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Beetles in Minnesota

Asian Lady Beetles, Part III – Problems Occurring From Infestation

The Asian Lady Beetle has become a nuisance on Minnesota for many reasons.  Their large numbers, especially in the fall, can lead them into our homes.    

The Asian Lady Beetle is not known to carry any diseases.  However, while searching for food, they can inadvertently bite hard enough to break human skin, causing discomfort.  While the beetles do not sting, it can be very uncomfortable to be enjoying the outdoors and run into a swarm of these beetles and be bitten several times.

This beetle also secretes a strong-smelling liquid from their legs.  This liquid not only smells badly, but can also stain surfaces, such as clothing or outdoor furniture.  If the pests enter your home, staining can occur on your furniture, towels, carpet or clothing as well.

Yet another issue occurring as a result of an Asian Lady Beetle infestation is the diet of these beetles.  Since the Asian Lady Beetle feeds on aphids and other lady beetle varieties which can be beneficial to the ecosystem naturally occurring in your yard, the natural balance can be put off-kilter if you have a significant number of these beetles.

If you suspect you have an Asian Lady Beetle infestation, call the friendly experts at Eco Tech today for a free consultation.  Our green approach to pest control through our line of earth-friendly organic products is the best solution for your family’s pest control needs.  Call today for a free consultation!

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Beetles in Minnesota

Asian Lady Beetles, Part II – Identification

The Asian Lady Beetle is very similar in appearance to several other beetles, including the common lady bug.  For all your pest identification needs, please call your Eco Tech representative today for more information and a free consultation.

Asian Lady Beetles are generally about 1/3 inch long.  They can be orange, red, yellow or black.  This beetle has black spots – usually about nineteen – and an “M” shaped mark behind its head.  Large numbers of the pest can be seen especially in the fall around your home.

Asian Lady Beetle

Asian Lady Beetle

 The friendly professionals at Eco Tech will come out for a free consultation on your pest issues, and can immediately begin using our organic line of treatments for a safe, effective green solution to your pest control needs.  Call Eco Tech today for more information!

Please visit our website for the next installment of our “Asian Lady Beetle” series.

 

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Beetles in Minnesota

Asian Lady Beetles, Part I

Asian Lady Beetle populations in Minnesota have increased dramatically in the past decade.  These irritating beetles were first introduced in California in 1916 and again in the mid 1960s as part of a governmental program for the biological control of a type of aphid.  The beetles did not spread until the late 1980s, and now have encompassed most of the United States. 

Asian Lady Beetles feed on aphids occurring on trees and plants, making buildings close to several trees or plants with aphids more susceptible.  The Asian Lady Beetle will also feed on other lady beetle species in Minnesota, making them a serious nuisance.  These beetles can crawl into cracks in the buildings around attics, windows, doors and other such openings.  Since the beetles feed on aphids, they die soon upon entering buildings. 

The friendly professionals at Eco Tech will come out for a free consultation on your pest issues, and can immediately begin using our organic line of treatments for a safe, effective green solution to your pest control needs.  Call Eco Tech today for more information!

(763) 785.1414; (612) 237.8282; (952) 881.6662; (651) 633.8600

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Cockroaches in Minnesota

Roaches, Part III – Types of Cockroaches in Minnesota

There are four (4) main types of Cockroaches that infest homes and buildings in Minnesota.  They are: the German Cockroach, the American Cockroach, the brownbanded Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach.  Below please find descriptions for two of these types.

The brownbanded Cockroach is found in homes or other buildings.  As an adult these pests will reach about ½ inch long.  The males and females appear different, with the male having a long slender body, while the female has a pear shaped body.  The male’s wings extend past the end of the body and the female’s wings are shorter than its body.  All brownbanded Cockroaches have yellow bands which run horizontally to their bodies.

Additionally, the Oriental Cockroach can be found in homes and other buildings in Minnesota.  This pest is dark brown to black and is approximately 1 to 1 ¼ inches long.  Both males and females will have shorter wings than their bodies.  It is said to carry a strong odor and will usually be found near a water source, in a garbage pile, in a damp basement or near a water pipe.

Correct identification of Roaches is instrumental in the treatment of these pests.  Different treatments are used to eradicate different species.  It is important to have a professional diagnose your problem in order to treat for these pests accordingly.

At Eco Tech, we are committed to our earth-friendly organic line of pest treatments.  Call us today for a free consultation.  We can diagnose the type of Roach or other pest you may have and begin treatment immediately.  We also offer 24/7 emergency service throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area.  Give us a call today! 

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Cockroaches in Minnesota

Roaches, Part II – Types of Cockroaches in Minnesota

There are four (4) main types of Cockroaches that infest homes and buildings Minnesota.  They are: the German Cockroach, the American Cockroach, the brownbanded Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach.  Below are brief descriptions of two of these types.

The most common type of indoor Cockroach species in Minnesota is the German Cockroach.  The German Cockroach is about ½ inch long and brown or tan.  It has long antennae and two very dark vertical lines on its head.  The life span of a German Cockroach is approximately 6 ½ months.  This type of Roach has the highest reproductive rate of all Minnesota species.

The American Cockroach is usually found in the basements of restaurants and grocery stores.  The adult American Cockroach is approximately 1 ½ to 2 inches long and is reddish brown with long wings which span its body and long antennae.  The average life span of the American Cockroach is usually about 14 months.

Call Eco Tech today for a free consultation if you suspect a Roach infestation.  Our green approach to pest control through our line of earth-friendly organic products is the best solution for your pest control needs.  We have more than 15 years’ experience in identifying and treating Roach infestations.  Call today for a free consultation!

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Cockroaches in Minnesota

Roaches, Part I – Harm Caused by Roaches to Humans

From the diseases they carry and spread, to the difficulty in ridding your home or business of them, to the just plain “icky” factor upon seeing one, Roaches are among the most hated of pests.

Chances are that if you have seen one Roach, you have an infestation which should be handled immediately.  Cockroaches are known to carry E. coli, which can result in severe diarrhea, severe anemia, urinary tract infections or even kidney failure.  They are also known to carry Salmonella, which can lead to food poisoning, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever and nausea and/or vomiting.  Cockroaches may also sometimes carry such diseases as staphylococcus, streptococcus and even the polio virus.  Additionally, if you have a Cockroach infestation, the byproducts of the Roaches, such as Roach saliva, feces and skin are known sources of allergens.  These byproducts can also irritate asthma for asthma sufferers.

In addition to spreading disease by sampling food and travelling on flatware in a kitchen or over a countertop where food is served from, Cockroaches will eat almost anything.  They will feed on and live in furniture, book bindings, glue, electrical wiring, grease from a grease trap, newspaper, pet food, soap and even clothing.  Quite simply, a Cockroach will destroy anything in its path.

If you suspect you have Roach infestation, call the friendly experts at Eco Tech today for a free consultation.  Our green approach to pest control through our line of earth-friendly organic products is the best solution for your family’s pest control needs.  We have more than 15 years’ experience in eradicating Roach infestations.  Call today for a free consultation!

(763) 785.1414; (612) 237.8282; (952) 881.6662; (651) 633.8600

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Grubs, Part III – Damage and Attraction of Other Pests

Grub worms are among the most irritating of the spring and summer pests in Minnesota.  Not only do they cause significant damage to your lawn, plants and trees, but they also attract other problematic pests to your yard.

Grub worms will eat the roots of your lawn and flowers and plants, in addition to your trees, especially seedlings.  This can cause severely stunted growth to your plants, and eventually death.  You may see holes in the leaves of your trees or plants from the June Bugs’ night feedings.  This may also indicate a large grub population.  It is important to have your grub infestation diagnosed by Eco Tech before doing any new planting in your yard to ensure the health growth of your garden, trees or lawn.

Many unlikeable predators in Minnesota, such as mice, rats, shrews, gophers, moles, opossums and raccoons count grub worms among their favorite foods.  Because of this, these predators will be attracted to your yard and possibly tear it apart looking for their food.

Call your friendly Eco Tech representative today for a free consultation; we can begin our earth-friendly organic treatment of the pests immediately.  Eco Tech – your “green, clean pest control solution”.

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