Invasive Insects Can Put a Damper on Summer EnjoymentNPMA Staff
Monday, July 5, 2010
As common summer insects like bees,
flies, ants and others settle in for the
season, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers
Americans a guide to other less known invaders that can put a
damper on summer fun.
Fire Ant (RIFA) - First found in Alabama in 1930, RIFAs were
brought here from South America. Without natural predators in the
U.S., RIFAs have thrived, expanding into at least 14 southern
states. RIFAs are aggressive and are known to swarm and sting
humans and animals when their mound-like nests are disturbed.
Homeowners should seal internal and external crevices to prevent
Tiger Mosquito - Originating from Southeast Asia, the Asian
Tiger Mosquito is now found in the eastern, Midwestern and southern
states. While small, its bite is more irritable than common
mosquito bites, and unlike most breeds, it prefers to feed
throughout the day. It's also known to spread several diseases,
including Dengue, West Nile virus and Japanese Encephalitis. People
can protect themselves by using repellants and removing containers
that collect water.
Stink Bug - Likely brought to the U.S. from Eastern Asia, stink
bugs were first found in Pennsylvania in 1998. Prevalent in the
Northeast, they have also been reported in the Pacific Northwest,
Midwest and South. They aren't harmful to people and property, but
as their name implies, produce an odor when crushed. Homeowners
should remove them with a vacuum cleaner and promptly empty the bag
so the smell doesn't permeate the area.
"Killer" Bees - Introduced to the U.S. in 1990 and first found
in southern Texas, these vicious stingers are usually found in
Southern states. Although their venom is no more dangerous than
those of regular honeybees, their tendency to attack in greater
numbers poses greater danger to humans. Only pest professionals or
beekeepers should address infestations.
For more information on invasive insects or to find a pest
professional, visit: www.pestworld.org.
NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was
established in 1933 to support the pest management industry's
commitment to the protection of public health, food and