Posted on June 14, 2011 with No Comments
As a follow up to our previous blog on a Honey Bee Swarm, the NY Daily News posted an article this morning in regards to a swarm in Chinatown.
The latest bee swarm consisted of over 15,000 bees!
The swarm required traffic to be diverted and was finally relocated early Monday evening by an NYPD beekeeper.
Be on the lookout for these swarms…they seem to be buzzing more frequently than usual!
Posted on June 10, 2011 with No Comments
According to the NY Post, a swarm of 5,000 honey bees was spotted in a ginkgo tree on 57th street near 5th avenue. Luckily the NYPD bee expert was on hand to scoop up the majority of the swarm. The remaining bees were vacuumed up and relocated to prevent any injuries to NYC citizens.
As mentioned in our Honey Bee article, attacks on pedestrians by the bees would not have happened unless intentionally provoked, or if the bees felt their hive was in danger. The proximity of the swarm to the hive was not a great distance, thus leaving room for the bees to sense potential threats from pedestrians. If you notice a swarm, speak up! Don’t leave yourself or others in harm’s way by not contacting someone to take care of the problem.
Posted on April 5, 2010 with No Comments
Today in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, our office experienced large call volume for Ladybug infestations. Ladybugs are an overwintering insect, and as most of you know, today was a beautiful day. In the late fall, overwintering insects such as ladybugs and western conifer seed bugs will enter the cracks and crevasse of you home, and call this home for the winter. On warm days (like today) these pests will think that the season is over, and start appearing. Usually this happens in high volume in 1-2 weeks, and today was the start of it.
Western Conifer Seed Bug
JP McHale Pest Management has a solution to all these overwintering pests invading your home. Our Over-Wintering Pest Prevention program will prevent these pests from coming back in your home. It is also recommended that you give our offices a call in the late fall to prevent this probem from happening again!
Please call (800) 479-2284, if you want to avoid waiting…talk with one of our representatives over the internet with our live chat, or shoot us an email!
Posted on October 23, 2009 with No Comments
Ladybug populations stay the same throught the year, except in the winter were many die during hibernation, then why do they seem to be more populous during the autumn months? The reason for this is because of the weather variations seen during late September thru early November. The ladybugs look for a place to hibernate and your house is a perfect resting ground. Older homes with poor insulation radiate more heat and homes with good sunlight usually get the most ladybug swarms. When a day starts to show a glimpse of winter (when temperatures drop way below average) they start to find places to hibernate. They will form large clusters to help insulate them for the winter. Yet, after a day or so when temperatures go back to normal or even above normal, the ladybugs will want to return to the outdoors. This is when you will see them all over the house, creating an unfimiliar house pest. During fall days this is why they seem as if they have multiplied by a hundred times.
Other places have seen an actual increase in ladybug population. This increase of population is due to an increase of aphids which are pests that live on agricultural crops. As their main source of food, ladybugs will migrate towards higher population of aphids. In this sense people sometimes do not mind when ladybugs are around their property because the ladybugs will essentially save their gardens from the aphids. Yet, it is in the fall season where they really become pests. They seem as if they come from any open crack. Well this is mostly true, they can really squeeze more than you think and that is why you see them all over the house in almost every room, if not all. To prevent ladybug swarms in your house you really have to work at it. You have to make sure you have adequate insulation, have sealed all cracks in windows and doors, as well as cracks in pipes. Doing all this is time consuming and you should really look into professional help, while costing you cash out of the pocket, it will be of your benefit in the long run.
Posted on October 22, 2009 with No Comments
The Northeast usually sees dramatic climate changes come late September through October. One day the temperature will be 65 degrees and sunny and the next it will cool down to the low 40’s. For the ladybug’s sake, they feel that winter is coming so they will try and find a place to hibernate. They are attracted to light colored houses that are in the sun most of the day. Since they are looking for a warm place to hibernate they usually migrate towards older homes in which there is a lack of good and adequate insulation. In order to create more heat for themselves they form large clusters so body heat does not escape as easily. Since the temperatures can vary day to day in the Northeast the ladybugs will group together in the walls of your home then disperse again when the temperature rises again.
What not to do: Ladybugs release pheromones as a way of communication towards other ladybugs. This scent attracts other ladybugs to the one that you may have just killed.
What to do: Getting rid of ladybugs is a very difficult task, and without expert advice and help, it makes the task even harder. The key to getting rid of ladybugs is to prevent them from even getting in. Make sure your insulation is in good form, seal any window and door cracks, also check for any unsealed pipes, clapboards, celler entrances…etc.
Posted on October 20, 2009 with 4 Comments
If you live in the tri state area of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut chances are you or a friend has seen tons of lady bugs today. You may ask why?
Lady Bugs are an overwintering pest. Over the last few weeks the weather has been getting comer, and over wintering pests such as Lady Bugs enter your home through cracks and crevasses, usually on the sides of your home that get the most sun. Today, because of the rise in temperature, Lady Bugs were tricked into thinking it was spring! They came out in HUGE numbers. Our phones were very busy, and we apologize for the entended wait times.
To prevent lady bug swarms in your home we recommend you look into our Over-Wintering program that will protect you from many pests such as Lady Bugs.
***DO NOT TAKE IT UPON YOURSELF TO SQUISH THEM***
The scent from a lady bug that has been squished will attract even more lady bugs!
If you are interested or would like more information please Live Chat With Us, Email Us or Call Us at (800) 479-2284!