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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 – Water and Mosquitoes

With the rain we had in April, be sure to dump or remove any standing water on your property. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and they will soon become a problem.

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A1 Exterminators has been helping businesses with all of their pest control needs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for over 61 years. Our licensed and skilled pest control technicians can handle all of your commercial pest control needs.Allston MA rodent removal

Our A1 pest control technicians are licensed and certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Pesticide Bureau, the New Hampshire Division of Pesticide Control and the Maine Department of Agriculture. We guarantee the highest level of professional competence. Ongoing training ensures that A1 professionals always provide the latest and most effective techniques and methods for commercial pest control, exterminating all insects and rodents. For more information, check out our A1 Commercial Brochure.

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We also handle commercial pest control for small businesses and offices, shopping malls, government buildings and warehouses.

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Carpet Beetles in the Home

Cockroaches, termites and bed bugs get a lot of press. However, carpet beetles should really join your most unwanted list. They can literally eat you out of house and home. Carpet beetles will eat just about anything,: carpets, furniture, lint, hair, garments, blankets, pet food, animal nests, animal carcasses (dead mice), dead insects, leather, even pollen.

What you should look for:

Look for fecal pellets and the shed skins of the larva. Also look for holes in fabrics. Carpet beetles tend to feed in dark, secluded areas such as closets, drawers, basements, in between walls and insulation, attics and storage boxes. You may want to check under carpets and rugs, pick up couches and large pieces of furniture and inspect those thoroughly as well. If you’ve seen one of the carpet beetles shown above, search your home up and down until you find the source of the infestation.

The carpet beetle is such a resilient pest, especially its eggs.  Professional removal of a carpet beetle infestation may be necessary. A1 can help.

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Facts about Termites

Termites are social pests that live in colonies and feed primarily on cellulose, which wood has plenty of. This makes homes and other wooden based structures prime places for termites to target.  Termite removal Newton MA

 There are five types of termites that are commonly found nesting in homes. They are:

  • Dampwood termites

  • Drywood termites

  • Subterranean termites

  • Conehead termites

  • Formosan termites

No matter where your home is located, any or all of these types of termites may be present. Drywood termites are typically the most common of the types as they live and consume wood within the home. Subterranean termites build elaborate tunnel systems outdoors that can access areas of your home underground.

Termites are a constant, ongoing threat in every season which makes it vital to pest control plan that is ready to implement at any time. It does not take long for a colony of termites of any type to be able to cause an extensive amount of damage in any home.

The Impact of Termites

Termites can do a tremendous amount of damage to your home structure if left alone, so it’s best to be proactive in checking around your home if you have termites and take steps to eliminate and prevent them. Usually once homeowners have discovered termites, they may have already done a devastating amount of damage that will be extremely costly to repair.

Termites love to eat wood and your home has plenty of it to feast on. Whether it’s the structure of your home, books, your wooden furniture or wallpaper, termites will take whatever they can get. Depending on the type of termite, they may prefer damp wood, rotting wood or fresh wood. This distinguishing habit of termites is exactly why termites are the cause of anxiety for homeowners and are the cause of billions of dollars worth of damage each year.

By far the scariest thing about termites is that they carry out their destruction hidden in the bowels of homes, undetected by the homeowners. The term “out of sight, out of mind” is just what the termites want so they won’t be bothered as they break down your home of all of the wood that keeps it standing upright. It usually isn’t until homeowners notice crumbling wood that they realize they have termites and need to take drastic measures, by that time a whole heck of a lot of damage would have already been done to the home.

Spring: Termite’s Most Active Season

It’s no wonder that March is usually regarded as a prime time for termite awareness month because it marks the beginning of Spring and that is typically the time where termites are the most active in their wood-destroying ways.  During spring, termite reproduce at high rates and begin to swarm homes. A homeowner could potentially find a cloud of hundreds of termites around your home.

Another reason that awareness of termites is pushed heavily by the pest control industry is because it is also the springtime that is also the peak season for buying and selling homes. Folks planning to sell their home and finding they have termites could see a loss in prospective buyers or even worse a big dent in the value of their largest investment.

Signs You May Have Termites

The most telltale sign of a termite infestation is when there are winged termites moving about. Homeowners often find these varieties of termites around doors or crawling along windows. These winged termites usually leave the colony to go mate and reproduce to increase the infestation.

While spring may be an ideal time to inspect for termites you don’t have to wait until Spring to find out if you indeed have a termite infestation. Here are a few things you should watch out for:

  1. Piles of wings or dead termite bodies scattered in different areas of the home like your bathrooms etc.

  2. Check around your home’s structure for ‘mud tubes’. These are tubes the width of a pencil which serve as tunnels for termites to travel from their nests into your home.

  3. Tap on wood around your home like your attic or basement. If it sounds hollow, then you definitely have a termite problem.

  4. Look for ‘flying termites’ around stumps and other moist wood sources after a rain.

  5. Notice any signs of paint on the surface of your wooden structures in your home, that has bubble or cracked. Termites feed of the interior of structures which will make the paint or coating on the surface bubble up and look blistered.

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Termite Control and Prevention

Not all exterminators are qualified to install and service the Sentricon® System. A1 Exterminators has been certified as an authorized operator of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System since 1996. As an authorized operator, A1 Exterminators has extensive training and state-of the-art data gathering and management tools to monitor and maintain the termite treatment.

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We’re skilled, experienced and ready to eliminate your termite problem! Since 1996, A1 Exterminators has installed the Sentricon® system for termite control in over 2,000 homes, commercial buildings, apartment and condominium communities.

The Sentricon® System doesn’t just eliminate the individual termites, it is known to eliminate the termite colony. And once you have the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System, you can relax. It starts protecting your home as soon as it’s installed, using an ongoing treatment cycle of monitoring and baiting. See the simple 4-Step Sentricon System!

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Bug Tip Tuesday – Water and Mosquitoes

With the rain we had in April, be sure to dump or remove any standing water on your property. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and they will soon become a problem.

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Commercial Pest Control Services

A1 Exterminators has been helping businesses with all of their pest control needs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for over 61 years. Our licensed and skilled pest control technicians can handle all of your commercial pest control needs.Allston MA rodent removal

Our A1 pest control technicians are licensed and certified by the…

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Carpet Beetles in the Home

Cockroaches, termites and bed bugs get a lot of press. However, carpet beetles should really join your most unwanted list. They can literally eat you out of house and home. Carpet beetles will eat just about anything,: carpets, furniture, lint, hair, garments, blankets, pet food, animal nests, animal carcasses (dead mice),…

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Facts about Termites

Termites are social pests that live in colonies and feed primarily on cellulose, which wood has plenty of. This makes homes and other wooden based structures prime places for termites to target.  Termite removal Newton MA

 There are five types of termites that are commonly found nesting in homes. They…

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Get the Latests News for Pest Control in New England

Termite Control and Prevention

Not all exterminators are qualified to install and service the Sentricon® System. A1 Exterminators has been certified as an authorized operator of the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System since 1996. As an authorized operator, A1 Exterminators has extensive training and state-of the-art data gathering and management tools to monitor and maintain the termite treatment.

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Bug Tip Tuesday – Marigolds Repel Mosquitoes

Commonly grown as ornamental border plants, marigolds are hardy annual plants which have a distinctive smell which mosquitoes, and some gardeners, find particularly offensive. Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents.

Marigolds prefer full sunlight and reasonably fertile soil. Although marigolds can be planted from seed, starter plants are…

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