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WINTER IS COMING, AND SO ARE THE SPIDERS!

Are you seeing more spiders around this autumn? You probably are. Find out why, and what you can do to get rid of them at Safeguard Pest Solutions.

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10/25/18
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Mice and Other Rodents

It’s October in West Michigan. Time for soup, pumpkin spice and unfortunately, RODENTS!

You’re not the only one who needs to stay warm in this cooling weather. Mice, rats and other rodents are looking for a place to lay low for the winter. Unfortunately for some, that place can be your home. Are you hearing strange noises, finding droppings or seeing gnaw marks in your food supply? These are all signs that you have a rodent problem. Rodents spread disease through their excrements and filth and can bring fleas into your home.

A thorough home inspection will help you identify the type of rodent you're dealing with and what they are doing, what is bringing them inside and most importantly, what rodent control solution is needed to eliminate the problem.

There are a number of traps and baits that can be used to temporarily rid yourself of these pests. Safeguard has the expertise to find out where mice, rats, and rodents are entering your home and can provide solutions to eliminate the problem.

Visit http://safeguardpestsolutions.com/our-services/rodents/ to learn more.
Contact us at http://safeguardpestsolutions.com/contact-us/ or call 231-903-0063 for questions and help.
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10/17/18
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Mud Dauber (Mud Wasp)
Mud Daubers, or Mud Wasps, is a name commonly used to describe wasps that build their nests in from mud. Most resemble long slender wasps about 1 inch (25mm) in length. In West Michigan, Mud Wasps are commonly dark with patches of yellow on their thin bodies, covered in small hairs. However, they can also be bright yellow with black markings as well.

A female mud wasp builds the nest using mud and her saliva to form a simple urn-shaped nest attached to crevices, cracks, and corners. This insect is normally not aggressive but will become belligerent when threatened. Each nest holds an egg that the female provides nourishment in the form of spiders she hunts throughout the day.

While not naturally aggressive, this mud wasp can pose a threat to your homestead. Nests aren’t easily spotted and can be accidentally destroyed while doing yard work or cleaning up a garage or shed, resulting in a number of stings. Each sting injects a small amount of venom that is relatively harmless to most people. There are a number of people with life-threatening allergic reactions to their sting. As always, caution is advised when dealing with these pests.
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8/15/18
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YELLOW JACKET
Yellow Jackets are commonly referred to as bees because of their similar size and sting, but they are actually a wasp. They are typically .5in (12mm) long with alternating black, yellow and white bands on the abdomen. They are not covered in tan-brown dense hairs like the honeybee and do not carry pollen.

The yellow jacket stinger is a lance-like stinger with small barbs on it. They typically sting multiple times, but the barbs can get stuck and will pull free from the wasp's body. Like most bee venom, it is primarily only dangerous to individuals who are allergic or are stung many times.

Yellow Jackets build their nests in trees, shrubs, or in protected places such as inside man-made structures, or in soil cavities, tree stumps, mouse burrows, etc. They build them from wood fiber they chew into a paper-like pulp. Extreme caution should be taken when dealing with any wasp nest, especially a mature one. The yellow jacket is extremely territorial and protective of its nest, especially in the month of August when it is most active. Over the counter wasp killers can be effective. Be sure to read the entire label carefully as these are extremely toxic and can cause significant harm to yourself or the area. If you are known to be allergic to bees it is advised that you call a professional.
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8/8/18
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Bee Identification
August is an important time of the year if your a bee. A bee hive in August is at its most active. Workers come and go non stop. This is the time of the year that all bees become more aggressive while defending their nest. You may have had a nest on your property or in your home all summer and are just now noticing it because of this increase in bee activity. But what do you do when you think you have a problem? First you must identify the pest before you can come up with a solution.

Over the next couple weeks Safeguard Pest Solutions is coming out with a Bee Identification guide for some of the more common stingers found here in West Michigan. Dealing with a bee problem is dangerous and can be lethal to many people. “Bee” careful when approaching any bee or wasp.
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You’ve Found a Tick Feasting On You
What Are the Chances of Contracting Lyme Disease?

So you found a tick feasting on you. You grab your tweezers and carefully remove it ( http://safeguardpestsolutions.com/our-services/ticks/ ) . Now, what do you do? What are the chances you’ve contracted Lyme disease and how do you find out?

The chances of contracting Lyme disease from a tick range from 0-50%. That’s a wide range. It all depends on the species of tick, where you are located and the amount of time it’s been feasting on you.

First, identify the culprit. There are only 2 species of ticks that carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Those are the Black-Legged Tick, also known as the Deer Tick, which you will find here in West Michigan. The other is the Western Black-Legged Tick you will find west of the Rockies. Each tick has a reddish-black body. They are about the size of a sesame seed, with the younger ones being even smaller. If you haven’t been bitten by one of these 2 species, no worries, you don’t have Lyme disease. That’s not to say that you can’t get sick from other ticks, but Lyme disease can be more severe.

Establish a timeline for how long you think the insect has been attached. There seems to be a minimum of 24hrs of being attached to infect a person. The Center for Disease Control ( https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html ) gives an even longer feeding time of 36-48 hours. Some studies have shown that it can even take up to 72 hours of feeding before the tick can infect you.

There are a few steps you can take to be sure. First, take pictures, carefully kill and save the tick for study. This is the most important step. For a fee of around $50 you can have your tick tested for Lyme disease. Secondly, you can contact your family doctor and start a precautionary antibiotic regime while you tick is being tested.

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Meet the deadliest animal in the world. Mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people each year. The most vulnerable are children and pregnant women. No other bite makes more humans sick.

Only females bite us. They need the blood to lay their eggs and dispense the larva in pools of water. Even a piece of trash can be enough water for the babies.

Watch how complicated a mosquito bite actually is.
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KEEP YOUR FUR BABIES SAFE FROM TICKS

It’s not fun removing ticks from your beloved pet during the spring and summer months. Not only are ticks disgusting to look at all filled up with your pet's blood, but they can be extremely difficult to remove. If left alone or partially removed your pet can get some pretty serious diseases from any one of Michigan’s common pest. Fortunately, we’ll give you some information that can be your shield this season and help you protect your fur baby from this parasitic pest.

Treat Your House And Lawn
Keeping your lawn and bushes trimmed back will help reduce the population of ticks. There are many yard sprays or granular treatments available, but they must be used with caution. If you have a severe problem or are concerned about proper handling Safeguard Pest Solution has pet-friendly solutions for yard applications that will greatly reduce the risk of your pet ever coming in contact with these parasites.

Spot-on Treatment
Using an over the counter spot-on medication can be a very effective treatment method. These medications usually last for a month and can be very effective at keeping you fur babies safe from parasites. However, you must be very careful when applying them to your pet. Read all labels carefully and always consult your veterinarian for advice if your unsure or have any doubts about properly using them.

Oral Medications
Pills are available to give to your pets that kill ticks and fleas. This disrupts the life cycle of the pest. Like spot-on treatments, these last for 1 month. Unlike spot-on treatments, you don’t have to worry about children, cats or dogs coming in contact with the medication.

Shampoos And Tick Dips
Shampoos are an affordable way to help control ticks. These shampoos are medicated to kill fleas and ticks on contact. They must be applied every 2 weeks. Tick Dips, on the other hand, are highly concentrated chemicals that must be diluted with water. This treatment is not meant to be rinsed off afterward. This is potentially dangerous if used incorrectly so read all labels carefully. This should not be used for very young dogs or pregnant and nursing pets.

Tick Collars
Tick collars are another inexpensive way of tick prevention. The collars generally only protect the head and neck of the animal. It must come in contact with the pet's skin in order to transfer the chemicals to the animal. Keep an eye out for any discomfort in case of an allergic reaction.

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Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
Be sure to thank all the Veterans you know and run across today.

PSA
Conditions are perfect for ticks and other insects this year. If your out in the woods camping or just having a great time don't forget to check for ticks afterwards.
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