Not All Insects Cause Harm

Moving to a new place means learning which bugs present a problem, and which ones you can ignore or welcome. These are just a few of the insects residents frequently ask about. Here are some of the ones you don’t have to worry about. While it is not necessary to eradicate all of the spiders and ants, anytime you would like assistance with any pests you are encouraged to contact submit an online work order: https://www.housing.wisc.edu/apartments/maintenance/ or contact the Community Center or Apartment Facilities Office to schedule a pest-control visit.

Some common insects around the community include:

  • Box Elder Tree Bugs: They do no harm to Box Elder trees or to people.
  • Spiders: With the woods and lake so near us, spiders are plentiful and very busy. You have probably noticed their webs inside doors leading to the outside, or around windows or in hallways. You can remove the webs easily with a broom. But even if they are removed, you can be certain they will be back right away — usually the same day.
  • Ants: Ants come inside to look for food — even if there are only crumbs. But they also may just be trying to escape the weather outside.
  • Earwigs: Earwigs may look scary, but they aren’t usually cause for concern. They are easily distinguished from cockroaches because of their pincer-like tail.
  • Millipedes & Centipede: Some people are also curious about millipedes and centipedes, other bugs that are not cause for concern.