Other Types of Pests
Assassin, a.k.a. kissing bugs, are found all across the bottom two-thirds of the United States, and predominantly in Arizona, California, Texas, and New Mexico. Once only found in tropical regions further south, climate change and global warming have since pushed them further north.
There are about 3,500 species of the little vampires, and they can be found in virtually every part of the world. But not all mosquitoes look upon you as a delicious meal. While both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant sap as their nutrition source, only female mosquitoes need blood for egg production.
The key to preventing scorpions is to eliminate harborage sites around the property including woodpiles, trash and debris. Homeowners should remove stones and landscape timbers from the property, and store firewood at least twenty feet from the home and five inches up off the ground.
Since scorpions can enter structures through torn screens and holes and cracks in building exteriors, it's equally important to seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home with caulk and repair any damaged window and door screens. Scorpions can also enter homes through poorly fitted garage and entry doors. If light can be seen streaming into a darkened garage from the exterior, the seal beneath the door should be repaired.
The caterpillars are covered with long gray-white or yellow-white hairs. There are two kinds of webworms, the blackheaded and the redheaded kinds. The blackheaded caterpillars are more yellow in color and have two rows of black tubercles. The redheaded caterpillars are more tan in color and have orange or reddish tubercles.
Webworm caterpillars make distinctive jerking movements, moving in unison, if their nest is disturbed. Fully-grown caterpillars are about one inch in length.
The adult moths have a wingspan of about one and a half inches. They are pure white and may have black wing spots. The moths lay their eggs on the underside of host leaves.
Chinch bugs have piercing mouth parts. They suck the sap from the crown and stems of turfgrass plants. Populations of chinch bugs tend to be aggregated. As a result, the damage usually begins as localized dead patches. These dead areas are brown, irregular, sunken patches, which can coalesce into larger dead areas. Chinch bugs thrive in hot, dry weather. Sunny areas are usually the most affected. All common turfgrass species in Ontario are susceptible to chinch bug feeding, but some varieties may be more susceptible to chinch bug injury. However, research has shown that turf cultivars containing high levels of endophytic fungi may show some resistance to chinch bug feeding.
Silverfish are translucent, multi-legged insects that can scare the you-know-what out of you when found in your home. The good news is they won’t bite you — but they can cause significant damage to things like wallpaper, books, clothing, and food.
Silverfish eat cellulose. That’s the starchy sugar present in paper products as well as dead skin cells like dandruff. They’re attracted to damp, dark spaces with plenty of cellulose to eat.Even though they like to eat, silverfish can go long time periods without eating. They also reproduce quickly and can live for several years. This means a few silverfish can quickly turn into an infestation of silverfish that can damage your home.