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State Agricultural Officials Urge Residents to Check Plants for Spotted Lanternfly

22 Feb 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, MA, RI

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced today that a single dead specimen of the invasive pest known as spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was reported and confirmed at a private residence in Boston. As a result, MDAR is urging the public to check for signs of spotted lanternfly adults in any potted plants that they may have received over the holiday season and to report any potential sightings of this pest on MDAR’s online reporting form by taking photographs and collecting a specimen if possible. Residents should look for large, gray insects, about one inch long, with black spots and red underwings.

“Early detection plays an important role in the protection of the economic and ecological resources of our state from invasive species,” said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. “We ask all residents who have received potted plants this past December to help us protect Massachusetts’ environment and agricultural industries by checking for and reporting signs of spotted lanternfly.”

The insect appears to have been unintentionally transported this past December in a shipment of poinsettia plants originating from Pennsylvania. Because only one dead adult insect was found, and spotted lanternfly dies off when a hard frost hits, there is currently no evidence that this pest has become established in Massachusetts. However, additional surveys are planned in the area to confirm that no other occurrences of lanternfly are present.

Spotted lanternfly is an invasive sap-feeding insect from Asia that was first found in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania. While the main host plant of this pest is tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), spotted lanternfly attacks a variety of trees, shrubs, and vines, and has the potential to impact a broad range of agricultural commodities, including apples, peaches, grapes/wine, maple syrup, as well as the ornamental nursery industry.

To find out more spotted latternfly, contact EHS Pest.

Source: massnrc.org

Termite Activities During Wintertime

15 Feb 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, Termite Control MA, RI

There's a common misconception that termites go dormant as the outside temperature drops. Just because you don't see them does not mean that they are gone. When the temperature drops and the ground is covered in snow, these damaging pest just burrow deeper into the soils. Since they require constant moisture to survive, they will burrow deeper and ultimately find your wooden structures to satisfy their survival needs.

Termites infestation has no specific season. Winter is a good time to treat for termites when you consider the fact that termite behavior is most predictable in the winter months. Termite control requires the initial and recurring expertise of pest control professionals. Termite control does not stop by killing them. You must take active measures to verify that they never return via annual inspections and retreatment when and if necessary.

If you need proven professional pest control experts in MA, RI, look no further than EHS Pest.

Mosquitos in Winter - MA, RI

01 Feb 2019

Posted by John D. Stellberger

EHS Pest, Mosquito Prevention MA, RI

Check out the laundry list of pest control services that EHS Pest Services offers to the citizens of the great states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Bedbugs, mice, termites, ants, etc.? You might not think we’d be educating you about mosquitoes in early February, but that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Most people incorrectly believe that mosquitoes all die in the frigid winter weather and are of no concern until spring. Yes, a hard freeze will kill living mosquitoes, however, that does not mean you’re done with them until Spring. Adult mosquitoes (particularly female Aedes Aegypti) end their life after egg stage, however, their newly deposited eggs enter the “diapause” state wherein their development are momentarily suspended in the cold months. But they do survive. Prolonged unseasonal winter warming can actually wake them up.

As winter winds down and temperatures starts to rise these eggs begin to hatch and they are born hungry. Your mosquito concerns should be less about that annoying sting they deliver but more about disease. Concern yourself with the fact that they could very well be infected with the Zika virus and that virus is transferable to humans.

Knowing these facts, it is necessary to remain cautious when you go outside your home during winter. Also make sure to throw any containers that could hold water or clean any potential sites where mosquito eggs can be deposited. Unclog gutters, seal trash cans tightly and repair leaky pipes and faucets. Use DEET insect repellants when you go outdoors.

To find out more mosquito prevention tips, contact EHS Pest.


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