Flying Insects

Flying Insects

The fear of the bee, wasp or yellowjacket sting drives many people to run away screaming with arms flailing.  And that’s understandable!  For most a sting means pain and discomfort.  And for a few, it means real danger.  Half-a-million people are sent to the emergency rooms each year from stings.  There are many species for flying insects. 

Carpenter Bee

Like many bees, the carpenter bee is a pollinator of many plants. When female carpenter bees bore into porch posts and barn beams, their intent is to build a nest, not to destroy our buildings.

To stop any structural damage that may result from their nest-building, you might try the following:

  • Dust (a borid type dust) into the nests.
  • Fill any holes with wood putty, then paint.

House Fly

Can we say anything good about the pesky house fly? Yes! In recent years scientists have studied house flies to learn more about animal conservation. Of course, that doesn’t mean we want house flies in our homes.

To control the house flies, try the following:

  • Screen your home.
  • Out-of-doors, introduce fly parasites. They are commercially available.
  • If all else fails, try using fly traps

If none of these at home remedies work, Call Midstate for your pest needs.

Beetles

Asian Lady Beetles, or Ladybugs, have a yellow, orange or red color and distinctive spots making them unappealing to predators. If threatened, a ladybug protects itself by playing dead or secreting a foul-tasting fluid from joints in its legs. Although they can be pests to homeowners, ladybugs are actually garden “good guys”. Farmers love them for their appetite. This pretty little bug protects crops by voraciously consuming huge numbers of plant-eating insects, like aphids and mealy-worms. To attract ladybugs to your garden.

  • Grown flowers such as angelica and herbs such as dill and yarrow.
  • Don’t eliminate dandelion weed, as it also attracts ladybugs.

Mosquitoes

There are about 170 different kinds of mosquitoes in North America. These pests are part of the same family as houseflies and fruit flies, because they all have two clear, veined wings. Female mosquitoes feed on plant nectar and blood. They need protein to reproduce. To get to the blood, they pierce our skin with their proboscis and suck our blood. Mosquitoes are busiest at night and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal. They hunt for food by detecting body heat and carbon dioxide. Male mosquitoes do not feed on humans, plants are their only food source.

If none of these at home remedies work, Call Midstate for your pest needs.