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Ag Spotlight – Home Invaders (Pt. 1)

Cleaning Out Home Invaders – The Creepy Crawly Kind!

 

by Melissa Bravo - November 4, 2016

Hello and welcome to another agricultural spotlight on Wellsboro Home Page. Today’s feature is a quick reminder on home invaders – the creepy crawly kind.

Harmonia axyridis – Asian lady bugs:
If you keep track of these things, you might be on the lookout for the return of the ‘lady bugs’. These multi-colored Asian ladybugs swarm into our homes in October after the first frost. So step outside and take a look around- BECAUSE THEY’RE BACK.

Halyomorpha halys – Stink bugs:
A relatively new invader, the easily recognized armored stink bug has been pestering home owners the last 16 years in Pennsylvania and well, that just stinks. Since they are also hibernation seekers they exhibit the same annoying behavior of the Asian lady bugs. Uninvited house guests indeed!

Parasteatoda tepidariorum – Common house spiders:
This Michigan fact sheet on common spiders in and around the home is a great resource for identifying different types of spiders. The good news is, “Spiders very rarely bite people and far less than is generally assumed”. Regular housecleaning is very important in the control of spiders indoors. Large, persistent spider populations indoors indicate the presence of a significant insect population that serves as their food. For additional information check out this link!

A great way to connect with your kids and teach them good housekeeping skills is to use an insect identification poster and collect dead specimens in jars, label them and have a show and tell. This way, not only will you learn to identify the spiders but the bugs they like to eat too! Click here to visit Cornell’s insect resource hub for more information.

A really great resource to keep around the house if you encounter any of these pernicious pests and wonder if they can cause health problems is the Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy Housing Manual.

We’ll review another group of creepy crawly invaders next time on Agricultural spotlight – the bloodsucking kind.
Check back soon to learn all about the dreaded ‘kissing bug’, fleas, and a few others. We’ll review just what types of bites and tell-tale signs these pesky bloodsucking nighttime feeders can leave behind and what steps you can take to get rid of them once and for all. Thank you for watching from all of us here at Wellsboro Home Page.

Credits:

Idea/Concept: Melissa Bravo

Videography: Andrew Moore

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: Melissa Bravo

Anchor: Melissa Bravo

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Sherwood Motel, Grubby's Games

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