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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.


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.


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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Hair-Raising Halloween Pests- How to Pest-Proof Your Home

If you think about some of the creepy things found in your typical haunted house, it may shock you to realize that many are pest-related! There are Halloween horrors such as: Webs filled with spooky spiders in windows, cockroaches in the kitchen, and rodents running along the walls. Having these pests in your home can be a truly hair-raising experience no matter what time of the year!

Haunted House

Spiders, while beneficial in your garden and in reducing the number of other insects in your home, can also bite humans.

Cockroaches are an unsanitary pest and known carriers of diseases such as salmonella and dysentery and can cause asthmatic reactions and allergic reactions in some individuals.

Rodents like mice and rats can carry diseases such as leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, hantavirus and salmonellosis. They also have the ability to chew through electrical cords, which can spark fires.

Some Halloween Pest-Proofing Tips:

  • On the exterior of your home, seal any noticeable cracks or openings, especially around pipes and wiring that enter your home.
  • Keep food in closed containers, left out food attracts pests.
  • Clean up spills and garbage. Keep garbage in a closed container.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and 5 inches off of the ground.
  • Call a pest professional if needed.

Safeway Pest Management is licensed, certified, knowledgeable and available to answer any questions or help with treatment of your pest problems. Please call 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 http://www.safewaypest.net

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The Fear of the 8 Legged Creepy-Crawlies

With over 35, 000 species of creepy-crawly spiders in the world (about 500 in Wisconsin), it’s not really a surprise that there is a common fear of them. It is said that 2 out of 10 males and 6 out of 10 females suffer from Arachnophobia.

The definition of Arachnophobia is, “the extreme or irrational fear of spiders and other arachnids”. Symptoms include excessive sweating, rapid breathing, a quickened heartbeat, nausea and dizziness.

Scientists differ on the reasons and origin of the fear; some believing that it is an innate fear, a primal instinct that is not learned. In fact, according to one study in 2010, baby crickets were seemingly born fearing spiders, if their mothers were exposed to them during gestation. Other scientists believe the phobia is mostly developed from a trauma or frightening experience that occurred during early childhood. Either way, Arachnophobia can be easily triggered by those who suffer from the phobia, even by a photo, someone mentioning a spider, or just visualizing a spider.

Historically and culturally speaking, the fear of spiders in the Dark Ages was commonly associated to be due to the belief that they were a source of contamination of food and water. They were even mistakenly believed to be the cause of the Bubonic Plague (though rat-fleas were in fact the true culprits).

To be medically diagnosed with Arachnophobia, it must interfere with your daily life and prevent you from performing your daily activities normally.

Treatment options have grown over the years, including:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Systematic Desensitization: Involving a therapist exposing a patient to first photos of a spider, and then slowly working up to holding a live spider.
  • Virtual Reality Treatments: Following the same line of treatment as above, but by using a VR helmet and glove, and a computer generated spider.
  • And yes, there’s even an APP for that!

Arachnophobia aside, most spiders are mere annoyances, but the brown recluse (extremely rare in Wisconsin) and the black widow do pose a danger to humans. Both species tend to bite when threatened. The bites can be painful, cause allergic reactions and be fatal to small children.

To prevent spiders from nesting, keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free.

If you have a spider problem, we can help!

Call Safeway Pest Management at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit us at http://www.safewaypest.net

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