There are so many things to love about fall. The hazy, hot scorching days of summer are all but gone, and the warm days and cool crisp nights of fall are such a refreshing change. The threat from summer storms has mostly passed, and the risk of dangers such as tornados are now minimal. And what about those fall colors! Spectacular! It is such a beautiful and relaxing thing to just take a weekend drive through the mountains and see the brilliance and beauty that the colors of fall offer. Ahhh Fall! But, did you know that there is one down side to this all but pristine setting?
You might think that spider populations around your Colorado home are on the rise as we conclude summer, but the truth is they're just more noticeable, according to University experts. When insects begin to breed and grow their populations in spring, you're not likely to notice them as much. Wolf spiders are 100 times more abundant in late spring, but they are smaller and their webs are smaller as well. Late summer is when your common house spider is going to be sexually mature and searching for opportunities to mate. That means you're going to be seeing these spiders more often, but just because you don't have more spiders around your home in fall doesn't mean you should take any fewer measures to exclude them.
It's that time of year again - the early harvest is coming to a table near you and plates are full with lots of yummy, nutritious food in all shapes and sizes; but as our plates are beginning to overflow, it is quite a different story for insects and rodents.
If you noted the sense of urgency in the blog title, it’s because there is. We don’t want to burst anyone’s summer bliss bubble but winter is closing in. Sure it’s a few months away but we have to get in the mindset that it is coming and it’s already causing a stir amongst insects and rodents in Loveland.
I don’t know about you but when I hear the word ‘plague’ my mind instantly goes back to the 14th century during medieval times and the ‘black death’ that spread through Europe killing millions; I certainly don’t think about modern-day America. The truth is, as scary as it is, the plague still exists today. In fact, there have been 17 confirmed cases of plague in the U.S. from 2005-2014, and 8 of those were in 2014. So far this year, there have been 4 reported cases in Colorado alone resulting in 2 deaths – the latest being on August 5! While this disease has not reached epidemic proportions for certain, the numbers indicate that it is surely on the rise especially in the western U.S.
You know that this time of year is when we turn our attention to the first harvest of late summer and begin to reap the benefits of our hard spring and summer’s work. It’s always a rewarding experience to pick those first ‘sprouts’ of vegetables and steam up the green beans, sauté the peppers and scallions, or boil up some beets. There’s nothing like the taste of those fresh from the garden sprouts on a balmy late summer evening! Here in Colorado, however, our vegetables are not the only thing that has sprouted this year.
There are some things that don't work when writing an article. For instance, if I type, "Bam!" It isn't going to make your heart jump, or freak you out. Even if I type it in all caps, like, "BAM!" or with extra letters like, "BAAAAAAAAAM!" You're still going to say, "Really?" Yawn. "That's the best you have?"
For an insect that has no thumbs, bed bugs do an amazing job of hitchhiking. It will take a ride in a taxi, bus, train, RV, truck, plane and even a boat. How does it do this? By riding on us! That's how it gets into movie theaters, libraries, police stations and other public buildings. What? Did you think you could only pick this bug up at a sleazy motel? Nope. These little blood eaters can be found anywhere people hang out.
Do you have a friend who only shows up when he wants something? That's how ants are. It is so irritating. They don't want to be your friend. They just hang out with you for what they can get. It's rude if you really think about it. That's why we put together this helpful guide. We call it the "It's not you it's me" guide to breaking off the relationship with ants. The "It's not you, it's me" guide focuses on making your home less desirable to ants. At the end of this exercise no self-respecting ant will want to visit you. Ever.
Spending time outdoors and enjoying the sun is something that many people and families living in Colorado like to do; whether that means gardening or hosting BBQ’s at home, hiking, swimming at the lake, or attending outdoor concerts. Whatever you choose Colorado provides some excellent summer weather and the perfect background to do it in! At EnviorPest we want to provide you with some easy tips to help make sure that your summer plans are not de-railed by pesky summer pests like mosquitoes, flies, ticks, stinging insects, and ants.