Bug spray is almost a necessity if you want to be outside and protect yourself against insect-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, dengue fever, malaria and other diseases commonly carried by insect. There are some pros and cons of insect repellents, especially the synthetic types. However, it has been shown that synthetic insect repellents work much longer than the “green” or plant-based insect repellents.
Ticks are arachnids – related to spiders – and have eight legs. Though they are often referred to as insects, they are not. A tick goes through four stages of growth: egg, larval, nymphal and adult. They're found in brush, high grass and weeds and leaves. When you get ticks on you it's because you brushed against them. They do not fly, jump or drop from trees. And, for a tick to survive, it has to eat blood, and it's not fussy.
Worldwide, there are over 2,500 species. The United States has over 150 species of mosquito. And, you'll find 60 of the in North Carolina. However, of those only 10 to 15 mosquito species are bad, according to North Carolina State University.
June bugs might seem useless to you – and they are definitely a hazard to your lawn, trees, vegetable garden and ornamental landscaping. However, they do have their place in the food chain: Birds like the larvae and the grubs make great fishing bait.
While your first thought is to squish or otherwise kill any bugs you see around the house, in the house or in your flower beds, you should hold that thought for a minute. Or three. Most bugs are not dangerous to humans, and many are beneficial to plants. According to Colleen Golden, a senior horticulturist at Atlanta Botanical Gardens, up to 90 percent of the bugs you find around your home are beneficial.
While many insects are beneficial to the environment, some are just complete pests, especially if you are trying to enjoy some outdoor time with family and friends. A backyard pest could ruin an otherwise perfect outdoor gathering.
Spring is the time for flowers, nice weather, working on your landscaping and bugs, including termites. The most common termites are subterranean, and are difficult to find. Look for mud tubes and wings for signs of termites. Mud tubes are generally found on the foundation. Since the termites don't walk on the ground, this is how they get from their den to their food source – your house.
For over 30 years, The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has celebrated April as National Pest Management Month to raise awareness of the issues that pests create in our homes. Not only do they chew through wiring, which causes a fire hazard, and chew holes in your walls, but their waste is a health hazard. Some pests may spread Lyme disease and West Nile virus, among other illnesses.
If you notice signs of pests in your home, whether they are cockroaches, mice, spiders or other pests, you'll need to get the problem under control. However, once you notice these critters, there may already be an infestation, especially if it's cockroaches. Roaches are nocturnal, so if you see them during the daytime, their hiding places are overcrowded or they are running out of food and water.