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Silverfish: What They are and How to Control Them in Your Omaha Home

Silverfish belong to a larger class of animals called arthropods. Arthropods comprise 85% of the entire animal population. Biological characteristics of arthropods: Segmented bodies – spiders have two segments and flies have three. Silverfish have 3 segments, the head, thorax, and abdomen. The thorax is broken down into 3 separate segments which accommodate its larger muscles. Multiple legs – spiders have eight legs and millipedes have hundreds. Silverfish only need six legs to carry them about their daily run around your home. Silverfish can't fly but can run real fast. Exoskeleton – Arthropods are born with an outer protective shell. Cold blooded arthropods depend on the temperature of the environment they live. Arthropods fly, crawl, and hide in hard to find places. Silverfish Identification Silverfish have two long segmented antennae attached to their head. Attached to the thorax are six legs. Three bristle-like tails whose use remains a mystery to entomologists are attached to its rear. Silverfish are white when born and as they develop into adulthood become either bluish-silver, white, brown, or grey. Silverfish are flat, scaly, and have a fish-shaped body that narrows from the head to the rear. Arthropods have been around long before humans and are…
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Guidelines for Making Your Omaha Home Rodent Free

Now that cold weather is here, many homeowners are finding uninvited "guests" setting up house in their homes. If you've ever battled rodents, you know how these creatures can wreak chaos in your house, and cause you sleepless nights. It's scary enough to hear mice, rats or squirrels scampering in an attic, but it can be even more nightmarish when they make their way into the living quarters of a house. Is your Omaha home a target for rodents? It doesn't have to be. Here are some guidelines for making your home rodent free. Inspection Guidelines The first step is conducting a thorough inspection of both the interior and exterior of your house. Check for droppings—To detect for urine, use a UV flashlight which causes urine to glow. Inspect for gnawing in all areas of your house. Go around the foundation of your house, checking for holes, gaps or cracks that are ¼" wide or larger and then make needed repairs. Check for weather stripping on windows, doors and door frames, replacing any stripping that isn't sealed tightly. Replace any damaged door screens, window panes or windows. Any wire lines or pipes entering your home from the outside can serve as…
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After Vacation Preventing Pests From Entering Your Omaha Home

How to Prevent Pests Coming Home From Vacation With You Everyone needs a little break every now and then. Omaha is pretty great, but it's not the Caribbean, that's for sure. However, while vacations are fun, you need to be careful. While you may come home with an extra suitcase full of souvenirs, you may also come home with a few hitchhikers in that suitcase as well. One of the biggest ways that people get bed bugs and sometimes other pests is from travel. The pests cling on to their clothes or sneak into their suitcase and just a few bugs are enough to breed an infestation in your home quickly. Luckily, there are a lot of great tips to help prevent pests from sneaking into your luggage and getting a free ride into your home. How to Keep Pests Out of Luggage While on Vacation Choose Pest-Resistant Luggage - Whenever possible, be sure to choose luggage that will resist pest invasions. This can mean easily washable luggage like a duffle bag that you can toss in the washer with all your clothes as soon as you get home to hard-shelled suitcases that, when closed, mean no pest can get…
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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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