Swarming Boxelders!

In Michigan, the changing of the seasons brings with it an abundance of boxelder bugs. The boxelder is a type of beetle, easily identifiable by the reddish-orange markings on their backs. They take their name from the boxelder tree, where they feed and lay eggs during the warmer months. Boxelders are a huge nuisance in […]

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Man destroys home in attempt to get skunks out

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) – Authorities say a suburban Detroit man destroyed a home by using a smoke bomb in an attempt to get skunks out of a crawlspace. The Detroit Free Press reports firefighters responded Monday night in Ferndale and found flames in the crawlspace and on the first floor. The fire spread through the […]

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Hawk Takes Down a Squirrel

One of our technicians recently got to witness an exhibition of nature at her finest and snapped these pictures of a Coopers Hawk swooping down on a squirrel. The hawk dive-bombed the squirrel in the road right in front of our tech. The tech snapped some pics as the hawk and the squirrel wrestled momentarily […]

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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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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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