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Bed Bug Peace of Mind for Sale-Products That We Offer and Travel Tips

Bedbug magnify44032861_sIt’s a worrisome question we all must ponder these days when we decide to travel, will we bring home bed bugs with us? When armed with knowledge and backed with some prevention aids, we can travel and return home more at ease.

Remember When Traveling:

  • If you’re checking in a hotel or motel, put your luggage in the bathroom tub or elevated on a rack away from the bed and wall and closely inspect mattresses, paying special attention to crevices. Also inspect the headboard, sofa and chairs.
  • If bed bugs are found in your room, request a new room, but not a room that is adjacent or directly above or below the room you were originally booked. Bed bug infestations can spread to rooms closest to the infested room of origin.
  • Perform a thorough outside inspection of your luggage upon returning home. Unpack outside of your home and as an extra dose of prevention, vacuum out your suitcase(s).
  • Launder all clothing in hot water. Lastly, as an added safety measure, place dryer-safe clothing items in the dryer for 15 minutes or more on the highest setting.

We can offer some extra peace of mind in the form of products we offer for purchase.

Products for Purchase Include:

Bed Bug Monitors– Offering a couple choice in brands of bed bug monitors for early detection and monitoring.

Mattress Covers and Encasements-Available in multiple sizes.

Large Bed Bug Monitoring Units for Property Management Companies

It is important to note that while monitoring tools and methods have certainly improved; no tool exists that is 100% reliable in detecting bed bugs. If you believe you may have a bed bug problem, we recommend an inspection be performed by one of our licensed technicians or by our certified bed bug dog, Pepper.

If you’re in need of these products, an inspection or would like service options for bed bugs, give us a call at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oconomowoc office at 262-354-3444, our Oshkosh office at 920-385-0412 or toll free at 800-956-0800  Visit our website at www.safewaypest.net

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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.

Mosquitoes

It has been quite moist in Wisconsin, to put it mildly. All of this rain has to land somewhere, and much of it can collect in areas of our yards that might not come to mind. Be certain to check the areas listed below and try to make your yard a mosquito no-breed-zone.

Water Holding Containers:  Put away items such as empty flower pots, water jugs, yard toys, old tires

Small Boats/Canoes and Wheelbarrows-Store these upside down

Roof Gutters: Clean clogged gutters

Water Fountains and Bird Baths– Change the water frequently (at least once or twice a week)

Backyard Ponds-Consider agitating the water by adding a waterfall or fountain

Other Mosquito Reducing Tips:

Keep shrubs and grass in your yard well trimmed, screen all windows and doors/patch any holes in any screens, and properly maintain swimming pools.

Spiders

With over 500 species of spiders in Wisconsin, it’s not surprising that some species, both large and small, decide to build their webs on our homes and businesses.

The largest species are members of the family Lycosidae, such as wolf spiders, funnel web spiders and nursery web spiders.

Most spiders are beneficial in managing pests due to their diet of insects. Speaking of taking bites, although poisonous spiders exist, most spiders are harmless.

Spider Reducing Tips: Keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free, caulk around window and doors to prevent spiders from entering, keep wood and rock piles away from your home and remove webbing in your home by using a broom or vacuum.

Carpenter Bees

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. Carpenter bees do not eat wood, but burrow into wood and nest within the wood. Unfortunately, nesting sites can be dangerous around your home. Many times you will see these bees around your eaves and building nests within wood structures on your property such as sheds, decks and in wood piles.

These bees typically are not aggressive, but can sting multiple times without dying if they feel their nest is being threatened.

Carpenter Bee Reduction Tips: Preventive treatments such as painting wood with thick coats of oil based or latex paints will help reduce nesting sites.

At Safeway Pest Management, our technicians are licensed and trained to safely deal with stinging insects and their nests. If you’re hearing buzzing, have a spider or mosquito problem, 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

You can also visit our website at www.safewaypest.net

Ask us about our Mosquito Special! An entire season of protection for only $295!

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Mosquitoes: Fight the Bite!

MosquitoThe 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.

 

Some common areas where mosquitoes breed and some tips to reduce their numbers:

Water Holding Containers:  Put away items such as empty flower pots, water jugs, yard toys, old tires

Small Boats/Canoes and Wheelbarrows-Store these upside down

Roof Gutters: Clean clogged gutters

Water Fountains and Bird Baths– Change the water frequently (at least once or twice a week)

Backyard Ponds-Consider agitating the water by adding a waterfall or fountain

 

Some other helpful mosquito reducing tips:

Fill open tree stumps with sand

Keep shrubs and grass in your yard well trimmed

Cover Trash Containers

Check for any leaks on outdoor faucets

Check and straighten any tarps that have pooling water

Properly maintain swimming pools

Dispose of all empty beverage containers and lids

Screen all windows and doors, patch any holes in screens

 

Ask us about our Mosquito Special, an entire season of protection for only $295!

Safeway Pest Management Muskego Office: 262-679-4422 Oconomowoc Office: 262-354-3444 or Toll Free 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web: www.safewaypest.net

 

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Preventing Pesky Pantry Pests

pantrypest.jpgFinding pantry pests while preparing a holiday meal can immediately curb any appetite. There are various varieties of pests that can invade food products, but the most common in Wisconsin are the Indian-meal moth, the Saw-toothed grain beetle, the Red flour beetle and the Cigarette beetle.

Although these pests are for the most part harmless, they are the last thing we want to see when we open a package of food.

Pantry pests are typically found in dry goods such as flour, pancake mix, cake mix, macaroni, cereals, dried fruit, spices, crackers and pet and bird food and surprisingly, even potpourri. Stored food insects will most likely infest opened products, but are capable of chewing their way inside or finding a way inside via a seam or fold in the packaging.

Food of any age can become infested, although food items that have been stored on shelves for long periods of time are most susceptible to infestation. Infestation can occur anywhere from the production process to storage on shelving in your home, but most infestations happen in store or in home.

Preventing Pantry Pests

  • Inspect packages for damage at the store before bringing them into your home. Look for any tears or openings on the packaging. Also check the freshness date.
  • Use oldest items in your pantry first. Rid your pantry of old, unused items.
  • Store items in airtight containers, especially if you buy in bulk.
  • Keep birdseed and pet food in closed containers and inspect those containers regularly.
  • Keep food storage areas clean. Vacuum any loose food remnants in cracks and corners.
  • Add a bay leaf to stored containers of dry goods such as flour and rice, the pungent smell repels many pantry pests.*
  • Call a licensed pest management company if you find a pantry infestation.

 

The pest specialists at Safeway Pest Management are knowledgeable and ready to help with your pantry pest problem or any other insect problem that you may be dealing with. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 in Muskego, 262-354-3444 in Oconomowoc or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.

 

*Tip Source: NPMA

 

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Converging Cluster Flies

Cluster Fly

Cluster Fly by: NPMA

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, which hails from the Blow fly family (but has much better sanitary skills), is a little larger than a House fly. Cluster flies are a dull gray and have golden hairs on the thorax, which gives them a sparkly sheen. Upon watching their habits, you’ll notice that they are much more sluggish than the typical house fly. Cluster flies are often called attic or window flies, as you can find them in those locations rather than flying around your kitchen.

The process of life for the Cluster fly has much to do with worms. Adults will leave their overwintering sites in the Spring and will lay eggs in the soil where there are earthworms. The hatching larvae enter earthworms and finish the maturing process. With the onset of autumn, Cluster flies will seek secure overwintering sites. Preferred sites are secluded areas of homes and buildings, such as attics and wall voids.

During the autumn you’ll find Cluster flies congregating on the sunny side of buildings and buzzing in windows. They use scent to attract other flies; this sweet scent can even be smelled by humans. Cluster flies will not damage your home, but they can leave small stains on walls and curtains, especially when crushed. They do not hover and land on your food like the average house fly, and are not known to carry or transfer any diseases.

The best method to rid your home of Cluster flies is to start with early prevention techniques.

  • Seal and caulk cracks and crevices around the foundation, windows and doors.
  • Make sure all screens around the home are secure and free of openings.
  • Contact a pest management professional if the problem warrants it.

The pest specialists at Safeway Pest Management are knowledgeable and ready to help with your fly problem, or any other insect problem that may be bothering you. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.

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Why are Stinging Insects So Angry?

It gets to be late summer, and just when you begin to feel like you’ve grown accustomed to what the season brings, along comes some angry stinging insects to cause a commotion!

Late summer and early autumn are a typical times to find stinging insects around your home and yard.

While many stinging insects are important pollinators, they are also a serious health threat to humans. Millions of Americans are at risk for stings that will lead to an allergic reaction, especially from insects such as wasps and yellow jackets, which can sting multiple times.

So why do stinging insects attack?

Many of the hornet and yellow jacket species that sting us are social insects. Social insects live in colonies and social insects treat those colonies as humans do their families. In the spring a single solitary queen will emerge from winter dormancy and begin the task of starting the family. The workers mature over the summer and become very busy killing insects to feed the larvae in the nest.

Until midsummer the most common reason for an attack is if an insect feels its nest is under attack (to protect the nest).

Many species of stinging insects will build nests in the vicinity of humans, so even walking near a nest by your home could potentially pose a threat to a stinging insect. In fact, not only will an individual insect have an issue with your presence, but they will also release a pheromone and communicate to the rest of the nest inhabitants to take notice of you.

Things change when the queen starts to lay her final brood, which the kings will soon fly away to begin their own colonies. Once the males do exit the nest in late summer, their sisters who are left behind have nothing left to guard. Their only tasks are to protect themselves and to eat whatever they want. This tends to be sugary foods, which humans have plenty of, which is why August and September are months that bring the most yellow jacket stings.

Some helpful tips:

  • Instead of swatting at a stinging insect, try gently blowing it away from a distance.
  • If you are being attacked, stay calm and try not to flail your arms, but do run! It’s best to try and find some kind of barrier to distance yourself from the stinging insects, such as inside a car or building. Jumping into water is not advisable.
  • Wear shoes when walking in a grassy area.
  • Carefully inspect areas in your yard for nest activity before you do work in those areas.
  • Remove crumbs and spills from an outdoor eating area immediately.
  • If you notice a hive, it is always best to call a licensed professional to remove it safely!

At Safeway Pest Management, our technicians are licensed and trained to safely deal with stinging insects and their nests. If you’re hearing buzzing, or see a nest, call Safeway Pest Management at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800

You can also visit our website at www.safewaypest.net

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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 1/16th “). 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.

Pharaoh ants take advantage of our artificial heating indoors to survive the winter. Infestations commonly occur in food service or unsanitary areas, although nesting will be in well-protected and hidden areas throughout a structure. Pharaoh ants can be found outdoors during warmer months in garden, patio or lawn areas.

Pharaoh ants, which have also been referred to as “sugar ants”, eat many types of foods and other insects, but especially prefer sweets, greases and meats. These trail-making ants will be found foraging through unsanitary places and/or pet food areas quite often looking for food.

The most obvious signs of a Pharaoh ant infestation are simply witnessing the small workers as they forage along surfaces; they will appear as trails in motion.

Medical facilities are of a heightened concern with pharaoh ants, as the ants can spread diseases such as salmonella, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and more, and contaminate sterile equipment and rooms. Because Pharaoh ants have a well-known knack for “getting into” things, they can typically transmit multiple pathogenic pathogens to patients.

Pharaoh ants can build nests in wall and cabinet voids, behind baseboards, refrigerator insulation, the hollows of curtain rods, the folds of clothes, boxes of food, sheets and paper and other quiet, dark spaces.

Pharaoh ants have multiple queens and are able to move their colonies from place to place when disturbed. A colony of Pharaoh ants will scatter if a toxic substance disturbs it, creating multiple problems and colonies where before there had been only one.

Pharaoh ants rarely cause damage to buildings, although they can be a nuisance since nests can be difficult to eliminate.

Pharaoh Ant Prevention Tips:

  • Keep pet and human food in stored containers.
  • Daily wash dishes (food stained dishes can be a food source).
  • Clean up crumbs and spills immediately.
  • Keep tight-fitting lids on garbage containers.
  • Avoid using ant and bug spray as it can cause the nests to split and spread the infestation out.
  • Pharaoh ants are a difficult pest to control, it is best to find a professional to help.

Safeway Pest Management’s pest specialists are licensed, trained and knowledgeable about Pharaoh and other ant problems. Call us now for a free quote at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit our website at http://www.safewaypest.net.

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