In Massachusetts, two common species of bats are prevalent to the area – the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. Both have short fur covering their heads and brown bodies, with slightly darker wings. Bats are inherently beneficial to our ecosystem. They feed on thousands of mosquitoes, moths and other flying insects at night. And, though typically innocuous, bats may trespass upon an unsuspecting homeowner causing a great deal of commotion and stress.

Where Bats May Hide

  • Attics
  • Barns & Outbuildings
  • Behind window shutters
  • Around awnings

Signs of a Bat in the House

  • A lot of activity hovering near a chimney, attic, or eave
  • A pungent ammonia smell
  • Dark brown droppings or stains

How Bats Get In

  • Open windows
  • Doors ajar
  • Colonized attic or wall

Bats can be problematic for homeowners. Not only are they unwelcomed pests that can bring result in other infestation, they can transmit disease and should be handled properly as to not expose residents to risk.

If you find a bat in your home, do not try to swat or throw things at it. This could cause the bat to become disoriented and make it more difficult to rid. Instead, close the doors and confine it to a single space, open the windows providing an exist route, close the lights, and leave the room. Let the bat find its own way out. If you prefer, call your local pest control professional to find out whether they are licensed to remove bats. Not all companies are able to provide this service.

Expert Pest Control, MA’s leading partner for pest management offers a small wildlife division including bat removal. Our local technicians can be at your home quickly to assess the issues, provide treatment and ridding options, and offer ways to prevent the reoccurrence of bats and other pests. Give us a call at 800-235-3093 or get in touch online to see why more New England residents trust Expert Pest Control, and how we’ve been awarded Best of Home Advisor due to our customer service and superior support.

Ready to prevent a bat problem? Call us at (800) 235-3093 for an expert inspection now! EPC can design a protection plan that shields your property from unwanted pests year-round. 

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Ticks are out in full force already. The warmer weather and thawed soil in March and April has resulted in an uptick (no pun intended) of infestation from heavily wooded hiking trails to children’s soccer fields.

Ticks are of particular concern for New England residents. They feed off the blood of people, pets, and animals. Deer ticks, a subset of the insect commonly found in the region, are often difficult to detect due to their tiny stature. Their bite can transmit Lyme disease, a potentially dangerous infection that can plague a person for the rest of their lives.

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squirrel“SQUIRREL!” Thanks to an animated box office hit, this pop-culture expression is synonymous for distracted individuals, short attention spans, and a knack for redirecting to another topic. However, it also remains a desperate battle cry for property owners tormented by these crafty little critters.

Wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, these seemingly cute creatures scurry about without a care in the world. And they do get around. Squirrels are known to finagle their way into tight spots, scamper across thin wires, leap from one place to the next, and scale vertical objects with the slightest of grips. As delightful as they are as they go about their merry little way, once your paths cross it’s a whole other story.

Squirrels are destructive. Squirrels are invasive. Squirrels are downright dangerous for property owners.

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carpenter-ants….so maybe that spring blog was a little too premature.

As we dig out from another late season storm, the
ground will thaw quickly and then – watch out.

There’s a surge of warm weather on the horizon and it’s likely to bring dormant insects back to the surface. While carpenter ants have been quiet for much of the winter season, they’re about to get very busy (and did we mention, destructive?)

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Five Signs You Might Have Termites in Your HomeTermites are known as the “silent destroyers”; they can sneak into your home and chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper entirely undetected. These pests are so good at destruction, the National Pest Management Association estimates termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year.

Although these pests are often hidden from view, there are some subtle signs you have termites. If you see any of these signs, it’s time for a professional termite inspection and extermination strategy.

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Raise your hand if you’ve felt an early dose of Spring Fever!

Recently, temps in New England have soared to over 70 degrees – melting snow, thawing the ground, and leaving residents to flee the indoors to soak up the sun in unseasonable warm weather.

Will this pleasant spell continue? That’s anybody’s guess, it is New England after all.  However, the above averages temperatures and the softened soil has also been an inviting climate for insects that have spent months dormant and underground.

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Caring for aging family members weighs heavily on people’s minds. Identifying and moving parents and loved ones into the right living facility is a priority – when specialized care is needed. Vetting nursing and assisted living facilities can be an arduous task for families. And, administrators must alleviate all concerns by assuring elders will be receiving the best care.

Conditions of these facilities are scrutinized daily. As healthcare providers, you must maintain a high level of hygienic and sanitary compliance, or risk consequences including loss of business and even fatal circumstances. Therefore, for general maintenance and public safety, pest control must be part of routine service. If not properly treated, nursing homes and assisted living facilities can be hotbeds for infestation.

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Vacation rentals and time shares are nothing new. However, with the introduction of companies like AirBnB, Homeaway, and FlipKey that has brought inexpensive and indigenous lodging to the masses, inherent wanderers have taken to the open road – able to explore every inch of the globe.

While these companies have allowed more people, including millennials and a younger generation of traveler to experience new locales, the pitfalls of privately contracted lodging has seen its fair share of debate. In particular, the subject of bed bugs and infestation in some accommodations. If you are a property owner who actively rents on sites like these, the last thing you need are negative reviews, complaints to corporate, loss of incomes, or worse – a lawsuit.

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Remember when you were a kid and played that board game “Mouse Trap” with friends? You’d move your little critter around the board avoiding the dreaded cage drop. In reality though, when trying to catch a mouse, your adversary is far more elusive, the obstacles challenging, and the traps, more deadly.

When you’ve identified a rodent infestation in the home, particularly mice, you’ll want to take action quickly to reduce property damage and health risk to occupants. At Expert Pest Control (EPC), we anticipate an increase in service calls due to mice starting in late fall through the spring. It’s common for New Englanders to be plagued by these creatures as they seek the warmth and comfort of indoor living to nest during the frigid months. Luckily, there are a number of quick and affordable ways to keep mice out of the home. Whether you trap’em or zap’em, here are a few tips to help control mice indoors.

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New Year Resolutions for a Pest Free 2017As New Englanders, each season brings forth a bevy of unique challenges relating to pest control. From stinging and biting insects in the spring and summer months, to mice and rodents seeking shelter indoors during the fall and winter our local technicians are adept at ridding our region’s indigenous pests.

Ring in the new year with helpful tips to avoid unwanted bugs, rodents, and small wildlife.

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