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Bug Info

Durring the summer and fall, mosquitos can be a real annoyance.  Not only that, but the insects can transmit west nyle virus.  With the dry hot summer mosquitos are multiplying quickly and extremely active.  Standing water from potted plants, lakes, creeks, and ponds are a perfect breading ground.  Not to mention gutters, bird feeders.  Eliminating breeding grounds and other preventive mesures will help control the population while protecting you from the desises they can transmit.
Japenese Beetle
Japenese Beetles affect a wide range of plants and trees.  But like all of us, they have thier favorites: linden, birch, flowering crabs, red roses, and many more.  Beetls fly in from surrounding areas and feed on leaves leaving a "skeletonized" appearance.  Affected trees and plants become stressed and with repeated attacks could die.  Soil treatments and spraying foilage on a on going basis is the only way to reduce the damage.
Boxelder Bugs
Durring the summer they feed on leaves, flowers, and seed pods of boxelders and silver maples.  These bugs can be a nuisance and occasionally thier waste can cause staining.  They become a nuisance when they congragate on building exteriors in the fall.  Then they move indoors to find a home for winter, usually nesting in voids between walls.
Sac Spider Also known as two-clawed hunting spiders, the sac spider is commonly found both inside the home and in the garden Not even half an inch in length, they are usually yellow or very light brown in color. One good way to positively identify one is to watch its behavior. If it constructs a den-like retreat in a corner or tucked away place, rather than a traditional web, then chances are it is a sac spider.
When carpenter ants burrow into wood they generate sawdust or frass that can pile up beneath the site of their activity. Carpenter ant frass looks like tiny wood shavings and will often contain parts of dead insects. Look closely at all of the wood directly above any frass piles for signs of an infestation. Probing the wood with a thin bladed screwdriver can reveal hollowed out areas.
Two tick species exist in Wisconsin -- the deer tick and the wood tick. Both of these ticks are known to carry and transmit Lyme disease to humans. The deer tick is black and red while the wood tick is black with scattered white markings. Wisconsin residents observe Lyme disease awareness during the month of May. Deer ticks are prominent in Wisconsin from May through August.
 Asian Beetles
They release a blood-like liquid with an unpleasant odour, which is known as auto-haemorrhaging or reflex bleeding as a defensive behaviour. These secretions could be allergic to humans sometimes. There are records of bites on humans after being provoked.
Not to be confused with the lady bug.
Yellow Jackets
Represent the most common wasp species found in Wisconsin. According to "Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine," many people mistake these stinging insects for bees because of their yellow and black stripes. While bees typically have fat, hairy bodies, yellow jackets have a slender, hairless body that ends in a tapered point. They measure roughly 1/2 inch long, and tend to be much more aggressive than bees.  
Bold-Faced Hornets
Despite its name, the bold-faced hornet actually belongs to the wasp family. These insects feature a stout body striped in white and black, with a distinctive white band wrapped around the abdominal area.
Pantry Pests 
There are many types of pests that are attracted to what's in your pantry, we will be describing some of them and the habits in the weeks to come as we continue to build our site. Please come back soon to see the additions.There are many pests that like whats in your pantry, silverfish,Indian meal moths,fruit flies,sugar ants,grease ants,little black ants,flour beetls just to name a few. 
Grain Beetles 
many types of beetles will be drawn indoors for a free meal, they will eat carpet and linen fibers as well as cereal and flour, anything we eat they will enjoy as well. 
Roaches and silverfish 
love the same foods we do and will invade your home without thinking twice, so keep your kitchen cabinets and counter tops as clean as possible. 

The House Mouse 
Weighs only 1/2 to 3/4 of an oz; Average body length is 2.5" to 3.5"; The tail is usually 3 to 4 inches in length; Ears are large and prominent; The house mouse is gray on it's back and lighter gray on it's belly;
 The droppings are pointed and average 1/4" in length
The house mouse prefers meats, grains, cereals, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and will eat almost anything a human will consume; The house mouse consumes 1/10th an oz of food per a day and 1/20th an oz of water; Droppings produced are around 50 per day; There are 6 young in a litter, and 8 liters per year; adults live about 15 - 18 months;
 The house mouse may nest in any portion of the building near food; They only have an average range of 50 feet from the nest; Active mostly at night; Nibbles small amounts of food instead of consuming a large meal; Very curious.  
The Norway Rat
Has an average body weight of 10 to 17 oz, often well over a pound!!; The body is heavy and broad, usually between 7" and 10"; The head is long and has a blunt nose; The Norway rat tail is usually about 6 inches long, and is never as long as the body; The ears are typically small and held tightly against the body; The color is brown to black on the back and sides, and gray to yellow on the belly. Droppings are blunt and have an average length of 3/4 of an inch

The Norway Rat prefers to feed on meats, fish, flour, fruits, vegetables...meaning it will eat almost any human consumed food!!! The Norway Rats will consume about 1 oz of food per day and about ¾ of an oz of water, and produce anywhere from 30 to 180 droppings; there are from 6 - 18 pups in a litter, and 3 – 7 liters per year; adults live about 18 months.

The Norway rat usually nests in basements & lower portions of buildings. They quite often burrow in the soil and have extensive runs. The Norway rat is active primarily at night; They are fair climbers but good swimmers; Rats are suspicious of changes in the environment or new foods, for this reason it may take a couple of days for traps or poison baits to take. Rats are nocturnal, with their peak activity at dusk or before dawn. When the population is large or they are disturbed or hungry, you can see activity during the day.