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Emmett Lee

How Often Should You Inspect Your Home for Termites?

Termites are destructive pests that reproduce at an alarming rate. When you have termites in your home or in other buildings you own, they can do immense damage. Furthermore, much of the damage that they do is often hidden behind walls and ceilings, and when found, is difficult to repair easily. Termites do billions of dollars in structural damage in the United States each year. It’s vital that you identify a termite problem quickly and that you deal with it right away. The best way to know if you have termites is to have a regular termite inspection by a professional exterminator. How often should you inspect your home for termites? Read on and find out. Signs of Termites You may suspect you have termites in your home or other property due to observation of some telltale signs. Signs of termite activity can include swarming and discarded wings; termites shed their...
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Hiring a Professional to Get Rid of Termites in Your Home

Do you think you might have termites in your home? Don’t worry. Termites are terribly destructive creatures, but fortunately there are many pest control specialists that are just a phone call away. However, how do you find a company that will do good work at a reasonable price? Here is how to go about hiring professional termite exterminators to solve your pest problems. Doing Research DIY pest control is never ideal, especially when it comes to termites, so it's important to hire a good company that can help you out. The first step is to make sure that it is actually termites you’re dealing with. Pest control companies can specialize in anything from wild animal removal to lawn care, so you don’t want to hire just any company and hope that it works out. If it is in fact termites, however, then go online and look up six or seven local...
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Five Pests that might Already be in Your Home

Did you know? April is National Pest Management Month! This is probably because it’s the season where all the pests wake up and come to your home from their long winter hibernations. Everybody celebrates Winter as a time where your home is pest-free. While you are dreaming of garden flowers and warm sunny days, pests are sneaking in your home. It’s hard to keep track of which pests to prepare for during each season. These five pests are the ones that may have already snuck in, so you should keep an eye out for them: Termites Termites are the most expensive pest that you can have. They love to feed on wood and paper, which is basically your entire house. These pests are notorious for being undetectable until your home is beyond repair and they cause an average of 5 billion dollars’ worth of damage annually. Ants Ants will come out...
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Common Pests in CT/NY Area

Connecticut and New York are two solid reasons why the American Northeast is a great region to live in. From the bustling cities to the gorgeous mountain ranges, the CT/NY area of America is filled with beauty and excitement; however, its pests are not on its list of reasons to visit. Here are some commonly found pests in these states which you should look out for if you’re planning on buying property there. Cockroaches Cockroaches can be found nearly everywhere. However, they are particularly numerous in New York and Connecticut. Not only is it startling to see cockroaches scuttle across the kitchen floor at night, but cockroaches can cause potentially deadly diseases by crawling over the very food items you intend to eat. If you see any cockroaches around your house, don’t hesitate to call pest control specialists to eradicate them. Bed Bugs The notorious blood suckers of the pest family,...
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The Sentricon® System Termite Awareness Tour Tackles the Termite Threat in Monroe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Sentricon® System Termite Awareness Tour Tackles the Termite Threat in Monroe The Termite Caddy and a 7-foot termite visit AAA ABC Exterminating Inc on Wednesday, April 10 MONROE, Conn., April 4, 2019 — While a 7-foot termite strapped to the roof of a hearse may seem fearsome, those who have dealt with the dangers of actual termites up close know the real threat is much larger. Millions of homeowners risk losing billions of dollars in property damage this year. Some will lose their homes altogether. Against this unseen termite threat, the best defense is awareness. Beginning March 11, during the National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) Termite Awareness Week, the Sentricon® System Deader Than Dead Tour will travel across the country for the second year in a row, crossing 22 states to alert homeowners on how they can stop termites dead in their tracks. NPMA estimates termite...
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Help! I Have Bed Bugs

Once you determine that you have bed bugs, you need to take quick action to get rid of them. Thankfully, you can work at getting rid of them as soon as you find them. Here are some helpful hints to get you started. Strip Your Bed As soon as you notice evidence of bed bugs, take everything off of your bed and inspect the mattress, pillows and bed frame. Make sure all the bedding goes directly into a plastic bag to prevent the bugs from hopping anywhere. Wash the Bedding Wash all of the bedding, including the bedspread, sheets, pillowcases and blankets in hot water. If your pillows are washable, throw them in the washer, too. The hot water will help kill any bed bugs that are on the bedding. Vacuum Vacuum the surface of your mattress with an appropriate attachment to remove any bed bugs and eggs that are on...
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Where Did My Termites Come From?

Some people believe that once their house has been infested with termites, the 'why' doesn't matter and all that they need to know is how they can get rid of them. It’s true that if you have termites, you should not hesitate to hire professional termite extermination services before the damage the termites do to your house is not repairable. However, to satisfy your curiosity, and take steps to make sure it never happens again, it’s good to know how they got inside in the first place. Here are where your termites probably came from and how to guard against another infestation. What are Termites Looking for? Termites don’t require very much. All they need is cellulose (wood), moisture and warmth, and they’ll be perfectly content. Unfortunately for people, most homes serve as great living conditions for these destructive pests. Unless you want to replace all the wood in your house...
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How Quickly can Termites Take Over?

Since we established our pest control company in 1966, ABC Exterminating has helped many clients eliminate their termite problems. With termites, the key to successful removal is to act quickly. While these small, winged insects might not seem like a big deal if you notice just one or two, they can quickly become a significant problem, with severe repercussions to your home’s stability. We offer over 50 years of experience servicing the Connecticut and New York Westchester counties, and are proud to have been able to help our clients eliminate these problematic insects efficiently. Exactly how important is it to seek immediate help with termites? To understand that, you need to understand the life cycle of these insects. Termites are colonizing insects, with rapid breeding and growth cycles. This means that a small problem can quickly become a very large problem. The Life and Breeding Cycle of a Termite While the...
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How to Keep Your Home Healthy When You Have Roaches

Roaches can enter your home through cracks in the walls, pipes in your sewer, and even the grocery bags you bring home. Your home, unfortunately, is a nice, cozy and warm breeding ground and nesting site for roaches. In fact, they can stay active all year round in such cozy surroundings. Roaches are associated with numerous health problems, and kids can particularly be susceptible. If you have a toddler or kids that walk barefoot on the floor, they can pick up the skin and droppings that roaches shed. This shed skin greatly impacts allergies. Asthma is also greatly complicated by cockroaches because their skin and droppings contain allergens which can cause somewhat severe allergic or asthmatic reactions in your child. In some cases, these reactions can be life-threatening. What Attracts Roaches It is well known that roaches carry disease. These insects are naturally attracted to grubby areas of your home like...
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What Pests Are Most Harmful? A Handy Guide.

When it comes to a pest infestation in your home or yard, there are no good ones. Any unwanted guests should be dealt with quickly to avoid things getting worse. Many can bring with them additional diseases that can harm you and your family. Others may bite and can cause you extreme discomfort. If you have any pests in your home, be sure to contact a pest control specialist as soon as possible to make sure things don't get worse. Here are some of the worst pests to deal with. 7. Spiders Depending on where you live, the problems spiders can cause vary in severity. Even those that aren't deadly can cause a serious infestation in a home and can be extremely hard to get rid of. They may venture inside when the weather starts to cool off. Some, like the yellow sac spider, can cause very itchy bites that take...
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What Brings Rodents into Your Home?

Suffice it to say that the best day in your life is not a day when you spot a mouse or rat in your home. The first impulse is to scream and jump onto the nearest chair for safety. Even though rodents are small creatures, they can quickly create havoc in your house. For one thing, mice and rats tend to leave droppings everywhere they roam. You can find the droppings on your kitchen counter, kitchen floor or inside your cupboards where you store food products. If you think about unpleasant incidents occurring in your daily life, seeing rodent droppings is at the top of the list. Rodents Require Shelter and Food Rodents may decide to live in your home even if the environment is clean. For one thing, a rat or mouse needs shelter. If your kitchen or dining room floor contains even the smallest number of crumbs left over...
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3 Tips to Keep Your Pets Pest-Free

Mites 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

Ticks 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

If 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

Known 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

Once 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?

Termites 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

Although 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

Even 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 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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