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How to Keep the Pests Out This Winter in Omaha

Winterize Your Omaha home to keep pests out It's that time of year when the temperatures drop and the creepy, crawly creatures make their way towards a warm place to stay for the winter. And if you don't winterize your home, unfortunately that warm place they find might be somewhere unwanted in your house. What Can Miller Pest & Termite Do? At Miller Pest & Termite, we can help you winterize your Omaha home to keep pests out. The only things that should be seeking shelter in your house this winter is you and your family. One of the first steps our professionals will take to help you keep pests out of your home is inspect your foundation and find any points of entry for mice, rodents, or other pests. These are the places where rodents would like to burrow into your home to spend the winter there instead of outside fighting the elements. Our regular services include a free inspection of your whole home to determine any pest problems and come up with a plan of action. Fall is a great time to begin regular pest control services because of the fact that pests are bedding down for the…
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Ins and Outs of Japanese Beetles In Omaha

Omaha Japanese Beetles       Deceptive Beauty: Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) are like small insect gems that shine in the light. In fact, in Mexico, Macquech brooches which incorporate the living beetles covered in small gems are worn as jewelry. This kind of use of beautiful insects as personal accessories came from an ancient Mayan tradition. However, Japanese beetles are best known as major agricultural pests. One American who recently tried to return to the U.S. wearing her brooch, was detained by the U.S. Customs. "At the U.S.-Mexican border a bug decorated with jewels is still a bug...It may be restrained and openly displayed--as in anchored and chained to a woman's sweater--but it is still classified as a pest." Damage Caused by Japanese Beetles: Omaha Japanese beetles do enormous damage to gardens, lawns, and farm crops. A wide range of plants are attacked by the adults and the larvae. The 300 kinds of plants include small fruits, tree fruits, truck and garden crops, ornamental shrubs, vines and trees. Soft fruits like grapes, berries, and stone fruits can be completely consumed by the insects. The larvae eat the roots of a number of plants, but grasses are favored. The larvae collect in numbers and will cause bare patches. According to the…
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Chirp. Chirp. Make it Stop! – All About Crickets In Omaha

In stories and movies, crickets are cute, helpful, or lucky. Jiminy Cricket is a staple of our childhood (or even adulthood) movie viewing. In real life, crickets can be a real pest as they keep you awake at night and chew on the fabrics and plants in and around your home. Cricket Types Crickets are recognizable by their long antennae, distinct hind legs, chirpy call, and the long ovipositors in the females. There are over 900 species of crickets, and they are found all over the world except for where it is bitterly cold most of the time. They range in size from tiny, delicate tree crickets to large (over 2 inches) bull crickets. While there are over a dozen species in Nebraska, the most common kinds of crickets in Omaha are house crickets and field crickets. House crickets are a lighter tan with darker brown markings, and field crickets are a darker brown. Both are about 0.75 - 1 inch long in size. Despite the names, you can find either one in your home - you may even bring crickets in yourself, as they are often sold as fishing bait or food for insectivorous pets. There is a less commonly…
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Omaha Spiders: Friend or Foe?

Omaha Spiders Many people have a fear of spiders. As many as 40% of the population has a fear of bugs, including spiders, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Known as arachnophobes, people scared of spiders take no chances when it comes to poisonous or not. Spiders do keep the insect population in check, killing 400-800 million tons of insects a year. Despite this positive trait, spiders generate fear with their sudden movements, with their hiding in dark places, and with their downright creepy appearances. There are very few reported deaths from spider bites. Bee stings are far more common and outnumber spider bites. It is important to take a spider bite seriously, however, and emergency care sought right away. Three of the most venomous spiders are the black widow, the brown recluse, and the hobo spider. Here are some quick tips on identity these dangerous spiders: Black Widow The female black widow spider is identifiable by the red markings on their underside. Male black widow spiders aren't as venomous as the females and are usually thinner and more gray in color. While black widow spiders can be found in any state, they are more prominent in warmer states where…
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Discover the Answers to Commonly Asked Mice Questions In Omaha

Mice In Omaha Do you have a mouse problem? You are not alone. Mice have been one of the most common home invaders throughout history. These small rodents, along with rats, can devour your food, damage your walls, and can create all sorts of havoc for homeowners. The most common reason that mice find their way into your house is that they are either seeking shelter, warmth, food, water, or all of the above. They are a real source of aggravation. Nevertheless, over the years, Miller Pest & Termite Omaha have received many interesting questions about mice. Today's article shares some of the most frequent and common. 1. How Do I Know If I Have Mice? Mice in Omaha are sneaky critters and can go unseen good for months. Moreover, you may think you only have one mouse, but if you have seen one, there is a very good chance there is an invisible and growing infestation. Regardless, there are some telltale signs. The first sign is typically rodent noises, such as scratching and the pitter-patter of little feet. Next, you will find debris caused as the mice chew their way into food packaging. You will notice holes in food containers, crumbs,…
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Winterize Your Omaha Home to Keep Pests Out: Signs You May Need to Winterize Your Home

Winterize Your Omaha home to keep pests out With winter just around the corner, you will want to keep a close eye out for any pests who may try to find a warm place to nest inside of your home. Fortunately, if pests do decide to infiltrate your home, they will likely give off signs to clue you into their presence. Here are just a few signs you can look out for indicating that there may be pests in your Omaha home. You Hear Strange Sounds You may be able to detect the presence of larger pests in your home by the sounds they make. For instance, if you have mice or rats in your home, you may hear the sound of scurrying feet in your house in the middle of the night. In the quiet of the night, you may even hear pests inside of your walls. The sounds pests make when your house is quiet can often be the first indicator of their presence in your home. You Find Dead Bugs/Insect Body Parts Just like spotting live pests in your home, you do not want to discount the significance of discovering dead insects in your house. While discovering…
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How To Recognize and Control Asian Lady Beetles In Omaha

Asian Lady Beetles In Omaha, NE           Now that temperatures are dropping and fall is in the air, you may notice swarms of multicolored Asian lady beetles in Omaha flocking to the exteriors of  houses and buildings. This is especially the case for structures with a light-colored exterior. Don’t be surprised to find these pests invading your attic, wall voids, ceilings or other quiet areas where they take up housekeeping during fall and winter. Here’s what you need to know about Asian lady beetles and how they can be prevented and controlled. Damage Done By Asian Lady Beetles Asian lady beetles (Harmonia axyridis), which are a species of the ladybug, were first brought to North American in the early 20th century to control aphids and scale insects. Although these bugs are beneficial for gardens, they can be problematic when they get into homes and buildings. They're considered as pests because when they’re crushed, they leave ugly yellowish stains on walls as well as a foul odor. They can bite although their bites don’t cause severe injuries or spread disease. However, the dust from their corpses can trigger asthma symptoms and allergic reactions in humans. Physical Characteristics and Habits They have about 18…
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The Intricacies of Omaha Spider Webs and What it Tells Us About the Spiders Who Build Them

Omaha Spiders Spider webs are delicate silken creations designed for one purpose -- catching prey. Since most spiders are unable to see, they rely on their sense of touch to produce webs and catch prey. Spiders construct webs where they sense they will catch food. Often they choose to build their traps on the sunny side of the house because insect activity is abundant where the sun shines. Web-spinning spiders spend their entire life attached or near their web. In fact, newborn spiders begin spinning webs as soon as they are born. Spiders are highly adaptable and if they find they are not catching enough prey in one location, they will pack up and find a more suitable place. It is interesting to note that orb spiders have 7 different glands in their abdomen and each gland produces a different type of silk. Sometimes a spider needs to make a cocoon, swathing band or sticky globules to hold its prey in place. Orb spiders come equipped with a type of safety mechanism. Have you ever disturbed a spider only to see it drop like a rock on a thread of silk? When the spider senses the danger has passed, up…
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Keeping Centipedes Where They Belong (Out of Your Omaha House!)

Centipedes In Omaha What's the creepiest creepy-crawly you can think of? For many people, it's the centipede. (Or maybe the spider. But the centipede is a close second.) Though centipedes are beneficial and generally harmless, they're not really welcome in your home. In fact, the presence of centipedes is indicative of another pest issue you need to take care of. Centipedes Even though centipede means "100 legs," centipedes can have as few as 15 pairs of legs. They do most of their hunting at night; during the day, they take refuge in cracks, cardboard boxes, and crawl spaces. There are three types of centipedes in North America: • Bark Centipedes: These live mostly outside, but they can find their way into a basement or cellar. They will bite a human if they feel threatened, and while the bite is not deadly to a person, it does hurt. • Cytopid Centipedes: This is another outdoor-preferring centipede with a painful bite. • House Centipedes: As their name indicates, these are the centipedes you're most likely to find in your house. They prefer moist environments: check for them in your basement or bathroom. They're fast little buggers, and if you disturb them, they're…
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4 Reasons Why Omaha Mice Must Be Removed Professionally

Omaha Mice Information Mice infestation is a common problem and should be taken care of immediately. You might think that there’s nothing to worry about if you see just one mouse scurry across your kitchen floor, but remember that mice breed quickly. A female mouse can reproduce over 50 babies over the course of a short time. Here are a few reasons why you need to get those mice out, and why getting professional help is the best way to go. Mice Pose Health Risks Mice carry with them all sorts of diseases, bacteria and viruses. Hantavirus is commonly found in mice, as is LCM (Lymphocytic choriomeningitis), which is found in around five percent of mice and can cause serious damage if left untreated. Salmonellosis and Tularemia are just two more diseases that are spread by rodents. The real danger that mice pose is through their droppings. Urine patches, fecal droppings and saliva puddles can contaminate those that come into contact with them. These droppings can be left in sensitive areas, such as in your kitchen and in your food pantry. Mice can contaminate your eating utensils and even any food left out without you knowing about it. Although rodent…
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