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Emmett Lee

Don't Get Stung This Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is the gateway to grilling, sailing and swimming. It's that special time of year when everyone is ready for outdoor fun. The bad news is that your friends and family aren't the only ones headed for your backyard barbeque. Spring is the beginning of bee and wasp season. Bees emerge when the temperatures in New York and Connecticut finally rise. Wasp queens wake up around the same time after the long winter and look for places to build their nests. This is when the trouble begins. Controlling Wasps Queen wasps get to work as soon as spring arrives. These matriarchs are particularly large. If you see them buzzing around your home, they're looking for a place to nest. The queens that overwinter are responsible for creating a new nest and a new generation of workers. By the time Memorial Day arrives, the young wasps are working to find...
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What's The Difference Between Termidor and Sentricon?

If termites are active on your property, you need an effective treatment plan that will work quickly and protect completely. Termidor and Sentricon are two products that we use to control subterranean and drywood termites. Both treatments are equally effective, but there are several differences. Termidor is a liquid termiticide that's injected into the soil around your home. Another version of this product is applied directly to the damaged wood. Sentricon uses solid cellulose-based bait that's placed in self-contained canisters around your property. Here's some information that will give you a better idea about the advantages of these options. Using Termidor to Control Termites Termidor is one of the most effective liquid termiticides. It's nonrepellent, so it kills termites that forage above and below ground. The active ingredient is fipronil, a neurotoxin that affects insects. This chemical is also found in medications that control fleas and ticks. Termidor acts slowly enough...
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Three Ways to Prepare for Termite Swarms

Residents and business owners who face a pest infestation in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY can always rely on the professional services of ABC Exterminating, Inc. We provide a highly trained service team with expert knowledge about the best methods and techniques for eliminating termite infestations in your area. Our company is completely dedicated to providing critical information to customers about termite infestations so that you can make an informed decision about how to deal with the problem. Termite Infestations Our company has a reputation for excellent pest control in this area. We advise our customers to take precautions to minimize the damage of a termite infestation. A few simple techniques can help you to reduce the potential harm to the foundation of your home as well as the interior areas. When termites swarm, you should always close off any areas where they might be able to enter the...
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Why Customers Choose ABC Exterminating

Why Customers Choose ABC Exterminating Much like researching a mechanic before allowing him or her to work on your vehicle, you should vet every pest control company in your area before allowing one into your home. After all, choosing the wrong one can lead to a home full of poisonous fumes and long-term health effects - not to mention an expensive extermination bill. When you hire the right pest control company, you'll ensure the problem is exterminated quickly, safely and that it doesn't return. Here's why Connecticut residents choose ABC Exterminating when they have a pest infestation. We Review Each Call and Case With a Sense of Urgency Our customer service staff is experienced at answering every type of call and forwarding the case to the right department for immediate attention. We understand that timing means everything when your property and health are at stake, and we'll work day and night...
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Why Experience Matters

Why Experience Matters When it comes to hiring anyone to do any job, most people prefer to hire highly experienced, well-trained, and consummately skilled professionals. At ABC Exterminating, Inc., we have five decades of experience. We also train all of our staff members in all aspects of fighting pests, including the use of green techniques and products. We're proud to be environmentally conscious. Whether you need our help for your residence or business, we're ready to accept the challenge. No job is too big or too small. Our minimum acceptable standard is to exceed the industry standard in every way, including customer service. When you deal with us, you'll not only get the benefit of 50 years of wisdom and experience but also the dedicated commitment to fair pricing, honest communication, and total professionalism. When you ask a question, we'll answer it quickly. If, for some reason, we don't know the...
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Have a Pest Free Holiday

Have a Pest Free Holiday During the chilly holiday season, most people give little thought to pests. However, their unexpected appearance in your home can quickly spoil your holiday spirit. The first step to having a pest-free holiday is knowing which pests might spend the season in your house and how to tell if they have already moved in. Mice Each year, these small rodents flock into basements and crawlspaces in search of shelter and food. They can wiggle through a surprisingly small opening. If your home is infested with mice, the most apparent sign will be their droppings, which are tiny brown pellets that taper off at one end. Their urine can also be detected by using a blacklight. Chewed food packaging is another sign of a mouse infestation. Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs These creatures were accidentally imported from Asia in the 1990s, and they have quickly established themselves as...
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Keep Your Home Pest Free for the Holidays

Few things can ruin a Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or other holiday celebrations taking place in Connecticut like coming across pests or the damage that they have done or are planning to do if you don't take care of the situation right away. Fortunately, you can do several things today to help keep these pests away when it is time to celebrate the holidays and family and friends. These include sealing all holes and cracks, which can otherwise provide an entry way for insects and rodents, inspecting boxes holding decorations that were taken from storage spaces seldom visited during other times of the year and Christmas trees brought home for the holidays and keeping all food and drinks sealed. However, even despite the best of intentions and the most through of precautions taken, pests can sometimes still enter your home and disrupt your holiday celebrations. Here are some that are most prevalent...
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Don’t Let Ticks Ruin Your Halloween Costume This Year

Ticks thrive throughout the year but are at their healthiest and most active during the autumn. When you want to avoid their bothersome and even deadly tricks and treat yourself to a tick-free house this October, you should first learn more about these pests and what steps you can take to keep ticks away from your home and your family. Ticks and Their Natural Habitat Ticks prefer to live in grassy or leafy habitats where they can hide and reproduce. They lay in wait for animals and humans to cross their paths so that they can attach themselves to their host and feed on its blood. Ticks will remain attached to a host for as long as it can continue to suck the animal or person's blood. If left attached to the host, the tick can swell to more than double its size as it feeds. Dangers of Ticks Despite being...
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How to Prevent Stink Bug Infestations in Your Home

Stink bugs are one of the worst insects to have in your home. When you find them, you cannot just kill them because they release a musty sense when frightened. These brown insects have a shield-like body and are native to many parts of the United States. While they like to feed on ornamental plants and fruit trees, they can end up infesting your home. What Are Stink Bugs? Stink bugs are native to Taiwan, Japan, China and Korea. There are an estimated 4,7000 species of this insect in existence, and 250 species are native to North America. These insects most likely arrive in the country by riding along in shipping containers. Today, there are 30 states that have stink bug infestations. Most of these species have a shield-like body with a striped pattern along the abdomen. When frightened or squashed, they secrete a foul-smelling substance. If vacuumed up, they can...
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How to check your property for yellow jackets & wasps.

wasp 4Yellow jackets and wasps pose a serious hazard to your property and home. You can get rid of these pests by knowing how to check for them and understanding what attracts them to your home. What Attracts Yellow Jackets and Wasps Yellow jackets and wasps are like many other pests in that they are continuously on the lookout for food and shelter. They will choose your home above others if they spy conditions that are perfect for building nests and eating well. Some of the ideal provisions that will draw them to your house include: Darkened overhangs and eaves that provide shelter and protection from the weather Weathered wood that provides a source of fiber and sustenance Open garbage bins Fruit trees with blossoms or ripened fruit Open water in bird baths, kiddie pools, or puddles Bright floral patterns on outdoor furniture or decorations All of these conditions allow wasps and...
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5 Tips for a Pest-Free Picnic

Dog TickWith summertime underway, it is time to plan the perfect picnic. While this event is fun and conjures up nostalgic memories, bees, wasps and ticks can ruin your picnicking experience. To make sure that uninvited guests do not hurt your picnicking experience, make sure to use the following tips for a pest-free day. 1. Location Matters The first step in avoiding insects is to pick the right location. To avoid mosquitoes, you will want to stay away from any locations that are near bodies of water like lakes or stagnant ponds. Bees and wasps love flowering plants, so stay away from any area that is filled with large flowers. Once you have avoided these spots, check the ground around you for ant colonies. Look up and make sure that there are no hives or nests nearby. If you do not see any potential insect sources nearby, you are ready to prepare...
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Identifying the differences between Carpenter Ants and Termites

Carpenter Ant wingsKnow The Difference When you're a homeowner, it's important to realize that there are a plethora of pests who want to wreak havoc on your home. Both carpenter ants and termites can cause massive problems, but it is crucial that you distinguish between the two. Methods of treatment will vary, as well as a number of other issues related to the condition of your home. While termites pose a greater threat in the short term, carpenter ants also cause massive amounts of damage when not addressed swiftly.  Damage One of the telltale signs of a carpenter ant infestation will be piles of wood shavings. The wood piles will look similar to the shavings that you see after sharpening a pencil. While termites are almost always silent, a severe carpenter ant infestation can sometimes be audible. Homeowners experiencing this have reported hearing rustling noises coming from their walls.  Once you get a...
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Spring Is Coming: Dealing With Early Rising Lawn Pests

While it's still technically winter, a lot of areas are going to start seeing some warmer weather soon. And with that warm weather, you're going to see the rise of early spring lawn pests. These critters rise from the seeming dead every year to ruin your lawn and pester your nerves. Why do these pests start showing up when there could still be snow on the ground? Mostly because the temperature has started to rise. When the temperature rises, lawn pests either rise from their slumber or start hatching. Bumblebees are the most likely pest you're going to see early in the spring, as they can withstand pretty low temperatures. As the snow melts and the ice breaks, you're probably going to see moles next. They stay far underground in the winter to avoid the cold, but are more than happy to rise in the early spring. Their thick fur and...
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How to Know You Have Bedbugs if You Don't Show a Physical Reaction

According to the CDC, one of the primary indications of a bed bug infestation is the "tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts while sleeping." So if you go to sleep with no symptoms and wake up with pesky, itching bites, that's the primary way to know that you have a bed-bug problem, right? Maybe. The problem is that not everyone reacts to bed bugs. A recent study by the University of Kentucky indicates that many people do not react to bed bug bites. Because the original bites are painless, unless a person develops the standard reaction later on, how are they to realize that they're the subject of an infestation? For those in pest control, it is well known that some customers do not react to bed bug bites, and that this can delay detection and timely intervention. Oft-stated statistics for non-reactivity vary widely — from less...
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Taking Control Of Your Mouse Problem

So your house is infested with an entire family of mice. They have spread beyond just a few individual mice and seem to sprawl everywhere in your home. You need to take control of your mouse problem ASAP. But how? Mouse traps will only let you down. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but mouse traps are simply not the answer when it comes to dealing with the annoying and difficult problem of mouse infestations. They can help take care of a handful of the problematic little buggers, but they just aren't designed to handle a full-on mouse problem. And what about poison traps? Aren't those effective? Again, they might work well if you have a mouse or six to kill, but when your mouse population starts topping 20-50, they lose their effectiveness. Remember: mice recognize the scent of their own dead and will flee if an area...
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How To Best Utilize Your Mouse Traps

When you have mice in your home, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Mice breed prolifically and can cause a lot of damage, both to your house and your food supply. If you've struggled to eliminate the mice in your homes with mouse traps, there's a good chance you haven't been implementing them properly. Common High Traffic Areas The best way to successfully deploy your mouse traps is to set them in high-traffic areas of your home. These areas are usually easy to spot: if you've seen a mouse in an area, it's undoubtedly a high-traffic area. Common high-traffic areas include: Cupboards near food In holes near walls Near basements Placing your traps near these areas (in multiple locations) makes it more likely that mice will stumble into your traps. Best Bait To Use Cheese is the clichéd mouse trap bait, but it's actually not one of their favorite foods. This misunderstanding...
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Winter Pest Control is Vital!

As the temperatures drop and winter sets in, it's tempting to think that there's little you can do to control the pests in your home. This is a huge mistake: pests can still be hugely active in the winter months, trying to wait out the cold months until they can get active again in the warmer spring and summer months. In fact, there's a strong chance that certain pests, such as mice and rats, will actually start flooding your house during the cold winter months. They are attracted to the heat of your home and are clever enough to find ways inside. And once there, they'll be so comfortable, they might never leave. So what can you do to stop them on your own? Sadly, very little. Mouse traps won't do much to catch the huge rodent invasion you may get in the winter. You'll probably get a handful of mice,...
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Are Venomous Spiders a Danger to Your Pets?

Whether you are a cat person, a dog person, a bird person, or some other special variety of pet person, there's no denying that you cherish your pets as you do your own family--perhaps even more so! Because you cherish your pets, you want to keep them safe from anything that might harm them, including venomous spiders such as the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. Are such spiders really a danger to pets? Are Venomous Spiders a Danger to Your Pets? The short answer is yes. In fact, because most household pets are relatively small, they are even more strongly affected by spider bites than humans are. Because of that, they should be kept away from Black Widows, Brown Recluse, Hobo Spiders, and Tarantulas.  According to the experts over at Vet Street, you can mitigate the danger by taking several steps. First always keep a friendly distance from spiders when you encounter them out of doors. Small animals...
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Keep Your Home Safe By Hiring Professional Mouse Control Experts

Mice: is there anything worse than spotting one of these little critters run across your floor? How about watching them eat their way through your dry wall? Or hearing them scurry through your walls at night? Or even the increased risk of suffering from dangerous pathogens that can put the lives of you and your family at risk? No, having mice in your home is a problem. One that you can easily solve with professional mouse control experts. Throw away the traps, put the cheese back in the fridge and throw down the cash for a real professional. You simply can't handle this problem on your own. Why not? Because DIY control methods will only eliminate small portions of the problem, not the whole contagion. Remember: mice breed incredibly fast and are capable of hiding in very out-of-the-way places of your home. Catching all of them by yourself is not possible....
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Three Horrifying Spider Control Fails

Most of us like to think that we are more or less in control of the spider issue in our homes. Barring unforeseen infestations, we go about our daily lives with little to no fear of close encounters of the arachnid kind. These three stories, however, are a good reminder that the next spider control fail could be right around the corner for each of us. Three Horrifying Spider Control Fails Fail #1: Woman's Itchy Ear Caused by Spider Living in It - When a Chinese woman visited her doctor to consult with him about an itch she'd experienced in her ear for over five days, they were both in for big surprise: a spider had crawled into her ear canal and made his home there. Fearing the spider would bite her if he used tweezers to remove it, the doctor instead flushed the spider out with a saline solution.  Fail #2: Gift from Secret Admirer Leads to Spider...
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