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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At first glance you think…” oh it’s just a ladybug.” But is it?

It’s a common misconception. You see a tiny insect crawling on your window pane or wall. You take a closer look. It’s a bright color with black spots on their backs, typical of those cute little ladybugs you grew up trying to lure onto your fingers. However, this isn’t a ladybug. It’s an Asian Lady Beetle.

How can I be sure?

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differences between carpenter ants and pavement antsOne of the most common pests you need to be worried about in the spring is ants.  In the latest episode of Bug Jim, The Pest Control Podcast, Jim Byrne from Expert Pest Control helps you understand the innate differences between carpenter ants and pavement 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 our other podcast episodes 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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how to prevent carpenter ants from invading your homeSpring is here, and with it comes some of the most unwanted visitors in the northeast – carpenter ants.  Every year, as winter thaws, the carpenter ants come out to invade homes across New England and do significant damage in the process. Carpenter ants love to build nests in wood, and that wood often comes in the form of nearby homes.  If a carpenter ants nest takes hold, you could be in for a lot of trouble – in the form of carpenter ant damage. Getting rid of them is no easy task for homeowners. A professional pest control company can certainly help if you have an infestation, but the best approach before an outbreak is to prevent carpenter ants from ever entering your home.

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top 5 signs of roach infestation

Roaches may bring to mind dirty, disgusting city dwellings, but in reality, cockroaches can live anywhere that offers food, water, and warmth. They aren’t just nuisance pests, either; they are a real public health problem and can contaminate food and eating utensils with bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli. There are things to look for that show signs of a roach infestation.

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pet safe pest control solutionsThe time to prepare for spring and summer pests is right now. The first thaw of the season signifies activity among the dormant winter pests. Mosquitoes, ticks, wasps, and other insects are emerging and already becoming a nuisance for domesticated animals. Pet owners need to protect their cats, dogs, and other household pets. From pet safe pest control to lawn care, there are several ways to keep your animals safe from pests.

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7 ways to prepare your home for the spring insect invasionSpring may still be a little ways off, but now is the perfect time to start preparing for the upcoming insect invasion.  As with many creatures, insects largely go dormant or die during the winter, but as soon as things start to thaw, they’re going to be back with a vengeance and seeking shelter in your home. You could find yourself with an infestation before you know it.

7 Tips To Help Prevent Insect Infestation

Perhaps the most important thing to remember as you’re looking around your home is that most insects want three things: warmth, moisture, and food.  The more you can deny them those things, the less likely they are to enter your home.

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seasonal tick spray treatment for condo complexesDon’t let the dip in temps and the frequent flurries fool you. It’s time to start thinking about spring.

Yup, we went there.

While it may only be February, before you know it March will be upon us (after all, February is the shortest month) and spring will be within reach. As soon as the ground thaws and trees bud, ticks will be assuming their place as the bug to beware.

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