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A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE

29/10/15 COMMENTS 0

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As the temperatures are dropping outside we have been getting a lot of calls for rodent control. Mice are by far the majority of our rodent calls. Mice are warm blooded animals and are now seeking shelter inside of homes and businesses from the harsh elements. They will enter structures through very small openings. Did you know that mice can enter structures with gaps and openings of ¼” in diameter or less!
This is why it is important to have your home or place of business professionally inspected for proper rodent exclusion. Here are some key exterior sites that mice are likely to enter:
• Open windows and doors
• Gaps around plumbing pipes, hoses, wires and conduit entries
• Garage thresholds and door seals
• Exhaust vents
• Broken or loose and uncapped siding
• Cracks in foundation
• Under sun and patio decks
• Crawlspaces
• Broken or loose window frames
• Damaged chimneys
• Loose soffit and fascia
• Damaged roofs
• Expansion joints
At Terminator Pest Control, we provide rodent exclusion services and trapping programs that fit your needs. We are capable of sealing small openings and provide minor structural repair and exclusion to prevent rodents from entering.

For more information or a detailed inspection completed by one of our friendly professionals, please contact Terminator Pest Control!
 

Jim Gilbert-Associate Certified Entomologist

Quality Manager

Terminator Pest Control

Randolph, Wisconsin

920-348-6010

www.terminatorpc.com

Facts: The house mouse (Mus musculus) is the most common indoor mouse found in Wisconsin. Other small rodents that can be found are the deer mouse, white footed mouse and meadow vole (field mouse). Mice can range from 6-9” in length. Mice can range in color from grey, light brown and brown with white underbellies. Diseases such as hantavirus can be carried by the deer mouse and white-footed mouse. A female mouse is capable of producing up to eight litters per year averaging six pups per litter.
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DON’T GET STUNG!

28/09/15 COMMENTS 0

NESTYELLOW JACKET

This is the time of the year when yellow jackets and hornets get real aggressive. Baldfaced hornets are one of the larger, more aggressive hornets that we deal with in Wisconsin. The baldfaced hornet is not a true hornet and is actually is a yellow jacket in the genius Dolichovespula. Nests can get very large outside and inside of a home and can have up to 400 workers. We have found that if you get close to the nest, they will have guard yellow jackets that will aggressively go after you and deliver a painful sting. In late summer and fall, normal food supplies are reduced due to the growing season of plants and flowers. Yellow jackets are big scavengers and will find an alternative source of food, which leads to major conflicts with human outdoor activities. They are highly attracted to ripening fruits, sodas, beer, wine, candy and other high sugar sources. These yellow jackets are considered to be a beneficial insect and should not be destroyed unless people are getting stung or the nest is causing structural issues. If you need to destroy these critters, it is best to leave the treatment up to a professional.

 

Jim Gilbert-Associate Certified Entomologist

Quality Manager

Terminator Pest Control

Randolph, Wisconsin

920-348-6010

www.terminatorpc.com

SAVE YOUR ASH TREE

20/05/15 COMMENTS 0

ASH TREE

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The Emerald Ash Borer is here….

If you own a “True” Ash tree and are within 10-15 miles of an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation you may be at risk. New EAB infestations have been discovered in Wisconsin every year since 2002 and existing populations will spread over time.
Quarantine maps are available at www.emeraldashborer.info

It may not be too late?

Results from field trial testing have shown that even large ash trees can be effectively and consistently protected. Terminator Pest Control can protect your Ash trees by performing a preventative treatment annually with a systemic insecticide. Best time to treat is April-June!

 

Jim Gilbert-Associate Certified Entomologist

Quality Manager

Terminator Pest Control

Randolph, Wisconsin

920-348-6010

www.terminatorpc.com

 

THOSE DARN BUGS!!!

23/02/15 COMMENTS 0

Why do we keep seeing beetles and bugs in our home throughout the winter?

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In Wisconsin, we experience several overwintering pests that want to enter our homes and business, the most common being the Boxelder bug and multi colored Asian lady beetle. These insects seek out structures to get out of the cold harsh elements and find shelter inside of your house or business. We seem to find most of them behind or in insulation or insulated areas such as your walls or attic.

The Boxelder bug (Boisea trivittatus) can be identified as a black bug, long and slender with red “X” marking on the wing covers and 3 red lines on the pronotum, the part of the insect right behind the head. This insect cannot bite but will fly and crawl around and become a nuisance. In 2014 we had a mild population of boxelder bugs which is usually associated with a fair amounts of rain fall throughout the summer months. In 2014 parts of Wisconsin experienced an increase in the Multi Colored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis) populations. As you probably already know, these small beetles are usually orange with black spots and white markings behind the head. These are not the metallic green Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) that are often confused with or misnamed. We are not sure why there was an increase of Asian lady beetles in 2014 but some experts say that there were more soybean aphids that this beetle feeds on which may have contributed to the large numbers. These beetles usually do not bother us in the summer, but later in the season, when the nights get cooler and especially after the first freeze, we see these beetles head for shelter. Unfortunately, our homes may be the shelter that they are seeking to overwinter.

Is there anything we can do now or is it too late?

It is true that the best prevention from these bugs and beetles is to have your home treated by a professional in the Fall (preferably September). This will create a barrier on the structure to help repel and reduce insects from entering your home or business. If you are seeing them in the winter, they are already in your home or building and you will probably see them crawling on your walls and windows or flying around your lights  throughout the winter months, especially on warmer and sunny days, until spring, when they when they will start to exit back into the environment. In the Fall, sealing gaps in the foundation, fixing door seals or pipe entries will help, but these critters still seem to find their way in. As a home owner, you can vacuum the pests up and remove them as they appear. With the Asian lady beetle,  make sure you use the hose end or shut the beater off on the bottom. The beater on the vacuum will agitate the beetles and they can release an unpleasant order. In addition, they have been known to stain a variety of surfaces due to “reflex bleeding”. If you find that you simply do not want to deal with them or vacuuming is not helping, please call a professional. They will strategically apply localized crack and crevice treatments that can provide you some relief from these pesky critters.

 

Jim Gilbert-Associate Certified Entomologist

Quality Manager

Terminator Pest Control

Randolph, Wisconsin

920-348-6010

www.terminatorpc.com

Meet Our Newest Team Member!

23/02/15 COMMENTS 0

Terminator Pest Control is excited to introduce it’s newest team member: Jim Gilbert
Jim resides in Pardeeville, WI – and is married with 2 children. Some of Jim’s hobbies are mountain biking, cycling, golf, hunting and fishing.
Having over 19 years of experience in the pest control industry, Jim has a deep-rooted passion for all things pest control related and brings a lot to the table. Jim is an associate certified entomologist (A.C.E.) and over the years has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in pest management for commercial and food plant accounts.
Jim has taken on the role of Quality Manager here at Terminator. Some of his responsibilities will include: Quality assurance, sales/sales training and company growth, and developing ongoing training programs for our staff to assure that our clients will always receive the best service possible. Jim loves solving pest problems, so please feel free to contact Jim with any pest questions you might have or if you have a pest that you would like identified, please send some good close up pictures of the specimen to: jgilbert@terminatorpc.com and he will be happy to help you!

 

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