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.

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...

Bats, you either love them or you hate them. The truth about bats is that out in nature they are a beneficial species, they help to control populations of nuisance and dangerous insects including those pesky biting mosquitoes and dangerous stinging insects! But, bats can also become a huge nuisance and threat to people, especially when they decide to make their home inside of a business or commercial facility; bats spread disease, contaminate properties with urine and feces, and can scare people away just by their mere presence! But, by partnering with the experienced bat control specialists at Adam’s Pest Control, you won’t ever need to worry about bats being a nuisance and danger in your Minnesota business, again!

The most common species of bats found in our area are the big brown bat and little brown bat, and as you probably have already guessed the most obvious difference between the two species is their size. Big brown bats are slightly larger, they have a body length of about 4 inches and a wingspan of 12-14 inches, while the little brown bat grow to about 3 inches in length and has a wingspan of 8-11 inches. The color of their fur also slightly differs. Big brown bats...

Summer is a time for outdoor concerts, BBQ’s, pool days, and lazy afternoons; however, it is also the season where stinging insects like wasps are out and about, frantically collecting food for their colony and building their numbers. This means that while spending more time outside this summer, you, your family and your pets are going to come in contact with wasps more often than not!

Wasps, while not the most aggressive species of stinging insect, do have a bit of a temper, especially when they are being threatened; and their temper can be slightly heightened in the summer because they are so busy and they simply don’t have time for shenanigans. Wasp nests that are built on homes or in high traffic areas can cause particular problems for people in the summer because wasps are more likely to deliver painful and dangerous stings.

It is important to understand that wasps are predatory species and along with feeding on nectar and plant secretions they also hunt and feed on other insects. Summer gatherings like picnics, fairs, and BBQ’s often attract wasps because they take advantage of the free beverages and food (hamburgers, hot dogs, and steak) that they can find. Particular care...

Right around this time each year millions of teens and young adults around the country are on their way back to college for another year of higher learning. The future looks bright for these collegiates as they move into dorm rooms on campus as well as off-campus apartments and get ready to start the year off right. In all of the excitement it is very easy to forget the little details that can quickly ruin a good start to the school year.

In the past decade or so, the bed bug population has exploded across the United States. So many make the mistake of believing that bed bugs are only found in old mattresses or in filthy conditions, when the fact is that bed bugs are not concerned one bit with the age of the mattress or furniture and that they are just as happy living in a clean hospital as they are anywhere else. College dorms have become one of the bed bugs favorite haunts. There are tons of new hosts coming from all around the country that can introduce bed bugs to the party. Not to mention, to take back home with them again when they visit for holiday’s and laundry doing.  It is really the best of both worlds for a bed bug.

Students, as well as parents who are taking their...

Chipmunks have got to be one of the cutest little rodents ever! These little energy-filled bundles of reddish brown fur dart here and there always chattering as they go. They seem to be on a never-ending quest to frolic and play. It can actually be quite amusing to watch these hyperactive little rodents as they chirp and flit and chase each other through your backyard; but have you ever really stopped to think about where they came from or where they may be going?

No, this is not some deep philosophical discussion about the whole circle of life and where chipmunks do or don’t fit in; but literally, have you ever stopped to think about where chipmunks physically have been or where they are going? Sure, they may have been up in a tree or nesting somewhere nearby in a shrub or other appropriate place; but they also may be on their way to snuggle down in their nice, temperature controlled condo that they built inside your home.

Now, you may be tempted to think that a few chipmunks tucked into a nest inside your wall is not really a big deal. After all, they are so tiny and cute and all; but this would be a wrong assumption. You cannot forget that chipmunks are rodents; and as such,...

What is better on a hot summer weekend than packing up the family and headed to the shore? Or, perhaps finding a mountain retreat and a cabin by a clear blue lake is more what you need to wipe away the constant hustle that we are all subject to in our normal, everyday lives. A summer vacation is the perfect way to alleviate stress. In the excitement of traveling from home to our desired destination, we often forget one little thing. Eventually, we must come home again. When we do, it is essential that the only mementos we bring home with us are the ones we actually wanted to keep.

Often when people travel, they are blissfully unaware that the room or cabin they rented for a little R&R might be harboring some tiny fugitives that are working very hard to find a host to move in with on a more permanent basis. Bed Bugs have become one of the largest traveling headaches this decade. Hundreds of unsuspecting vacationers will be bringing home bed bugs this summer season, and most won’t even know it until a few bed bugs have turned into a complete infestation inside their home.

To help keep your family safe when traveling, it is recommended that vacationers take the time to thoroughly...

Are flies driving you crazy? They certainly have that capacity. They make an annoying buzzing sound; they bump into us and, most importantly, they land on our food. Don't get us started on what they do once they land on our food. It is not savory at all. But you don't have to put up with flies. Here are some ideas that should help you fight them.

Prevention Tips

These are the prevention methods that will help you prevent non-biting flies from taking over your home.

  • Keep trash sealed. If you have open trash outside your home, they will be an attractant for flies. All non-biting flies can find a meal in a bag of trash that has decaying food in it. Not only do they feed on trash, they also breed in it. When you seal your outside and inside trash in cans, you make it much more difficult for flies to breed. Open trash is always an open invitation for flies.

  • Pet waste. Do you have a pet or several pets? Do they go outside? If so, their waste may be the attractant that is drawing flies in close to your home. And when flies get near your home, it doesn't take much for them to go into your home with you when you open the door.

  • Screens. Flies are small and versatile insects. It...

Centipedes are intimidating. They have long bodies, they have several legs, and they creep around your home. When you look at a centipede, they make your skin crawl; but are they going to hurt you? The answer isn’t as easy as you would think. If you always ask yourself, “Are centipedes dangerous?” Adam’s Pest Control has your answer.

What Does a Centipede Look Like?

A centipede is an arthropod from the class Chilopoda. These insects are long and have several pair of legs along the side of their bodies and long antennae at the top of their heads. What many people assume is that the centipede has 100 legs, but they don’t! A centipede can have as few as 30 legs or more than 350, depending on the species and the age of the insect. Depending on the species of centipede, this insect can grow as long as 12 inches. Fortunately, the centipedes creeping around your Minnesota home are no more than an inch or so in size.

Dangers of Centipedes

Most centipedes are venomous, but not all. The centipede has special front limbs that have glands on them that are full of venom. The centipede uses its venom to stun their prey. Fortunately for you, the venom in a regular house centipede is not...

Ants are a common pest. They are so common, in fact, that we hardly even notice when they are around. Well, unless they are in our sugar bowl or some other place that we have no choice but to notice! But, we really need to start paying attention to these little pests when they are foraging around in our yards because it won’t be long before they find a way to forage their way right into our homes!

Ants come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and they are so numerous that we tend to believe that they are harmless little creatures that pose no real threat at all; but this is not always the case. Take the Pharaoh ant, for example. This ant can spread germs and disease when it invades a hospital. And any ant can contaminate your food supply in the pantry, but it is the carpenter ant that can cause the most trouble.

Carpenter ants are those very large black or red (or a combination of the two) ants that you occasionally see around your home. The problem with carpenter ants is that they will burrow into wood to create a comfortable nesting site for their family which is an ever expanding proposition. This would not be a problem if carpenter ants only chose the trunks of dead or rotting...

While Canada geese are beautiful creatures, they can become a real problem when they settle on your property. It would be wonderful if they simply came and looked pretty and just nibbled on a few things. The problem is, the stuff they nibble on gets deposited back onto your yard in the form of droppings. One Canada goose can produce as much as 1.5 pounds of droppings in one day! Multiply that by a bunch of geese and you have a problem.

Common Problems Caused By Canada Geese

  • Droppings: As mentioned, these geese leave a lot of droppings. Not only are these droppings unsightly, but they can be dangerous as they can become a slipping hazard. They may also contain parasites, infectious diseases, and harmful bacteria. Geese have been connected to the spread of e-coli, chlamydiosis, encephalitis, histoplasmosis, and more.

  • Aggressiveness: If these birds feel threatened, they can be somewhat aggressive, especially if they are protecting a nesting area. While they more often simply hiss at the perceived threat, they have been known to peck at invaders, causing bruising to the skin. These birds can also be very loud, especially if there are large numbers of them, which can be...

When we think of dangerous pests, we often think about highly poisonous spiders like the black widow or the brown recluse, stinging insects like bees and wasps, or wood damaging carpenter ants and termites. In general, most people regard mosquitoes as just an annoying pest that buzzes in our ears making us swat the air like lunatics. We tend to overlook the fact that mosquitoes can be really dangerous.

So, to answer the question, “Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?” The answer is a great big yes! Throughout the world, here in the United States, and even in our local communities, mosquitoes are becoming a major public health problem. People, horses, pets, and other animals are becoming infected with diseases transmitted by mosquitoes including the West Nile virus, the Zika virus, malaria, and more. Plus, man’s best friend is at risk of canine heartworm. You can find more information regarding these and other diseases and the reports of active virus locations by visiting the Center for Disease Control website.

By understanding how transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses occurs, you need to know a few facts about these pests. The female mosquitoes are the only ones that actually bite....

It is warming up both inside and outside, and now you have little fruit flies all over the place. They are annoying, they swarm all around your food, and you can’t seem to stop them once you spot one. You clean, you spray, and yet you still have to ask “Why are fruit flies in my home?” Take a look to find out how they got in and what you need to do to get rid of them.

What are Fruit Flies?

Fruit flies are not young house flies. They are an entirely different species. Fruit flies are only about 1/8-inch long. They have red eyes, and their bodies are tan in the front and darker to black in the back. Because of their small size, fruit flies have no trouble getting into your home through cracks in the door, holes in the screen, mesh screens, and on the produce you bring home.

Fruit flies lay their eggs on fermenting and rotten produce. Now that it is warmer out, you probably have potatoes, apples, peaches, bananas, (you name it), on your counter and in your cupboards. Fruit flies are also attracted to garbage cans, garbage disposals, and hidden messes on your floors or in your cupboards. They are also attracted to fruity drinks and soda.

Fruit flies don’t bite, but they can...

Centipedes are not only a complete nuisance, but they are also creepy! – Really, really creepy. They are not pleasant to have hanging around your home, although they can be helpful by feeding on spiders and small insects. It’s usually during the summer that centipedes gain access to your home through crevices in foundations or other holes, gaps, and cracks, in order to find shelter from the hot, dry conditions outside.

So, once these creepy insects gain access to your home, you may start to see them out of the corner of your eye as they scurry across the floor, up your walls, or worse yet across your bed sheets while you are half asleep. A centipede infestation can cause anxiety and stress within a household, so it is best to take care of it right away.

The name “centipede” is misleading as they do not typically have 100 legs. In fact, they can have between 15 and 177 pair of legs. Their flat, segmented body has a set of legs for each segment, which makes them quite long. Centipedes are commonly reddish orange or brown, their antennae are long, and they have a small mouth that is structured like a claw so that they can use their venom to paralyze other insects, spiders, and even...

In an effort to dispel the myths about bed bugs and to bring you accurate information about these troublesome pests in order to help stop their rapid spread throughout the United States, the public outreach division of the National Pest Management Association, the National Pest Management Alliance, has named the week of June 4-10, 2017, as “Bed Bug Awareness Week”! And, Adam’s Pest Control wants to do our part to help you avoid an infestation in your home or business.

An accurate understanding of bed bugs is essential in order to stop the spread of these elusive pests, and there are many who believe the fables that have been told from generation to generation. One such tale is that bed bugs will only infest dirty, squalor homes and businesses. I am certain that you have heard this story before. You may have even heard about a hotel or motel that had an infestation, and each time you pass by your mind automatically assumes that this business is unkempt and less than reputable. You may even think as you drive past, “I would never stay in THAT hotel!” But, that would be a shame; because the truth is that bed bugs can infest ANY hotel or motel no matter how clean or how many stars...

While no one wants to see ants walking across their kitchen counters and floors, the truth is most ants are more of a nuisance than anything else. They're just looking for food and water and many don't cause any damage. Carpenter ants are more than a nuisance, however. Carpenter ants can damage the wood that they nest in and an infestation can become a serious problem if it is left untreated. A single colony of carpenter ants can result in satellite nests in your home.

Carpenter ants look for ways to get into your home through attic vents, cracks in your foundation or around windows and doors, and small openings around electrical wires, phone lines, and pipes. They build their nests inside the hollow of your doors, in wall voids, and other structural lumber that has probably been softened by decay or moisture.

Carpenter Ant Damages

Because carpenter ants spend a lot of their time tunneling through wood, the damage they cause to your home often goes unnoticed until it has become quite extensive. Some people mistake carpenter ant damage for termite damage, but these pests and the damages they cause are different. A termite will eat the cellulose in wood while carpenter ants...

Puffy, itchy, lumps on your arm, your back, your legs, your ankles--is that what spring is all about? For some of us it is. We get calls all the time from folks that are fed up with paying a mortgage so mosquitoes can enjoy their backyard. We say, "That's your yard! Take it back!" You don't have to let those mosquitoes have free reign. Here are some ways you can avoid mosquito bites this spring and make your yard a much nicer place to be.

Backyard Mosquito Management

  • The first thing you need to do is find any sources of still water and remove them. All it takes is a pool of water on a tarp, a little captured rainwater in the hollow socket of a toy, a tiny containment of water in your gutter system, or even a cup left outside in the rain, for mosquitoes to breed and reproduce.

  • If you have plants in your yard that collect water on them, you may want to consider replacing them with something else, unless you have routine mosquito control from a professional.

  • If you have a bug zapper, it is a good idea to put it in storage. Studies have shown that bug zappers lure mosquitoes in, but do little to kill female (biting) mosquitoes.

  • If you have areas in your yard that are shaded,...

This month the CDC warned us that ticks will be out in full force this season. How much do you know about these dangerous little blood suckers? May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and this is what you need to know to stay healthy.

What is Lyme Diseases Awareness Month?

During the month of May, for Lyme Disease Awareness Month, activists across the US launch events, walks, speeches, activities, and ad campaigns to raise awareness about Lyme disease. The goal is to get people to share their stories, encourage activism, and to gain national media coverage about the disease.

The organization wants everyone to be tick smart, but they also want to encourage more research and coverage about the disease.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is an illness caused by a bacterium found in tick saliva. The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi is found in infected ticks. The ticks most commonly associated with Lyme disease are deer ticks. They are also referred to as black-legged ticks. Deer ticks feed in the summer months, but the warm weather and early spring have caused an explosion in the tick population this year. Nymphs are usually the ticks that spread the disease, and they are the hardest...

Centipedes have never had a name that inspires happiness. No, they have a frightening name and even worse appearance. Centipedes are insects you don’t want in your home. Centipedes in Minnesota are not harmful to humans, but they aren’t pleasant to have around or look at either. Fortunately, you are doing a little spring cleaning. Now is a good time to protect your Minnesota home from creeping centipedes.

How to spot a centipede

You will know a centipede when you see it. The legs are a dead giveaway. Centipedes are brownish yellow bugs with many legs. The common centipede found in Minnesota is the house centipede. It measures between 1 and 1 1/2 inches long. The common house centipede has a long, flat body with 15 segments, each of which has a set of legs. The common house centipede in your home also has three long stripes that run down its back.

Problems caused by centipedes

Centipedes are not dangerous. That is the good news. The bad new is that a centipede infestation can become overwhelming very quickly. You may have an infestation and not even realize it is there. Many times, the only way to know you have centipedes without the help from a professional is when you see them...

What do you think of when someone says the word starling? Do you think of the variety of plumage these birds can have? Do you imagine feeding french fries to a few dozen of them dancing around outside your car window? Does an image of a telephone wire lined with tiny birds come into your mind? Probably. If you don't have to deal with the frustrations these birds can cause, it is likely that you may have many good thoughts about starlings. After all, they are amazing creatures, especially when they get into a massive flock that fills the sky with a black, undulating cloud of flapping birds. But, sadly, starlings can become significant pests when they come into our yards, and roost on our property.

Starling Prevention

  • Starlings come onto our property in search of food. If you don't want starlings to live on your property, it is best to not leave food out for them. Keep in mind that what these birds consider to be food is different than what you would eat. They are quite content to feed on items inside your trash. Be sure to keep all trash secured in sealed containers.

  • Starlings also need a drink. If you have a water source in your yard, they'll take advantage of it. One common...

There are a few species of ants found living in our area, and besides the question of “how do I get rid of these ants from my house”; we are often asked the question, “are these ants dangerous?" The answer to that question is that it really depends on the species of ant that has invaded your property!

There are 3 species of ant that are very common in our area. The first species to note is the carpenter ant. This species is dangerous to property but does not pose a threat to you or your pets. The second most common ant species that you will encounter is the pharaoh ant. These ants are considered to be very dangerous because they have the ability to spread dangerous diseases and bacteria to people. The third most common species of ant found in our area is the pavement ant. The good news with these ants is that they are not considered to be dangerous, but the bad news is that they are a huge nuisance to have invading any home or property!

Pavement ants, like any other pest, are attracted to properties that offer safe, warm shelter that is located close to food and water sources. They like to make their nests in the cracks of paved driveways, under and along concrete foundations,...

Are you starting to see spiders crawling around your home? It isn't surprising. While spiders have a natural antifreeze that allows them to survive the cold temperatures of winter, they don't prefer to be cold. In fact, the cold slows them down. When things warm up, spiders speed up too. So, it isn't surprising at all that you're seeing spiders.

Another thing you're probably seeing is flies. When temperatures warm up outside, flies start to hatch and buzz around. And, since flies do just what their name implies, it is no problem for these insects to buzz right into your home and become an incentive for spiders that are living inside your walls to come out in the open for a bite to eat.

As we move through spring and into summer, you're going to see more and more spiders as more flies are available to eat and more baby spiders are produced. There is an ecosystem around your home that, when allowed to, can work its way into your wall voids and eventually into the common areas of your home. This ecosystem never stops encroaching.

There are some things you can do to reduce or slow this encroaching ecosystem. Obviously, managing how many flies you have in and around your home is a...

Voles look cute and harmless, but they are a real pain when it comes to managing your lawn for spring and summer. Voles on your property are destructive. Learn about the problems caused by voles, and how you can prevent the little critters from invading your property.

Voles, not Moles

Voles are not the same as moles; although they are often confused for one another. Another pest with which voles are confused is mice. Voles aren’t mice either. A vole is a rodent that is closely related to the mouse, but voles have a few distinctions that set them apart from their house-rummaging cousins. A vole has these distinct features:

  • Short, stout body

  • Short, hairy tail

  • Small, rounded ears

  • Small, beady eyes

  • Blunt snout

You will hear people refer to voles as field mice or meadow mice.

Problems Caused by Voles

One of the biggest problems with voles is their active lifestyle. Voles are active day and night. Unfortunately, for you and your garden, voles are hungry when they are awake. That means they are going to feed on your lawn or plants if left to their own devices.

Problems caused by voles include:

  • Surface runways or tunnels across your lawn.

  • Turned up grass and plant roots,...

They sound nice, but fruit flies are far from appealing bugs. They are annoying pests that seem to pop up out of nowhere in your home. You are batting them, seeing them in your wine, and shooing them away from your food. Understanding fruit flies helps you combat them for good. Here are a few of our favorite tips for avoiding fruit flies.

Why Do I Have Fruit Flies?

Contrary to what the name suggests, fruit doesn’t need to be present for you to see fruit flies in your home. There are many reasons why you have fruit flies, and the warmer months like spring and summer only make it worse. You have fruit flies because:

  • You have fermented fruits or vegetables in your home

  • Food rolled under your fridge or stove, and now it is going bad

  • Your garbage disposal needs to be cleaned

  • You have glasses of beer, wine, soda, or juice sitting around your home

  • The recycling bin needs to be cleaned

  • Dish towels, mops, or wash rags have debris and food on them

Fruit flies are attracted to the smelly, rotting foods because they are an excellent source of food and a great place to breed. The sight of even one fruit fly points to a larger infestation.

How to Prevent Fruit Flies?

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An ash tree can grow for decades, becoming a centerpiece for a yard or an area of property. They are stately trees with a network of trunks and branches that add incredible character to a home or business. For some people, these trees are like a part of the family. So, when emerald ash borers attack, it can be devastating. These pests bore into the wood and lay their eggs. When larvae hatch, they feed on the bark. To make matters worse, woodpeckers come to feed on the larvae, damaging these trees even further. Fortunately, if you have an important ash in your yard, there is a solution.

At Adam's Pest Control, we protect and restore ash trees with EPA-approved, systemic insecticides that work their way up through the veins of ash trees to stop these bugs in their tracks. Since ash borers feed on the vascular tissue of ash trees, they take in this insecticide while feeding and quickly die off. Treatments are either injected into the tree at the base, or injected into the soil. Each of these treatment options has its benefits.

Of the two treatment options, trunk injection is the most effective method of destroying existing emerald ash borers. These treatments are usually applied...

It isn’t uncommon for a homeowner to have no idea that anything is living in their home until that fateful moment when the kitchen light gets flipped on and a small, furry mouse makes a beeline for the space between the refrigerator and the cupboards. After the initial shock is over, there are some decisions to be made. Do you buy a trap? Rat Poison? A cat? It’s just one little mouse after all, how bad could it be? The answer to that question is – bad; really bad.

The problem is, when there is one mouse, it is unlikely that that is the only mouse living in your home. Even after spending all day in the hardware store looking for the perfect solution to get rid of your new furry friend, it is extremely unlikely that these DIY solutions would be able to end the problem. One or two mice might be caught, but there will be dozens that could take their place. Once a mouse or two find their way into a building, they establish a nest and breed very quickly. One female mouse can have 5-10 litters each year of about 5 or 6 young. The babies will be able to reproduce in just 30 days. That is a staggering number of mice in less than a year’s time. A few traps set out by the untrained eye...