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How to Pest-Proof Your Holidays

Something magical happens when a home is decorated for the holidays. Be it the twinkling lights, the decorated tree, or the fire blazing in the hearth, there really is nothing like this time of year. For many homeowners, the biggest worry during this season is the ever-growing gift list. As experts in the pest field however, we know that there are other worries. Some of these include unwanted guests just waiting for the right opportunity to hitch a ride into your home on items such as: your tree, decorations, or firewood. Read on to find out how pest-proof in order to make sure they don’t ruin your holiday cheer.

The Holiday Tree

Christmas trees, wreaths, and fresh garland are often cut from local farms and sold as decorations this time of year. An exhaustive (and gross) study by Science Daily has shown that, while your tree may be beautifully adorned with lights and ornaments, there could very well be up to 25 thousand insects, mites, and spiders sound asleep inside the tree. In order to avoid these pests coming out once they feel the heat of your home, here are a few steps to take prior to bringing your tree indoors. Inspect the tree for signs of pests, looking along the tips of branches and deep within the tree.

  • Shake the tree vigorously before bringing it into your home.
  • Vacuum up pests using an attachment.
  • Spray the tree with water if an outdoor source is still available.
  • If the tree is badly infested, return the tree for another one.
  • Do the same for garland and wreaths that could be harboring mice, spiders, and beetles.

Firewood

As we have stated in current blogs on our sister company website, Pro-Tech Lawn Care,  Firewood Pests can be a huge problem. Be sure to follow some simple guidelines when using firewood in your home. Just like with bringing in a tree, be sure to inspect the wood for pests, shake and bang the wood vigorously, and use the oldest wood first – first in first out rule. Be sure to store the wood far from the structure of your home.

Decorations

Every year, we take out the holiday decorations to adorn the mantle and living areas. Many times, homeowners find that critters have gotten into the boxes or made nests around them, as they are usually only accessed once or twice a year. We suggest the following safeguards so that pests do not find a way into your decorations.

  • Inspect all boxes before opening.
  • Use thick plastic containers that mice and rats can not chew through.
  • If you store your boxes in a shed or garage, open them outside before bringing anything indoors.
  • If you find boxes with droppings, chewed openings, or nesting sites, this could be a sign of rodent activity.

If you have signs of pests that have found their way inside your home this holiday season, call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

Most Feared Pests

Ask anyone about the pests they fear most finding in their home and you will get a huge variety of answers including: mice, rats,  bees, and even mosquitoes! Most pests can be prevented from entering your living areas, and if they do find their way in, they can quickly be exterminated with the help of professionals like our team here at Pest-End. Read on to explore the reasoning behind why people fear these pests so much.

 

Mosquitoes –

Believe it or not, mosquitoes are a highly feared pest in many regions of the world. Sure, they are annoying buzzing around, but what makes them so dangerous that they are feared world-wide? Mosquitoes earn the title of most dangerous and deadly pest on earth, not only for their annoying, itchy bites, but the transmittance of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and zika virus. The World Health Organization reports that a child dies from malaria every 30 seconds. Mosquitoes are believed to cause around 1 million deaths a year.

 

Rodents –

Mice and rats have long been a most feared pest. No one likes to find one of these long-tailed, dirty creatures scurrying around their home. Both mice and rats are known to carry diseases in their fur, skin, saliva, and excrement. In addition, a scratch or a bite from a rat can lead to a fever or diseases in both humans and animals. These are not just pests to be squeamish about but also to fear.

 

Bees –

With more and more Americans proving to be fatally allergic to bee stings, it makes sense that they are a feared pest. Some bees like hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets tend to be more aggressive than others like carpenter bees and honey bees. If you spot a nest at your home, call our specialists who can remove and prevent reinfestation.

 

Do you have an infestation of one of these most feared pests? Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321 to have your home or property inspected.

 

Stinky Stink Bugs

Fall is such a great time of year, but it is also a time when pests are looking for a place to survive the cold, harsh winter. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is one such pest that is looking for a safe place to “overwinter”. That place may unfortunately be your home, apartment, condo, or business. Let’s take a look at these creatures, what they are and what you can do about them.

Identification – The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is grey/brown and can usually be easily identified by the shield shape of its body. The bugs are generally less than an inch long and are  native to Asia. While they were first noticed in Pennsylvania, they have spread to the Northeast, especially the New England area for many years. However, in recent years they have begun to expand their area and are being noticed in the Midwest region.

Behavior – Stink Bugs have a very predictable schedule. They love to feed, beginning in late May or early June, on a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and other host plants including: peaches, apples, green beans, soybeans, cherries, raspberries, and pears. But in the fall they are in search of a place to survive the cold winters. That may mean crawl spaces, the siding, or soffits become home for these pests that can become for the duration of the winter. When the weather becomes warm again they emerge from their spots and become active again.

Smell – Yep, these pests emit a peculiar scent if you frighten or squish them. While it may be the first instinct to kill the Stink Bug when you find it in your home, don’t do it! Instead, call Pest-End Exterminators if you have an infestation or try to push it out a door or window to remove it from your home if there are one or two who have found their way into your living area.

Damage – Stink Bugs are agricultural pests and can cause some real damage to fruit trees. The most common signs of stink bug damage are pitting and scarring of the fruit, leaf destruction, and a mealy texture to harvested fruits and vegetables.

Do you have Stink Bugs? Call Pest-End Exterminators for a thorough inspection and remedy. Toll Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644   Phone: 978-794-4321

 

Bed Bug Misconceptions

In recent years bed bugs have become one of the most feared pests. Whether you travel for work, visit movie theaters, pick up a friend at an airport, or just enjoy being out in public places, bed bugs can ruin your day. While most of us know a little bit about how to avoid transferring these pests from hotel rooms to our own home, there are still many erroneous statements that are made and passed on about these annoying creatures. We advise that homeowners do their homework and don’t believe everything you hear about bed bugs. Here are some of the more flagrant falsehoods about bed bugs.

Misconceptions about Bed Bugs

  1. Bed Bugs are Microscopic – Adult bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs are visible with the naked eye. We suggest regular checks of beds, furniture, and other locations to be sure that there are no bed bugs making a home in your home.
  2. Bed Bugs Hate Light So Keeping a Room Lit is a Deterrent – While bed bugs prefer darkness, keeping the light on at night won’t deter these pests from biting you.
  3. Bed Bugs Can Only Be Found in Dirty Places – Bed bugs are not attracted to dirt and grime; they are attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide. However, clutter offers more hiding spots.
  4. Bed Bugs Only Live in Mattresses – While these pests may be called bed bugs, they also live in other locations such as movie theaters, schools, planes, in suitcases, on clothing, and on our beloved pets. Don’t be fooled into thinking you are bed bug-free if your mattress is not infested.
  5. Bed Bugs Transmit Diseases – Bed bug bites can lead to anxiety, sleeplessness, and even secondary infections, but there have been no reported cases of bed bugs transmitting disease to humans.
  6. Bed Bug Spray Can Rid Your Home of Bed Bugs – Wouldn’t that be great!  Bed bugs have become pesticide-resistant in the last few years and can survive pesticide applications. They also know where to hide. At Pest-End Exterminators we use several methods including Canine Detection, Thermal Remediation and Steam and Vacuum Services as a comprehensive way to identify hiding spots and rid your home of these pests.

 

If you believe you have bed bugs in your home or business, call Pest-End Exterminators today Toll Free: 800-287-4321  Phone: 603-382-9644  Phone: 978-794-4321

Wasp Stings

While wasp stings may be fairly common during the warm summer months,  the sting itself is anything but common, it can be downright painful!  Wasp stings can pack a punch especially for those who are allergic. Wasps, like bees and hornets, are equipped with a stinger as a means of self-defense. A wasp’s stinger contains venom that is transmitted to humans during a sting. While a bee can only sting once because its stinger becomes stuck in the skin of its victim, a wasp can sting more than once during an attack. Wasp stingers remain intact. This is especially concerning for the small percent of the population allergic to wasp stings.

People who are allergic make up about 10% of the population. The group of people who have adverse reactions to wasp stings and insect bites show symptoms that include: swelling, dizziness, and difficulty breathing. The most severe allergic reactions to wasp stings are referred to as “anaphylaxis.” Anaphylaxis occurs when your body goes into shock in response to the wasp venom. Most people who go into shock after a wasp sting do so very quickly. It’s important to seek immediate emergency care to treat anaphylaxis.

Even people who are not allergic to the venom in a wasp sting, the sting is extremely painful and can cause a local reaction to the venom. For non-allergic people, the wasp sting will most likely include a sharp pain or burning at the sting site. Redness, swelling, and itching can occur as well. Add to this a red, hot welt that will be seen at the sting sight. In short, wasps stings can be both dangerous and painful.

What should you do if you notice you have wasps frequenting your yard?

Wasps are generally not aggressive unless their nests are threatened. Unfortunately wasps may feel threatened if they make their nest near your deck, garage, eaves or other outdoor areas. If you notice a nest take action before it becomes a problem and the nest grows. Pest-End Exterminators can identify the area that is the problem, decide on an extermination method, exclude the wasps, and sanitize the area. Call us immediately before you find out the hard way just how painful a wasp sting can be.

Beware of Wasps and Hornets

Many clients ask us about treatment for bees in and around their property. Inevitably, we are asked about honey bees. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops, which constitute one-third of everything we eat. Losing them could affect not only dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but may threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed. Honey bees are extremely important to our ecosystem. We are interested in helping save these types of bees while at the same time keeping you and your family safe from bees such as wasps and hornets.  Let’s explore more about these harmful bees.

 

Wasps:

  • Wasps are distinguishable from bees by their pointed lower abdomens and the narrow “waist,” called a petiole, that separates the abdomen from the thorax.
  • All wasps build nests. Whereas bees secrete a waxy substance to construct their nests.
  • Wasps nests vary in size, shape and locations. They can be enclosed or open. Some are found under eaves or decks in around properties and commercial buildings.
  • Wasps will seek locations that are left undisturbed to build their nests.
  • They are never aggressive unless their nests are threatened. Once threatened, they attack with a painful sting.
  • Wasp stings can be fatal since their sting produces a deadly anaphylactic reaction in some people who have allergies.

 

Hornets (Social Wasps)

 

  • Hornets nests resemble a large, inverted tear-drop shaped ball that typically is attached to a tree, bush or side of a building.
  • Some hornets are yellow and black and are confused with Yellow Jackets.
  • Hornets have stings used to kill prey and defend hives.
  • Hornet stings are more painful to humans than typical wasp stings because hornet venom contains a large amount (pkp,5%) of acetylcholine.
  • The toxicity of hornet stings varies according to hornet species; some deliver just a typical insect sting, while others are among the most venomous known insects.
  • The most obvious signs of a hornet problem are presence of adults and the observance of nests.

 

If your property has a wasp or hornet nest or you are noticing an increase in these types of bees around your home, call Pest-End Exterminators to identify the type of bee and and locate the nest/infestation.

 

Common Winter Pests

Winter is usually a time when homeowners put pest control out of their minds thinking that nature has gone to sleep for a few months. Yes, spring and summer are the prime months to be concerned about abundant bugs and insects, but winter brings its own share of issues.  Unfortunately, the fact is that all pests do not become inactive during the winter months.  Many pests, instead, find shelter inside walls, attics, crawl spaces and any warm location in your home.  Let’s take a look at the most common pests that homeowners should be aware of this winter season.

  • Rodents – The house mouse is the most common rodent encountered in homes across the United States.   Mice and rats can cause serious damage to property by chewing through drywall, stored items and even electrical wires running between walls. Things to keep an eye out for include: droppings, gnaw marks, and shredded cardboard or drywall.  Also be aware of scratching sounds or scurrying heard late at night or in the early morning hours.
  • Cockroaches – These pests are extremely common in the United States and prefer areas in homes that are close to food and water. Cockroaches, other than being creepy to find crawling in your kitchen,  can also contaminate food sources and spread bacteria and human pathogens. Keep kitchen well clear of food crumbs and stop any drips/leaks that occur in bathrooms/kitchens.  Other tips for avoiding these pests include vacuuming regularly and disposing of garbage daily in sealed containers.
  • Ants – Finding ants in the summer is usually a common occurrence in many homes but finding them in the winter may signal that there may be a carpenter ant nest in the structure of your home. Ants will make themselves known by looking for crumbs and water in the kitchen.  If you notice ants in the winter contact a pest control company like Pest-End to inspect and determine whether your home has a nest that could be causing structural damage.
  • Termites –  Some classes of termites are known to swarm and reproduce until February.  While you will probably not see the termites you will see their tubes that they use to travel.  Since termites cause up to $5 million in damages in the United States to personal property, it is a good idea to be alert of these pests year round.
  • Bed Bugs – These nuisance pests are travelers who like to hitch on to clothing, luggage, and bed sheets.  They are often found on planes and in hotels during any time of year.

A Bug on the Move – the Kudzu Bug

The kudzu bug, scientifically known as Megacopta cribraria, is a new pest to the United States.  These almost square bugs are about the same size as adult lady beetles but are not beetles.  They are closely related to the stinkbug and are, in fact insects.  Recently introduced to the United States from Asia, this insect has spread throughout the southern states including Alabama and Georgia.  There is some indication that they may be moving toward Pennsylvania and other Mid-Atlantic states.  What are these bugs, how can you identify them and what habits can be destructive to our environment?  Let’s take a closer look at Kudzu bugs.

 

Identification – Adult Kudzu bugs are just about the same size as lady bugs but instead of the iconic red round body, Kudzu’s have a square shape with an olive green hue.  Eggs of kudzu bugs (Figure 3) are a light tan color, barrel-shaped, and often placed on plant leaves in two rows.

 

Habits – Kudzu bugs feed on kudzu and on many other plants such as wisteria, soybeans, and most any bean plant. Some types of wisteria are invasive plants from the same region of the world as kudzu. In the fall, large numbers of kudzu bugs will move from plants to sheltered areas to overwinter. That means structures and homes are at risk of invasion. Large numbers of kudzu bugs are a nuisance in and around structures. Their body secretions produce a foul odor and can stain fabrics and wall coverings. Directly handling kudzu bugs can cause staining of the skin and even blistering and moderate discomfort in some sensitive individuals.

 

While we don’t need to worry yet about these nuisance insects in the northeast we are keeping our guards up for all pests that are on the move.