The outdoor world around us is full of wildlife of all kinds, and it’s mostly delightful. Take a moment to imagine how barren and bleak the world would be if it were not for the variety of plants, animals, colors, and textures that we find all around us. Not a pretty picture. However, there are times when that wildlife is NOT so delightful, and for all the times when you’re asking Google for “pest control near me,” our exterminator in Wisconsin is here to protect you. In this article, we’ll talk about the wide variety of common pests that we see in homes and businesses in Eau Claire, Menomonie, and the surrounding areas.


One of the most common pests that people think of in this category is bed bugs, and with good reason. Just hearing the word “bed bug” is enough to strike terror into hearts and cause people to spontaneously start itching. However, bed bugs are not the only pests that Wisconsinites need to watch out for. Here are some of the other insects that can pose a threat to your home, your possessions, your overall sanitation, or even your health:

  • Termites
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Beetles, e.g carpet beetles
  • Millipedes and centipedes
  • Bees, wasps, and hornets
  • Fleas
  • Mosquitoes

Related: Poisonous spiders are not insects, but their bites are toxic to humans. Fortunately, the black widow and brown recluse spiders are not native to our area and are only rarely found in Wisconsin.


If you have an insect problem, you might find yourself wishing you had a rodent problem, because wouldn’t it be so much easier to get rid of all the members of a pesky population of rodents than it is to eliminate tiny insects that can hide? Well, if you are unlucky enough to have a rodent problem, you might find yourself wishing that you had an insect problem, where you could simply tent and fumigate your house and be done with it. Rodents are extremely smart and can be difficult to get rid of without an experienced exterminator. Here are some examples of rodents that might turn out to be pests:

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Porcupines
  • Squirrels
  • Chipmunks
  • Woodchucks (Groundhogs)
  • Prairie dogs
  • Beavers

Other nuisance wildlife

No matter what kind of varmint is troubling your property, 1st Choice Pest Solutions can take care of it safely, effectively, and humanely.

  • Raccoons
  • Opossums
  • Foxes
  • Skunks
  • Moles
  • Snakes


A lot of people are surprised that birds can be pests, but it’s sometimes true. In particular, their nesting habits and droppings can occasionally cause problems for humans. In addition, woodpeckers can cause structural damage to your home by drilling holes.

Related: Bats are not birds, but they can occasionally require the services of an exterminator. Even though bats are beneficial overall, if they have chosen your home or outbuildings as their roosting area, you shouldn’t risk being bitten by trying to remove them yourself.

Contact 1st Choice Pest Solutions for Your Extermination Needs

If you are in need of residential or commercial extermination, please contact our friendly exterminators to describe your problem and get a quote. We look forward to leaving your home or business pest-free!