Moles and voles

These pests can cause a lush, manicured, green lawns into an unsightly mess full of tunnels and mounds. Some of the best ways to rid your lawn of these pests is by trapping and sometimes baits can be used underground.

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Phorid Flies

Phorid flies, also called humpbacked flies, are found indoors where decaying organic matter is found, such as trash containers, drains, and plumbing leaks. They can be found anytime during the year and sometimes can be controlled by cleaning drains and any organic matter.

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Powderpost Beetles

Powder post beetles are second only to termites in their ability to damage dry, seasoned wood. There are often conflicting opinions about whether the insects and/or damage they are seeing is indeed due to the powder post beetle or not. When determining what insect you have, look for small, round holes and fine, powder-like sawdust.…

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Rats

During rat infestations, you will most likely never actually see a rat just the remanence and damage they cause and leave behind. Rats are very smart for their size and can transmit diseases and parasites and even chew through hard building materials and wires. A good indication that you are dealing with rats and not…

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Shrews

The short-tailed shrew is very aggressive and spends most of its time underground, but they can been found indoors in search of food. The short tailed shrew is the largest shrew and only venomous mammal found in North America. Its saliva contains poisons that paralyze its victims. Paralyzed victims may be consumed over a period…

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Silverfish

Silverfish and firebrats are mostly considered a nuisance pest, but they can destroy cereals, books, papers, wallpaper, and other starchy items. A silverfish or firebrat can be mostly found indoors in cool, damp, dark places throughout the year--usually in a basement or bathroom, but they can be found in many rooms in homes.

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Snakes

The garter snake is the most common snake we see out of 16 other species here in Minnesota. Only two of these snakes are venomous--the Timber Rattlesnake and the Eastern Massasauga. Both of these snakes are found only in the southeastern counties and are rarely encountered. 

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Sowbugs

Sowbugs, also associated with pill bugs, live in moist environments outdoors, but can occasionally end up in buildings. Although they sometimes enter in large numbers, they are harmless and simply become a nuisance by their presence.

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Springtails

Springtails do not have wings and cannot fly, but they can jump several inches using the tail underneath their abdomen. Springtails are similar in size to fleas, but they have differences in their structure. 

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Stink Bugs

The stink bug often only becomes a pest when they are noticed indoors. They typically enter homes and structures through openings in the foundation, vent tubes, doors, and light fixtures.

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