As the temperature outside drops, we cozy up inside our nice, warm houses. Unfortunately, so do insects and rodents.  Insects and other pests often will enter a home through an unsealed door, torn screen, crack in the foundation or walls. After entry the pest will inhabit a portion of your home and reproduce. After a pest has infested your home it can be very difficult to exterminate.
As the temperature outside drops, we cozy up inside our nice, warm houses. Unfortunately, so do insects and rodents. Insects and other pests often will enter a home through an unsealed door, torn screen, crack in the foundation or walls. After entry the pest will inhabit a portion of your home and reproduce. After a pest has infested your home it can be very difficult to exterminate.
Whether the invaders are as small as an ant or as big as a family of skunks, your best defense against pests is sealing off their entry points into your fortress. Sealing your house can solve many in home infestations.  To prevent these pest from entering your home specific measures can be taken to seal these entry points.
Whether the invaders are as small as an ant or as big as a family of skunks, your best defense against pests is sealing off their entry points into your fortress. Sealing your house can solve many in home infestations. To prevent these pest from entering your home specific measures can be taken to seal these entry points.
  • do

    • seal up cracks and crevices with sealant
    • screen entry points such as vents that open to exteriors
    • remove window air conditioning units
    • assess exterior lighting situation
    • apply insecticide outdoors around perimeter of building by mid-October
  • don't

    • wait to sweep or vacuum up insects
    • fog your entire home or building
    • fear that insects will reproduce indoors
    • worry about bringing outdoor potted plants indoors
    • forget to seal around external pipes leading into the home

Pest Control Services

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Assess Inspection

We will conduct a thorough inspection of your property, bring in state-of-the-art equipment.

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Implement Getting the Job Done

We will take care of identified problems and fill out a Pest Control Service Ticket.

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Monitor A Year-Round Solution

We will check for new pests while monitoring the status of previous treatments.

Running a hotel comes with many challenges. It can seem like every day something is breaking down or going wrong. Employees call out sick, and you have to jump through hoops to get their slots filled, or you're in search of a new employee and you can't seem to find the right person to fill the position. Technology breaks down and you have to get it fixed quickly to avoid complaints, or you're endlessly researching what upgrades you need to make in order to keep up with the ever-changing technology needs of your guests. You wear a lot of hats and deal with a lot of pressures. The last thing you need is a pest problem. Here are some common pests that frustrate the hotel industry in our Minnesota service area, and what you need to know to get them under control.

Cockroaches

Whether you serve food to your guests or not, cockroaches can take root and multiply in your hotel. These insects can compact their bodies and squeeze through tight gaps, scale walls at top speed, and run across ceilings. It is exceptionally hard to keep these resourceful insects out. Even if you seal every hole you can find in your exterior walls, cockroaches can still get in. The best way to fully exclude...

You wouldn’t know it by their size because carpenter ants are fairly small, but they can cause significant damage to your Nisswa home. They are able to damage any type of wood in which they nest, however, these little guys prefer moisture-damaged wood. Carpenter ants build colonies underground and can develop satellite nests as well, which make them difficult to get rid of. They get into homes through foundation cracks, attic vents, or any other crevice they can find. They nest in windows, hollow doors, wall voids and structural lumber. You may never see a carpenter ant as they go about their work, hidden inside the wood, so you may never know they are there until they have done enough damage to be noticed. They can also travel great distances from the colony or nest to forage for food that they can find readily available inside your kitchen and pantry.

Warning signs carpenter ants leave behind:

  • Piles of sawdust, feces, and dead insects beneath wooden items

  • Small exit holes in wood

  • Faint rustling sounds coming from wooden items

  • Large winged ants emerging from ceilings, walls, or other areas

If you see live ants of any kind or any of these signs in and around your home,...

Birds are pretty unique and beautiful creatures most of the time. It can be a lot of fun to watch the birds in flight as they soar through the air alone or in the formation of a V pattern as a flock. It can also be enjoyable to feed pigeons or ducks bread in the park. However, in some locations, birds of any kind can cause a number of problems, especially pigeons.

Pigeons in and around businesses are a serious problem for business owners in Medina. Pigeon droppings can be wet and slippery, and not only are the droppings disgusting to walk on, but their droppings can be extremely hazardous. The slippery surface will increase the probability of fall, which can potentially cause personal injury. It can also make a business appear very unattractive and tarnish its reputation. Not only that, pigeons can carry disease and transmit them to humans that result in harmful illnesses. They can also carry ticks, fleas, and mites that can also be harmful to humans. On occasion, birds have been known to cause damage to equipment by flying into air vents or other machinery, causing the machinery to break or malfunction, which can be very costly. All of these problems are not worth the risk of...

The first question is what are chiggers? Chiggers are the larvae of mites and are closely related to ticks. Chiggers can be found living in areas of moisture and vegetation across the world, including in Edina, Minnesota. Now, on to the second question; should you be concerned with chiggers? The answer to this question, unfortunately, is yes. Chiggers are parasitic pests that affect humans and can be very frustrating, but with the help of the Edina pest professionals at Adam’s Pest Control, you will learn more about chiggers and how to help prevent them from becoming a problem for you and your family.

Chiggers are tiny pests and are just about invisible to the naked eye. They are usually red in color, although some can be orange or yellowish. Chiggers are typically found living outside in areas of dense vegetation, in gardens, in wooded areas, and in the grasses found next to rivers, lakes, and ponds. The problem with chiggers begins when a person is walking through an infested area and come into contact with them. Once on your clothing, the chiggers will migrate to an area of skin. They can usually be found congregating behind knees, in armpits, around ankle areas, and in the...

A beautiful home and a beautiful lawn go together, that's why we work so hard to keep our lawns looking healthy and green. But it takes a lot of work to get that envied front-lawn look: hedge trimming, lawn mowing, mulch laying, flower planting, and more. And after all that hard work your lawn will be the envy of all your neighbors, so it is worth it, right? Well, nothing can ruin that work faster than voles and moles. There is nothing quite as frustrating as waking up to find dead brown veins running through your turfgrass or raised tunneling and dirt mounds.

What Are Voles?

A vole is a rodent that can be found throughout Eurasia and North America. It is usually brown or grey and ranges from 4 to 8 inches in length, depending on the species. It has a round snout and rat-like tail. Though it can burrow, it mostly travels above ground.

What Are Moles?

A mole is a burrowing mammal with a pointed snout, sharp claws, and short, hairless tail. It has a velvety coat that is usually gray. It prefers to be underground and loves the dark--but is not born blind as many people believe. It has the ability to see, though not very well.

What Damage Do Voles And Moles Do?

Both of these...

Carpenter ants are pests that are attracted to damp wood in your home. They burrow into your wood supports and beams to make their homes, which can cause damage to the structural integrity of your home. While in the grip of winter we are unlikely to have a run-in with carpenter ants, however, spring is just around the corner. Now is the time to take precautions to prevent the damage an infestation of carpenter ants can cause.

Carpenter ants are most active in the spring. They reproduce and thrive in warmer environments, building their nests in damp wood wherever they can find it. They can build their nests both indoors or outdoors, and typically have a main nest outdoors with satellite nests nearby. It can be hard at times to tell if there is a nest indoors or if carpenter ants have just entered a building looking for sugars or protein to feed on. Seeing them inside doesn’t necessarily indicate that there is an infestation or nest.

The exception would be if you see carpenter ants active indoors in the winter. This almost always means that there is a nest inside and that the conditions – warmth and dampness, were favorable for them to come out of dormancy. Seeing lots of winged...

While most homeowners have some knowledge about termites—usually through word-of-mouth—the majority of them actually have no clue just how hazardous termites can be. This is why pest control companies from across the United States team up with the National Pest Management Association for a whole week to focus on spreading awareness about termites. Termite Awareness Week’s aim is to inform homeowners on the detrimental damages that termites can cause to a home. It also acts as a way to teach consumers about the risk factors for a termite infestation and what to do to prevent one. While rare in Minnesota (compared to other parts of the United States), termite activity has been documented more frequently in several areas. If termites get a chance to infest your home, they won’t hesitate.

Termites might be small, but they are capable of causing homeowners big problems. Termites eat wood—preferably wood that has been previously damaged by water. They will feed on the wood until the point where it is essentially hollow. If this happens to the structural wood found in your home, it weakens the entire structure of your house and makes your home unsafe to live in. These repairs are not...

When you have flies flying around your house, you could probably care less about what type of fly it is. It's helpful to know, however, that there are big differences between the two most common flies that invade your home, and we are here to explain them.

House flies are gray with two distinct stripes on their face, large red eyes, and spongy mouthparts. The adult house fly varies in size from 1/8 to a 1/4 inch, whereas the larvae or maggots range from 1/4 to 3/8 inch. Maggots are cream colored and look like fat short corrugated worms with one tapered end. House flies in any form are disgusting, as they feed and breed in rotten food and garbage. They thrive in unsanitary conditions and are carriers of disease organisms. They are known to be responsible for salmonella, E. coli, and food poisoning. These flies get inside homes through torn screens, cracks in window and door frames, and crevices in walls and foundations. They can be hard to get rid of, and can be a problem throughout the year if given the chance to settle in and lay eggs.

Fruit flies are tiny beige flies with black rings, possess red or dark eyes, and are about a 1/8 inch plus or minus depending on the type....

Ever heard of a powder post beetle? Sounds like a strange name for an insect, that’s for sure. And, when it comes to wood-destroying pests, termites and carpenter ants get all of the credit, but these strange little powder post beetles can also do quite a bit of harm as well. 

Powder post beetles are wood destroying pests, and get their name from the fine “powder” that they create while they bore into wood products. The “powder” is called frass, and it is a combination of their feces and the sawdust that they leave behind. There are three different types, some of which feed on dead and dried hardwood, others aren’t discriminatory and will feed on both hard and soft woods. In any case, no wood is safe when powder post beetles are around. Each type is slightly different looking, but will be a reddish-brown to black and around 1/8" to 3/8” long. They have cylindrical bodies with antennae. The larvae are a creamy white c shape and measure 1/8” or a little larger. The only sign of these beetles you may see if you have an infestation is the adults emerging from the wood through multiple small circular exit holes. 

It is actually in their larval stage that powder post beetles can do...

We’re given warnings all the time in our every day lives about this or that, and from this source or that source, and we’ve gotten to be experts at ignoring those warnings. We see our check engine light come on and dismiss it as a loose gas cap. We hear a rattle in the furnace and close our eyes and write it off to the pipes expanding. But there are some warning signs we should never ignore, including those tell-tale signs that bed bugs leave behind.

Bed bugs are really good at hiding and avoiding detection but there are several noticeable warning signs that you may have bed bugs:

  1. Often the first signs we see of bed bugs are bites and welts on our skin. However, bites don’t always mean bed bugs as many insect bites, including mosquitoes, look similar to bed bug bites. If you do see bites take it as a warning and look for other signs of bed bugs. 

  2. Small brown spots or stains on a mattress can indicate that bed bugs have been feasting on a human victim and have left blood stains or their feces behind.  

  3. Bed bugs also go through stages of growth and shed their exoskeleton multiple times. You might find the discarded skins in the corners or seams of your mattress, behind the...

As soon as the weather starts to turn cold, you can bet that woodland critters, including mice, will start looking for a cozy place to call home for the winter. Unfortunately, that home might already be occupied – by you! Mice are considered cute by some, but they can cause a myriad of structural and health problems if they take up residence in your home. Even if you wish you had one for a pet, you don’t want mice living in your walls, attic or cabinets spreading disease and making a mess.

When mice enter your home, it’s usually for two reasons: to seek shelter and to find food. They can squeeze into the tiniest of places and look for secluded areas to build their nests and hide. Mice chew through materials such as cardboard, wood, particle board, insulation, and even wires as well as through food containers. They leave their droppings wherever they go, thus contaminating the areas they inhabit. Mice and mice droppings can carry diseases that are harmful to humans.

Many times the first indication that you have a mouse problem is by spotting their droppings. Mouse droppings are usually around the size of a broken pencil tip but can be tiny like a poppy seed if you have baby mice...

One thing you probably already know is how creepy centipedes are. They look like they came straight out of a horror movie! However, did you know:

  1. Centipedes do not have 100 legs even though their name means “one hundred legs”. They can up to 171 pairs of legs down to as few as 15 pairs, of which are always an odd number of pairs. Each pair of legs is attached to its own body segment, unlike millipedes that have 2 pairs of legs per segment. Centipedes first set of legs are used to paralyze their prey by injecting them with venom.

  2. Centipedes are predators. They will catch other insects, mollusks, annelids, and even others of their own type. Tropical species of centipede are larger and can consume small birds and frogs. In any case, centipedes wrap themselves around their prey, inject venom to subdue them, then consume them.

  3. Centipedes are able to live for many years, usually 2-3, but can live longer than 5. They are extremely hardy and can grow and molt continuously throughout their life. They are known to regenerate legs in case they need to escape a predator by giving up a few legs in the process.

  4. Centipedes are built for speed. They can outrun most predators, and move...

The first question we would like to answer about earwigs is: "What are earwigs?" Well, earwigs are those creepy looking elongated insects that like to hang out in moist areas of a home. They are beetle-like, fast-moving creatures which are about 1/2 to 1 inch in length and dark brown in color. They have 2 antennae, 6 legs, 3 body parts and, at the end of their abdomens, a set of formidable looking pincers. They also have a set of membranous wings that are folded underneath a pair of forewings.

The second glaring question many people ask about earwigs is, "Do they really crawl into people's ears and lay eggs?" The answer to this question is a resounding, no. Earwigs do not do this. Neither do they burrow into people's brains, become attached, and eventually drive their host to madness and/or death. While it IS possible for an earwig to crawl into a person's ear, and, doubtless, this has happened from time to time, they are otherwise harmless to humans.

Another common earwig question that we hear is, "Can earwigs fly?" Again, the answer to this one is no. Earwigs can't fly, any more than pigs can. But they are capable of crawling anywhere they need to go and, if they get into...

If you own a restaurant, we don't need to explain the benefits of commercial pest control. When cockroaches, rodents, flies, and other illness-spreading pests plague a restaurant, they do more than scare customers away, they can lead to failed health inspections and a closure of a business. If you own or manage a store that has groceries, we don't have to tell you how important insect light traps are. You know they are the frontline defense against flies. But pest control isn't always so obvious. There are many subtle ways a business can benefit from ongoing commercial pest control. Here are few examples.

Customer Retention

When pests appear, customers take notice. There are many ways pests can impact your customers. Some are as obvious as the examples above. When a cockroach runs across a table in a retail store, it is going to reduce the satisfaction of any customer who sees it. When bed bugs are found in a daycare, parents are going to be quick to take their children out. But some pest issues are subtle. If you have birds nesting on your ledges and leaving droppings on your property, it could be enough to drive some customers away.

Fewer Bad Reviews

We live in an age of...

When we think of fruit flies, we picture harmless little insects that gather and circle around ripe fruit. They are a complete nuisance to humans as they hover over items that are left out, like fruit and vegetable bowls, juice cups, damp mops, and trash cans. Outside fruit flies are found around compost piles, decaying gardens, and garbage sources. They can be a year-round problem but are most common in summer and fall. The reason they can stick around all year is that they can breed inside drains where they reproduce rapidly and in huge numbers.

Are these tiny little insects any more than a nuisance? Actually, they are more than a simple annoyance. There are hidden dangers that most people are unaware of, that make these tiny little fruit flies a human health hazard. Dangerous bacteria and other germs can stick to their hairy bodies, that can get on our food or hands and spread illnesses that cause health problems, especially diarrhea.

In order to prevent illness from fruit flies, you should wash your hands after coming into contact with fruit flies. We also suggest that you don’t swat at them or try to kill them with your hands. In addition, if fruits and vegetables have...

Bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs. They move from one place of infestation to the next by laying their eggs in the items we carry, or by climbing into those items. This makes them impossible to keep out of a home because they act like a Trojan horse, crossing the barrier made by standard pest control services. A bed bug heat chamber is a pest control measure that targets bed bugs and works to prevent infestations from taking root.

As you are probably aware, heat kills bed bugs. It is most often used as a treatment option after bed bugs are discovered. Portable heat units are brought into a residence or business and used to raise the temperature of the structure to a constant level of heat that is enough to exterminate bed bugs. This is a highly effective and completely eco-friendly method for arresting bed bug infestations. But it doesn't stop bed bugs "before" they infest.

Since bed bugs travel in the items we carry, treating "suspected" items before they are brought into our homes or businesses is the only way to prevent a bed bug infestation from taking root. While other pest control companies do routine inspections to catch infestations before they grow, we've gone one step...

Do you have household pests that keep appearing? Do overwintering pests crawl in your curtains in the fall and winter? Are rodents leaving droppings in the backs of your drawers and cabinets every now and then? Is the occasional cockroach something you've been living with? No home is better with pests. Bugs and rodents aren't just annoying, they can damage your belongings, eat away at the equity in your home, bite, sting, and make you sick. But, you don't have to live with them. Here's how you can get pest-free in the new year.

Reduction

The secret to having a pest-free home is creating the conditions outside your home that reduce the chances that bugs, rodents, and other animals will get in.

  • If you have fewer pests next to your home, you'll have fewer pests exploring your home for entry points to exploit.

  • Moisture lures many bugs in close to your exterior walls. Fix gutters, leaky spigots, compacted soil, excessive shade, and other conditions that let water collect.

  • Many insects are attracted to light. Drawing your curtains at night and keeping your exterior lights off, will reduce insects.

  • Reducing one pest helps to reduce others. For example: when you have fewer...

With the cold season upon us, a growing number of pests are frantically looking to survive, which means seeking out shelter, food, and water. As a result, homeowners are under invasion as these winter pests make their way indoors. The most common winter invaders are mice, rats, spiders, and stink bugs.

Mice - A mouse can act like a contortionist, squeezing and bending their bodies to get into houses through openings as small as 1/4 of an inch. Once inside mice reproduce quickly, and before you know it - your house can be overrun with mice. Not only are they destructive to property, building nests and chewing on wood and furniture, but mice present a health hazard through their bites, urine, and feces.

Rats - Slightly larger than the common house mouse, rats are rodents that destroy property by chewing electrical wires and building nests in walls and under appliances and leave a trail of potentially hazardous excrement. Both mice and rats thrive in the many nooks and unused spaces a house offers for nesting.

Spiders - While spiders are often thought of as beneficial pests because they eat other household pests, most people don’t want to share their homes with a bunch of creepy,...

If boxelder bugs are visiting your property, you're likely to notice it. These bugs come by the hundreds, and even thousands. When they do, they cling to walls, congregate on sills, and cover screens. And, when they get inside, it is even more noticeable. Let's take a look at these bugs up close and personal and discuss ways you can deal with them.

What do boxelder bugs look like?

The boxelder bug is a flat, elongate-oval shape with six legs, two long antennae, and wings. An adult is a mixture of black and reddish coloration. An immature nymph has more red in its color. These insects grow to be around 1/2 an inch in length.

What threat are boxelder bugs?

When boxelder bugs get into a home they can use their piercing-sucking mouthparts to puncture the skin and leave red bumps. They can also stain drapes, curtains, tapestries, upholstered furniture, clothing, and other fabrics with their reddish-orange droppings.

Why are boxelder bugs trying to get in?

These insects feed on the developing seeds of boxelder trees. If you have these trees in your yard, it is likely that you'll have boxelder bugs. They are also known to feed on various plants, maple trees, ash trees, and fruit. But...

Christmas dinner with family and friends is coming quickly upon us. All of the planning, cooking, baking, and organizing that goes into making it the best Christmas dinner ever can be exhausting. You want everything to go smoothly, and you haven’t seen any cockroaches in your home for awhile, but what if someone sees a cockroach scurrying across the table or worse the kitchen counter? Well, it could happen and that would ruin the wonderful Christmas dinner entirely. Cockroaches are the most despicable insect out there, not only are they creepy, but they are extremely unsanitary. They can potentially carry bacteria and viruses on their bodies as well as in their feces. These bacteria and viruses can cause some serious health problems as well as diarrhea and dysentery. Elderly people and young children are especially at risk for asthma problems due to cockroaches shed skin and dried feces.

In order to prevent these nasty bugs from ruining your holiday gatherings, you will need to uninvite them to your Christmas dinner by making your home inaccessible and unattractive to them.

  • Seal up possible entryways by filling in cracks in your exterior walls and foundation

  • Reinforce seals...

Now that the temperature has started to drop, many people will turn their attention away from pests like mosquitoes and termites. Their focus will be on other pests like mice and other winter pests and the problems that they pose as they enter homes for the colder months. In all likelihood, it is probably safe to say you can put down your guard for mosquitoes. Termites, on the other hand, are quite a different story.

Termites can remain active during the winter months by going deeper underground or inside your temperature controlled home when it is cold outside. Their tunnels will be dug deeper into the ground to forage for food sources, and some may forage closer to their nesting areas. In any event, they will remain somewhat active by accessing warmth near or inside homes where they have access to food and moisture. Termite egg production will become less and you won’t see any swarming during those cold months either. However, if termites are present in your home, they still can do some damage.

Here are some warning signs that termites are active and living in your home:

  • Discolored drywall that may be droopy, this may include paint that is peeling that may look like water...

Centipedes are disturbing. Wouldn't you agree? Those creepy crawly creatures are fast-moving, predatory, venomous and terrestrial arthropods with very long bodies and many jointed legs. And they can scare the wits out of most people, especially if one suddenly slithers out from under a bathtub as they're stepping out.

Centipedes are from the class Chilopoda. The name centipede means "100 legs." But this can be somewhat misleading since these creatures can have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs. The long body of a centipede is flat and segmented, and each segment contains one pair of legs.

Although centipedes are scary looking, alien-like creatures, they actually pose very little harm to humans. However, this fact does little to calm the heart of a person who is easily startled. No matter how harmless they may be, they are simply no fun to have around. So, today we will focus on why centipedes enter our homes, how to prevent them from entering, and take a look at one very easy way to deal with a centipede problem.

What Makes Homes Attractive To Centipedes?

Centipedes are moisture pests. If you have moisture issues around your perimeter, centipedes will be attracted to your...

It’s common to see more spiders in our homes during the winter months. Many people believe this is due to arachnids coming inside for shelter from the cold, but sometimes these spiders have been in your home all year long and you’re just starting to see them now as male spiders come out of their hiding places in search of a mate. Spiders are quite good at staying out of sight, but if you're seeing spiders in your home there's a good chance that there are quite a few, as well as some other creatures that they use as a food source. In any case, though they are often more help than they are harmful, spiders belong outdoors, and they won't go away if you leave them alone.

How to Prevent Spiders

Spiders are actually quite sensitive creatures and will respond quickly to changes in their environment. They will abandon their territory if they feel threatened, and are always on the lookout for a prime place to hunt or build a web, depending on the type. Preventing spiders may be as easy as using these amazing creatures' sensitivity against them. Some people swear by scents as a major spider repellent. Lemon, cinnamon, and eucalyptus may all be used in a spray solution to try and deter...

Every winter, during the holiday season, something not-so-magical happens. Animals that are usually content to stay outside of our homes, find a way inside. They do this because our homes are much cozier than a log, cave, or hole. And, when it comes to winter wildlife threats, there are two creatures that many people don't take seriously, though they should. We're going to focus on these two animals in today's article.

When you see squirrels and chipmunks playing around in your yard, what do you do? Do you run to the internet and look for ways to make your yard less attractive to them? Do you immediately search for food sources in your yard and get rid of them? Do you spend hours examining your exterior walls and sealing any gaps, cracks, or holes you see so that these two critters don't get in? If you're like most people, you don't.

2 Reasons Most People Don't Worry About Squirrels And Chipmunks

  • They don't think they're a common household pest. Would you agree? If you do, you're partly right. Most of the time, these two aren't interested in getting into your home. But, if conditions outside are unfavorable, or access to your home is easy, they will. That is why it is...

The kick-off of the holiday season is just around the corner. Thanksgiving is that time of year that brings exquisite joy as we spend time with our loved ones and focus on what is truly important. Many homeowners will pack up and start heading to visit their families, with the prospect of getting away a tantalizing thought. Of course, locking all entry points, finding someone to look after the dog, and constantly wondering if you accidentally left the oven on can wear on you a bit, but you would think that as soon as you hop on that plane or start your road trip to where you are headed that you'll be able to find relief and begin to relax. Sorry to say this…but no. Now, you have to start thinking about protecting you, your family, and your belongings from potential bed bug infestations. Whether you are staying with family or at a hotel, you never know when you will come across bed bugs, and it’s important to know what to look for and how to deal with them.

Bed bugs are most commonly found in the seams of mattresses, in the coils and frame of the box spring, and along bed framing—hence the name bed bug. It's important, however, to remember that bed bugs can also exist in...

Earwigs are common insects in the United States, and you've probably seen them before and know how creepy looking they are. They have long skinny bodies with long antennae that come from the head and ominous looking pincers located on the end of the abdomen. They can give people quite a scare when found inside a home and they have a bad reputation. Lots of things have been said about them, but the myths people fear most are simply not true, and earwigs are not the danger they appear to be.

The name earwig came from the Old English form of “ear” and a similar word “wicga” that means “beetle”. The most common myth or old wives’ tale regarding earwigs, and the one that makes you squirm just thinking about it, is that earwigs can burrow into a human brain through their ear, where they will lay their eggs. While it is true that earwigs prefer warm, humid hiding places, it is not true that they crawl into ears. It would be nearly impossible for an insect to get past the thick bone in your ear canal, and besides this earwigs are quite comfortingly skittish of even being uncovered in their hiding places, much less being near humans. More likely part of the name “ear” came from the fact...

It's that time of year again. The kids are back in school, the temperatures are rising and falling drastically every day, and lice are taking advantage of all those discarded winter hats to spread wherever they can. Lice is an infestation that, while far less damaging than some other insect encroachments, is often viewed as much more horrible, mainly because lice want to live not merely in people's houses, but on the people themselves. Lice are tiny creatures that lay even tinier eggs, but having them can be very irritating, as their bites itch acutely.

Preventing the spread of lice is all about vigilance and good habits. Rule number one: Don't let your kids share hats and other clothing. Normally we encourage sharing, but in this case, your child's classmate's caregiver will not appreciate it, and neither will you if you're on the receiving end. Practicing good hygiene is another simple step to decrease the chance of lice infestation, and being aware of shared spaces and furniture when lice are going around is also a wise practice.

But what if the lice are already here? How can I tell? The first indication will likely be the most obvious. If you realize that you've been quite...

We've all heard of the industrious nature of ants. We see their foraging paths and step on the little hills they make on the edge of the driveway. One of the most industrious kinds of ants is the carpenter ant, and as much as we might admire their efforts, these pests are certainly not a welcome sight in the house. Perhaps you've seen the damage that carpenter ants can do, or maybe you're just worried for the safety of your home, but either way it's important to remember that cold weather does not necessarily mean a break from the battle to keep out pests. In fact, winter is an ideal time for carpenter ants to gain a foothold in your home.

First, it's important to ensure that carpenter ants are truly what you're dealing with. Many species of ants share the black and dark red coloring of carpenter ants, but not many in the Minnesota area will reach the size of carpenter ants, whose workers are normally 3/8" to 5/8" in length. House ants will look to find a convenient corner under storage or in a box, or find a spot inside your walls to call home, but carpenter ants will use the wood in your house to build their galleries (nests) in. Carpenter ants don't actually eat wood, so an...

Chipmunks are one of those animals that many Minnesota homeowners think are cute. Unlike mice and other rodents, chipmunks don’t give us a creepy feeling. It can be fun to watch chipmunks play in the trees outside or watch them hunt for seeds leftover from our bird feeders. This all sounds great in theory and it can be hard to picture chipmunks being anything other than cute, however, this isn’t always the case. Unfortunately, chipmunks can become a huge problem if they make their way into your home, garage, or any building on your property. Although we don’t like to classify them as rodents (they’re just so cute!) their rodent-like instincts become clear once they get into buildings. They will chew on wires, insulation, sheetrock and stored items. The fact that they chew on wires causes them to quickly go from “cute chipmunk” to fire hazard. They may ruin stored items and insulation by leaving behind urine and feces. On top of all of this, they are likely to be carrying parasites and other diseases into your home that could be dangerous to you and your family.

It’s okay if you think chipmunks are cute and would like to continue to enjoy watching them play amongst your yard....

Squirrels are adorable mischievous pests. How cute are they as they gather up acorns and crack them open. They can be quite entertaining as they scurry about, playing and jumping from tree to tree.

But, when they get into homes, they are anything but fun. They can cause many a sleepless night, as they scratch at walls, run around attics and wreak havoc. Not to mention the damage that they can cause. Squirrels are known for sneaking into homes through the smallest of holes, through damaged areas or any type of small gap. They will chew their way through and once they get in often times they can’t get back out. They will proceed to cause some serious damage by chewing on insulation and electrical wires, they will make their nests and leave their urine and feces wherever they go. In any case, whether it’s the noise, the damage or the odor, the squirrels have to go. A professional pest control company with a wildlife management division can help you gain control of your squirrel problems.

Prevention is the best way to deal with pests of any kind, and squirrels are no different. You will need to close or seal up any potential entry points. You will need steel screening and flashing...