Identifying a Honey Bee

“Help! I’ve got honey bees in my house!” As summer approaches, we start to get a lot more calls for “bees.” I put “bees” in quotation marks because often “bee” is a catch-all phrase people will use to refer to any and all stinging insects. Yellow jackets, carpenter bees, honey bees, bald faced hornets, mud […]

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Creature Control Technician Saves Duck

Most of the time, Creature Control technicians spend their time trapping and removing unwanted wildlife from people’s property. Every now and then we also get a chance to rescue threatened wildlife, like this story last year about a technician who saved twenty baby snapping turtles. This time, is was an injured duck that was in […]

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Tick Borne Diseases

The past few years have saw a dramatic increase in tick activity throughout Michigan. Anecdotally, many life-time Michiganders are telling me that they have seen more ticks in the past year than in their whole life. There are several reasons for this. For one, deer ticks have been migrating into Michigan in greater numbers since […]

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Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Perhaps you have noticed more of these critters in your home this season? This fellow is known as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Like box elders, they tend to cluster around homes in the late fall. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an invasive species originating from Asia, similar to the Asian lady beetle. It […]

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Woman Flips Car When Spider Drops from Mirror

People probably fear spiders more than any insect or pest. I guess it’s no wonder; nobody likes the idea of an eight-legged, furry creature with venomous fangs and multiple eyeballs lurking around the house seeking to suck the blood of its prey. Yes, most spiders’ venom is not harmful to humans, and spiders are actually […]

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Controlling Invasive Plants with Goats

Creature Control has made a business of controlling nuisance wildlife and managing insect pests for residential and commercial clients. Of course, there is another kind of nuisance species that can detract from the enjoyment and usability of property – that is nuisance vegetation. Poison ivy. Stinging nettles. Various types of thorn bushes. Those obnoxious plants that […]

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Meet the Root Weevil

Have you found any of these crawling around your house recently? This is the root weevil. Weevils are a type of beetle; the root weevil – also known as a strawberry weevil – is common to much of Canada and the northern United States. They are black and about 1/4 inch long. They can easily […]

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