Summer Buggin’ 2020

Carpenter Ant
Doesn’t eat wood, only tunnel through it. Associated with high moisture. Considered predators & scavengers. Will eat other insects.
Woodlouse Spider
Sometimes known as “Broad-faced sac spider”.
Egg sac may contain up to 70 eggs. The long fangs help maintain a scissor-like grip on prey.
Larder Beetle
Typically travel in groups, don’t try to hide. Are omnivores. Infestation could signal dead animal carcasses nearby. Can bore through wood, drywall, tin, lead. Larder is another name for pantry, or cupboard.
Stored Product Pests
Flour Beetles, Flat Grain Beetles, Sawtooth Beetles in this fold of plastic – before fumigating a ground pile of grain. Another reason pest management is important.
Oriental Cockroach
Sometimes known as a Water Bug. Enters buildings through drains. One inch in length. Short wings indicate this one is a male.
Mealworm / Darkling Beetle Larva
Can stand on their head when threatened. These beetles are prolific breeders & females will lay 70-100 eggs. Looks like I caught 3 girls/1 boy.
Fun Spider Sculpture
Saw this in my travels near Herrington, KS

Published by Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

My career in pest management began while working in a flour mill as the “in-house” technician in 2008. I am certified in multiple states. I began working full time as a fumigation-pest control tech in 2010. I achieved my Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) in 2018. I have a Master Tech certification from Kansas State University/Kansas Pest Control Association. I hold a Bat Management certification from NWCOA. Every day, I realize how much I DON’T KNOW. My goal for this blog is to share my every day experiences from the field and to make us all think outside the box for solutions to make pest control make sense.

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