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Are Pantry Pests Gobbling Up Your Cereal?

Joan and Jack and their two elementary school kids, Jimmy and June, live in an upscale Papillion home. They are living the American dream. Early one morning, Joan got out of bed and noticed the kitchen light was on. She looked at the clock. It was only 4 in the morning. She reached over and shook Jack awake. “Jack, the light is on in the kitchen and I don’t think it’s one of the kids.” “Well, I better go and see what’s going on. Are we sure we turned the light off last night?” “Yes, dear, I’m sure of it. Just be careful.” Jack grabbed a baseball bat he kept for occasions such as this and smiled as he bravely said, “I’ll be careful.” Jack slowly and quietly made his way down the hall and creeping through the living room, he stubbed his toe on the sofa. He had a tough time not hollering because the pain was excruciating. He paused and listened to see if he could hear anything coming from the kitchen. As he inched closer to the swinging kitchen door, he swore he could hear something like…and as he pushed the door open, yes, something like the…
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Distinguishing the Difference Between Common Omaha Stinging insects

Fire up the barbecue and throw on those rib-eyes! Spring is in full bloom and so is the anticipation that comes with backyard barbecues, picnics, and any other activity where the smoke-filled air is like the aroma of life. If you want to throw a party for a colony of yellow jackets, fine, cook all the meat you need. But if that isn’t what you had in mind, read on. People often confuse paper wasps with hornets, yellow jackets with bees, and a hornet could be associated with any flying stinging insect. In fact, all three insects have been mistaken for each other at one time or another. Anytime we see that flash of yellow and black flying about the assumption is often that a colony of Africanized “killer” bees has taken over the city. More than likely, it’s a colony of yellow jackets. And they don’t mind stinging you repeatedly if provoked. Sometimes they will sting you even when not provoked. All insect stings are painful. Even if you’re not allergic to the venom, the yellow jacket sting is unbearably painful. A myriad of various types of stinging insects fly within the boundaries of Nebraska, however, this discussion will…
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Do Carpenter Bees Pose a Danger to My Omaha Home?

Carpenter bees look a lot like honey bees to most of us, but they're easily recognized by trained professionals.  Like honey bees, carpenter bees are large (about 1 inch in length), and, like their cousins, have yellow and black patterned markings.  Unlike honey bees, their abdomens are shiny (though most of us don’t get close enough to make that observation).  And, like honey bees, they’re typically first spotted in the spring, usually hovering near porch rails, upper decks and eaves. Do Carpenter Bees Pose a Danger to Omaha Homeowners? Carpenter bees get their name from the fact that they bore into wood, not for food (like honey bees, carpenter bees eat pollen and nectar, not wood), but for reproductive purposes.  The female carpenter bee bores a hole of about ½ inch in diameter, and creates a channel of anywhere from 6 inches to 4 feet in length, laying her eggs near the end of the channel.  She then takes pollen into the channel, food for her hatched larvae, and then seals up the channel.  She will repeat this process over and over, destroying more and more wood in the process. The good news for homeowners is that carpenter bees do…
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A Guide to Omaha German Cockroaches and How to Get Rid of Them

All About Omaha German Roaches Omaha German cockroaches thrive all over the world and are exactly what most people picture when they hear the word "cockroach." They usually measure about half an inch long with two distinctive black stripes directly behind their heads. Adult German cockroaches are typically brown, with the nymphs being much darker. Adult German cockroaches seldom fly despite having wings.   Preferred Environment German cockroaches can live outdoors but prefer to live indoors. They prefer warm, humid locations. Most infestations tend to center around kitchens and bathrooms, but these insects will move to any location that can provide them with adequate food and moisture.   Diet German cockroaches are highly efficient scavengers and can feed on a wide variety of food sources. Along with regular food items, they are known to consume the bindings of books and even soap. They are good at locating stray crumbs missed during cleaning and food remnants left on dirty dishes.   Method of Entry German cockroaches can move between units in an apartment building via shared plumbing; however, they most common way that they get into a home is in containers. Bags or cardboard containers from a grocery store or restaurant sometimes…
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All about wasps in Omaha

Wasps In Omaha, NE   There are over a hundred thousand identified species of wasps all over the world. There are dozens of species that live in Nebraska. The most familiar ones include yellow jackets, paper wasps, mud daubers, and cicada killers. They have a wide variation in appearance and habits. Lifestyle There are two major lifestyles the different wasp species may have: solitary and social. Solitary - Solitary wasps live and hunt alone, coming together only to mate; this is the most common lifestyle, used by the majority of species. Mud daubers and cicada killers are solitary. Social - Social wasps live in colonies, building nests of plant fiber, often called paper. They work together to help the community survive. They have a caste system composed of workers, who build and maintain their home, and reproductives, who lay eggs and ensure the continuation of the colony. Living Space Different species of wasps make different kinds of homes. These fall into three categories. Aerial Habitation - Some species build large hanging nests. These are often seen in trees or bushes, though sometimes they build them on human habitations, in sheds or under eaves. Cavity Dwellers - These wasps live in…
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Top 3 Nuisance Ants in Omaha

Common Omaha Ants   Winter is gone and the promise of longer and warmer days are ahead. Pest activity increases with the changing of the seasons, especially during Spring, Summer, and Fall. Generally speaking, ants pose no health hazard to humans and as long as the ants remain outdoors and away from your kitchen, most ants are harmless. However, ants that invade your living space are a nuisance and the top 3 nuisance ants in Nebraska are carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and pavement ants. Carpenter Ants Where they live and what they eat Carpenter ants live in old decaying wood. Carpenter ants living in firewood stacked too close to your home is an invitation for them to chew their way inside. Unlike termites, this ant does not eat wood. Carpenter ants are like many other types of ants in that they thrive on sugary foods and meats. Piles of sawdust provide clues as to the location of the colony. Signs of an infestation Watch for piles of sawdust anywhere; the attic, basement, or anywhere along the interior perimeter of your home. Carpenter ants forage at night so consider doing a walk-about with a flashlight and observe ant behavior. Carpenter ants travel…
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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Fleas In Omaha, NE

Omaha Flea Facts Although small in size, fleas are a troublesome pest for many homeowners and pet owners. While most people are familiar with the basic appearance of fleas, you might be surprised to learn some of the following facts about this common pest. #1) Females Lay Up to 500 Eggs One of the reasons why Omaha fleas are so problematic is because of their ability to reproduce in a short period of time. A single female flea can lay up to 5000 eggs during her short lifetime of just 2-3 months. Normally, females lay clusters of about 20 eggs shortly after eating a blood meal (they can't lay eggs without eating first). Assuming those newly hatched larvae develop into adults, and the adult females also lay eggs, it's easy to see just how quickly they can reproduce. #2) Fleas Transmit the Plague Killing an estimated 25 million people from 1347 to 1352, the bubonic plague was one of the deadliest outbreaks in history. As explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the bacteria Yersinia pestis is responsible for the plague. In the past, it was widely believed that rats spread the plague. However, it's now known that fleas…
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Stinging Insects: How to Protect Your Omaha Home

Omaha Stinging Insects While many types of bees have environmental benefits, wasps are different in that they may cause bodily harm if provoked. Paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets are stinging insects that must be taken seriously. Not only may they damage your home or yard, they may cause an allergic reaction in a family member. Here's what you to need to know about these stinging insects: Paper Wasps Paper Wasps are medium to large size wasps that construct nests made of a papery material. The wasps are black, brown or reddish in color with yellow markings. A paper wasp nest is a single, upside-down layer of brood cells. Nests are constructed in protective areas, particularly under the eaves of buildings or in areas of dense vegetation. One nest contains up to several dozen paper wasps. Very protective of their nests, paper wasps will defend their colonies if attacked. Colonies form in the spring when queens emerge from hibernation. As you prepare to spend more time outside, take an extra look under porch and roof eaves for the paper mache type nests. Remember that paper wasps are protective of their colonies; contact a professional for nest removal. Hornets Hornets are…
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How Weather Impacts Bug Population Patterns in Omaha, Nebraska

Did you know that the accelerated need for local pest control in Omaha, Nebraska, hinges on many things. For instance, did you know weather patterns have an impact on bug populations? Accordingly, the type of weather we’re having now could affect conditions in the spring. The same could be said for spring’s impact on summer pests and so on and so forth. With that in mind, we checked in with the weather experts. What Local Experts Are Saying in Nebraska NOAA, local meteorologists and The Famer’s Almanac all seem to concur. We’ll have dry weather until spring with lows in the teens and average snowfall. Such weather should help keep the majority of local pests hibernating until March. After that, we expect to see insect activity rise with the temperatures. This will especially be the case with bugs on our local pest control Omaha, Nebraska’s Top 20 List. Of those, we’re likely to see black flies and their cluster cousins show up first. Why is that? As the local pest control experts in Omaha, Nebraska, we know a lot about them. Both part of the Dipteria Order, they require temperature ranges that run from 55 degrees Fahrenheit to 80 degrees max. In…
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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Pest Control Company

Omaha Bug infestations make life miserable.  Even so-called "little" ones quickly grow out of control and rapidly take over your life.  Whether dealing with a nest of angry hornets outside or a quickly growing family of cockroaches under your sink, it isn't hard to see the value of hiring a competent Omaha bug control service. Allowing trained professionals to come to your house and care for your insect issues is a certain solution. Unfortunately, finding a successful pest control service isn't as simple as opening a phone book or running a quick internet search. Before settling on a company, consider these 5 aspects in choosing successful bug control.  Understanding these details is the difference between choosing amateurs and professionals; when it comes to saving your house from infestation, only the best will do. Do they have a specialty? When considering potential bug control companies, look for services that boast unique specialties.  Companies that claim no particular area of success are usually less experienced overall.  For example, bug control services that major in definite areas such as termite prevention and extermination or structural fumigation show that they have professional skill and pride in their services.  Be wary of the company that provides…
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