1. Signs of Rats in Your Attic

        Urine Odor. Rat urine has a musky odor. You can easily smell it with large infestations. Rub Marks. Oily rub marks are left in places where rat travel along walls. If rub marks smear, you know they are fresh. . Runways. Rat pathways are generally along the attic walls & in insulation. Noises. Rats are nocturnal. At night they often create scratching sounds as they run inside wall…Read More

  2. The Crickets Will Be Back Soon!

    This is the time of year that a plague of field crickets descend upon us and appear around structures and sometimes inside. While they are a nuisance, they do not breed or infest indoors. The worst outbreaks are usually around businesses. The reason for this is that the crickets are attracted to light. Most commercial properties keep lights on all night which attracts them by the hundreds. Reducin…Read More

  3. Millipedes!!!

    Conditions have been perfect for millipedes this pest season. Above average rainfall and cooler temperatures this spring & summer have contributed. Millipedes need a moist environment where they eat decaying plant material, but if there is too much moisture they can migrate into your home! They don’t do damage or bite, but they can be a nuisance. Generally, pest control isn’t needed for th…Read More

  4. Help with Mosquitoes!

    Mosquitoes are tough!  They are horribly annoying to many yet cause little reaction to some.  I will recommend a few things that I have found to be effective to control them.     Buy a couple of handheld bug zappers; they are cheap and really fun to use.  I stand out in my yard and zap them as they come near me.  You can reduce the population quite a bit this way. I have actually had succes…Read More

  5. Beneficial Nematodes for Flea Control-Now’s the Time!

    If you suspect that your yard may be infested with fleas, beneficial nematodes are a good choice for control. They are microscopic worms that are broadcast into the soil. They feed on flea larvae and can also help with fire ants, white flies, grubs among other undesirable lawn pests. If you pull white socks over your ankles and walk around the yard for a few minutes you should be able to see fleas…Read More

  6. Carpenter Ants!

    As it’s starting to warm up outside we are starting to get a lot of calls about ants crawling on people’s homes. These are usually wood boring ants, which around here are usually carpenter ants or acrobat ants. These ants do not eat wood like termites do, so damage is minimal, but they can be tougher to deal with as the get more embedded.  Ants swarm in the spring and fall, so it is common to…Read More

  7. Social Wasps

    Paper wasps are considered to be beneficial insects by some people, especially gardeners. This is because they eat a variety of pests, especially caterpillars and are pollinators. They will sometimes build their honeycomb shaped nests on homes and other places where they come in frequent contact with us. If you are vigilant you can keep nests that are in inconvenient locations from getting establi…Read More

  8. Wolf Spiders

    Wolf spiders are one of the most common spiders and are considered beneficial because of the pests that they consume. They do not spin webs but are active hunters in your yard at night. These spiders are often misidentified as brown recluse but are generally not harmful and will only bite if handled or provoked. If you shine a flashlight into your yard at night you may see the sparkles of the wolf…Read More

  9. Unusual Warmth? Ants Think It’s Spring!

    When we get some unusually warm days in winter, we start to get a lot of calls about ants showing up inside or crawling on people’s homes. They typically become less active when it gets cold again.  These are usually wood boring ants, which around here are usually carpenter ants or acrobat ants. These ants do not eat wood like termites do, so damage is minimal, but they can be tougher to deal w…Read More

  10. Sealing and Exclusion-Keep Rodents Out of Your Home

    The best & longest-lasting form of rat & mice control in homes is sealing & exclusion. Rodents can get into entry points that are 1/4″ or larger so sealing cracks and openings in foundations and any openings for water pipes, electric wires, sewer pipes, drain spouts, and vents is a must. Make sure doors, windows, and screens fit tightly. Their edges can be covered with sheet metal if…Read More