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For Halloween, Connecticut's Scariest Pests of 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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Halloween celebrates a lot of scary things, ghosts, zombies, vampires, and more. With Halloween comes colder temperatures and a lot of the scarier insects disappear for the winter. When spring comes, these insects will be back with a vengeance. For our Halloween article, we are going to take a look at some of the scariest pests that have been plaguing Connecticut in 2019. 
Ticks: Connecticut has seen an increase in tick borne diseases in the past few years and we are also seeing new tick diseases come into the state. Ticks are dangerous to animals and humans because of the diseases they carry. Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis are just a few that are transmissible to humans and their pets. To protect yourself against ticks, wear repellent try to stay out of tick prone areas. This can be difficult if you are a landscaper or something similar. Wearing long pants and shirts helps, as does wearing light colored clothes because ticks are easier to spot that way.


Mosquitoes: There were several cases of Equine Eastern Encephalitis in Connecticut this year. These were all caused by bites from infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are often considered one of the most dangerous pests in the world. Triple E is one of several diseases that they cause. Malaria is significant danger in sub-tropical climates where there are thousands of cases yearly. Zika was a large epidemic in 2016 and that was caused by mosquitoes as well. Mosquitoes are active in spring, summer, and fall so protect yourself by wearing repellent and not going out after dusk in mosquito prone areas.


The Spotted Lanternfly: This invasive species just recently moved itself into Connecticut. This large moth like insect made its way into to the Unites States from a shipment for Asia to Pennsylvania in 2012. These insects are a significant danger to CT’s trees and agriculture. Fruit trees are especially vulnerable. The Lanternfly also reproduces at an alarming rate. The DEP is closely monitoring the spread of The Spotted Lanternfly. Sightings should be immediately reported to them. 


The Emerald Ash Borer: This invasive pest was originally found in Connecticut in 2012. Since then this beetle has caused the death of thousands of ash trees across the state. The larvae of the beetles are the ones that cause the damage. The eggs are laid within the tree eat the inside of the tree while growing into mature beetles. The Ash Borer continues to be a threat in 2019. Sightings should be immediately reported to the Connecticut DEP.

 

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