1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Scorpions Are Fascinating

    No one wants to find scorpions in their home or get stung by one.  But they are very interesting and unique arachnids. Scorpions give birth to live young! They ride on their mother's back for protection until they can safely disperse. Scorpions have a long life span. They can live between 2-10 years in the wild or up to 25 years in captivity! Scorpions can live up to a year without eating and can…Read More

  10. 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