Cockroaches for Dinner

May 24, 2013 by · Comments Off on Cockroaches for Dinner 

One of the best ways to get rid of any insect is a combination of different strategies.

Check out this article… http://news.yahoo.com/cockroaches-quickly-lose-sweet-tooth-survive-180617353.html

Although some cockroaches may not choose to eat certain bait, it’s very important to find the epicenter or breeding ground of the colony.  As the article states, they can begin to reproduce at a very early age, so the sooner you attack them at the source the better off you’re going to be. 

An interesting line in this article refers to the chance a cockroach may hitch a ride home with you in your shopping bag.  Sounds like the Bed Bug and the Cockroach are getting creative to find ways to infest your homes! 

Bed Bugs Hitting the Road

May 24, 2013 by · Comments Off on Bed Bugs Hitting the Road 

Interesting article on FoxNews.com…about bed bugs and how they can hitch a ride on just about anything.http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/05/23/bed-bug-increasae-threat-to-motorists/?intcmp=HPBucket

Make sure you are aware of what the signs of Bed Bug infestations are.  You certainly don’t want these coming home with you after a trip.

Here are some simple things to look for:

  • Stains from Human Blood and Bed Bug Feces
  • Sheds from Bed Bug Skin
  • Eggs or Larvae 

To look for the actual bug is difficult because they are very small and typically come out at night to feed on you when you’re sleeping.  Nasty, I know… but it’s better to know this and identify it before it’s too late. 

If you decide to look for the actual bugs you may want to start with the mattress seams, baseboards and any cracks around the bed.  Bed Bugs typically stay close to beds because they don’t like to travel too far away from a meal… unless they like the taste of your blood and decide to hop in the car with you to make the trip back to your home.

Bat Eviction – Interview From Hard Hat, High Heels 10/01/10

October 14, 2010 by · Comments Off on Bat Eviction – Interview From Hard Hat, High Heels 10/01/10 

The ladies over at Hard Hat High Heels had Smart Pest Solutions, on their show other day to talk about critter control and have us show them the Smart Pest Solutions approach. This segment is the first from the show, illustrating the eviction process Smart Pest Solutions takes for bats in a residential location. This a great case study for critter control and demonstrates the care Smart Pest Solutions takes in servicing their clients.

Thanks so much to the Hard Hat High Heels crew for having us on. We look forward to working on more “Dirty Heels” segments in the future!

Bats in Your Attic?

August 5, 2010 by · Comments Off on Bats in Your Attic? 

Here’s the video and story that ABC-5 ran on Pesky Bats Seeking Shelter in Homes.

Remember, with so many mosquitoes and insects to feast on this time of year, bats follow the food and love the humid air. They don’t need a big opening to find a place of residence in your attic.

Bedbug Bag Dropped at Des Moines Armory

July 21, 2010 by · Comments Off on Bedbug Bag Dropped at Des Moines Armory 

“Des Moines officials believe a saboteur most likely left a bag crawling with bedbugs in the hallway of a city office building.”

Bed BugThat’s the lead of a Des Moines Register front page story online today: Mischief Suspected in Des Moines bedbug drop at the Armory Buidling downtown

A nasty delivery to be sure. Bed bugs feed on blood, including the human variety.  Unfortunately, though custodians found the bag in the middle of a hallway (suspicious!), they didn’t find it soon enough. and some bugs spread through the building. About 200 people work in the Armory Building.

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tarantulas

May 5, 2010 by · Comments Off on tarantulas 

Tarantulas

There are about 30 different kinds of tarantulas in the U.S. Most are found in the southern states. The bite of a tarantula is painful but not dangerous. Some species have the ability to shoot hairs as a defense mechanism the hairs can be irritating. Tarantulas build burrows in the ground and then ambush prey. They will feed on any kind of insect or even small rodents.

In Iowa, these are not a realistic pest to have to deal with. If any are found it would be from a released pet or pet shop. Tarantulas are beneficial spiders in areas where they are found. Adults have been reported to live for two years or more

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wolf spiders

May 4, 2010 by · Comments Off on wolf spiders 

Wolf Spiders

There are about 100 species of wolf spider in the U.S. They can be intimidating because of the large sizes they can reach, up to 35mm. usually black in color; they are also brown and spotted. Wolf spiders hunt large insects and run quite fast on the ground. They have burrows in the ground and usually leave at night to hunt prey.

            Wolf spiders can be found frequently indoors and can bite humans. They also help keep general insect numbers in check. Wood piles, underneath stones and rocks are good breeding grounds for the spiders. The large, hairy appearance is usually the worst thing about these spiders. Wolf spiders are active in day and night

sac spiders

May 3, 2010 by · Comments Off on sac spiders 

Sac spiders

Sac spiders are yellow in color and build a sac like structure where they hide in the daytime. There are only two species of sac spiders in the U.S. but it is thought that they are responsible for very high percentage of spider bites inside homes. It is not known if the bites can become serious. They are about 4-10 mm in size.

            Bites are generally when the spider is disturbed in bedding or clothing but it is thought that they will also bite when unprovoked. They will be found in corners of ceilings and walls of basements and all over the house. Sac spiders are a nuisance and should be treated with insecticides when large numbers are present in homes. They will be found outdoors and indoors throughout the season

Jumping Spiders

May 2, 2010 by · Comments Off on Jumping Spiders 

Jumping Spiders

This spider gets its name from the fact that they can jump to get to their prey. They are small about 4-10 mm. Jumping spiders have large eyes and a “fuzzy” appearance. Some have red on their back which can be mistaken for black widow markings. They are harmless to humans and can be found indoors.

            Jumping spiders do not catch prey in webs but will have small webs for protection and escape. They are unusual from other spiders in that they will be quite active during the day and love warm, sunny days. They can jump up to 20 times their body length. They can be found on cement porches, woodpiles, fences and old wood. Control is obtained through spraying

house spiders

May 1, 2010 by · Comments Off on house spiders 

House Spiders

House spiders are found all over the U.S. and the world. They are the most prevalent spider in homes and structures. The webs can become a nuisance if not removed on a regular basis. They are about 5-8mm in size and are brown or black colored.

            House spiders prefer dark, moist areas with high numbers of other insects. They can be controlled with spraying and removal of webs and eggs. They are harmless to people but rather a housekeeping nuisance

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