Did you know that there are more than 900,000 different species of insects across the world? Luckily, Delaware doesn’t have that many! With that being said, there are some Delaware bugs that you should be familiar with, both in and around your home.
That is where we come in to play! We have created this simple yet informative guide on the bugs in Delaware that you need to know about. So if you are interested in learning about these critters let’s get started.
The first Delaware bug on the list is the Spotted Lanternfly. This invasive insect is a growing problem in not only Delaware but the entire east coast. The insect is a planthopper that attacks many different hosts such as walnut and willow trees, as well as a variety of fruit trees.
The Spotted Lanternfly is native to certain countries, including India and China. It is around an inch in size with grey, black, and red coloring. This invasive pest can easily feed through the bark of trees virtually destroying the tree in no time. This pest is a threat to the ecosystem, so eradicating the bug is essential.
Bed Bugs in Delaware are a nuisance as with any other state. They are small and can easily spread throughout the home. While they are not known to spread disease, Bed Bugs can cause painful bites and itching.
Performing visual inspections of mattresses regularly can help you to identify if you have a bed bug problem. If an infestation has occurred, you must seek a professional pest management company as soon as possible.
Keeping clutter to a minimum can help prevent these pests from setting up shop in your home. Using casing on your mattresses might also help prevent the bugs.
The Kissing Bug is a blood-sucking insect that is more commonly found in Latin American countries. The insect is known for biting humans in the face area and it is considered to be a dangerous bug.
The Kissing Bug can carry a dangerous disease called Chagas Disease. The CDC estimates that there are currently more than 300,00 people in the United States with the disease. Chagas Disease can cause issues such as irregular heartbeat, sudden cardiac arrest, and congestive heart failure.
Keeping the home and outdoor areas of the home free of trash and clutter and keeping the home properly monitored for pests can help prevent Kissing Bugs.
Ticks are active in Delaware all year long, however, during the warmer weather they become more active. Younger ticks which are called Nymphs are more active in the spring and early summer and pose a risk to humans and pets.
These Nymphs are very small and hard to detect even when searching for ticks. Ticks carry a variety of dangerous diseases such as Lyme Disease and Spotted Fever.
While tick repellant and showering after being outdoors can help reduce your chances of getting a tick attached they are not a means to an end. Working with a reputable pest management team to secure your home and yard is the best course of action for protection on the home front.
An infestation of ants can happen almost overnight in your Delaware home. Being vigilant from the moment you see your first ant is important when managing this bug. Keeping food crumbs cleaned up and properly storing food is a must.
Eight different types of ants can infest your home in the state of Delaware, and some of them can do damage to your home. The carpenter ant, for example, can cause considerable damage to the wood in your home.
Arachnophobia is often listed as one of the top 10 phobias. However, the fear might be a little over-inflated. For the most part, spiders keep to themselves and they can maintain a natural pest control system for your home.
With that being said, Delaware is home to two spiders that should not be messed with: the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. These elusive spiders are venomous and like to hide in cracks and crevices in the home.
If you spot one of these spiders, you should call your pest control company immediately. If you are noticing an excessive amount of spiders in your home it could be another sign that it is time to call your pest management team.
There are a variety of flying insects in Delaware including wasps. During late summer and fall, wasps can become increasingly more aggressive towards humans. One of the most aggressive wasp varieties is the yellow jacket.
The yellow jacket’s sting can be very painful and it could cause allergic reactions in some. In addition to being able to sting, the yellow jacket also has powerful mandibles that can bite a person simultaneously.
Wasp management should only ever be done by a professional. These pets can create nests that house up to 40 Wasps. Trying to manage a colony could result in irritation to the nest and painful retaliation!
Managing Delaware Bugs
These Delaware bugs are nuisances and some of them are potentially deadly. Being vigilant about pest control is important for the safety of you and your family. It does not have to be difficult though!
Working with a licensed and reputable pest control team can help you manage your pest control without ever lifting a finger. Working with pros will take the worry out of keeping the bugs at bay!