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Pest Control/Questions Answered by Expert Rene Kesecker

SubjectDate Asked
hundreds/thousands of tiny brown bugs6/7/2013
  Q: Beneath my cereal boxes, under the paper towel beneath my cooking oils, beneath my fruit basket and ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, we had a new addition to the family and she decided she wanted to come early. ...
bugs? eggs or moth eggs6/3/2013
  Q: One tanktop I had stashed in my closet has light colored sesame seeds all over it...what do I need ...
  A: You can do one of two things, you can put the tank in a plastic bag and place in the freezer for 30 ...
Natural termite elimination safe for cats and humans5/28/2013
  Q: My roommates and I (I am man in my thirties and roommates are a man in his sixties who has had a ...
  A: Sorry for delay, we had a family medical emergency and as you can expect our life has been a bit ...
Droppings on a window sil5/8/2013
  Q: I recently returned from vacation to find what appears to be dropping on my window sil. The windows ...
  A: It is pretty obvious that the droppings may be coming from the weep holes in the window frame. This ...
Drywood termites/ fecal pellets4/19/2013
  Q: I have an older home, built 1956 in South Florida. If CHLORDANE was applied to my attic wood when ...
  A: On the Chlordane question....My career in pest management started in 1981, at that time I believe ...
small black bugs3/23/2013
  Q: there are small black bugs in my house. I've seen them since 3-4days ago, and I saw about 5 of them ...
  A: No worries about these insects in the picture being roaches. They are clearly some kind of beetle or ...
Ash Borer3/7/2013
  Q: "Hi there, When did the Ash borer insects enter North America? Because they were around for a while ...
  A: Everything I find in our resources shows that the Ash borers were accidently introduced to the US ...
wintertime bees1/30/2013
  Q: Live in north Idaho. Has been 30 or less for over a month, and for the last few weeks I've regularly ...
  A: Most likely what you are seeing are wasps or hornets that used the home to winter over. As the days ...
Could this be a mouse dropping?1/29/2013
  Q: I just found this on my carpet. I picked it up with a disinfectant wipe-- neither did it smear nor ...
  A: This does not look like a dropping. If it is....it would be rather old and would have to been ...
Wasps in winter in the home1/28/2013
  Q: Good Day, Everything I've read tells me that the wasps all die in the winter, with only the queen ...
  A: There are many sub-species of wasps and hornets, some of which do winter over and continue on the ...
Rats/Mice attic and Rats in crawl space1/12/2013
  Q: How long will it take to get rid of the rats in the attic? ATTIC STORY: Back in October I was ...
  A: Sounds like you have tried some different remedies with some results. I guess maybe telling you how ...
trying to identify droppings12/1/2012
  Q: I found droppings, small white pellets, that show up under a wood bench/table (image attached). I ...
  A: If the droppings are appearing under the same piece of furniture....then that would be the ...
Small silver bugs? what are they and how can i kill them11/15/2012
  Q: I have recently discovered in my kitchen there are theses small (no bigger then a pin head) silver ...
  A: I would recommend you take a sample to either an entomologist or pest professional to have them take ...
Big spider or tarantula.10/5/2012
  Q: I live on California Central Valley. On October the first when qwakening I spotted a big spider or ...
  A: Living in the Central Valley in California I imagine that a tarantula may survive there out in the ...
bug's (I think)10/2/2012
  Q: I live in South Jersey and I am noticing small little clear like shells on my walkway and driveway. ...
  A: These little "shells" as you describe can be most anything, plant or insect in origin. I would ...
advice8/28/2012
  Q: .the kitchen in the house seems to be infested with roaches. i have been advised to call an ...
  A: If the roaches you are seeing are the type that scatter when you come in and turn on the light. They ...
worm "fuzz" piles8/24/2012
  Q: I think I've deduced the little worms my son is finding curled up dead in his garage are millipedes, ...
  A: I am not finding any material or research information that links a fuzz like substance with ...
tiny bugs8/21/2012
  Q: In the past 2 weeks I have had an influx of these bugs on my basement walls & have found 4 of them ...
  A: I was out with a family medical issue and was not able to monitor my All Experts account. I am sorry ...
beetles and tent fumigation8/15/2012
  Q: My sister owns a house that has extensive beetle damage. There was an addition built 37 years ago ...
  A: Having worked as a guard with a fumigation company....I can attest to your sisters statement. Homes ...
Flies getting in8/2/2012
  Q: I have an 8yr old modular home on a full basement in NY state. The first two years, we had the ...
  A: I would not use foggers for a couple of reasons..... They only kill the flies that are ...
Carpet beetles7/27/2012
  Q: I recently became aware of a carpet beetle problem in my home. I found many skin sheddings in dusty ...
  A: Certainly you may find more beetles as you declutter the house. You will just have to deal with each ...
Blow Flies7/24/2012
  Q: 2 years ago we had a problem with blow flies....... I KNOW there was some sort of dead animal ...
  A: Sorry for the delay We had an addition to our family, first grandbaby, maybe even a 4th generation ...
Thrips7/12/2012
  Q: We have been fighting an almost microscopic insect for nearly 6 months. After home treated numerous ...
  A: Thrips can be tough to control as they are very tiny and can sometimes come through conventional ...
Small black flying. Bug in house6/8/2012
  Q: There is one corner of my house where it seems that these little black or brown bugs keep showing up ...
  A: I would suggest you have them identified. There are several companies in Washington that have ...
Stored Product Pests6/7/2012
  Q: I currently service a warehouse where sugar is stored. What kinds of Stored Product Pests infest ...
  A: Among the most common stored product pests the Drugstore Beetle is the only one I can find that will ...
worm like bugs5/26/2012
  Q: i have this worm like bug issue. when i leave clothes laying around for a few days before washing ...
  A: I will have to suggest that you take a sample to either a pest control professional or an ...
black ground beetle???5/22/2012
  Q: I was sitting at my computer and heard something crawling in my cold air duct (right next to the ...
  A: I would suggest you have a pest professional or entomologist look at the sample you have. There are ...
Patatoebug on my bed!5/16/2012
  Q: I just read an answer you gave about potato bugs. I was up late watching TV and I noticed something ...
  A: I very well remember dealing with Potato Bugs when I lived in Calif. They can be quite bothersome. ...
Phorid flies5/15/2012
  Q: I live in Scotland. Over the last 2 weeks I have had an infestation of what I believe are phorid ...
  A: Pat, It is very possible that some debris has made it's way under the patio area and remains on the ...
Safety4/28/2012
  Q: I just found out that, due to a problem with bedbugs in a nearby apartment, my unit had been treated ...
  A: I certainly understand your concerns. Generally the standard practice for bed bugs is to use steam, ...
ant help, please!4/15/2012
  Q: HELP! We have ants. In past places we have lived we dealt with everything from honeypot ants to the ...
  A: First of all don't rule out Carpenter Ants, there are several species. I would save some samples and ...
insect control and weed blockers4/15/2012
  Q: A pset control professional advised to quarterly treat the exterior perimeter of my house with ...
  A: Certainly in your area a regular service, year round, will lower the insect populations around the ...
bats3/22/2012
  Q: I am having a company come and seal up most holes and then install some "cones" for exclusion. They ...
  A: Sorry for the delay...I was trying to research myself and don't find much more than a few companies ...
Could be a toxic spider?3/21/2012
  Q: about 5 days ago my parents went into the basement to turn on the pump to get 1 inch of water out of ...
  A: First of all if you have the spider and can take it in to have identified that would be best. ...
termite treatment danger to cats?3/14/2012
  Q: I just had my apartment sprayed for termites. I have 2 cats. Do you know what the danger is for my ...
  A: I can only guess that the soil below the apartments was treated, so the material is all below the ...
Wasps indoors in spring3/10/2012
  Q: We live in rural NH in an old renovated farmhouse. Every year about this time, still quite cold ...
  A: Sounds like you have a species of wasp that is over-wintering in the structure. I am not familiar ...
bird mites1/13/2012
  Q: we live in the middle east. two years earlier we moved into a house, in which the previous landlord ...
  A: Sasa, From the sounds of it you are well on your way to having this situation under control. Because ...
bushy tailed woodrat12/14/2011
  Q: We have a cottage in the whiteshell, which is in south-east corner of Manitoba. This past weekend, ...
  A: Yes you are right...bird seed should be avoided around the cottage as it will encourage them to hang ...
worms10/11/2011
  Q: I keep finding these small, black worms in my bathroom, about 1/2-1 inch long i think. I moved into ...
  A: There are several things that come to mind when talking about black "worms" While there are several ...
Millipedes9/23/2011
  Q: I saw Andy's post about what he thought were worms but are millipedes. The photo he provided looked ...
  A: Millipedes do not cause any harm to humans. Yes they like moist conditions and a basement even a ...
small brown bug hanging from ceiling8/11/2011
  Q: my sister who doesn't use the internet has small brown/orangish bugs about 1.4" or so long and hang ...
  A: Without a picture of actual sample of the bugs they are seeing I really can't help much with this. I ...
help to identify white and brown stripped bug8/9/2011
  Q: Greetings, I was cleaning up my son's bedroom and I found several striped white and brown insects. ...
  A: Yes the picture you sent is rather blurry and they are very small. I cannot tell what type of insect ...
Possible dropping between carpet and wall8/7/2011
  Q: I need your help - today while cleaning our soon to be here baby's closet my husband saw 2 possible ...
  A: If you could please send the picture that would help. Mice generally will traffic along walls so ...
Dropping, food, or from toddler's diaper8/5/2011
  Q: We found this in the middle of our son's nursery tonight and the cleaning lady had just been here on ...
  A: Your welcome, I'm glad to help you with this problem. Certainly it is possible for a dropping to ...
Small brown bugs and rusty colou red worms in bedroom8/4/2011
  Q: I couldn't seem to find images of them but I hope my discription is just as good.
  A: This is a great opportunity for you to learn some detective skills! First of all I can't identify ...
Droppings on basement window-outside8/4/2011
  Q: We just noticed some black droppings in all the crevices of our basement windows outside. We have ...
  A: What you may be seeing is evidence of sow/pill bugs or earwigs. They are moisture loving insects ...
Flies..!8/2/2011
  Q: Our water heater is in our garage, right outside the door leading from the kitchen to the garage. My ...
  A: The best way to know WHY is to know what species of fly you are dealing with. Because they all have ...
Possible mouse droppings6/29/2011
  Q: We found possible mouse droppings the other day while cleaning our upstairs. Unfortunately both me ...
  A: Generally mouse droppings will crumble if they are dry and usually one or both ends will have a ...
Question on droppings6/28/2011
  Q: We live in a rural area in central NC (the triad)and have plenty of trees around our house in our ...
  A: Mouse droppings are most likely to crumble. It is rare that they become hard, that may depend on the ...
mosquitos6/23/2011
  Q: Our house is infested with mosquitos! tons of them...the lay low most of the day butbecome more ...
  A: First let me caution you about using materials in your house, on your bedding and especially on your ...
Mites?6/20/2011
  Q: I recently moved into a new house and noticed that some pigeons had set up a nest on the outside of ...
  A: Because there are several types of bugs that may be associated with a birds nest I would suggest you ...
Rat or Lizard Droppings???6/5/2011
  Q: When we moved into this house in Miami, FL a few months ago we found that it was roach infested. We ...
  A: Greetings Paranoid Mom, I would suspect the droppings are from lizards or insects, rodent droppings ...
Carpet beetles....5/16/2011
  Q: At least I'm 99.5% sure that's what they are. I hope you can help me with a few questions. I first ...
  A: Carpet Beetles don't live in groups, but you will see larger numbers in an area where they have a ...
bees / wasps5/12/2011
  Q: Do you know if there is some sort of bee / hornet 'net' similar to the mosquito nets people put over ...
  A: Any kind of small mesh netting will keep them out. It is more of a physical barrier rather than a ...
Rats in crawlspace5/11/2011
  Q: I experienced a water leak in cpvc pipe in my residential crawl space and the plumber said it was a ...
  A: This question is right up my alley as we have a division that performs rodent exclusion and ...
Getting rid of moisture ants5/7/2011
  Q: I am sending you this question because you wrote that you specialize in pests found in the NW as ...
  A: First of all the activity you are describing may be another species of ant. I would first collect ...
Rat question from 10/20075/1/2011
  Q: I recently found a dead rat/mouse/rodent underneath my outside upright freezer. I pulled it out of ...
  A: Yes this does look familiar...The previous rodent we saw with the bushy tail was a Wood Rat and yes ...
Springtails4/19/2011
  Q: this is my 3rd year in my brand new house. The first year we moved in in Aug and I never saw any of ...
  A: You may have found a solution to the problem on your own, I am referring to the change in the bark ...
caterpillars...i think4/19/2011
  Q: I started finding dead bodies of these caterpillar things and only recently have started seeing ones ...
  A: What you are seeing are millipedes. They are an insect that thrives in high moisture conditions and ...
unknown bug4/18/2011
  Q: I hope you can ID this bug I have found in my home. I think its relevant to inform you that I live ...
  A: If the room you are seeing these in has any grain, leather or natural products in it such as dried ...
What's in my pantry?4/10/2011
  Q: I have a pantry in my basement that has canned goods and dried goods (ie sugar, flour, pasta, etc). ...
  A: My first guess would be mice. First I would dispose of any products that have been damaged. Then I ...
mouse infestation4/6/2011
  Q: the house we just moved into has a bad mouse infestation. I'm terrified of the hentavirus! We can't ...
  A: Sorry for the delay. I was out for several days recovering from some minor surgery and missed one ...
Bug found in bedroom4/4/2011
  Q: I found a bug on top of my pillow that was under a pile of blankets tonight. It has a deep, dark ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, I was out for a medical reason and forgot to mark myself as unavailable for ...
Flies on deck4/2/2011
  Q: We just recently purchased a new home and there are flies almost in a perfect row all along the ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, I neglected to put myself on All Experts "vacation" while out having some minor ...
silverfish3/21/2011
  Q: We're in Massachusetts. In the past 2 weeks I've killed 2 silverfish in the upstairs front room of ...
  A: Generally if you are seeing Silverfish in an upstairs room, they are usually coming from the attic ...
termites?3/13/2011
  Q: I was out cutting firewood on Vancouver Island BC Canada when I spotted a few kinds of "bugs" in the ...
  A: The picture shows the larva stage of something much larger than a Dampwood Termite. Even if it was, ...
Tiny black and brown bugs w/ zig zag print2/27/2011
  Q: I have found between 6 and 10 of these tiny bugs in my windowsills. They are not bothersome and are ...
  A: I imagine they are some type of over wintering insect that is now starting to become more active as ...
Follow up question-rat in the wall?2/22/2011
  Q: I asked a question about a month ago about a mouse/rat problem. We can still hear intermittent ...
  A: When you hear scratching/noises in the walls that seems to move from area to area, it most likely ...
Mice wall damage2/3/2011
  Q: I found a mysterious hole in the wall. It was not there before. I think it was caused by a rodent. I ...
  A: As much as you don't want to look at the food in the pantry....I suggest you check it all and ...
Pack Rat Smell1/29/2011
  Q: We've had a pack rat in our attic that has left a very distinct odor behind. We have since sealed ...
  A: Sadly it is true that rats leave behind smells like this often. I would suggest that if you have ...
mouse in wall?1/13/2011
  Q: Yesterday I found that something was scratching inside the walls. It's about 1.5m up from the ...
  A: The scratching you hear could very well be a mouse and yes weep holes are one possible point of ...
Rat Droppings1/10/2011
  Q: We recently moved into a rental house, and after the weather turned cold, I found fresh rat ...
  A: If your bakeware is dishwasher safe, then I suggest washing it there, using the sanitation cycle. ...
Termites1/10/2011
  Q: We just purchased a townhome that has one adjoining wall with another townhome. We need to have it ...
  A: Sounds like you have Drywood Termites, these are usually controlled by tenting the home and ...
Pest chewing PEX waterlines1/9/2011
  Q: For one week now I have had some type of critter between the floors of my house chewing on the PEX ...
  A: Sounds like you are really having a go of it with this critter that seems to like your home. First ...
HOLES IN PLASTER12/18/2010
  Q: WE ARE GETTING HOLES IN OUR PLASTER IS THERE A PLASTER EATING INSECT? WE HAVE A CLEANING LADY ONCE A ...
  A: I don't know of any insects that bore through plaster,at least not here in the United States. I ...
worms in carpet12/12/2010
  Q: There appear to be tiny, almost microscopic worm-like things in my carpet. The first signs were my ...
  A: I can't tell you just from the description what you are seeing. I too suggest that you need to have ...
worms in oats11/24/2010
  Q: how acquired microscopic white mites so I was informed by a expert breeder to take my beetles out ...
  A: If the worms or larvae are moving away from the food source I would highly suspect Indian Meal Moth. ...
grubs"?:10/30/2010
  Q: Recently rolled over some watermelons and found some fat, curled up, 1/2 bugs, slimy looking light ...
  A: This question would be best directed towards someone with agricultural pest control experience. If ...
Help, yellow jackets.10/7/2010
  Q: Help. I live in Atlanta, GA. The past 3 or 4 days an increased number of yellow jackets have been ...
  A: Desarai, If you live in an area where it gets cold enough to kill the nests in the fall, the ...
tiny biting10/6/2010
  Q: Something on our couch and in the office under the desk is nipping at me. I can't see anything, ...
  A: Actually I have a few questions for you that might help us narrow this down a bit. Are you having ...
small flying bitting bug9/26/2010
  Q: i just walked out on my back pourch and within seconds was covered in a tiny black flying but that ...
  A: Without actually seeing the bug I can't begin to tell you what it is. We have many species and ...
feces identification9/14/2010
  Q: I live in Northern Va and my 11 yr old son found some poop on our back deck and wanted to know what ...
  A: After referring to several reference books, I'm not finding any dropping illustrations that even ...
rat or pack rat9/12/2010
  Q: We discovered we had a rat or pack rat between the basement ceiling and the main floor of our home. ...
  A: Because you smelt what I assume was a dead smell the first rat was most likely caught died ...
Mice9/7/2010
  Q: My question is probably more asking for general advice than asking a specific question, and I'd ...
  A: The big picture here is not just your apartment, but the entire structure. What really needs to be ...
Rats in crawlspace9/7/2010
  Q: I have been plagued for 20 years by periodic rat infestations in a dirt surface crawlspace under my ...
  A: First I need to point out that the periodic infestations are due to the fact that eventhough you may ...
eggs9/3/2010
  Q: Can you identify if these are eggs on A window screen.I live in the Finger Lakes region of NYS. Not ...
  A: Can't tell from the picture, but there are many insects that could attach their eggs to a screen ...
rats in bar-b-q9/2/2010
  Q: I just want it to move out. Would something like moth balls work to get it to move? I know the ...
  A: If you simply deter the rat from going into the BBQ, you will only send him or her a message to find ...
Open pipe on outside wall8/31/2010
  Q: I live in a ground floor/basement apartment and have a white pipe coming through my outside rear ...
  A: It appears that this pipe does serve a purpose. I would advise consulting with a heating/air ...
Australian & American Roaches8/27/2010
  Q: We purchased a home in SW Florida 8 months ago and found upon moving in empty roach spray cans, over ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, I was out with a "bug" of my own and didn't remember to put myself out on the ...
houseflies8/24/2010
  Q: My house is a 5 yr old modular built in 2005. I can't seem to stop the influx of houseflies during ...
  A: I was out sick several days, I didn't think to put myself on Vacation so I apologize for the delay ...
Bit by a Beetle?8/3/2010
  Q: I was playing tennis in Arizona last night and noticed quite a few black beetle like bugs on the ...
  A: Because it appears that it was a beetle that went down your shirt, I would suspect that it may have ...
phorid flies7/30/2010
  Q: We have been living in an apartment complex dating back to the 70's for a year and 2 months. There ...
  A: Sounds like your having a time of it. Phorid Flies breed in and feed upon decaying matter. First ...
Bug Spray7/27/2010
  Q: When I'm shopping I see advertised on cans of bug spray, Keeps killing for 12 months etc. Is this ...
  A: It is hard to speak to the longevity or effectiveness of any one product that is available over the ...
Tiny Black Long Insects7/11/2010
  Q: Recently anytime I open my windows at night I get a bunch of tiny bugs in my room, on the roof along ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, we just moved our office and needless to say things are a little upside down! ...
Voles or Mice?6/30/2010
  Q: I have some rodents living around my house and I was wondering what they are. At first, I was sure ...
  A: The best way to tell is to use some good old fashioned mouse traps with peanut butter and see what ...
Carpet Beetles in a Camper/Trailer6/28/2010
  Q: I'm actually emailing you for a friend of mine who is living in the woods of southcentral Alaska and ...
  A: First of all I would suggest they collect some samples, put them in rubbing alcohol and when in town ...
potato bugs5/26/2010
  Q: i have a bunch of potato bugs in my home and no i do not grow potatos how do i keep them out are ...
  A: I remember when I lived in California what a hassle the Potato Bugs can be. They are very common in ...
Varmit Help5/22/2010
  Q: I live in the southwest desert and have something in my house that leaves droppings that look like ...
  A: There are a number of critters that will leave droppings as you describe. If they are sticky and ...
Phorid flies5/18/2010
  Q: We have a phorid fly infestation. I also have sewer or drain flies, but they seem to be responding ...
  A: I answered this question to you several days ago, but for some reason it still shows on the All ...
Lots of holes in my backyard5/14/2010
  Q: I have noticed about 25 holes appearing in my backyard, centering on the root structure where there ...
  A: I would guess that you could have any of the rodents you mentioned. It would depend on what species ...
Larder Beetles5/13/2010
  Q: I noticed about 5 weeks ago that i had small black beetles in my bedroom, when i got these checked i ...
  A: Larder Beetles have a wide range in their diet. They will feed on everything from meat, hides, pet ...
Omg!4/22/2010
  Q: Yes! I fanilly (sorry bad speller) found someone who like bugs! ok my question is.... I am not ...
  A: Certainly for the most part you can pick up most insects. If you are uncertain about putting them on ...
Rats getting into BBQ4/17/2010
  Q: I live on the central coast Australia, I have rodents getting into my outside BBQ, I want to know ...
  A: There is nothing that you can spray to deter them from getting into the BBQ. You can use traps and ...
wood boring bees4/7/2010
  Q: have a log and have boring bees and yellow jackets. How can I get rid of these?
  A: There are a couple of bees that come to mind when you mention "boring bees". Those being Carpenter ...
carpet beetles inside walls3/31/2010
  Q: It's been almost two weeks since I first discovered carpet beetles in my daughter's bedroom carpet. ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, I've had some family health issues this last week. Sounds like you've had quite ...
Wasp in attic and home3/24/2010
  Q: Rene, I have noticed wasps entering a point where our siding intersects with our roof line. I was ...
  A: It is not uncommon for wasps or hornets to use a structure for over wintering. Most likely that ...
Rat infestagtion3/10/2010
  Q: I have a severe rat infestation problem. I have a bathroom wall that has a clear plastic panel at ...
  A: John, There are several options that don't involve opening the wall. You don't have to put the traps ...
flea bomb3/2/2010
  Q: Renee, I've read your question/answer from 2007 and is useful info. My question is: how safe is ...
  A: I cannot advise you as to the "safety" of flea bombs as some have different ingredients and ...
Termites or little white ants in my apartment, what should i do?2/26/2010
  Q: I have these little white ants in my kitchen, only my kitchen. I did some research and I believe ...
  A: First you must have them identified, they don't sound like termites unless there are also mud tubes ...
voles1/5/2010
  Q: have a vole in house-bait abd/or traps was of no interest-need help!! Thank you
  A: First of all rodent bait used inside a structure is a very bad idea. Please follow the manufactures ...
rat infestation12/31/2009
  Q: Rene, We just discovered that a rat had eaten through our basement wall. We were aware that we had a ...
  A: Unfortunately the pest professional didn't consider that the rats may die inside the structure. ...
cockroach or mouse12/13/2009
  Q: We moved into our house last February. In March I found a HUGE cockroach in our bathroom, which is ...
  A: Just got my Internet back as we had some freezing rain and such here in the Northwest. It's nice to ...
Fruit Flies11/18/2009
  Q: I am doing a project on fruit flies. Have you ever dealt with fruit flies? Have you ever gotten rid ...
  A: Sounds like a fun project. From a professional standpoint, we usually don't need to provide service ...
Bugs on Kitchen counter11/16/2009
  Q: I am finding lots of a small black/dark brown crawling bugs, no wings on my kitchen counters. I ...
  A: First of all don't use anymore sprays on the counters, if the insects are just coming back you are ...
insect feces11/15/2009
  Q: What kind of spider or insect leaves small black balls in corners and around plants like the size of ...
  A: Yes it could be earwigs, or any other insect for that fact. First of all "bombs" are highly ...
Small insect swams inside house.11/14/2009
  Q: I don't live in the US but I was hoping you could help me out, I've spent hours trying to identify a ...
  A: Sorry I can't identify them for a few reasons, one being that to identify an insect of this size you ...
something underneath the drywall tape10/17/2009
  Q: I noticed a couple days ago that the drywall tape near the ceiling was coming down in our dining ...
  A: Sounds like you may have some type of pupae cases there. This means there is some insect using the ...
unidentified droppings found10/13/2009
  Q: the past couple of weeks i have woken up in my room to find one or two droppings that are about ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, I have been scouring our research information here at the office and find no ...
Starting my own pest control bussiness Philadelphia, PA10/12/2009
  Q: I wanted to know the steps I need to take to start my own pest control business in Philadelphia, PA? ...
  A: Since I am not a licensed operator in the your state I can't really guide you on the regulations ...
rats in sandbox10/8/2009
  Q: We went out to the yard the other day and uncovered the sandbox only to find a LOT of rat droppings ...
  A: I would suggest clearing all the sand from the play area and starting fresh. Because rats have a ...
boxelder bugs10/6/2009
  Q: Can boxelder bugs put a split in a tree trunk? I am having a huge boxelder bug problem. What is ...
  A: I've never heard of Box Elder Bugs putting a split in a tree, they will hang out there for shelter ...
Termite infestation10/3/2009
  Q: I am considering buying a home that had to be tented for termite infestation. Though it is ...
  A: It sounds as though this home had a drywood termite infestation, it's common to tent and fumigate ...
Tenting for Termites9/27/2009
  Q: When a house is tented for termites, I know we are supposed to remove the food. Is there anything ...
  A: The fumigation company should give you detailed instructions on what needs to be done to prepare for ...
invading tiny jumping insects!9/24/2009
  Q: We a re located in the central Willamette valley in Oregon, in a rural town next to farmland where ...
  A: Since the picture is such that I cannot identify these tiny insects, why don't we just come by and ...
insects?9/20/2009
  Q: My lawn has been overcome with mounds of raised dirt. It looks as if something dug its way out ...
  A: Sounds like it might be moles. I would consult with a landscape professional or someone who ...
Harlequin Stink Bug9/19/2009
  Q: I'm in the Sacramento Delta in Northern California. There are cornfields and orchards less than a ...
  A: Usually they are specific to invading plant life. They will damage plants and are most damaging to ...
Do I have termites?9/16/2009
  Q: I found about a dozen termites flying around a lamp. I called a pest control company and they ...
  A: Generally a service for Drywood Termites involves a fumigation of the structure and no on-going ...
Rat problem, protect the chipmunks, squirrels9/16/2009
  Q: I have rats living under my firewood pile in the backyard. (This is a new problem). I was feeding ...
  A: You are faced with a very hard decision here. Any control measures taken to lower the rat population ...
Firewood on deck9/14/2009
  Q: I live in a condo complex with wood decks and exteriors. Our R&R's had restricted firewood from ...
  A: If the firewood is kept dry, used up each year and then replaced the following summer, there should ...
Small black fly ID9/11/2009
  Q: I have a new constuction home (finished June 09) with a fly problem in the unfinished basement. I ...
  A: There are so many flies that it takes an entomologist to get the identification down to the ...
Rat Mouse ??????8/31/2009
  Q: Can you identify this critter? Shot the other night in son's dresser, inside house. Lives in Western ...
  A: This is a "wood rat" common to our neck of the woods (we are in the Willamette Valley south of ...
rodents -how they get in attic8/31/2009
  Q: I was just wondering how can rodents enter an attic.The only access to the attic is inside the ...
  A: Rodents can be quite crafty. They can enter at ground level and travel up through the walls to the ...
worms in house8/30/2009
  Q: I've found 2 inch long, thin brown worms (no legs are obvious) on my bedroom ceiling. they are ...
  A: Paul, I tried to answer yesterday, but we were having some regional Internet access issues. I would ...
bee hive in the ground8/25/2009
  Q: at first we saw lots of little holes all over in the backyard, which we paid no mind, then weeks ...
  A: If this nest is in an area you can avoid till fall sets in, they will die off, unless they are honey ...
Horse Flies!8/24/2009
  Q: I live in an area of tall grasses and lots of live stock. When I'm working, dressed properly and ...
  A: It will be hard to control flying insects that may be a product of the landscape and livestock ...
Blue/Black wasp8/15/2009
  Q: Can these wasps tunnel through some clay & sand underneath my pool with an entry hole approximately ...
  A: Usually wasps and hornets will use existing holes to nest in. Without knowing what sub species of ...
pest in kitchen no droppings8/14/2009
  Q: We seem to have some sort of rodent in our kitchen. We've had 1/2 an avacado eaten over night, soap ...
  A: Since Rats and Mice leave droppings along their paths of travel, you could very well have some other ...
voles,moles8/12/2009
  Q: ooops, Rene - I just sent you an email about wasps that was meant for another expert..sorry. My ...
  A: Hope my answer to the previous question helped anyway. As for the voles/moles. We don't manage these ...
wasps8/12/2009
  Q: Two years ago, during reconstruction from a fire, we discovered about 30 or so wasps nests in the ...
  A: Most likely these were nests that were no longer active when you found them. I'm guessing you ...
Dust Mites8/11/2009
  Q: We have dust mites problems my mother wants to use a bug fogger or bug bomb will this work or is ...
  A: "Bug Bombs" or "Foggers" will be far more harmful to your pets than they will be to the dust mites. ...
silverfish8/7/2009
  Q: by having a air conditioner on will that help prevent the silverfish from coming back or at least ...
  A: I don't know that you can get the house cold enough to adversely effect them. You would most likely ...
Bald Faced Wasps8/4/2009
  Q: We have bald faced wasps eating our deck. I haven't seen the hive yet but they are very bust chewing ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, I'm at a conference and only have time between classes to take care of e-mail. ...
Identification of feces7/31/2009
  Q: I have been having an issue with some sort of pest that lives in or around my lower cabinets. All I ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, I was on my way to a conference and the Internet access was spotty at best. As ...
Large black and white bees7/20/2009
  Q: I live in northern Idaho, last night found a grey paper like ball nest in a bush by our walk way. ...
  A: It looks like a Bald Faced Hornets nest. They can be aggressive if agitated. They will die out in ...
confused7/18/2009
  Q: ok so here is what happened. i am staying with my mom in florida and my worst fear came true, ...
  A: I'm not familar with Palmetto Bugs as I hail from the Pacific Northwest. Boric acid has it's place ...
flys7/3/2009
  Q: We have a huge fly problem in our back yard. The ground is very dry and sandy dust, not much grass. ...
  A: Brenda, First try to catch some samples of the flies and have a entomologist identify the species. ...
mites6/29/2009
  Q: I noticed yesterday that there was little bugs in the room where my canaries were. The next day I ...
  A: Most likely you are seeing Bird Mites. You may be itchy because of the cleansers and insecticides ...
Moths6/8/2009
  Q: Last summer, I found many flying insects that I had not previously seen, in my home. When I smashed ...
  A: If in fact these are clothes moths again, they have to have the right materials to infest to ...
Black caterpillars5/18/2009
  Q: for a few days now there have been hundreds of tiny black caterpillars on my deck and sidings. They ...
  A: I would guess these are some form of ornamental/exterior pest. I would suggest you look into taking ...
black widow5/17/2009
  Q: ok, i know i'm going to sound paranoid, but when i went down to my basement today i swear to god i ...
  A: It certainly sounds like you found a black widow. They commonly will be in areas with little ...
roaches5/7/2009
  Q: IF you look at animals such as shrimp, lobsters, crayfish, crabs, scorpions, cockroaches, etc they ...
  A: Ana, You raise some interesting questions and food for thought. Certainly some species of roaches ...
what is this?4/28/2009
  Q: I've seen quite a few of these (please see the picture) in the house. We live in New Jersey. I am ...
  A: Sally, The picture indicates that you either have Silverfish or Firebrats. Both are rather similar. ...
appropriate storage of firewood4/5/2009
  Q: My new construction vacation home is finished. The association does not allow outside storage of ...
  A: For the most part you should be fine if the wood is dry and on a concrete floor. It sounds like it ...
cluster flies4/5/2009
  Q: every fall cluster flies enter into my attic and I am bothered by them in the house all winter long. ...
  A: There are a few things that can be done either by you or a professional. As the homeowner you can ...
using lizzards, geckos3/26/2009
  Q: First of all , I want to see if it is possible to use a gecko, or small lizard a pest control. We ...
  A: All the people who I have had contact with who used lizards or geckos for pest control later had ...
Green Pest control3/24/2009
  Q: I am a science/green living columnist for FoxNews.com and I am currently putting a story together ...
  A: We have not ventured into this area at our firm. I may be able to get information for you or hook ...
Flies...3/22/2009
  Q: My house is a 4 yr old modular in NY country. The first two years, we had it sprayed on the outside ...
  A: Flies can find many avenues to get into the interior structure of the home. Areas like your wall ...
Tiny black 1/8 " beetle infest house2/20/2009
  Q: I'm not sure this is a beetle but it looks like one. They are mostly in the ceiling and I just ...
  A: I would suggest you have someone who is proficient in identifying wood destroying insects come take ...
rodents in my car engine2/17/2009
  Q: I have had damage to my car wiring caused by rats, mice or other rodents (we have lots of squirrels ...
  A: Short of repairing the car and then keeping it in a sealed structure where rodents have no access ...
pesty problem2/9/2009
  Q: ...I think you may be the right person to ask this to. I live in the most northern part of Ohio. We ...
  A: Sounds like you found the foraging areas of some type of rodent. I would suggest having a ...
get rid of rat!1/25/2009
  Q: I currently have a woodrat living in the motor part of my truck. I have tried to get it out with ...
  A: I would consider moving the truck to a new location if possible. Generally they will be out of the ...
small worms and sowbugs1/4/2009
  Q: I live near Seattle Wash. and have a two storey house, the dnsts. partially in ground. Near the back ...
  A: Sounds like sow bugs and millipedes. You will know if the worm-like insects are black in color, have ...
worms12/28/2008
  Q: I just sent you a question about worms and wanted to add another picture of a different styly worm ...
  A: These are also millipedes. They feed on decaying vegetation and do not do damage to the home. The ...
2 types of worms12/28/2008
  Q: Over the past couple of weeks I have had these 2 types of worms gathering outside my garage door. ...
  A: It seems that you have a large population of millipedes near your home. They live in areas of high ...
Small Flying Insect12/6/2008
  Q: I work in a 3 floor retail company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For the past few months we have been ...
  A: One thing you did not mention is the type of business you have. If you have items coming to the ...
cluster flies11/30/2008
  Q: I live in Nebraska and have an insulated steel building on a farm. I have not found a way to keep ...
  A: Cluster flies cannot be controlled this time of year, they have already entered the structure at ...
woodpeckers11/3/2008
  Q: Every fall, I find myself repairing holes in my wood siding due to woodpeckers. I have had a ...
  A: First of all, most wood peckers are protected and cannot be harmed nor can you disturb their nests. ...
mice pilfering bird food10/8/2008
  Q: I'm not certain there's an answer here. I keep tropical finches who eat an expensive diet, and I ...
  A: The key to dealing with rodents is excluding them from the structure. Sounds like you have a healthy ...
Insect nest10/5/2008
  Q: "We have a high ceiling that is over a large picture window in our Seattle home. Some sort of insect ...
  A: This one is just as much a mystery to me as well. I would suggest contacting Eden Pest Technologies, ...
rats10/2/2008
  Q: we moved into a home that was left to us by my grandmother, it sits between two empty delapadated ...
  A: The key to control is sealing them out of the house. Then trapping inside and baiting outside will ...
mice v charcoal10/1/2008
  Q: Recently a friend told me that hanging a open netted bag of charcoal in the basement will help ...
  A: Josh, While the mice may avoid it to begin with they will become habituated to it and eventually set ...
Mites?9/27/2008
  Q: A couple weeks ago I noticed what looked like sand on the front of my door, wiping it off I ignored ...
  A: Sounds like you may have two things going on. For starters, have the little pests you are seeing ...
Rat problems9/24/2008
  Q: I am part of an historical group that meets 1 evening a week and 1 full weekend a month at a ...
  A: Sorry for the tardiness in answering your question as we have had some computer/satellite Internet ...
House flies9/3/2008
  Q: I own a vacation home in Pocono Pa. When we first bought the house 3 years ago we noticed dead ...
  A: It sounds like the flies are using the home to winter over and then gaining access to the interior ...
magots under the patio9/3/2008
  Q: We have noticed maggots appearing from under the patio. We have had dynorod out to inmvestigate and ...
  A: Where there is maggots, there are flies. Flies need a feeding or breeding ground. Once you search ...
Phorid Fly Infestation - Seattle Area9/1/2008
  Q: I am at a total loss and about to begin opening up walls in my home which is going to be very ...
  A: I feel for you and your family, it is very difficult when you know that the key to controling the ...
ants attic8/30/2008
  Q: Crawling up the block side, under the aluminum facia siding and into the attic and back out again ...
  A: If the ants you are seeing are all the same size and trailing in heavy trails of traffic they most ...
unknown droppins8/29/2008
  Q: i recently found weird droppings in a number of places at work. we thought it was from a rat, but ...
  A: They may not be animal droppings at all. They could be the pupae stage of some form of insect. I ...
firewood in basement?7/28/2008
  Q: I am using my unfinished basement (concrete floor and concrete walls) to store firewood from my yard ...
  A: If you are using up your stockpile of wood each year and then cleaning out all the wood debris left ...
bees7/26/2008
  Q: is there anything we can put by our pool to keep the bees from hanging around, such as cherry ...
  A: Most likely they are coming to the pool for water. You can try putting an alternative water source ...
my unwanted pests....7/23/2008
  Q: Ok, so upon moving into a single family house, i have become aware of small mice... I have set a few ...
  A: Sound as though you do have some unwanted "squatters" in your home. First I'll address the mice. You ...
A DEVICE THAT SAFELY DESTROYS WASPS NESTS7/20/2008
  Q: COULD YOU PLEASE REVIEW MY INVENTION AND TELL ME IF I WASTED MY MONEY ON A PATENT, OR IF I CAME UP ...
  A: While you have thought this out pretty much, the flaw I see is that your delivery device uses over ...
pest control outdoors around pets7/19/2008
  Q: I recently purchased a chocolate lab. What would be the safest thing to use in the back yard to ...
  A: It is good you are doing your research before trying any control measures. Both issues would be ...
wages7/5/2008
  Q: if i was to get a job in pest control,what wages can i expect from doing this type of work/ greg
  A: Certainly a service technician with good work ethic, great customer care standards and high ethical ...
small mites7/4/2008
  Q: ok, i've hjad these mite problems for 2/3 years now and i'm getting sick of them. I've noticed they ...
  A: The first thing you should do is collect some samples of the mites and contact an entomologist for ...
pest control by pets7/1/2008
  Q: im a university student in sri lanka. i want to get some information about how the pets like cats ...
  A: sumudu, The only areas where pets are used in pest management are to seek out termites and bed bugs. ...
Cockroaches- AZ7/1/2008
  Q: I'm looking to purchase a home. At viewing today there were at least 20 good sized sewer roaches ...
  A: Buying a home is a exciting and sometimes stressful time, seeing roaches in your new home doesn't ...
tree beetles6/25/2008
  Q: I have 2 oak trees in my yard and 1 is in the process of dying the leaves are half gone. last night ...
  A: The beetles may be feeding on the tree or another insect that is infesting the tree and causing the ...
Squirrels and Racoons6/24/2008
  Q: We just moved into a home that has been vacant for a year. There are squirrels in our attic and a ...
  A: Although wildlife is not a area where we provide services, I can offer some advice to help get you ...
Strange Dirt Mounds on my house6/10/2008
  Q: The past two years I have noticed these little dirt mounds in the corner of my house shutters and I ...
  A: Paul, I would suggest that the next time you remove a mound, have someone identify the insects ...
Wasps/hornets6/9/2008
  Q: What is your opinion of the fake wasp nests that supposedly keep wasps and hornets from nesting ...
  A: In general most pests, insect or the furry kind, will become habituated to anything in their ...
Wasps in house again6/5/2008
  Q: I found a live wasp (yellow jacket,I think) in my computer room on a rug,which has two exterior ...
  A: This is the time of year that queens who have over wintered in the home will emerge. If you are ...
boring beetle problem (powder residue)6/2/2008
  Q: My father lives in Pender Island, BC. His timber frame home has holes and a beetle has been ...
  A: Scott, It will be very important to have the insect identified. There are some beetles that simply ...
moths5/31/2008
  Q: I live in northern Ohio. About this time of year we get, in one room of our house, small brown ...
  A: The moths may be coming from the plants and this activity is part of their normal life cycle. I ...
earwigs! YUCK HELP!5/29/2008
  Q: Please help me! We have lived in the same log home in Granite Falls WA for four years. Last summer ...
  A: Begetta, Earwigs like moist, close in spaces like they found in your jacket. If you live in a home ...
tick----heeeeelp!!!! =o(5/20/2008
  Q: Ifound this insect in my leg I never seen this before,yesterday I found another one under my ...
  A: If the insects head was attached to the skin on your leg, it most likely was a tick. There are ...
Rodent Droppings5/19/2008
  Q: I have mouse and possibly squirrel droppings above the ceiling in my family room. There is also a ...
  A: If the smell is coming through the sheetrock, it is most likely that the sheetrock itself smells. ...
warehouse beetle5/15/2008
  Q: Rene, I read the article from Bob on the carpet beetle problem that he is having in his home. I have ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, for some reason your question just came in, I guess it was held up in cyber ...
Small grey insects in my kitchen5/14/2008
  Q: I noticed this last spring and then they stopped showing up during the fall and winter. Now that it ...
  A: Lauren, The insects you describe sound like Silverfish. Of course having an entomologist or ...
proper rat infestation removal from home5/13/2008
  Q: I am renting in a newly remodeled home that my fiancee and I moved into a month ago. Soon after the ...
  A: Sounds as though you are going through a tough time. I'm sorry you are having to deal with this. The ...
little brown bugs in food4/30/2008
  Q: I am having a problem with little brown bug in food in my kitchen and I am in the process of ...
  A: The key to effectively dealing with any stored product pest is to properly identify them and remove ...
little brown bugs4/28/2008
  Q: I have found a couple of really tiny size of a pin-point brown bugs recently in my house. I live in ...
  A: It is best to contact either a entomologist or a pest company with one on staff to positively ...
yellow sac spiders4/24/2008
  Q: How can I get rid of yellow sac spiders in my house. They seem to be gathered in one room. They are ...
  A: Bombs are generally ineffective against spiders as they can close up into a tight ball and avoid the ...
Critter Control4/16/2008
  Q: I have a small boat stored under our summer cabin. The boat has exposed areas of plastic and foam ...
  A: There are a few things you can do. You can use snap traps to lower the population so there is less ...
I think it's a rat4/7/2008
  Q: Help. 10 weeks ago I called in pest control after hearing noises between the floor and ceiling. No ...
  A: Sorry to hear you are having a problem. Hopefully I can help. When you say the pest control guy ...
Rodent Removal....HELP!!4/6/2008
  Q: I am very embarrassed, stressed, & disgusted. For the 1st time in 8 years I have a RAT problem in my ...
  A: No need to be embarrassed, rats can move in and get out of hand quickly before you know they are ...
Indoor bugs4/1/2008
  Q: I have a lot of very small red bugs that are on the inside window sill of my south facing window. I ...
  A: Sometimes when we see insects at a window they are coming from elsewhere in the house, but are ...
Mice and/or squirrel damage to car wiring3/26/2008
  Q: I live in Bloomington, Minnesota and keep my car in the garage. My partner feeds the birds. Birdseed ...
  A: This is the time of year that I receive allot of questions regarding mice or rats. They generally ...
sticky rodent tray3/23/2008
  Q: Accidently got some of the sticky goo from a rodent tray left by Orkin on vacuum brush and roller ...
  A: Try vegetable oil, then follow up with Dawn dishwashing soap (or any dishwashing soap that works ...
hanging nest3/20/2008
  Q: Rene, Thanks for your time! We have a nest of sorts hanging from a tree (just moved into this ...
  A: Alison, This is most likely a hornet or wasp nest that was used by a colony last summer. There are ...
Carpet Beetles3/15/2008
  Q: Rene', My wife and I have lived in a two-story home in Beverly Hills, CA for over six years. Like ...
  A: Sorry for the delay in answering, our network has been undergoing a "facelift" the past few days. As ...
ants2/23/2008
  Q: I live in Portland, Maine. I'm not sure if I have an ant problem or not we've noticed persistent ...
  A: How much you should worry will depend on the species of ant you are seeing. If you are seeing ...
mice2/13/2008
  Q: Is there any kind of bed netting which will prevent a mice from getting on top of the bed during the ...
  A: I think you need to look at the bigger picture here. The fact that you are worried about mice in the ...
hire a pest controller1/23/2008
  Q: how much does it cost to hire a pest controller to spray my house that has two apartments? thank ...
  A: It would not be fair to throw out any type of price for pest management. I can only speak for my ...
our fly problem1/22/2008
  Q: i hope you can help i live in England and work a adventure playground the building is abit like a ...
  A: This time of year it is common to see flies inside as they came in during the fall and are now ...
Squealing noises1/21/2008
  Q: Me and my husband heard a scratching noise in the attic yesterday morning when we woke up. Last ...
  A: Kristie, I do not foresee any danger to sleeping in your room. But there is obviously something ...
flies1/19/2008
  Q: in our old barn we are renovating in france,this year only ,we have had hundereds of black flies ...
  A: It sounds like you have cluster flies that have used the structure to live through the winter, the ...
Tiny black bugs with rubber odour1/16/2008
  Q: I recently returned from visiting family over Christmas and New Years Eve. I was welcomed by a ...
  A: Identification is the first element of control measures. With what you have described we know they ...
American Cockroaches1/15/2008
  Q: Is it pssible to completely get rid of cockroaches. We had a tennant living in the apartment above ...
  A: You mentioned the professional sprayed gel and set traps. I am assuming the gel is a bait. If so ...
Old Rat Droppings1/13/2008
  Q: Is there any health problem posed by the presence of several years-old rat droppings in walls or in ...
  A: You are right to investigate this issue before going ahead with any clean up of the feces you know ...
Carpenter Ants in New Roof1/13/2008
  Q: I had my roof replaced two years ago with a 50-year GAF roof by a GAF amster elite contractor. At ...
  A: It certainly sounds like you have Carpenter Ants. The fact that you have seen them in the siding ...
RE: Powderpost beetles (PPD)1/10/2008
  Q: We recently bought a house that was cleared of all bugs during inspection. We did not do any ...
  A: I am a huge advocate for properly identifying any insect prior to treatment. I guess the one thing ...
annual mouse invasion1/8/2008
  Q: We are beginning our annual mouse invasion. Each year we struggle with mice, and we live in a outer ...
  A: The comment about dealing with your "annual mouse invasion" tells me that your home is not properly ...
Mice12/20/2007
  Q: As I speak, I have 3 types of mouse traps set and still have only caught 2 mice but see signs of ...
  A: I am happy to hear you are not willing or have not used poisons for your mouse problem. There are ...
small black bugs in my bathroom sink, i thought it was mouse poop12/10/2007
  Q: About 2 days ago I noticed small (very small) black things in my bathroom sink and around the sink ...
  A: It is very possible that you have some type of insect that may be falling out of the vent above or ...
Black Bug12/6/2007
  Q: I walked into my kitchen and on the floor was this bug. I attached a picture for you to see. It was ...
  A: Greetings Christine, Although it is tough to pin down the specific sub-species by the picture, it ...
Dead mouse12/6/2007
  Q: I have an odor coming from my wall that smells like sewer gas. I have had a plumber in and he says ...
  A: A dead mouse will smell exactly like a dead mouse, no different than any other dead animals. I don't ...
Bugs all of a sudden11/24/2007
  Q: I moved to Central CA where there are cows/farms. I get bit every night. It seems like the same ...
  A: Sorry to hear you are having a hard time with these mystery bites. These kinds of situations can be ...
Cockroaches11/16/2007
  Q: We've owned a rental home for 12 years without any bug problems whatsoever. A new family just moved ...
  A: Greetings Barry, First let me caution you against using any sprays or bombs. They are highly ...
Paper Wasps in the house11/14/2007
  Q: I bought a house that was not lived in for 16 months prior to my purchase. When my family moved in 4 ...
  A: So it seems that you had no issues except for occasional sightings for most of the time you have ...
Fleas11/12/2007
  Q: I had my apt treated for fleas three weeks ago today, professionally. I can still see them hopping ...
  A: Mary, It sounds as though you are experiencing a re-hatch of fleas. This is not unusual and the ...
Lawn damage11/12/2007
  Q: A 6' x 6' area of my front yard was damaged overnight. Some animal dig approximately 3-4 inch-deep ...
  A: Greetings Mark, I know how frustrating this must be to have some unknown creature disfigure your ...
House Flies11/11/2007
  Q: We just moved into a newly constructed home in a rural/farm setting. However, all the buildings on ...
  A: You are experiencing something that is common this time of year. It sounds like you may have flies ...
Suspected Mice Problem11/9/2007
  Q: I think I have a mouse in my attic, but I'm not sure. Around 3AM every night I here this faint ...
  A: John, You are on the right track in some respects. First of all, pick up and dispose of the baits ...
insect sawdust11/8/2007
  Q: I hope you can help me. I live in north Louisiana. I have a motorhome that seems to have some sort ...
  A: Tee, Certainly the application of products hasn't helped the situation, you need the help of a ...
Potato Bug problem in my house10/25/2007
  Q: I have found a few large potato bugs in my house. These are not roly poly isopods, they are the bugs ...
  A: I agree on the disgusting part when referring to the potato bug! Some factors to consider when ...
Bug Bombs and kids10/22/2007
  Q: I have 2 children, one is almost 3 and the other is 2 months. My daughters room is located upstairs ...
  A: It is good that you are researching before using any over the counter products for your problem. ...
bug identification10/18/2007
  Q: we have recently found a carpenter beetle larvae issue - but have seen no adults. around the same ...
  A: Ann, If you have seen any of my previous answers, I am a huge supporter of proper identification ...
damage from mice10/14/2007
  Q: I know mice will gnaw wood and tear up paper. I want to put a leather couch in my mountain cabin ...
  A: Aileen, Certainly if mice have access to a structure that is only used a portion of the year, ...
Carpet Beetle Larvae10/11/2007
  Q: Maybe you can help us. My wife and I have a carpet beetle LARVAE problem. I estimate that we have ...
  A: First you need to stop using materials upon active materials in and around your house. The materials ...
Bushy tailed wood rat?10/3/2007
  Q: The Allexperts system made me start a new question string. Best I can guess from internet research ...
  A: Having supplied me with a name to match with the face, I did find additional research information on ...
Trouble trapping mice/rats10/1/2007
  Q: I recently discovered what appears to be a mice/rat problem in my attic due to scratching in the ...
  A: You are right to use traps and peanut butter, however if they are not the right kind of traps or the ...
mouse in the wall9/28/2007
  Q: Rene, My wife and I purchased a tri-level home about one year ago and discovered a few mice in the ...
  A: If what you are hearing is in fact a mouse, they need to have access to food and water. Therefore ...
wasps?9/24/2007
  Q: Yesterday (Sunday) at noon I was on a ladder, began sweeping debris off a shed roof on our cabin. ...
  A: Mike, Sounds like you disturbed some sort of stinging/biting insect (could have been both as some ...
Yellow Jacket Colony9/21/2007
  Q: I was reading one of your previous responses and wanted to ask you a follow-up question regarding ...
  A: Jon, In your case I am sure that by the next visit you will see little to no activity as fall ...
Silverfish issue in the house9/18/2007
  Q: I live in Chicago and in my townhome, I have a silverfish and spider issues. I have sprayed my house ...
  A: Silverfish are very difficult to control, especially if the structure has a wood shake roof. Since ...
wasps/hornets9/17/2007
  Q: I live in Rhode Island. I have what appear to be either wasps or hornets entering a small hole ...
  A: First of all do not seal up the entrance/exit hole the wasps/hornets are currently using. This would ...
could it be termites?9/12/2007
  Q: There are noises in the back of my parents' bed. It is a buzzing noise that comes on and off...do ...
  A: Termites do not make buzzing sounds, so you shouldn't need to worry about them. There are two pests ...
caterpillars9/10/2007
  Q: I have lots of caterpillars all over my house and windows. How do I get rid of them? They rae gren ...
  A: Sounds like some sort of ornamental insect, meaning it comes primarily from plant life, but is ...
mice9/9/2007
  Q: Rene, I am planning to store a van that I own for a while and I know that mice and rats will build ...
  A: Frank, There is no repellents to keep the mice from trying to get into your van. I would suggest ...
Small Flying Insects9/9/2007
  Q: we recently had a baby and of course any pests in the house, we try to rid of. Recently, we've been ...
  A: The key to dealing with small flying insects is usually identification and removing their breeding, ...
gnats9/8/2007
  Q: how do kill them when they are inside a house?
  A: Mark, There are over-the-counter products that are designed for dealing with flying insects. However ...
identifying feces9/8/2007
  Q: I live in San Diego and have noticed feces around my pond, pool deck. This feces, I believed came ...
  A: Greg, A picture is worth a thousand words, It sounds like it could be rat feces due to the size, ...
Animal in the Wall?8/20/2007
  Q: I live in a townhouse in center city philadelphia. About a week ago I noticed a pretty nasty smell ...
  A: There are a few things to consider. The first is to rule out that some kind of animal has died under ...
Finding a rat8/17/2007
  Q: We live in a very old house (1700s). Early in the year, there was a rat in and around the kitchen. ...
  A: The fact that you have a older home creates some difficulty in dealing with rodent problems in ...

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I can thoughtfully and truthfully answer any questions that deal with insects or rodents that are entering or around structure, especially those found in the Northwest. Our company specializes in low impact pest management.

Experience

I have been involved in the pest management industry since 1981. My husband and I own The Good Earth Pest Company, which provides service to homes and businesses throughout the mid Willamette Valley. We are a second generation pest management firm. I served as the first woman president of the Oregon Pest Control Association and currently serve on the Professional Women in Pest Management council for the National Pest Management Association. Good Earth was the first company based in Oregon to be certified Quality Pro by the National Pest Management Association, meaning we have met of exceeded the high standards set by our industry leaders.

Organizations
I am currently the Chairperson for both the Legislative and Scholarship committees for the Oregon Pest Control Association and a Member of National Pest Management Association where I serve on the Board of Directors and Professional Women in Pest Management Committee. We are Certified Quality Pro by the National Pest Management Association. Our company is a member in good standing of both Oregonians for Food and Shelter and Associated Pest Management.

Publications
I have assisted in the annual reviews and co-authored the Structural and Occasional Invader chapters of the Northwest Pest Management Guide, published by Oregon State University. I have assisted in the production of the Oregon Pest Control Association, Intergrated Pest Management Technician Training Manual, this publication is still in progress. My articles on pest management have been published in local newspapers such as Gazzette Times, Albany Democrat Herald and Itemizer Observer.

Education/Credentials
My formal training in the pest management field has come from years of experience and continuing education provided throughout the years by our state association, national association and leaders in our industry. Although I now manage our office I once worked in the field performing repairs, termite treatments and general pest control. I am still a certified applicator in the state of Oregon and activly partitipate in continuing education.

Awards and Honors
Certified Quality Pro by the National Pest Management Association. Our entire staff is held to the highest of standards having met or excedded benchmarks in areas such as enviromental stewardship, background checks on all empolyees, Safety and having drug free employees to name a few.

Past/Present Clients
We currently manage many large condo complexes and provede pest management for a large firm that manages homes for the disabled. This requires highly trained technicians and office staff that can handle any situation human or pest related.

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