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Who Needs Scarecrows When You Have Bats?

Who Needs Scarecrows When You Have Bats?

flying-dog-1027969_640 Bats? Before your brain thinks up a hundred terrifying images of bats, take a deep breath. Bats are one of the most effective predators of insects that nature has ever created. From beetles and wasps to mosquitoes and moths, bats love eating bugs. Bats can reduce mosquito populations; however, with mosquitoes numbering in the billions, bats are only one portion of a mosquito control program. You will need more than just bats to keep your yard mosquito free. Admiral Pest Control is another factor in mosquito and pest control around your yard an inside your home.

Bats Used To Save Food Production

You have seen scarecrows in standing watch throughout agricultural fields to keep unwanted birds from eating planted seeds. Bats are also doing their part to preserve food. If given the choice between a mosquito and a moth, a bat is going to go after the moth. Moths are larger and serve as a more filling meal. That means for a corn farmer, whose worst enemy is the corn ear worm, bats are going to be his new best friend. According Josiah Maine, a researcher who coauthored a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, bats contribute a whopping $1 billion globally to the corn industry alone though pest control services. If you look at other crops, like tomatoes, soybeans, cotton, which are damaged by moths, the amount of money saved by bats begins to increase rapidly. More food on a farm means more food in the grocery store. Bats are helping to keep food on your table.

The Corn Ear Worm

The problem with the corn root worm is once they get into an ear of corn they ruin the entire thing. An adult moth lays her eggs on an ear of corn, the worm hatches, and makes a meal of the kernels. The worm introduces mold which further damages the ear and allows other pests like the earwig to gain access to the cob. When a worm gets into a cob, you can say good bye to that ear of corn. The mold introduced by the worm creates problems for cattle that use the corn silage as feed. If you like hamburgers, bats are now your new best friend.

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Bugs That Hibernate In Your Home during the Winter Season

Bugs That Hibernate In Your Home during the Winter Season

fly-459327_640 When cold weather arrives, you can walk outside take a deep breath of the chilly air and be glad that mosquitoes and other insects are not around to ruin your outdoor enjoyment. If you think that all the insects are dead, you would be wrong. Like bears and other animals there are insects that go into hibernation when winter arrives. Your home acts as a perfect place for a sleeping bug. Here are a few hibernating insects that might be coming to a home near you.

  • Boxelder Bug: These black and red lined insects are not after you food, they are looking for a great place to overwinter. In the fall when the weather begins to drop, you may begin to see a large number of boxelder bugs sneaking into your home. Their flat bodies allow them to fit through small gabs and cracks around your doors and windows. One of the best ways to keep them out is to make sure that all the openings to your home have tight seals.
  • Flies: You might disagree, but for a fly your attic is the perfect place to take a long winter’s nap. It is protected from wind and snow and that is where flies will go. Since they are small and have wings, they can fit through the vents under the eaves of your home. Some fly species will gather in large masses to increase their warmth. You might not know it, but you could have hundreds to thousands of flies living in your attic.
  • Ladybugs: From children to adults, people like ladybugs. If they are swarming your home in the hundreds you might decide you don’t. Adult ladybugs are small enough to fit through cracks and gaps around your windows and doors. Like boxelder bugs, the best way to keep ladybugs out is to make sure you have good seals on the openings to your home.

Admiral Pest Control No matter what type of bug has invaded home, we have a solution. We are the Bellflower pest control solution. Our expert technicians will be able to identify the insect and find ways to keep them out.

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Bellflower, CA 90706
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Bedbug Awareness Week 2015

Bed bugs are a huge issue. Almost every day our technicians are treating bed bugs. An updated survey of pest control professionals conducted by the University of Kentucky shows that 99% of pest management professionals are treating bed bugs. This is a significant increase from as little as 5 years ago. Check out the infographic below for more bed bug facts. bbaw-infographic-051815-small