Pest Control Company

Six things to evaluate when selecting your pest control service

When you’re choosing a pest control company, there are six important factors you need to consider – especially if you have children, pets, or other vulnerable people in your house.

You want the service to be affordable, but more importantly, you want it to be effective and safe.

This is especially important when you’re dealing with pests that can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage, contaminate your food and get you sick, or inflict a venomous bite that could hurt or kill you or your children.

In this blog post, we’re going to give you six of the most important criteria you need to look for when you’re choosing a pest control company.

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How to Stop Fruit Flies from Taking Over Your Kitchen

Autumn is now here, and with it comes the harvest, fresh fruit… and fruit flies.

If your kitchen has ever been taken over by these agile flying pests, you know how hard it can be to hit them – and, even worse, how many you need to hit in order to get rid of the infestation.

In this article, we’ll explain what kind of damage fruit flies do, how to keep them from invading your home, and how to get rid of them once they’ve taken up residence.

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Pantry Pests love pasta

How to Make Pantry Pests Get Out and Stay Out

Pantry Pests – out of all the places in your house where you can find pests, one of the worst is in your pantry. Clothes can be washed, carpets can be vacuumed, and floors can be scrubbed, but once your food gets contaminated, it’s usually unsalvageable.

It’s also especially dangerous, because if you eat food that’s been contaminated by mice and other untidy visitors, you can catch a variety of painful or even deadly illnesses.

In this blog post, we’ll tell you how to detect and get rid of some of the most common pantry pests, and how to keep them from coming back.

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PA spiders

How to Stop Spiders from Moving Into Your House This Autumn

For many people, the phrase “there’s a spider in the house” is incentive to call for help, to grab a tissue or three with which to squish it, or to move out of town, burn down the building, and call in an air strike to deal with whatever’s left.

OK, maybe not that last one. At least, not unless an egg sac has hatched and flooded your house with baby arachnids.

But even if you’re all right with spiders, there are some species you REALLY don’t want in your house – especially if they’re pregnant. Unfortunately, as the weather starts to cool down, in your house is exactly where many spiders are going to go in order to escape the cold.

In this article, we’ll tell you about some of the more dangerous spiders you might encounter, and how to prevent them from entering your home.

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stink bugs

How to get rid of stink bugs for good

As the weather starts to cool down, thousands of stink bugs are being driven indoors to set up camp for the winter.

These smelly pests may not be dangerous to humans, but their enormous numbers, ability to enter buildings through small spaces and eponymous stench can make them intensely irritating for anyone unlucky to have a swarm of them in their house.

They can also seriously damage crops by sucking the juices from their fruits and transferring plant-harming pathogens such as yeast-spot disease.

Stink bugs will attack almost any plant that makes a seed or fruit, they breed rapidly, and they have no natural predators, all of which can make them a serious problem for farmers.

In fact, the U.S. Apple Association estimated that stink bugs cost apple growers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia $37 million in damage in 2010.

Once they get inside your home, they can be hard to get rid of, and an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure.

In this article, we’ll tell you how to identify stink bugs and the signs of their presence, as well as how to keep them from getting inside, and how to get rid of them once they’ve entered your home.

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Termites

Termites in Western Pennsylvania

Water-Damaged Wood in Western Pennsylvania is Attracting Termites. Here’s How to Protect Your Building.

In the wake of the heavy rain and subsequent flooding that recently swept across western Pennsylvania, many homes and business buildings are still suffering from residual water damage.

Unfortunately, the harm to some properties is only beginning. Some species of termites, such as dampwood termites, only feed on wood that’s been damaged by water, so if your building was affected by the flood, it may be in danger of being compromised even further by an infestation of tiny wood-eaters.

In this article, we’ll explain how to tell whether you have a termite infestation, and what to do if you realize you have one.

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mice

How to Prevent Mouse Infestations and Get Rid of Mice

Autumn is slowly creeping up on Pennsylvania, and as the weather cools, rodents like mice may be driven into your home in search of warmth.

Mice can be a problem all year round, but even the ones that would normally be content to live in your yard might migrate indoors when the temperature drops.

Once they’ve gotten a foothold in your building, mice can be a challenge to get rid of. One female mouse can have as many as forty offspring each year, and they can fit into very small spaces, which enables them to multiply rapidly and find all sorts of hiding places in your home.

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bed bugs

What is a great Bed Bugs Solution for your house?

As we approach the end of the summer, many people are coming home from vacation with fun memories, a keen desire to use their own bed and bathroom again, and in some unfortunate cases, a newfound collection of bloodsucking bed bug hitchhikers.

Bed bug infestations are climbing across the U.S., and if you’ve been noticing signs of bed bug bites, such as swollen red marks with dark red centers, itchy spots you didn’t have when you went to bed, blisters or hives around the site of the bite, or bites that are grouped together in a line or small area, it’s time to see if you’ve brought home some unwanted bedmates.

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centipedes

How to Get Rid of Centipedes in Your Home

As the summer progresses, you may have noticed that some many-legged newcomers have taken up residence in your home. These visitors may include centipedes, which are long, predatory arthropods that eat soft-bodied insects, spiders, worms and other arthropods, and will even devour other centipedes.

These long-bodied crawlers don’t damage plants or household items, and their insect-hunting lifestyle can actually make them beneficial houseguests in small numbers.

But if you have young children, a household member who’s allergic to centipede stings, or an excessive number of centipedes in the house, they can start to look a lot less benign.

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selling your house

How to Raise Your Property Value and sell your House Faster using Pest Treatment

When you’re selling your house, the potential buyer’s perception of your property plays a HUGE role in whether they choose to buy from you, and what kind of offer they give.

If you want to get the best price possible for your home, so you can buy a better house and have more money left over after the move, it’s important to make sure that your property makes a good impression. And few things leave a worse impression than a noticeable pest problem!

Invaders like carpenter ants and termites can lower your property value by as much as nine percent, and mice can chew through the insulation in your walls – or, even worse, the insulation on your in-wall wiring, leaving the hot metal wires exposed to surrounding flammables.

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