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Beneficial Insects

Honey Bees and Other Beneficial Insects

Sure, we work to keep the outdoor pests, outdoors of homes and businesses, but it’s important to recognize that there are many beneficial (outdoor) insects as well!

Obviously honey bees are in this category, but so are mantids, butterflies, and believe it or not, so is the carpenter bee!  By now you know that honey bees are primary pollinators and their numbers are under pressure from our environment.  Pesticides are one of the pressures and we want to do our job to protect them!   

We DON’T spray plants with buds or blossoms where these guys do their work!   It’s important to protect the endangered European Honey Bee and the rest of the pollinators!  

mantis religiosa

Along with the pollinators, there is another beneficial insect you might want in your garden.  The Praying and Carolina Mantis, both common in this area, can help reduce pest populations in gardens.  If your garden has a problem with box-elder beetles, this could be a possibility for you.  Only problem is, they’re appetite leads them to feed in a rather indiscriminant fashion, eating anything that presents itself as a meal.   Honey Bees are fair catch!

Argiope aurantia

 

The bright black and yellow Garden Spider (arachnid) is an Orb Weaver that we like to leave alone as well, unless, a customer has a specific problem with them.  Spiders can be very beneficial outdoors keeping pests down!

 

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

This is one bug that punishes farmers and greatly irritates the rest of us.  Yes, we can minimize the presence of stink bugs in your home, and show you how to exclude them from your home by better sealing off areas where they have access. 


Did you see them in your attic when you looked for your Christmas decorations?  Yes, homes and other structures give them protection during the winter, ultimately loving access to your attic.   These are clever little insects, so you need a game plan to deal with them! Small details make a big difference in managing this pest!  For more information See map.

 

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Larva.  Underside of a leaf.

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Protect Your Home & Family

Managing a pest issue is not a one shot, do-it-yourself, weekend deal.  We don’t use just one product to control pests around most structures.  Your family’s comfort and your time, are more valuable; so let us take care of the pests!!!

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