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Old 06-11-2021, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Walking sticks seem to love my house. I find them all around, alive.....and dead.

The dead ones are like on the front porch. I brush the dead and twitching off into the grass with my boot but find more the next day.

What is causing such a demise? My best guess is that it is the perimeter insecticide that ABC sprays for my house in the Texas Hill Country. Bugs, you are free on my 10 acre ranch but please keep out of the house.

But....there is reason to suspect other things, such as the katydids and daddy long legs up in the corners around the house.

Are they falling prey to wasps, black widows, or scorpions? Certainly have those guys around. Or is this something in their mating rituals, a glorious one night stand for the bachelors but then.........
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Old 06-11-2021, 02:10 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Walking sticks seem to love my house. I find them all around, alive.....and dead.

The dead ones are like on the front porch. I brush the dead and twitching off into the grass with my boot but find more the next day.

What is causing such a demise? My best guess is that it is the perimeter insecticide that ABC sprays for my house in the Texas Hill Country. Bugs, you are free on my 10 acre ranch but please keep out of the house.

But....there is reason to suspect other things, such as the katydids and daddy long legs up in the corners around the house.

Are they falling prey to wasps, black widows, or scorpions? Certainly have those guys around. Or is this something in their mating rituals, a glorious one night stand for the bachelors but then.........
Most likely the pesticide residue. How often do they spray and how long does the chemical persist? IIRC the katydids native to the US aren't insect predators. A black widow would most likely go for one but it would probably be one she snagged in her web. I doubt you'd be seeing multiple dying phasmids because of scorpion bites.
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Old 06-11-2021, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte FL
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if you still got wasps, black widows, or scorpions around, ya better get a new exterminator..
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Old 06-11-2021, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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if you still got wasps, black widows, or scorpions around, ya better get a new exterminator..
They don't get in the house.


As far as the walking sticks, I don't know. They spray all around the house and the ones on the back porch do fine. Even found two out there mating this evening......maybe. Some of them are green when before I have been seeing brown and.....maybe there are molting and I am just seeing husks. I don't know.
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Old 06-12-2021, 01:04 PM
 
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I had a terrible thought. What if those are just sticks you are seeing?
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Old 06-14-2021, 07:50 AM
 
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It's almost certainly the pesticides. The pesticides are most likely also taking a toll on some of the birds in your area. They too often eat the pesticide-laden insects and become the unintended casualties of the pesticides.
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Old 06-14-2021, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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It's almost certainly the pesticides. The pesticides are most likely also taking a toll on some of the birds in your area. They too often eat the pesticide-laden insects and become the unintended casualties of the pesticides.
On that matter, it is unfortunate.....but I don't know what else to do.

A and B....and no puns intended. A: I live in the country, surrounded by forest, and if I don't have a pest control service, all sorts of nasties get in the house, such as ants, scorpions, wasps, squirrels, mice, black widows, and so forth.

B: I use a professional alphabet service for multiple reasons but one of them being them using specific poisons as oppose to an across the board, broad spectrum type (which my yard man says is the way to go, that I am throwing away my money on the service).

And then, there is C......The ranch house is contained in the first 2 acres of the ranch. The house is sprayed, grass is cut around the footprint but after that, the ranch is wild land for the animals.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:07 AM
 
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On that matter, it is unfortunate.....but I don't know what else to do.

A and B....and no puns intended. A: I live in the country, surrounded by forest, and if I don't have a pest control service, all sorts of nasties get in the house, such as ants, scorpions, wasps, squirrels, mice, black widows, and so forth.

B: I use a professional alphabet service for multiple reasons but one of them being them using specific poisons as oppose to an across the board, broad spectrum type (which my yard man says is the way to go, that I am throwing away my money on the service).

And then, there is C......The ranch house is contained in the first 2 acres of the ranch. The house is sprayed, grass is cut around the footprint but after that, the ranch is wild land for the animals.
Have to disagree with your yardman in that I don't believe that you're wasting your money.

While there are specific poisons for rats, squirrels, and gophers, I'm pretty sure that whatever your pest control service uses is a broad spectrum insecticide that will kill various crawling spiders and insects.

There may be a misunderstanding in the communications between your service, you, and your yardman regarding the materials used and what the target pests are.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Have to disagree with your yardman in that I don't believe that you're wasting your money.

While there are specific poisons for rats, squirrels, and gophers, I'm pretty sure that whatever your pest control service uses is a broad spectrum insecticide that will kill various crawling spiders and insects.

There may be a misunderstanding in the communications between your service, you, and your yardman regarding the materials used and what the target pests are.

I don't think so either. There are a few things we disagree on as it goes.


It is still a little confusing because while they are dying (or at least there are husks) on the front porch and garage apron, they aren't on the back porch and in either location, both the katydids and daddy long legs are fine.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:56 AM
 
Location: In The South
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i had a terrible thought. What if those are just sticks you are seeing? :d
Hahahaha!
Sorry, Tamara, but I laughed out loud at this!
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