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Poison Facts: Seasonal Poisoning Hazards: Spring

By Jeff Vogelsang | Mar 21, 2018

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 ( 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?

By Jeff Vogelsang | Feb 16, 2018

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

By Jeff Vogelsang | Jan 8, 2018

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

By Jeff Vogelsang | Dec 18, 2017

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

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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