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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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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