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What Kind of Insects Will You Encounter While Camping?

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Aug 31, 2015 9:56:23 AM

Since I have been married, camping has been a fun summer pastime with the in-laws. This summer was extra special, because we had a brand new family member along. My brother and sister-in-law welcomed a new baby! Grandma and Grandpa were so delighted with the addition, they couldn’t wait to upgrade their camper from a 5 person sleeper to a 7. As you can imagine, extra space (and an extra child) brings a bit more of a mess -- and what comes with a mess? Extra bugs, of course! Along with a few other critters.

When I took our boys out to the camper this time, I encountered way more insects than I thought could exist in one place. I was beyond ready to pack up and go home. But with the idea of maintaining family harmony and the thought that I might just get some good ideas to pass along to all of you, I settled in for what became a pretty bumpy (and buzzy) ride. Here are a few of the highlights and some advice on what to do if you run into uninvited guests on your next camping trip.

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Topics: Pest Control

8 Simple Solutions To Keep Ants Away From Your Home

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Aug 26, 2015 12:05:33 PM

Have you ever noticed that you rarely see a lone ant? That’s because they travel in colonies and when one little scavenger picks up the scent of food, he carries it back to his nest. Soon the whole family lines up and follows the leader -- and before you know it, they’ve made themselves at home in your kitchen or on your outdoor buffet.

But the good news is, there are ways to throw off their little scent detectors and keep them away from your home. And many of them are as close as your kitchen cupboard.

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Topics: Pest Control

End of Summer Survival Guide - Avoid Ants and Prevent Mice!

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 25, 2015 9:00:00 AM

If you’re like me, you’ve already survived sunburns, embraced freckles, and given up hope of avoiding bug bites over the course of this summer. But none of that means we won’t still be spending as much time as possible at the beach, by the pool, or finding a way to burn off that endless energy kids are so full of during summer break.

No matter what Pinspirations we had when summer began, now it’s all about making it to the first day of school without any broken bones or (another) visit to the ER! These tips will help you make it through the homestretch as you countdown the days until school starts.

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Topics: Pest Control

Pest Problems Worsen in the Wake of Wildfires

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 24, 2015 8:40:13 AM

Wildfires are raging across drought stricken regions in the west. Thousands of acres are burning, and while firefighters are struggling to contain each blaze, people and animals are being forced out of their homes. Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with! For all the beauty and bounty she offers us, it can be taken away just as quickly. We do our best to prepare in advance, but many times, all we can do is pick up the pieces and begin again.

The last thing anyone needs in the midst of recovering from a natural disaster is another sort of natural problem, like a pest infestation. No one really thinks about the effects flood, fire, or other catastrophes have on rodents or insects, but small pests can be a big problem in the aftermath of disaster. Even if your home avoids ruin, damage in neighboring areas can cause bugs and rodents to move into your house. Protecting your property against pests may never be as crucial as it is after a wildfire.

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Topics: Pest Control

Oklahoma Mother Loses Limbs After Being Bitten By A Tick

Posted by Kari Warberg Block

Aug 17, 2015 3:24:00 PM

Late last week, it was reported, that an Oklahoma woman was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever -- a tick-borne illness that can be fatal if not treated quickly. According to ABC News, she had been hiking close to the Oklahoma – Arkansas border and began to feel sick shortly after her return. 


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Topics: Pest Control

Is Your City Infested? Rats, Roaches and Mice Invade U.S. homes.

Posted by Rita Stadler

Aug 17, 2015 10:31:34 AM

When Chicago was named “the rattiest city” by a pest control company last year, the implications of the title were a bit murky. Would that be the new headline on tourist brochures? Probably not. But who really cares where all the rats are, unless you want to know where not to go?

Now the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey has painted a vivid picture about the places where pests are most prevalent, and it isn’t pretty! Cockroaches, rats and mice were the focus of the survey which polled 25 metropolitan areas. New York City ranked the worst with the most combined pest sightings, while the most cockroaches were found in Tampa, the most mice in Philly, and the most rats in Seattle.

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Taking the sting out of summer: How to avoid a bee or wasp encounter

Posted by Martha the Mouse Detective

Aug 13, 2015 8:14:00 AM

It never fails, whenever we are enjoying a nice family dinner outside, a wasp has to swoop in and take a taste for himself. If that's all that he was doing, I could get over it pretty quickly, but it's certainly no fun when he starts to sting and the kids jump up screaming, throwing their food over their heads. Perhaps it could be a little pay back for when I was a youngster. I do recall a time when I was stung in the back of our SUV. Let's just say that the dog enjoyed an entire dish of ice cream that he got to lick not only off the roof, but all the way down to the floor boards.

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Topics: Pest Control

Getting to Know the Kitchen Ant and The Secret That Drives Them Away

Posted by Rita Stadler

Jul 28, 2015 11:23:16 AM

No one really wants ants in their kitchen, but from their perspective -- there really couldn’t be a cozier place to call home. It’s all a matter of understanding their point of view. Imagine for a moment that an ant could tell you her favorite food, or how she always seems to know where to find your stash of sweets. It would be so easy to keep them out of your kitchen if only you knew what made it so attractive. Since pavement ants are common kitchen invaders, we’ve done the imagining for you, and profiled this pest so you can know the best way to keep them out.

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Topics: Pest Control

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