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Welcome to A1 Exterminators’ Uninvited Guests blog! Here we talk about anything and everything bug related. Big and small, from ticks and bed bugs to roaches and termites; from bugs and insects to mice, rats, squirrels and rodents. Follow us to keep track of the new pests you should be worried about in your area. Get the latest news on pests, tips on how you can keep pests away from your home and business, and some other fun and interesting tidbits about bugs.

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Outside Spring Clean Up

Once you complete your list of tasks inside, conduct an audit of your home’s perimeter, taking stock of any damage done over the winter months. Start on the roof by repairing fascia and rotted roof shingles, as some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood. Then, clean out clogged gutters and downspouts to ensure they are properly functioning before the April showers roll in. You may also find you need to repair ripped screens, replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.

When landscaping, don’t forget to trim bushes and branches away from the home to prevent easy access for outdoor spring bugs to move indoors. Also, remove rotted tree stumps and keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the home’s foundation – both of which could be magnets for termites.

If you need further assistance with a pest infestation, contact A1 Exterminators to conduct a free property inspection.

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What Could Be Happening Behind Your Walls

Termite infestations can severely damage the structural stability of a home without anyone even knowing before it’s too late. In fact, termites cause more than $5 billion dollars in property damage each year, making vigilance of the utmost importance. View this infographic to learn about the top five signs of a termite infestation in the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Protect Your Family Pets from Fleas and Ticks

The spring season is a time when all members of the family, including pets, wander outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and blossoming flowers. Unfortunately, it’s also prime pest season, which means pets are at risk of encountering hungry fleas and ticks that are in search of active hosts. As such, A1 Exterminators, a pest management company servicing Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Cape Cod, encourages pet owners to take precautions against these dangerous pests during the warmer months.

Fleas are more than just an itchy annoyance. Their saliva can cause anemia, dermatitis and can transfer tapeworms in pets. Ticks can spread bacteria to pets and cause tick paralysis, which occurs when a female tick attaches near a pet’s spinal cord. This condition can lead to muscle weakness, loss of coordination and in some cases, death from respiratory failure as chest muscles become paralyzed.

“In addition to the health threats posed by fleas and ticks, both pests are small in size and extremely mobile, making them difficult to detect and get rid of once inside the home,” said Gary Weisberg, Owner, A1 Exterminators. “It’s extremely important for pet owners to be cautious of these pests and contact a licensed pest professional if they suspect an infestation.”

For the protection of public health, food and property from household pests, A1 Exterminators offers these tips to keep pets pest-free: 

  • Check pets’ coats thoroughly for ticks and fleas on a regular basis, especially after spending time outdoors. Be aware of excessive scratching and licking.
  • Avoid walking dogs in tall grass, where there is a greater chance of encountering ticks.
  • Bathe pets after walks or playtime with other animals.
  • Wash pet bedding, collars and plush toys frequently.
  • Wash bed linens and vacuum carpets, floors and furniture regularly.
  • Empty vacuum bags in an outside receptacle.
  • Speak to a veterinarian about flea and tick prevention treatments.

 

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Basement Spring Cleaning

Rodents, spiders and a slew of other pests can make themselves at home in the basement. The main reason that pests often take up refuge in this underground space is because this room tends to harbor dark corners and clutter, which provides the ideal place for rodents and spiders to hide. 

Take some time to go through your valuables and eliminate clutter where possible. Steer clear from using cardboard boxes to store items, using plastic bins with secure lids instead. You should also be sure to seal any cracks or crevices with a silicone-based caulk that pests could use to enter your home. Remember, mice can fit through an opening the size of a dime and other small insects need only a paper-thin crack to gain entry.

If you are still seeing some spring pests in  your basement, contact A1 Exterminators for free home pest inspection.

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Cockroach Prevention is Necessary for Protecting Health

There are few things hated more than a cockroach sighting in the home. A1 Exterminators warns that these pests can pose a significant threat to health and homes, and offers cleaning tips for homeowners to help prevent an infestation.

“Often times when people are experiencing allergy and asthma symptoms, they automatically chalk it up to the time of year without considering that their stuffy nose and itchy eyes could actually be triggered by the presence of cockroaches in their home,” said Gary Weisberg, Owner of A1 Exterminators. “In addition to exacerbating asthma and allergy symptoms, cockroaches are also capable of spreading 33 kinds of bacteria, including Salmonella and E. coli. This makes it all the more important to take the necessary steps to eliminate food, water and harborage sites for cockroaches within the home.”

Maintaining excellent sanitation is one of the best practices in protecting the home against cockroaches. A1 Exterminators recommends the below cleaning tips:

  • Kitchen: Keep counters, sinks, tables and floors meticulously clean every day. Clean dishes, crumbs and spills right away, store food in airtight containers and always avoid leaving food out—including pet food. Vacuum any crumbs stuck in corners and around cabinets, and regularly clean cabinets out with soap and water. Check under sinks and clean under appliances for moisture issues, and quickly address any found.
  • Bathroom: Cockroaches are attracted to moisture and can only survive for a week without water, so always wipe up standing water around sinks, tubs and toilets. Fix leaky faucets and ensure sinks are clear of water before bedtime—cockroaches are nocturnal and will typically emerge to search for water and food at night when the house is dark and quiet.
  • Basement: Eliminate clutter where possible to reduce hiding spaces for cockroaches. Basement windows and areas where weather-stripping has become worn are frequent points of access for cockroaches, so homeowners should be sure to seal any cracks or crevices using caulk, steel wool or a combination of both.

If you still feel you may have a cockroach infestation, contact us for a free home pest inspection.

 

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Outside Spring Clean Up

Once you complete your list of tasks inside, conduct an audit of your home’s perimeter, taking stock of any damage done over the winter months. Start on the roof by repairing fascia and rotted roof shingles, as some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood. Then, clean out clogged gutters and downspouts…

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Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

What Could Be Happening Behind Your Walls

Termite infestations can severely damage the structural stability of a home without anyone even knowing before it’s too late. In fact, termites cause more than $5 billion dollars in property damage each year, making vigilance of the utmost importance. View this infographic to learn about the top five signs of a termite infestation in the home.

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Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Protect Your Family Pets from Fleas and Ticks

The spring season is a time when all members of the family, including pets, wander outdoors to enjoy the sunshine and blossoming flowers. Unfortunately, it’s also prime pest season, which means pets are at risk of encountering hungry fleas and ticks that are in search of active hosts. As such, A1 Exterminators, a pest management company servicing Massachusetts, Southern…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Basement Spring Cleaning

Rodents, spiders and a slew of other pests can make themselves at home in the basement. The main reason that pests often take up refuge in this underground space is because this room tends to harbor dark corners and clutter, which provides the ideal place for rodents and spiders to hide. 

Take…

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Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Cockroach Prevention is Necessary for Protecting Health

There are few things hated more than a cockroach sighting in the home. A1 Exterminators warns that these pests can pose a significant threat to health and homes, and offers cleaning tips for homeowners to help prevent an infestation.

“Often times when people are experiencing allergy and asthma symptoms, they automatically chalk it up to the time of year without…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Bathroom Spring Cleaning

Many spring pests like cockroaches and silverfish are attracted to moisture, so they are commonly found in bathrooms. Eliminating sources of water in the bathroom is the best way to prevent pest infestations, especially because this pest can only survive for one week without water.

In addition to washing the shower curtain…

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