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Warmer temperatures are often the first signal of spring’s arrival. However, shortly thereafter a common six-legged pest may be making an appearance inside your building also letting you know spring is here.

Whether a box is coming into the child care facility because of an order being received or a parent is bringing in something from home, cardboard boxes are one of many ways cockroaches can enter a facility.

Winter is the time when furry little creatures, such as mice, are looking for a warm place to eat and sleep. Mice are small gray, black or brown rodents with a light colored belly and large ears. They usually measure five to eight inches in length including their long, hairless tail.

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an insect native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan that was accidently introduced into Pennsylvania in the late nineties. It is becoming an important agricultural pest in Pennsylvania, but it’s also a nuisance to building occupants.

The weather is cold outside and pests are looking for a warm place to live. This is a great time of year to practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to keep pests from becoming a problem.

Mosquitoes are small insects that begin their lives in water before becoming the biting, blood-sucking adults with which we are all familiar (only the females bite).

There are hundreds of species of ticks throughout the world, but four are particularly common in Pennsylvania including the blacklegged tick (formerly called the deer tick).

This is usually the first sentence uttered when a living creature is found in an unexpected or unwanted place. Properly identifying the organism is the first step of integrated pest management (IPM). Is it an insect or spider? Is it a mouse or rat?

Warmer days, flowers blooming and birds singing signal that spring is finally here. And with this season of renewal comes the time honored tradition of spring-cleaning!

Head lice are tiny insects that can be easily transmitted in child care centers or anywhere children have close contact. They are found on the scalp and feed on blood.

The media is filled with stories of these nuisance pests and all kinds of speculations of how best to manage them. Bed bugs can hitchhike from a home to a child care facility on or in children’s belongings.

Fall is here and winter isn’t far behind. Pests such as mice, rats and some insects will be looking for a warm, safe place to spend the cold months.

Vinegar flies, sometimes inaccurately called fruit flies, are small flies found hovering around over-ripened bananas left out on the counter. Besides bananas, overripe or rotting fruits and vegetables, unrinsed bottles and cans, as well as sludge found in garbage cans, garbage disposals, and drains provide excellent breeding sites for vinegar flies.

Spring is here once again! Flowers are coming up with early colorful blooms to brighten up the landscape, and new buds are forming on trees. And while springtime can often mean ants coming into the kitchen, other insects and animals are hard at work outside pollinating plants.

While there are over a thousand fly species, the house fly is one common pest we’ve all had experience with whether at a picnic, in our child care facility or in our home. While house flies are a nuisance, there is an extremely high probability that they also transmit diseases to humans that can cause conditions such as food poisoning, dysentery, and eye infections.

As the weather begins to warm and the focus shifts to outdoor activities, yellowjackets are probably not the first thing on our minds. That is until they are pestering us or someone gets stung! Yellowjackets are actually a type of wasp but are often mistaken for bees. They can be quite aggressive, especially when their nest is disturbed, and they can sting more than once.