The Critter Chronicles
The Flea Facts
There's a possibility that the facts found here may leave you feeling itchy, but also more knowledgeable and better equipped to fight off some fleas. Just the Facts Did you know that there are thousands of species of fleas worldwide? That fact alone probably has your skin crawling. In Wisconsin we (and our furry friends) tend to only have run-ins with a few types of fleas. The cat flea is the most common domestic flea that we meet...
Carpenter Bees-Bee Informed
Carpenter bees (sometimes known as wood bees) are typically mistakenly identified as bumble bees due to their size and color. Unlike the fuzzy bumble bee, the Carpenter bee has a hairless, shiny and black abdomen and is about an inch in length. Carpenter bees do not eat wood, but burrow into wood and nest within the wood. Many times you will see these bees around your eaves and building nests within wood structures on your property...
Preventing Wasps from Building Nests in Your Backyard
It’s true that some types of stinging insects are important pollinators and beneficial insects, but they are also a serious health threat to humans. Every year 2 million Americans are at risk for stings that will lead to an allergic reaction and 100 of those stings will most likely lead to death. The source of many of these stings will from social wasps such as paper wasps, bald-faced hornets and yellow jackets, which can sting multiple times...
Ants can be frustrating to deal with when they are invading your living space, especially when they are marching through food areas. The best form of action is to prevent a situation from ever happening by eliminating potential attractants....
Ticks are not insects. Ticks are actually arachnids like spiders, scorpions and mites. Unlike insects, all members of this group have 4 pairs of legs as adults, and haven't any antennae...
Pest-Free Spring To-Do List
As the warmer weather moves in, we all spring into action, including those pesky, unwanted intruders! If you're looking for a way to prevent some of those intruders from entering your home, try hitting some or even ALL of our points on our Spring Ahead Cleaning Checklist below and have a happy and hopefully pest-free spring season...
Where Do Insects Go in the Winter?
Summer has insects buzzing all around us, but as the chill of winter sets in, suddenly, like magic, these insects disappear. The mystical answer as to the fate of insects in the winter isn't so simple. Some survive as eggs, larvae or pupae, while others endure the winter as full-grown adults...
How Do I Know if I Have Bed Bugs?
1. Seeing Adult Bed Bugs Bed bugs are tiny, but can be seen by the naked eye, but spotted easier by using a flashlight and magnifying glass. Look for...
Why Pests Love the Holidays Too
While you're getting ready for holiday festivities, in the background, some pests may be celebrating right along with you!...
Fall Pest-Proofing 101
Have a mouse problem? You are not alone! According to the NPMA (National Pest Management Association), each winter, mice and other rodents infest and invade an estimated 21 million homes in the United States...
Fall Pest-Proofing 101
The trees are changing, the weather is cooling and you can now relax because those summer insects will soon be gone, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Although some summertime invaders will soon be a distant memory, others will be seeking a cozy and warm place to spend the winter...
The Flea Facts
What are Fleas? Fleas are small, wingless parasites that feed on blood. They appear flat, dark, and reddish-brown in color and are about 1/12"-1/6" in size. Fleas do not have the ability to fly, but they can jump. Fleas can jump as high as 8" vertically, which is 150 times their own height...
Early Appearance of Autumn Invaders
You may take notice of a couple of insects that are making their bothersome appearance a little earlier than usual. The Asian Lady Beetle and the Boxelder bug, both prominent autumn pests, typically look for residences to hide during the cold months of the year, but are displaying a good amount of activity already this August...
Which Bee Do You See?
Is it a bee? Is it a wasp? It can be super confusing to identify a specific type of stinging insect, so letâ��s take a quick tour of some types of stinging insects in Wisconsin and their distinguishing traits...
Summertime Pest Menaces
Although there are many bothersome pests making their existence known as summer settles in Wisconsin, there are a few topping the summertime charts...
Wasps-The Flying Villain
They instill panic and fear into even the toughest of victims, they build nests in the most unwanted locations, they are flying villains armed with a stinger; they are wasps.
Mosquitoes: Fight the Bite
The most effective way to reduce the mosquito population in your yard and community is to eliminate potential breeding areas.
Standing water is the ideal breeding location for mosquitoes.
Will a Milder Winter Mean More Insects?
Although it isn't over yet, and in Wisconsin we have learned not to count our insect population before it hatches, we can at least say that up until now we have had a much milder winter in Wisconsin this season. So what does that mean for the insect population and what does that mean for you and your family?
The Destructive Carpenter Ant
"What are these big, black ants in my home?"
A common inquiry we hear our clients ask, especially in late winter and early spring.
The answer is typically the carpenter ant.
Seeing these ants around your home can mean a few thingsâ�¦
Is there a Mouse in my House?
A shocking fact: A family of 6 mice could potentially multiply into a family of 60 in just a few months time. If you couple that fact with another fact: Mice are searching for a warm place to call home during the cold winter monthsâ�¦
Winter: To Pro Pest Manage or Not
The cold weather arrives and you begin to toss around the question:
“Do I really need professional pest management services in the winter?”
While we can’t answer that question for you, we can offer some information regarding winter pests and helpful tips to keep them at bay.
Preventing Pesky Pantry Pests
Finding pantry pests while preparing a holiday meal will most likely immediately curb any appetite. There are various varieties of pests that can invade food products...
Hair-Raising Halloween Pests
If you think about some of the creepy things found in your typical haunted house, it may shock you to realize that many are pest-related!
Converging Cluster Flies
You may spend plenty of time shooing away household flies in your kitchen who like to make their appearance apparent over most of the summer months, but there is another household fly that makes its debut in early fall. The Cluster Fly...
Staff Picks: Favorite Pest-Related Movies
With Ant Man presently playing in theaters, our Safeway staff decided that they wanted to weigh in on their all time favorite pest-related movie.
Why are Stinging Insects so Angry?
It gets to be late summer, and just when you begin to feel like youâ��ve grown accustomed to what the season brings, along comes some angry stinging insects to cause a commotion!
True Tree Enemies
If a tree had the capability to feel fear, it would probably feel the emotion when meeting up with both of these insect offenders...
The Facts Regarding Honey Bees and Chemicals
Much controversy has erupted over the honey bee population and the stance on chemicals and pesticides and how they may be affecting the insect. We will cover the topic of chemicals and honey bees, but letâ��s first visit some facts about the buzzing bee.read more
Mosquito Forcast and Tips
If you arenâ��t feeling the itch when out in the great outdoors yet, you will soon! Mosquitoes have made their appearance in Wisconsin, but thankfully not as aggressively as last spring (so far).read more
Your Pest-Prevention, Springing-Ahead, Cleaning Checklist
As the warmer weather moves in, we all spring into action, including those pesky, unwanted intruders!
If youâ��re looking for a way to prevent some of those intruders from entering your home, try hitting some or even ALL of our points on our Spring Ahead Cleaning Checklist below and have a happy and hopefully pest-free spring season!read more
"Tick" Tock Goes the Countdown to Spring Clock
Spring is coming, and along with it, the appearance of ticks.
Ticks, commonly thought of as insects, are actually arachnids like spiders, scorpions and mites. Unlike insects, all members of this group have 4 pairs of legs as adults, and havenâ��t any antennae.
Pharaoh Ants, Big Name, Bigger Problem
There are some insects which are capable of surviving, and even causing an incredible nuisance, even in the winter. Pharaoh ants are one of these insects.
Pharaoh ants are very tiny ants, they are about 2 mm long (or 1/16thÂ “). The ants are light yellow to reddish brown in color with red and black markings on the abdomen. Interestingly enough, their thorax hasn’t any spine.read more
Feeling Itchy? Might be Fleas!
Feeling itchy this winter? With luck it is only due to dry winter air. A less lucky scenario, it is fleas causing skin irritation! What many people don't know is, you don't have to have a pet to have these pesky critters invade your home. Wild animals, such as mice, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, etc., can cause a flea infestation in your home. Mice definitely lead this list as they are numerous and find access to your home much easier than most other animals.
A Pest Free Holiday to You and Yours
Holiday fun can come to a quick halt when unwanted insects or rodents bust in on the festivities. Below are some common holiday pest-related issues, and some advice on how to avoid problems before they ruin your jolly spirit.read more
The Fear of the 8 Legged Creepy-Crawlies
With over 35, 000 species of creepy-crawly spiders in the world (about 500 in Wisconsin), it’s not really a surprise that there is a common fear of them. It is said that 2 out of 10 males and 6 out of 10 females suffer from Arachnophobia.
The definition of Arachnophobia is, “the extreme or irrational fear of spiders and other arachnids”. Symptoms include excessive sweating, rapid breathing, a quickened heartbeat, nausea and dizziness.read more
Mouse in your house?
With cooler weather approaching, many people may begin to see rodent invaders enter their home trying to escape the dropping temperatures. Granted it is not cold...yet. The reason many people are running into mice, and other rodents, is because temperatures were mild and 'spring-like'. This kept lawns, weeds, and trees growing, instead of going dormant. This constant growth of foliage provides the cover needed for all rodents. The growth in foliage allows them to avoid natural predators (cats, dogs, hawks, owls, etc.) giving them a surplus in numbers and expanding their territory.read more
The Basics of the Box Elder Bug
Cooler temperatures and falling leaves mean that some insects will be more prominent, and possibly looking for a place to hideÂ in your home over the winter. One such insect is the Box Elder Bug.
Box elder Bugs inherited their name by their preferred food source, the Box elder Tree. But, you can also find them feeding on the sap and seeds of other trees such as Maple, Ash and some other fruit trees.read more
Fruit Flies: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Letâ��s face it, when they are annoyingly flying around us, we probably aren't going to imagine there is anything beneficial about a Fruit Fly, but surprisingly, there is!read more