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ENTOMOLOGY IN THE HOME Blake Newton UK Extension Entomology
ENTOMOLOGY IN THE HOME Economic and health threats Vs. Fears and aesthetic concerns
When it comes to insects and spiders, Kentucky is one of the safest places on earth!
DAMAGE WOOD: TERMITES and CARPENTER ANTS
TERMITES -Look for “swarmers” in spring, early summer -contact pest control agency
CARPENTER ANTS -very large ants -prefer moist, damaged wood -damage is slow and moderate -contact pest control company
DAMAGE PANTRY SUPPLIES: Flour, dog food, other dry goods
DAMAGE Pantry pests: Clothes moths, grain moths, flour beetles, rice weevils, etc
DAMAGE Control of ALL pantry pests: -remove spilled dry goods (even a little bit!) -seal open bags -freeze or toss infested material -check REAL WOOL items Look for unusual dry goods: old potato chips, candy bars, taxidermy, dead squirrels!
HEALTH Roaches: many different kinds. Occasional invaders (wood roaches) are of no concern. -contact pest control professional for large infestations of German roaches German roaches: allergies, disease transmission
HEALTH Bed Bugs: increasingly common, especially in apartments and other multi- units.
HEALTH Bed Bugs: -don’t transmit diseases -itchy skin reactions -hard to control -can ruin beds and other furniture
HEALTH Bed Bug Defense: -check beds when traveling -clean and dry clothing after traveling -avoid used furniture
HEALTH Bed Bug Management: -contact a pest control professional -requires work from you! -heat treatments are $$ but can work very well -in multi-units: make sure the whole structure is inspected and treated
HEALTH Spiders: Not as dangerous as their reputation
HEALTH Non-Dangerous Spiders: very common in homes American House Spider Cellar Spider
Jumping Spider Wolf SpiderGrass Spider Garden Spider Orb Weaver
HEALTH Black Widows -common in garages, sheds, piles of rocks and wood -do not wander from webs -won’t bite unless touched -causes pain, increased heart-rate -rarely fatal, but hospital attention is a must
HEALTH Brown Recluses -more common in West KY -found in basements, attics, abandoned buildings -skin infections are often misdiagnosed as brown recluse bites -very timid spiders
HEALTH Brown Recluses Distribution vs Bites
HEALTH Spider Control: -can be difficult -contact pest control professional -seal entry points, use dust broom -learn to put up with a few spiders!
PET HEALTH Outdoor Dogs & Cats: -ticks, fleas, mosquitoes -disease transmission -veterinarian has many long-lasting options
SPACE INVADERS Harmless Insects and Their Relatives -come inside for food, water, space, or on accident -common in warm moths -usually, pest control is not necessary
SPACE INVADERS: OUTER SPACE Health: -bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets -mosquitoes -chiggers -ticks
SPACE INVADERS: OUTER SPACE Harmless: -just about everything else Red Clover MiteHover Fly
MYTHS -daddy long legs -walking sticks Red Clover MiteHover Fly
RESOURCES County Extension Office: Insect I.D. http://www.ca.uky.edu/county/ Kentucky ENTfacts: http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/dept/entfacts.asp KEHA Document: http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/HENV/HENV401/ HENV401.pdf Red Clover MiteHover Fly
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