bat services in iowa

March 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Bats in homes and structures

Catching bats in a home can be tricky. Use towels or nets to contain the bat and then release it in another area outside. Releasing it close to the house will not do much good as the bat will probably just reenter where it originally got in. Gimmicky sound devices and moth balls do not work to repel bats. The best method of permanently keeping bats out of the house is a bat eviction service. This includes sealing all gaps that are a ¼ inch or greater and installing bat vents on areas that bats use to get in. After about a week, the vents can be removed and sealed. This is the only real way to keep bats from entering homes.

Indian Meal Moth

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IndianMeal Moth

 

These pests are found worldwide and very important because of the enormous amount of damage they do. Indianmeal moths are 5-20 mm long and infest cornmeal. Adults actually do not do damage. The larvae feed on dog food, crackers, powdered milk, fruits and many other items. When mature they can be found flying all over the house or structure.

Drugstore Beetle

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Drugstore Beetle

Drugstore beetles arefound worldwide. They are a pest of drug stores and about 2-3mm in size. Color is off brown. Larvae are white and look like a maggot. The main food sources are flour, bread, breakfast foods and pepper. They will also attack paper items like books. Control consists of getting rid of infested items and sealing other items.

Jumping Spiders

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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.

. 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.

Should I feed the deer?

February 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This winter has been brutal for the wildlife population. Unbelievable amounts of snow made it through global warming. This puts a distinct stress on the deer population here in Iowa. My father lives in a somewhat remote area outside of the Des Moines area and has taken to feeding deer. There is now a herd of about 30 plus deer stationed in his yard on a daily basis. These are not squirrels or birds. Will this protect the precious trees in his yard from being eaten? Will this save the Iowa deer ? The short answer is, no. While my father has a kind heart and has tamed a few Iowa deer they are not any less likely from eating his prescious foliage. In fact, feeding deer increases the likelihood that they will munch on your available greens and twigs. Instead, don’t feed your woodland friends. They will find food elsewhere and will be less likely to snack on your plants and trees.

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Ants and Ant control in Iowa Odorous House Ants

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Brownish to black in color about 2 to 3mm in size. Sweets and meats are the primary food. Odorous house ants can be found beneath boards and rocks or anywhere inside the home. Odorous house ants can become major pests inside especially after rains that wash away honey dew which is their primary food source. Control of house ants… Homeowners will have a tough time getting rid of odorous house ants on their own. Some exterminators will find it difficult as well. It is necessary to make sure sweets, soda, crumbs, and other foods are clean. Odorous house ants will invade the home when food is available.

Ant Control Little Black Ants

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Ants and Ant control in Iowa Little Black Ants

Shiny and black in color 1 to 2 mm long. Little black ants feed on sweets, meats, grease, fruit, vegetables and bread. Little black ants can be found in summer along sidewalks, under rocks, and in the soil. Little black ants can be a nuisance when they come inside and adapt to garages and protection of homes. Control can be done with over the counter products, residual sprays and dusts. Boric acid can be effective

Yellow ant control Citronella ants

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Ants and Ant control in Iowa Larger Yellow Ants

Yellow to brown and 4 to 5 mm in length they feed on sweets. Yellow ants can be found in old logs, under stones, and along sidewalks.Yellow ants are sometimes referred to as citronella ants because they give off this odor when crushed. Yellow ants are harmless to people and will not cause damage. Many times these ants are found around pipes and drains or under stones. Control of yellow ants is not necessary unless they become a nuisance in the home. Some common over the counter chemicals will be effective in treating the yellow ants. Dusts and boric acid will work as well as simply vacuuming

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Iowa Honey Ant Control

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Ants and ant control in Iowa Honey Ants

Light to dark brown, 3to 4 mm in length. Honey ants feed on sweets and found in soil in shady, cool areas. Honey ants feed until size is abnormal and then regurgitate to feed the other ants. Control of honey ants is not usually necessary in the home

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Ant control in Iowa Field Ants

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Ants and Ant control in Iowa Field Ants

Red, brown, black or combinations of colors. 3 to 7mm long. Sweets and meats are preferred food. Field ants will be found outdoors along fences and sidewalks. Only occasionally invade homes. Control of field ants is not usually necessary

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