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Avoiding Apartment Pests

Apartment living is ideal for people who are not ready to settle down in one area or are saving for a downpayment on a house. Unfortunately, living in a rental means dealing with a management company or landlord whenever there is a problem such as a leaky faucet, clogged plumbing, or an invasion of pests. While owners of the property are legally bound to deal with these types of problems, including pests such as mice, rats, bed bugs, cockroaches, and the like, there are some steps you can take on your own to help your situation. Here are a few suggestions of how to deal with apartment pests.

  1. Clean Often – Living in an apartment complex many times means you have to share close quarters with people who are loud, cook with strong smelling ingredients, and leave behind a mess. Keep your area as clean as possible including: taking out the garbage and cleaning out the barrel regularly, wiping down your kitchen of crumbs and spills, keeping pet food bowls away until needed, and sweeping areas that can harbor crumbs and food items.
  2. Avoid Secondhand Furnishings – While finding a deal on a mattress or sofa may seem like a great idea at the time, these items may be harboring bed bugs and other pests that you do not want to bring into your home.
  3. Organize your Pantry – Since the kitchen area is a big draw for pests of all kinds, get your food items organized in your pantry. Store cereals, rices, and other food boxes in plastic containers to avoid attracting pests hoping to find a food source. Clean the pantry often and get rid of old items.
  4. Request Repairs – Check under your sinks in both the kitchen and bathroom(s) for potential leaks or drips that could be attracting pests. Call your property management team and request a repair in a timely manner.
  5. Check Packages – Whether you are returning from travel or are expecting a box from Amazon, check all packages for hitchhiking pests that would love to make their home inside your home.

 

Need more suggestions for how to prevent or rid your apartment of pests? Check back with our blog and call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

Most Despised Pests

It is no secret that bugs, critters, and pests are despised by almost everyone. There are many, many reasons why these pests have become unwanted including behaviors such as: biting, stinging, invading living spaces, tunneling within woodwork, or even damaging the structural integrity of a home. What are the most despised pests? Here are the top five that homeowners commonly name.

 

  1. Termites – Although these small pests are helpful to our ecosystem when it comes to breaking down decaying plant matter, don’t forget that a colony of termites can severely damage wood structures including your home! Termites win a high ranking in the “Most Despised List” due to the financial impact these colonies can cause. Latest statistics put annual damage between $1-2 billion!
  2. Bed Bugs – These blood feeders rank high on the list due to the fact that they not only hitchhike their way into your home and take over beds, furniture, carpeting, and upholstered items, but they also suck your blood while you sleep, leaving itchy bites and rashes. Bed bugs are hard to remove if a comprehensive treatment program is not taken, and can haunt you in your sleeping hours!
  3. Mosquitoes – These buzzing, biting, nuisance pests can be found just about anywhere. Along with being a royal pain when you are trying to entertain outdoors, these pests can carry diseases that can impact your health for months and even years to come in the form of West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Be sure to protect yourself and your property every mosquito season.
  4. Wasps and Hornets – While bees are an important part of our ecosystem and are needed for pollination and the strength of our environment, some bees are more aggressive and pesky than others. Wasps and hornets make our list of the most despised pests due to their aggressive nature and tendency to attack when they fear their nest or colony is in danger.
  5. Cockroaches – Fear and revulsion of the dreaded cockroach is a story that is as old as time itself it seems. Cockroaches have been around forever and harbor a stigma that the area where they live and scavenge is unclean and unliveable. This is not the truth at all. The cockroach makes our list this year due to that stigma and creepiness factor.

 

Do you have any of these “Most Despised Pests” making inroads at your home or on your property? Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected and treated. Our sister company Pro-Tech Lawn Care can also help with pests outside your home and in your trees and gardens.

Fall Pests

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The weather is near perfection, the flowers and garden are at their pinnacle and, of course, the leaves are putting on a fabulous color show! There are few things that can diminish the joy of this season for me. Fall pests, unfortunately, are one such thing that can be a nuisance this time of year. Here are just a few to be on the lookout for so they don’t squelch your fall fun.

Stink Bugs

Every fall, stink bugs begin to look for a warm, safe place to overwinter. For many homeowners, this place is inside the walls of their home. While stink bugs don’t usually cause much damage they can be offsetting with the smell that can emanate from them if you startle or squish them.

Lady Beetle or Ladybugs

Usually, the fall is when homeowners begin asking our pest specialists why ladybugs have begun to cling to the side of their home or their front door. They too, like the stink bugs, are looking for overwinter locations. Although these pests are considered a nuisance, they have the potential to stain clothing, curtains, and other fabrics with their droppings and emit a strong odor if crushed. Vacuum often and seal cracks around the home to prevent them from entering the home. Damaged screens on doors and windows should also be repaired or replaced.

Ants

Just like when they first appeared in the spring, these pests are a huge nuisance. They can cause food contamination and certain types, like carpenter ants, can damage the structure of your home. Talk to one of our pest specialists about treatment that is right for your property.

Rodents

Mice and rats are common invaders in the fall since they are getting ready to find safe havens from the cold that the winter promises to bring. Clean your gutters, store stacked wood away from your home, and seal up openings that could allow these critters entry to your home.

Bees

Many types of bees, like wasps, are more active in the fall as they are searching for carbohydrates to feed on. Be aware that just because the summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean you can let down your guard when it comes to entertaining outdoors. If you notice a nest or bees that are aggressive, call Pest-End for treatment plans.

Are you having trouble with any of these common fall pests? Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected and treated.

 

Fall Checklist for Pests

The weather is getting cooler and the days are markedly shorter. To most of us, this signals the beginning of that wonderful time of year when the leaves put on a spectacular show. To pests, though, the change in climate signals something entirely different. The changes that autumn weather brings signal to critters small and large that winter is around the corner and preparations should be made. Some pests overwinter, some hibernate, and still others find safe haven in structures like our homes! Here is a quick fall checklist to avoid pests this season.

 

  1. Eliminate entry points to your home. This means sealing up holes in window screens, gaps under doors, openings around utility vents, cracks in the foundation, and openings in soffits. Mice can get through a hole as small as a dime, so be thorough in your inspections.
  2. Keep wood piles at least 20 feet away from your home, especially if you do not use much throughout the winter. The longer the pile sits the more likely it is that pests will find a home in the wood.
  3. Trim back all tree and bush branches from your home as they serve as a bridge to get inside your home.
  4. Store and empty trash cans often, as they tend to invite wildlife to your property.
  5. Wash and clean the grill on your patio. The smell and grease drippings can attract all sorts of pests.
  6. Have pest control specialists regularly inspect and treat your home and property.
  7. Keep pet water and food bowls inside.
  8. Maintain a lawn maintenance program to ensure that pests do not overtake your lawn.
  9. Inspect trees and shrubs for any damage that may have been caused by pests.
  10. Begin harvesting and cleaning out your garden so pests do not see it as a free-for-all buffet.

 

Do you need help this fall managing pests? Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected and treated.

 

Forgotten Areas of your Home

Basements, garages, storage areas, and attics are often forgotten areas of the home. They become dumping places for seasonal items, broken tools, and off-season clothes. These forgotten areas can unfortunately become safe havens where pests can live, thrive, reproduce, and feed. These areas tend to have a steady temperature, moisture, humidity and, sometimes, a food source nearby that make the location a perfect place to spend the winter, nest, or raise a family! Here are some of the areas you may want to keep an eye on to avoid a pest infestation.

Attic

Pests can find entry points pretty much anywhere in your home, from the foundation to the gaps in the chimney cap. Since the attic is an area that people tend to only visit a few times a year, this area can be a safe place for critters to hide out for months at a time without being discovered. Rodents are especially capable of destroying insulation, chewing through walls, and potentially causing electrical fires if their teeth come in contact with electric wires that they attempt to chomp on. We suggest keeping storage and seasonal items in thick plastic containers that can not be chewed through and inspect the attic regularly for signs of infestations.

Basement

Basements tend to attract pests that are looking for damp, highly humid, and moist locations. Do not overlook this area that can also be forgotten for months at a time. Clean up storage items and inspect for gaps and openings in utility vents, the foundation, and basement windows. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the foundation and basement windows/doors.

Garage

Garages are great at protecting your lawn equipment, cars, and tools. But they are also good at harboring pests like rodents, skunks, raccoons, ants, and any number of pests that can make their way inside. We suggest closing the doors at night to keep out scavengers looking for a free meal, such as raccoons, skunks, and squirrels. Keep the area clean and organized so that if a pest does find its way in, you will know immediately instead of finding a nest under a pile of old bikes a month from now.

While forgotten areas of the home are common, don’t make harboring pests common. Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected and treated for these small yet damaging pests!

 

Beetle Mania

Let the wild screaming commence because it is beetle mania time! Paul, John, Ringo, and George? No, no, no, not the once-famed British band, but rather the kind that crawls around destroying trees and lawns – Japanese Beetles, Asian Longhorned, and Emerald Ash Borer. Not the beetle mania you were hoping for I am guessing? Well, no one really wants to deal with lawn and tree pests, but your best chance at avoiding the destruction associated with these beetles is to learn a little about them and their behaviors. Let’s take a closer look at these three types of beetles in the hopes that a little information can help.

Japanese Beetles

The Japanese beetle is one of the most common lawn pests in New England. In fact, Japanese beetle grubs make up about 90 percent of the white grubs that live in Massachusetts lawns. These particular type of pest enjoy eating a wide variety of trees, fruits, shrubbery, and lawns. These flying pests eat away chunks of tree leaves and flowers. Often, they’ll leave nothing more than the skeleton behind. When a Japanese beetle infestation is severe, tree leaves may brown at the top of the canopy or leaves may drop prematurely. There are a variety of treatment options ranging from traps to chemical control that can be determined by one of our lawn specialists.

Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB)

This non-native beetle originated in China, Japan, and Korea, but since 1996 has made its way into our region probably through shipping containers. The ALB infests hardwood trees, such as maple, birch, horse chestnut, poplar, willow, elm, and ash. Signs that your trees are infested could include scars on the tree, holes about the size of a dime with round, smooth edges, or seeing the beetle itself. (see image) Early detection is critical to eradicating this beetle. Report suspected sightings by contacting the Massachusetts ALB Cooperative Eradication Program.

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is one of the many destructive beetles that can be found in North America. This one is unique in that it is a highly invasive species capable of populating a large area in a short amount of time. The metallic green coloring makes this beetle easy to spot along with the distinctive and highly visible “D” shaped hole they create in ash trees. Areas that have been identified are quarantined to stop the spread of the beetle.

While this Beetle mania may not be the type you were hoping for, a little knowledge can go a long way to preventing the destructiveness of these pests. Have a beetle or pest problem? Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected and treated for these small yet damaging pests!

 

The World’s Weirdest Pests

In our line of work we see a lot of weird pests. We are often asked about what the strangest pests and situations we have encountered. That got us thinking about some of the world’s weirdest pests. Here are a few of them and what makes them so different.

The Assassin Bug

The Assassin bug uses its straw-like mouth to inject prey with a toxin that liquifies their insides, which it then sucks back up through its straw mouth. That is so creepy!

The Australian Walking Stick

These woody-looking Australian insects give off a scent that smells like peanut butter to humans when they sense danger around them. These guys easily hide in trees because they look like the bark and branches they sit on.

The Titan Beetle

This species of beetle is one of the largest on record. The mandibles are so large and strong they can easily break a pencil in half!

 

Hercules Beetle

Another weird one is also in the beetle family. The Hercules beetle is a native to rainforests of Central America and are among the largest insects in the world. The most defining characteristic of this insect is the longhorn found in the male beetle.

The Giant Weta

Named one of the largest insects of the world, the Giant Weta can weigh as much as a golf ball. Native to New Zealand, these insects are known for their unique way of breathing through their exoskeleton instead of by using lungs.

 

Do you have pests in your home that are a little more common than the world’s weirdest ones listed here? We can take care of those for you! Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected.

Pesky Pantry Pests

During this time of year, most homeowners are aware of the pests that are lurking in their lawn and garden. We all plan for wildlife, turf pests, and tree diseases. However, we all need to be just as vigilant of the pests that take this time to invade our cabinets and pantries. Pests such as beetles, moths, ants, and earwigs can be a huge nuisance, not to mention they make even the most hardened of us squeamish. Here is a look inside the steps you can take to prevent these pantry pests.

Pantry Pest Prevention:

  • Pantry Inspection – Make it a habit to do a quick inspection of your pantry items regularly. Look for droppings, eggs, and bugs in your flour, cereals, and food items. Remove and dispose of any contaminated boxes or bags.
  • Rethink your Storage – Items in your pantry should be stored in thick plastic, glass, or metal containers such as Tupperware, glass Mason jars, or canisters.
  • Cleaning – One of the best prevention techniques is to keep your cabinets clear of crumbs and spills. Give the area a good cleaning with soap and water regularly to kill any pests that may be hiding out and to keep the area clean.
  • Expiration Dates – While you are inspecting and cleaning out your cabinets, take a good look at expiration dates so you can use the items before the end date. We suggest organizing your pantry that puts the items that need to be used first in the front.
  • Grocery Inspection – Many pantry pests enter your home through the packaging from grocery stores. Inspect your packages before you store your food items in the pantry.

Pantry pests can be unsanitary and a nuisance. If you have an infestation that you would like rectified, call Pest-End Exterminators at at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected.

 

Wildlife Woes

Summer is a great time to watch the wildlife around your home. Each creature has its place in the ecosystem and plays its part in adding to it. Unfortunately, some wildlife can get too close or cause damage when they enter your property. From dumping garbage barrels to digging up gardens, wildlife can be a real problem when they stray too close to human habitats. Here are a few tips to keep the wildlife at bay this summer while still allowing the ecosystem to flourish.

  • Bunnies or deer in your garden? Fencing can be a real help when it comes to keeping out these wildlife. Make your garden and yard less attractive to wildlife by making smart planting choices and talking to your lawn professionals about good landscape design.
  • Bird feeders can attract squirrels, bears, and raccoons. Hang bird feeders where only birds can reach them. Store bird seed inside your home or in a locking metal bin that can not be opened by even the most clever of raccoons.
  • Trash barrels can be tempting to all sorts of wildlife including skunks, raccoons, and squirrels. Keep your garbage in a can with a tight-fitting lid that cannot be opened by animals.
  • Treat your yard for grubs and other pests that attract animals such as skunks and raccoons. The digging and lawn damage can be extensive if they find an infestation of grubs. You can identify skunk damage as small holes the size of a quarter to a half dollar. Raccoon damage can be recognized as large chunks of turf torn apart and strewn about.
  • Moles can damage underground piping and irrigation systems. Be on the lookout for tunnels and holes with mounds of dirt at the opening.
  • Groundhogs (aka woodchucks) like to eat flowers, shrubs, and yard and garden vegetation. They also dig large tunnels under decks, sheds, and hillsides.  The burrow entrances are usually soccer ball to basketball size.

 

Do you have a wildlife woe at your home? Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321, or visit our website for information about these pests.

Sting Prevention for your Backyard

Absolutely no one likes to get stung by a bee, whether it is a yellow jacket, a hornet, or a wasp. Unfortunately, by the mere fact that human and bees need to coexist outdoors during the spring and summer months means that precautions need to be taken in order to avoid painful and sometimes fatal stings by these insects. Since bees are an integral part of our ecosystem, it is a good idea in general to allow these insects to do their job. However, if a nest or swarm seems to be invading your entertaining space or children’s playspace in your yard, you may want to take action. Here are a few ways you can reduce your risk of getting stung or having a large nest being constructed in your yard.

  • Be Careful with Food – Since many varieties of bees tend to be attracted to food, it is a good idea to cover food items when you are having a backyard BBQ. Better yet, keep food items inside and serve from there. Soda cans are notorious for attracting bees and many a person has been stung when they take a sip while a bee has, unbeknownst to them, crawled inside their drink. Use cups or mugs with covers whenever possible. Food sources for bees can come in many forms, such as the grease and food drippings from your grill. Be sure to clean up these spills after each use to deter bees from visiting your grill area all summer.
  • Be Careful with Fragrances – Avoid fragrances, including hair spray, scented soaps, lotions, and oils, as they can attract bees.
  • Be Careful with Clothing Choices – Avoid really bright clothing, and especially clothing that has a floral pattern, as you may look like a new pollination location.
  • Wear Shoes – Since some varieties of stinging insects tend to nest in the ground, such as yellow jackets, it is a good idea to wear shoes to avoid stepping on a bee. A stinger in the foot can be painful for hours!
  • Be Aware of Trash Location – If you plan to entertain outdoors, keep your trash bins away from the area. Bees love to scavenge, and your garbage barrels are the perfect place for that!

Do you have stinging insect nests in your backyard that you need removed? Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.