park-bench-in-the-fallAutumn in New England is arguably the most picturesque season. From seascapes to mountain views dotted with the technicolor of the changing leaves, people around the globe flock to the area to witness the signature signs of the season. Soon after the vibrant colors fade however, (or after one good windy storm) New Englanders begin the proverbial “fall cleanup.”

To landscapers, property managers, and homeowners, fall cleanup is more than just the raking of leaves into piles of fun for kids. It’s an important part of winter-preparation – managing the safety and integrity of a property. It’s also an integral part of maintaining a pest-free environment.

Considerations During Fall Cleanup Activities

Leaf Blowing/Removal – Hearing the crunching of leaves beneath your feet is a hallmark of our fall season. However, it’s important to remove fallen leaves and brush quickly to reduce hazards. Wet Leaves are a haven for pests and breeding ground for insects. From ticks to termites, leave little trace of leaves to minimize the risk of infestation.

Stacking Logs & Woodpiles – When stacking logs for woodstoves or fire pits, maintain at least 20 feet of space between the pile and your property. Termites and other insects, even mice and smaller rodents will nest in these stacks. To prevent infiltration into your home, maintain a good distance and inspect all logs before bringing them indoors. Elevate spare kindling off the ground to keep it dry and further reduce the likelihood of it becoming a home for pests.

Repairing Foundation – Cleanup isn’t relegated to just the grounds. Seal cracks in the foundation and repair clapboard or siding that may be deteriorated to avoid mice, chipmunks, and squirrels seeking shelter in the colder weather. Small animals can take a tiny opening and gnaw their way in creating their own side entrance to your property. Cracks and fissures invite microscopic insects that can go undetected over the winter months. They will breed and feed off of your home causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages.

Buttoning Up – As temperatures dip, you may notice airflow from windows and doors. Now is the time to repair sills, window panes, and use door sweeps to close up spaces underneath external entries. Check attic windows and fan areas, and consider setting traps for the winter months. It’s common for squirrels, mice, and even raccoons to seek shelter in your home by climbing trees and gutters to obtain access in the upper levels of houses. Once they find their way in, they can come and go as they please, nest, breed, and explore other areas inside wreaking havoc on property owners.

Ask the Experts

Taking these measures won’t just protect your home, they will protect your family as well. Insects and small rodents can transmit disease – a detriment to all occupants. For optimal pest control results from fall cleanup efforts, consult the Experts.

Our skilled technicians at Expert Pest Control are not only adept at spotting problem areas and environmental factors that could increase infestation, they are New Englanders themselves. Having technicians that are familiar with the area, seasonal influences, and the indigenous pests first hand makes our experts uniquely qualified to help the community.

At Expert Pest Control, we don’t just eliminate seasonal insects, stinging and biting bugs, and rodents, we educate our neighbors to prevent future outbreaks and secure their properties. For over 15 years we’ve been your local, trusted resource for pest control. Call us to learn how you can prepare your property for the coming season and avoid menacing pests on your property.


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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areas we serveFor over 20 years, Expert Pest Control (EPC) has been your community resource for ridding homes and businesses of unwelcomed infestation. And, we are proud to be of service to our hometowns within MA, NH, & ME. We especially love hearing from our friends and neighbors around New England about how much they trust our highly skilled technicians, how courteous and helpful our staff is, and how pleased they are to be working with a local company that specializes in regional pest control – for greater peace of mind.

Our company’s number one priority is helping people. We listen. We evaluate. And we engage. At EPC, pest control is much more than a one-time removal and extermination process. We aim to educate property owners and property managers to prevent infestation. Our team helps protect your homes and businesses.

A Typical Site Visit

EPC eliminates most insects, vermin, and rodents that plague New Englanders. And, while no two technician calls are ever alike, there are standard procedures that we abide by to ensure the highest quality service to our clients.

1. Speak with the owner/manager directly to learn more about the infestation
2. Walk and inspect the entire property and all areas of concern
3. Identify possible entry points or nests that represent the source(s) of the problem
4. Discuss all options with the client and determine the best course of action to take
5. Prevent the spread of infestation and future outbreaks with a proactive plan

Regional Specialists

Expert Pest Control technicians don’t just respond to calls in your area, they live in neighboring towns. We hire local specialists to ensure fast, accurate support when you need us. Plus, who better to help you eliminate pests than those who know and understand exactly what you may be up against.

The changing seasons in New England host a number of different pest problems throughout the year. In the winter, EPC is prepared to hear from property owners regarding mice and other rodents seeking shelter from the cold. We inspect all entry points, look at factors that may attract rodents, and indicate places that they could potentially hide. In the spring and summer months, types of stinging and flying insects are more prevalent and wreak havoc on residents looking for sunshine after a long winter indoors. We offer a number of treatment options including eco and pet friendly solutions that are formulated to be safer for the environment and furry friends, yet they are powerful commercial grade ridding agents.

Expert Pest Control also monitors new techniques, methods of extermination, and technology in our field. From trappings to treatments we offer our clients a range of solutions that get the job done. We’re invested in protecting your home and your business – because we’re invested in our community.

So, go on – tell us what’s bugging you New England. EPC is ready to take your call.


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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dog-1-1409533As summer vacations wind down, and your furry family members return from being boarded or staying elsewhere with other animals, you may find yourself scratching your head (and arms and legs) wondering why Fido and Fluffy are gnawing at themselves.

Constant scratching in dogs and cats can be a sign of fleas. These pests in particular are known to latch on from one animal to another looking for their next meal. Adult fleas will host-hop among pets, so it’s not as uncommon that your once flea-free dog or cat comes back from a kennel or even puppy play date with an infestation.

What to Look For

As fleas feed off of pets, this discomfort causes dogs and cats to scratch themselves incessantly. This is typically the first tell-tale sign you could have a flea problem. Unfortunately, fleas may feed on people as well. Pet owners could find bite marks or small itchy welts on their body, in which you’ll want to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. In addition to scratching, fleas leave behind fecal matter and larvae that are detectable to the naked eye. Examine pet beds pillows, rugs and furnishings for small black speckles that could indicate you have fleas.

What to Do

If detected on your pet and in your home, you can take steps to eliminate the problem. Ridding fleas is not an immediate solution, however repeated treatment can be effective.

  • Comb the Area: At the first sign of constant scratching, use a flea comb (found at any pet supply store) to brush through a dog or cat’s fur. Start with the neck and tail areas that are the most common places for fleas to congregate. Check for fleas or larvae on the comb.
  • Spray and Wash: We’re not talking about the brand here, we’re referring to the action of washing all bedding, tapestries, and clothing on high heat to sanitize and remove any fleas. Once this is complete, you’ll want to spray the area with a concentrated dose of insect growth regulator. Insecticides with methoprene or pyriproxfen will prevent lingering larvae from turning into live fleas.
  • Suck it Up: No you don’t have to live with the problem, we’re literally saying to suck them up with your vacuum. This is a job for a heavy duty cleaner so think twice before using the hand-helds or aging dust-busters. While the washing machine tackles most textiles, you’ll want to vacuum every inch of your home, concentrating on the areas around pet beds and under furnishings where fleas may be hiding.

If you are apprehensive about spraying insecticides in your home, other DIY techniques such as a botanical dust and borate acid compound may be something you want to look into. Because larvae can survive for several weeks, multiple treatments may be necessary over the course of a month to eliminate fleas on your own.

While frequent grooming, special collars, and topical solutions will help prevent fleas, your pet is still vulnerable to bringing these pests inside your home. Consult your veterinarian for the most effective ways to prevent fleas on cats and dogs. And, contact our team at Expert Pest Control where our highly trained technicians offer eco and pet friendly treatments that can terminate fleas and prevent further infestation.


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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labor day imageWow, where did the summer go? Labor Day weekend is right around the corner and you may be thinking about that last hurrah of the season prior to back-to-school.

Before you sum up a summer season with a road trip or quick weekend getaway, let’s review some helpful hints to avoid the sneaky traveler – bed bugs.

1) Google it. Whether you’ve made the reservations, or are checking into some last minute lodging deals for Labor Day weekend, check out websites like the Bed Bug Registry to make sure there haven’t been any recent complaints about infestation where you plan to stay. There are several sites on the web where guests can inform travelers of their experiences with bed bugs in hotels. Make sure you’re not sharing a room from the moment you check in.

2) The lighter the brighter the better. It’s not Labor Day yet, so pack the whites, yellows, and bright greens to reduce the risk of bed bugs. Science has told us that bed bugs prefer deep colors over the lighter items. They mistake red and black colors for fellow bed bugs and will flock to those shades thinking it’s protection from predators. Brighter colors will also make it easier to see any stragglers that decide to risk it and hop along for the ride. When you consider wardrobe options for your weekend retreat, keep the cool shades of summer with you through Labor Day weekend.

3) Checking in. You’ve had a long ride and the first stop out of a car, especially with kids, is the bathroom. And, believe it or not, that’s the best place to start to avoid bed bugs too. Once you get to your room, head straight for the tiled floors most often found in the bathrooms. Drop your luggage there first and sweep the room for potential bed bugs. These insects prefer to hide out in carpeting, upholstery, and in the crevasses of furnishings and headboards. Leave your belongings on the tile floor and inspect the room for tell-tale signs of infestation.

4) The long ride home. Heading back from a long weekend can be exhausting. You may have had a blast, or are wondering how it was only three days. Nonetheless, arriving home is usually accompanied by lots to do. Hate to give you more work, but this may be the most important step you take. Bed bugs are notorious stowaways that will end up on your belongings, and on your person without you knowing it. Before you step into the house, brush off your clothing, shake off all apparel from your suitcase, and throw that stuff right into the laundry on high heat. That will give you the best chance of eliminating any little buggers that decided to hitch a ride back to your place.

5) Just in case. If you wake up with welts or notice red bumps on your skin post summer blowout, proceed with caution – they may be bed bug bites. Unfortunately, despite a person’s best efforts, there’s no guarantee that you’ll spot bed bugs that are present. Bite marks may show up on skin several days after you’ve been bitten. If this occurs, inspect your home immediately.

Expert Pest Control can help you identify signs of bed bugs and begin the sterilization process. Our technicians are trained at containing a bed bug infestation, as they can travel and spread quickly, and exterminating any live specimens left in the home. For more information, or if you suspect bed bugs may be an issue on your property, contact us today.


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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bald-faced-hornetStinging insects, no matter their size, can inflict pain on an unfortunate victim. Or worse, allergic reactions that could prove fatal. Hornets are no exception.

If you spot hornets in and around your home, it’s possible they’ve made a nest nearby. Take a look around. The average hornet’s nest is usually the size of a football, though they can be much larger depending on its occupants. And, the larger the nest, the more likely you are to find multiple entry points – so beware.

To be successful at ridding hornets’ nests, there are a few things to consider:

Be Vigilant

If you are going to try and remove a hornet’s nest on your own, you should do so during dormant hours. You’ll want to spray the area with a potent Hornet & Wasp repellent or rid agent at dusk or dawn when they are less likely to be active. This will minimize the risk of a quick, cluster attack. It will also provide more time for you to coat the nest, treat the space with chemicals and offer a safe getaway if needed.

Be a Situational Dresser

Know what the well-dressed person is wearing when hunting hornets. Thick clothing or a layered look will provide better protection to your skin from potential stings. Should a hornet land and try to attack, you will have sufficient padding to either a) not have the stinger reach your skin, or b) minimize the impact of the sting. And, make sure you accessorize with gloves and appropriate head gear. Insect netting may be a fashion statement well worth looking into. However, if you do drape yourself in mesh, remember to keep it off your skin. A hornet can (and will) sting through a netted hat for example, and make contact with your body if the netting is resting against your skin.

Be Ready to Run 🙂

You’ve chosen the best time. Inspected the area for lingering hornets. And, have adequately protected your body. But, worst case scenario you find yourself in the midst of an attack – just run. If you’ve started treating an area and hornets emerge from the nest, bolt out of there as fast as you can. Believe it or not, you can outrun them. Hornets tend to break from the chase around 300 ft so with a head start, you should be able to put a safe distance between you and their painful stingers.

Be Proactive

Take measures to prevent an outbreak on or inside your property. There’s two ways to do this. The first, is to locate the nest or the source of the infestation. Stalk the hornets to see where they emerge from or where they return to. They’ll likely be flocking to an entry point that leads to a nest. The second, is to hire a professional pest control company to limit the likelihood of a hive formation. At Expert Pest Control, our professionals are highly skilled at tracking an insect’s movements to identify hives and breeding grounds. But, we also educate homeowners on common areas that nests may appear so they can monitor for any development of the paper-like hives in their early stages.

When homeowners are faced with hornets or stinging insects in the home, it’s not uncommon that they call in for reinforcements. And at Expert Pest, we answer that call.

Our local technicians are well equipped and highly knowledgeable. Our fast, effective service exterminates pests and prevents future occurrences. Get in touch and find out about preventative maintenance so you can be living sting-free and pest free.


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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Earlier this month Expert Pest Control owner and CEO Jim Byrne stopped by FATV for an interview with Barbara Foster, host of her own long running Central Massachusetts local access television broadcast, “Barbara and You.”

In the show Jim talks about how he got his start in the pest control industry, and how his boyhood interest in insects developed into a successful long-term career.

Jim came well-prepared for his appearance on the show, showing Barbara examples of damage done by termites and carpenter ants, and discussed how homeowners can tell the difference between the two.

He also brought a bald faced hornet’s nest (without the hornets of course!) to show Barbara what to look for, especially this time of year when the nests are active.

The TV show begins with a half hour interview with members of Capuchin Percussion. Fast forward the video to time stamp 34:12 to just watch Jim’s interview.

(fast forward to 34:12 to watch Jim’s interview!)


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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Earlier in the season we discussed the invasion of the caterpillars. And not just any caterpillars. The leggy creatures found across your property were likely not going to spawn beautiful winged butterflies, but rather an infestation of the gypsy moth variety of flying pests. Well, it has begun.

You may now be noticing hordes of the white moths overtaking your yard around dusk. Their egg-sacks lining trees and hindering your landscaping with unsightly mounds of daily hatchings. What to do?

Seek & Destroy: Gypsy Moth Egg Sacks

STEP 1 – Examine trees, wood mounds, and even car tires to identify egg sacks (see images below).
STEP 2 – Scrape these masses from the bark with a knife and tweezers to get in between cracks and crevasses (use gloves to avoid skin rashes).
STEP 3 – Soak the removed masses and debris in kerosene, or a mixture of water and soybean oil to exterminate larvae and remaining moths.

(It’s important you don’t just leave the egg sacks on the ground as they can survive in temperatures 20-30 degrees below zero.)

gypsy moth images

Seek & Destroy: Hatched Moths

Eliminating the egg sacks will help control the breeding process, however you’ll want to take action against the moths that have already hatched as well. Because the life span of a gypsy moth is brief, they spend a majority of their time looking for mates. Pheromone strips applied to tree trunks will help to lure and trap male moths and prevent further breeding.

If these methods exceed your ick, ewwww, and yuck factors call in the professionals at Expert Pest Control. Our highly skilled technicians make sure home and business owners throughout MA and southern NH are offered the most effective treatment options for controlling gypsy moths and seasonal flying insects that hinder outdoor living and devastate vegetation. Our professional team will start by assessing the property to identify high risk areas that could lead to increased infestation. By locating the source, we can eliminate the problem and reduce future occurrences throughout the season.

To learn more about treatment plans and options to rid your property of gypsy moths, stinging and biting insects, and unwanted pests, contact us today.


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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Pest Professionals’ Game of I-Spy with Bed Bugs is an Eye Opener

Ask a random person where you might commonly find bed bugs and you’ll likely get the answer, in bed of course. But ask a professional pest control expert, and you’re in for another story!

Take a look at the infographic below published by the National Pest Management Association (click to enlarge). It outlines the results of a survey that polled pest control experts and reveals common (and uncommon) places they’ve treated for bed bugs.

Not surprising, apartment and condominium complexes do top the list, though some of the more unusual locations may leave you wondering where to pursue that bachelor’s degree, get your groove on at 1am, spend your golden years, and may have you exploring alternatives to eternal slumber six feet under.

Click the image below to view full size:

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Have bed bug will travel, and if this infographic is any indication, they will show up in just about any place they choose. At Expert Pest Control, we help you find bed bugs and eliminate the infestation. We also help to educate clients on ways to prevent further outbreaks and learn to identify the signs of bed bugs and their bites, to quickly treat the problem. Contact us to learn how you can avoid being a bed bugs new ride.


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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Horse Fly image courtesy of Hectonichus - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20011029

Horse Fly image courtesy of Hectonichus – [https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20011029]

Got horses? No? Then why do you have horse flies?

In our ongoing series around blood-sucking micro-menaces and the stuff of homeowners’ nightmares, we take a look at the horse fly – natures short lived leech that will bother and bite.

The horse fly is among the most aggressive flies. At only a ½” to 1″ long with illuminating green eyes, you may wonder how such a tiny insect with striking features could wreak havoc on backyard revelers. Well, for those unfamiliar with their abbreviated reign of terror, let us enlighten you.

Hell Hath No Fury…

While only the female horsefly actually attacks (males stick to dining on flora, pollen and nectar), a microscope reveals these she-devils have sharp blade-like mouths that will slash through tissue and burst blood vessels leading to open wounds. (Ouch!) Their bites are particularly painful and their porous mouths make it easy for them to transfuse your blood into their bloodstream. What’s more, horseflies do not like being interrupted and should you swat one away mid-meal, they are more than likely to return to finish feeding.

While horse flies are known to plague stagnant and slow moving livestock and animals, the females are not discerning. They will show up in your yard and attempt to chow-down on whatever warm blooded creature they come into contact with. Yes, we’re talking about you. And while you may be thinking that your only line of defense is to bust a move in the hopes that quick thrusts, ungainly gyrations, and rapid movement will keep these pests away, there are other things you can try.

Pick a Product, Any Product

There are several fly traps including light zappers, sticky paper, and baits on the market. Heck, you can even Google humane treatment of nature’s little beasts (or something similar) and come up with homemade, organic, and crafty contraptions to build on your own.

Insect repellents that include chemicals such as pyrethroids, organiphosphates, organochlorines, and similar formulas with way too many letters in their names may also do the trick. However, even coupling the traps with the spray and pray method of extermination will not provide optimum results.

The most effective method of safeguarding against horse fly attacks is having a professional pest control company treat your entire property throughout the summer. These insects are at their most active during the moist and humid season when warmer weather is at it’s peak. Their typical lifespan is also shorter than a week, but in that brief time period they find ways to drink in the moment and leave their mark – from bloody stings to swollen welts.

To avoid being a horse fly’s next victim in your own backyard, call Expert Pest Control and have our technicians identify potential high risk factors that could lead to increased aggressive attacks. The alternative? Swat recklessly or flail about in the hopes that these hostile flies get the message.


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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yellowjacketYellow jackets are some of the most aggressive wasps in town. Many residents mistake yellow jackets for bees, but make no mistake, these viscious little insects pose a much greater risk.

Stinging insects can quickly ruin summer fun. Yellow jackets in particular flock to backyard BBQs, picnics and al fresco dining looking to scavenge off of your food. And they will attack, even if unprovoked.

Unlike honey bees that typically die after stinging, yellow jackets are hostile and capable of stinging a person multiple times. What’s more, their initial sting emits a pheromone that attracts nearby yellow jackets to attack as well. It’s important that if stung, leave the area to avoid additional stings. The painful welt that appears as a result of a bite should be monitored for adverse or allergic reactions for at least a few days after the initial sting.

While these insects can put a damper on outside fun, homeowners don’t have to wave the white flag on seasonal festivities. There are ways you can prevent yellow jackets from overtaking your property. A colony will only remain active for a single season. And, if you identify and exterminate the hive you will reduce the occurrence in your yard.

Eliminate the Colony, Eliminate the Bigger Problem
Once you’ve found the yellow jacket hive or nest, be vigilant when approaching and trying to remove. Ideally, this task should be handled by professionals, however you can try and deal with the problem yourself. If you choose the DIY method try not to take on this task alone. Since yellow jackets are aggressive, it’s best to make this a 2 (or more) person job, at night when most of the colony is present. Also, the darkness makes it more difficult for yellow jackets to see and reduces the risk of being stung. Using a retail insecticide, spray methodically to saturate the hive.

Hiring a professional pest control company will help homeowners eliminate yellow jackets. Whether you have identified the hive or need to locate the source of the colony, using an experienced professional will ensure the most effective treatment. At Expert Pest Control, our skilled technicians will not only eliminate yellow jacket nests, but also make recommendations that reduce the risk of additional colonies and future summer infestation. To learn more about our services for removing and maintaining stinging and biting insects on your property, contact us today.


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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