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How to Differentiate Between a Ladybug and Lady Beetle

Learn to Recognize the Difference between Harmful and Harmless
Learn to Recognize the Difference between Harmful and Harmless

Ladybugs may seem too benign to require NJ pest control, but the closely related Asian lady beetle isn’t quite as good-natured. How can you tell them apart? Here’s a look at the physical and behavioral differences between the two.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

At first glance, a native ladybug looks just like an Asian lady beetle, with similar colors and markings. A closer look reveals a black section between a ladybug’s head and body. On an Asian lady beetle, that same section is white with black markings that form a “M” shape.

When Ladybugs Aren’t “Ladies”

Native ladybugs serve a valuable purpose by preying on aphids, spider mites and other plant-destroying pests. While Asian lady beetles were introduced to North America for the same reason, they began to demonstrate less desirable traits.

• When weather grows cold, Asian lady beetles invade homes via cracks, holes and other unobtrusive entry points.

• While native ladybugs are peaceful, Asian lady beetles will aggressively bite, often causing allergic symptoms such as sneezing and coughing.

• Asian lady beetles excrete an odorous yellow liquid that stains fabric, walls and other surfaces.

• In rare cases, Asian lady beetles have sought shelter inside the mouths of dogs, leading to discomfort and sometimes sores caused by the beetles’ secretions.

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Female Cockroaches Are Very Picky When Selecting Mates

What's Worse than One Cockroach? A Whole Colony of Them. Don't Let them Breed!
What’s Worse than One Cockroach? A Whole Colony of Them. Don’t Let them Breed!

There’s nothing wrong with being selective when choosing one’s mate and that includes the fairer sex in some insect species such as the cockroach.

Cockroach Courtship

A study at Anglia Ruskin University by Dr. Sophie Mowles covers the intricacies of the courtship ritual of the Cuban burrowing cockroach.

One prominent feature the female looks for is high-levels of energy displayed by the male. This is accomplished by the male in a “raising of the wing” ceremony by repeatedly raising his wing to a vertical position then lowering it. He’ll do this over and over, hence, he is showing his stamina and energy level which the female cockroach finds attractive.

The female’s only interest in the mating ritual is finding the male who is in the best physical condition. While the repeated raising and lowering of the wings tires the male and drains his energy, it’s a gauge used by the female when choosing the father of her babies.

The female wants the best genes for her offspring. By doing so, she ensures her babies are physically fit, have the ability and agility to evade predators, be victorious when confronting rivals, and males are attractive to females to carry on the family line.

If you have a problem with these pests, you need an NJ cockroach exterminator. Contact us at Stern where we have cockroach exterminator specialists who will rid your property of these unwanted guests.

“What’s Biting Me?” Tips to Diagnosing Bug Bites

It’s bug season on the east coast, so ask yourself what’s the nearest pest control service near me. Unfortunately, it’s also the time for bug bites. Most everyone at some time, is going to get bitten by a bug, and although we can’t cover every single bug that might bite you, here is what to look for to determine what’s biting you.

• Mosquito Bite — Generally a big red itchy welt. Probably the most common bite of all.

• Tick Bite — You’ll usually find a tick attached to your skin when they bite. After the bite, if you have a big red bulls-eye type of welt, it may be a sign of Lyme’s Disease.

Wasp/Bee Sting — Swelling in the area with a tiny red dot in the middle.

• Flea Bites — Generally a cluster of little reddened bites.

Bed Bug Bites — Itchy red bites that don’t usually swell, usually on the shoulders and arms.

• Chigger Bites — Itchy red welts near the feet or ankles. They stay attached for a day or two, so you may catch one in the act.

• Spider Bites — A brown recluse will leave a flattened red mark where it bit, while a black widow will leave fang marks. If bitten by either spider, seek medical assistance immediately.

When asking what’s the best pest control near me, the answer is Stern’s Environmental. For any questions about bug bites, bugs and how to get rid of them, contact Stern’s.