How to prevent mice in your home!

To keep mice and other rodents out, make sure all holes of larger diameter than a pencil are sealed. Keep areas clear and store boxes off of the floor because mice can hide in clutter. Don’t overlook proper drainage at the foundation and always install gutters or diverts which will channel water away from the building to prevent ideal conditions in which house mice can nest. Regularly inspect the home for signs of mice including droppings, gnaw marks and damaged food goods. If you suspect a rodent infestation, contact a licensed rodent pest control professional to treat and get rid of house mice.

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Kansas spent nearly $7,800 to rid state building of pests

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas spent nearly $7,800 on ridding a state office building near the Capitol of pests in December and January, partly because bedbug-sniffing beagles were called in.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Wednesday that the costs of eradicating bedbugs and fleas from the Docking State Office building were detailed in documents obtained through an open records request.

Schendel Pest Services billed the state $5,510 for eradicating bedbugs in December. Department of Administration spokesman John Milburn said the company used trained beagles to inspect three floors later treated with chemicals.

The company treated the building again in January at a cost of $2,250 after fleas were thought to be living in two areas.

The state plans to demolish the 1950s building by March 2016 after moving state workers to different locations.

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How to deal with insect stings

Dealing with Insect Stings!

  • If one lands on your skin, resist the urge to swat and instead gently blow on it from a distance.
  • If stung, remove the stinger, clean the area with soap and cold water and apply ice. Benadryl and hydrocortisone ointment may also help calm the reaction.
  • Should you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as tongue and throat swelling, wheezing, dizziness, shortness of breath or drop in blood pressure, call 911.
  • If allergic to stinging insects, learn how to use an epinephrine kit and carry it with you at all times.
  • If you suspect an infestation or notice a hive or nest on your property, contact a licensed pest professional to safely remove the threat.
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Wolf Spider | Spider Control

Usually Hairy, Burrow Dwelling Spider

Wolf spiders, unusually hairy arachnids, can grow up to 35 mm (or an inch and a half) long. They are black, gray and brown in color, fast and agile. Wolf spiders usually create chaos and fear when they are discovered by homeowners. Wolf spiders are also often confused for tarantulas, nursery web and fishing spiders and the infamous brown recluse spider.


Wolf spiders belong to a large family of spiders, most of which are large. While spiders generally catch their prey in webs, wolf spiders hunt their prey. Because they have powerful bodies and excellent eyesight, they are great predators.

According to Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal, arachnologist at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, wolf spiders have a “distinctive eye arrangement, where the front or anterior row is composed of four small eyes of roughly the same size arranged in almost a straight row. The back or posterior row is arranged in a V-pattern with the apex next to the anterior row.” They have superior night vision and are primarily nocturnal hunters. “They are also quite easily detected at night due to their eyeshine.”

Wolf spiders can be found in woodlands and dry, inland shrub lands to wet, coastal forests and alpine meadows. Some wolf spider species live in suburban gardens, coastal sand dunes, mountain herb fields or riverbank gravel beds. Wolf spiders are not web slingers or dwellers. Instead they live in burrows that may be open or sealed with silken doors. Some wolf spiders will plug their burrows with pebbles and build turrets to deflect floodwater.

During the beginning of the fall season, wolf spiders search for warmer habitats.  This is when they are likely to creep into homes. They are usually discovered in windows, doors, garages, basements and houseplants. The Carolina wolf spider is the largest documented wolf spider in the United States.

The bite of the wolf spider is not a serious threat to average adults. They usually do not bite unless threatened or provoked. Wolf spiders first course of action is to retreat or rear up on their legs and expose their large fangs.

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American Cockroach Prevention Tips | Chicago Cockroach Control

The best advice for American cockroach control is to practice good sanitation. To prevent American cockroaches from infesting your space, vacuum often, keep a spotless kitchen, seal all entrances around utility pipes and ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup. If there is evidence of a cockroach infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the American roach problem.

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Bed Bug Avoidance While Traveling

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire room with a flashlight before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.
  • Pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams and box springs, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains, spots or shed bed bug skins.
  • Place suitcase in a plastic trash bag during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure. *Tip: Pack clothes in zip lock bag for easy cleaning upon returning home.
  • Do not place luggage on upholstered surfaces. The safest place is in the bathroom in the middle of a tile floor or on a luggage rack after it has been thoroughly inspected. Do not use a luggage rack if it has hollow legs, where bed bugs may hide unseen.
  • If you notice bed bugs in your room, notify management and request to change rooms immediately.
  • Do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation.
  • When you return home, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house.
  • Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before bringing indoors and storing away.
  • Wash all of your clothes – even those items you haven¹t worn – in hot water to remove any bed bugs or eggs that may have traveled home with you. Dry clean only clothes should be thrown in the dryer and run on high heat.


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Tips for Bed Bugs in Clothing Stores

Tips for Bed Bugs in Clothing Stores

As bed bug continue to make a resurgence, they are showing up in more places, including clothing stores. Bed bugs can easily hitch a ride into a store with shoppers. Follow these tips to avoid bed bugs in stores, and reduce your chances of bringing the pest home with you:
  • When trying on clothing, be aware of any stains that seem unusual. These could be telltale blood spots left by feeding bed bugs.
  • Inspect clothing carefully for bed bugs before purchasing. Even if you choose an item from an undisturbed pile, bed bugs could still find their way onto clothing. Pay particular attention to the inside seams, looking for any signs of sticky white eggs, shed skins and the bugs themselves. Notify the store manager immediately if you suspect the clothing displays signs of bed bugs.
  • Check behind dressing room mirrors and any other crevices where bed bugs could hide – even wall sockets – before trying on clothing.
  • Avoid bed bugs in clothes by hanging your items on hooks, rather than lay them across cushioned seats in dressing rooms or on the carpeted floor. These are safe and popular havens for bed bugs.
  • Keep clothing in the store bag, tied and sealed if possible for the trip home. Shake articles out outside before bringing them into the house/apartment.
  • Immediately launder the clothing in hot water or steam/dry clean delicate items.
  • If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional for an immediate inspection.
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