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.

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.

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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...

You can feel it when you first wake up in the morning and as you are falling asleep at night, there is a chill in the air! Weekends spent enjoying the warm sunny weather of summer with family and friends are over and it is time to get down to business, the business of getting your home ready for the late fall and winter seasons. There are probably many things listed on your fall to-do-list: split and stack firewood, take out the air-conditioner, replace screens with storm windows, rake the leaves that have fallen onto your lawn, and bring in the patio furniture and outdoor plants. But as you are battening down the hatches and getting your home and property ready for fall don’t forget to add pest prevention to your list. Just like we tend to spend more time inside to get out of the cold snowy weather, pests do too. When the weather begins to cool in the fall it triggers many insects and rodents to seek indoor shelter to overwinter inside of. Don’t let your home become home to mice, ladybugs, boxelder bugs, stink bugs, spiders, ants, and more this winter, take the time now to winterize your home against pests!

Fall Pest Prevention Tips:

  • Woodpiles, gardens, and debris - Make sure...

Have you ever heard of the play, The Taming of the Shrew? If so, then you may have the idea that shrews need to be "tamed." The fact is, many people don't know what a shrew is or, perhaps more importantly, why they might need to be tamed. Are shrews violent, dangerous creatures? Hopefully, this article will shed some light on what shrews are, the problems they may cause, and what to do if they become pests on your property.

A shrew is a tiny, mouse-sized animal that looks like a rodent but is not. These cute little critters with their short, gray fur and their elongated snouts actually belong to the insectivore family and are one of the smallest mammal species on the planet. Shrews have a dense, uniformly-colored coat, tiny eyes, and five clawed toes on each foot. Often mistaken for mice, shrews only reach three to four inches in length (including the length of their tails) and weigh only a mere one to two ounces.

Since their diet consists of insects, shrews are generally happy to live in the wild. However, once winter arrives, they sometimes seek the shelter of garages and sheds and other outbuildings, or even basements.

Ways to tell these animals apart from mice is that their...

Mice are small and cute, but, who wants these pests living with them? Most of us do not like seeing mice in the pet store, let alone seeing them scurry across the kitchen floor at night as you are grabbing a late night snack. Here are some more reasons you do not want to share an environment with these dirty, dangerous pests.

Why You Don’t Want Mice in Your Home

Mice are a threat to your physical structure and your family’s health. Mice chew and gnaw to gain access to small places and to build nests in hidden areas. When mice chew, they don’t discriminate. Mice will chew on paper, fabric, drywall, and wires. When that happens, it can quickly become a fire hazard. Unfortunately, one spark could cause your home to go up in flames, along with equity built, family memories and other valuables.

Mice are also a health hazard. Mice carry diseases, and you don’t have to be in direct contact or be bitten by a mouse to be in danger. Mice feces and urine carry disease. Sweeping feces up on your floor can actually release a plume of dangerous diseases into the air.

Why do Mice Enter Homes in the Fall

Mice enter your home in the fall because it is the best place to raise a family and...

It’s fall, which means you can find just about anything flavored with pumpkin spice and boxelder bugs and multi-colored Asian lady beetles trying to get inside your home.  While most of us love a good cup of coffee with a hint of that Autumn flavor, we have no love for these fall invaders.  Read on to discover what these fall pests have in common, why you don’t want them in your home, and what you can do about it.

What is a boxelder bug?

The boxelder bug has a striking appearance. It’s vibrant design and bold colors are obvious to the naked eye. The boxelder bug is black in color, and it has red or orangish lines that run along the sides and the thorax. The wings of the bug are flat and the same color as the lines on the body. The boxelder bug is between 11 and 14 mm long. Adult boxelder bugs live and breed on boxelder tree leaves. This is also where they feed and extract juices.

What is a MCALB?

The multi-colored Asian lady beetle is a bug with which you are familiar. It’s a ladybug, but a little bigger than the native ones. The Asian lady beetle is native to Asia and was first introduced to the US as a way to control aphids and other insects that damage crops. The lady beetle...

Reading the title alone reveals one thing you already don’t know about multi-colored Asian lady beetles (MCALB). What are they? You know these little creatures, but you don’t even know it. Another name for the multi-colored Asian lady beetle is lady bug, and there is more to them than meets the eye. Here are the top 3 things you don’t know about these beetles.

1. They aren’t very lady like

The multi-colored Asian lady beetle is not as “tame” as the traditional lady bug. This species is more aggressive. The MCALB gets feisty when in a large group. Large swarms of these bugs can swarm areas and resort to biting when they are on the hunt for shelter in the fall and winter months. If they target your home, they will stop at nothing to make sure you share the space.

2. They are not native lady bugs

The multicolored Asian lady beetle is not native to Minnesota or the United States. People often confuse them with the native lady bug, but they are slightly different. The multi-colored Asian lady beetle was first brought to the United States in the early 1900's. The new species was introduced to control devastating pest populations that attacked American crops. The beetle’s job was to...

If you were around in the 1960s, you probably remember the beatle invasion. If you have been around since last year, you may remember the beetle invasion. Unlike the phenomenon that was The Beatles, the insects known as beetles are a phenomenon every year. And, they're not alone in their ability to amaze and astound us. Beetles are just one of many invaders that may appear in your Minneapolis or St. Paul home this fall and stick around for winter. Like magic, they will appear in your curtains, on your walls, on your window sills, and more. If you live in the Twin Cities, here are a few facts you should know about fall pests.

Fact 1: Most overwintering pests are just using your home to escape the cold.

Boxelder bugs live on boxelder trees, in general, and get their sustenance from feeding on their juices. Sometimes, these bugs will feed on maple or ash trees, when boxelder trees are scarce. Since you probably don't have any boxelder, maple, or ash trees inside your home, the only reason they come in is to escape the cold. In nature, boxelder bugs warm themselves on the sunny side of rocks and hide under the bark of trees when it starts to get really cold. On your property, they...

While yellow jackets and other stinging insects are certainly active in the summertime, it might surprise you to know that they become a greater problem later in the season and into fall.
 
If you’re thinking that’s not accurate and you or your family members have the stings to prove it, we get it.  If you spend any amount of time outdoors, you’re likely to run into these pests.  After all, yellow jackets enjoy your flower beds just as much as you do.  They also build their nests in the ground, so you’ve probably seen them buzzing around your lawn.  Hopefully, you’ve not been up close to nest with your lawn mower!  
 
To really sort this one out, let’s take a look at their habits.  Spring and summer for yellow jackets is a busy time.  They’re reproducing and feeding their young with other insects they’ve caught out and about.  Numbers are relatively low at this point but as the summer progresses, the population grows and grows until it explodes later on in summer.  And by explode, we mean that there could be thousands of yellow jackets in a single nest.  The nest is maxed out and the food supplies they’ve relied on are becoming harder to find.  At this point they become a bit...

Have you noticed the sun doesn't feel quite so hot lately? Maybe you've spotted a few colored leaves on the trees. Or perhaps there is even a little nip in the air at night. Yes, summer is coming to an end. Soon it will be time to get the house ready for winter and to dig out all the warm winter clothing. But let's not think about that just yet. For now, you probably want to simply enjoy the last days of summer as much as you can. And while you are enjoying one last pool party or barbecue, you probably don't want to have to deal with stinging insects ruining your fun. Why do these pesky, party wreckers seem to get so aggressive at this time of year?

The Story Behind Those Angry Insects

The reason some stinging insects seem to become more aggressive in late summer, early fall, is because they are grumpy and hungry. See, all summer long, wasp worker females have been at work, non-stop, taking care of brood after brood of hungry baby stinging insects. Did you know that one queen can produce as many as 1,000 workers in one summer? And they don't bother us too much because they are simply too busy working. These young insects need a lot of protein since these newly hatched larvae...

Carpenter ants are large ants that you don’t want to find in or around your home. When carpenter ants enter our homes they are looking for one thing, wood. These are wood-destroying pests that can cause a significant amount of damage to the wood that is found in our home. Here is everything you should know about carpenter ants and the damages they can cause.

Damage Caused by Carpenter Ants vs. Termites

Carpenter ants prefer wet or damaged wood. When they find wet or damaged wood in your home they use it to build intricate colonies, causing the integrity of the wood to be compromised. The damage done by carpenter ants to a home is different than termites because carpenter ants don’t actually eat the wood, while termites do.

What Damage Looks Like

The damage caused by carpenter ants is not as significant as the damage caused by termites, but it is still just as concerning to homeowners. As the damage extends through the wood, signs of damage become apparent.

Signs of infestations and damage caused by carpenter ants are not sure-fire indicators of damage, but they are a signal to call professionals. The most obvious sign of a carpenter ant infestation is their presence in your...

When you hear a noise in the wall, just above your head, as you're drifting off to sleep, you may be tempted to ignore it. When you see a cute little mouse scurrying along a wall in the kitchen at two in the morning, while getting a snack, you may be the type of person who doesn't really mind that. You may even be the type of person who can put up with finding mouse droppings in the back of a drawer or finding holes in your cereal boxes. But, before you start thinking that it may not be so bad living with mice, there are two things you should know.

Why It Is Important To Not Live With Mice

Those cute little mice that are living in your attic or inside your walls are not the same mice you might pick up at a store. They have not lived their entire lives in a controlled environment. Wild mice are exposed to many dirty things, and they have the ability to expose you to them too. When they get into dumpsters and pick up harmful bacteria on their fur, or in their bellies, they bring them into your food storage areas, onto your plates and silverware, and onto counters. When they run around outside, they can pick up lice, mites, ticks, and fleas, and bring them in through the holes...

When customers visit your establishment, you want them to walk away feeling satisfied, with souvenirs, and carrying memories of the experience. That is how to get your customers to come back and refer their friends and family members, to your facility. What you don’t want your customers to leave with is itchy welts, or worse - a mosquito-borne disease. Show your customers how much you care with a mosquito misting system.

Harmful Mosquitoes are Bad for Business

Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest insects in the world. Yes, the world! What you don’t want to do is invite them to your doorstep or create a safe space for them to breed near your business. When mosquitoes invade your business, they pose a threat to you, your employees, and your customers.

Mosquitoes carry certain diseases that make people ill, cause birth defects, and in some cases, can cause fatalities. The most dangerous disease mosquitoes carry in the US is West Nile virus. West Nile causes flu-like symptoms, dizziness, lethargy, fever, and confusion.

Recently, Zika virus made an appearance in North America. Expectant mothers can pass Zika virus to their unborn children, which can cause birth defects. Once someone...