“Help. I have a wasp’s hive. No wait, it’s a hornet’s nest. Or maybe they’re yellow jackets.”

Sound familiar? It’s not uncommon for homeowners to get these stinging insects mixed up. However, there are distinct differences in the mannerisms, dwellings, and even the stings of wasps, hornets and yellow jackets.

At Expert Pest Control, we manage the extermination and prevention of aggressive insects. All of our highly trained technicians are skilled hornet exterminators, wasp exterminators, and yellow jacket removal professionals. We don’t just treat your property, we go right to the source. Expert Pest Control identifies the type of stinging insect you have, and seeks out hives and nests to rid the root of the problem. We take steps to prevent reoccurrences and minimize future risk of problems with wasps, hornets and yellow jackets.

Know Your Enemy
Yellow jackets and hornets are actually types of wasps, with hornets being much larger in size. All will sting, though some will be more aggressive. Hornets have venomous stings that are more painful to humans. Plus, they release a pheromone that signals others to attack as well. Wasps and hornets typically build cyclical shaped hives above-ground along eaves and under decks and similarly protected areas.

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It’s inevitable. No matter how clean, how organized, how diligent a property owner is, at some point you’re going to need the services of a professional pest control company. It’s not a reflection on you, it’s just life. Nature really.

You couldn’t have known that mosquitos were going to ruin a picture-perfect BBQ (you had citronella candles on the table). That your eaves were being colonized with wasp hives overnight (you were sound asleep). That the cute little squirrel romping through your yard was an attic squatter (just thought you were hearing things). Or, that hungry termites decided your home made for a wonderful 5 course meal (New England weather is brutal on window frames and shutters).

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Around this time of year new homeowners get settled into properties before the start of the school. While preceding inspections may have revealed infestation or prior damage from pests, new residents should err on the side of caution from the moment they take ownership.

Unpacking, renovations, and getting established in a new area typically takes precedence, though many homeowners are shocked when their new home is also home to unwanted tenants that need evicting. From carpenter ants to termites, mice to small wildlife, on occasion required home inspections can miss the tell-tale signs of infestation – putting a damper on those upcoming housewarming parties.

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To the everyday shopper, it’s a treasure trove of weekend wares. In the pest control industry however, the flea market represents one of the many groups of blood sucking parasites we deal with regularly.

Most people relate fleas to the itching, scratching, and biting of furry family members. After all, that is the most common vehicle for infestation. Domesticated pets that are outdoors and in contact with other animals are susceptible to fleas without proper protection.

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From famous named visitors to famous name brands, York County, Maine is a haven for travel and tourism in the summer months. This is the time of year that businesses in the area cater to an influx of tourists that seek the charm of seaside towns, panorama of rocky shorelines, and discover quaint New England in all its glory. What you don’t need, is for them to discover you have an infestation problem.

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Like many offices, your company is a melting pot of people and personalities. What it shouldn’t be filled with however, are pests.

Ants, while not a biting or stinging bug, will plague a workplace and disrupt a productive team. They are a particularly common nuisance that can quickly become an uncontrollable infestation if you don’t act swiftly and take immediate action.

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You can’t drive around the New England suburbs now without passing lawn signs of mosquito and tick pest control companies everywhere. It’s one of the worst seasons we’ve witnessed. Swarms of biting and stinging bugs are irritating homeowners desperate to use their greenspaces.

With all the companies that provide similar services, it’s hard to know which one to pick. Peer recommendations and industry accolades, budget constraints, availability, and most of all effectiveness, all factor into the decision-making process before dialing for help.

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Common wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets can pose serious risk to New England residents in spring and summer months. Reveling in warmer weather can be quickly tapered by an influx of stinging insects that threaten the livelihood of outdoor enjoyment.

Unlike bees that sting once and then meet their untimely demise, wasps can sting a person multiple times without dying. Their venomous stinger can puncture a person’s skin inflicting sharp pains and in some cases, leading to serious, life-threatening adverse reactions.

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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.

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