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Herbs in Your Garden that Help Repel Bugs

Herbs, You Have Them In Your Garden To Eat, Why Not To Repel Bugs!!! Basil, Bay Leaves, Mint, Rosemary and Lavender.

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New Ticks Spread Across Southeast, Diseases Rise

New Ticks Spread Across Southeast, Diseases Rise. There are at least two new ticks, Gulf Coast Tick and Lone Star Tick.

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Spring Is Here, The Flowers Are Blooming And The Insects Are Swarming

Now that spring is here the insects that have over wintered become active and swarm again, especially ants and termites, but they are not the only pests. Over the next few weeks you will see lots of insects making there way back into the world to join us in the beautiful days to come.

  • Moisture is a main component of the spring. Heavy rains, water from snow runoff and rising ground water levels can lead to damp basements.
  • Roof leaks, leaky skylights and water leaking around windows are all common places where carpenter ants go to nest in search of water.
  • Ground water provides moisture for termites and other crawling insects. As mentioned earlier, termites swarm in spring.
  • Carpenter bees are active, taking pollen from shrubs and plants and transporting it back to their nests – drilled, half-inch holes often found on garages and other areas around the home with an accumulation of sawdust and pollen around the hole.

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What's The Difference Between Bees and Wasps?

You’re on a summer picnic, lounging in the sun with your eyes closed after eating your turkey sandwich. Something buzzes by your ear. You lazily swat at the sound and then — ouch! — you feel that familiar, aching sting on your cheek. As your face burns red and swells, the last thing on your mind is whether that pesky, no-good insect was a bee or a wasp.

But we at How Stuff Works want to know. Was it a bee that stung your cheek, or was it a wasp? What’s the difference between these two droning, stinging creatures?

In the preceding scenario, your attacker was most likely a type of wasp. Why? Because wasps are generally more aggressive and likely to stalk public gatherings in search of human food. Bees are more mild-mannered. They focus on the flowers, not your turkey sandwich.

That’s just one way to determine whether the attacker was a bee or a wasp. What other characteristics define these two very similar creatures — both of which belong to the order Hymenoptera? More than 25,000 kinds of each insect exist, but there are several relatively simple ways to distinguish between them.

Posted in Bees, Bees, Hornets & Wasps, Blog, Boston, Bugs, Cape Cod, Climate Change, environment, flowers, food, Home, Hornets, insects, Massachusetts, Nantucket, New England, pest, pests, Residential Pest Control, spring, spring insects, Summer, summer insects, Wasps, yellowjackets
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Mosquitoes In March Anyone??

That’s right, mosquitoes in March, who knew!

Let’s take yesterday for example, it started a bit rainy but ended up absolutely gorgeous out. There were lots of windows and doors open and grills smoking, kids playing out doors, a perfect spring day.

But what about the windows that had holes in the screen? Your house can end up infested with mosquitoes by the end of the night, you may catch yourself relaxing on the sofa till you see multiple mosquitoes flying across your tv screen. And before you know it, it’s 10pm and you have killed more than a dozen of those pesky blood suckers. And if you live near a creek then you may really have a mosquito problem that will be difficult to deal with. If this sounds at all like you and your day yesterday, give us a call at today at A1 Exterminators and let us help you deal with those nasty needle bitters!

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It’s Your Yard. Defend It. Against Mosquitoes And Ticks.

A1 Exterminators is now offering an Organic Mosquito and Tick Program.
“You can expect up to a 70-90% reduction in mosquito and tick populations around your home…. less pests and less risks of diseases”

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Bed Bugs are Attracted to Specific Colors

Researchers from the University of Florida and Union College in Lincoln, NE wondered whether bed bugs preferred certain colors for their hiding places, so they did some testing in the lab. bed-bug-spectrum

The results, which are published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, showed that the bed bugs strongly preferred red…

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Bats Are Not Fun

Have you ever had a bat in your house? It’s quite frightening when you turn around and something is flying towards your head. bat-ad

If you have a bat nest on your property, contact A1 Exterminators at 800-525-4825 to help eliminate the problem or visit our website for…

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Bug Tip Tuesday – Keep Mosquitoes Away

Everyone loves to hang out by the fire pit but after a while the mosquitoes can really get to be too much. Try adding some sage to your fire pit. The scent of the safe will help in keeping the mosquitoes and bugs away.

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A1 Exterminators Pest ID

There are a lot of new pests coming out this time of year. Do you know what you have come in contact with so far this summer? Check out A1 a-1-bug-idExterminators Pest ID to help you identify what type of critter you have crawling around your home.

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Carpenter Ants Can Damage Your Home

Carpenter Ants Are Damaging to Your Home

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Carpenter Ants do not spread any diseases to humans, but they can be very damaging to the structure of your home. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood and in large numbers can cause major damage to your home. They cause billions of dollars of damage…

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Wasp Queens Found in Spring

waspIf you happen to see one or two lone wasps inside the house this spring, don’t be alarmed; it’s probably just an overwintering queen that has become trapped indoors.

Cold temperatures kill paper wasp colonies each winter, but before they are eliminated, the colonies produce male wasps to mate with a few…

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