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Termites

While it is winter here in Omaha and Lincoln, and we don’t have a lot of insect activity, it is never too early to start preparing for them! One of these insects that you shouldn’t delay preparing for is termites!

Termites are one of those pests that no homeowner ever wants to deal with, and can be extremely dangerous. While they pose no threat to you or your family directly, they can be very dangerous because of how they affect the structure of your buildings.

Termites live in colonies. Each termite colony typically contains between 60,000 and 1 million termites. In fact, there are so many termites in the world that the total weight of all termites is more than the total weight of all the humans in the world! As you could imagine, termites are very social and because of their sociable habits, they raise their young as a group!

Termites are considered dangerous because of the damage they cause to the structure of buildings as they eat the wood used in the building. Termites actually will eat non-stop, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. When you have 60,000 to 1 million termites that are eating all the time, they can do a lot of damage fast. To learn more about termites and the damage they can cause, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com/pests/termites or call us at (402)22-RECON.

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Crickets

Crickets are one of those pests that many people have mixed feelings about. In some countries, they are considered delicacies and are eaten regularly; in other countries, they are considered good luck. There are those who love the sound of their chirping, and then others who it drives insane. With so many different views on crickets, it can be difficult to know how you should feel about these insects. Let’s take a look at them and see if you should be worried.

If you ever find yourself visiting Mexico, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Brazil, China, India, Cambodia, or many other countries, you might just find yourself faced with a meal that looks very similar to the one above. Crickets are very high in protein, and are a very low-fat food source. They can supply the human body with many important vitamins and minerals making them a very healthy food option. While you might not currently be finding crickets in your next meal, you might be finding them in your home or in your yard.

When determining whether or not crickets are harmful, you first have to define what harmful is. In the United States, there are three common types of crickets that include camel crickets, house crickets, and field crickets. All of these, and the hundreds of different cricket species, have mouths and can bite, but it is very rare. So while they aren’t harmful to you or your family directly, they can cause harm to your house, plants, and property. Crickets are notoriously known for causing havoc in and on gardens as they will eat seed pods and plants. If you have plants close enough to your house, the crickets that visit them will be close enough to get curious about what is inside. This can lead to you finding them in your house. While crickets aren’t dangerous to you or your family, they can cause damage to your property and gardens. For help fortifying your house against these pests, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com/pests/crickets or call us at (402)22-RECON.

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MOLES

What are moles? And are they good or bad?

Moles, often confused with gophers, are a type of tunneling rodent that often become nuisances as they tear up your lawn and the rest of your property. They are brown to dark grey in color, and have soft fur. They have long snouts that protrude about an inch out from their faces and have clawed, saddle-like front feet that they use for digging. These rodents are relatively small at only 6-8 inches long and weigh in at less than one pound. Since they live most of their lives underground, they are nearly blind! Unlike gophers however, they usually don’t ruin your gardens and lawn by eating the plants. Moles are ground-dwelling carnivores that prefer eating white grubs and the larva of other pest insects. They require a lot of food energy and can eat about 80% of their body weight every single day. So for this, they can actually be quite helpful!

While they can be rather helpful in eating the larvae of other insect pests, they can also be rather destructive to your property. They dig underground tunnels and as they do so, they leave molehills on the surface, can damage roots of young plants as they tunnel, and can expose stones that can damage different lawn equipment. Even more damage can be cause from their tunnels as other pests use them to get around. Voles can often be found using mole tunnels to get around while they continue to eat the roots of grasses and plants, ruining your lawn and property even more. If you are having mole issues or any other rodent issues, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call our office at (402)22-RECON.

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COCKROACHES

As we start moving into the fall, its time to start thinking about prepping our houses against those bugs that start moving in to get out of the cold! One of the worst pests that start finding refuge in homes are cockroaches!

Cockroaches are one of the worst pests for homeowners! They are known to carry disease and are known to accumulate bacteria by feeding on contaminated food. They then continue to spread this bacteria and other diseases as they move around your home. As we’re moving into colder months, they are going to start seeking out warm places to spend the winter.

Once temperatures get low enough, cockroaches will start entering a hibernation-like state of dormancy which is called diapause. Before cockroaches enter this state though, they will try their best to find warm places to spend the winter. If they can find warm. buildings with plenty of food and water, they won’t go into their hibernation state and will remain active throughout the winter season. That means that they will continue to eat everything they can find and continue to reproduce.

It is time lock your doors against these unwanted pests as they try to use your home as theirs for the winter! You can help us fight back against cockroaches this winter as you do these simple things! First, attack their points of entry. Seal up all those holes and cracks that are the size of, or larger than a dime! Second, eliminate clutter. Make sure your rooms are well organized with your boxes up off of the floor. Last, make sure to repair your damaged screens and windows.

Our Winter Code Green services are perfect for prepping for the winter seasons. We use weather resistant products that will keep your home free of cockroaches and other pests all winter long! If you want to actively fight back against cockroaches and other pests this winter, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call us at (402)22-RECON

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GOPHERS

A lawns worst enemy can be gophers. But gophers can often be confused with moles! So what exactly is a gopher?

There are a lot of differences between gophers and moles! For one, while moles will eat insects, grub, and earthworms, gophers are strictly vegetarians that will eat grasses, shrubs, and trees. Gophers also have long, yellow teeth that are always seen while moles have small teeth. Unlike moles, gophers have fur-lined cheek pouches that are used to store more food inside their mouths for transportation from one area to another. They are usually light brown to black in color and are larger than a mole.

As for their destructive behaviors, gophers are notoriously known for destroying lawns and other property. They use their long teeth and their sharp claws to loosen the soil, and then they use their shoulders to push the soil out of the burrow and onto the surface. They create gopher mounds that can be up to 18 inches wide and 6 inches high. These mounds can multiply quickly as just one gopher can create up to 3 mounds per day. Before you know it, your lawn could be completely torn up.

Other than just digging into your lawn, they also feed on your grasses’ roots and pull down the green vegetation, creating holes in your lawn that create weak spots throughout your yard. As they dig their burrows into your lawn or property, they continue to create holes as they feed on your grasses which can be very destructive to your property. If you are having gopher problems already, or if you want to fortify your property against them in the future, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call us at (402)22-RECON

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Meet The Team

RICHIE LEGGIERI

Meet one of our technicians, Richie Leggieri!

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!

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FLEAS

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

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WINTER PREP

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

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Meet The Team

AMY MACKAY

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!

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EARWIG MYTH BUSTING

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.