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Black and Red Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs are about half an inch long, colored black or dark brown, with three red-orange stripes on their thorax and red-orange borders of their wings. They resemble beetles, but are actually a type of insect known as "true bugs". True bugs don't chew like beetles do; their mouthparts are designed to pierce and suck. Boxelder bugs pierce the plant with their proboscis and suck out the sap. Early in the year when they are coming out from their winter shelters, they eat from whatever plants are available. Once it warms more, they are usually found in a variety of maple called the box elder tree (the source of their name) but are also sometimes found in other varieties of maple and ash. Since their favorite food is the seeds of the boxelder, they are most often found on female boxelder trees. They are not considered agricultural pests; the only time they will do any damage to fruit trees and plants are in unusually dry years when their favored boxelder trees are not able to provide enough food, and they seek out fruit for nourishment. If they are scared or injured they put out a nasty smell; this isn't too…
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What Do You Do If Attacked by a Swarm of Bees?

If you are ever attacked by a swarm of bees, it is important not to panic. Bee swarms are caused when a hive becomes overpopulated, a new queen emerges, and the old queen escapes with about 20,000 of her loyal followers. The swarm will seek temporary shelter as scouts hunt for a safe and more permanent location. In more urban areas, bee swarms are sometimes discovered on lamp posts, cars, and windows. Humanity has long had a love-hate relationship with bees. While sometimes terrifying, bees bring with them a lot of benefits. First and foremost, bees are critical for our crops. The bees will collect nectar and pollen from plants to create their food. Plants need them to do this as part of their reproductive process. So, bees are needed for fruits and new seeds. This leads us to the second benefit: honey. Honey has often been described as the world's most perfect food. Even though honey is loaded with sugar, it has many nutritional benefits. Unrefined honey is full of various antioxidants that may provide major benefits for your health. Some studies have found that honey can lower oxidative stress, decrease triglycerides, and even lessen fat gain. Honey can even kill bacteria and speed the healing…
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WORRIED ABOUT TERMITES IN YOUR OMAHA HOME?

When you suspect there are termites in your home, it is no small deal. Termites threaten the integrity of a home, destroy wood in the structure as well as wood flooring, and make it very difficult to sell your home without taking care of all the termites and the damage they caused. Therefore, if you think there may be termites in your home, it is important to contact Miller Pest & Termite right away. How Do I Know if My Home Has Termites? There are a number of indications termites are gnawing away at the wood in your home. You may find termite shelter tubes or underground tunnels at the base of your home or other entry points. These shelters are how termites transport food and take shelter when they aren't working. Another indication is earthen packing on the surface of hole, often on the foundation of a home. You also may find soft spots in your wood, sagging floors, cracked plaster, and wood that crumbles easily. These signs mean termites have taken the inside of the wood in your home, leaving only the surface and weakened interior behind. And perhaps the most unnerving sign of termites is that you…
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Controlling Ants in your Omaha Home

An Interesting Enemy Ants are great and selfless explorers who want to take small plunder from your home. They leave the nest regularly to search for useful stuff of all kinds, that they can bring back to the nest to use for food, or various other uses that satisfy appetites of the colony. When they find a useful supply, they mark the trail with a trail pheromone that the ants' bodies secrete. The marked trail may become an ant highway which they may follow like pioneers in a wagon train. The ants all set out from a more or less permanent colony site to forage for certain items. In the colonies, there are hundreds or thousands of "worker ants" (unfertile females), juvenile ants still undergoing development from egg to adult, and a large and very sluggish "queen," the original founder of the colony and mother of all the workers. Sometimes you find small numbers of males ready to be evicted from the colony or awaiting a dramatic mating flight ritual with the queen. Until a special time in the life cycle of the colony, the queen just stays amid the workers, lays new eggs, and accepts the nutrients she is regularly…
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What You need to know about Landscaping & Termites

Landscaping Projects that Might Accidentally Attract Termites and How to Avoid These Landscaping can pose problems when it comes to termites. Since these pests can enter the home through plants, wood, and soil surrounding the home. If you are worried that a termite infestation has already begun in your yard, the exterior of your home or even inside the home, getting this taken care of and set up a plan for the future is key. Here are a few dos and don'ts when it comes to landscaping projects that can help you avoid termites over time. Landscaping Trim and Decor Options If part of your landscaping plan involves fences, trims, planters, and decorations, this doesn't mean these items won't attract termites inadvertently. While you might want to find unique decor for your yards, shopping for decor and wooden statues at antique shops might bring along stowaways that can cause infestations in your home's foundation and interior. Opting for brick and stone over wood fencing and planters can be a huge help as well. Protecting the Exterior of Your Home If you are upgrading the exterior of your home with new patios, balconies, or landscaping lining your home, all of your…
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Asian Lady Beetle vs Ladybug

Ladybugs have featured in nursery rhymes for decades. Furthermore, they are thought to be a good luck charm far and wide. Ladybugs are often considered beneficial beetles as they feed on plant pests and they prefer to live outdoors. The vast majority of lady bug species are entirely harmless to humans and beneficial for the environment. An exception exists though; the Asian beetle is unlike other docile relatives. This ladybug can bite and is aggressive at times. For this reason, many often wonder; is there a ladybug species I need to be cautious of? And is it necessary to avoid such a beautiful creature? The Differences To Look Out For Between The Asian Beetle And Other Lady Bugs The Asian beetle has a lot of similarities to other ladybugs. To the keen eye though, there are some differences to be noted both in the physical and behavioral traits of the two ladybugs. Each has a unique life cycle and are to be found in different habitats. As a homeowner, you need to note that one type will more likely establish its habitat inside your house and start wreaking havoc. Which is it though? How do you handle such an infestation?…
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Causes of Carpet beetles

Carpet Beetle Imagine having your lovely carpets being raided by pests. Imagine your favorite piece of furniture being the home to pests that will tear it down within a very short while. Just take a moment and imagine your favorite housewares are being devoured by meager pests. This is what carpet beetles could do to your favorite carpet that you might have spent a fortune on. They devour and destroy your favorite furniture as well as several household commodities, sometimes beyond repair. It is devastating and if not contained well, and on time, may bring about catastrophic damages to your household items. But what really is this Carpet Beetle? Biologically referred to as A. verbasci, carpet beetles are household pests that are often also found in natural history museums. Like their name suggests, these pests are often found in carpets but are also frequently found in clothing and furniture. In natural history museums, these pests are found in natural fibers as well as specimen insects collections. This insect is often irregularly multi-patterned with shades of brown, white, orange or yellow. It grows to a length of up to 3.5mm although an adult carpet beetle is often around 2mm which translates to about 0.09 inches. This is an average length of insects within this particular biological family Dermestidae. Lifecycle…
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Identifying and Controlling Your American Cockroaches

Anyone who's ever walked into their kitchen late at night to witness a swarm of American roaches scurrying across their floor or on countertops knows the feeling of dread linked with these pests. Besides compromising your health, the sight of a roach can also scare the living daylights out of many people. One of the most notorious roach species is the American cockroach, which is commonly found in homes and large commercial buildings. If you're battling American cockroaches, here's what you need to know about identifying and controlling these insects. Damage Done by American Cockroaches Just as other species of cockroaches, American cockroaches do significant damage. For example, They contaminate food and spread disease through their organism deposits on food and eating utensils. Throughout history, they've been linked with dysentery, typhoid, and cholera. Cockroaches can cause allergies and asthma. What's more, they're known for attacking leather, books, and other organic items. Physical Features American cockroaches, which are the largest of all the cockroach species, have several distinguishing physical features, including: A reddish-brown or mahogany-colored body that's about 4 cm (1.6") long and 7 cm (.28") tall. A yellow band behind the head A three-segmented flat body with an oval shape…
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Common Pests in Omaha, Nebraska

Do you have a pest infestation issue at home? If yes, you may need to arm yourself with adequate information about the various pests common in Omaha, NE. This may be the beginning of keeping the infestation under control until professional help gets to you. When an infestation is confirmed, it is advisable that you seek the professional help of pest control professionals. These are trained experts who have adequate skills in dealing with the kind of infestation that you may be facing. Some pests are dangerous hence best that you let the experts deal with them. Cockroaches Roaches are a common household menace that most people struggle to deal with. In fact, studies show that roaches have been in existence for over 300 million years. This means that they are adaptable pests hence likely to survive extreme weather conditions. In fact, they can endure starvation. Roaches can stay for even a month without food so homeowners will still come back to the roach menace even after being away for long periods of time. Cockroaches are not only an eyesore but hazardous as well. Roaches feed on basically anything; books, hair, glue, soap, leather, wallpaper paste. However, they prefer sweets,…
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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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