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Of Mice and no Moisture.

Earlier today in the office we received a phone call from a local news broadcaster, who wanted some information on a topic that he was working on. The topic was focused on how pests (mice, more specifically) have recently been seeking refuge in people’s homes, due to lack of moisture/rain outside. Apparently, the mice have been coming in to find a water source. The reporter asked me if we had an increase in clients calling about mouse control problems. I had to be honest – No, we really haven’t had any more calls about mice than we typically do. He thanked me for me time and that was that.

Fast forward a few hours.

Nikki gets a call, and I get one directly after her, both having issues with mice coming into the home. We set up the services, and then I had a moment to check the company email address. To protect our customer’s privacy, I won’t paste the whole email nor disclose any personal information, but I have to say I got a chuckle out of the email that was waiting in the inbox…

“…I cleaned all the cupboards, put a few cans of veggies, and a sacrificial taco seasoning packet up there; I found poops this morning…”

“…I think the only thing they like more than making me crazy and eating up everything, is making babies.”

So, anyway, while I enjoyed the clever words of our customer, this makes the 3rd time in less than 15 minutes we’ve had an inquiry about mice. Now I am just wishing the news reporter called NOW instead of this morning, because he was really on to something!

Readers – Have YOU seen an increase in mice lately?

-Sheri Monroe


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Remembering our fallen….insects?!

I stumbled upon > THIS < today. I instantly cracked up. I love that there are people that would take the time to set up such an intricate display for these lost pests. The pictures were worth a thousand words, though I will say the video was a slight disappointment. You’ll have to check it out for yourself.


…And I promise, next post will be informative and helpful…unlike this one.

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Buzzin’ and Stingin’

While trying to decide on what to write this blog on, I was thinking about what type of pest we’ve had several calls about lately. Of course, it’s always a wide variety, but I have been getting more and more calls recently on stinging insects (bees, wasps, hornets, etc). Why is it that we’re seeing so many of them lately? The temperatures are back in the normal range since our unseasonably warm temperatures earlier this year.  But these record high temperatures in March brought the creatures out in force after a winter that lacked the kinds of below-freezing temperatures to reduce the number of overwintering adults. Below are some different types of stinging insects and their characteristics:

Paper wasps are 0.7 to 1.0 inch (1.8 to 2.5 cm)-long wasps that gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. These wasps are aggressive and will defend their nest if provoked. They deliver a painful sting. Their nests do not cause structural damage to buildings.

Carpenter bees are large bees distributed worldwide. Their name comes from the fact that nearly all species build their nests in burrows in dead wood, bamboo, or structural timbers. Damage from a single nest is minor; however, structural damage to wood that has been used for nesting for several years may be considerable. Female carpenter bees only sting when disturbed; however, their sting can be painful. Males cannot sting as they do not have a stinger.

Ground nesting bees vary by species, and range from ¼ to ½ inch in length. Occasionally, a large aggregation of nests may intimidate passersby and cause cosmetic damage to lawns.  These bees will not usually sting unless threatened. They can often be observed at close range foraging on a flower or building a nest.  If control is required, it is best to contact a professional.


The problem with trying to use preventative measure to keep bees/wasps away from your home, is that many times they will build their nests in the same spot every year. Typically this would be under the eaves of your home, or someplace their nest will be kept safe and try. With our treatment, we remove all visable nests and treat the entire home with chemical, to prevent further nesting on the home.

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Warm Weather is Here! Veto the Mosquito!

Most of us in Michigan are so used to bundling up in our winter coats, hats and gloves in mid-March. This year, we’re starting to pull out our summer-weather clothes. I will even admit – just 2 days ago, I had my air conditioning on in my car. In March. In Michigan!

Anyway, with warmer temperatures, we’re seeing more bugs. Gnats, ants, and…the dreaded mosquito. Scrolling down my Facebook newsfeed the other day, I noticed several status updates about bugs! It was then I decided to write a blog post about preventing mosquitoes from breeding on your property. Below, you will find some helpful hints that will aid in this.

First off, we need to constantly remember that mosquitoes require water to breed – specifically stagnant or slow-moving water.

1. If you own a swimming pool – keep it chlorinated and clean. This includes while you are away. Many people leave their pool unchlorinated while on vacation, and come home to a massive mosquito-breeding ground…not a great thing to come home to!

2. Drill holes in the bottom of your trash/recycling containers. This will keep any rain water that has fallen to continue to flow out, instead of it just sitting in the bottom of your receptacle.

3. Walk your property after a rain. Check for certain things – children’s toys that hold water, trash can lids, divets in your lawn (if the water is standing in an area on your lawn for more than 4 days, consider regrading the area), pottery, non-clorinated wading pools – and dump them after a rain or every couple days and add fresh water.

4. Citronella. You can either buy candles for outdoors, or even plant citronella in your yard to help deter mosquitoes. It is not actually the smell that bothers them, but it actually irritates their feet!

5. Clean your gutters! Dirty rain gutters hold water, instead of directing the water where it’s supposed to go. Make sure to keep your gutters clear of leaves and other debris.

And lastly, if you’d like to enjoy your back patio, and be able to grill out without being bit by those pesky mosquitoes, give Grand Rapids Pest Control a call for pricing on mosquito sprays, or any other issues you might be having.

-Sheri Monroe

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Welcome to Grand Rapids Pest Control’s very first blog post. I am excited to begin the world of blogging. My goal for this blog is to educate current and future customers on all things “bug” related – whether it be preventative tips and measures, or specials we are running, etc.

We are looking forward to another busy season. Just recently read an article about how this mild winter we’ve had is going to bring in more pests this spring – take a look:

Thanks for reading, and look for more posts in the future!

-Sheri Monroe

Grand Rapids Pest Control