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Clothes Moth Infestations

Sweater with moth holesThe warm temperatures of spring may be your cue to store away your cold weather clothes items until next winter.  But what if, upon admiring that woolen pullover next fall, you spot holes chewed in the fabric, that make that garment look more like a piece of Swiss cheese?  Well, unfortunately, you may have a clothes moth infestation.

Clothes moths are responsible for attacking a variety of materials around a home.  Materials that are readily infested include sweaters, coats, upholstery, blankets and any other silk or woolen products. Furs, hair, leather and hides, animal trophies, feathers and dried meat products are also among the vulnerable items. Read More »

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5 Praying Mantis Facts

praying-mantisThe praying mantis – an undeniably impressive insect. Carnivorous and camouflaged, the praying mantis gets its name for the way their front legs are bent in a “praying” motion. Most mantis species are colored green or brown so they can blend in with leaves and foliage which enables them to patiently stalk insects like flies and grasshoppers.

The fearsome predators are capable of killing prey 3 times its size. Praying mantises feed on insects, mice, small turtles and even snakes. Striking twice as fast as a blink of an eye, praying mantises will slowly devour the unfortunate prey slowly with its ultra sharp mandibles. Read More »

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Differences Between Moles, Voles and Shrews

The Differences between Moles, Voles and ShrewsOftentimes our customers call us to report seeing a small, mouse-like creature scurrying around their landscape.  Typically, customers notice burrows in their mulch, or runways that part the grass or in the snow.  The culprits are little creatures commonly referred to as moles, but in reality, they may actually be a mole, vole or a shrew.  Why is it important to distinguish which one you are dealing with?  Well, like most of the pests that we deal with, proper identification is critical because each have different characteristics that will help dictate the best management strategy.

Moles, voles and shrews can easily be distinguished from one another by looking at some of the key physical characteristics of each.  A mole has a pointed snout, enlarged front feet, and eyes and ears so tiny that they are not visible.  A vole, also called a meadow mouse, has rounded ears and body and is reddish or brown and black in color with a gray underside.  And finally, a shrew has a pointed snout, but unlike the mole, a shrew’s front feet are not enlarged.  Also, a shrew’s eyes are tiny, but they are visible in most species. Read More »

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Spiders Considered Good Luck?

red knee tarantulaThere are over 40,000 species of spiders worldwide, with approximately 3700 of those species occurring in North America.  Of these 3700 species of spiders, only a very small amount will find their way into homes and human structures. And from these, an even smaller proportion will attract the attention of home and business owners enough to seek out pest control.

Logically speaking spiders should be considered the good guys of the arthropod world, because they are not destructive, do not spread disease, do not create allergens, and they eat insects!  However, despite these positive attributes, spiders are not highly regarded in the U.S. Though little more than a nuisance pest, spiders are generally considered unacceptable to share a living and work space with.  Oftentimes spiders evoke more psychological damage than anything else.  People’s dislike for spiders can range from being creeped-out, to an irrational psychological fear, called arachnophobia. Read More »

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Preventing Fly Infestations

fly infestations Whether it’s your local family restaurant, a four star hotel, your local pub, or a health care facility, there is no place that’s immune to developing fly infestations, if the conditions are right.  While they’re primarily nuisance pests, flies are a public health concern due to their habits of frequenting some very unsanitary places and then flying to your food with their dirty, bacteria infested bodies.

When we hear from our customers regarding a fly problem, it’s likely because they’re seeing adult flies popping up, sometimes in large numbers.  Whether they’re resting on the wall in the bakery, flying around the food or buzzing the customers, these pests must be dealt with quickly.

The small flies that we most commonly encounter at our accounts include fruit flies, phorid flies, drain flies and fungus gnats.  These flies are all relatively small flies, with an average size of about 1/8 of an inch long.  Each of these flies have one thing in common: they all require decaying organic matter in which to breed.  Additionally, each of these flies can establish huge populations indoors, as long as they have the right medium to breed in. Read More »

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