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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.

Milwaukee Exterminator Helps You Identify Pests in Your Home

Contact our Milwaukee exterminator if you identify an infestation in your home or business from a pest below.

 



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

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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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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Milwaukee Ant Control: Identifying and Eradicating Carpenter Ants

We get many calls from homeowners worried about carpenter ants ruining their decks or wood siding. If you’ve ever punched through a chewed-up piece of decking with a screwdriver and found thousands of little white eggs and a swarm of ants frantically crawling around, you’ve probably met the carpenter ant. So, how serious is this problem?

Identifying Carpenter Ant Infestations in Your Milwaukee Home

Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.) are medium to large ants, all black or black and red. Worker ants range from 3/8” to ½“ in length, with queens typically reaching 1”.

Identify Carpenter Ants in MilwaukeeCarpenter ants typically nest in moist wood outdoors, such as fallen trees, piles of firewood or the decks of homes. A large colony of carpenter ants can number in the thousands. Carpenter ants will forage as far as 100 yards in search of food. The worker ants of the colony are most active at night, traveling from their nest to a food source along trails they have established by releasing pheromones. It is during these foraging forays when ants can and do enter homes, often nesting in the moist wood behind shower tiles, under kitchen sinks, in window or door frames, and in other locations susceptible to water damage. Once inside a house, the typical kitchen’s remnants of sugar, honey, jellies, meats and fats of all kinds provide an endless buffet.

Carpenter Ants: Nuisance or Nemesis?

When Carpenter ants get inside a home, their calling card is a small pile of “frass”--coarse, sawdust-like wood particles mixed with fragments of insects (a staple of the carpenter ant’s diet!). Understandably, many homeowners think Carpenter ants eat wood. Actually, however, they excavate small tunnels in soft wood (and foam insulation). These are smooth, clean excavations with the appearance of having been sanded down. In most cases, any wood carpenter ants infiltrate is already so damaged by moisture it is in need of replacement. In the rare instances when carpenter ants burrow into good wood, the damage is usually fairly minor and limited to a relatively small area.

Although Carpenter ants do not pose as great a threat as termites, an infestation of these ants is not something you want to just live with. A colony of Carpenter ants will grow quickly, particularly due to the abundance of food sources in a home. By the time any signs of infestation are visible—such as small piles of sawdust—there may already be extensive structural damage. If they’re nesting in support beams or in decking, you obviously want to get rid of the ants and replace the damaged wood as quickly as possible. Also, if you have small children or pets in your home, you should be aware that Carpenter ants can and do bite. Their sharp bites inject formic acid under the skin which causes further irritation.

Milwaukee Ant Exterminator Eliminating Carpenter Ants

The key to eliminating carpenter ants inside your house is to find the nest and eliminate it. If you can eradicate the nest—and with it the queen—the colony cannot survive. Tracking down the nest is not usually difficult, but it can be time consuming. One trick is to wait until early evening and put out some food they like—sugar or honey works well. With a red filter over a flashlight (because they cannot see red), you can often track them back to their nest after they’ve filled up with sweets. If you spot winged Carpenter ants, there is nearly always a colony nearby. Sometimes, if the nest is large enough, you may be able to locate it by the crackling sounds these ants make. Often, however, the nest is in such a difficult to reach location it makes any DIY eradication impossible.

A-Landlords has extensive experience tracking down and eradicating Carpenter ant colonies. We use a variety of insecticides proven to have great success in eliminating the queen ant and hastening the demise of the entire colony. If you suspect you have Carpenter ants in your home, don’t put off taking action. Our Milwaukee pest control specialists will assess your situation and provide you with a quote. Call 414-449-8525 today to rid your home of Carpenter ant infestations.

Contact our Milwaukee Ant Exterminators if you suspect you have a carpenter ant infestation.


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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What to Do if Your Rental Property Has Bed Bugs

Milwaukee is Notorious for the Pesky, Resilient Bed Bug. Don’t Try to Take Them On By Yourself.

Rental properties in Milwaukee are at a high risk of bed bug infestationIf your tenants have called you to report red itchy bites on their skin in the morning, brown spots on bedding, or even a bed bug itself, your property is likely in the early stages of a bed bug infestation.

A bed bug problem can begin as an annoyance and turn into a disgusting health hazard in no time. Even one fertile female bed bug can produce hundreds of offspring. As a landlord, it is your responsibility to provide adequate living conditions for your tenants, and a bed bug problem is a sure way to scare off current and potential renters.

Battling these bugs can be an ordeal in a home, but in an apartment building things can be even more complicated. If you discover bedbugs in your apartment building or rental property, it is important to co-ordinate with your tenants and a qualified Milwaukee pest control company to deal with the problem before your entire building is infected. Ignoring the problem will only make it more expensive and difficult to deal with once it spreads throughout your building.

Contact a Qualified Milwaukee Bed Bug Exterminator

The first step is to contact a qualified Milwaukee pest control company to assess the situation. A-Landlords will thoroughly inspect the unit, looking at couches, bedding, and other known bed bug dwellings to assess the extent of the infestation. With more information, you can form a strategy to combat the problem with your exterminator.

Bed bugs are nearly impossible to wipe out thoroughly without professional help. Store-bought bug sprays and home treatments are rarely effective and usually just drive the bugs deep into hiding for a short period of time. Without a professional Milwaukee bed bug exterminator, your infestation will just flare up again. Using your on-staff maintenance and janitorial personnel is only advisable if they have the proper training and access to specialized treatments.

Contact Other Tenants

Bed bugs are a particularly tenacious pest and just because they entered the building in one unit doesn’t mean that’s where they'll stay. Every unit adjacent to the infected one should be thoroughly inspected by a qualified bed bug exterminator to ensure the problem is limited to one unit.

Communicate the situation to the affected tenants without causing a panic, as well as any other tenants in the building. Ask for their cooperation and advise them to remain vigilant for signs of bed bugs in their units.

Coordinate with Tenants to Prepare for Bed Bug Treatment

A – Landlords are Milwaukee Bed Bug Exterminators for Property Management CompaniesDealing with bed bugs is never quick or easy, but by taking steps to prepare their apartments your tenants can ensure that exterminators have access to bed bug hideouts. In preparation for bed bug treatment, ask your tenants to:

  1. Tidy up: Bed bugs love to hide in clutter. By creating a clean and orderly apartment you deny bedbugs shelter.
  2. Deal with the mattress: Bed bugs in mattresses can be dealt with by encasing the mattress in a special bug proof bag, which is available at many big-box stores and online outlets.
  3. Wash all clothing and bedding: It is imperative that any potential bed bug habitat be thoroughly washed. Every sheet, blanket, clothing item, pillow, etc should be washed and put into a dryer on high heat for at least a half an hour. Exposing bedbugs and their eggs to that amount of heat will kill them.
  4. Vacuum: Every surface should be vacuumed to suck up living and dead bugs. Dispose of full vacuum bags outdoors in a sealed plastic bag.

Communicate with Tenants to Prevent Bed Bugs from Returning

For new tenants moving in, provide literature and information about how to avoid bringing home bed bugs. Make sure they understand the dangers of second hand furniture and discards found on the street. Educate tenants on bedbug identification and hazards so that any future infestations can be dealt with swiftly and early.

Contact our Milwaukee Bed Bug Exterminators for pest control services in your rental units and apartment buildings.

Milwaukee Bed Bug Infestations

Bed Bug Treatment MilwaukeeMilwaukee Bed Bug Infestations

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed off of blood exclusively. The common bed bug happens to be quite fond of human blood.

Bed bugs have been feeding on humans for thousands of years. However, since 1995 there has been a dramatic increase in bed bug infestations, and the problem is the worst it has been in years. The city of Milwaukee has suffered a 53% increase in bed bug complaints.

Once an infestation starts, bed bugs are nearly impossible to exterminate without professional help. For residents and business owners in the Milwaukee area, A-Landlords is here to help.

Bed Bugs in Your Milwaukee Home

There are some common signs to look for when determining if your home has been infested. The first, most obvious sign will be bed bug bites. Small, itchy red spots, typically on the hands, face, and/or arms. If you have bites matching this description, it means you have unwillingly fed a family of bed bugs.

Other signs are small dark stains on upholstered furniture or mattresses, the presence of small white bed bug eggs, and live bed bugs. Adult bed bugs are dark brown in color and about the size of an apple seed. They are nocturnal feeders, so they are most often spotted at night. Infestations tend to peak during the warm summer months. 

Bed Bugs in Your Milwaukee Business

Nothing can tarnish the reputation of a business like news of a bed bug infestation. A client or employee may unknowingly pick up bed bugs on a business trip, then transfer them to their car and home. With quick action, the pest problem can be wiped out before spiraling out of control.

The best way to decrease your risk of spreading bed bugs is to wash your bedsheets in the hottest water available, and for the longest wash cycle. Frequent vacuuming of infested spaces, diligent cleaning, and decluttering of your home or business all help. For best results, though, you need a professional exterminator. If you think there is a bed bug problem in your business, contact A-Landlords today.

Bed Bug Treatments Milwaukee Can Trust

A-Landlords provides outstanding, professional pest control services. Due to how quickly bed bugs reproduce, and their ability to hide in small nooks and crannies, getting professional help quickly is the only way to ensure your home will be pest free. DIY bed bug treatments have a depressingly low succes rate, and the longer you wait to bring in a professional exterminator, the bigger the infestation becomes. A-Landlord’s Milwaukee professional exterminating services use proven bed bug treatments so you can have a pest-free home once again.

Contact our Milwaukee Bed Bug Exterminators for expert pest control services ridding your home and business of bed bug infestations.

Milwaukee Pest Control Experts with Valuable Bed Bug Knowledge

Over 2 Decades Exterminating Bed Bugs in Milwaukee

A-Landlords Pest Management has over two decades of experience in bed bug extermination, making us the best bed bug exterminators in the Milwaukee area. Our bed bug specialists have extensive knowledge of how to treat and prevent bed bug infestations, without relying on bed bug mattress covers.

We would like to share our knowledge with you by providing helpful tips on how to reduce your risk of a bed bug infestation and what to do if you have one. Trust A-Landlords’ friendly experts to help you eradicate and prevent bed bug infestations.

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Milwaukee Bed Bug Experts Discuss Pest Habits

Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed on the blood of mammals. These insects are so small they often go unnoticed until the presence of bed bug bites. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and are capable of producing 10-20 eggs per week. This rapid breeding pattern makes these pests extremely difficult to eradicate without professional pest control services.

Humans are ideal hosts for bed bugs because we live in comfortable environments with an abundance of potential nesting areas, such as couches, mattresses and cushioned chairs where they can easily hide. It is extremely easy for an infestation to spread throughout your entire home, as well as other people’s homes, making bed bugs even more of a nuisance. 

Bed bugs have been feeding on human hosts for thousands of years. They were completely eradicated from most homes in the 1940s, but when DDT was banned in the early 1970s they staged a comeback.

Since 1995, there has been a dramatic increase in bed bug infestations, due largely to an increase in travel. This epidemic is in full swing and worse than it has been in years. Fortunately, there are professional methods of treatment and ways to prevent infestations in your home.

Signs of Bed Bug Infestation

There are a few tell-tale signs of a bed bug infestation in your home. The list below will help you identify if your home is infested with these pests.

If you have a bed bug infestation, waiting to get help increases the chances of spreading the pests in your home, car, workplace, and other locations you visit. It's critical to take action at the first sign of bed bugs.

Signs of a bed bug infestation:

  • The presence of eggs, which are tiny and white. 
  • The presence of molted skins young bed bugs shed as they grow.
  • Small dark spots on your mattress or furniture. These spots are bed bug excrement and may bleed into the fabric.
  • Finding live bed bugs. Adult bed bugs are usually big enough to be seen on your furnishings or mattress.
  • Reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses. These rust colored stains are caused by crushed bed bugs.

If these signs are present in your home, contact A-Landlords pest control services as soon as possible. Quick and efficient eradication helps stop further infestation and returns your home to a clean and comfortable environment your family can enjoy.

Milwaukee Bed Bug Exterminators Pest Removal Tips

With proper professional treatment, it is possible to fully eradicate bed bug infestations. DIY pest control methods are rarely successful. The high breeding rate of bed bugs ensures repeat infestations if any are missed.

The best treatment plans involve a combination of professional skill and homeowner help. Here are a few steps you can take in addition to professional treatment, to ensure successful extermination of your bed bug infestation:

  • Reduce clutter where bed bugs can hide. This includes items on shelves and counters.
  • Physically remove bed bugs through vacuuming and cleaning. Normal household cleaning will help reduce the number of bed bugs throughout the home.
  • Wash bedding, clothing, and curtains on the hottest setting the washing machine has and dry them on the hottest dryer setting. For items that cannot be washed (stuffed animals, etc.), place them in the dryer on high temperature for 30 minutes.
  • If your mattress is infested, do NOT sleep somewhere else in your house. As awful as this may seem, it will cut down on the infestation expanding to other areas in your home. Seal your mattress in plastic to starve any that are hiding on it, but be careful to not accidentally tear the fabric so the trapped bed bugs have an escape route.

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With the addition of A-Landlords' professional pest control services, these home pest control methods can help you regain a healthy, comfortable, and pest-free household.

Milwaukee Bed Bug ControlMilwaukee Bed Bug Experts Provide Bed Bug Prevention Ideas

Once you’ve gotten your home free of bed bugs there are several steps you should take to prevent another infestation. These tips also work great for those who have not experienced the struggles of infestation but would like to avoid being in a similar situation.

With bed bug infestations becoming extremely prevalent it is a good idea to share these tips with family and friends to help stop the spread of these pests.

Ways to prevent bed bug infestations:

  • Travelers should immediately wash their clothing in hot water and vacuum their suitcases upon returning home to remove any bed bugs that may have been picked up from hotels or other homes.
  • Cover mattresses and box springs with a plastic cover designed to keep beg bugs out.
  • Thoroughly inspect used furniture, thrift store items, or yard sale purchases for bed bugs before bringing them into your home. Better yet, don't bring them into your home!
  • Never pick up discarded bed frames, upholstered furniture, mattresses, or box springs you find on the curb. These may have been thrown out due to a bed bug infestation.

Awareness and prevention is the key in the fight against the bedbug epidemic. When in doubt, contact a pest control specialist in your area for advice on potentially infested furniture or bedding you would like to bring into your home.

Bed Bug Specialists Deliver Superior Pest Management Services

Our Milwaukee bed bug specialists have shared their professional tips with you to stop the bed bug infestation epidemic from reaching your home. Treatment, prevention, and awareness are the most important steps to your bed bug solution. 

If you have a bed bug infestation, use the bed bug exterminators Milwaukee relies on for quality work at affordable prices: A-Landlords Pest Management.

Contact our Milwaukee bed bug specialists today for superior pest management services at cost-effective prices.

Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

Bed Bug Extermination in MilwaukeeHow to tell if you have bed bugs:

  • Bites upon waking up (stinging/itching sensation)
  • Bites tend to be in groups of 3 on arms and legs
  • Blood from rolling on crushed bugs
  • Musty odor coming from the bugs
  • Dark spots (about this big: .) from excrement

As a homeowner, when the word pest is mentioned, the first image to come to mind is of bed bugs. These tiny, almost microscopic insects are every homeowner’s nightmare. Once an infestation takes root, it is nearly impossible to get rid of them on your own. Milwaukee bed bug exterminators at A-Landlords have seen these tiny pests along with the havoc they wreak. The intervention of a knowledgeable pest control company has been key every time. Over the counter insect foggers only take care of open areas. Bed bugs, on the other hand, are found in mattresses, furniture, clothing, and a host of other areas foggers can’t touch. A-Landlords pest control locates and removes bed bugs in every spot of your home where the infestation could spread.

Bed Bug Exterminators in Milwaukee: How to Remove Bed Bugs

A-Landlords pest management in Milwaukee, WI has been handling bed bugs and pests in general for over 25 years. In this time, they a have seen what happens when good intentioned home and business owners try to tackle the problem on their own. The result is time wasted and money lost before having to call a professional anyway. When A-Landlords arrives at an infected property, they get to work finding any and all bed bug hiding places. These spots vary from large areas like mattresses to the smallest of places like behind light switch plates. Once the hiding places are pointed out to the property owner, it becomes evident why over the counter remedies never work.

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Living in Wisconsin means there are a host of other pest problems A-Landlord eradicates. Ants tend to be a common issue along with cockroaches and mice. Although we typically don’t think of bees as a pest, frequently they will make a home near residential and commercial buildings, scaring away customers and residents alike. Not all pests are animals; A-Landlord Pest Management will also deal with your lawn’s weed problems as well.

If you are experiencing issues with bed bugs or any other pest, don’t waste precious time. The more time an infestation is active, the harder it will be to get rid of. Call A-Landlord’s professional exterminators today and let them take care of your home or business.

Contact our Milwaukee Bed Bug Exterminators for expert pest control services eradicating your bed bug infestation.

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 clothes 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 any bedbugs and their eggs that may have gotten on your clothing.

What to do, and not to do, if you find bed bugs in your home.

Bed bugs are a nightmareThe realization you have bed bugs in your home is sickening. You can’t sleep at night for being woken up by their bites and you itch all day from the bites. If you try sleeping on the sofa, they’ll find you. They’ll even find you if you try sleeping in the bathtub. Why? Because you are their food source and they’ll track you down wherever you go. They’re relentless.

Look on the internet and you’ll find all kinds of advice, as well as hucksters selling bed bug treatments. Buyer beware! Most, if not all, of these treatments are worthless. At best, you may get a temporary reduction in your bed bug infestation, but once their eggs start hatching you’ll be under a full-scale attack again. The only way to win the battle is to get a professional bed bug exterminator on your side.

A Landlords Pest Control has been treating homes and businesses for bed bugs for over 25 years. It’s become our specialty. Our proven effective treatments will eradicate your bed bug infestation and you will be able to sleep through the night without being tormented by bed bug bites.

What NOT to do if you have bed bugs

  • Don’t move to a spare bedroom or the living room sofa.
    It may seem like a good way to escape the bed bugs, but they WILL find you. In the process, they’ll infest yet another area of your home.
  • Don’t try to treat the infestation on your own.
    Spraying an insecticide or using bug bombs may kill some bed bugs, but most will just scatter. which makes it even harder to treat the infestation. Also, bed bugs are very adept at hiding in places where sprays and bug bombs can’t reach them.
  • Don’t wait to contact an exterminator.
    Each female lays up to 4 eggs per day. This may not seem like a lot, but multiplied by hundreds of females in an infestation it adds up to a major problem in short order. The longer you wait to get an exterminator to deal with the problem, the bigger the infestation will be.

What TO do if you have bed bugs

  • Contact an experienced bed bug exterminator.
    This should be your first step. The sooner you get someone who knows how to treat for bed bugs, the sooner you’ll be free of bed bugs. Learn more about why A Landlords Pest Management is the best exterminator for bed bug infestations.
  • Wash clothing and linens in hot water.
    You may not see any bed bugs on your clothing, but there’s a good chance there are bed bug eggs on them. Washing in hot water will kill any bed bugs and their eggs, and running them in the dryer for at least 30 minutes
  • Vacuum everything.
    You can vacuum up bed bugs you find on and under your mattress (or anywhere else), but beware that bed bugs can infest vacuums. There’s less chance of this happening if your vacuum has a bag instead of a filter since bed bugs and their eggs can get trapped in a filter. With a vacuum that has a bag, they all go into the bag and you just put the bag into a trash bag.
  • Wrap your mattress.
    A mattress encasement designed to protect against stains isn’t enough. You need one designed for bed bugs. Any bed bugs trapped inside will die because they’ll be deprived of food, but you’ll need to leave the cover on your bed for at least a year.
    *Mattress encasements are not without problems, though, and the biggest one is that even a small tear or rip in the material can provide an escape route for bed bugs trapped inside. Most of the time, people who use these encasements don’t even realize there’s a tear in the material. They just notice the problem isn’t going away.
  • Tape the perimeter of your mattress.
    Using double sided tape along the perimeter of your mattress can trap any bedbugs trying to crawl up your mattress to get to you. In the morning, peel off the tape and dispose of it in a tightly sealed plastic bag. The drawback to this, however, is that the tape can easily lose its adhesion to your mattress, allowing bed bugs to get past this barrier.
  • Avoid second-hand items.
    Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to find deals, but there can be bed bugs or bed bug eggs on anything—furnishings, luggage, and clothing. It's just not worth the risk.
  • Use bed bug interceptors.
    These are small containers placed under the legs of your mattress and furniture to trap bedbugs attempting to climb up them. The inside of the cup gets a light coating of talcum powder, which makes it difficult for the bed bugs to escape the moat. These are often used to assess the extent of an infestation but are also helpful for controlling an infestation.

About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have been a scourge on humanity since the days of ancient Egypt, and likely before then. Archeologists have found what appear to be fossilized bed bugs dating to 3,500 years ago. Over the centuries, they’ve evolved to develop a resistance to most pesticides.

Today, about 90% of bedbugs are resistant to the most commonly used insecticides. Because of this, A Landlords relies on a variety of treatments and follow-up applications to ensure we get every last one.

Bed bug on the end of a pencil pointBed Bug characteristics

  • Flat, oval-shaped, approximately 4.5mm in length, in colors ranging from light gold to dark brown (nymphs are nearly translucent)
  • Can survive as long as a year without blood, but usually feed every 5 to 10 days
  • Are nocturnal feeders
  • Females lay up to 4 eggs per day
  • Are difficult to find because they hide in small nooks and crannies
Contact our Milwaukee bed bug exterminators to eradicate your bed bug infestation.

How To Treat Bed Bug Bites

Identifying Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites are not uncommon—especially when your home is in the midst of a bedbug infestation. Finding out whether your mark is from a bed bug bite or not requires some investigation.

Our helpful guide below ensures you a speedy recovery, with our professional bed bug removal services to keep those critters at bay for years to come.

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What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

The bites are raised and red, and have a similar appearance to bites or stings from a wide variety of other bugs and insects: mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, ticks, centipedes, etc.

The bites can be misleading—bed bug bites can often look like spider bites due to their size and redness, and the fact that they won’t itch for several days at first, but here are some clear markers to indicate you have bed bug bites:

  • Red, itchy bumps

  • Dark center on every bump

  • Swolen area around the bump

  • Multiple bumps in rows of 3-5 bites

    • Often referred to as breakfast, lunch, and dinner).

Bed bug bites vs mosquito bites vs flea bites are difficult to differentiate--if you're still unsure, consult with a doctor to professionally diagnose your marks.

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Where are the bed bug bites locatedBed Bug Bite Locations

Bed bug bites are usually located on visbile skin, including:

  • Arms and Hands
  • Legs
  • Back or behind
  • Neck
  • Face

These are the areas most often exposed while you sleep. This isn't an exclusive list: bed bugs will bite anywhere they can feed, so if you have marks on your chest, stomach, or other areas, do not immediately rule out bed bugs as the culprits.

How to get rid of bug bites

Whether you've got bed bug bites on arms, legs, or your face, you're concerned about one thing: how to make the itching stop.

We've got the bed bug bite home remedy list for you:

  • Carefully wash your bites with soap and warm water, don't scrape or break the skin
  • A cold cloth, or ice pack wrapped in a towel, can reduce swelling
  • Apply a thin paste made of baking soda and water, leave on for at least an hour (however long you need) and wash off
  • Certain essential oils have been known to help

If home remedies just are not cutting it for those bites, then you can try:

  • Applying anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to the bites
  • Consult a doctor to get a prescription pain reliever
  • Oral antihistamines reduce itching and burning

**DON'T SCRATCH BED BUG BITES**

**Scratching a bed bug bite can cause a secondary infection and could lead to bleeding, sepsis, or, in the worst possible case, death from prolonged, untreated infection.

How long do bug bites last

Bed bug bite appearance and symptoms can last anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks. Though your symptoms may fluctuate in severity, it’s important to monitor the appearance of your bites to ensure that they fully disappear and your skin recovers properly.

If you’re more sensitive to the bites then it may take you longer to fully heal, but don’t worry: you will recover and the itching will subside.

Are there Bed Bugs in Your Home?

Look around. Are there bed bugs present in your home? Is there anything to indicate the presence of some other bug you may have been bitten or stung by? If you check your bed, clothes, and furniture, and don’t see any bed bugs present, chances are high that you’re not dealing with bed bug bites. You’ll want to investigate other insects and bugs as the possible culprit.


Bite marks (the raised, red spots) don't appear until a few days after you've received the bites, and many people misidentify them as acne, rashes from their clothing, spider bites, or just blame it on their dirty sheets. This is because a few days of fasting is not a problem for bed bugs. By the time a person notices the bite marks and feels the itching and burning, the bed bugs are in hiding again. This cycle sometimes repeats for months before a resident makes the connection between the bugs and the marks on the resident's skin. Don't let that happen to you.

Bed bugs are definitely a problem that you want to get rid of once and for all the first time around.

Contact the pest removal specialists at A-Landlord for permanent results.

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Bed Bug Pest Control Specialists Terminate Bed Bug Infestations of All Sizes

Homeowners and businesses in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and West Allis attempt to rid themselves of bed bug infestations and these efforts go unnoticed by bed bugs, or, in some cases, can make your bed bug infestation worse, unfortunately. When you have bed bugs, you need professional bed bug pest control to eliminate your bed bug infestation entirely.

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Remember: what doesn't kill them only makes them stronger.

Bed bugs are highly resistant to commercial products used in their extermination, and because of this, a combination of pest control methods must be used, including pesticide applications  and manual removal.

The Enemy: Bed Bugs

The bed bug exterminators at A-Landlords Pest Management in Milwaukee, WI are experts in identifying and removing bed bug infestations.

In fact, bed bugs are our specialty.

Bed bugs have extraordinarily small bodies colored with a brown camouflage pattern, they lay eggs everywhere, and once an i nfestation has started, it is hard to resolve without the help of professionals.

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Identifying the Presence of a Bed Bug Infestation

  • Bed bugs give off a musty odor
  • Bite marks, with a burning sensation, generally in a straight line
  • Brown and black spots on infected surfaces
  • Blood stains on mattresses in bedding from crushed bugs

How to Treat Bed Bug Bites

Why Take Care of Bed Bugs ASAP? Wisconsin's Bed Bug Ordinance

Wis. Stat. 704.07(3)(a)

"If the premises are damaged, including by an infestation of insects or other pests, due to the acts or inaction of the tenant, the landlord may elect to allow the tenant to remediate or repair the damage and restore the appearance of the premises by redecorating. However, the landlord may elect to undertake the remediation, repair, or redecoration, and in such case the tenant must reimburse the landlord for the reasonable cost thereof."

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The responsibility of the repairs and cleanup of any pest problem brought on by the tenant is solely the tenant's/s'. Prevent damage from spreading and having those costs fall on you by calling A-Landlords today to have your bed bug problem taken care of.

If you choose to pursue litigation against your landlord, you need to know the burden of proof is on you, and it's tough to prove the bedbugs were no a problem initiated by you, the tenant. If you can prove the burden is on the landlord, call A-Landlords today to get your bed bug problem taken care of at the expense of your landlord.

Bed Bug Infestations and Resurgence

There are several myths surrounding bed bug infestations, including: once a piece of furniture is infested, it must be thrown out; as well as, bed bugs only affect beds. Neither of these is true. If your bed bug infestation is handled properly, your furniture will be eradicated of the pest within. Bed bugs also do not infest beds alone, they will infest virtually anything they can hide on or in and find a food source from (you). Bed bugs will gladly hitch a ride on your sweater to your car, your office, friend’s house, or child’s school, dropping off and infesting every area they can along the way. Learn more about bed bug causes and where to find them.

Bed bugs are generally active at night and feed on blood. Without blood, they are not able to grow or reproduce, but they can go as long as a year without feeding, so leaving your home for a week won’t do the trick. Calling in professional bed bug exterminators is your best option when it comes to handling a bed bug infestation.

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Where Bed Bugs are Commonly Found:

  • Mattresses
  • Bedding (sheets, comforters, etc.)
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Other soft places with convoluted surfaces

Milwaukee Bed Bug Removal

At one point in history, bed bugs were considered almost completed eradicated from North America. Due to an increase in people traveling and a decrease in public knowledge about bed bugs, they have made a surging comeback, infesting homes and business across the nation, including Milwaukee, WI. Another reason for the bed bugs’ comeback is their resistance to many commercial pest control methods; proving the importance of getting professional help with your bed bug infestation, rather than trying to eliminate the problem yourself.

Bed Bug Treatment Solutions

The Milwaukee bed bug treatment provided by A-Landlords is the best solution to bed bug infestations and in some cases the only solution. Though our professionals are the best option for your bed bug infestation, there are a few at home remedies you can try to rid your home or business of bed bugs.

Washing all of your clothing and bedding with the hottest possible water your machine will allow and on the longest wash cycle as well as thoroughly vacuuming your infested surfaces has proven to be successful for some bed bug infestation sufferers. It is important to dispose of your vacuum bag in an outside trashcan or to extensively clean your vacuum canister because bed bugs have the habit of infesting vacuums.

You could also try buying bed bug mattress covers in Milwaukee (these also cover your box spring). This will keep new bed bugs from getting in and old bed bugs from getting out, and the old bed bugs will die off after some time.

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You should always be careful when transferring infested clothing, bedding, or anything else bed bugs might be living on or in. They can easily fall off of the infected surface and start populating a new area. This is why we don't recommend moving infested furnishings out of your home. Bedbugs can easily fall off while you're moving a sofa out to the curb, and then you have bedbugs infesting another room of your house.

Best advice: Keep your home, business, friends' homes, and family’s home safe from bed bugs by having our expert Milwaukee bed bug exterminators eradicate your bed bug infestation.

Contact our Milwaukee bed bug exterminators when you need cost-effective help ridding your home of a bed bug infestation.

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

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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

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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.

Learn More About Squirrel Infestations

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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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Milwaukee Rodent Control Specialists Offers Tips for Mouse Infestations

Everything You Didn’t Want To Know About Rodent Infestations

 “Eek, a mouse!”

We’ve all seen the stereotypical image of a screaming woman standing on a chair, terrified by a little house mouse.  It may seem laughable, but the more you know about these little pests and the havoc they can wreak, the more there is to be afraid of.

In the Milwaukee area, the main culprit in rodent infestations is the house mouse (Mus Musculus). It is a small, slender rodent, usually grayish brown with a gray or light-colored belly.  It typically has beady black eyes, big ears with not much hair, and an almost hairless tail with noticeable scale rings. Yuck!

Milwaukee Rodent Control Company On How Mice Infestations Start

Mice Infestation Milwaukee There are numerous ways mice can get into Milwaukee homes and businesses. Cracks and holes in walls, floors and foundations, gaps in windows or ceilings, even sink and bathtub drains all provide an opportunity for mice to invade your home. They have a remarkable ability to squeeze themselves through very small openings, as small as ¼”, and when searching for a warm place to winter they will look for small gaps they can widen by chewing. Once inside, they rarely leave. To make matters worse, mice proliferate quickly. Within a matter of months you can have over 200 mice in your home or business. For a mouse infestation of this magnitude, you really need a professional exterminator experienced in rodent control to eradicate the infestation completely. However, at the first sign of mice it is a good idea to seek the help of a residential or commercial rodent control service, as the full extent of your mouse infestation may not be readily apparent.

Mice Infestations in Milwaukee—More Serious Than You Think

The dangers of having a mouse infestation are more serious than many people think. Contact with mice, mice urine, or mice droppings has been linked to a number of human diseases, including leptospirosis, typhus, rat-bite fever, tapeworms, and salmonellosis (food poisoning). Mice have also been found to transmit diseases to pets and other animals. Just cleaning up mice droppings can put you at serious risk of infection if proper safety precautions are not taken. For instance, you should never sweep them up, as this can release contaminants into the air. Always wear gloves and throw away the paper towel or cloth used for picking up the droppings. It’s even recommended you dispose of any clothing that has come into contact with them during cleaning. Yes, it is this serious. Of course, all surfaces should be disinfected and any food the mice got into should be thrown out.

In addition to the health issues of having a mouse infestation, consider their propensity for ruining documents stored in cardboard boxes and food in plastic or paper containers. On top of all this, there is the very real danger of substantial damage to your home from their gnawing and digging. Wood particle board, drywall, and insulation can all be quickly compromised by a colony of mice. Since they often make their nests in large electrical appliance, they can also chew up electrical wiring and cause short circuit malfunctions or even a fire.

Milwaukee Residential Pest Control Experts Provide Advice on Avoiding Infestation

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of a mouse infestation. First and foremost, make sure there are no openings to your house. Even a tiny ¼” crack can provide an opportunity for a mouse to claw and gnaw his way in.

It’s also recommended to:

  • Keep garbage cans lids tightly closed
  • Stack firewood at least 18” off the ground and away from your house
  • Keep birdhouses and bird seed on poles and in trays
  • Regularly clean sheds and outdoor storage areas
  • Clear your home and yard of any rubbish
  • Do not compost any animal products
  • Remove fallen fruits and seeds from your property
  • Don’t leave pet food outside
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed back so rodents can’t drop down from them onto your roof

Milwaukee Pest Control for Homes and Businesses

If you have mice in your home or office, the best course of action is to contact a Milwaukee residential rodent control specialist like A-Landlords Pest Management. Not only do we have the experience to safely deal with the infestation, but the techniques and materials we use are proven to work.

If you want to try it yourself first though, trapping is the recommended approach. Poisons are just too dangerous to have in a place where children or pets can come into contact with them and there is always the risk a poisoned mouse will die in an impossible to reach spot in your house, usually in the wall, resulting in an awful smell for months.

The best trap is the simple “snap trap” or “glue board” commonly sold in hardware stores. Bear in mind, though: Injured rodents must be killed. After use, these traps should be disposed of in the trash, along with the mouse. Wrap the dead rodent in newspaper or a plastic bag before putting in the garbage. Use gloves if possible and try not to touch the dead rodent. Always wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap—yes, even if you wore gloves!

Got mice? Contact our Milwaukee rodent control specialists today for professional pest control services at reasonable prices.

Milwaukee Squirrel Removal

Eliminating Squirrels from Your Milwaukee Attic

A-Landlords provides unmatched squirrel control services in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas, utilizing the best pest control methods to rid homes and businesses of their rodent infestation problems. Our services are incredibly affordable, saving you a fortune on ineffective drugstore remedies. If you smell urine from the attic or hear movement upstairs at night, squirrels may be nesting in your home. If you believe your home or attic is infested with squirrels, our Milwaukee rodent exterminators provide cost-effective removal service guaranteed to last.

Risks of Squirrel Infestation

Squirrel Removal in MilwaukeeAlthough uncommon, squirrels potentially pose serious health and safety risks to humans. When squirrels make themselves at home in your attic or other parts of your home or business, they will start to procreate. As generations build up, the squirrels may chew up electrical wires, causing significant damage and electricity problems-- costing you even more money to repair.

Beyond the damage to your home and business squirrels may generate, they also pose serious health risks. The most prominent health risk passed from squirrels to humans are ticks and fleas. These may not sound like dangers or even health risks, but the ticks squirrels leave in your home can spread tick fever to you and your pets. Both fleas and ticks pose a second threat of infestation as well. Notorious for infesting carpets and furniture, their small size makes eradication extremely difficult.

It is rare for a squirrel to carry rabies, and in most squirrel bite cases, the hospital won’t even treat you for rabies. Squirrels, however, can pass on Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease spread through the contact of urine. If a squirrel has this disease and you eat or drink food contaminated with its urine, or your skin (or mucous membranes) comes in contact with water or soil contaminated with the infected squirrel’s urine, the disease can be transferred to you.

Another serious disease squirrels could carry is the Plague. This disease can be transferred to humans through a bite or direct contact with the infected animal. There is no telling which squirrels are infected with disease and which are not. It is safer to have a professional Milwaukee exterminator eradicate squirrels from your home or business rather than trying to get rid of them yourself.

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At Home Remedies For Squirrels in Your Attic

Squirrels enter attics by chewing through vents and roofs or climbing through chimneys. Possessing extreme climbing and biting abilities, squirrels are one of the most difficult rodents to eliminate. However, you may try these at-home squirrel removal tips before calling our Milwaukee pest control specialists:

  • Install LED bulbs or pest control strobes designed to irritate rodents
  • Place wire mesh fencing over any open holes, vents, chimney areas and other openings. Create a funnel exit at the end of the attic, allowing the pests to leave but keeping them from coming back in.
  • Set cage traps and seal entry points after they leave

Although these techniques are helpful, they may not be permanent. Squirrels can attempt to chew through sealed areas and may replace the ones you eliminated. You may also have difficulty working in the attic during mating season. Save yourself the hassle of a high electric bill or repeat infestation by calling A-Landlords. Our Milwaukee rodent exterminators utilize the latest industry expertise and safety training to provide the best squirrel removal solution for every customer. We will thoroughly examine your attic, determining the seriousness of infestation and the right method to quickly eliminate every squirrel. You don’t have to blow the bank on at home remedies only to see them fail when our Milwaukee exterminators get the job done for less.

Why Choose our Milwaukee Squirrel Control Solutions?

A-Landlords is the premier squirrel and rodent extermination company in Milwaukee. For many decades, we’ve expertly removed squirrels, insects, rats, and other household pests from countless homes and buildings. Our services require no appointment, providing you with fast, friendly, and hassle-free service regardless of your schedule. We also operate on nights and weekends, performing service at no extra charge. No matter how busy you are, our Milwaukee exterminators are available at any time. Trust A-Landlords for unbeatable squirrel and rodent removal services performed at an affordable rate.

Contact our Milwaukee rodent control specialists if you suspect your home or attic is infested with squirrels. 

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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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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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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Wasps

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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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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Wasp Removal Milwaukee: Identifying Wasps versus Bees and At Home Remedies

Milwaukee Wasp RemovalAre You Having Trouble Identifying Whether You Have A Wasp Or Bee Infestation? Eliminate All Your Problems with the Aid of A-Landlords

For quick and efficient wasp and bee removal in Milwaukee, call the pest control experts at A-Landlords. 

There are some easy steps to take to identify a wasp versus a bee. Things you want to look for are size, color variations, nest locations, and shape of the nest. All of these factors can help you identify whether they are foe or friend and help you eliminate your infestation.

Identifying Wasps in Wisconsin

Yellow Jackets

The yellow jacket is commonly mistaken for bees. However, they greatly differ and fall under the wasp family. The yellow jacket tends to be 1/2 inch long, yellow and black in body coloration, and their faces generally have some type of yellow or white markings. They also have a black antennae with shorter legs than compared to the bee. They typically tend to build their nest in trees, shrubs, walls, cavities in the ground, or even man-made structures. Their nests are usually a grayish brown in color and happen to have a papery appearance.

Bald-faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets happen to be the largest type of wasp. They are anywhere from 1/2" to 3/4" long. Their most identifying characteristic is their color variation though. Hornets have black bodies and they tend to have white markings on their head and thorax. Nests are generally located in tree tops, on the sides of houses or buildings, and under eaves. The hornet’s nest’s most defining feature is its shape which looks like a football. They also have a grayish color and a papery appearance.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps tend to be 1/2" long. Their color can vary from dark brown to reddish orange, and they have black wings with yellow markings. They have a long slender body shape, with long legs. Their nests tend to be located in sheltered areas, such as door frames, windowsills, open pipes, under eaves, beneath decks or porches, and inside shrubs. The nest’s defining feature is its shape which tends to look like an umbrella. Their nest also displays exposed combs. 

Identifying Bees in Milwaukee

Bumble Bees

The bumble Bee is typically 3/8" to 1/2" in length. The main differences between a bumble bee and yellow jacket is that the bee’s body is covered in fur giving them a fuzzy appearance. They do not have much color variation, they are just black and yellow. Even their legs have hair follicles on them. Nests location can vary from underground to up in the trees. Their nest size tends to be smaller than honey bees due to the size of the colony that lives with in it.

Honey Bees

Honey Bees are about 1/2" in length. Like the bumble bee its body is also covered in fur. The main difference is noticeable by its three parts. The honey bee body is comprised of its head, thorax, and abdomen. Other features you might notice about the honey bee is that it has jointed legs and a hard exoskeleton. Their nests are located in areas which flourish in pollen and/or nectar. Their nests are going to be significantly larger than the Bumble bee due to the size of the colony needed to produce the honey.

At Home Remedies For Bee and Wasp Infestations

Here are several steps that one can take to help prevent a wasp or bee invasion:

  • Seal all open entry points to your home, these include:  
    • Cracks around windows or door frames 
    • Loose or torn screens on windows
    • Loose siding and any unsealed vents
  • Build or buy a fake nest and hang it in your tree
  • Leave cucumber peels around your yard- bees do not like the acidic properties of cucumbers

Here are some inexpensive solutions to eradicating your wasp or bee problem:

  • Build a fire under the nest. The hive will fill with smoke and suffocate the bees.
  • Make a solution of water and dish soap and then pour it into the wasp hive. This coats the wasp wings making them unable to fly eventually drowning them in the remainder of the dish soap solution.
  • Take a heavy duty shop vac to the hive and suck out all of the wasps.
  • Remove all old nests during winter, this sometimes prevents them from returning in future years.

One should use caution when trying to use any of these solutions. Although these techniques do kill certain bees, they may not always be safe. You may risk getting stung when going near a colony, which is especially dangerous if you are allergic. Sometimes killing one wasp can send off pheromones which attract more, worsening the infestation in your house. The professionals at A-Landlords can access any wasp, hornet, or bee’s nest whether in your gutters, basement, attic, or roof. We will spray the treated area with a reliable insecticide, preventing future infestation. Don’t waste money on bug sprays or risk getting stung when our professional bee exterminators do the job for an affordable rate. If you suspect there’s a hive in your house, call our Milwaukee exterminators today! 

Contact our Milwaukee Wasp Exterminators for expert bee and wasp removal services keeping your yard and family safe.

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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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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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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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

Learn More About Termite Infestations:

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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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Milwaukee Termite Exterminator Saves You Thousands

An Invisible Pest Could Quietly Be Destroying Your PropertyThe common subterranean termite is responsible for more than $2 Billion in damages every year.  Using their powerful jaws they are able to eat through wood and other plant-based goods with ease, but they are also known tunnel through other water logged materials and are experts in finding cracks in foundations.

If You See Them It’s Too Late

A. Landlords uses eco-friendly pest control services to remove termites from your home or business in Milwaukee. Call us to find out more at 414-449-8525.

Subterranean termites spend nearly their entire lives either underground or in the material they are consuming.  This makes it very hard to determine if you currently have termites on your property or not. If you see crumbling wood work, mud tubes, or their winged swarmers it’s probably too late and need the intervention of a professional right away and be prepared for thousands in possible property damage.

Normal store bought pest management tools are just not effective against subterranean termites because they borrow into the material they consume and create vast networks of tunnels. The fastest, easiest, and safest way to get rid of a termite infestation in Milwaukee is to a hire a professional exterminator. The termite exterminators of A-Landlords Pest Management are equipped with the knowledge, equipment, and products required to rid your home or business of termites completely.

If you have termites, don’t wait. Call A-Landlords immediately for complete eradication of your termite infestation. Our exterminators will identify the your termite problem, search out their entrance to your home (so it can be properly sealed), find their living area to ensure all termites are eliminated, and help you identify their food sources, so you can take proper precautions against termites in the future.

Your Health, Safety, and Comfort are Important to Us

A-Landlords Pest management uses safe, eco-friendly treatments because a healthy home and a clean environment go hand in hand. We’ll work around your schedule, including nights and weekends at no additional charge, because we know your time is important. Our courteous, professional staff will answer all of your questions in advance so you can be sure you’re trusting your home to Milwaukee’s premier termite exterminators.

Contact our Milwaukee termite pest control experts today for an affordably-priced comprehensive solution to your termite infestation.

Top 4 Summer Pests in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Exterminators Get Pests To Bug Off

While there are many pests which can turn your summer into a bummer, the four most common culprits are ants, stinging insects, mosquitoes and fleas. Here’s a quick overview:

Ants Ruining More than Your Picnic? Milwaukee’s Top Exterminators Get Rid of Them Anywhere

Every summer, foraging ants invade homes in search of food to cart back to their colonies. Although the small ants regularly getting in homes during the summer months are a major nuisance. Fortunately, regular pest control treatments can deter them from entering your home and even wipe out the entire colony.

Carpenter ants are another pest to watch out for during the summer, especially anywhere you have water-damaged wood, such as on a deck or porch. These ants will eat tunnels into wet wood, compromising the integrity of landscaping structures, subfloors and support beams. Our Milwaukee pest control specialists have extensive experience locating their colonies and wiping out entire colonies—which is the only solution if you spot carpenter ants in or around your home.

Stinging Insects: Whether They Make Honey or Not, You Don’t Want Them Around

Wasp Needing Removal from Milwaukee HomeYellow jackets, hornets, wasps, bees and other stinging insects are among the most dreaded of all summer pests. Although they generally won’t bother you if you don’t bother them, having a hornet’s nest right near your patio is never a good thing. Just drinking a soda on a hot afternoon is asking for trouble, since these insects are attracted to sugary snacks and drinks. And make no mistake, many of these species can be extremely aggressive with the slightest provocation.

For those with allergies to bee stings, this can literally be a life or death problem.

While some homeowners will try to knock down nests or spray them with store-bought insecticides, the best way to rid yourself of a stinging insect problem is to let the pros at A-Landlords handle it. Often, yellow jackets and bald faced hornets will build nests in high places which are hard to reach. Our Milwaukee exterminators have safely removed both small, hard-to-find nests and monstrosities weighing as much as 15 lbs. Let us help make sure your outdoor space remains yours, not a wasp’s or a hornet’s.

Even without West Nile Virus, Mosquitoes Can Ruin Milwaukee’s Already Short Summers

Even though they do provide food for a lot of the local wildlife, mosquitoes are widely regarded as a pest. Besides the nasty, itchy bites they inflict, mosquitoes also pass on diseases like West Nile virus and malaria. Pets are susceptible, too, getting infected with Chagas Disease, Lyme disease and the heartworm parasite. While it would be impossible to eliminate every mosquito in your vicinity, anything you can do to reduce their numbers will make a difference in your enjoyment of your yard.

Mosquitoes breed in areas where there is stagnant water, so the first step in controlling the mosquito population on your property is to eliminate standing water, such as buckets or wheelbarrows left out in the rain. You can also re-grade parts of your lawn which may have sunken areas collecting water and unclog any gutters which may be retaining water. Beyond preventive measures like these, our exterminators can apply pet- and people-safe pesticides to your lawn and shrubbery to help control the number of mosquitoes around your home. With regular applications, you can reclaim your outdoor space.

Fleas Turning Your Home into a Circus? Exterminate Them ASAP!

If you own a dog or cat, you know easy it can be for Fido’s flea problem to become your flea problem—especially if your pets are allowed on your sofa or bed.

Once inside your home, fleas become a huge problem quite quickly. They live for about 100 days and the female of the species will produce around 450 baby fleas. Fleas don’t even have to hitch a ride on your pet to get in your home. They can attach themselves to your pant legs, shoes, socks or the sleeping bag your kids had out on the lawn for a sleepover. Besides causing painful bites, fleas can also transmit diseases and tapeworms.

If you have fleas in your home, you can try the commercially available fogger products, but why waste the money? Most homeowners have little success with these products because many fleas and flea eggs are hidden throughout a home and out of reach of the fogger.

Do it right the first time. Call professional exterminators to get the job done.

Our experienced flea exterminators use many techniques to stop a flea circus. Growth regulating chemicals disrupt the flea’s development, preventing it from becoming an adult flea, and other safe flea control products target areas where immature fleas may be hiding.

A-Landlords: Reliable Exterminators

While these are the top four bugs plaguing the Milwaukee area, there are many, many others. Regardless of the insect putting a damper on your summer, rest assured A-Landlords will eliminate the pests so you can enjoy the season.

Whatever summer pest problem you have, contact our Milwaukee exterminators for immediate assistance.

Wasp Removal Milwaukee: Identifying Wasps versus Bees and At Home Remedies

Milwaukee Wasp RemovalAre You Having Trouble Identifying Whether You Have A Wasp Or Bee Infestation? Eliminate All Your Problems with the Aid of A-Landlords

For quick and efficient wasp and bee removal in Milwaukee, call the pest control experts at A-Landlords. 

There are some easy steps to take to identify a wasp versus a bee. Things you want to look for are size, color variations, nest locations, and shape of the nest. All of these factors can help you identify whether they are foe or friend and help you eliminate your infestation.

Identifying Wasps in Wisconsin

Yellow Jackets

The yellow jacket is commonly mistaken for bees. However, they greatly differ and fall under the wasp family. The yellow jacket tends to be 1/2 inch long, yellow and black in body coloration, and their faces generally have some type of yellow or white markings. They also have a black antennae with shorter legs than compared to the bee. They typically tend to build their nest in trees, shrubs, walls, cavities in the ground, or even man-made structures. Their nests are usually a grayish brown in color and happen to have a papery appearance.

Bald-faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets happen to be the largest type of wasp. They are anywhere from 1/2" to 3/4" long. Their most identifying characteristic is their color variation though. Hornets have black bodies and they tend to have white markings on their head and thorax. Nests are generally located in tree tops, on the sides of houses or buildings, and under eaves. The hornet’s nest’s most defining feature is its shape which looks like a football. They also have a grayish color and a papery appearance.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps tend to be 1/2" long. Their color can vary from dark brown to reddish orange, and they have black wings with yellow markings. They have a long slender body shape, with long legs. Their nests tend to be located in sheltered areas, such as door frames, windowsills, open pipes, under eaves, beneath decks or porches, and inside shrubs. The nest’s defining feature is its shape which tends to look like an umbrella. Their nest also displays exposed combs. 

Identifying Bees in Milwaukee

Bumble Bees

The bumble Bee is typically 3/8" to 1/2" in length. The main differences between a bumble bee and yellow jacket is that the bee’s body is covered in fur giving them a fuzzy appearance. They do not have much color variation, they are just black and yellow. Even their legs have hair follicles on them. Nests location can vary from underground to up in the trees. Their nest size tends to be smaller than honey bees due to the size of the colony that lives with in it.

Honey Bees

Honey Bees are about 1/2" in length. Like the bumble bee its body is also covered in fur. The main difference is noticeable by its three parts. The honey bee body is comprised of its head, thorax, and abdomen. Other features you might notice about the honey bee is that it has jointed legs and a hard exoskeleton. Their nests are located in areas which flourish in pollen and/or nectar. Their nests are going to be significantly larger than the Bumble bee due to the size of the colony needed to produce the honey.

At Home Remedies For Bee and Wasp Infestations

Here are several steps that one can take to help prevent a wasp or bee invasion:

  • Seal all open entry points to your home, these include:  
    • Cracks around windows or door frames 
    • Loose or torn screens on windows
    • Loose siding and any unsealed vents
  • Build or buy a fake nest and hang it in your tree
  • Leave cucumber peels around your yard- bees do not like the acidic properties of cucumbers

Here are some inexpensive solutions to eradicating your wasp or bee problem:

  • Build a fire under the nest. The hive will fill with smoke and suffocate the bees.
  • Make a solution of water and dish soap and then pour it into the wasp hive. This coats the wasp wings making them unable to fly eventually drowning them in the remainder of the dish soap solution.
  • Take a heavy duty shop vac to the hive and suck out all of the wasps.
  • Remove all old nests during winter, this sometimes prevents them from returning in future years.

One should use caution when trying to use any of these solutions. Although these techniques do kill certain bees, they may not always be safe. You may risk getting stung when going near a colony, which is especially dangerous if you are allergic. Sometimes killing one wasp can send off pheromones which attract more, worsening the infestation in your house. The professionals at A-Landlords can access any wasp, hornet, or bee’s nest whether in your gutters, basement, attic, or roof. We will spray the treated area with a reliable insecticide, preventing future infestation. Don’t waste money on bug sprays or risk getting stung when our professional bee exterminators do the job for an affordable rate. If you suspect there’s a hive in your house, call our Milwaukee exterminators today! 

Contact our Milwaukee Wasp Exterminators for expert bee and wasp removal services keeping your yard and family safe.