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Carpenter Ant Invasion

If you live in the northeast region of the U.S., chances are you have experienced the insidious carpenter ant. In fact, when homeowners see them, they are never alone. They come in large numbers and they can be damaging to your home. Let’s take a closer look at these pests that usually start showing up in the early spring.

First of all, the name carpenter ant may be a bit of a misnomer. These ants do not build but rather excavate wood and leave smooth tunnels inside the structure. Keep in mind that the carpenter ants do not eat the wood (like termites), but merely hollow it out. The excavation is done to build nests and can be extremely damaging to the integrity of the wood in your home.

The normal size of an ant colony can be around 20,000 ants with larger colonies usually topping out around 50,000 ants! Usually there is only one queen per colony. With these numbers, your home could see some serious wood damage.

Since carpenter ants require a water source to survive it is a good idea that homeowners fix any leaks and drips that may be occurring outside their home around faucets and do the same for indoor water sources. It is also a good idea to seal up even the smallest entry points to your home including: windows, doors, screens, venting or pipes. Ants will usually have a nest that begins outdoors but may move indoors if the conditions are right. In addition, keep branches and bushes trimmed back from your home and keep firewood stacks a good distance from your home.

In order to solve an ant invasion, you will need to not only eliminate the ants that you can see but also identify the location of the nest. It is also a good idea to evaluate the wood damage that may have been caused so it can be repaired. Finding the source of the problem can be difficult. We suggest contacting a licensed pest control professional who can assess the situation. Our technicians can evaluate your carpenter ant invasion and create a plan for elimination and exclusion. Call Pest-End exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

Solving your Spring Skunk Problem

Whether you have ever met a skunk face-to-face or not, you probably know the unmistakable smell they give off. Skunks are famous for their malodorous spray that be smelled as far as a mile away. Their spray can shoot at distances of 10-12 feet. Being sprayed can be the worst, but having a skunk that has made your home theirs, can be an even bigger problem. Read on to find out how to solve your spring skunk problem.

Skunks are often misunderstood or, at least mischaracterized, as evil critters who randomly spray anyone in their path. This is not true. Usually these black and white striped fur balls spray after giving several warnings (stomping feet) and then, only spray in cases where they feel threatened. It is a defense mechanism that helps keep predators away or at least is a reminder to give skunks a wide berth.

If a skunk, or family of skunks, has made a home somewhere within your property line, you may smell the natural comings and goings of these critters after a night of scavenging. There are several steps you can take before involving a professional exterminator that will help keep skunks away from your property.

  • The Farmers Almanac suggests that the best skunk repellent is a light. Skunks are nocturnal and their eyes are very light sensitive. A bright light or a motion sensor flood light will scare skunks away.
  • In addition to installing motion detecting light sensors outside your home, try keeping trash barrels covered and locked when possible. This will keep the smells emanating from your trash, and you won’t be tempting skunks to enter your property.  
  • Since skunks love to eat grubs, take preventative measures to ensure that your lawn does not have grubs. Treatments by a lawn care company can help keep grubs at bay.
  • Seal up areas that a skunk may be able to use as a hiding spot such as: under decks, stairs, sheds or hidden areas of your yard.

Skunks don’t have to be a problem this spring. If skunks persist and keep coming back to your yard, consider calling a pest exterminator such as Pest-End exterminators. Call us at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.


The Hunt for Termites

As we head toward spring and the warmer weather, it is time to take a quick look at termites and how you can hunt them down in your home. Many homeowners don’t think too much about these hidden pests that seem to be, “out of sight, out of mind.” We are here to warn you that even though you may not see termites, you should at least keep an eye out for any signs that may indicate that you have an issue. Termite problems could impact the structural integrity of your home, or, at the very least, cause damage to the wooden parts of your home. Let’s take a closer look at how you can be on the hunt for termites in your home.

Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year in the U.S.. Mostly, they feed on wood, the kind that can be found in the woods surrounding your home, the firestack, or even the wooden foundation of your home. They can also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems. The most dangerous thing about these pests is that they often go unseen. They do most of their work inside wood or in mud tubes connecting their colonies.

As a homeowner, you should be alert for some of the following signs. Early detection could help lessen the damage and allow an extermination company to begin treatment early.

  • Spring is typically when large numbers of winged termites, known as “swarmers,” emerge inside homes. This dispersal is due to the warmer temperatures and the instinct to start a new colony.
  • Winged termites are attracted to light, so you may see wings near windows or doors.
  • In order to travel in darkened shelter, termites construct mud tubes. You may see earthen “mud” tubes extending over foundation walls, supports, and floor joists.
  • Damaged wood may be one more sign you have an infestation. Using a screwdriver or pole, bang on wooden structures in your home. Hollowed or damaged wood can tell you that termites may have been present.
  • Termite droppings or frass may be visible as termites eat the wood and have droppings emerge from the main areas of excavation.

If you have any of these signs of termite infestation, call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.


The Accidental Bed Bug Invasion

There is a misconception out there that bed bugs are drawn to filth and decay. Given this mistaken belief, many homeowners and apartment dwellers assume that as long as they keep living and sleeping areas clean and tidy, that they should be safe. The reality is, the places we go, and the normal behaviors most of us follow may be making us prone to an accidental bed bug invasion. Are you unaware of how a bed bug could enter your home? Read on to find out more.

There seems to be a lack of awareness in the public about the frequency and habits of bed bugs. For instance, did you know that bed bugs can be found in all 50 states and in countries all over the world? While they are not drawn to clutter, as we spoke of previously, they can hide in untidy areas and take longer to be discovered. Bed bugs can live in any environment, as long as they have access to their food source. They require blood to breed and to survive. Since they can not fly like other pests, they must live close enough to their food source that they can feed often. That means your main living spaces are a perfect environment for bed bugs to hunker down.

Most of us have heard through news or word-of-mouth that bed bugs often can be found in hotels or motels. This is true. But did you know that they are also found in common places like buses, trains, planes, cruise liners, taxi cabs, schools, libraries, theaters, work places, dorms, retail stores, hospitals, and buildings of all varieties. Yikes!

The important thing to know, so you do not become an accidental bed bug “carrier,” is that these pests are fantastic hitchhikers. They can hitch a ride back to your home anytime and any place. Due to this, we suggest the following guidelines when you are out and about.

  • Check your seat wherever you go, whether it is at the mall, in a hotel or on a bus. Look to see if you can spot these small pests. Look for black fecal deposits, insect shells, and blood staining. If you see any signs –  inform management immediately.
  • When you visit any of these locations listed above, don’t put your purse, backpack or jacket on the floor. Rather, hang them wherever possible.  Never accept used furniture without a thorough inspection.
  • Wash all bedding and clothing at the hottest temperature possible.
  • Inspect all bed and furnishings in your own home often to catch an accidental infestation early.

Do you suspect that you may have bed bugs? Call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

Those Crazy Squirrels

According to the dictionary, the word squirrely means eccentric and flighty. This is an apt description of squirrels, especially during the winter months in the northeast. They busily scramble – quite literally – to gather as much food for the winter as they can. Unfortunately, these critters are not always successful and attempt to find haven in the walls, ceilings, crawl spaces, fireplaces, and attics of structures. That structure might end up being your home, garage, or shed. Let’s take a closer look at squirrels, the damage they can cause, and how you can determine if they have found a home within your precious home.

Signs that squirrels have made it inside your home include noises such as scampering, jumping sounds, and persistent scratching if one has gotten itself stuck somewhere in the walls of your home. Another red flag that a squirrel or squirrels have taken up refuge in the warmth of your home this winter is the sight of droppings. Squirrel droppings are quite similar to bat droppings and can be mistaken for those pests as well. Chew marks to gain entry is another sure sign that something has made it inside that shouldn’t be there. Squirrels can chew through most building materials including fascia boards, shingles, eaves, and outer panels, all while leaving all kinds of damage along the roof line.

Upon close inspection of your attic and crawl spaces, you may find that there is even more evidence of squirrel nesting. There may be insulation strewn about or chew marks on stored items in your attic. Wildlife Control experts report that this chewing is among its most damaging and dangerous behaviors. Squirrels will gnaw on anything and everything. If it finds wall space where your electrical wiring is hiding, the damaged wiring can set your house ablaze.

Humanely trapping, removing, and preventing future access of these critters is really a job for the experts who know exactly how to set a trap and remove an animal. Our specialists also know what entry points to look for and how to exclude these areas as future problems. If you have a squirrel or a family of squirrels within your home’s structure, then we encourage you to call Pest-End at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

Tick Resilience in the Winter

Do you like to enjoy the great outdoors during the winter months? If you are a winter hiker, downhill skier, cross-country skier, or just someone who enjoys playing in the snow, be aware that ticks are now considered a year-round issue. According to recent news reports, ticks are becoming more resilient and are surviving the winter months, even in the harsh northeast corridor.

Tick expert Dr. Thomas Mather from the University of Rhode Island reports that ticks that were once only considered a nuisance in the spring and summer months are now active during the colder winter months, too. He goes on to say that, “Tick season is pretty much every season.” This is alarming news for many outdoor enthusiasts who see winter as a safe time to venture into the wilderness without the fear of being bitten and contracting a tick-borne disease.

The science behind why this phenomenon is occurring is still being studied, but it is believed to be due in large part due to the increasing population of the white-tailed deer. These deer are a favorite meal for the deer tick. The ticks stay on the deer for 5 to 7 days. After filling up on blood, they drop off and stay under leaves and snow, where they hibernate until spring. If there is little to no snow cover and temperatures rise above freezing, it is possible to find an active adult tick searching for a host on a warm winter day, according to experts.

Due to this information, we encourage our readers to continue vigilance during the winter months for the signs of a tick bite and the physical ailments that come with tick-borne diseases. This is especially true if you spend time outdoors and notice a change in your health. As always be safe, and call Pest-End or our sister company Pro-Tech Lawn Care if you have any questions. You can reach us at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

New Home Pest Inspections

So you have decided to take the leap and invest in a home of your own! There are so many benefits to home ownership and the rewards of caring for your property can be amazing. Before you place an offer on a house, however, an inspection should be done. This can check for faults with big-ticket items such as the heating and ventilation system, the roof, plumbing, and electrical systems. When having one of these inspections don’t forget about getting a pest inspection as well. Read on to find out about home inspections and the importance of a pest inspection.

Home inspections are a routine part of the home buying process. They are usually done by a certified home inspection professional during the ten or so days after the offer has been accepted and both parties have signed the purchase and sale documents. Normally this period allows the home buyer to confirm that all the systems are working properly. It gives the buyers a chance to ask for repairs or a reduction in price if any issues are raised during the inspection. It is also a good way for the home buyers to know what condition the home is in from a professional’s point of view.

A general home inspection seeks to ensure to the person buying a home that the house is hazard free, in good repair, and is relatively energy-efficient. Most home inspections evaluate items such as foundation issues, roofing issues, electrical systems, and heating and ventilation systems. Unfortunately, many home inspectors do not do more than a cursory examination of problems with pests.

A home pest inspection can determine the risks of or presence of some of the more damaging pests. For example, a pest inspector can evaluate if a home has termites or termite-related damage. In addition to termites, inspectors can evaluate the damage of ants, pantry pests, wildlife, bed bugs, fleas, rats, mice, roaches, and other home pest problems.

If you are a home buyer and are concerned about what pests may be lurking in your home, consider having a pest inspection before you buy. Call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.


Signs of Wildlife in Your Attic

It’s that time of year again when many species of wildlife are searching for food, warmth, and shelter. The weather has not been kind to nature’s creatures who need to find a way to survive until spring. For some homeowners, this means putting out seeds for the birds who did not migrate. Unfortunately, for others, it means suspecting that there may be an animal taking refuge in your attic. If you are wondering if wildlife have made it to your attic, read on to find out the signs that this may be occurring right under your own roof!

Unusual Sounds

Noises such as scampering, scratching, or squeaking are sure signs that something is up there in your attic. The time of day will help give clues as to what type of animal it is. For example, mice and rats tend to move more at night while squirrels are active during the daytime hours. Listen carefully and you may be able to tell whether the creature is large or small, or if it is in pain and scared.


Another sign that a creature has taken up residence in your attic are droppings. These can vary greatly from animal to animal. Bats produce guano which is a dark, hard substance usually found under the roosting area. It turns to dust when picked up, and sometimes has a shimmer from the insects consumed by the bat. Guano also has a distinct stench that you will notice throughout your home if you have a family of bats in your attic. Raccoons have large droppings about the size of a dog. Rodent droppings are much smaller but are usually very abundant. Squirrel poop is similar to rat poop, albeit slightly larger – about the size of a bean. Droppings also change to a lighter color much quicker than rat poop due to their more environmental diet. With squirrels, the feces are normally in close proximity to the entrance they use to get into your home.

Entry Damage

Finding a way into your home, particularly the attic, usually takes some effort on the part of the different types of creatures. Squirrels are known to chew a hole about a few inches in diameter to gain entry. Raccoons need a larger entry and may cause more damage with those large, nimble claws. Rodents tend to leave grease marks around the area where they have entered. Mice and rats are also known for squeezing in through extremely small holes, even as small as a dime!

Damage Within

Behaviors vary greatly from each species of wildlife. Therefore, they tend to take part in different activities while nesting or procuring shelter. Rodents tend to chew constantly and may make gnaw marks on your stored items or even your electrical wires. Squirrels like to nest and may bring in large amounts of plant debris from your yard. Raccoons can pull apart ductwork and make a huge mess of your attic space.

Do you have any of these signs that some creature has set up shop in your attic? If you suspect you have a wildlife problem, call Pest-End Exterminators now at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321.

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.