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Your Fall Pest-Proofing Checklist
With autumn right around the corner, and insects soon ready to find the warmth around your home, this is the best time to check off some chores from your fall pest-proofing checklist! Below are some preparations you can make to your home to prevent pests from invading your home this fall and winter.
Our licensed and certified pest specialists can inspect your home for you and treat your home if need be. Call Safeway Pest Management at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800.
You can also visit our website at www.safewaypest.net
After months of shivering, we embrace spring and the warmer breezes, but maybe not everything that blows in with the season. Pest invaders are pretty quick to get moving once the temperatures rise. Some insects you’re sure to see early on include: Boxelder bugs, Asian ladybeetles, ticks, ants and mosquitoes.
According to NPMA’s Bug Barometer, ticks and mosquitoes (along with ants) will be on the rise in numbers this year. We offer a Mosquito program that can aid in reducing numbers of both pests, while protecting your yard and family from these dangerous nuisances.
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. Ticks do not fly or jump. They will crawl onto grass or brush until they find a host to crawl up and attach to. It is thought that ticks also have the ability to wait on higher ground and drop onto a host. Ticks are in need blood to survive. They will bury themselves deep within a host and can stay attached for days to eat. A quick tick check after being outdoors and a prompt removal of a tick is important. Ticks transmit a wide array of disease-causing microbes, with Lyme disease as the highest reported tick-borne illness in Wisconsin.
Mosquitoes have been labeled as one of the deadliest killers in the world. Mosquitoes like to breed in stagnant water and have an extremely fast life cycle, which allows for quick growth in population. Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and, of course, West Nile virus.
Our Mosquito Program will give you protection all season long for only $380.00*. Contact our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, Oshkosh office at 920-385-0412 or toll free at 800-956-0800 for more information or to sign up for this beneficial program that will give you and your family Peace of Mind.
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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!
Spring Ahead Cleaning Checklist
Safeway Pest Management can inspect and locate areas that could potentially cause a pest problem. We offer one time service options, but also offer monthly, bi-monthly and seasonal options for regular maintenance of your home and business. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit our website at www.safewaypest.net to get a free quote!
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.
There are two important key points to remember in pest proofing 101. First, you want to keep pests from invading and entering your home and secondly, you want to avoid making your home inviting for any pests that do find a way inside by eliminating food and water sources.
The number one thing on your to-do list is to inspect your home.
Some other helpful pest prevention tips:
If you are in need of professional service, or if you’d like assistance in inspecting your home, call Safeway Pest Management at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oconomowoc office at 262-354-3444 or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net
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.
Boxelder 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. Their damage to trees is typically minor, they do not bite, and they also do not carry any diseases. They do, although, have the capability to leave behind “waste stains” where they have been. With all of that said, you may still consider them a nuisance when you find them covering the sunny side of your home.
Boxelder Bugs are pretty easy to spot. They are about a ½” long and have a black body with red markings on their wings.
Asian Lady Beetles are around 1/3”-1/4” long, they can be yellow-orange to red and they can have anywhere from 0-22 spots on their wings. Their diet includes plants such as Evergreens, Apple and Maple trees, alfalfa, wheat, cotton, tobacco, and small grains. Asian beetles emit an unpleasant odor and can stain surfaces with their yellowish secretions if disturbed.
Both bugs are most noticeable during the months of September and October. During that time, Boxelder bugs and Asian Lady Beetles can be found congregating in large numbers on the southern sunny and warm side of buildings, trees and rocks. Once the cooler temperatures of winter begin to set in, they will find their way inside of homes to find a protective place to overwinter.
To prevent Boxelder bugs and Asian Lady Beetles from making a home in your residence:
If the problem becomes too much to handle, it may be best to call a licensed Pest Management professional to assist.
Ask us about our Fall Preventative Treatment that prevents insects like the Boxelder bug and the Asian Lady Beetle from entering and hibernating in your home over the winter.
Call Safeway Pest Management at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oconomowoc office at 262-354-3444 or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at http://www.safewaypest.net
Some people find it confusing to find that some ladybugs are dotted and red (the Common Ladybug), while others are orange with dots (the Asian Lady beetle). There are actually about 5,000 species of the insect!
There really isn’t much difference in the two types, besides that the Asian Lady beetle has become quite the nuisance to home and business owners in Wisconsin and even nationwide. On the flip side, they are very beneficial to the farming community.
Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis), were first introduced to the U.S. in 1916 as a way to help control pests such as aphids and other soft-bodied arthropods. After about 1988, populations of Lady beetles began to explode and create a problem.
After a good frost, lady beetles will find shelter in homes and buildings. You can find them resting on the Southwestern sides of homes and buildings, usually in the afternoon hours. When seeking warmth, they will crawl on the siding and find their way in around windows, vents, doors, attics, wall voids, or cracks in the foundation. Once inside, they will usually remain there until their area warms up again (usually until the temperature is around 50 °F).
Safeway Pest Management offers a couple options for the eradication of Asian Lady beetles. We offer a one-time service and/or a Fall power spray service that will aid in the prevention of lady beetles entering and hibernating in your home or business over the winter.
For more information, give us a call! 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800
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Some Asian Lady Beetle Facts:
They are around 1/3”-1/4” long
They can be yellow-orange to red
They can have anywhere from 0-22 spots on their wings
Their diet includes plants such as: evergreens, apple and maple trees, alfalfa, wheat, cotton, tobacco, and small grains
Asian Beetles emit an unpleasant odor and can stain surfaces with their yellowish secretions if disturbed
To prevent unwanted Lady Beetles from entering your home:
Seal any cracks in windows, doors, or other places they might enter the house
Sweep and Vacuum to remove and release unwanted beetles from indoors
If a problem becomes too daunting or overwhelming, it’s best to call a professional, licensed pest management company to assist.