Common Pests

Information about the common pests we encounter in the Minneapolis area...

Snakes Love June

June is a special month in Minnesota when it comes to snakes. You may be wondering why June would matter to a snake? The simple answer to that question is, typically, in the month of June is when the ambient temperature of the ground is 55 degrees or higher. That is...

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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants vary in color and size. Typically, large black to reddish black, ranging in size of up to 5/8th of an inch. A carpenter ant colony consists of a primary nest and multiple satellite nests with 15,000 to 20,000 members in a mature colony. Homeowners that...

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May is “Lyme Disease Awareness Month”

Blacklegged ticks, known as “deer ticks” were able to get an early start this spring. Did you know deer ticks are not born with diseases? They pick them up from the animals that they get their blood meals from, and can then transmit them to their next host. Did you...

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Tips for “Sugar Ants” or “Grease Ants”

“Sugar ants” & “Grease ants” are common terms used to describe the Pavement ant. It can be so frustrating for homeowners that have issues with them in the spring! The ants usually go marching one by one into a bathroom for water, or into the kitchen searching for...

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Pavement Ants

When a customer calls about ants, my first priority is to identify what type of ant it is. There are several different types of ants that a homeowner may see. Pavement ants are one of the most common types of ants seen in the Twin Cities. Commonly referred to as...

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Carpenter Ants are in my house!

Did you know that carpenter ants are not native to Minnesota? It’s true, they originate from Asia. There are several different types of carpenter ant species. In fact, there are more than 20 different types known to scientists. One of the main types we see here in...

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Voles are Mice in the Meadow

Have you ever wondered what has been happening underneath the snow during the winter months? This past winter was brutally cold with temperatures dropping well below zero. Looking out the window, you can think that nothing is happening out there. However, it is the...

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The Solution to Box Elder bugs is PREVENTION!

Late September to October is the best time of year to prevent Box Elder bugs from over-wintering inside your home! BOGO's Scott Dorn talks about over-wintering pests with Twin Cities AM1130 radio: Box Elder bugs want to get inside the walls of our homes where it is...

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Controlling Moles in Your Yard

There are a lot of myths about how to control moles, including putting chewing gum in their tunnels, gas bombs, poison peanuts, grub control products, castor oil, and on and on. Let’s look at the facts about them to understand how to control them. Bell labs, out of...

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Fruit Flies, Don’t Bother Me!

Fruit flies are one of those pesky little pests that show up seemingly out of nowhere. First, you see one. Then, another one, and another one, until you realize that you’ve got a full-blown infestation on your hands. What do you do? First thing you do is understand...

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Common Myths about Mice

Three Blind Mice… so goes the song. However, they are not blind. They can see, but they use their noses to navigate. There are a number of things that have been passed along about mice that are simply untrue. So, we’re about to shed some light on the science and...

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An Abundant Harvest of Spiders

This summer we had no shortage of rain! It seems like it rained every other day, and sometimes for days at a time. That being said, insects and spiders were in abundance this year! My father asked me to help him with all the tiny spiders that were getting into his...

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A Friend to Farmers, but not to Homeowners

Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetles are considered a beneficial insect to farmers. They spend their days eating the aphids off the soy beans, which keeps them from destroying the crops! These are little beetles that very much resemble our native lady bugs. They are originally from Asia, hence the name.

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Box Elder Bugs

Boxelder bugs are a nuisance pest found on homes in the late fall, as they work their way inside the wall cavities, and voids, to overwinter in a hibernated state, during the harsh Minnesota winters. In the spring, they reemerge and reproduce. Although, considered as...

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Helpful Tips to Know about Mice

Minnesota is an awesome state to live in! It is a little known fact that the only other place on Earth that has more extreme changes in the weather is Siberia! Yes, Minnesota’s weather fluctuates a lot! When the materials on our homes expand and contract with those...

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Wasps Celebrate July!

There are 30,000 known species of wasps in the world. Only about 1,000 are considered to be social wasps that build a nest site with multiple members. The other 29,000 are solitary wasps. The most common types of social wasps we see here in Minnesota are Paper Wasps,...

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