Bug Blog

Sitka spruce weevils

The Sitka spruce weevil causes extensive damage to Sitka, White, and Engelmann spruce, Mugho pine and blue spruce.  In the spring, the adults climb up to the top of the trees to feed and mate. These weevils spread by flying on warm sunny days. Their eggs are laid in small holes made in the bark of the previous year’s tree leader and the larvae will begin to feed around the stem as they eat their way downwards.  This feeding causing deformity and death of the leader stem causing two or three years of height growth in about a one month of feeding. This is most notable for Christmas tree growers as the trees will have deformed or forked trunks. To help rid your trees of these weevils, choose well-drained sites, prune infected tress and use sticky tape at the base of leader stems. Systemic insecticide are available but must be applied by a certified professional.

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The B.C. Asian Gypsy moths

The Asian Gypsy moths are damaging insects, specifically the caterpillar feeds on the leaves of mostly conifers (evergreens) trees and some deciduous (leafy) trees, eating an average of one square metre of leaves a day. It gets its name from their talent of traveling by hitchhiking on various objects. The young larvae can be carried by the wind for a distance of 1000 meters or hitch a ride on vehicles, tents, trailers and lawn chairs. Common hiding places include underside of branches, tree trunks, fences, firewood, furniture, swing sets and under the fascia of buildings. Biological controls include selective insecticides and small parasite Encyrtidae wasps. The Asian gypsy moth was brought to be on Soviet freighters.

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Should you be concerned about Cockroaches?

Cockroaches have been a pest for millions of years, now residing in restaurants, food facilities, hotels and maybe your home next. Although they have wings, they can’t fly and that’s a really good thing. Cockroaches don’t cause structural damage but they can contaminate food and spread disease. Like us, they will live anywhere there is food, water, and shelter. And anyone can get them, clean and tidy doesn’t mean anything to them, as they are attracted to warm and damp conditions in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and plumbing areas. Roaches find their way into your house in luggage, used furniture, food and shipping cartons. Cockroaches are busy at night searching for food, anything really, but mostly food containing starches, sugars, and protein. To get rid of these dinosaur insects, rigorous cleaning measures and selective pesticides can be the solution. You can also try to trap them by spreading vaseline on the inside of a jar, stick masking tape on the outside, put bread inside the jar, if a cockroach crawls in, it will not be able to crawl out. Then use your imagination to dispense of it.

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Tent caterpillars

Tent caterpillars are social insects and build silk trails while travelling between their nest, feeding areas and other caterpillars on a deciduous (trees that drop their leaves yearly) trees. You can see these silken strands when the sunlight shines through an infested tree. Caterpillar moths lay their eggs in late June or early August. The eggs are laid in groups of 150 to 350 and covered in a shiny Styrofoam-like material. In the spring the eggs hatch into larvae that make shared tent webs. By late August, they cover themselves in cocoons for about 10 days when adult moth emerge and mate within one day. Tent caterpillars are usually kept in check by many predators including insect parasites, birds and rodents. Biological controls include Bacillus thuringiensis which is a selective biological insecticide that doesn’t affect other moths, butterflies, mammals, birds, and fish.

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Snails and Slugs

So what are slugs and snails, well there are mollusks, like clams, mussels and oysters. They are also gastropods, which mean the foot located on the stomach is how they get around. They are rather similar, except that the slug doesn’t have a shell to protect it from dry conditions and the sun. Both have soft unsegmented bodies with one or two pairs of tentacles on their heads. The front tentacles are for detecting odours and taste, while the larger back tentacles have an eye at the end. Another interesting quality is that they have both male and female organs, therefore slugs and snails are hermaphrodites. They eat up to a half of their body weight each day, munching on seedlings, roots, tubers, and plants, leaving a sticky shiny mess. To help prevent a gastropod invasion, remove all rotting vegetables, bricks, boards, and mounds of rubbish that are in contact with the soil.

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Is it a Silverfish or Firebat or Bristletail

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The Pacific Dampwood Termite

It’s almost that time again when the bloom of the termites hits the skies. Yearly, to spread their colony, termites swarm and piles of discarded wings can be seen in the aftermath. There are three casts in these colonies: reproductives, soldiers and workers. The Pacific dampwood termite leaves large oval fecal pellets in the nest, whereas the Western subterranean termite does not. They live in moist and decaying wood, especially when in contact with the soil. The termite chews and digests wood creating galleries (tunnels) in the decaying wood. Termites can cause extensive damage in a buildings structure which may be unseen for many years. Termite infestations include swarms of termites inside the home and wood that is hollowed out with round holes in it. Because these termites require damp and decaying wood to live, remove or replace damaged and rotting wood inside and outside the home. Use treated lumber where there is contact with soil in gardens and borders. Termite control requires a comprehensive and integrated approach so don’t hesitate to consult with a pest control professional.

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Sawtoothed Grain Beetle

The sawtoothed grain beetle is a small beetle, with a flat body that has six saw-like teeth on each side of the body, behind the head. This larvae and adult enjoys eating grains, flours, cereals, nuts, sugar, dog and cat food, and just about anything in your pantry that is in a can. Because the adult beetle has such a flat body, this allows it easily to infiltrate packaging and hide in very small cracks. The female beetle lays up to 300 eggs in the food that it infested and the eggs hatch within a couple weeks. Again, sanitation is key to preventing the sawtoothed grain beetle from infesting your kitchen. Vacuuming and regular cleaning helps, as well, any spills should be cleaned up quickly. Any food that comes in bags should be transferred to containers with tight-fitting lids, made of glass, metal or plastic. A pest professional can assist in determining which treatments will be effective and safe to control this nuisance.

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The Indian meal Moth

The Indian meal moth is also known as the Indianmeal moth, weevil moth, pantry moth, flour moth or grain moth (not to be confused with the meal moth, confused?). Its larvae are a common grain-feeding pest, feeding on grains, flours, dried fruit, cereals, nuts, sugar, dog food, and most other stored products in your cupboards and pantry. The adult Indianmeal moth causes no damage, just a visual nuisance. One of the best preventive measures is sanitation. Cupboards and pantries should be kept clean and vacuumed, and any spills should be cleaned up quickly. As I have mentioned many times, store food products in containers with tight-fitting lids, made of glass, metal or plastic. To kill off any insects in dry food products, freeze them for at least a week; personally I throw them out as I don’t want to think that there are dead bugs in my fruit loops.

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The Hispid Cotton Rats

Cotton rats are mainly agricultural pests living in grassy areas and feed on plants. They nest on the ground or in shallow burrows making trails in the grass where they travel. Although cotton rats are not considered structural pests, they can infest homes, garages, barns and storage sheds. The cotton rat is on our radar because it can host so many illnesses, including Hantavirus, the Black Creek Canal virus, the plague and murine typhus. These viruses can become airborne when rat droppings are disturbed and people who inhale the airborne virus can become infected. The first step in controlling these pests is preventing infestation. To discourage cotton rats, seal up openings that might allow rats to enter and keep grass and weeds near all buildings mowed as short as possible. If these rats have been identified, it is wise to call a pest control professional that has the gear and understanding to address the problem.

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