small wildlife control for bats and squirrelsA very common pest that can cause headaches for New England homeowners is small wildlife, including squirrels and bats. In the latest episode of Bug Jim, The Pest Control Podcast, Jim Byrne from Expert Pest Control helps you understand everything you need to know about small wildlife control for squirrels and bats. This is part 1 of episodes about small wildlife control. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes to stay up-to-date with the latest episodes. You can also listen to the podcast here or below. A transcript of the recent podcast below can help you understand the importance of wildlife control when squirrels or bats are present on your property.

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red squirrels vs grey squirrels - how to tell the differenceWhether red squirrels vs grey squirrels, all squirrels can be a major nuisance for homeowners across New England. Squirrels may be cute, and being relatively intelligent, their antics are fun to watch. Unfortunately, they’re also quite destructive and can be especially harmful if they make their way into a human building such as a shed, garage, or your house.

While equally matched as unwelcomed guests in your home, there are destringing characteristics that set each apart. If you know the differences between red squirrels vs grey squirrels and identify which type of infestation you have, you can discourage their presence and reduce the risk of recurrence. But spoiler alert – the techniques to eliminate red squirrels vs grey squirrels from your home are pretty similar.

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how to tell the difference between wasps vs bees

If it’s small and buzzing, you probably don’t want it hanging around your house – particularly if it’s armed with a stinger. Summer heat means you’ll be seeing the bees or wasps hanging around your home. While these two stinging insects have a lot in common, including belonging to the same order (Hymenoptera), they are very different in most practical respects. In this blog post, we will take a look at all of the differences between wasps vs bees.

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ticks and tick treatmentsOne of the most common pests you need to be worried about in the spring and summer (and even winter if it is mild enough) are ticks. In the latest episode of Bug Jim, The Pest Control Podcast, Jim Byrne from Expert Pest Control helps you understand how to recognize a tick outbreak in your yard and what to expect from tick treatments. This is part 2 of 2 episodes about ticks. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes to stay up-to-date with the latest episodes. You can also listen to the podcast here. A transcript of the recent podcast below can help you understand the importance of pest control when ticks are present on your property.

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how to remove flying squirrels from your atticWhen you think of pest infestations, you might think of fleas or roaches or rats. What people don’t often think of is squirrels. Particularly flying squirrels.

However, here in New England, they can be a legitimate problem! Having squirrels in your attic isn’t a euphemism for “crazy,” it’s something that plenty of homeowners in Massachusetts may have to deal with sooner or later.

No matter how cute they are – and seriously, they’re like living beanie babies – they can absolutely wreck your attic and everything in it.

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what is powassan virus?In the past, anyone who had grown up around grasslands or woodlands heard about how blood-sucking ticks can carry diseases. Today, anyone with a lawn is subject to tick bites and tick-borne illness.

The most common tick-borne disease is Lyme disease, a potentially fatal bacterial infection carried by deer ticks, which can infect humans and dogs. By itself, this is a big reason why you should always use insect repellent when walking in areas with grass or brush.

Unfortunately, in recent years there’s been a steady rise in infections from another tick-transmitted disease: Powassan virus. While it is still relatively rare, infection rates have been jumping upwards in the northeast. Anyone living in an area with deer ticks should be aware of its symptoms.

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termites vs ants, how can you tell the difference?We hear this all the time. Unsuspecting homeowners schedule treatments to rid their property of what they think is a “harmless” infestation. Upon further inspection, their simple “ant problem” turns out to be a much bigger concern. No homeowner wants to see an ant crawling around their house, though the reality is it’s hard not to get ants from time to time. The bigger issue is if you see a winged ant in your house. Is it an ant? Or is it a termite? Carpenter ants and termites have some similar habits and at first glance, look alike. Oftentimes, it can be difficult to tell the difference between termites vs ants. And make no mistake, an infestation of either can absolutely wreck any wood in your home. Carpenter ants aren’t harmless. They can be just as destructive as termites.

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ticks and tick treatmentOne of the most common pests you need to be worried about in the spring and summer are ticks. In the latest episode of Bug Jim, The Pest Control Podcast, Jim Byrne from Expert Pest Control helps you understand how to recognize a tick outbreak in your yard. Plus, you will learn what to expect from a tick treatment. This is part 1 of 2 episodes about ticks. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes to stay up-to-date with the latest episodes. You can also listen to the podcast here or below. Not able to listen? A transcript of the podcast can help you understand the importance of pest control when ticks are on your property.

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what are paper wasps?Let’s face it. Wasps are given a bad rap due to their “aggressive” nature. But not all wasps are vicious. Paper wasps, common in New England’s residential areas, are feared by many for their painful stings and possible subsequent allergic reactions. However, most paper wasps only attack when they feel their nests are being threatened. Otherwise, they are quite benign in nature. In fact, gardeners find them very useful for growing with their natural ability to eliminate harmful insects.

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pavement ants and carpenter ants

It’s one of the most common insect problems in spring. ANTS.  In the second half of our 2-part series on Bug Jim, The Pest Control Podcast, Jim Byrne from Expert Pest Control helps you understand the innate differences between pavement ants and carpenter ants and the need to manage outbreaks as soon as they are identified. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes to stay up-to-date with the latest episodes.  You can also listen to the podcast here.  A transcript of the recent podcast below can help you understand the importance of pest control when ants are present on your property.

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