Category: Insects

Giant Yellow Jacket Nest

One of the most common summer pests we deal with are yellow jackets. Yellow jackets are an aggressive type of wasp that make nests in all sorts of places. Decks, eaves, soffits, gutters, and even holes in brick can become places where yellow jackets will infiltrate to set up nests. Yellow jacket nests can become […]

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Creature Control Removes Giant Spider

Creature Control technicians spend most of their time dealing with nuisance wildlife that is more run of the mill – stuff like raccoon trapping, bat removal, catching groundhogs and things of that sort. However, once in awhile we get a call for something a little more…exotic? We ran across just such a case recently 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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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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12 Tips to Deter Insect Activity

Deterring insect activity is significantly more challenging than animal prevention, simply because insects can get into openings so small that it is not realistic to seal them all; in many cases they are not even discernible to the naked eye. With insects, exclusion is not entirely possible; rather, you are looking at reducing conditions conducive […]

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Fleas and Flea Treatments

A flea infestation can be a real occasion of misery for your household. Besides causing serious irritation to your pets, they can spread into carpet and other upholstered areas and may begin feeding on the resident humans for their blood feasts. Historically, fleas have also been transmitters of major diseases, most notably the Black Plague […]

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New Invasive Cockroach Hits New York

It started last winter when an exterminator in New York City noticed a strange looking cockroach in a bait station in a Manhattan apartment complex. After subsequent unsuccessful attempts to exterminate the strange looking cockroaches, a sample roach was passed on until it came to cockraoch experts at Rutgers University, who positively identified the mysterious […]

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The Insect Freeze-Tolerance Mechanism

With most of the east and midwest hitting records for low temperatures and snow cover in winter of 2014, people are desperate for a silver lining. If we have to suffer through the polar vortex with its absurd amounts of snow and subzero temperatures, perhaps at least it could mean a reduced insect population in […]

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