Miscellaneous Pest Control Information

Sample Collection and Submission for Identification of Insects

We often receive requests from customers to identify insects that are found within their homes.  Homeowners often want to know if the insects are of concern due to their activity level (population), damage, encountering biting insects or simply out of curiosity.  Although some of the insects can be identified by our knowledgeable office staff, it […]

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a pest control practice in which two or more methods are utilized in order to achieve the desired control of a target pest or pests.  In general, IPM provides effective control of the target pest(s) through monitoring of pest levels in which a threshold level has been established in […]

Avoiding Pesticide Emergencies

Pesticide emergencies are typically uncommon when dealing with a licensed pest control applicator; however, it is important to know how to handle an emergency should one arise. Licensed pest control applicators are regulated by local, state and/or federal agencies in order to increase safety and minimize the likelihood of encountering incidence in which pesticide emergencies […]

One Time Application vs Pest Control Maintenance – How do you know which to choose?

Clients frequently ask how they know what pest control service they need since Mug-A-Bug, Inc. offers both one time applications as well as maintenance agreements.  The most honest answer is that ever situation is different; however, there are many aspects that can be considered in order to find the best resolution for each client.

 

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Robber Flies

Probably best described as a confused mix of several insects including a fly, a dragonfly and a mosquito, robber flies have a unique appearance.  Adult robber flies have a bearded look to their face with a concave area between their eyes with stubby antennae; beak-like mouth parts, long legs, a single pair of long wings […]

Milkweed (Common Seed) Bugs

Small milkweed bugs are one of the most commonly mistaken for boxelder bugs.  There are however some identifying characteristics to know the difference between the two.  Boxelder bugs have a characteristic V shaped reddish-orange pattern to their wings while small milkweed bugs appear to have an X that does not quite intersect at the center […]

False Chinch Bugs

False chinch bugs are small, grey to black bugs that commonly feed on plants in the mustard family.  Favored plants include mustard greens, canola and radish; however, they have been known to feed on species outside of the mustard family including lettuce and potato.  Overwintering adults are common on flixseed, a weed commonly associated with […]

Boxelder Bugs

A common nuisance pest throughout the state in any location where boxelder maple are present, boxelder bugs frequently invade homes during cool weather from fall to spring.  Infestations during growing season occur on the boxelder maple for which the bug is named.  Control within homes is limited as the home is not the source of […]

Insect Collections – Kids love bugs!

Although most parents tend to discourage children from bringing bugs into the house from outdoors, this time of year is the perfect time to encourage your child’s creativity, thirst for knowledge and exploration.  Taking hikes, trips to the park and even a walk through your own back yard can result in a vast selection of […]

Cicada Killer Wasps

Cicada killers are large predatory wasps that hunt cicada in order to paralyze them to be placed in chambers as a food source for their young.  Areas that are typically inhabited by cicada killer wasps are typically ones with well drained soil near trees or shrubs where cicadas are present with a sandy loose soil.  […]