Monthly Archives: October 2016

False Chinch Bugs

False chinch bugs are small, grey to black bugs that commonly feed on plants in the mustard family.  Favored plants include mustard greens, canola and radish; however, they have been known to feed on species outside of the mustard family including lettuce and potato.  Overwintering adults are common on flixseed, a weed commonly associated with […]

Root Weevils

Four species of root weevil are established in Colorado including strawberry root weevils, lilac root weevils, black vine weevils and rough strawberry root weevils.  Varying in size by species, root weevils are 1/4”-1/2” in length.  Eggs are laid around the base of plants and larvae develop by pruning roots.  Pupation also occurs within the soil […]

Crickets

Colorado is home to more than 10 species of crickets.  Occasionally, crickets wander into homes and although they do not reproduce inside of homes, during times of high activity their chirping can be a nuisance to homeowners.  Only the male crickets “sing”, attempting to attract attention of the females and during their courtship.  They will […]

Western Conifer Seed Bugs

Much like the boxelder bug, the western conifer seed bugs is considered as an occasional invader into homes and structures.  This invasion occurs during cooler weather, typically from fall to spring.  The western conifer seed bug is found throughout the state and is associated with pine trees.  When disturbed, the western conifer seed bug will […]

Elm Leaf Beetles

A serious pest of elm trees throughout Colorado, the elm leaf beetle overwinters in its adult form in cracks and crevices.  As spring leafs begin to emerge on elm trees, so do the adult beetles that come to feed and start their egg laying process.  Eggs are football shaped and laid in clusters on the […]

Boxelder Bugs

A common nuisance pest throughout the state in any location where boxelder maple are present, boxelder bugs frequently invade homes during cool weather from fall to spring.  Infestations during growing season occur on the boxelder maple for which the bug is named.  Control within homes is limited as the home is not the source of […]

Endangered Species – Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse (PMJM)

Believe it or not, Colorado   Springs and Monument are home to an endangered species of mouse.  The Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse secured its continued endangered status after a review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as of May 2013 and regained protection on August 6, 2013 in Wyoming where it had previously been […]

Wood Rats (Pack Rats)

Colorado is home to six species of wood rats with a majority of the state being home to at least one species or another.  The largest of the species is the bushy-tailed woodrat with a length of roughly 16 inches long and weighing in at nearly three-quarters of a pound.  The smallest is the desert […]

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

Hantavirus is a rare respiratory disease primarily carried by deer mice.  The State of Colorado averages only around 4 cases a year and only 560 total reported cases were on record in 32 states as of mid-December 2010 with the earliest known confirmed case being in 1959.

Transmission

HPS is carried by infected rodents and is shed […]

Preventative Measures for Reducing Rodent Infestations

Preventative measures are an extremely important aspect of reducing your home’s risk of a rodent infestation.  Whether you have already experienced an infestation or are simply trying to avoid one all together, there are several things that you can do to be pro-active when it comes to rats and mice.  Here are a few of […]