As if homeowners, farmers and gardeners don’t have enough to deal with from native born pest species. There are a host of invasive pests that have chosen to make their homes in countries where natural controls don’t exist. These bad bugs can truly devastate entire native populations of plants, trees, animals and other insects, Rat Exterminator Houston and leave destruction in their wake.

In a world where every place is readily accessible by every other place, controlling the transference of alien insects is becoming increasingly difficult. And one of these species can be well established before anyone is aware of their presence, or how they got there. They represent a real challenge for all of us in the future. Here is a list of some of them along with their descriptions.

Asian tiger mosquito – gets it name from the black and white stripes that cover its body and legs. This mosquito was originally found in Houston, TX, in 1985 in a shipment of used tires. It has subsequently invaded many other southern states and has made it’s way as far north as New Jersey. It tends to be more aggressive than most native mosquitoes, and it feeds during the day rather than night. Like other types, the female is the one who bites humans, and these particular mosquitoes are more successful than most at it. Because it bites so quickly, it is able to elude most attempts to swat it. Also, they will lay their eggs near any open container of water but unlike other species, not directly in water. They are becoming an increasingly problematic pest for humans who live within their range.

Asian longhorned beetle – has become one of the most serious threats to American hardwood trees. They have been known to most often attack chestnuts, maples, elms, willows and poplars, and can kill even healthy trees. They are woodborers, feeding on both the sapwood and the heartwood of the trees that they attack. The Asian longhorned beetle is about an inch long, black with white markings, and has 2 very long antennae on its head. The antennae are longer than the bug’s body. These large, bullet-shaped insects also have elongated feet and the top surface is a bluish color. They have no natural enemies in the U.S., and therefore have the potential to cause billions of dollars in damage to the nation’s hardwood lumber industry, and other related industries. Female beetles chew through a tree’s bark and lay their eggs underneath. When the immature beetles hatch, they will chew farther into the tree to feed on living tissue. This interrupts the trees food supply, which ultimately starves it to death. Upon reaching maturity, the adults chew their way back out to start the cycle again. Currently the only control for these beetles is to cut down and destroy all infested trees.