How do I get rid of ladybugs in my house?

Multicolored lady beetles usually fly to homes to overwinter the first or second warm day after temperatures have approached freezing. Check with your local Extension service website to see when the beetles typically fly in your area.

The best way to keep lady beetles out of your house is by preventing entry, conduct the following steps before the beetles fly to homes:

  1. Seal entry points around doors, windows, and eaves by using door sweeps and caulking any cracked areas
  2. Keep

How can I keep shrews out of my house?

Shrews have been known to enter buildings. Rodent-proofing will exclude shrews from entering structures. Look along the foundation sill, pipes, eaves, attic screens and other places where gaps occur in the structure. Shrews have been found in attics so don’t forget to look along eaves.

Here are some ways to exclude shrews:

  1. Place hardware cloth of 1/4-inch (0.6-cm) mesh over potential entrances to exclude shrews. The pygmy shrew (Sorex hoyi) may require a smaller mesh (but

How to prevent spiders coming into your home

 

Door threshold.

Spiders are predators that feed on insects and other arthropods. Most often they are quite beneficial to our environment, and are harmless. In the United States,  about 6,000 species have been identified and only two groups occasionally are harmful to humans. Recluse and widow spiders have been associated with significant pathology and very rare reports of death.

First we are going to talk about the types of venomous spiders that you might encounter in the North America, then you

Tick Prevention

Introduction

Brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus

Brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus

When a tick feeds it takes up whole blood, extracts the
water (about 70-75% volume) and injects the water back
into the host. For this reason, they are efficient vectors
of a variety of disease causing organisms such as bacteria,
spirochetes, rickettsiae, protozoa, viruses, nematodes,
and toxins. A single tick bite can transmit multiple pathogens
as well as creating secondary infections and allergic
reactions. Ticks therefore are the most common transmitters
of vector-borne disease

How Do I Begin to Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) In My Home

 

Introduction to Home Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

How do you begin to use Integrated Pest Management in your home? We suggest that you begin with exclusion and then move on to the other tasks (methods of IPM) listed below. Each plays an intimate role in aiding in the elimination and prevention of pests.

Keeping Pests Outside By Using Exclusion Methods

  • Exclusion refers to blocking entry points for pests such as caulking around windows, making sure door sweeps are tightly