• Feb
    • 26
    • 2016

Spiders: Creepy Pests Crawling Through Your Home

You’ll hear from us soon if we’ve treated your home for spiders in years past. We call our clients in March and April before any arachnids start to appear and to schedule your summer treatments.

There are about 3,000 types of spiders in North America. Only two are dangerous to people – the black widow and brown recluse. Luckily, they are not native to Wisconsin and rarely found in the state.

House Spider

House spiders

The house spider is most likely to invade your home. These arachnids aren’t harmful, but their webs bother most homeowners. They build all over houses. If the web doesn’t catch any prey, the spider abandons it and builds another.

Webs from house spiders

House spiders thrive in garages, sheds, barns and warehouses. They find more insects to eat in these places and like the higher humidity.

Cellar Spiders (AKA Daddy-Long-Legs)

Cellar spiders

You probably know long-bodied cellar spiders as daddy-long-legs. There are about 20 species of these long, thin-legged spiders. They like dark, damp places like basements and garages. They continuously add to old webs, quickly covering large areas. Daddy-long-legs are not dangerous to people.

Jumping Spiders

Jumping spiders

Jumping spiders are active during the daytime and seem to like sunlight, according to the National Pest Management Association. They have the best vision of any arachnids, and they can jump, crawl sideways and scurry backwards very quickly.

Jumping spiders don’t make webs to trap prey. Instead, they build retreats for themselves. They like to build hideouts under furniture, around door and window moulding, in drapes and in cracks in wood floods. Jumping spiders bite, but they are not poisonous.

Orb Weaver Spiders

Orb weaver spiders

Orb weaver spiders vary in color, size and shape. These arachnids create round webs with strands connecting like wheel spokes. Most build webs vertically among branches, stems of plants and buildings. Their webs can span several feet in length.

Orb weavers use their webs to catch insects for food. Large orb weavers can even capture and eat hummingbirds and frogs. They rarely bite and are not harmful to humans.

Yellow Sac Spiders

Yellow sac spiders

Yellow sac spiders are usually found outside under objects or indoors in the corners of rooms. They build sacs in these places as hideouts.

Yellow sac spiders account for most spider bites, according to Pennsylvania State University. They often bite when they become trapped between a sleeping person’s sheets or clothing. Researchers have even observed them biting people without being provoked! Fortunately, their bites aren’t painful and don’t cause any medical problems.

We’re known for our effective spider spray to keep arachnids out of your home. We serve more people in central Wisconsin than any other pest management company. Let us take care of your home this year. Contact us today to get started.

    • Feb
    • 24
    • 2016

Where You’ll Find Pests Hiding In Your Home This Winter

Pests see your home as a safe haven during the cold winter months. They find a constant supply of food and warmth there. Keeping your house clean is one of the best things you can do to keep pests away. Knowing where pests like to hide and how they get into your home is essential to keeping them out.

Cockroaches invading home as pests

Cockroaches

Cockroaches like living behind electronics, refrigerators, microwaves and wall clocks. Some experts believe they like the radio frequencies. Cockroaches also like having their bodies surrounded by soft materials like cardboard or paper. They’ll often hide out in paper grocery bags and corrugated cardboard boxes. This is one way you may unknowingly bring them in your home.

Squirrels are pests that move into your home in winter.

Squirrels

Squirrels are a dangerous fire hazard for your home. They chew through electrical wires, which can start fires. Squirrels are a gateway pest. The holes they make in your house also let in other unwanted visitors, including birds, mice and bats. Trapping a squirrel and releasing it isn’t enough to keep these pests out of your home. They will travel up to 10 miles to return to a favorite area.

Mice move into a home as pests

Mice

Mice and other rodents can get into homes through holes the size of a dime. Rodents can contort their bodies to squeeze through tiny holes. Mice and rats are dangerous because they carry diseases and also chew through wires, creating additional fire hazards.

Bedbugs are pests found in the home.

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are hitchhikers. They enter your home on your clothes, luggage, furniture and more. Call us if you spot signs of bedbugs. Once we treat your home, we’ll have you wash and dry all of your clothes, sheets, pillows and towels. The heat from your dryer kills bedbugs and their eggs.

If you’re traveling and wondering how to keep bedbugs out of your luggage, keep your suitcases in the shower in your hotel room. The bathtub and shower are usually farthest from the bed, where bedbugs will most likely be hiding. Never let your suitcase touch the hotel bed. Also make sure you check between the mattress and box spring of the hotel bed for black spots, which are a sign of bedbugs.

If You Find Pests In Your Home

Call us at (920) 582-9000 or send us a message if you see signs of any of these pests in your home. The longer you wait to contact a professional, the worse the problem will become.

    • Feb
    • 19
    • 2016

Mice: Dangerous Health Hazards For Humans

Mice eating berry

House mice are considered the most common mammal in the U.S., according to the National Pest Management Association. Rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes each winter, affecting 29 percent of Americans. The Midwest has the lowest number of reported rodent problems.

Mice outdoors

Outdoor mice breed in the spring and fall, but they can reproduce at any time when indoors. Females can give birth when they are only two months old, and they can have a dozen babies every three weeks. That’s as many as 150 offspring in one year for just one mouse!

Why Mice Are Health Hazards

Mice are dangerous to your health. They spread bacteria and viruses through their droppings, urine and saliva. They carry as many as 200 human pathogens, including Hantavirus and Salmonella. Each mouse produces between 40 and 100 droppings per day. Mice constantly give off micro-droplets of urine, contaminating your house as they scurry through it. People can even pick up diseases by breathing in rodent-contaminated dust. Mice also bring fleas, mites, ticks and lice into your house.

Where Mice Hide In Homes

Mice crawling out of bread

Kitchens are the most common place to find mice. About 50 percent of people with mouse infestations found rodents there. Open food in your pantry isn’t safe from mice, even if it’s stored on a high shelf. They are good jumpers, climbers and swimmers. Store food in hard, plastic containers with airtight lids to keep these pests out. Other common places to find rodents include basements, garages, attics and storage sheds.

Contact us at (920) 582-9000 if you see any of these disease-carrying pests or their droppings in your home. If you see one mouse, you’ll soon see many more. Also check out our previous blog about ways to keep mice out of your home.

    • Feb
    • 05
    • 2016

Cockroaches: Dangerous Household Pests

Cockroaches are a dangerous pest to have in your home because of health and safety issues. They are known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks. They also spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. They can live for a month without food and two weeks without water, making them hard to eliminate. Contact us for professional pest control if you spot a cockroach in your home or business.

Types of Cockroaches

These three types of cockroaches are common household pests. All are found in Wisconsin.

German Cockroaches

(Photo from the University of Florida)

German cockroaches are the most common type of cockroach. They will feed on almost anything, including soap and toothpaste. German cockroaches live in kitchens and bathrooms. They make their way into new spaces by hiding in cardboard boxes, secondhand appliances and grocery bags. We most often receive calls about German cockroaches.
American Cockroaches

The American cockroach is the largest type of cockroach. It often enters houses and buildings through drains and pipes. American cockroaches are most active in temperatures 70 degrees and higher. However, they can survive lower temperatures. We receive a few calls about them.

Oriental Cockroaches

(Photo from the University of Florida)

Oriental cockroaches feed on decaying and starchy foods. They can survive outside in freezing temperatures. They get into homes and other buildings by crawling under doors, along pipes and through floor drains. We have only received one call about oriental cockroaches during our time in business.

Cockroach Threats

Cockroaches can spread at least 33 types of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and other human pathogens. They pick up pathogens on their legs and bodies as they crawl through sewers and other dirty spaces and then contaminate your home upon infestation.

Cockroaches also cause allergies and asthma attacks, especially in children.

Cockroach Prevention

Cockroaches hate clean areas. Control these pests using these tips:

-Vacuum often
-Keep kitchens clean and free of crumbs
-Seal entrances around utility pipes
-Ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup

If you notice cockroaches in your home or workspace, contact us immediately. Our certified pest control technicians treat pest problems to keep you and your family safe and healthy.