Posted on July 5, 2011 with 2 Comments
In addition to the possible infestation of Emerald Ash Borers [EAB], the Japanese beetle is here to feast on your luscious landscaping. The Japanese beetle, much like the EAB, is not native to our area, but rather introduced accidentally. JP McHale spotted Japanese beetles in Salem, NY over 4th of July weekend…we are now certain they have emerged from the ground to begin feeding!
The larval or grub stage of the Japanese beetle is considered one of the most destructive turf grass pests. These are small, white, C-shaped grubs that feed on the roots of grass and other plants. You might have seen these grubs while planting or weeding in your garden. By feeding on the roots of plants, these beetles are capable of producing large patches of dead grass in your lawn.
A pest in multiple forms, the beetle emerges from the ground to devour your plants once they have already had a shot at their underground roots!
The adult is a green beetle with copper-colored wings that prefers to munch on your rose bushes, but will settle for various other shrubbery or trees throughout your lawn. Japanese beetles are small and mighty, collaborating in groups in order to cause great damage to your pricey ornamentals. The beetles will consume the material between the veins, leaving behind the skeletons of your plants’ leaves.
The Japanese beetle will not harm humans, but could cause economic damage when they strip your plants. Landscaping can be rather expensive, making it important to rid your yard of these destructive little creatures before they rid you of your plants.
JP McHale Pest Management Inc. offers programs that protect you and your yard from the destructive Japanese beetles.
Be sure to contact us today if you’ve come across this pest in your yard!
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Posted on June 13, 2011 with No Comments
The Times of India reported severe damage to their most sacred Hindu temple, Pashupatinath. The damage was inflicted by mice and the structure is said to be in jeopardy of collapse if action is not taken immediately.
The temple is said to have been built in 1459 AD and reportedly renovated twice since then. The temple walls are coated in silver, but the wood beneath it is being gnawed away by the mice infestation. The pillars surrounded by gold and copper are thought to be hollowed out, and thousands of mice scurry around interrupting prayer. What pests!
Mice chew their way through wood and other materials in order to keep the length of their teeth under control to prevent starvation. These rodents have caused extreme damage to this sacred temple all to keep themselves well fed!
Pests do not consider others, such as home and business owners or religious followers when they want infest a cozy place.
Most people are concerned with cleanliness (or lack thereof!) when mice infestation is upon them, but many don’t think of the physical damage that can be done. It is very important to be on the lookout for these pests because their damage can cost you!
Posted on June 2, 2011 with No Comments
Warmer weather yields an increased likelihood of clothing moth infestations. Contrary to popular belief, these pests cause great harm within the home. Clothing moths will munch on clothing and other materials within dresser drawers and closets, destroying valuable items by leaving irregularly shaped holes. As is true for most insects, higher temperatures increase the reproductive rate of clothing moths. For example, egg hatching may take up to 3 weeks during winter months, but occur in as little as 4-10 days during the summer.
In addition to increased reproduction rates, clothing moth populations outdoors are also higher, providing more opportunities for moths to enter homes and initiate infestations. Exclusion and sanitation are critical! Repair broken or torn window screens and verify that they fit properly in the window frame. Do not leave doors propped open, as many insects can detect pressure differences and will then enter homes. Avoid storing delicate wool or silk items in attics, and consider placing these items in sealed plastic or garment bags while not in use. Inspect plants and other items as you bring them indoors to prevent transporting insects. Clothing moths can impose significant economic damage to your belongings if you do not take action. Contact us today if you suspect any moth activity in your home!