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Why Do Paper Wasps Build Nests on the Outside of My Omaha House?

Paper Wasps In Omaha, NE At its smallest, it can look like a tiny honeycomb. At its largest, it can look like a giant swirling ball that can hide a multi-layered mega city within. No matter how large it is, these fragile-looking structures can be the herald of only one thing – the Omaha paper wasp. Often confused with the yellow jacket due to its coloring, the paper wasp is one of the most common wasp species in the United States. While one, maybe even two, paper wasp nests hanging from the side of your house might be expected, they are no less dangerous. Yet, with all the other houses and likely safer areas for them to build their nests, why are paper wasps continuously building their nests on your Omaha house? It is a Suitable Area Paper wasps get their name from their nests. They use plant fibers and saliva to construct their nests in which they lay their eggs and raise their young. It is this combination of building materials that cause their nests to look like they are made of paper, especially when they get larger and start to umbrella down in multiple layers and wrap a protective…
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How to Get Rid of Fleas in Omaha, NE

We all love our pets and the great outdoors, but for every hike we take or new friend we bring home, there's always the chance that we can end up bringing back some not-so-pleasant playmates as well. Your yard and home can sometimes shelter an impressive number of fleas before you even realize that you've picked up any. A flea's small size and tiny eggs make them hard to see and very difficult to remove without a few strict and well-followed procedures. While pets are the most common target, humans can find themselves infested with fleas as well, so it's important to treat any pest problem you have as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Wash Everything Once you realize you have a flea problem, start doing laundry. Fleas can hide and lay eggs in soft goods, so washing everything you can is a great first step for cutting down their numbers. Gather up anything your pets lie on as well as anything else soft from the lived-in areas of your home. This includes pet beds, blankets, bedding (yes, yours too), and anything else that can survive a good, hard spin in the washing machine. If a pet bed has a lot…
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How to Keep Fleas From Infesting Your Omaha, NE Home

Fleas. If you've ever had to deal with them, just hearing the word can make your skin crawl. Whether you picked up a few stowaways while you were walking in the park, or you have pets that went off the trail and came back with some new friends, getting rid of an Omaha flea infestation is the sort of war no one wants to fight more than once. Which is why it really pays to invest in some preventative measure, ensuring that fleas and their ilk never even get close to your house. How to Keep Fleas From Infesting Your Home The first thing you need to do in order to keep fleas out of your home is to survey your domain, and take away any points of easy entry. Your home is your castle, and you are setting up defenses to keep these tiny invaders out. Sometimes, though, it's the simplest solutions that stop the biggest problems. For example, whenever someone establishes a stronghold, the first thing they do is cut back all the greenery. It means no one can sneak up on them. While you don't need to chop down your trees and bushes completely, it is a good…
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What To Do When You Have a Mouse Invasion

Winter's coming and Omaha mice are busy looking for places set up housekeeping for the cold stretch ahead. The bad news is that they're eyeing your house. Mice have been the curse of homeowners for centuries. They carry disease, leave urine and feces in their wake and chew holes in things, like the electrical wires inside your walls, for instance! Your house is very attractive to mice for two reasons: 1.It's warm, cozy and comfortable. 2.Where there are people, there's food. Mice and Food Contrary to the cute little animated mice of our cartoon-loving childhood, mice aren't really that "into" cheese, though they'll certainly eat it if it's around. They actually prefer fruit, seeds, and grains. They're voracious little eating machines who'll even eat each other if food is scarce enough! They're omnivorous, which means that they eat both meat and plants. The common house mouse, in fact, will eat just about anything it can find. You can almost say that eating is their occupation since they do it 15 to 20 times a day! Mice and Their Habits Mice are nocturnal creatures. That's why you can hear them busily scratching and rummaging in the middle of the night. Most…
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How to Stop Rodents From Taking Over Your Home

  Mice and other rodents can be cute in pet shops but they're not so adorable when they've decided to make your Omaha home their new nest. Here are five things you can do to help ensure your house stays rodent-free. Patch up the Basement/Crawlspace Basements and crawlspaces are always a good place to start if you think you may have a rodent problem or just want to keep one from getting started. Omaha Mice and rats often nest in insulation, so if you find it pulled down from the ceiling or walls in places, that's a good indication of rodent activity. Keeping this area clean and sealed is a great first line of defense against all sorts of pests. Check both inside and outside the crawlspace or basement entrances carefully. Understand where main utilities such as power, water, and gas lines enter and exit your home and then work your way around the area, taking note of any holes, cracks, or openings that need to be filled. Openings larger than around 1/4" of an inch will need to be covered with mesh, but smaller openings can be stuffed with steel wool. Just be sure to please any insulation as soon as it's…
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What is Sentricon Termite Treatment Omaha Nebraska all About?

  When it comes to pests in our homes, only one makes us shiver with fear: termites. Termites are responsible for over five billion dollars’ worth of damage in the five million homes in which they are discovered each year. Since the pests eat wood, nothing and no one is safe.  However, from the dangerous pesticides of the past to today’s environmentally friendly and termite-definitely-unfriendly formulations, the science now exists from which to devise the means of wiping the pests out all together. This is exciting news for homeowners, those about to buy a home, as well as those who are just thinking about it. The science is being used to turn termites against themselves. That’s what Sentricon termite treatment Omaha, Nebraska is all about. A Quick Look at Termites The termite is a whitish creature closely resembling an ant. There are four classes of termite. The first is the worker, whose job it is to eat all the wood it can, go back to the colony and regurgitate the food for the benefit of the colony and the queen. The second is the soldiers. These reddish fellows guard the colony against natural predators like ants. Next is the swarmers,…
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Guarding Against Omaha Pests in the Winter Months

As summer turns to fall and fall yields to winter, you may believe that the pest control obligations you owe to your family and home are over until spring. However, even though bugs and other pests become less noticeable when the temperatures drop, they can still be present in your home. Additionally, rodents and other small creatures tend to move indoors during winter to escape the cold. Nevertheless, there are simple steps that you can take to help prevent tiny unwanted guests in the cooler months. Seal up openings in your home. The best way to bust a pest to is to prevent the pest from getting into your home. Pests tends to access the home through small openings, such as the space between your garage door and gaps between windows and doors. You can use weather-stripping or caulk to close these gaps and help prevent pests from entering. You should also periodically check windows and doors for rips and holes and patch any that appear as soon as possible. Don't invite pests to your home with attractions. Check around your house: do you have a woodpile or a compost pile near the home? If so, you are inviting pests. Move…
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Omaha Carpenter Bee Infestation: Facts and Concerns

Carpenter bees are a common warm-weather infestation, first appearing in the springtime months. They are so named because of their preference for wood; the insects choose to burrow tunnels in decks, porches, outdoor furniture, or wooden overhangs of homes. Although they consume nectar, not wood, they do remove small quantities of wood while building their nests. Carpenter Bee Characteristics Carpenter bees are black and yellow insects that resemble bumble bees in appearance, but their shiny abdomens distinguish them from their cousins. Males, though territorial, are harmless: only the female bees have stingers. Male bees can be differentiated from females by the white spot on their heads. Adults hatch in late summer, wintering in tunnels, and emerge in the spring to lay eggs. A female bee is generally docile in temperament, and will not sting unless threatened or handled, and she is able to use strong jaws to dig out tunnels and build a nest. There are several signs that a nest is present: the entrance of the tunnel is often visible as a small, circular opening, and sometimes a conal shaped fecal stain appears beneath it. You may even hear them digging the tunnel itself; as they clear wood, carpenter bees make a…
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Recognizing and Controlling Omaha Carpenter Ants

Perhaps you may have discovered a trail of sawdust on your property and thought you have termites. Most likely, it's carpenter ants. Instead of actually eating wood as termites do, carpenter ants burrow into the wood. As a result, they create structural damage. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t even know if they have carpenter ants. If you suspect you may have an infestation of Omaha carpenter ants, here are some of their physical features and habits, along with a few basic control methods. Physical Characteristics It’s important to recognize carpenter ants. Their most distinguishing features are their slender waist and elbowed antenna. They’re also known for having their front wings longer than their back set of wings. Often, carpenter ants are confused with termites as both these insects love to demolish wood. However, termites have a creamy, light color and a straight antenna. Furthermore, termites differ from carpenter ants as they have a seamless waist and wings of equal length. The queen carpenter ant, which is the longest one, can measure up to 1” long, while males and other females are about ¾” long. In fact, carpenter ants are one of the largest ants in America. Workers ants have long mandibles. Carpenter ants…
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Hey Miller, Why Are Yellow Jackets Going Behind the Siding of My Omaha House?

With all of the beauty surrounding us, it’s hard to imagine that danger lurks beneath autumn’s surface. But it does and if you are reading this post, chances are you already have an idea why. It’s the precise time of year when one pest becomes extremely aggressive, leading many to ask, “Why are yellow jackets going behind the siding of my house?” We hope to answer that pressing question for you today as well as offer tips on making it through the season unscathed. Why Do Yellow Jackets Love Cavities? Considered members of the wasp family, some species inherently look for protected cavities where they can build massive nests virtually undisturbed. Unfortunately for Michiganites, that includes our homes’ siding. Most types of siding feature small openings. They’re the perfect size for wasps and are often too small or concealed for many of the insects’ natural predators to find useful during attacks. In addition, the cavities underneath of the siding may offer protection from more than just yellow jackets’ natural predators. For example, the covering will undoubtedly shield them from the intense sunlight, hard rain and blustery winds. Also, it likely traps in heat, which the yellow jackets need to remain…
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