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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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Insects in Christmas Trees

Buying a Christmas tree is a beloved tradition for thousands of families, and there’s something nice about having a real pine tree in your home. It smells nice, and it’s so pretty.

But, because they’re part of nature, it also means they can double as homes for several types of insects, many of which will be dormant in the cold but will happily come to life in the warmth of your living room. Aphids, which are small black or brown bugs, are some of the most common offenders. Other insects include scale insects, bark beetles, psocids, and mites.

If you don’t see any bugs, you should keep an eye out for other signs of their presence, like feeding trails, eggs, or burrows. White blobs on branches are a clear indication of adelgids. The tiny bugs create them when they suck the sap out of spruce needles.

The types of bugs you may find will vary based on where you live, and while they’re not exactly bringing Christmas cheer, they’re harmless — gross, but harmless.

What can you do? The best thing you can do after purchasing a tree is to shake it. This will dislodge any stowaways. Some places even have tree-shakers on site that will do the work for you. Of course, if you don’t have a tree-shaker handy, you can do it yourself. You may need help, so make it a family tradition. Simply stand the tree up, grab the trunk at above-shoulder height, and shake it vigorously. Despite what you may think, strapping the tree to the roof of the car and driving home won’t shake bugs off.

Another good way to clear your tree of bugs? Leave it in the garage for 24 hours before bringing it inside to decorate. Once you have the tree, be sure to vacuum regularly around its base. This will keep pine needles off your floor, and will also snatch up any bugs that have decided to climb off the tree and go exploring.

There’s more good news, too. The insects that live in pine trees need the plant to survive. Eventually, the pine tree will die, and so will they. That sounds a little grim, but it’s better than having a full-on infestation.

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Bed Bugs in Winter

Bed bugs can withstand temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes controlling them extremely difficult.

However, they often succumb after a few days of exposure to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The bad news is, as we heat our homes, we provide the perfect habitat for bed bugs to survive during the winter months.

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Do You have an Unwanted Guest?

Raccoons have been looking for warm place to spend the winter.  If you are

unlucky enough to have one decide to be an unwanted house guest, do not try to remove a Raccoon on your own.

Raccoons will do what ever they need to in order to survive.  If you come across a Raccoon in your basement or attic, slowly walk away and contact us to remove the critter.

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Keeping Your Food Safe From Pests

Almost everyone brings out the flour and cookie sheets around the holidays. The smell of sweets coming  from the kitchen will certainly put the whole family in the holiday spirit, but not having proper storage for food can bring festivities down. Improperly stored food can attract pests, and if left unchecked, a small problem pest could turn into an infestation.

There are many types of pests that could be attracted to a leaking bag of sugar in the pantry such as mice, ants, cockroaches, Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles. Some of these pests are fairly harmless but can spoil food and cut short any plans to bake a batch of cookies. Others, like mice and cockroaches are known to carry diseases and be a trigger for asthma and allergies.

The best way to keep your food safe, fresh and ready to eat is to incorporate a few simple habits into your routine when dealing with groceries.

Inspect the food

Pests have creative ways of getting inside our homes. Many hitchhike in or on grocery bags that have been placed in the car or on the ground during transport. Inspecting bags before bringing groceries inside can save food from getting spoiled later. It is also a good idea to look over the packaging of all items before even purchasing them at the store. If a package is opened or shows the slightest sign of damage, do not purchase it. For products already in the home, sift through ingredients and boxes to ensure they remained pest-free while in storage.

Purchase proper storage

Purchasing sturdy Tupperware-type containers with secure lids will be a good investment for your stored food. These will not only keep your pantry organized, but it will also protect your food from pantry pests and even small rodents that may be looking for an extra meal. Anything made of plastic or glass works well, as long as it comes with a tight-fitting lid.

Check the date

Certain baking ingredients such as brown sugar or baking soda might not get used during the rest of the year. A lot of these goods will last a while, but it is good practice to toss any food that is past the expiration date printed on its label. Make a habit of periodically sorting through old items in the pantry and toss out anything that has expired or been left open for a long time.

Practice good sanitation

Do not let spills sit for a long period of time. Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves, and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles. Also, consider periodically emptying the cupboards and cleaning them with soap and water to get rid of any bugs that may be hiding inside.

While the holiday season is a big time for cooking and baking, these tips can help keep your food safe from pests all year round. Preventing pests is ideal, but if you suspect you have a pest infestation, contact A1 Exterminators right away.

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Pests in Firewood

Many people enjoy having a wood-burning stove or fireplace in their homes for the warmth, comfort and homey feel it can bring, especially in the cold of winter. But the firewood that is brought into the home for that fire isn’t always quite as comforting, as there are a numerous household pests that can be carried in with the firewood.

Thankfully, control of firewood pests is primarily a matter of correctly storing the firewood outdoors and taking a minute or two to check it before you bring it into your house.

  • Store firewood away from buildings.
  • Stack firewood off the ground.
  • Store firewood away from trees.
  • Never stack firewood indoors.
  • Practice FIFO: First In/First Out.
  • Use only local firewood.
  • Eliminate surface pests.
  • Burn firewood immediately when brought indoors.
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Insects in Christmas Trees

Buying a Christmas tree is a beloved tradition for thousands of families, and there’s something nice about having a real pine tree in your home. It smells nice, and it’s so pretty.

But, because they’re part of nature, it also means they can double as homes for several types of insects, many…

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Bed Bugs in Winter

Bed bugs can withstand temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes controlling them extremely difficult.

However, they often succumb after a few days of exposure to temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The bad news is, as we heat our homes, we provide the perfect habitat for bed bugs…

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Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Do You have an Unwanted Guest?

Raccoons have been looking for warm place to spend the winter.  If you are

unlucky enough to have one decide to be an unwanted house guest, do not try to remove a Raccoon on your own.

Raccoons will do what ever they need to in order to survive.  If you come across…

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Keeping Your Food Safe From Pests

Almost everyone brings out the flour and cookie sheets around the holidays. The smell of sweets coming  from the kitchen will certainly put the whole family in the holiday spirit, but not having proper storage for food can bring festivities down. Improperly stored food can attract pests, and if left unchecked, a small problem pest could turn into an…

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Bug Tip Tuesday | Pests in Firewood

Many people enjoy having a wood-burning stove or fireplace in their homes for the warmth, comfort and homey feel it can bring, especially in the cold of winter. But the firewood that is brought into the home for that fire isn’t always quite as comforting, as there are a numerous household pests that can be carried in with the firewood.

Thankfully, control…

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Where Do Ants Go During Winter?

It’s not all that often you see an army of ants marching across the kitchen counter in the dead of winter. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t nearby. Ants are very successful at overwintering in the great outdoors, including our own yards.

During the fall months, ants…

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