1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Rats

    We use Contrac Blox because it always works, unlike trapping, and is very inexpensive compared to trapping. Trapping requires multiple visits and may not achieve 100% eradication, especially when large numbers of rodents are present. Contrac Blox has a low chance of primary & secondary poisoning. Rodents do not have to eat much of the bait and then it is passed quickly through their system. Th…Read More

  9. Drain Flies

    Moth flies, often called drain flies, are small, about 1/8 inch in length and often dark-colored. They are typically found on walls and do not fly well. They do not bite or do damage, but could carry bacteria from the organic material they develop in, usually in drain or sewage lines. The best method of managing these flies is dealing with their breeding sites. In homes this is most often in bathr…Read More

  10. HACKBERRY PSYLLIDS? (gnats on your window screens)

    Have you been finding lots of small, dark flying insects on your window screens or even inside on the window sill? If so,you may be seeing Hackberry Psyllids, sometimes called Hackberry Nipplegall Makers. These insects develop on the leaves of hackberry trees and in the fall when the weather becomes cooler they may try to enter homes to escape the lower temperatures. These small flies are small en…Read More