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3 Tips to Keep Your Pets Pest-Free

FleaMites and ticks, fleas and lice – these pests and more feed on your pets and wait for them to venture into their infestation zones. Though your pet may love to go outdoors, it's a risk every time it takes off running in the backyard. Pests have their eyes on your pets, but there are ways to keep them off your furry best friends. 3 Ways to Keep Pests Off Your Pets 1. Inspect your pets before letting them inside. Take a fine-toothed comb to brush through your pet's fur every time it comes indoors. Check close to the skin for fleas and run your hand over its fur to check for irregularities and hard spots. As ticks fill up with blood, they'll grow larger and risk infecting your pet with diseases. Performing regular pet inspections will help to keep fleas and other pests out of your home. 2. Clean pet...
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Hiking Tips to Avoid Ticks

Tick on grassTicks are small insects that can feed on the blood of humans and animals. They populate areas that have a lot of trees, and they can jump onto the victim without being detected. Once they are on the human body, they can bite into the flesh without causing any sensation, and this makes it difficult to know if you are carrying a tick. Keep the following tips in mind when you are preparing to go for a hike at your favorite location. Prevent Ticks, Hiking Tips Ticks are insidious because they can bite you without being detected. They often jump on the head of the person and crawl slowly towards the scalp where they will bury their head and gorge on human blood. They will also move from a pet to a human, so people are at risk when ticks latch onto their dogs or cats. If you are hiking with...
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How to Remove Stinging Insects Safely

Stinging insect on flowerIf you have any kind of stinging pests on your property, it's wise to try to get them removed as soon as you can. Most of the time, a professional company like ABC Exterminating can get rid of the pests quickly and safely if you don't feel comfortable with approaching the pests. If you're allergic to any kind of stinging insect, it's often best to let a professional handle the situation so that you avoid getting stung. Most of the time, there is a nest of some type if you see stinging insects. The nest could be on the side of your home or hidden in a log or tree. There simply isn't a way to clearly determine where it's located until you actually see the nest. Try to observe the movement of the insects to see where they travel on your property because they will often lead you to their...
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5 Common Pests in Connecticut

CockroachKnown for its beautiful cities and scenic landscapes, Connecticut remains one of the best states to live in America. However, residents must take the necessary measures to protect their home from pests. Here are some of the most common household pests that we tend to encounter. Cockroaches No homeowner looks forward to being plagued by cockroaches. They are some of the filthiest pests known to mankind. Over the years, roaches have earned a reputation for causing sickness. If you happen to spot even a single roach inside your residence, take action immediately! Because roaches tend to multiply so quickly, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be facing a full-fledged infestation. Mosquitoes Mosquitoes tend to become especially active during the warmer months. However, outdoor lovers should take the necessary precautions well ahead of time. Among the best ways to deter mosquitoes is to eliminate sources of stagnant water on your...
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How to Know if You Have a Bed Bug Issue

Bed bug with white backgroundOnce bed bugs get into your home and create a nest, getting rid of them will be next to impossible, and learning to spot and identify the pests at the start of an infestation is the No. 1 way to protect yourself from bed bugs and the problems they cause. If you don't know the red flags for which you should look, bed bugs can live in your home for months without detection. You won't know about the threat until you have a serious issue on your hands, and you will likely feel hopeless to rid your home of the invaders. To give you an advantage, the following guide will point you in the right direction. The First Signs of Trouble Learning about the red flags of a bed bug infestation is a smart move when your mission is to protect yourself, your home and your family from the parasites. For...
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How Common are Termite Issues in Connecticut?

TermitesTermites are a common problem throughout the United States. In fact, they are found in all states except for Alaska. Connecticut has a fairly high occurrence of termites due to its relatively mild winters and warm summers. The eastern subterranean species is the most common species to be found throughout the state. What are termites, how can you detect an infestation, and what problems do they create? The following information will help you understand more about these insects. Facts about Termites? Termites are a common type of insect that can infest homes, offices, and other buildings throughout the United States. Termites operate in large colonies similar to those in which ants reside. A single termite colony can contain as many as three million termites. This demonstrates how quickly a termite infestation can get out of hand. Since termites generally reside deep within the infrastructure of your home, you may not even...
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5 Signs of Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant wingsAlthough many homeowners are more concerned about termites, carpenter ants are still capable of causing extensive structural and cosmetic damage. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not use wood as a food source. Instead, they remove the wood to build their nests. Carpenter ants are especially fond of wood that has become damp or started to decay. Early detection is critical to minimize the structural damage that carpenter ants can inflict. The following five signs can help you determine whether carpenter ants have infested your home. 1. You See Them in Your Home Adult carpenter ants are typically black in color and approximately half an inch in length. Although it is possible that a single ant may simply be foraging, if there are several ants, you probably have an infestation. Seeing carpenter ants in more than one area or finding winged ants usually indicates a problem. Since carpenter ants hibernate during the...
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Signs That Your Restaurant Has a Pest Problem

Restaurant kitchenEven restaurants known for their impeccable cleanliness can become infested with pests. Critters like cockroaches, rodents and ants may find your restaurant the perfect place to call home. To treat an infestation, you must first know that you have one. Here are a few signs that your restaurant may have a pest problem. Contaminated Food If you or one of your staff members discover evidence of contaminated food, then you may have a pest infestation. Evidence of contaminated food may consist of holes or tears in any stored sacks of grain or flour. You could also come across food scattered around these bags. Nests When pests infest your restaurant, you may spot nests. Different pests make different kinds of homes, so if you see something suspicious but are unsure of what it is, contact a pest control company. Search under furniture and in dark corners. Some pests make nests inside the...
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5 Surprising Places You Can Encounter Bed Bugs

bed bug with rice and eggsBed bugs thrive on blood meal, so their preferred habitats are dark, warm places near enough to humans where they can feed at night. These tiny pests do not live on humans or pets, but they hitch rides when possible, increasing the distance and speed at which they can spread. Bed bugs have been detected in some of the most unexpected places. 1. Inside Alarm Clocks Alarm clocks on bedside stands provide good cover for the tiny bugs. There are crevices that provide access to the dark and warm interiors, and the clocks are typically positioned close to the bed, making it convenient for the bugs to travel the distance to their human target. They go back to the crevices of the clock to hide as they digest their blood meal. 2. Behind Switch plates and Outlet Covers Bed bugs are tiny and almost flat, so it is easy for them...
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Top 5 Most Common Winter Pests

RatAlthough bug activity often slows down during the colder months, indoor pest problems can persist even in the heart of winter. Your climate-controlled home provides the perfect shelter for unwanted visitors, from insects to rodents. Knowing what winter pests to look out for and how to keep them from your home can help you to prevent these common infestations:  1.) Winged Carpenter Ants Carpenter ants are large, dark-colored winged ants that may at first glance be mistaken for termites. They nest in wood, building extensive tunnel systems that can cause damae to your home's walls and foundation.  Inside the home, they are attracted to many items you may have stored in your pantry, including pet food, syrup or sugar.  They are frequently brought indoors through infested firewood, or they may be seen during the winter when an established nest has already been built in your home.  2.) Flies Flies are usually...
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We're Thankful for Your Business Since 1966

ABC Exterminating Inc. is thankful for the business that customers have shown since the company opened its doors in 1966. From common household pests, such as fleas, ants, mice and roaches, to those that tend to be a little out of the ordinary, such as hornets, wasps, Indian meal moths and bed bugs, the company has the products necessary to prevent and remove pests from the home in a safe manner. The company serves residents and business of the Fairfield County Community and surrounding areas. This is a family-run business that focuses on providing the best customer service possible using only the best products that are on the market. Staff members are courteous and professional with every job that is performed, explaining how pests can impact the home and the people who live in the home or how pests can affect the business. Technicians also explain how the products work to...
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What is the difference between rats and mice?

RatThe difference between rats and mice isn't just "rats are bigger," although that is true. Rats are usually five to 10 times bigger than mice. They are, however, both rodents and have several similar characteristics, such as characteristic teeth, whiskers, poor eyesight, and heightened other senses. The differences are striking, however. Mice, for example, are curious in the extreme and will explore everywhere. Traps are much more effective against mice, rather than against rats, who are much more cautious than their smaller brethren. If you put out a rat trap at all, a rat will avoid it at all costs until it becomes familiar with it. Therefore, a good strategy for trapping rats is to place unset traps without bait in the paths they usually traverse. The same holds true for kill traps and Havahart® traps. Once a rat "knows it's there," the rat will begin to treat it as a...
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Pests to Look Out for in September

Bedbug 2Summer comes into its own in September. The weather is ideal, with cooler days and pleasant evenings, and gardeners are reaping their bounteous harvests from their summer efforts. There is a hint of fall in the air, but it's not enough to quite turn your head toward the holidays. Still, blustery weather is on the way, and it's important to prepare for the pests that can invade your home on windy days and snowy nights. If you know what to expect, however, you won't be caught off guard with pest infestations. September Pests to Watch For Most people are aware of the types of pests that like to live in homes. While you may only occasionally notice spiders, mice, ants, and stink bugs during the summer months, these common uninvited guests all live longer than a year and must find shelter over the winter. Unfortunately, your home in prime pest real...
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Don't Bring Bed Bugs Back from Your Summer Vacation

It's summertime again, and that can only mean one thing: vacation time! It's a good time of year when families everywhere pack up their cars and head down the road for fun in a new location. It's not a vacation without booking a stay at a hotel, which could lead to problems in the future. If you stay at a bed bug-infested hotel, it will make your life miserable when you get back home. If bed bugs have hitched a ride on your vacation, ABC Exterminating wants to help. Picking Up Bed Bugs During Your Travels Hotels do a lot to keep their rooms free of pests, especially blood-sucking, profit-killing bed bugs. Unfortunately, these pests stay under the radar and know how to keep hidden from people during the day. When night falls, it's another story altogether as they climb out from beneath the sheets and feed on your blood. Where...
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Prepare your yard for your July 4th BBQ

If you are like most people, you are going to host an outdoor event July 4 for your friends and family to enjoy. Although having a cookout is a great way to celebrate and to make the most of the event, you might encounter some pests this year if you are not careful. Pests of all shapes and sizes will come out to cause trouble, and the problem will quickly progress if you don't take steps to stop it. Keeping pests under control, however, is not always easy. To point you in the right direction, we are going to cover some of the most common pests you will encounter and what to do about them. Ticks Ticks are tiny parasites that will sit on the edge of a branch, weed or blade of grass and wait until a suitable host gets within range. When a person or animal gets too close,...
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Why Pests Are Bad for Business

If you own a business, pests can easily ruin your prestige as a trustworthy entrepreneur. Whether you own a grocery store, restaurant, law firm or computer repair shop, customers do not want to see bugs and rodents crawling on the floor and walls. Take pride in business ownership by ensuring clients that your business is clean and free from germs spread by annoying pests. Many reasons exist as to why pests are bad for business. The following three reasons summarize the situation: Loss of Reputation Owning a business involves creating a solid and honorable reputation. Unfortunately, it only takes one fleeting moment to damage your character as a business owner. People who visit your company are apt to inform friends, neighbors, and relatives about the unlucky sighting. Furthermore, potential customers may post negative reviews about your business on several social networking and review websites. An ancient text bears witness to the...
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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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