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Emmett Lee

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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Emmett Lee

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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Emmett Lee

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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Emmett Lee

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.

Yellow 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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