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Bed Bug

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have extraordinarily small bodies with a brown camouflage, they lay eggs everywhere, and are easily transferred, allowing them to infest entire homes and businesses. Bed bugs, often found in mattresses, bedding, clothing, furniture, and more can be recognized by the musty odor they exude, the brown and black spots on infected surfaces, blood stains on mattresses and bedding from crushed bed bugs, or their bite marks. Bed bug bites emit a burning sensation and generally are several red marks in a precise line.

Ant

Ants

Carpenter ants are only one species of ants which could infest your home or business. They have large black bodies and typically nest in wood able to retain moisture and easily accessible from the soil like wood porch structures, window frames, and door frames. You have an infestation if you see swarms of flying ants in the spring around wood structures, these are the adult ants leaving the nest to find new territory. Another sign of a carpenter ant infestation is wood dust or small piles of wood shavings found close to older damp wood.

Cockroach

Roach

The American cockroach is the largest species of cockroaches invading homes. They have a reddish brown or mahogany color with a yellow band outlining the area behind their head. Found anywhere food or moisture is present, these cockroaches are about two inches long and both the females and males can fly. They give off a musty smell and as they mature become more reddish brown. These cockroaches will hide in damp dark places.

Wasp

Wasp

There are many species of wasps, ranging from microscopic to 1 ½” in size and ranging in color from black to metallic blues and greens and from reddish-brown to dark red and orange. Most wasps have a pinched waist and two pairs of wings. Wasps will nest in several places surrounding your home including hose reels, electrical boxes, soffits, decks, in the corners of windows, under awnings and porches, attics, crawl spaces, and gas grills. If you have a colony of wasps, there could be thousands of wasps living in the nest.

Mice, Chipmunk & Rat

Rodent

Rodents are among the most adaptable and diseased critters to infest homes. They are extremely difficult to exterminate due to their rapid and constant breeding habits. Several species of rodents have the capability to squeeze into spaces much smaller than themselves, making even the smallest holes or cracks entrances to your home. Like many unwanted pests, rodents will cause severe damage to your home or business, excessive chewing and breeding will take a toll on your home’s structure.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have extraordinarily small bodies with a brown camouflage, they lay eggs everywhere, and are easily transferred, allowing them to infest entire homes and businesses. Bed bugs, often found in mattresses, bedding, clothing, furniture, and more can be recognized by the musty odor they exude, the brown and black spots on infected surfaces, blood stains on mattresses and bedding from crushed bed bugs, or their bite marks. Bed bug bites emit a burning sensation and generally are several red marks in a precise line.

Ants

Carpenter ants are only one species of ants which could infest your home or business. They have large black bodies and typically nest in wood able to retain moisture and easily accessible from the soil like wood porch structures, window frames, and door frames. You have an infestation if you see swarms of flying ants in the spring around wood structures, these are the adult ants leaving the nest to find new territory. Another sign of a carpenter ant infestation is wood dust or small piles of wood shavings found close to older damp wood.

Roach

The American cockroach is the largest species of cockroaches invading homes. They have a reddish brown or mahogany color with a yellow band outlining the area behind their head. Found anywhere food or moisture is present, these cockroaches are about two inches long and both the females and males can fly. They give off a musty smell and as they mature become more reddish brown. These cockroaches will hide in damp dark places.

Wasp

There are many species of wasps, ranging from microscopic to 1 ½” in size and ranging in color from black to metallic blues and greens and from reddish-brown to dark red and orange. Most wasps have a pinched waist and two pairs of wings. Wasps will nest in several places surrounding your home including hose reels, electrical boxes, soffits, decks, in the corners of windows, under awnings and porches, attics, crawl spaces, and gas grills. If you have a colony of wasps, there could be thousands of wasps living in the nest.

Rodent

Rodents are among the most adaptable and diseased critters to infest homes. They are extremely difficult to exterminate due to their rapid and constant breeding habits. Several species of rodents have the capability to squeeze into spaces much smaller than themselves, making even the smallest holes or cracks entrances to your home. Like many unwanted pests, rodents will cause severe damage to your home or business, excessive chewing and breeding will take a toll on your home’s structure.

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Pest Identification Guide

Is that a wasp nest or a bumble bee nest? Does that spider have a poisonous bite, or is it harmless? Does my dog have fleas? Where did all these ants come from?

Use our Pest Identification Guide to figure out what kind of pests we’re dealing with, where they like to live, whether or not they’re harmful, and how to prevent an infestation.

If you have any of these pests in or around your home, call our Milwaukee pest control experts at A-Landlords Pest Management today. Our experienced and knowledgeable exterminators can answer all of your questions and eliminate your pest problem quickly. Rather than risk making the situation worse by trying to get rid of the pests yourself, call A-Landlord’s Milwaukee pest and rodent control experts to end your problem now.

Ants

Carpenter Ants

How to Identify Carpenter Ants

Appearance:

  •  6 legs
  • Segmented bodyCarpenter Ants Milwaukee
  • Black, red, brown, or yellow
  • ¼ to 3/8 inch long

Habitats:

  •  Indoors or outdoors in damp or damaged wood
  • Their burrowing leaves frass (sawdust) outside the nest

Threat:

  • Gain entry through wet wood
  • Build paths through dry wood, causing structural damage

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Keep your home and yard free of damp wood
  • Keep tree branches cut back from the house

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Field Ants

How to Identify Field Ants

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Segmented body with an unevenly rounded profile
  • Pale yellow, reddish brown, or blackField Ant Hill Milwaukee
  • 1/8 to 3/8 inch long

Habitats:

  • Mounds of plant material
  • Often near trees
  • Shrubs
  • Rocks
  • Sometimes in sidewalk cracks or along foundation walls
  • Field ants rarely nest in homes

Threat:

  • Field ants may bite and spray painful formic acid into the wound

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Store firewood at least 15 feet away from the house
  • Avoid having mulch up against the foundation
  • Keep shrubbery well-trimmed

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Pavement Ants

How to Identify Pavement Ants

Pavement Ants Milwaukee

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Segmented oval body
  • Dark brown, black
  • 1/8 inch

Habitats:

  • In walls, insulation, and floors
  • Outdoors, under stones, and in pavement cracks

Threat:

  • Pavement ants can contaminate food

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Keep counters and kitchens free from spills and crumbs

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Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

How to Identify Bedbugs

Female Bedbug Milwaukee

Appearance: 

Adults:
  • 6 legs
  • Flat oval body
  • Mahogany
  • ¼ inch
Nymphs:
  • Nearly colorless
  • 1.3mm to 5mm

Habitats:

  • Beds and other furniture
  • Male Bed Bugs MilwaukeeCracks in the floor and walls
  • May hide in suitcases, boxes, and shoes

Food:

  • Bed bugs feed on blood and need it to reproduce

Reproduction:

  • Process called traumatic insemination
  • Sperm remains in female body for 4-6 weeks
  • Female lays ~5-7 eggs per week
  • Eggs hatch in 6-17 days
  • Insemination process makes female avoid males
    • More likely to hitchhike on clothes and people

Threat:

  • Bed Bug Eggs Look Similar to LiceBedbugs bite and cause red, itchy welts
  • They do not transmit diseases

Preventing/Detecting an Infestation:

  • Examine second-hand furniture before bringing it home
  • Protect suitcases with a trash bag while travelling
  • Check bedsheets for blood spots.

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Bed Bug Traveling Tips

Summer is a popular time for travel, and we don’t mean just for human beings. Bed bugs travel just about everywhere people are traveling these days.

Bedbug LuggageAvoiding Bed Bugs in Hotels:

  • Put luggage in bathroom when you arrive
  • Smell around bed area for musty scent—indicator of bed bugs
  • Check bed sheets for tiny brown stains—fecal matter or blood
  • Check mattress for any tiny exoskeletons
  • Keep clothing and luggage away from the bed—in a closet or dresser is best

What to do if you find Bed Bugs in your Hotel

The first thing you need to do when you find bed bugs in your hotel is document the evidence. Make sure you take pictures of the soiled mattresses, any marks on your body, etc. Also, make sure you get acknowledgment from the hotel management about the situation. Document any clothing that needs to be tossed or any other items from your luggage you need to discard as a result of the bed bugs.

If you are traveling in Wisconsin and find bedbugs in your hotel room, be aware that the hotel can be held legally responsible for any damages caused by the bedbugs. Wis. Adm. Code s DHS 190.08 requires institutions to take all necessary measures to eradicate bed bug and pest infestations. Yet, some institutions fail to follow these guidelines, and patrons end up with bedbugs when they go home after vacationing.

Not all states have laws about bedbugs, and there are no national laws concerning bedbugs, either. States with bedbug laws (as of 2015) include:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Map of states with laws on bedbugs

Going Home—Bed Bugs after Traveling

Upon encountering bedbugs in your hotel, hostel, motel, or wherever you stay on vacation, ask for a garbage bag to stuff your close into. Make sure the bag is tightly sealed, so no additional critters can get in there. When you get home, wash your clothes on the highest temperature setting possible, and dry them for at least 30 minutes on the highest setting your dryer has. The heat should kill the bedbugs and their eggs.


Bees

Bumble Bees

How to Identify Bumble Bees

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Oval shapeBumble Bees in Milwaukee
  • Black and yellow striped
  • Fuzzy
  • 1 inch

Habitats:

  • In the ground or in trees
  • Around patios or decks
  • Sometimes in attics or chimneys

Threat:

  • Bees are aggressive and will sting if threatened
  • Bumble bees can sting more than once
  • People who are allergic to insect stings may have a severe reaction

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Carefully inspect potential nesting areas and get rid of harborage materials

More Information:

As the name suggests, bumblebees cause a distinctive hum. Despite a common misconception, bumblebees are perfectly capable of flight. Bumblebees are currently in decline all around the world. As pollinators, this is bad news for farmers and gardeners alike. Conservationists are working to preserve their population before it’s too late.

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Honey Bees

How to Identify Honey Bees

Honey Bees Milwaukee

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Oval shape
  • Golden yellow with brown bands
  • ½ inch

Habitats:

  • Honeycombs in trees
  • Sometimes in attics or chimneys

Threat:

  • Honey bees can only sting once
  • The sting can be extremely painful if the stinger is not removed
  • People who are allergic to insect stings may have a severe reaction

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Carefully inspect potential nesting areas and get rid of materials the bees could use to build their nest
  • Honeycombs can be messy to remove

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Cockroaches

American Cockroaches

How to Identify American Cockroaches

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Oval shape
  • American Cockroach in MilwaukeeReddish brown, yellowish markings behind the head
  • Up to 2 inches

Habitats:

  • Basements
  • Sewers
  • Drainage systems

Food:

  • Omnivores - eat plants, meats, and other items
  • Cosmetics, plant shoots, soaps, decaying fruits
  • Sweets and starchy items such as adhesives

Threat:

  • Can spread bacteria, parasitic worms, and other human pathogens
  • Can cause allergic reactions and intensify asthma attacks, especially in children

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Keep your kitchen clean
  • Vacuum frequently
  • Avoid moisture buildup

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German Cockroaches

How to Identify German Cockroaches

Appearance:

  • 6 legs; oval shape
  • Light brown with dark stripes on the back
  • ½ to 5/8 inch

German Cockroach Milwaukee

Habitats:

  • Warm, humid places near food
  • Kitchens and bathrooms

Food:

  • Favorites: starches, decaying meats, sweets, fatty foods
    • Will settle for almost any human/pet/processed foods
  • Will also eat adhesives and products with adhesives in them
  • Can live for up to 30 days without food
  • Can live for 2 weeks without hydration

Threat:

  • German cockroaches can spread bacteria, parasitic worms and other human pathogens
  • They can cause allergic reactions and intensify asthma attacks, especially in children

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Keep your kitchen clean
  • Vacuum frequently
  • Avoid moisture buildup

More Information:

German cockroaches are the most common cockroach family pest. They are easily mistaken for the Asian cockroach and are nearly identical. Asian cockroaches are able to fly gracefully while German cockroaches have trouble flying at all. They cannot survive the cold but manage to survive by finding small, heated areas.

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Rodents

Chipmunks

How to Identify Chipmunks

Appearance:

Chipmunks Milwaukee

  • Gray, reddish brown fur with dark and light stripes down the back and tail
  • 7 to 10 inches

Habitats:

  • Holes in the ground
  • Sometimes under patios
  • May move into buildings

Threat:

  • Burrowing causes structural damage and destroys plants

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Remove debris and wood piles
  • Put away pet food to avoid attracting the chipmunks

More Information:

Chipmunks are omnivores, eating everything from acorns to bird’s eggs. If a bird nest has recently been raided, it might be chipmunks to blame. Chipmunks do not need to hibernate and remain active in winter. Like larger squirrels, chipmunks are capable of climbing trees in search of food.

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Mice

How to Identify Mice

Appearance:

  • Short dark gray or brown fur, lighter colored stomach
  • Thin tail
  • 3½ to 7½ inches

Mice Mouse Milwaukee

Habitats:

  • Dark
  • Secluded areas in structures or outdoors
  • Nests are often made of paper products, fabric, and packing materials

Threat:

  • Mice can contaminate food
  • Cause structural damage
  • Chew on electrical wires
  • They can carry and transmit serious diseases, along with fleas, mites, ticks and lice

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Keep the building clean
  • Fix broken windows
  • Repair cracks in the foundation or walls
  • Remove potential nesting materials, such as newspapers and cardboard boxes

Learn More About Mice Infestations

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Opossums

How to Identify Opossums

Angry Opossum FaceAppearance:

  • Similar in size to a house cat
  • Gray in color
  • White face
  • Hairless tail
  • 1-3 feet

Habitats:

  • Urban and suburban areas
  • Opossums den anywhere warm and dry

Threat:

  • Being nocturnal and cautious, encountering an opossum is rare
  • When threatened, they will “play dead”
  • A survival tactic that renders them immobile from half an hour to far longer
  • This involuntary reaction renders them harmless
  • They can even be moved without being woken up
  • If faced with a pet, opossums can bite with sharp teeth

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Opossums are opportunistic and constantly relocating their dens
  • Make sure to seal garages and patio doors to stop them from getting in to your home

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Raccoons

How to Identify Raccoons

Raccoon Removal Milwaukee

Appearance:

  • Gray and brown with black “mask” over the eyes
  • Ringed tail
  • 2 to 3 feet

Habitats:

  • Dens in forested areas near a water source or in attics or chimneys

Threat:

  • Raccoons can cause property damage when trying to enter a home
  • They often dig through garbage
  • They can carry rabies.

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Store garbage cans in protected areas
  • Use animal-proof covers
  • Repair loose siding or shingles

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Rats

How to Identify Rats

Appearance:

  • Brown, black, gray fur with lighter stomach
  • 6 to 9 inchesRats Milwaukee
  • 6 to 10 inch tail

Habitats:

  • Burrows under buildings
  • Near ponds
  • In garbage dumps
  • Sometimes in roofs or attics

Threat:

  • Bite
  • Transmit diseases
  • Contaminate food
  • Carry fleas and mites

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Keep the building clean
  • Remove potential nesting materials, such as newspapers and cardboard boxes
  • Keep garbage tightly covered
  • Clear away any fruit from trees in the yard

More Information:

Rats are usually larger than mice, though a small rat might appear to be mouse due to similar fur patterns. Wild rats can carry Salmonella. It is very important to note that there are differences between wild rats and pet (“fancy”) rats. Pet rats tend to have more color variety, such as white and brown, along with different fur patterns. A single pet rat is not a sign of a potential rat infestation.

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Skunks

How to Identify Skunks

Skunks Milwaukee

Appearance:

  • Black or dark brown with white or cream stripes down the back and tail
  • 16 to 37 inches

Habitats:

  • Dens underground
  • In brush piles or logs
  • Under decks, porches, or buildings

Threat:

  • Skunks can spray as far as 10 feet
  • The spray can cause nausea, severe burning, and temporary blindness
  • They can carry diseases like rabies

Preventing an Infestation:

  •  Seal off possible entrances under porches with sturdy wire mesh buried at least 6 inches underground

More Information:

Although skunks are not always black and white, they have what is known as warning coloration due to their smelly defense mechanism. This vibrant display warns predators and people to stay away. Unfortunately, dogs will still often try to attack or play with skunks, resulting in getting sprayed.

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Squirrels

How to Identify Squirrels

Appearance:

  • Usually graySquirrels Milwaukee
  • 6 to 15 inches
  • 4 to 14 inch fluffy tail

Habitats:

  • Mainly trees
  • May invade structures in the winter

Threat:

  • Squirrels rarely pose a health threat even when living attics
  • Outdoors, they can damage electrical and telephone cables

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Seal up possible points of entry around the house
  • Keep tree branches away from the roof

More Information:

There are multiple squirrel breeds in Wisconsin. The most common are the grey squirrel and the red squirrel. The grey squirrels are larger than the red and more aggressive when claiming territory. Grey squirrels will have white underbellies while red squirrels have brown fur there. It is only grey squirrels that are able to climb down trees headfirst.

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Voles

How to Identify Voles

Vole Destroys GardenAppearance:

  • Usually gray
  • Ranging from 3 to 9 inches long
  • Stouter and shorter build than mice

Habitats:

  • Burrows in fields or lawns

Threat:

  • Very little physical threat to humans
  • Can do a lot of damage to yard landscaping
  • Like other rodents, voles have potential to carry diseases

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Keep your lawn well-maintained
  • Voles will hide under any dense vegetation or in piles of mulch
  • Avoid using too much mulch where they can hide

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Spiders

Bold Jumping Spiders

How to Identify Bold Jumping Spiders

Bold Jumping Spider in MilwaukeeAppearance:

  • 8 legs
  • Large abdomen
  • Black with white/orange spot on back
  • 4-20 mm

Habitats:

  • Exterior walls
  • Rocks and logs
  • Open woodlands

Threat:

  • Presents zero threat to humans under normal circumstances

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Call exterminator to spray perimeter of house

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Common House Spiders

How to Identify Common House Spiders

Appearance:

  • 8 legsCommon House Spider Milwaukee
  • Yellow-brown, dirty white abdomen with dark stripes
  • 1/8 to 5/16 inch

Habitats:

  • Tangled webs
  • Sometimes in houses
  • Often in garages, sheds, barns and warehouses
  • Near light sources to attract prey

Threat:

  • Common house spiders pose no threat to humans

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Seal cracks and use screens on doors and windows
  • Use a vacuum to get rid of spiders, egg sacs, and webs

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Jumping Spiders

How to Identify Jumping Spiders

Jumping Spider Milwaukee

Appearance:

  • 8 short legs
  • Compact
  • Usually black with pale markings
  • 1/8 to ¾ inch

Habitats:

  • Loose, saclike webs

Threat:

  • While jumping spiders may bite
  • The bite is not poisonous

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Seal cracks and use screens on doors and windows
  • Remove outdoor harborages

More Information:

Jumping spiders are considered easy to identify compared to other arachnids. They have larger legs in the front, causing them to somewhat resemble crabs. They also have eyes that distinctly face forward rather than all around their head like other spiders.

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Wasps

Paper Wasps

How to Identify Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps Milwaukee

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Brown with yellow markings
  • 5/8 to ¾ inch

Habitats:

  • Paper nests hang from trees
  • Porch ceilings
  • Leaves
  • Attics and the tops of doorframes

Threat:

  • Paper wasps are not as aggressive as bald-faced hornets or yellow jackets
  • However, they will sting if they or their nest is disturbed
  • Paper wasp stings can cause allergic reactions

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Before doing yard work on shrubs, hedges, or trees, check for nests
  • Use repellent oil to keep wasps away from wooden fences
  • Do not attempt to remove a wasp nest on your own

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Bald-Faced Hornets

How to Identify Bald-Faced Hornets

Bald-Faced Hornets MilwaukeeAppearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Long black bodies with white pattern
  • ½ to 5/8 inch

Habitats:

  • Paper nests at least three feet off the ground
  • As large as 14 inches wide and 24 inches long

Threat:

  • Sting repeatedly with venom, causing pain, itchiness, and swelling for about 24 hours
  • Stings can cause allergic reactions

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Do not attempt to remove a bald-faced hornet nest
  • The wasps are aggressive, and likely to sting

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Yellow Jackets

How to Identify Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jacket Milwaukee

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Black and yellow bands
  • 3/8 to 5/8 inch

Habitats:

  • Paper nests made of chewed cellulose
  • In the ground
  • Attics

Threat:

  • Yellow jackets are territorial and will sting repeatedly
  • Stings can cause allergic reactions

Preventing an infestation:

  • Keep trash cans covered
  • Avoid sweet-smelling perfumes and scents

More Information:

Yellow jackets are the type of wasp most likely to be confused with honey bees. The best way to tell them apart from bees is to note whether they have hair over their body. Unlike honey bees, yellow jackets do not transport pollen. Yellow jackets are also confused with hornets due to their similar builds. Hornets, however, are usually larger than yellow jackets.

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Other Pests

Asian Lady Beetle

How to Identify Asian Lady Beetles

Appearance:

  • Resembles the lady bug
  • Orange or red in color with black spots or the reverse, black with red spots
  • 5.5-8.5 mm

Asian Lady BeetleHabitats:

  • Fields and leaf piles during warm weather

Threat:

  • Swarms of Asian lady beetles will infest a home during winter for a warm place to hibernate
  • There are rare cases of people being allergic
  • Creates an unpleasant smell and stain when dead
  • Known to bite people

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Check for any possible entryway the Asian lady beetle might find, including cracks in the foundation or torn window screens
  • It is important to check before the first frost

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Black Flies

How to Identify Black House Flies:

Appearance:

  • ~1.3 cm
  • Black with fur and bluish bald spots
  • Black flies transfer disease.6 legs
  • (Similar to house fly, but larger)

Habitats:

  • Indoors during winter months
    • Indoors during summer if enough food is inside
  • Outside during warmer weather
    • Often found near rotting food

Threat:

  • Can spread disease in humans
  • Cover large breeding areas and reproduce quickly

Preventing Infestation:

  • Sadly, there isn't much we can do to prevent black fly infestations; however, we are great at ending infestations once they've begun
  • Keep area clean and free of rotting foods/open containers.

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Blowfly

How to Identify Blowflies:

Blowfly Invasion Milwaukee

Appearance:

  • ~1 cm
  • Shiny black and blue metallic body
  • 6 legs

Habitats:

  • Blowflies make their homes wherever there is rotting meat (carrion)

Threat:

  • Blowflies can spread disease from other animals to humans
  • Many diseases can be carried on rotting, putrid meat

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Keep all used meat scraps well covered and in the correct areas
  • Make sure lids are on your garbage cans
  • Make sure no mice or other animals have died in your walls

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Boxelder Bugs

How to Identify Boxedler Bugs

Appearance:

Boxelder Bug Extermination

  • 6 legs
  • Flat oval body
  • Red and black
  • 1 cm - 1 in

Habitats:

  • Summer - in the trees they feed on
  • Winter - in the walls of your house

Threat:

  • Kill your trees
  • Annoying, bitter

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Seal or spray repellent over the holes over your house's exterior

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Crickets

How to Identify Crickets

Appearance:

  • Distinctive long antennae
  • Dull green and brown color
  • Two sets of wings (front and back)
  • Larger back legs for jumping
  • 2 inches

Habitats:

Common Black Cricket

  • Trees
  • Brush
  • Grass

Threat:

  • Relatively harmless to humans, though they are capable of biting
  • Chirp excessively, causing annoyance, and scavenge uncovered food

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Inspect all window screens to ensure there are no openings for crickets to enter
  • Cover all food that might attract crickets, including dry dog food

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Earwigs

How to Identify Earwigs

Appearance:

  • 6 legs; brown with yellow or pale extremities
  • Distinctive pincer like tail
  • 7-50 mm

Earwig Identification Guide

Habitats:

  • Damp and dark spaces indoors
  • Wooded areas with lots of debris

Threat:

  • Earwigs are scavengers and will eat flowers, plants, and food that are left uncovered
  • They can cause significant damage to foliage
  • They are not known to carry any diseases that are harmful to humans

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Check areas that might be dark and damp for potential eggs
  • Common areas include trash receptacles, window frames, and outdoor furniture

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Fleas

How to Identify Fleas

Milwaukee Flea Exterminator

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Longer back leg
  • Flat shape
  • Dark reddish-brown
  • 1/12 to 1/6 inch

Habitats:

  • Household pets and wild animals
  • Shoes
  • Oant legs
  • Blankets

Threat:

  • Flea bites usually cause painful, itchy red bumps
  • They can transmit bacteria, diseases, and tapeworms, as well as cause allergic reactions

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Clean and vacuum often
  • Groom pets regularly
  • Use flea treatments

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Fruit Flies

How to Identify Fruit Flies

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Ovoid body
  • Translucent, yellow/brown
  • How to Get Rid of Fruit FliesRed eyes
  • Black stripes across back
  • Females ~ 2.5 mm
  • Males ~ 2.0 mm

Habitats:

  • Anywhere rotting food exists
    • Drains
    • Garbages
    • "Empty" containers

Threat:

  • Disease (rare)
  • Annoying

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Make sure all foods are sealed and properly stored when done using them
  • Make sure you clean up all your food messes, including in your sink and garbage

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House Centipede

How to Identify House Centipedes:

Appearance:

  • 1-1.5 inches (body)
  • Light brown
  • Black lines running end to end
  • House Centipede Picture30 legs

Habitats:

  • Under boards, rocks, fallen trees (outside)
  • Any cool, moist, dark space (inside)

Threat:

  • Not life threatening
  • Possesses venom glands and delivery system
  • Rarely bites
  • Bites usually cause mild irritation

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Frequent house centipede sightings suggest plentiful of prey
  • Examine building for abundance of arthropods
    (silverfish, cockroaches, spiders, etc.)

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Japanese Beetles

How to Identify Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetle RemovalAppearance:

  • Shiny
  • Metallic body
  • 10- 15 mm

Habitats:

  • Originally from Japan
  • They often live in gardens in the eastern USA

Threat:

  • Japanese beetles skeletonize plant leaves and flower buds, ruining gardens
  • Being an invasive species to the United States, they lack natural predators to control their population

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Catch Japanese beetles and place them in a bucket of soapy water
  • Spray beetles with the soapy concoction

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Mosquitos

How to Identify Mosquitos

Mosquito Bites PersonAppearance:

  • 6 legs and one set of wings
  • Resembles the midge
  • Rarely exceed 16 mm in length

Habitats:

  • Marshes
  • Lakes
  • Stagnant water

Threat:

  • Their bites are irritable
  • Mosquitos can harbor diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Empty out watering pails
  • Remove standing water from containers in your yard
  • Keep gutters and drainage ditches clear after rain
  • Wear long sleeve clothing while out at dawn or dusk

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Termites

How to Identify Termites

Termites Milwaukee

Appearance:

  • 6 legs
  • Soft bodies, scissor-like jaws, can have four wings
  • Creamy white to dark brown
  • ¼ to 3/8 inch

Habitats:

  • Underground colonies
  • Moist secluded areas above ground

Threat:

  • Termites are extremely destructive to wooden structures

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Divert water away from the foundation of the house using gutters and downspouts
  • Avoid contact between wood portions of the house and soil

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Ticks

How to Identify Ticks

Arachnid Tick Infestation

Appearance:

  • 8 legs
  • Have a body larger than their head
  • Commonly brown in color

Habitats:

  • Leaf litter found in tall grass, woods, brush

Threat:

  • Ticks bite and consume the blood of humans
  • They are vectors for diseases, including Lyme disease, typhus, and tick paralysis.

Preventing an Infestation:

  • Wear long sleeve clothing when working outdoors and check skin for ticks before coming inside
  • Make sure to check pets as well
  • If a tick is present on the skin and has already attached, remove the tick immediately with tweezers
  • Control tick habitats by moving the lawn frequently, especially around wooded areas

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