I’m Fall-ing For Pests

When unpacking those holiday decorations, look out for some pests that may have been hiding all year.

Oblong Running Spider – Most common type of crab spider. Said to have a painful bite, but venom is not dangerous. Found in grassy areas.
Flesh Fly – Can have up to 325 larva born to a female. Activity can be traced to filth in dumpsters from meat processing or from rodent carcasses nearby.
Camel Cricket – Can cause damage to homes. Are attracted to high humidity. Can jump 3ft high when threatened.
Crane Fly – Resembles an oversized mosquito. Copulation occurs in flight & eggs are sometimes dropped while in flight. Larva can harm plants by feeding on roots of plants.
Striped Hawkmoth – Have a wingspan of 6-8cm. Feed on a variety of plants & flowers, but not important to pollination.
Chinese Mantis – Accidentally introduced to the U.S. Adult female is larger than the male. Can be kept as a pet, but cannibalism will occur if kept with a mate.

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.

One thought on “I’m Fall-ing For Pests

  1. Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info, Great share, found the articles really worth reading.! By the way we are Baird’s Pest Control, licensed and insured. Our products are safe for children and pets. And we don’t do contracts or high pressure sales. Our goal is very simple, we are here to make you happy and your home or business insect free.


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