Shane McCoy is the Technical Training Director for Wil-Kil Pest Control, a regional pest management company providing quality pest management for residential and commercial properties throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. As an Associate Certified Entomologist with over 18 years of experience in pest management, Shane’s blog provides expert tips and tricks, timely information and solutions for coexisting with the insect life and critters around us. To learn more about Wil-Kil Pest Control, please visit www.wil-kil.com. You can also follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@WilKilPest).
Finding a mouse in your house is enough to make a person sick – and so are the bacteria that are tracked in on its fur. In their search for food, mice will chew through walls and scavenge through cabinets and boxes, contaminating your food supply and dishes.
With the cool fall air slowly creeping in, boxelder bugs and other seasonal pests have begun to seek shelter inside homes and buildings in anticipation of the winter months ahead. Often found basking in the sunlight in and around buildings, especially on south-facing walls, boxelder bugs seek out cracks and crevices that will lead them to sheltered area just before winter arrives.
With longer days and warmer nights on the way, Wisconsinites are embracing the summer season and breaking out the coolers and flip flops. It’s the perfect time of year for picnics, tailgates and parties on the patio.
Now that spring has finally arrived, we can look forward to warm weather, green landscapes and springtime activities. While families and individuals may be dreaming of outdoor activities, baseball games and picnics, it is important to remember that we are not the only ones who have been looking forward to the wonderful spring weather. Pests have been preparing for the changing season as well.
Warmth and moisture-seeking pests including Asian lady beetles, carpenter ants, cluster flies, spiders and those dreaded box elder bugs have already made their annual resurgence and have been spotted in large numbers across the upper Midwest. Beginning now, and lasting through the season, taking proactive steps to prevent a pest invasion in and around your home is key to promoting a healthy and safe environment for you and your family.