Brace yourself, we’re only halfway through winter. And, while you’ve come this far without “seeing” a mouse, you may be ignoring critical signs of a mouse problem or infestation that keep you in this haze of denial.

Frigid temps, ice, and snow tend to drive these small pests indoors. And crafty as they are, they can remain shielded from sight for the entire season. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t leave tracks. Mice are messy. Pay closer attention and you may be forced to reconcile the possibility that rodents have invaded your home or business.

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condo pest controlFrom hi-rise buildings to garden apartments and attached townhomes, property managers of complexes face unique challenges when it comes to condo pest control and infestation maintenance.

Indoors and out, you are tasked with ensuring the safety and well-being of residents. Insects, rodents, and wildlife, however, can jeopardize your property and cause serious damage including unsafe living conditions and costly lawsuits by residents.

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how to prevent pests during winter in new englandWe’re making a list and you’ll want to check it twice…

Tis’ the season for New England’s pests to exhibit some bad behavior. And unfortunately, the threat of a bag full of coal won’t be enough for them to change their ways.

Rodents, stink bugs, and small wildlife take solace in the warmth of your home during the winter months. Seeking refuge from the cold temperatures, they retreat into attics, basements, behind walls and crawl-spaces that are snug and secure. And while they’re there, they set up house – building nests, breeding and forming a colony of unwanted critters. Pests in winter are persistent and can quickly become a real problem.

Safeguard your home by learning how to prevent pests in the first place. Recognize unwelcome guests before they hold their own holiday housewarming.

How to Prevent Pests During Winter in New England

Who is on the Naughty List:
1) Mice – These crafty little creatures see cracks in the foundation, loose siding, or open vents as a welcome mat with a big flashing sign saying “vacancy”. Mice are deceptive because they can take a tiny opening and manufacture their own side door to your property. Prevent them from finding a new winter haven. Walk the perimeter of your property and seal up all external entry points. Use screens or protective mesh to cover vent spaces, and caulk and insulate to fill crevices and gaps at the base.

2) Squirrels and other small wildlife – Hear some noise on the roof? Reindeer hooves perhaps? Wishful thinking. The sounds are likely squirrels scampering about, looking for a way into a toasty warm attic. These quick critters can climb, jump and gnaw their way in. And once they’ve arrived they will wreak havoc on unsuspecting landlords – chewing through anything and everything in the home. Keep your attic windows closed or covered with screens, and use chimney caps to prevent entry. Look for shavings and holes in the drywall, frame, and insulation that would indicate squeaky squatters.

3) Stink Bugs – Around the 1990s stink bugs immigrated to the US from Asia. Since then these small brown insects have invaded New England homes in the fall and winter. True to their name, stink bugs emit a detectable odor that makes their presence known in a most unpleasant way; and they come in droves looking for shelter in the chillier months. At the first sign of a stink bug on the outside of your home, seal potential entry points to avoid their access indoors. Chemical deterrents can be applied, but once inside, stink bugs are almost impossible to remove. And you will likely be stuck with these housemates until spring.

Expert Pest Control is only a phone call away too if you need a professional that knows how to prevent pests in the winter. Our technicians can help you identify the infestation, and point out risks around your property that may attract pests into your home. We are New England’s leading partner for commercial and residential pest management, and we pride ourselves on helping eliminate seasonal insects, rodents, and small wildlife in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.

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As families and friends enjoy this festive time of year, the furthest thing from your mind should be pests in winter. However, if you find yourself faced with an infestation of unwelcomed houseguests – Expert Pest is coming to town. Call us today at (800) 235-3093 to learn how to prevent pests, or anything else on the naughty list, from coming back for the new year.

how to get rid of stink bugsDon’t Let Them In! It’s a line from M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, The Village, but it’s shouted just as often by Massachusetts residents in the fall when they spot stink bugs closing in on windows and doors. When the temperature dips, these slow-moving insects invade the home, seeking access to warmer accommodations. This leaves homeowners and businesses with an unenviable task to figure out: how to get rid of stink bugs.

Once unheard of in these parts, the stink bug hitched a ride on a container barge from international waters and subsequently made its way to our neck of the woods. Lucky us. And, while they’re fairly benign and won’t harm people or pets, they’re a nuisance and they’re everywhere.

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There’s a chill in the air and a bite on your leg. Welcome to the holidays!

Weaving in and out of traffic, waiting in long lines at the airport, scrambling to get from point A to point B to spend precious time with loved ones. Yes, we’re entering the most wonderful time of the year, or, in pest control terms – the most infested time of the year.

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As the New England weather turns colder, mice look for new homes that will provide them with the warmth, shelter, and food they need to get through the winter months. Unfortunately, this can drive mice into our homes.

While one mouse in the house may not seem like a big deal when you consider that one female mouse can give birth to 5 to 10 litters – with five or six babies each – over the course of a year, that one mouse has the potential to grow into an infestation. What’s worse is that mice carry at least 25 different types of diseases that can put your family at risk, from the deadly Hantavirus to the bacteria that causes salmonella.

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Fall foliage is in full effect, which means it won’t be long before the trees will be bare. Landscapers and property owners alike have their fair share of “fall-cleanup” referring to the raking, leaf blowing, and removal of fallen leaves.

Stockpiles of dry wood are being readied for fireplaces and hearth stoves, while homeowners examine areas to insulate to protect against the New England winters. These annual preparations are par for the course for many residents, however they also play an important part in avoiding an infestation of fall pests.

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“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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