away any time soon, but with multinational cooperation, it’s entire possible that we may manage to curtail this disease entirely within this century.

If mosquitoes 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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Ants and Boric Acid Traps

this solitary ant will die alone and unloved

Is boric acid a viable means of exterminating ants?

Once they’re got a lock on something they want inside your home—be it food, water, or nesting space—ants are incredibly difficult pests to get rid of. Part of the problem stems from the staggering number of individuals that can make up a single ant population; not only that, but thanks to their size, they can enter through practically any opening. Many homeowners, including those in more metropolitan areas like Dallas, Houston, or Fort Worth, Texas, might feel compelled to take matters into their own hands when confronted with an onslaught of ant invaders, but it’s important to know which insecticides are the most effective—and least harmful to humans—before they try to tackle the job themselves.

Boric acid is a popular insecticide choice for the do-it-yourself crowd, as it’s considered mild enough for use in household kitchens. Boric acid was initially registered as an insecticide in the 1940s for use against cockroaches, termites, fire ants, and a variety of other pests. When ingested by these insects, it acts as a stomach poison and affects its metabolism. Likewise, the dry, abrasive power form of boric acid irritates the exoskeletons of these insects. While ready-made boric acid compounds are available for purchase and have proven reasonably effective against fire ants, there are a number of problems that arise when the ambitious homeowner tries to make their own version.

The concentration of the boric acid that’s to be used is very important. If it’s too weak, for example, the bate will fail to kill the ants at all; if it’s too strong, however, the acid will kill the ants before they can share the food with the queen and other workers at the hive. Likewise, a overconcentration of boric acid will simply cause the ants to ignore the bait, as they’ll detect something unsafe to consume.

It’s also important to note that while boric acid is safe for use in kitchens in small, diluted quantities, it should be handled with extreme care around children and pets. Mixing containers and plastics should be washed and sanitized accordingly.

One of the main drawbacks of using boric acid as a pesticide is that it commonly takes around two or three months to notice significant results. In order to achieve ideal results, the bait should be changed every two to four weeks. The tradeoff, of course, is ease of use, convenience, and its ability to be used in a home environment with less risk. A word of warning for those homeowners trying to deal with soil-infesting ants: boric acid baits should not be applied directly to soil that’s currently yielding plant life, because heavy doses of boric acid will sterilize soil, rendering it barren. It’s a tricky business all around, trying to deal with ants; and while boric acid baits are sometimes a viable option when dealing with small-scale infestations, your author recommends contacting your local pest control expert in order to determine what kind of pesticide if right for your specific infestation.

If swarming ants 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 Most Destructive Pest Swarms, Part II

these pests could cost you LITERALLY millions

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.