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Pest Control Blog

Thursday, October 30, 2014
There are a number of cricket species in Colorado, but the types most commonly encountered around (and sometimes in) homes are the “singing” black crickets often referred to as field crickets. While field crickets that wander into homes generally do not reproduce and are not considered pests, they can become an annoyance—especially when you’re trying […]

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Insects in the home can be a mere annoyance, but some bugs and other pests may damage your house or pose a health risk to you and your family members if they are allowed to establish themselves. Following are some tips to prevent insects from invading your home. If you have a pest problem, or […]

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Wasps can be effective at controlling other pest insects, but they can also become nuisance pests themselves when sizable colonies develop. Unlike bees, which feed on nectar and pollen, and generally establish themselves away from residential areas, wasps feed on other insects, and they often colonize spaces around homes and other man-made structures. This brings […]

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Although spiders feed only on insects and other arthropods, and provide effective pest control in gardens and around homes, they are often considered pests themselves. Colorado is home to dozens of species of spiders, a handful of which may find their way into homes, and only a couple of which pose any risk to people […]

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Saturday, August 2, 2014
In Colorado, most ants that make it into homes are wingless workers that are searching for food or water. However, some types of ants found along the Front Range and throughout the state can become problematic pests if they begin to nest in your home. Colorado Ants Thanks to its geographical location, Colorado is home […]

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Cicadas may not wreak the devastating effects of locusts, with which they are often confused, but these seasonal pests can damage some Colorado trees and shrubs when large populations emerge. Cicadas vs. Locusts Cicadas, particularly the periodical cicadas of the 13-year and 17-year varieties, are sometimes mistakenly referred to in America as locusts. This error […]

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Although the much-maligned periodical cicadas also known as 17-year and 13-year “locusts” primarily exist east of Colorado, the Centennial State is home to a number of cicada species, a couple of which may be considered pests due to their ability to damage plants. In Colorado, cicadas are heard more often than seen. Of the 26 […]

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Thursday, December 12, 2013
First, it’s important to know that raccoons are prohibited as pets in Colorado. They are among the wildlife species that cannot be owned as pets within the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife maintains a complete list of wild animals prohibited as pets in Colorado. Raccoons are explicitly listed, and this includes all species in the […]

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
When thinking about pets that chase mice and keep them under control, most people think about cats. Cats can be good for controlling mice, but they’re opportunistic predators that may or may not be mousers. Many cats take up a laissez faire attitude toward the presence of mice, especially as they age. Dogs, on the […]

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Friday, October 25, 2013
Mice are persistent pests. Once they get into your home, as they often do once the weather turns cold in October across the Front Range, they can breed prodigiously and lead to a major problem. They will browse from many food sources, damaging packaging, making a mess, and spoiling food. However, if you are persistent, […]

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Raccoons can be a nuisance. They make a mess, can damage property and your garden, and they carry diseases. They are the number one carrier of rabies in Colorado. If you have a raccoon problem, here are some of the ways to get rid of them: Cut Off Food Supply The first step in getting […]

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
In Colorado, 90% of reported insect stings come from yellowjackets, so it’s unlikely that most of us have been stung by too many different kinds of insects. However, one insect researcher has been stung by at least 150 different kinds of insects (maybe more—he admits it’s sometimes hard for him to tell species apart based […]

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
There are some places where it may be hard to tell venomous snakes from non-venomous snakes, but here in Colorado, it’s easy. There are only a few venomous snakes around. (Two, three, or four depending on the source. Reports vary because there are disagreements about the ranges of snakes that rely on field identification reports, […]

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Snakes can be very scary, but, in general, they are harmless. Of the 25 or so species of snakes in Colorado, only a few are venomous. Here are some tips for living with snakes. Know the Dangerous Snakes Although most snakes are harmless, venomous snake bites can be deadly, so it’s important to be able […]

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Friday, June 21, 2013
What’s that buzzing around your picnic table? Is it a relatively harmless bumblebee or a dangerous yellow jacket? Here’s your guide to find out. Bees and Wasps Are Closely Related Bees actually evolved from wasps, so it’s no surprise that they share many features. They both have four wings and the typical three body parts […]

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Thursday, March 28, 2013
  Box elder bugs are very common in Colorado. They are black insects with red lines on their body and wings. Box elder bugs, like many insects, overwinter as adults in warm, sheltered places. If the warm, sheltered places they choose are in your house, you will notice them coming out as soon as the […]

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
  The answer to this question depends on where your pill bugs, also called sow bugs or roly-polies, are and what they’re doing. If they are a pest, pest control methods can be used to reduce or eliminate them. Pill bugs mostly live outdoors, preferring moist environments that give them the resources they need, namely […]

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Friday, February 22, 2013
  Ahh . . . there’s nothing like natural wool clothing for keeping warm in the winter. Unfortunately, wool is the material that most attracts moths. While you’re wearing them, they’re not in danger, but when it comes time to put them away for the spring and summer, there are several things you should do […]

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
  Carpet beetles are a nuisance because they consume anything of natural animal origin they can find. Pest control is rarely necessary to keep these insects in check. Carpet beetles get their name because they used to be commonly found in carpets made of wool, though nowadays they are more often found in clothes or […]

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Most of the time, snakes are not a major concern. Nonvenomous snakes are beneficial because they eat rodents and other pests in the environment, so if you know a snake is not venomous and you can live with it, let it stay around. However, if you cannot live with a snake, you should contact a […]

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Monday, November 12, 2012
The first question you should ask is, “Are they really squirrels?” If they are squirrels, you might attempt to remove them yourself. If they are trapped and cannot get out of the chimney, you can let them out by lowering down a rope or a bunch of old clothes or towels tied together so that […]

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
When you planted your garden, you started looking forward to all the peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and squash you were going to harvest. Now, though, it seems like your garden is under siege. Something is eating everything in sight and if you don’t do something you won’t have anything to show for your efforts. Don’t worry, […]

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Did you suddenly notice you have a wasp problem? Did your recent barbecue get disrupted? Do you see them every time you go outside now? Are they beginning to swarm kids with popsicles and ice cream? Don’t wait until someone gets stung—now is the time for wasp removal. Wasps in Denver and other places along […]

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Mice can contaminate food-preperation areas with their feces and can cause severe damage to structures.

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