Several ant pest species infest households in Maine frequently during the spring, summer and fall season. The most common ant pests in the state include European fire ants, carpenter ants, cornfield ants, pavement ants, Allegheny mound ants, and larger yellow ants. Thief ants, Pharaoh ants, odorous house ants and little black ants are also known for infesting homes in southern Maine on occasion. Now that the fall season has officially [...]
Crickets establish infestations within homes in Maine frequently. The most common cricket pests in the state include field crickets, camel crickets and house crickets. During the summer and fall, these three cricket pests invade homes where they may establish a nuisance infestation. Crickets are active at night both indoors and outdoors, and most cricket pest species in Maine are attracted to artificial light sources, like porch lights and indoor lights. [...]
Disease-carrying mosquitoes are not usually considered a major public health threat in residential areas of Maine, but this year an unprecedented amount of people living in the northeast United States have contracted eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) from the bites of infected mosquitoes. More than a dozen people in the region have contracted the disease this year, two of which have already died from complications related to EEE. Although no human [...]
A small number of insect pests in Maine are well known for inflicting damage to homes, particularly structural and cosmetic wood damage. For example, the black carpenter ant excavates tunnels within a home’s structural lumber, which may require costly repairs. Carpenter bees often inflict cosmetic damage to a home’s exterior, namely wood siding. Several wood-boring beetle species may also excavate nests within a home’s cosmetic and structural wood sources. The [...]
Forestry officials in Maine and entomologists with the University of Maine’s extension office have been receiving a plethora of calls from residents seeking advice on how to prevent boxelder bugs from invading homes in massive numbers during the late summer and early fall seasons. Boxelder bugs are similar to brown marmorated stink bugs and Asian lady beetles in terms of pest behavior. For example, in response to falling summer temperatures [...]
At What Time Of Year Do Deer Flies And Horse Flies Become Most Problematic For Maine Residents, And Why Do Repellents Fail To Prevent Their Bites?
Many residents of Maine are well aware of the pest issues caused by deer flies and horse flies, and a significant amount of residents have likely sustained at least one deer or horse fly bite in the past. Deer flies and horse flies comprise numerous species that feed on mammalian blood, including human blood, and compared to other areas of the US, the northeastern states tend to see the greatest [...]