Pests Common to Massachusetts

 

Cockroaches | Lady Bug (Asian Lady Beetle) | Stink Bug | Fruit Fly | Bed Bugs | Mice

 

If you see any insect or critter in your room or public location, please use the online Service Maintenance Request System to submit a service request. Be sure to provide as much information as possible about the situation. The request will be forwarded to Integrated Pest Management and they will respond within 48 hours. If you do not get services within this time frame, please call Facilities & Campus Services at (413) 545-6401. Be aware that Integrated Pest Management will not exterminate beneficial insects such as ladybugs.

 

 

Cockroaches

Pest description (and where to find them): 1/2 inch or larger, brown to black, long antennae with flattened body. Often seen at night.

Health Consideration: Proper prevention techniques go far in keeping roaches out of undesired areas. Keep food in air tight containers and removed trash regularly. They do not bite and are not poisonous, but do carry health risks.

Management: Bait can be placed to detect these pests. Contact Pest Control. Cockroaches can go weeks without food or water and will hide in your furniture and trash.

 

 

Lady bug (Asian Lady Beetle)

Pest description (and where to find them): Color variable, orange to red, some with spots, 1/4, round beetle, around windows, screen porches, typically on a sunny day in fall. 

 Health Considerations: These insects are not “equipped” to handle our winter weather and often seek indoor shelter. Though they cause no direct damage, they do cause allergic reactions and promote asthma in sensitive individuals as well as staining textiles with a yellow compound they release as a defense.

Management: Sweep up indoors and release outside. Seal up entry points to the space.

 

 

Stink Bug

During the transition from summer to fall, these pests are attempting to find an indoor spot to settle in for winter. These harmless insects make their way indoors through small cracks and crevices

Pest description (and where to find them): Dark-and-light-banded antennae, and alternating dark and light markings along the rear edge of its body. The adult is slightly longer than ½”.

Health Considerations: Although it does not bite people, it may release a foul odor when handled. They do not sting, suck blood, or spread diseases.

Management: They can be captured by mixing warm water and dish soap in a jar or cup. The bugs are attracted to the scent and will fall in but can’t swim. After a few days, dump the contents out and make a new cup. There is no pesticide to prevent stinkbugs.

 

 

Fruit Fly

Pest description (and where to find them): The adults are 3-4 mm in length, dull yellow-brown in color, and have dark bands or solid black present on their abdomen. Eyes are usually a distinctive bright red and they have 3-segmented antennae with a bristle-like appearance.

Health Considerations: Considered a nuisance pest, they are quite common indoors where fruit has started to go bad. Common anywhere food is kept.

Management: When possible, store fruit or vegetables in the refrigerator. Do not keep fruit or vegetables on counters for extended periods. Rinse cans and bottles for recycling.

 

 

Bed Bugs

Pest description (and where to find them): Bedbugs are quite small, averaging about 4 mm in length. They are oval shaped, have flattened bodies, and light brown coloration. Bedbugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts with internal stylets used for sucking blood. Nymphs share similar characteristics to the adult form. These bugs live in gaps and openings around in or around your bed. They are nocturnal feeders and leave behind dark spots on sheets or mattresses as they bite.

Health Considerations: Bedbug infestations are a public health concern as they are difficult to control and cause discomfort for most individuals who are bitten. They are quite the hitchhikers, and can travel on hosts, textiles, and other materials quite easily. Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases to humans, but their bites can cause local irritation or allergic reactions and can disrupt sleep and mental health.

Management: If you suspect you have bed bugs, report this immediately. Do not attempt to treat the situation yourself. Contact the Facility Service Center at 413-545-6401 to report this pest. Pest Control will evaluate and treat your room. Due to the way bedbugs travel, you SHOULD NOT move personal belongings out of your room. Leave items in place to avoid carrying the bedbugs with you.

Note* If you believe you have bed bugs, be vigilant when using shared laundry facilities. Transport items to be washed in plastic bags (if you have an active infestation, use a new bag for the journey home). Remove from the dryer directly into the bag and fold at home. (A dryer on high heat can kill bed bugs.)

 

 

Mice

Pest description (and where to find them): House mice are small rodents with relatively large ears and small, black eyes. They weigh about 1/2 ounce and usually are light brownish to gray. An adult is about 5 to 7 inches long, including the 3- to 4-inch tail. Droppings, fresh gnaw marks, and tracks indicate areas where mice are active. Mice are active mostly at night, but they can be seen occasionally during daylight hours.

Health Consideration: House mice consume and contaminate food meant for humans, pets, livestock, or other animals. In addition, they cause considerable damage to structures and property, and they can transmit diseases.

Management: To prevent rodent infestations, clean up food sources and close off pest entry points. Indoors, keep doors closed, remove trash, and vacuum all cracks and crevices from floor to ceiling. Mice only need 1/4 of an inch opening to get in. If you suspect mice in your space, call the Facilities Service Center at 413-545-6401.Pest Control will evaluate and set traps.

 

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