Philadelphia’s Recent Invasive Insects: Weevils, Grasshoppers and Beetles
There are a couple of fairly new species of weevils and grasshoppers that have recently made Philadelphia their new home and are sure to make quite an impact on local vegetation and agriculture. The weevil was discovered in a shipment of pineapples imported from Costa Rica and the grasshopper from a Columbian shipment of plantains. Both insects are considered major pests and can do some serious damage. In addition to the weevil and the grasshopper, there were two species of beetle newly discovered as well; the leaf beetle and the seed beetle. Recent imports have been found to contain these uninvited guests and they are overstaying their welcome.
Weevil and Grasshopper Infestations
The Ampeloglypter Weevil prefers to feed on grapes and grape vines and can become difficult to get rid of. Although there are a wide variety of different species of weevils, they all destroy what they are attracted to. The female weevils lay their eggs inside of the plant tissue, making it difficult for the plant to survive. The Metaleptea Adspersa grasshopper is one of the more difficult insects to control due to its ability to be completely mobile. These grasshoppers lay their eggs in soil, around or near local vegetation. New grasshoppers are able to feed immediately on nearby plants.
Leaf Beetle and Seed Beetle Insects Diets
The leaf beetle is a common group of insects that attack landscape trees and shrubs. Leaf beetles feed on healthy mature trees, usually only causing aesthetic damage to the plant, however, if the tree they are feeding on is weak, the beetle has the capability to shorten the life of the tree. Given the right environment, these tree beetles can multiply in a short amount of time and inflict a significant amount of damage to local trees and other vegetation. Seed beetles are oval or seed shaped and lay their larvae in dried out seeds. The larvae develop and feed on the inside of the dried out seed. Seed beetles feed only on the seeds of plants and can do serious damage if not properly controlled.
If you notice any of these newly arriving guests in your garden, yard or on your property, contact PCT to locate and eliminate their presence. PCT technicians are skilled and experienced in the complete removal of harmful insects that destroy vegetation. Not only will PCT take care of these new insects that have arrived in Philly, but they will also take care of any other pest problems you are experiencing. Contact PCT for the highest quality of pest control service available.
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