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Inspecting Your Omaha Home For Wolf Spiders

Omaha Wolf spiders are very large and frightening looking spiders that love moving into people's homes. They aren't aggressive or dangerous spiders, but they are scary and they may bite when provoked. It is also possible for them to spread bacteria and even viruses around your home. Here's how you can inspect your home and get them out for good. Check The Exterior And Interior Of Your Omaha Home Start by inspecting your yard for areas where wolf spiders may hide, such as under logs, in dark areas, and in cluttered spots. Next, you need to inspect the exterior of your home for areas where a wolf spider could sneak inside, including cracks in pipes, windows, and in areas no larger than a quarter. Wolf spiders are experts at using spots like this to break into your home. Now you need to perform the same process in your home by finding areas where they may be hiding and cracks which they could have used to get into your home. Start by checking in your basement and moving all the way up to the roof. Wolf spiders in Omaha prefer dark and damp areas, such as your basement, making it a good…
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All About Odorous House Ants in Omaha, NE

Omaha Odorous House Ants Stink ants, coconut ants or Omaha odorous house ants --whatever you call them, the tiny creatures known to entomologists as Tapinoma sessile is a pest best dealt with by a professional exterminator. While not as prevalent in Nebraska as in some other states, odorous house ants can and do invade homes and contaminate food sources throughout the Omaha area. Odorous house ants are exceedingly fond of sweets and will travel far to obtain a taste. Outdoors, they can be seen feeding on flower nectar and fruit. If aphids or mealybugs are around, odorous ants will feast upon 'honeydew.' Indoors, they will make a beeline (an ant line, actually) for your cookie jar. If unable to locate their preferred food, the wee wanderers will make a meal of greasy tidbits and scraps of meat. They may even dine upon other dead insects. Their propensity for a varied diet allows odorous ants to live -and nest- practically anywhere If you find ants in your home, they may or may not be nesting indoors. Odorous ants typically create shallow nests beneath debris and underneath wood piles. They are also known to colonize gaps in walls or under floors. If all you see…
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Recognizing, Preventing and Controlling Millipedes in Omaha, NE

Many homeowners are puzzled by a worm-like bug known as the millipede. They don’t bite, but they can be odorous, causing staining and other problems, especially when there’s a sudden swarm of them. Even worse, certain species of millipedes release a harmful toxin when handled roughly or threatened that can cause certain people to have allergic reactions. If you suspect you may have a millipede problem, here are some ways to prevent and control these pests, along with how to recognize them. Identifying Physical Features Because millipedes in Omaha don’t leave any telltale signs suggesting there’s an infestation, it’s important to identify them. In other words, the only clue that you have millipedes is finding them. Rather than being insects, they’re arthropods, which have jointed legs and multiple body segments. Their most distinguishing physical feature is their many legs. They appear to have thousands of legs, but they actually have from about 30 to 350 legs. They’re oval or cylinder-shaped, have a somewhat flat body and are about 1” to 1.5” long. Although their most common colors are black or brown, there are some red or orange species. Most species contain seven segments. They have a round head and short antennae. Millipedes…
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Omaha Rodent Control: A Subject That’s More Far-Reaching Than You May Think

Omaha Rodent Control Have you ever caught an episode of the television series, Zoo? Although fictional, it has already touched on an all-too real topic, zoonoses. For those that haven’t watched the program, it involves the passage of a genetic mutation from animals to humans. Of course it’s more in-depth than that, and full of fantasy. However, the concept is similar in vein to what several professionals were discussing in the July 2016 edition of Trends in Parasitology. What does it have to do with the show and more importantly rodent control? We’ll tell you: Rodents Are Jumping Over More Than Beams Just like the show, the article pointed out that many animal borne diseases have jumped from one species to another. For example, do you remember hearing about mad cow disease outbreaks? Caused by mutated proteins, Iowa State University’s Center for Food Security & Public Health initially came up with a list of carriers. It has since expanded to include mice. So contact with mice has the potential to transfer the incurable disease to other living creatures. It isn’t the only disease to expand into foreign territory either. The list of others includes, but doesn’t stop with the Hantavirus, Swine…
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Controlling Asian Beetles in Omaha: Guidelines for Getting Rid of Ladybugs

Omaha Asian Beetles Omaha Asian beetles, also known as lady beetles, or “ladybugs”, are a common pest found in most areas of America and in some regions of Canada. They don’t carry disease or breed indoors, but they can be problematic when you see swarms of them crawling over windows, walls and light fixtures. Although they don’t sting, they can bite and emit an odorous smell that comes from a yellowish, defensive body chemical that can cause spotting on floors and walls. Some people are even allergic to this chemical and develop skin and sinus irritations. If you think you may have an infestation of Asian beetles, here are some guidelines for recognizing them, along with a few control options.  Physical Features  It’s important to know their physical features so that you can identify these pests as Asian beetles. The most distinguishable feature is their wide range of colors. In fact, their colors range from red and orange to yellow, including several black spots. The varied look of different Asian beetles can be misleading, which makes people think that there are several species, but this is not true. Ladybugs are identified by their distinctive black “M” or “W” mark found…
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