Posts by Jeff Vogelsang

Yellow Jackets 101

What really are Yellow Jackets? Contrary to popular belief, Yellow Jackets are not bees! They may have a color resemblance to the pollinating insects, but they are actually a type of wasp. Many people tend to confuse the two and this can give bees quite the bad reputation.  Yellow jackets have a much more hostile…

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This is Not a Lady Bug!

How you can Identify Japanese Beetles These are pests that you certainly do not want to misidentify or under-estimate. They have a very distinct look with their green-blue heads and bright copper backs. Their bodies are typically between 1 to 2 inches in length and they have tanned wings. Their lives begin in your lawn…

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ALL THINGS LYMES DISEASE

  May is the annual Lyme Disease Awareness Month! This means that everyone has the opportunity to learn more about the harmful disease and what they can do to prevent ever catching it. Lyme Disease is a serious illness that can affect anyone and everyone you know. The more knowledgeable you are about it the…

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April is National Pest Management Month

  Spring is here and so are the bugs! Here are a few ways you can celebrate the best month of the year, pest management month. There are so many ways to get into the swing of the season, so share these tips with your friends, so that you can all celebrate together and prepare…

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Poison Facts: Seasonal Poisoning Hazards: Spring

Be prepared. Put the poison control number (1-800-222-1222, U.S. only) in, on or near your phone. Save webPOISONCONTROL® as a browser favorite (webPOISONCONTROL.org). Spring Forward! Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide alarms when you set your clocks forward. Keep appliances, furnaces, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves in good repair. Spring cleaning means dangerously strong chemicals may be within reach.…

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What are Clover Mites?

FACTS Scientific Name: Bryobia praetiosa Appearance What Do Clover Mites Look Like? They are 0.75 mm long reddish or greenish in color have a greatly elongated first pair of legs Featherlike plates or scales are sparsely arranged on the abdomen. Where Do I find Clover Mites in my home? They are usually found on windowsills when…

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January Pest of the Month

Brown Recluse Spiders Color Light to dark brown, with characteristic dark brown violin marking on back Legs 8 Shape Round Size ¼ – ½ inch long Antennae No Region Found in the south central Midwest from Ohio to Nebraska and south through Texas to Georgia Food Source They eat other small bugs. Web Their webs are irregular. …

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Pests: A Risk to Your Health

Many people are aware that pests can cause damage to their homes and belongings, but were you aware that pests can take great tolls on your health? From rodents to flying parasites, they all can damage your immune system and carry on viruses to anyone who enters your home. Removal and prevention are the ways…

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Controlling House Mice

The house mouse (Mus musculus) is one of the most troublesome and economically important rodents in the United States. House mice live and thrive in a variety of locations. They are found in and around homes and farms, as well as in open fields and agricultural fields. House mice consume and contaminate food for human…

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Common spiders in and around homes

Spiders are as familiar and well known to most people as they are disliked. The unpopular reputation of spiders is undeserved. Myths about spiders and the negative consequences of biting by a very, very small number of species overshadow the ecological benefits spiders provide. All spiders are beneficial predators that feed on insects, spiders, and…

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