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    Are Ladybugs Dangerous?

    Are Ladybugs Dangerous?

    Ladybug, ladybug, fly away! It’s something we said for fun as kids, but come fall you may be meaning it!

    Snug as a Bug

    In the fall, ladybugs begin looking for places to hibernate, and they tend to think our homes look pretty nice!  They’re especially attracted to light-colored homes and older homes, but they are attracted to the heat reflected by all homes.

    Bug Perfume

    The problem with ladybugs is that once one decides your home is a nice play to stay the winter, it releases pheromones to attract other ladybugs — from as far as a quarter-mile away!  That’s some pretty strong perfume.  It can also last for years after, so if you end up with a ladybug infestation once, you’re likely to face one again.

    Annoying but not Harmful

    The good news about ladybugs is they’re actually one of the Good Bugs.  They’re not poisonous to humans, and they eat aphids and plant mites that can destroy your roses and other garden plants.  They also aren’t destructive insects like ants or termites.  That being said, they can be toxic to some animals, so they’re still not something you want infesting your home.

    Get Them Out and Keep Them Out

    Making sure your home is properly sealed and insulated is an excellent step toward keeping them out of your home.  Repair any window trim or door jambs and caulk small cracks where they could get in.

    Another option is to put out a ladybug house for them to use during the winter.  This may be a good option if you’ve had infestations before.  It’s not a fail-safe, but it’s worth a shot.

    If you’ve got ladybugs, know that they’ll pack up and leave when spring hits.  You may find the dry air in your home during the winter ends up killing them due to dehydration.  Whether they’re alive or dearly departed, the easiest way to get rid of them is to use a shop vac to suck them up.  Use a new bag and release them outside.

    Year-Round Pest Control with Pete’s Pest Control

    At Pete’s Pest Control, we know how to keep your home free of pests all year round — and we’re safe for your family and pets, too.  We offer affordable pest control services in the Johnson County area, so if you’re ready to get your home pest-free, give us a call today at (913) 232-8016

    Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

    Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
    There is nothing more horrifying than laying down on your comfy hotel bed after a long day of sight-seeing only to look over and noticed a tiny, reddish-brown, flat, oval bed mate staring you in the face.  If you’ve ever experienced such an unfortunate event, the sentence, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” can take on a whole new meaning.

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    Keep Your Firewood Pest-Free This Fall and Winter

    Keep your firewood pest free this Fall
    One of the great things about chilly nights in the fall and winter is being able to enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire in your fireplace.  If you use your fireplace often, you probably store firewood, too.  Here’s what you need to do to keep it pest-free — and to prevent those pests from getting inside your home.

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    Fall Pest Control In Just 3 Easy Tips

    Fall Pest Control In Just 3 Easy Tips
    With the summer having finally given us a break for the cooler temperatures of autumn, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for fall pests.  Here are our top tips to keep bugs out of your home this fall and winter.

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    KEEP MICE OUT OF YOUR HOUSE

    KEEP MICE OUT OF YOUR HOUSE
    As winter sets in, we spend less time outside and more in our cozy homes. Rodents and other pests also seek warmth, and our homes are often the perfect refuge in wintry conditions. If mice and rats can find a way into your home, they will. We have to take action to keep them out.

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