Posts by Jeff Vogelsang

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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Sowbugs, millipedes, and centipedes in the home

Sowbugs, millipedes, and centipedes are not actually insects, but are arthropods related to insects. They are not harmful to food, clothes, furniture, or other items within homes, although just their presence can be disturbing. Their preferred habitat is moist, decaying leaf litter or other organic material found around building foundations. When they are found outdoors,…

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5 Pest Control Myths Dispelled

Mice can only be baited with cheese. This is the age-old stereotype that we all grew up with and yet it is not the most effective! Mice are typically much more attracted to foods that are higher in sugar content. These food options include things like candy, chocolate or even a dollop of maple syrup.…

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Silverfish and firebrats in homes

Identification A full grown silverfish or firebrat is about ¼-½ inch long. Both insects lack wings and have carrot-shaped bodies, thick at the front and tapering towards the posterior. The young look identical to the adults, but are smaller. Silverfish and firebrats have two long antennae on their heads and three tail-like appendages on the…

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Facts about Crickets

Are crickets keeping you up at night? Learn the facts about these household invaders! Crickets are a group of insects related to grasshoppers and katydids. You can identify them from their long antennae (as long as their body or longer) and their large back legs, which they use for jumping or hopping. Adult females have…

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Winter Pest Problems: What should you expect?

Summer pests are often the first thing on people’s minds when they think of issues they experience year round. But do not think that all pests will leave you and your household alone once the cold comes. Many pests find your warm home a haven against the elements. Beware the following creatures once the weather…

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Mouse in Your House?

Many people think they will never encounter mice in their own homes, and yet families across the country are living with rodents every day. There are signs of mice that you may not be aware of. If you stay alert and are proactive, then your chances of letting these mice stay in your home for…

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Is it a Mole or a Vole?

Many yards suffer from damage due to one of these creatures, but which one is in your yard? They are often mistaken to be the same animal which couldn’t be less true. Though they both can cause harm, the signs and trap techniques for each animal is vastly different. What to Look For When trying…

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Five Ways to Help Save the Bees

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Honeybees are in danger and need our help. Keep in mind, these are not the bees you should fear being stung by. They are the ones that help make our world go round. Here are a few quick tips on how to keep their populations alive. Helping them survive will keep our Earth happy and…

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Preparing for a Pest Free Summer

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Do you love to entertain and explore during the summer? Are your block parties swarmed by unwanted bugs? Do not let pesky pests stop you or your family from having the best summer yet. From the neighborhood pool to your own backyard, there are steps you can take to achieve a bug-free outdoor adventure. Time…

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