During the Fall in Arkansas when the months become cooler, insects tend to migrate to warmer climates. Often time these pests travel from the great outdoors to the comfort of your home. Many of these “Fall Bugs” begin their mating season during the Autumn season and early detection is suggested to prevent a full blown infestation. The usual spot are between the inside and outside walls of the house, while others tend to live freely, surfacing on window sills during warmer days. To help you identify these bugs and where they are found we have compiled the following list below:
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Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle
Found: Gardens, Home landscapes, Orchards, Fields, and Forests
Health Concerns: allergic rhinoconjunctivitis
General Information: They exude a foul-smelling, yellow defensive chemical which will sometimes cause spotting on walls and other surfaces.
Bug Masters provides Asian Multicolored Lady Beetle control to large and residential settings. This usually is a service that requires 2-3 treatments per year and is very effective at combatting this very aggressive Fall pest.
Box Elder Bugs
Found: Damp, dark and wooded/vegetates areas deciduous trees, places where box elder trees grow
General Information: They do not bite but their piercing mouthparts can cause skin irritation and leave a red spot similar to a mosquito bite. When crushed Box Elder Bugs tend to leave a reddish orange stain from fecal matter on clothed surfaces.
Brown Marmorated stink bugs
Found: Fruit tree orchards, soybean fields, and other areas where host plants
Health Concerns: Rhinitis and/or Conjunctivitis
General Information: If the insects are crushed or smashed against exposed skin they have been reported to produce dermatitis at the point of contact. They also emit a foul odor when crushed.
Found: Streams, rivers, ponds and other bodies of water
Health Concerns: They are not known to transmit disease.
General Information: They do not reproduce after emerging from the home. Cluster flies are more of a nuisance because of their habit of hibernating inside human houses.
Western Conifer Seed Bug
Found: Seen indoors in western states, but have migrated as far East as Pennsylvania
Health Concerns: Western Conifer Seed bus are unable to bite/sting/infect people or pets. They do not cause property damage.
General Information: If crushed or threatened they may emit a pine cone-like odor.
Yellow Jackets & Wasps
Found: All over the US. (Holes in lawns, hollow trees and gaps in walls)
Health Concerns: Redness, swelling, itching. Severe reaction could cause throat swelling, nausea and hives
General Information: Unlike bees they are sleek and shiny. Don’t provoke it, just run away QUICKLY; they’ll chase you but not very far. Population is on the rise in every state, possibly due to global warming.
Found: Roof spaces, cavity walls via air vents; rockeries, garden sheds; trees and bushes
Health Concerns: A wasp’s sting is caused by the injection of a toxic poison called ‘histamine’, which causes a reaction in our system, by irritation, redness and swelling. In some cases more serious effects can occur, should a severe reaction take place then seek immediate medical advice.
General Information: To kill them on an individual basis could be effective. But the whole nest needs to be destroyed in order to prevent any future occurrences.
By mid-summer paper wasps of most types have set up house under eaves and around your house. Bug Masters provides residual treatments that are effective against this potentially harmful pest.
Found: Found on arborvitae, juniper, pine, spruce, and many other evergreen species.
Health Concerns: Bagworm larvae injure plants when they feed on needles and leaves. They are not known to carry any disease or know to harm humans.
General Information: Mating season for the Bagworm is in September and October. During this time a female bagworm can lay 500+ eggs, so it is essential to implement Bagworm control at this stage to prevent an infestation.
Found: They are found underground feeding on grass roots. Typically found 1-2 inches below the surface.
Health Concerns: Predators such as birds, raccoons, etc. feed on Lawn grubs leaving behind holes while trying to uncover these pests. Lawn grub are known to cause brown patches in your lawn.
General Information: Lawn grubs love consistent moisture, female grub tends to lay eggs on your lawn in these conditions more so than in dyer seasons.