Richie grew up as the second oldest of 5 brothers in Pennsylvania and absolutely loves the great outdoors. He spends most of his down time hiking, hunting, playing soccer as well as other sports, and listening to country music!
Richie originally went to school for Exercise physiology with the intention of going into physical therapy, but decided that pest control sounded like a better option. He has a total of 9 years in pest control with 7 years in sales and 2 years as a technician. His favorite parts of this job are getting to know customers and making personal connections with them, and learning how to best help irradiate any pest issues they’re having! If you’re having pest issues, Richie is your man!
Fleas are not generally a pest that we think to actively keep out of our houses and yet, they can be seriously dangerous! Fleas will most commonly be found on your animals but you and your family can also be hosts to these parasites.
Fleas are notorious for traveling around since they can jump! Fleas can jump 200 times their own body length which is about 13 inches. You would think that jumping this far would make them tired and unable to do it consecutively. However, fleas can jump around 30 thousand times in a row. This makes it very easy for them to jump from host to host. They can easily jump from animals to people, and then from person to person.
As fleas are parasites, they find hosts to feed on. They, like mosquitos, consume the blood of their hosts. Females consume, on a daily basis, 15 times their own body weight in blood. Once a female has had her first meal, she then can then lay eggs. Fleas can lay around 2,000 eggs over the course of their lives which is around 3 months. They usually lay eggs directly on their hosts which then fall off spreading the infestation wherever the host goes.
It is very easy for a single flea to become thousands in a short period of time, so it is important to fortify your home against them! To learn more about the dangers of fleas and to keep them out of your home, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com/pests/fleas or call our office at (402)22-RECON
Weather here in Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska is so nice as it is still warm and beautiful! Our lawns are green and the days are filled with playing in the backyard. Winter seems so far away from this perfectly warm weather. The sad truth though is that winter is coming, and the time to prepare is now!
The best time to prep your house for unwanted guests this winter, is now! When weather turns cold, pests (especially rodents and cockroaches) will start trying to find warm places to spend the winter. And those warm places are your homes and your other buildings. Holes as small as a dime can let in all sorts of nasty guests and some pests will even start chewing their way into your homes. These pests will do whatever they can to get inside your home and eat your food while taking advantage of the warmth all winter. They continue to reproduce and leave their excrement all over your house. Before you know it, you could have a serious infestation to deal with! We can help prevent this!
Let us help you fight back against pests this winter! The faster you start defending your home against unwanted visitors, the less likely you’ll have them during the winter. We can help fortify your home by setting up rodent boxes, spraying our weather resistant products outside, and organic products inside your homes. Our indoor organic treatment not only keeps unwanted pests outside of your home, but it also keeps your family safe as we don’t use any harmful products.
Don’t leave protecting your home from pests till the last minute. The time to act is now! To fortify your home against all unwanted pests, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call us at (402)22-RECON
Meet our Office Manager and Customer Service Representative, Amy Mackay!
Amy is a family woman and is the mother of 4 kids ages 9-19! She loves her family and loves living here in Wyoming as she moved here from Salt Lake 5 years ago. She loves being outside with the farm animals as they raise pigs, sheep, and turkeys! She loves a good challenge and cannot wait to be able to travel again.
Amy is absolutely awesome and will do everything she can to take sure you have the best possible experience and service! She has been with RECON since March, 2020 and continues to keep all of us organized to make sure you get the service you’ve been promised! She is bubbly and fun and truly makes everyone feel like they’re a part of our RECON family. If you ever need help, Amy will be there ready to assist you!
One of the most common myths in the insect world is the ever prominent one surrounding earwigs! So do earwigs really burrow into human ears? We’ll answer that myth as well as a few others surrounding these pests!
The idea that earwigs burrow into human ears and lay their eggs in your brain while you’re sleeping originated from an old wives tale. Most people thing this is why their names are earwigs! This wives tale however is false! So don’t worry, you don’t need to be afraid of them finding their way into your ears and laying their eggs in your brain. The name earwig actually comes from the Old English Era. It comes from eare, which means “ear”, and then wicga, which means “insect”. So they got their names not from the fact that they crawl into peoples ears, but instead because of the Old English words used to describe them which literally mean insect.
Another myth surrounding earwigs is that they only live outdoors and occasionally find their way into houses and buildings. Sadly, this myth is only partially true! While it is rare for them to nest inside your home, they will frequently find their way into your home and infest the building. They wander in through doors and windows in the search of food. A small earwig problem can very quickly become a large earwig infestation!
One more myth surrounding earwigs is that their pinchers are poisonous and will spread disease. This is not true! Their pincers do not contain any toxins nor do they spread any diseases. That being said, their pinch can hurt and is not something that you’d want to experience. They will not actively try to pinch you but will in self defense so you are only likely to be pinched if you make contact with it. To avoid any unexpected earwig pinches, it is best to get help from professionals! If you are having any earwig problems on your property or in your home, we can help! To learn more, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com/pests/earwigs or call us at (402)22-RECON.
A very common worry for home owners here in Nebraska are the extremely large wasps that like to fly around and burry themselves into the ground. These large wasps are called Cicada Killers. Cicada Killers cause a lot of anxiety to homeowners, especially those with kids and animals since they are large and intimidating. However intimidating they may look, they actually are harmless!
Cicada killers are approximately two inches in length and like most wasps, are dark black or brown, with bright yellow markings on several segments of their abdomen. They have wings that are shaded brown, and their legs can vary in color from a pale red to a vibrant orange. Only female Cicada Killers have stingers, and as a whole they are not aggressive. Cicada Killers are not dangerous to your, your family, nor your pets. They are generally helpful wasps as they kill Cicadas as their food source (as their name implies). Although they look very intimidating and dangerous, they are harmless and they mainly live out their days flying around, digging holes for their underground nests, and killing Cicadas.
Cicada Killers are known for the mounds they create in lawns, flower beds, and around properties. They dig down into the earth to create their nests where they will take the cicadas they kill and the eggs they lay. When the eggs hatch, the larvae will eat the dead cicada that was left behind. In the fall, the larva will spin a silken case that it will hibernate in throughout the winter. The next summer, the fully developed Cicada Killers will emerge from the underground nests. There is only one generation each year. While these wasps look very intimidating, they are harmless to you and your family. They will sometimes tear up your lawn with their nests, so if you’re having Cicada Killer problems, reach out to us, and we can help! To learn more, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call us at (402)22-RECON
Louis is one of the newest members to our RECON team in Lincoln! He recently moved here to Nebraska from Minnesota. Louis is a family man and is the single father to 3 teenagers. He loves being outside in Mother Nature and has a passion for fishing! When you need work done at your house, Louis is one of our team that will be there to help you out!
Are you familiar with what Silverfish are? You most likely aren’t as silverfish are a pest that most people don’t really know much about. But we are here to change that!
This is a silverfish. Silverfish are not venous and do not bite, but they are a pest that homeowners never want to have to deal with. What makes these pests so terrible is the damage they can cause. Here are some of the top things every home owner needs to know about silverfish.
Silverfish absolutely love books. Unlike people who like books for reading, silverfish like books for eating. Those who have shelves full of books should be on high alert for these pests because they can do a lot of damage rather quickly. It may take you months to realize they are in your library and at that point, there can be widespread damage.
Silverfish love all of your clothes. Yes, even the ones that you’ve shoved into the back of your closet because they aren’t in style anymore. They will eat holes in your clothing, not because they like the fabric, but because they like the glues holding the fabrics together.
Silverfish love eating glue. They are attracted to the starches that are found in glue which can lead them to seriously damage wallpapers in homes.
Silverfish love paintings and photography. This isn’t because they have a particular eye for art, but because they love the taste of the art. The art in your house literally tastes good to these invasive pests.
Silverfish don’t just eat fabrics and papers! They eat real food too! They will often times invade food pantries looking for starchy foods as well as coffee and sugar.
Silverfish really love you even if you don’t love them back! They don’t love you in a romantic sort of way, rather they love eating your hair and eyelashes. You can find these pests crawling on you at night looking for a midnight snack.
Silverfish are also an alarm telling you that you may have other problems. Silverfish are not the type of pests to chew their way into your home, but rather come in through holes cause by other creatures. And as they are drawn to moisture, their presence is often the result of water damage in or around your home that needs to be taken care of.
Silverfish can be prevented! With so much damage that can be caused by these pests, they aren’t one for you to deal with by yourselves. Prevention and removal of these pests are best left up to professionals. To learn more, or contact us for silverfish prevention or removal, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com/pests/silverfish or call us at (402)22-RECON.
Here in Nebraska, along with all of the other invasive species, are the dreaded Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs. The first year these pests were detected in Nebraska was in 2010 and they have continued to increase in population ever since.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs are characterized by their needle like mouthparts, brown spotted color, smooth edged shoulders, white bands on their antennae and legs, and the margins of their abdomen that have alternating dark and light bands. These bugs are originally native to Asia, and have caused large problems here in the United States. These bugs are notoriously known for feeding on garden crops including tomatoes, apples, peaches, peppers, grapes, raspberries, and many other types of fruit. They damage the fruit when they poke their mouths into the plants surface injecting saliva into the fruit as they feed on the juices. This saliva damages the fruit as is shown on the apples below.
Not only do these invasive bugs ruin fruit crops, they also invade homes. The main issue that most Nebraska residents deal with when it comes to these bugs is home invasions in the fall. Stink Bugs, looking to survive the winter, will find spots in homes to hide in and they especially like small crevices. While these bugs do not breed in homes nor do they damage the structure of homes, they are very annoying and to give credit to their names, very smelly. If you are having Stink Bug problems, or if you want to fortify your home against them, we can help! To learn more, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call our office at (402)22-RECON. Let us take care of your Stink Bug problem or any other pest problem you may be dealing with right now!
Bo is happily married to his sweetheart, Emilee. They have been married for just over 2 years and have taken the step to start a family. They have the cutest little boy, Emmett. More than anything they love spending time together. Emilee and Bo are teaching Emmett to find a great love for being outside in God’s creations. The mountains always seem to be calling them.
Bo was blessed to have a handful of unforgettable mentors, two older brothers and a loving father that taught him the value of leaving a legacy. Throughout his life he has learned the value of developing and nurturing relationships of influence and trust. You will find that if given a choice between his own personal gain and developing a long-lasting relationship, he will choose the later. Bo is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. He has been in the Pest Control industry since 2014 and finds fulfillment in creating new relationships through work. Next to spending time with his wife and son, he loves anything and everything outdoors. Some hobbies he currently enjoys are backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and beekeeping. He loves to create and work side by side with his wife.