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Emmett Lee

How Quickly Do Termites Reproduce?

Termites can be a huge problem because of how fast they reproduce. A queen termite can lay anywhere from one hundred to five thousands eggs per day, and they can live to be 25 years old! That means that if you have a termite problem, it could grow very quickly. Not sure if you have a termite problem? Here are a few signs. Clicking Sounds The worker termites, the ones who love eating your wood, make very specific sounds. When they're in your walls eating their way through, they often bang their heads against the wood and shake their bodies. They do this to communicate with other termites. They are also very noisy eaters and if things are quiet around you in your home, you can actually hear them eating wood. To see if you have a termite issue in your home, wait until things are quiet and listen for the...
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What Falling Leaves Can Mean for Pest Control

Fall is approaching. There’s a crispness to the morning air and the leaves are beginning to change color. For many people, this is a favorite time of year. As the leaves begin to fall, we’re not the only ones thinking about getting cozy on those chilly nights. Many insects also love fallen leaves — whether piles or layers in your yard. Leaves can provide food and shelter for several pests. Leaf-Loving Pests If you are raking leaves into piles, here are some of the insects that appreciate your efforts. Beetles: You can often find beetles at the bottom of the pile where the leaves are moist and decaying. Termites: Though they prefer wood, termites are attracted to dry leaves. This can be especially problematic if your leaf pile is near your home providing easy access to invade your house. American Cockroaches: These roaches gladly dine on leaves or small pieces of wood in your...
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Tri-State Area: Pests To Watch Out For This Fall

When Labor Day comes around and the weather begins to cool, I am sure you imagine the bugs and other pests will hide away until spring. However, there are several pests to watch out for this fall specifically found in the tri-state area. Camel Crickets These strange looking crickets are common in the tri-state area. They are nasty little creatures as they will eat anything they can find, even each other. Camel crickets do not pose a threat to humans or pets, but they do cause other damage in your home. Because they eat anything and everything they find, your clothes and curtains are at risk of getting damaged. Subterranean Termites Termites are the most destructive pests out there, especially for the tri-state area. They live in colonies consisting of workers, soldiers, and queens. These colonies “...are defended by soldiers, and one or more queens lay eggs to produce more termites....
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Three Reasons Why You Leave Bees to the Pest Control Professionals

You’ve probably experienced this as a youngster- you are outside walking barefoot in your yard on a hot summer day. You are enjoying the sun, minding your own business, when all of the sudden you feel a sharp sting. Ouch! You run inside to your mother and tell her what happened and show her your red stinging foot. Sure enough, you have a bee sting. What do you do when you encounter a bees nest around your home? How do you keep your family safe from bees? Keep reading for more information, and three reasons as to why you shouldn’t handle bees on your own. 1. Avoid Stings Bees can be harmful to humans due to their sting, but even more so if you have an allergy. Therefore, it can be even more dangerous to have an unexpected encounter with a bee. If you happen upon a nest, this increases the...
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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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