MosquitoesJune 21st, 2013


Enjoying the outdoors on a beautiful summer evening can quickly come to an end when these annoying little creatures come out for dinner. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes found throughout the world. Not only is the bite from a mosquito bothersome, they’re known for transmitting a variety of diseases. Here in Kansas City, […]

Carpenter AntsApril 5th, 2013


Carpenter ants are among the largest ants in the greater Kansas City area. There are several species of carpenter ants that may be found infesting homes and other buildings. The most likely species to be infesting a house in Leawood, Olathe, Shawnee, Overland Park, and Lawrence, Kansas is the black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). However, […]

Black WidowJanuary 25th, 2013

(Length: ½")

Throughout the years the black widow spider has taken a lot of negative publicity. Known for its black body and red hour-glass marking, this relatively small spider generally only grows up to 13/32 inch. Compared with other Kansas spiders like the wolf spider, which have a common body length of an inch, or the golden […]

Bed BugsJanuary 7th, 2013

Cimex lectularius

Adult bed begs are about ¼ of an inch in length and are generally a redish-brown color. These bugs are flattened insects which have a ‘stylet’ mouthpart and no wings. The ‘stylet’ is inserted into the human skin, where they will feed for about five to ten minutes. Initially the bite is typically painless but […]

Snow MoldJanuary 3rd, 2013


There are two variants of snow mold, gray and pink. Gray snow mold is considered the “true” snow mold because it grows under the snow. It requires about 2 months of snow cover in order to develop. Pink snow mold does not require snow to mature. Simply a cold, wet yard will attract pink snow […]

House MouseDecember 20th, 2012


The house mouse is considered one of the most troublesome pests in Shawnee, Olathe, Overland Park and Lawrence, Kansas. House mice live and thrive under a variety of conditions in and around homes and farms. House mice consume food meant for humans or pets. They contaminate food-preparation surfaces with their feces, which can contain the […]

Jumping SpiderDecember 14th, 2012


  Jumping spiders are some of the most visually interesting spiders in Kansas. Jumping spiders come in many differed colors and patterns but rarely exceed ½ and inch in size. There are more than 300 species of jumping spiders in the United States alone. They use their unique arrangement of colors and patterns to produce […]

Indian Meal MothsDecember 3rd, 2012

(Length 4" to 7")

A common pantry pest in the Midwest is the Indian meal moth. What may appear to be a harmless moth can quickly take over your kitchen. Indian meal moths tend to have a wing span of about ¾”. They are light grey with copper brown highlights on the end of their top pair of wings. […]

WinterizingNovember 9th, 2012

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Winter is just around the corner and there are a number of things which can be done to help insure a beautiful lawn and home next spring. Winter fertilization is an excellent place to begin. Cooler nights signal to grass it’s time to store-up every last bit of nutrients before the snow arrives. Grass does […]

BatsNovember 2nd, 2012


Although there are more than 40 know species of bats in the Greater Kansas City Area, the big brown bat is the most common and widespread bat in Kansas and Missouri. They have soft, brown fur with a bare face and ears. The average body length of the brown bat is 4 to 5 inches, […]