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CICADA KILLERS

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

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SILVERFISH

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
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STINK BUGS

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!

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JAPANESE BEETLES

Japanese Beetles are one of those pests that everyone knows about because they are so destructive.

Year after year in June, Japanese Beetles take over our homes here in Omaha Nebraska and destroy everything in sight. They eat everything including the flowers in your gardens, all sorts of fruit, and the leaves from the trees in the neighborhoods. They will also chew all of the roots in your grass causing it to turn brown and die.

Now is the time to get ready for these destructive pests because if you wait too long, it’ll be too late. You do not want to procrastinate fortifying your home against these destructive bugs. For help keeping Japanese Beetles off of your property and to take care of them if they’re already there, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com/pests/beetles or call us at (402)22-RECON.

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MUD DAUBERS

Mud Daubers (sometimes called “dirt digger”, “dirt diver”, “dirt dauber”, or “mud wasp”) are a type of wasp that we are constantly seeing here in Omaha Nebraska.

These wasps are look similar to other wasps with their black and yellow color, but are set aside by their long, slender, threat-like waists. These wasps build their nests in the form of cylindrical tubes that are only about the size of a lemon. These wasps are very rarely aggressive and spend most their time finding food which comes in the form of flower nectar. They will also stock their nests with spiders which they will serve as food for their offspring. They particularly like immature black widow spiders and will hunt them. Although these wasps are rarely aggressive, they can be dangerous so we encourage you to contact professionals to take care of them. If you are having problems with Mud Daubers, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call us at (402)22-RECON.

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IN2CARE MOSQUITO BUCKET

Introducing our new In2Care Mosquito Buckets! These buckets effectively take care of mosquito problems and are perfect for places with standing water!

These buckets are the perfect remedy for any and all mosquito problems! With its technology, it attracts all mosquitoes especially egg-laying females who land on a floater and continue to lay their eggs in the bucket. As they hold on to the floater, while laying their eggs, they are picking up two different contaminants that are on the floater. One of these is a non transmittable fungus that kills the mosquito within a couple days. The other contaminant is a larvicide. This larvicide kills all the mosquito larvae in the bucket. When the mosquito leaves the bucket and chooses another place to lay its eggs, it brings the larvicide with it. When the mosquito starts laying its eggs in the new breeding location, it also deposits small amounts of the larvicide into the water which in turn, contaminates the water and kills the eggs just laid along with any other mosquito eggs and larva that were already there. With this bucket, we control mosquito breeding within 4,300 square feet. These mosquito buckets are an extremely effective way to take care of all of your mosquito problems! To get ahold of us or to learn more, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call us at (402)22-RECON

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ANTS

Ants are one of those pests that never seem to go away. They are seen everywhere outside and once they get inside, they seem to never leave. It can seem as if your home really is theirs. But did you know that there is an entire social structure of ants that don’t even come out of their nest and are never seen?

This is an aluminum casting of an ant hill. Only one of the three types of ants will ever leave this nest. The type of ant that will leave the nest are the worker ants who do all of the work inside and outside of the nest. We typically see them as they go outside to forage for food and to built their nest. All of these ants are female. Then there is the queen ant which is responsible for laying all of the eggs as no other female ant will lay eggs. The queen usually lives deep in the nest as protection from predators and can live up to 30 years depending on the species. The last type of ant in a colony are the drones. These are the only males in the colony and are solely responsible for mating with the queen and will die soon after. You will most likely never see a male ant.

Even though there is only one caste of ant that you will ever see, there are thousands of them. They are found everywhere and can turn into huge nuisances. If you have an ant problem, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call us at (402)22-RECON

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SPIDERS

Spiders are in force here in Omaha from April till the end of summer! We can help you get rid of these feared pests.

There are many different types of spiders in Nebraska like the harmless household spiders which tend to scare your kids and leave their webs everywhere. There are also the very dangerous Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders that homeowners continue to fear. Spiders are a constant battle and it is important to make sure you are doing all you can to keep them out of your home as some can be very dangerous to you, your family, and your pets.

With our products, we can keep spiders off of your property and out of your home. Another annoyance that comes with spiders are their webs. Webs are found in every corner and are a pain to deal with. Our team will take care of them for you (as is shown in the photo above) and leave your house and patio web-free.

Nobody likes spiders and no home owner wants to have to deal with them. We will fix your spider problem and take away any cobwebs they left behind so you don’t have to! To learn more about spiders and to have them removed, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call us at (402)22-RECON

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RODENT BOXES

One of the biggest battles home owners fight in Omaha is against various types of rodents. Whether it be mice, rats, or voles, rodents are a constant problem that is faced. They dig into food, leave droppings in drawers, ruin lawns, and can even transmit diseases to your family. There are many ways to get rid of these pests including traps, cats, and sprinkling poison around your property. While poison is one of the most effective ways of getting rid of rodents, it can create danger for your animals as well as children that may accidentally come in contact with it. That is where we come in.

As is shown above, we use rodent boxes to take care of all of the voles, mice, and rats you may have. Inside these secure boxes is placed our product. There are entry points into the box that are big enough for the rodents you’re dealing with to get inside to the product, but too small for your pets or children to come in contact with it. This is a safe and efficient way to take care of any rodents you are dealing with on your property. To learn more about rats and mice or voles, visit our website at https://reconpestservices.com or call us at (402)22-RECON.

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SPRING TICKS

Spring is here in Omaha Nebraska! With spring comes green grass, new flowers, and the shining sun. But with spring also comes all sorts of pests among which are ticks.

March – May are ticks most active months so now is the time to act! Odds are your family and home may become the hosts to these ectoparasites so it is important to check your family and your pets when you come back in the house from an outside adventure for these hitch hikers. Check your kids armpits and hair lines as well as under your dogs front legs and around their ears as ticks love warm, moist places. To learn more about ticks and the dangers that come along with them, click here. Call us at 402-22-RECON to take care of these harmful pests.