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Yuck Bugs? Exterminators Knock ´Em Dead!!!

Got creepy crawlies? According to the National Pest Control Association, cockroaches, mice, rats, termites, carpenter ants, ants, fleas, ticks, spiders, and silver fish are the most common household pests.

You are NOT alone. Almost every house in America has had at least one of these pests take up residence in the last year. You can try managing this yourself with do-it-yourself products, but they are not as effective as the service offered by professional exterminators. (more…)

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Minnesota Bees and Wasps Control

Because of their environmental value, many pest companies recommend controlling bee populations rather than exterminating them.  You can prevent a wood-burrowing species from damaging your home or establishing a colony in a dangerous area by applying bee repellents.  Other repellents can be sprayed near areas where bees already exist, but you should be cautious.  Not only is this method dangerous for one who is unprotected, it is dangerous for others.  The bees may simply swarm to a neighbor’s home, rather than to a safer place. (more…)

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Avoid Pest Infestations During The Holiday Season

With the arrival of the holiday season, people all across the country are eagerly anticipating festive decorations, giving and receiving gifts and gathering with family and friends around a roaring fire.

What people don’t usually expect is to encounter pests as they prepare for holiday festivities. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) suggests consumers take precautions against pests that can make their way into homes via holiday decorations, Christmas trees and even firewood.

Between spiders and mites in Christmas trees, Indian Meal Moths and mice nesting in boxes of decorations and rodents and spiders making homes in firewood piles, homeowners need to take a few extra steps to prevent these pests from making their way into the homes. Holiday preparations are busy enough without the added hassle of dealing with pest infestations, too.

In order to protect homes from these unwanted holiday guests, the NPMA offers the following tips:

  • Inspect live Christmas trees, fresh wreathes and garland for spiders and insect nests or eggs before purchasing.
  • Shake trees outdoors to remove any pests before bringing the tree inside.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home and on a raised structure such as concrete blocks or poles.
  • Pack decorations in airtight containers that pests can’t chew through.
  • Unpack decorations outdoors so any pests aren’t released into the home.

Holiday preparations are busy enough without the added hassle of dealing with pest infestations, too. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem.

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Bees & Wasps In MN

According to Pest Control Experts, there are several bee species. While most people envision bumblebees, that is to say bees swarming around a hive, many bees actually live in burrows.  Some burrow into wood.  Wasps, like bumblebees, create colonies. Wasps are particularly dangerous because while a common bee can only sting once, wasps can sting several times.

While there have been instances where wood-burrowing species have damaged homes, most prefer the rotting wood of trees.  Bees who develop hives can still cause great damage to one’s home should they find a means of establishing a hive within the structure, such as within a wall.

In such instances there is some risk that the weight of the honey produced can actually cause drywall to crumble, subjecting residents to a swarm of angry bees.  This is also very rare.  Most colonies can be identified by a number of protective males swarming about the area, though some may be more difficult to pinpoint.

Ridding your home of animals or pests is the first step in home repair.  Next is finding a company who can repair damages. Hiring a professional pest control can mean safe and efficient handling of the wasps and bees. A professional can handle your entire problem from start to finish, including pest control or animal removal, and the repair of damages that may have occurred.

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Wasps & Hornets

Wasps are generally considered to be pests because of their ability to sting.  They can become a problem from the middle of summer to late fall when they may disrupt many outdoor activities.  Wasps live in colonies that are ruled a queen and maintained by workers.

Appearance
Wasps have a slender body with a narrow waist, slender, cylindrical legs, and appear smoothed-skinned and shiny.  Yellowjackets, bald-faced hornets, and paper wasps are the most common types of wasps encountered by people.

Food Preferences
Wasps are predators, feeding insects and other arthropods to their young, which develop in the nest. During late summer and fall, as queens stop laying eggs and their nests decline, wasps change their food gathering priorities and are more interested in collecting sweets and other carbohydrates.  Some wasps may become aggressive scavengers around human food and may be common around outdoor activities where food or drinks are served.

Nesting Sites
Yellowjackets, bald-faced hornets, and paper wasps make nests from a papery pulp comprised of chewed-up wood fibers mixed with saliva.  Yellowjacket and bald-faced hornet nests consist of a series of rounded combs stacked in tiers.  These combs are covered by an envelope consisting of several layers of pulp. Paper wasps construct only one comb without any protective envelope.  These insects are sometimes known as umbrella wasps because of the shape of their nest.

Life Cycle
Wasps have annual colonies that last for only one year.  The colony dies in the fall with only the newly produced queens surviving the winter.  The new queens leave their nests during late summer and mate with males.  The queens then seek out over-wintering sites, such as under loose bark, in rotted logs, under siding or tile, and in other small crevices and spaces, where they become dormant.  These queens become active the following spring when temperatures warm.  They search for favorable nesting sites to construct new nests.  They do not reuse old nests.

Wasp Stings
Wasps sting to defend themselves or their colony.  Stinging involves the injection of protein venom that causes pain and other reactions.
Wasps can sting more than once because they are able to pull out their stinger without injury to themselves.  If you are stung by a wasp, the stinger is not left in your skin.
An allergic reaction may include hives or rash, swelling away from the sting site, headache, minor respiratory symptoms, and stomach upset.  These allergic reactions are not life-threatening and can be readily treated with an antihistamine.

Control of Nests
The best time of the year to control wasps is in June after the queen has established her colony and while the colony is still small.  However, because nests are small, they are also harder to find.  The best time of the day to control wasp nests is at night, when they are less active.  At temperatures below 50° F, wasps have difficulty flying.  Never seal a wasp nest until you are sure there are no surviving wasps inside.  If a nest is not discovered until fall, control may be unnecessary, as imminent freezing temperatures will kill the colony.

The first step in wasp control is to correctly identify the insect and locate its nesting site.  Most situations can be solved with one application.  Exposed nests that have been treated should be left for at least 24 hours before removing them.  Access holes should be sealed a couple of days after all activity has ceased. It is also possible to prevent wasps from nesting by treating likely harborage areas with a residual insecticide prior to their nesting.

Getting rid of these pests can sometimes be fearful, especially if you are allergic.  A large nest may mean an attack and stings on you or other people in the area.  Hiring a professional pest control can mean safe and efficient handling of the wasps and bees.  Pest control experts are trained in handling these stinging pests and we can rid your home or business quickly using nontoxic organic products.


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Do It Yourself vs. Professionally

It’s official: you’ve got a pest problem in your home.  Whether your culprits are mice, fleas, fruit flies, ants, or any other insects, pest control is something you should consider carefully before acting. 

Pests seem to come out of nowhere, and before you know it you have an infestation and a problem.  Whether you’re inclined to call the experts, or are more of a do it yourself kind of person, here’s what you should know.

  • Do It Yourself Pest Control. Doing it yourself can be a very attractive pest control option.  It’s convenient, you don’t have to make any phone calls to schedule appointments, and it’s almost always less expensive than having an expert professional visit your house.The cost range varies widely; you could pay as little as $50 for a do it yourself bait kit for getting rid of ants, $40 for a spider kit, involving pesticides, or $75 for a heavy duty scorpion kit.  What you are paying for, though, is materials, not service; the success of your quest depends on the quality of the product you bought – and whether or not you applied it correctly.

    While it might be a fine idea to target “lesser” insects like fruit flies by yourself, you won’t want to go it alone, for example, on a major termite infestation.   And if problems persist after your initial treatments, you should definitely consult a professional exterminator.

  •  Professional Pest Control. When you call a service professional to solve a pest problem, you pay for their expertise and time, in addition to products.  For this reason, professional pest control is significantly more expensive than do it yourself – the cost range varies widely, depending on service and type, but can cost several hundred, or even thousands of dollars.Despite the cost, though, this route is far more likely to yield better, more lasting results, partially because pest control experts know where to look for infestations.  Bugs have a way of hiding in hard-to-reach places, and you want to make sure your pest control method is thorough – and, hopefully, final!

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Why Use Green Pest Control In Minnesota?

Why Use Green Pest Control?

There has been growing concerns with the practice of routinely using pesticides where we study, eat, work, and play as to whether this is the best approach to controlling pests.  In 1995, Congress defined integrated pest management as “a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical and physical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks.”

We, as a society, have become increasingly sensitive to our environment and less willing to accept health risks, even very small ones, from contaminants in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe or in the buildings we occupy.

These concerns are changing the way we live.  Pest control, too, is changing with the times. What was common and accepted practice a decade ago, is no longer seen as acceptable to many people.  A new approach to pest control has evolved.  It is called integrated pest management or IPM.  It reduces the risks from pesticides and improves the quality of pest control.  A concerned public is asking, and sometimes demanding that IPM be used instead of traditional pest control service, particularly in sensitive sites such as schools, hospitals, and restaurants.

We can handle your entire problem from start to finish, starting with removing animals humanely all the way through repairing their damages and preventing it from happening again. We are flexible to work with and affordable, making the process as easy as possible for you.

Contact Minnesota’s Organic Pest Control; Eco Tech at Any of These Convenient Phone Numbers to schedule an appointment (612) 237-8282 • (651) 633 8600 • (952) 881-6662 • (763) 785-1414

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