Insects From Abroad
Insects of foreign origin, commonly called invasive species
, are a major concern in the United States. Often, invasive pests do not have natural predators in the U.S. so their populations can grow quickly. Many invasive pests, including some beetles and moth species, pose a major threat to the U.S. agricultural industry as they destroy crops.
The good news is that, like indigenous species, invasive pest infestations can be curtailed or prevented altogether with some pest proofing know-how. Homeowners should inspect the outside of their home and identify potential pest entry points. Any cracks or crevices on the outside of the home – including around windows, doors and utility pipes – should be sealed with a silicone caulk. Torn or damaged window screen should be repaired, and screens should be installed on attic and crawl space vents.
In addition, homeowners should take steps to reduce moisture in and around their homes, which attracts many pest species. Divert water away from the home’s foundation with properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks. Reduce humidity in crawl spaces, attics and basements with proper ventilation.
Anyone suspecting an invasive pest infestation should contact a pest professional right away. A trained professional will be able to identify the species and recommend a course of treatment to control the infestation before it becomes a major problem.
Don’t forget to ask your pest management company about InCide® Pest Control Insulation. InCide® will help reduce your monthly utility bills and provide additional protection against listed insects.