Five Signs You Might Have Termites in Your HomeTermites are known as the “silent destroyers”; they can sneak into your home and chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper entirely undetected. These pests are so good at destruction, the National Pest Management Association estimates termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year.

Although these pests are often hidden from view, there are some subtle signs you have termites. If you see any of these signs, it’s time for a professional termite inspection and extermination strategy.

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preparing spring pest protection planRaise your hand if you’ve felt an early dose of Spring Fever!

Recently, temps in New England have soared to over 70 degrees – melting snow, thawing the ground, and leaving residents to flee the indoors to soak up the sun in unseasonably warm weather.

Will this pleasant spell continue? That’s anybody’s guess, it is New England after all.  However, the above averages temperatures and the softened soil has also been an inviting climate for insects that have spent months dormant and underground.

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Caring for aging family members weighs heavily on people’s minds. Identifying and moving parents and loved ones into the right living facility is a priority – when specialized care is needed. Vetting nursing and assisted living facilities can be an arduous task for families. And, administrators must alleviate all concerns by assuring elders will be receiving the best care.

Conditions of these facilities are scrutinized daily. As healthcare providers, you must maintain a high level of hygienic and sanitary compliance, or risk consequences including loss of business and even fatal circumstances. Therefore, for general maintenance and public safety, pest control must be part of routine service. If not properly treated, nursing homes and assisted living facilities can be hotbeds for infestation.

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Vacation rentals and time shares are nothing new. However, with the introduction of companies like AirBnB, Homeaway, and FlipKey that has brought inexpensive and indigenous lodging to the masses, inherent wanderers have taken to the open road – able to explore every inch of the globe.

While these companies have allowed more people, including millennials and a younger generation of traveler to experience new locales, the pitfalls of privately contracted lodging has seen its fair share of debate. In particular, the subject of bed bugs and infestation in some accommodations. If you are a property owner who actively rents on sites like these, the last thing you need are negative reviews, complaints to corporate, loss of incomes, or worse – a lawsuit.

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how to get rid of mice from your homeRemember when you were a kid and played that board game “Mouse Trap” with friends? You’d move your little critter around the board avoiding the dreaded cage drop. In reality though, when trying to catch a mouse, your adversary is far more elusive, the obstacles challenging, and the traps, more deadly.

When you’ve identified a rodent infestation in the home, particularly mice, you’ll want to take action quickly to reduce property damage and health risk to occupants. At Expert Pest Control (EPC), we anticipate an increase in service calls due to mice starting in late fall through the spring. It’s common for New Englanders to be plagued by these creatures as they seek the warmth and comfort of indoor living to nest during the frigid months. Luckily, there are a number of quick and affordable ways to keep mice out of the home. Whether you trap’em or zap’em, here are a few tips on how to get rid of mice indoors.

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New Year Resolutions for a Pest Free 2017As New Englanders, each season brings forth a bevy of unique challenges relating to pest control. From stinging and biting insects in the spring and summer months, to mice and rodents seeking shelter indoors during the fall and winter our local technicians are adept at ridding our region’s indigenous pests.

Ring in the new year with helpful tips to avoid unwanted bugs, rodents, and small wildlife.

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new-mouseIt’s that time of year again. When the temperatures dip, and residents start turning up the heat inside, rodents and pests take solace in the warmth of your home. As a homeowner, mice aren’t just a nuisance, they’re a hazard to your health. Mice can carry diseases and for your own safety and comfort, it’s important to recognize the signs and take action if there’s a mouse infestation in your home.

Fortunately, when mice do move in they let you know it. Indications you may have mice.

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vacationIt’s that time of year again. Garlands of lights adorn houses, festive tunes play endlessly on the radio, and the succulent smells of side dishes fill the air. From Thanksgiving to the end of the year the Holiday Season brings weary travelers hither and yon to be with friends and family. And, while joyous and celebratory good cheer is spread from home to home…so are bed bugs.

Believe it or not, pest control experts receive an uptick in calls about bed bugs in early January as a result of holiday travel. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t go visiting grandma who has been slaving over a hot stove, but you should take steps to avoid harboring unwanted guests when you try to recover from your holiday hangovers.

With a revolving door of guests, the constant planes, trains, and bus travel involved, and overnight lodgers from afar, it’s easy to see how bed bugs can invade any property this time of year.

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shutterstock_358110974It’s a frigid morning in New England. You race to warmth of your car and crank up the heat. Only to crinkle your nose at the strong whiff of hot air blowing on your face because…what’s that smell?

As the ground freezes over and the cold sets in, mice, rats, and other small rodents seek warmer pastures wherever they can. That includes your car. And, that stench emanating from the vents can indicate a mouse has nested in your vehicle’s air filter.

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Ticks are very active this time of year. With the falling leaves piling up, and the damp weather making the brush a hospitable place for them to hide, New Englanders need to be extra cautious when venturing outdoors.

The American Dog Tick, BlackLegged Deer Tick, and the Lone Star Tick are common in the Northeast. Their tiny stature can let them go undetected and feed off animals and humans for up to 10 days. An engorged appearance presents with a swollen body that could be attached to skin or found near the tick’s host.  Below, we see the difference in size and form of the well fed tick.


Tick Removal

There are a number of ways to remove a tick attached to skin. They even sell specific tools to help you expel the insect from the body. However, you don’t need more than a pointed tweezer for a proper 3-Step process that is a quick and simple method to removing ticks.

  1. Using a fine-tipped tweezer, grab hold of the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.
  2. Use slow, steady motion to pull upward and expel the tick. *You don’t want to twist or jerk the tick as it can cause parts to break off and remain in the skin.
  3. Clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.

With the live tick in your tweezer’s grasp, flush it down the toilet or place it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape. Never, try to squeeze or crack a live tick with your bare hands.

Tick-Borne Illness

The biggest concern surround tick bites are communicable disease. The Lyme infection, in particular, is transmittable by ticks in the Northeast. Typically, a tick needs to be attached to a person’s body for 34-36 hours to spread the bacteria into the bloodstream. However, due to their diminutive size, ticks can remain hidden on the body for days until fully engorged.

Once you’ve removed a tick from your skin, you should monitor the area for up to a month for early signs of Lyme Disease. These flu-like symptoms may include fever, chills, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Approximately 70-80% of Lyme sufferers show signs of a rash after a tick bite. It may expand gradually over a period of days, feel warm to the touch, or present a “bullseye” pattern. If you experience any of these symptoms post tick bite, seek medical attention and get tested for Lyme.

Avoid Tick Bites

As New Englanders, you can’t avoid ticks completely. However, you can take steps to prevent being bitten by ticks and minimizing the risk of ticks showing up in your home.

  1. Dogs & Cats – Your canine companion and outdoor kitty should be protected against ticks. From treated collars to medicated topicals, there are plenty of products on the market that will repel ticks and reduce the instance of live ticks in your home.
  2. Property Maintenance – Fall clean up can reduce a tick-infested environment. Clear the leaves and brush around your land, stack woodpiles away from the home, and cut tall grass or weeds to keep ticks close to the ground and off your body.
  3. When hiking or working in wooded areas, cover your body with long sleeves and pants, tuck socks into pants to avoid bare skin, wear a hat to cover your hair, and light colored clothing to make it easier to spot any ticks on you. Use insect repellent with DEET to deter bugs. When re-entering your home, inspect your body and clothing for any signs of ticks.

Commercial grade yard or garden treatments that are environmentally friendly can help prevent ticks. Contact Expert Pest Control to learn about the eco and pet friendly solutions available to property owners and managers that manage the occurrence of insects in outdoor spaces. We offer a number of treatment options that minimize the risk of ticks, and subsequently, tick-borne illness.

As New England’s local pest control company, our professionals provide prompt, friendly service to our area neighbors. We can help you contain pests and insects, clear your property of rodents and wildlife, and offer management programs to create a barrier against future infestation. Call us today at (800) 235-3093 or request a quote and to learn how you can protect your home and family with regular treatment this summer season.

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