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Inasive Insects In the United States

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 1:56 am July 19, 2017

Inasive InsectsInvasive Insects

As a result of the September eleventh terrorist attacks that tragically resulted in the deaths of thousands, America has become more vulnerable to the invasion of nonnative insect pests. On the surface it would seem that terrorist activity within America could not possibly be related to nonnative insect pest invasions. However, studies show that there is, indeed, a link between the United States government’s anti-terrorism efforts and the increasing amount of nonnative insect pests that have found their way onto American soil.

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks nearly all government agencies began to focus solely on preventing further attacks. Even departments of the US government that would seemingly be unrelated to anti-terrorism efforts were reformed in order to help prevent further terrorist attacks. Of course, government agencies like the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency exist solely for the purpose of protecting America from dangerous foreign influences, such as terrorist attacks. But even government funded agricultural scientists were ordered to abandon all efforts aimed at preventing nonnative insect pests from entering the US; instead these agricultural scientists were reassigned to anti-terrorism units. For example, the United States Border Control and Customs department has many agricultural scientists employed in order to prevent nonnative insects from entering America via shipping containers and other common routes. However, these agricultural scientists were absorbed into the Department of Homeland security, and reassigned to tasks that did not involve preventing insect pests from entering America. This is one reason why more nonnative insect pests have found their way into America, where they have since caused millions and even billions of crop damages alone.

Everything from citrus groves to forested regions in the US have fallen victim to the damage caused by foreign insect pest invaders. This invasion has resulted in higher grocery prices, as well as hurt the economy. The damage to various crops has made fruit and vegetable prices increase as a result of the pest-induced crop damage.

Do you believe that the US government should have employed more government workers in order to ensure that America was not left vulnerable to nonnative insect pests?

Are There Any Flying Insects That Can Kill With Their Sting?

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 4:05 pm July 10, 2017

Are There Any Flying Insects That Can Kill With Their Sting?

Whoever has gone through life while managing to avoid insect stings should count themselves very lucky. People who have never experienced the pain of an insect sting often downplay the seriousness of the pain associated with such stings. It is easy to assume that a sting from a flying insect is not at all dangerous. However, several years ago, a woman named Jane Murray was stung by a wasp. After five minutes, Jane fell into a three year coma from which she never awoke. While Jane was suffering an allergic reaction to her wasp sting, her husband was helpless, and had no choice but to look upon his struggling wife while scrambling to find help. Sadly, Jane’s husband never saw his wife conscious again.

Entomologists have found that one out of every one thousand victims experience an allergic reaction as a result of being stung by flying insects. The results of such allergic reactions vary, but half a percent of the population will develop life-threatening symptoms. When a person is stung by a bee, their body releases histamine, but a minority of sting victims will experience a condition known as anaphylaxis. After only a few minutes of being exposed to the bee or wasp allergen the blood vessels widen, which results in a dangerous lowering of blood pressure. From there, a victim’s throat widens, causing him or her to lose the ability to breathe.

Earlier in the month another person, Graham Williamson, suffered a bee sting while working in his garden. This sting caused his blood to stop clotting. Despite every attempt on the part of doctors to save the man’s life, he sadly succumbed to the allergic effects of the bee sting after only a week of hospital care. Strangely enough, some people that are allergic to bee and wasp stings don’t experience anything more than swelling at the site of the wound, but a second sting could lead to death. In order to help prevent bee and wasp stings try to wear long sleeved shirts that are not brightly colored. Wearing shoes as opposed to sandals is also a good idea since many bees and wasps will target a potential victim’s feet. Stay safe for the remainder of the summer.

Have you ever experienced a sting from a bee or a wasp? If so, then what physiological reaction resulted from the sting?



Where Did Termites Come From?

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:03 am June 21, 2017

Where Did Termites Come From?Termite

Termites have caused a lot of misery to a lot of people, and it is fair to say that termites are among the most hated of all insects. It is not surprising then that termites are related to another insect that is universally despised–the cockroach. Termites evolved from cockroaches one hundred and forty million years ago. Termites evolved from a particular type of cockroach that burrowed deep into wood. Today, there is no living cockroach that is directly related to modern termites. The cockroach genus known as Cryptocercus is the oldest living relative to modern termites. The Cryptocercus can be found China, Korea and North America.

The Cryptocercus behaves in a manner that is quite similar to termites. Male and female roaches of this genus will pair up before finding a home in a large piece of wood. One single piece of wood serves as the Cryptocercus’s home, and source of food, for the duration of their life spans. After the Cryptocercus female lays around ten eggs, the male and female spend the next three years raising their offspring, which is about half of a Cryptocercus’s life span. It turns out that early termites behaved in a manner similar to that of the Cryptocercus.

Early termite parents did not bear many offspring, but as generations progressed, termite offspring began to care for other younger members of the termite colony. This relieved early termite parents from the time consuming burden of raising offspring, and therefore, termite mothers could start producing more offspring. This is how termites became capable of creating colonies with millions of members. Eventually, the younger termites began to divide labor among other termite members of a colony. Today, each termite in a termite colony has a precise duty and title. As damaging as many types of termites can be, there is no doubt that termites demonstrate a tremendous degree of evolutionary success.

Have you ever realized that you had brought termites into your home by accident? If so, was their devastating consequences?





Termites Release A Startling Amount Of Greenhouse Gases

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:52 am June 19, 2017

Termites Release A Startling Amount Of Greenhouse GasesTermite Control

As time goes on, more and more people are becoming concerned about the health of our natural environment. Environmentalists often point to gas emissions from the vehicles that we drive as being one of the main culprits behind the ever-increasing amount of greenhouse gases polluting the air. Even some animals are not immune to the blame, as cattle can significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions in the air. However, many people are not aware that termites also contribute to high levels of greenhouse gas emissions; not that you needed another reason to hate termites.

One individual termite can produce a half of a microgram of methane per day. This may not seem like a large amount, but when you multiply that number by the amount of termites in the world, you get a whole lot of methane. To be precise, termites produce twenty million tons of methane per year. Then again, there are two thousand different termite species in the world today, and each species produces differing amounts of methane. In fact, some termites don’t produce any methane at all. This makes it hard to estimate how much termite-methane is emitted into the air each year.

Sometimes the methane that termites emit does not always make it up into the atmosphere right away. Since subterranean termites live within soil, the methane that they produce is often used by methanotrophs, before eventually being released into the atmosphere.

Some researchers believe that termites pose a serious problem for the state of the air that we breathe. At the moment, researchers are using methane inhibitors on cattle. These methane inhibitors could also be used for termites, but there are a few logistical problems. The biggest problem is figuring out how to get enough termites to consume the methane-inhibitor. Scientists are considering dropping these inhibitors into termite colonies so that termites can spread the methane-inhibitors to other termites located in different colonies.

Do you believe that termites cause a significant amount of air pollution? Should we cut down on oil use, or termites, or both?



Have Opossums Evolved Much Since Their Early Years On This Planet?

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:00 am June 6, 2017

Have Opossums Evolved Much Since Their Early Years On This Planet?

This planet was full of different organisms, large and small, before mammals ever walked this earth. However, mammals are reminders of how the world changed to suit human development millions of years ago. Many people are curious as to which mammals have undergone the least amount of evolutionary change since they first appeared on earth. However, this can be tricky to answer because the word “change” can mean so much when referring to the process of evolution.

Of course there exists fossil evidence of early mammals that we can compare to their ancestors living today. In some cases, fossils that are millions of years old still show animals that appear to still exist today, and largely unchanged. But just because the physical anatomy and features of ancient mammals may be similar to their modern descendants, minor genetic changes still could have taken place. When only taking into account physical and anatomical features, experts believe that opossums and platypuses demonstrate the smallest degree of evolutionary change for mammals.

Opossums are not quite as old as platypuses, but opossums appear to look the same way today as they did tens of millions of years ago.

Today there are over sixty different species of opossum, and they are distributed throughout the world. For example, you can find possums in Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Tasmania, and, of course, the Americas. The evolutionary split between opossums and other marsupials occurred around sixty five million years ago. The details concerning the opossums virtually unchanged physical features over a period of tens of millions of years is still a mystery to many scientists, but some experts think that a stable environment with a relatively low amount of natural predators play a big part in the opossums apparent lack of evolutionary adaptations.

Which other animals are well known for maintaining their same physical features since their first appearance of this planet?

Will Zika Be A Big Problem Around The World This Summer?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 9:32 am June 5, 2017

ZikaAfter the numerous tragedies caused by Zika last year, it is fair to say that no person wants to see the situation get any worse this year. There has been much money allocated to Zika research and control during the past couple of years, however, that money is running out. The American Congress remains indecisive when it comes to how much money should be spent on Zika research in 2017. There has also been some controversy regarding the accuracy of Zika infection-reports from the territory of Puerto Rico, as well as the country of India. Unfortunately, this means that the potential impact of the Zika virus during the summer of 2017 is largely unknown at this point, even by the experts.

So far this year the United States has not reported any locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus within its borders. However, public health experts, as well as renowned entomologists, worry that the US is not doing enough to prepare for another summer with Zika. The recent decrease in Zika research, as well as the lack of resources that public health officials have at their disposal to contain Zika, may spell disaster this year. The experts charged with research, prevention and containment are simply not prepared to tackle the problem of Zika.

According to Lyle Petersen, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, there is still much that researchers do not know about the Zika virus, and there is much research that remains to be done if the global population is to be spared a Zika epidemic. Surveillance reports are tremendously important for knowing which region will be struck by Zika in the near future, and without these up to date reports, entire populations could be vulnerable to the spread of Zika. Currently several, scientists and researchers are lobbying the US government for more Zika funding.

Do you think that the Zika virus will be as devastating this year as it was last year? Why or why not?

This Spider Makes Insects A Part Of Their Webs | Spider Control

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:48 am June 1, 2017

This Spider Makes Insects A Part Of Their Webs | Spider Control

Have you ever wondered why insects adhere so well to spider webs? It turns out that the reason is due to a sticky substance that many spiders leave in their tracks during web building. This ensures that no insects will escape the webs while the spiders building it can make a clean getaway. However, not all spiders leave behind this super-sticky glue. For example, the cribellate spiders are some of the oldest spiders living today, and their method of catching insects in silk is far more violent and frightening. This spider will build a noticeable web, but then it will fill the surrounding area with super-fine strands of silk that are invisible to other spiders. As you can guess, this system works pretty well, and many insects crawl or fly directly into the path of invisible silk.

This invisible silk is also not sticky since the cribellate does not produce the glue-like substance. But once an insect makes contact with this silk, they never make it out. According to a recent study led by researchers from Germany, when insects make contact with the invisible silken strands, these strands suck the fluids out of the insect. The waxy insect-substance that the silk strands absorb helps to reinforce the strands, making them stronger. So essentially, the insect victim becomes a part of the cribellate’s web.

There are many different types of cribellate spiders that exist today, and most seem to use their silk in interesting ways. For example, ogre-faced or net-casting spiders will fish for insects by holding a line of silk and dropping it below in order to catch passing insects. The uloborid spider lost its ability to produce venom, so now they just wrap their enemies in silk and beat them to death. The cribellate spider is one of the oldest spiders around, but you have to give it points for being inventive with their hunting methods.

Have you ever walked into a spider web? If you have, then did the spider that built the web pay you a visit?



Stinging Pest Information | Pest Control

Filed under: Uncategorized — New Jersey Pest Control @ 3:41 pm May 10, 2017
  1. Bald-Faced Hornets: Bald-faced hornets get their common name because they are largely black in color, with a mostly white face. These social insects live in colonies that can contain between 100 and 400 members at their peak. They build nests that are at least three feet off the ground and in exposed locations such as trees, utility poles, overhangs, houses, sheds or other structures. Unlike many other stinging insects, bald-faced hornets do not reuse their nests season after season.

Prevention: Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack if their space is invaded. During the summer months, walk around the exterior of your home to inspect for nests on a routine basis, paying special attention to overhangs, eaves, the underside of porches and decks.

  1. Yellowjackets: These social insects tend to build nests in trees and buildings, as well as in the ground. They are slow to sting unless their nest is threatened, in which case they will become highly aggressive. Unlike bees, yellowjackets can sting several times and inflict severe pain.

Prevention:  Yellowjackets are especially attracted to sweets and proteins, so it is important to cover food and drinks during outdoor events and promptly clean up and dispose of food and garbage in a sealed trash container.

  1. Paper Wasps: Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material they use to build their nests. Their nests are typically made in the shape of an umbrella. These pests build nests on twigs and in tree branches and shrubs, as well as porch ceilings, eaves and similar covered places. Wasps are capable of stinging more than once and may use alarm pheromones to call for back-up in defending their nest.

Prevention: Check for paper wasp nests before performing yard work such as shrub or hedge trimming. Treat wood fences and deck railings with a repellant oil to deter paper wasps from gathering cellulose for nest creation.

Is It True That Spiders Are Only Three Feet Away From Us At All Times? |New Jersey Spider Control

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:23 am May 8, 2017

Is It True That Spiders Are Only Three Feet Away From Us At All Times? | New Jersey Spider Control

I am sure that you have heard before that spiders are always within close proximity to humans. One figure that gets thrown out a lot is “three feet”. So apparently you have a spider within a three foot radius of where you are sitting right now. This happens to be one of those myths that many experts know the origin of, and it came from a renowned arachnologist.

The bug expert, Norman Platnick, claimed in an article that he wrote back in 1995, that at any given moment, a spider is no more than a few yards away from you. After this claim was made, the saying spread like wildfire. Just one year after this supposed factoid, a major newspaper in Hawaii repeated this claim, only this time the “few yards away” became “three feet away”.

The problem is that this is technically true since we have microscopic bugs crawling all over our skin at all times, but that is hardly the same thing as a big spider. Actually, the bugs that we have crawling on us are mostly dust mites, which is a far cry from a spider.

A few years after the newspaper in Hawaii repeated an altered version of the arachnologists statements, nature writers began following suit. One nature writer claimed that spiders are always at least a meter away from us at all times. Eventually, the repeated comments that were originally spoken by Platnick became so outrageous and progressively more false that Platnick himself stepped in to correct the confusion several years after he uttered the quote. This time Platnick clarified his “few yards” statement by saying that spiders are actually around eight feet away from you at all times. However, this claim has yet to be backed with solid evidence.

Do you believe that it is really true that spiders are within eight feet from us at all times?


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