Tick Treatment Program

A1 Exterminators offers a traditional & green solutions for your home & business tick problems.

Our licensed staff will provide an initial survey of the property to determine the extent of treatment required. Our technicians will make additional recommendations that the homeowner can do to help minimize your exposure to ticks and Lyme disease and other potentially dangerous virus’s.

The following recommendations will help you create a “Tick Free Zone”

  • Keep piles of firewood and bird feeders away from your home.
  • Remove leaf litter as much as possible.
  • Trim trees and bushes to allow more light to enter shady landscapes.
  • When locating children’s play sets, choose areas that are sunny where the grass can be kept short.
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  • Keep your pets out of the woods or areas of tall grass.
  • Create a 3-foot wood chip, or gravel border between the lawn and woods.
  • Keep in mind, though, that these measures are not going to rid your property of mice, and a single mouse might well be carrying more than 100 deer ticks.

A1’s inspectors will devise a customized treatment plan for your property to manage and reduce existing and future tick infestations. Most homes and lawns will be treated 1 x per month times per month during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. (April-October)

Our technicians will apply a long lasting treatment to your lawn, mulch beds, leaf litter, and small non flowering shrubs or bushes around your home and property to control tick populations.

A1 Exterminators Traditional Treatment Program:

  • All traditional products that are used either meet or exceed state and EPA standards.
  • Lastly our technicians will apply lawn placards to advise you that your home has been treated and to stay off treated areas for 48 hours.
  • Call ahead: Our office staff will call you the day before to notify you when the service is going to be performed.
  • ECO- Green Program…Who choose an ECO solution.
  • We use only flexible, broad-spectrum EPA FIFRA 25(b) exempt products.
  • National Organic Program (NOP) compliant.
  • No aquatic toxicity, therefore, applications may be made near open water.

Contact A1 Exterminators at 800-525-4825 for your property to be inspected by one of our trained professionals.  More information on Ticks can be found on our website at www.a1exterminators.com

Ants will be Moving in this Spring

carpenter ant As temperatures rise, this (mostly) nuisance pest will invade homes across our area in search of food. While most species present problems in people’s pantries and kitchens, some species can deliver painful bites while others inflict property damage. According to a survey from the National Pest Management Association, more than half of consumers list ants as their top pest concern.

Most homeowners know, ants are especially drawn to the kitchen and their high numbers can be daunting. Ants are most likely to invade New England homes this spring, but by eliminating food sources can help keep them at bay.

Of all the U.S. ant species, carpenter ants pose the most risks for homeowners. Carpenter ants excavate wood in order to build their nests, which can compromise a home’s structural soundness.

Although ants can be difficult to control once they have entered a home, the following preventative measures can play a major role in helping to avoid infestations:

  • Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and remove from the home frequently
  • Keep food packages closed or sealed and store products in air-tight containers
  • Avoid leaving food out on the counter or pet food out on the floor for long periods of time
  • Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows
  • If you suspect an ant or any pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and treat the problem

There are more than 700 species of ants in the U.S., many of which create huge colonies, prevention is the key to an ant-free home.

For more information on ants, please visit our website at www.a1exterminators.com

April is National Pest Management Month

imagegen.ashxA1 Exterminators is proud to celebrate National Pest Management Month, a public observance formally recognized each year by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to acknowledge the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health and property from household pest threats. Additionally, as spring is an especially busy time for pest-related activity and we encourage homeowners to take proactive pest proofing steps in the coming weeks.

A1 Exterminators is proud to be a member of an industry which plays an important role in people’s everyday lives and we are committed to helping homeowners protect their homes and ensuring public places and residences are free of disease-carrying pests.

Pests will be starting to emerge from their winter homes, and we encourage the public to work on simple home improvements and landscaping projects.  This will make a big difference in keeping away an infestation during the warmer months.

In New England, the most common spring pests include, carpenter ants, ants and termites, bedbugs and rats and mice.

NPMA experts recommend the following tips to pest-proof the home this spring:

  • Seal any cracks on the outside of the home with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.
  • Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Avoid leaving pet’s food dishes out for long periods of time.
  • Contact A1 Exterminators if an infestation is suspected.

For more information on common household pests or more pest-proofing tips, please visit www.a1exterminators.com.

Spring is Back and so are the Ants

Springtime is prime ant season and they will start entering your home searching for food. With as many as two dozen and considered pests and more than 700 different species of ants, you are likely to find an ant or two in your home this season.

Ants  can contaminate food, bite if they feel threatened and damage your property.  This make them more than just a pest, they are really a nuisance for homeowners.

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Carpenter Ant

There are two types of ants in and around New England that homeowners should lookout for this spring:

Odorous house ants get their name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell they give off when crushed. Odorous house ants like sweets and are found in exposed soil and wall cracks.  These tiny brown ants range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long. Odorous house ants do not pose a public health risk, but they can contaminate food and should be avoided.

Carpenter ants typically tunnel into soft wood to build their nests and need a constant water source to survive.  Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. These are large ants ranging in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen. This species can cause significant property damage.

If you notice either of these ants on your property, contact A1 Exterminators and we will send out one of our ant pest control specialist to assess your property.