Fruit Fly Hosts

Hannah Trow and her mother found a seed weevil living in a mango they bought from a store in Marton, Newzealand. The find raised biosecurity concerns, with Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Peter Silcock, claiming that “mangoes are a potential host for fruit flies.”

While the Ministry of Primary Industries in New Zealand has confirmed that more cases of foreign insect pests in imported mangoes since a 10-year-old girl’s discovery have come to light, there is no cause for panic. According to the MIP, “the mango Hannah found the weevil in would have been irradiated by Australian authorities before entering the country. The finding of a different insect is not a reason to have concerns regarding fruit flies. After irradiation, adult weevils can survive but would be sterile.”

Since ONE News aired the story, more complaints have surfaced. However, the Ministry claims it receives a “dozen calls” regarding Australian mango seed weevils each year and remains confident in the biosecurity measures in place for stopping fruit fly outbreaks.

Fruit Fly Outbreaks in your home

Ceratitis capitata, the Mediterranean fruit fly, is capable of causing extensive damage to a variety of of fruit crops. Native to the Mediterranean, it has spread to across the world to Australia, North and South America. In 2011, Japan banned blueberry imports from Australia over concerns that the fruit could be contaminated by Mediterranean fruit flies.

Fertilized fruit flies lay eggs on or inside damaged or overripe fruit. These sanitary efforts can be taken to prevent fruit fly infestation.

  1. Refrigerate and limit access to any fruit or vegetables within your home.
  2. Vigorously clean all food preparation areas, including counters and tabletops.

If the fruit fly infestation does not die out several weeks after employing these methods, they have probably located another place to lay their eggs. To locate them and eliminate them,

  1.  Make sure that trash cans are clean and fitted with airtight lids.
  2. Search for areas likely to harbor fruit flies such as cupboards, pantries and other food storage areas.
  3. Observe drains that may be coated with sticky debris.
  4. Bacteria-eating rinses may be employed to clean soiled drains.

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/more-mango-weevil-cases-come-light-6220552

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratitis_capitata

 

A common mistake that most people tend to make is automatically assuming a daddy longlegs is a spider because it has a bunch of legs, a small body, and is super disturbing. But, they’re actually not real spiders. A daddy longlegs, also known as a harvestman, is actually a type of arachnid that belongs to the Opiliones family, which are different from true spiders. Harvestmen can’t actually produce venom, or even have fangs. They’re not even harmful to humans! Even so, we often don’t like seeing them because most people assume spiders are bad.

A big difference between spiders and daddy longlegs is that a body of a spider is usually in two segments, whereas in the harvestmen it’s fused into one. The body of a daddy longlegs is actually pretty small. On average, the body is only about five-sixteenths of an inch, whereas the legs can span up to six inches. To put it in perspective, if the same ratio was applied to humans, we’d all be walking around with legs that would reach up to 50 feet. That’s absolutely crazy. The legs are also able to detach easily from the body, so if they are being chased by a predator, they can leave behind a leg, which twitches and lets daddy longlegs escape. The leg can twitch anywhere from a minute to a whole hour!

But, you must keep in mind that just because they aren’t dangerous doesn’t mean they should still be there. It’s still important for people to get an inspection in order to get rid of unwanted pests, because they can still cause problems.

Article: http://www.bonnersferryherald.com/news/outdoor_news/article_9633c21a-7c06-11e4-b0c5-87963175d18c.html

It’s true. No, really. I know everyone pretty much hates those eight-legged little creatures, but they’re not that much different from us. Although they can be creepy, annoying, or even a little scary at times, spiders don’t go out of their way to hurt us. They even have little habits, or even develop different preferences during their lifetimes – just like we do.

For example, mother spiders will always try to protect their babies. They create a blanket of silk which is placed over the sac and protect them, and then stay on constant guard until the babies hatch. Some arachnids, like the Wolf Spider, will even carry her eggs on her back. Even when they hatch, the little spiderlings will still stay upon their mother’s back and feed off of their own egg sac until they’re fully grown.

Spiders also hate mosquitos. They actually do a huge favor for us, because many species of spiders feast on mosquitos alone. We all know how dangerous mosquitos can be, and how they’re able to transfer many different types of diseases, so you could even say spiders look out for us because we both hate mosquitos. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right?

Even if you might think differently, spiders don’t actually have it out for us, and don’t actually try to make our lives miserable. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. More spiders are actually crushed than humans are actually bitten. We’re both shy by nature, and try to hide in when we feel we’re in danger. We usually only meet whenever we’re either looking for some food, or a warm place to sleep.

Next time you see an itsy bitsy spider, maybe you could think twice before you crush it with the bottom of your shoe.

Article: http://www.care2.com/causes/5-ways-that-spiders-are-just-like-you-and-me.html

The Importance of Getting Annual Termite Inspections in Tucson, Arizona

 

Getting an annual termite inspection is imperative if you live in the Tucson region. Most home owners are unaware that termite damage is not covered by homeowners insurance. Termites can cost families thousands of dollars if they’re not properly protected by a Termite warranty. Even if there are currently no signs of termites on your home or property; a termite warranty  can end up saving you thousands of dollars down the road.

Getting an annual termite inspection is imperative if you live in the Tucson region. Most home owners are unaware that termite damage is not covered by homeowners insurance. Termites can cost families thousands of dollars if they’re not properly protected by a Termite warranty. Even if there are currently no signs of termites on your home or property; a termite warranty  can end up saving you thousands of dollars down the road.

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FREE PEST & TERMITE INSPECTIONS SINCE 1947! 

Make sure you sure getting a annual free termite inspection from a licensed pest management company. The tops reasons to consider a termite warranty are:

  • 1)      Protect you from costly termite treatments if you do get termites.
  • 2)      Protect your home and family from damage
  • 3)      Termites are often not covered under homeowners insurance
  • 4)      Termites are known to cause $5 Billion in damage Annually in the United States
  • 5)      Termites cause more damage than hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes COMBINED.

Call us today at 886-PEST to schedule a free termite Inspection throughout Tucson.

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Termites in the “hood” could be in your wood

Neighborhoods all over Tucson are packed with wonderful homes filled with “mostly” wonderful and conscientious homeowners. Unfortunately, many of those wonderful homes are also packed with not so wonderful termites. When my wife and I purchased our first home in Tucson, I knew absolutely nothing about termites. Needless to say I was shocked and appalled when the inspector informed our realtor that the home my wife so desperately wanted had an “infestation.” “How could that be?” I scoffed.  “This is unacceptable,” I told our realtor. The savvy elder gentlemen smiled and calmly said, “Termites usually come with the territory.” And so began my education into the not so wonderful world of termites and homes.

Subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites are just three of seventeen species found in America, but they are responsible for most of the damage done to homes like yours in Arizona. It is the subterranean termite that wreaks the most havoc on our urban and residential homes. It is considered to be one of America’s major pest problems. Termites are generally found in tropical regions all over the world. In nature, they are responsible for recycling wood. In our cities, suburbs and rural communities, they have taken on the responsibility of recycling too many of our homes. Termites damage approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. each year. American residents spend nearly $5 billion every year to battle these pests and repair the destruction the cause.

And while experts are quick to point out that not all homes in Arizona are infested, it is better to be safe than sorry. On average, homeowners who find termite damage will spend around $3,000 to make repairs. Attempting to control termites with a positive do-it-yourself attitude is rarely recommended.

If you already have a pest control service you may want to contact them for an inspection if you haven’t had one in a while. If you are a new homeowner, and you haven’t already, have your home inspected because if they are in the “hood” the may be in your wood.

http://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1356.pdf

http://www.termites.com/information/statistics/

http://www.termites.com/information/statistics/recent-statistics-about-termite-damage/

 

The worker bees are sexually underdeveloped females smaller than the queen but capable of laying small numbers of eggs under some conditions. Worker bees that lay eggs are called laying workers. Their eggs, usually placed in worker cells, develop into undersized but functional drones.

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Worker-bee larvae hatch from the eggs in 3 days, are fed royal jelly for 2 1/2 days, and then their diet is changed to include pollen and honey for 2 1/2 days. They are sealed in their cells for 12 days, during which period they spin a cocoon and transform from the larvae to the pupae, emerging as adult bees 20 days after the eggs were laid.

The difference in the cell and food environment causes the worker bees to require 5 days longer to develop than the queen, yet their life expectancy is only 5 weeks during the summer and a few months during the winter. Any worker larva under 24 to 48 hours old can be developed into a queen under the proper colony conditions that insures the nurse bees will construct a queen cell and feed royal jelly lavishly to the developing larva. The rearing of queens for market is a highly specialized field of beekeeping.

The worker bees differ markedly from the queen in many respects other than function, length of life, and behavior. Structurally they have a longer tongue for gathering nectar, modified mandibles (jaws) especially designed for comb building, special glands for secreting royal jelly, enzymes for the conversion of nectar into honey, and glands that function in communication; highly specialized leg structures for gathering and carrying pollen, four pairs of wax glands on the underside of their abdomen for the secretion of wax, and a straight barbed sting for the defense of the colony. The queen’s sting is curved and smooth and is used only to destroy rival queens.

Text Information via U of A, we are simply sharing the photo as an example and referring this so you know what we are showing you.

http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/insects/ahb/inf27.html

Crazy ants. Named one of the most invasive species of bugs, their sudden explosion in population has brought a large amount of attention to southern states such as Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. Named for their psychotic behavior, crazy ants often try to get into any space that they’re able to fit. Although the ants do not have a harmful bite to humans, they still cause many problems for homeowners or farmers who often find their homes, appliances or even their bodies to be covered in the small insects. Ants even crowd around animals such as cows or chickens, leading to asphyxiation. This large amount of small bugs is quickly becoming a problem. And so far, there hasn’t been a method found which stops them.

Originally found in Texas in 2002, crazy ants are descendants of Nylanderia pubens, a species of ant which has been in Florida since the 1950s. However, those ants are much more relaxed and less invasive – many scientists at first doubted that such insane ants could be relatives of this calm species.  But as the number of ants quickly multiplied, people knew something must be done. In 1999, the National Invasive Species Council was founded in order to combat the effects that intrusive species. This included 13 federal agencies and departments. Groups such as the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service all combined in order to work together against these up and coming menaces. As the amount of crazy ants rapidly grew, the attention to the NISC did as well. They summoned a committee of different educational entomologists and state representatives to pool their information. Most concluded that to begin to combat these invaders, a great amount of funding would be needed. But this meeting took place in 2008, when the American economy began to fall. Money would be short on hand, especially for such a minor issue as this. Even now, the government spends over $120 billion a year on intrusive species that take over different environments. The imported red fire ant costs over $1 billion a year – to Texas alone. Crazy ants, which are spreading much faster than fire ants, could quickly become an expensive problem.

So far, there hasn’t been any solution found. Even in the fall, as the temperature drops worker ants die in enormous amounts. But the queen ants survive, and as spring comes along the population begins to boom once more. However, we’re still searching for an answer. Even now, people begin to ask the hard questions. What could be done in order to combat these ants? And how long until we can begin to fight them?

Company History

Arizona Pest Control is a family owned and operated pest management firm located in Tucson, Arizona. We have been providing environmentally friendly pest management solutions to residential and commercial clients since 1947. We are considered one of the industry’s most innovative companies, and our 25 plus employees are what have made that possible. Specializing in pigeon exclusion, bee removal, termite control, scorpion control, rodent control, and general pest control, please do not hesitate to call us at any time!

  • Family Owned and Operated in Tucson
  • 2nd generation pest & termite control experts
  • A+ Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner (2010, 2011, 2012,2013,2014)
  • Environmentally responsible pest control that is safe for families, children, and pets
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Authorized operator of the Sentricon Termite Colony Elimination System
  • National Pest Management Association Member
  • Over 98% customer satisfaction rate
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  • Doing business with the greater Tucson community since 1947!
  • Creators of Arizona’s biggest cockroach contest, fastest roach contest, and the award winning Million Dollar Roach Contest

AZ PEST CONTROL  offers the following tips for keeping homes pest-free this winter:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent pests from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Pests often take up residence in wood piles and can easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.
  • Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the floor.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Extra attention should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
  • Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

We encourage homeowners to remain vigilant throughout the winter for any signs of pest infestations and to regularly inspect for any possible points of entry throughout the home.

When a disease such as Ebola begins to spread all over our world, scientists are focused on two main things. The first is how to cure it. The second is to find where the outbreak exactly occurred, in order to help them acquire a little more information about it. Until recently, there hasn’t been any hints towards where exactly Ebola originated from, other than the large area of South Africa. However, studies are now showing that the disease actually may have originated from an insect-eating bat. What’s interesting about this is that the bat doesn’t target humans – so why did we suddenly become infected?

Researchers from Robert Koch Institute in Berlin went to the field in order to find the whereabouts of the origination point. They started by going to the hometown of the first victim, a two-year-old boy named Emile Ouamouno. What they discovered is that the young boy often played near a tree infested with the fruit bats. Earlier in the year, the locals had burnt the tree down, as they often eat the bats as a source of protein. It’s expected that this is how the young child was first infected.

Humans must keep in mind that even if it may seem that we coexist peacefully with other animals, we must always be ready to combat any unforeseen circumstances. Luckily, thanks to our Pest Control companies today, we are able to keep our dangers in check, and are always ready to protect our species in case the need arises.

Article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141230-ebola-virus-origin-insect-bats-meliandou-reservoir-host/

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