Blog Archives

On the Way Out

Several insects that overwinter in protected places, including houses and other buildings, are on their way out now. There is not a lot to do at this point other than clean up any accessible accumulations of dead individuals that could

Posted in Household Pests

Christmas Tree Inhabitants May Wake-up

A number of arthropods live on Christmas trees while others may use them for winter shelter. Most are inactive or sluggish at outdoor temperatures but become active when their tree is brought indoors. The awakening can cause some alarm but

Posted in Household Pests

Fall Invaders

Beetles, bugs, and flies are some of the creatures actively seeking protected overwintering sites as days get shorter and cooler. Many produce stains or unpleasant odors if crushed. Scavengers, such as carpet beetles, can be attracted to accumulations of insects

Posted in Household Pests

Fruit Flies

Lots of “gnats” are active at this time of year—some of them are fruit flies, others are not—and some are not gnats, either. Find out what you have; approaches for dealing with them vary, as do chances for success, and

Posted in Household Pests

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Invasion to Begin Soon

While fall brings wonderful weather, it also signals the start of the insect invasion period. One of the early-fall home invaders is the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) which clusters on the sides of buildings searching for entry points throughout

Posted in Household Pests

Bumble Bees Can Surprise You

Bumble bees are social insects that nest in protected places: belowground in abandoned burrows of small mammals, in birdhouses, stuffing in abandoned furniture, or under piles of grass or rags in sheds or barns. They visit flowers to collect pollen

Posted in Household Pests, Human Pests

Foreign Grain Beetles May Appear In Mass Inside

Huge emergences of the foreign grain beetle can occur in homes and buildings in late summer. This 1/16-inch long reddish-brown beetle (Figure 1) is a fungus feeder. Moldy, out-of-condition grain or grain products are traditional sources. However, structural infestations develop in

Posted in Household Pests