Voles may look small, cute, and harmless, but can be very destructive. Voles are different from moles and mice, although they are often confused for one another. You may hear people refer to voles as field mice or meadow mice. A vole is a small rodent that is closely related to the mouse, but voles…

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Fall is here! While it’s fun to put out spooky decorations, such as fake spiders, rats, bats, and snakes, it’s not as fun to see these creatures living inside your home. Here are some tips to keep your Halloween pest-free. Spiders Possibly the creepiest of crawlies, spiders are a common pest which, if left untreated,…

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We’ve all had these tiny insects on our kitchen counters or floors at one time or another. Although there are several hundred species of ants that live in the United States, there are only a few species that tend to enter homes in Missouri. Pharaoh Ants Pharaoh ants are yellowish to orange in color and…

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Summer brings many fun things like swimming and barbecues. Unfortunately, summer also brings mosquitoes. These pests not only cause red, itchy bumps, but can also transmit disease causing viruses such as the West Nile and the Zika virus. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to lower the amount of mosquitoes in your yard. Why…

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The purpose of the garage is to provide shelter for your vehicles, tools, outdoor equipment, and just about anything else that you need to be stored away. Unfortunately, a shelter for your possessions also means a shelter for pests. Because the garage is sometimes open for long periods of time, this makes access easy for…

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Missouri is a state full of many different types of animals. One of those animals is the snake. Now that spring has arrived, snakes are able to come out of their hibernation spots to spend the season eating, sunning themselves on rocks or in bushes, and mating. These creatures are an important part of the…

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Springtime brings warmer weather, flowers, and unfortunately, stinging insects. Don’t let pests ruin your fun! Learn how to identify the most common stinging insects. Remember, it is not advised to attempt to remove a nest on your own. Doing so can be very dangerous, especially if you have allergies. Bumblebees Bumblebees are yellow and black,…

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The sun is setting earlier and the temperatures are dropping. This can only mean one thing. Winter is coming! We all know that when winter comes a lot of changes in our environment, especially the pests that keep us busy during warmer weather. So where do all those pests go during the winter? The answer…

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Your yard is torn us, your garden is in ruins, and your landscaping is demolished. You can’t seem to catch the critter that did all of this damage because you are not quite sure what to look for. Two of the most likely culprits are voles and moles. These two creatures share a similar name…

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Spider season is upon us with the start of the fall as most spiders head out in search of a mate. With an average lifespan of about one year, many spiders must mate and lay their eggs before they pass away and the prime mating season is fall. One spider to be on the lookout…

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