Pests to Watch Out For This Spring

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The State of Massachusetts is home to a whopping 952 pests.

A few of those pests are listed below.

  1. Carpenter Ants – Although it may appear that they eat wood like termites, carpenter ants are not able to digest cellulose. Instead, they prefer to eat insects and decaying fruits. Should they decide to invade your home, they will feast on most anything you eat, including sugar-based products, butter, and even steak.
  2. Termites – Subterranean termites, the most common kind of termite found in the U.S., live in the soil. They can live just below the surface to as much as 12 feet down. Foraging territories may extend several hundred feet from the colony. Subterranean termites cause more damage each year than all combined natural disasters; fires, earthquakes and storms. They cause nearly one billion dollars a year in structural damage.
  3. Pavement Ants – Pavement ants feed on a variety of materials including anything that people and animals eat, especially greasy and sugary substances. They also feed on dead and live insects.
  4. Fleas – Fleas are wingless parasitic insects that cause direct harm to mammals and birds by biting them to obtain food. Fleas attach themselves to dogs and humans, as well as cats.
  5. Mosquito – Mosquitoes are an annoyance because of their parasitic nature. They also can be a serious health hazard due to their ability to transmit blood borne parasites that cause disease up to southern Canada.
  6. Ticks – Currently there are no protective vaccines for humans for the tick-borne diseases discussed above; consequently avoiding tick bites is the best disease-prevention strategy. You can take several to reduce your chances of being bitten by a tick.
    • Avoid known or suspected areas of tick infestation, especially during tick season.
    • Walk on cleared trails and avoid brushing up against vegetation and tall grass.
    • Avoid game trails.
    • Wear proper clothing while in tick habitat. Clothing should be light in color to allow you to spot crawling ticks more easily.
    • Wear closed-toed shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into the socks and the shirt into the pants in order to slow crawling ticks.
  7. Yellow Jacket – Wasps and yellow jackets are the most common stinging insect we exterminate. They are social insects that produce new nests of paper each year with the help of wood and saliva.
  8. Carpenter Bee – Carpenter bees are found throughout the United States. The most common and frequently encountered are large carpenter bees, which resemble bumble bees. Carpenter bees have shiny black dorsal abdomen surfaces, while bumble bees have yellow and black hairy abdominal surfaces.
  9. Western Conifer (Stinkbug) – The most important thing is to restrict access to the warm harborages your structure provides. Here are some general guidelines:
    • Replace loose fitting screens, windows and doors
    • Caulk gaps around door frames and window frames
    • Caulk cracks behind chimneys and underneath the wood fascia
    • Screen fireplace chimneys and attic and wall vents
  10. House Fly – House flies are small, two-winged insects. Their bodies are gray-colored and they have two velvety stripes, which are silver above and gold below. They measure approximately 1/4″-1/2″ long. 
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