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Controlling House Mice

By Jeff Vogelsang | Nov 26, 2017

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

By Jeff Vogelsang | Nov 19, 2017

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

By Jeff Vogelsang | Nov 12, 2017

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

By Jeff Vogelsang | Nov 7, 2017

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

By Jeff Vogelsang | Nov 5, 2017

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

By Jeff Vogelsang | Oct 30, 2017

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?

By Jeff Vogelsang | Oct 25, 2017

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?

By Jeff Vogelsang | Sep 21, 2017

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?

By Jeff Vogelsang | Aug 7, 2017

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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