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Can live Christmas Trees bring ticks or insects into your home?

Posted by Joe Jonovich on

Can live Christmas Trees bring ticks or insects into your home? First, let's discuss ticks.  It is possible to bring ticks into your home on a live Christmas tree, but it is rare.  Ticks can shelter in Christmas trees especially if it is a mild fall and there are a lot of wild animals in that area prior to it being cut.  The Christmas tree industry says it never happens, but I see a few instances every year. However, there is a more common possibility.  Cinara Aphids are often mistaken for ticks.  They are large brownish-black aphids that can occur...

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How to Pest-Proof Your Home This Fall

Posted by Joe Jonovich on

Fall is here and so is the colder weather.  Now is the time to pest-proof your home before it is too late.  Pests don’t like the cold either and they know it is time for them to move indoors where it is nice and warm.  Whether it is rodents, Asian lady beetles, stink bugs, cluster flies, or other pests trying to sneak inside . . . . . . one thing is for sure, it is easier to stop them before they get inside.    The key is to seal up all openings and/or treat the exterior. Rodents Rats and mice...

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Keeping Mosquitoes Out of Your Yard

Posted by Joe Jonovich on

It is the summertime, which is the peak time for pools, picnics, and BBQs . . . . but also for mosquitoes. It is possible to reduce or even eliminate mosquitoes from your yard this summer.  You may have seen the numerous professional mosquito control services are a popping up everywhere and catering to people who want to take back their backyard.  The great news is that you can do these same treatments yourself in less than 30 minutes and over 75% of your money! Do mosquito yard treatments work? Yes.  I typically see a 50% to 100% reduction in...

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How To Control Ants

Posted by Joe Jonovich on

Ant Season is here and from now until about September you can expect ants to be the number one pest people need to deal with in their home or business.  Here is an overview of what you need to know to win the battle and what products work the best for ant control. How big are ant colonies? Ants live in colonies ranging in size from a few dozen individuals to millions of ants.  The larger the colony, the more ant bait and/or time it may take to get control.   The key is to treat the problem early.  Don’t wait...

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How To Control Asian Ladybugs (Ladybird Beetles)

Posted by Joe Jonovich on

This time of year we get a lot of questions about how to control Asian Ladybugs. They are tough to control, but here is what you can do to get relief now and also prevent them from coming back next year. First, Asian Ladybugs are just like other ladybugs in that they are beneficial insect and eat tons of pest insects in your yard every year.  What makes the Asian Ladybugs a special problem is that when fall arrives they look for a nice warm place to overwinter in your home.  They crawl under siding, soffits into the attic, and...

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